On Sale--CASSIDY'S #COWBOY by KAREN ROSE SMITH is 99cents!



CASSIDY'S COWBOY, ebook edition, is on sale for $.99.  It's a combination romance and women's fiction novel.  Yes, there is a hero--a single dad with a little girl.  Both need the love of the right woman.  But this is a book about Cassidy--a heroine who has never learned to read.  She's overcome adversity but not that.  The question is--  Can a CEO, who is also a cowboy, love her the way she is?  Or will he want to change her?
 
 I wrote about a heroine in CASSIDY'S COWBOY who has dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder. I've researched the subject but I'm not an expert. However, as a former teacher, I've seen the effects of it. The inability to decipher the written word is a subject we don't discuss much.  But reading is such an essential part of life, I decided to explore the issue in this novel. As an author and a former teacher, it's important to me.

 I had most of my experience with dyslexia when I taught second grade. This disability concerns the part of the brain that decodes symbols. I believe teachers are more aware these days than even a dozen years ago and reading problems are caught sooner. Early intervention is essential to help children cope. But children have slipped through the cracks for many years. In my case as a teacher, the learning difficulty manifested in my students with behavioral problems. When a child feels he or she can't keep up with peers, when a child feels he or she is on the outside looking in, if this child feels unable to learn, behavior changes. Acting out is common. So is sullenness or withdrawal. A teacher working with parents tries to find the root of the problem. Now testing can aid in this cause.


     My heroine had a reading disability that was never diagnosed. Her history in foster care helped her slip through the cracks until teachers and caregivers just considered her a difficult child. Fortunately she found a mentor who took her under her wing. But instead of addressing the problem, she helped Cassidy learn to live with it. Was she an enabler or a loved one helping Cassidy cope? Because she finally had people around her who cared, Cassidy learned tricks to hide her reading disability from those outside her circle. She had a  great memory.  In the same way a child memorizes a favorite book, Cassidy used her memory to retain information and absorb it. She learned to duck situations that could reveal what she felt was a flaw. Imagine the vigilance necessary to remember everything--signs, instructions, the meaning of symbols.  Anxiety can become a huge by-product in fearing the secret of being unable to read will be identified. However, in the end, Cassidy has to reveal her secret to the person she cares about most--her hero.

     Unconditional love teamed with a dose of reality wins the day in Cassidy's story.  Because I hope that can be the result for all of our children.


















USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.  




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#Booklovers #Giveaway by Karen Rose Smith--Peeramid, Amazon Gift Card and More!







In celebration of the release of my cozy mystery GILT BY ASSOCIATION, I'm having a Rafflecopter Booklovers Giveaway!  The prizes are:

A Peeramid Book/Tablet Holder (Have you ever seen one of these? It makes it so easy to sit in bed or on the sofa and use your e-tablet.)

A signed copy of STAGED TO DEATH--the first book in my Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozy mystery series.

$10 Amazon Gift Card

$10 Starbucks Gift Card

3D Kitty Bookmark (My new kitty Miss Paddington posed!)

Notepad--for writing down what you like best about the book you're reading!

You can enter through the link here from January 28 to February 1, 2015:


If you are already a follower on my Facebook page, you can also enter there.  I'll post the link at least once a day.  I have several giveaways going on during this GILT BY ASSOCIATION launch blast, so just look for the prize photos!

Good luck!!!
Karen


Book 3, GILT BY ASSOCIATION




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Book 1, STAGED TO DEATH (Kindle version), 
is now $2.99 





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Book 2, DEADLY DECOR (Kindle version),
is on sale for $1.99.







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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.  




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Release Day!!! GILT BY ASSOCIATION--#cozy #mystery--by Karen Rose Smith



This is release day for my third Caprice De Luca Home Staging Cozy Mystery--GILT BY ASSOCIATION.  Caprice has hearts and flowers as well as Valentine's Day on her mind in her professional house staging life as well as her romantic one.


BLURB:

Caprice De Luca's latest house staging is all about hearts, flowers lace and chintz since Valentine's Day is around the corner.  She never expects her client to be murdered in the greenhouse and day of the open house.

