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It's Here! The Cover for SILENT NIGHT THREAT!

I just received the final artwork for my November 2017 release, SILENT NIGHT THREAT, so I wanted to share it with you here!
 
 

Silent Night Threat by Michelle Karl 

FORGOTTEN MEMORIES... 

None of her training prepares astronaut Natasha Stark for what she wakes up to a week after her groundbreaking space voyage: a target on her back—and no memories. But there's something oddly familiar about the FBI agent who rescues her. Christopher Barton can't believe he drew the mission of safeguarding his long-ago fiancée and her daughter—a child he has every reason to believe is his. To learn the truth, though, he has to help Natasha regain her memory. But with threats mounting against the family he hopes to join, Chris is running out of time to take down the assailants before they kill the woman he never forgot and the child he never knew existed.

 

 

The story hits shelves in a little over 4 months! I had a lot of fun writing this book and I can't wait to share it with you. And if you've read OUTSIDE THE LAW, there's a little tie-in that I'm excited for readers to discover... wink


Come Learn With Me!

Curious about writing category romance? Wonder no longer! Come learn the ins & outs & everything in between with my online course offered through Savvy Authors: Crafting the Category Romance with Michelle Karl.
 
It runs from July 3rd - 30th, $30 with Savvy Authors Premium membership and $40 with Basic membership.
 
Here's the description from the course page: 

What is a "category romance” novel and what sets it apart from other romance novels? And why would anyone want to write one?

In this workshop, participants will learn about the ingredients necessary to craft an engaging, entertaining and effective category romance novel. These delicious, trope-and-hook heavy stories—which range from sweet to super sexy—follow established formulae that also allow room for plenty of author creativity, delivering readers the HEAs they want within the comforting framework of their favorite "category.”

We’ll learn how to identify a category romance, what goes into writing one, common mistakes to avoid, and try our hand at crafting a fantastic first page, an enticing first chapter, and discuss tips on breaking into the category romance market.

A weekly assignment will ensure that participants complete the workshop with not only a better understanding of category romances, but also ready to write one!

Hope to see you in the (online) classroom soon! lol


Guest Post on Yankee Belle Cafe

I'm a "guest chef" over at Yankee Belle Cafe today, sharing one of my favorite soup recipes! It's cheap, delicious, and ridiculously simple to make (and to double or triple for large gatherings or to freeze for the future)!
 
 

Guest Post on The Suspense Zone

Today I'm a guest over on The Suspense Zone
 
Susan always puts together interesting interview questions, so I'm happy to be sharing there once again. Come say hi! lol

Guest Post on Just Romantic Suspense

I'm a guest over on Just Romantic Suspense today, talking about "Finding Home When You're on the Move." 

One commenter will win a copy of OUTSIDE THE LAW, so go check it out!
 
Thanks to JRS for hosting me. lol

New Release Day!

 
 
Today's the day!
 
My latest book, OUTSIDE THE LAW, is a March 2017 release... and if you're a fan of the TV show Quantico, or if you enjoyed my previous release UNKNOWN ENEMY and wanted to know more about the fictional country of Amar featured in that title... then you might want to pick this one up!
 
OUTSIDE THE LAW was inspired by my editor's request for heroes / heroines at the beginning of their careers (ie. FBI Academy, etc) and her love of shows like Quantico & wanting to see things like that... so I came up with this concept and here we are!
 
Here's the description (it's on the book page too):

When her apartment is besieged by masked gunmen, Yasmine Browder's convinced it's tied to her investigation into her brother's "accidental" death three weeks ago. Narrowly escaping, she flags down the car of a passerby she thought she'd never see again—her childhood crush. Unlike the local police, newly minted FBI agent Noel Black doesn't believe the attack is a coincidence, especially when the attempts on her life don't stop. Yasmine's onto the truth about her brother, and someone powerful wants her dead. With nobody to trust and just days out of training, Noel must find a way to keep her alive…because now that he's found Yasmine, he refuses to lose her again.
 
Hope you enjoy the story! Happy reading!

Guest Post on Just Romantic Suspense

I'm a guest over at Just Romantic Suspense today, talking about tension in romantic suspense novels and the quiet, tender moments that show a different side of the hero... head on over and chime into the discussion question to be entered to win a copy of UNKNOWN ENEMY!

