Guest post from author Karen Martin

Today I welcome author Karen Martin to my blog. Her new novel Modogamous is out now, and I for one can’t wait to read it!

Over to you, Karen… Karen Martin

Dishin’ the Dirt on Me:  Entertainment!

I’ve been doing a lot of posts lately about writing and the book, so I thought it’d be nice to mix things up a little with some personal info. So here’s your chance to get to know me a little better, one of my favorite topics:  entertainment. Let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment! (By the way, leaving a comment is also how you enter to win a copy of my e-book, “Modogamous”…just sayin’!)


Favorite New TV Show This Year: The Paradise! Love, love, love it—thank you, PBS. John Moray, you can take over my department store anytime. Lol. But really, it’s a great show. I’ve always loved period pieces, and it’s been awesome to have a series for a change instead of just movies. Although waiting every week for the next episode has been torture, in this day and age of instant gratification. Along the period piece lines, here are a few of my…

Favorite Period Movies:  the BBC version of Pride & Prejudice, Impromptu, Dangerous Liaisons (John Malkovich version), and what may be my all-time favorite, A Room with a View.

Guilty Pleasure TV Show:  It’s Survivor. What can I say, I freaking love it. I’ve spent some time in some pretty rough conditions (including two years as a Peace Corps volunteer on the edge of the Sahara desert in Morocco), so in a way, the show brings me back to that time. It’s also kinda fun to sit there and laugh at the contests eating bugs while you’re lying on your comfy couch eating a bowl of popcorn, y’know? Plus, Jeff Probst is a hottie. *grin*

Guilty Pleasure Movies: I like stupid movies that make you laugh:  The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Wedding Crashers, 50 First Dates, Superbad, Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, Sixteen Candles, Weird Science, Monty Python’s Holy Grail (although that’s arguably a smart movie that makes you laugh)…that kind of thing.


Favorite Fiction Genre:  It’s probably Fantasy, believe it or not. I adore George R.R.Martin and will never fail to be astounded at what a master of plot he is. Another favorite is Guy Gavriel Kay; the books he writes are so elegant and poignant. Long ago, I used to read Terry Brooks, Roger Zelazny, Tolkien, and the like. And of course, my favorite series growing up was The Chronicles of Narnia. Those books still sit on my bookshelf today. I always loved the idea of whole different worlds out there, populated with fantastical creatures and awe-inspiring people with mystical powers.

Favorite Nonfiction Genre:  I probably read more books on personal development than anything (self-actualization / understanding yourself; creating the life you wish to live / positive thinking; spirituality / the personal mythos). And of course, in the last year, I’ve been absolutely consuming books on writing and publishing.


Favorite Music:  My favorite band in recent years has been Los Amigos Invisibles. Their shows are really high-energy and fun. I’ve also been to some fantastic concerts by Jonny Lang, The Smashing Pumpkins, and an absolutely sick DJ set by Moby in a club in Washington, D.C. a couple of years ago. I can’t say I’m up on truly current music, as I rarely listen to the radio. I work at home…no commute, so I really don’t even drive much of anywhere.

First Albums I Ever Bought: Cyndi Lauper (She’s So Unusual) and Twisted Sister (Stay Hungry) cassettes; bought ‘em on the same day.

First Concert: Def Leppard, with Queensryche opening, in Wheeling, WV.

What about you? What’s your favorite? 🙂


ModogamousAbout Karen’s novel, Modogamous:

Kate Adams has it all figured out. Five years out of college, she’s got a steady job, a home she loves in the big city, and good friends who always keep her laughing:  her stylish but nosy roommate Evette, happily-married Cecie, and of course, good old Mitch, her seriously cute co-worker who’s been stuck in the Friend Zone since the day they met.

Everything is going just fine—until the night Kate crosses the line with Mitch, and the boundaries between friendship and love begin to blur. Things get even more complicated when hunky JP enters the scene. What’s a girl to do? Add to the mix a spunky little pug Kate never expected to fall for, and her neatly-ordered life is starting to look more like a dog’s dinner.  Maybe her roommate has the right idea after all:  forget the men, and stick with a canine companion instead.

It’s time for Kate to figure out what she really wants in life. But can she dig her way out of the mess she’s created before she ends up permanently in the doghouse?

Win a copy here >      Buy Modogamous from Amazon UK or Amazon US.

You can Karen on: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, GoodReads, and on her blog about writing, publishing, and literature.

5 thoughts on “Guest post from author Karen Martin

  1. Sarie says:

    I don’t watch them, but thanks for the info on The Paradise, I sent it to my friend who can’t get enough of that genre. 50 First Dates is one of my favorite movies, that and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. And Smashing Pumpkins, yes. I was in Middle School when Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness came out and used to shut myself in my bedroom, turn it up and journal my heart out. My first concert: Dave Matthews Band. Yep, I have most of their CD’s. Favorite concert ever though… Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros at the Newport in 2010. Genres I like to read… usually non-fiction, or historical fiction. I can’t get enough of those self-help/spiritual books either (Been working though The Power of Now and next is The Not So Big Life).

  2. Cat Lavoie says:

    Great post, Karen!! I LOVE The Paradise too! (I might be slightly obsessed with it.) Cannot wait to watch the second series! Good luck with Modogamous!!

  3. Karen Martin says:

    Thanks, ladies!

    Jessica M – I have 2 Jessica M’s regularly commenting. Please make sure I have your last name & a way to contact you in case you win. Good luck winning the book!

    Cat – Thanks! Seriously. John Moray. I’m dying here. *hot flash* Not sure how I will endure the wait for season 2. I think it’s already been aired in the UK, but I’m afraid to google lest I run into spoilers.

    Sarie – I totally forgot about Forgetting Sarah Marshall. LOVE that movie! I love historical fiction, also, especially books by Lindsay Davis and Phillipa Gregory. Jean Auel, Colleen McCollough, so many great authors out there!

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