Thursday, June 19, 2008

Hot Cops. Hot Knights. Hot Author - Karin Tabke

by Tawny Weber

Whoohooo - I'm super excited to share some chit-chat with a great friend of mine - Karin Tabke. Karin is one of those fab authors who writes all over the board. Historical, Paranormals Erotica -this gal does it all. Karin's novella, THE HARD STUF, debuted in January 2006. Her first full length book, GOOD GIRL GONE BAD was featured in the November 2006 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. Since her debut, she's gone on to sell 11 books so far to two publishers, with her sixth and seventh out this month. Please join me in welcoming Karin -

[Karin] Thank you Romance Banditas for having me as your guest today!

[Tawny] Thank YOU for coming to play with us! Karin, your writing is intense, emotional and so real. Jaded is, in my unbiased opinion, your best cop book yet. Can you share a little about it with us?

[Karin] In my biased opinion I would have to agree with you. I hit my writing stride with this book. This book is about two pretty tortured souls who find each other and run as far and as fast as they can, but don’t get very far. It’s more character driven than the previous hot cop books, and I really dig that. It’s also more plot developed than the previous books, ok, well, maybe not more then SKIN, but it has some killer twists and turns.


[Tawny] Your heroes are hot, sexy and alpha in the true sense of the word. Do you find it a challenge to write such strong men?

[Karin] Nope, I write what I know. I live with a bunch of alphas, kind of hard not write about them when they are in your face 24/7.

[Tawny] How about finding women strong enough to keep them in line?

[Karin] Weeeeel, to survive alphas one must be able to stand toe to toe with them, which I do, so again, I write what I know. I’m a pretty alpha female, hence the interesting tug of war between my characters. So, basically, I just whisper in my heroine’s ear how to handle those bad boys. Most of the time they listen. But sometimes they don’t. I love smirking and saying, “I told you so,” after the fact.

[Tawny] I know for a fact that your cop's are true to life because you have a solid research venue... namely a retired cop by the name of Hubby. Writers are always mining our own lives for story fodder. Have any of your husband's war stories found their way into your books?

[Karin] Yep. The opening scene in GOOD GIRL GONE BAD was ripped from the pages of one of Hubby’s few IA’s. Then there is the whole cop talk and action thing. Camaraderie between cops is tight, and raw. Nobody really gets them except the same animal with the same spots. But they are human like the rest of us, and sometimes that adrenaline is hard to turn down. They do some crazy stuff. And don’t think for a minute that cops don’t cross a line here and there, they do, especially when a female is involved. Those guys love as hard as they work.

[Tawny] How does his being a retired cop influence different aspects of your story?

[Karin] He is a font of information. I’ll run a procedure by him, or ask for the correct lingo, and he confirms facts. The penal code is burned in his brain. But what he does best is help me brainstorm plots for their cop authenticity and integrity. I do take some artistic license, this is after all fiction, but I try to stick as close to real as possible. In fact it makes the story better. More conflict when you have to stick to the rules. Coz then it’s real fun when my characters break them. And just an fyi, some of things I have witnessed? If I wrote about it, no one would believe me. I’m leaving that to hubby and the book he’s writing.

[Tawny] You have another June release that is wildly different than your hot cops. Can you share a little about The Blood Sword Legacy, and book one of the series, Master of Surrender?

[Karin] Can I say I LOVE this series? Here’s a hint:
The Blood Sword Legacy Bound by a brotherhood forged in the hell of a Saracen prison, eight Blood Swords -- mercenary knights for William the Conqueror -- set out to claim their legacies the only way they can: by right of arms, by right of victory, by right of conquest.
The first book of the series is MASTER OF SURRENDER, book two, MASTER OF TORMENT comes out in December of this year. What I love most about writing this series is the rawness of the era. There was so much turbulence and the rules changed for everyone. It’s a fabulous backdrop for conflict and passion

[Tawny] Hubba hubba... that is one HOT cover!! Karin, often when a writer reinvents herself, its because she's hit a wall or she's burned out writing one particular sub-genre. Your hot cops are doing great, so that's not the issue in your case - what made you shift focus to medieval historicals and where does this leave those sexy cops?

