Overboard

OVERBOARD

By Kathy Clark

One of the best things I did to improve my overall writing skills was to take screenwriting classes.  I had already had twenty-three novels published before I decided to give Hollywood a shot.  There was no question that I knew how to plot a novel and create characters.  But what I learned from writing screenplays was the delicate art form of pacing, set-ups and payoffs, backstory without lengthy narrative, and fast-paced scene structure.  I also learned how to write interesting, realistic characters who reveal themselves through actions and dialogue.

I’ve read hundreds of blogs and articles about characters, plotting, and structure.  Most cite classic authors such as Hemingway and Steinbeck.  But when I was an adjunct professor, I used a little-know movie as my best example of a well-executed plot and great character development.  It’s not what most would consider a must-see film, but on a basic level, it’s enjoyable.  As an example of how to write a novel or a movie, it’s fantastic.  The name of the movie is….drum roll, please…a 1987 Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell film, Overboard.

Not what you expected, I bet.  But, considering that it was written by Leslie Dixon who also wrote Loverboy, Outrageous Fortune, and The Heartbreak Kid and directed by the incredibly talented Garry Marshall, it comes as no surprise that this film followed a tried-and-true formula.

The set-up is that a ridiculously spoiled heiress (Joanna), who is so disliked even her mother avoids her, hires a local carpenter (Dean) to remodel a closet on her yacht.  He does a fabulous job but, instead of praise, she is rude, condescending, and shorts his pay.  The author set up Joanna perfectly so that when she fell overboard during a stormy night, you weren’t very sympathetic.  She is rescued, but she has amnesia and doesn’t realize her yacht is sailing off without her (and that her husband and crew are partying big time!)  Through a plot twist, she ends up at Dean’s house under the misconception that she is his wife and Dean’s wild sons are her children.  During the course of his attempt to get back at her, they fall in love and she learns humility, respect, and the true meaning of happiness.  Anyway, you get the plot.  Goldie’s character starts out as a totally unlikeable bitch.  We all know that you can make your heroes and heroines as bad and flawed as you want…as long as they are eventually redeemed.

Goldie’s character began as an extreme.  But remember, Overboard was released in 1987, pre-social media, even prior to the explosion of the internet.  Update the character to 2016 and maybe change her last name to Kardashian, and you have basically the same shallow, self-centered person.  The good news is that that kind of character has plenty of room to grow and develop.  It’s important to give all your major characters a strong arc to show how they have changed and improved because of whatever went on during the course of the book, including true love.

But where do you start?  How do you write characters who start out superficial and end up being substantive?  Here are a few examples of people you don’t want to know by Shana Lebowitz as seen in the Business Insider.  She has presented this for real people, but it’s easily adaptable to your fictional cast of characters.  Pick one or two quirks as the basis for your characters’ genesis, then have fun with it.

 

Disclosing something extremely personal early on in a relationship

In general, people like each other more after they’ve traded confidences. Self-disclosure is one of the best ways to make friends as an adult.

But psychologists say that disclosing something too intimate — say, that your sister is having an extramarital affair — while you’re still getting to know someone can make you seem insecure and decrease your likability.

The key is to get personal without getting overly personal. As one study led by Susan Sprecher at Illinois State University suggests, simply sharing details about your hobbies and your favorite childhood memories can make you seem warmer and more likable.

 

Asking someone questions without talking about yourself at all

Susan Sprecher also found an important caveat to the idea that self-disclosure predicts closeness: It has to be mutual. People generally like you less if you don’t reciprocate when they disclose something intimate.

In the study, unacquainted participants either engaged in back-and-forth self-disclosure or took turns self-disclosing for 12 minutes each while the other listened. Results showed that participants in the back-and-forth group liked each other significantly more.

As the authors write, “Although shy or socially anxious people may ask questions of the other to detract attention from themselves, our research shows that this is not a good strategy for relationship initiation. Both participants in an interaction need to disclose to generate mutual closeness and liking.

 

Hiding your emotions

Research suggests that letting your real feelings come through is a better strategy for getting people to like you than bottling it all up.

In one study, researchers videotaped people watching the fake-orgasm scene from the movie When Harry Met Sally and a sad scene from the movie The Champ. In some cases, the actors were instructed to react naturally; in another they were instructed to suppress their emotions.

College students then watched the four versions of the videos. Researchers measured how much the students would be interested in befriending the people in the videos, as well as their assessments of the personalities of the people in the videos.

