SPOOF!

SPOOF!

By Kathy Clark

 

It used to be people would say “it is what it is.”   But that may no longer be true.  Actually, it is getting less true every day.

REALITY ROMANCE novels are stories about real people engaged in normal activities whose lives are interrupted by the unexpected.

But what is reality in the early part of the Twenty-first Century?

In current films, for example, it is increasingly difficult to identify the parts of the movie that are real and those that are CGI (computer graphic imaging).

Today, most people glance at their phone screens and check the caller ID before answering their phone.  But few people realize that with little or no technical expertise, it’s easy to make any name and number appear as the caller ID on your phone.  Every day people get called by the police or the IRS with warnings about arrests or worse because money is owed for unpaid tickets or taxes.  But don’t send them that check.  It’s probably scammers who have misidentified themselves as authorities that you trust.  SPOOF!

Maybe you’ve received an email from someone and in fact the sender never sent the email.  SPOOF!

A newer, more complex trick is to cause someone’s geographical location as shown on their cell phone or vehicle GPS device to be somewhere it isn’t.   SPOOF!

REALITY ROMANCE is contemporary life.  In the third book of our SCANDALS series, WORST DATE EVER, an on-line dating service is hit by a spoofer.  As the incidences escalate from identity theft to murder, Tulsa and a millionaire fireman must work together to stop the hacker.  Of course, romance and mayhem follows.

Go to this link to find the best priced copy of WORST DATE EVER, book #3 from our SCANDALS Series-  www.lrd.to/worst-date-ever

Here are the first three books in the SCANDALS Series…

 

And our website has all of our books – http://www.LoveRealityRomance.com

 

There are many types of spoofing but here are a few of our favorites as they frequently show up in our Twenty-first Century news, TV shows, films, and books:

CALLER ID SPOOFING

  • Public telephone networks often provide Caller IDinformation, which includes the caller’s name and number, with each call. However, some technologies (especially in Voice over IP (VoIP) networks) allow callers to forge Caller ID information and present false names and numbers. Gateways between networks that allow such spoofing and other public networks then forward that false information.  Since spoofed calls can originate from other countries, the laws in the receiver’s country may not apply to the caller. This limits laws’ effectiveness against the use of spoofed Caller ID information to further a scam.  So next time a police officer or an IRS agent calls, don’t panic.  Unless you’re expecting the call, it’s probably not really an official.

 

eMAIL SPOOFING

  • The sender information shown in e-mails(the “From” field) can be easily spoofed. This technique is commonly used by spammers to hide the origin of their e-mails and leads to problems such as misdirected bounces (i.e. e-mail spambackscatter). E-mail address spoofing is done in a similar manner as writing a forged return address using snail mail. As long as the letter fits the protocol, (i.e. stamp, postal code) the SMTP protocol will send the message. It can be done using a mail server with telnet.

 

GPS SPOOFING

  • GPSspoofing attack attempts to deceive a GPS receiver by broadcasting counterfeit GPS signals, structured to resemble a set of normal GPS signals, or by rebroadcasting genuine signals captured elsewhere or at a different time.  A “proof-of-concept” attack was successfully performed in June, 2013, when the luxury yacht “White Rose” was misdirected with spoofed GPS signals from Monaco to the island of Rhodes by a group of aerospace engineering students from the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas in Austin. The students were aboard the yacht, allowing their spoofing equipment to gradually overpower the signal strengths of the actual GPS constellation satellites, altering the course of the yacht.

 

All of these fascinating new technologies can create great conflicts and plotlines in current literature and other forms of entertainment.  It changes every day, so if you’re a writer, be sure and do your homework.  If you’re a consumer…BEWARE.

Bottom line?  What it is isn’t what it is.

 

What just happened?

We’ve taken the time to refresh the novel blurbs for eight of our most recent books and we wanted to update everyone about this.  They should be up to date on Amazon by early Monday morning and are up to date on our web site at http://www.thethrillofsuspense.com .

Here’s the latest on our New Adult series, Scandals.

Due Dates, book #1 in the Scandals Series

DUE DATES

Killeen Ames is an overachiever.  Beautiful, smart, athletic, and living with the star quarterback of the ASU team, she has it all.

Then, in the blink of an eye, her world implodes.  Her boyfriend graduates and leaves her alone and pregnant which also puts her full-ride scholarship in jeopardy and leaves her homeless.

An unlikely inheritance gives Killeen a do-over and the freedom to choose her next step and what she wants to do about the baby.  But the new life comes with a man she can’t resist who doesn’t know the dark secrets of her past.  She realizes what’s truly important when she has to make a life or death decision.

 

Killer Date, book #2 in the Scandals Series

KILLER DATE FINAL

Reno Marks has never lived by the rules.  After he escaped from his alcoholic mother,  he moved to Vegas to become a professional magician.  Forced to live underground for a while, he sees life at its lowest level.

Reno loves women…as a whole, but he’s never been in love.  In fact, he doesn’t really know what it is.  When Jenny, a beautiful pre-school teacher, comes into his life asking for help, he is struck by an emotion he’s never felt.  Could it be love?

Unfortunately, Jenny realizes he’s a bad boy she doesn’t have time to tame.  It’s going to take Reno stepping way outside his comfort zone to convince her he’s worth saving.

 

Worst Date Ever, book #3 in the Scandals Series

WORST DATE EVER

Tulsa Wiggins was abandoned on a doorstep by her mother.  She has always been alone, whether trying to survive in a foster home or making her way in the world.  Her talent for computer technology has made her an expert in cyber security, which is perfect for a person who doesn’t know how to get along with others.

When she’s forced to move in with Cody, a super-hot fireman, Tulsa discovers how it feels to love and be loved.  But he’s a player who might also be a killer.

Can she handle the challenge of falling in love while her heart is at risk and her life is in danger?

 

Here’s the latest on our Young Adult time travel mystery romance series, Time Shifters

Change The Past, book #1 in the Time Shifters Series

TIME SHIFTERS Change The Past

Kelly Welch’s sixteenth summer was supposed to be the best ever.  Long, lazy days with her friends and her horse in Texas.  But her life changes in an instant.

Her unexpected move to Fort Myers Beach, Florida leaves her lonely and frightened.  Living with a workaholic aunt she barely knows and looking to start a school where she’s the new girl makes her anxious and unhappy.

Until she meets Scott.  He is smart and nerdy, sort of like her, and they hit it off right away.  His best friend, handsome, athletic Austin joins them on a surprise adventure back to the past and adds an unexpected complication.

