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 and for the young adult series at

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

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


2014 Award for BEST INDIE BOOK of the year.

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

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

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

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BION is available on Amazon at



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

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




Due Dates is available on Amazon at

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I truly hope you soon will read it; CRIES IN THE NIGHT

My 29th book, and book #2 in the DENVER AFTER DARK Romantic Suspense series, CRIES IN THE NIGHT, achieved top 15 sales ranking on Amazon in January and sales across all nine (9) major book sellers have continued to strong. The story is of a fireman and a victim’s advocate dealing with human tragedy and emotions in their daily work and personal lives in Denver, Colorado. The stories are real and my experience as a victim’s Advocate and my father’s experience as a fireman and the personal research that went into the book was extensive. The reviews have averaged 4.9 stars early on and here is some of the feedback that really catches the essence of the book –

“This book had be from the very beginning and it has it all terror, love, sex, fear and lies.”

“The author writes with a very distinct, visually rich writing style that is well-refined to the point of flawlessness; this combined with the original and dynamic characters makes for a really great end result with this book and I’m sure it is going to impress even the most critical fans of the genre.”

“I fell in love with the characters, Julie and Rusty, while becoming endeared to his brothers, Chris and Sam as well. Other characters in the story that were central to the story line are so authentic, that you actually become connected to them in a real way.”

I know most any author can find some great reviews to march out in support of new sales and fans. But I truly hope, if you haven’t read it that you soon will.

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Rationale on Re-Covering and Re-Launching an Award Winning Novel

What a difference a generation makes?

Life’s What Happens explores life on a college campus where the clash of college life and coming of age during the tumultuous times of the most unpopular war of the last century happened daily and served as the perfect storm to drive relationships, rights, rituals and regret.  

When Bob sat down and wrote the first draft of Life’s What Happens it was from the perspective of how the Vietnam War was conducted in 1969 – 1970 and the way the government went about replacing the 1,000s of men and women who were killed on a regular basis.  Every night you could see the bodies of the dead and wounded parade across American’s TV screen on their way to often times very private funerals.  Returning veterans often kept quiet because the war was not a welcome topic outside the walls of veterans clubs. The Viet vet became a scapegoat for our country’s involvement in an unpopular war and the military frequently faced rejection and verbal, sometimes physical assault. That’s why many veterans quickly discarded their uniforms after returning home; it was easier than facing humiliation in public places.  This feeling lingers to the 21st century as many book reviewers refused to read this novel because of the memories that it unearthed for them.

Life’s What Happens looks at the college culture surrounding the end of the Vietnam war as it relates to the first military draft since WWII.  It is told in flashback so the long term impacts of the decisions made can be seen first hand by the reader.  It is a romantic drama in the new adult genre.

He is too young to drink (legally) but not too young to die. Don Williams is a senior at Kent State University and lives in an off-campus fraternity house. He and his girlfriend Lisa are making plans for their future after graduation when suddenly, it’s all taken away. His career, his freedom of choice and even his frat brothers who have become his family.

Life’s What Happens when you mix the hormone-fueled emotions of youth who have left home to experience the mind, mood and physical freedoms of college life with the cultural and political changes of the late 1960’s. For the brothers of Phi Psi Kappa fraternity their biggest worries should have been how to pass their classes with the least amount of studying and the greatest amount of partying and girls. Instead, they are faced with the life-and-death decision of whether they should face their fates head-on, change their plans or just run away.

It is about the year they turned from boys to men, and where their choices took them.

Life’s What Happens was voted a finalist in the 2013 Best Indie Book competition and today we’ve re-launched it under Kathy Clark’s name due to the adult nature of the story and the college relationships that occurred.

Here’s the new cover all book seller sites should be up to date within a few days.

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Next Romantic Suspense in the Scandals Series – Tramp Stamp

Hello all and welcome to the post-Christmas  / pre-New Years post about my next Romantic Suspense, aimed at the 18 to 30 year old new adult crowd.  I put book #1, BABY DADDY on sale this weekend for everyone.
So you know about the 18 to 30 year old crowd a little better I have been doing research in the US and UK abut new adults.  Over the past few weeks I have focused on my new adult romantic suspense series with blogs about a number of new adult related realities of the world…

* What do the Eagles, New Adults and Facebook have in common?

* A Novel about Generation X, Generation Y, Millennials, Net Generation, Generation Next, Echo Boomers, Peter Pan Generation, and The Lost Generation.

* Friends, Debt and Tattoos; New Adults, the Educated Homeless

* A mental basis for The New Adult Fiction

The top ten book sellers is Baby Daddy  Book #1 in the Scandals Romantic Suspense series and that link to the Amazon version is in this post.

The second book in the series is underway and tonight’s blog is a convenient way to avoid finishing chapter eight I guess.  Book #2 is titled Tramp Stamp and the title comes from the female client that walked in the door of Austin’s Scandals Investigations at the end of book #1.  The SCANDALS Series is the story of five brothers and sisters who inherited their biological father’s very successful PI agency in Austin, Texas.  By this time in their decision to take over the ownership and operation of the agency they have taken on multiple cases but the one that Tramp Stamp follows is of personal interest to Reno…not the town but the one son of Roger Eliot, former musician who had spent too many years as a bad boy on the road.

