Archive for January, 2012

Romance Genre Challenged! Is There a Support Group? by Holly Bush

Monday, January 30th, 2012
Holly Bush

Good day and happy Monday, friends! Today I'm shining the spotlight on Holly Bush author of Romancing Olive. To say that one is a romance writer is no longer enough, there's always that follow up question of, "But what kind of romance do you write?" In Holly's post she discusses the genre and the influx of sub-genres that seem to be taking over. Enjoy!

Romance Genre Challenged! Is There a Support Group?

Let me preface this by saying I don’t care what anyone else reads or does in the privacy of their own bedroom or spaceship.

But the new sub-genres of romance books are downright confusing and sometimes I have to think really hard  to imagine, envision or even process the categories of cross-genres. As I was trolling the other day on a book selling site, I found an author that billed herself as LGBT Dystopian Paranormal author. Doesn’t it get crowded with this many people or vampires in the same bed/coffin? Will the government be watching and take away one of the participants leaving . . .  uh . . .  I’m not sure who we started with or who they had an affinity for.

One part of me just wants to tell folks, hey, read the jacket blurb and see if you’d think you’d like the story. Don’t be hemmed in by search sorting on the internet. On the other hand, there are just so many books out there, especially with the boom in the self publishing world that a poor reader needs to narrow down the 20 gazillion books to ones they might be interested in. So authors try and help the reader along by identifying their book in a variety of searchable categories.  (more…)

Getting Hot and Heavy with DC McMillen

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

I absolutely adore DC McMillen and when she asked if I was willing to be a part of her Friday Spotlight series I couldn’t wait. I really wanted to step up to her challenge of writing a post based off of a prompt but I couldn’t bring myself to do it… not yet. Instead I opted for an interview. I absolutely loved the questions and it was super fun.

Check out my interview with the DC here:

DC McMillen: Friday Night Spotlight with Karen DeLabar

My First Interview with Isabella Louise Anderson

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

When Isabella Louise Anderson asked me if I wanted to be interviewed for her site I couldn’t say “YES!” fast enough. It was my first interview ever and I had a blast talking with her.

Check out what I had to say here:

Isabella Louise Anderson Interview

12 Blogs of Christmas with my Triberr Tribemates

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

At the end of 2011 I was invited to join some very talented writers in a Triberr tribe set up to help promote each other’s sites and writing. I am truly surrounded by some of the best writers in this tribe and I’m very thankful for their continued support of my entries.

In December we decided to spread the Christmas cheer and we tackled the 12 Days of Christmas, blog style.

We each took an aspect of the holidays, music, movies, clothing, etc and wrote a blog post including everyone’s favorites. Below I listed everyone’s post where you can learn about some of my favorite holiday things.

My post: 12 Christmas Movies

Raine Thomas – 12 Christmas Songs

DC McMillen – 12 Alcoholic Drinks

Amberr Meadows – 12 Tasty Traditions

Erica Lucke Dean – 12 Christmas Memories

Ciara Ballintyne – 12 Christmas Decorations

Natalie Kenney – 12 Yummy Cookies

Melody-Ann Jones Kauffmann – 12 Christmas Toys

Justin Bogdanovitch – 12 Christmas Faux Pas

Kelly Gamble – 12 Christmas Books

Marie Patchen – 12 Cartoon Classics

Maureen Hovermale – 12 Articles of Clothing in a Christmas Clauset

Tales of a Modern Housewife on Erica Lucke Dean’s Blog

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

In November fellow Triberr tribemate, Erica Lucke Dean, invited me to write a guest blog for her blog. Tales of a Modern Housewife recounts the story of when my husband and I lived in Florida for 6 weeks during March of 2010. I always dreamed I’d be the perfect housewife, but the condo’s oven, dishwasher and smoke detector all set out to kill my dreams.

Read it here:

Erica Lucke Dean: Weekly Guest Blogger Series 

Meet My Muse on Lyn Midnight’s Blog

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Back in June the lovely and talented Lyn Midnight asked several authors to write 200 words on their muse. I was so happy and honored when she asked to share my well kept secret, Devlin. Check out this link to read a little bit about our story.

Lyn Midnight’s Against All Odds Blog:

 Meet the Muse Collaboration (Part One)

Crescent Moons, Soccer, Gypsies, and Me

Friday, January 27th, 2012

I love winning awards for being me, it’s about the only time I win anything. When I received notifications from the lovely Lorca Damon and the awesome Gareth Young about passing the “Versatile Blogger Award” to me I got super excited.

