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Feb 25, 2011

Vamps, Weres and Daemons, Oh, My!

First off, I want to say, thank you! to Jojo for the inviting me to hang out here today!

Now to chat about the above mentioned title. So what floats your boat?  Vampires, weres, daemons?

I always thought I was a vampire girl, and while I still am, I fell in love with my lycan brothers, Rafael and Lucien, while writing BLOOD LAW, the first book in my Blood Moon trilogy series.  It goes without saying that Marcus Cross, the vampire hero of ENEMY LOVER, L.O.S.T. book one (written as Karin Harlow), defines the phrase, Please-dear-God-make-him-take-me-NOW-before-I-explode-into-a-pile-of-unrequited-lust. Yep, Marcus is one hot vampire.  He and his lady-love, Jax, make a reappearance in ENEMY MINE, book two in the L.O.S.T. series. 

And it was while writing ENEMY MINE that I came to appreciate the devious sexiness of daemons.  My heroine, Selena de la Roja, is half daemon, who happens to also be a daemon slayer. Her LOST love is Nikko Cruz.  The couple has a hugely tragic and gut wrenching past.  LOVE IT!  But I have to tell you, I have always had an aversion to daemons.  They just came across as completely unappealing, and well, daemonic.  I don’t do daemonic.  Until ENEMY MINE.  The daemon half of Selena, rocks.  The human half rocks too.  The combination has created one of the most emotionally complex characters I have written.  I’m all about the characters. 

I have come to understand that to me, it doesn’t really matter if the character is vampire, daemon, lycan or even zombie. So long as they are complex, emotional beings I can cheer for, I for one as a reader will keep turning the pages.  And as a writer?  I will put my preconceived judgments aside!

Bad to the Bone
Police officer Vaden Holbrook and widow Olivia Connor’s chemistry is off-the-charts hot, but incredible sex isn’t enough for Olivia. She wants it all. Will Vaden’s inability to commit push her into the arms of another man? Or can he overcome his past to become the man Olivia needs, the man he’d like to be?


