Friday, December 2, 2011

Interview & Giveaway: Kari Gregg

WhooWhoo! Today I get to sit and have a little chit-chat with the fabulous Kari Gregg! W00T! That rocks. I.Am.Excited. *turns to Kari*

Amara:  Hi Kari! Welcome darlin’. Come in, come in, please, make yourself comfortable. I’m so excited that you’re here. *smiles* Thanks for coming to sit and chat with me.

Kari:  Heya, dude! Thanks for having me! >:D

Amara:  ANYtime darlin’, AN-Y-time.  So, how’z about we start with the obvious…*uses official interviewer voice*… Please tell me a little bit about yourself.

Kari:  I live in West Virginia with dh and my 3 kids. I'm a church secretary by day and a smut writer by night -- I very much believe in embracing & enjoying life's little absurdities. ;-p

Amara:  And your new book, the awesome that is Collared? Tell me, tell me. :D

Kari:  Collared is a M/M BDSM AU (lotsa initials going on there, LOL) featuring features a world in which genetically engineered crops have mutated and propagated in the wild, causing a biological shift that affects the aggression centers in the human brain. Connor Witt is an anomaly. Instead of stimulating his dominant behavior, the disaster has suppressed his. Security consultant Emmett wants him. CEO David wants to protect him. One man offers safety, but the other is the safer bet. The problem is Connor isn't sure which is which. The only thing Connor knows is he wants them both.

Amara:  So, how has it been working with Riptide?

Kari:  Familiar (Rachel and I beta'd for each other before), weird (Rachel and I beta'd for each other before) and crazy (Rachel and I beta'd for each other before). LMAO!

Amara:  *laughs* That rocks. I mean… *clears throat and tries to be professional* …Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book

Kari:  Collared is for anyone who likes stories that push the envelope and also enjoys looking at the world from a slightly skewed perspective.

Amara:  Ha! That is soooo me! *grins* Do you have any other books in the works? Or….goals for future projects? 

Kari:  I'm also working on In the Red for Loose Id, a M/M BDSM mystery in which Special Agent Zachary Murdock is tasked with returning forensic accountant and nutty gun enthusiast Brian Foster to TFOS -- the Terrorism Financing Operations Section of the FBI. After Brian was abducted, "interrogated" and left for dead while working a big case last year, he quit TFOS and retreated to the mountains of western Maryland where he focused on his neuroses and collecting enough weaponry to hold off a zombie hoard. Zachary isn't sure which presents the biggest complication: Brian's special brand of crazy, working the case or Brian's surprising (and surprisingly enthralling) kink.

Amara:  *gasp* ZOMBIE HOARD! W00T!! AweS0000ME (ß-sings that part) *smiles* That sounds SOOOO good. Now, I’m curious, which of your books was the easiest and which was the hardest to write?

Kari:  Easiest was Spoils of War. I sank into Micah's head with ridiculous ease and as horrific as his life was before Eli, there's such an innocence, a sweetness to Micah that makes being in his head so comfortable. Plus, I saw his journey, start to finish, as clear as a movie reel playing inside my brain. The hardest, hands down, was In the Red (coming soon at Loose Id). It's my first mystery and I struggled with that. Oh my, how I fought with it. In fact, after finishing ITR, I re-wrote the entire second half of the book from scratch after realizing the case Special Agent Zachary Murdock prods Brian Foster (my forensic accountant) into working didn't hold together as I originally plotted it. That? Was painful. And frustrating. I very nearly abandoned the book, but thinking my way around the problem with Brian's case dramatically strengthened and improved the story. It became so much more.

Amara:  Ooooo. I have Spoils. I haven’t had a chance to crack that baby yet, but can’t WAIT to read it! Have you ever been surprised by the reaction to one of your books?

Kari:  Oh yes. The way readers took to Spoils of War was a complete shock to me. Of course, I believed in the story. I fell in love with Micah and Eli from the very first page, but...I was new. I expected to get lost in the white noise of new releases, tbh. When so many readers fell for Micah too, I was giddy, naturally, but also completely floored. Wow.

Amara:  I have heard SOOOOOO many great things about that one. Seriously. SOOOOOO many. Ok… um… *ponders next question* … OH! I know! I, LOVE my signed books. Love Love LOVE. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be… and why?

Kari:  I'd have my gift edition of Stephen King's The Stand (Unabridged) signed. I first read it in college and re-read it every cold & flu season. Why? The Stand was my introduction to apocalyptic fic; I've been plotting the end of the world ever since.

