Christmas Awards 2011

Monday, 24 March 2008

Featured Author/Rita Karnopp

Fear and loneliness control Blackfeet historian, I-nis’-kim’s life. Each lecture produces another death, for which he isn’t guilty, and is only steps ahead of the police. He isolates himself … until he meets the beautiful, intriguing Skyler Grinnell.

Skyler’s quiet and lonely world is turned upside down by the handsome and mysterious I-nis’-kim. But is this man what he says or is he a clever killer? Could she not only be in danger of losing her heart but her life as well?

The killer is quick, relentless, and frighteningly efficient. In spite of the suspicions and danger, I-nis’-kim and Skyler are drawn together with a force that ignites their passion. Yet, that promise of love is threatened by deadly secrets and a killer who wants them both dead.

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Dark Spirit by Rita Karnopp

Excerpt #1

A backpack-laden Skyler stood before him. “What the blazes are you doing?”

“Getting ready to fix my wound.” He held his knife over the flames.

“Don’t tell me you’re going to…God, I can’t even say it.”

“Cauterize? No choice.”

“That’ll hurt like hell. You can’t possibly think you’re going to do that to yourself, do you?” She dropped to the ground and slid out from beneath his heavy pack.

“Dang, you carried that here? I’m impressed.”

“Didn’t do it to impress you. Just thought we’d need the contents to survive.”

He couldn’t help admiring her. “Why don’t you turn your back and I’ll get this over with.”

“Not likely. Can’t say I have the stomach for it, but you’d better let me do it.”

In’is’kim stared at her. Could she be serious? “You don’t have to. I can―”

“What? Can’t accept my help? We’d better get it done with and get this fire out before our shadow notices.”

He knew she was right. Once the pain gripped him, he might not even stay conscious, then what would happen with the hot knife. “Here,” he said, clenching his teeth. “I’ll press the skin together. You place the hot knife right across it. Do it quickly—now!”

Hellfire tore into his thigh. Burning flesh and hair, his flesh and hair filled the air. Bile rose in his throat. He fought it down. He fought the dark wave that assaulted his awareness. He blinked hard, again and again. He shook his head and Skyler’s shadow came into view.

“You okay?”

Her words seemed far away. He wanted to answer but his mouth didn’t seem capable of working. Heaviness weighed him down, and he couldn’t fight it.

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Coming in May 2008


Spring 2008 e-Book

“'Romancing the West."

WHISPERING SUN: New Territory of Montana 1863. Sarah Bryson's silent world takes a jolting change when she is kidnapped from Fort Bryson by a French trader, only to find herself rescued by Blackfeet warrior, Two Shadows. Together they face ruthless mountain men, treacherous storms and Crow Indians.

Bringing the strange-sounding woman, with sun-shimmering hair, back to his village, Two Shadows struggles. His loyalties become divided between the love for a white woman and his love and devotion to his Indian people.

WHISPERING SUN captures a time when the Blackfeet are forced to see their way of life disappear. It’s a story where it’s possible for a white woman to decide she belongs with a loving people and a Blackfeet warrior. It’s a story that shows how a half-breed can choose an alliance and find his place in a colliding world.

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Rita Karnopp

Edgy suspense you can’t put down.

REVENGE Eternal Press

Murder/Suspense Nov ‘08

KIDNAPPED Eternal Press

Suspense 2009

'Romancing the West."



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