October 3, 2007 | Karin's Blog | 25 comments

I feel like a whale, not coz I need to lose a few pounds but because I have been underwater for so long. I have to up for air every once in a while, mostly ‘coz if I don’t, I’ll drown. I finished up, and sent off MASTER OF SURRENDER, formerly known as KISS OF THE KNIGHT. The new title is growing on me. The second book in the Blood Sword Legacy series is TAKEN BY THE KNIGHT.

I also got word today that THE HARD STUFF has gone back for a 4th printing! Not too shabby. That green man is like the energizer bunny.

I’m getting ready to start IN HIS BED, my contribution to the ITALLIAN STALLIONS antho. Despite the antho title, this story of mine is not going to be cheesy. It’s going to be sweet, spicy and scintillating. I love my heroine, Gianna Cipriani, and my hunky stud muffin hero, Gabriel LaMotta is scrumptious. Gianna is let’s just say, sheltered, and has zilch experience in the love department, but my man Gabe is one smoldering tom cat who has a hankerin’ for the introverted beauty.

After this book, I’ll be getting started on UNDERCOVER SANTA (working title). I think I’m going to bring in Ricco Maza from JADED as my hunky Santa hero. Then I’ll pounce on TAKEN BY THE KNIGHT.

I have managed to squeak in watching Dancing with the Stars and have to say the little Cheetah girl and Helio are my faves (and Maks). Well, Donny Osmond is my fave! But alas, I only get to see him when Marie is around, who is still adorable. Hey, I downloaded Puppy Love, Sweet and Innocent, and Go Away Little Girl to my iPod. Still love those songs after all these years. I know, don’t say it. I have Donny issues.

So that brings me to a question. Who are your favorite blasts from the past?


  1. Amanda

    Anything Disco is my ‘dance around the house’ music. I live for some Donna Summers.

    Love the titles. Can’t wait to read them.

  2. Cele

    I totally am entranced with Helio.

    Music wize, it’s gotta rock. But I don’t have an IPod, and when I get home I am really happy for a bit of quiet. Well that is until Ducky comes home and turns on College Football. You weren’t joking Karin, it’s always on.

  3. Mary

    Hey Kars,

    I’m with you on the Donny thing I have Puppy Love and Go away downloaded and everytime hubby hears them he just rolls his eyes. I guess at our age he was our first love.

    I would love to have the double album I had when I was a youngin.


  4. B.E. Sanderson

    I heard a song by Mr. Mister yesterday and it really brought back memories. My best friend in HS was totally in love with those guys. And of course, Duran Duran. We were ready to quit school and run off to Australia.

    And I’m another one of those girls who had a 45 of Donny Osmond’s Puppy Love around the house, but it was my oldest sister’s. All of us girls were in love with Donny, though.

  5. spyscribbler

    You know, I don’t get career envy, body envy, things envy, nothing. But I DO get title envy and bad. Damn, if I wouldn’t love to write a story called “Master of Surrender.”

    “Lord Sin” is another one that made me whimper this year.

  6. J. Carson Black

    How old do the oldies have to be? I just love “Nessun Dorma” from Turandot. But jumping into a slightly more modern era, nothing beats Golden Earring’s “When the Bullet Hits the Bone”. Sigh.

  7. Karin

    Amanda, I can remember many anight dancing to “I Love to Love You Baby”. Sigh. I loved disco. I have all of the Danskin outfits too. 😉

    Cele, sorry my Bears pooped on your Ducks. 🙁 But so long as they aren’t playing my guys now, I’ll cheer for them.

    Mar, I had that double album too!

  8. Karin

    B.E. I need to go look for some Duran Duran, Hungry Like Wolf comes to mind. Adding that one to the iPod. Thanks.

    Spy, I’m getting used to MASTER of SURRENDER as a medieval title. I’m glad you like it. And Kalen’s LORD SIN is a great title.

    Jake, When the Bullet Hits the Bone is a good one! Another one add to the iPod. 🙂

  9. Cele

    Karin my Ducks are their own worst enemy at times. I would still like someone to explain the ruling on that last fumble. I totally boggles my mind. What a nail biter of a game.

    I remember when I was in high school and someone at KHJ, in protest, played Puppy Love for an hour and a half solid. Something like 32 times in a row. Then the switched to a Ringo Starr song.

