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Writer’s Window: Karen Witemeyer

Monday, May 9, 2011

Joining us today for Writer’s Window is historical romance author Karen Witemeyer.

One lucky commenter* will win a signed copy of Karen’s latest release, To Win Her Heart. Deadline for leaving a comment to enter the drawing is Friday. To enter the drawing, you must answer the question posed by Karen at the end of the interview. Only one comment per person will count toward the drawing. Please do not include your e-mail address in the body of your comment—just make sure it’s correct when you sign in to leave your comment. The winning name will be drawn next weekend and the winner will be notified via e-mail.

      *U.S. residents only, void where prohibited. If you win the drawing, you will be ineligible for the next three drawings, though hopefully you will still come back and join in the discussion.

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A blacksmith with a criminal past. A librarian with pacifist ideals. Do they have a fighting chance at finding love?

Having completed his sentence for the unintentional crime that derailed his youthful plans for fame and fortune, Levi Grant looks to start over in the town of Spencer, Texas. Spencer needs a blacksmith, a trade he learned at his father’s knee, and he needs a place where no one knows his past. But small towns leave little room for secrets. . . .

Eden Spencer has sworn off men, choosing instead to devote her time to the lending library she runs. When a mountain-sized stranger walks through her door and asks to borrow a book, she steels herself against the attraction he provokes. His halting speech and hesitant manner leave her doubting his intelligence. Yet as the mysteries of the town’s new blacksmith unfold, Eden discovers hidden depths in him that tempt her heart.

Levi’s renewed commitment to his faith leads Eden to believe she’s finally found a man of honor and integrity, a man worthy of her love. But when the truth about his prodigal past comes to light, can this tarnished hero find a way to win back the librarian’s affections?

Welcome, Karen!
What do you like best about being a writer?

    Definitely, the fan mail. There is nothing better than hearing that my story impacted a reader’s life. I’m amazed at what God can achieve through storytelling. And those notes of thanks are such an encouragement, often arriving when I’m feeling the most down and doubting my abilities. The Lord is surely working both sides of this system.

What do you like least about being a writer?

    I hate when I stare at the computer screen and my fingers freeze. Ideas hide. Characters quit talking to me. Or the perfect word eludes me despite all the thesauruses I’ve perused, and my brain refuses to take one more step into the story until that word has been found and employed. Grrr…as if battling laziness and distractions weren’t bad enough.

Pop, Soda, or Coke? What do you call it, and what’s your favorite variety?

    I’m a soda gal. In California where I grew up, I remember calling it Coke, but now that I’m in Texas, it’s always soda. I try not to drink it too often, but when I do, it’s Sprite. I stopped drinking colas years ago when I was pregnant with my first child and never reacquired the taste.

What’s your favorite dessert?

    Mmmm…There are so many. I’m an ice cream lover, Blue Bell chocolate chip being my favorite, but it’s hard to beat a streusel-topped blackberry cobbler. Maybe I’ll have to compromise and have that blackberry cobbler a la mode.

What’s the most fun/interesting/crazy/scary/unique hands-on research you’ve done for a book?

    In my first book, A Tailor-Made Bride, there is a scene where the characters attend a founder’s day picnic. I had such a great time researching all the games they would have played, that when it came time to host my launch party, I set up the same types of games for my visitors and their children. We did hoop rolling (with extremely large wooden quilt hoops), three-legged races, and my personal favorite, the game of graces. Graces is played with two people, usually girls. Each girl holds two throwing sticks. (I used dowels.) The first player dangles the ribbon-decorated hoop on the end of one stick then dips the second stick through the circle, making an X with the stick ends. When she pulls the sticks apart, the hoop flies toward her partner. The other player tries to catch the hoop on her sticks. We used this game at my daughter’s birthday party one year, too. It was a hit, even with the boys.

What’s your favorite movie from childhood?

    I loved all the Disney fairy tales as well as the adventure stories like Swiss Family Robinson. I’m still a huge Disney fan. I watched Tangled over the holidays with my kids and loved it as much as they did.