The summer that began so badly becomes the most exciting and dangerous one of her life when she is faced with the dilemma of risking her own life to save someone she doesn’t even know.  Is she brave enough to risk it all…especially now that she’s felt the first promise of love?

 

TIME SHIFTERS Day At The Beach

Austin Burke lives for football.  He’s the star quarterback at South Beach High School with the bright future in college and maybe professional football.  He isn’t looking for a girlfriend, but then he meets Kelly.  She’s brave and funny and can beat him at their favorite video game.

When Austin and Kelly get together with their friends Scott and Zoey for a fun day at the beach on what they think is a deserted island, it goes wrong from the very beginning.  They are surprised to find a group of people led by a very frightening man.  As they try to find a way off the island, Austin discovers his attraction for Kelly, but he thinks she and Scott are a couple, and he won’t do anything to hurt his best friend.

But then they are attacked by a crazed criminal who is determined to leave no survivors.  The teens must work together, and Austin takes charge to attempt to bring them home safely.

 

TIME SHIFTERS Runaway Lover

Zoey Chandler is popular, beautiful, and rich.  Her most important achievement is that she is on the cheer squad.  That is, until she accidentally is swept along on a crazy adventure with Austin, Kelly, and Scott.  She discovers there is more to life than having a good hair day.

Their newest adventure takes them to a travelling circus where Zoey falls in love with a charming young man named Jesse who trains tigers.  Kelly and Austin get closer as the teens learn new jobs and experience a lifestyle very different than they’ve ever known.  But love is complicated, especially when there is a time change of almost a hundred years and Jesse is the target of a jealous killer.

If they can save him, how can Zoey make the difficult decision of whether to give up the life she knows and loves for a boy in a different time who has stolen her heart?

 

TIME SHIFTERS Forever Love

Kelly and Austin are left alone while everyone else is on vacation trips with their families.  They celebrate the Fourth of July together and grow closer than ever.

But as soon as Scott and Zoey return, the teens take off on an excursion to the past to visit the historic Stanley Hotel.  Their goal is to save a little girl named Emma from a kidnapper, but as they celebrate another Fourth of July, Kelly is swept away by her first real kiss.

The teens experience a new and hard lifestyle, all the while hoping to see if the stories about ghosts are true.  They meet a lot of interesting people, even some very famous ones, but everyone seems normal.

As they face their first defeat, they are caught by surprise when the same danger that takes Emma also threatens the teens when one of their own is captured in a killer’s web.  Will they be able to save Emma?  Or will they join her as permanent guests in the ghostly halls of The Stanley Hotel?

You don’t have to believe in ghosts…until you meet one.

 

Finally, our single title, Life’s What Happens

Life's What Happens Amazon sized

The email about the gathering popped up on Don Williams’s smart phone and he found himself obediently driving back to the small college town where events years ago shook the world and changed his life forever.  A morbid curiosity or a second look from a more mature point of view, he found himself driving up the long fraternity house driveway.  It took him longer than expected as his driving tour of the campus pulled his imagination back in time.

What happened next rocked his belief in the past and present.  The recollections of his past lovers, friends and events raced into focus and quickly overlaid the reality of now.  His ability to change the past and influence the present blurred the lines between what he knew and what he remembered and his trip consumed him.

He relived a college life that spiraled out of control in spite of his best efforts to graduate.  With everyone who mattered to him then, he mourned and celebrated the changes that have occurred since.  For college life then and now more has stayed the same than not.  LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS is their story, as each is faced with questions much more complicated than any generation past. It is about the year they turned from boys to men, and where their choices took them.

Based on actual events, this is the unwritten story of what really followed the summer that became the most famous summer ever in song and memories.

 

Please remember, all these books and all the blacklist of classic romance novels are free.  Simply leave a review on Amazon on any book and fill out the form on the first age of our website and you’ll receive your FREE book direct via email.

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Getting Ready For March 20th.

So what happens on March 20th?

After one month of building reviews and releasing book #4, RIP in the Teen Time Travel Mystery Series, CUL8R, I am finally ready to launch formal advertising of the book to the world.

To date it has received 17 reviews, almost all 5 stars and there are another dozen or so free copies floating around the planet still to weight in.  This blog is about the press release planned for that date.  I want to also thank the Stanley Hotel for their  support. It is a must see whenever you’re in Colorado.

WEB TILE CUL8R SERIES     THUMBNAIL RIP 021614

Already a top 100 on Amazon Teen & YA time travel…and here’s the Press Release for the formal announcement of RIP’s release on March 20TH.  Here’s the press release as planned today.

Colorado’s Stanley Hotel hosts a new ghost story by Bob Kat titled RIP (Rest in Peace) to be released on February 25, 2014. “While The Stanley Hotel has been featured in TV, movies & books in the past, it is refreshing to see a new twist on the use of the hotel,” Jesse Freitas, Manager of The Stanley Hotel stated.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado was founded by F.O. Stanley, a wealthy businessman forced to move west for health reasons. The expansive property boasts amazing architecture, a magnificent setting and spectacular views, but it may forever be best known as the inspiration for Stephen King’s spine-tingling novel “The Shining” and the subject of Ghost Hunters, the American paranormal reality television series on several occasions.

“But now The Stanley Hotel is in the news again,” says Kathy Clark, a.k.a. Bob Kat, an American fiction author,https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathy_Clark_(American_author).

Jesse Feitas said, “We are excited that the CUL8R book series has chosen The Stanley Hotel as a destination for RIP, not only to tie in a connection with the paranormal stories but traveling back in time to the first couple of years in The Stanley Hotel’s history brings in a whole new fun element to the story.”

“My co-writer in this series, husband Bob Wernly of Austin, Texas and I chose to set the 4th book in the CUL8R Time Travel Mystery Series at the infamous hotel after several trips and many weeks of guest time over the years. We worked hard to describe the hotel as accurately as possible because it’s such a wonderful place and we wanted to do it justice. Several years ago I was lucky enough to go on a private ghost hunt with Jason Hawes and Grant Wilson of Ghost Hunters, crawling through the basement tunnels not open to the public in total darkness which really added to the authenticity of the story,” Kathy said.

RIP (Rest in Peace) is Kathy’s 31st novel and will be released formally on all the major on-line bookstores on February 25th and is available in both e-book and paperback. Kathy has sold over 3 million books globally and has appeared on the NY Times and USA Today bestsellers’ list for her romance novels where she cut her author teeth on her first 23 books.