The giveaway is open until tomorrow night, so don't delay! See you there!
 

Release Day!

The day is here!

It's the official release day for UNKNOWN ENEMY! Thanks to everyone who has supported this book throughout the process, and thanks to all my readers past, present & future. This book means a lot to me, so I hope you love it as much as I do!

If you like, take a photo of yourself with a copy of the book and/or where you see the book "in the wild" and tag me on Facebook or Twitter. I'd like to make an album of book photos on Facebook (and maybe share a few here!) as I've done in the past for FATAL FREEZE.
 
Happy Reading!

Guest Post on Lyn Cote's Blog

Hey, lovelies! I'm guest posting over on Lyn Cote's blog today -- I'm sharing a healthy breakfast recipe for those crazy days when you're too busy to eat...all you need is 2 minutes & a blender. There's a preview picture below...can you guess what the recipe will be?
 
Commenters on the post can also win a signed copy of UNKNOWN ENEMY.
 
Check it out & share as you like! :D

Find the post here: http://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/

 



Killer Voices Debut #7 -- UNDER DURESS

It's time to celebrate! Another Killer Voices sister has had her debut novel published with Love Inspired Suspense, and this time it's Meghan Carver with UNDER DURESS.
 
Meghan joined the Killer Voices team a little after the initial group, which is proof that persistence pays off and listening to the feedback of editors is incredibly important! 
 
UNDER DURESS is on sale now wherever Love Inspired Suspense books are sold.
 
 
DESCRIPTION:
 
FAMILY ON THE RUN 

Criminals are trying to kidnap attorney Samantha Callahan's adopted daughter, Lily—and she has no idea why. So when bullets start flying, Samantha and Lily speed off in her car…and crash right into help. Ex-cop Reid Palmer is shocked when former law school classmate Samantha rear-ends his car and then climbs in with her daughter and begs him to drive. Now they are on the run, and Reid will do anything to protect them and figure out why kidnappers are after Lily. As they struggle to evade capture, Reid begins to realize that Samantha is more to him than just a woman in trouble. But with the enemies closing in and their motives finally revealed, will Reid be able to make sure justice is served?


UNKNOWN ENEMY -- Official Cover!

It's here! It's here! The official cover for my May release, Unknown Enemy, has been given its official cover and I can share it with you!
 
Without further ado, here it is:
 
 
I love it! The building, the time of year, everything...it's the perfect representation of the atmosphere and setting of the story. 
 
And here's the official blurb:
 
THE BODYGUARD 

For professor Ginny Anderson, translating a set of ancient tablets could be the coup of her career—or more danger than she can handle. Someone doesn't want the secrets of the artifacts to be revealed…and they'll kill to bury her discoveries. But former Secret Service agent Colin Tapping refuses to let anybody hurt Ginny and appoints himself as her protector—whether she wants one or not. Colin has made mistakes in the past, and keeping Ginny safe could be just what he needs to prove he's still a capable agent and win back his job. But is he willing to risk paying the ultimate price to reclaim his former life?
 
I'm really looking forward to sharing this story with the world. Only a few more months to go!

Autumn Has Arrived!

If you've been around this blog for any length of time or read any of the interviews I did around the release time of FATAL FREEZE, you're no stranger to this Fun Fact: I don't like cold weather! But what I do like is cool weather, specifically the kind that comes at the beginning of Fall. 
 
Cooler weather means long-sleeved shirts, pumpkin everything, and... apples! Late summer / early Fall means our apple tree is ready for harvest. I'm still getting used to having an apple tree in our front yard -- in fact, we didn't even know it was an apple tree until two years ago, when we thought the little green apples that started appearing were crab apples. 
 
Turns out they're not -- they're Macs! Last year I trimmed the tree and we had a small yield, and this year the summer was very dry, so I didn't think we'd get a whole lot. The fruit looked quite small until only a few weeks before summer ended... but then we got some heavy rainfall, a few warm days, and voila! The apples matured and we had a decent harvest after all! 
 