Her mind wasn’t on the road. Or her driving. As usual, it was a million miles away, so when she took the wrong turn, it didn’t register. She followed the road a few miles before she carelessly ran a red light. A faint, Oh shit, I hope there wasn’t a cop hiding behind a bush, flashed through her mind. She made a quick left just in case, then gave her SUV some gas down the old country road.
It was late and it was dark. Hers was the only car on the rutted asphalt road. Her headlights blazed the way until she dunked into a pothole, the depth causing her to bounce and hit her head on the roof. As if to let the pothole know how she felt about that, she glanced angrily in her review mirror. That’s when she saw the headlights of another vehicle rapidly closing in on her.
She bit her bottom lip. Her nerves flared and her belly buzzed. When red and blue lights lit up behind her, her apprehension spiked.
The cop car pulled right up on her, lights blazing. She knew what to do. She looked right, making sure the shoulder was wide enough and not littered with the gaping holes left by the recent rain. She slowed, pulled over and came to a stop, then let out a long breath she hadn’t realized she’d been holding.
In her side mirror, she watched the cop get out of his car and say something into his mic before he started toward her window; his tall broad form was silhouetted ominously against his headlights. As the strobes flickered over him, she could tell by his strut he was cocky. But then, most cops were. Nervously, she sat back, folded her hands in her lap and waited.
Anxiously, she bit her bottom lip and hit the window button just long enough for the window to come down a crack.
He stopped at the side of her car. All she could see was his duty belt and his narrow waist that flared into a wide chest. He tapped on the glass with the end of his flashlight.
“Open the window, ma’am,” he commanded.
Despite the nervous flutter in her belly, her immediate reaction to authority was to open the window more. Even if it weren’t, she’d open wider.
Tension sizzled along her nerve endings when he ducked down and they met face to face. Her instinct was to shy away from the dark green eyes shining brightly in the night. Instead, she swallowed hard as her gaze dropped to full firm lips before bouncing back up to the blistering gaze.
He wasn’t classically handsome. He had one of those etched character-filled faces. His angles were blunt, nothing refined about him, but they complemented his olive coloring and close-cropped jet-black hair. There was nothing soft or apologetic about this man. It was his eyes and those bad boy lips that transformed him from average to sinful.
Her nipples beaded when his gaze dropped below her chin. Her chest rose and fell in shallow puffs. Her shirt was classic Anne Klein office wear. Although her sleeves were rolled up to her elbows and the buttons didn’t quite make it to her neck, the way she was sitting made the shirt gape open, exposing her cleavage supported by a lacy demi-bra.
He looked back up at her face. Heat flickered behind his hooded lids. An insolent half smile quirked the right side of his mouth before he backed up. She huffed, sinking deeper into the leather seat. It wasn’t like she had intentionally given him a peek. She wasn’t like that. She bet half the women he pulled over took one look at him and did more than show a little skin. He was all smoldering sexy. His subtle snub pissed her off.
A woman scorned, regardless of the circumstances, was nothing to mess with. Frustrated by his assumption, she stiffened and stuck her head out of the window. “Why did you stop me?” she demanded.
He cocked a dark brow at her tone. “You ran the light back there. License and registration, please.” He held out a big hand. Thick fingers with smooth blunted ends, neat square fingernails. A working man’s hand. A single working man’s. No wedding ring.
His other hand rested casually on the butt of his gun.
“What are you going to do? Shoot me if I don’t do what you say?”
His lips quirked. “I’ll use whatever force is necessary.”
Shivers hopped along her spine. She wasn’t sure if she were afraid or intrigued. Either way, she didn’t resist. She took her driver’s license out of her wallet and slapped it into his waiting hand. His big fingers wrapped around hers before she could pull away. His touch was electric. A shock wave went straight to her nipples and banked south to the juncture at her thighs. She tried hard to remain impassive. She tugged her hand out of his grasp, then dug into the glove box for the registration. This time, caution prevailed; she sat back and handed it to him, keeping all but her fingertips inside the car.
He took it and looked at her license. “I’ll be right back, Ms. Olivia Connor. Don’t go anywhere.” There was a hint of amusement lacing his deep baritone.
Did he just laugh at her as he walked away? She stuck her head out the window, to tell him to go to hell, but he had already reached his cruiser. She sat back, her temper flaring. “Damn cops think they’re God’s gift.”
In her rearview mirror, she watched him watch her through his front windshield as he called in her info. After what seemed interminably long, he strode back to her door. He reached inside the car, released the door lock, quickly pulling the door open before she realized what he was doing.
“Step out of the car, ma’am,” he said thickly.
“Why? You can’t arrest me for blowing a red light!”
“Step out of the car, ma’am.”
Her pride screamed “no.” Her reason told her to just do as he said so she didn’t invite any more trouble than she already had. Ultimately, Olivia was good at following instructions.
She stuck her left foot out of the car, her four-inch heel digging into the soil of the shoulder. When she stood, she nearly snapped her ankle. The bad cop reached out to steady her. His long fingers wrapped possessively around her bicep. Her skin flared beneath his chaste touch. When her second heel stuck in the ground, she jerked away from him and had he not grabbed her with both hands, she would have tumbled backwards into the mud. The velocity of his actions brought her chest to chest with him.
The contact was electrifying.
Blood Moon Trilogy #1
Berkley Heat (May 3, 2011)
Trade Paperback – Erotic Paranormal
ISBN-10: 0425240924
ISBN-13: 978-0425240922
Pre-order your copy today!
For all eternity, only one thing shall separate them—until the Blood Law is avenged…

The coming of the Blood Moon will lead two Lycan packs into war, spur two rival brothers into conflict, and spark an act of vengeance so evil that its effects will be felt for generations.

One woman stands at the center of it all…

As undisputed Alpha, Rafael must choose a life mate to preserve the dominance of his Lycan pack. He never suspected, his mate would be a human, the same wounded, girl-woman he seduces from the brink of death. Falon is a dangerous combination of Lycan and Slayer—beings bred to destroy his kind. Even more, she’s a mesmerizing beauty whose sensuality tempts the seasoned warrior to take unnecessary risks. The primal heat between them is irresistible, yet surrendering to it could destroy them both…for a vengeful foe stands ready in the shadows to fulfill what is rightfully his by Blood Law.

Read my Review of ENEMY LOVER HERE
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How about you?  What’s your paranormal preference?   Answer in the comment section and be eligible to win one of my backlist!
Karin* aka Harlow

**Giveaway ends Mon night ( 2-28 ) at Midnight, winner will be chosen and named here in this comments section

56 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

debbie February 25, 2011 at 12:30 PM  

I honestly love them all, I enjoy all the different stories with them. I would love to read the book, it sounds really good.

Victoria February 25, 2011 at 12:36 PM  

I used to be all vampire but over the past couple years I've come to realize that I love them all ;). They have to have substance to their character. I love them to be tortured alpha males no matter what species they are.
Thanks for the excerpts - looking forward to reading Blood Law.