“In 2012 we joined the crowd of authors who moved from the traditionally published to the self-published e-book marketplace. This is our eighth novel as Indie-Authors,” said Bob, “including four young adult novels in the CUL8R series, two romantic suspense novels in the DENVER AFTER DARK series and the first book BABY DADDY in the SCANDALS new adult series. All but the CUL8R series are written under Kathy Clark’s pen name.”

“Self-publishing allows writers the freedom to include content that traditional publishers would shy away from. And the publishing process is more than a year quicker, so we can continue to focus on the next book in the series instead of waiting for executive approval,” Kathy explained.

The CUL8R series is about four teens from Fort Myers Beach, Florida. “We had to make the time travel trips to the past in the novels really matter…life and death situations that force the teenagers to depend on their intelligence, ingenuity and friendship so they can change the past to save the future.” Bob explained. “I discovered an October 1920 issue of American Magazine with an article that Thomas Edison was developing an electrical device to speak with the dead. This later became known as his Telephone to the Dead. Since Edison spent much of his life in the Fort Myers area, what if our teenagers found that invention, tucked away in the garage of a distant relative who had worked for Edison? What if our personality survives our passing as Edison believed?”

“In RIP [Rest In Peace] you don’t have to believe in ghosts…until you meet one,” Kathy added.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado has a well-deserved reputation for being one of the most haunted places in the U.S. So, when Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey travel back to 1911 to try to save a young child who went missing from the busy lobby, they aren’t surprised when ghost children run up and down the halls.

There’s romance in the Rockies as they take jobs with the hotel so they can keep an eye on 4 year old Emma and her family. Kelly struggles with her attraction to Austin while Zoey tries to get over her broken heart. Along the way, they meet some colorful historical characters and experience life among the rich and famous just after the turn of the twentieth century. After three other successful time travel adventures, they assume it’s just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. That almost proves to be a fatal mistake.

Kathy concluded, “But can they save Emma? Or will they join her as permanent guests in the ghostly halls of The Stanley Hotel?”

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Peace-CUL8R-Travel-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00IKIML6U/
iBookstore – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id826260582
Smashwords – https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/410880
Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/rip-kathy-clark-aka-bob-kat/1118721095?ean=2940148194996&itm=1&usri=2940148194996
Kobo – SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 17, 2014
Sony Reader Store – SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 24, 2014
GoodReads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20879728-rip-rest-in-peace?bf=1000&from_search=true
All Romance – https://www.omnilit.com/product-riprestinpeaceacul8rtimetravelmysteryromance-1428505-152.html
GOOGLE Play / Books –https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Bob_Kat_RIP_Rest_In_Peace_a_CUL8R_Time_Travel_Myst?id=is7kAgAAQBAJ&hl=en
Diesel – SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 24, 2014

FOR PAPER BACK CREATE SPACE – http://www.amazon.com/RIP-Rest-Peace-CUL8R-4/dp/1496145968/

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Young Adult Mystery Series 2013 Awards and 88% FIVE Star Review Rate

As we near the end of 2013 I wanted to take a minute and take stock of the Young Adult Mystery Series CUL8R [See You Later].  Three books have been released thus far with the fourth book in the series releasing in late January, 2014.

First.  Thank you readers for your purchases, glowing reviews and continued loyalty.

The CUL8R Time Travel Mystery Series is a different type of time travel where the protagonists aim to change the past and save the future. 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.  The question would be early on would readers embrace this series and the answer is yes.  Great reviews, sales and contest winning results happened in 2013.

WEB TILE CUL8R OMG

In book #1, OMG Kelly has a major adjustment to move from the only life she has ever known in Texas to live with her aunt in Ft. Myers Beach, Florida. She quickly makes friends with her quirky next door neighbor, Scott and his best friend, Austin. In her aunt’s garage, they find a long-lost invention of Thomas Edison called “The Telephone to the Dead”. Edison had abandoned the project and given it to Kelly’s great-great-grandfather.

Scott tinkers with it until they can hear sounds coming from it. But instead of broadcasting music . . . it picks up conversations from the dead. As they slowly turn the dial they hear hundreds of sad, lonely voices of souls that have passed but apparently never moved on, pleading for help.

A teenager’s voice separates from the rest and begs for their help to clear her reputation. They are shocked to find out that she had gone to their own high school . . . 47 years ago. They research the girl’s story and discover that her name was Wendy and she had been a popular cheerleader who had apparently committed suicide.

The teens are touched by Wendy’s cries and pleas, but they have no way to go back in time to help her. That is, until Scott reveals an invention of his own . . . a time travel app. Kelly and Austin are very skeptical. Even Scott isn’t sure it will work, so they try it out on his sister’s pet turtle. Amazingly, the turtle disappears. But did it travel to the past or just wander off?

Finally, they decide to humor Scott and go along with his claims of time travel. They meet on the beach after everyone else has gone home. They stand in the formation Scott insists will create the perfect vortex for time travel. At the last moment, a fourth person runs forward and is pulled into their adventure back to 1966.

They figure out a way to get close to Wendy without her asking too many questions that they can’t answer. But as they discover the secret to her death, they find it’s not as clear-cut as it would seem. A romance gone wrong, an over-attentive teacher and a young girl’s dreams for the future are all twisted into a mystery that causes the teens to take greater risks than they could have imagined. It all becomes very real when their own lives are in danger and they realize they may never make it back to the present.

OMG – Winner of the Best Indie Book of 2013 for Young Adults and Finalist in the 2013 Beverly Hills Book Awards.

             BIB OMG Small Medallion   Beverly Hiss Finalist

And the reviews have been solid.

Reviews OMG

 

WEB TILE CUL8R BRB

In book #1, BRB, Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey gather in Scott’s lab, listening to the old radio that Thomas Edison had invented and called “The Telephone to the Dead”. As they slowly turn the dial they hear hundreds of sad, lonely voices of souls that have passed but apparently never moved on, pleading for help. When they first discovered the radio in Kelly’s aunt’s garage, they had been touched by the cries and pleas coming from its speakers, but they had no way to go back in time to help them. That is, until Scott reveals an invention of his own . . . a time travel app. They’ve tested it only once, but that first trip had been successful . . . if you ignore the fact that Zoey and Kelly had almost gotten killed by a serial killer. Even though they returned with a few scrapes and bruises, they are eager to go on a new adventure and help solve another mystery.