I picked two baskets of apples, one is in the picture above. There's a second basket in the fridge right now, but the one above turned into slow cooker apple cider two nights ago. Delicious!

There were also a lot of dropped apples, which I assume happened because of the dry weather. But apparently that didn't matter to a neighbor, who knocked on our door yesterday and asked if she could take some of the dropped apples to make a pie. She took quite a few of them (I don't envy her work in cutting out the bugs & bruises!), so I suspect she'll have more than enough for a tasty pie. It makes me happy to know the dropped fruit didn't go to waste!
 
 
And I should also mention... the squirrels are enjoying the dropped apples too. They keep dragging apples onto our porch, having a nice snack, and then leaving the rest of the apple for the ants (or for another squirrel to eat later). Yay for multiple people & critters benefiting from our fruit tree!
 
What grew in your yard this year? Did you plant a garden or have you ever tried growing fruit?

Killer Voices Debut #6 -- Christmas in Hiding

It's release day for another one of my Killer Voices sisters! Cate Nolan has waited a loooong time to see her book in print -- yes, she sold at the same time those of us published earlier this year did! -- so it's very exciting to be able to finally celebrate this release with her.
 
 
Christmas in Hiding is Cate's debut -- come on over to the Harlequin debut thread and read more about her and what inspired this book!
 
Plus, a bonus is that it's a Christmas-themed book which makes it a perfect gift option for those bibliophiles on your list. Oooh, yeah!

Books, Books, Books

You know what’s dangerous? Setting your bibliophile spouse loose inside a book outlet warehouse for three hours on a Saturday afternoon… with or without a budget, it’s a dangerous thing!

There’s a fantastic discount book warehouse about an hour away from where I live, and I kid you not—they have large shopping carts for customers to wheel up and down the aisles. And fill. Fill!!!

Needless to say, the three hours passed very quickly and although I did end up with a cart full of books, I did have to put most of them back. But I ended up with a few titles in the end, and it was a great, relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Tell me about a time when you spent hours in a bookstore and walked away with… well, fewer books than you wanted to!

The Shores of Argentia

If you read FATAL FREEZE earlier this year, you know that the ferry on which Lexie and Shaun were trapped was headed to Argentia, Newfoundland. But have you ever seen what the shoreline of Argentia would look like once the ferry returned to its course?

Marine Atlantic retweeted a passenger’s photo of a ferry’s approach to Argentia, and I thought I’d share it with you here:

 


Rather pretty, isn’t it? J

Crafting Fun

Do you like crafting? This past year, I discovered a new (for me) type of crafting called "felting.” The basic idea is that you take pieces of wool roving, then poke them repeatedly with a needle until the fibres intertwine enough to firm up… and then add more wool as needed while you continue poking to give shape to the object.

Recently, I finished my second felting project. Right now I’m using felting kits, but it’s more typical to use patterns out of books and buy the colors of wool that you need separately.

The needles used are very sharp, so there are also little plastic caps to wear on your fingertips—like silicone thimbles!—to avoid stabbing yourself by accident. Or before you know better… not that I have any experience with that… o_O

Have you tried any new crafts this year? Or do you have a specific type of craft you like to relax with?

It’s Official! New Book Coming in 2016!

Exciting news! There will be another Michelle Karl book hitting store shelves in May 2016, and the title is… UNKNOWN ENEMY. *dun dun duuuun*

I’m really excited to share this story with you all, because it features a number of aspects that are really close to my heart. But I’m not going to give it all away right now – rather, in the months ahead I’m hoping to post some teaser information about the characters and plot.

Stay tuned, but for now… yay! New book!

A Little Bit of Light

Things have been a little tense lately online for evangelical publishers, Christian writers, and romance readers. If you’re not aware of the controversy, I’m not going to summarize it here—but if you are familiar with it, you could probably use a smile or two right now.

So, without further ado, here’s a little monkey getting his fur brushed:

And a silly baby goat jumping over (and on!) other baby goats:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AWvefaN8USk

 

And just for good measure, a picture of my cat:


Because you can never have too many cat pictures!

Please don’t take this the wrong way—I’m not trying to make light of the situation happening online right now in regards to a certain book. However, it’s important to keep things in perspective and give ourselves a moment or two to laugh and smile, even during serious times.

