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Friday, November 30, 2012

Guest Post with Karen Erickson and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome back to RFTC, author Karen Erickson. Karen is celebrating the release of her newest book in her Jane's Gift and has stopped by to chat. Please give Karen a warm welcome.

Romance author Karen Erickson writes what she loves to read — sexy contemporary romance and sensual historical romance. Digitally published since 2006, she currently writes for Samhain Publishing, Entangled Publishing’s Bliss Imprint, Avon Impulse and Carina Press. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

Places to find Karen:
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Small Town Romances

Thanks Danielle for allowing me to be a guest on your blog today!

I’ve loved reading small town romances for years. And now I wrote one and actually have a series that I created in a fictional small mountain town in California. I can say Lone Pine Lake came completely from my brain but I’d be lying. It’s actually a blend of two towns I live close to—Bass Lake and Shaver Lake. They are cute, quaint small towns that I love to visit, so I knew a blend of both would make the perfect fictional town for Jane’s Gift, my new book from Entangled Publishing’s Bliss imprint.

I grew up in a small town (though technically I lived in the middle of nowhere) and now I live in a small town once more (though again, technically I live in the middle of nowhere—I’ve come full circle). I love the closeness living in a small town brings. Everyone knows everybody else, my children go to a small school and there is a real sense of community.

I wanted to show that in Jane’s Gift. Jane’s surrounded by her family and friends, and the townspeople of Lone Pine Lake all know her and are glad to have her back in the fold. It’s that sense of acceptance that both Jane and fire captain Chris Nelson are looking for. And eventually they find it…together.

I hope if you get a chance to read Jane’s Gift, you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Happy Holidays!

A fire captain afraid of commitment. A widow afraid of fire. Can the holidays bring them together?

A devastating house fire cost Jane Clark nearly everything: her husband, her confidence, and her looks, with the physical scars marbling her body. Now, two years later, she's living and healing back in her childhood hometown of Lone Pine Lake. The upcoming holidays are the perfect opportunity to bring some Christmas cheer into her young children's lives, starting with a visit to the firehouse, where her brother's best friend has offered to help quell their residual fears.

Lone Pine's resident playboy, fire captain Christian Nelson is happy with his single-guy lifestyle. He's an everyday local hero, so he's never wanting for attention around the holidays. But when Jane Clark shows up, Chris is immediately drawn to the beautiful widow--even though kids and commitment have never been his style.

Despite her brother's warnings about his friend's playboy status and dangerous occupation, Jane can't help but fall for the gorgeous fire captain. The holidays are a time of new beginnings, but can two scarred people find the strength to let go of their pasts to live in the present, when a lifetime together might be the sweetest gift of all?

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Want to win some goodies from Karen? Check out whats up for grabs.

Up For Grabs:
  • 1 lucky winner from the ENTIRE tour will win a gift box necklace
  • 1 lucky winner from the ENTIRE tour will win a Paper White Kindle

To Enter:
  • Leave a comment answering the question: Do you like small town romances? Share your favorite. 
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  1. i do like small town romances. i am normally a big city girl myself but i do like reading about small town life

  2. My favorite small town romances are Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series and Susan Mallery's Fools Gold. Fun, sweet, sassy. :)
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  3. I live in a small town, it is great. I love small town romance stories.


  4. I love small town romances. LOL :D
    I don't think I can pick just one; I've read so many.

  5. I adore small town romances! A few of my favorites are Jill Shalvis' Lucky Harbor series, Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series (which I recently learned is being turned into a tv show on Hallmark!) and more recently I read Addison Fox's Come Fly with Me (An Alaskan Nights Novel) and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  6. I love to read about small town romances, I've never lived in one but have certainly visited some and just love the feel of them.


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  8. I lived for a couple years in a small town. I miss it a lot, which is why I chose to move to the county part of my big city now.

    I love to read Small town romances because they always have that special feel to them.

  9. I love small town romance. That's where you get the sweetest and funniest story.

  10. Thanks everyone for stopping by! I love to read small town romances myself - I'm a huge fan of Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series. In fact, I can't wait for the new holiday novella that's coming out soon. Squee...

    Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)

  11. I really liked Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor and Debbis Macomber. Thanks

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  12. I like small town romances.
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  13. I've never read a small town romance, but would love to start. Your book sounds great!

  14. I'm a big fan of small town romances. I would love to check out Jane's Gift!