A very young girl’s voice comes through, saying that her whole family has been murdered on an island just off the east coast of Florida.

The teens look the island up on Google Maps and see that it is completely deserted which contradicts the story they’re getting from the Spirit Radio. But it’s a beautiful island called Crystal Key with a stretch of beach that, unlike Ft. Myers Beach, is not crowded with tourists and kids. The teens decide to pop in, spend a nice day on the beach, check out the island to see if there is any truth to the girl’s story, then pop right back. It sounds like a great plan.

From the very beginning, things go wrong when Scott miscalculates their landing and they end up splashing into the Atlantic Ocean. After swimming for their lives, they collapse on the beach that is, indeed, beautiful. But it isn’t deserted. They find the little girl, her family and a half dozen more people living in a sprawling Florida-style home owned by a menacing man named Manuel. He gives them no opportunity to escape and insists that they stay in the house. What they discover during their visit is enough to almost get them all killed.

As they struggle to survive, Kelly tries to ignore her attraction to Austin, who clearly isn’t interested in a romance. Besides, just days before she went on her very first date . . . with Scott. How could she have such strong feelings for two boys? And then there is Zoey who is hot for Austin, but flirting shamelessly with Scott. Then people start dying and all they can think about is saving the families and themselves. Are they destined to be a madman’s latest victims? Their time travel adventure to a tropical paradise may turn out to be their last.

It’s difficult to investigate a crime that hasn’t happened yet.

BRB won top honors in the Readers’ Favorite awards.

readers favorite silver

and the reviews have been amazing!

Reviews BRB

 

 

WEB TILE CUL8R BION

Finally, in BION, Book #3, they surprise Kelly on her birthday and soon they are back in Scott’s lab, listening to the old radio that Thomas Edison had invented and called “The Telephone to the Dead”. As they slowly turn the dial Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey hear hundreds of sad, lonely voices of souls that have passed but apparently never moved on, pleading for help. When they first discovered the radio in Kelly’s aunt’s garage, they had been touched by the cries and pleas coming from its speakers, but they had no way to go back in time to help them. That is, until Scott reveals an invention of his own . . . a time travel app. They’ve already tested it twice, with both trips being very successful, but not without danger. Even though they returned with a few scrapes and bruises, and even a gunshot wound, they are eager to go on a new adventure and help solve a mystery.

A young woman’s voice comes through and asks them to find her twin brother, Jesse, who had run away to the circus in 1927, then disappeared and was never heard from again. Going back and living with a circus sounds like fun. Plus an old book written by his sister provides a glimpse into the past . . . as well as a photo of Jesse, a photo that grabs their attention and sets the girls’ hearts racing.

They land in a cornfield in Wichita Falls, Texas as the circus is setting up. It doesn’t take them long to discover that circus life is not all glamour and fun; it’s a lot of hard work. As usual, they jump in and quickly find jobs, places to sleep and new friends. But most importantly, they find Jesse. Now all they have to do is keep him alive.
For Zoey and Jesse, it’s love at first sight. It’s a first romance for both of them and their love blossoms as they travel from city to city. Zoey knows she’s too young to settle down and that Jesse is from a different time and culture, but her feelings for him are strong. Her and her friends’ time travel mission has taken on a new dimension. Should they be successful and save his life, will Zoey be able to let him go? Is it possible for him to come to 2013 with her? Is it possible for her to stay in 1927 with him? Ultimately, can she give up everything she has in the present for true love in the past?
Jesse’s talent working with the big cats catches the attention of the Martin Maxwell, the owner of the circus. Maxwell promotes him to the center ring as a replacement for their current lion tamer who is planning on moving up to the Ringling and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Unfortunately, not everyone shares Zoey’s love for Jesse and wants him to disappear forever. Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey must figure out who wants Jesse dead and stop him or her before Jesse’s fate is sealed.

And following in the tracks of the first two CUL8R series books, BION has also been accumulating excellent reviews.

Reviews BION

In 2014 book #4, RIP will release.  This is another ground breaking time travel set at the Stanley Hotel in 1911.  An amazing splash of history added to a ghost story within a ghost story and set in the ghostliest places on earth, the Stanley Hotel in Colorado. 

Get ready for RIP by catching up with Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey over the holidays.

Below are some of the key links readers may want to access:

Kathy Clark, a..k.a. Bob Kat author website – http://www.nightwriter93.com

CUL8R Time Travel Mystery Series website – http://www.cul8rseries.com

Links for buying OMG –

Amazon –  http://www.amazon.com/CUL8R-Time-Travel-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00AF2Q30E/

Barnes & Noble / Nook http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/omg-bob-kat/1116882528?ean=2940148660859&itm=1&usri=2940148660859

Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/376121

ALL ROMANCE – https://www.omnilit.com/product-omgohmygodacul8rtimetravelmysteryromance-1343363-141.html

FOR PAPER BACK

CREATE SPACE –   http://www.amazon.com/OMG-CUL8R-Volume-Bob-Kat/dp/1481127675/

 

Links for buying BRB – 

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/Right-CUL8R-Travel-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00C8SK9JO/  

Barnes & Noble / Nook –  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/be-right-back-a-cul8r-time-travel-mystery-romance-bob-kat/1117184934?ean=2940148661863&itm=1&usri=2940148661863

iBook / Apple – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id704718471

Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/364378

Kobo – http://store.kobobooks.com/Search/Query?fcmedia=Book&query=9780988343634

ALL ROMANCE –  https://www.omnilit.com/product-brbberightbackacul8rtimetravelmysteryromance-1333597-141.html

FOR PAPER BACK

CREATE SPACE  – http://www.amazon.com/BRB-CUL8R-Bob-Kat/dp/1484063120/

 

Links for buying BION –

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

Smashwords – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/370116

Kobo – http://store.kobobooks.com/Search/Query?fcmedia=Book&query=1230000195116

ALL ROMANCE – https://www.omnilit.com/product-bionbelieveitornotacul8rtimetravelmysteryromance-1343365-141.html

 

FOR PAPER BACK

CREATE SPACE  –  http://www.amazon.com/BION-Believe-It-Or-Not/dp/1491241012/

 

 

 

 

 

Romance Collections Romance Box Sets They’re Here For You

Some people call them box sets and others call them collections but either way when authors group two or more of their books together and offer them at a discounted price readers win.

Kathy Clark’s romance collections, or romance box sets, are offered as none different groups.  She put two to three books in each box set or collection based on the stories being a similar topic.  This allows readers to explore an author and read stories about dads, being pregnant and alone, a military background or even set in the western United States.