If you were to write a novel about what your life would have been like if you’d become what you wanted to be at eight years old, what kind of character would the story be about?

    The story would revolve around a schoolmarm. When I was a youngster, I couldn’t image much past my immediate experience. My mother didn’t work outside the home, so my understanding of the career options available to women was greatly limited. All I knew was that I liked math and loved to read. Surely that meant I should be a teacher.

What makes you happy?

    Hugs from my kids, snuggling with my husband, singing in the car, and getting to the happy ending of a good historical romance novel.

What makes you nervous?

    Events where mingling is required. I’m a full-blooded introvert, and though I can make myself be outgoing when the occasion calls for it, I dread gatherings where I don’t know anyone well and am expected to make small talk. Writing clever dialog is much easier than speaking it when on the spot.

What’s your biggest dream for the future?

    For my writing career, I’d love to win a RITA or a Christy or have a book hit the best seller list, but in truth, my biggest dream for the future is to see my children grow into godly men and women who love Jesus with all of their hearts and serve him faithfully throughout their lives.

Tell us about your newest release and what you’re working on now.

    To Win Her Heart pairs a blacksmith with a criminal past with an uppity librarian who holds lofty ideals. But attraction definitely sparks between these two opposites.

    This story plays on the question – what happens after the prodigal son returns? So many times, we focus on the wonderful homecoming the lost son received from his father, but have you ever asked what life was like for him after the celebration was over? How did he relate to his bitter older brother or the servants and townspeople who were only too aware of his past arrogance and wild living?

    In To Win Her Heart, I play on those very questions. My hero is a man recently released from prison who has returned to his faith roots and rededicated his life to the Lord. The heroine is a woman who has been disappointed by men in the past and has little tolerance of those who don’t meet her high standards. In an effort to make a clean start, Levi hides his past and Eden believes she has finally found a man of honor and integrity. But when his prodigal past comes to light, old hurts are exposed, and Eden must decide if she can give her heart to a knight with tarnished armor.

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    I’m currently working on my fourth historical romance for Bethany House. The working title is Short-Straw Bride. Four brothers draw straws to see who will marry the heroine in this twist on a marriage of convenience story. Here’s the tagline: All he’s ever cared about is his brothers and his land. But when a good deed goes awry, he’s stuck with a bride who endangers both.

    One fun tidbit about the brothers in this story – they are all named for heroes from the Alamo. Travis is the main character, the next oldest is Crockett, the kid brother is Neill (for the Alamo’s commander who missed being at the fight because of a family illness that called him away), and the third brother’s given name is Bowie, but he refuses to answer to anything except Jim. I don’t blame him. Poor guy. What we authors do to torture our characters.

Where can people find out more about you/connect with you online?

    I’d love to have you visit me at my website: www.karenwitemeyer.com. I host a monthly giveaway of historical Christian novels from a variety of well-known authors as well as post interesting tidbits about my characters and the research behind their stories.

    You can also find me on Facebook. Send me a message sometime. I’d be honored to chat with you.

Now it’s your turn to ask the question. What question do you want to ask the commenters to answer?

    Besides physical appearance, how would you describe your ideal historical romance hero?

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Karen Witemeyer is a deacon’s wife who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.

Karen holds a master’s degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers’ guild. She’s an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

57 Comments
  1. Monday, May 9, 2011 12:22 am

    Oh, I’ve been dying to read Karen’s new book! LOVED A Tailor-Made Bride! 🙂 Thanks for the interview and the chance to win, Kaye. 🙂

    Ideal Historic Hero? Well, I suppose he’d have to be a bit like Frederick Aiken from The Conspirator. I love a smart man who fights for what he believes in and stands up for those who have no voice. A Civil War military uniform never hurts either. 🙂

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:33 am

      Hi, Liz.

