When A Setting Is Perfect

Today we present a great post written by Chris Karlsen,
author of SILK, a novel that we promote this week
at a discounted price for Kindle version!

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I was in the middle of writing another book, part of my Knights in Time series, when Rudyard Bloodstone came to me. As a character he was that rare protagonist who was crystal clear in my imagination from the start. But I pushed him to the back of my mind until I finished the other story.

When I started my latest release, Silk, a suspense thriller with Rudyard as the protagonist, I had much of killer drawn out as well. I didn’t think twice about the setting either. It had to be Victorian England. I would be hard pressed to name a more atmospheric setting for a murderer. Growing up my parents were big fans of horror films. The films then weren’t the gruesome Freddy Krueger or Michael Myers Halloween-slasher types of the 1980’s. We watched the typical Hammer Film horrors. Those were the ones where a young Englishman in deep debt agrees to spend the night in a haunted house somewhere in the moors or countryside away from London for a large sum of money. All those movies were set in either Victorian or Edwardian times, which were perfect for a scary movie. Having visited England many times, I was familiar with the Victorian influences, especially in London. So, what better setting for my murder suspense than Victorian London?

I knew with Detective Inspector Rudyard (Ruddy) Bloodstone I make him a veteran of the Zulu Wars of 1879. Eleven Victoria Crosses (the equivalent of the Medal of Honor) were awarded after the Battle of Rorke’s Drift (Jan. 1879). Rudyard is a recipient of the VC, but he’s a war hero who doesn’t believe himself one. To Ruddy, he only did what was necessary in battle. A civilian now, he is a down to earth, determined and clever detective, a keen observer with a droll sense of humor.

The killer, William Everhard, is a wealthy nobleman, a member of the House of Lords, and friend to Queen Victoria. I wanted to hold a mirror to the society of the period, the difference in classes and attitudes but without being too Dickensian. I wanted to show both the good and bad. Mostly, I wanted to use the “feel” of the city. To me, this is the perfect setting: the cold fog, the beautiful carriages pulled by handsome teams of horses, the gardens for strolling, the grittiness of Whitechapel, dark allies and the terror Jack the Ripper sent through the population.

As a writer, one of the biggest joys of writing historical settings is living the period, experiencing the culture, if only on the page. I enjoyed walking Victorian London with the characters in Silk: sitting with Ruddy while he visited his friend’s pub, walking around a crime scene taking in every detail with him, or simply strolling through the park with him, and his adopted stray, Winky, on a Sunday afternoon. I even liked sharing the dark and dangerous places I took them when needed.

Setting is more than scenery. I think of it as a living, breathing thing, another character. Like fashioning a character exactly the way you envision him or her, finding the perfect setting is one of the best parts of storytelling.

Superbly crafted piece of fiction!

Dr. Chris Impey brings to bear a unique perspective on the nature of life
and the character of the universe.

shadow worldShadow World
(thriller, action and adventure)
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McEvoy is restless, a wanderer. In Shadow World, we see through his eyes as he grows from a boisterous youth into a man defined by darkness and light. Shadow World inhabits the boundary between narrative fiction and science fiction. By the end of McEvoy???s odyssey he has gained a startling insight into his reality, and perhaps ours as well.

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A story with black humour and surrealism!

the dead club ebookThe Dead Club
(teen and YA)
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An edgy, contemporary tale about death and suicide and its effects on two families. Death is a fact of life for the principle characters and especially for Marina Reed who wishes to join her loved ones at ???the dead club???, a place she and her sixth form friends obsessed about in their youth. Ultimately her mortido becomes more urgent until it takes her over the edge. The novel is in fact very much about edges: where the ultimate edge is between life and death.

