The 2014 Awards Are Aligning….THANK YOU! Top 3 Places in 2 Awards for 3 Books!

The stars have aligned!

The final results are now in!

For both of this summer’s international book award competitions.

 

Thank you to THE BEST INDIE BOOK AWARDS and READERS’ FAVORITE AWARD CONTEST.  To survive the  review of 1,000’s of entries and be recognized so highly is amazing!

1st place winner awards were handed out in the BEST INDIE BOOK AWARDS for two books –

DUE DATES in the ROMANCE  genre

BION [Believe It Or Not] in the YOUNG ADULT genre

 

2nd and 3rd place Bronze awards were handed out in the READERS’ FAVORITE AWARDS for two books –

LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS in the Historical-Event/Era genre

BION [Believe It Or Not] in the YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE genre

 

READERS’ FAVORITE  also provided some insightful reviews which we’re sharing along with the Amazon links for all three books.

Life’s What Happens by Kathy Clark encapsulates what happened in 1969 and 1970 to a generation of young people whose lives were irrevocably changed as a result of the first draft lottery in the Vietnam War. We begin and end the story in the present day, seeing some of the characters as they reunite at the Kent University Campus under mysterious circumstances. Their memories and their feelings on revisiting University now that they are so much older and wiser are very poignantly and beautifully portrayed. Those of us of a certain age can all sympathize with Don’s feelings of being invisible to today’s youth. The rest of the novel is the flashback to the fateful time shortly before and after the draft. From party-going youngsters out to have a good time and fit some study in, they are forced to grow up overnight and face huge responsibilities. Some cope, others don’t. Some act wisely, others panic and become victims of their circumstances. There are triumphs and tragedies, happy and sad endings.

This is such an atmospheric novel, cleverly helped along by naming each chapter after a pop song of the period. The authors spare no detail and effort in recreating settings and sensations from the period in question. These range from the minutiae of fashion to the political background to all the turmoil that invades the students’ lives. It seems to be done effortlessly on their part but it calls on great skill and writership qualities to be so evocative. We feel we’re there in all the action, sharing the fun and then the tension and horror or the situations that arise. All the characters we meet are believable and persuasive, both as youths and their older selves. It’s not always easy to maintain interest in a large group of protagonists in a novel but these authors achieve this well. This is a gripping read, with its educational, historical, imaginative and very human ingredients. Brilliant writing.

BION (Believe It Or Not) Book #3 of the CUL8R Time Travel Mystery/Romance series by Bob Kat is the tale of four high school students: Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey. They can talk to the dead and they can travel back in time. In this book, the focus is on Kelly and Zoey. The book gives an overview on how they found Thomas Edison’s invention that allows the teens to talk to dead people. This time they journey to 1927 where they take jobs with the Maxwell Circus. They are searching for a young man named Jesse. His sister contacted them through the “Telephone To The Dead,” seeking their help in locating her missing twin brother. There is a hint of romance with Kelly trying to figure out how she feels about Austin and Zoey and Jesse fall in love at first sight.

BION is a top notch book with top notch writing and a plot that will interest most young adults and many not so young adults. Bob Kat is a master at characterization, taking time to develop the characters, giving them flesh and making them likable. The characters in this book will have readers begging for more books in this series. The plot is interesting and moves along at a nice pace. This book combines time travel, romance, mystery, fantasy, humor and adventure to create a read that is impossible to put down. Bob Kat is the pen name of a husband and wife writing team. It is obvious they make a dynamite team. I highly recommend this book for young adults.

 

Here’s where to purchase these amazing award winning books!

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READERS'S FAVORITE BRONZE BEST INDIE BOOK 2014

Find BION through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00E5141ZK

 

WEBSITE HOME PAGE BOOK LIFES WHAT HAPPEN      READERS'S FAVORITE BRONZE

Find LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS through Amazon at  http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-Kathy-Clark-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS

 

DUE DATES     BEST INDIE BOOK 2014

 

Find DUE DATES through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/DUE-DATES-SCANDALS-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00GQC1S3O/

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Just Saying #Hallmark Channel

Let me first say that this blog is intended to be tongue in cheek however like all humor there is a streak of truth in it.

After watching the Hallmark Channel for years and seeing author after author I started in the industry with back in the Dell and Harlequin days end up with one of their books on the channel I just thought it would be good therapy, for me, to just say…hey, I’m here!

