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New Release | Kissing Kin by Karen Hulene Bartell #pnr #paranormalromance #newrelease #wrpbks #giveaway

Title – Kissing Kin


Author – Karen Hulene Bartell


Genre – Paranormal Romance


Publisher – The Wild Rose Press


Book Blurb –


Maeve Jackson is starting over after a broken engagement—and mustering out of the Army. No job and no prospects, she spins out on black ice and totals her car.


When struggling vintner Luke Kaylor stops to help, they discover they’re distantly related. On a shoestring budget to convert his vineyard into a winery, he makes her a deal: prune grapevines in exchange for room and board.


But forgotten diaries and a haunted cabin kickstart a five-generation mystery with ancestors that have bones to pick. As carnal urges propel them into each other’s arms, they wonder: Is their attraction physical…or metaphysical?


Kissing Kin Excerpt –


The vineyard reflected the rusty-red tones of the late winter sunset.


Dusk. I held back a sigh as I glimpsed the winery and cozy cabin. Heartrending in its homey beauty, the scene tugged at my earliest recollections.


The child of vagabond parents, I was often on the road at dusk, just as the lights began coming on in the houses we passed. Growing up without a permanent address, I fantasized about living in one of those comfortable homes instead of viewing them through the car window.


“Gets dark early in the mountains.” Luke caught my gaze, did a double take, then stared.


“Is something wrong?”


“Your hair…”


“Is something on it?” I swiped at my head.


“No.” He chuckled. “The sunset captures your hair’s highlights--gives it a reddish glow.”


“Oh.” Pleasantly surprised, I gave a nervous laugh as the heat crept to my cheeks. “Thanks.”


He reached out his hand and hesitated. “May I?”


“Sure.” Wondering what he was doing, I quivered as his hand swept my hair behind my ear. As arousing as a caress, the gesture sent a shockwave through my body.


Then his hand molded itself just above my neck, gently supporting my head as he leaned toward me.


Without warning, I ached to feel his mouth on mine.


He leaned closer.


His warm breath tickling, I met him in a rush of hormones and adrenalin. Then lifting my lips, I closed my eyes, reveling in the give and take of his kiss.


Only Teddy’s insistent bark woke me from the daze.


Then, like a fly buzzing at the window, a high-pitched sound droned--squeak…squeak…squeak--as the chair rocked back and forth on the patio.


In the fading twilight, a nearly transparent silhouette emerged.


I pulled away with a scream, and the image vanished.


“What?” He followed my stare.


“I saw a woman…cradling a baby…” I spoke without turning toward him, watching as the chair gradually slowed its rocking, then came to a standstill. “What’s going on?”


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Special Giveaway:


On Goddess Fish’ Full-Service tour for Kissing Kin, one tour reader will receive a $25 Amazon/BN gift card.


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Author Biography –


Author of the Trans-Pecos, Sacred Emblem, Sacred Journey, and Sacred Messenger series, as well as Kissing Kin, Fox Tale, Wild Rose Pass, The Keys: Voice of the Turtle and more, Karen is a best-selling author, motivational keynote speaker, IT technical editor, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural, offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural. Born to rolling-stone parents who moved annually, Bartell found her earliest playmates as fictional friends in books. Paperbacks became her portable pals. Ghost stories kept her up at night—reading feverishly. The paranormal was her passion. Novels offered an imaginative escape. An only child, she began writing her first novel at the age of nine, learning the joy of creating her own happy endings. Professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen resides in the Texas Piney Woods with her husband Peter and her mews—three rescued cats and a rescued Catahoula Leopard dog.


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Karen Bartell
Karen Bartell
Mar 13

Thank you for interviewing me, Nancy! Hope you have a lovely evening <3


Karen Bartell
Karen Bartell
Mar 13

Thank you for hosting me today, Nancy! It's truly a pleasure to "appear" on your blog! And I have a question for your guests: DOES A LANDSCAPE EVER EVOKE STRONG MEMORIES?


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Mar 13

Thank you, Karen, for sharing your new release and giveaway with us! It's such a fabulous read.

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