Unknown February 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM  

Vampires are my paranormal preference. Love everything about them :) I will be adding Blood Law to my wish list! Thanks for sharing!

robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

BLHmistress February 25, 2011 at 1:07 PM  

My preference has been vampires but I do love shifters, witches and definitely Greek Mythology.


Linda Young February 25, 2011 at 2:08 PM  

I'm not sure I really have a favorite. I do love the shapeshifters though. I must say that Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark Hunter series is still my favorite. I've just started reading paranormals in the last 2 years, so it's still new to me.

You are also new to me. I have just learned about you. I'll be puting you on my to read list. Thank you for the giveaway.

qladyhawke at gmail dot com

elaing8 February 25, 2011 at 3:45 PM  

My preference would be vamps and werewolves. I can't pick between the two.But I also like dragons,wiches,other shifters,demons.

winnie February 25, 2011 at 4:15 PM  

My paranormal preference would be vampires and shifters! Though I read stories about other paranormal beings and enjoy them, I find that I'm more partial to vampires and shifters because I just tend to read about them more.


Anonymous,  February 25, 2011 at 4:53 PM  

It really depends on what I'm reading...I like vampires; but it just depends...


Karin* February 25, 2011 at 5:10 PM  

Sorry for being late to the party, but I couldn't comment on the computer at hand, hopefully now that I'm on my office computer, I can comment!

Karin* February 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM  

Debbie, I'm with you on this, I love them all! I hope you get a chance to read some of my work. I love writing and hope it shows!

Karin* February 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

Victoria, tortured alphas are my specialty! ;)

Karin* February 25, 2011 at 5:13 PM  

Thank you, Robin, I hope you enjoy BLOOD LAW!

Karin* February 25, 2011 at 5:15 PM  

BL, Greek mythology is facinating! All of those hunky gods! ;)

Karin* February 25, 2011 at 5:16 PM  

Linda, Sherry does a fabulous job wiht her Dark Hunters!

Thank you in advance for putting me on your tbr list!

Karin* February 25, 2011 at 5:17 PM  

Elain, my friend Edie Ramer just released a dragon shifter book. I love her work!

Karin* February 25, 2011 at 5:18 PM  

Winnie I think vamps and weres have the paranormal maret cornered. for good reason, they don't get any sexier than that!

Karin* February 25, 2011 at 5:20 PM  

Hidden, it's refreshing to know that so many paranormal readers are open to more than vampires. But dayum, I love writing them!

jeanette8042 February 25, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

I love them all! The same thing happened to me where I always thought I would just favor vampires but as I expanded my reading I fell in love with all paranormals.


Anonymous,  February 25, 2011 at 7:58 PM  

Vampires are my top prefrence. I rarely read a book with a different breed of immortal. Demons are pretty cool though.



Jason February 25, 2011 at 8:18 PM  

My favorite are angels. Guys with wings are hot, IMO. Followed closely by were-creatures, usually something not of wolf though. I'd prefer something a bit more exotic.

Thanks! jason[at]jasonkivela[dot[com

kittykelly28 February 25, 2011 at 8:20 PM  

If it's para I like it :) I ove shifters and vamps it's just such a magical world! :)

kittykelly28 @

StacieDM,  February 25, 2011 at 8:20 PM  

Great post! I really enjoyed the excerpt too. How these two go from antagonizing each other to becoming a couple will be an interesting read!

To answer your question: I love all three but wolf shifters are my favorite. There is something untameable about them that is sexy and exciting. Vampires traditionally are less emotional. I prefer the fiery temper of a shifter or daemon.

user1123 AT comcast DOT net

its me February 25, 2011 at 8:32 PM  

Hi Karin! Hi Jojo!
Don't enter me in the contest, just popped in to say hello and tell you, once again, I am HEAD OVER HEELS in LUST with MARCUS. He can have me ANY day. But I'm not gonna lie, I've got a pretty killer girl crush going for Jax - she's the most kick-ass heroine EVER.
Anyway, to answer your question - I'll take one of each, please. To go. Thank you.

Blue Shedevil February 25, 2011 at 8:41 PM  

I adore all things that go bump in the night. I'm not a fan of hair in the teeth though, so weres need to be very well groomed. Zombies and ghouls, if they're fresh and no obvious decay.... eh. Vampires...mmmmmm. Daemons, not a fan of horns or tails. We could probably work something out.

Julie February 25, 2011 at 8:43 PM  

No preference at all, I'm an equal-opportunity paranormal creature lover! :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Amber S,  February 25, 2011 at 9:12 PM  

I read more vampires than anything, but I also like reading about fallen angels and even ghosts to mix things up a little!

