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Romance for Haiti Auction is Live!

In case you haven't yet heard, the Romance for Haiti: Auction for Earthquake Relief is now live! Hundreds of romance authors came together to make this possible in an effort to assist support relief in Haiti after the devastation caused by the earthquake earlier this month.
To be totally transparent, I was not personally a part of this auction, but I want to help spread awareness since this is such a fantastic initiative for a great cause.
If you'd like to see what's up for auction -- there's everything from signed books to editing/critique packages to Zoom calls with your favorite romance authors -- please head to the website and get your bids in asap!
Once you're there, you'll also be able to read about the organizations the auction is intending to support. Winning bidders will send their winning bid amount directly to the organizations selected by the Romance for Haiti auction team.
The bidding closes on September 1st at midnight EST.

Monday Morning Musings

I'm great at planning.

I can make plans for days. Months! Years! I can list every step and see it in my mind's eye, knowing exactly where my target is and how to reach it.
Actually pulling off the plan? 
Uh. Let's just say, in an Ocean's Eight situation, I'd be handing off the actual leadership duties ASAP. It's not that I can't do it -- I definitely can -- but once I see everything laid out in front of me, I get overwhelmed. Too many steps. Too much room for error. Too much energy needed that I suddenly can't summon.
Potential medical reasons for this aside (not a discussion I want to get into!), the fact that I now know this about myself and how I function means I've started to acknowledge where my processes need to change.
Part of me wanted to jump back into this blog and site with a bunch of huge announcements and promises about upcoming projects. I realize now that's... probably not going to serve you OR me in the long run. 
I do still have targets and plans, yes. But I'm trying to keep them tighter and more focused. If I can hit the short-term targets, then I can slowly expand my vision. Learn what's manageable. Figure out how I can deliver you amazing stories that I'm excited to write and you're excited to read. 
That said, I will let you know very soon about what's first up! And please stay tuned for an official newsletter sign-up in the near future. I realize blogs aren't the best way to get info these days and it's easy to miss news and announcements, so I want to offer a better vehicle to connect with you. I'll post everywhere once that's ready!
In the meantime, let me know how YOU like to plan! Do you make weekly or monthly or even yearly plans for yourself? Are you more of a daily to-do list kind of person, or do you live free of all constraints and take on the challenge of each moment as it comes? 

Looking Forward, Looking Back

Hello friends, readers, and visitors to this space! It's been a long time. First, if you're here, thank you for stopping by. Second, if you're a reader of my books, thank you for your support. Third, if you're wondering where I've been and what I've been doing, well... let's leave the past in the past and look to the future, shall we? I feel we could all use a little grace with ourselves these days. 
For the sake of honesty, and out of gratitude for my readers, I will simply say that mental health reasons kept me away. However, I'm here now! And I have some exciting projects in the works.
I plan to keep this blog updated a little more regularly with info and progress on upcoming releases, as well as some fun & personal posts just about life, what I'm reading, and what I'm learning.
The next year or so will be an interesting one as I work to bring you the same fast-paced, thrilling but sweet romantic suspense stories you expect from Michelle Karl, but I also plan to branch out a touch into less dangersome (but still just as much fun!) character-driven sweet contemporary romance. 
It will be a journey for both of us, and I hope you enjoy what's to come as much as you've enjoyed what's gone before. 
Here's to acknowledging where we've come from, and looking forward to the road ahead. love


As with my previous releases, I hopped over to The Suspense Zone for an interview with Susan Sleeman -- this time around, I talk about my latest book, story theming, and share something most people don't know about me! wink
Head on over for the full scoop!
And while you're there, don't forget to enter the giveaway for a copy of WILDERNESS PURSUIT! Today is the last day to enter!

In case you haven't had enough of Mounties yet...

"But Michelle," you're saying, "didn't you JUST have a book release?"

Well, yes. On Tuesday! You can find it on shelves now! But the gears at Harlequin never stop turning, so here's my cover for my August release, which I'm sharing now since you can see it on Amazon already and I want to feel like I still have some sort of control here. ????


(Don't worry, it's going to be in regular print too, this is the only version of the cover I have right now!)


WILDERNESS PURSUIT Launch Day... and My 5th Book!

Three years ago from yesterday was my debut release from Love Inspired Suspense... and today is the release date of my fifth book! How did that happen?!

Thank you, readers, for your continued support. I hope you love WILDERNESS PURSUIT, book #1 of the Mountie Brotherhood series!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, everyone!
Hope your holidays are filled with good books, hot tea, relaxation & most of all, the peace of Christ.


Release day is here for my latest book, SILENT NIGHT THREAT
This story features an astronaut heroine, an FBI hero, weaponized drones, amnesia, and more... look, I realize there's a lot going on here, but that was kind of the idea. lol
Don't forget that my book is also available in a three-pack ebook combo with two of my fellow LIS authors! This time around it's bundled with books by Dana Mentink & Margaret Daley, two award-winning, bestselling authors. If you've enjoyed any of my books, you'll absolutely love theirs. 
Happy reading, everyone! 

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 


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