[Karin] I fell in love with romance reading the historicals of yore. When I came back to them a few years ago I was disappointed by how watered down many had become. They seemed to have lost the raw edge of the time. So, I took it upon myself to write the kind of story I love. Hence the series. As to where does it leave my sexy cops? Well, JADED released yesterday, book three in my hot cops series. Book four, HAVE YOURSELF A NAUGHTY LITTLE SANTA, comes out in mass market in November. I have every intention of writing more bad boys with a badge.


[Tawny] Do you find your writing process is any different in working on the cops vs the historcals?

[Karin] Yes. My cops are a part of me. I lived the life by way of hubby for many years. They are contemporary. I can write those guys all day long, it comes easy. It’s what I know. The historicals? Not so easy. It takes me much longer to write because I can only go by what I have researched and the stories told by others. It’s hard to put yourself somewhere you’ve never been and have it just pop out. I’m sure once I get a few more historicals under my belt it will come easier, but for now, the storytelling takes longer. That said, I am dying to cross the pond to England and haunt the sites of my stories. I think that will be an enormous help.

[Tawny] And speaking of writing processes (my favorite hated subject) care to share yours?

[Karin] Um, yes, I have this friend who I IM at ungodly hours of the morning and we push each other to produce pages. Seriously. My best writing time is from midnight to 4 a.m. The house is quiet and I surround myself with my characters. I write almost every day. Sometimes 20 pages, sometimes 2 pages, but with the exception of weekends (and sometime not) I write.

[Tawny] LOL - I love our ungodly middle of the night writing sessions! Like you, I get so much done after dark. Karin -thanks so much for hanging out with us today.

[Karin] T, thank you for taking the time to ask the questions, and to all of the Bandits, thank you for having me as your guest today! I’d love to give away a copy of one of my backlist to a lucky commenter today! So if you just want to say hey or have a question, fire away.

Thanks, Karin for visiting! If you all want to check out more of her gorgeous covers or her books, stop by Karin's website at

So, everyone - Karin has a fabulous handle on those sexy alpha males. Care to share YOUR favorite alpha hero? Could be a hero from fiction, television or movies. You name him, I want to hear how hot he is....


Carol said...

Gr maybe!

Carol said...

He's back...boy! has he got some goodies in his Armani bag!!!
Cheers Carol

Tawny said...

Woot, GO Carol :-D And the GR is stepping up... Armani, eh? Niiiiice.

Carol said...

Hi Tawny, this is a great interview!

Gosh I have never read an Historical novel set in 1066 'William the Conqueror,1066' was drilled into us back in our school days (in Aus) I had to google to make sure I wasn't barking up the wrong tree! but no, WC 1066...I thought he got shot in the eye?umm!
more googling!

And another book cover pic into the TBR folder. and what a cover it is...golden!georgous!
Karin, Your books sound wonderful.

Cheers Carol

Jane said...

Hi Karin,
Shannon McKenna has written some of my favorite alpha heroes of all- time. My top two are Nick from "Extreme Danger" and Seth from "Behind Closed Doors." As for movies I loved Daniel Day-Lewis as Hawkeye in "Last of the Mohicans."

Congrats on the GR, Carol.

Tawny said...

Thanks, Carol :-) My history classes didn't cover William or 1066, and whenever Karin starts talking history my eyes glaze over LOL. I'd have to google too. Isn't that cover HOT, though!!! You're gonna love the story.

Tawny said...

Jane, I haven't read those storys, but I did drool quiet a bit over DDL - YUMMMM! You do know your hot heroes!

Jane said...

Tawny, Daniel is definitely drool worthy. I'm thinking that I should add Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn from LOTR to my alpha hero list.

