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Author Q&A: Karen Botha: Excerpt & Giveaway!

Please welcome Karen Botha to The Blogger Girls!

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

OK so now I sound like one of those beauty pageant queens wanting world peace, but seriously, if I could stop all these bitter idiots from blowing each other up just because we don’t all have the same opinions, I’d be pretty smug about that. Oh, also, all this stoning women to death kind of stuff that goes on. Nope. Not good. I’d like to be able to stop that too. Is that two powers? I could combine them surely, there’s a lot of great stuff coming out of that, I must be able to, right?

If you could trade places with one of your characters, who would it be and why?

Elliott in the Commitment series without a second thought. He’s the racing driver and racing is my passion. I love to watch the races, the run up, the interviews, I inhale the YouTube videos about developing cars and testing, about the driver market. I just love it.

So, to be able to get behind the wheel of any powerful car and take it around a track at high speed would be awesome. He’s also a nice person, so I’d be super chuffed with that.

If you could sequester yourself for a week somewhere and just focus on your writing where would you go and what would the environment be like?

I have an affinity to Norway and you’ll read about that in Commitment too (there’s a theme, maybe these characters are just part of my multiple personality.) Anyway, to be up in the mountains away from the world with awesome views would be the perfect spot for me.

What’s the one thing, you can’t live without?

My husband. If I really have to stop being so soppy and choose an object which is what I guess you mean, then I’d go with a good old bottle of Chablis.

What internet site do you surf to the most?

This makes me sound really boring, I’m sorry and a part of me thought I should perhaps think of something more interesting, but then you won’t get to know me. So, here goes; Facebook. I know, how old? It’s not even like many of my personal friends are on there much anymore, they’ve all migrated. But it’s where I hang out with my writing friends and I’m constantly learning about my craft in the forums. What can I say? It’s true!

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three author guests be and why?

I think my first one will shock you because he’s not that well known. And also because my writing is so light, but I loved Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. It’s set in India and that country is one of my favorite places in the world, so I guess there’s a big tie there for me.

My second author would be Karin Slaughter, just because she writes a lot and always keeps me guessing which is no mean feat as my brain is fairly twisted. I didn’t realize how badly until I started writing plot twists that no-one sees coming.

Then, my final author would be a 17-year-old English chap called Lewis Hine. He wrote ‘Looking to the Stars’ which is about his fight with an incurable brain tumor and how he battles not only with the illness but with not allowing it to dominate the person he’s trying to grow into.

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Author Q&A: Karen Botha + Excerpt & Giveaway!

Please welcome Karen Botha to The Blogger Girls!

What does your family think of your writing?

My husband supports me more than I support myself to the point where he gets involved with plots, he reads everything I put out before it goes to anyone else, he also does a lot of the admin work I don’t have the time for and he manages my adverts. He’s amazing.

And his mum, who lives in South Africa is the same. She paid $85 including postage to get my first book sent out to her because she wanted to read it and doesn’t understand the kindle app on her phone. That’s when their salary out there is about $200 per week.

I’m a lucky girl.

Tell us about your current work in process and what you’ve got planned for the future.

From 3rd September I decided to launch one book a week until Christmas. The first of these was Commitment 1: Buckle Up all the way through to Commitment 6: Pole Position.

After that, Daisy from the Commitment series of books will feature in an Urban romance series called Love. The first of the series is named after her, Daisy. We’ll follow her life and understand more about what was going on in Commitment 5:Turbo Charged.

Do you have any advice for all the aspiring writers out there?

Oh yes, and it’s not like I’ve made it, but what I’ve learned so far is to write what you love. Don’t let anyone tell you what you should be doing. You’re the one who has to spend limitless hours with the characters, because it’s not just about getting them down on paper, it’s also the thinking time, dreaming time, insomnia. Yep, you get it, so write in a genre that makes you happy.

Oh, and then. Get. An. Editor. A kick-ass one. Do not compromise. And no, I’m not giving you mine because I love her.

If you could travel forward or backward in time where would you go and why?

I’m sorry, this sounds smug, but I’m so happy, I don’t want to leave my life. I have a great husband, a job that pays enough whilst allowing me the flexibility to write for hours on end. And I have my rescue dog Shadow who keeps me company while I do it. Can I stay where I am please?

We’ve all got a little voyeurism in us right?  If you could be a fly on the wall during an intimate encounter between two characters, not your own, who would they be?

Well, these aren’t characters, but seeing Teresa May and Donald Trump getting it on would be hilarious. Or was that a serious question?

If I were snooping around your kitchen and looked in your refrigerator right now, what would I find?

Oops, you’ve got me. About four bottles of wine, a champagne that one of my clients bought me to celebrate the launch of Buckle Up. A pack of chicken breasts are also loitering in there that we were supposed to be using two days ago for Fajitas and didn’t. Erm, some milk. And a load of ingredient type stuff like chipotle sauce, pesto, that kind of thing because I love to cook from scratch.

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Release Blitz: G-Force by Karen Botha + Excerpt & Giveaway!

G-Force by Karen Botha

Recovered from a life-threatening accident, Kyle Beaumont is a powerhouse who is eager to show Elliott Judd just how far he can push his hotter than ever physique. Their physical and emotional exploits are driven to a depth neither has ever experienced with anyone else.

As a racing driver superstar, Elliott loves handling power, and he’s geared up for taking everything Kyle throws his way. In fact, he craves it. But, when the past smashes into their lives, is the couple prepared to handle possibly devastating disruptions?

Set in a world of fast cars, intense love, and a burning desire to win at all costs, this is a love story brimming with unbridled lust. Join Elliott and Kyle as they race their demons to the finish line in hopes of taking home the ultimate prize-their undying love.

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