What About the Men?

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Since the book’s release, I have received many comments about the temperamental female characters that populate the novel.

Potential readers have also asked…

What about the men?

Three male characters play significant roles : Chief Detective Carlo Fantin, Chef David Korba, and Photographer Michael Taylor.

As Gilda’s love interest, Carlo Fantin appears throughout the Gilda Greco Mystery Series. A handsome widower with two children and five grandchildren, Carlo didn’t expect to fall in love again. All that changed when he headed up the murder investigation in A Season for Killing Blondes.  He and Gilda immediately connected, but ever conscious of his role, Carlo made it clear that nothing could happen until the investigation was over. At the start of Too Many Women in the Room, Gilda expresses concerns about the three-month break Carlo has instigated. But that doesn’t last too long…

 

David Korba could cook, and he could charm. One meal—that’s all it took to win Gilda Greco’s approval and a six-figure investment in Xenia, an innovative Greek restaurant near Sudbury, Ontario.  But there’s  much more to the charismatic chef who hails from Greece via the Danforth in Toronto.  Impressed and charmed by his looks and culinary skills, Gilda didn’t ask too many questions and later wondered why she kept her investment a secret from everyone in her circle.

 

A minor character in A Season for Killing Blondes, Michael Taylor managed to annoy almost every woman—with the exception of his wife—that he encountered. In Too Many Women in the Roman, he infuriated eight  women at a VIP dinner, he should never have attended. Often compared to Nick Nolte in his younger days, Michael’s fading looks and acerbic personality no longer endeared him to  women in his circle and beyond.  Unfortunately, he suffered the consequences of his inappropriate comments and lecherous behavior.

 

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic GRAB, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic GRAB for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Vivianna grabbed his arm and tugged him to the side of the house. “We had an agreement. Do you realize what could happen if someone sees you here?”

Shutter (work in progress)


“How am I going to pay for these?” She laced her fingers together as if to keep from grabbing for what he offered.

Marsha West


If he grabbed Juliet and ran to the ends of the world, they’d be hunted and killed. Why had he thought he could see Juliet and leave without consequence?

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


He pulled out a chair, plopped the sack next to me, grabbed Daniel’s plate, and served himself from the platter.

Vicki Batman
Raving Beauty” from Just You and Me set


Disgusted, he slugged back the whiskey, breathing through the fire as it burned its way into his roiling gut, and grabbed his cowboy hat on the back of his chair, preparing to leave the room with his tail between his legs.

Jacquie Biggar


A feeling of suffocation suddenly grabbed him and held him. He wanted to scream and fight against the chains that bound him.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


Starting this minute, Laura Horton was moving on, strong and sure, grabbing life by the horns. Not cowering in the shadows, waiting for it to kick her in the ass.

Claire Gem


Maria grabbed my hand. “Don’t call. Don’t Skype. You won’t get a word in, and all the relatives will be interrogating you.”

Joanne Guidoccio


Yes, sweetness, it’s me.” Without regard for his injuries, Ian grabbed his daughter and raised her into his arms. She giggled with delight, the most joyful noise Hannah had ever heard.

Jeannie Hall


Strong arms grabbed her, and when a hand clamped firmly over her mouth a scream exploded in her throat.

Kathryn Jane


Leaning over she grabbed the chair with one hand as she wrapped her other arm around her belly and took a deep breath.

Marian Lanouette


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My Fascination with the Devil #amwriting #Suspense #RSsos @jacqbiggar

It’s not what you’re thinking. Okay, maybe it is.

I’ve fallen in love.

He’s Handsome, smart, charming, and oh yeah, he’s the devil.

And I’m not alone.

Thousands tune in every Monday night to watch what is quickly becoming a craze on Twitter and various other social media platforms.

That’s right, it’s Lucifer.

So what is this phenomenon all about?

Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel, who has become dissatisfied with his life in hell. After abandoning his throne and retiring to Los Angeles, Lucifer indulges in his favorite things (women, wine and song) — until a murder takes place outside of his upscale nightclub.

For the first time in billions of years, the murder awakens something unfamiliar in Lucifier’s soul that is eerily similar to compassion and sympathy.

Lucifer is faced with another surprise when he meets an intriguing homicide detective named Chloe, who appears to possess an inherent goodness — unlike the worst of humanity, to which he is accustomed. Suddenly, Lucifer starts to wonder if there is hope for his soul.

Like Lucifer-played by the amazing Tom Ellis, I think we all go through phases where we don’t feel good enough (He thinks he was sent to Hell as punishment from Father. His older brother, Amenadiel- played by D.B Woodside, tells him it was actually because He trusted Lucifer to keep the evil ones down there and so protect humanity.)

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Lately, I’ve been struggling with personal self-esteem. That’s the problem with being an introvert, you spend way too much time in your head.

My sales are down. My writing is slo… ow going, each word is like pulling teeth, and my family has been having medical problems.

Hard to stay positive in the face of all that adversity.