What a reader says about The Dead Club: ???This book is exactly what I have come to expect and love about Kate Rigby’s work. Dark, edgy subject matter written with spiky black humour, interjected with the most brilliant, rounded and fascinating characters. The Dead Club starts with a group of young people discussing suicide, and how they would do it. The story then jumps forward to the present day, where a multitude of characters are dealing with life and death in different ways. It soon becomes apparent how Marina, one of the main characters is linked to the dead club of the past. What then transpires is a magnificent weaving of tales, past and present, and families. I particularly loved the first person poetic prose chapters from Zion’s point of view. Just brilliant. Like all Kate Rigby books, I soon cared about these people, all of them, even the less likeable ones like Jim. This latest offering from the author did not disappoint in any way. I can’t wait for more.???

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A beautiful story for fans of John Green!

ghostboyGhostboy, Chameleon & The Duke of Graffiti
(contemporary romance)
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Cora Matthews, the principal???s gloomy goth daughter, is not exactly popular Duke Meyer???s type. Still, Duke finds himself inexplicably drawn to her dark eyes and mysterious manner. She makes it clear she doesn???t return his admiration, but when a burst appendix lands Duke in the hospital, he and Cora will be forced to come together by the most unlikely intermediary: her eight-year-old brother, Jaime.

Duke learns Jaime has brain cancer and little chance of long-term survival. He admires the kid???s plucky positivity and wild imagination and offers to write a story about Jaime???s make-believe superheroes. So begins an epic tale???that of Ghostboy, Chameleon and the Duke of Graffiti???and a deep friendship between Duke and Jaime.

Despite their outward differences, Cora and Duke bond over their affection for Jaime, but unintended betrayal and Jaime???s advancing disease threaten to derail their blossoming romance before it can truly take root.

Ghostboy, Chameleon & the Duke of Graffiti is a gorgeous debut novel that will resonate with the thoughtful fans of John Green???s blockbuster The Fault in Our Stars.


Titus Ray is back!

Titus Ray faces a threat he never imagined.
Can he overcome the obstacles and capture Ahmed Al-Amin
before it???s too late?

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(mystery and suspense)
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In this pulse-racing Christian thriller, CIA intelligence officer, Titus Ray, travels from Costa Rica to Venezuela in an effort to stop Ahmed Al-Amin, a Hezbollah assassin, from murdering a high-profile government official. Along the way, a family crisis jeopardizes his mission, and an Agency division head threatens to destroy his career. As the danger mounts, he???s forced to partner with an untested operative to complete the mission and bring Ahmed to justice. Will he make it in time?

Can his newfound faith heal his past wounds?
Can he build a life with the woman of his dreams?

?????? The hunt for Ahmed Al-Amin continues in Book 2 of the Titus Ray Thriller novels, a series of fast-paced adventures full of intrigue, romance, and suspense.

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If you like action and suspense!

jack frost ebookJack Frost – A thriller series Book 1 – The Vegas Factor
(thriller and suspense)
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Jack Frost is blessed with a warrior???s mentality and toughness, and cursed with a conscience and fierce loyalty to friends. J.T. Ripper, Frost???s Scotch-drinking Doberman sidekick, does not share his owner???s sense of right and wrong. Ripper hates pretty much everyone and everything, but he is a warrior, too. The two find themselves fighting for survival in Las Vegas when Frost???s best friend, a ???semi-retired??? Syndicate boss, asks for help.

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A lovely romance story!

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(women??s fiction, romance)
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Juliet Carlsen is grieving the loss of her mother. Six weeks after the funeral she is about to arrive in a tiny village in northern Italy. The village, Baiardo, is home to an art school where she is to spend a month as a volunteer. Her best friend had convinced her that a change of scene would do her good but, as she nears her destination, she is not so sure: was it really necessary to travel so far out of her comfort zone?

Baiardo turns out to be her haven. The warm welcome and serene beauty work their healing magic. The attentions of a handsome local named Luca don???t hurt either. Then someone from Juliet???s past shows up and turns everything on its head.

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Recommended story for younger readers!

