Raina Gibson never expected to be attracted to one of her
little patients' dads. But Shep McGraw isn't a dad to
ignore. The Texas rancher is adopting three boys and he
cares about them with all of his heart. But Raina's
husband had been a hero, a firefighter killed on September
11. She never intends to fall in love again. Yet a day
with Shep on his ranch in a secluded glen when passion
takes over leaves her pregnant. Shep's proposal of
marriage is both a solution and a challenge...because Shep
guards his heart all too well. She doesn't realize he's
keeping a secret about his youth that he feels prevents
him from becoming hero-material.
Sara--The snow has stopped for now. We're supposed to get high winds later. I think I'd rather have the snow! I do use settings all across the US. Earlier books were even set in my home area in PA. But I love the West and Southwest. The THE BABY EXPERTS is set in Texas. My next series will be set near Flagstaff, AZ. KRS (Karen Rose Smith 9:31am February 25, 2010)
Checked out your list of published books and I can true-fully say WOW! I've read most of them. Not only do your write stories with babies(I love them) but you have a lot of mini series, which I adore. I love revisiting an area and getting caught up on earlier characters lives. (Lisa Richards 10:21am February 25, 2010)
Lisa--Writing a six book series was terrific. I like going back to the same town to familiar faces and businesses, too. In book six I just added a library to Sagebrush so I could have a Christmas tree lighting there! Thanks for stopping by. KRS (Karen Rose Smith 10:36am February 25, 2010)
Hi Karen, I love your blog. I find it so much more realistic to have your characters experience some kind of insecurity and find their way to overcoming it. It is such a gentle reminder to all of your readers that despite what life throws at us, there are ways to get past our problems. Thanks for your books. (Robin McKay 10:39am February 25, 2010)
Robin--I learn from my characters every time I write a book. They can say and do things I can't. So I practice with them. Honesty in relationships is sometimes hard...or maybe it's the communicating without hurting that's hard. My heroes and heroines are getting really good at it! (Karen Rose Smith 12:18pm February 25, 2010)
I will sadly have to admit I have not read any of your books yet, but this sounds like a great series and I like to have a little more "issue" to the story than just boy meets girl etc ---- and who can't love stories with babies in them, these are being added to my "to read" list (Kelly Holt 1:55pm February 25, 2010)
This has been an unusual winter. Rain has come so often in Houston that my yard has not dried up all winter. We have had snow twice and usually have none. The tropical plants in my yard are black and make the place look like the setting for a horror movie.
As to the emotional items you put in your books, they make the plot seem real. Things as you write about do happen and real people have to deal with them. Lives are not always a bed of roses. (Gladys Paradowski 3:23pm February 25, 2010)
70th Romance - I am most impressed. (Mary Preston 3:26pm February 25, 2010)
Kelly--I think my conflicts have always have stemmed from the backgrounds of my characters. That keeps them real and emotional.
Gladys--I do like happily-ever-afters and somehow my H & H resolve and heal their conflicts. But I hope they're "real" in doing that.
Mary--Thank you. It was never a goal. It just happened! (Karen Rose Smith 5:09pm February 25, 2010)
Thank you for your post, Karen. Congrats on the 70th novel!
I wish more romance writers would incorporate real-life issues into their fiction. If done right, it doesn't detract from the romance. It makes it more convincing. It makes it more likely that the work will well and truly move the readers' emotions. And isn't that what a love story is supposed to do?
Keep up the good work! (Mary Anne Landers 7:37pm February 25, 2010)
I like that your novels discuss the hard issues that people face, but it's even nicer that you combine them with love and romance. I am looking forward to your lates book! (Rosemary Krejsa 8:20pm February 25, 2010)
Karen, Glad you are back to dealing with real issues. It is important to bring these things and how to deal with them to light. Date rape is something that is still not taken seriously by many law enforcement officials. That said, you deal with 3 issues in this book. It sounds like a good read. I look forward to it. (Patricia Barraclough 8:49pm February 25, 2010)
I like twists on themes and surprises like the ones in the movie Shutter Island, which after leaving a sneak preview last week, everybody was still discussing the ending. The conflict is what I'm most interested in along with problem solving and seeing where critical thoughts are happening. (Alyson Widen 8:50pm February 25, 2010)
Mary Anne--I think I've figured out how to weave the softer side of romance with real life to give readers substance but also escape. That's the kind of book I like to read so that's what I want to write. (Karen Rose Smith 10:22pm February 25, 2010)
Rosemary--I truly do think that love and romance make the world go round. I hope you enjoy my latest. (Karen Rose Smith 10:24pm February 25, 2010)
Patricia--I've wanted to deal with date-rape for many years but knew I needed the right plot line and venue. There are many women's issues that are shoved aside but I think awareness is getting better. Will this type of book help? I hope so. I did this more to explain how healing happens, even when it takes lots of years. I tread lightly at first and then I knew I had to be honest with the heroine's feelings. (Karen Rose Smith 10:27pm February 25, 2010)
Alyson--Each book should be a journey for both the hero and heroine. Some plots allow for more growth than others. Right now I'm wrestling with the sixth book in the Baby Experts series about an Iraq war veteran and a widow whose husband was killed in Afghanistan. This is a tough one and I think I'm doing more editing than I've ever done. But it has to be right. If you pick up one of my books, you will know the book ends happily. But the process of getting there is I hope what keeps you reading. (Karen Rose Smith 10:31pm February 25, 2010)