Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Five Secrets from Author Karen Docter

Today you learn five secrets from Karen Docter, who writes two different kinds of romance novels.

K.L.'s romantic suspense novels are filled with romance, although the dangers the hero and heroine face are intense, usually because a serial killer is bent on ending one or both of their lives before they can fall in love. Karen's contemporaries are cute & spicy romances. She loves writing about real men and women with dreams and goals that don't allow for a relationship just so she can throw them in each other's path...with a tickle and a smile.

Karen is an award winning author, four-time Romance Writers of America® Golden Heart® finalist, and winner of the coveted Kiss of Death Romance Writers Daphne du Maurier Award Category (Series) Romantic Mystery Unpublished division.  

When she's not saving her characters from death and destruction or helping them fall in love, she loves camping and fishing with her family, reading, gardening & cooking. If she can do most of those things over a campfire, all the better! 

Hi Karen, please tell us Five Secrets we may not know about Killing Secrets (Thorne's Thorns Series, Book 1) or you, but will after today!

1) My desire to be a police officer as a youngster led to my romantic suspense career. When I was nine years old, an incident occurred that shaped my strong sense of justice. Two policemen responded to a domestic situation that went tragically wrong. They’d settled the dispute and were leaving the scene when a neighbor, who’d been drinking and took exception to their presence, shot and killed one of the officers. The situation deeply affected me when I learned the details of the incident and that the slain officer left behind a pregnant wife. It was all so senseless. For the longest time, I considered becoming a police officer. It's not the direction I eventually headed but, when I began writing romance, I found a lot of suspense elements creeping into my stories. Now, I dispense justice in my thriller novels.

2) Killing Secrets is the first book in the Thorne's Thorns series about six foster brothers. Police officer Ross Thorne, and his wife, Evelyn, had only one biological son, Patrick. But they raised him with five foster brothers –Jack, Ben, Cole, Sam, and Joe. All in some kind of trouble at one point or another, they became known as “Thorne’s Thorns”. The six brothers are now strong, sexy men, and each book in the series is about one of them, the danger that enters his life, and the woman he falls in love with and must protect. Killing Secrets is Patrick’s book.

3) I love misdirection and surprises in my romantic suspense. There are two antagonists in Killing Secrets. The hero, Patrick, and heroine, Rachel, don't know where the danger is coming from one moment to the next. Everyone has a secret to keep, silence, reveal or kill's up to the reader to uncover them all.

4) The heroine's four-year-old daughter hasn't spoken a word since her father went to jail and the heroine doesn't know what her ex-husband did or said to silence the child. It tears her up not to be able to help her.

5) I was an executive assistance to a project manager for a mall developer at one time in my life learning, first hand, about construction and project management on a big scale. My experiences helped me to understand Patrick, who is a major contractor in Denver.


Some secrets are better left dead.

Rachel James’ ex-husband is released from prison determined to reclaim her and her little girl — the child is his key to controlling the James fortune. Frightened, Rachel flees to Denver with the child who hasn’t uttered a word since her daddy went to prison.

Contractor Patrick Thorne wants nothing to do with another of his parents’ charity cases. He failed his own wife so abysmally she took her own life as well as his unborn son’s. After two years, it’s time to concentrate on the bid he’s won and the saboteur trying to destroy his construction firm.

There is no room for trust in either of their hearts. But trust is all that will untangle the secrets that dominate their lives, free a little girl of her silent prison, and save them all from a serial killer who stands too close.

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  1. Thanks for having me on your blog today, Leslie Ann! It's great to share some secrets. Whew! I feel better getting it all out in the open...well, the things I WANT you to know. :)

  2. Karen, it's good to have you here. You mean you have more secrets? Hmmm, that means we'll have to have you back :)

    Killing Secrets is a great book, so you all don't miss getting it.


  3. Hey, Leslie Ann,you just asked for FIVE. A girl has to keep some

    I'd love to come back someday. I'm working on the second brother in the series, Killing Proof. Oops! Another secret. :)

    Happy Reading!

  4. ...mystery.

    Giggle. No clue how I managed to leave the sentence unfinished. :)

  5. A fun interview, Karen! Your Thorne's Thorns series sounds amazing. I wish you the very best in your journey with it.

  6. Thanks, Lisa. It really was a fun book to write. I love psychological suspense. Even scared myself more than once. The killer is creepy.

    If you pick it up, I hope you enjoy unraveling the secrets.

    Happy Reading!

  7. Hi Lisa,
    Happy to see you here. Don't read this late at night alone :)