Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Interview and Giveaway with Kathryn Bain


THE WINNER FOR "BREATHLESS"
IS
ANITA
(Anita will have one week to respond then a new winner will be picked)

Please welcome Kathryn Bain to Sleuths and Suspects. She has graciously offered an e-book giveaway of her latest novel "Breathless." Without furthur ado lets get started!




Lydia Frederickson is afraid to answer her telephone. Widowed and alone, she only wants to get through another anniversary of her husband’s death without falling to pieces, but a stalker isn’t making that goal easy. The disturbing calls are becoming increasingly personal and threatening, and everyone who knows her is suspect. The only person she knows isn’t making the calls is her new ponytailed, tattooed—and breathtakingly handsome— minister, Matthew Winters.

Former narcotics agent-turned-minister Matthew Winters knows he’s not what the town expected in their new pastor, but he’s up for the challenge. What he doesn’t expect is the sudden attraction he feels for parishioner Lydia Frederickson. When he discovers she’s the victim of a stalker, he feels God’s intervention has led him—both a cop and a preacher—to her. Matthew knows he’s falling for the beautiful widow, but a secret from his past may undermine their future.
           
       
Kathryn J. Bain has been writing for over ten years now. Her first release Breathless came out January 13, 2012. Her novella Game of Hearts was released on March 1, 2012. Her third book Catch Your Breath will be released later this year. She has two daughters, and is the former President of Florida Sisters in Crime. Currently, she is the Public Relations Director and Membership Director for Ancient City Romance Authors. To survive and pay bills, she has been a paralegal for over twenty years and works for an attorney who specializes in elder law. She moved from Idaho to Jacksonville, Florida in 1983 and has lived in the sunshine since.                                                            
INTERVIEW WITH KATHRYN:

 1.       Tell us a little about yourself. I’m an old white woman who sits around her house all day writing books and hanging with a dog. Okay, okay. I’m also a paralegal so I do get out some. I’m a transplanted Idahoan. I came to Florida and the white beaches to get away from the cold. I’ve been writing for ten years and finally got a contract in 2011. For a while, I thought I might be wasting my time. I’m also very comma challenged, so please excuse my misplaced commas, or commas that don’t exist in places they should.

2.       Tell us about your most recent book/or the book we are focusing on. My book Breathless is a romantic suspense book starring a widowed heroine who has a stalker and a motorcycle riding tattooed preacher who was a former DEA agent.

3.       Why did you choose this particular genre? I love suspense and mystery. It’s my favorite thing to read. And throwing in a guy on a motorbike just made it all that much more fun for me.

4.       What was your journey to publication like? Long. I first started doing screen plays, but I wasn’t any good. Then I figured I’d do children’s books. They’re only 30 pages, how hard can they be to write? Some days I need to screw my head on straight. Finally someone said to write what you read, and a light bulb appeared above my head.

5.       What is a couple of your favorite books and what are you reading now? I’m a Janet Evanovich fan. I love the Stephanie Plum series. I still laugh when I reread the books. I also enjoy C.J. Box. His Joe Pickett series is wonderful. I just finished reading The Face of Fear by Dean Koontz. I told someone I wanted to read something that put me on the edge of my seat and they suggested this book. I’ve never read Mr. Koontz before, but am now an instant fan.

6.       What are you working on now and can you give us a little peek inside it? I have a humorous mystery going through my critique group right now. Her name is Trúble. That’s “trouble” with a French twist. Here’s my first paragraph:

Why does this always happen to me? It’s hard enough to keep God’s commandments, at least the easy ones, without running into someone who’s died. It’s like I attract them. Maybe I should find a support group. “Hi, my name is Trúble Lawrence, and I find dead bodies.”

7.       What advice would you give authors who are on their own journey to publication? Join a writing group. They’re invaluable for information and learning.

8.       Do you have any books or websites that have helped you with your writing that you could share with us? One of the best books I’ve ever read is a short one called “First Chapters” by Elizabeth Sinclair.  It’s very helpful in telling how to keep a reader interested from the first line.

9.       Is there anything you’d like to tell us we haven’t covered? No, I think that about covers it, especially the old white woman part.

10.   Please let us know where we can find you on the web. www.kathrynjbain.com and I have a fan page on Facebook under Kathryn J. Bain.
Kathryn thank you so much for visiting us. I've learned more about you and as always it pays to be persistant. I'm sure many people will enjoy "Breathless."
Deborah Malone
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38 comments:

  1. Ooooh. I LOVE a good romantic suspense and this one makes me smile.

    ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Ginger. There's nothing like spending the afternoon with a book that takes your breath away.

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  2. I, too, love suspense/mystery with a splash of romance. One of my favorite genres. Plus, you are a new author for me to read!

    I'm a subscriber by email.
    I follow via GFC.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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    1. Linda, welcome and thank you for stopping by. If you get a chance to read the book, I'd love to hear what you thought of it.

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  3. Good interview! I guess if I ever start writing that great novel someday, I should be patient and persistent. I'm not comma challenged, I'm semi-colon challenged : )

    By the way, this book sounds like an interesting read!