All of these collections can be reviewed at your leisure on Kathy’s website at http://www.nightwriter93.com.

Here’s some of the romance collections for you information and their links on Amazon:

PREGNANT AND ALONE ROMANCE COLLECTION

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SWEET ANTICIPATION – Lauren Nelson was expecting a baby. What she wasn’t expecting was a man in her life. When the lovely widow decided to go through with the artificial insemination she and her husband had planned, she thought she had everything under control. She had carefully selected the donor for his intelligence, his character, his similarity in appearance to her husband and his anonymity. But a mix up in the lab casts doubt on whose sperm was actually used, and suddenly there was a possibiity there was a very real man involved who wanted the child as much as Lauren did. He just doesn’t want Lauren.

And she doesn’t want him. With her deceased husband still very much alive in her heart and her thoughts, she wasn’t ready to fall in love again. All she wanted was to create a wonderful life for her child and to have a successful florist shop. But Dr. Jordan Daniels doesn’t cooperate. In fact, nothing he does fit into her carefully planned pregnancy. And worst of all, he won’t go away.

This book was written because my readers demanded it. After the controversy of an earlier book, PASSION AND POSSESSION, the feedback from my fans inspired me to write this book about two compelling, but stubborn people who have their whole lives planned…except for the tiny twist of fate that binds them forever. I’m confident this book will satisfy even the most critical of my readers. Enjoy!

NASHVILLE NIGHTS ROMANCE COLLECTION

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ANOTHER SUNNY DAY – Sarah and Sunny – the Day sisters – identical twins, a dazzling mirror image. It was Sunny who had all the talent and success as a singer. Sarah preferred to work behind the scenes as her sister’s tour assistant. But Sarah is ready to stop touring and make a life of her own. When Sunny commits to a publicity stunt of riding on a trail ride, she begs her sister to take her place, and Sarah reluctantly agrees. Sarah loves horses, and it sounds like a fun adventure.

How could Sarah know that the moment she landed in Houston bewigged, made-up, dressed in Sunny’s typical over-the-top country siren’s costume, a craggy knight in Levi’s and a cowboy hat would hand her a challenge. Tyler Ross dared the “spoiled superstar” to survive the ordeal. How could he know that horses and ranching were more Sarah’s style than star trips? How could she tell him without giving away the masquerade and ruining her sister’s career?

ANOTHER SUNNY DAY appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List and reached #3 on Waldenbooks Best Seller List of all paperbacks. When originally published, it sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

REVIEWS:
Romantic Times Recommended List 4 Stars “…a winner with both style and grace.”

GOLDEN DAYS – It was a long time since Sunny Day’s last hit record and high time for the ravishing county -and-western singer to make her comeback.
Long ago she’d traded thoughts of lasting romance for bright lights, fame, and applause. But when she was offered the chance to tour with Texas heartthrob Dillon Landry, the country’s hottest new star, she found she had much more than music on her mind. Still, a seasoned veteran, she wasn’t about to wear her heart on her sleeve even as the rest of her ached to cling to Dillon. He was a devastatingly handsome, talented young man. She was the glamorous “older woman”. These were their golden days. And it was dangerous even to dream they could last forever.

ROMANTIC TIMES Recommended (4) “This is definitely recommended reading on any list.”
RENDEZVOUS “You can’t help but love Sunny and Dillion, and Ms. Clark writes with an understanding of what being in the limelight really means. This story stands on its on merits. Not to be missed.”

BORN TO BE WILD – As guardian of a menagerie of wild animals, veterinarian Jenny Grant loved her life. Marine biologist Garrett Reid was intrigued by the stubborn beauty who could soothe the wildest beast. In less than a month, his sailboat would be motoring out of the harbor and heading southeast. Until then, there was only the sultry heat of a South Texas summer . . . and the sensual rhythm of two hearts beating as one. Jenny knew better than to lose her heart to a man who was born to be wild.

RENDEZVOUS – “Terrific characters, interesting plot, and great romance all add up to make this a novel well worth reading.”

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GO FOR YOUR DREAMS ROMANCE COLLECTION

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Many fans have requested that I offer boxed sets of my romance novels, so I have grouped them into categories that share themes. Go For Your Dreams is a collection of three of my books that are sexy romances about women who achieved very unusual dreams. Risky Business is the story of a woman trying to hang on to her inheritance. No Satisfaction is every woman’s dream about meeting that sexy rock star you were so in love with as a teenager. But now they’re all grown up. Starry Nights is based on the civilian-in-space program during the early days of the space shuttle flights. All three have a touch of modern-day fairy tale with sensual love stories backed by meticulous research. I lived my own fantasies while writing these books and hope you will get lost in dreams of your own while reading them.

RISKY BUSINESS – Julie’s whole life rode on an exquisite antique carousel. It was her legacy, her future, and all her hope. A Galveston banker was her only chance to raise the money she needed to buy and restore it. One look at blue-eyed silver-blond Julie and Ryan was willing to gamble his job on the risky loan . But he offered more than money. Could she risk it all?

REVIEWS:
ROMANTIC TIMES (4) “This book will delight the heart.”
Recommended read by ROMANTIC TIMES and LOVENOTES.

NO SATISFACTION – When Suzanne Quinn was sixteen she thought Andy Dallas was the most gorgeous, fabulously sexy guy in the world. Someday, she fantasized, she and the lead singer of the rock group Satisfaction would meet . . . meet and fall deliriously in love.
But that was a long time ago, and now she was escorting her teenage daughter’s friends to the group’s reunion concert. Amidst a sea of rollicking teenyboppers, she felt completely out of place . . . until Andy walked on stage. When he began to sing, the music wrapped itself around her like it was yesterday. When she accidentally bumps into him, she has the chance of a lifetime and soon finds herself in his arms.
But even though he made her feel like a teenager again, Suzanne is a thirty-something mother who had a business and a life that firmly grounded her to reality. Is it possible for her teenage dreams to become a reality or must she accept that she is a grown woman who must let her past go?

REVIEWS:
“ROMANTIC TIMES” – (4-) – “…readers will have a ball looking back at their ‘glory days’.”

STARRY NIGHTS – When a beautiful gymnast is chosen to join the crew of a space shuttle mission, she jumps at the chance. She enjoys every minute of her training, especially her one-on-ones with astronaut Greg Rogers. But their love creates a conflict of interest that could keep them both from achieving their dreams. Is it worth the risk?

