Genre: historic erotic romance with steampunk elements
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Date of Publication: 16th April 2014
Word Count: 70,000
Sequel to Rescue by Ruin.
Sarah Rigdon is desperate. Penniless with taxes due, she can either beg mercy from the ruthless tax collector or turn to the last man she wants to ask for help. Archer Latimer stirs desires no proper lady would ever admit to. Though their meetings always end in quarrels, she can’t deny the heat between them. When he agrees to help, Sarah thinks her luck has turned. But she should have known nothing with Archer is ever easy.
Archer and his lover Warren Dorvee have spent years searching for the right woman to complete their family. Both believe luscious Sarah is the one and now have a chance to pursue her. After all, the price of Archer’s help is for Sarah to pose for Warren’s latest painting. Nude.
But trust has to be earned and a crisis in London threatens their love. The three must navigate through lust, lies and secrets or risk being torn apart forever.
Inside Scoop: Contains m/m, GLBT and ménage.
A Romantica® historical erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Welcome, tell us a little bit about yourself?
Hi there, Karen, thank you so much for having me over. I write erotic romance and read voraciously. If it has a hot couple, a great story and a happy ending, it is mine to devour. I love to travel and have lived in three different countries and on two continents.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
My latest book is called Danger by Dalliance (http://www.ellorascave.com/danger-by-dalliance.html). It is an erotic historical ménage with steampunk elements in which Warren and Archer seduce Sarah as she poses in the nude.
What are you working on now?
My next project is Tangled Redemption, the fourth and final book in the Celestial Surrender series that began with Tangled Shadows. Throughout the first three books a certain Vampire, and his affiliations, has worried my heroes. Is Miguel Calatrave, the Spaniard, still on their side or has he started to work with the bloodthirsty Feral Vampires, who are now trafficking humans as blood slaves? This is a question Miguel himself is unsure of the answer. It will take one very unusual Naema and stubborn Vampire for him to discover if he is really beyond all redemption.
I am also working on the revisions on a steampunk Christmas novella, currently titled Dirigibles Are Forever. It will release in December from Loose Id and is the story of a young widow and an undercover spy who are snowed in on Christmas Eve. The sparks between the two of them are flammable, but when she sees how he fulfills his mission all bets are off. I love this story and cannot wait to share it with the world.
Why did you choose this sub-genre of romance?
Lol, because I like to make s*** up! I love steampunk because it gives me the option of taking history and mixing in modern technology, of taking certain values and morals and turning them on their head. I love sci-fi because it gives me the opportunity to travel to distant planets and imagine whole worlds and their inhabitants.
Where did you get the ideas for these stories?
Originally Miguel was planned as the villain, as the one behind the evil plans of smuggling humans as blood slaves. Then he walked onto the page and complained bitterly. The more time he spent with me, the more I understood I had it all wrong. Everything Miguel has done, he has done to save his species and the galaxy. Now it is my turn to tell his story and find out if he is redeemable.
I cannot tell you how Dirigibles came to be without giving away too much;).
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I have been writing for about six years now. The first draft of my trunk novel, which will never see the light of day, took about a year and a half. A friend of mine was an editor and I wrote a 10k Vampire story for her, which also will never see the light of day in its current incantation, had the beginnings of the universe I set my Celestial Surrender series in. A universe that will hopefully be the backdrop to lots more series after I finish Tangled Redemption.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
Hm, I can write pretty much anywhere and everywhere, the only thing that I cannot do without is tea. I need a cup of tea beside me.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes. I like to know what people are thinking.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
Interesting question. I outline the book and list Goal, Motivation and Conflict (based on the book GMC by Debra Dixon) for my heroine, hero/es and villain. At that point I get an idea who my characters are. For example, I knew Sarah from Danger by Dalliance was inexperienced, but she is no retiring miss. She can be pretty snappy and doesn’t take a lot of crap. I knew that Archer, one of the heroes, had a darker edge to it, but I didn’t know why or how he expressed it until I started to write the book. Overall it is probably a mixture of planning and letting the characters develop organically.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I read hardback, ebook and paperback, depending on what format the book releases in. When travelling I prefer ebooks, because my reader takes up very little space, but overall I like paperbacks best. They are light enough I can carry them around and they allow me to skip backward and forward to read and re-read my favourite sections in the book. That is more difficult on my e-reader.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
I LOVE books and have a long list of favourites. When I moved the last time, from London to Toronto, 8 out of my 12 boxes were filled with books. I read and re-read a large percentage of them. Nalini Singh is probably at the top of my list, closely followed by J.D. Robb. Other favourites are Maya Banks, Ilona Andrews and Stephanie Laurens.
If I tried to narrow it down to one book, right now, it would be Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh. We followed the hero Hawke through a number of books and each left me hungering to know his story. And Nalini fulfilled all of my expectations.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
I love, love, love the Lord of the Rings trilogy and own the extended DVDs. I believe Peter Jackson did an amazing job bringing Tolkien’s world to life. Then there is How to Train Your Dragon. I love the movie, but other than the names it has no resemblance to the book it was based on (which is fantabulous). And then there is something like the Green Hornet. I have not read the graphic novels, but I thoroughly hated the movie.
Your favorite food is?
Your favorite singer/group is?
I don’t really have one and I don’t really pay attention to what is happening in the market. Most of the time I like a song and have no idea who the artist is. This is why I think the people at songza are pure geniuses. They give me music based on a mood.
Your favorite color is?
What has been the best piece of advice you ever received for your writing career?
When I was introduced to GMC-Goal, Motivation, Conflict by Debra Dixon things changed for me. It is an amazing book and has been with me for every single story I have written. I will come up with a concept, a character, a situation and the first thing I do is outline the internal and external goal, motivation and conflict for heroine, hero/es and villain. Everything else comes from that.
Tina Christopher spent her early years flitting across the Channel between Germany and England. After touring the world extensively, she finally laid down roots in Toronto. And while Canada’s winters may be frigid, Tina’s characters are anything but!
Like most writers, Tina often hears voices in her head, but it took the encouragement of an editor friend before she actually put fingers to keyboard.
While those first stories will never see the light of day, she’s subsequently honed her craft and learned to build not just worlds, but entire galaxies. Her first book from Ellora’s Cave features a galaxy filled with Vampires, Humans and angel-like aliens called Naema.
When not imagining far away worlds and scorching hot encounters, Tina can be found on her sofa working through her never-ending TBR pile or venturing into the real world—whether to a nearby café or a passport-required destination. She’s a member of the RWA’s Toronto chapter. Her two degrees in environmental conservation, majoring in large animal studies, come in handy when wrestling with supernatural beasties.