Monday, July 15, 2013

SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY ~ Her Sister by Karen Rose Smith




Clare's little sister, Lynnie, was abducted twenty-seven years ago.  Now the retired detective who has never been able to let go of the cold case has a lead.  Lynnie could be alive!
Clare's neighbor, Joe, an occasional friend until now, gives her support and...wants more than friendship. 


Clare's mom, Amanda, thrown together again with her ex-husband into a crisis discovers forgotten love beneath the regrets.
Clare's sixteen year old daughter, Shara, decides to run from her problems instead of facing them.
A devoted sister, a turmoiled mom and a rebellious daughter find their way back to each other in this contemporary ebook about three generations who discover love can knit their family back together again.




Stepping closer, keeping his eyes on hers, Joe took her by the shoulders.  "You can't solve your parents' problems, but you can let them help you.  You can be here for Shara.  You've got to keep the best possible outlook on this, not the worst, and you'll be able to keep in touch with your parents to know what's happening every step of the way.  That's what cell phones and texting are for, right?"

Thinking about it, Clare found herself biting her lower lip, feeling younger than she was, feeling uncertain about everything.

"Your parents probably don't know how much they hurt you.  Have you ever told them?"

She'd let a little of that come out today.  Still … "How could I tell them when they were hurting so badly because Lynnie was gone.  I let some of my feelings slip today.  They seemed shocked, actually shocked.  Are they really so clueless?"

"They're human, Clare.  They've tried to do their best, but that just wasn't enough with you.  You have to decide if you're going to forgive them and move out of this, or if you're always going to hold bitterness toward them."

She saw the look in his eyes and the road she should take.  "You're going to tell me bitterness is only going to hurt me, not them."

"No, I’m not.  It will hurt all of you."

His eyes were so kind and compassionate that she found tears coming to hers.  Blinking hard, she tried to turn away.  But instead of letting her, he pulled her into a hug and he held her tight.



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Award-winning author Karen Rose Smith was born in Pennsylvania. Although she was an only child, she remembers the bonds of an extended family. Since her father came from a family of ten and her mother, a family of seven, there were always aunts, uncles and cousins visiting on weekends. Family is a strong theme in her books and she suspects her childhood memories are the reason.
In college, Karen began writing poetry and also met her husband to be. They both began married life as teachers, but when their son was born, Karen decided to try her hand at a home-decorating business.  She returned to teaching for a while but changes in her life led her to writing romance fiction. Now she writes romances and mysteries full time. She has sold 82 novels since 1991.
Presently, she is hard at work on a three-book series for Harlequin Special Edition as well as a three-book mystery series for Kensington.
Married to her college sweetheart since 1971, believing in the power of love and commitment, she envisions herself writing relationship novels, both romance and mystery, for a long time to come!


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Karen will be awarding a Landau charm bracelet and a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour (US ONLY).  To enter the contest, be sure to leave your email address in the comments section.

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26 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting me today. It's great to be here. My question for readers today is: when you read a romance or women's fiction, what age do you prefer for the heroine?

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    1. Hi Karen.

      Thank you for stopping by.

      I prefer my heroines to be late twenties and older. They all might not have their stuff together, but they've lived their lives a little bit.

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    2. I like any age except the really young. I'm almost 57 but I feel like I can relate to most any age group.

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    3. I like any age except the really young. I'm almost 57 but I feel like I can relate to most any age group.

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  2. Sounds like a fabulous read.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I couldn't imagine having to live Clare's life. I feel for her in what I think is her being put on the back burner because her sister was/is missing. And having to navigate this world by herself.

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    2. Often, even when one child is more needy, others get pushed aside unintentionally. I love watching Parenthood because the actors show that so effectively between Max and Haddie.

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  3. Most of the books I read are historical romances and usually the heroine is in her early 20's. But a few have her in her late 20's. I think I actually prefer the slightly older heroine because she has the aura of a bit more experience. She's lived a little bit more than her younger counterpart and has the facial character to show for it.

    kareninnc at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Karen!!!! Nice to see you again.

      See, you said what I was trying to say more elegantly.

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  4. Ingeborg--thanks for stopping!

    Karen--an older heroine with more experience gives me more to work with!

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    1. Exactly... She's made mistakes, but has learned from them... Sometimes, even going a little too far in her beliefs, if she's had her heart broken one too many times.

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  5. Honestly, I don't have a preference. I can enjoy teen, young adult, 25-35, Middle aged, etc. It just depends on if the narrator has some quality at all that makes them relatable!

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. Hi Andra!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      You know, you are right... It all depends on how the book is written as long as you can relate to and feel for the heroine, that's all that matters.

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  6. Andra--that's a great point. If you can identify with the main character in some way is what matters.

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  7. Kim--even if I write about a twenty year old virgin, I try to give her some heartbreak to make her more mature than her years.

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  8. That's an interesting question, about the age of the heroine...I guess they're more intriguing in their 30s. I think back to my 30s, when I thought I had all the answers, but didn't even have all the questions.

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    1. Hi Angel.

      I like that!!!

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

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    2. Angel--there are more and more questions without answers the older I get!

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  9. Thanks so much for having me here today. Have a terrific rest of the summer!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and responding to all the comments.

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  10. Sounds like an interesting book. Best age for a character? Well, I just turned 41 so maybe my age or younger or younger than 60. I do enjoy seniors like Miss Marple, though.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. :)

      Thanks for stopping by Michelle.

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  11. Thanks for the tour.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for talking the time to stop by.

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