Tag Archives: #WIP

A Mother’s Instinct

I would die for my children to keep them safe, and I think most mothers feel the same way I do.  So when I was working on my current draft of Never Show Your Hand, I wanted to bring this protective mothering instinct to my character, Shanaya Cadotte.

Shanaya has returned to the Red Cliff Reservation to assist her Uncle Jeb with an accounting issue at the casino.  A forensic accountant who had worked for the CIA, Shanaya decided she wanted to raise her daughter near her family, so she relocated from Washington D.C. back to the Bayfield area.

But when she starts to investigate, the threats against her begin and her first priority is keeping her daughter safe.  That’s all I’ll tell you about the plot, so I don’t spoil anything.  Chapter Eleven of the story is complete and the first draft is nearing 16,000 words.

Question for my readers:  How would you keep your child from harm if you were threatened?  Would you send them out of town?  Or, would you keep them at your side?

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!!

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.