Karen Rose Smith Blog --THE TEXAS BILLIONAIRE'S BABY
Hi, everyone. I’m so glad to be here blogging with you. My 70th romance will be released this year and I’m excited about that.
Whenever I write a blog, I like to give a few details about myself. I live in Pennsylvania but the Southwest is my favorite place on the planet. The scenery fills me up creatively and spiritually the way nothing else can. Cooking is my favorite hobby and I once won second place in a national Bisquick contest! I find recipes can be as interesting to put together as plots. Early on—in my teens—I wrote poetry and began a book manuscript. Music fed my creative bent then and still does today. Favorite singers? Taylor Swift, Adam Lambert and Josh Groban. What can I say? My tastes are eclectic.
I’d love to discuss my Baby Experts series with you. The fourth book in the series, THE TEXAS BILLIONAIRE’S BABY, will be released at the end of February with Silhouette Special Edition.
Before I go into detail about my new novel, I’d like to tell you a little about an older one. I once wrote about a heroine with a port-wine stain on one side of her face. She was a trauma make-up expert and had to grow out of her own insecurities without make-up in the course of the book. One of my editors then suggested I not write other books with “issues.” For a while I listened to the underlying message—don’t deal with serious subjects in romances. But as each book was published, I realized the only way to keep my plots challenging as well as interesting for me was to add an aspect to each book that made it unique. Throughout my career, I’ve mixed more serious books with lighter ones, sensual ones with blatantly sexy ones. With all of them, I try to keep emotion the key driving element.
In THE TEXAS BILLIONAIRE’S BABY, my hero, Logan Barnes, is worried about his toddler son who isn’t yet walking. Daniel was a preemie and his mother died to save him. My heroine Gina Rigoletti has returned to Sagebrush, Texas after years away to make peace with her past…as well as with Logan. When she was eighteen she fell in love with him but left him because of a threat from his father and for the dream of a future for herself and her sister. A developmental baby expert now, Logan hires Gina to help Daniel learn to walk. Old feelings come rushing back for both of them.
Gina once left Logan and he can’t forget that betrayal. On Gina’s part… She holds more than one secret that could destroy the new bond they forge while working with Daniel. After Gina left Sagebrush for college—Logan never knew his father threatened her—she was date-raped.
This romance is about healing the past but also healing a trauma that has never seen the full light of the sun. Gina’s love for Logan and his for her becomes the sun Gina needs to let fourteen-year-old wounds heal.
THE TEXAS BILLIONAIRE’S BABY is a book about babies and a single dad…about supportive women friends who are heroines in The Baby Experts series. It’s about an old Victorian house in fictional Sagebrush outside of Lubbock that appears to have started a rumor—any women who lives there will find true love. It’s about lasting love and new love and the healing power of mutual honesty.
I’m ready to discuss any aspects of my blog. I want to thank all my readers for your support during my career. If you are a new reader, I hope you enjoy the plunge into my booklist and find reading each book a pleasure and an emotional experience.
Have a great day.
Karen Rose Smith
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Tracey D.–Thanks for stopping by. We have snow again. So I’ll be cooking for company and looking out the window at the pretty white stuff before we have to clear it.
70 books! What an accomplishment; you must be quite proud. Congratulations, Karen.
The Texas Billionaire’s Baby sounds great; I look forward in reading it.
Thanks, Cherie–Have a good weekend.
The Texas Billionaire’s Baby sounds so good! Wow! 70! Congrats!
Chris and Eva–Thanks for the good wishes.
Congrats on your 70th book! Love your books and I hope there will be many, many more!
Congratulations on writing 70 novels!! That is quite an accomplishment! Your books sound wonderful and I have put you on my to buy list.
PhyllisC–I think I figured out to weave the softer side of romance with an underlying conflict that’s more serious. I think readers like reality, but they also want escape. So I try to do both.
Congratulations on your 70th book. What an accomplishment! I think that it is fantastic that you write stories on your own terms and with issues that you feel are important.
Karen H.–I have to stay interested while I’m writing and that’s the best way to do it!
Congratulations on your milestone of 70th book publication. Outstanding! And I love books where the H/H have ‘issues’ that must be resolved before they can come together. Makes for interesting reading, IMO.
We readers hope so, too! :>]
Lindy–Yes, 70 more! I can only wish.
Wowza – 70 romances! Here’s to 70+ more! :>]
Susan–Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy it.
Congrats on the 70th book..that is a milestone. this book sounds very special and I can’t wait to buy it. susan L.
Carol–I always try to tug!
Debby–They gave me a great cover, too.
Maureen–Even when I write “lighter” I try to slip them in.
Maithe–The next book in the series has two complex characters, too. (The Texan’s Happily-Ever-After, May) My heroine is a 9-11 widow and my hero has a secret. It’s also a marriage of convenience!
Ooh, THE TEXAS BILLIONAIRE’S BABY sounds really good! I’ve been a fan of yours for several years now so I know this will be a great read. I have to agree that complex characters create better stories so keep doing what you do. *G*
Best of luck!
Congratulations on #70! I really like stories that deal with “issues”. It’s a real pleasure to read about characters who deal with their own problems and become a stronger person.
Wow, that’s amazing. Congrats on so many books. The texas Billionaire’s Baby looks fantastic
Just reading your post about “THE TEXAS BILLIONAIRE’S BABY” brought a tug on my heartstrings. I definitely will be reading this. Thank you for sharing. Congrats on your 70th book.
Sherri–Thanks for the congrats. I’ve always written 3-4 a year. It seems natural. I know where Chambersburg is. My husband and I went to Shippensburg.
Wow, congrats on 70 books, Karen!! What an accomplishment. I have enough trouble writing reviews, let alone even attempting to write a whole BOOK!! LOL And I too live in PA, about an hour and a half from Hershey near Chambersburg. 🙂
Amy–On The Texas Billionaire’s Baby I did research from the cotton fields in Texas to slower physical development in some preemies. Much of the emotion came from personal experience. I think as I write each book, all my experiences throughout my life play into it–from marrying and having a baby to watching him grow to adulthood and everything in between. That always seeps in to my books in some way. I don’t always realize it until after the book is published.
Sounds great! What kind of research did you do for the book?
It’s been a great day. I did some cooking and lots of editing of the last manuscript in the series before I send it in. We’re supposed to have snow again tomorrow! I’m ready for daffodils.
Kathleen–Kids just always seem to wander into my books.
Eva–This one was at times hard to write because of the kind of emotion I put into it. I hope you enjoy it.
Peg–I really enjoyed writing a six book series and intertwining all the characters. Though at times it was hard to keep notes!
Pam–I love Hershey. We’re about two hours away.
The book sounds awesome! Congrats on 70 books! I also live in PA about 7 miles from Hershey.
Love & Hugs,
congrats on your 70th book.The Texas billionaire’s baby sounds great.
OOOH!! This book already has touched my heart strings. will put it on my to read list. lege70542
Karen what a wonderful milestone for you 70th book in print.. Congrats. I love your books because kids and babies are always involved. And you do a great job of mixing in the adults in there lives just right.. You always have a way of bring a family together, what ever the issue..
I have not read this series yet, but it is on my tbr list..
Crystal–Thanks for stopping by. Sometimes I feel as if I’m writing my first romance! This one felt special. Have a great day.
Hi Karen. THE TEXAS BILLIONAIRE’S BABY sounds wonderful. Congrats on publishing your 70th romance this year. That is an incredible milestone.