It took me back to last Spring when I received my first blogger award. I was still new to blogging and I had no idea what it was and at first, I’m not ashamed to admit this, I thought it was somewhat of an actual award. I was a little deflated when I realized it was just a glorified chain letter but I had fun coming up with seven random facts about myself.

The only problem is I’m an open book. With me it’s ask and you shall receive… within reason, of course. 😉

Now I have to list another seven random facts about myself and I’m at a loss. I’m trying to think up stories that I haven’t shared with others but I fear I’m not as mysterious as I should be. I’m kinda boring that way. I should be more mysterious.

That’s it, starting right after this post I’m going to be more mysterious. I have no idea how the hell I’m supposed to do that, but I see a lot of long skirts and scarves in my future. I guess I equate being mysterious with being a gypsy. Oh! And tarot cards, gypsies and tarot cards. Huh, that actually sounds like a lot of fun.

I wonder if I have to dye my hair black in order to be a gypsy?

Anyway, let’s get back to the award. (more…)

Interview with Holly Bush author of Romancing Olive

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Holly Bush

Good Thursday, friends! Today I'm happy to introduce Holly Bush, a fellow Pennsylvanian, to you, my dearest friends. You may have caught my review of Holly's historical romance, Romancing Olive, this past Tuesday. Well, now the lovely lady has joined me for a crisp sauvignon blanc as we talk romance and the younger man.

KD: When and how did Olive’s story come to you?

HB: I’m not sure how to explain this without sounding odd but I see my characters in my head. They lodge themselves there. I saw Olive seated on the train west to Ohio, purse strings looped over her arm, bonnet tied and traveling coat buttoned-up, staring out the window at the passing landscape. She was very consciously not engaging other passengers and dreaming her dreams about raising her niece and nephew in her family home in Philadelphia. I didn’t have a clear picture yet of why Olive had to rescue these children, only that she did.  (I removed this entire opening chapter and worked bits and pieces into the current first chapter having decided it was too much back story and that the story really began as Olive waited impatiently for the sheriff to speak to her.)  (more…)

11 Questions of Badassery by Jesse James Freeman and SPECIAL GUEST

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Ladies and gents I'm super excited at the complete badassery that is happening in my bar today. It's Wednesday so that means I hand the reigns of my site over to last week's featured author and how could anyone forget the awesomely badass, Jesse James Freeman? Well, because Jesse is amazingly awesome he's changing things up a bit and I'm all for it. Over on Jesse's own site he runs an interview series called, "11 Questions of Badassery" that he is transplanting for the day into my little corner pub. The fact that he deems my humble establishment worthy of such badassery makes me want to get on top of the bar and do a little jig. I know what you're saying, "But Karen, you do that every night, how is this different?" The difference my friends? ... Well, I don't know, but this time its for a reason, not just because! Anyway, grab yourself a drink, settle in and get ready to witness some serious badassery at the Writing on the Rocks pub.


Review of Romancing Olive by Holly Bush

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
Romancing Olive

In 1891, a spinster librarian, Olive Wilkens left the quietness and stability of her Philadelphia home on a mission to rescue her now orphaned niece and nephew in Spencer, Ohio. All she knew when she embarked on her journey was that the children, Mary and John, were taken in by a neighboring farmer Jacob Butler after the deaths of her brother and wife. What she learned was that her brother was not living the respectable farm life he led her to believe in his letters. In fact, the quaint little farm house he painted in his letters was nothing more than a shack on overrun land. He was drunken gambler married to a whore who didn’t do much by way of their children. What starts out to be a saintly mission turns into a journey of self discovery for Olive and a lesson in opening your heart and mind to the world around you.

Olive’s character starts off very naive in the book; not that she can’t handle the horrors that the world can hold only that she hasn’t had to. She was by no means extraordinary privileged growing up, but she did have the nicer things in life. She is absolutely appalled, but then again, who wouldn’t be, when she learned how her brother actually lived. However, if she were truly naive and unworldy she would have taken the children and ran back to Philadelphia as fast as the carriage could take her. But she didn’t. She did what was best for the children, children who were traumatized by witnessing the death of their mother.  (more…)