Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lola Karns stirs up a frighteningly good Halloween!

Cate: Please welcome Lola Karns to my special Halloween celebration. Lola, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Lola: I’m Lola Karns and I write contemporary romances, featuring food and families.

Cate: What do you love most about Halloween?

Lola: Decorating the outside of the house. The kids and I spend months planning, although I somehow I never seem to keep the pink flamingos alive long enough to last through October. (exhibit A – Pinkie is nervous)

Cate: Love Pinkie's costume! Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?

Lola: About 7 years ago, I woke up to a back spasm and a wet bed at around 3 am, October 31st. By 10:30 am, I met my son, who played a trick by arriving early, but is a treat in my life. I brought a pumpkin sleeper to the hospital. My boy was the only infant in the nursery wearing a costume.

Cate: Aww, so cute. Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?

Lola: If something strange happens, I blame a cat, even if one isn’t around.

Cate: Lol, great idea. What frightens you the most?

Lola: Other than something happening to my children? I’d have to say caves.

Cate: Sometimes it's no fun having an overactive imagination, I agree. And nothing good ever lives in a cave! Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?

Lola: I went on a walking ghost tour of Edinburgh, Scotland, which was so much fun. The cobblestone alleys are creepy at night. I’ve never branched out on my own, per se, but in high school some friends and visited a few of the haunted cemeteries around Chicago.

Cate: Any favorite Halloween recipes you’d care to share?

Lola: Because I usually have extra frosting from birthday cakes, I make graham cracker-frosting sandwiches. Yum.

Cate: Sounds good to me :) Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.

Lola:  Bad Traveler is hot contemporary with Decadent Publishing. It’s available at

Amazon           Decadent Pub

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?

Lola: Sure - Recipes are a way of life for Gwen Jones. Take one single mother, her infant daughter and a business plan for a small town bakery. Combine with an eventful cross-country flight, chance encounter with her college crush and a dash of motion sickness. Stir in a few nuts, or family members, and large quantities of chocolate. Will this recipe be an oven oops, or as delicious as her alma matter’s newest coach?

Having survived an attack in Afghanistan that cost him a leg and a wife, Kyle Collins developed a strategy to find meaning in life. He may be an assistant basketball coach but he refuses to sit on the sidelines. When the runs into the woman whose lips are as unforgettable as her brownies, Kyle decides to spice up Gwen’s recipes.

When a secret ingredient is thrown into the mix, can their recipe for a happily-ever-after rise to the occasion, or will it end up a hot mess?

Cate: What inspired you to write about the theme?

Lola:  Three factors came together for Bad Traveler.

1. There is nothing fun about flying cross country with an infant. I have been the screaming baby section and run through airports with car seats precariously dangling from the stroller. I have pretended turbulence is “super-fun bouncy ride in the sky” even though I’m more scared than the kids.

2. Living near the home of Seal Team 6, I grew more aware of issues facing veterans as they returned home from war. A series of reports in the Virginian-Pilot piqued my curiosity.

3. The bakery near me closed. I decided to invent one, which is much easier than opening a real one.

Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?

Lola: Thanks for inviting me to your blog. These were fun questions and I can’t wait to read the other responses.

Cate: Thanks so much for partying with us! And for the giveaway! (Be sure to leave your email address with your comment, peeps)

Lola: One lucky commenter will receive an ebook copy of Bad Traveler.


Lola said...

Thanks for having me on your blog!

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

I absolutely adore the "pink" flamingo gone bad! Ha, ha, ha! That is a treasure, as is - I'm certain! - your novel Bad Traveler. I look forward to reading it, Lola. May you have much continued success!

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

I just had to add - that flamingo is to die for. He, he...

Anne said...

When I was in England and Scotland, I made a point of taking any walking ghost tour I could. They were cheap and fun. There's so much atmosphere with the old buildings and narrow, twisty alleys.

Rachel Donnelly said...

Wonderful excerpt.

Lola said...

Thanks Deborah. Your comments slay me. Come to think of it, did you stop by and chat with Pinkie?

Anne - Those walking ghost tours still give me chills. Best money I spent.

Thanks Rachel.

Lola said...

Congratulations Anne! you have won the ebook giveaway of Bad Traveler!