JaneE2059 February 26, 2011 at 12:18 AM  

Hi Karin and JoJo--I love reading about all kinds of paranormal beings: vampires, witches, werewolves, etc. Write a good story, and I'll read it.

Sheree February 26, 2011 at 2:23 AM  

Even though I'm still reading about vampires, I've been reading more about shifters, demons, angels and other magical beings. It all depends on the story and the world that the author writes.


LadyVampire2u February 26, 2011 at 3:22 AM  

Well as you can probably tell, I am a big vampire fan. But the truth is I love reading books with all kinds of different paranormals in them. From shifters to mermaids. Demons to zombies and everything in between. I think I just enjoy reading different things from time to time.

LadyVampire2u AT gmail DOT com

Unknown February 26, 2011 at 8:59 AM  

I read all the various paranormals, I prefer weres. I hate that all the were books I read always leave me a lil disappointed. I just love a sexy shifter!

tetewa February 26, 2011 at 2:32 PM  

It's my favorite genre to read and vampires are my favorites!

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 4:44 PM  

Jeanette, I'm right there with you!

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 4:45 PM  

Jessica, I've discovered demons are very cool. :)

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 4:46 PM  

Jason, i agree, guys with wings are very sexy! ;)

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 4:48 PM  

Kelly, the magic is what I love most about writing and reading paranormals.

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 4:52 PM  

Thank you, Stacie. So glad you enjoyed the excerpt! I loved writing about lycan for the very reason you love reading them! Primal, baby!

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 4:53 PM  

Bonnie, hugs!!! I have a girl crush on Jax too!

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 4:54 PM  

Blue, my weres are very well groomed! ;)

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 4:55 PM  

Julie, an equal-opportunity creature lover! Love it!

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 4:57 PM  

Amber I wrote a prequel to a fallen angel series in the WHAT YOU CAN'T SEE antho with Allison Brennan and Rocki St. Claire. One day I'm going to write those books!

Kristin February 26, 2011 at 5:10 PM  

Most definitely a fan of the fang!! Don't get me wrong, I lurve me some shifters....Knowing my luck, I'd get stuck w/ a werewolf that remains hairy after he shifts!! Lol!! Plus shifters, in their animal form, eat raw meat!! That is just gross! Lol!

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 5:32 PM  

Hi, Jane! "Write a good story, and I'll read." Cheers to that!

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 5:34 PM  

Sheree, thank you! It's so nice to know that so many paranormal readers are open to all para types.

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 5:35 PM  

Lady Vampire, I never would have guessed by your name or avatar how you rolled! ;)

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 5:36 PM  

Jeep Diva I hope if you read BLOOD LAW you won't be disappointed!

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 5:38 PM  

Tetewa, it's hard to say, no to a sexy vampire!

Karin* February 26, 2011 at 5:39 PM  

Kristin, vampires suck raw blood! ;)

Pamk February 26, 2011 at 8:06 PM  

I am going to have to go with shifter. especially kitty kats or dragons. Werewolve are hot but I keep thinking they might smell like a wet dog rofl.

donnas February 26, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

I really like to read them all and can pick a favorite from each. But my personal all around favorite is the vamps.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Melanie S. February 27, 2011 at 7:10 AM  

I have no preference - I love them all!! except of zombies... I don't know what to do with them...

AsianCocoa February 27, 2011 at 4:41 PM  

I have to admit that I LOVE vampires. Uber-Alpha, sexy vampires to be more specific.
Blood Law sounds like a good read. Adding to my TBR when it's released.
Thanks, Karin and JoJo.


Kasumi February 27, 2011 at 7:47 PM  

I'm a paranormal lover without limits!
If the story and characters are well written, I'll fall in love with any gorgeus boy with superpowers :D

BTW, thanks for the international giveaway :D

JoAnna February 27, 2011 at 8:05 PM  

Blood Law sounds great! I'm adding that to my TBB pile.
I will read anything but I love shifters!!!

JoAnna February 27, 2011 at 8:05 PM  

Forgot my email.

Teresa K. February 27, 2011 at 11:30 PM  

I'm a paranormal tramp. I love anything to do with Vamps, Were's and fairies. Just now getting into the demons. As you can see my first love is Vampires and second love is Werewolfs.

Best to you on the book.

Teresa K.
tcwgrlup41(at) yahoo dot com

holls March 18, 2011 at 7:42 AM  

Vamps r my favorite. I can never choose the one I like best. That's hownit goes right? Thanks.

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