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Meaning I’ve got 21 books I have the rights to and many sell well as eBooks and would make excellent stories. I’ve won screenwriting awards at several Film Festivals and even had one produced for cable and several optioned or acquired.

So here’s a Turkey Day idea for 2015.  I’ve got all the holidays and seasons covered as my editors at Dell and Harlequin pretty much had me cover the year.

Count Your Blessings

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Luke Calloway is a turkey farmer in the heartland of Iowa. He has survived the loss of his wife, and is learning to cope with a drastic change of career (from big city dentist to the owner of Wishbone Acres in the small town of Greenhaven) while raising three rambunctious sons. He’s doing an admirable job and isn’t looking for love. But that’s exactly what he finds when Darcy Carson returns to town.

Darcy Carson, a successful Los Angeles television reporter, had fled from Iowa as soon as she was able. Small towns held no appeal for her, but the glamour and excitement of Southern California certainly did. Following a suspension by the station where she’s employed, she returns home, telling herself that she’ll only stay until she wins her court case and can return to work.

But Darcy hasn’t planned on meeting Luke. She fights her attraction to him, telling herself he represents everything she ran away from. Luke, too, fights his growing love for Darcy. He knows he’s only a temporary stopover in her life, that soon she’ll return to California, breaking his heart, and those of his sons.

Neither Luke nor Darcy are prepared for the way love sweeps into their lives, changing everything.

 

Too much on the nose?  Then go to my website on the Classic Romance page and look at twenty others. By the way, some of the awards on the classic romance are rght there as well.

http://www.nightwriter93.com/Contemporary_Romance.html

So, therapy over.  Cost?  Free!  Back to writing.  More deadlines.

 

Here’s more about me and ways to connect.

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Suspense Today and Tomorrow; The Thrill Of It All

I decided to develop a small social media campaign on the core suspense books we’ve been publishing since 2011.  Here’s the write up employed starting today and the graphics.  We’d appreciate any feedback.

When you stop thinking about what others can do for you, about age 12, YOU’RE NEVER TOO YOUNG or TOO OLD for THE THRILL OF SUSPENSE!

* Young adult [12 to 18 years old]

* New Adult [18 to 30 years old]

* Romantic Suspense [Mature audience]

SUSPENSE is a state or feeling of being excited or anxious . . . uncertainty about what may happen.  Some people would recognize a great suspense novel by the creation of tension, uncertainly, doubt, anticipation, expectation, excitement, anxiety, apprehension, strain or the current buzz word angst.

However you define it or feel it as great suspense I like the way Hitchcock handled it…“There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it”

I’ve been fortunate in that this collection of books have won several of The Best Indie Book of the year awards, Readers’ Favorite awards, Colorado Humanities, Hollywood Book Awards,  Amazon Breakthrough Novel qualifier and so on.  But what really makes writing these books worth it for me is 77% of reviews are 5 STARS and 97% are 4 or 5 STARS on Amazon. Readers Rock!

Find the blurbs and links and series overviews on my website at http://www.thethrillofsuspense.com and for the young adult series at http://www.cul8rseries.com

As foretold, here are the graphics and a quick reminder of where we can hook up in October thanks to the Mystery Writers of America and the Texas Book Festival.  Come check us out!

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#suspense #suspensefiction #suspensenovel  #suspensewriter #hitchcocksuspense #youngadult #newadult #romanticsuspense #contemporaryromance  #contemporaryromancenovel

 

The Rules of Romance Before The Thrill Of Suspense

Going back to my ROOTS w/ this 16 book CLASSIC ROMANCE NOVEL promo from my back list.  Since 2011, I’ve been focused on the Thrill Of Suspense…but like others in my author generation I started out following the Rules of Romance.

So here’s some of my sweet, formulaic romances  all promo priced at $0.99 starting Sunday night, August 24th.  So if you liked the early stories of Brown, Dailey, Evanovich, Roberts or me this is for you!

Head to my author site at http://www.thethrillofsuspense.com  [the QR code] and click on the CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE link  to go to Amazon to acquire any of these books.

Hope you enjoy some of my earliest  books.  They’re appearing on social media starting today:

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Meanwhile…back to writing two more books between Bob and I inside the suspense fence.

