Karen Hawkins – Blissfully #LoveRomance

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The Day I Fell Head Over Heels With An Entire GenreHawkins MAD FOR THE PLAID

It’s all Georgette Heyer’s fault, the little vixen.

There I was, all of twelve years old and living in the wilds of Tennessee. Earlier that day, I’d begged my dad to stop at this tiny library on our way to my grandmother’s house. My grandmother, bless her heart, believed in the old ‘children should be seen and not heard’ adage, and so I was facing HOURS of fidgety silence. My dad complied, but I was told to ‘be quick.’ So I ran into our tiny library, raced to the fiction section, and then froze there.

There were SO MANY BOOKS and I only had A VERY FEW MINUTES to pick JUST ONE.

I went to the closest shelf and began reading titles. “I’ve read that one … and that one … and that one … and I’ll never want to read that … but I’ve read that one … and that one …” The clock was ticking and I was getting nervous. Finally, it dawned on me that while I’d read most of the books that were at eye level, I had no idea what treasures lurked on the very bottom shelf.

So I dropped to my knees, bent down – and there she was. The book ARABELLA by Prince Who Loved MeGeorgette Heyer.

Needless to say, I had a BLISSFUL time at my grandmother’s. Plus, I made my dad stop at the library on the way home, too, so I could check out more Heyer books.

Why romance, you may ask? Because of the following:

  • Happy endings! There are enough wretched, horrible endings in real life to satisfy the darkest of souls. But happy endings? Ah, those are special. Give me that magic in my books, please.
  • Family focused! Romances focus on finding a love strong enough to build a family upon. That’s the foundation for a solid, enjoyable romance, and always has been.
  • Entertaining! Want to travel to London? Scotland? The American West? India? Russia? I’ve read romances set in each one of those. Want to foil an abduction? Win a sword fight? Catch a smuggler? Solve a mystery? Save a life? Then read a romance.

LOVE! Because seriously, it’s that what life’s all about.

Karen Hawkins recommends: 

Oh my, so many WONDERFUL books!

First  Suzanne Enoch      suzanneenoch.com     (at Amazon)

She’s my favorite conference roommate, but she’s also a fabulous writer whose writing makes me both sigh and grin. She writes the sexiest Scots, too.

Also,  Stephanie Laurens      stephanielaurens.com      (at Amazon)

for thrilling drama and amazing sensuality,

and Victoria Alexander   victoriaalexander.com      (at Amazon)

for her fresh and light and delightfully rom-com romances.


Questions for the Author:

Tell us about a moment in your life when you felt romance surrounding you.HotCopPic

About ten years ago, when I was recently divorced and living in Tennessee, I was interviewing policemen via email and phone interviews for a contemporary novel I was writing. I asked them all the same questions – what are the stressors of your job, what do you love, what do you hate, what are the dangers, the pleasures, what incorrect assumptions do people make about your profession, etc.

One interviewee stood out; a policeman from Orlando. His answers were thoughtful, well reasoned, and oh so funny. I wrote him a thank you note and then scheduled the follow-up phone interview. Not expecting anything more than an informative interview, I called, and when he answered – oh my gosh, his VOICE. I was instantly enthralled. It was caramel on chocolate cake, rich and decadent. THAT was the moment I was surrounded by romance.

Still, I kept the conversation professional, and he shared some fascinating insight on the life of a policemen. At the end of the conversation, I thanked him profusely and hung up.

And then I just sat looking at the phone. He was so … everything. I knew it would be the last time I called him, though, because although he was divorced (ironically, one of his comments was that the divorce rate for cops was super high, and it is), he lived far, far away.

So I went on with my life, and tried to put all thoughts of him away.

About two weeks later, I got a text from an unknown number. A funny text. And then another. And then yet another. I asked who it was and … yup. It was that hot sounding cop. He texted. I texted back.

He made me laugh. I made him laugh.

He said he couldn’t stop thinking about me, and wanted to know if he could call once in a while … the rest is history. It took several years of long distance dating, but we are happily married and live in Orlando.

