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by Karen Hulene Bartell


GENRE: Paranormal Romance



Heights terrify Ava. When a stranger saves her from plunging down a mountain, he diverts her fears with tales of Japanese kitsune—shapeshifting foxes—and she begins a journey into the supernatural.

She’s attracted to Chase, both physically and metaphysically, yet primal instincts urge caution when shadows suggest more than meets the eye.

She’s torn between Chase and Rafe, her ex, when a chance reunion reignites their passion, but she struggles to overcome two years of bitter resentment. Did Rafe jilt her, or were they pawns of a larger conspiracy? Are the ancient legends true of kitsunes twisting time and events?


“Ava, are you all right?”

“Yes…” His anxious eyes cleared my mind like fog lights cutting through mist. “I am all right…no thanks to you.”

“I deserve that.” His chin dropped on his chest.

“That and so much more.” This time, anger rose in my throat like acid reflux.

After the breakup, I couldn’t mention the bastard’s name for a year. Always questioning what I’d done wrong, I finally realized his leaving was his flaw–not mine. Then I fantasized telling him off, rehearsing what I’d say and how I’d say it…

But now, face to face, the bluster left me.

Worry lines radiated from his glistening eyes.

Mute testament to what? Grief? Remorse? Like drops of water eroding stone, what thoughts etched those furrows? His face was haggard. His looks have changed, but has he?

“Your behavior two years ago was unconscionable.” I pressed five, and the elevator doors started to close. “I shouldn’t have come.”

He intercepted, and the doors reopened. “Please stay…”

I took a deep breath, debating. Then rather than hold up the car again, I stepped into the vestibule.

“Can you forgive me?” A deep V showed between his red-rimmed eyes.

“No. Standing me up on my birthday was bad enough, but eloping…That was unforgiveable–and crocodile tears won’t help.”

“Yet here you are…” A light flickered in his moist eyes.

“I know.” I glared at my nemesis in a silent standoff, annoyed as I stifled a sigh. “What I don’t know is why.”


Do your characters love the direction you take for them or do they have other ideas?

None of my characters has woken me from a cold-sweat nightmare, so they seem satisfied ???? Only once have I been “contacted.” Years ago, a character’s wife “corrected” me in a dream regarding something I had written about him—but in my novel, my character had no wife!


Any tips on writing that you’d like to share?

R E A D! Read everything that interests you. Read when you’re bored. Read when you can’t sleep. Read at the beach…in front of the fire…in bed…waiting for doctor appointments…

Then start writing about what interests you. Before you know it, you’ll have found a genre–even, dare I say it?–your own style! Keep a notebook. Jot down ideas as they come to you!

I broke into writing with cookbooks–but Google now takes their place for recipes. However, I still recommend writing non-fiction first, be it via cookbooks, textbooks, or technical writing of any sort.

Finally, start drafting a story that “grabs you.” You’ll find the story–and sometimes the characters–seize the pen and write themselves!


Did you choose your genre, or did it choose you?

I write in several genres—paranormal romance; multicultural, suspense stories; frontier fiction; and political-suspense thrillers—but most are steeped in the supernatural, and all smack of offbeat romance. 

That last phrase answers the question—most are steeped in the supernatural, and all smack of offbeat romance. Despite me trying my hand at various genres, paranormal romance seems to have found me.


Did you enjoy language arts in school? Did you have a teacher that particularly encouraged you to write?

I attended school for 23 years—and despised most of it. The only school I loved was the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, and that was mostly because I was enrolled in the English Department with a strong emphasis on writing. 

Yes, during that time, I did have a fabulous teacher, who encouraged and mentored me: Peg Carlson Lauber.


How do you feel about being interviewed?

Being interviewed doesn’t bother me. IMHO, it’s the least loathsome part of marketing books, which is the natural progression of writing ???? Interviews, blogs, webinars, and articles are simply the second phase of writing, but still part of the process.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Author of the Trans-Pecos and Sacred Emblem series, Karen is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life, who writes multicultural, offbeat love stories. Born to rolling-stone parents who moved often, Bartell found her earliest playmates as fictional friends in books. Paperbacks became her portable pals. Ghost stories kept her up at night—reading feverishly. The paranormal was her passion. Novels offered an imaginative escape. An only child, she began writing her first novel at the age of nine, learning the joy of creating her own happy endings. Professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen resides in the Texas Piney Woods with her husband Peter and her “mews”—three rescued cats and a rescued *Cat*ahoula Leopard dog.

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Goddess Fish Promotions 06/13/2024 - 6:10 am

Thanks for hosting!

Sherry 06/13/2024 - 7:38 pm

Looks like a good read.

Tracie Cooper 06/14/2024 - 11:09 am

How do you balance writing and enjoying the summer season?

Nancy 06/16/2024 - 2:00 pm

Terrific cover

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