Friday, June 08, 2012

Dear Julia Launch Wave

My 1920s historical romance, Dear Julia, launched today with a splash. You can surf the opening chapter of the book across eight blogs, starting at

Join the party, tweet your feedback, and there's a contest too: a chance to win a copy of Dear Julia on my own blog at

My thanks to everyone at The Wild Rose Press, especially my editor Nan Swanson and the cover designer Tina Lynn.

About Dear Julia

The discovery of a long-lost love letter in a house she’s redecorating sends Rosalie Stanton on a quest to find its rightful owner.

Since his return from the Great War, William Cavendish has lived as a recluse. His peaceful existence is shattered by the return of the letter that once held all his hopes — and by its bearer, the irrepressible Rosalie, who bears an uncanny resemblance to his lost love.

As Rosalie sets out to lure William back into society, she realises that in him she might just have met her match.

Dear Julia is available direct from The Wild Rose Press and also from Amazon.

Friday, June 01, 2012

A Little Hitchcock to Celebrate My Release Day

You don't know this about me, but I’m an Alfred Hitchcock fan. Rope, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, and I could go on. After all, he directed more than fifty feature films over six decades. There might be a very good reason I’m not overly found of birds. His use of camera to mirror a person’s gaze lent a sense of voyeurism to his films, Rear Window being the most obvious example and one of my personal favorites. He was a master at crafting suspense with plots ripe with violence, crime and murder.
“There’s two people having breakfast and there’s a bomb under the table. If it explodes, that’s a surprise. But if it doesn’t …” Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock calls this the ticking time bomb plot. There’s a bomb underneath the table that the characters are unaware of but the audience is and the audience also knows when the bomb is due to go off. Suspense is created by the gap of what the audience knows and the characters do not. Anyone watched Psycho lately? He was skilled at creating worst-case scenarios which he call frightmares, nightmares that happen in our waking lives.
I love using Alfred Hitchcock as an inspiration when writing. Creating those ‘frightmares’ for characters and sending their lives into chaos. That’s what suspense means to me. The unthinkable. The ultimate ‘what if’. I tried to bring some of that to my debut romantic suspense, Backlash.
It's also release day for Backlash! Yay! You can find Backlash at The Wild Rose Press and Amazon
What he's sworn to protect, she's willing to sacrifice to save those she loves...
 When dedicated teacher Lily Wheeler interrupts a vicious gang attack on one of her students, she vows it won't happen again. But her rash interference puts her in the path of a cold-blooded killer and the constable tracking him-a man she has little reason to trust, but can never forget.
Constable Chase Porter returned to Aspen Lake to see justice done, not renew old acquaintances. But when he rescues the woman he once loved from a volatile situation, he realizes his feelings for Lily haven't lessened over the years.
Now, the dangerous killer Chase has sworn to capture has Lily in his sights. Can Chase and Lilly learn to trust each other again before it's too late-or will old insecurities jeopardize their future?
Thanks for stopping by and checking out Backlash!
Karyn Good