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Life Interrupts

As everyone knows just when things are going good something comes along and sets everything in chaos. Well that’s what happened to me a month ago. My husband ended up in hospital for a week and everything I knew went to hell. Worry over his medical condition became my number one concern. I couldn’t think clearly. but with time and great doctors I can remember what life is again.

I’ve been taking time out to catch up on my reading again and have found I quite enjoy the pastime. I have always been a reader and over the years have read thousands upon thousands of books. And that was before I began writing my own. My taste in reading has always been eclectic and I enjoy a well written story. If it makes sense I will enjoy it but what is a well written story?

I am a simple person and as long as the story makes me want to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next, that to me is a well written story. It has to make sense otherwise it’s just words on paper. I read some stories that make no sense and I feel as if the writer has done nothing, but then I’ve read stories that make me want to read them again and I much prefer the ones I will read again and again.

Life is back to normal in my house again and I can’t wait to get back to writing. Life is very good at the moment! so I’m going to sit back and enjoy!

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Apologies to everyone…

Boy did I goof up, I was supposed to blog here yesterday and I got so caught up in a new book I forgot, so sorry…

Have you ever done that? I haven’t before but I guess there is a first time for everyone and hopefully it will be my last.

Anyway, I’m supposed to have a new release coming February 1st, so I’m waiting for that to come around. Don’t know if it will happen but I hope so. This will be book two of the River’s Foundation series called Cards of Justice. In book one we found brother Briar in a hot mess, this time Big brother Aaron or rather Aaron’s wife in the hot seat. When A killer gets her involved in his crimes. Aaron and his brothers have to catch the guy before he can get to Aaron’s wife. Did I mention Aaron’s wife is expecting a baby? Oh yeah, she is, but never fear Mom and baby will be fine.

Hopefully the edits and the cover will be done soon. I just love it when a book comes together. I don’t know how often this happens to other authors but at some point my characters take over. I can think up and write out an outline with really great ideas but my characters don’t always agree with me. They have taken me to some really odd places and sometimes where they go gives me more insight to their own personalities. Its very often a fun ride.

I, like every author, like to create the perfect characters for my books, but once created they do not always behave the way they should. Sometimes it’s fun to set them up and sit back and watch to see what they will do in certain situations. They never fail to amuse me. By this time in the book they have come alive for me.

Man, I love when that happens, even after thirty books and counting it never fails to give me a thrill…

I’m off for another go round today. Thanks for listening, ttyl

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Good morning from the Midwest, actually Wisconsin. It’s a bit nippy here this morning but I’ve got the pellet stove going to the house is nice and toasty.
Currently I started working on a book called Through the Seer’s eyes and it’s going great guns- over 14,000 words in the last three days- this for me is great. I’m trying something different- a romantic suspense. I have to expand my writing all the time or risk getting stuck in a rut. I’m happy to report I have the first book done and am working on the second book in this trilogy, and I think its been accepted.
I’m happy to say I have a new book that came out last month. The name of the new release is In Search Of Justice- When his nephew commits a crime with no memory of doing anything wrong, forensic scientist Alec Maleet looks into case. What he finds is a deadly surprise. When he walks out of a hospital before he can be arrested for murder Detective Gage Santanna goes after him. Can they stop what seems to be a conspiracy before anyone else is murdered or will they be silenced before the truth is known?
I also am happy to announce yet another book with Second Wind- coming sometime early next year- Cards of Justice- the second in my Rivers Foundation series. The first was A Murder in her Past- where I introduced you to Briar Rivers and his brothers, Aaron, Cade Elliot and Quinn. Cards deals with a situation concerning Aaron and his wife Karen- When a judge’s wife gets an email about a murder, the killer lulls her into a dangerous game of catch me before I find you.
I have plans to write about all five brothers in this series.
I just love taking a single idea and turning it into a book, it takes a lot of work but it’s worth every moment. It can be nerve racking, soul sucking, and teeth grinding but man it is so much fun, especially when you get in a groove and the words fly off the page. I wouldn’t do anything else. Yes it can be a lonely business but it really isn’t. you have your characters with you at all times, they eat with you and sleep with you and until the day you write The End they are around, prodding and poking you, taking you places you wouldn’t go on your own, at least mine are.
You get to know the characters you create as real people, you know what they like and don’t like, how they dress, how they think, what they hold dear and what they can live without. They become your friend or your enemy. God how can anyone pass that experience up? I know I can’t…
Did I mention I love writing?