Karin* said...

wow, a bunch of fellow night owls! Somehow, T, I knew you'd be hanging out this late.

Carol, Harold was the one who was shot in the eye at Hastings. :)

Jane, I'm reading Extreme Danger right no, sort of, I had to put it aside until I turn in my current wip, but boy oh boy is Nick an alpha or what?

I'll check back later. But I have a chapter to write before I do!

Tawny said...

Karin :-D Welcome! And I'm really not here. Really not. I have to work in the morning so writing till 4am is insane... but I'm only 3 pages from done, so helloooo insanity LOL.

Tawny said...

Jane, I LOOOOOVED LOTR. I mean, Aragorn is oh-so-yum, but I have to say, Viggo doesn't even blip my radar in anything else. So it must be Aragorn LOL.

Helen said...

Well done Carol I hope the weather is better up in Queensland, at the moment it is raining cats and dogs down here in NSW.

Another fantastic interview I am sorry to say Karin I have not read any of your books YET that will be changing I must get the historical sounds wonderful and then find the rest as well. I have read a few books set around 1066 and William The Conqueror by Shannon Drake many years ago and loved them.
I am looking forward to reading yours.
A for Alpha males one of my most favourite is Devil Cynster yumo.

Have Fun

Buffie said...

Hey there Karin!!!!! I think you already know my opinion on your hot guys :) As we have both said before "where have you been all of my life!!" I can't wait to read your books. I'll be looking for them at the store today, if my two little alpha heros in the making cooperate :)

If you want to check out something that is HOT -- be sure to stop by tomorrow. My blog for this month's hottie will be posted. Caution: This subject will be smokin' hot.

Buffie said...

Banditas -- be sure stop by Romance Novel TV as Donna is the guest author today

Maureen said...

Congratulations Karin on your two new books. One actor I think of when I think of alpha heroes is Clint Eastwood. He played them so well.

Carol said...

Thanks Karin,
You are completely right Harold (the conquered one)got shot in the eye!

Tawny, I love obscure bits of history, somehow they stick in the old brainbox better!

Tawny, have you seen Viggo in 'Eastern Promises'? What a Guy!

Helen, a bit overcast but still had the t-shirt on today! The farmers will be happy to have the rain!

Jane I aways meant to see DDL in 'There will be Blood' and now I will have to see the Dvd.
I have to say I love the the 'Thinking' kind of alpha male actors and roles.
ie Matt Damom,Tommy Lee Jones,and of course Eric Bana

Maureen, I agree about Clint...I loved Million Dollar Baby, heartwrenching movie!
Cheers Carol

Edie said...

Great interview, Karin and Tawny! I'm going way back to the hero of Georgette Heye's Devil's Cub, the Marquis of Vidal. I think he was my first fictional bad boy, and you know what they say about the first.

Dina said...

Hi Tawny & Karin,

Nice interview and I also love that cover.

My fav alpha male is none other than Gerard Butler, need I say more. :)

Beth said...

Welcome to the lair, Karin! I can't wait to read JADED and MASTER OF SURRENDER! Hot cops and hot historicals...what could be better? *g*

I'm curious, do you work on more than one story at a time?

As far as favorite alphas, I have too many to name *g* But the first historical romance I read was THE MAGIC OF YOU by Johanna Lindsey and I was absolutely crazy about the alpha hero Warren Anderson :-)

terrio said...

Great interview, ladies! Karin, I admit I haven't been lucky enough to find these books yet, but you are now on the list. The list is huge, but there's always room for more. *g*

I seem to have settled into preferring Betas or Gammas in my advanced age, but a good Alpha can still steel my heart with the right story. I love RS books with Alpha cops and FBI agents so these are right up my alley.

I used to read lots of medievals but not so much in recent years. I did read a couple of Madeline Hunter's last year and I loved them. I'd sasy it must be time to read more.

Terry Odell said...

Hi, Karin - good to see you here!