Book #3 in the DENVER AFTER DARK series, DEEP NIGHT.  The opening ripped me apart and book #5 in the CUL8R [see you later] Teen Time Travel series. , DJM [Don’t Judge Me].

Here’s the covers for these two as it stands now.

DEEP NIGHT DJM [WORKING TITLE]

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#dailey #evanovich #roberts #clark #contemporaryromance #romancenovel #contemporaryromancebook #contemporaryromancenovel

Putting a Sharper Edge On Our Young Adult Series

After last night’s Writers’ League of Texas 3rd Thursday program titled Coming of Age: Writing for Teens and Tweens We came back with a clearer appreciation for the need to be sure the message for our Young Adult market is sharper than it has been.

As many of you know, our blog often times delves into the Writer’s journey of marketing, selling and promotion activity.  Having come from a career of 23 novels published by publishers, our last 9 novels are all self pub…the real DIY of books.

Special thanks goes to last night’s panel, especially to Jo Whittemore.  Jo is the author of the tween humor novels, FRONT PAGE FACE-OFF, ODD GIRL IN, D IS FOR DRAMA, and the upcoming COLONIAL MADNESS and CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS series.  She is deeply embedded in the world of Children’s and young adult publishing and her insight was provocative.

Long story short?  Each of the books in the YA Time Travel Mystery / Suspense series CUL8R, has it’s own hook as might be considered by a potential YA reader.  Today we sharpened that hook and through social media, communicated to the hundreds of thousands of connections we’ve accumulated.

Just thought we’d share the work product today.  Pay particular attention to each book’s log line.

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Double WINNER! Voted THE BEST INDIE BOOK of 2014 in Two Categories!

I was just notified late Friday night that two of my recent novels have been named WINNER of the 2014 Best Indie Book of the year!

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2014 Award for BEST INDIE BOOK of the year.

BION [Believe it or not] is book #3 in the Young Adult Time Travel series CUL8R [See you later].  The series itself is about four high school friends are able to do two things no one else on the planet can do . . . talk with dead people and time travel to the past.

BION is time travel ,   mystery,   life in the circus in 1927, new relationships, romance and even kidnapping … all in the middle of a year the four teens from Fort Myers Beach, Florida don’t know anything about.

The CUL8R series has won numerous awards in the past for the first three books.

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BION is available on Amazon at

http://www.amazon.com/Believe-CUL8R-Travel-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00E5141ZK/

 

 

Due Dates is suspense focused on five twenty somethings and is the first of two books currently published in the Scandals series.  The series is set in Austin, Texas and each book focuses on a different person.  They tell the story about the father they never knew existed that left Killeen, Reno, Tulsa, Dallas and Liberty names they would never forget, a legacy they could never live up to, enough money to change their lives, a business that fascinated them and total freedom to pursue their dreams.

In Due Dates, Killeen had a series of life and death decisions that required her immediate attention in addition to all the usual distraction of adults living in a modern urban area.  This is the first award for the series but the reader evaluations have averaged 4.9 stars.

 

DUE DATES

 

Due Dates is available on Amazon at

http://www.amazon.com/DUE-DATES-SCANDALS-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00GQC1S3O/

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My Hollywood Years – The Lost Years

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During my break from writing romance and women’s  fiction novels years ago I struck out on my own to try my luck in Hollywood.  I spent several years writing and marketing screenplays without leaving the comfort of the Denver area.

In total I had written 21 screenplays.  Some with my best friend Margie, some with Bob and some with the help and support of the producers of the project.  I miss Margie and well, Bob and I are doing great.  To date one script has been produced and four were contracted for talent such as Shirley Maclaine and Drew Barrymore by producers.  One minor one made it to cable television.

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And my screenplays have won numerous awards at several film festivals including the Houston International Film Festival and the Charleston Film Festival.

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I picked three of the projects, all strong women roles.  Just thought I’d share them.

 

Corner Of The Sky

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During World War II women weren’t allowed to enlist in the military, but they were allowed to fly American built aircraft from the factories to the front lines.  This is the story of a first brave women who risked their lives to do what they loved…to fly.

Fictionalized story based on the real life of Jackie Cochran and her creation of a pre-WASP group of female volunteers who went where no woman had before…into the war zone.

