Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Interview + Review + Giveaway: In Like a Lion (Chimera Chronicles, #1) by Karin Shah

Title: In Like a Lion
Series: Chimera Chronicles
Author: Karin Shah
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Word Count: 86,673
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
Dangerous and forbidden...

Research scientist, Dr. Anjali Mehta, lost her beloved family in an earthquake. Only her work cuts through the paralyzingly grief, but when she finds her new research subject, reputed mass murderer, Jake Finn, maddeningly uncooperative and inexplicably sexy she's tempted to run away. How can she burn to touch a killer--a man behind bars?

What she doesn't know is that Jake is a chimera, a shapeshifter who can change into a lion or a dragon with all the strengths of both even in human form, who believes his ability to shape shift is nothing but a terrifying hallucination, and his overpowering attraction to his new doctor proof positive he’s finally gone over the edge.

And the employer she trusts has an agenda all his own. If she can't believe the impossible, neither she nor Jake may make it out alive.

Book Trailer:


            As Anjali stepped out into the corridor, a shout made her freeze.
The exclamation’s guttural force spurred her heartbeat into double time. What the hell?
She tracked the alarming sound to a door with a glass window and peered inside.
In the center of a large room, a shirtless man moved with fluid grace on exercise mats. Karate? Or Tae Kwon Do? That explained the shout. She shrugged.
Before she could slip away, the man turned and came closer. She ducked to the side so he couldn’t catch her watching.
Her breath caught as she saw his lean face.
She swallowed, pulse leaping. God, he was gorgeous. Staring much, Anjali? she admonished herself, scraping together the remnants of logic blown away by the sight of him.
This was just a man, his face, just a pleasing arrangement of features.
Papers on the appeal of symmetry to the human mind had been mandatory reading in some of her classes.
His movements took him deeper into the room and she inched closer again, her long exhale fogging the window in front of her. She didn’t need calipers to know when God had handed out facial symmetry, this man had pushed to the front of the line.
Odd shadows lent the suggestion of a tiger’s stripes to the man’s elegant cheekbones and clean jaw. She glanced at the ceiling and noticed metal baskets caging the fluorescent light fixtures, throwing voids into the harsh glare.
Her attention zeroed back to the man.
His hair—raven black with the sheen of a crow’s feather—hung past his chin and fell forward, masking his eyes. She caught herself wishing he would raise his head so she could see them. Her gaze drifted downward, following the delicious curve of his shoulder.
His large body was a work of art, each muscle defined and chiseled, as if Michelangelo had carved him from a piece of granite. The impish light played more tricks, lending his golden skin the sheen of satin as he defended against the attacks of invisible adversaries.
Her mouth dry, she watched him flow through the movement, muscles rippling beneath that flawless skin. Who was he? A guard?
Given his size and superior musculature, if he was a doctor, he was nothing like the doctors and researchers she’d worked with in the past.
Goose flesh pimpled the back of her arms. There was just something about a man that big that called to her most basic instincts.
A disparaging laugh huffed from her chest. She’d been living like a nun for years and now she was drooling over a man so out of her league he might as well have been a movie star.
What sounded like a voice—short and harsh, but indistinct—reverberated through the thick, metal-reinforced glass. The man halted mid-move and glared over his powerful shoulder.
For the first time, Anjali noticed there were other people in the room; uniformed men with sleek, ugly rifles, not only drawn, but leveled at the man as if prepared to shoot him at the slightest misstep.
She gasped as an awful realization washed over her. This man—the first man to draw her interest since her loss—was not a guard or a doctor.
He was Jake Finn, her subject, and a stone-cold killer.
Although, there were a few rough patches this paranormal romance book included lots of goodies. Karin Shah created an incredible faction of characters with lots of promising future storylines. Initially, I was intrigued by the uniqueness of Jake’s duality, but ultimately it was his allegiance that solidified his character. I had a difficult time identifying with the heroine, Anjali, mostly because at times she felt like a secondary character. However, all of individual characters have very distinctive personalities; even the villains.

The author did a remarkable job of providing vivid descriptions. Her imagery made the story easy to visualize - the scenes developed naturally. The pace at which the story unfolded felt unsteady; the romance was hurried and the suspense was often slow.

Disclosure: This ebook was provided to me free of charge by Bewitching Book Tours for the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments, and ratings are my own.

What were the greatest obstacles you experienced in your transition from a School Librarian to becoming a published writer? 

Well, I had to get used to not bringing in any money. :-) I also had to unlearn a lot of what I learned in my English as a writing arts classes in college. The classes were focused on literary writing and obviously I write romance. The point of literary novels are the writing and the words. The point of Romance is the story and the characters.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I don't know how interesting it is, but I write with a vizsla(Hungarian pointer) behind me in my chair. She's too big for my lap. We're waiting on a basenji puppy and I don't know where he's going to sit!

What kind of research did you do for this book? Another book?

IN LIKE A LION was inspired by Prison Break the television show. So I watched some episodes of that to refresh my inspiration. And of course I read extensively on shape shifters and watched all kinds of other paranormal shows for ideas. I also researched some medical techniques and medical jargon.

I'm thinking about my third book in the Chimera Chronicles series right now, so I'm researching Army Rangers, Leavenworth prison in Kansas, and bank robberies.

Share three sentences from your current WIP.

     Adrenaline spearing through his veins like shrapnel, he vaulted forward, every atom of his body caught up in one thought. Catch that glass.    
     And, for the first time in months, his hand closed around a solid form. 

Author Bio

I live in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio and worship Jeni's Ice Cream, JK Rowling, Jayne Ann Krentz, the tv show Supernatural, and the movies, Hunt For Red October and The Princess Bride(though not necessarily  in that order.)

I am a fanatical reader of Romance, particularly Sci-Fi Romance, Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. I always write the book I want to read, so I tend to jump sub-genre a bit. My husband and I are the parents of two kids (a girl and a boy)  and slaves to two dogs ( a basenji and a vizsla)

I was born in Rochester, NY, attended SUNY Oswego and got my Master's in Information and Library Science at the University of Buffalo. I was a School Librarian in Webster, NY for five years before starting my writing career. (I still miss my students.)

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  1. Hi and thanks for having me!

  2. Congratulations on your new book, In Like a Lion! I love paranormal romance and will be adding your book to my reading list. Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I like the lion on the cover!
    mestith at gmail dot com

  4. Thanks for the awewsome giveaway....

  5. This sounds like a great read. Love the concept of a chimera and the fact that he thinks he is delusional. Totally adding this to my TBR.

  6. been wanting to read about a shapeshifter - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  7. I think it's awesome you used Prison Break as research. I loved that show!