(YAY – It’s the Hot Cop backstory! So awesome. ~ Bobbi)

Tell us about someone special in your life (other than your partner) with whom you share romance. 

My mother loves the works of Stephanie Laurens, Suzanne Enoch, Nora Roberts, and Victoria Alexander – and I know this because she’s stolen all of their books from MY shelves.

We’ve had words over this, but it WILL NOT STOP.

I’d lock her out of my house but she’s my mom and she’s so adorable when she’s trying to stuff one of my books into her purse thinking I don’t notice. SO CUTE.

Do you have a place in the world or a sound that you equate with romance?2015-09-08 09.34.35

Scotland. All of Scotland. Every blessed inch, every magnificent castle, every glistening loch, every green and purple moor – all of it. Hot Cop and I go at least every other year because it calls us.

Who is your (or a) favorite romantic couple?

Well, Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy, first and foremost. That’s self-explanatory.

Second, I would say Prince Nikolai and Lady Ailsa from my coming book, MAD FOR THE PLAID (August 30th). I love how, like Lizzie and Darcy, at first Nik and Ailsa didn’t like one another (and for good reason, too). They had to overcome their own prejudices and mistrust, even when circumstances were against them doing so.

Tell us about your dream date. images

The last time Hot Cop and I went to Scotland, we paid for a guided fly fishing tour. Now that may not sound romantic, but you have to understand a few things – we were in beautiful Scotland wading the crystal depths of the gorgeous River Spey, the sun was shining after a few days of rain so everything was fresh and green, our guide knew the history of the area to a remarkable degree, we had delicious fresh sandwiches and cookies in our pockets, and we were grinning at each other from across the river from ear to ear.

Karen Hawkins is generously giving away a copy of MAD FOR THE

PRIZE!

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PLAID and a silver charm of a castle. (US only, apologies to international friends.)

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#LoveRomance  #HappyReading

 


Karen Hawkins Karen Hawkins is a NYT and USA Today bestselling author adored for her humorous and charming Scottish fairytale themed romances. She is a harbinger of out-of-date fashion, a lover of all things Hugh Jackman, and one of the most famous authors to ever live on Central Wisteria Street in Orlando FL!

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  • Sumer Owens

    Love the stories and daily interactions between you and Hot Cop!!! So funny!!

    • Karen Hawkins

      Thank you, Sumer. He’s a keeper!

  • Arizona Dutt

    Finally, the Hot Cop back story! Love it!
    Can’t wait to get my hands on Mad for the Plaid! As always with Karen’s writing, I’ve been enthralled by her Princes of Oxenburg series! ♡

    • Karen Hawkins

      I hope you enjoy it! It’s one of my favorites so far. 🙂

  • Karen Partin

    I love the stories about you and Hot Cop.

    • Karen Hawkins

      Thank you, Karen!

  • Kathy Nye

    It’s all about the Happy Endings for me. I depend on them.

    • Karen Hawkins

      Me, too! There are too many not-happy-endings in real life. We need more in our fiction.

  • cheryl c.

    I visited Scotland a couple of years ago, and I fell in love with the place. So beautiful! Now when I read a Highlander book, I can “see” the place.

    • Karen Hawkins

      It’s AMAZING, isn’t it? Scotland makes my heart sigh.

  • Zina Lynch

    I love your hot cop stories and I loved reading about how you met, I’ve been wondering for years. Love your books to, lol. Great interview, it’s my friends and daughters that are always”borrowing” my books.

    • Karen Hawkins

      It’s so fun to share books, isn’t it? Well, it is if you get your favorites back. I do love to talk to people about which books I like the best. It’s very heartfelt, sharing that.

  • Carrie

    Yay! for the Hot Cop back story <3
    I used to "borrow" my mom's romance novels when I was in high school. I may or may not still have several of them on my bookshelves.

    • Karen Hawkins

      LOL! There is freedom in confession, my child. That said, I’m sure those are not the exact same copies and if they are, they probably don’t remember where they came from. Right? Right!