I hope you’ll come back and when I’m a little closer to the release in February…they’ll be free copies of the ARC [Advance Review Copy] available in exchange for your honest opinion.
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My website is and the purchase links for BABY DADDY can be found on the page

What do the Eagles, New Adults and Facebook have in common?

My recent New Adult romantic suspense novel, BABY DADDY, was released in November and hit Amazon’s top ten this last weekend.  Unfortunately it got scored in the erotica category even though it isn’t advertised there and it isn’t an erotica book by any means.  But I digress.  It is still discounted from this past weekend’s virtual book fair and you can get it at the following buy links-


iTunes / Apple –

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All Romance –

Amazon –

Before I move on I really do appreciate the many hundreds who purchased this book yesterday alone!

I’ve become interested on the new adult genre from several perspectives. Five sons who are in or very recently went through that window and several of my 23 novels trhat today would be classified as new adults but they were written too long ago to qualify.  I’ve written several blogs that look into the psychology and economics and the social aspects of the new adult world and they are on my blog at


I ran across this Mashable Facebook survey this morning which is a new adult genre discussion.  And like any article from my generation, give or take, how it relates to Hotel California and the Eagles.


Mashable reached out to a few Millennials, in particular, to find out why they left Facebook — and why some returned. While the reasons for cutting the cord ranged from the practical to the existential, many former Facebook users cited the stress of maintaining their online appearances.

What generation ever looked at a voluntary activity as having too much stress?

Most often cited as a reason to drop Facebook by the Millennials according to Mashable along with a few personal comments and questions-

1. It’s Just Too Overwhelming [Isn’t this a voluntary act?]

2. To Hide Incriminating Evidence From Employers [This is beyond a Facebook issue]

3. To Hide From a Breakup [Your real friends should know this anyway]

4. To Avoid Anxieties [See #2]

5. You’re Having an Existential Crisis [What does this even mean?]


“Hotel California” is the title song from the Eagles’ album of the same name and was released as a single in February 1977. It is one of the best-known songs of the Eagles.  At least two decades ahead of widespread use of the Internet.  How did they know when they wrote / sang – “You can sign out any time you’d like, but you’re never really going to leave.”

How did they know?


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A mental basis for The New Adult Fiction Genre

Is a person an adult at 18? Recently UK psychologists say No! So the questions is, is this the basis for The New Adult Fiction Genre.
With adolescence now ending at 25 to prevent young people getting an inferiority complex what should be included in a New Adult novel?

The BBC report claims that during adolescence, the way everyday situations and data is processed changes significantly from when a person is a child, to when they reach middle age.

Why does an author of Young Adult and New Adult fiction bring this up?  Simple. The elements of a New Adult novel fit certain criteria in the research and article by child psychologist Laverne Antrobus from London’s Tavistock Clinic who told the BBC “We are becoming much more aware and appreciating development beyond [the age of 18] and I think it’s a really good initiative.”

Adolescence no longer ends when people hit 18, according to updated guidelines being given to child psychologists.  The new directive is designed to extend the age range that child psychologists can work with from 18 years old up to 25.

It is hoped the initiative will stop children being ‘rushed’ through their childhood and feeling pressured to achieve key milestones quickly, reports the BBC.

There are now three stages of adolescence, according to the BBC report: early adolescence that ranges from 12 to 14 years, middle adolescence from 15 to 17 years and 18 and over is classed as late adolescence.

Authors have long held that give or take couple of years to allow for differences in upbringing mid-grade usually ends around 14 years old, young adult is in the 14 to 18 years and the new adult genre is in the 18 to 25 year old group.

It has been introduced because research now suggests the brain continues developing through and passed teenage years, well into a person’s mid-twenties and thirties.

The new guidance is also to ensure that over 18s don’t miss out on opportunities, or are forgotten about, in terms of health and education.  New scanning technology has made it possible for psychologists and other doctors to track how the brain changes and processes information.  It adds that as the brain ‘reorganizes itself’, people start to see and think about things differently and the brain becomes more like an adult brain.  Could this be one reason why in a well written new adult story  the character arcs tend to be more pronounced?

In our first New Adult Romance, Life’s What Happens the characters are forced to take bigger arc than you would see in people in their late twenties for example.  This background about being a passive adult will be built into our upcoming New Adult series Scandals, book #1, Baby Daddy.

Passive Adult?  Nice term for book club chatter but an author may need a more specific guide when writing a new adult book.  These criteria make a good list to follow and I explain them in terms of my first New Adult Romance, LIFE’S WHAT HAPPENS.  On Amazon at

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.

  • 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 finding themselves when national circumstances 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 –  Goes without saying.  In some cases in the story a temporary shortage of money and the decisions made can lead to a life time change in goals.