      A smart man is definitely a must. And compassion. I love how you want him standing up for those less powerful than he. No one want a condescending genius who looks down on those around him. And you’re right – a dashing uniform never hurts. 🙂

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  2. Jennifer Fleming permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 12:38 am

    I am so excited for this book! I absolutely loved the last two, thank you so much for writing them! 🙂

    Besides physical appearance, how would you describe your ideal historical romance hero?
    One element that I love in historical romances is the “gentlemanly” manners of the hero. For example, he walks her home, he scares off anyone who might hurt the heroine, opens doors, etc. Nothing melts my heart quite like when a gentleman opens the door for me or stands up for me 🙂 I hope to find a guy like that someday, but I love reading about them in the meantime! 🙂
    Thank you for doing this interview, I can’t wait to read the book!

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:36 am

      Hi, Jennifer.

      I think that is one of the things that draws me to historical romance novels – the chivalry and gentlemanly manners. Those are so often non-existant in our current age. You can find it a little more in the South, but even here, it’s a special treat to find a man who embodies this heroic trait. I hope you find your gentleman hero soon!

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  3. Monday, May 9, 2011 12:43 am

    Wonderful interview- I loved that Karen’s biggest things she wants to accomplish is for her kids to be Godly- I feel the same way 🙂 As far as a historical hero- I think for me its someone willing to risk everything for the sake of what God is calling him to do and to do it with integrity.

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:38 am

      Hi, Cheryl.

      What a mark of true heroism – being willing to sacrifice everything for what one believes in. We are called to put Christ first and to carry our cross, what does that mean but being willing to sacrifice? An while in novels this might happen on a grand scale, I believe there are hundreds of tiny heroic moments we all face on a daily basis. Thanks for the reminder!

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  4. Lady DragonKeeper permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 2:28 am

    My first Karen Witemeyer book was “Head in the Clouds” –I loved it and just recently read “A Tailor-Made Bride.” I can’t wait to win this one –I don’t think I’ve read a historical with a librarian main character … I think it’ll be interesting to see what it was like back then (even though it’s fiction), ’cause I’m thinking of getting a Masters in Library Science … =)

    “Besides physical appearance, how would you describe your ideal historical romance hero?”

    He would be spiritually mature, (as already mentioned) a gentleman … and for some reason (although I love reading about charismatic, dashing, smoldering and bold heroes) I think I’d like the more sweet, slightly awkward types … I’m thinking something like Colin Morgan’s Merlin on the BBC series –it’s probably just ’cause I’m not really old enough for “real love” yet. =)

    Oh, and this doesn’t really go under “looks” but… a British accent would be a bonus. =P

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    • Lady DragonKeeper permalink
      Monday, May 9, 2011 2:29 am

      Correction: *I can’t wait to READ this one.

      Guess I’m too excited. =)

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      • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:42 am

        Lady Dragon Keeper –

        I’m glad you’re that excited! 🙂 I hope you enjoy Eden and Levi’s story whenever you get the chance to read it.

        I like the sweetly awkward types, too. The quiet ones who have depths that only the heroine can uncover and truly appreciate. You’ll definitely like Levi. He has a speech impediment that he goes out of his way to hide, which makes his awkward at times, but he’s got the heart of a lion, committed and faithful both to God and to the woman he comes to love.

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  5. Monday, May 9, 2011 3:37 am

    I like a hero who is passionate about something but doesn’t take himself too seriously.

    I am one of the few who hasn’t read one of Karen’s books. Yet. I have heard souch about them, I know I will soon!

    Thank you Kaye and Karen. Wait a minute. Kaye is not supposed to be around but is having a fill- in hostess, right?

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:45 am

      Hi, Debra –

      Heros need something to get passionate about, don’t they? Otherwise they’d be wishy-washy couch potatoes. Not a very heroic picture, there. I love it when a hero has a cause to fight for, whether big or small.

      If you would like to try one of my books for free, A Tailor-Made Bride is available for free download at Amazon or CBD or B&N during the month of May. I’d love for you to give it a try.

      Blessings!

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  6. Virginia C permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 5:45 am

    Hello, Karen! I love the story line for “To Win Her Heart”. Levi and Eden (great names) are both intriguing characters with lots of layers.

