Thursday, December 19, 2019

#CharacterInterview - "Karma's Slow Burn" by Nalini Warriar

I love when characters stop by for a chat. Today we have the heroine from Karma's Slow Burn
Let's get started...

What’s your name?
Karma Deepika Huntington 

What do you look like?
Small frame, long dark hair, dark eyes. I love to dress in jeans and plaid shirts. But I clean up real good.

What time period does your story take place?
A contemporary romance set in modern times 2019

What’s your goal in this story?
I’d like to make Rafael Henley miserable. Make him pay for what he did to me.

What is your occupation?
Are you any good at it? Do you like it? I’m a sportswriter in a male-dominated industry. I love my job and am very good at what I do. I will not suffer fools. I love it when I walk into the clubhouse and all the players fall silent. They’re not sure what to make of me. I don’t wear high heels, my hair is in a tight bun and I’m wearing a plaid shirt, jeans and boots. 

What skill do you have that you’re proud of?
Why? I can defend myself. If attacked, I can give back just as good. My father made sure I was able to defend myself if needed.

What did you think the first time you saw Rafael?
He’s handsome, tall and will look straight into my eyes. He’s honest and a wonderful dad to his baby girl who is his number one priority. 

What is your family like?
I’m surrounded by love. My dad and his friends raised me. They have given me nothing but their love and support. They taught me that the world is made up of many colors and it is up to me to find my part in it.

What's the most terrible thing that ever happened to you?
Losing my husband was a shock I’m still trying to overcome.

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
This too shall pass.

Do you see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
I see it as black-and-white.

Why do you think your author chose to write about you?
I’m a strong, independent woman going through some tough issues. Plus I get to hang out with sweaty, bare-chested men all the time!

What do you wish your author had not told others about you?
That sex with my husband wasn’t all that great. 

Blurb Karma’s Slow Burn

Sportswriter Karma Deepika Huntington is going to hit Rafael Henley, star pitcher for the Sliders, hard to avenge her husband’s death. Rafael cannot ignore the chemistry between them and decides a one-night stand is in order. Karma agrees, just to get that itch off. But once they get into each other’s pants, things get complicated. Revenge and guilt take a back seat with sizzling chemistry in control.


Reverie? What kind of a man used such an old-fashioned word?
Karma hoped he wasn’t expecting polite conversation and was glad when he maintained silence. Finally, she couldn’t stand it anymore and opened her eyes. His features were bathed in the silver light of the moon. Dark hair maybe. That nose. There was something about it. And those lips. She’d seen them before.

“Henley! What are you doing here? On my spot?”

He peered at her, angled his face and his features came into focus. “Your spot? I distinctly heard you say this is free and not yours to own, Karma.”

“This,” using her index fingers, she made a square in the air right before her face, “is my spot. That,” she jabbed a finger in a vague direction away from her, “is yours.”

“All right then. Now that’s clear.”

“Anyway Henley, what are you doing here?”

“Getting back from my mother’s. She lives up there,” he pointed with his chin.

“You’ll have to spell that out. Can’t see a bloody thing in this moonlight.”

“Right over on Miranda Ave. And you?”

“Midland area.”

“Right, I forgot. Small world.”

“Yeah. How’s that baby of yours?”

“The most beautiful thing on this earth.”

“ Remind me, boy or girl?”

“Girl. Alicia.”

“Think we could get together for some pictures?”

“Sure. Just let me know.”

After that, nothing more was said. Clouds wandered in bit by bit until they extinguished the light from the moon, shrouding them in its pale afterglow. Karma became increasingly aware of the figure beside her. She crinkled her nose. Definitely something woodsy maybe even citrusy. She felt the shape of his arm next to hers and had an unbearable urge to touch him. The light from the moon turned diffuse before it became dark.

When he did something, she nearly jumped out of her skin, she had so tuned out. His hand was under her chin cupping it, turning her face to him. She made out the shape of his face before he lowered his head further.

“I’m going to kiss you, Karma. You have five seconds to stop me if you don’t want this as badly as I do.”

His sexy voice slithered into her ears and five seconds later, his silky beard brushed against her cheeks and then his mouth was on hers. His other hand moved to her back pulling her closer to him and then she was in his lap. 

Nalini Warriar dreamed of being a writer then forgot the dream for a bit as she went on to garner a Ph.D in Molecular Biology. While in her lab, the dream came back and hit her on the head and she’s never looked back writing through her years as a scientist. After more than a decade in cancer research, Nalini returned to the creative part of her soul and now devotes her time to dreaming up the perfect alpha male and feisty woman to appear in her books. Her novel, Fireflies in the Night, was a Foreword Reviews Fab Award finalist and won the Next Generation Indie Book Award in 2017. Kirkus Reviews awarded Fireflies in the Night a starred review and named it Best Books of 2016. Karma’s Slow Burn, a contemporary romance will be released in February 2020. She’s working on her next romance, a Crenshaw Brothers book, to be released in 2020. She lives in Ontario, Canada.

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