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Good morning from the Midwest, actually Wisconsin. It’s a bit nippy here this morning but I’ve got the pellet stove going to the house is nice and toasty.
Currently I started working on a book called Through the Seer’s eyes and it’s going great guns- over 14,000 words in the last three days- this for me is great. I’m trying something different- a romantic suspense. I have to expand my writing all the time or risk getting stuck in a rut.
I’m happy to say I have a new book coming out next week, at least it’s supposed to come out next week, the last I heard they didn’t have a cover yet- I’ve emailed twice on it but got no response yet. The name of the new release is In Search Of Justice- When his nephew commits a crime with no memory of doing anything wrong, forensic scientist Alec Maleet looks into case. What he finds is a deadly surprise. When he walks out of a hospital before he can be arrested for murder Detective Gage Santanna goes after him. Can they stop what seems to be a conspiracy before anyone else is murdered or will they be silenced before the truth is known?
I also am happy to announce yet another book with Second Wind- coming sometime early next year- Cards of Justice- the second in my Rivers Foundation series. The first was A Murder in her Past- where I introduced you to Briar Rivers and his brothers, Aaron, Cade Elliot and Quinn. Cards deals with a situation concerning Aaron and his wife Karen- When a judge’s wife gets an email about a murder, the killer lulls her into a dangerous game of catch me before I find you.
I have plans to write about all five brothers in this series.
I just love taking a single idea and turning it into a book, it takes a lot of work but it’s worth every moment. It can be nerve racking, soul sucking, and teeth grinding but man it is so much fun, especially when you get in a groove and the words fly off the page. I wouldn’t do anything else. Yes it can be a lonely business but it really isn’t. you have your characters with you at all times, they eat with you and sleep with you and until the day you write The End they are around, prodding and poking you, taking you places you wouldn’t go on your own, at least mine are.
You get to know the characters you create as real people, you know what they like and don’t like, how they dress, how they think, what they hold dear and what they can live without. They become your friend or your enemy. God how can anyone pass that experience up? I know I can’t…
Did I mention I love writing?

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Second and third Books

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Having one book with a publisher is wonderful but having two or three books is even better. My first book with Second Wind- A Murder in Her Past, begins a new series about the Rivers brothers. Briar Rivers helps a college discover the identity of a serial killer and stop him.
His brothers Aaron, Cade, Elliot and Quinn along with helpers, Faith, Jerah, Kanan and Fallen fight crime along with the FBI. The Second book in the series, Cards of Justice- is Aaron’s story- as he and his brothers track a killer who leaves playing cards as a calling card. Each card has a sin written in blood. They find these cards all up and down the East coast but when the killer threatens Aaron’s wife, Aaron and the boys must find him before he gets to her.
Book three with Second Wind is, In Search of Justice- the story of a professor’s search for why a video game would turn kids into killers. When Alex Maleet’s nephew is caught up bringing a gun to school, Alex knows something isn’t right. His nephew has been playing a demo video game and when Alex checks out the game he find something that shouldn’t be there. He finds a hypnotic suggestion. Digging deeper he finds something he wasn’t supposed to find. While he’s looking into the game his wife and best friend is murdered. He is the prime suspect in their deaths.
He finds connections to a crime boss in New York. He also finds a huge robbery that no one knows about yet. Someone is taking a fraction from ever gallon of gas sold in the United States as well as fraction from every prescription sold. It may not seem like a like lot money but it adds up to over one hundred forty million dollars. The money is being transferred to other accounts but the companies don’t realize it. Can they find the links to catch the real bad guys and the money before they are stopped?
A Murder is already out but I have no release date for Cards of Justice or In Search of Justice yet. I’m hoping to hear soon but so far have heard nothing on either new book. Meanwhile I continue to write and work on the rest of the books in the Rivers Series- as well as others.
I just love it when an idea turns into a new book!

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Well I am happy to share exciting news, I have two more books coming out with Second Wind! In search of Justice and another book in the River’s Foundation Series called, Cards of Justice.
In Search of Justice tells the tale of Alec Maleet. A scientist looking into a video game. The kids who play the game are getting into serious trouble with the law and Alec must find out why. The games are linked to at least two other deaths and Alec is being framed for his wife’s death. He needs to elude the police and a hit man in order to finish his research on the game.
In Cards of Justice, Aaron Rivers and his pregnant wife Karen must track down a serial killer after the killer contacts Karen. He wants her to tell the world his story but after his first murder she can’t. He killed the man before the proof could be left.
When the killer takes the life of someone closer to Karen she knows he’ll never let her live. She decides to go after him anyway she can to stop him. Their journey starts in Washington DC and goes all the way back to its beginning in New York City.
I’m not really sure of the release days yet but I know it will be soon. Cards of Justice is book two in the series of five books. The other books will continue the stories of the Rivers brothers in A Murder in Her Past, the brothers include, Briar, Cade, Aaron, Elliot and Quinn. I can’t wait to write the other three books in the series.

