Karen Dionne's Blog (34)

Live tonight on COS's "Today's Author" on Blogtalk radio

Me, the author who doesn't like to talk on the phone will be doing a 15-minute live Internet radio interview tonight at 8:30 EST on Circle of Seven's "Today's Author" program about my debut thriller FREEZING POINT. You can listen in here, or come back later and check out the interview in the show's archives.

And as if that's not enough, I'm also going to do a half-hour live call-in program on… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on January 8, 2009 at 10:22pm — No Comments

My first op-ed in HuffPo!

Check out my op-ed "Aqua Fina or Aqua Finite?" that just went live in Huffington Post's "Green" section. The world's water crisis is the topic of my just-released debut thriller FREEZING POINT, and it's also a topic I care deeply about, so I'm REALLY happy the op-ed found such a great home.

Added by Karen Dionne on October 25, 2008 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Ouch! Roasted!

Come rake me over the coals at The Book Roast today! Read the excerpt, then answer these three questions served up by my intrepid roastmaster for a chance to win a copy of FREEZING POINT:

1) What kind of vehicle does Karen typically drive, and why?

2) Zo obviously frequents the Ice Shelf often. Why doesn't she just stay home and keep her peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the freezer like the rest of us? (10 words or… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on October 22, 2008 at 9:09pm — No Comments

The Literary Fiction/Thriller Divide

Beginning today and running until the end of October, thriller authors David Morrell, Gayle Lynds, Barry Eisler, and myself offer their thoughts on the literary fiction/thriller divide at LitPark, Susan Henderson's popular site for literary fiction writers. It's a thoughtful, intelligent discussion that wants your input. Please join us.

Added by Karen Dionne on October 8, 2008 at 10:00pm — No Comments

A Web 2.0 Book Launch Party

Because my friends live all over the world, I knew only a handful would be able to attend my book launch no matter where it was held. So I decided to recreate the traditional launch party experience on the Web.

Entertainment for the October 1-3, 2008 event includes video welcomes from David Morrell, Gayle Lynds, James Rollins, and Douglas Preston, a reading by a professional voice actress who's also a New York Times author, standup comedy from one of my author friends - even… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on October 1, 2008 at 5:24am — No Comments

Win a signed copy of FREEZING POINT!

Romantic Times just named my October debut thriller a "Top Pick" and gave it 4 1/2 stars -- hooray! "Its ingenious plot, genuine characters, superlative writing and nail-biting suspense will change the way you look at a bottle of water."

Now you can get a signed copy, PLUS a bottle of genuine iceberg water. Check out the FREEZING POINT "Star in My Book Video" contest, and thanks for playing!

Added by Karen Dionne on August 30, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

A Free Book with a Caveat

With gasoline prices skyrocketing, it only makes sense: Send the book on tour; leave the author at home.

If you'd like to receive a FREE* advance reader copy of FREEZING POINT, the hot new eco-thriller coming October 2 from Berkley, send your address to Jodi.Rosoff (at)…

Added by Karen Dionne on July 15, 2008 at 9:00pm — No Comments

My First Book Review!

From Sarah Weinman's Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind:

Karen Dionne: Freezing Point

Karen is the brainchild behind the wonderful writer's forum Backspace, and finally, her debut thriller is about to arrive this fall. The action is nonstop and the hot button issue - finding untapped resources to solve a growing drinking water shortage - is timely in light of rising populations, global warming and other signs of the economic… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on June 28, 2008 at 6:44am — No Comments

The Backspace Book Promotion Network

A few months before the release of my debut thriller, FREEZING POINT, I decided I was going to use the Internet to promote my novel as much as possible.

From talking to other writers, I knew there were plenty of promotional opportunities available - blog tours, online book clubs, book review sites, video sharing, and social network sites where people who might be interested in the topic of my book gathered.

I heard words like… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on June 8, 2008 at 11:30pm — No Comments

John Searles, books editor for Cosmo, to keynote at the Backspace Writers Conference

Author and editor John Searles will present one of two keynote addresses at the 2008 Backspace Writers Conference in New York City this August. John is the Deputy Editor of Cosmopolitan where he oversees all book coverage for the magazine. His essays, articles and reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times and other national magazines and newspapers. He is the author of two… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on June 6, 2008 at 10:05pm — No Comments

MWA and the 2008 Backspace Writers Conference

Mystery Writers of America is offering their members who wish to attend the Backspace conference a $50 discount. MWA members should register for the conference at the full price, and then email Margery Flax at: mwa (at) mysterywriters (dot) org for reimbursement.

The 2008 Backspace Writers Conference brings together literary agents, acquisitions editors, best-selling authors, and publishing professionals for a two-day, two-track program of workshops, panels, and networking in the… Continue

Added by Karen Dionne on May 24, 2008 at 12:02am — No Comments

My cover!

Publication isn't until October, but today was a red-letter day - I got my cover!

and here's the step back:

Thanks for indulging me - I'm so excited, I just had to share!

Added by Karen Dionne on March 27, 2008 at 8:00am — 6 Comments

A first for me - I'm in Writers Digest!

I got an advance copy of the February Writer's Digest the other day because I'm quoted in an article on eco-thrillers, along with my

agent, my editor, and three other authors. I have to say it's a totally

new experience (and a little weird) to open a magazine and see myself

staring back. (Well, technically, I'm staring at this sidebar: "One of

the things that makes eco-thrillers so compelling is that the earth…

Added by Karen Dionne on December 20, 2007 at 10:52am — No Comments

Carolyn Hougan, 1943 - 2007

Carolyn Hougan passed away Sunday, January 25, at University Hospital

in Charlottesville, Virginia, after a long and courageous battle with


I loved Carolyn like an older sister. In the three years I knew her, I went from fan to friend.

Carolyn wrote the kind of complicated, intelligent, unputdownable books that I aspire to write. The Genesis Code is my all-time

favorite, and the book that inspired me to…

Added by Karen Dionne on March 17, 2007 at 12:03pm — 7 Comments

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