Amara:  *gasp* OH! What.I.wouldn’t.give! *dreamily* A signed Stephen King… *shakes head*… right, where was I? Oh,yeah… interview. *mumbles* focus Amara. How about this…what’s your hidden talent? 

Kari:  Making people feel comfortable. I run a very active food pantry as part of my day job and it's vital that I make my clients feel at ease and okay with coming in for help when they need it. They need to know that they will be welcomed and they won't ever be judged. Asking for help can do so much damage to people's pride. The last thing I want to do is make it more difficult.

Amara:  *nods*Indeed. What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?

Kari:  Star Wars. I re-read it so many times that pages fell out, but I was enthralled with the rich detail of that world and the launch of the hero's epic journey. It's astonishing that I haven't done any sci-fi considering how married I was to it so early on. From Star Wars to L. Ron Hubbard and the Dune series...I was captivated.

Amara:  Ha! Meeee too! Sweet. *smiles* That was fun. Thanks so much for chatting with me. I hope we get to do this again.

Kari:  Thanks, Amara! Hanging out was GREAT. :D :D :D

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This week’s giveaway…Kari Gregg backlist book of choice. (excludes Collared)

The fine details...
  • This week’s giveaway is for an eBook copy as listed above.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this post.
  • All commenters will also be entered in end of tour giveaway of AP 3 prize packages. Details here.
  • All comments will also be entered in the year-end Riptide grand prize giveaway of an ereader; Kindle, Nook or iPad. Each post commented on counts as an entry.
  • Backlist book giveaways do NOT include books released in the last 3 months.
  • This week's giveaway doesNOT include Riptide releases.
  • Winners will be selected at random using
  • If the chosen winners do not respond to my email within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.
  • By entering the contest, you are confirming you are at least 18 yrs old.
  • eBook giveaways open worldwide. 


  1. LOL, no zombies, dude. I'm working on that one next, I promise. :D :D :D

    Thanks for having me Amara!!!!

  2. I'm starting to feel like a stalker.  I'm following Ms. Gregg around everywhere. I enjoy her books greatly!

    My email is lacrimsonfemme at gmail dot com

  3. Great interview.  I LOVE the sound of Collared and Spoils of War and will have to add both of them to my wishlist.  And yes, The Stand is awesome and I re-read it often too.

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  4. arella3173_lovelessDecember 2, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    Great interview. 
    Heh, I have yet to read Spoils of War but it's most definitely on my list of books to read ASAP. Mm... and must get Collard... yep yep. Will get, SOON. lol...

    Judi P

  5. Collared is on my wish list, it sounds like a great read. They both do. Great interview.

    cm(dot)torrens at gmail (dot) com

  6. Very entertaining interview :-)  Collared sounds right up my alley!  I'm really looking forward to reading it.

  7. Yay, a Star Wars fan! (Ye gods, I own so many SW books I need to insure them...)

  8. *whispers* write faster please. ;-p

    Thanks so much for coming to hang this week darlin'. :)

  9. Lolol. Stalking iz fun huh? I do it too. :D

  10. Hi Joder. Thanks for coming by. Glad you liked the interview :)

  11. Hi Judi. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks so much for coming by. :)

  12. Thanks for coming by Chris. Hope you have a good weekend. :)

  13. Thanks Sarah. I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. :)

    Hope you have a great weekend. :)

  14. Hi Adara, thanks for coming by. :)

  15. Brenda Cothern BooksDecember 3, 2011 at 8:26 AM

    Ohh this sounds yummy! But when isn't m/m BDSM?? Thought I pre-ordered this but didn't have an email waiting for me this morning so maybe I didn't *frown*. Looks like I will have to go get Collared... the book, not myself *wink*
    As always, throw me into the give-a-way -

  16. Actually, I don't consider dubcon as BDSM. The fundamental tenet of BDSM is SSC -- Safe, Sane & Consensual. Dubcon necessarily lacks the C - Consensual. That said, there's such a heavy D/s vibe to my dubcon stuff that I've found that readers get quite irate if I say it isn't BDSM. If you want genuine BDSM -- with consent fully given -- my next book, In the Red, is the go-to title. :-)

  17. I enjoyed the post; it was a great read.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  18. Oooh! Please add me. These sound amazing.


    eripike at gmail dot com

  19. Great and funny interview.
    I've add  Spoils of War to my wishlist ^_^

  20. I've heard so many good things about Spoils of War.. Need to finally get it and read it!

    Thanks for another great interview, Amara! :)



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