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WHAT I’M LOOKING FOR by Karen Grey What reviewers are saying: “This is my first book by Karen Grey and I’m hooked.” —Rellim Reads “This story was bodacious! Totally Tubular!” —Live, Laugh, Love and Books “I felt like I was in a time warp and I loved it.” —Betty Loves Love “Ah, the 80’s…pagers, answering machines and waiting days for a call, oh my!” —Kathryn, Goodreads “Will and Kate are a wonderful pair. Ms. Grey shares allows both their fears and affection to shine across the pages, giving What I’m Looking For a strong story and satisfying conclusion.” —Jen, That’s What I’m Talking About “Set in the 1980s, this funny yet warmhearted character-driven tale checks all the boxes for classy contemporary romance while providing the longed-for “something different” readers seek out. It’s smart. It’s sexy. It’s sophisticated romance at its best.” —Lea Hensley, Audiogals WHERE TO FIND IT AUDIO Libro.fm (use the code KARENWHITE for a 3 for 1 book deal), Downpour or Audible PRINT The Ripped Bodice (click below) or any indie bookstore via Indiebound or Bookshop.org (or just ask your local bookstore to order it) and Amazon. EBOOK Kobo, Apple, , Barnes & Noble, Google RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED, BUT STAY TUNED AND/OR FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA TO HEAR ABOUT OTHER GIVEAWAYS OR OTHER NEWS! Cathy, Karen and Bloom are the winners and I’ve contacted them via email.
I received the first hard copies of my very first novel in the mail this week. To celebrate, I’m giving away one paperback and one audiobook (CDs). I can sign them if you’d like, too. THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Aimee and Shonte are the winners but there will be more giveaways to come! To enter, just comment below telling us where you were in 1988. Deadline Monday, 6/15 at 5 p.m. EST. For extra chances, you can follow Karen Grey on Facebook @KarenGreywriter, Goodreads or Bookbub. (Just tell me in your comment if you’ve done it, I’ll believe you.) I’ll pick the winners at random. Entrants must be 18 and in the continental U.S. only. (Psst. There’s also a giveaway of the Kindle version on the book’s Goodreads page, so you have lots of chances to win! And this one is open to readers anywhere in the world.) But if you want to just go ahead and buy a copy, you can see all the current options on my website (which includes the option to buy directly from me). Alternatively, you can order from your local bookstore!
(& not just mine) I’ll keep this short and sweet. I’m taking part in a fun book giveaway with eleven other romance writers: MATCHMAKER. Each of us created a “match card” for our heroes and readers can choose free ebooks to read based on the hero descriptions. All you have to do is join that author’s mailing list. RomanceBooks.blog has lots of giveaways and fun stuff so whether you’re a reader or writer or both you might want to sign up for their newsletter, too. You can get an Advance Reader Copy of my book THIRTY TWO DAYS before it releases! (Reviews on Goodreads, Facebook, Instagram…wherever you hang out are appreciated.) Here’s the link https://bit.ly/matchmaker-grey to all twelve free books – available only through May 28.
or, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND YOUR READING LIFE Since we are all grappling with the changes that prescribed social distancing is bringing to life at the moment, I thought it might be a good time to share some ideas for ways to keep reading and listening without all the money going to one monopoly of a company, even if you can’t leave your house. Have you seen a bookmark like this on the counter of your local bookstore? If you have, that means they are a partner store with Libro.fm. I’ve been a fan of audiobook distributor Libro.fm since I first learned about the company. In fact when I did, I emailed the man who started the company and said, “You stole my idea!” Now, Mark Pearson couldn’t have stolen my idea since it only existed in my head, but years ago I did think it’d be a great idea for someone to figure out how independent bookstores could sell audiobooks. My local bookseller had explained that it just wasn’t cost effective for them to stock audiobook CDs. Even Barnes and Noble tends to stock only a small display of audiobooks. Meanwhile, Mark Pearson founded Libro.fm. Here’s how it works: When you sign up for your Libro.fm account, you get to choose your partner bookstore and every time you purchase an audiobook, that store gets a percentage of the profit. If you don’t choose a specific store, that percentage goes into a pot that benefits all member bookstores. In this way, even if you don’t leave your house, you can support your local economy. “But,” you might say, “I have a subscription and I download a book or two a month from a different company.” Here’s the thing. You may or may not know this, but the company you’re mostly likely talking about is owned by a much larger company. A company that not only owns online retail but actively squeezes profits from publishers and authors by using books as loss leaders. If you’ve studied any economics, you’ll know that it’s not healthy for most markets if one company holds a monopoly. So if we want authors to be able to afford to write and publishers to publish, we need to push back against the monopoly. One way to do that is to buy elsewhere. Here’s the awesome thing. You can get the same exact subscription at Libro.fm with almost** the same selection of books. I’m such a fan, I talked Mark into letting me share an incentive. If you try out Libro.fm with the code KARENWHITE, you get THREE BOOKS FOR THE PRICE OF ONE. https://libro.fm/redeem/karenwhite You won’t lose the books you’ve purchased from other companies. You’ll just listen to . . .
