You Are What You Were When

You Are What You Were When

By Kathy Clark

 

Great characters…that’s what several of our REALITY ROMANCE Blogs have been about.  What makes characters memorable and what makes people love or hate them?  They have to be real.  They have to be people you want to know or who are similar to people you already know.  Nothing kills a book faster than a character you don’t care about.  Love them or hate them, they have to make an impact.

The lead characters of most romance novels are in their early twenties to late thirties range.  But the supporting characters can be all ages, shapes, colors, and personalities.  If there wasn’t a variety, the story would be pretty one-dimensional.  You’ll see authors add babies, teenagers, parents, grand-parents, and even animals.  They all make interesting additions as long as you, the writer, makes sure that they’re consistent, real, and important to the plot.

When we were creating our Austin Heroes series, we knew the three books were to each feature one of the Archer brothers.  How do you balance a cocky DEA agent, a golden-boy Texas Ranger, and a prodigal son Homeland Security officer?  One of our favorite TV shows is Blue Bloods that each week ends with a big family dinner.  Well, we decided to adapt that meal idea to a family of alpha men who are supposed to leave their guns at the door, but almost never stop talking shop.  Who could be strong enough to counteract these powerful personalities?

Their feisty grandmother, of course.  Grammy grew up in the Sixties as a young musician turned hippie, immersed in the culture of Haight Asbury.  She still enjoys smoking pot on the porch and living on the edge of society.  What better conflict for three grandsons who have sworn to uphold the law?  One even has a drug dog who definitely has a conflict of interest every time they come for dinner at Grammy’s.

The fun part about writing Grammy was that we could make her bigger than life.  The challenging part was that we had to keep her in character and have her appropriately represent her generation.  There are plenty of Baby Boomers out there who would spot anything disingenuous or incorrect.

Equally important was when we were writing Another Chance, the third book in the series.  The premise is that Luke (the Homeland Security officer) returns home to Austin on an assignment and bumps into his high school sweetheart, Bella.  So, while not actually having two sets of characters, we had to deal with Luke and Bella as emotional teenagers and as cynical adults.  That involved going back to the Eighties and staying true to that era, as well.  Do you remember that there were no cell phones, DVDs, CDs, or internet back then?

Working with all those characters at various stages of their lives was a lot of fun.  Their lives, loves, emotions, heartbreaks, and ambitions were all woven into the plot, making a complex, but realistic view of a family.

My husband heard a wonderful speech by a man named Morris Massey, a marketing professor and sociologist.  His decades-long work is focused on values, generations, and what he calls Significant Emotional Events, or SEE’s.  Some of his most noteworthy, useful and entertaining topics include:

  • The Original Massey Tapes – 1: What You Are Is Where You Were When
  • The Original Massey Tapes – 3: What You Are Is
  • The Original Massey Tapes – 4: What You Are Is Where You See
  • What You Are Is What You Choose…So Don’t Screw It Up
  • Dancing With The Bogeyman

They tell how to make characters that are true to their backgrounds and beliefs.

Authors tell you character background by several means:

  • What their pop culture is about [music, words, films, books, art etc.]
  • Reference points [age of family members, what grade they are in school, if they are on social security or in the military are the obvious examples]
  • And the obvious clue, the author just tells you

Dr. Massey’s findings will help you create wonderful characters that are consistent with their age and upbringing.  When a senior citizen acts like a teenager or a college student dresses like a grade school kid, the reader is thrown out of the book.  These incongruities, unless there are “payoffs” later in the book, just show you didn’t do your homework and you didn’t really know your own characters.

Following are some quotes from Another Chance that illustrate our point.

“Grammy took us everywhere in that bus.  When the engine burned up for the third time just two years ago, she had it towed back to this field, then held a wake for it.  Hundreds of people came out.  It was the event of the year.”  Nick shook his head and smiled as the memory of that crazy party flashed through his mind.

“She has lots of friends?”

“Everyone from the 60s who was involved in music…that is, anyone still alive…showed up.  It was…colorful.”  Nick glanced over at Jamie.  “I have to warn you…Grammy is not a typical grandmother.”

