Monday, July 24, 2017

Blog Tour: Coveted Kiss by @KTjebbenAuthor #interview #giveaway

Psychological Romantic/Suspense
Date Published: June 2017

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Bella Chan is a good girl surrounded by alpha-males who aren’t afraid of danger. Unfortunately, that danger comes back to bite her. She can still feel the deadly grip of Hazeem’s hands wrapped around her neck. If Jack hadn’t shown up at Savage Security, she’d be dead. Then, in pure alpha-male fashion, Jack appoints himself her personal bodyguard, but Bella soon realizes that Jack isn’t there to protect her. He’s there to win her heart.

And now, in the aftermath of the attack, the men of Savage Security band together to hunt down the terrorists living on American soil. As they navigate through the intrigue and deception that camouflages their assailants, they also confront the treason that threatens the Nation’s defenses.  


Hi! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
I live in central North Carolina with my wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When my girls left for kindergarten, I discovered that I needed to fill my days with something, or I’d be stuck dusting the floorboards or innumerable knickknacks that decorate my bookshelves. So, basically, dislike of housework propelled me into my writing career. I love to create worlds filled with unique creatures and interesting characters that will delight and raise goose bumps on my readers. In my free time, I enjoy traveling with my husband and seeing the world through my daughters’ eyes.

Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?
Thank you! Thank you for choosing to read one of my books. Everyone’s time is precious and fleeting, and I want my readers to know that I appreciate them sharing their time with me.

I know authors get asked this a lot but do you have any advice that you would give to aspiring writers?
Perseverance and dedication are key ingredients to success. You must read daily and write even when you’re not inspired. Find a trusted friend to read your books and give you their honest opinion. Be open to their suggestions, but most importantly, fall in love with your characters. If you don’t love them, your readers won’t either.

When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?
I’ve always thought it would be cool to write a book. In college, (while studying elementary education) in my literacy courses, I’d peruse the picture books and nonfiction children’s books and dream about writing my own book. At the time, it seemed impossible, but as the internet expanded and companies like Amazon grew, the dream started to take shape and become a reality. When my twin daughters went to kindergarten, I set aside time each day to dedicate to writing. Surprisingly, the story that unfolded in my head was not for elementary students, but it was better suited for young adults who enjoy supernatural thrillers. When I finished the first series, The Scintillate Series, I transitioned to adult romantic suspense and began The Savage Security Series.

Can you tell us, in your own words not the book description, a little about your book?
My Savage Security books are a mixture of romance and suspense infused with a healthy dose of creep factor.
Blood Kiss is about a woman who is threatened by a stalker. Alisha is pro-active. She isn’t waiting around to see what her stalker will do. She decides that she will protect herself. While gun shopping, she meets Mike, a man with the skills and the heart to help her. I love Alisha and Mike. They are both smart, assertive, and have big hearts.
Avenging Kiss is about revenge. Summing up this book is more difficult. There isn’t one main character or hero. Instead, Avenging Kiss explores the reality that one’s actions don’t just affect that one person, but rather the truth that actions have unintended consequences that can negatively affect others. The problem/solution is resolved in Avenging Kiss, but some threads are left dangling.
Coveted Kiss deals with the fallout from Avenging Kiss. It can be read independently of Avenging Kiss, but it would be most enjoyed after reading Avenging Kiss. Jack is in full alpha-male mode as he protects Bella in the aftermath of Hazeem’s murder attempt. Logan discovers the history behind Aditya’s actions and learns how to forgive. Hazeem realizes that he’s not as brave as he thought he was. And the men of Savage Security must hunt down the terrorists living within their community.

Are you working on anything at the moment?
 I am working on the rough draft for the fourth book in the Savage Security Series. Stolen Kiss is about a serial killer who unintentionally crosses the paths of the men from Savage Security.

What is the easiest part of writing in your opinion?
Hitting publish and crossing my fingers that readers will enjoy my stories. Oh, wait… that’s when the real stress begins. J

What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why?
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” Jane Austin’s wit and wisdom are evident in this quote from Pride and Prejudice. In a time when a woman’s social standing and standard of living depended on a husband, every man was considered eligible, but the wealthy man was the ultimate prize.

Pepsi or coke? Pepsi, but right now I’m going through a Dr. Pepper stage.

Favorite kind of chocolate? See’s truffles. I fell in love with See’s Candy when I lived in California.

Favorite movie? Pride & Prejudice - the one with Colin Firth. If you haven’t seen it, stop whatever you’re doing and settle in for the best 5 ½ hours of your life.

Favorite book to movie? Pride and Prejudice. The British mini-series released in 1995. Colin Firth is Mr. Darcy.

Favorite book or author?
I can’t just say one. I love Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Dean Koontz. I love thrillers with a hint of the supernatural. For the romantic in me, I love Elle Casey, Elise Sax, and Trish McCallen. Their books fall into the romantic comedy or romantic suspense category.

Hardback/Paperback or eReader?
My iPhone. I love the flexibility of reading on my iPhone or iPad. I can take my books with me wherever I go and read a few pages while in waiting in the carpool line or at appointments. Plus, there’s no easier way to read a book in the dark of night under your sheets.

Have you ever been out of the state where you live?

I’m a southern girl with a bit of an identity crisis. I grew up in Virginia and then moved north to New Hampshire to complete high school. I went to college in California and then taught for several years in a school district outside of Los Angeles. Growing weary of perfect year-round weather, the idyllic beauty of nature, and romantic sunsets on the beach, I traded in my California life for life in central North Carolina, where I met my own Mr. Darcy.   

About the Author

Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband, twin daughters, and two hamsters. When her girls left for kindergarten, Karen discovered that she needed to fill her days with something, and that was the beginning of her writing career. She loves to create worlds filled with unique characters that she hopes will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers. In her free time, she enjoys traveling with her husband and seeing the world through her daughters' eyes.

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1 comment:

Karen Tjebben said...

Thank you for spreading the news about COVETED KISS and the giveaway. I appreciate the chance to appear on your blog site.

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