Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Karin Tabke's MASTER OF TORMENT - there's a giveaway!!

Karin Tabke was kind enough to have her publisher send me a copy of MASTER OF TORMENT. First, I have to send huge thanks to her for thinking of me and second, I have to tell you all that you HAVE to get a copy of this book. Yes, it's that good.

A blurb:
Wulfson of Trevelyn, trusted knight of William the Conqueror, has never met a man he could not master. But in the tempestuous young widow Tarian of Trent, known as the Lady Warrior, Wulf may finally have met his match. Ordered by the king to eliminate her traitorous bloodline, Wulf captures the lady but hesitates to execute his orders, falling captive himself to her seductive dark beauty.
To Lady Tarian’s dismay, neither her fighting spirit nor her wiles are sufficient to bend Wulfson completely to her will. As she and Wulfson try to stay one step ahead of the angered King, Tarian vows she will not be the loser in their passionate battle, but her own desire for this overpowering stranger threatens not only her body, and her heart, but both of their lives.

My review:
Lady Tarian isn’t your typical Saxon female. Adept at using sharp instruments, including swords, quivers, and her mind, she wants no part of male-dominated marriage. When she does marry, she ends up killing her husband in order to save her own life. The uncle of her deceased husband then decides that he will marry her, going so far as to abduct and torture her when she refuses. Norman knight Wulfson of Trevelyn comes to Tarian’s rescue, but only because his king, William the Conqueror, has ordered him to kill her.
Wulfson has pledged loyalty to the king but as he spends time with Tarian and gets to know her, he’s forced to acknowledge an ever-growing, unexpected admiration and respect for her. There’s no doubt that she is more intriguing than any woman he’s ever known. Truth be told, she’s stronger and more courageous than most men he’s ever known, but she also seriously tries his patience and his resistance.
Tarian knows that Wulfson shares her attraction but also knows that he won’t be disloyal to his king. As her fondness for him grows, so does her reluctance to put him in harm’s way and when she tries to flee, the resulting violence threatens not only the love between them, but their very lives.
Karin Tabke has given readers a real gem in MASTER OF TORMENT. The first book in this Blood Sword series, MASTER OF SURRENDER, was excellent, but I truly feel that this second work is more satisfying. I was pulled into the characters’ lives and surroundings immediately; the Medieval darkness of the setting at no time feels heavy or unsettling. I highly recommend this book as well as the first book in the series, but would clarify that MASTER OF TORMENT stands very capably on its own.
Thank you, Karin, for allowing me to read and review Tarian and Wulfson’s story for you!
Here's a direct link to
Amazon for those who want to get a copy! I look at it like this - at $6.99, it’s pretty inexpensive entertainment!
And if that wasn't enough temptation, look at the cover for MASTER OF CRAVING, the next installment in the Blood Sword series. Yum!

I’m celebrating this new release from Karin with a Christmas gift giveaway. I have a festive glass cutting board from Coldwater Creek – like the one pictured here. It measures 8 x 10 and looks nice on a countertop or tabletop, or it would make a nice gift. I have one just like it on my kitchen counter. Are you interested? If so, check out Karin’s website and leave a comment here that tells something about Karin, her books, her site, etc. I’ll draw a winner on Sunday the 14th.

Thanks for checking it out! I hope everyone is having a great week. I'm off work from tomorrow through Tuesday - yay! I'll be finishing up some decorating, doing some baking and candymaking, shopping, making a trip to Tim's family cemetery in WV to put wreaths on graves, taking my mom to my dad's grave to put on a wreath, and wrapping some gifts. No rest for the wicked, right?



Lisa F. said...

I just finished Karin's Have Yourself a Naughty Little Santa, and I loved it. It was the first book by her that I've read, but I knew when I was halfway through it that it wouldn't be my last.

lunaticcafe said...

