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  1. said:

    Whoa! That excerpt was suspenseful! Heyyy! Speaking of giveaways..have you entered mine..Check the PS!

    ♥Janette
    Janette Lane Blog

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    PPS Happy New Year Leah!

    January 29, 2013
    • said:

      Heyyy thanks for dropping by! I see you have a new blog!! :D

      January 29, 2013
  2. said:

    I’ve looked at your “Dreamcast” interesting choices, you didn’t go for the most famous guys or the most popular. Why did you select the ones you did for the roles?

    lennascloud(at)gmail(dot)com

    January 29, 2013
    • HI Lena,

      I picked Oded Fehr because I always thought him a good looking man. He has the right build for Atakan, who is not a super buffed, workout animal. He is very fit and has a toned, diver’s more slender build. He’s also in his late 30′s. Fehr is a tad older but overall has the professional, sharp appearance I wanted with a touch of grey to the hair:)

      As for Stana Katic, I think she is so lovely. I am a huge Castle fan. The first time I saw the show, I thought wow, she’d make a good Charlotte. She’s not the typical, Hollywood starlet type with big bosom and flashy looks. Charlotte isn’t flashy either but she’s attractive. Katic’s character on the show is professional and wants to be taken seriously as does Charlotte.

      Hope you like my choices.
      Chris K.

      January 29, 2013
  3. said:

    I want to read the first book and then this one. What a thrilling and exciting excerpt.

    January 29, 2013
  4. said:

    The excerpt is pretty brilliant, but I have to agree with MomJane, I probably should read the first book as well.

    shadowrunner1987 at gmail dot com

    January 29, 2013
  5. Good morning,

    I’d like to thank Leah for inviting me today and for remembering me from my fall tour:)

    Hi to Lena, MomJane, and Ami,
    Thank you for joining me again.

    I’m thrilled everyone is enjoying the excerpts. Those are sometimes a poser for authors to select, IMO. You want to generate interest but you can’t reveal an outcome.
    Chris Karlsen

    January 29, 2013
  6. Hi Ami and MomJane and Lena,

    You don’t have to have read Golden Chariot as Byzantine Gold is a stand alone. What is nice about reading the first book is you get to see how Charlotte and Atakan became a couple. Theirs was not a case of love at first sight:)
    Chris K.

    January 29, 2013
    • Hi Mimi,
      Thank you. That part followed a funny scene in the kitchen while Charlotte and Atakan are making dinner. I enjoyed the contrast between the two back to back scenes.
      Chris K.

      January 29, 2013
  7. Chelsea B. said:

    Ohhh… INTENSE!

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

    January 29, 2013
    • Hi Chelsea,
      Thank you, I’m glad you liked the tension. That scene evolved as I wrote. It wasn’t in my original outline. In a previous scene, she’s walking around a hospital garden and sees these pretty tulips. While writing that scene I knew I had to make the flowers mean something more, have more purpose.
      Chris K.

      January 29, 2013
  8. Great excerpt! I would like to read more! This looks like an incredible thriller.

    anne.j2 (at) gmail.com

    January 29, 2013
  9. Hi Anne,

    Glad everyone is enjoying the excerpt. I will see if I can copy and paste a second excerpt, I think you will like it too. It is another exchange between Atakan and Charlotte.
    Chris K.

    January 29, 2013
  10. Here goes: this is a second excerpt from Byzantine Gold.
    Chris K.
    Excerpt #2

    Charlotte’s worries regarding telling Atakan the truth and the negative dive with Nassor pressed on her mind. Tired to the bone, she headed for the women’s dorm to drop her backpack. From there, she couldn’t wait to shower. Maybe standing under the hot water would clear her head and she’d know how to approach Atakan.
    She was almost at the dorm when the cook’s truck came to a quick stop next to her. Atakan was behind the wheel. He leaned across the cab of the truck and flung open the passenger door.
    “Get in.”
    “Now? I wanted to take a shower. How about I meet you in twenty minutes?”
    “Get in,” he said, flatly.
    Charlotte tossed her backpack in the truck bed and climbed into the passenger seat. He pulled away before she had the door completely closed.
    “Where are we going?” she asked, shutting the door.
    Atakan didn’t answer as he sped out of camp, spraying dirt and stones behind them.
    “What’s going on? Why are you in such a hurry?”
    He stared straight ahead, silent.
    “Atakan?”
    Tight-jawed, he continued down the side road that paralleled the beach, ramming the stick shift into place as he went through the gears and ignoring her questions. She’d never seen him this tense, not with her at least. A bad feeling crept over her. She had a sick sense his mood involved her plan to leave.
    They’d gone a kilometer from the camp when he came to a stop. He hopped out, slammed the driver’s door shut and came to her side.
    Opening her door, he said, “Get out.”
    She did.
    “Atakan,” Charlotte started to ask the same questions again, but he was already turned and walking toward the sea.
    She followed. He finally stopped near the water’s edge with his back to the surf and faced her. She stopped a couple of yards away.
    “When were you going to tell me?”
    She knew exactly what he was asking about. Who told him? It wasn’t Nick. He’d honor the twenty-four hour rule.
    “Who told you?”
    “That’s not an answer.” He stood still as a statue, arms crossed, feet apart.
    She hesitated, trying to choose her words so he’d understand and not be hurt. She gazed out at the incoming tide. The blue-green waves, effervescent with bubbles, rushed toward shore in rapid succession. White foam droplets filled the air as they crested, framing him like a new, angry version of Poseidon.
    “Answer me.”
    “Today.”
    “You weren’t going to tell me until today, although you’ve been planning to leave me for awhile.”
    “Not awhile.”
    “Long enough to send job inquiries to several museums.”
    So that was how he knew. One of the museums contacted MIAR and they must’ve sent the questionnaire to Refik and he told Atakan. She hadn’t considered the possibility. She’d thought any contact from the museums would be handled by MIAR’s headquarters.
    “I’m so sorry you had to find out this way. I intended to tell you if it looked like I’d definitely leave. If none of the museums showed interest, then you never had to know what I’d done.”
    “And you believe that is acceptable?”
    It killed her to see the look of disgust on his face with the question. “Yes…” she said low.
    “Why?”
    “Because I’m bad luck for you—everyone can see it, even your–, it’s obvious. There’s something about me, and God knows, I don’t know what, but I’m like a magnet for Tischenko.”
    She never cried and she wouldn’t cry now, but she was close. “I can’t bear to see you hurt again, or worse. There are people that bad luck follows, even Iskender thinks so.”
    Atakan inhaled deeply and let out a slow breath. Uncrossing his arms, he closed the short distance to where she stood.
    “It’s not forever,” she offered, “I’ll return.”
    He shook his head. “If you go, you cannot return. You’re either in my life or out of my life. There’s no in between.”