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SINGLE DADS ROMANCE COLLECTION

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COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS – 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.

REVIEWS:

“ROMANTIC TIMES” – (4) – “Watch as Kathy Clark creates two endearing characters who know they’re being manipulated, but are helpless to stop it.”

“HEART TO HEART” – Selected to be a Highlight of the Month – “COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS is great fun.”

“COLORADO ROMANCE WRITERS PAL” – “COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS is a perfect story to enjoy during the holidays since it will fill your heart with the wonder and joys of learning that love truly conquers all.”

TEACHER’S PET – MATCHMAKERS COME IN ALL SIZES

When five-year-old Whitney Sloane took a shine to her kindergarten teacher, Miss Greene, it spelled trouble for her handsome dad.

Whitney thought Allison Greene would make a great mom. she had only one problem…getting her lonely dad and her lovely teacher together.

Justin Sloane couldn’t understand why his once perfect daughter had cut off another girl’s braid or why she had put Mr. Wiggly Nose and Snow White, the classroom rabbits, into the same cage so that they made little bunnies while the whole class watched in fascination…until he met Whitney’s idol at the PTA. Suddenly life became wonderfully frustrating for this single father.

How could Justin make the grade with the delightful Miss Greene when she wouldn’t dream of breaking the rules and dating a student’s parent?

BEST OF THE WEST ROMANCE COLLECTION

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GOODBYE DESPERADO
Though known to millions as a “cowboy’s cowboy,” city slicker and famous western writer Matt Montana had never actually even ridden a horse. When hit with writer’s block, he decided to find his muse by secretly getting his first real western experience at the Rocky K Ranch in Colorado. But when he met Jamie Kimball, the rancher’s daughter, she turned out to be a real burr in this macho man’s saddle.

Back in the days when men were men, women weren’t like Matt’s sassy, sexy trail guide. First, Jamie assigned him a homicidal horse. Then she snickered at his run-ins with small, crazed wildlife.

But worst of all, her long-legged charms tempted this lone desperado to open his heart and learn how to love. And Montana began to believe this was how the West was really won.

REVIEWS:

“ROMANTIC TIMES” – (4-) – “Kathy Clark has created complex characters and a blossoming love story that will touch your heart.”

“COLORADO ROMANCE WRITERS PAL” – “The chemistry between Matt and Jamie is one of Clark’s strongest yet. GOODBYE, DESPERADO is poignant and funny, allowing Clark to display her rare sense of humor. The book was a delightful change of pace, one you’re sure to enjoy.”

“HEART TO HEART” – Awarded “Highlight of the Month” – “If you want to find out how the West was really won, read Kathy Clark’s GOODBYE, DESPERADO.”

AWARDS:

The Award of Excellence from Colorado Romance Writers.
He had the wildness of the prairie in his eyes…the gentleness of a lover in his lips. And on that fateful day at Little Big Horn, Cody took Elizabeth Lawrence captive without firing a shot.

CODY’S LAST STAND
Elizabeth searched high and low for the raven-haired stranger after their timeless encounter. When she met him by chance, she almost wished he was the ghost she’d believed him to be.

Descended from the great chief Sitting Bull, John Cody was as ferociously proud of his Indian heritage as Elizabeth was of her ancestor, George Custer.

A hundred years after the most famous battle of the West, was there any hope that the descendants of two bitter enemies could at last make peace?

In this modern-day Romeo & Juliet tale, Cody and Elizabeth must defy generations of bad blood and families who cannot accept the possibility of their romance. Can the star-crossed lovers survive a war that still rages?

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MEN IN UNIFORM ROMANCE COLLECTION

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KISSED BY AN ANGEL- Kristi Harrison loved her job as a flight attendant for Worldwide Airlines until a crash killed her fiancee and her best friend. Unable to deal with survivor’s guilt, she escaped to a friend’s beach house in Florida were she hoped to find the one thing that had eluded her for the past six months…peace.
When nightmares drove her from her bed, she sought the quiet of the moonlit beach. It was there that Scott Sanders, driven by his own midnight demons, first met her. He was living in his own hell, trying to deal with a plane crash in the jungles of Vietnam that has taken his best friend and RIO…while Scott was the pilot.
They had both been kissed by the angel of death and survived. Together they learn how to forgive without forgetting and how to move forward and learn to celebrate life.

REVIEWS:
Romantic Times 4+. “The strong plotting, the rich characterization, the intense emotional atmosphere are all simply outstanding. Bravo!”
Romantic Times Special Achievement Award of “Series WISH Hero for Cmdr. Scott Sanders” Best hero of the year.
Waldenbooks Lovenotes Recommended Book
USA Weekend Recommended Book

PHANTOM ANGEL – He shouldn’t have survived. . . not the crash landing in the Vietnamese jungle nor the years of backbreaking labor. But the painfully thin man with the arresting blue eyes had paid a high price for survival.
The man Melora Delaney faced across a rice paddy, the man she was to bring back to America, had lost his youth and his memory. As a psychologist she couldn’t restore Bo’s lost years, but she could help him begin life again.
Melora planned two months of intensive work with her patient. But then she came to know the man, who existence was a miracle of strength and will. When the time came … and it would … would she be able to let him go?

REVIEWS:
“RENDEZVOUS” . . . “What I liked most about this book is that it seems for the most part absolutely real. No super-perfect characters. No phony love scenes. And a touching story that doesn’t require unnecessary embellisment. Please don’t miss this gem.”
“ROMANTIC TIMES” (4-) . . . “This books gets off to a fantastic start…this powerful tale will entirely engage your interest.”

ANGEL OF MERCY – What do you do when the choice you made was the wrong one? During the war, Jeff Hawkins’s tenderness had been nurse Angela’s sanctuary from the horrors of Vietnam, and his passion had been their salvation.
But Jeff had been wounded long before a bullet brought him to the EVAC hospital. Fearless, with nothing to lose, Jeff was the kind of soldier to whom they awarded Purple Hearts . . . posthumously.
Years later, when he encountered Angela again at a veterans’ reunion, she could no longer pretend that the madness of war had triggered their brief, all-consuming alliance.
Could they have a second chance? Or had she forfeited any claim to Jeff’s love when she did the unforgivable . . . married his best friend? Not all wounds are visible . . . and not all wounds can be healed by the soft touch of a nurse’s hands. But Angela knew he was worth fighting for . . . and Jeff was tired of fighting.
AWARDS: Winner of “ROMANTIC TIMES” Reviewer’s Choice Award for Series Romance.
Finalist in the Romance Writers of America Golden Choice Award.
REVIEWS:
“RENDEZVOUS” “A heavy theme but skillfully woven with love and compassion.”