Results showed that suppressors were judged less likable — as well as less extroverted and agreeable — than people who emoted naturally.

 

Acting Too Nice

You might think you’ll win people over by acting altruistically, but science suggests otherwise.

In a 2010 study, researchers at Washington State University gave college students points that they could keep or redeem for meal-service vouchers. Participants were told that they were playing in groups of five — even though four of them were manipulations by the researchers — and were told that giving up points would boost the group’s chance of getting a monetary reward.

Some of the “fake” participants would give up lots of points and only take a few vouchers. As it turns out, most participants said they wouldn’t want to work with their unselfish teammate again. Some said the unselfish teammate made them look bad; others suspected they had ulterior motives.

 

Humblebragging

To impress friends and potential employers, avoid complimenting yourself and trying to disguise it as self-criticism. This behavior, otherwise known as “humblebragging,” could be a turn-off, according to a recent study.

In the study, college students were asked to write down how they’d answer a question about their biggest weakness in a job interview. Results showed that more than three-quarters of participants humblebragged, usually about being a perfectionist or working too hard.

Yet independent research assistants said they’d be more likely to hire the participants who were honest, and found them significantly more likable. Those students said things like, “I’m not always the best at staying organized” and “Sometimes I overreact to situations.”

 

Not having a sense of humor

If you’re looking to make friends, you might want to loosen up.

One study of 140 Chinese workers between ages 26 and 35 found that people were less well-liked and less popular among their colleagues if they were “morally focused.” That means they placed a high value on displaying caring, fairness, and other moral traits.

The researchers explained that was because morally focused individuals were perceived as less humorous by their colleagues. Note that this research isn’t an excuse to stop caring about or acting fairly toward your coworkers. But consider it a reason to act less uptight around them.

 

Not smiling

When you’re at a networking event, meeting tons of new people, it can be hard to keep a smile plastered on your face. But you might want to try.

In one study, nearly 100 undergraduate women looked at photos of another woman in one of four poses: smiling in an open body position, smiling in a closed body position, not smiling in an open body position, or not smiling in a closed body position. Results showed that the woman in the photo was liked most when she was smiling, regardless of her body position.

Bonus: Another study found that smiling when you first meet someone helps ensure that they’ll remember you later.

 

Acting like you don’t like someone

Psychologists have known for a while about a phenomenon called “reciprocity of liking“: When we think someone likes us, we tend to like them as well.

In one study, for example, participants were told that certain members of a group discussion would probably like them. (These group members were chosen randomly by the experimenter.) After the discussion, participants indicated that the people they liked best were the ones who supposedly liked them.

If you don’t express fondness for the person you’re meeting, you could potentially turn them off and send them in search of someone who does seem to care about them.

 

Now that you know how to make your Johanna an unpleasant character, what are you going to do to make us love her?

 

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http://www.LoveRealityRomance.com/Young_Adult.html

 

 

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HURRY HURRY HURRY…Step Right UP Ladies & Gentlemen and Kids of ALL Ages! Amazon Selling Ticket to the Circus only $0.99

Hello Thrill Of Suspense Fans and Soon To Be fans.

We just thought we’d get everyone in the mood to run away to the circus tomorrow [10/17/2014] …It will cost you $0.99 and of course Amazon sells the tickets.

Past circus patrons have commented:

This is the third book and I hope it is not the last book of the series.I wish I could have been in this group of 4 but,actually you are. You are with them thru all their adventures,excitement and mystery. Move over Harry Potter!

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.

 

Here’s the link but wait until the tickets are on sale on Friday, October 17, 2014

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

 

Good news and bad news. The circus takes place in 1927 and life on the train can kill you. You eat well but not everyone likes you so it’s best you eat Euro style…a sharp knife in one hand and your fork in the other.

And even though your time in the 1927 is supposed to be temporary you really should keep your heart in check. Long distance romances…I mean long time distance romances are hard to make work.

About the series –

romance | time travel | mystery | inappropriate & new relationships | ghosts | murder | kidnapping

FOUR YOUNG ADULTS IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL THIS. . . IN A YEAR THEY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT

This is the SEE YOU LATER Young Adult Romance Mystery Series    BEST INDIE BOOK 2014READERS'S FAVORITE BRONZE

AND this, for one day only, book #3, a WINNER in THE BEST INDIE BOOK of the year AWARD for ROMANCE and in the READERS’ FAVORITE awards,

Here’s all the photos that survived the time travel trip back to today.

