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September 27, 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: Karen Cote and Erotic Deception

Karen Cote

Tell us about yourself. How long have you been writing? I live in Southern California and I’m married to my best friend and promoter. I have a little black pug who is my critique partner (she gets jealous of my keyboard) and I began seriously writing in 2006.

How did you get from your day job to writing romance?  My husband’s wonderful belief in me (and his job-LOL)

Who is your favorite author(s) and why?  Too many to mention. Linda Howard, Rachel Gibson, Judith McNaught, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Rose are a few. They all have tortured heroes who need to be saved.

Tell us about your new book.
Blurb: Told she’d never have children…abracadabra, she’s pregnant. Would the man she loved disappear when he found out? 
Her brother was dead. He’d practically raised her and stood by her during a miscarriage that left her barren and the sole person she’d had left in this world. How had Dr. Lily Delaney with a PhD in Psychology missed the psychotic signs of Anthony Capriccio, the Kansas City District Attorney and her ex-fiancé? Now at twenty-nine she was on the run to hide from the impending threats to her own life. But on the road to a safe secluded lake community, Lily crashes into the path of a new dangerous element, literally. One with deep blue eyes who totes a badge and carries a gun. 
After his experience as a detective in Kansas City, Missouri, Jet Walker enjoyed his life as sheriff of the quiet lake community, Windom Hills. However, when Lily Delaney literally crashes into his car and life, his world disrupts into chaos. Couldn’t the woman do anything normal? Between fighting to protect her and fighting against his growing attraction for her, the previous peace Jet had found was now falling apart. And how could he possibly trust another woman after the trick his ex-wife played in trying to pass off another man’s child as his?

What in the world was going on? Rewind five years earlier and there’s the same symptoms at the onset of her one and only pregnancy. She hasn’t started her period yet either. Could her body be faking a pregnancy? She’d read somewhere that it happens to some women. What about a woman unable to have children? Only one way to find out.
Lily grabbed her cell phone and plugged in the number, accompanied by the usual cynicism. Keeping her same doctor after the miscarriage had been the one decent thing Fred’s mother had insisted upon. As the Bailer family doctor, his elite services were not available to just anyone. Lily chalked it up to Patricia Bailer’s guilt for covering up her son’s alcohol level the night he’d crashed the car.
Anticipating the phone to ring on the other side, instead Lily got a long beep and recording that the number was no longer in service. She tried again, but with the same result.
Her last appointment was just a few months ago, but she supposed the number could’ve been changed. She dialed information and was given the exact digits already tried.
Calling Fred’s mother was out of the question so Lily dialed his secretary instead. It gave her an excuse to get an update on Fred’s return.
What Fred’s secretary imparted made Lily forget all about his whereabouts. She sat in front of her laptop still numb at the revelation she’d learned. Although Fred’s secretary didn’t provide much information, the search engine had spit out a plethora of it.
Malpractice for taking bribes? Evidently, her doctor had been working from the pockets of his high-powered clients. He’d manipulated reports and given false information based on the periodic requests from a handful of people. Patrick and Barbara Bailer’s names were on that list.
Bile rose at the possibility that Lily had been one of their victims. She shoved aside the computer and barely made it to the bathroom. The cruelty was too horrible and too wonderful to contemplate.
Nevertheless, she had to know the extent of her doctor’s deception. After a hurried brushing of teeth and hair, Lily grabbed her keys for the short trip to the drugstore.
A short while later, once again in her bathroom and feeling enormously ill again, Lily couldn’t open her eyes. What if she tested positive? How strong would her disappointment be if she didn’t?
With heart in chest and non-prejudicial tears to the outcome in her throat, Lily peeked at the E.P.T.
One by one, her tears fell onto the plus sign.
“Oh Jerry,” she whispered. “Look what’s happened to us. What kind of monsters exists in this world?”
Lily placed a protective hand over her womb and a deep inhalation caught in her lungs. It burst out in a cacophony exhalation of sobbing.
She cried for Jerry, she cried for herself and she cried for this little human being inside of her. My baby. The one she was told would never exist.

What is the appeal of writing Romantic Suspense?  A little bit of spice (intrigue) mixed in with the hero and heroine’s journey outside the conflict of their relationship.

What kind of writing turns you off?   Wishy-washy, predictable no-conflict type.

What stops you from writing?  Outside pressure of “things to get done”

How have you shocked your readers?  I might have made some feel uncomfortable. I do have a scene with a worm where the “ick-factor” might be applied.

How do you get your ideas? What is your writing day like?  My ideas come late at night when all is quiet and I’m trying to get to sleep. My normal writing day would be a little time in the morning conversing with hubby, exercise, get him off to work and start writing. Life seems to have other plans lately, however.

Can you share 3 writing tips: 1/make time to write every day…no days off. 2/schedule a time for your muse to appear even if he/she doesn't always show up. It gives them a routine to follow (we're all creatures of habit; the muse is no different). 3/let go of those little darlings you like that is holding your story back.

Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous if I
Made him think I’m the boss, LOL. No…but a partnership certainly lends a hand to beautiful moments and respect.

What's your favorite dessert? Chocolate brownies and not the cake kind. I like moist ones with walnuts.


Liz said...

great post and this sounds like an amazing book! best of luck to you.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Good morning, Karen, and welcome to the Plotting Princesses. What a fantastic posting.

