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Update on My Works in Progress

This summer has been super busy for me, and I haven’t made as much progress as I’d planned and hoped on my current WIP’s–Never Show Your Hand (Clare Thibodeaux Series, Book 3) and Not Mama’s Little Girl, Anymore!

I have completed a short story for the upcoming three-volume One Million Project short story anthology for charity.  I will continue to update you about when the books will be released.  It is scheduled in the November to December 2017 time frame right now.  They will be published by Dark Ink Press and will be available on Amazon.com.

Never Show Your Hand is approximately 11,000 words and I am working on Chapter Eight of the book.  It has been more of a challenge for me because I am writing it from more perspectives than just Clare Thibodeaux’s.  I wanted to offer an inside look at what the other main characters (Wyatt, Lee, and Shanaya) are feeling.

Writing from Clare’s point of view is fairly easy because I’ve been in her head for the past two years.  Although I’ve been aware of the motivations of the other characters, it is a challenge to jump into their characters and bring their inner dialogues to the forefront.  I think it’s turning out to be an exciting story with intrigue, hidden agendas, romance and those darn plot twists I love so much.

Not Mama’s Little Girl, Anymore! is a story about Natalie Parker.  She’s a Southern girl with a bit of sass that she uses to hide a hearty dose of personal insecurity.  Natalie has been featured in several of my short stories.  Another writer suggested she might make for a good full-length book, so I’ve been working on her story as well.

I am weaving her short stories into a larger story in the ChickLit genre.  I am 10,000 words into the book at this time.  I will include a preview of the first chapter under the “Kate’s Books” tab.   Bite-Sized Stories V. 2 is published on Amazon and includes the Natalie short story, “Mucking Around”.  The new OMP anthology I mentioned earlier will include another Natalie short story entitled “Not Mama’s Little Girl”.

Thanks for reading!  I’ll get busy writing!!

OMP E-Zine Online

The summer issue of the One Million Project e-zine is out. Lots of stories, awesome cover and more about our authors and their new projects.

My Date With Gus

I was out walking my usual route the other morning, and I saw my neighbor, Jill.  She wasn’t alone, and she introduced me to Gus.  He was friendly and a date was planned for the next day.

I broke the news to my special guy that night.  “I’m meeting Gus tomorrow morning.”

My stomach was in knots.  I set my alarm and hurried through getting ready and eating breakfast.  I didn’t want to be late to meet my new friend.  I couldn’t help smiling when I saw him walking towards us.

By now, you are probably confused about why I would bring someone else on my date.  I apologize for leading you on.  Jill and her newly adopted dog, Gus, were going to go with my canine buddy and me on a walk.  I guess you’d call it a Doggy Play Date.

Talk about excitement  It was C.’s first play date.  He’d been to the dog park when he lived with his owner, my eldest son, but not since coming to live with my husband and I.  Would they get along?  I hoped my anxiety didn’t affect them.

After a few growling, tail-between-the-legs moments, we were able to proceed on the walk, keeping a ten-yard distance between the two pups.  The maneuvering to get the dogs under control provided entertainment.  The guys at the gas station thought it was funny, anyway.  The dogs would cast furtive looks at each other as they walked on opposite sides of the road.

Jill and I caught up with what was going on with our adult children and after 2.5 miles, our dogs bonded.  It was all play bows and happy dancing.  I’m happy to report Gus and C. will be seeing each other again.

Writer’s Open Forum–Great Fun!

I had a great time at this event. So many wonderful and accomplished veteran writers, publishers and editors. Newbie writers like myself and a crowd of book enthusiasts and writers who are just beginning their journey into publishing their own stories. 

I got to meet a fellow WriteOn member and One Million Project networker, Michele Potter.  

I look forward to implementing all of the useful info from the panels and reading the books I purchased from other authors. And I look forward to getting back together with Michele for lunch. 

Winter’s Icy Caress is now available

The second book in the Clare Thibodeaux Series is now available on Amazon.com!  The ebook is online and the paperback should be available very soon.

There’s even a sneak peek at the first chapter of book 3 —Never Show Your Hand.  

