An Interview with Author Kari Lemor

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Kari Lemor is an author of romantic suspense for the Lyrical Underground line of Kensington Publishing. Today I have an interview with her about her LOVE ON THE LINE series of books. 

She recently launched Book 3 in the series, titled Fatal Evidence. Read more in the interview below to learn more about this book and the entire series! 


Thanks for agreeing to answer some questions, Kari!

Thanks for having me here, Sandi. 

Tell us a little about your LOVE ON THE LINE series. Why did you decide to write about ex-military men?

Military men have always fascinated me and I love reading about them. I know how much it takes to get through basic training and be successful as a soldier. This makes for one tough character. Add in the respect, integrity and responsibility that these people get ingrained in them daily, hourly, I can’t think of any hero who would be better than that. I have such respect for our military and all they do and sacrifice for the people of our country.

What are the keys to writing a compelling suspenseful romance?

I never set out to write suspense specifically so not sure about any keys.  But I do love adding angst, both physical and emotional to each of my stories.  Just ask my CP, I always demand more of it from her. And I have beta readers who make sure I throw in plenty. I’m not much for adding the mystery element to a book, but I do love putting my characters in jeopardy. My middle daughter and I always joke that each of my black moments are… ‘and they both almost die.’  And since the main characters are in love at this point, the physical and emotional angst appear.

Did you do research on organized crime for this series?

I’m not one for a ton of research, which is why I will never write historicals, but my husband is a huge follower of Whitey Bulger and the Boston mob (as we live in New England) and has shared so many stories regarding them and their activities. Like the fact his father installed carpet for some of them and they wanted to pay in stolen furs. My father-in-law politely declined and didn’t take on any more jobs with them. 

When you're not writing, what genre of books are your favorite to read?

I have to confess I’m a bit of a book snob. Almost exclusively I read romance. During school, college and grad school I was required to read tons of everything else but romance is something I’ve been reading since I was 12. I love the relationships and the emotion that go into these books and the fact that no matter what has happened before, these characters can overcome it to be happy together. With all the bad in the world, romance lets me escape into a world of hope!

From Fatal Evidence (Book 3), tell us a little something about character Scott Holland that readers need to know.

Scott started out as a secondary character in Running Target. Originally, he was supposed to be Jack’s brother.  But after my first book sold, with the stipulation of it being a series, I had to tweak it. That’s when I added the whole military team aspect and made Jack and Scott cousins, but with Scott having been raised by Jack’s parents after his died. So essentially they were like brothers.

My first book in this series, Wild Card Undercover, had lots of sarcasm and banter between the main characters but Running Target had a darker undertone. The hero running for his life and not being able to be with his true love and their son. Scott played a major role in helping Jack stay informed regarding his son. Heather is the best friend of Jack’s love, Callie.  Heather and Scott pretend to be a couple so Scott has a reason to be around Callie and Jack’s son.

Scott and Heather became the light heartedness in Running Target to balance the darker emotion of Callie and Jack. And then they got loud and insisted they get a story too. Their chemistry was just too strong to resist.  I worried that Scott would be too bland for his own story, but he actually surprised me with some secrets he had been hiding. I won’t tell you what they are. You’ll need to read to find out for yourself.

Thanks, Kari!

Thanks again for having me here.


What you don’t know can get you killed . . .

Construction company owner Scott Holland doesn’t go looking for trouble, but he’s just stumbled on plenty. The rundown mill he’s bought is plagued with mysterious incidents, and his investment partner, heiress Heather Silva, is as stubborn as she is intriguing. Dumped by his ex because of his blue-collar job, Scott is wary of Heather’s privileged background. Yet he’s drawn to her independence and strength, especially as the “accidents” grow more terrifying.

Determined to succeed without anyone’s help—especially her wealthy parents—Heather clashes with Scott again and again. But a grisly discovery makes them both targets. Someone wants Heather and Scott silenced for good. And as a killer closes in, the only option is to trust each other—or become the next victims…


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Sandi Ward