Today at Paperback Dolls we have special guest Karin Harlow. Karin’s a debut paranormal romance author with the first of her L.O.S.T series, Enemy Lover, due out this Tuesday, May 25th. Earlier today I gave my review of Enemy Lover witch you can read Here. Karin was nice enough to spend some time chatting with me and will be hanging around to answer some questions.
When you have no alternative, then you call in L.O.S.T. Because with the Last Option Special Team, it’s do or die. . . .
It’s Jax Cassidy’s first mission for L.O.S.T.—one that will give the former cop who went rogue a chance to prove herself. Her assignment: gain the trust of assassin Marcus Cross . . . eliminate him . . . then take down Marcus’s mentor, Joseph Lazarus, a man with a bold eye on the White House. But the woman who’s known by her team for being a femme fatale succumbs to passion, only to discover Cross’s deadly secret. He’s a vampire, and Joseph Lazarus is his creator.
Left for dead by his platoon in the violent hills of Afghanistan, Special Ops sniper Marcus Cross was given a second chance at life. His newly heightened skills make him the perfect killing machine, and as Lazarus’s right-hand man, he’s quickly rising to the top of his dark empire, purging enemies with speed and precision. Only when dangerous beauty Jax Cassidy is sent to bring him in does he begin to question Lazarus’s motives and his own actions. But when Jax’s life is threatened by the one thing that can destroy them both, Marcus must make a bitter choice—her death or his.The 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.
When the balance of humanity is in jeopardy, failure is not an option.
We want to thank you Ms. Harlow for guest posting with us at Paperback Dolls.
Thank you, Kitt for inviting me!
Could you tell us a little more about Enemy Lover?
Enemy Lover is book one in what I hope to be a long and successful series. L.O.S.T. operative Jax Cassidy is pitted against a highly successful therefore most lethal assassin, Marcus Cross, who also happens to be a vampire. Her mission is to take Cross and his mentor/creator out before they infiltrate the White House and control the United States of America. Both Jax and Marcus get a lot more than they bargained for. They are two badly damaged individuals who make the best of the crappy hand life has dealt them. Together they are a force of nature to be reckoned with. It’s a big story with larger than life characters. Labeled paranormal romantics suspense, ENEMY LOVER has been called an action adventure, political thriller by several reviewers as well. Take your pick or take them all. It’s a roller coaster ride from page one to The End.
Can you tell us what L.O.S.T. stands for?
Last Option Special Team.
Where did you come up with your idea for Jax Cassidy, Marcus Cross and the L.O.S.T. world?
I was watching (not by choice, my husband’s) The Dirty Dozen for the hundredth time. I thought how cool it would be to bring those guys into this century but instead of soldiers they’re bad ass cops who are in big trouble with the law. One thought evolved into another and before you knew it, we pitched the series as The Dirty Dozen, meets Mission Impossible with a paranormal twist. Jax Cassidy jumped onto the page immediately. She was a potty-mouthed in your face don’t-mess-with-me-or-I’ll-kill-you girl. Love at first meet for me! Marcus showed up all dark and brooding, and I knew the minute he faced me all hell would break loose when he and Jax met. They did not disappoint!
Why did you choose Vampires? Instead of say…werewolves?
This time around, Marcus chose for himself. That, and I really do like hunky, dark, brooding vampires. I couldn’t resist. 😉
Will each of the L.O.S.T. novel have a new hero and heroine? Yep. Or will they stay the same?
Each hero/heroine will either be a L.O.S.T. operative and their anti-protagonist an immortal. The series is set in the human world. It makes it a definite challenge when one of the two is not endowed with paranormal powers. It makes things veddy interesting indeed.
Do you have mental pictures of your characters that fit the bill of celebrities?
For Jax I always kind of thought of as she was in Underworld except Jax is far more in touch with her sensuality, and uses it when she has to. Marcus? I had an image of the man in my head, and was shocked speechless when I saw my cover for the first time. With the exception of eye color, Marcus originally had golden eyes, I could not have asked for a better representation. I had to change Marcus’s eyes to that amazing blue. So if hunky cover model acts, he’d get the job as Marcus!
How do you keep track of your world building?
Notes. Lots and lots of notes.
Are you a plotter, pantser, or combination?
I’m a total panster, but before I can write one word I need to know a few things about my h/h and bad guy. What do they want? How bad do they want it? And how far will they go to get it.
How did you get started writing professionally?
I’ve always written. I love everything about writing romance. I dabbled for years until one day I decided, “Hey! I want to get paid for this!” And so, I set my sights on New York and never looked back!
What interrupts or interferes with your writing the most?
My family. I dearly love them. But they find a way to wiggle into my writing day. And they’re all grown!
What question would you like an interviewer to ask, but somehow they never do?
Why is it important to you that your books matter?
So, why is it so important to you that your books matter?
I want my stories to resonate with readers who may need that extra push. Or a reader who is feeling like their life’s hurdles are insurmountable. While we all can’t be Jax Cassidy, we all can be our own hero or heroine. I want people to know they can. I want my stories to be that inspiration.
What would you like people to know about you?
That I’m passionate about what I do. That I have worked hard, very hard to publish. I never once said, I quit, and that because I could do it, so can anyone.
Is there a different genre of fiction that you would like to write about? If so what?
I’d like to write a big sweeping family saga, or a fun and frothy coming of age story. The problem is, I don’t have a frothy voice.
What books are on your “To Be Read” pile?
I’m giving away a custom L.O.S.T. mug to a commenter who asks me any legitimate question about my book Enemy Lover, myself or about writing.
Thank you Karin for answering all of our questions! Please feel free to come back anytime!!
To add to Karin’s wonderful prize, I’m throwing in my copy of a signed ARC galley of Enemy Lover. To win, leave a comment for Karin based on her guidelines. This contest will be international, so everyone is welcomed.
We will add:
+1 entry for each place you post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, twit it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your comment.
We ask the winners to post a review of the novel someplace. Whether it is on their own blog, Amazon, GoodReads, LibraryThing or wherever, it doesn’t matter. Just help get the word out.
The contest will stay open until May 30th, at which time we’ll determine the winner with help from Random.org and announce them on May 31st.
Also, we will try to contact the winners, but we ask that you check back to see if you’ve won and Kitt will send your info to Karin to collect your prize.