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Kim’s Blog- a Milestone for me!

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I’ll have a new book out soon, my second with Second Wind and I’m thrilled. I’m pretty sure this will be my thirtieth book in print. I never thought I would make it but I did.

My first book came out in December 2008 so to hit 30 books already is a milestone for me! This book, titled In Search of Justice is one I wrote many years ago. I’m always asked what I would tell new authors, and my response is to never give up on your dreams. Also wait to find the right publisher. I have several but it only takes that one right person to get your foot in the door.

I have learned so much in the past six years, mostly good stuff, but some of it wasn’t so good too. The most important thing I’ve learned is how to write a better book, at least I hope I have. Most people hate rejection letters, but I look at a rejection letter as a plan to make my book stronger. Critiques often point out where the book needs a little more work. You can accept it or reject the ideas provided. The choice is yours.

I had an editor who wanted to rip one of my books down to nothing then build it back up to something I didn’t even recognize as my work. I found some of her ideas that worked but not all of them. By the time she got to the working back up part I didn’t like the book anymore. It didn’t feel like my work any longer. I tried to tell her that but she wouldn’t listen. I couldn’t write the book the way she wanted. Luckily I was able to get the book back and when I rewrote it I used some of her ideas but ultimately I wrote the book the way I wanted. The ideas she had did make the book stronger and I was happy the way it turned out.

Writing a book is harder than most people think and some people try and try and never get to the point they want to. I’ve learned so much and I know I have so much more to learn but that’s part of the fun.

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In the movie , can’t think of the name right now, Whoopie Goldberg said, “If all you can think about is singing, you are supposed to be a singer”, or something to that effect anyway- well all I can think about is becoming a writer. So I write.

And after 27 books in print I think I can call myself an author. People often ask me where do I get my ideas? I tell them from everyday life around me. The other day I pulled into the parking lot of the school my grandchildren attend and I got an idea for a new book. I wasn’t looking for it but it found me anyway.

AT the time I was knee deep in edits and currently working on another book. Well I finished the edits and still working on the other book but the new idea wouldn’t leave me alone. Taking a few minutes here and there I’ve managed to almost complete the outline.

Being a writer is more than a full time job and for those lucky enough to be able to write you know what I’m talking about. Creativity isn’t a nine to five type of job, you have to work long and hard at your craft and when you finally type those sacred words- The End- you know you’ve done yourself proud.

Another question I’m often asked, What advice would you give new writers hoping to break into the field of publication?- Follow your dream, never give up. If someone rips your book apart- don’t fret first see if what they said about it is true, if there is room for improvement, improve it. Maybe they saw something in your work that could be better if it was done another way. But in the end remember it is YOUR work, you have to be happy with it.

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A disturbing trend

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I read something the other day and I was saddened by it. Bullying is not a good thing. As writers we use word to transport our readers to another world, our world, if only for a moment. That is the true quality of writing.
When someone else is hurt by the words we use, that’s not writing that’s bullying. There is a movement everywhere to stop this type of behavior and I think it needs to start with each and every person out there.
Words can break our spirit or build it up. Some people use their words to diminish someone else’s world. They thrive in the drama they create, they get pleasure from breaking someone else’s heart. I think that’s sad. It has to stop. Our children are watching us as they grow up and become adults, everything we do and say is forever recorded by them, teaching them what is accepted behavior and what is not.
Some people don’t know or can’t see what they are doing to others is wrong, but a wrong word here or a dirty look there, still stings. We all act the way we were raised and we react to things the way we were taught. What didn’t seem so bad when we were growing up might be unacceptable today.
What does that mean? When I was growing up my father taught me women didn’t belong in bars, if you were there drinking, you could be considered a bad girl. Men could sit in a bar all day and now one thought any less of them, women on the other hand, could be there with their husbands but never go alone. Now days, you find women going out all the time, it doesn’t mean the same thing it did forty years ago.
I love being a writer and it’s always been my dream to be published. I know that I am not going to please everyone with my words and that’s ok. If you don’t like my work, don’t read it.
Everyone has dreams and hopes, some keep them secret but they are always there in the background, other work for their dreams and make them come true through sheer determination. Never stomp on someone’s dreams, for you will break them and destroy their souls. Stop berating someone else because you think it will be fun. You are a better person than that. When you bully someone else it takes a little bit of your soul too. Not only that but there might be someone else watching you. We need to break the cycle not extend it.
Be kind to each other for everyone needs help once in a while and those that help with no thoughts of reward or acknowledgment are the real heros. It doesn’t take a lot sometimes to make a person smile and often the person in need will appreciate it more than you will ever know.
Encourage a stranger and pay it forward and it will come back to you tenfold. Become someone’s hero.

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