“And this must be Harley.”  She looked down at the dog that was sitting at attention next to her, his gaze focused on her with burning intensity.  She wore a long prairie skirt and tie-dyed T-shirt with her curly steel-gray hair pulled back into a ponytail.

“Grammy, you’re killing me,” Nick said.

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“You’ve got a joint in your pocket, don’t you?” Nick asked.

“I might,” she admitted with an unapologetic grin.

 “I’m a DEA agent, and Harley’s a drug dog.  What are we supposed to do with you?”

“Arrest me,” Grammy challenged nonchalantly.  She leaned over and petted Harley whose concentration didn’t waiver.

“I should.  Maybe a night in jail would be good for you,” Nick retorted.

“Ha!  Like I haven’t been to jail before.”  She chuckled.  “The first time was back in ’67…or was it ’68?  Anyway, me and a bunch of other women burned our bras in the street outside The Playboy Club in San Francisco.  I haven’t worn a bra since.”

 

So what does the teaching of an expert in this field, Dr. Morris Massey, tell us?  Dr. Massey’s credentials are on line.  In his book What Works At Work (Lakewood Publications, 1988) he was cited as one of the most influential workplace experts of the time.  And to fully understand why people believe what they do and have the values they do, you have to understand where they’ve come from.

Morris Massey has described three major periods during which our values are developed.

 

The Imprint Period

Up to the age of seven, we are like sponges, absorbing everything around us and accepting much of it as true, especially when it comes from our parents. The confusion and blind belief of this period can also lead to the early formation of trauma and other deep problems. The critical thing here is to learn a sense of right and wrong, good and bad. This is a human construction which we nevertheless often assume would exist even if we were not here (which is an indication of how deeply imprinted it has become).  If parents are poor their kids often will value wealth.  If they’re jobs are a t risk and they’re unemployed the kids will value job security and when they’re older days off without pay is a significant.

 

The Modeling Period

Between the ages of eight and thirteen, we copy people, often our parents, but also other people. Rather than blind acceptance, we are trying on things like suit of clothes, to see how they feel. We may be much impressed with religion or our teachers. You may remember being particularly influenced by junior school teachers who seemed so knowledgeable—maybe even more so than your parents.

 

The Socialization Period

Between 13 and 21, we are very largely influenced by our peers. As we develop as individuals and look for ways to get away from the earlier programming, we naturally turn to people who seem more like us. Other influences at these ages include the media, especially those parts which seem to resonate with the values of our peer groups.

 

So your kids or even you at about age seven, between eight and thirteen or between thirteen and twenty one, are primary time periods that mold us.  Is it any wonder therefore that kids growing up in the fifties explained a lot about the existence of the hippies of the sixties and seventies and the push back the baby boomer generation always seemed to be doing in the sixties through to today.

 

Kind of makes you wonder what imprints kids in the early twenty-first century will value as adults.  The point of this blog?  Be sure your characters are consistent with their age and era.  Of course, not everything you know about your characters will come out on the page.  But it impacts who they are and how they will react to whatever conflicts you’re going to throw in their path.

 

Our series novels are in three different age ranges for example:

  • The young adult series, TIME SHIFTERS, is about four sixteen year olds.
  • The new adult series, SCANDALS, is about five adults age eighteen to twenty five
  • Romantic Suspense, both the Denver Heroes and Austin Heroes series, is about characters in their mid to late twenties.

 

AFTER LOVE COVER

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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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.

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Our 2014 Readers’ Favorite annual International Award Contest Finalist Achievements

Hello friends, fans and readers.

The FINALISTS for the 2014 Readers’ Favorite annual International Award Contest have been announced! We were fortunate enough to have two of the three books judged to be finalists. While the third book did receive a 5 STAR review it did not make the finalist group. We’ll learn the final rankings on 9/1/14.

In the Young Adult – MYSTERY category we were named for BION [Believe It Or Not] This is book #3 in the CUL8R Time Travel Mystery Series.
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A recent reviewer of BION had this to say . . .

This is the first book in the CUL8R series that I’ve read, but having read it I shall certainly be going back to read the others. Although it’s probably aimed at teenagers, with its short length and young cast – I can vouch for the fact that it can be just as easily enjoyed by adults.

