Chris Karlsen

Ready for battle, Medieval English knight, Stephen Palmer, charges into the French enemy’s cavalry line. Heeding a warning given months before, he hesitates as he comes face-to-face with the knight in the warning. Struck down in the year 1356, he finds himself landing in the year 2013. Grievously wounded, he’s taken to a nearby hospital. Confused by the new world surrounding him, he attempts to convince the staff he’s from another time, only to find they think him mad.

Rescued by friends, who, to his surprise, have also come through time, he must find a way to function in this odd modern England. He is quickly enchanted by the kind Esme Crippen, the young woman hired to tutor him. She too is enchanted by him. Tempted to deepen the relationship, she hesitates thinking him adorable, but mad. He must discover the means for getting her to believe the truth, all the while, unknown to him, he didn’t come forward in time alone. The enemy knight has also traveled to 2013.


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 French noble, Roger Marchand, doesn’t question why the English knight who charged him hesitated. That fraction of a pause gave him the advantage needed and he brought his sword down upon the Englishman’s helmet hard, unhorsing the knight. He moved to finish the Englishman off when the world changed in a rush of sensations as he is ripped through time.

Seeking a reason for the terrible event, he enters a nearby chapel. There, thinking God has chosen him for a quest to turn French defeat that day in 1356 to victory, he sets out to find the English knight. The man he is convinced holds the key to time. If he returns to the day of the battle, he can warn his king of mistakes that snatched victory from them.

 

 

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About Chris Karlsen

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write two different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.

 

Also by Chris Karlsen

Knights in Time (paranormal romance series) Book one: Heroes Live Forever, book two: Journey in Time ** Knight Blindness is book 3

Dangerous Waters (romantic thriller series) Book one: Golden Chariot, book two: Byzantine Gold

 

An Interview with Chris Karlsen
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Chris, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Knight Blindness and is an exciting adventure of a romance. Where did you get the idea for this amazing tale?

CK: Stephen, the hero, was a favorite character from Journey in Time. I had killed him off in that story but my critique group insisted I let him live. I did like him a lot and thought he really is a sweetie who deserves a story. I love writing time travels and since Journey in Time took the hero and heroine back in time, I thought bringing Stephen forward would be fun. Then, I thought to put an extra special spin on the story, I’d make him struggle with not just the time shock but with a crippling war injury. Still not satisfied, I decided to have the enemy knight who injured him come forward at the same time. I thought it was interesting to see how each man adjusted to his circumstance.

HH: What do you like best about the heroine and why will readers relate to her?

CK: She’s well educated and smart, which is why she’s brought in to help bring the hero up-to-date with what’s happened in the world. What I like about her is she sees beyond the surface. Because on the surface, he appears to have had a serious break from reality in that he believes himself a medieval knight. She accepts and can deal with that aspect, after all to anyone hearing him say that it does appear he’s had a mental breakdown. What is special about Esme, is how she can focus on his honorable nature and how determined he is to be independent in all ways. I think readers will relate strongly to how charmed she is by Stephen and how much she believes in his ability to overcome whatever challenges he faces and her desire to help him.

HH: What do you like best about your two heroes. Who will the reader love and why?  

CK: I wanted both men to represent honor and courage. Both were very loyal to their king and willing to fight for a cause they believed right. When one thinks of the Age of Chivalry, I wanted the reader to see these heroes as befitting that ideal. I also wanted them to have their fair share of funny and charming moments as they discover the differences in the modern world from the medieval one. Stephen is the hero I set out to write. Marchand, the enemy knight, isn’t really intended to be a hero but he is not a villain either. I enjoyed giving him a “history” and letting him have a decent amount of time on the page. I think the reader will fall in love with Stephen. He’s charming and witty but possesses a deep sense of ethics and honor. He’s a fighter who will not allow himself to give in to self-pity or doubt. I think the reader will find it hard not be his cheerleader. =)

HH: What makes the story different from your other works?

CK: In all the others in this series, there’s one true hero and he’s the one who I follow as the story progresses. In Knight Blindness, I wanted to flesh out the enemy knight’s personality and POV. I wanted to give the reader both sides of the same coin, if you will.

HH: What did you enjoy most about writing this story?

CK: I loved putting the two medieval knights in situations here in the modern world that they had to figure out what was going on or what they were expected to do. Almost everything they touch or encounter is different, from the elastic on the first pair of underwear Stephen is to wear to Marchand picking up a can of shave cream and accidentally spraying it everywhere. What great fun.

HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?

CK: I hope down the road to do a fourth book in this series. It will have Marchand as the hero. I think it will also be a time travel and will involve Esme’s (my heroine in Knight Blindness) two sisters who will be in extreme danger.

HH: Where do you draw inspiration from?

CK: I like to write time frames or events that interest me. I also am inspired by places that I’ve visited and fell in love with. I have been to England many times and it is one of my favorite places on the planet. I like setting my paranormal romance series there and use actual historical events as conflict points. I also love Turkey and that region. I write a romantic thriller series set there and my hero and heroine are archaeologists so I can use historical events from that area.

HH: What's your writing schedule like?

CK: I am not a morning person. I run errands in the morning and try to be at the computer by midday. I write until 4 or 5 then quit. I make an attempt to write every day or at least 6 days a week. Usually, I’m pretty good at accomplishing that.

HH: Where can readers find you online?

CK: http://www.chriskarlsen.com/
https://www.facebook.com/#!/chriskarlsenwriter
http://pinterest.com/chriskarlsen/
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4822048.Chris_Karlsen
https://twitter.com/ChrisKarlsen1

HH: What's your favorite place to hang out online?

CK: The Romance Studio (of course!!)

I also check out FB several times a day but I have to be careful so I don’t get too distracted while I’m writing.
I also like imdb.com. I enjoy reading about movies and television shows. I have book boards on Pinterest and like working on all my boards but it’s fun to create a board that shows the life my characters are living.

HH: Thank you!

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