I'm partial to Duncan MacLeod -- he was the reason I got started in writing to begin with.

Louisa Cornell said...

Way to go, Carol!! The GR is a classy bird, but what do you expect with all of this world travel?

Great interview ladies! Karen, that historical cover is to die for gorgeous!

Hmmm. Alpha heroes - Love 'em!

A few that come to mind are -

Wulfric Bedwyn from Mary Balogh's Slightly Series

Dain from Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels

Kylemore from La Campbell's Claiming the Courtesan

In film how about DDL in Last of the Mohicans? SIGH

Viggo in just about anything!

Karen, I LOVE authentic medievals. Life and war was brutal in those days. I want a sweeping romance, but an authentic backdrop is a real plus in my book!

Kirsten said...

Hi Karin! Thanks so much for visiting the Lair! Your book sound fabbo and I must immediately rush out and buy them. :-) Amazon, get ready!

What a great interview. Sounds like you really know your alphas, for which I am enormously jealous. I've recently realized that I start every book intending to write a hard-core alpha male, and somewhere around Chapter 2 he loses his edge and ends up an alpha with beta-like tendencies. Yikes!

My favorite alpha male of all time? My husband, of course. I adore that man like every heroine should adore her hero. :-)

But in LITERATURE, I have to side with Beth, though I'd widen the pool. I love all the Maloreys, and even the Warren men (my heart really goes to Anthony, but I'd take Warren in a pinch.)

And Louisa (do we call you that now? *g*) has a fabulous list as well. I'll just say "me too" to hers.

kimmyl said...

Tawny I love your books. And I can't wait to read this one. Alpha heroes- who doesn't love them?

Ann M. said...

I loved the blog title. Made me stop to read. :)

My favorite alpha is Roarke from JD Robb's In Death series.

jo robertson said...

Hi, Karin, a great big yahoo welcome to the Lair! Thanks for joining us today!

Your cop books sound exciting and intriguing, but I'd really like to get my hands on your historicals. I love that time period.

Carol, congrats on the GR. Uh, where'd he get the Armani?

MsHellion said...

Woot! Karin Tabke! I enjoyed your blog with RWTTD cool you're here with the Bandits today!

Favorite alpha male?

Bruce Willis, from the Die Hard movies...very alpha male. Love him alot.

Kyrian from Night Pleasures (Sherrilyn Kenyon). Even if he is a blond. Though I also think most of Julie Garwood's historical hotties were alpha and delightful!

flchen1 said...

Woo! Hi, Karin! You've been super busy lately! So glad to see you in the Lair! How awesome that you've got your own alpha inspiration right there with you :)

You mentioned being a bit disappointed with more recent historicals--are there any on your keeper shelf you'd recommend? (Besides your new series, of course!)

Congrats on the GR, Carol! And thanks, Karin and Tawny, for a terrific interview!

Esri Rose said...

Wait...when do you sleep?

Keira Soleore said...

Karin-diva, welcome to The Lair. Wonderful to know that you have yet another smokin' book. Tawny, loved the interview!!

I'm a huge medieval fan, thanks to Julie Garwood for introducing me to that time period. Looking forward to reading your med.

Carol, the GR has his own Armani bag? Wow!

Tawny said...

Helen, I'm not familiar with Devil Cynster, but just the name makes me go 'hmmmmmm, baby' *g* VERY hot sounding. Ugh on the rain, though. I guess I shouldn't mention the gorgeous CA weather, huh? ;-)

Tawny said...

Buffie, you have such great taste :-D I'll definitely be stopping by RNTV today to see Donna AND tomorrow for the hotties. Yum, what a perfect way to round out the week :-)

Maureen, ooooooh yeah. Clint is the ultimate alpha, isn't he? I just love him!! He is such an icon and is still compelling, no matter what his age. Of course, now I'm thinking about how hot Sean Connery is, too. ohhhhhhhh lala.

Tawny said...