Feel free to share your own link to your favorite "little bit of light” below!

RWA Recap -- Part #1

As I write this, this time last week, I was finishing up lunch with my fantastic editor Emily Rodmell and two fellow Love Inspired authors, Maggie K. Black and Debby Giusti, at a little New York restaurant called Nino's. I'd been so incredibly anxious about it, but the meal was delightful and the conversation easy. 
 
But what was I doing in New York? I was attending the RWA annual conference for the very first time, held this year in NYC (the location changes each year). It was one of those things that I felt I should do, especially as a new author, and Maggie convinced me to come and share a room with her. 
 
It's daunting to travel to NYC on your own... but I made it on the Air Train and then the subway to 42nd street, emerging to a ridiculously busy street where I had to drag my suitcases around until I figured out where the hotel was (right inside Times Square)! 
 
While I didn't take a lot of my own photos during the conference (I'm terrible at remembering to do that), I'll try to share some images from my fellow writers and credit where possible in these next few posts.
 
The very first session after arrival was a Harlequin Debut Authors Meet & Greet, where I had the opportunity to meet many of the important people at Harlequin, from marketing to editing to the business side of things. It was nice being able to put faces to familiar names, though admittedly the interaction was quite daunting for an introvert who'd just barely held it together while traveling on the NYC subway for the first time. Hah! 
 
I did meet up with several fellow Killer Voices debut authors at this time, Dana & Cate, so it was nice to have some familiar faces to turn occasionally! After that it was off to the Goody Room, unpacking, and getting oriented before the literacy signing.
 
 

Imagine a giant ballroom full of long aisles with authors sitting behind the tables and the aisles jam-packed with readers (mostly other authors!). It was a great opportunity to meet new & favorite authors... and to buy signed books to raise funds for literacy, of course! I met (and bought books from):
 
  • Ellie Macdonald, whose table was next to Dana R. Lynn's, and who hand-sold her book to me in such a convincing way that I couldn't say no! I wish I could recall how she described it (something meets... something else), but it was a great pitch and Ellie was delightful.
  • Sandra Orchard, who is a fellow LIS writer and Ontario resident! I hadn't met her yet and thought it was about time, since we live close to each other and share a mutual friend in Maggie K. Black.
  • Emily McKay, whose YA series I was utterly shocked & delighted to find there as I'd been intending to buy the third (and most recent) book later this month. I was glad to be able to tell her how much I and my sister have enjoyed her series.
  • Sonali Dev, whose "A Bollywood Affair" I have heard nothing but fantastic things about... and admittedly, while I already have a copy of the book on my Kindle app, I wanted a hard copy to enjoy. We got to swap stories about our earrings, which was fun! 
I went to bed nice and early on Wednesday night so I'd be ready for the next day, which was full of workshops and other opportunities to meet Love Inspired authors and editors. We took a big group photo after a Love Inspired Meet & Greet... look at all those smiling faces!
 
I'm way at the back there on the right, underneath the tip of what looks like an upside-down white lipstick tube! 
 
The day was exhausting but great, as I got to meet many, many other Love Inspired authors and connect them with the books I'd read. Such lovely people, and very giving. 
 
In the next post, I'll talk a little bit about the Harlequin party on Friday night -- and talk a little bit more about what it's like attending a massive conference like this as an introvert who struggles with anxiety. If you, like me, have trouble being around people constantly and need to get away to recharge sometimes... don't worry! You're not alone. :)

Covert Justice -- Killer Voice Debut #5

 
 
Here we go again! It's time for the fifth Killer Voices debut author to see all her hard work come to fruition in a real, tangible book! Lynn Huggins Blackburn's Covert Justice is on store shelves this month. 
 
I've had the joy of getting to know Lynn a little bit over the past few months through social media and our Killer Voices crew, and here are three things I know about her:
 
1) She loves CrossFit!
2) She recently(?) participated in a Whole30 challenge.
3) She has an adorable family that she's wholly dedicated to.
 
And a fourth thing? Christ's love really does shine through her interactions online, and I can have no doubt she lives out her love for Jesus on a daily basis.
 
Happy debut month, Lynn!
 