    A man who takes care of his family with his wealth is a provider. A hero is a man who takes care of his family in all circumstances, especially when wealth is unavailable or unattainable. A man with a compassionate heart, strong principles, honor and humor will always be heroic to those who love him. Money cannot buy those qualities. What makes a man most attractive is a quiet confidence, a definite masculinity, that shows itself in thought and action. Handsome men are sometimes merely “pretty”, nice to look at, but not always substantial in personality. When you find a man who is strong, smart and sensitive, sweet and sensual, you don’t want to look at anyone else.

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:49 am

      You are so right, Virginia. Money doesn’t make a man heroic. Only his character can do that. And the qualities you mentioned are spot on. Compassion, principled, honor, humor – I’m falling in love already. 🙂 Of course, you could be describing my husband. Good thing I snatched him up when I did.

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  7. Monday, May 9, 2011 6:21 am

    Great interview! And I loved the “question” you raised about life for the prodigal son after he returns home. That is so intriguing!

    I confess I haven’t read any of your books, but I just downloaded Tailor Made Bride and am itching to read it!

    As for my ideal hero…he would be strong and silent, knowing what he wants and making decisions that he believes are right. He has a great sense of humor and can laugh at himself. He is kind and compassionate…a man of integrity and mercy.

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:52 am

      Integrity and mercy – a great combination. Sometimes those with integrity can get a little condescending toward others, so having that compassionate, merciful nature as well would truly made the man heroic. Great point.

      I think you’ll like Levi. He’s definitely the strong, silent type. He’s muscled from his blacksmith work and silent from the effects of a speech impediment that cause him to take careful heed of his words. He also has that compassionate heart you mentioned.

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  8. Susan Snodgrass permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 6:22 am

    I blew that question. I thought you meant the one in the book! Estrogen loss is my excuse!
    Karen poses the question: Besides physical appearance, how would you describe your ideal historical romance hero?
    There! I think I did it right that time.

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    • Audry permalink
      Monday, May 9, 2011 6:39 am

      That’s the question- now to enter the drawing, you need to answer it 😀

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:54 am

      Hi, Susan.

      Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are enjoying Eden and Levi’s story so far. I’m doing good just to be typing this early on a Monday morning! Blessings!

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  9. Monday, May 9, 2011 7:58 am

    Besides physical appearance, how would you describe your ideal historical romance hero?

    Thoughtfulness. I am a sucker for thoughtfulness. Whether the hero is awkward, dashing, shy, confident or the boy next door, nothing says romantic more than thoughtfulness to me. If he takes the time to figure out what makes the heroine tick and does little (and big) things that pleases her, I am sold.

    Love that last 2 books Karen. Can’t wait to read this one.

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:57 am

      LS –

      I’m with you. Nothing says “I love you” as much are a truely thoughtful act. It doesn’t even have to be anything big. For example, I was gone from home most of the day on Saturday, so in honor of Mother’s Day weekend, my husband volunteered to do the grocery shopping for me so I wouldn’t have to do it on Sunday, and even made me dinner. If you ask me, those kinds of gifts mean much more than a vase of flowers.

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  10. Charmaine Gossett permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 8:41 am

    What an insightive author to think of writing how a prodical encounters and deals with people’s reactions upon his return. I will enjoy reading the book to find out.

    Leading men and heros don’t have to be handsome. Sometimes handsome men are spoiled by all the attention from the ladies. I learned early that looks were not as important as inner character. Of course they don’t have to be a dog either. I am impressed by men that work, and I mean sweat. I remember how sexy my husband appeared to me while he was dig a ditch at the house we were building. Sweat was dripping off of him in the sunshine. Too, he was a little pigeon-toed and was wearing ankle high work shoes; that really turned me on. That was over 50 years ago and it is still a tender memory for me.

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 8:59 am

      Charmaine –

      That’s another thing I love about historical heroes – that rugged, hard-working mentality. If something needed doing, he was gonna do it, and do it well. It sounds like your husband had an inner rugged streak. That is quite a draw.