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Introducing Kelly Welsh (RIP, Rest in Peace)

Hello readers!!!  Welcome to Kelly’s Blog Hop –

I was tagged by the fantastic Scarlett Van Dijk lives in Australia and you can find her post here: http://www.scarlettvandijk.com/blog/character-blog-hop-introducing-skyla-book-guardian-core

BIOGRAPHY:

Scarlett Van Dijk was born in 1993 in Geelong, Victoria, before soon moving to South Australia. Her love of writing grew during her time at Wilderness  School, with her first novel, Sky Stone, begun at the age of fifteen. After graduating high school, Scarlett entered the University of South Australia studying the Bachelor of Medical Radiations (Medical Imaging) and will complete the degree this year (2014). While editing Sky Stone, Scarlett began writing the second book in the Sky Stone series, titled Guardian Core. Scarlett’s love for creative writing is accompanied by an interest in martial arts, reading, and desktop publishing. Learn more about Scarlett and her writing at www.scarlettvandijk.com.

Thank you Scarlett for your support of YA writers and for your contributions to the genre.

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For those of you who haven’t met the teenage protagonists of my CUL8R [See You Later] series, here’s a little summary of their latest adventure.

RIP (Rest in Peace) by Bob Kat

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

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.

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

 

What is your name? Are you fictional/historical?

Hi.  My name is Kelly Welch, and I just celebrated my 16th birthday last month.  My friends and I have found a way to travel back in time when someone needs our help.  So, I guess you could say I live in the present, but I get to see what it’s like to live in the past.

When and where is your story set?

So far this summer, it’s been crazy.  A drunk driver killed my parents and now I’m living with my aunt in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.  I miss my parents with all my heart, but I’ve made some great friends and we’re having amazing adventures.  Already this summer we saved a girl’s life from 1966, spent a harrowing few days on an island we thought was deserted, but were nearly killed by a raving maniac back in 1980.  The most fun was when we joined a travelling circus in 1927 and kept a teenage boy from being thrown off a train.  I loved being around all those animals, especially the horses.  But things got really complicated when Zoey and the boy fell in love.  And now we’ve just traveled back to 1911 where we’re staying at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado.  This was only one year after it was built, and I didn’t think it could already be haunted.  But I was wrong.

 

What should we know about you? 

I’m really ordinary with long straight, dark brown hair, hazel eyes and a few extra pounds that I’m trying to get rid of before school starts.  Of course, Zoey, one of my new friends is drop-dead gorgeous which makes me feel all that much more plain.  For some reason, Austin seems to like me just the way I am.  Wow, my heart beats faster when I just think about him.  He looks sort of like a young Ashton Kutcher, tall, dark and oh, so handsome.  We have a lot of fun hanging out, and he almost kissed me once.  I’m sure it’s just fun and games for him, but he’s my first major crush.  The trip to The Stanley Hotel was strange and wonderful and scary…but at least I got to spend more time with Austin.

 

What is screwing up your life?

I’m both terrified and excited about starting my junior year of high school.  I’ve always been home schooled, so it’s going to be a big change.  I’ve seen a lot of movies about mean girls and bullying, so I’m a little nervous that I won’t fit in.

And I’m really worried that my aunt will find out that we’ve been taking these little trips to the past.  We always think they’re going to be easy, but somehow things always get a little crazy and we barely escape with our lives.  If anyone ever finds out about how we travel, they’ll take it away from us and we wouldn’t be able to have the fantastic experiences.

 

What is your goal?

Ever since we found the Spirit Radio, a Thomas Edison invention that allowed him to communicate with dead people, my friends and I have been touched by the cries for help from people in the past who have unsolved mysteries.  I’d like to keep going back and doing what I can to keep these people from losing someone they love.  If only I could go back and keep my parents from being killed…but it doesn’t work like that, unfortunately.  So, my friends and I will have to careful not to get discovered so we can continue to save lives.

 

What is the title of your book?

RIP (Rest in Peace) is a romantic story of lost love, new love, mixed with a little mystery and a lot of danger.  I didn’t believe in ghosts when we arrived at The Stanley Hotel, but I did by the time we left.  Here’s a little blurb from the book about my first contact with someone not quite human.