You can check out the listing for Covert Justice here, and it should be at your local retailers right now!

Into Thin Air -- Another Killer Voice Published!

 
As the dust settles from the April debut of three Killer Voices authors, let's not forget that there are three other fantastic ladies whose debut novels are coming out this year too!
 
Mary-Ellen Porter is the fourth Killer Voice to see her debut novel with Love Inspired Suspense, and it's called Into Thin Air. I can't wait to read it, because this book features search & rescue dog teams, which Mary-Ellen has plenty of personal experience with. Plus, there's a social justice angle to the plot, which anyone who has read Fatal Freeze will be familiar with.
 
Into Thin Air should be on bookshelves now. Check it out on the Amazon page and then head to your local retailer for a copy!

The Ultimate Icebreaker at Team Love on the Run

 
I'm guest posting today over on Team Love on the Run's Friday Feature -- and there's a giveaway!
 
Head over to check it out, and stick around for more posts and fun stuff. These ladies are fellow romantic suspense writers, so their site is a great place to browse around if you love the genre and are looking for more. lol

Facing Your Fears on "Just Romantic Suspense"

I'm blogging today over at Just Romantic Suspense, talking about facing your fears... well, sort of. wink
 
Visit and comment for a chance to win a copy of FATAL FREEZE! The giveaway closes Saturday at midnight.
 

Interview on The Suspense Zone

 
 
Today I was interviewed by Susan Sleeman for The Suspense Zone: All Suspense, All the Time!

She has a number of interviews up from various authors, so if you have the time, check out a few of those as well. Maybe you'll meet a new favorite! 
 
The site is also running a month-long giveaway, so if you missed a chance to win a copy of FATAL FREEZE during the Online Release Party or the GoodReads giveaway, you have another chance. Check that out right HERE
 
Thanks to Susan for hosting. Come check the interview out HERE!

Debut Author Interview on Harlequin.com!

I was interviewed by Harlequin's Debut Author spotlight for April. Pop in and say hello, and tell me who you'd have lunch with if you could choose anyone. Fictional characters count too!
 
 

It's a Killer Voices Release Party!

 
 
 
Starting at 11am, we'll have guest authors, giveaways, and plenty of book-related discussion all day long.
 
Join for a half hour or all day! I'll be hosting the 2:30-3pm shift and giving away a copy of FATAL FREEZE.
 
Hope you can join us! Click here to join the Facebook Party: YAY BOOKS!

Simply Books Magazine Feature

Three of us with debuts coming this April were featured in this month's Simply Books Magazine! The feature was written up by my fantastic editor, Emily Rodmell. You can follow her on Twitter HERE
 

GoodReads Giveaway!

Are you on GoodReads? I just started a giveaway for FATAL FREEZE and it's open until March 12th! Enter! Share the giveaway with others! Add the book to your "to-read" list! You know, all that fun stuff I'm supposed to tell you to do. lol


PS: If you're not on GoodReads, don't worry... there will be other giveaway opportunities between now and April!


https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/127611-fatal-freeze

Author Talk: Dream Dates!

Just in time for Valentine's Day, the Reader Service Blog asked a number of Harlequin authors what their dream date would be... I got to answer, along with many other fellow authors.
 
Come on over and check it out, and then leave a comment on the post telling us what your dream date would be!
 

Come Visit Me on Seekerville

Today the Killer Voices crew is being hosted by the lovely ladies of Seekerville! They interviewed us about the Killer Voices pitch event and how things have gone for us since getting "The Call." 
 
Come say hello & chat with us! The comment section on Seekerville is always a lively place. smiley
 

It’s a Cover Reveal Party!

Yay!!! The day has arrived, time to show off our debut covers to the world!!!

Truth be told, the covers have been up on Amazon for a few weeks now, but *shhhh* we're just going to pretend that this is the first time we've all seen them. And really, this way you get to see all three of the April "Killer Voices" cover debuts at the same time. Oooh, convenient!

These three covers below are all for April releases, but keep scrolling to the bottom of the post for more info on the other three Killer Voices debuts coming later this year too.

So, here we go!