Carol, I haven't seen Eastern Promises. Should I? I just finished a manuscript in the wee hours of this morning and am gearing up for a super-duper relaxation weekend of reading, movies and scrapbooking - I can add that to my rental list ;-)

Hey Edie *waving*

Tawny said...

LOL Dina... I know a few women who are definitely HOT for Gerard. I featured him as my May hunk of the month on my website and the hits went crazy!

Beth ;-) Love the question.

Donna MacMeans said...

Hi Karin - Welcome to the lair! Love those hot covers and enjoying the comments that remind me of all the hot actors out there for inspiration!

Carol - Congrats on snagging the GR!

Tawny said...

Terrio, I end up reading a lot of betas and gammas, too. But a good, hot alpha? He just seems to sweep me off my reading feet LOL. Karin's RS is SO great, her heroes are definitely all alpha. My favorite of her cop heroes is Zach from Redemption. That poor guy suffered so much in that short novella!

Tawny said...

Terry, YUM on duncan MacLeod! An immortal Alpha and hottie to boot!

Louisa - I'm picking Klyemore from your list :-) Gotta say I'm partial to Foanna's work!

Kirsten, I'm with you. I've never been able to pull off writing a true alpha, although I always want to because they are just SO incredibly sexy!

Kimmyl :-) THANKS!!

Tawny said...

LOL Ann, thank you! I had fun with the title. And Roarke!! OMG yes, I do love me some Roarke. He is just sooo hot, sexy and totally in love with Eve :-)

Jo, her cop books are great LOL. But I just want to pet the bicep of that guy on the cover of MOS *sigh*

Tawny said...

MsHellion, I soooo love Julie Garwood's heroes. I have most of her collection on my keeper shelf.

Fedora, HI!! and thanks on the interview compliments...

Esri -what's sleep?

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...


I am soooo pleased to have you vising us in the Lair.

For those who don't know, not only is Karin a great writer but she is a truly kind and generous person!

She didn't know me from Adam/Eve but when I begged her to read The Wild Sight and give me a cover quote (all ASAP, of course) she very generously did. Again, Karin, I can't thank you enough and I'm sure your historicals are going to be every bit as yummy as your hot cop books.

P.S. WTG Carol on luring the GR back DownUnder again! Plus, you mentioned my two favorite words... Eric Bana!!!!!!

jennybrat said...

Hi Karin, The Blood Sword Legacy sounds awesome. I can't wait to read it!

My fave alpha hero is Roarke in the Eve Dallas series. Gorgeous, hot and oh such talented hands!

Joan said...


Welcome to the lair. Your books sound awesome! I got a taste of the raw, gritty life of police officers through my CP TL Gray's book Object of His Affection. She warned me it was "unique" and she was right.

Made a great story!

And I LOVE the cover of MASTER OF SURRENDER. Can't go wrong with a bare chested warrior, sword :-)

I think it is fantastic that medievals are being published. I will be adding yet another title to my towering TBR pile!

Oh, and Carol....what does our boy the GR have IN the Armani bag?

Tawny said...

Keira, can you believe the GR is sporting Armani? I'm so impressed LOL. I'm on the Julie Garwood bandwagon, too and am so excited about Karin's hitting the shelves.

Donna, aren't we blessed to have so much inspiration around us? LOL. Hotties hotties everywhere...

AC - Karin's one of the best :-)

Jenny - another Roarke fan. I'm gonna have to read some In Death books this weekend, I can see that already :-)

Okay -off to work for a few hours. I'll be back to chit-chat later. Have fun, everyone!!! Keep the hottie talk going :-)

Joan said...

Oh, forgot. My favorite alpha hero is Garrick from "Fires of Winter"

Can't beat a Viking!

Karin* said...

OMG! You ladies have been busy! Let me grab another cup of coffee and read!

Karin* said...

Okay, because you ladies are so chatty and I have to go look at bride's maids gown shortly with my daughter, I don't have time to answer everyone right now, but will do my best to answer a few and comment before I go, then later this afternoon I'll be all yours!.