Kent and Elly’s story is now combined into one large novel.
Grow with them through high school to their thirties.

elly and kent ebookElly & Kent
(historical romance)
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It??s included:

Book 1 – Ellyphant – High School

The year is 1999 and Elly Palmer and Kent Lytle are embarking on their senior year of high school. Their lives change forever when a stranger comes into town riding in her candy apple red Audi Cabriolet.

Jen Derby wants one thing: Kent. And no one is going to stand in her way, not even his best friend “Elly-phant.” When winning Kent’s complete attention isn’t as easy as she thought it would be, Jen fights back with a vengeance.

The poison-laced smiles Jen threw her way made one thing clear to Elly: Jen isn’t the one for Kent. How long would it be before Kent saw Jen for who she really was? And when he did would he turn his attentions in Elly’s hopeful direction?

Book 2 – Unrequited – College Years

Follow Kent and Elly as they discover who they are and what they want from life. Go along with Elly as she sheds her fat-girl image and embraces her new slimmer self confidence. Will she finally be able to tell Kent how she feels? If she does will Kent accept it and dump his long time girlfriend Jen?

Book 3 – Epiphany – 30 is Fast Approaching…

And Kent has discovered that the life he thought he wanted was all wrong for him. With divorce on his doorstep, Kent tells Elly how he feels. Will she accept that it’s true or just chalk it up to being a rebound?

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Moonlit Trilogy: a huge sale and giveaway!

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Jadie Jones, author of the trilogy Moonlit, is currently doing a huge sale and a giveaway, including an amazon gift card, a Barnes & Noble gift card, and special Moonlit swag!

First, the sale:

For two days ONLY – September 16th and 17th – all three books in the Moonlit Trilogy will be available for Kindle for $0.99 each!! That’s the whole trilogy for less than $3. Then books 1 and 2 (Moonlit and Windswept) will spend a few more days at deeply discounted prices, and Wildwood will stay at $0.99 for at least another week. (Get them here: http://www.amazon.com/Jadie-Jones/e/B00ECVQ9T4) The listings on my author page my not reflect the actual price, but fear not! Each book’s kindle listing will show the reduced price!

Want to know why? There are a few film industry insiders interested in taking Tanzy’s story to film.

I would love to see what these books “look” like through someone else’s eyes. I would do a happy dance to end all happy dances. And as the “film treatment” for Moonlit is being reviewed, we need two things: chatter and sales.

That’s where you come in.

I need help spreading the word. I like to give stuff away. It’s a beautiful combination.

Prizes up for grabs:

* $50 Amazon Gift Card

* $50 Barnes and Noble Gift Card

* The Moonlit Trilogy in signed paperbacks with a swag pack

* One signed canvas print of a Moonlit Trilogy cover of your choice.

* A page from the original, handwritten first draft of Moonlit, signed and framed. (If this does make it to film, that would be pretty cool to have!)

How you can enter:
Use the Rafflecopter form that it??s here:

and enter for a chance to win these prizes! This giveaway begins 9/16/15 and ends 9/23/15. Winners will be notified by 9/25, and have 72 hours to claim their prize before new winners are drawn. No purchase necessary for entry!

Romantic and captivating story: Cheyenne

Murder, romance, secrets and hidden pasts.
Deception from every angle???who’s telling the truth?

Cheyenne ebookCheyenne
(paranormal romance)
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Cheyenne Wilson’s life is thrown into turmoil after her adoptive parents are killed in an accident. With only her best friend Colt to comfort her, she scours through the family archives, hoping to quell her grief. Instead she begins to unravel the mystery behind her birth parents, and her secret heritage. She is a Timeless- a being that ages one year for every hundred human years when they reach their twenties- and of the royal line, destined to gain great power.

But Cheyenne has other problems. The ones who killed her parents want her too, and Colt is hiding something of his own. Surrounded by danger and with few she can trust, Cheyenne must face the dark truth of her past, and choose between a forbidden love that will forever hold her heart, or her destiny…

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