    January 29, 2013
  11. said:

    The synopsis had me, and then that excerpt…this book sounds amazing! One I could sink my teeth into for sure. Congratulations on your book tour, and thanks for the second excerpt :D
    oddball2003 at hotmail dot com

    January 29, 2013
  12. Hi D,

    Thank you for the compliment on the story. I’m happy you like the second excerpt as well. Charlotte was not having a good day:)
    Chris K.

    January 29, 2013
  13. bn100 said:

    This sounds good.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(Dot)com

    January 30, 2013
    • Hi bn,

      Nice to hear from you again. Thank you for coming to visit and for the good words. I hoped the excerpts and blurb would intrigue.
      Chris K.

      January 30, 2013
  14. Natasha said:

    Sounds really good!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

    January 30, 2013
    • Hi Natasha,
      You’re welcome. I hope you enjoyed the excerpts. Thank you for taking the time to read about my new book and comment.
      Chris K.

      January 30, 2013
  15. said:

    Hi Chris,
    I’m glad to see Byzantine Gold has been released. This is the first time I have seen the trailer and it’s a fantastic one. I’ve enjoyed the historicals by you.

    Cambonified(at)yahoo(dot)com

    January 30, 2013
  16. Hi again,

    I’m so glad you like the historicals. You’ve been with me for awhile and know about both series:) I’m working on book 3 of my Knights in Time series now. Later this year I will start book 3 in this, my Dangerous Waters series.

    I have to say Byzantine Gold is my favorite trailer. I liked them all but I loved the cover and trailer for this book the most. I worked closely with both my editor on the trailer and the cover designer.

    If you get a chance, visit my pinterest page: http://pinterest/chriskarlsen and look at my book boards, where I get to use my “dream cast” which I cannot on my trailers.
    Chris K.

    January 30, 2013
  17. said:

    I’d be curious to read this book, especially as she speaks about Eastern Europe!

    January 30, 2013
    • Hi Cip,
      The man who’s hunting Atakan is Ukranian. Atakan, his friend Iskender, and another female, Rana, and some of the dive team are Turkish. There’s not a tremendous mention of Eastern Europe except in relation to Tischenko, the contract killer.
      Chris

      January 31, 2013
  18. Anonymous said:

    Im curious about everything, if I had the book,i’d check it out.But I’ts God that is worth seeking,To God be the Glory and to our Lord Jesus Christ.

    January 30, 2013
    • Hi Anonymous,
      Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment.
      Chris

      January 31, 2013
  19. said:

    That’s quite an intense excerpt.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    January 31, 2013
    • Hi Mary,
      I’m glad you like it. It’s a tense scene for Charlotte for sure!
      Chris

      January 31, 2013
  20. said:

    This seems like a terrific read! Thanks for posting both excerpts :)

    February 1, 2013
    • Hi Cryss,
      I’m glad you enjoyed them. As I mentioned earlier, the scene in the street after Charlotte gets the call from Tischenko popped into my head. It was one of those surprise twists that come to you as you write.
      Chris

      February 1, 2013
  21. said:

    very suspensful..awesome

    February 6, 2013
  22. said:

    sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

    pinglecoon at gmail dot com

    February 8, 2013
  23. said:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I already have read the first book and loved it.

    booksaremagicblogspot at gmail dot com

    February 8, 2013
  24. Anonymous said:

    This book sounds like such an exciting book.

    strive4bst(At) yahoo(Dot) com

    February 8, 2013

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