With her six-month old cocker spaniel pup Lady by her side and her own love life in disarray, Caprice ferrets out clues from the victim's best friend, Caprice's mother, the housekeeper and a special male friend who insists his relationship with the victim was platonic.  However, as Caprice digs deeper, she finds the victim's past is filled with secrets that she kept from her husband for thirty years.

The past isn't merely history.  The present isn't always what it seems.  When hearts are involved, passion and even murder aren't far behind.





I had so much fun developing this plot with its murder mystery puzzle and its touches of romance.  Since Caprice rescues a stray animal in every book, GILT BY ASSOCIATION is no exception.  Read about the gray tabby kitten who Caprice finds and dubs Valentine.  She is based on my own gray tabby--London.


I hope you enjoy all my Caprice De Luca mysteries!




Book 3, GILT BY ASSOCIATION




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Book 1, STAGED TO DEATH (Kindle version), 
is now $2.99 





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Book 2, DEADLY DECOR (Kindle version),
is on sale for $1.99.










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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.  






©2015 Karen Rose Smith





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Sneak Peek: GILT BY ASSOCIATION by Karen Rose Smith







I'm taking part in a Sneak Peek blog hop by my writer's group. GILT BY ASSOCIATION, a Caprice De Luca Home-Staging mystery, will be released on February 1.  Caprice is an amateur sleuth who likes vintage fashion, retro design and cooking.  Her large Italian family constantly gives her advice, but she follows her heart when rescuing stray animals and finding her Mr. Right.  


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Caprice quickly searched through the first floor, then called up the wide stairway, "Louise?"

She received no answer.

Louise had said she was going to putter in her greenhouse this morning. Caprice gardened and her mom gardened even more. She knew how easy it was to become distracted by watering, examining, sorting. Maybe Louise was still in the greenhouse and was unmindful of the time.

"I'll check the greenhouse," she told Nikki as she passed her in the kitchen, her head deep in the refrigerator.

Caprice hurried to the greenhouse and saw the door was almost closed, but not completely. She pushed it open, calling, "Louise?"  There was no answer.

When she stepped inside, she spotted Louise crumpled on the floor. She let out a loud "No," ran toward the older woman, and stopped at her prone form, aghast at what she saw.  She was dead

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©2015 Karen Rose Smith 


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What Inspires Me When the Writing Gets Tough by Karen Rose Smith



After seeing over 80 novels published, writing and living are interchangeable for me. They are so glued together that I realized while writing this that whatever inspires me for one inspires me for the other. Peaks and valleys in one affect the other. So when I think about inspiration for either writing or living, I can lift my heart in these ways.

Ever since I was a young girl, music has made a difference in my life. Until I was five, my parents and I lived with my grandfather and my aunt. After that they lived next door. I come from an Italian heritage, and my grandfather was an immigrant. He played the mandolin beautifully. On weekends, friends would stop by with guitars and an accordion, and he and his friends made music. That music brought into the house fellowship, fun and a sense of well-being. Also in my grandfather's house was a player piano. We inserted what was called a "roll" and a melody magically played. My mother and I would sing along. She played the piano herself, and I would accompany her, too.




















It was natural for me to learn to play the piano myself. Through the years, I learned to express emotion through the playing. I found joy and inspiration in the music. With this history, I never just listen to a song. I feel it. Today I listen for artists and music which can stir that deep creative part of me, whether it does that by bringing back memories, lifting me to a mountaintop, soothing pain and stress away, or urging me to write a particularly emotional scene. I listen to a variety--Josh Groban, Burning Sky, guitarist John Williams, Michael Buble, the Beatles, Brad Paisley. They all touch me, give me creative energy and lift me over the bumps.

Traveling to a place with power also renews me. I believe everyone can find places that fill them with peace and an overwhelming sense of well-being. When I was a child, I had access to a relative's farm. There was something about the fields of grass, the scent of orange blossoms and honeysuckle, the playfulness of kittens around the barn and the beauty of horses in the corral, that always washed over me in a particularly healing way. I loved just being there and soaking it in. As an adult, I feel drawn to places where I can feel a power greater than myself--the ocean, the cliff dwellings in the southwest, the Appalachian mountains, the big blue sky over Santa Fe, a memorial garden my husband and I created in memory of my parents in our own backyard. All of these places, as well as the memory of them, fill me up when I am empty and help me to keep going.