Author, along with Kurt Vonnegut, of Pity the Reader: On Writing With Style As a writer-in-progress myself, I feel so lucky to have been invited to record this title for Highbridge Audio. The book is filled with thoughtful, generous (and on Vonnegut’s part, often humorously grumpy) advice about writing well, the writer’s life, and really about any creative person’s place in the world. For a taste, just read Suzanne’s answers to my questions about her writing life. KW: What contributes to flow in your work? SM: Keeping in daily contact with whatever I’m working on, by working on it, primarily—and/or by making lists of my intentions or questions, if they are ‘listable,’ by scribbling notes or thoughts, or merely by thinking about it. This abiding with it seems to set my subconscious in motion. The result is that some of my most productive ‘ah-ha’s’ occur in the middle of the night when I awake with a brilliant solution, or just the right phrase or word, or—even in the mundane outreach process, another person I forgot to email or who could make a terrific connection. I’ve long been interested in dreams. I once took a life-changing class in a method to change our dream, and one result was an eye-opening awareness of the subconscious at work. Over years. I’ve learned to trust it and my intuition. So if I am deeply engaged in my work in the daytime, night time often yields the answer. KW: Do you have a mentor? What gift did s/he pass to you that you use regularly? Embed from Getty Images SM: Kurt Vonnegut bestowed many things but the biggest gift he gave me is simply by being a model in terms of his commitment and persistence to writing, fueled by passion to convey serious truths as he saw them. KW: Do you have multiple creative outlets in your life? SM: I think other outlets are very nourishing and teach you a lot about the creative process in general, but also what’s specific to each art. I play the piano, but was taught classically; I took jazz piano lessons from a wonderful teacher over the last two years while writing Pity the Reader, which was joyously freeing. It was a relief from the computer and writing, immediate and playful, and it reinforced my sense of my intuitive creativity. I went through a period of doing watercolors for several years, in my 30’s I took dance classes, I once took an improvisation acting class that was marvelous and fed my teaching and sense of spontaneity in general. Writing is sedentary and all these other creative endeavors are more physical and immediate. I also love to bake, take care . . .
Susan Gloss‘ second novel came out early this year, and I’m happy to report that it was as fun to narrate as her first, Vintage. Both novels are set in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. Publisher Harper Collins calls it “a charming mid-western story of artists, inspiration, and how to reinvent your life with purpose and flair”, and I have to agree. Since this book is largely about the tension between pursuing a career in the arts and the real life demands of creating a family, I’m so happy that Susan agreed to talk about her process and work with me. KW: Do you have practices/rituals/habits that support your creative work? SG: The one thing that is consistent whenever I’m in the drafting phase of a novel is that I have to leave the house to write. I have two little boys, so it’s impossible to get work done at home. Even when they are in school, I get distracted by all of the mundane household tasks that need to get done, like tackling Mount Laundry. I usually write in coffee shops and libraries. KW: How do you fill your well? SG: I crave alone time in which I’m not working. I also love to be outdoors, so my favorite ways to get alone time are taking long bike rides in the summer, and skiing in the winter. I did my first century bike ride (100 miles in one day) late last summer. It was glorious to be able to work my body, fill my soul, and clear my head all at the same time. KW: If you have a day job, do you enjoy using your mind/body in that different way or is it an obligation that weighs on your creative work? SG: I work part-time as an attorney. I definitely see my two jobs—lawyer and novelist—as different sides of the same coin. They compliment each other. Both jobs revolve around research and writing. My day job allows me to exercise the analytical part of my brain, while writing fiction allows me to be creative. KW: Is the space in which you work important to you? SG: Not especially. I can block out external noise pretty easily, even without headphones or anything. Side benefit of being a mom, I guess. KW: Do you have multiple creative outlets in your life? SG: In addition to writing, I also love cooking as a creative outlet. In the summer and fall, I belong to a CSA (community supported agriculture) farm, and we get a box of vegetables every week based on whatever is in season and currently being harvested. Having to figure out what do with, say, an abundance of eggplant and . . .