Kelly forced her tired body into a sitting position.  “I’m not going to waste another minute when I could be sleeping.”

With an unexpected burst of speed, Zoey shot up and ran to the bathroom.  “Me first,” she called out before shutting the door.

“Of course,” Kelly muttered and let herself fall back on the bed.  That was typical Zoey.  Hopefully, she wouldn’t use all the towels.  Kelly tried to talk herself into getting up, taking off her boots and getting her things ready for bed.  But she was so tired.  Maybe if she rested for just a couple of minutes.  Her eyelids drifted closed…

She was walking outside among the guests with Austin.  Instead of the severe black and white uniform, she was wearing a soft dress with tiny pink, yellow and blue flowers sprinkled all over it.  The material was light and floated around her like a silky scarf blowing in the mountain breeze.  Austin, too, was dressed like a gentleman of the era in a tweed jacket and a jaunty driving cap on top of his dark brown hair.  He looked even more handsome than usual as he turned toward her and held out his hand.

He had held her hand before, but usually just to help her or keep her from falling.  This time, it was just because he wanted to…and that made her heart beat faster in anticipation.  She took his hand and savored the way his fingers wrapped around hers.  No wonder he was the star quarterback with fingers so long and strong.  He tightened his grip.

Ow…that was a little too tight.  She tried to get him to loosen it, but she didn’t want to complain for fear he’d let her go.  His fingers continued to squeeze until it was actually becoming painful.  She wanted to pull her hand away, but she couldn’t.  Tighter.  Harder.  She heard herself whimper.  She couldn’t bear it.  Her fingers felt like they were being crushed.  “Stop…please,” she cried.  “You’re hurting me.”

Abruptly, she woke up and bolted into a sitting position.  Her hand was throbbing and as she looked at it, she saw that it had the red outlines of someone’s fingers on the back…fingers much smaller than Austin’s.

The bathroom door opened and Zoey walked out.  “What are you shouting about?” she asked.  “I could hear it even with the water running.”

“Did you squeeze my hand?” Kelly asked, a little angry at being tricked.  “That wasn’t funny.”

“I don’t know what you’re talking about.  I was in the bathroom.”

Kelly’s eyes narrowed suspiciously.  “You weren’t just out here?”

“No, honestly.  I’ve been in the bathroom with the door shut.”

Kelly lifted her hand.  The finger marks had faded, but were still slightly visible.  She thrust her hand toward Zoey.  “Someone was just holding my hand so tightly, it left prints.  Look!”

Zoey stepped closer.  Her blond eyebrows lifted as she looked at Kelly’s hand.  “It wasn’t me.”

Kelly flexed her fingers.  The feeling was just coming back into them.  Her voice quivered a little as she asked, “If it wasn’t you…then who was it?”

They both looked around.  The door was still locked, and there was no one else in the room.

 

So, when will the book be published? 

RIP (Rest in Peace) by Bob Kat is self-published on Amazon.com just in time for the Halloween season.  There’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than to curl up with a great ghost story…but keep the lights on.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Bob Kat

Bob Kat is actually a husband (Bob) and wife (Kathy – get it?  Bob Kat) writing team who are fans of romance, time travel and mysteries and love reliving their teenage years through the adventures of Kelly, Scott, Austin and Zoey (of course, without the time travel).  The series has won an amazing number of awards including Best Indie Book Young Adult of 2013 (OMG), Best Indie Book Young Adult of 2014 (BION), Reader’s Favorite YA of 2013 (BRB) and Reader’s Favorite YA of 2014 (BION).

Kathy has always been a storyteller.  She published her first book when she was just four years old…okay, it was self-published (way ahead of the trend).  The Little Black Horse That Ran Away was self-illustrated and completely sold out of its first printing (one copy to her mother).

Years later, Kathy’s first official book was published by Dell.  Since then, she had a total of 23 novels published by Dell, Crown and Harlequin and 9 novels self-published on Amazon.com.  She writes adult romantic suspense and new adult romances under the name Kathy Clark.

To be perfectly honest, Kathy and Bob would rather be riding horses or sitting on a white sand beach, reading a book than writing, but the characters in their heads insist that they tell their stories, just like that little black horse so long ago.

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Putting a Sharper Edge On Our Young Adult Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2014 Award for BEST INDIE BOOK of the year.

