Helloo Maidens! Please join me in welcoming Paranormal Romance author, Karin Tabke! Ms. Tabke has just released the first book of her new paranormal romance trilogy called Blood Law for Berkley Heat. You can find my fangirl review of Blood Law here.
Karin Tabke is a full-time writer who dapples in various genres, including paranormal romantic suspense under the pen name, Karin Harlow and historical and contemporary romance. You can find more information on Karin Tabke and her books here.
UTC: First off, thank you so much for stopping by today! We appreciate your time and are thrilled to have you here to talk about your new Blood Moon Trilogy! Let’s get started and get to know you better! You write paranormal romance, paranormal romantic suspense, contemporary and even historical (medieval) romance! Do you find it difficult to make the necessary changes in writing style between genres? How do you make sure your “voice” remains distinctly yours?
First off, thank you, Ann for the invite! I’m really excited to hang out here today! Ok, so to answer your first question, no. I don’t find it hard to make any changes when I switch subgenres. My contemporary voice and historical voice while distinct are as much a part of me as my arms and legs. I can speak with either at any given time. I don’t have to make sure my voice remains distinctly mine, not anymore. It’s ingrained, part of my writer fabric now. All I do now, is hone it.
UTC: Blood Law is the first book in your Blood Moon Trilogy. How did the idea of this series come to be?
I was at the movies with hubby watching Rise of the Lycan. I had one of those ah hah! moments. The next night we were watching Sons of Anarchy and then my head blew up with the idea! Hubby was sweet enough to clean up the mess.
UTC: The Blood Law is a crucial aspect to the Blood Moon series and is essentially, the notion of an eye for an eye. What inspired this law?
The Bible’s eye for an eye. Lycan are primal. In nature, wolves are primal and their laws are simple: respect the hierarchy and only the strong survive.
UTC: I adore your main lead characters in Blood Law! What do you love most about your heroine, Falon and your hero, Rafael?
I love Falon’s complexity. There is so much more to her than what you see. I love her natural curiosity, her wonder, and her love for Rafael. Rafe, what can I say about him that hasn’t been said? He is ruled by honor and duty, but at his core, it is his primal self that overrules all law, lycan or man made. He is the good son who loves as fiercely as he hates. He’s torn between his honor and responsibility to his pack, his blood ties to his brother, and his fierce love for Falon. He cannot have one with out sacrificing the others.
UTC: What was it about the Lycans that intrigued you so much to write a trilogy on them?
Their badassness. Lycan are the misunderstood rogue’s of the paranormals. I love that they are so basic in their primal simplicity. And since I write alphas, what better canvas to paint the ultimate alpha?
UTC: Why did you decide to write a paranormal romance series? Is there a genre you prefer to write over others?
I didn’t pick paranormal romance, it picked me! I love writing love stories, period. My favorite genre is the one I’m currently writing. I wrote WANTED, my hot cop contemp novella in the upcoming MEN OUT OF UNIFORM with authors Maya Banks and Sylvia Day in between ENEMY MINE (Karin Harlow paranormal suspense) and writing BLOOD RIGHT, and I grinned the entire time I wrote it. So, really, I love the characters.
UTC: The covers to Blood Law and Blood Right are downright delicious! Did you have a say in the cover art? What was your reaction when you saw it for the first time?
I know aren’t they just yummy? Love them! Yes, I did have a say. My editor and I talked early on about our vision. I really wanted the covers to tell a story. Same models for all three books. The first cover (you can see it on the amazon kindle page) was gorgeous but it didn’t convey the passion between Rafe and Falon I had hoped for. They knocked the second try out of the park! I love the BLOOD RIGHT cover and as soon as I can show the BLOOD MOON RISING cover, I will!
UTC: Out of all the heroines you have written, who would you say is most like you?
Oh no! Ok, so every one of my heroines has a little piece of me, that’s how I roll! But, most like me? Frankie in SKIN and Jax in ENEMY LOVER. That said, I am not nearly as brave as either of them! But they have mouths on them and don’t back down, two of my better or worse traits depending on which side you happen to be when experiencing them.
UTC: What can we expect for your next instalment in the Blood Moon trilogy?
BLOOD RIGHT February 2012! Also, the second book in my Karin Harlow L.O.S.T. series, ENEMY MINE, is releasing Aug ’11. I’m excited about this book too!
UTC: What can we expect from your upcoming short story “Wanted” in the “Men Out of Uniform” coming out in October?
A fun, steamy romp! I loved writing Colin, my hero in that story. While alpha through and through, he has a sense of humor, I loved! It’s good, really good.
UTC: Tell us, what’s next for Karin Tabke?
After I wrap up BLOOD RIGHT, I’ll begin BLOOD MOON RISING, and then it’s back to those sexy Blood Sword Legacy knights!
Thank you again, Karin for stopping by Under the Covers! We appreciate your time and will be eagerly awaiting the next instalment of the Blood Moon Trilogy, Blood Right!
Karin has graciously offered us a SIGNED copy of her newest release, BLOOD LAW to giveaway to one lucky commenter! Open to everyone through May 25 – May 31. To enter, you must follow these instructions:
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2. Leave a comment on this interview or on my Blood Law review here.
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Winner will be announced on June 1. Good luck to those who enter and thank you for celebrating our 100 follower celebration with us! We appreciate it!