So are you one of the writers who was struck by the urge in infancy? Or were you struck lightening-like one day? Or did writing just found its way into your life?

chris k said...

The storyline seems chock full of intrigue

I'm curious how you picked your title?

Anonymous said...


Great interview and excerpt!

I am so excited for your new release! :)


Kathy Ivan said...

Oh, great excerpt, Karen! I'm right there in the story, experiencing all the emotion the character is going through.

Love the avatar, by the way, so cute!

Great writing tips, too.

Thanks so much for being with the Plotting Princesses today.

Kathy Ivan said...

Karen, can you tell us who you are published with and maybe provide a buy link for anybody interested in purchasing your book. Thanks. (It may already be there, but I'm rushing this morning)

Unknown said...

Liz, thank you so much! Vicki and Kathy have been so wonderful in allowing me this opportunity...those two are becoming some of my fav people, LOL.

Unknown said...

Vicki, I really assumed (due to my passion for reading since I can remember) I was going to be a full-time reader. Somehow the desire to create my own characters took over. They talk to me so I had to find some way to shut them up.

Thank you again sweet Vicki. Near and dear to my heart, you are.

Unknown said...

Thank you Chris and Jane. Extremely thoughtful comments and so very well received :)). Seriously, thank you both. Means a lot.

Unknown said...

Oooh Kathy, can't wait to host you. I'm special ordering your avatar LOL.

My publisher is MuseItUp Publishing/MuseItHOT. My book will launch next month so the buy link isn't available just yet. Its all happening so fast. I also have an anthology launching in November. Very dark...still not sure where that one came from LOL.

Alisha said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! Congrats on your release! Love that sexy cover. :)

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

RE anthology: I have my sexy magical and yeah, where did that come from? It just happens and isn't that great our creativity can take us to new places?

Thanks for loving us. squee

Unknown said...

Thank you Alisha! That cover style is an all time fav of mine. I don't know how the CA knew it was the type of cover I fell in love with at 11 years old but she pegged it perfectly. I'm grateful and in awe of her perception of me.

Lin said...

I am lucky to know Karen and well, cherish her. don't let her be modest. Her abilities are so vast, adn she packs so much into every day, I often find myself wondering where she finds the energy to write, promote hersels, promote the rest of us AND donate so much of her time to helping others.

Karen is the whole package, and I am honored to call her friend. I am also eager for the release of her book just like everyone else.

Great interview Ladies.

Roseanne Dowell said...

Great interview and another added to my to buy list.

Kayelle Allen said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who gets crazy ideas when I'm supposed to be going to sleep. Whew! Glad I read this. ^_^

Nancy Bell said...

Hey Karen, had to stop by and say hi. Love this story, can't wait for it to release.

Love ya

Unknown said...

Hi Chris and thank you so much for your kind words! Funny you should ask about the title. I had another title selected but a critique partner (not my pug btw) suggested I needed something more 'catchey'. I have to admit deception is more apt to describe it as, although quite steamy in places, it's not really what an avid erotica reader would pick up.

Thanks again.

Unknown said...

Darling, darling Lin. You ALWAYS shine the light on my path during the day. I love you my dear BFF. Thank you.

Ro, thank you so much for stopping by. I truly hope you enjoy my work. I think you will be my biggest test. Lol.

Unknown said...

Kayelle, how in the world do you make time for it all? As my mentor, your visit here today is a cherished one. After all the knowledge you've passed on, now you continue to give with your time. I humbly thank you.

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Liz Lipperman said...

Karen, great excerpt, and like some of the others said, it will now be on my TBR pile. I love mystery and intrigue.

welcome to PP, BTW.

Unknown said...

Ooooh Emily! I can't believe Nancy let you out today! I'm so grateful especially as I know you have something planned at the Muse Retreat Nancy doesn't know about.

Thanks sweetie, you're amazing.

(deleted my other post...some grammar errors are just too bad to leave out there) lol

Unknown said...

Liz, how delightful of you to say so. Thank you for taking time to visit and leave such a wonderful comment.

Patricia said...

Nice interview, Karen, especially since your book is about to be available. You must be SO excited. It's always a pleasure to read about you and your book. Congratulations!
Your friend,

Unknown said...

Thank you Patti! And yes... I am excited. Can't Wait! I'm so happy you stopped by and I'm proud to call you friend.

Barbara Ehrentreu said...

This is the first time I have read an excerpt from your book and I want MORE!!! I have so many questions that need to be answered.

Great post and I can't believe it's less than a month to publication!! Good luck my friend and stay calm! You are the best and you will do very well with this. It's definitely on my TBR list!!!

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Karen,
Great excerpt! Congrats on your release! And I love the avatar! :)

Phyllis said...


Great post! I like your Avatar, your blurb, your excerpt and your cover. You've got it all covered and enticing as well. How exciting and good luck with your writings!

Unknown said...

Wow Barbara! What a really sweet and beautiful comment. I love you, ya know. I am excited about my release and your remark gives me so much encouragement. Thank you...from my heart.

Unknown said...

Thank you Karilyn! I can't believe how generous everyone has been today. Today has been a little hectic but being here has been absolutely wonderful.

Phyllis, your warm wishes and comments are just the icing on this amazing cake I've enjoyed here at the Plotting Princesses.

You've all made me feel like a Princess today. Thank you.