Buffie we really need to stop meeting like this!

Dina, didn't Gerry tell you? He loves me! Oh, wait, what about Danny boy? Daniel Craig that is? Wanna share?

Beth asked if I worked on more than one project at a time. answer: Hell no! My head would explode. But kudos to those who can. I wish I could, but I am a very linear writer both in the story and the with story.

Terrio, I think I have a MH book lurking in my tbr pile. I am for sure going to to do huge amounts of reading after this crazy deadline.

Hey, Terry O! Okay, is Duncan (ducking) the guy in Outlander? I haven't read it!

Louisa I have LofScoudrels in my tbr pile. I think you'd really enjoy, MofSurrender, it sounds right up your alley. :)

Okay, I'll be back!

Pat Cochran said...

Hello to Ms. Karin and Ms. Tawny,

Very much enjoyed the interview! I
have to agree with everyone on the
super covers. They do catch one's
attention, don't they? Looking
forward to reading your work, Ms.K!

Alphas/Print: Devil and the Cynster
men, most of the Garwood/Deveraux

Alphas/TV: Adrian Paul, David

Pat Cochran

Terry Odell said...

Duncan MacLeod is from Highlander, the TV series, played by Adrian Paul.

No offense to Roarke, but I figured he was 'taken' already (and by the results here, I'm not the only one who yearns...), and Duncan is really the guy who got my writing fired up, so I had to give him my vote here.

Nancy said...

Carol--congratulations on the GR! If that boy has an Armani bag, he needs to share with us in the lair.

Karin, welcome. Your books sound wonderful, and the covers are to die for. It's hard to pick a favorite alpha male. There are so many cool ones--but I guess I pick, on a purely arbitrary basis dependent entirely on whim and subject to change at any moment--Julian in Regency Buck, one of my two favorite Heyers.

I love medieval history and medieval romances and am always on the lookout for a new source.

Great interview, y'all!

Cassondra said...

Hi Karin and welcome to the lair!

Your covers are wonderful and huge congrats on your successes thus far.

Hmmm. Alpha heroes. I admit, I have a hard time with some of them--unless the author can give me strong reasons for their behaviors, and of course, a lot of authors do that brilliantly.

I guess my favorite alpha hero would have to be Colin from SEP's Aint She Sweet.

That's right now. Ask me ten minutes from now and I'll have a different one.

Adding your latest to my rather ridiculous TBR pile.

Hope to meet you in San Francisco!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Carol, cool on the GR! He certainly is a well travelled old bird!

Jane, Hawkeye - swoon!

Jane, Aragorn - swoon!

Miss Louisa Cornell (still have to get used to calling you that), that's some seriously good company you put my Kylemore in there! Thank you!

Tawny, Devil Cynster was in the first of Stephanie Laurens's Cynster books - DEVIL'S BRIDE. It started a whole trend in historicals, it was so huge!

Anna Campbell said...

Tawny and Karin, what a great interview. I really enjoyed it. Thank you! Karin, do you pronounce your name KAAAAAAAR-in or with a short 'A'?

Buffie said...

Karin -- I promise you, I'm not stalking . . . yet :)

What can I say?

Ivette said...

Hey Karin I'm see you in almost every blog I've visited today. I love your HOT COPS series books and I can't wait for your the first book in your Blood Sword Legacy series to come out on Tuesday.

Ivette aka Phoebe Jordan

Ivette said...

Karin do you have a process of how you start to write one of your novels? And is it the same or different with each novel you write, especially since your going from erotic romance to historical romance?

Cheri2628 said...

What a fun job you have! Spending all your time with hot heroes! ;)

When I think of my favorite Alpha heroes in books, there are several that pop into my mind immediately:

Derek Craven in Kleypas' Dreaming of You,
Royce in McNaught's Kingdom of Dreams,
All the Scottish lairds in Garwood's books,
The former Marines in Carr's Virgin River series,
Cal in SEP's Nobody's Baby But Mine, and I could go on!