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  11. Monday, May 9, 2011 8:54 am

    I LOVED “Tailor Made Bride”! My leading man – a mix between Michael Landon’s, Charles Ingalls – Patrick, from the Mentalist and Colin Firth’s, Mr Darcy. Strength, sense of humor, and a quiet stability. I agree with Charmaine. It’s the little things that really matter!

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 9:02 am

      OK. How did you pick three men who I completely resonate with? Charles Ingalls had that down to earth quality I adore in a man. Patrick Jane is such a character with his quirky way of cutting through the surface with a single comment or question. And Colin Firth as Mr, Darcy? The perfect gentleman to make any lady’s heart flutter. Great examples!

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  12. Monday, May 9, 2011 9:06 am

    Great interview, ladies.

    It’s fun to find out you were a California gal, Karen. SoCal or perhaps NorCal like me?

    I grabbed To Win Her Heart off my TBR shelf last night and read the first three chapters before I forced myself to put the book down. I’m already in love with the story and the characters.

    Since I have the book, please don’t enter me in the drawing.

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 9:25 am

      Hi, Keli.

      I grew up in southern/central California. A small town north of Santa Barbara called Lompoc. Ever heard of it? It’s right next to Vandenberg AFB. Even though I grew up close to the beach, I’ve always been more of a mountain gal myself, so taking trips through northern California with the sequoias and Yosemite were some of my favorite memories.

      So glad you are enjoying Levi and Eden’s story so far. Can’t wait to get my hands on yours when it comes out!

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      • Monday, May 9, 2011 2:14 pm

        Karen, I’ve heard of Lompoc, but I’ve never been there.

        Yosemite is amazing–a fine example of God’s artistry. I had to smile when you referred to it as being in Northern California, though. To me, that part of the state is southern, as is anything below San Jose. Guess the altitude up here in the Sierra Foothills is getting to me and coloring my perceptions. =)

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        • Monday, May 9, 2011 2:43 pm

          Ha! Anything north of where I lived was northern. LOL.

          Lompoc’s only claim to fame is the annual Flower Festival they have in June. There are acres of flower fields cultivated by seed companies. Beautiful stripes of vibrant colors. There’s also La Purisima Mission, but besides that all we had were the AFB and a maximum security prison. I’d rather focus on the flowers.

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  13. Leah permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 9:08 am

    Oh my goodness!!
    I want to read this book SO bad!!
    Well, how would I describe my ideal historical romance hero?
    He would be strong, handsome,brave,sweet,kind,humble,sarcastic,compassionate,and giving.

    Karen your next book, Short-Straw Bride, Sounds AMAZING!!
    I cant wait until it comes out!!:)

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 9:29 am

      Leah – Your enthusiam has made my morning! Thanks so much!

      Your list of hero attributes was so fun. I was reading along nodding my head until “sarcastic” jumped out at me. I did a double take. But I immediately knew what you meant. You like a guy with a dry wit, don’t you? One who can shoot out those great one-liners. Like anything, sarcasm can be taken too far, but as a woman who is married to a man with a sarcastic wit, I can attest to how fun it can be, too. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Michelle H. permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 11:32 am

    I’ve really enjoyed reading “Head in the Clouds” and “Tailor-Made Bride” and I can’t wait to read “To Win Her Heart” and Short-Straw Bride!

    As for my ideal hero…I’d have to go along with just about everything others have already mentioned…passionate, giving, a great sense of humor, just to name a few..

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 11:41 am

      Hi, Michelle.

      Thanks for stopping by today. I love the great sense of humor for our heroes. I love to laugh. Life is just so much better with a smile and a giggle, isn’t it? Between my hausband and the silly antics of my three kids, I have a lot of laughter in my life. Love it! I hope your life is blessed in a similar fashion.

      Laugh on! 🙂

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  15. Kav permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 11:41 am

    Qualities in my ideal historical hero? Okay — don’t laugh — dog lover. Stop laughing. I ADORE a man who loves animals and I think it tells a lot about his character. Patient. Kind-hearted. Gentle. Compassionate. Reverence for God’s creatures. 🙂

    Please don’t enter me in the draw as I’m Canadian but I was going to buy this one anyway because, hello, how could I resist a story with a librarian in it?!