The story starts out introducing the main protagonist, Kelly and giving a brief overview of the previous adventures that she and the gang have been involved in since their discovery of the `spirit radio’ – an invention that allows them to communicate with the dead. Readers new to the series are quickly brought up to date, meaning it is possible to start out with this third book in the series and not feel lost. The details that people familiar with the series will already know are spliced in with new events occurring between Kelly and her aunt Jane, so that fans of the series will be kept as engaged as new readers. The plot develops at a good pace, with enough action to keep you hooked and plenty of character development to boot.

The characters are the real crowning glory of the book. All vastly different, they are vividly portrayed in such a way that they really come to life in the imagination. You quickly come to recognise their various traits and what makes them happy, sad, or fearful. It is impossible not to care about each character and this really helps to draw the reader into the story. Even characters with a small supporting role feel real and fully fleshed out. The author has a real talent for characterisation. Adult readers will find themselves transported back to their high school years – experiencing again the joys of trials of first love, crushes, awkward self-consciousness, pride in achievements, dreams of the future, and flourishing new friendships that they might have thought they left behind long ago. It is so easy to empathise with the characters and they don’t seem at all simple or childish, despite their youth.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a good entertaining read. I am looking forward to the next offering and will definitely fill the intervening time by reading the first two books!

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In the Contemporary Romance category we were named ofr LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS.
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From a recent reviewer. . .

Life’s What Happens does for Kent State students what Derek Robinson’s Piece of Cake did for WWII pilots in 1939. A large cast of characters, often irreverent, teasing, hard-working and hard-playing, comes to life in the first part of the novel where students ponder what the future might bring, and threats of a draft lottery begin to loom large. The photographer, the dissector of dead cats, the poor rich guy and the newly successful poor friend, and more, live out their everyday lives against a backdrop of eateries, drink, tests and dreams. Girlfriends abound, and the relationships have that vivid teenage immediacy of indestructibility and rebellion. But destruction looms large.

The day of the lottery is captured in photos by the photographer, and becomes hauntingly real to the reader as numbers are called and accidents of birth offer the destruction of dreams. But life goes on, through physical exams, unanswered appeals, the folly of regulation, and the sudden danger of overwhelmed emotions.

An innocent trip downtown turns disastrous near the end of the novel, and tension rises with the terrors of historical events, making this novel truly haunting and hard to put down. The author wisely keeps politics out of the picture, telling just the story of real people, caught in an unreal situation. By the end it’s clear that nobody ever sees the future, and all of us see differently when we look back at the past. I’m glad to have seen through the eyes of these students, through the words of this author. And Life’s What Happens is highly recommended.

Almost Time for BABY DADDY! It can be FREE you know…

Hello fellow Authors, Readers and Fans,

I’m getting close to the end of the writing process for my newest book, #30 in my career and it is titled BABY DADDY.  It will be book #1 in my New Adult Romantic Suspense Series, SCANDALS.  It is a first person book which has been a lot of fun to write and a welcome change.  And if you were at the Texas Writers’ League panel a week or so ago this also had the benefit of Bob.  But I digress.  I thought it would be a little limiting, the first person not Bob that is, but I found what you lose in the scope of a scene you more than make up for in the depth of the character throughout the story.

Being a new adult genre there are several touchstones that the story must have.  I don’t want to spoil the experience but trust me it does touch several of them in such plot points and story lines like college life, sex, music, the consequences of making one decision over another, moving out of your parents’ house for the first time, for some of the main characters their first serious first jobs, deciding who you want to be “when you grow up”, a person’s first serious relationships, and even some major money decisions.

How do you pack all this it one story?  Simple.  You’ve got to set up the series in book one and while book one’s main character is all about one Killeen Ames, the others have a voice that must be heard.

So here’s the back cover blurb and the current working cover.  All comments are welcome and I’m starting to look for willing volunteers who are interested in receiving an ARC in another few weeks in exchange for a pre-release review.  Drop me your email address at Kathy@nightwriter93.com. The ARC is FREE of course.

The story takes place in Austin in current day.

THE BACK COVER

Killeen Ames had it all…beauty, brains, a college scholarship, a rich and handsome boyfriend.  She found out she is pregnant…now the boyfriend has disappeared and the scholarship is in jeopardy.  An attorney arrives at her door with an offer she can’t refuse.

