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KARIN TABKE MOVES FROM HOT COPS TO HISTORICAL HUNKS

Though Karin Tabke may be best known for her "hot cop" eroticas, she has a long love of historicals, having read them since she was in high school. So it was just a matter of time until she started writing them herself.

Her new medieval-set series, the Blood Stone Legacy, is the story of eight mercenary knights imprisoned together in Iberia in 1066. Though destined for great loves, each man is bound by
a violent prophecy -- each will have to shed the blood of his woman's kin before their relationship can ignite.

Tabke describes her knights as "lone wolves who search far and wide" looking for their women.

In the first book, Master of Surrender (Jul., Pocket), the knights escape from prison and make their way to Normandy to fight with William and help quell Saxon unrest in the countryside after he takes the throne.

Sir Rohan de Luc seizes Alethorpe, where the courageous Isabel attempts
to defend her father's lands and her people. Rohan offers to spare the life of her squire in exchange for Isabel's virginity. Though she despises the intruder, she agrees -- and eventually finds herself seduced by him.

"Isabel will do anything to keep her people safe," the author stresses. "And she's smart enough to know what her tools are."

Compared to her contemporary eroticas, Tabke says that historicals take longer to write and require "an incredible amount
of research."

The research paid off though. She learned that truth was both stranger and gorier than fiction.

"It's amazing to me what did happen," she says. "It was commonplace to take someone's eyes out. The Saxons did it,
the Normans did it."

She even found records of a medieval prison where bats were released into the building to eat the dead, which she mentions as the kind of detail that would seem unlikely if the author were to just invent the fact.

Such brutal times often led to brutal behavior, which Tabke acknowledges unapologetically.

"I don't want to make excuses for my characters. Sometimes the heroes do bad things for the right reasons or to survive."

She adds, "It was an unruly time," but, in
her books, "it's always, always, always about the
characters first."

-- Stephanie Klose


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