Monday, June 25, 2012

We All Love A Good Book


Congratulations to Janie, the winner of Karyn's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated.

We all love a good book. That’s why we’re here, to celebrate books. Especially romantic suspense books. We love the heart-thumping, heart-felt combination of suspense and romance. When I set out to write Backlash I knew I wanted it to revolve around a character who stepped out her door one day and into a nightmare. I wanted to explore how far would she go to protect a thirteen year old student. And herself. Fortunately, Lily Wheeler has help along the way. The support of the Aspen Lake Police Department and one officer in particular has a vested interest in keeping her safe.
Still, my heroine could have benefited from a few self-defense classes. Remember the movie Miss Congeniality? Everything I knew about self-defense came from her acronym SING: solar plexus, instep, nose, groin. Lily isn’t a whole lot more informed. Writing Backlash made me want to sign up for classes. Maybe I should sign my book club up. Can you imagine? A group of wine drinking, book reading mommas learning how to defend themselves? Those paperback villains better look out!

Fact is the danger for women lives pretty close to home. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics women make up 70% of the victims killed by an intimate partner. Women are most likely murdered by people they know. Assaulted by people they know. Stalked by people they know. We should all be a little self-defense savvy. So along with SING, remember these other weak points and these moves: Eyes (The Eye Gouge); Ears (The Ear Slap); Knee (The Fender Bender).

I guess the most important thing to remember is it’s about personal safety. Our individual safety. The most powerful move you can make is to keep a cool head. Think sensibly. Don’t take unnecessary risks. You’re safer reading a book.


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?

Excerpt

The menace emanating from them wasn’t feigned. It was shady, threatening, and it went bone deep. Lily stepped back, forgetting the man behind her until a large hand slapped against the space between her shoulder blades.

He pushed her forward. She drew in a discreet breath and shifted her weight, hoping to anchor her sandal-clad feet to the pavement. The sheen of fear induced sweat coating her skin iced over as they closed in. The one with the ink shook his head slowly and tsked at her. Lily gritted her teeth.

When his booted feet came to rest toe-to-toe with her summer sandals, Lily didn’t back down. She had no place to go.

To celebrate the release of BACKLASH, I’m giving away one print copy (US or Canada).

Karyn Good lives on the Canadian Prairies with her husband and two children surrounded by blue skies and wheat fields. When she isn’t writing or herding children, she’s hiding in a corner reading.


Giveaway ends 10pm EST June 25th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@justromanticsuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

23 comments:

  1. Whoo, a fellow Canadian... and another book to add to my epic TBR queue :).

    Signing your book club up for self defence classes would be legend (just make sure to bring the wine, haha). The police department at my university offers a 6-session self defence course for women, which is great. Wish more people would take advantage of it!

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Cris! Wonderful to meet another Canadian! The University if very close to most of us! That's the first place I'm going to check in with about classes. Thanks for the excellent suggestion!

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  2. I always carry my keys in my fist with the point sticking out ... That's about the only self defense I know. I'm afraid even if I did know self defense, I would just freeze. I would love to win the copy of your book. Thanks for the giveaway. Gator_trish at msn dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Trish! Yep, the key trick is about the only self-defense move I know. I hear what your saying about freezing! I think though if a person had a better idea of how to defend themselves they might be better equipped to handle all those terrifying emotions and be able to react quickly.

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  3. Hi Karyn, It is true that intimates are the most dangerous & I think (as a Criminologist) that awareness is key, whether in familiar surroundings are out.
    Your book sounds very interesting to me. & it sounds like you had a lot of fun writing it.
    Please enter me in your draw.
    Jan

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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    1. Hi Jan! I did have a lot of fun writing Backlash. I learned so much about so many things. Concern for our personal safety and awareness are vital. Your work as a Criminologist must be fascinating!

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  4. A lot of women don't see the need for self defense training til after it's needed at that precise moment. I took kickboxing as a teenager & thank God everyday that I did because it literally saved my life. I've been a victim of stalking & I thank the people out there who are drawing attention to the fact that women are more likely to be stalked in their lifetime than men are. Thank you for your contribution to the issue.
    Sincerely,
    Rita
    belle writes at yahoo dot com

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    1. Rita, thank you so much for sharing your own personal experience! It must have been terrifying! I think you're very right. We tend to push preparing for these kinds of situations aside until it's too late. I'm so thankful you had training that saved your life! After hearing your story I'm more determined than ever to sign up for classes!

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  5. Hello to another fellow Canadian!
    I do think self-defense skills is important for everyone and I have heard of the statistic that many times the victims are killed by someone they know. It's a sad fact. I think with some skills in personal defense and awareness towards safety can go a long way.

    Lily sounds like such a strong heroine which is just the kind I like in romantic suspense :)

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Na! Another Canadian! Yay! Self-defense skills are important for everyone. Different age groups are targeted for different types of crimes. For instance, younger women are more likely to be stalked or sexually assaulted and older women and more likely to be the victim of a car-jacking or some other type of violent theft. But I hope awareness and preparedness can make us feel safer.

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  6. Congratulations on the book! It sounds good. Thanks for sharing the tips.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  7. Congrats on the new release, Karyn. I've never read a romance where the hero is a Constable.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

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    1. Thanks, Jane! Policing looks different in Canada. Chase is a Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (Also known as the RCMP or the Mounties). They are our federal police force and perform a wide variety of tasks. They are also responsible for municipal policing in certain provinces. My fictional small town of Aspen Lake would fall under the jurisdiction of the RCMP. He would wear a uniform and drive a patrol car.

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  8. It looks like a good story and the post made a great point that we women should think about our safety.
    mce1011 AT aol DOT com

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    1. Thanks Maureen! We really should. Knowledge is power!

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  9. Hello Karyn! You are a new name for me... thank you for sharing with us today. Enjoyed the excerpt... it sounds like a book I could truly get into.

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  10. Thanks, Colleen! BACKLASH is my first novel and I'm thrilled to be sharing it with readers. If you get a chance to read it I hope you enjoy it!

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  11. Backlash sounds like just my kind of book. And you're a fellow Canuck! Congrats on your new release.

    Judi
    boomer21(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. OMGosh, another Canadian! Hi Judi! Thanks!!!

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  12. KARYN
    I JUST LOVE YOUR BOOKS SOUNDS LIKE ANOTHER GREAT READ TY FOR THE CHANCE.
    tammyjackson75@yahoo.com

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  13. Congrats on the newest release! I love romantic suspense precisely b/c it's the closest I'll ever get to danger I'm hoping. I can't even stand scary movies. It's easier to read about it than to watch it.

    Definitely going to go check out your book :)

    efender1(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Congrats on the release, and great post. Yes, the danger in romantic suspense is fun, but as women, we all really need to know how to protect ourselves. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
    Stacy
    stacy(dot)whisenand(at)gmail(dot)com

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