Interview and Contest: Karin Harlow

Jen: Readers, please help me welcome Karin Harlow to Romancing the Book.  Karin, tell us about ENEMY MINE, and where is can be purchased.

Harlow: ENEMY MINE is book two in my high-octane, L.O.S.T. series.

L.O.S.T.

Last Option Special Team

A group of rogue cops, their lives destroyed, rise from the ashes like the mythical phoenix…

Caught acting outside the law, they are given a choice by the enigmatic Mr. Black: Spend their lives in prison. Or break all ties with their past, assume a new identity, and become part of an elite crime fighting team unofficially sanctioned by the U.S. Attorney General’s Office.

Their sole purpose is to close the cases that normal law enforcement channels cannot touch. What they discover is there are no rules–not for them and not for the Others.

L.O.S.T. operatives are the hunters, the cleaners, the end of the road for the bad guys. Immortal. Or not.

No boundaries.

No laws.

No compromises.

When the balance of humanity is in jeopardy, failure is not an option.

Semper Invictus, Always Invincible.

Lovers from opposite worlds reunite in ENEMY MINE, an explosive, erotic new L.O.S.T adventure…

While tracking uranium-spinning centrifuges in Kyrgyzstan, L.O.S.T. operative Nikko Cruz is ambushed and left for dead. Which means he must be hallucinating when the only woman he ever loved—the woman he was sentenced to death for killing—comes to his rescue.

Half-daemon Selena Guererro has secrets she’d kill for. The most important one, she’s already died to protect. Now she’ll do anything to keep her daughter safe. But she can’t just leave her lost love to perish. She injects Nikko with immortal blood serum, putting herself in grave danger.

When Nikko comes to, he is superhuman and super pissed. The mother of his daughter—the one he thought killed their child—is alive. He wants answers. He wants blood. And despite his best intentions, he wants Selena. He traces her to a mysterious terrorist cell where the spun uranium has surfaced. First, he must retrieve the deadly material. Then he’ll take revenge on his beautiful ex. But when nothing goes as planned, Nikko and Selena find themselves burning with desire . . . and blowing the roof off their separate worlds, human and daemon alike.

Jen: At what age did you discover writing?

Harlow: Early, like in high school. I got addicted to romance after I read The Flame and the Flower then The Wolf and The Dove. I used to write stories in class when I should have been paying attention.

When was I first published? My first book, a novella, WANTED, in the HARD STUFF anthology as Karin Tabke, came out in January ’06.

Jen: Tell us your call story.

Harlow: My call story is an unusual one. And not much to tell in that I didn’t remember much. It was the day after I had some surgery, and to say I was doped up when my editor called to make an offer is an understatement. Hubby held the phone to my ear, and all I remember was mumbling something like, “Ok, sure.” Then I went back into my drug-induced stupor. When I came out of it later that night I told my husband, “I had the weirdest dream that I sold.” He smiled and handed me a printed pieces of paper with the deal memo printed out. “No, dream, baby, you did it! You sold!”

Jen: Describe your writing in three words.

Harlow: Raw. Passionate. Succinct.

Jen: How do you approach your writing? Do you plot or go with the flow?

Harlow: My hero and heroine always come to me first quickly followed by a germ of an idea. Once their GMC’s are revealed, I pants it all the way home!

Jen: What is your biggest motivations to write? 

Harlow: I love it.

Jen: What keeps you going? 

Harlow: It’s an addiction aside, I love relationship stories. I love falling in love. I can do it over and over through my characters. Then of course, there is that little sidebar called contracted deadlines. 😉

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write?

Harlow: I’d love to write a family saga a la The Borgias but modern day.

Jen:  Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? 

Harlow: Horror Why? Too gruesome.

Jen: What kind of research did you do for this book?

Harlow: ENEMY MINE centers around a hijacked cask of fissile uranium that is heading to a black market auction. The daemon king wants it to control humanity and in so doing control the rest of the paranormal world that depends on humans for survival. Not only did I do endless hours of research on daemons and their hierarchy and history, but I needed to know as much as possible about nuclear weapons, dirty bombs specifically. My late father-in-law was a nuclear engineer and was an amazing source of information. He taught me more about nuclear reactors and nuclear power than I ever wanted to know. When the Fukushima plant in Japan began to melt down, knowing what I knew made it very scary.

Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? 

Harlow: Absolutely.

Jen: Do they haunt your dreams?

Harlow: My day dreams for sure. My characters are always on my mind.

Jen: If ENEMY MINE was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Harlow: Selena would be Shakira with straight black hair. and Nikko? He’s do damn sexy in a very bad bad bad boy way. I’m thinking a wee bit older version of Italian actor Raffaello Balzo. Google image him, he is freakin’, smoking hot!

Jen: Who are some of your favorite authors and books? What are you reading now?

Harlow: I love me some Linda Howard and Shannon McKenna. I just finished Michelle Diener’s debut novel, IN A TREACHEROUS COURT. Very good.

Jen: What’s next for you?

Harlow: I’m working on BLOOD RIGHT, (a Karin Tabke book) book two in my Blood Moon Rising series for Berkely Heat.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Harlow: www.karinharlow.com www.facebook.com/karinharlow I’m on Twitter too!

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Harlow: What is the number one trait in a hero that appeals to you most. Which one trait in a heroine appeals to you the least. That’s two questions, but the readers who answer both questions, will get a chance to win a very cool L.O.S.T. mug! I’ll ship anywhere.

Contest details:

  • The prize is a L.O.S.T. mug.
  • The contest is open to everyone, international readers included.
  • You must leave a comment for entry.  Harlow would like you to answer these questions: What is the number one trait in a hero that appeals to you most? Which one trait in a heroine appeals to you the least?
  • A valid email address needs to be included in your comment.  If you’re worried about spam, please modify your address, such as admin.bookblog AT gmail.com.  You can also send a message to this email after your comment has been posted.
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  • The contest ends on Sunday, August 7.

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