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE ROMANCE COLLECTION

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STARTING OVER – When Kate Cramer’s husband died in a helicopter crash, the timing couldn’t have been worse. Not only is she six months pregnant with her first child, but their transport company, C-Breeze is near bankruptcy and she has no one to fly the remaining helicopter.

Rusty Russell, temporarily visiting the small Texas town, offers to help her out, promising to stay long enough to get the business back off the ground. His skills as a pilot, a mechanic and a salesman save the day, and as he and Kate work together, they form a strong bond of friendship…a friendship that was tested when he was at her side as her baby arrived.

But what felt like a beautiful beginning was shattered by a fierce hurricane and a shocking discovery that threatened to take away everything Kate…and Rusty have grown to love.

REVIEWS:

Romantic Times 4- “…a warm caring romance and a few surprise twists to keep reader interest at a peak.”

Rendezvous “I love the give and take between Kate and Rusty. A good story about the complexities of these loving individuals.”

SIGHT UNSEEN – There was a dead man in a pond. Nicki “saw” it over and over, both when she was awake and asleep. But she didn’t know who it was, where the pond was or even if it was real or just a nightmare. The mud on her shoes and her clothes made her wonder if she had actually been there and had repressed the memory. Finally, not knowing if she is guilty or innocent, crazy or sane, she confided her fears to detective Jake Kelly.

Jake wanted to believe she was innocent, but his investigations proved that everything she had “seen” had been completely accurate. She had the most to gain and the most to lose. They both needed to know the truth…but truth brought danger.

The mists and fogs of the Rockies, the shifting play of light and shadow … the imagination could easily conjure apparitions from the enchanted air that swirled around The Stanley Hotel. ROCKY MOUNTAIN MAGIC . . . all it takes is an open heart.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: I enjoyed writing this book so much…partly because the Stanley Hotel rolled out the red carpet and let us spend several weekends there as their guests and partly because it was #2 of a series and the other books were written by two very close friends. I dedicated this to Emma and Jan, both of whom were very talented authors and wonderful pals…and are sorely missed.

So several of the ROMANCE COLLECTION can cover the romance genre pretty thoroughly.  Contemporary romance, category romance, a little fantasy romance, mainstream romance, military romance, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, time travel romance, traditional romance young adult romance and now new adult romance…Kathy has a very large collection and hopefully these romance collections will provide a good introduction.

What number are you? What did you do because of it?

Hello lovers of the new adult genres…here’s the romance that helps define the genre of contemporary new adult romance  It is not set in current day but in 1969 when the decisions made my 20 somethings thousands of times resulted in life and death.  The events were true, the characters based on combinations of real people and the ramifications of the decisions they made still live today.  If you have a dad or grand father born between 1940 and 1950, this is a great Sunday dinner topic.  Chances are it impacted the lives of twenty something’s today!  Don’t buy it?  Read on.
HERE ARE THE TWO QUESTIONS:
Ask any man born in the U.S. between 1940 and 1950:
  1. What number were you in the military draft?
  2. If their “number” was over or under the magical number for that year what decisions would they have made differently in their life between 1968 and 1973?
Studies show over 80% of men know the answer.
John Lennon can be credited with the title for LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS but the events on the campus of Kent State University make the novel.  If a coming of age in the 20-teen is of interest…the new adult genre can be defined by this novel!
New Adult fiction is still about the obvious –
  • Boys and girls transforming into men and women, ages 21 to 23 years old
  • College life
  • Drugs, sex and rock and roll
  • Consequences of making one decision over another
And here’s the highlights of how “Life’s What Happens” fits the NA criteria:
• College life – Life’s What Happens is told in flashback and the flashback is 100% the senior year for nine fraternity brothers and  their friends.  It’s all college all the time.
• Moving out of your parents’ house and living alone for the first time – Most of  the characters in the Life’s What Happens story live on campus or in town and not at home and all for the first time.  What’s interesting is the character arc of those that maintain a weekend tie to their families and those that are immersed into the on-campus life.
• First jobs – By senior year they have studied and majored in the classes necessary for their first real job as an adult.  This criteria is part of the angst that some of the characters go through. What happens if you’re not allowed to start your career?  What will you do about it?
• Deciding who you want to be, career-wise, and in general. Identity issues. Existential issues. – By senior year they have made these decisions and are actively trying to make their decisions come true.
• First serious relationships, finding love – Anyone who has gone through college knows that it was very rare that anyone retained any opposite sex relationships by the time they reached their senior year.  In Life’s What Happens one of the nine fraternity brothers set out in their senior year to accomplish this.
• Sex – It’s less important that it be a “first time” as it is in YA. But the character should still be figuring stuff out. Since our readers can watch R rated movies, we can also be a little more explicit here without as much controversy. –  Because this is all about New Adults in 1969 and 1970 and despite the publicity or history of the sex in the sixties, sex then was different than sex in the 21st century especially compared to the beliefs and actions of the millennial generation, the target market to a degree of the New Adult genre.
• Experimentation – Sex, drugs, alcohol. Of course, not all new adults engage in experimentation, but the phrase, “I experimented with “x” in college,” is a phrase for a reason. –  Drugs were relatively segregated to some of the class of 1970 but wine, beer and hard liquor were center stage.  Even states were confused back then with the application of blue laws and 3.2 beer.  Fake IDs were a cottage industry for one purpose and that wasn’t to outsmart and outwit the TSA.
• Isolation – Living alone for the first time can be difficult –  Most of the characters in Life’s What Happens lived in the fraternity house where living there was more difficult to living alone.
• Single life – New adults often do not have life partners and families yet, so their main relationships may be with friends and boyfriends/girlfriends. –  Many stories centered around the characters living their life with their brothers and girlfriends on campus and no longer at home with family.
• A struggle to “find yourself” – This was the mantra of the 1960’s.  No further comment needed.  Yes there is actually.  The major plot point in the book is what happens when everyone finally is on the path to fining themselves and someone totally blocks the path.
• Change – Moving out, going to college, finding a job…it’s a lot of transition. –  Triple check and then add the draft road block thrown at them with a last minute Thanksgiving Eve congressional vote.   You never can say enough about Nixon.
• Money challenges –  Working your way through school was almost a guarantee of a paycheck coming from Uncle Sam and no school instead.  In some cases in the story a temporary shortage of money and the decisions made can lead to a life time change in goals.
Life's What Happens is a New Adult Romance for ages 18 to 25 and beyond.

