Friday, February 1, 2013

The Next Big Thing PLUS 19 Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts

Welcome to The Next Big Thing

My friend, author Clive Eaton, recently tagged me for a blog hop entitled ‘The Next Big Thing'. The deal is: I answer a few questions about my current work-in-progress, then I invite other authors to do the same. Clive was tagged by Rachel Amphlett.

The authors I’ve tagged are:   

M.A. Granovsky @MGranovsky
Michael Gunter @Michael_Gunter
Jeff Joseph @author_Jeff
Eryn LaPlant @erynalicia
James Moushon @jimhbs
Elizabeth Wilder @eewilder
SuzannaWilliams @suzannawriter

I hope you’ll visit their websites, read their books, and follow them on Twitter. Their answers will be posted on their blogs on February 15, along with the names of the authors they’ve tagged. Look for #BlogNextBigThing.

What is the working title of your next book?
MacKlenna Farm
The Last MacKlenna 

Where did the idea come from for the book?
The heroine in THE RUBY BROOCH is Kit MacKLenna. Her godfather is Elliott Fraser. Elliott played his supporting role so well that he got the next book, which was supposed to go to Braham McCabe, best friend to the hero (Cullen Montgomery) in THE RUBY BROOCH.

MacKlenna Farm
Elliott got his way for a couple of reasons. Braham’s story is a Civil War story, which takes place during the same time frame as the recently released movie LINCOLN. If I had known of the movie’s release, I might have ignored Elliott’s demand. But at the time, all I heard was that Civil War stories weren’t selling. The second reason is that I fell in love with Elliott and had to write his story. Although this book isn’t part of the Celtic Brooch Trilogy, it is a sequel to THE RUBY BROOCH.

The story is a romantic suspense about Dr. Elliott Fraser, a fifty-year-old vet with as many emotional scars as physical ones. When the story opens, he’s just been released from the hospital following a fifth surgery on his leg. He’s on his way to Edinburgh for the holidays. He gets news that there’s a problem with his $25,000,000 Thoroughbred who is returning home to Kentucky after standing stud in New South Wales.

Meredith Montgomery is president of a 160-year-old winery in Napa. The winery is intending to celebrate its anniversary with the release a new label. Meredith discovers a lump and fears she might have another breast cancer. While waiting for the pathology report, she is encouraged not to cancel her genealogy trip to the National Archives in Edinburgh.  

Elliott and Meredith met at a B&B owned by Elliott’s long-time friends. They are enchanted with each other and spend the Christmas holiday lost in a romantic adventure.

When Elliott’s horse is killed, he rushes back to his farm. He invites Meredith to stop in Kentucky on her way back to California to spend New Year’s Eve, but Elliott’s fears and stress push her away. She returns home to face her own problems: cancer and the winery’s celebration.

The bond, however, that developed while they were in Edinburgh pulls them back together, but that bond is stretched and twisted by events that force them to deal with their misconceptions about what is most important in their lives.

What genre does your book fall under?
Romantic Suspense

What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Elliott Fraser – Mark Harmon
Meredith Montgomery – Diane Lane
David – Gerald Butler
Kevin – Michael Weatherly
Louise – Meryl Streep
Evelyn – Helen Hunt

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
I’ll give you two loglines. One tells Meredith’s story and the other tells Elliott’s:

The president of a Napa Valley winery has a detailed to-do list to follow to insure the successful launch of her new vine but breast cancer and a handsome Scotsman complicate her life.

The CEO of a multi-million dollar Thoroughbred farm is recovering from leg surgery when someone kills his prized stallion, which jeopardizes his leg, his job, and ultimately his one shot at happiness with the owner of a California winery battling breast cancer.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
This story was very successful on the romance writers contest circuit, garnering requests from agents and editors, but I’ve decided to self-publish.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
It probably took 4-6 months of writing time to get the first draft on paper. But those months were spread out over a year while I concentrated on the release and marketing of The Ruby Brooch.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I’m a huge fan of both Elizabeth Lowell and Sandra Brown. Their books are a delightful mix of romance and suspense. I think THE LAST MACKLENNA is in the same vein.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The inspiration came from writing Elliott into the story line of THE RUBY BROOCH.  

What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?
Meredith has breast cancer. When I started the story my sister-in-law had been battling the disease for ten years. After finishing the first draft, my other two sisters-in-law had mastectomies. At that point, the story became even more personal and for a while, I couldn’t write. My sister-in-law, Sally Manning, lost her courageous battle on October 29, 2012. This book is dedicated to her valiant fight.

For pictures of Elliott's plane, his house in the Highlands, and Meredith's house in Napa, visit my Pinterest Board.


If you missed my writing & marketing tweets and retweets yesterday, here they are again:
  1. Planning Events, Watching TV And Chatting About Products – How Do We Use Twitter? [STUDY]
  2. 5 Parallelism Problems in In-Line Lists  via Daily Writing Tips
  3. Self-Publishing and Traditional Publishing: Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds with @cjlyonswriter via @janefriedman
  4. 3 Vs of Fiction: Voice via @FictionNotes
  5. So You Want to Read Your Reviews… via @elizabethscraig
  6. Considering Self-Publishing? Don't Bother, Unless You Follow Guy Kawasaki's Advice
  7. Writing a Premise Statement RT @janice_hardy
  8. Mandatory Reading Reading sharpens writing
  9. Why I’m Choosing Indie Publishing via @LizCLong
  10. Is That Even a Word? via Daily Writing Tips
  11. Is Your Book Going Free? Save Time & Submit It To The Top Free Sites On This Page
  12. 30 Ways to Build the “Know, Like, and Trust” Factor that Grows an Audience via @copyblogger
  13. What Happens if Bookstores Go Away?  via @bookgal
  14. 18 Links to Writing & Marketing Blog Posts Plus authors of the day @dagraystone (@myemily_thebook @eewilder
  15. Yes, Narrators Can Still Die: Part I via @write_practice
  16. Using Short Stories to Drive Sales: @TalliRoland RT @elizabethscraig
  17. Commodity Publishing, Self-Publishing, and The Future of Fiction via @JaneFriedman
  18. A + B = You (The Secret Equation Every Author Needs to Know) One way to describe your writing RT @evelyn_puerto:
  19. 10 Ways to Foster a Love of Reading via @JodyHedlund Excellent post! 

I’m always looking for great content to share. If you have a writing and/or marketing blog, or have a favorite that you visit often, please leave a link in the comment section. Thanks for stopping by.

Happy writing & running, Kathy

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