Coming Up For Air

July 10, 2008 | Karin's Blog | 10 comments

Wow, what a year this has been deadlinewise! I turned in the polished version of MASTER OF TORMENT at 5 a.m. this morning! It’s already half revised, as my editor and I have been working very closely on this one. I expect the balance of revisions to be light.

It’s befitting that the cover flats for TORMENT arrived this afternoon. And, ladies and gents? I am in love! I can honestly say, I have never seen a sexier cover. The colors, the model, the dark foreboding ramparts in the background, the sword! The silver raised embossing, it all sets the mood so perfectly for this story. I love the art department at Pocket and love my editor for being so in tuned to this series. She really has made all the difference.

I really love my hero, Wulfson of Trevelyn, he truly is a man of all men, and my heroine, Tarian Godwinson, is extraordinary. Of all of the heroines I have written, she truly is a warrior in every sense of the word. She not only is a fighter and a survivor but she is not afraid to take control of her destiny as opposed to allowing the winds of destiny to control her. In the violent chaotic time she lived, it was truly survival of the fittest. It’s what I love so much about the conquest period.

While TORMENT, book two of the Blood Sword Legacy, is due in to release the last week of November this year, book three will release in June of next year. At this time, I have no idea whose story it will be or a title (Methinks we have more title fun in our future here!). Readers have asked me repeatedly when Thorin will get his book. I cannot answer that, as I have not found a woman worthy of him yet. 🙂

Anyhoo, I just wanted to pop in and say the deadline did not kill me. I love my book, and life for at least until the beginning of August will be deadline free. Not so sure how I’ll manage, but I’ll find a way.

So, what is everyone working on?


Oh, and PS, I still have more prizes to get out this week, so if you have something coming, stand by!




  1. Margaret

    Hm, for some reason I’ve gotten hooked on writing children’s stories featuring a naughtly little fly named Peter. They’re short, fast-paced, and have a little moral or theme. For a writer who has NEVER been able to write short, I seem to have found my niche with these stories. I’ve written 6 of them so far, but haven’t really been able to bounce the stories off anyone except my daughter/hubby who helped me invent Peter and his storis.
    I think Peter will take a sabbatical while I persue one of my other half-written paranormal RS manuscripts. I’ve taken Karin’s mantra to heart (F*CK the rules!) and have found my writing joy again.
    And I just might have discovered who I really am as a writer.

  2. Karin

    heh, effing the rules works like a charm, Margaret.

    Peter the fly sounds like a delightful little pest! 🙂

    write on

  3. Mary

    Well I not a writer (except in my own mind) LOL.

    But wanted to say congrats and I am sure you will find plenty of things (#2 daughters big day) to keep you busy and out of trouble.
    Love ya.

  4. Kath Calarco

    Karin, COOL BEANS that you’re out of deadline hell for a bit. Congratulations for making it to the finish line unscathed.

    I’m working on my soon-to-be-bestseller-soon-as-I-finish-then get-agent manuscript. WHEW! Having fun and it’s brilliant! Golden, Karin, GOLDEN!

    have a great weekend. 🙂

  5. Marcia

    Let’s see. I finished the sequel to my paranormal romance over July 4th weekend, so I’m letting it simmer before starting the revisions next week. In the mean time, I’ve been working on revisions for my single-mom urban fantasy. I have two more urban fantasies that have had both full and partial requests, so I’m trying not to think about those so much. Once all is said and done, I’m going to start hammering out some of these other ideas in my head.

    Here’s to hoping something pans out. 😉

  6. Michelle

    Karin- I just wanted to tell you how much I loved Master of Surrender and look forward to the next book in the sequel. I have been an avid reader of historical romance for the past 15 years. I read 2-4 books a week…(I am a teacher so summer reading tends to be heavy). Lately I have been bored with the books, as I love to read books that have strong willed women. I find myself quitting some books half way through (I never used to do this). Master of Surrender was the best book I have read in a very long time. Thanks for the wonderful entertainment and keep those heroines defiant, and independent (but with a softer side of course:)

  7. Edie

    Karin, I loved MOS and am so glad you think MOT surpassed it! Congrats on the great cover. I showed your two bookmarks to my husband today (Jaded and MOS), and oddly he liked JADED’s cover much more than MOS. Can’t understand it. 😆

  8. Karin

    Mary, wedding plans are keeping me very busy!

    Kathy, write on!

    Marcia, here’s hoping for you something pans our as well! And while I haven’t written a proposal in awhile, am I the only weirdo who likes to write them?

    Michelle, thank you!

    Edie, MoT is heartbreaking. I loved writing it. And go figure your hubby liking the JADED cover. Just watch out if he buys handcuffs.

  9. B.E. Sanderson

    I just finished Master of Surrender! What a great book. I love how you not only made me fall for the main characters but all the secondary characters, too. I know he’s not next up, but I want to see Thorin fall in love and be happy.

    I just finished re-editing my first book and sending it off to a publisher’s slushpile, so it’s back to work on editing my first stab at romantic suspense and writing my second romantic suspense. Oh, and querying another book. No rest for the writerly. =o)

  10. Karin

    Beth, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed SURRENDER! I did something I have never done, I stayed up way too late Friday night reading, My book! I couldn’t put it down. Of course there were times when I was like, damn, I should have changed tat sentence, but I just love that story.

    I had a reader email me the other day who has read all of my contemporaries and she said, “Rohan is so bad! But I love him!!!” I love him too, but I have to say, I think I love Wulfson more. Is that bad?

    Thorin will get his story, but not yet. I am fervently searching for his woman. She has proved to be quite the enigma. I know Ioan will travel to Ireland for part of his story, Rhys will find love and war in Wales, Rorick will find his lady after the harrying of the north, not sure about dark and troubled Stefan or charismatic Warner.

    Mucho good luck with your submission! RS is very much in demand!

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