Life’s What Happens is a New Adult Romance for ages 18 to 25 and beyond.

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Find the book on several retail sites or on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/LIFES-WHAT-HAPPENS-ebook/dp/B00A14STPS/
 It was a finalist in the Best Indie Book of 2013 and reviewers say—
“For reference, the authors placed a chart with the names and faces of the characters in the front of the book.”
Woodsusa  |  2 reviewers made a similar statement
“ This is a story of a generation, and tells the forgotten story of the lives of these men. ”
Mark  |  1 reviewer made a similar statement
Find out more about Kathy Clark, a.k.a. Bob Kat and her 29 novels at this point published worldwide at her website http://www.nightwriter93.com

Writing Hair-Rising, Spine-Tingling, Mind-Blowing Fiction

Got me…I took the title from the panel I was part of for the Texas Writers’ League.

My panel discussion last night, Thursday, October 17, 2013 was sponsored and organized by the Texas Writers’ League and was held at the Book People book store. The Writers’ League publicized it as about the adventures in Writing Hair-Rising, Spine-Tingling, Mind-Blowing Fiction. It was very well attended with SRO [standing room only] attendance of readers and writers and a wonderful panel of authors aside from me. It was all about suspense and writing suspense and how as an author you do it.

Like any discussion that you are involved in as the “authority” you end up learning more than the members of the audience in many cases. I wanted to share a little about the discussion on writing suspense as it applies just to my two adult suspense novels in the DENVER AFTER DARK Romantic Suspense Series. Book #1, AFTER MIDNIGHT is centered on the events surrounding a Denver cop and book #2, CRIES IN THE NIGHT is all about his brother, a Denver fireman. Book #3 will be along next summer and is about the third brother, a Denver Paramedic. These books all have strong elements of romance but the romance of these novels is not the story. These are suspense novels and that follows a very different set of rules. So what is it, that make these books great suspense reads? AFTER MIDNIGHT won multiple awards for suspense this year already and placed 3rd in the Readers’ Favorite book awards which I get to pick up personally in Miami next month. CRIES IN THE NIGHT released a few weeks ago and has nearly a 100% 5 star rating.

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From last night’s discussion and Q&A session several points were made.
At its core suspense is a state or feeling of excited or anxious uncertainty about what may happen in the story. It isn’t about the car chase or jumping out of a plane without a parachute but rather it is the sense of anticipation or worry that the author makes the reader feel. It is internal. Well written suspense makes the reader feel on-edge. It doesn’t happen in the beginning of the book but suspense builds throughout the story and gets the reader hooked into reading more until the climax of the story is reached. Suspense is the fuel that drives the reader to want to read until the end of the book.
In AFTER MIDNIGHT it isn’t long into the book when you begin to suspect who the bad guy/girl is but you don’t know why they did what they did, you can’t figure out how desperate he/she is and what obstacles or harm they will cause. In CRIES IN THE NIGHT the bad guy/girl isn’t known until toward the end and the anxiety and danger created for the protagonist creates anxiety in the reader.
Fear and intensity are not the only kinds of suspense you will find inside these two books. A second kind of suspense develops in the reader’s mind as they try to anticipate what a character is going to do in the story. Here the character must be true to their character and situation for this kind of suspense to be real and effective. Often times the events in the story will escalate beyond what the reader is expecting and their suspense builds because of it.
We spent time last night also talking about red herrings in a story. The most common use for a red herring is in literature, especially mystery and thriller stories. The red herring is usually a person who has no use in the story except to distract the reader from the real bad guy. The red herring can take the form of a situation or event which readers believe to be the clue to a discovery of the real plot and resolution but which turns out to be worthless. A fundamental attribute of a well written red herrings is to have eased into the story seamlessly, often times early in the story. If done really well the clues left by the author lead the reader to solve the riddle or case in their own mind or find the bad guy only to find out their investigatory skills are no match for the author’s logic. This means of course, that the reader cannot be cheated by the author who may have withheld clues along the way.
A red herring is actually a dried smoked herring, which is turned red by the smoke but the literary meaning stems from the stories about British fugitives in the 1800s who would rub a herring across their trail, thereby diverting the bloodhounds that were hot in pursuit. In the 1920s, American investment bankers started calling preliminary prospectuses “red herrings” as a warning to investors that the documents were not complete or final and could be misleading. The wiktionary attributes it specifically to English journalist William Cobbett, c. 1805, in which he claimed that as a boy he used a red herring (a cured and salted herring) to mislead hounds following a trail. The story served as an extended metaphor for the London press, which had earned Cobbett’s ire by publishing false news accounts regarding Napoleon.

The two hours flew past and I hope I will be invited back to be on another panel. The hospitality of the Book People book store was great and the audience was very supportive. Thank you all.

AFTER MIDNIGHT is on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/MIDNIGHT-Denver-Romantic-Suspense-ebook/dp/B009CGO8N8/

CRIES IN THE NIGHT can be found on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/CRIES-Denver-Romantic-Suspense-ebook/dp/B00FDRYCIQ/

These are my 28th and 29th book. I recently released the 3rd book in the teen time travel mystery series, CUL8R and here are the links on Amazon for the first three books in the series.

Find book #1, OMG on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/CUL8R-Travel-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00AF2Q30E/

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You can find BRB, book #2 on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Right-Travel-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00C8SK9JO/

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Find BION, book #3 on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Believe-Travel-Mystery-Romance-ebook/dp/B00E5141ZK/

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These books are being made available on Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iBooks over the next few weeks.

Information on my first 23 novels can be found on my home page athttp://www.nightwriter93.com/ and website for the young adult series, CUL8R, athttp://www.cul8rseries.com/

Next up for me is the release of book #1 in the New Adult Romantic Suspense Series SCANDALS titled BABY DADDY. It is about five 20 something’s who find themselves faced with major sibling and family adjustments, career changes and options that strike at their foundation and financial opportunities beyond their wildest dreams. For one of them in this first book, college junior Killeen Ames, the experience of her first love weighs heavily on her college sports scholarship future, career choices and her romantic feelings and plans. The new adult age range of 18 to 25 years old makes this a wonderful story set in the Austin area where the official motto is “Keep Austin Weird”.

It helps me to write to the cover so this is what I’m shooting for at this point.

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