Friday, August 30, 2013

Straight Chatting from the Library: Kristine Mason

Kristine Mason is at The Library today chatting with us as part of her virtual book tour scheduled by Goddess Fish Promotions. Kristine will be awarding $5 Amazon gift cards to six randomly drawn commenters during the tour as well as print books to ten other randomly drawn commenters during the tour. Five will be of Pick Me, a contemporary romance; and a gnome will come with the five copies of Shadow of Danger, book one of the suspense series. [US ONLY on the books]. You can see the other stops on the tour here:

What is the favorite book you remember as a child?
Watership Down by Richard Adams. While I don’t remember the story in its entirety, I remember the feelings it gave me. I was so immersed in the plot and characters that I wanted to be a rabbit!

Tell us about your current book in 10 words.
A vengeful father gives plastic surgeons a taste of their own medicine.
Okay, that was twelve. Math never was my strong point!

What are you reading right now?
I’m currently reading NOS4A2 by Joe Hill. I just wish I had more time to kick back and read it!

I really enjoyed that book! I think it's his best yet. E-Reader or print? and why?
I’m a bit of a hybrid. I love my e-reader. It’s convenient and provides instant gratification. If it’s one in the morning and I want something to read, all I have to do is click “buy.” But I also love to read a print book. There’s something about turning the pages and holding it in my hand. Plus I get to use my favorite bookmark—a caterpillar my middle son made for me when he was in kindergarten.

Dog-ear or bookmark? (don't worry—Librarian Judith won't hold it against you—much)
Bookmark. As I mentioned, I have a favorite bookmark I love to use. Truthfully, I don’t like bending a page! (And I’m not just saying that so that I can stay on Librarian Judith’s good side!)

Re-reader or not?
I’ve been known to reread books. If I do reread a book, it’s probably been a couple of years since I’d last read it. And even though I know the story, know how it’s going to end, I enjoy being reacquainted with familiar characters and an author’s voice.

What would make you not finish a book?
I value my reading time. Between my family and career, I don’t have the opportunity to read like I used to, so I’ve become quite picky. If a book doesn’t grab my attention within the first couple of chapters, I’ll probably pass on it. I’m looking for great plot and engaging characters. I want to be immediately pulled into a story and so intrigued that I can’t put it down.

Keep books or give them away?
I have a bookshelf loaded with books. If I really loved a book and might read it again, or it’s an autographed copy, it goes on the bookshelf. Otherwise I’ll donate the books to the library or give them to friends to read.


I didn’t pick up my first romance novel until I was in my late twenties. Immediately hooked, I read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of my own. After the birth of my first son I needed something to keep my mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn’t cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good had come from writing it. I realized my passion, and had found a career that I love.

When I’m not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) I’m chasing after my four kids and two neurotic dogs.



What happens when negligent plastic surgeons receive a taste of their own medicine…?

Chicago investigative reporter, Eden Risk, receives an unmarked envelope containing a postcard ordering her to watch the enclosed DVD…or someone else dies. No Police. After Eden watches the DVD, a gruesome, horrifying surgery, she turns to the private criminal investigation agency, CORE, for help. Only she hadn’t expected that help to come with a catch. Her former lover, Hudson Patterson, has been assigned to the case.

Hudson would rather have another CORE agent handle the investigation. Two years ago, he’d screwed things up with Eden…bad. And as more DVDs arrive, Eden and Hudson find themselves not only knee-deep in a twisted investigation, but forced to deal with their past, and the love they’d tried to deny.

Buy the book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, or iTunes.


  1. 12 words that say I must read.


  2. 12 words that say I must read.


  3. I never read Watership Down and I know it's a classic. I have to read it just to say I did! I feel like I missed out on something.
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  4. Thanks for the interview. I always feel compelled to keep reading a novel hoping it will pick up but I definetly see your logic

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