Jane said...

Oh Carol, I love Eric Bana. He was pretty alpha as Hector in "Troy." I can't believe I forgot about him.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Hey Terrio, Hellion and all your crew,
BIG THANX for recognizing the Bandit Lair with an Excellence award!

Check it out, everyone:

blushing with pride,

Amy S. said...

Favorite alpha hero from movies is Indiana Jones. My fave from books is Lucien Stone from Wolf Tales II by Kate Douglas.

Joan said...

Wow! I second the thanks to Romance Writers Revenge for the accolade!

That calls for champagne!

Of course, MOST things here in the lair call for champagne :-)

Carol said...

Hi everyone...
Not only is the GR's bag a stylish Armani.
It's an 'Armani Magic Bag of Holding'.
A mythical bag for a mythical guy!

The goodies:

Tim Tams from Anna,(nearly out though)
A six-pack from P226,
Sven's latest book of 'Massage Techniques for the Raunchy Women'
A little black address book of Chicken-Houses!
10 Chocolate coated popcorn paks.
An autographed photo of his idol Foghorn J.Leghorn.
A selection of suave Gucci sunnies suitable for all climates as he jets around the world.
A magic bottle of
Dom Perignon by Moet & Chandon which can be opened at every Authors book launch.
1 pack of gourmet Chicken Pellets.
1 pack of gourmet Dog & Cat biscuits for his co-hosts!.
A neverending supply of iridescent coloured condoms which every good Rooster should carry!

Of course... his voluminious collection of snazzy clothing.
Umm... there were a few items shuffled to the bottom which were private! Say no more!

Cheers Carol

Karin* said...

Wow! I leave for a few hours and you ladies have been partying without me! Give me a few to play catch up!

Tawny said...

Hmmm, JoannieT... methinks you want to hold that heroes sword yourself? I wouldn't mind myself LOL.

Hello right back to ya, Ms. Pat :-D Karin has definitely been blessed by the cover Gods, huh? and I definitely like your list of alphas!! VERY hot. Its funny, when I think of my ultimate hottie - ala Johnny Depp, he's anything but alpha LOL, but man, is he sexy.

Tawny said...

Terry, we can only lust after the untaken ones? Ooops I'm in trouble. Again. *sigh*

Nancy I'm with you. GR has Armani, it should be shared!!!

Cassandra, who's your favorite alpha hero NOW? (well you said to ask *g*)

Tawny said...

Tawny, Devil Cynster was in the first of Stephanie Laurens's Cynster books - DEVIL'S BRIDE. It started a whole trend in historicals, it was so huge!

Oooooooh. Gotcha :-) Thanks, Anna!!!

Tawny said...

Hi Ivette, welcome to the Lair!!

Cheri, GREAT list! I'm all over Garwoods Scottish Lairds - oh so yum.

Jane, Eric Bana. Putting on armor. Oh my. Seriously, he was the only reason to watch that movie!

Tawny said...

Hey Terrio, Hellion and all your crew,
BIG THANX for recognizing the Bandit Lair with an Excellence award!

Check it out, everyone:

OMG WOW!! WHOHOOOOOOOOO Us :-D I'm so excited. Ladies, thank you SO much!!!

Tawny said...

Amy I just saw the latest Indiana Jones movie last weekend and I have go say... Go Harrison! Dude has DEFINITELY aged well. He's just so darned hot. But, well, cute LOL.

Tawny said...

Sven's latest book of 'Massage Techniques for the Raunchy Women'

OMG CAROL!! LOLOLOLOL I love it!! The GR Armani is stylishly packed, thats for sure!!! LOL thanks for sharing the contents of his bag. This is, by far, my favorite item!!

Christine Wells said...