But, then hope appears (much like Lucifer’s guiding light, Chloe). A good review here, a kind word there, and the darkness falls away. Maybe I can finish this story. Find new readers. Make my mark in this crazy world of writing.

Maybe.

If you haven’t watched Lucifer yet, you should. It’s surprising what the devil can teach us. 🙂

By the way, I have a new release coming out!

July 1st 2017 is the one hundred fiftieth birthday of Canada’s Confederation and our local writing/critiquing group decided it would be fun to do an anthology to celebrate.

My contribution, My Baby Wrote Me A Letter, stems from a news segment I watched. A woman bought an old desk at a yard sale. After bringing it home she began the process of refinishing the wood and happened to find a letter taped to the back of a drawer.

When she read the message, she realized the note could be important to someone, and with little more than a faded name to go on, began a search for the writer of the mysterious letter.

It was placing a picture on Facebook that led to the son of the man who had written that long ago message to his family. He had recently been diagnosed with cancer and feared he would never survive to see his children grow, so he wrote them a letter from the heart.

The news story had a happy ending; the man survived the cancer and lived not only to see his children to adulthood, but several of his grandchildren as well.

His story was an inspiration to me,

Jacquie

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines with the topic LISTEN, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines with the topic LISTEN for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


For the first time he spoke of his childhood, his sister’s death, its effect on him and his parents. He spoke of his mother’s illness and his father’s death. She listened without interrupting, unless she wanted him to clarify a point, or to ask a question.

Marian Lanouette


Andie grabbed her camera, plucked the lens off, and high-stepped her way through the tall grass covering the crime scene perimeter. She walked in tandem with Lucas and listened intently as he ran through the massive area he wanted photographed.

Shutter (work in progress)


“I’ll listen to you again, Clay, but I’m not going to change my mind. I’m just doing this so you can’t later complain you didn’t get a fair hearing.”

Marsha West


Rolling to his side, Rafe listened for her heartbeat, counting his, then hers, until they matched. On the third cycle, he fell asleep.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


He didn’t listen. He walked toward the table and grasped the top rail of the chair across from me. Droplets on his coat glistened like Swarovski crystals in the lamplight.

Vicki Batman
Raving Beauty” from Just You and Me set


“Listen, honey. Did you recognize the body?” She shook her head and gripped him tighter. “Help is on the way.

Jacquie Biggar
Tempted by Mr. Wrong (work in progress)


The sun warmed his back as he sat on a flat rock and listened to the sounds of nature.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“Are you listening?” Tania asked, moving closer and waving a hand in my face.

Joanne Guidoccio


She welcomed the anguish like a long-lost friend. Embraced it, wallowed in it until she was reduced to sobbing like a lost child.

Kathryn Jane


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Book Ideas

One thing we authors are always asked is, “Where do you get your ideas?” How many times have you been asked that question? Do you have any cute, short, snappy answers?

Well, I don’t. I wish I did. So people would say, “Oh, cool!”

Ideas for my books come from everywhere. My second book was written because I drove 4 times a week by a house which captivated me. Two times to babysit the first grandchild and twice for Pilates at my daughter’s studio. I fell in love with this house. I dreamed about the house. I took my husband by and made him pause briefly so I could take a picture. That picture formed the basis for the cover of TRUTH BE TOLD, a book I hadn’t even begun to write yet.

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Vacation visits to Vermont gave me the location for my first published book, VERMONT ESCAPE. I fell in love with the small town of Woodstock.  We’d visited twice before I wrote the book, and then later we visited again. It was interesting how different the town looked from what had been in my head when I wrote the book. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t remember it right, but more like creating something new out of my memories. If you’ve ever in Vermont, you must stop by Woodstock. It is the quintessential New England town. Stay at the Woodstock Inn. So charming. IMG_5548 (Had to go back to photos. First trip was before we did fancy phones. 🙂 Top pic became home of the hero’s childhood home. Bottom used for descriptions of area.)

ACT OF TRUST grew from trips to Maine. In Boothbay Harbor, we stayed in a VRBO cottage that took my breath away. You know how on HGTV, when the people walk into the newly remodeled house and are blown away with their mouths gaping open? That’s the way I feel whenever I enter this cottage. After the first visit, I wrote the book. Two years later we returned, and it was just how I remembered. Must’ve taken good pics. 😊 My cover artist, Charlie Volnek, did a great job using the pic I took from the back balcony for the book cover.

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Each of my books starts from a location. I ask who could live here? What could they do? Why do they live here? What do they want and why can’t they have it? And on and on until I come up with characters and conflict. One place we’ve visited, I asked “Why in the world would anyone live here?” I’m convinced its filled with folks from Witness Protection. Another book sometime?

The idea for this blog came because my husband sent me an article about child abuse, drugs, vice, sex trafficking all happening on a street not far from some elementary schools that were in my district area when I was on the school board years, and years ago. It’s call “The Trail.” It was a grim article about a grim situation. So another location, and I suspect another book idea.

Authors, where do your ideas come from? Tell me the snappy answer you use when you’re asked. And readers, (though we are all readers), what are you really asking when you ask us, “Where do your story ideas come from?” Are you perhaps a writer in waiting? Don’t wait too long to put fingers to keys and put those ideas on your computer.