    Denise
    ddjordan_sbg_0803@yahoo.com
    Saved by Grace in August, 2003

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    1. Denise, Patience is one of the better qualities of being a writer. You wait to sign a contract, you wait for your edits, you wait for your release date. It's like going to Disney World. You wait in one line, then move to another room and think I'm getting close to only have to wait some more.

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  4. Great interview and your mystery sounds wonderful! I'm comma-challenged too and I swear I use commas the way I was taught eons ago. Unfortunately, I seem to be in the minority! Again, great interview!
    Sandra305@aol.com

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    1. Sandra, Doesn't it seem the rules on commas have changed. Either that or I just never learned it well. Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. You've got me interested. I love suspense, with a touch of romance makes it even better! My e-mail is anitawriter7@yahoo.com

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    1. Anita, Nothing like a good looking guy to make for good reading. I'm glad you stopped by. Good luck in the drawing.

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  6. Sounds like a great book! And it makes me happy to know I'm not the only person comma challenged. I like that expression :)

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    1. Jennifer, I'm discovering there are a lot of us comma challenged folks out there. Maybe we should form a support group. Thank you for stopping by.

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    2. Jennifer, I've discovered there are a lot of us comma challenged folks out here. Maybe we should form a support group. Thank you for stopping by.

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    3. As you can see, I'm also technilogically challenged. I didn't think my first comment made it through. Some mornings I just need a nap!

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  7. Sounds like a great book! Love the Truble idea too. I'd love to win the book.
    I also love hanging out with my dog

    Bookwurm70 at gmail

    Gail

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    1. All right Gail! Nothing like a dog to make you feel welcome. Good luck on the drawing.

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  8. Welcome, Kathryn! Your book sounds exciting and gripping. I'd love to read it. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway!
    Nancee, Western Michigan
    quiltcat26@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Welcome Nancee. Good luck in the drawing.

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  9. I am so glad I found this website. I belong to 2 Mystery Book clubs and so I'm always looking for more mystery authors. This will be a good place to find them.
    JFWisherd@aol.com

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    1. Jackie W,

      Welcome. This site sure is a good one. They interview a lot of authors so you can get a feel as to what you might like, especially if it's someone you might not have read before.

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  10. My sister told me about your blog. I've signed up ...thanks for the info on Miss Bain and her book. I will visit often. I also like to hang with my Jack Russell terrier but I have to be careful and NOT put the book I'm reading down where he can grab it and run outside...I stopped counting how many books he has torn up and how many times I've gone to the bookstore to read the last few pages of a book.
    JWIsley@aol.com

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    1. Joye,

      That is too funny about your dog. Obviously he doesn't like the genre you chose. Maybe go for a book on Lassie. :)

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  11. Oh this sounds really good and I want to read it. Have added it to my wish list. I am already a subscriber and follower of Sleuths

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Jo, Thank you for joining us. And good luck on the drawing.

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  12. awesome! ty for sharing your work with us..
    gfc follower faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com
    would love to get away somewhere warm for the winter too! glad it's worked out for you. and really glad you shared how it's taken 10 YRS! to get a contract.. encouraging ;)
    bless you for persevering !!

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  13. have also now subscribed by email...

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  14. netwrkd blog follwr now that i've liked your fb page Debbie! welcome to friend me at faith hope cherrytea on fb or follow @_eHope twitter...

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    1. Faith, Thank you for stopping by. This is an awesome site. I'm glad you subscribed.

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  15. Sounds like a great book and one that I'd enjoy. I learn so much reading other writers about how to write.

    Carolyn
    authorboyles at swbell.net

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    1. The best thing about the writing community is they love to help other writers. You don't see that much in other areas. There's so much competition, but writers love to see other writers succeed.

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  16. Being a writer is essentially a lonesome occupation (if you don't count the voices in your head and the characters that stalk you everywhere) so it's great to be able to reach out and touch other writers like Kathy, find out what makes them tick and how their stories get started. Thanks for a great interview.

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    1. Thanks Skye. I'm glad you were able to make it. I'm sorry you had so much trouble connecting. Good luck on your soon to be published book!

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  17. Sounds like quite an interesting story. Please enter me in the contest. I signed up to be a follower. I hope that means I will get the blog posts by e-mail. So glad that D. Malone sent this recommendation to me!

    Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Janice, Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you signed up. I think you'll enjoy the site. I love to read what other authors are doing.

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  18. I'm posting for Brenda Wood whowas having a hard time leaving a comment. She wants to be entered to win, too.

    Anyway as a recent widow, I find myself learning a lot from books about widows..This one ...your current give away book sounds perfect for me. " Brenda J. Wood

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I'm sorry you had a hard time connecting. Technology - gotta love it. But only when it works right. Good luck in the drawing.

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  19. Wow we've really had some great comments. Kathryn thank you so much for being a guest on Sleuths and Suspects. We'll look forward to your next book.
    Debbie

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    1. Debbie,

      Thanks for having me. I had a good time.

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