Kara Lennox Hides Nothing

Harlequin Superromance
ISBN: 0373717911
Work undercover, catch the bad guy, become a full-time Project Justice investigator. Simple enough plan, until Jillian Baxter recognizes the man she's investigating. Her new "boss" is none other than Conner Blake—her childhood crush. Luckily, he has no idea who she is, since Jillian is no longer Jillybean, the short, overweight teenager he publicly humiliated.

Despite their past, Jillian knows Conner isn't a murderer. Nor is he that same cruel boy. In fact, there's much to admire about the man he is. Still, this is an ongoing case and whatever is happening between them will have to wait. As she gets closer to finding the killer, she must decide if she can trust Conner with the truth. And that could be her toughest decision yet.

Kara Lennox, a.k.a. Karen Leabo, is the award-winning, bestselling author of more than sixty novels of romance and romantic suspense for Harlequin and Bantam/Random House. Currently she is working on the next installment of her romantic suspense series, Project Justice, published by Harlequin Superromance. Also, several of her classic Bantam Loveswept novels (writing as Karen Leabo) are soon to be re-released in e-book form by Random House.

 Prior to writing romance, Kara was a freelance writer with hundreds of magazine articles published, as well as brochures, press releases, advertisements and business plans. Her former clients include Working Woman Magazine, Hallmark Cards and Marion Merrill Dow.

Karen has written ten screenplays, three of which have been optioned by Hollywood, New York and overseas producers. She lives with her writer/publisher husband and several pets in a shabby-chic (heavy on the shabby) Victorian fixer-upper in Southern California. When not writing or sanding floors, she loves bicycling, bird-watching, acting, hunting for flea-market treasures, painting and making mosaics.
I ALMOST FORGOT TO MENTION THAT KARA IS A DOUBLE RWA RITA FINALIST THIS YEAR: Taken to the Edge & Nothing but the Truth are both finalists in the Suspense & Adventure category.

ANGI: How often to you get lost in a story?
KARA: Not as often as I used to! Writing makes you a more critical reader, which makes it hard to forget you're reading a book. That said, certain authors are easy to get lost with. Usually in a non-romance genre, like Jasper Forde's fantasies or anything by T. Jefferson Parker.
ANGI: What’s the first book you remember reading? 
KARA: Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat.

ANGI: Can you tell us about a real-life hero you’ve met?
KARA: Does Chuck Norris count? He was really very nice.

ANGI:  What's your favorite fairy tale?
KARA: Three Billy Goats Gruff. My sister read it to me over and over.

ANGI: What’s your favorite cartoon character?
KARA: Foghorn Leghorn. No matter how many times I see those cartoons they make me laugh.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
KARA: I always have at least three books going simultaneously. My Kindle is in the kitchen; I read during breakfast. I have another book on my nightstand, so I read before bed. And I always have a book in my purse, to read if I get stuck waiting somewhere.

ANGI: What sound or noise do you love?
KARA: Water—running water, rain, ocean waves, babbling brook, whatever.

ANGI: What was the first story you remember writing?
KARA: When I was in first grade I started a book. It was about a little girl who lived in Rome with her father; her mother had died. She was really lonely. That's all I remember about it. Pretty sure I didn't finish it.

ANGI: What’s your favorite movie of all time?
KARA: What's Up, Doc? Or The African Queen.

ANGI: Who’s your favorite villain?
KARA:: Boris Badenov

ANGI: What is your biggest vice?
KARA: Popcorn. Or Spider Solitaire.
ANGI: Oh, please don’t tell me Spider Solitaire’s a vice. Then I have to add another one to my list!

ANGI: Is there a “Blooper” in your story (it may have been changed before printing)?
KARA: Not that I recall! There are always embarrassing typos that my editor catches.

ANGI’S GOTTA ASK: Hey Kara, if you share this story on-line, I’d love readers to hear about how you and Rob met, etc.  If not, maybe something about fixing up the house in CA?  
KARA’S GOTTA ANSWER: Rob and I met at a romance writers meeting. The funny thing is, neither of us remembers exactly when or where. We were both members of the North Texas RWA chapter, but we didn't get to know each other until Dallas Area Romance Authors (early 1990s). We used to sit in the back of the meeting room and cause trouble. We were friends for at least a year before we ever started dating. 

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UP NEXT:  August 2012, is CALLIE'S COWBOY by Karen Leabo, a “Loveswept Classic” re-release e-book.  Look it up. You got to love where my name appears (right on the hero's washboard abs)

The most recent are the Project Justice books. For Just Cause (May 2012), Outside the Law (March 2012) and A Score to Settle (2011)

For a complete backlist of Kara/Karen’s books visit her website. 

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Heat, Heat, and more heat…it seems to be the topic of conversation everywhere. What are you doing to stay cool?


  1. Morning Kara, and welcome to GLIAS for the weekend. Gang, Kara--or Karen as I like to call her--is a long-time friend and chaptermate and Texas transplant. I forgot to ask you how the movie extra business is...you having fun in "cool" southern California?


  2. This sounds like a great read.... particularly since personal image issues have a long term effect on most people!

  3. This sounds great, Kara! Staying cool? Popsicles :) And lots of summer fruit!

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  4. Angi, what a great spread! Love the picture of Boris.

    girlygirl, I do think the way we're labeled as kids has a tremendous effect on us our whole lives. I was not a terribly attractive child, but in high school I improved fairly dramatically (lost weight, got a figure, got contacts, braces off). Still, I've always struggled with FEELING pretty.

    f chen, I am cool as a cucumber here in Long Beach. Fortunately we have not experienced the heat others are feeling. Our worst heat comes in August and September.

  5. Hi Kara,
    I'll agree that writing makes you a more critical reader. Especially if you catch something you were told to NEVER do!
    How do I keep cool? My hubby sells ice cream so our freezer is always well-stocked. (The Skinny Cow brand is awesome:)

  6. Very nice interview. Staying cool with iced tea


  7. I am staying inside in the air conditioning until the cooler air arrives.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

  8. Hi Kara!
    Big hug! We miss you out here, girl. This was fun to read about your favs. Boris was fun but you gotta love Natasha, too, right? Always got a kick out of her dead pan voice.

    Crossing fingers for you on the Rita. I will be cheering from home.

    PS: I think of Spider as a brain warm-up. It's my excuse and I'm sticking to it.

  9. Hi Kara,

    i am staying cool inside the air conditioning or drink fruit ice :)

  10. Gave up playing competitive badminton in a non-air-conditioned gym that often reaches over 100F during summer months.
    Still have almost-daily walks, but now in the evenings when it is cooler.
    Still drink lots of ice water.