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 1:28 pm

      Kav –

      If you love animal-lovers, you’re going to love Levi. He pairs up with an old mongrel named Ornery in To Win Her Heart. The two share a special bond, and Ornery plays a key role in the story. Our librarian even finds a way to befriend the critter. I hope you enjoy their story!

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  16. Monday, May 9, 2011 11:47 am

    Hmm, let’s see…besides looks :), the first qualities that come to mind are honorable and intelligent. As a single can I just say is that too much to ask, God? LOL! 😉

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 1:30 pm

      Hi, Ruth.

      That’s not too much to ask at all. Honorable and intelligent are marvelous characteristics, and I’m sure God has just such a man picked out for you. Sometimes we just can’t see the princes because of all the frogs in the way. I pray you find him soon.

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  17. Carol Wong permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 12:11 pm

    A historical hero to be a wonderful hero should be forgiving. Would not feel kindly towards a hero who backpacks his grudges.

    He should have a sense of humor. I loved it when the hero in The Tailor Made Bride displayed his wit.

    He should be kind to others. I wouldn’t want him to be prejudiced against those with a different skin color, language or weight etc.

    He should be eventually able to get out the words that he loves you.

    He should be perceptive to your needs.

    P.S. He should not be boring!!!

    CarolNWong@aol.com

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 1:34 pm

      Hi, Carol.

      Great attributes! That’s one of my favorite things about being a fiction writer. I can creat my version of the perfect man (with a few realistic flaws thrown in) each time I write a new story. Wouldn’t it be nice if real life were that easy? Just place an order and out walks Mr. Right? Then again, that would take all the sponenaity and thrill of discovery out of falling in love, too. And sometimes what we think we want, is far different than what we actually need. So maybe finding heroes in the real world, even though it’s messier, is actually the best way to go.

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  18. Monday, May 9, 2011 2:20 pm

    I saw this book featured on a Library Journal Webcast just last week, and knew that I had to read it! Believe me, as yet another librarian, I will be reading this, one way or another!

    My ideal hero? Hmmmm. My favorite fictional ones are those who I’m not sure I like at the beginning, but then they do something sweet that just grips my heart. Maybe he’s quietly stoic on the outside, but a melty marshmallow on the inside, and it takes just one situation to reveal that sweet interior. Somehow I think if we made the heroes perfect, we’d just get bored with them!

    Great interview!

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 2:48 pm

      Hi, Regina.

      Yay for librarians! I hope you have fun with Eden and Levi.

      I like your hero description. I love those guys that have hidden depths, or soft teddybear middles hidden by crusty exteriors. Especially when the heroine is the only one who can get past those defenses. That happened with Jericho and Hannah in my first book.

      And yes, if our heroes are too perfect, they’d be boring – or so intimidating we could never feel like we could be ourselves around them. Who needs that kind of stress?

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  19. Monday, May 9, 2011 2:22 pm

    I was lucky enough to be allowed to review all three of your books for my blog. I just finished To Win Her Heart, so I don’t need to be entered into the contest. But I wanted you to know I loved all of them as did my sister. Fantastic characters. 🙂

    Even though I’m not entering the contest, I’d have to agree with what the others have listed and add that I want a man that has strong committment. Someone that won’t walk away when things get tough and will love his family no matter what. That’s a hero! 🙂

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 2:51 pm

      Hi, April.

      Thanks so much for posting reviews for me. That really makes a huge difference. So glad you have enjoyed my books so far.

      Committment is a definite must for a true hero. He can be as dashing as Prince Charming but if he’s fickle, he’s no good. I agree that fighting for love and family through whatever hardships come is the mark of a true hero.

      Have a great week!

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  20. Jackie Smith permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 4:00 pm

    So anxious to read this one…..loved Head in the Clouds! Going to put Tailor Made Bride in my cart at “A” right now…….I have a Mother’s Day gift card there to use!! Attributes?….intelligent, integrity, sense of humor, good listener!! Loved this interview!! Hope I win this book!!

