Monday, December 10, 2012

December Joyathon: Interview with Karen Erickson + Giveaway (International)

Karen Erickson writes sexy, erotic romance that will get your heart racing and your cheeks turning red. She's currently exploring the sweeter side of romance with her new Entangled (Bliss) book, JANE'S GIFT. Karen's back for another round at the Joyathon.


Meet Karen:
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 & Brazen Imprint, Avon Impulse and Carina Press. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills below Yosemite with her husband and three children.

Connect with Karen: Author Site | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Pinterest

Jamie and Kati: Hi Karen! Welcome back to Romancing Rakes For The Love of Romance. Thanks for being part of our December Joyathon for a second year :)

J&K: Who is Karen Erickson during the holidays? (author, gift giver, last minute shopper,baker)
Karen Erickson:
All of the above? I still wear my author hat through the holidays. I usually try and cut myself a break during this time but that didn’t happen this year. I’m not that much of a last minute shopper any longer—broke myself of that habit many years ago. Oh, and I’m a big time baker. I love to bake! Last year my oven was down until December 22nd—that was a sad baking Christmas season in my house.

J&K: What are you currently working on? Can you give us a sneak peak?
Hmm, well I’m literally just finishing up a contemporary romance for Entangled’s Brazen imprint. GAME FOR IT features a sexy football hero and the quirky artist he has to pretend to marry in order to improve his image. Here’s a snippet to whet your appetite:
The door opened, a man’s friendly face suddenly appearing. “Are you ready Mr. Quinn? Mrs. Quinn?”

Oh, God. Her stomach dropped to her toes at hearing her referenced as his wife, she wanted to faint.

“Oh, no you don’t.” Leaning in, he laced his fingers with hers and kissed her. Again.
Slipped her some tongue. Again.

Pulled away from her with such a smug smile on his face she wanted to smack him. Or kiss him.

Okay, kiss him.

“Let’s go baby.” Grinning, he released his hold on her and climbed out of the car, the

crowd waiting at the entrance of the restaurant erupting in a roar like she’d never heard before in her life. He turned to her, offering her his hand and she took it, surprised at the reassuring squeeze. “They’re going to love you.”

When he said it like that, she half believed him.
J&K: If you’ve written a holiday themed/titled book, what is it about? If you have not, would you write a holiday themed/titled book in the future?
I have too many holiday themed books written. It’s a sickness of mine, I swear! Not only do I love reading them, I also adore writing them. In fact, I’ve created a page special for the holiday season that has all of my holiday-themed titles gathered together in one place. Click here and you can check them all out.

My most current release is part of the new FIVE GOLDEN RINGS anthology (comes out TOMORROW with Avon Impulse—squee!). My novella, entitled HIS PERFECT GIFT, is about a duke who’s decided he’s found the perfect lady to be his duchess. Unfortunately, she’s refused him before and believes she doesn’t have a chance with him ever again. He’s quite determined to ensure she’s wrong.

J&K: Do you write more or less during the holidays?
Typically I write less but I think I’m going to break with my holiday writing tradition this year. Too many deadlines are staring at me so I must keep working! Though I promise, I will give myself a break.

J&K: What’s your favorite thing about the holiday season?
I love seeing my kids’ faces light up when they open their presents. Heck, when they run into the living room and see everything spread out, those faces are pretty cool, too.

I also love Christmas music! Until they play it too much, and then I’m over it. LOL

J&K: What holiday movie is more likely to be playing in your house: Elf, A Christmas Story, or Diehard?
KE: Elf! I love that movie so much—the entire family does. It’s become a Christmas tradition to watch it at our house. That and Christmas Vacation. My husband would probably choose Die Hard.

photo credit: Amazon

J&K: Which of your heroes would you go on a sleigh ride with? (with permission from the heroine of course)
KE: Well, he’s not published yet but my hero Cameron McKenzie (big brother to Jane from my recent holiday release JANE’S GIFT) is my current favorite hero. He made me really emotional when I wrote his book. There was just something about him (and his heroine, Chloe) that stuck with me. I didn’t want their story to end! He’s damaged, he’s the gorgeous brother of Chloe’s friend who never paid attention to her and when he finally falls, he falls hard.

It’s a really romantic, sexy, sweet book and I can’t wait for it to come out (CAMERON’S HOMECOMING, which is slated for a March 2013 release with Entangled’s Bliss imprint).

Quick questions:
Snowmen or snow angels? Snowmen! I don’t want to lie in the snow, sorry.
Real tree or fake tree? Real tree but we have a fake one
Favorite holiday smell: Fresh pine—this is why I need a real tree again in my life!
Home for the holidays or visiting relatives? Home for the holidays—we have young kids and Santa needed to know they’d always be home.
Christmas Day or Christmas Eve? Christmas Day but my kids wish it was Christmas Eve.
Just enough decorations or “every tree lighted, blow up snowglobe, snow man in the
yard” decorations?
I used to decorate a lot more around the house but I’ve scaled back the last couple of years. My new mantra is less is more.
Author’s choice: Readers: Tell me, do you enjoy reading holiday books? And if you do, what are some of your favorites? My list is endless…


The holidays are a time for wishes, magic and, of course, love. Celebrate the season with this delightful collection of Christmas tales. What better way for Connor Talbot, Earl of Redfirn, to spend the holidays than convincing Leonora Compton that the only match she needs to make is with him!

(Karen's story)The Duke of Ashton has had three years to plan for his perfect Christmas present—the Lady Eleanor Fitzsimmons as his wife. Now, all he has to do is convince the reluctant lady …

Phin Baldwin does not believe in Christmas magic … until the clever and beautiful Ginny Overton gets it into her head to show him how wonderful it can be when wishes come true.

Just returned from the Crusades, marriage is the last thing on Sir Caerwyn’s mind. But will he be able to resist Lady Nia, the thief of his boyhood heart, when she tempts him yet again?

Responsible Ethan Weatherstone is determined to save Penelope Rutledge—and her
reputation—from her silly scheme, but can he save himself from the temptation of her lips?
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To help celebrate the season, Karen is giving away your choice of e-book from her backlist. Does not include FIVE GOLDEN RINGS. Here's how to enter:
  • Leave a comment for Karen answering her question: Tell me, do you enjoy reading holiday books? And if you do, what are some of your favorites?
  • Fill out the rafflecopter form below. You must leave a comment. All other entries are optional.
***Don't forget to keep up with the rest of our December Joyathon authors. Lots of giveaways. Click on the link to enter your name in for the grand prizes.***

A huge thank you to Karen for celebrating with us and for donating the giveaway books.

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