Welcome Karen Booth and her latest release: THE TEN-DAY BABY TAKEOVER:
A billionaire's baby deal!
A billionaire's baby deal!
One look into his infant son's trusting blue gaze and Aiden Langford knows his wild, carefree days are over. If only he can get Sarah Daltrey, his son's temporary guardian, to give him daddy lessons… Certainly the soft-hearted entrepreneur will agree to his ten-day proposal to stay as the nanny. Aiden just needs to keep his mind on parenting and off Sarah's seductive curves…
Being in the handsome tycoon's arms puts up Sarah's emotional defenses even as her body begs her to let go. But being a babysitter with benefits isn't on her agenda—especially for a father and son who might steal her heart…
Karen Booth is a Midwestern girl transplanted in the South, raised on '80s music, Judy Blume, and the films of John Hughes. Karen writes smart, steamy contemporary romance--big city love stories and rock star romances.
When Karen isn't creating fictional hunky men, she's listening to everything from Otis Redding to Duran Duran with her kids, honing her Southern cooking skills (she makes some mean collard greens), or sweet-talking her astoundingly supportive husband into whipping up a batch of cocktails.
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Jan Schliesman: Do you ever get lost in your own stories?
Karen Booth: I do, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult. There’s a lot to juggle when you’re running the business of being an author. If I had long, uninterrupted stretches, I absolutely would get lost in them. When I wrote my first book, I had zero deadlines or an author website or a long to-do list, and I became utterly lost in the story. I would forget to eat! I would sit at my desk, laugh, cry and fall in love. It was a life-changing experience.
Jan: Name three things on your desk right now.
Karen: big headphones for blocking out the world, green tea mints, my laptop
Jan: Do you struggle to find fresh ideas or do they come naturally?
Karen: You’ll hear some authors say they have dozens of books waiting to be written, but I’m not that girl. My ideas always start with the characters, so I think it’s more limiting. There are only so many people you can allow to live in your head at one time. I find brainstorming with my writer friends to be invaluable. They help me pull things together.
Jan: What do you love most about your latest release?
Karen: Aiden, the hero in The Ten-Day Baby Takeover, comes from a family I’ve written about in two other books. He’s the black sheep of the family, a hardened man who is convinced he can’t love, but the reasons for this are not entirely clear to him, mostly because of a long-held family secret. When the heroine brings him the son he didn’t know he had, he’s handed a reason to love. Children profoundly change our lives (I’m a mom of two) and I loved writing about that transformation happening over a very short time. It’s only once he learns how much he loves his son that he’s able to fall in love with the heroine. The questions is whether ten days is enough time!
Jan: What are you currently reading?
Karen: I’m horrible because I will read two or three books at one time. I just switch back and forth. I usually only have time to read before bed, although if a book is really engrossing, I will read it on the elliptical or during lunch. Current reads are Before We Were Strangers by Renee Carlino, The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach, and Landline by Rainbow Rowell.
Jan: Do you believe in love at first sight?
Karen: I believe in a profound connection at first sight—a flash of “Who is this amazing person?”. I think love requires at least one conversation and a kiss. If we’re talking long-lasting, true love, I think you need to eat cereal around each other and you must assemble at least one piece of furniture together. If you can live through that and still like each other, its meant to be.
Jan: If you had the skills to be in any other profession, what would it be?
Karen: This is a hard one! I guess I’ll shoot for the moon and say I’d love to be a world-famous musician, in a rock band, which would of course, include singing. I love to sing, but I have the worst voice. Just ask my kids—they are subjected to Mom singing in the car all the time.
Jan: Best vacation you’ve ever taken?
Karen: My husband and I went to St. Barts for two weeks with our daughter when she was 18 months old. It was a dream vacation for sure. My husband had just been through the most hellish year at work and was rewarded by his boss with two weeks at his villa, up on a cliff in St. Barts. The house was so amazing I put it in my first book. It had a center courtyard with an outdoor dining room, pool, palm trees, and lounge chairs. There was a floor-to-ceiling window in our shower, overlooking the ocean. We spent each morning at the beach, stopped at the market for French bread, wine, and fancy cheese (it’s a French island), had an amazing lunch, a long nap, and then we’d explore each afternoon and evening. It was magical.
Jan’s GOTTA ASK: My hubby works for Tombstone/DiGiorno. What do you like on your pizza?
Karen’s GOTTA ANSWER: I’m not vegetarian, but I prefer veggies on my pizza. I’d go spinach, tomato, mozzarella, and feta. Now I’m hungry!
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THANKS SO MUCH, Karen, for sharing a bit of your writing world with us! Karen is giving away an autographed print copy of The Ten-Day Baby Takeover to one lucky reader! (Drawing open to International readers.) Please answer this question:
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