Love to hear from you.

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Sneak Off and Read: Lines about GOODBYE, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about GOODBYE for a dramatic start to the week. Enjoy!


She welcomed the anguish like a long-lost friend. Embraced it, wallowed in it until she was reduced to sobbing like a lost child.

Kathryn Jane


He wiped her tears with his thumb then released her. His eyes burned as she walked out the door—out of his life. Deep in his heart, he knew they’d be together someday. Mia just needed to come to the same conclusion. He’d bide his time before he went after her.

Marian Lanouette


Another deep exhale, another long silence. “Why did you leave like that?”

My heart broke for the sound of hurt in his voice. Gone was his playfulness, now replaced with something painful.

Follow Me (work in progress)


Did she kiss him goodbye or shake hands? He answered the question for her by setting his bag down and pulling her into his arms for a hard, swift kiss. “Take care of yourself, Meg.”

Marsha West


Juliet’s sweaty hands gripped the edges of the stationary, tearing it. It wasn’t a valentine. It was a goodbye.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


Reaching for the door knob, Ben cast one last frown at us. “I’ll check on you later, sexy.” With a nod, he added, “Bub,” and slammed the door shut.

Vicki Batman
Raving Beauty” from Just You and Me set


“I’ve been better.” He closed the door, trapping her in his sanctuary. “Care to explain why you left without a goodbye?”

Jacquie Biggar


I don’t give a f*ck, Quin. I don’t care if they find me. I have to go. Goodbye.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


“I’m going to suggest the Long Kiss Goodbye Martini.” He paused for effect. “Vodka, crème de cacao, and shaved white chocolate.”

Joanne Guidoccio


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I am not my childhood

by Kathryn Jane

I’ve taken a side trip from my Romantic Suspense series by writing a Women’s Fiction.

A novel about a woman of heart, courage and integrity. A woman who could have been irreparably damaged by the man who raised her.

But wasn’t. At least not for the long haul. Oh, she made some monumentally  bad decisions as a teenager and young adult, but she eventually learned from them.

And when she became privy to the details of her own childhood and the secrets she’d unknowingly lived with, instead of breaking under the weight of what she learned, she built herself a new life.

She found purpose. And she found a way to realize her lifelong dream in spite of all hope being stripped from her soul.

She became a warrior for her cause. And she changed lives.

She fought for her dream and she won.

She is a testament to women everywhere who do what needs to be done, say what needs to be said, and live with the consequences. Who overcome what appear to be insurmountable odds and obstacles.

She is much more than a survivor.

She is not her childhood.

And neither am I.


Award winning author, Kathryn Jane writes the popular Intrepid Women Series. Novels filled with mystery, suspense, adventure, psychic abilities, and romance. Think MacGyver, Criminal Minds, and James Bond…with a dash of I Love Lucy.

Kat loves crisp sunny days, the warm breath of a horse, cats with a sense of humor, the smell of the ocean, and her very own charming prince—in no particular order.   http://kathrynjane.com


 

Soul destroying questions and equally stunning answers have Dusty digging deeper than she ever thought possible, and when she discovers her Self, in an entirely foreign landscape, she begins anew, more determined than ever to achieve her lifelong dream.

Sneak Off and Read: Lines about MISSING SOMEONE, #RSsos #RomSuspense

#OneLineSunday by #RSsos Lines about MISSING SOMEONE for a great start to the week. Enjoy!


Thinking back, I couldn’t recall a single instance where the smile had been missing. How his jaw must have ached!

Joanne Guidoccio


His gaze held so much tenderness, so much compassion; her tears became a torrent, flooding out of her. He moved into a sitting position on the mattress, holding her together as the most important piece of her world flew apart.

Jeannie Hall


Profound sadness wrapped itself around Dusty’s soul the day Chase walked out, and she was defenseless against it.

Kathryn Jane


I pulled the heirloom necklace from under my shirt, pressed a kiss to the medallion, and glanced up to the sky. “Miss you, Sis. Sure wish you were on this trip with me.”

Follow Me (work in progress)


“I don’t know, but I want the opportunity to find out. I’ve missed him more than I expected.”

Marsha West


Rafe had left the week they’d moved from Fort Bragg’s temporary housing into this apartment, and she’d refused to unpack completely. Without him, it didn’t feel like home.

Sharon Wray
When Next We Meet (work in progress)


“Miss me already?” Why me? I bit back tears of frustration. Why-why-why? “Kelly?” He scratched the door. “Is something wrong?”

Vicki Batman
Raving Beauty” from Just You and Me set


No matter how much anger and resentment he’d carried, he still missed her. It was as simple, and as complicated, as that.

Jacquie Biggar


As I sit in this hell hole I miss your smile, your laugh, your touch.

Sam Bradley w/a McKenna Sinclair


I’ll miss you, Laura Horton. I hope you find another good man to go on with you in your life—one who will love you as much as I do.

Claire Gem


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