Saturday, November 7, 2009

Author Guest Post - Karen White (& Giveaway - closed)

CONGRATS TO LUCKY WINNER - CHERYL

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Readers, please join me welcoming Karen White, author of The Girl On Legare Street who will be guest blogging here today! This book continues the story of Melanie Middleton and Jack Trenholm that was such fun in last November’s The House on Tradd Street. In it, Karen returns to Charleston where Melanie and Jack’s relationship remains rocky, the house on Tradd Street continues to be renovated and there are messages—and a mystery—from the spirit world waiting.


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Things You’re Not Supposed to do to be a Successfully Published Author: My Career in a Nutshell


On November 3rd, my 11th published novel since 2000, The Girl On Legare Street, will hit bookstore shelves everywhere. I can hardly believe I’ve written so many books--more, really, when you include the completed manuscript languishing under my bed and the nearly completed manuscript I’m currently slaving over. Which would make it 13 books but who’s counting?

I started out in this business blessedly ignorant of everything: the do’s, the don’ts, how to format a manuscript (yes, I thought two-sided single spaced was okay for submission), how to outline, POV, and pacing among others. All I knew was that I loved to read, and friends and family members had always encouraged me to write. (I’m sure this encouragement had nothing to do with the fact that every company I’ve ever worked for has filed for Chapter 11 protection. I swear it’s not me).

My very first book, started one day with the naiveté of a nubile ingénue while my kids were napping, was a time-travel historical set in the South during the American Civil War (or “War of Northern Aggression” depending on where you were raised) and written in first person. I’m glad nobody told me I shouldn’t write that story and definitely not in first person because it turned out to be a pretty good book and sold to the second publisher my agent sent it to.

Since then I’ve written a gothic historical (ala my idol Victoria Holt), two contemporary mainstream romances, five southern women’s fiction novels (“grit-lit”), and two (the second being The Girl on Legare Street) combination grit-lit/paranormal mysteries set in Charleston. I’m thinking with these last two (to eventually be a series of four books) I’ve developed an entirely new genre!

I’m glad I didn’t know the rules when I started, and even more glad that I became too busy writing to learn what they were as I wrote the books of my heart and my readership grew. My voice has been the same in all the books, carrying my readers along with me as I’ve changed and grown as a writer.

I don’t know what’s in store for me next. The only thing I know for sure is that I will continue to write the kinds of books I’d want to read, and that’s really what it’s all about, isn’t it?
It sure is, Karen. And I'm so glad you didn't listen to any advice!


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GIVEAWAY


The Prize

A copy of this book will go to one lucky reader.

To Enter
  • Karen has written books in so many genres (see her post). What would you, as a reader, like to read from her next? A new genre perhaps, or maybe a sequel to one of her existing novels?
  • Please list your email address within your comment so that you can be notified should you be chosen as a winner.
For Extra Entries

Please leave a NEW comment for each extra entry you do.


Deadline   Midnight CST of December 7, 2009.

Eligibility  US & Can only.

Please read the Disclaimer. Good luck!

DISCLOSURE - I received a copy of this book for review consideration.
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  1. Anything to do with ghosts or psychic powers is great reading for me. How about another of those.

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  6. I'd like to see another paranormal novel.

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  8. It sounds great, I'd love to win! The term "grit-lit" is new to me, but I think that, mixed with paranormal, would make another great sequel.
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  10. Karen White is a new author to me. I just read excerpts The Girl On Legare Street and The House on Tradd Street and know I’m going to enjoy them. If they are as good as I think they are, then I vote for another sequel, please.

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  16. Anything gothic or paranormal mysteries makes my happy.

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  20. I guess I'd pick a sequel, as the I could go fo rmoregrit-lit/paranormal mysteries.

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  22. Sorry to be so late with a comment--I didn't know this was posted!

    In answer to your questions about what's next---there will be 2 more books in the Tradd Street series, so that should be fun. :-) In addition, I'm contracted for three additional books (not in the series) which should keep both me AND my readers busy for the next three years!

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  23. So glad to see many of you on FaceBook. If you'd like to follow me and my books, the easiest way is to go to my website (www.karen-white.com) and click on the FaceBook link in the top right corner which will lead you directly to my fan page. I hope to see you there!

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  24. I love Karen's books she is just awesome.
    I subscribe by email and to Karens newsletter too. I am glad she has a new book coming out, I even blogged about it :)
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  25. Anything paranormal is perfect for me. I havent read her books yet but this one and the one before it sound great.

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  26. I subscribe though Google Reader.

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  28. I'd like to read this book. Thanks!

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  29. I loved Karen's book, The Color of Light, and would love to see somekind of sequel to that or a similar storyline. It was a great book and I enjoyed it so much! Please add me to your giveaway, I'd love to read Karen's new book. Thank you!

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  38. I haven't read any of her books yet, but I love historical fiction...

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  39. Have read her other books...they are fabulous!

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  40. i'm an email subscriber :)

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  42. I would love to see her next book be a thriller.

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  44. I have never read any of Karens books but this one looks good.

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    I like everything by Karen White, so whatever she wants to write is fine with me lol... Of course another Mossy Creek is always welcome!

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  51. I want a sequel to this one. I loved the first one!

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  53. I'd like to read a paranormal novel. walkerd@primus.ca

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  54. I would like to see a contemporary romance.


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  61. I'd like to see another paranormal. dsandyboy@gmail.com

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  62. I haven't read any of her books yet, but think that another American historical fiction would be fascinating. Maybe with some mystery mixed in?

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  67. I'd like to see another gothic historical.
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  71. She is a new author to me, so to read this book would be new and exciting. That is a good start, don't you think?!

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  76. Continue the series! I love when authors do that. =)

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  77. Thank you all for stopping by and leaving your comments. The Winner has been notified.

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