The People in the Life of Caprice De Luca by Karen Rose Smith

Drape ExpectationsToday I met my sister Bella at the Koffee Klatch. As a mom of three, she’s juggling being a mom and working part time at our friend’s dress boutique. In addition Bella creates costumes and christening outfits for kids and sells them online. She and her husband Joe are thinking about selling their house and looking for a bigger one. Of course, I’ll stage theirs to sell if they decide to do that. For free. That’s what sisters do.

Seth Randolph, the doctor I’m sort of dating, hasn’t called or emailed for a while. His fellowship at Johns Hopkins in Maryland keeps him beyond busy. I miss his smile and the way we connect. But involved in a long distance relationship a long time ago, I know they’re hard to maintain. I haven’t seen Grant Weatherford, my brother Vince’s law partner, since Benny’s christening. Grant and I can have an electric relationship at times. We don’t always agree. But Grant has saved my life and I owe him for that.

My rock legend friend, Ace Richland, is planning his comeback tour. Since his daughter adopted my Cocker Spaniel’s sibling, whenever Trista’s in town at Ace’s estate, she calls me. Lady and Brindle love to play together. Ace and his daughter are getting along much better now. I don’t know what his ex-wife thinks about Ace dating someone new. I heard his new significant other is Southern and a widow. Maybe I’ll soon meet her.

Lady and Sophia are good buddies now, though Sophia still doesn’t appreciate having her naps interrupted. Valentine, the kitty I found in February, is happy, playful, curious and content with Nana. Nana needed a cuddle buddy. Even though she lives in a house addition my parents built for her, she’s independent and wants to do most things for herself. At 76 she’s spry and active.

I’m so pleased my good friend Roz and my brother Vince are dating. I don’t know if either of them are ready for a serious relationship, but I hope they’re just right for each other.

I’m perfecting my chicken cacciatore recipe for Easter and it’s in the oven now. It’s my take on an old recipe and smells mouth-watering. I hope it tastes as good as it smells. I’m off to sample it now!


You can read more about Caprice in Drape Expectations, the fourth book in the “Caprice De Luca” mystery series, published by Kensington. The first three books in the series are Staged To Death, Deadly Décor, and Gilt By Association.

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment by 12 a.m. eastern on August 5 for the chance to win a print copy of Drape Expectation plus $10 Amazon e-gift card. The giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Winner will be notified within 48 hours after giveaway closes and you will have three days to respond after being contacted or another winner will be selected.

About the author
USA Today best-selling author Karen Rose Smith will see her 87th novel published in 2015. An only child, Karen delved into books at an early age. She learned about kindred spirits from Anne of Green Gables, solved mysteries with Nancy Drew, and wished she could have been the rider on The Black Stallion. Yet even though she escaped often into story worlds, she had many aunts, uncles and cousins around her on weekends. Her sense of family and relationships began there. Maybe that’s why families are a strong theme in her novels, whether mysteries or romances.

Karen Looks forward to interacting with readers. Her website is the portal to her latest news, releases and social media feeds at www.karenrosesmith.com. It’s like a treasure map with new surprises to reveal at each click. For day to day chatting, search on Facebook for KarenRoseSmithBooks. Tweet with Karen on Twitter @karenrosesmith. Her blog, Cats, Roses. . .and Books! discusses whatever is uppermost in her mind at karenrosesmith.blogspot.com. She hopes each and every one of her books brings you reading pleasure and warm feelings to surround your heart.

43 comments

  1. This series is new to me but sounds fun and interesting. I will be checking them out. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Drape Expectations sounds like a wonderful book. Thank you for a chance to win.
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  3. Thank you for this giveaway. This author is new to me and her books sound fun and interesting. I’m looking forward to reading them. 🙂

  4. This is an enjoyable series and the newest book is sure to be another good one. 🙂 Thanks Dru and Karen for the chance to win a copy. 😉

  5. Oh y goodness…I love, love, love all of the awesome books in this series by Karen Rose Smith!!! I have read them all and am so excited to read this new one!!! She is my kind of person…..a crazy cat lady and animal lover….and it is always so exciting to read her mysteries! Sure would be thrilled to win a copy of this one!!! God bless you girls and thank you so much for the opportunity to win it!!!!!

  6. Oh crap…..on my post above the first part was supposed to say….Oh my goodness….but I was typing way too fast and missed the m…..so sorry about that!!!!

  7. Cant wait to read so hope I win, Have read the first 3 in series and Im sure you all will love this series along with the rest of us

  8. This sounds like a fun series and I could certainly use a gift card. Thanks very much for the chance to win.

  9. Sounds like a lot of interesting characters have ended up in Karen’s stories. Can’t wait to see more of them in Drape Expectations and any other books to come in this series. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. I love this series, it quickly moved to one of my favorites from the start. I can’t wait to revisit with these characters again.

  11. Love the books by Karen Rose Smith. And, I also wished I could ride The Black Stallion when I was young, too.

  12. Your books never fail to please! Can’t wait to read this one and hoping to win. Thanks for the opportunity.

  13. I love mystery books and Amazon gift cards! Great prize. Haven’t read any of these books.
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  14. Caprice is a great heroine! Love this series. Not entering the contest, just commenting, as you did a very good synopsis of the Caprice’s friends & family!

  15. This is such a wonderful series – a fascinating profession, great characters, and food! Thanks for the giveaway.

  16. Love the play-on-words title. How am I ever going to find all 87 books, especially since I like to read them in order! Judy D.

  17. I like chicken cacciatore!! Can’t wait to read & try this recipe (ok, I’ll pass the recipe along & hope that someone will invite me to try it….I don’t cook)…..

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