Firsts

April 15th, 2014

A friend sent this video to me the other day:

And after watching it (and being completely delighted with these two women) I started thinking of various “firsts” in life. First trip, first visit to another country, first time diving off a diving board, first book being published, etc. and it was rather amazing to think back to some things that now I consider “not a big deal” and how I felt before I did them. Now I don’t feel nervous about visiting another country or diving into a pool. (A book being published is still a BIG DEAL to me, so that doesn’t count) An, the taller woman in the video, was so frightened of flying then realized it was not so bad and the payoff in the end was well worth the trip.

What are some of your firsts and what are some firsts you’d still like to have?

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The trouble with Mondays

April 7th, 2014

I almost feel bad for Monday. It gets a bad rap as the first day of work after the weekend, the day that people vow to start their new diet or exercise regime, make calls to repair shops or handymen to come fix things that broke on the weekend. This Monday I am back in the saddle (or office chair) after a week long getaway with my family.

Needless to say, I am not enthused.

 

I’d much rather have slept late, lounged around in my jammies, and started the week on at least Tuesday morning – or even Wednesday. Yes, Wednesday sounds good.

What are your thoughts on Mondays? Like ‘em? Hate ‘em? View them as just another day?

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

March 17th, 2014

A day of strange green food, a portion of the population adopting another heritage, and green beer.

Surely you can get your Irish on without dumping food coloring in your beer, right?

I’ve seen photos of green pancakes, shakes, beverages, cakes, eggs, cookies and a few unidentifiable things I would rather not try to figure out. The funny thing is that all this hullabaloo is an American thing. According to this NPR article, the Irish weren’t really even fans until they were in the US and started tasting things from their Jewish neighbors. Likewise with parades. They are an American tradition.

I’ll still have my corned beef and cabbage as it’s delicious and this is one of the few times a year I remember to make it, but I’ll pass on the other unnaturally green items.

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Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

 

 

A sale!

March 10th, 2014

Everyone loves a sale, right?

It just so happens that my publisher has put the ebook of ONE NIGHT IN SCOTLAND (the first book in the Hurst Amulet series!) on sale through the end of March for $1.99! This is available on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks!

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Click on the links below to pick up your copy!

Amazon: http://amzn.to/1h7NrJK
B&N: http://bit.ly/1qquJUa
iBooks: http://bit.ly/1gfjk58
kobo: http://bit.ly/1elIR8H

 

Cover Reveal!

March 6th, 2014

My breath caught when I first saw this cover – I loooooove it.

I am so excited about this first book in my new series (out in September!) as it lets me introduce the rest of my fabulous Princes of Oxenburg. *sigh* I do love them.

What do you think of the new cover? Isn’t the blue divine? I think I will just sit here and bask in its beautiful glow a little while.

 

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The Oscars!

March 3rd, 2014

Who watched last night?

While I didn’t see many of the movies this year (pesky deadlines) I do enjoy watching every year. I’m in love with all the gowns and jewels and the acceptance speeches. Every year it makes me want to go find some beautiful gown, get my hair done, don some sparkly jewelry and go out for a night on the town.

Then reality sets in.

Seriously, where would I go? My local coffee shop and dinner place might think I had finally lost my marbles (completely) if I glided in wearing something like that. Then there’s the hair and makeup. I don’t have a stylist on staff (Hot Cop keeps vetoing this when I mention it around annual budget making time) so I would have to find someone to put on the glitz.

And then there are the jewels. I suppose I could wear one of my tiaras (yes, I have more than one, no judging) and that would suffice.

Or I could dress in my comfy clothes and just enjoy watching from the sidelines. . . while wearing my tiara, of course.

Do you watch the Oscars? What are some of your favorite moments from last night? Who else wanted to be in the Best. Selfie. Ever.?

4 Responses to “The Oscars!”

  1. Tina H. says:

    The Selfie was awesome! I also loved the actual pizza delivery. Others have joked about stuff like that and then nothing so that was cool. My favorite gowns were on Sandy Bullock, Lupita Nyong’o, Cate Blanchett and Kate Hudson though Goldie Hawn was also looking good. I swear Kate looks more and more like her every year. My favorite speeches were from Lupita, Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey. Love a man who gives props to his momma they way they did. Favorite performance was by Pink. She sang Somewhere Over the Rainbow with simple elegance. The song doesn’t need all those embellishments that others would’ve put in there. That song always brings a tear to my eye and last night was no exception. Overall, I enjoyed last night. :)

    • Karen Hawkins says:

      Pink’s version was amazing. I like that the show went back toward tradition rather than all the spectacle from the last few years.