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    • Monday, May 9, 2011 4:28 pm

      Hi, Jackie.

      So glad you enjoy my books! And Happy Mother’s Day. How fun to get a gift of books! My daughter is turning 13 this week, and I promised her a special mother/daughter trip and asked where she wanted to go. She said she wanted to see the biggest bookstore in Texas. Wow, I’m really dreading that trip. Not! LOL I’m so glad we can share a love of reading.

      Good listener is a great heroic trait. Nothing can make me feel more special than to have my husband’s undivided attention. Great addition!

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  21. Monday, May 9, 2011 5:31 pm

    Karen, your books sound delightful! I’m off to look for them now. And your Short-Straw Bride is very intriguing! Love a good twist on a marriage of convenience story.

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    • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:05 am

      Hi, Lori. Thanks for looking into my books. I hope you enjoy them. I’ve got about 10-12 chapters to go on Short-Straw Bride before I send it off to my editor. I hope she likes the finished product as much as you enjoyed the premise. 🙂

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  22. Pam Kellogg permalink
    Monday, May 9, 2011 6:34 pm

    My historical hero would be smart, have a sense of humor, be a Godly man of integrity, and do some type of work with his hands. Handsome too, of course.
    I’ve read many reviews of Karen’s books and would be very happy to win “To Win Her Heart.”

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    • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:07 am

      Hi, Pam.

      Historical heroes are more hands-on kinds of men, aren’t they? That’s one of the things that makes them so rugged and attractive. There’s something that just seems so capable about those guys that work with their hands. Love it!

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  23. Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:04 am

    Another wonderful interview, Kaye! Nice to hear all about Karen. I just love her novels and great characters.

    What makes a great hero, a deep thinker, generous, tender, but very strong and verile.

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    • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:11 am

      Hi, Carla.

      Thanks for stopping by. I love the tender yet strong dichotomy. Levi is that way in To Win Her Heart. I love a fierce warrior who treats his heroine with tenderness. Great combination!

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  24. Gina Pitts permalink
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011 9:11 am

    Historical Romance Hero:

    First and foremost is that he must have a relationship with God that goes beyond just being born again. His prayers are heart-felt and deep, reaching to his innermost feelings and desires. His answers come from the Word of God and he stands firm on scripture. (That’s what I love about your books, Karen!)

    Secondly, I would like him to be real. Most of us face personal struggles and it is only God who ultimately helps us to overcome completely.

    Last, but not least, I think he should exhibit strong morality along with kindheartedness, gentleness, and love. The heroine should feel secure and protected, not only by his physical strength, but also by his personal inner strength. He should be a gentle leader.

    Thank you!
    Gina

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    • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:47 pm

      Hi, Gina.

      I agree that a strong relationship with God is a must. I’ve never been attracted to bad boys. Not that he’s perfect. He’s got flaws and he might have an ornery streak, but if his heart is faithful to the Lord and to me that scores huge points.

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  25. Nancy Farrier permalink
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011 11:13 am

    My hero would have such strength of character and faith, that even when facing a difficult choice, he would always choose the right, no matter how enticing the gray areas are.

    Loved this interview, Karen. This sounds like a great book.

    Blessings,
    Nancy

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    • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:54 pm

      Hi, Nancy.

      Your hero sounds like my kind of guy. Love that! So glad you enjoyed the interview.

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  26. Lori Altebaumer permalink
    Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:50 pm

    Love your books! Enjoyed your interview! Looking forward to reading many more from you (hint, hint).

    As for the ideal hero… I think a man of great faith is very attractive. When he is committed to his relationship with God and garners the courage to do the right thing because of his faith in that relationship, it reflects in how he handles crisis, his strength and confidence. That is a man I want in my corner when the chips are down.

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    • Tuesday, May 10, 2011 3:56 pm

      I’m with you, Lori. That’s the kind of man I want to be partnered with. So glad I have just such a man in my life. He has his ornery moments 🙂 but I know I can count on his spiritual strength to guide our family. What a blessing that is!

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