Thursday, March 10, 2016

ROMANCING VEGAS by Kara Keen Character Bio's, Excerpt, Teaser, Interview & Giveaway

Captain's Orders #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Three sizzling affairs began on a cruise ship… 
but what happens in Vegas might be more than the lovers bargained for! 

Oksana must transform herself from victim to confident choreographer and producer of the sexy Las Vegas show she’s always dreamed of creating. Primo, who loves her, is with her all the way, risking his own life in a deadly grudge fight to finance the show. Will Oksana rediscover the passionate soul she learned to hide, or will the dark realities of her recent trauma drag her down, pulling the lives of her loved ones along with her? 

Tania knew she was in love with Cole a few days after they met. They love hanging out, having fun, and working together to help Tania’s sister Oksana develop a successful show. They also love exploring the electrifying edges of desire together. So what will it take for Cole to say those three little words, “I love you?” 

Daniella didn’t plan to fall for Jack, but she can’t stop thinking about the crazy, sexy times they’ve shared. He’s into fast, edgy living and so much fun – but is he ready to ditch the Peter Pan act and be her Number One? 

What none of them know is that an old enemy lurks in the background, waiting for the right moment to take his revenge.



A lover not a fighter now, he felt her relax as his hungry lips kissed her there, and there, and THERE, the sweet magical kisses driving her insane as she writhed beneath him.

Skin browned by the Nevada sun, his thighs clenched while he moved this way and that under the shower.The raunchy glance they exchanged made him smile as she approached, and he kept the water running, pulling her into a big, wet hug from behind.

OKSANA’S MOUTH FELL open and she grabbed Primo’s arm, squealing with excitement when she saw the retro pink Cadillac convertible parked just outside the tavern.

Aretha’s Pink Cadillac played on the car stereo and the driver, dressed in a sparkly Elvis costume, held the car door open. “Oh, my God, this is just… I cannot believe you remembered!”

Sitting on top of the backseat as they drove away, Oksana waved goodbye to Tania and the gang like a beauty queen in a parade.

She’d shown Primo a magazine picture of a pink Caddy exactly like this one when they flew here from London. In the photo, a smiling, wind-blown couple drove the jazzy old car down the Vegas Strip, which was lit by the massive digital billboards of the hotels lining Las Vegas Boulevard. “That is my fantasy of Las Vegas,” she’d said, and he laughed and started kidding her about it,busting her chops about the traffic, the noise, and the other tacky realities of the famous Strip. But here he was, making her fantasy come true, his arm around her shoulders as they snuggled together on the cushy backseat.

That was one of the great things about these big old cars—they had those broad bench seats, big enough for… well… anything.

Apparently Bruce Springsteen wrote Pink Cadillac, and the Boss’s sexy croon was next on the playlist while the driver navigated back streets to avoid some of the constant traffic.

After a career in public relations and advertising, I got tired of writing half-truths and decided to write the whole truth – love is all you need! 

When I read Sylvia Day’s Bared to You, I started devouring romance novels and began fantasizing about my own characters and writing down their sexy thoughts and encounters. 

After writing Captain’s Orders and developing four other novels, I can now look forward to embarrassing my family by writing hot stories about the many ways men and women get together. 

You can visit my website and learn much more than you ever wanted to know about me at

  1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? In high school, I wasn’t much of an athlete and I sucked at flirting. I could whip up a killer essay though, and that led to being part of the newspaper/yearbook crowd. Needless to say, I graduated high school a virgin.
  2. How long does it take you to write a book? I’m picking up speed – my first novel took 18 months, the second one a year, and the novella currently at my editor took six months.
  3. What is your work schedule like when you're writing? Much of writing doesn’t involve typing and doesn’t look like writing – it takes place all the time, especially (for me) while exercising in the mornings. So though my “golden hours” for words on the paper are between 3 and 8, thinking happens all the time.
  4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I start out with characters and some kind of a setting or “hook,” but I have no idea where it’s all going. Direction appears like a deer in headlights.
  5. How do books get published? These days, books are often self-published and acquire their own fan base. To get on Amazon’s “if you like this, you’ll like that” list, you have to write more than one book, preferably a series. I’m in the process of building up that series. To get picked up by a traditional publisher, it helps to know someone or meet and impress an editor personally at a conference. But many authors make more money without a publisher.
  6. Where do you get your information or ideas for your books? Captain’s Orders takes place on a cruise ship and I have actually taken the trip described in the novel (no hot twin captains on the real ship though).  I’ve been to Vegas many times for conventions and I’ve seen many of the Cirque-style shows like the one I describe in Romancing Vegas.
  7. When did you write your first book and how old were you? I started out as a journalist, then worked for a publisher, then went into public relations and advertising. I wrote my first two books, both nonfiction, ten years ago.
  8. What do you like to do when you're not writing? I love hanging out with family, traveling with my husband (we are museum and musical theater geeks), and I cross-train at the gym five mornings most weeks. I’m not the fittest person there, but I’m consistent.
  9. What does your family think of your writing? My family thinks it’s awesome but the kids don’t want to talk about the sexy stuff.
  10. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books? Characters actually do become real to you while you’re writing them. You think, oh she would never say that, and delete.
  11. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? Two books of nonfiction and three novels, no favorite.
  12. Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they? Sit in the chair and do it! Read a lot. Look for some other writers to get useful feedback from. Hire a professional editor if you’re self-publishing.
  13. Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say? I’ve heard mostly from the happy people who really love the world I’ve created.  I do get the occasional ‘meh.’
  14. Do you like to create books for adults? Yes, I have no ambition to write children’s books.
  15. What do you think makes a good story? A good story 1) keeps you turning the pages and 2) teaches you something about life.
  16. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? A dancer, a movie star, a mommy and Lois Lane.
  17. What Would you like my readers to know? In this age of short attention spans, thank you readers for reading books! We love that you get off Instagram, Twitter and Facebook long enough to read a wonderful story.

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