Hi Karin! I'm a little late in welcoming you but fantastic to see you in the lair. Great interview. I love the sound of both your series and especially the rawness of the Norman-set series--I haven't read a medieval in a long time but yours sound fantastic. How lucky to have an expert on your chosen subject as a husband. Dang! I should have married that English Duke, after all;)

Alpha males...hmm. I like a lot of Linda Howard's alphas. Annie West does fabulous alphas who aren't jerks in her Presents books. Banditas write some pretty hot alphas, too!

Karin* said...

Roarke: yum.
Bruce Willis: yum (and just saw die hard again. Loved him!)

Fichen1, I feel like the girl with her dance card on overload! Yes, on my keeper shelf is THE WOLF AND THE DOVE, several Anita Mills books, whose titles escape me at the moment. I love Brenda Joyce's The Conqueror and the one after that, Rose something or other, and I have just been turned on to Elizabeth Chadwick.

Esri, I sleep between 5 a.m. and 9-10 a.m. when I'm on deadline, which I am now.

Karin* said...

T, you didn't tell me what party animals you ladies were! I can't keep up with everyone!

To everyone who has welcomed me thank you, I like it here.

Oh. and to Loucinda, it was my pleasure to read The Wild Sight. Everyone, run out and buy when it releases. Excellent story, and so well written.

Thanks, Terry for the Duncan MacLeod clarification. I am so out of the loop.

Cassondra, track me down and say hi in SF. I can't wait for National!

anna, it's pronounced Care-in. sigh, I wish it were more exotic, like Ka-*rin*

Buffieeeeee, are you sure??? :) But, seriously, I love familiar faces.

Ivette, I *have* been everywhere today, including the bridal shop from hell. I watched my sweet daughter turn into bridezilla before my eyes. I had to take her and her maid of honor to lunch and nurse them back to health with pink panthers. being the MOB is so trying at times. ;)

Karin* said...

Wasn't Adrian Paul a cover model?

Cheri2668, it is tough work hanging out with all of those hot guys, but, sigh, *someone* has to do it.

Eric Bana: yum

Congrats on the award, ladies!!

Hey, T, I have a sword in my office. A big one. *Really* big.

Christine, I love LH's heroes! Tee hunk in Mr. Perfect was perfect. I laughed so hard when I read that book.

Terry Odell said...

Yes, as I recall, Adrian Paul was a model. The long and short of it is, my son said he thought the tv show was 'cool' so I started watching. Of course, one look at Duncan made that an easy chore.

He was at RT (although I wasn't). Besides, it gets back to sharing. I can fantasize I'm the only one lusting after him, but the illusion is shattered if there are a few hundred other women drooling.

Carol said...

Eastern Promises is a great movie, serious, violent, set in England (London if i recall) and now one in my top 10!
Um... you want to see MORE of Viggo, I think it's rated M or R.(g)
Don't miss it.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Thanx sooo much for your recommendation of TWS, Karin.
(Aunty blushes FOR REAL, not just at the thought of Eric in Troy) ;-) Your check is in the mail.

LOL! And what, pray tell, is in a Pink Panther? We need to teach the cabana boys to blend them up.

ROFLOL Carol at the list of items in the GR's Armani bag! I also believe I have a slight inkling as to the nature of those "unmentionables" in the bottom...

Karin* said...

I guess I need to find the Highlander DVD's, Terry. sigh, I need to do so much...

Loucinda it was my pleasure. A Pink Panther is a martini. Not sure what's in it, but the girls wanted the super-sized one, I told the server, "They'll have the kitten version." lol, hey, they were driving.

Tawny said...

Hey, T, I have a sword in my office. A big one. *Really* big.

REALLY big, huh? Hmmm, methinks a visit is in order. You go ahead and write, I'll just drool quietly on your sword *G*

and hey -did you think I'd hang out with anything BUT party animals? c'mon... how long have we been friends?

Karin* said...

Joan? You're my winner!

Pick any title from my back list and email me at with your snail mail addy and I'll get it right out to you!

Thanks, everyone for a great day! I thoroughly enjoyed it.