Friday, June 13, 2014

Would You Rather with Karen Witemeyer!


KAREN WITEMEYER
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One of my all-time favorite authors is with us today! Karen Witemeyer! If you enjoy historical romance, Karen should be one of your must-read authors! I had the pleasure of meeting Karen at ACFW last year and she's as kind as you might imagine. She didn't even run from me when I gushed on and on about her books. :) I also had the pleasure of reading Karen's newest book, Full Steam Ahead! You can read my review on GOODREADS! 

Here's a peek at the book and then we're going to play a game with Karen, her heroine Nicole, and her hero Darius!

When Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston from an eastern finishing school, she's stunned to find her father in ill health. Though she loves him, he's only ever focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run their family business, Renard Shipping.

Vowing to secure a suitable marriage partner, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure: a dagger personally gifted to Nicole's father by the pirate Jean Lafitte. Many believe the legend that the dagger is the source of all Renard Shipping's good fortune, though Nicole is sure her father's work ethic and honorable business practices are the keys to their success. Before she can board the steamer to New Orleans, Nicole finds her father's rivals--the Jenkins brothers--on either side of the gangplank, ready to grab her and steal the dagger. Quickly, she decides to instead travel north, to Liberty, Texas, where she can decide what to do next.

Darius Thornton needs a secretary--someone to help him get his notes in order. Ever since the boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana, Darius has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. The pretty young socialite who applies for the job baffles him with her knowledge of mathematics and steamships. He decides to take a risk and hire her, but he's determined her attractive face and fancy clothes won't distract him from his important research.

The job offer comes at exactly the right time for Nicole. With what Darius is paying her, she'll be able to afford passage to New Orleans in mere weeks. But Mr. Thornton is so reclusive, so distant, so unusual. He can create complex scientific equations but can't remember to comb his hair. And his experiments are growing more and more dangerous. Still, there are undeniable sparks of attraction between them. But Nicole is leaving soon, and if she marries, it must be to a man who can manage a shipping empire. Darius certainly doesn't fit that description. And the Jenkins brothers have not given up on kidnapping Nicole and seizing the Lafitte dagger for themselves.
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Would You Rather…

…go way back in time and meet your ancestors or go way into the future and meet your great grandchildren?

Karen: As much as I love imagining life in the past, I would actually pick meeting my great grandchildren. I would love to see how the legacy of faith we've worked to instill in our children has trickled down through the generations. And it would be fun to see what kind of grandparents my kids turned out to be. Wonder if any of my books would still be around?

Nicole: Back in time. I'd love to be in the pirate colony Campeche when my grandfather, Henri Renard, took the bullet meant for Jean Lafitte. That pivotal moment shaped my family's history for generations.

Darius: Future. I'd love to see all the mechanical advancements that take place in the shipping industry. Maybe we'll finally find a way to power our ships without those blasted boilers.

…have a rewind button in your life or a pause button in your life?

Karen: Pause – I'm in constant need of more time. More time to write, more time to spend with my family, more time to just relax. A pause button sounds heavenly.

Nicole: Pause – With my father's illness, I want to savor each moment I have left with him.

Darius: Rewind – I'd give anything to go back to November 15, 1849 and warn the captain of the Louisiana to get his passengers and crew to safety. I'll always regret that I couldn't do more to save those who lost their lives that day.

…be a thief or a beggar?

Karen: Hmm – that's a hard one. I guess I would have to choose beggar. Swallowing my pride would be excruciating, but it would be better than forfeiting my moral code.

Nicole: With all the years I played pirate on the beaches of Galveston with Tommy Ackerman, I'd have to say thief, but only if the situation were dire enough to justify such action. For instance . . . if one needed to protect her family from certain harm. Hypothetically speaking, of course.

Darius: Thief – when it comes to providing for my family, I'll do whatever it takes, go to any length to see that they are safe. Thankfully, with my family owning King Star Shipping, the likelihood of facing this dilemma is slim.


…reduce hours of sleep needed to 5 or need 10 hours of sleep, but you get to control your dreams every night?


Karen: If I could be as fully rested after 5 hours as I am after 10, I would definitely choose the 5. Just think what I could accomplish with those extra hours!

Nicole: Between keeping the accounts for Renard Shipping, watching over Jacob, and helping my mother tend my father, I could use all the extra hours I could get. I'll take the 5.


Darius: After being tormented by nightmares for months, the thought of controlling my dreams is an enticement that is hard to resist. Yet after meeting Nicole, my dreams are much less troubling, and I really can't afford to waste 10 hours of every 24 in sleep. People are dying due to malfunctioning boilers. Sacrificing my comfort to continue my research is a small price to pay.

Choose one or all and answer in the comments below! 

Thank you, Karen, for hanging out today!

9 comments:

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  2. This format was so much fun, Jessica. Thanks for hosting Darius, Nicole, and me today. :-)

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  3. As I know for a fact that I will never have any great grandchildren, I will have to choose traveling back in time. My destination would be Washington, D.C. on April 14, 1865 to prevent the tragedy that strikes that day. What can I say, I am a fan of Lincoln and the Civil War.

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    1. Oooh that is an interesting time to go back to. Have you thought about how you'd intervene? That would make a fun book to read!

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  4. Ooo - Interesting choice, Dora. Lincoln is definitely my favorite president. One our greatest American heroes. So thankful for his leadership during that awful time and so sad that his life was taken.

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  5. I definitely don't want to see the future and since going back to save Lincoln is taken, I think I'd like to go back to the Natchez Trace the night Merriwether Lewis died and try and stop that. Fun post!

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    1. Intriguing, Patricia. Thanks for sharing. I love that we are using this imaginary power for the greater good. :-)

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  6. I really enjoyed this post! Such a fun idea. :)
    I would probably choose to go back in time to meet my ancestors. I would love to meet them, and since I love history, that just makes it better.
    Some of my ancestors served in the Civil War on both sides, so I really think it would be cool to go back and meet them.

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