Saturday, December 14, 2013

Effie's Outlaw by Karen Lopp-Spotlight & Giveaway


Book Title:  Effie's Outlaw
Genre and Sub-Genre:  Historical Western Romance


Boston heiress Effie Sheridan takes matters into her own hands when her fortune is being stolen. The last thing she expects is to be kidnapped by a gang of train robbers. Forced to pretend to be an outlaw's lover to stay alive, she questions her sanity when she is drawn to the gruff, yet charming bandit who risks everything to save her.

U.S. Deputy Alex Marshall is mad enough to spit nails when the beautiful, city-bred girl lands in his arms. Unable to abandon her to the cruelties of the gang, he searches for a way out of the responsibility. But her courage and sweet kisses begin to chip away at the bitterness inside his heart and he must choose between revenge on the gang that slaughtered everyone he loved or redemption for saving a woman he can never have.


“Want some, darlin’?” Alex nibbled on her ear and shoved the communal whiskey bottle to her lips, his voice husky and loaded with the promise of pleasure.

A rush of heat settled in her loins. Nose crinkled, she pushed the beverage away and squirmed.

“No, thanks,” Effie demurred. Liquor wouldn’t cool the unexpected and inappropriate carnal desire that burned inside her.

Alex’s response to her shifting in his lap was immediate and shocking. She might be a virgin but she wasn’t clueless about male anatomy. Ducking her head into his shoulder, Effie sucked in a sharp breath in an effort to cool the heat in her cheeks.

“More for me.” He chuckled as if nothing happened.

“You tell a woman what to do, not ask, you fool.”

Sam’s snarl felt like being drenched in frigid water, dousing the hot surge of passion. Effie shuddered.

Alex’s entire body tensed and one hand slid down her side to rest on the butt of his Colt. Effie scooted off his lap.




Steeped in a rich family history, Karen Lopp has always been drawn to the courageous lives of the women who lived through the hardships of the past and triumphed.

A transplant from Oklahoma where she grew up on a farm just one mile away from where her great-grandparents settled in the land run, Karen now lives in the enchanted land of New Mexico and has a running competition with her dad on who can grow the tallest hollyhocks. Books and tales of ancestors were staples in her life and she fell in love with history. Enthralled with the short stories her grandmother wrote and passed down, she took the plunge (with encouragement from hubby and kids) into the world of writing. And is now hooked. Her inspiration comes from research into her family tree and their interesting lives.


This is a blurb for my next western:

A guarded heart…A woman nearly broken by her past moves to her brothers Colorado ranch in the untamed West where she hopes her secrets can stay buried. But when the local ladies’ man decides to peruse her, he threatens the new life she’s building. Can she past his past when she can’t get over hers?


I am also writing a contemporary suspense:

Detective Rissa Marten sacrificed her only chance at a normal life to put a drug lord behind bars. Now her life in the shadows might become quick death in the light as the only way to save the man she loves, who believes her dead, is to face the cartel whose been hunting her for eight years.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thank you, Marissa. Good luck in the drawing.

  2. Love the excerpt! BTW...WIPs sound delicious!

  3. Thank you, Joanne, looking forward to getting the WIP's done.