  • catslady

    Your story is as uplifting as the romance I read!!! It sounds like your mom enjoys the books even more because she thinks you don’t know lol.

    • Karen Hawkins

      She’s an awesome mom and I’m so glad to have her. It’s my library that lives in fear of her! Heh.

  • Katheryn Dornbush

    So that’s how you met Hot Cop! My Mom and I trade back and forth for the books we read. Although it’s mostly her borrowing from me (especially since I read faster).

    • Karen Hawkins

      Those Moms! You have to watch them like a hawk. 😉

  • ANNETTE

    I loved the story of you and Hot Cop becoming a couple. And anyone who loves Scotland, has to be a genius. Thanks for letting me get to know an author I love to read.

    • Karen Hawkins

      It’s nice to meet you, too, Annette! And Scotland … so beautiful. It’s the one place I’ve been to where every single place is pretty as a picture. Prettier, even!

  • Martina Luella Arguijo

    Omg! I love the Hot Cop story ♡♡♡ I am so excited for Mad For The Plaid! I enjiy your books so much

    • Karen Hawkins

      Thank you, Martina! I think you’ll like MFTP. I had a lot of fun writing it. 🙂

  • Molly

    I love your prince series of books and I can’t wait for the next one next week.

    • Karen Hawkins

      Thank you, Molly! I hope you enjoy the new one!

  • Kareni

    What a fun story of how you and your husband came to be together. I wish you much happiness. I’m another who read Georgette Heyer when I was young; she was a wonderful gateway to romance. Happy writing!

    • Karen Hawkins

      She was an amazing author. My favorites are The Black Moth, The Talisman Ring, and (perhaps my most favorite) Arabella.

  • Pat Dupuy

    I have so much enjoyed reading about your day to day adventures with Hot Cop. My hub and I have been to Scotland once, 2 or 3 years ago, at my instigation. I loved it. I think I could persuade him to return and explore some more.

    • Karen Hawkins

      If you get the chance and can afford it, try the fly fishing. It was hands down the best thing we’ve ever done over there, and we’ve had some adventures.

  • Sharlene Wegner

    Your books are funny & romantic! It sounds like you and Hot Cop are a perfect match! Thank you for sharing!

    • Karen Hawkins

      My pleasure! It’s a simple story, that really started so slowly … lots of talking and texting. Perhaps that’s why it’s working so well, because we took our time.

  • Melissa Williams Herrin

    I would love to go to Scotland one day but in the mean time when I pick up one of your books it transport me to Scotland. Thank you for your wonderful books.

    • Karen Hawkins

      Thank you so much, Melissa. I hope you enjoy this particular visit to Scotland. I looove that place!

  • Claire Gilless

    love your books and thoroughly enjoyed the story about how you met “hot cop”.

    • Karen Hawkins

      Thank you, Claire!

  • girlygirlhoosier52

    I love your stories and Hot Cop is the best of them all!! And start stealing those books back!!! LOL!!

    • Karen Hawkins

      I would steal them back, but now she has them in catalogued with her own books. It’s a scam, I tell you! 😉

  • Lisa B

    As much as I enjoy Karen’s books, I think I enjoy her real life adventures with Hot Cop just as much. It is wonderful to see a couple that have such love and understanding for one another, not to mention the stories are funny too.

    • Karen Hawkins

      Lisa, he’s truly the light of my life. I don’t know what I’d do without him.

  • Shelly Sterk

    Would love a new romance story to read! Love all of your books I’ve read so far. And of course, the Hot Cop stories are priceless!

    • Karen Hawkins

      Aw, thank you! I hope you enjoy the book, Shelly.

  • Gail Hupke

    That’s one of the things I enjoy most about Karen’s posts — her Hot Cop stories. Thanks for sharing how they met.

    • Karen Hawkins

      Gail, I’m so glad you enjoy them!