Since emotion and my creative energy are also integrally linked, the people I love and those who love me also inspire me. My husband reminds me that I always say each book is different and eventually my characters show me the way. Talking to my son long-distance reminds me the bonds between a mother and child are never-ending.  When my BFF's daughter gives me a hug, I am inspired to look at the world through her eyes--in a more innocent, unspoiled way. My writing friends listen and help me get unstuck when a scene or character is being stubborn.

Also my four cats, Halo, Paddington, London and Zoie Joy are constant companions who remind me to be playful. Their presence fills me with a sense of contentment.



Inspiration surrounds me in many forms. I just have to know how to listen, where to go and whom to turn to in order to find it. Somehow I always do and life and writing flow on.



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Cassidy has a secret. If she reveals to Ben that she can't read, can this CEO/cowboy still love her?







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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.  







©2015 Karen Rose Smith




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Caprice's Cran-Orange, White-Choco Cookie #Recipe from GILT BY ASSOCIATION by Karen Rose Smith








My test kitchen is open all year!  I'm constantly trying new recipes for my upcoming mysteries so I have several to choose from when it's time for me to send the manuscript in.  With Valentine's Day a theme in GILT BY ASSOCIATION, I developed this cookie recipe for the cozy mystery.  Cranberries, orange, white chocolate and a secret ingredient!  I hope you enjoy them as much as my family does. 


Caprice's Cran-Orange, White-Choco Cookies

1/2 cup margarine (softened)
1/2 cup butter (softened)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour
2 tablespoon grated orange peel  (I use one tablespoon fresh--   about 2 navel oranges grated--and 1 tablespoon dried.    Adjust for your taste!)
1/2 cup Rice Krispies®
1 cup dried cranberries (I use Ocean Spray Craisins®)
1 cup white chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 375̊

Mix softened margarine and butter.  Cream with sugar.  Add eggs and mix well.  Add baking powder, baking soda, salt and vanilla.  Mix in.  Add flour 1/2 cup at a time.  Mix in orange peel.  Stir in Rice Krispies®, dried cranberries, and white chocolate chips.

Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto lightly greased cookie sheet.  Bake about 12-13 minutes until golden brown and set.  



Book 1, STAGED TO DEATH (Kindle version), 
is now $2.99 





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Book 2, DEADLY DECOR (Kindle version),
is on sale for $1.99.






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Book 3, GILT BY ASSOCIATION, will be available 
February 1.





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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.  






©2015 Karen Rose Smith


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A Family Winter Tradition--The Nut Bowl by Karen Rose Smith



A family winter tradition--the nut bowl--sounds a little odd unless you grew up in an Italian household in the 1950s and 60s. Once upon a time, nuts didn't come already bagged and roasted. My grandmother would buy them at the Farmer's Market and then toast them in the oven. I can especially remember the almonds in their shells laid out on cookie sheets. My dad was a woodworker in his spare time.  He crafted wooden nut bowls like this one and gave them to family members.

Family dinner with guests were common back then--a weekend occurrence, not meals around the table just on special occasions.  After dinner, someone would bring the nut bowl and nutcracker to the table.  A meal never ended with dessert.  Sometimes we would sit and talk with family and guests for hours.  While we shared our lives, we would pass around the nut bowl.  As we cracked nuts and snacked on them, stories were batted back and forth as well as laughter.

I still have a few of the nut bowls my dad crafted.  When I spot one of them, I remember him more vividly.  That's what tradition is all about.








Cassidy has a secret. If she reveals to Ben that she can't read, can this CEO/cowboy still love her?







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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Karen Rose Smith is an only child who delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that's why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances. Her 87th novel will be released in 2015.

Readers often ask her about her pastimes. She has herb, flowers and vegetable gardens that help her relax. In the winter, she cooks rather than gardens. And year round she spends most of her time with her husband, as well as her four rescued cats who are her constant companions. They chase rainbows from sun catchers, reminding her life isn't all about work, awards and bestseller lists. Everyone needs that rainbow to chase.

Karen looks forward to interacting with readers. They can find her at the links below.  







©2015 Karen Rose Smith




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