Read the new Winter Encounter by Karen Cino @karencino #RLFblog #Contemporary RomanceKaren Cino, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! We’re excited to find out more about your hero, but first, tell us about the book.

Winter Encounter by Karen Cino

Genre Contemporary Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Alexandra Scaronni and Billy Davidson met each other by accident, not realizing they had gone to preschool through junior high together. They share a wonderful relationship until a secret Billy is keeping unravels right in front of them. While locking up their cafe, a car stops in front and shot are fired, which sends them into a tailspin. Will they be able to unravel the secret that has haunted Billy for years while keeping their relationship together?

Know the Hero from Winter Encounter

Here are some fun questions to help us know your hero.

It’s late, he’s bored. What does he do?

He’ll call Alexandra to talk about when they were kids.

What kind of food would he impulse buy if hungry?

The first thing he’d grab is a big bag of potato chips. But if passing a fast food restaurant, he’d get a double cheese burger and extra large french fries.

Describe the kind of clothes he prefers to wear.

He is always dressed up with dress pants and a shirt and tie with the top button open.

Does he know how to fix things?

Not at all. He doesn’t think twice about picking up the phone and hiring someone.

He tried to do something and it went badly. Tell us about it.

There would be a lot of cussing and yelling before giving in to a professional.

How does he act around children he doesn’t know?

He likes children but hasn’t the chance to be around them in quite some time.

What is he like first thing in the morning?

Energetic immediately following his first cup of coffee. He likes to get work related jobs done early in the morning when his mind s fresh.

Can he use chopsticks?

If necessary he could survive using them, but he wouldn’t hesitate in asking for a fork.

Does he drink coffee? If so, how does he take it? If not, what does he drink instead?

First cup ini the morning has to be black. After that he adds Italian Creamer and two heaping teaspoons of sugar.

What apps would he have on his phone?

Candy Crush to waste time, stock and sports. He especially likes hockey, so any app that screams hockey.

Android or iPhone?


Beard or clean-shaven?


Earrings/piercings/tattoos or unadorned skin?

Unadorned skin.

Personal vehicle or public transport?

Personal vehicle. He never uses public transportation. Umber is his best friend if he has had too much to drink.

Recycle or toss?

He tosses. Since he lives alone he has very little garbage, so whenever he has something recyclable, he throws it in with the regular garbage.

Thanks for helping us get to know your hero!

Where to buy Winter Encounter

Publisher Mandolay Press

Karen Cino Social Media

Karen Cino is multi-published and has been writing since she was fourteen years old. She started her career by writing poetry, short stories and writing articles for her high school newspaper. Her daily walks down at the boardwalk are what gets her muse going. It clears her mind and helps her find realistic plot ideas and the characters boosting up her muse. Karen loves writing about local places that people can relate to.
Karen loves the summer, loves the beach. Her previous books were written and take place in various places across Staten Island. Karen relocated to Barnegat, New Jersey in 2015. She traded in the Staten Island Boardwalk for the shoreline in Long Beach Island. Her Camp Mirage Series takes place in Barnegat, NJ.
Karen is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association and Liberty States Fiction Writers. She was Vice President of the New York City Chapter for four years and President for three.
Karen has two adult children, Michael Giordano who’s a singer, songwriter and producer and Nicole Giordano who works in Retail Management and is also a photographer. In 2014 Karen married John Gatti. Her husband is an actor, teacher and attorney.
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