Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Blurb Blitz Tour ~ Her Sister by Karen Rose Smith With Giveaway

Clare's little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago.  Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead.  Lynnie could be alive!

Clare's neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and...wants more than friendship.

Clare's mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets.

Clare's sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them.

A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.

******** EXCERPT ********
Stepping closer, keeping his eyes on hers, Joe took her by the shoulders.  "You can't solve your parents' problems, but you can let them help you.  You can be here for Shara.  You've got to keep the best possible outlook on this, not the worst, and you'll be able to keep in touch with your parents to know what's happening every step of the way.  That's what cell phones and texting are for, right?"

Thinking about it, Clare found herself biting her lower lip, feeling younger than she was, feeling uncertain about everything.

"Your parents probably don't know how much they hurt you.  Have you ever told them?"

She'd let a little of that come out today.  Still … "How could I tell them when they were hurting so badly because Lynnie was gone.  I let some of my feelings slip today.  They seemed shocked, actually shocked.  Are they really so clueless?"

"They're human, Clare.  They've tried to do their best, but that just wasn't enough with you.  You have to decide if you're going to forgive them and move out of this, or if you're always going to hold bitterness toward them."

She saw the look in his eyes and the road she should take.  "You're going to tell me bitterness is only going to hurt me, not them."

"No, I’m not.  It will hurt all of you."

His eyes were so kind and compassionate that she found tears coming to hers.  Blinking hard, she tried to turn away.  But instead of letting her, he pulled her into a hug and he held her tight.

Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Since her father came from a family of ten and her mother, a family of seven, there were always aunts, uncles and cousins visiting on weekends. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.

In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.  She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing romance fiction. Now she writes romances and mysteries full time. She has sold 82 novels since 1991.

Presently, she is hard at work on a three-book series for Harlequin Special Edition as well as a three-book mystery series for Kensington.

Married to her college sweetheart since 1971, believing in the power of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship novels, both romance and mystery, for a long time to come!

********* GIVEAWAY ********  

Karen will be awarding a Landau charm bracelet and a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).

Please remember to leave an email address in case you are the lucky winner. For more chances to enter and win you can follow the tour HERE


KRS said...

Hi! I'm so pleased to be here today to discuss HER SISTER and anything else about books and writing. I'd love to know your thoughts about heroes. Do you prefer alpha types or betas?


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting

Andra Lyn said...

Hi There :)

I gotta admit that I need an alpha man in my books! No beta boys for me :P

andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

Kate said...

Hi! Thanks for sharing the blurb and excerpt! What did you struggle the most with when writing your book?

hense1kk (at) cmich (dot ) edu

KRS said...

Andra--I try to give my readers a mix of both.

Kate--I struggled most with the emotions involved in losing a child. As a parent, that's so difficult to imagine. But also as a parent, I could imagine it well.

Ingeborg said...

Great excerpt, thank you.


KRS said...

Ingeborg--Thanks! It's always difficult to know which excerpt to pick!

Catherine Lee said...

82 novels since 1991? WOW...Very prolific, but you're a new-to-me author. I look forward to learning more.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

KRS said...

Catherine--I've been so fortunate to be able to have published 3-4 a year. The first twenty years, I wrote mostly romance. But I found cozy mysteries and I'm enjoying writing those now too. STAGED TO DEATH about an amateur sleuth home-stager will be released in December.

bn100 said...

Sounds interesting

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Great book, Karen. I truly admire your longevity as a successful author!

KRS said...


Anonymous--I just keep writing!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by today! Have a great rest of the summer.

Karen H in NC said...

Thanks for this wonderful excerpt.

kareninnc at gmail dot com