I just stopped by Karin's website and all I can say is WOW! Very Sexy! I haven't had the pleasure of reading anything by her yet but I now know that I must add her to my TBR pile. I have been handing out author names as my Christmas list- only way to ensure that I get the right books:)- and I am adding her name to my list. This Master series sounds awesome and one reviewer said that Karin does for Norman knights what J.R. Ward did for vampires- high praise indeed and exactly the right thing to say to hook me.

Please enter me in the contest for the cutting board- I am a kitchen gadget junkie:)

Happy Wednesday

Laurie said...

I haven't had the chance to read any of Karin's books yet. I like reading about Medievil times... Camelot is one of my favorite musicals with the Knights of the Round Table,Sir Lancelot, King Arthur & Queen Guineviere. I doubt I would have wanted to live there during that violent time period though. Karin's shared pictures: what a gorgeous family!! Breathtakingly beautiful backyard...I'm so jealous!
The covers of her Master series... WOW Those guy's chests & arms are amazing!! I'd love to try out her book! The relationship between Tarian & Wulfson sounds interesting! The cutting board as an added bonus! Fantastic!!

Maureen said...

I have one of Karin's books on my TBR pile but haven't gotten to it yet. I have to find it. On her site I read that her husband's a retired policeman.

CrystalGB said...

I haven't read any of Karen's books. But, I want to. Master of Torment sounds great. Karen has a great site. I read her blog often. She has 4 children and her husband is a football coach.

flchen1 said...

Don't enter me, Laurie, but thanks for the review! I've got Master of Surrender in the TBR, and need to move it up!

Jane said...

I really enjoyed "Jaded." I haven't had a chance to read her historicals yet.

ddurance said...

Karin's Sanctuary is gorgeous and I wish that all cops were as ab-fabulous as the one at the top of her home page. Smokin'! LOL


Cathy said...

Great excerpt for Master of Torment. Karin has a great blog contest up on First Lines, which was a total kick to read.

Karin said...

I've only just read my first story by Karin and it was in the Italian Stallion anthology with Jamie Alden. I really enjoyed the story. It definitely fits with the title on her home page: 'Hot cops Sizzling passion'.

Karin* said...

Laurie I'm so glad you enjoyed MASTER OF TORMENT! I loved writing Tarian and Wulfson's story.
And thanks to everyone who stopped by my site, I hope you enjoyed! If anyone would like a MASTER OF SURRENDER/MASTER OF TORMENT book mark, email me at with your snail mail addy and I'll be happy to pop one in the mail to you!

Happy Holidays!

Karin* said...

Hey, another Karin with an i!

Karin Tabke :)

Karin* said...

Lisa, glad you enjoyed NAUGHTY! Another story I loved to write.

robynl said...

Oh I love the cutting board; it would look great on anyone's counter top. I have 2 of them but they are plain and so handy for setting things on and saving the counter top.

I love the sanctuary that Karin has and creates stories from. It must be so peaceful. Lovely family pictures on her site also.

bamabelle said...

I love Karin's books, but I never noticed she had a Street Team sign up on the website. I just signed up for that. Thanks for having us check out the website!

Happy Holidays!

tetewa said...

This is a new author for me, she's got some great covers!

Cherie J said...

I have not read any of Karin's booka and this one sounds good so I appreciate your introducing me to her. She has four kids, two daughters living away from home, two sons playing football, one in college and one in high school, and her husband is now a successful football coach. I am glad she was finally able to find time to as she put it to "pound out those steamy scenes at her keyboard."

Bray said...

I love that Karin is a cop's wife and she has that awesome picture on her website. I have Have Yourself a Naughty Little Santa and plan on reading it very soon.

Judy F said...

I just read Have yourself A Naught Little Santa and loved it. I had a hard time letting it go. Great job.

Will be looking for more books of hers to read.

photoquest said...

Karen has 4 children, I haven't read anything by her but love the cover of this book it sounds wonderful and would love to try something by her!!! please enter me in the drawing.

Laurie said...

I'm going to have all 4 of my children home for the holidays, plus my 84 yo mother. I'm going to definitely put that cutting board to work!
Enjoy your family, friends and make happy memories!