  2. Lynn Cheney says:

    I feel the same way!!! Why not host an Oscars Party!!! Get a place to host it. Send invitations. Dress: Formal Gowns and Tuxes. Definitely tiaras.. :) !! Could give your own awards. I just may have to host something like that in my area !!

    • Karen Hawkins says:

      I think that would be a FABULOUS party. I’ll take any excuse to dress up. And wear a tiara. And eat.

Lady in Red

February 27th, 2014

This is one of my favorite books and I am so glad they have re-released the print version (e-book version also available!) It has been fun to revisit some of my favorite characters. If you have not read it yet and have been wanting to pick it up in print, here’s your chance!

To read more about LADY IN RED, click here!

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Editing . . . and editing . . . and editing . . . Did I mention I’ve been editing?

December 23rd, 2013

READER QUESTION: Karen, you mentioned on Facebook this week you were editing. Do you like editing or is writing more fun?

ANSWER: Right now, I’m editing the final draft of the first book of my Princes of Oxenburg series, which will be out August 2014. Some authors write slowly and carefully. For them, editing is a simple clean up: getting rid of passive voice, making sure no character is shrugging or smiling too often, looking for missing or misspelled words – that sort of thing.

That doesn’t work for me. I write forward in gloriously messy, hugely sweeping swatches, scribbling scene after scene as fast as I can imagine them, not always in order, either. I’ve never, EVER written ‘carefully.’ I can’t write while being ‘careful.’ ‘Careful’ stops my creativity, stifles my sense of humor, and doesn’t allow the characters in my mind enough room to breathe on their own.

When I write, I need to be unfettered and completely lost to the moment, and ‘careful’ is the opposite of that.

frustrated-writerFor me, editing is an amazingly frustrating process, but I still love every minute. The frustrating part is rereading and rereading and rereading, and tweaking and tweaking and tweaking, and adding and adding and adding, and subtracting and subtracting and subtracting – it’s slow, painstaking, and agonizing. But as onerous as it is, as many hours as it takes, I LOVE seeing those rough scenes slowly polished into something sparkly and beautiful and worth sharing. I feel so much satisfaction as I edit, that deep, soul-happy feeling that FINALLY, all is right with the world.

When you write something, do you write it as fast as you can, and then go back and edit it into shape? Or do you write slowly, carefully, so you have to do very little editing?

NOTE: My husband, Hot Cop, knows to never read over my shoulder when I’m writing. When he does, I screech and throw myself over the screen while yelling, “DON’T LOOK! IT’S NOT READY!” I don’t let anyone see my rough drafts, because they’re painfully rough and very, very drafty.

 

FROS (For Refreshment Only Sundays) gets KILT.

December 22nd, 2013

I get why so many women love kilts. It takes a well-built man to make a kilt look just right. But it’s just not the kilts (and what’s in them) that women love. The entire Celtic culture is amazing. It’s rich with romance, history, and creativity.

Creativity, you ask? Oh yes. Take the Hunterston Brooch, for example. Made of gold filigree, it combined Celtic and Anglo-Saxon styles. The brooch was made in the west Scotland (or perhaps Ireland – no one is sure) near 700 AD. Found in 1830 on the Hunterston Estate in Ayrshire, the piece is a highly accomplished casting of silver, richly mounted with gold, silver and amber decoration. Here’s a close up of the brooch:

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Wow, hm? Just . . . wow. Add to this high level of artistry, a land populated with a rich history, atmospheric castles, a beautiful and lush countryside, and this:

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I wonder what he’s thinking about? Hopefully he’s wondering how to win one of us.

What’s not to love about this time/place in history? Let’s take a look at another example of kilt excellence:

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Oh yes. There’s something awesome about the Celtic tradition, especially those in kilts.

Happy FROS, my dears! I hope your week is filled with creative endeavors, beautiful scenery, and KILTS!!!

 

All I Want for Christmas…

December 19th, 2013

How do you let your loved ones know what you want for Christmas? Here are a few pointers.