We have another victim, oops, I mean guest in the Chateau who has agreed to share a little about herself in an interview. Karen Hulene Bartell is ready in the wings, so here she is!
What is your greatest temptation:
In men: Intelligent, polite man with a sense of humor
In food: Finger-food smorgasbord
In clothes: T-shirts
What is your greatest weakness (example: buying shoes)? Traveling
If you could have any kind of car, what would it be? 4×4 pickup
Your dream home – mountains or ocean? Mountains
What inspired you to become a writer? Reading nonstop as a child
Do you have a daily writing routine? If so, please share.
Yes, I write every morning, when I’m the freshest. By writing every day, I find my mind keeps working on the plot and characters, even during the hours when I’m not writing.
What is your favorite book? Gone with the Wind
What is your favorite movie? Under the Tuscan Sun
Who is your favorite historical figure? Laura Ingalls Wilder
If you were given the opportunity to spend a day with any person, living or dead, who would it be? Josephine Bonaparte
In your books, who is your favorite hero and please introduce him?
Hud Beaulieu from Angels from Ashes: Hour of the Wolf. The broad smile from his finely-chiseled face caught Chloe’s eye as he started toward them. His lean body moved sinuously, like a tawny cat’s. From his taut pectorals, Chloe could see he worked out. Not what she would describe as brawny, his upper body was toned, well-defined. She caught her breath. Just about right.
As he approached, she noticed where his tan line ended, just above his jeans. He took off his captain’s cap and ran his fingers through his shock of silky, dark hair.
Who is your favorite heroine and please introduce her?
Gwen Alton from Christmas in Catalonia. She lifted the window shade, hoping to see the last of Manhattan’s lights, but already their flight was over the Atlantic. All she saw through the port window was her reflection.
Mirror, mirror . . .
Shoulder-length blond hair framing her face, hazel eyes stared back. She smiled her signature half-smile, cynical, suspicious. Even in the dim light, her left eyebrow rose quizzically in a perpetual look of skepticism. She laughed at herself.
Story of my life. Take nothing at face value. Maybe that’s why I went into photojournalism. Through a camera’s lens, the focal point’s clear. I can see what’s real.
What do you have out now? Excerpt, blurb, book trailers, buy links
Excerpt from my current Mainstream Fantasy The Keys: Voice of the Turtle:
Conveying this land to the turtles would be my way of leaving the world a better place.” She turned toward Ruth. “Does that make sense?”
Ruth nodded and gazed at Keya as if for the first time. Her cousin’s intentions were clear. “But legally, how can you will the property to the turtles?”
“Easy. I leave it to the Turtle Refuge.” Keya laughed inwardly as they meandered along the beach. “And this is where you come in. When you’re writing the brochure, add a few paragraphs about planned giving and charitable bequests…” Her words broke off as Keya stared as if in a trance.
Ruth looked at her. “What’s wrong?”
Her hand shaking, Keya pointed to a shady patch of beach half hidden by sand dunes. A lifeless hand lay tangled in seaweed, its fingernails broken and bloodied.
Racing behind the sandbanks to help, Ruth skidded to a halt, her heels digging into the sand. A woman’s bloated body lay staring at the sun, her eyes opaque and unseeing. “Do you recognize her?”
“No.” Keya shook her head as the cat gingerly approached, sniffing and meowing. But Earnestine said she smells familiar.”
“Knock, knock,” called a man’s voice.
Ruth flinched at the sound. “Who’s there?”
Blurb from The Keys: Voice of the Turtle:
Hours after arriving in the Florida Keys to help her cousin Keya create a turtle preserve, Ruth discovers a washed-up body and not one, but two apparitions—Maita, the angry victim’s spirit, and Bart, a swashbuckling ghost. Ruth’s curious ability to connect with the ghosts may help them move on, but how?
Keya is in a probate battle over her turtle-nesting beach. Land-hungry relatives want it bulldozed and developed. Like Ruth, she has a special gift—she can talk to animals. Between Ruth’s help and Keya’s unique ability, they work to save the property, but is it too late?
Can Keya save her beloved turtles? Can Ruth find Maita’s murderer or help Bart solve his 400-year-old mystery? There’s more than meets the eye to Keya’s land. Add in a dashing sailor who believes in her, and Keya may have more than she bargained for…
Amazon eBook: https://amzn.to/2XV2wO1
Amazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2yfSB7b
Barnes & Noble NOOK Book: https://bit.ly/2YFHWgQ
Barnes & Noble Paperback: https://bit.ly/2yuBEWO
The Wild Rose Press: https://bit.ly/2ZsH1lm
New releases anytime soon?
Yes, Wild Rose Pass, a Western Romance, is to be released in early 2020.
Where can eager fans find you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/karenhulenebartell
About the Author:
Author of the Sacred Emblem, Sacred Journey, and Sacred Messenger series, Karen is a best-selling author, motivational keynote speaker, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural, offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural that lift the spirit. Born to rolling-stone parents who moved annually, Bartell found her earliest playmates as fictional friends in books. Paperbacks became her portable pals. Ghost stories kept her up at night—reading feverishly. The paranormal was her passion. Wanderlust inherent, Karen enjoyed traveling, although loathed changing schools. Novels offered an imaginative escape. An only child, she began writing her first novel at the age of nine, learning the joy of creating her own happy endings. Professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen resides in the Hill Country with her husband Peter and her “mews”—three rescued cats and a rescued *Cat*ahoula Leopard dog.