Fatal Freeze by Michelle Karl

 

Doesn't it make you feel cold just looking at it?! Brrrr… have I mentioned I don't like cold weather??? Here's the synopsis, in case you haven't had a chance to read it yet:

CIA agent Shaun Carter is on the trail of an international crime ring, and the sudden appearance of a woman from his past could jeopardize his mission. Missing persons investigator Lexie Reilly's search for a missing teen has put her in the criminals' crosshairs. Joining forces to take down this ring is their only chance of survival. Shaun vows to keep the beautiful investigator out of harm's way and help her find the lost girl. But when their ferry becomes icebound, they are trapped at sea with killers who will stop at nothing to keep them from discovering their secrets.
 
And now for the next two debuts!

Royal Rescue by Tammy Johnson

 

I love the locket on this one! Very intriguing. Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

Hidden away for more than fourteen years, Thea James was presumed dead by most—killed in the fire that burned the royal palace. But Ronin Parrish knows the truth…and so does the person who murdered Thea's father, the king. Ronin takes his new duty as Thea's bodyguard seriously. After all, she's the only one who can clear his father of the king's murder. It doesn't matter that the princess's beauty and strength draw him to her. To a commoner like him, she can never be more than a mission. Now he's in a race to restore the princess to her rightful place on the throne before the unknown killer prematurely ends her reign.

 

You can check out Tammy's website here and learn more about her writing.

Presumed Guilty by Dana R. Lynn

 

Oooh, eerie! Creepy forest, rushing river… *shudder* Here's the synopsis from Amazon:

After four years in prison for a crime she didn't commit, Melanie Swanson's finally free. Yet starting over brings a heavy load of challenges. Nearly everyone believes she's guilty—including police lieutenant Jace Tucker. Jace's certainty cracks only when Melanie is repeatedly attacked, and when the people around her are picked off one by one. Melanie's clearly innocent—and terrified. Someone wants her dead to keep her shattered memories from recalling the crime she witnessed rather than caused. She lost her friends, her fiancé and her freedom when she was found guilty—but proving her innocence could cost Melanie her life.

 

You can check out Dana's blog here and learn more about her upcoming story. 

And there you have it! The cover reveal for the first three Killer Voices debuts. I hope you've been intrigued... but wait, there's more! No covers yet, but here are the other three Killer Voices and their release dates:

Thanks for celebrating with us today!

 

Social Media Madness!

Just a quick note to say that I’ve set up both Facebook and Twitter accounts for Michelle Karl! While this blog is a way for us to chat long-form, it’s more passive on your end… so to connect with me on a more immediate basis, follow me on Facebook or Twitter!

The links are all around on the website, but you can also just clicky here for Facebook or here for Twitter.

See you there!

Raising Our Killer Voices

You may already know that myself and several other new authors to the Love Inspired family were signed on during the Killer Voices author search. The Love Inspired editors chose teams from the entrants, and through several rounds of eliminations, six of us were left!


This April, three of us have our debuts… and tomorrow, you get to see our covers! Oooh, cover reveal, exciting! (Though, that said, if you’re on this website on tomorrow you’ll probably see my cover as soon as you navigate to the site…)

Come back tomorrow and check out the covers of the other two Killer Voices ladies joining me for their debut this April! And of course, I’ll showcase the covers of the other debut ladies a little later in the year, closer to their book releases. Enjoy, and thanks for visiting!

Sunshine and New Beginnings

Starting something new can be intimidating… no less so when it’s the first post on a brand-new blog, on a brand-new website, for a brand-new author! But, here goes!

Welcome to my website! It’s just a little thing right now, as I’m new on the scene and only three months away from the release of my very first novel, but I’m hoping that you and I can build this space together.

Yes, you’re a part of this! Readers are an important part of the process, and I appreciate you taking the journey to Fatal Freeze with me.

As I write this today, the Weather Network says it feels like -22 outside. I’m not a fan of cold weather, but I needed to get some groceries, so I bundled up and headed out into the deep freeze anyway. But you know what? The sun was shining, the ice on my car had already softened, and what I thought would be a miserable journey turned into a pleasant afternoon errand.

Sometimes expectations turn out to be nothing like reality… so I’m heading out on this new author journey with as few expectations as possible. And then hoping for sunshine!