Friday, October 18, 2019

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Senna's Secret by Karen Tjebben @KTjebbenAuthor @RABTBookTours



The Flowers of Avenel  Book 3
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: October 12, 2019

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Senna Lang knew that fairy tales didn’t come true. There was no prince desperately searching for her to rescue her from the humdrum monotony of life. And whenever her heart dared to hope that there was, she’d shut down that line of thought because it led to the dull, persistent pain centered in her heart. Most of the time she could ignore the ache, but sometimes she couldn’t help but wonder what her life could have been if she hadn’t screwed everything up with Josh ten years ago. Would they be living in a two-story bungalow with water views and wrap around porches on the idyllic town of Avenel? Would they have a couple of kids and a rambunctious but friendly dog?

Regardless of her hopes or fears, returning to Avenel would thrust her into Josh’s realm. He was her first, and she still wasn’t over him. Even though he didn’t know it, she carried a secret from their past that could change their lives forever.

Josh Turner couldn’t believe his eyes. He’d heard Senna was coming back, but he hadn’t known when. But when their paths crossed, the curves of her body took him on a slow trip through memory lane. She’d been his first love and his first heartbreak. After high school, she’d ghosted him and cut him out of her life as if he was a cancerous tumor to be tossed aside. He’d been heartbroken and angry, but as the years passed, his anger cooled to indifference, but being in her presence again unleashed a swell of emotions that he hadn’t expected. All their ‘firsts’ crashed through him like a tsunami and destroyed the barriers he’d erected around his heart. He’d thought he was over her. He wasn’t.

Everyone has secrets, but some secrets are too heavy to bear alone. Those need to be shared.


Interview with Karen Tjebben

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
A lioness. I visited a lion sanctuary in North Carolina and was amazed at the power that emanated from them. Their chuffing calls from one side of the sanctuary to the other sent chills down my spine.

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?
On a good writing day, I’ll spend three to four hours. On days that I substitute teach, I’ll try to get at least an hour at my computer.

Do you read your book reviews?
Yes, I can’t help myself. Book reviews give me various insights on aspects of my writing that people enjoy or pinpoint weaknesses in my writing/storytelling.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?
Sometimes. I often pull from my life experiences for events that I can alter and put into my writing. In Lizzy’s Kiss, Lizzy goes on a date that ended badly. They parted ways, and she realized that she had no idea where she’d parked her car. That happened to me when I lived in California. I was on a first date and trusted him to get me back to my car because he was from the area. The date went poorly, but I couldn’t bail on him because I had no idea how to get back to my car. Thankfully, ladies today have Siri to get them back to their cars.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Senna’s Secret?
Here’s a quick synopsis of Senna’s Secret.

Senna Lang didn’t believe in fairy tales, but she did believe in second chances. After one impulsive decision in high school with her boyfriend Josh, her life veered off course. She’d left Avenel for the masses and anonymity in California. But now, ten years later, the aftershocks of losing Josh’s love still rattle her. Most of the time she can ignore the ache, but sometimes she couldn’t help but wonder what her life could have been if she hadn’t screwed everything up with Josh. Would they be living in a two-story bungalow with water views and wraparound porches on the idyllic island town of Avenel? Would they have a couple of kids and a rambunctious but friendly dog?

Josh Turner couldn’t believe his eyes. He’d heard Senna was coming back, but he hadn’t known when. When their paths crossed, the curves of her body took him on a slow trip through memory lane. She’d been his first love and his first heartbreak. After high school, she’d ghosted him and cut him out of her life like he was a cancerous tumor to be tossed aside. He’d been heartbroken and angry, but as the years passed, his anger cooled to indifference. Being in her presence again unleashed a swell of emotions that he hadn’t expected. All their ‘firsts’ crashed through him like a tsunami and destroyed the barriers he’d erected around his heart. He’d thought he was over her. He wasn’t.


Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?
My next book will be book four of the Flowers of Avenel series. I haven’t decided on the title, but the main character is Laurel Hansen. She’s a single mother on the run from an emotionally abusive ex-boyfriend and his drug dealing brother.

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come?
On a good writing day, I aim for at least three to four hours.

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day?
I try for at least two thousand. 

What inspires you to write?
I have an active imagination and can visualize stories all around me that are begging to be written.


Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction?
Fiction

Read series or stand-alone?
Either. I enjoy romance novels that take place in a specific location or family where each person’s story is an individual novel. But I always want closure of some kind at the end of the book.

Read Science fiction or horror?
Horror

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz?
Hard one. Maybe Dean Koontz.

Read the book or watch the movie?
Can I do both?

Read an ebook or paperback?
Ebook. I love the convenience of reading on my phone.

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only?
I can read books off the computer, so I’ll go with that.



About the Author

Karen Tjebben lives in central North Carolina with her wonderful husband and twin daughters. She loves traveling the world. Whether it’s to the heights of Yosemite, the white sands of the Caribbean, or even Down Under, she’s always ready to pack a bag in search of inspiration. She enjoys creating worlds filled with unique characters that will delight and raise goose bumps on her readers.

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