Before the United States joined World War II, Jackie Cochran was part of “Wings for Britain”, an organization that ferried American built aircraft to Britain, becoming the first woman to fly a bomber, (a Lockheed Hudson) across the Atlantic. In Britain, she volunteered her services to the Royal Air Force.  She won five Harman Trophy as the outstanding woman pilot in the world. Sometimes called the “Speed Queen,” at the time of her death, no pilot, man or woman, held more speed, distance or altitude records in aviation history, than Jackie Cochran.

In September 1940, with the war raging throughout Europe, Jackie Cochran wrote to Eleanor Roosevelt to introduce the proposal of starting a women’s flying division in the Army Air Forces. She felt that qualified women pilots could do all of the domestic, noncombat aviation jobs necessary in order to release more male pilots for combat. This is the story of the women she recruited for this dangerous mission and how they managed, against all odds, to succeed.

 

Life’s What Happens

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What one moment changed your life forever?  How would four men’s lives have been different had they not been forced by the draft lottery into making drastic, life altering decisions?

The peace and tranquility of college life in 1969 was shattered for millions of young American men on a cold winter night when the United States Government held the first draft lottery since the Civil War.  The bounce of a ping pong ball determined their fate.  Some lucked out with high numbers, some teetered in limbo and some were immediately doomed for the rice patties of Nam.  That single moment set off a series of reactions by male college students and the women who loved them.  Some went into denial, some panicked, some failed, some succeeded.  But all of their lives were changed forever by the decisions they made because of something over which they had no control…the date they had been born.

Twenty-five years later, they come together again, facing the demons of the past and dealing with decisions that had been forced upon them.

Life’s What Happens is set against the tumultuous backdrop of the anti-war movement at Kent State and follows the lives of four fraternity brothers and their girlfriends.  Inspired by the events of the time and the complexities of their second coming of age, the conflicts, fears and love of these friends is explored and unresolved feelings are confronted as they all must accept the past and get on with the future.

 

Matchless

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During the late 1800’s many men made their fortunes in silver mining in the western United States, but no one prospered more than Horace Tabor.  A hard working, self-educated man, he amassed, at an unparalleled rate and through a series of improbable investments and good luck, a multi-million dollar empire.  Horace’s political power and his economic influence was so vast that he brought the United States to the brink of bankruptcy in order to save his fortune…a situation that was averted only by a last-minute act of Congress.  However, his ability to accumulate wealth and wield power is only background to the real story.  The most compelling part of his life was his renowned love affair with a feisty and spectacular younger woman, Elizabeth Doe, known affectionately by the local miners as Baby Doe.

Their Washington DC wedding was more lavish than any held before or since, complete with solid silver wedding invitations and attended by heads of state and powerful politicians including the President.  Horace and Baby lived in the most palatial residence in Colorado and spent money that, measured by today’s standard, would be well in excess of a million dollars a week.  They built and owned the social and cultural center of Denver, the Tabor Opera House, and they received and visited the crowned heads of Europe.

But with all this power, money and influence, Horace and Baby were virtually isolated from society by their colorful pasts.  Their scandalous divorces and flamboyant lifestyle only fueled public resentment.  (Baby’s husband had beat, then deserted her, yet she carried the shame of her divorce to her grave.  Horace, wildly in love with Baby, divorced his first wife in a series of desperate political and legal moves that shadowed him until the end.)

What had begun as an opportunistic love affair turned into a deep, lasting passion.  Even with the loss of all their money and power, Horace and Baby’s faith in one another never faltered.  His dying words encouraged Baby hold on to their one last possession, their most prolific silver mine, the Matchless.  Baby never questioned Horace’s judgment and, while still a young, very beautiful and desirable woman, she moved to a shack near the mine.  Although once incredibly valuable (it produced more than $11 million dollars in silver), the mine was over-worked and never produced again.  But Baby spent the last 35 years of her life mourning Horace’s death and trying to prove him right.  She died, in abject poverty, frozen to the floor of the shack, clutching her scrapbooks filled with memories of the one love of her life.

This is the true story about the power, wealth and love of two people and their struggle for acceptance in an unforgiving world.  It is the story of perseverance in the face of rejection and an unyielding faith in one another.  It is a story known to millions around the world, but remains, until now, the greatest love story that’s never been told.