Sunday, January 27, 2013

Sins & Needles (The Artist Trilogy #1) by Karina Halle Blog Tour

Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest scam. Now she’s much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for – Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie’s counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she’s not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie’s plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn’t dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it’s one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.

**The Artists Trilogy is a dark and sexy contemporary ride about three flawed individuals caught in a world where it's so easy to justify the bad things we do. This is a pure adult read (Not YA or NA).**

Find it on Amazon soon!

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When it comes to Karina Halle I am a total fangirl. I know I get a giddy about a lot of authors, but when it comes down to my favorite, Karina is it for me! Being a part of this tour was a huge deal to me.

Sins & Needles is remarkable! As with all of Karina’s books, I was hooked from line 1. I can’t explain it….something about her writing style is just so phenomenal. Her stories are always fresh, like nothing I have ever read before. The actions of the characters are so put together, it flows perfectly and everything that happens in the books is for a reason. It’s not like oh hey, let’s get a tattoo together…everything that happens, happens for a reason.

Ellie Watt is always on the run. She is a con artist if I never heard of one, lol. She always keeps a spare life in her trunk. Spare clothes, driver’s license social security cards…you name it, she has it. Her most recent con sends her running back to the place she has tried to avoid for so many years, and she is finally herself again.

I was Ellie Watt again. I was finally me. Oh, joy.

The life that Ellie is living is one she has known her whole life. He parents were cons and they taught her how to be one too. You are what you see, right? A con gone bad when she was a child makes her the way she is today. Always weary of wearing shorts and never a skirt. It jeans and shit kickers for Ellie.

After her most recent job gone wrong, she is convinced that was the last time…..that is until opportunity comes knocking on her door. She runs into an old friend from high school---enter Camden! He is not what she remembers. The Camden she knew was a Marilyn Manson wannabe, this guy is a tattooed and pierced sex on a stick kind of guy.

After getting reacquainted with Camden, Ellie has the one thought that she shouldn’t…

How much cash could I take from him before I hate myself…

Uhggg, Ellie! How can you do this! How! I mean really! Just look at Camden…look at how sweet is he is to you! Look at how well he does other things to you!!

Ok, vent over, lol. As you know from the synopsis, Camden catches Ellie in the act….he makes her a deal she has no choice but to accept and now they are both on a dangerous road together. So, can Ellie trust Camden after knowing he has been playing her the entire time simply because he wanted to get back at her for something did in high school…..can Camden trust Ellie after she tried to rob him blind? I guess you will just have to read and find out!

About the Author:
The daughter of a Norwegian Viking and a Finnish Moomin, Karina Halle grew up in Vancouver, Canada with trolls and eternal darkness on the brain. This soon turned into a love of all things that go bump in the night and a rather sadistic appreciation for freaking people out. Like many of the flawed characters she writes, Karina never knew where to find herself and has dabbled in acting, make-up artistry, film production, screenwriting, photography, travel writing and music journalism. She eventually found herself in the pages of the very novels she wrote (if only she had looked there to begin with).

Karina holds a screenwriting degree from Vancouver Film School and a Bachelor of Journalism from TRU. Her travel writing, music reviews/interviews and photography have appeared in publications such as Consequence of Sound, Mxdwn and GoNomad Travel Guides. She currently lives on an island on the coast of British Columbia where she's preparing for the zombie apocalypse.


  1. Ellie was very frustrating, but I loved her. And Camden? You know how I feel about him! Great review! I want book 2 in my hands now!!!