  • Linda Henderson

    I agree with you, I travel and experience a lot of new places in romance books. I would love to visit Scotland. My sister just recently had a DNA done from Ancestry dot com and surprisingly we have some Scottish blood, and a lot of Irish. It’s been an exciting discovery. I too discovered romance books when I was young but I started with Emily Loring and Grace Livingston Hill when I was younger and graduated to The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss. I was definitely hooked.

    • Karen Hawkins

      Linda, you made me smile because you made me remember so many great books. I read Loring and Hill, too! I had forgotten about those. And I remember reading The Flame and the Flower, too. Ah, how I devoured those books. SUCH delicious treats!

  • Wendy Geer Black

    I absolutely love your books and the real life adventures! Scotland is definitely on my bucket list. My husband and I celebrate 25 years married and 50th birthdays in 2 years and I would love to go there and Ireland

  • Debbie Fuller

    Thank you so much for sharing here, for sharing your talent with us and for sharing your author recommendations.

  • Sue G.

    How awesome that you married your hot cop! Great story!

  • Patty Vasquez

    I’m so happy to have the background of your romance with your Hot Cop. If he’s as funny as you are, you’re a match made in heaven! Arabella was one of the first Heyer books I read (I’m behind the power curve; I didn’t start reading Heyer until a couple of years ago) and probably my favorite. I love a spunky heroine and her dashing hero.

  • Sally Schmidt

    Awww, that Hot Cop story is just too much. Big smiles reading it. And that’s why I love romance stories, they just make me smile. And my TBR stack is getting bigger and bigger!

  • Ann Mettert

    Love the Hot Cop story. 🙂

  • Jo Lansom

    Love your books, and adore your Hot cop stories I read them to my mum and we giggle about them. Love all of those authors especially Georgette Heyer. I can still remember my mum getting me to read her books, Including Sylvester, The Black Moth, These old shades, The Unknown Ajax, Devil’s Cub, The Black Sheep, Arabella, Frederica, Faro;s Daughter, Bath Tangle, The Grand Sophy and all her other books. Gunny thing is I’m the one taking my mum’s books and reading them lol oops! And then I give her all these other books to read! All I can say is that your books and other authors give me so much joy and happiness when I feel I am in a dark place! <3

  • Susan Sarver Lucky

    I LOVE the how you met Hot Cop story!! Your books are awesome. I love how they make me laugh.

  • Pamby50

    I love your Hot Cop story! You had me when you were describing his voice. Scotland is on my bucket list. It sounds like Scotland feeds your soul.

  • Diane Sallans

    I look forward to your posts about your Hot Cop – thanks for the smiles!

  • Diana Michelle Tidlund

    love your books and my dream date is always with hubby especially after 24 years and 3 kids

  • Eileen Aberman Wells

    Hi Karen!! I love your facebook posts about Hot Cop. I’m so glad to know the background story. Your mom sounds funny!! Thank you for your post.

  • Connie Saunders

    I agree with your Mom that Nora Roberts is one of the best!

  • Fern Martin

    I love Karen’s Hot Cop story! Everyone should have a love like theirs.

  • Kristine R

    Oh the backstory on how Karen Hawkins met Hot Cop is so sweet. Love the little snippets she shared on Facebook

  • Jan S

    Like so many others, I’ve wondered about hot cop, What a treat that you shared the news.

  • Lisa Hutson

    Long time fan here. But never heard the meet-cute story before. Fabulous!! Thanks so much for sharing. Love the fishing story too.
    Its been my experience that anything two people enjoy can be romantic. Because I find that enjoying his company is romantic no matter what we are doing.

  • Ellen

    Love your Hot Cop story. As for Mom stealing your books, I get 2nd copies sometimes just so my family can steal them. (I hide my original copies.) 🙂

  • K Davis

    I’m excited to start Mad For the Plaid, but I’m behind on my reading. Your Duchess Diaries series is some of favorite books ever.

  • Nicole Potter

    I completely agree! The love the wonderful stories, the excitement, the soul searching and trials the heroes go through, the happy endings! I love it when people ask why I read romance, because I get to gush on why they’re the BEST!