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#FreebieFriday Special on Exodus!
In honor of Veteran’s Day, I’m offering the first book in the Clare Thibodeaux series free Friday, November 9th through Sunday, November 11th!
I am so honored to come from a family of veterans including my father, my father-in-law, my husband, my youngest son and his wife, my brother-in-law, uncles, cousins, and a niece. I was also privileged to serve my country in the Army Reserve for 8 years.
If you haven’t had a chance to read the Clare Thibodeaux Series, here is your opportunity to check it out for free. Go to my Amazon author page for this limited time offer.
Then, watch my blog for more deals in the near future.
Thanks for reading! ~~ Kate
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We live in a tiny place near the Mississippi River, and our son’s Labrador Retriever has been staying with us as we dog-sit. My husband was walking with the yellow fur baby when he heard a woman calling out, “Hello, Max!” referencing Clare’s loyal dog in Exodus and Winter’s Icy Caress.
On his return, he said, “Another reader of your books thinks Caesar’s name is Max.”
I absolutely love it!
The Boxes Have Arrived!
Who doesn’t like finding some boxes awaiting when they get home? What if they were filled with books? I love it! And, when they’re my books–there are no words to describe the feeling.
The paperback edition of Winter’s Icy Caress was in one box, and the other contained additional copies of Exodus.
Now, the Happy Dancing can begin.
I’d like to thank all of the readers who have purchased Exodus. The best thing about writing is finding out someone enjoyed your book. I’m excited by the enthusiasm surrounding the characters of Clare, Wyatt, and Lee. I love when readers talk about them like they are real people living in Bayfield, Wisconsin. In essence, they are real as they live and breathe in my head filling it with their conversations and adventures.
Before you think I’m a bit crae crae, I want to reassure you I’m not. Yes, I talk to myself and say dialogue out loud while driving in my car wishing I could write it down immediately. I pull over as soon as I can and use the voice recorder on my cell attempting to replicate it instead of trying to text and drive. (I’m not THAT crazy!)
Work on Winter’s Icy Caress is progressing and I’m anticipating the first draft of the book to be complete by the end of the month. With over 56,00 words written and thirty-four chapters completed, I’m hopeful I can keep my publishing deadline of May 2017.
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A Look Inside Clare’s World
I love a good mystery or thriller. Throw in the FBI, CIA and a few Navy Seals and I’m a happy camper. The genre of my current series is Romantic Suspense, and one of the challenges of this genre is building suspense and keeping the story moving without giving too much away.
The allure of the mystery/suspense story is trying to solve the puzzle before the characters in the story. When I was young, I was always trying to out-sleuth Trixie Belden or Hercule Poirot. A writer’s task involves dropping some hints and using dialogue and plot points to advance the story. Just when the reader is positive they know who the villain is — insert a plot twist.
“What is it?”
“It’s a tracker. Someone placed it on your vehicle, so they could follow your movements…” ~ Dave Cartwright to Clare in Exodus
Don’t you love the feeling you get when you’re at a critical juncture in a scene? The suspense has been building and building. I know something major is about to happen. My heart starts to beat a little faster, and my eyes fly over the words reading rapidly. I am anticipating what the next scene will reveal. Boom! Your theories just got blown out of the water. One of the best compliments I have received from readers is “I thought I had it figured out, but you had me second-guessing myself through the whole book”.
Secrets can be revealed along the way to advance the plot and to throw some red herrings into the mix. But the final solution or climax should remain a mystery until the last couple of chapters; otherwise, you lose your readers once they solved it.
Here’s a caveat — some thrillers and mysteries use the antagonist’s point of view to unveil their plot. These stories build suspense through the unpredictability of the villain’s next actions. The key is to have certain elements of the story remain in the dark.
I like to give my characters some flaws. Is the “good guy” telling the truth or acting out of character? The writer instills doubt with an unexpected action or a sudden change in temperament, for example.
A good story brings the reader along for the ride. A book is an alternate universe and the reader is wanting to immerse themselves in it. Whether it’s falling in love with the handsome detective or holding their breath during a chase scene, the reader needs to feel the tenderness and the heartache along with the fear and confusion. If the writer can involve the reader and get an emotional response from them, you’ve done your job.
The Tale of Writing Withdrawal
I am going to tell you a tale of woe and angst. Once upon a time, a writer found herself separated from her story unable to write for ONE WEEK!!! I can imagine your alarm at this calamity. But it’s true. I have gone for over a week without writing a single word in my latest project Winter’s Icy Caress, the sequel to Exodus.
I published Exodus on Kindle and on Smashwords. Done. Nope, it isn’t. The second book in the series is stuck on Chapter 16 unless I can find some time to write. So, I guess you want to know what has kept me from my writing passion.
Simply put – Life. Appointments both personal and medical, family visits, a music event with friends and family and projects (other than writing about Clare, Wyatt, and Lee) have separated me from my typical routine. I usually write between 1000 -2000 words each day. They may not always make the final cut for a story but the words are put on the page either way. I’m 14,000 words behind.
What might have occurred in Bayfield while I was busy? Don’t worry I won’t write any spoilers. I think I may need to end my blog and my misery and get busy. While you are waiting for Book 2, mosey over to Amazon Kindle or Smashwords and check out my author pages.
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