Into the Fog Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit (Interview with Karen Randau)

About the Book

Book: Into the Fog

Author: Karen Randau

Genre: Romantic suspense

Release date: September 6, 2022

Love and danger spar in this thrilling romantic suspense novel.

Hands push Marie Jessica (“MJ”) Goodrich from a rural roadway into an icy creek. The clock is ticking for her pleading friend on the other side of the ravine.

Running from flashbacks of a life-altering attack in Afghanistan, MJ takes refuge with her mother, managing Peach Blossom Orchard. But peace is elusive in a rural Oklahoma town full of secrets.

After losing his wife and children in a fatal car crash, Josh Rivers doubts he deserves a second chance at love. He can’t believe his bad luck when MJ, the woman who plagues the nightmares of his military service in Afghanistan, shows up in his hometown. She claims a driver ran down and abducted her friend Kelsey. Frustrated with the county sheriff’s investigation, MJ and Josh partner to follow clues that lead to a kidnapper who demands a bizarre ransom.

With danger increasing for everyone MJ loves, will the clock run out before they solve the mystery? Find out how MJ and Josh—swirling in a whirlwind of mystery and suspense—lean on their mutual faith to find answers, courage, forgiveness, healing … and wholesome romance.

If you like to read Christy Barritt and Colleen Coble, you’ll love Into the Fog, a keep-you-up-at-night clean romantic suspense novel that launches the Peach Blossom Romantic Suspense series.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Karen Randau a best-seller author of fast-paced mystery, thriller, and suspense books from her home in the picturesque mountains of Arizona. She enjoys cooking, hiking, and hanging out with her family. In addition to the Peach Blossom Romantic Suspense series, her books include the Frankie Shep Mystery-Suspense Series, the Kayla Walsh Suspense Series, and Rim Country Mysteries.

More from Karen

Into the Fog is set in a farming community outside Tahlequah, Oklahoma, home of the Cherokee Nation, the largest of the 39 Native American tribes in Oklahoma.

If you’ve ever watched old Western movies, you may have heard a lot about the dangers of traveling through Indian Territory. Did you know that much of what is now Oklahoma was called the Indian Territory until Oklahoma became a state in 1907? Some of the tribes fought with the Confederacy during the Civil War, and some fought with the Union.

If those weren’t enough reasons for an identity crisis for the people of Oklahoma (who sometimes refer to themselves of Okies), the federal government lists Oklahoma in both the South and the Southwest regions of the United States. Many Okies claim their state is in Midwest region of the United States, but it is not listed that way in the federal census.

One thing is for sure: Oklahoma has a culture all its own, rightly earned by its confusing history. Many of these cultural oddities are explored in Into the Fog.

You’ll also enjoy the two main characters, MJ and Josh.

Marie Jessica “MJ” Goodrich served with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan until a bomb gave her a life-altering injury and a case of PTSD. She believes her injuries were so bad that no man will ever want to marry her. Besides, her mother’s failing memory and the peach orchard keep her too busy to embark on a romantic relationship.

Josh Rivers always wanted to be an artist, but he’s stuck running the auto shop he inherited. He’s dreamed of MJ ever since he pulled her from a bombed marketplace in Afghanistan, and it cost him his wife and children. He doesn’t believe he deserves another chance at love, but he prays for companionship anyway—and finds MJ unconscious in a ravine moments later. Could a guy’s luck get any worse?

The question answered in Into the Fog is: Will Josh die saving MJ again, or will they get out of the whirlwind of mystery and danger swirling around them in time to find their happily ever after?

Interview with Karen

What book is currently on your bedside table?

I’m currently enjoying Edge of Dusk by Colleen Coble. I love this author’s inspirational writing and the complex characters she creates.

What has been your favorite part of the publishing journey? 

My personal growth has been the best part. Since starting my publishing journey in 2016, I’ve learned a lot about both the industry and myself.

As a lifelong writer, I earned a degree in journalism and spent decades getting compliments on the inspirational marketing materials I wrote for an international non-profit. I thought being a good writer would make me a good novelist. Ha! A best-selling author at the first conference I attended told me that journalism, marketing, and novel writing use different muscles. Through trial and error, I’ve proven him right.

Meeting experts at conferences, attending workshops, talking to authors, and lots of research have helped me improve my novel writing craft and given me insights into the business side of publishing. I’ve discovered I prefer independent publishing for several reasons.

People told me to write what I know, but I didn’t think I knew much. As an introvert, I thought I’d lived a quiet life despite having traveled to the bush of Africa during wartime and famines, and danced with indigenous Quechua people in Bolivia. The more I write, the more I realize my life experiences have plenty to offer in a manuscript set in rural America. My innate ability to understand people has helped me not only to create deeper characters, but I’ve also learned to appreciate the empathy aspect of my personality more.

I once turned down an employer’s offer to learn Photoshop, thinking I wasn’t artistic. Since independent publishing means doing it all yourself, I’ve discovered I was wrong! I’m not a great designer, but I get a sense of accomplishment by creating a stunning image for my marketing.

An explorer at heart, I’ve enjoyed this journey of self-discovery in the publishing industry.

What were the highlight or key challenges you faced when writing this book?

There is a strong element of PTSD in Into the Fog. Both of the main characters served with the Army in Afghanistan. The woman was severally injured, and both suffered great loss as a result of their military service. This topic is special to me because several of my family members came home from war with PTSD. The challenge was figuring out the role of a woman in the Army Rangers in Afghanistan, not to mention what the conditions were like. Having not served in the military myself, I had to do a lot of research on that, and I had to convince veterans to talk about it. Also, there is an element of Native American culture that I enjoyed researching.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?

Readers can learn about my books and me on my website at https://www.karenrandau.com and on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Randau/e/B001KCE21U. They can connect with me on social media:

facebook.com/karenrandauauthor

instagram.com/klrandau

Any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?

I’m currently working on the 2nd book in the Peach Blossom Romantic Suspense Series. My vision for these books is that each will stand on its own while featuring a different couple who live in Peach Blossom, Oklahoma, and they get a second chance at love. The 2nd book is tentatively called From Chaos. It follows the story of Kelsey and Gregorio, who were secondary characters in Into the Fog. They witness a murder while on a date; the murderers know who they are and are determined to tie up loose ends. While they’re on the run, Kelsey and Gregorio must overcome both internal and external obstacles. They make decisions with dire consequences and trust people they shouldn’t, each dealing with the baggage of the darkest moment in their lives along the way. As they heal and grow as individuals, they grow together as a couple.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, November 21

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, November 21

Texas Book-aholic, November 22

Betti Mace, November 23

deb’s Book Review, November 23

Mary Hake, November 24

Inklings and notions, November 25

Cover Lover Book Review, November 25

Locks, Hooks and Books, November 26

Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, November 27 (Author Interview)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, November 27

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, November 28

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, November 29

For Him and My Family, November 29

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, November 30

Lily’s Book Reviews, December 1

Book Looks by Lisa, December 1

Bizwings Blog, December 2

Blogging With Carol, December 3

Lights in a Dark World, December 3

Pause for Tales, December 4

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Karen is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card and an eBook copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/22ad1/into-the-fog-celebration-tour-giveaway

9 thoughts on “Into the Fog Blog Tour with Celebrate Lit (Interview with Karen Randau)

  1. Beatrice LaRocca says:

    Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Into the Fog

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