Monday, March 30, 2020

Virtual Book Tour + #Giveaway: Laurel's Safe Harbor by Karen Tjebben @KTjebbenAuthor @RABTBookTours





The Flowers of Avenel Book 4
Contemporary Romance
Date Published: March 20, 2020

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Five years ago, April Copeland died so that Laurel Hansen could be born. Escaping from the Callahan brothers hadn’t been easy, but she did it for her unborn daughter, Kara. Now, living in the quiet beach town of Avenel, Laurel feels safe. She’s built a life for herself and Kara. She may even open her heart to a man again, but feeling safe and being safe are two very different things.

Dalton Motley is the kind of guy ladies throw themselves at, which makes Laurel’s disinterest in him more attractive. They’d met once. He’d even been a sort of knight in shining armor to her. So, when she doesn’t recall his name, a seed of disappointment wriggles into his soul, but it’s not there for long. Her delightful laugh thrums gently over his heart and snatches the disappointment before it can take root. Between the joy in her eyes and the feminine timbre of her voice, he’s a goner. It didn’t matter that she didn’t recall his name. He was going to break down the walls she’d built around her heart.

Liam Callahan is an alpha-male who demands respect wherever he goes. He runs two successful businesses: one legal, the other not. During a trip down the coast, Fate smiles upon him. In an accidental meeting, he brushes hands with a young woman. When their gazes connect, her eyes grow big with revulsion. A hint of recognition blooms in Liam’s memory. The tone and cadence of her words spoken in fear make his heart beat a little faster. Was she the one who got away?





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 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 Laurel’s Safe Harbor?
Here’s a quick synopsis of Laurel’s Safe Harbor.

Five years ago, April Copeland died so that Laurel Hansen could be
born. Escaping from the Callahan brothers hadn’t been easy, but she
did it for her unborn daughter, Kara. Now, living in the quiet beach
town of Avenel, Laurel feels safe. She’s built a life for herself and
Kara. She may even open her heart to a man again, but feeling safe
and being safe are two very different things. 

Dalton Motley is the kind of guy ladies throw themselves at, which
makes Laurel’s disinterest in him more attractive. They’d met once.
He’d even been a sort of knight in shining armor to her. When she
doesn’t recall his name, a seed of disappointment wriggles into his
soul, but it’s not there for long. Her delightful laugh thrums gently over
his heart and snatches the disappointment before it can take root.
Between the joy in her eyes and the feminine timbre of her voice, he’s
a goner. It didn’t matter that she didn’t recall his name. He was going
to break down the walls she’d built around her heart.

Liam Callahan is an alpha-male who demands respect wherever he
goes. He runs two successful businesses: one legal, the other not.
During a trip down the coast, Fate smiles upon him. In an accidental
meeting, he brushes hands with a young woman. When their gazes
connect, her eyes grow big with revulsion. A hint of recognition
blooms in Liam’s memory. The tone and cadence of her words
spoken in fear make his heart beat a little faster. Was she the one
who got away?

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 five in the Flowers of Avenel series. The title is Calla’s Candy. Calla owns a candy store in the small town of Avenel. Due to lack of foot traffic, she struggles to meet her financial responsibilities. In a last-ditch effort, she thinks outside the box to increase her revenue. Then along comes Ash Singh – venture capitalist in the tech industry. They met at a wedding. Due to Ash’s drunkenness, he publicly humiliated Calla When he learns of Calla’s financial troubles, he can’t help but involved, even if she doesn’t want him to. Can he win over her heart?   

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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