Monday, February 8, 2016

Karen Whiddon Really Rocks!

Welcome another first-timer on the blog, Harlequin Romantic Suspense author, Karen Whiddon!!
What's not to love about a baby on the cover of any book?

Two babies in jeopardy…two powerful stories in one! 
When an unhinged cult leader escapes custody, he'll stop at nothing to get to two innocent babies…and the foster mothers who stand in his way. 
CLAIMING CALEB by Karen Whiddon 
Michelle Morgan must protect her newborn nephew, Caleb—and even work with her ex-fiancé. FBI agent Garrett Ware never wanted children, but now he'll sacrifice everything for this baby…and this woman.

GUARDING EVE by Beth Cornelison 
Lila Green goes from foster mom to bodyguard when a storm traps her and six-month-old Eve in a remote mountain cabin with a killer on their heels. Can her neighbor, wounded veteran Dean Hamilton, help them survive? 

Award winning author Karen Whiddon spun fanciful tales for her younger brothers as early as the age of eleven.  Growing up in the Catskill Mountains of New York, then the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, she found enough magic in the rugged peaks to keep her imagination fueled for years. 

Now making her home in North Texas, she shares her life with her hero-like husband and four doting dogs.  In her spare time, she volunteers for Legacy Boxer Rescue, Inc.  She has published around 45 books.  Currently she writes for Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Harlequin Nocturne.


Jan Schliesman: How often to you Get Lost In A Story?
Karen Whiddon:  Writing wise – every single day.  Reading wise – I try to read every day (especially since the Rita Books are here to be judged) but I don’t always make it.

Jan: Since your new release has a baby on the cover, tell us how long has it been since you rocked a baby? 
Karen:  Haha!  It’s been a looong time.  My baby girl will be 36 next month!

Karen & Jan--2014 Harlequin Party
Jan: How long have you been writing?
Karen:  I wrote my first book in 1988.  So 28 (gulp) years. 

Jan: How did you meet your husband?
Karen: My husband and I met at work in 1982.  I worked in the accounting department and he worked in the finance department.   We dated for 4 years, lived together for 1, and married in 1987.  Best decision ever.  He’s my best friend!

Jan: Tell us about your involvement in the Legacy Boxer Rescue.
Karen: I am passionate about my rescue work.  We have a large team of dedicated volunteers in North Texas.  I’ve done shelter evaluations, transport, fostering, and worked on various committees.  One of my favorite things ever is seeing a dog who was about to be euthanized in a shelter get healthy and find their forever home.

Jan: Does your heroine have any of your character traits?
Karen: I think it’s unavoidable that some of the writer’s character traits leak through, but this heroine is fiercely independent, and I am too. 

Jan: Most writers have to find their zone before the words start flowing. Describe your ideal writing day.
Karen: Ideal would be a snowstorm outside, fire in the fireplace, cup of hot cocoa with whipped cream on top, sitting in my recliner and smelling the scent of something delicious cooking in the crockpot.  Unfortunately, since I live in North Texas, snow days are rare here.  But I love when I get them!

Jan: How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?
Karen: A long time ago, my husband and I used to go out for a fancy dinner.  We’d battle the crowds, get dressed up, and go.  Then several years back, we cancelled our reservations at a swanky Italian place and went to Chili’s and had hamburgers.  The hamburgers became our Valentine’s Day tradition, though lately we’ve gone to Red Robin instead of Chili’s.  No crowds, relaxing, and good food.

Karen: I’m not really an ice cream person (ducks and hides) but my hubby is – he loves the stuff.  If I were to get ice cream for myself, it would be chocolate.  The darker the better!

Twitter: @karenwhiddon

UP NEXT FOR KAREN:  Tempting the Dragon from Harlequin Nocturne in July 2016. 


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Angi Morgan said...

WELCOME TO GLIAS, my friend.

Colleen C. said...

Oh I love that cover! :) The last time I rocked a baby was a while ago... when my little nephew was still a baby... Thanks for sharing!

Jan Schliesman said...

Great to have you here, Karen!

Regina Richards said...

It's been almost 20 years since I rocked a baby, but my son's getting married soon so who knows I may be rocking again in a few years. Great cover.

Shari said...

We have a boxer, best dog ever!! I follow Legacy Boxer Rescue, a wonderful organization!

bn100 said...

can't remember

Tammy Yenalavitch said...

Well my daughter just turned 17, so it has been a while. My cat likes to sleep on my chest wile I lay in bed and watch TV, but I never get to rock him

Natasha Persaud said...

About 4 months ago I rocked my cousin babe for about 5 minutes though lol just couldn't get him to stay with me he in his bad baby stage right now so he's not staying with anyone he just up turning the whole house

Karen Whiddon said...

LBR is the best!

Karen Whiddon said...

Thanks, Jan!

Devon Hottinger said...

I love Karen, her fur babies, and all of her books!

Karen Whiddon said...

Thanks Devon!

Karen Whiddon said...

I never get to rock my dogs either, LOL!

Karen Whiddon said...


holdenj said...

It's been too long! A friend has a new baby at a shower last spring.

holdenj said...

Sorry, had a new baby!!

Andrea Cantrell Morris said...

Legacy Boxer Rescue is blessed to have the talented Karen volunteer her time and strengths. I have NO idea how she finds time to write! Congratulations on the newest book Karen!

Andrea Cantrell Morris said...

Legacy Boxer Rescue is blessed to have the talented Karen volunteer her time and strengths. I have NO idea how she finds time to write! Congratulations on the newest book Karen!

Karen Whiddon said...

Thanks Andrea!

Laura Everitt said...

Congratulations on your new book, Karen! Legacy Boxer Rescue is lucky to have you! They are a great organization and made better by all the good work you do :)

Karen Yearout said...

Congratulations on your new book! Legacy Boxer Rescue is luck to have you, thanks for all you do for the boxers!! I don't know how you get it all done.

Unknown said...

Karen, you have a heart of gold and talent galore. Thank you for lending your efforts to needs outside of your professional ventures. You're a remarkable person, and I'm glad that you share your personal gifts.

Maggie said...

Karen is a wonderful volunteer, author and person. LBR is lucky to have her and I'm lucky to have her as a friend.

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