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You guys wouldn’t believe what Chris had to go through to be here today. We had one technological glitch after another, but Chris rocked it and made it happen. She’s here to tell us about her new book, GOLDEN CHARIOT, and I’m betting you won’t often see an author who has had such *amazing* research opportunities! I think you’re going to love this interview, and when we’re finished stick around because you could win a *Kindle* copy of your very own.

**Giveaway closed** Congratulations to our winner, BN!

Welcome back, Chris! I’m thrilled to have you here again. Today we’re talking about your new release GOLDEN CHARIOT. The blurb sounds *fantastic*. . . can you introduce our readers to the story?

Charlotte Dashiell, the heroine, is determined to prove her controversial historical theory. A shipwreck off the coast of Turkey may hold the proof. After obtaining a spot on the recovery team, she becomes a person of interest in the murder of a Turkish government agent. Atakan Vadim, the hero, is the agent sent to investigate her, while they work together on the recovery project.

I’m sold already. That sounds like a story of many layers of intigue, and I *love* that! You’ve traveled extensively, and one of your trips directly influenced the plot of this story. Can you tell us how?

I made several trips to Turkey, which included two to the ruins of Troy. Turkey’s history fascinates me, especially the Trojan War. I decided to give Charlotte a theory about the war and a romantic ideal of some of the characters from the Iliad, Homer’s Trojan War Epic Poem.

Wow! Hard to follow that question with this one (I feel like you’ve already answered it, LOL) but I’ll give it a shot. What might readers be surprised to learn about the plot or characters of GOLDEN CHARIOT?

I think they’ll enjoy the growth of the hero and heroine’s relationship as they work the wreck. I hope they like the way the history and handling of relics is woven into the plot through them. I believe Atakan’s many sides will sneak up and surprise the reader.

I *adore* the way you’ve mixed in the history, so I’m rather salivating over the whole mix, lol. Let’s have some fun with GOLDEN CHARIOT. What’s the first sentence?

Charlotte snapped awake at the explosion of sound.

A definite attention grabber! What’s your favorite line in the book?

(Atakan speaking to Charlotte during a heated exchange)

 “We were a civilization with art, and culture, and written language while you were still adding slabs to your Stonehenge and dancing around bonfires.”


LMAO! How about an excerpt … three sentences long! Yep, that’s it. Three!

Excerpt of Charlotte explaining to Atakan her feelings at Troy.

“When I visited the ruins of Troy, I stood on top of one of the great sloping walls. A cold wind blew off the Dardanelles. I tried to imagine the wind bringing in an enemy fleet….sails on ships of war as far as the eye could see.”

Such great atmosphere there. *wistful sigh* Which scene of GOLDEN CHARIOT was most difficult for you to write? Why?

The scene on the hill where Charlotte explains her theory to Atakan. It’s a radical theory and I had to come up with a compelling and logical reason for her in a way that would justify her pursuit of proof.

I can see how that could be difficult, but I bet you handled it beautifully. ;c) Which scene of GOLDEN CHARIOT would you most like to experience for yourself? From whose POV?

The climax, but to describe it would be a spoiler. So, I’ll go with my second favorite scene. Her first dive to this particular shipwreck. Her feelings upon seeing it and in her POV.

What an incredible experience that must be (and a great hook!) Before we take a closer look at GOLDEN CHARIOT, can you tell us what you’re currently working on?  

Book 3 of my paranormal romance series, “Knights in Time,” It’s called, “Knight Blindness.” It is a time travel where a medieval knight, a character from book 2, “Journey in Time,” comes forward to the present day.

That sounds like a great plot! And speaking of those, let’s scope out the featured title.

THE GOLDEN CHARIOT | blurb & links
The rare discovery of a ship sunk during the time of the Trojan War has been found off the coast of Turkey, near Troy. Charlotte Dashiell is an American nautical archaeologist and thrilled to be part of the recovery team. The wreck may contain proof of her hight controversial theory about the Trojan War.
Charlotte is present when the Turkish government agent assigned to guard the site is murdered. Her possible involvement and a questionable connection to a private collector of black market relics bring her under suspicion. Atakan Vadim is the Turkish agent sent to investigate her. Unknown to either of them, the smuggler behind the murder plans to steal a valuable artifact and frame Charlotte for the theft–after they murder her.
.CHRIS KARLSEN | bio & links
I’m a retired police detective.  My father was a history professor and my mother was and is an avid reader. I grew up with a love of history and books. After I retired, I finally had the time to pursue writing, something I longed to do since I was a teen.I’ve traveled extensively wanting to see the places I read about. I’m an animal lover. My husband and I live with four rescue dogs and have one rescue Thoroughbred.LINKS @ WEBSITE | PUBLISHER | AUTHOR | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS


As promised, there’s a kindle copy of GOLDEN CHARIOT up for grabs! (If you don’t have a kindle, NO worries. Kindle for PC is a free download that will allow you to read to your heart’s content–grab it here.) To enter, please leave a comment with your email address. For fun (though not required), tell us the most exotic place you’ve ever been, or the one to which you’d most like to go. Winner will be chosen at random and announced here.

I’d like to thank you all for being here, and Chris, I’m honored you decided to return (and in light of what you went through to be here, your presence is doubly appreciated, lol). Readers, I can’t wait to read your answers! Lay ’em on us, and have a fantastic day, everyone!