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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Silk

Hello folks!

I'd like to introduce you to author Chris Karlsen, who has written Silk. This is a historical novel, full of mystery and suspense from Books to Go Now.

Chris is doing a virtual blurb blitz tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, which runs from January 26th until February 13th. I'm also hosting this tour. To make it interesting for you guys, Chris is giving away a $20 Amazon/BN gift certificate when you take time to place a comment. The winner will be drawn randomly via Rafflecopter. So please use this code to place your comment:
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Blurb

What would you do to stay young: Lie, Manipulate, Kill?

London-Fall, 1888

The city is in a panic as Jack the Ripper continues his murderous spree. While the Whitechapel police struggle to find him, Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner are working feverishly to find their own serial killer. The British Museum's beautiful gardens have become a killing ground for young women strangled as they stroll through.

Their investigation has them brushing up against Viscount Everhard, a powerful member of the House of Lords, and a friend to Queen Victoria. When the circumstantial evidence  points to him as a suspect, Rudyard must deal with the political blowback, and knows if they are going to go after the viscount, they'd better be right and have proof.

As the body count grows and the public clamor for the detectives to do more, inter-department rivalries complicate the already difficult case.


Silk on the skin—luxurious, luscious..lethal.

Excerpt

He wrapped an end in each hand and pulled. His fingers crept up the silk and he tugged a bit harder still. The material pressed deeper into the flesh of her neck. Bright pink dotted her cheeks and radiated down to her jaw. The veins in her temples popped out and pulsed in time to her heartbeat. She moaned, pushed her hips upward and writhed against him. Her soft pubic hair tickled his testicles. Isabeau’s unsubtle way of letting him know she wanted him inside her. He obliged.

Her hands encircled his wrists. She tugged hard outward, harder than usual. A choked sigh escaped her. He paid no attention. This was standard. Isabeau always insisted he maintain pressure until she signaled for him to release his hold. In the past, when she reached the edge of consciousness, she’d beat along his upper arms. This time she thrashed her head back and forth, something he hadn’t seen before. Her eyes bulged in an unattractive way and she clawed at him. Her nails gouged the skin on his hands, drawing blood.

She hurt him and he wanted to slap her. He almost let go of one end of the scarf to do that. Instead, he pulled tighter. Isabeau tried to insert her fingers into the spot where the material crossed over. Her mouth opened and shut, soundless and fishlike. She swatted at the mattress wildly. Red-faced to the point of being near purple, she bucked beneath him.

She fired his blood with her lack of inhibition. Never had she responded with such intensity. Raw power surged through him, primitive, animalistic. He pumped hard. Ready to climax, William clenched his fists, twisting the scarf one last turn. Odd, feathery touches tapped his biceps, feminine and subtle grazes, and then she went limp. Spent, he released his hold and collapsed on top of her, his heart pounding while he caught his breath.

Isabeau didn’t move and her head stayed turned to the side. She hadn’t cried out the way she normally did when sated. Perhaps she was disappointed with his effort. He gave the thought a mental shrug. At the end of the day, it really didn’t matter. He’d arrange for her departure first thing in the morning.

William rolled over and slung a sweaty arm over his eyes. He tried to decide which was worse, telling her tonight the affair was over or waiting until morning. The idea of doing it after such a rambunctious sexual endeavor seemed bad form, but he wanted to get it over with. He turned onto his side, prepared for histrionics, caterwauling, great tears and verbal abuse.

“Isabeau, look at me. I’ve come to a decision and it will likely distress you.” Nothing. She didn’t stir. “Isabeau?”

He shook her by the arm. Still no response. William let go and her arm dropped listless to the mattress. He raised her arm again and let go. Again, it fell listless. He straddled her and patted her cheeks. Nothing. Her head twisted without resistance first right then left depending on the direction of his pat. He slapped her harder. Nothing. Vacant eyes stared fixed on the ceiling. He bent an ear to her chest. Nothing. William leapt from the bed, snatched a silver mirror from the dressing table, and held it under her nose. Nothing.

“Bitch.” William hurled the mirror against the wall. “Bitch, whore,” he raged and paced along the side of the bed. “I will not allow you to make my life a nightmare. This was your doing. I told you to leave me alone.”


Author bio and links

Chris was born and raised in Chicago. Her father was a history professor and her mother was, and is, a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books.

Her parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. She wanted to see the places she read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated her. She’s had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

She is a retired police detective. She spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. Her desire to write came in her early teens. After she retired, she decided to pursue that dream. She writes two different series. Her paranormal romance series is called Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters.

She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse. 



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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Chris-Karlsen/e/B005HYTQQI

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16 comments:

  1. Oooh! This sounds good! I'm reading it next!

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    1. Hi Lindalou,
      This is what I hope is going to be a new series. I had fun writing the detective, Rudyard Bloodstone. I'd love to hear your thoughts when you're done reading it.
      Chris Karlsen

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    2. HI Linda,

      I answered your FB message to me from my email. I am having a problem with my FB author page.
      Chris

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    1. Hi MomJane,
      Thank you for joining me again. I'm glad you liked the excerpt. I waffled on whether or not to use a murder scene. Choosing excerpts for most of my writer friends is something we all seem to waffle over:)
      Chris Karlsen

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  3. Hi Nickie,
    I want to say hello to your followers and thank you for this chance to showcase Silk. I look forward to hearing from your readers.
    Chris Karlsen

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    1. Hello Chris! I'm sorry I wasn't here yesterday (was on a reunion with long lost friends) but I want to say I'm glad you wanted to post here and I really enjoyed the excerpt!

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  4. I'm happy to see another historical murder mystery series set in the Victorian Era. I really like this time period and I do enjoy a good murder mystery story. How many books do you have planned in The Bloodstone series?

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    1. Hi Karen,

      I haven't set a number for the series. If they're popular, I'll just keep doing them. I never go into a series with a plan for each book. I kind of let the characters tell me which way to go next. I'd like to do at least 3, though.
      This time period was a change for me and especially interesting as there was so much going on in science and industry and socially.
      Chris

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    1. Hi Rita,

      Thank you for the kind words.
      Chris

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  6. Intense and good excerpt. So easy to go over the edge.

    Jess1

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    1. Hi Jess,
      I wanted to write William, (the villain) with the idea that he doesn't believe he's a bad man or evil. I liked taking him down the slippery slope of sanity:)
      Chris

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  7. This looks interesting,and well written. I'll check it out on Goodreads!

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    1. Hi Clover,
      Thank you for stopping and visiting with me and for the kind words,
      Chris

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