  10. Edie

    I bought my husband a musical birthday card last week — “Wild Thing” He loved it! So that was my blast of the past. 😆

    There are certain other songs I love to listen to. Anything by Righteous Brothers. On American Idol, my favorite is when they do Motown songs. How about “the boss”? Springsteen. Or Eric Clapton. His “Unplugged” album is my favorite.

  11. Karin

    Cele, they weren’t protesting Donny! were they?

    Wild Thing, I think I love you. I wanna know for sure… good one, Edie.

    Allison, sounds like someone had a very good writing day today. 😉 write on.

  12. Cele

    I had to go looking for it, I have a friend (my engineer) who said it was a protest, but this is what history says…

    15 March (doesn’t it figure)

    1972 — Los Angeles Radio station KHJ raided by police after calls from listeners who feared there’d been a revolution at the station from 6:00 to 7:30 in the morning. DJ Robert W. Morgan had played Donny Osmond’s “Puppy Love” over & over. The police left without making any arrests.

  13. J. Carson Black

    If it had been Barry Manilow, that guy would *still* be in prison.

  14. Mary

    Hey wait a minute I love Barry!!!!!

    Nights in New England take me away to hot rocky beaches and you by the bay. (what could be better).

  15. Mary

    Time in New Enland took my away to long rocky beaches and you by the bay.

    Need a second cup of coffee – brain now in full fuction mode.


  16. Karin

    Cele, Puppy Love used in protest? Hah!

    Jake, BM (lol) is a pussy of the highest order. *And* he has a lousy plastic surgeon.

    Sorry, Mar, but any guy who is afraid of Elizabeth Hasselbeck is a pussy in my book.

    LD. I went to those clubs too! My bf Carolyn and I use to hit them on a regular basis. We were the Danskin Queens!

  17. LaDonna

    Karin, I LOVE the oldies. Hmmm, disco is still my thing. I was the original disco-queen when Ran and I were dating. Don’t laugh, but we really did go to this club where lighted tiles lit the dance floor. Okay, anything Gibbs from Saturday night can get my legs bouncing. I love Tina Turner, Gloria Esteben, Glady’s Knight, the list goes on! I have everything from blast from the pasts, Country, pop, and instrumentals on my Ipod. I just love music! And I love to dance. :smle:

  18. Mary

    Oh I definately think he is a little on the girlie side. But you asked about blasts from the past and he was the sappy love song writer of my youth.

  19. Amanda

    Mary, I love Barry Manilow’s songs. They are super sweet and you can sing along easily. All the criteria I have for a good song.

    Anything by Air Supply, Journey, or REO Speedwagon is okay in my book too. See? Super sweet and you can sing along easily. My kinda song.

  20. Karin

    Sorry, Mar, you’re right. and I will admit. I like Mandy.

    Oh,love Journey, and REO!

  21. Mary


    Your taste runs right with mine Air Supply (young love in the late 70’s) they just had it. REO and Journey. I thought Steve was super sexy and what a awesomely unique voice.

    You go g.f.


  22. Michelle

    I’m a mid-80s girl, that’s when I started getting into music (start of high school, boys, etc 😉 ) and any music from that time period makes me bop to the beat. My father was a big John Denver fan, and I love his music to this day. I grew up listening to it.

  23. Lisa Gervais-McCoy


    Just finished SKIN, only took me 24 hours to read and I do have to say it was absoulutely a book hard to put down. I was drawn into every nook and cranny of Reese (lol) and the story line was great! (even though i had it all figured out with the first meeting of Unk and Frankie!) Last weeks read was Clive Cusslers, Lost World. I went out today and bought Good Girl Gone Bad and will be ready that tonight with the hubby wondering why I am smiling all the time when reading. Hey, its helped him in many ways hehee..Thanks Karin for the reads! I have been in the process of writing a book for years, my uncle is an editor and I have been letting him check some of my stuff and like anyone.. I need polishing!
    Thanks again for letting my mind wander after a hard days work!


  24. Karin

    Love the 80’s and the 70’s music.

    Lisa, I’m so glad you enjoyed SKIN!
    And um, glad hubby enjiys as well.

    Good luck with your writing. Keep at it. We all need polishing!

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