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

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

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

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BION is available on Amazon at

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

 

 

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

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

 

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Due Dates is available on Amazon at

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The Thrill Of Suspense Across The Ages Blog

In the past I wrote about the re-branding of my reader facing social media and other advertising and marketing materials.  In the last ten days everything moved from being about me, Kathy Clark, sometimes Bob Kat, the young adult author to what I, and my husband on two of the three series, write about, suspense.

So we branded the author slogan, The Thrill Of Suspense and a secondary longer slogan by adding the phrase Across The Ages.

This blog has now been re titled The Thrill Of Suspense Across The Ages. 

Here are some of the graphics you will see on line…but behind it is me and what we write about.

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Oh yeah…being from Texas originally the liberal use of stars in all the graphics?  Yeah…it’s in the DNA.  Being a big state you also learn that a lone star would just not do.

You’ll also find the brand on Pinterest and the following QR codes are for point and loading your smart phone for getting on our main author site

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or this blog site.

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The Thrill Of Suspense Across The Ages; Marketing An Author’s Brand

As a New York Times bestselling fiction author, once, and having authored and had published 32 books with total sales over nearly 3.5 million across way too many years to remember, Bob and I joined the Romance Writers of America [RWA] deep in the heart of Texas, on July 23–26, for the 2014 #RWA Conference in San Antonio.  I had stepped away from the #RWA organization after being a National Board member and went to Hollywood to write for the big screen which can explain my time away from the organization and writing books.  The biggest change I noticed was the high quality expertise surrounding the 2nd major task of any successful best selling author, marketing.

In 2012, my husband Bob and I relocated to the #Austin area and we went back to writing novels.  The trip to San Antonio was a short drive and the week was a great time to get away.  We had released 8 books in two years, so it’s not like we’ve been goofing off. What they didn’t realize was how much we would learn about marketing our books and, more critically, our brand.

Whether you’re being published through a large publishing house or self-publishing your books, the effort, skills and intuition needed to market your brand and your books is nearly equal.  So we came back and went to work to sharpen our message to the book market in general and to work on finding and communicating better with our readers and fans.  The result was that we now have a consistent reader facing message.  Bob always knew that an advertising slogan is a short, memorable group of words used in advertising campaigns to draw attention to one distinctive feature,” Bob continued.  “Our passion is suspense so our slogan had to be The Thrill Of Suspense Across The Ages.”

We have three different active suspense series currently.

The Young Adult series, CUL8R [See you later for the non-texters], is all about the 15 to 18 year old reader.  It is a time travel series with the last book, RIP, taking place in 1911 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park Colorado who were very supportive of our work. Having RIP on the shelf with the another famous work of fiction by Stephen KingShining, is a real rush.

aaThe New Adult series, Scandals, is about the 18 to 26 year old generation.  There are two books published thus far, Due Dates and August, 2014 release of Killer Date.  “Millennial “kids, mainly in 18 to 26 year old group, have a great deal of organic suspense built in based on our five sons.  The stories and heroes of these books will keep your heart rate up.  Our NA books are not YA with sex or YA with training wheels removed.  These are bonafide adult suspense stories with twenty something’s talking on the heavy lifting in the story.

0000picFinally, and with one foot still in the romance industry so Kathy doesn’t co-write this series with Bob, the Denver After Dark series is heavy on the suspense and deep into the romance, hence Romantic Suspense.  The 2nd book, Cries In The Night” recently was a finalist in the 2014 #ColoradoHumanities book awards and was recognized in the Amazon 2014 Breakthrough Novel Award.

     AFTER MIDNIGHT  CRIES IN THE NIGHT

The activities we’ve undertaken to implement what we learned is that The visual image and simple message on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, the webpage http://www.thethrillofsuspense.com, our email address thethrillofsuspense@gmail.com and template and this blog must all look and feel the same.

Our readers can simply see what we’re about and that’s important. The #RWA San Antonio experience helped us hone our message. These are writers that sell millions of books in a couple of years which took me twenty years to accomplish. With the marketing activity undertaken this first week back we can check marketing off our to do list...for a couple of days.

We was skeptical of the value add of the week at the conference.  Kathy knew what was coming as she used to eat and breath this stuff.  Now Bob’s a believer and more importantly he is seeing the upside to marketing and marketing through a prism to help focus all that we do.  We’ve been fortunate enough to win awards and contests and have earned amazing reviews and ratings…maybe now new readers will have an easier time finding us.  Now it’s time to write.

 

So you’ll see this image from here on…

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