Monday, June 25, 2012

I've Been Tagged!

The 777 Challenge 

The challenge is to go to page 7 of your current work in progress and post at least 7 lines from the page, then tag 7 other authors and challenge them to do the same on their blogs.

I was tagged by Devon Matthews, who was tagged by Lyn Horner who was tagged by Jacquie Rogers and so on.

My western romance compadres may be a little disappointed that my WIP is a mystery, the sequel to Deadly Legacy.

In 2018, rookie detective Kate Garrett lives in the shadow of her near-legendary father Joe. When Joe dies unexpectedly, he leaves Kate half interest in Garrett Investigations, his last case that ties to three murders, a partner she can't stand and a legacy to live up to.

Kate also inherits Joe's share of the downtown building that houses the office. A month before she had been a violent crimes detective. Now she's a private investigator and landlord with a problem tenant, as we find out on page seven.

    “Good afternoon, Mr Koehne.” With only a moment of hesitation, she took his outstretched hand. 
    “Always a pleasure to see you,” he said, cupping her hand in both of his. “I was wondering if you had a chance to consider my offer.”
    “I already considered it, Mr Koehne.” She pulled her hand free. “I said no.”
    “Ms Garrett . . . Kate . . . may I call you Kate?”
    “I wish you wouldn’t.”
    That put a small road bump in his pitch, but didn’t slow him long enough for her to make a run for the door.
    “The thing is,” he said, blocking exit, “Outreach Dating has plenty of men on its lists, men who are looking for Ms Right – or at least Ms Right for now – but we don’t have many women."
     "Mr Koehne--"
    "I’ll throw in a hair and face make-over before your interview. Not that you aren’t lovely as is, but the fashion is for up-dos and swing-era-retro is in, so if you have an appropriate outfit . . . Wouldn’t you like a date for New Year’s Eve? All we have to do is book a time . . .”
    “Time is one thing I don’t have,” she said pointedly. “I’m also short on money, specifically the money you owe for last month’s rent.”
    It was better than a boot in the rear for getting rid of the pest. He exited, post haste, with a hearty “Happy Holidays” before she had a chance to extract another promise he wouldn’t keep.
Now, who to tag...
  • Cathy Astolfo
  • Melodie Campbell
  • Caroline Clemmens
  • Gloria Ferris
  • Kat Flannery
  • Ciara Gold
  • Cheryl Pierson

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Deadly Legacy - I'd like to thank...

"Deadly Legacy is an honest to goodness Mystery patterned after early mystery writers Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allan Poe....This Police Procedural is written with attention to well-researched detail of law enforcement technique. The "whodunit" mystery portion of the novel is laid out with thought provoking precision."
Gail M Baugniet, Author of For Every Action
First of all, I'd like to thank Gail Baugniet for a great review. I have lots of people to thank for their support, but especially Gail for commenting on the very things I hoped readers would appreciate.

The precision of the "whodunit" aspect of Deadly Legacy owes everything to my mother and the books she taught me to love--including Agatha Christie and Arthur Conan Doyle.

As for the research, I did a lot on many many topics in order to extrapolate my future world, but I really went to town on police procedure. For that I owe thanks to others. To quote the acknowledgements in Deadly Legacy:
A very big thanks goes to Provincial Constable Mark Cloes, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and Detective Bob Strathdee (Ret), Toronto Police Services. Mark patiently let me interview him on procedure and shared some of his great stories. Bob walked me through a sample homicide investigation and gave me some insight into police culture.
I should add a thank you to Joan Strathdee, who I met in the hotel pool at a conference. She's the one who talked her husband Bob into letting me interview him.

How I met Mark Cloes is a story for another day, but there's an OPP constable out there somewhere who is owed a cup of coffee for his help.

Friday, June 15, 2012

L'Amour, toujour L'Amour

"It's a Western tale that blends engaging adventure with spirited romance delightfully. Reminds me of Louis L' Amour novels."
C. F. Kennison

"L'amour in the style of Louis L'Amour…Pin a silver star on this thrilling tale of love and justice in the old west." 
Lou Allin, author of On the Surface Die

Classic western author Louis L'Amour was one of the inspirations for Under A Texas Star. The book also owes a debt to Georgette Heyer's historical romances. Heyer and L'Amour were my go-to authors growing up.

L'Amour inspired me in another way. In one of his introductions, he talked about his goals as a writer. He didn't write for awards (though he won a few). He wanted to be remembered as a storyteller. Reading that gave me my goal as a writer - be a good storyteller.

So, go pick up Under A Texas Star, free for June 15th & 16th. Then you tell me. Did I reach my goal?

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Men in Uniform

I have a soft spot for a man in uniform. Just ask my children.

When we were on holiday, I took a wrong turn and ended up on CFB Meaford. I hate having to double back, so I stopped and asked a sergeant if the road was a thoroughfare.

"Ma'am, if you continue up that road, you'll be in the middle of the firing range."

"Not a good place to take the family then," I said.

He jangled his keys. "Not unless you want to borrow a tank."

Tall, good-looking, sense of humour... of course I flirted a little. Okay, maybe I had a silly grin on my face when I climbed back into the family van, but he flirted back.

"It was research," I told the kids.

They didn't believe it for a instant.

Now I can't stop a cop on the street to ask for information without getting teased by my daughter and nieces. My son is more indulgent. After all, now he's a man in uniform -- and a musician to boot.

I must never let the girls see what I'm like around piano players.