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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"When I'm not writing" with Karen Greco + giveaway!

Our guest this week is indie author Karen Greco. Her book, HELL'S BELLE, just got a snazzy new cover and she's on tour to promote her novel. Keep reading to find out what Karen does when she's not working on the HELL'S BELLE sequel and to enter the tour-wide giveaways for e-copies of the novel.

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When I am not writing, I am hanging out with my dog!


This is Mercy. She's an adult Rottweiler--she was a rescue so we aren't sure her exact age. We guess she's around 8, maybe a little older. She's been a member of our family for about 6 or 7 years now.

My daughter was about 4 when we adopted Mercy, and the two of them were hilarious when they met. My kid sat on the floor of the shelter, and Mercy just plopped herself down and started rolling in my daughter's lap. They've been best friends ever since.

Mercy is super lazy, so much of the day is spent in some variation of a horizontal position. She gets playful for about 10 minutes a day. She basically jumps on the bed and barks. Then she lays down.


It's super hard to get her off the bed.

Her laziness makes her a great dog. We had a dog who was completely insane. He was like a ninja, and would get onto counters and steal food. He took a chunk out of the Thanksgiving turkey one year. Ate a plate of chocolate chip cookies another. Every time I thought something was far enough away and he couldn't get to it, he'd find a way to prove me wrong.

Mercy is definitely not as food driven. Certainly, she begs like the best of them, sad brown eyes staring at us while we eat our dinner. But she isn't so up for a snack that she'd get up on two legs and try to hit the counter. That's way too much effort.

When we go for our daily constitutional, I can't take her much more than a half a mile. Once in a while I do a mile with her, but always worry at the half way mark that she will make me carry her home. When we first got her, I tried to take her for a jog, but she stopped dead after about a block and wouldn't budge. So walk it is! She does get really excited when it's time to go, but after a quarter mile, the bloom is definitely off the rose. She usually comes home and takes a nap.

Speaking of sleeping, she takes up a good half of the bed. Some dogs sleep curled into sweet little balls. Not Mercy. She loves to stretch out.


As a writer, she's terrific company. Of course there is a couch in my office, so when it's time to get to work, she climbs on there and snores away while I type. She'll lift her head when I talk to her, if only to give me the "shut up, Mom" stink eye because I woke her up.

But when I am not writing, I can count on her to sit on the couch and hang and watch a movie. Or my daughter and I will play dress up with her (she's a good princess). Sometimes I'll watch her watch the fish. But her absolute favorite game is bite mom's feet.

If there is such a thing as reincarnation, I want to come back to life as Mercy.


Thanks so much for visiting us, Karen, as part of your HELL'S BELLE tour!

For more Karen, check out her website or follow her on Facebook or Twitter!

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Here's the scoop on HELL'S BELLE:

Hell's Belle by Karen GrecoHalf-vampire, half-human, Nina Martinez spent most of her life underground as part of an elite secret team of government agents who quietly take down rogue monsters -- the human world none the wiser.

She moves back to her hometown of Providence, RI to keep an eye on the recent uptick in supernatural activity, and to help run the bar she co-owns with her aunt. Her attempt at a “regular” life, not to mention a budding relationship with smoking hot FBI agent Max, is cut short because of a string of ritual murders targeting the city's community of witches.

But Nina's investigation unearths deadly secrets from her long buried parents. Now the target of supernatural assassins, could Nina be the most dangerous vampire hybrid to ever exist? No wonder she can’t get a date.

An urban fantasy set in a decaying Providence, Rhode Island, HELL'S BELLE is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled roller-coaster ride through a city on the cusp of becoming an urban wasteland. An energetic, expansive, and cinematic, HELL'S BELLE was called "captivating" by Kirkus Reviews.

Book Chick City gave it 5-stars, calling it "one of the best urban fantasies I have read this year!"

Read an excerpt (scroll down)

Pre-order: Amazon


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There's a tour-wide giveaway of 10 e-copies of HELL'S BELLE (.mobi or .epub)

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Tynga is a 32 years old mom of two, from Montreal, working as a lab technician in an hospital specialized in heart disease. In her free time, she enjoys reading all things Paranormal and photography.

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