Guest & Contest: Karin Tabke

What’s your favorite dish?

I’m not talking about food here. I want to know what your favorite man dish is?

Do you like smoldering Italians? Or spicy Latinos? Maybe some powerful Polynesian or sultry African? What about the all-American boy next door? Or that sun-kissed surfer with the million dollar smile? Or, wait, a cocky (pun intended) Irishman? How about a little bit of all of them rolled into one, or are you a purist?

As a writer, I do write what I know. My husband is half Italian and half German. The Italian rules. The only clue to his German roots is his coloring. He was raised in a loud Italian household.

Me? Irish and German. Not too exciting except when I get my Irish on. Now that I think about it, my Irish and hubby’s Italian have had some epic battles over the last 30 years.

I grew up in a city where diversity was segregated. The Irish lived here, the Italians there and the Greeks over there. I was never really immersed in any culture. I was the WASP who stood at my front door looking out into a world that was beyond my reach. It wasn’t until I moved to California almost 30 years ago that I landed feet first into an amazing cornucopia of cultures. Wild, passionate cultures. Latino, Pacific Islander, Asian, African, Middle Eastern. I was awed and amazed. And in love.

I’m going to be honest, I found myself drawn to the passionate Latinos. I loved their traditions, and their passion for life. The food was good too! And then there was the Italian side of my husband’s family. Loud. Check. Arrogant. Check. Passionate. Check. Loyal. Check. Protective. Check. Lovers of good food, good wine and a good fight. Check. This WASP from the east coast never stood a chance. I was either in, or I was out. Thirty years later, I’m in so deep I can’t see past my family. My kids are loud, passionate, loyal and will kick your ass if you so much as look like you’re about to disrespect their family.

These are the people who populate my stories. Multi-dimensional, passionate characters who in their complexity are very basic. They live hard, play hard and love harder.

And while I have seen some vera sexy looking men in my lifetime, to me the sexist men are the ones who are strong enough and confident enough to show their tenderness for their loved ones. And of course who will also kick anyone’s ass who threatens their family. That’s the way my men roll!

So, if you read my stories, you will always see a glimpse or two of my husband and my sons. Really, all I have to do is look around my house and there he is, that imperfect hero.

Now, ladies, do tell, what is your favorite man dish? Be as detailed as you want! I want to hear all about him!

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by Karin Tabke
book one in the Blood Moon Rising trilogy
Berkley Heat — May 3rd, 2011
ISBN: 978-0425240922

For all eternity, only one thing shall separate them—until the Blood Law is avenged…

The coming of the Blood Moon will lead two Lycan packs into war, spur two rival brothers into conflict, and spark an act of vengeance so evil that its effects will be felt for generations.

One woman stands at the center of it all…

As undisputed Alpha, Rafael must choose a life mate to preserve the dominance of his Lycan pack. He never suspected, his mate would be a human, the same wounded, girl-woman he seduces from the brink of death. Falon is a dangerous combination of Lycan and Slayer—beings bred to destroy his kind. Even more, she’s a mesmerizing beauty whose sensuality tempts the seasoned warrior to take unnecessary risks. The primal heat between them is irresistible, yet surrendering to it could destroy them both…for a vengeful foe stands ready in the shadows to fulfill what is rightfully his by Blood Law.

Blood Moon Trilogy #2
Berkley Heat (February 7, 2012)
Trade Paperback – Erotic Paranormal
ISBN-10: 042524301X
ISBN-13: 978-0425243015
Pre-order your copy today!

Their shared blood will destroy them in hatred–or unite them in passion…

After years of waiting, Lycan Alpha Lucien Mondragon is poised to take revenge on his brother, Rafael, by killing Rafael’s life mate, the Lycan/Slayer half-breed Falon—but he cannot complete the kill. Instead of ending her life, Lucien defiantly marks Falon as his own.

Though terrified by the savage Lucien, Falon finds herself drawn to him. Torn between the love she has for Rafael and the hunger she holds for Lucien, the will of Falon’s heart will lead her to her destined life mate–but it may also doom the brothers and the

Lycan race to extinction…

Contest details:

  • The prize is a copy of Blood Law.
  • The contest is open to everyone, international readers included.
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  • The contest ends on Sunday, August 7.

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