She walks into the meeting and is surprised to find out that her real father had been a popular music star who is now dead.  Even more shocking is the four strangers who share the same absentee dad.  He has left them a highly successful private investigation agency, Scandals.  The catch is…they have to make the commitment to work there.

It’s a difficult choice for them to make…leave their old jobs, schools and lives and run the agency.  Killeen’s decision is further complicated when she meets the totally irresistible manager of Scandals.  Her attraction to him is immediate and volatile, but she knows they have no future.  She has a secret she can’t share.

But there is a darker side to their dilemma.  Someone is determined that they not get their inheritance.  In fact, someone wants them all dead.  Should they run back to their safe lives or should they stay and try to stop a killer…before he kills them?

And here’s the cover…

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Thanks in advance for your input!  It is invaluable!

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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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-PREGNANT-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D6AUUI8

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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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-NASHVILLE-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D6T6RAY/

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.”

FREE BONUS CHAPTERS INCLUDED

GO FOR YOUR DREAMS ROMANCE COLLECTION

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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-DREAMS-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D70IW32/

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?

FREE SAMPLE CHAPTERS INCLUDED!

SINGLE DADS ROMANCE COLLECTION

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http://www.amazon.com/ROMANCE-COLLECTION-SINGLE-Romance-Collection-ebook/dp/B00D6AO3O0/

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?

FREE BONUS CHAPTERS INCLUDED.

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.

Day #1 Of The Release Of Believe It Or Not {BION} #3 in the Time Travel Mystery Series! Book #1 Voted Best in 2013 & Book #2 Reader’s Favorite Top 3 in 2013!

The first day of the week long book release for BION [Believe It Or Not], book #3 in the CUL8R [See you later] Time TRavel Mystery Series went really well.

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I’ve just got some awesome favs and readers!.  Thanks to the emails, the Facebook lIkes and comments on Google + .

As a part of the BION launch I ran a free two days on a backlist book, Count Your Blessings and it hit the top 10 on Amazon earlier this week.

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For added attention to the release Friday and Saturday will see Angel Of Mercy.  This is one of Kathy’s best selling trilogies from her Romance era.

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Book #2, BRB, shot up to top 50 on Amazon today and OMG is picking up sales tonight.

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Friday is a special pricing day for BION so check it out.  I’d love to hear your comment and reviews too.  Here’s the logline to ponder…

Can she give up everything she has in the present for true love in the past?

Believe it or Not . . . “Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls …welcome to the best entertainment money can buy, the Maxwell Brothers Circus!”  

 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 that past. 

 As they slowly turn the dial of their Spirit Radio Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey hear hundreds of sad, lonely voices of souls that have passed but apparently never moved on, pleading for help. 

 A young woman 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 provides a glimpse into the past . . . as well as a photo of Jesse.

 They 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, it’s love at first sight.  If they are successful and save his life, will she be able to let him go?  

I’ll see you in the world’s largest Virtual eBook Fair this weekend I’m sure.  Many thanks for making this launch so great.

For those that don’t know me here’s a little about me.  I am Kathy Clark, a.k.a. Bob Kat has written romance, young adult, romantic suspense and new adult romance for 25 years.  She’s had 23 books traditionally published through Harlequin and others with sales over 3.25 million in total and has indie published her most recent 4 books.  She will release 3 more books in 2013, book #2 in the Romantic Suspense series Denver After Dark, book #3 in the Young Adult Time Travel Mystery Series and book #1 in the New Adult romantic suspense series.  She has been a NY Times Best Selling author, a USA Today recommended author, an RWA RITA award winner and her indie books have won two Best Indie Book of 2013 Awards, a finalist in that competition, a finalist in the Beverly Hills Book Awards and two books are in the finals of the Reader’s Choice 2013 book awards being issued on 9/1/13.

My website is at http://www.nightwriter93.com

The time travel mystery series website is http://www.cul8rseries.com

My blog site is at https://kathyclarkauthor.wordpress.com/

All of my books on Amazon including the Romance Collections is at http://astore.amazon.com/nightwriter93-20

TWITTER: @93nightwriter

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/kelly.welch.cul8r

Night all….