Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Shattered Secrets

Congratulations to "Rachael B", "Martha L", "Kathleen M", "Liz D." and "Janice H". Thank you to all who participated!

When my agent first told me that I was getting a reputation for writing exciting enclave novels, I said, “Writing what?”  Well, duh--enclave novels, in my case, romantic suspense novels set in small towns and the surrounding rural areas.  In the rom/sus books I’ve written, I’ve used Amish settings, small town Alaska and now, again, the edge of Appalachia, an area I know well.  My new trilogy THE COLD CREEK NOVELS:  SHATTERED SECRETS (Sept.); FORBIDDEN GROUND (Nov.): and BROKEN BONDS (Jan.) take place in the dramatic, scary area of the Ohio Appalachian ridge, an unique enclave unto itself.

I did my undergrad work at a college in that area, even student taught at a high school with some small town and “backwoods kids.”  What suspense writer could ignore settings such as a defunct coal mine; a run down hunting cabin; an abandoned insane asylum; and deep cornfields surrounding an old farm house?  Cell phones don’t even work in some spots.  How perfect for a heroine and her small town sheriff love when they are trying to solve a terrible crime.  

For the first book in the trilogy, I suppose it might have seemed logical to begin with the oldest of the three sisters and keep them in order.  But it’s the terrible thing that happened to the youngest that gets things rolling, so book #1, SHATTERED SECRETS, belongs to Tess Lockwood.  Years later, a childhood tragedy still impacts her as well as her oldest sister, Kate, and her middle sister, Char, and the men in their lives.

Tess was abducted from the cornfield behind their house when she was young.  She somehow escaped after several months but remembered nothing of the trauma.  The family fell apart and left Cold Creek.  Now an adult, Tess is back to sell the old homestead.  But another local child, the third taken, disappears during her brief stop in town.  Though Tess wants nothing to do with reliving her past, she promises to help the sheriff, Gabe McCord, solve the crime.  Tess can’t wait to have it all over and get out of town, but…of course, romantic and fearful consequences follow.

One thing I love about this trilogy is that the books come out very close together, every other month.  That made it easy for the new heroines/heroes in each book to appear in support roles in the next novels.  The dynamics among three sisters can be surprising and fascinating, as any of you with multiple sisters know.  There can be tension, but when trouble looms, they stick together.  The three heroes all have relationships too, but that doesn’t make them seem any less dangerous at first to the heroines.

Booklist said of book #1 in my previous trilogy:  “Harper, a master of suspense, keeps readers guessing about crime and love until the very end.”  (Starred review for FALL FROM PRIDE.)  I hope the same is true for this new trilogy.  I think the villain is one of the most unusual yet.  Please let me know (at if you guess who it is before the trap closes on Tess and Gabe in scenic but scary small town Appalachia.  

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Karen will be giving away 5 copies of SHATTERED SECRETS to 5 lucky readers who stop by and leave a comment to say hello.


Every town has its secrets… 

Returning to Cold Creek, Ohio, is an act of courage for Tess Lockwood. Abducted and held captive as a young girl, she is unable to remember anything about the crime that destroyed her childhood and tore her family apart. Now a grown woman with a bright future, she is certain she has put the past behind her. But when she inherits the family home, Tess must confront the demons that still haunt her and the town of Cold Creek. 

Gabe McCord has always blamed himself for what happened to Tess. He had been a teenager when she was snatched from the group of children he was responsible for watching. Now Gabe has taken on the role of sheriff and hopes to shed new light on the cold case, especially given his growing feelings for Tess. 

Tess isn't ready to recall what happened to her, and she has no intention of digging up any details that might remind her of the truth. But when another child in the town goes missing, she's certain it's related to her return to Cold Creek. Together,Tess and Gabe will have to work to unlock their painful memories in order to save another child and heal their damaged souls, for good….

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  1. I'm stopping in to say hi to Karen, and to definitely add this one to my TBR list!

  2. Hi Karen, your trilogy sounds exciting! I enjoyed the excerpt.

    tatt3r at sbcglobal dot net

  3. Look forward to reading this series!

  4. Sounds like a great read...I love romantic suspense ..thanks for the chance

  5. Romantic suspense is my favorite and this one sounds fabulous. I have not read Miss Harper's books so I look forward to reading this new trilogy. Thanks for the chance to win.

    mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

  6. Liking the sound of this trilogy! Thanks for sharing! :)

  7. Congrats to Karen on the new release. I'll be looking forward to this trilogy.
    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  8. Trilogy on my TBR list.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

  9. Interesting trilogy

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  10. congrats to Karen on the trilogy! This sounds awesome :) Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh my goodness, Karen, am I ever glad I "met" you tonight on this JRS blog! Romantic suspense is my fave reading genre and I'm always looking for good authors to feed my reading habit. :-) I just don't know why I haven't heard of your work before now...but I'm not complaining as I can start reading something of yours as soon as I visit Amazon. :-) Thanks so much for chatting about the three books in your latest series.

  12. I like your covers, Karen. Please enter me in your draw.

  13. I love romantic suspense books. This trilogy sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

  14. This sounds great! Thanks for the giveaway!

  15. This looks amazing!

  16. I grew up in a small town where there was never a shortage of conflict. Just not the type you write about. The book sounds great!
    kathleen at kathleenmix dot com

  17. Sounds fascinating! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. I have been really your books. I just love reading mystery and to see if I can figure who done it.