Clare’s adventure continues in Winter’s Icy Caress when she inadvertently becomes the target of a serial killer.  Anyone could be the culprit, and the clues seem to lead to someone with inside information about Clare.  Lee and Wyatt are back, and a few new characters are on hand to stir things up.

I hope you will enjoy the roller coaster ride!

The Sound of Silence, NOT!

At eighty-five years of age, Miss Lydia decided to get “one of those new-fangled phones” everyone seemed to be peering at with heads bent.  Several of the ladies in her church group had them, and they talked incessantly about “time facing” and “gaggling it.”  Whatever that meant, it sounded like a bunch of nonsense, but her nephew, Clyde, wanted her to have one for safety reasons.  A bunch of bull-pucky!

The nice young man at the phone store tried to explain the features available on the phone, including why the only user manual was “on the line” and not printed out like normal.  Frustrated, Miss Lydia returned home with her new gadget.  She set it on the table beside her and watched it like someone would keep an eye on a rattler.

Clarice Travers stopped by after getting off work at the library.  She oohed and aahed over what she called a cell phone, offering to help Miss Lydia set up some ring tones.

“It would be nice if a phone rang like a real phone.”  The octogenarian didn’t cotton to changing anything what wasn’t broken.

“I can set that up, and I’ll do a couple of other alerts for texts, emails, and Facebook.  You are on Facebook, aren’t you?”  Clarice glanced up with raised eyebrows, smiling when Miss Lydia made a dismissive wave with her hand.  “I’ll help you set it up another day if you’d like?”

Miss Lydia didn’t respond.  Her head had settled back against her recliner, and her eyes were closed.  She’d fallen asleep.  Clarice finished setting up the alerts and laid the cell phone on the end table by Miss Lydia’s chair before letting herself out the door.

“Be-doh, be-doh, be-doh!”  Miss Lydia sat up abruptly.  What in the world was that?  She listened intently for a repeat of the sound which woke her but didn’t hear it any longer, and she decided it must have been some whippersnapper outside making noise again.  Those teenagers were always driving by with their radios blaring day and night.

Getting up out of her chair took a bit of doing due to her stiff joints and rheumatism, she hobbled into the bathroom.  As she washed her hands, she heard that same “Be-doh” noise.  She stormed out of the bathroom as quickly as a woman in advanced years could manage.  Once more the sound had disappeared.

“Those juvenile delinquents made a loop around the block.  Umph!  Don’t they realize some people take a little rest in the afternoon?”  Miss Lydia knew she needed to…What was it Clyde would say?  Oh, yes.  ‘Cool my jets.’

She approached the recliner looking out the window for the troublemakers.  The sound of a bugle and the rattling of her new phone on the side table had her putting her hand over her heart in shock.  She prodded it with her finger, but it remained silent.

She did remember how to do one thing with her new phone.  Her finger pressed downward on a button at the side of her purchase.  Miss Lydia had an inkling on how to turn it off.


Written for the Weekend Write-In Challenge on May 14, 2017.  

Progress Report on Winter’s Icy Caress

The tension continues to build as I near completion of my second novel–Winter’s Icy Caress.  I’ve reached the 60,000 word mark as of today, and I am looking forward to the coming days.  The excitement of bringing my ideas to completion is an emotional “high”, and the excitement spurs me on to my next projects.

In Winter’s Icy Caress, Clare Thibodeaux is hoping to find her “happily ever after” despite a past littered with death and sadness.  But life in the Northwoods of Wisconsin has been anything except normal when two young women from the area turn up missing.  Clare’s determined to find the connection between the missing area women in the hopes of uncovering the person who abducted them.  As her personal life begins to fall apart, Clare finds herself embroiled in the search for a serial killer who has selected her as his next target.

I have some plotting started for the third book in the Clare Thibodeaux Series.  At this time, I don’t have a title for the next book, but the “Clare” junkies out there should be reassured there are more adventures and danger ahead.  Not everyone is who you thought they were, so expect more surprises.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Exodus, I hope you will check it out.  It’s available for  $0.99 on Amazon.com and Smashwords.com.