Interview with fellow writer Kate McLachlan

1157615_10202448697722914_236015936_nThose of you who follow my blog know that I regularly invite other writers to talk about their writing and their books on my blog.

Today, I’m honored to welcome Kate McLachlan, author of time-travel romances such as her latest release Return of an Impetuous Pilot and of historical mysteries such as Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl.

Let’s start with some warm-up questions:

Chocolate or cookies?

This is supposed to be an easy question? Really? How am I supposed to answer that? I guess the obvious answer is chocolate cookies, but it’s not that simple. I really prefer my chocolate in candy, and it all depends on the milk anyway. Cookies with milk is the best, except for chocolate covered toffee, especially with macadamia nuts from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Oh, now you’ve done it. Be right back.

E-books or paperbacks?

The convenience of e-books just can’t be beat, especially when I’m looking for something to read or trying a new author. I love the feature of downloading a free sample to see if I like a writer’s style. I can’t tell you how much money I wasted pre-e-books buying paperback books that looked interesting but that just didn’t keep my interest when I read a little further. Now I only buy books I really want to read. When it comes to a familiar and well-loved author, though, I really want to read the paperback. It’s easier for me to focus, I think, when I don’t have an electronic device in my hand. And I’ve been trying to read Nicola Griffith’s Hild on Kindle, and it’s nearly impossible. I’m hooked, but it’s a tough read. I keep wanting to flip back to something I read before, and I can’t easily do that. I think I’m going to buy the actual book too.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Uh, neither. I know I write time-travel, but I’ve never been into sci-fi much. I don’t think of time-travel as sci-fi. Time-travel is really about self-discovery, relationships, and history.

Beach or mountains?

All right, I’m trading in my non-answer to the ‘Star Wars or Star Trek’ question for a double answer here. Both.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What do you do when you’re not writing?

I’m a pretty busy girl. That candy isn’t going to crush itself, you know! Oh, and I work full-time, so that takes up some time too. My wife and I are fanatic Gonzaga Women’s Basketball fans, so during the college season we go to every home game and watch every away game on the computer or TV. We go to Las Vegas every March for the WCC championship, and sometimes we follow the team on their post-season journey as far as our finances and my work schedule will allow. We have 2 dogs and 2 cats and they like a bit of attention too. We don’t have children, but we have lots of siblings and nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. There’s never too little to do.

ripvan_lgPlease tell us about your journey in becoming a published writer. What challenges did you face when you published your first book? How did you come to publish with Regal Crest?

I started writing novels in the mid-90’s when I was a middle school teacher. Unfortunately, at that time I still thought I was straight. I tried to write about straight relationships, and I couldn’t get them off the ground. It makes sense. My own real life attempts at having a relationship never got off the ground either. So my attempts to find an agent or a publisher for my books at that time all failed.

When I did finally figure out that I was a lesbian, I realized I didn’t want to teach middle school anymore. I wanted to be out, and I couldn’t see that happening – not safely, anyway – while I was teaching 12 and 13 year olds. That was fifteen years ago, and the world was a different place for gays and lesbians. Now there are LGBT groups in middle schools, but back then gays and lesbians were still suspected of being pedophiles. Shortly after I left teaching, I told one of my best teacher friends, someone I’d thought of until then as being open and tolerant, that I was a lesbian. Her first response was that she didn’t want me to be around her children.

Sorry, digressing! You asked about the road to publishing. I’m getting there, I swear. I left teaching and went to law school, and for the next few years I just didn’t have time to write anymore, not what I wanted to write anyway. I got back into it in 2007-08 when I wrote Rip Van Dyke. I tried at first to find an agent, since that was the route I’d learned in the 90’s when I was writing straight books. I knew nothing about the lesbian publishing industry, I only knew that I needed to write lesbian stories. I received a few rejections from agents, and then I decided to submit the books directly to publishers of lesbian fiction. That’s when I learned about Bella and Bold Strokes and Regal Crest. I still have my rejections from the first two, but my acceptance by Regal Crest is carefully preserved in a special folder in my in-box.

You write in many different genres, time-travel, mystery, historical fiction, all with subplots of romance and typically a lot of humor. Do you have a favorite genre as a reader and as a writer?

I write what I want to read. It’s less about the genre than it is about the writing style. I like some adventure in my books, a hint of danger, at least some romance. I don’t read much contemporary romance because I usually need something else to keep me engaged—a dead body, a hidden treasure, a historical setting, time-travel – pretty much anything as long as it’s not too violent, gruesome, or scary. One of my favorite authors (non-lesbian, as far as I know) is Elizabeth Peters / Barbara Michaels. Every book has romance, but the romance develops as the characters try to achieve some goal, like solving a mystery or finding a treasure, even putting a spirit to rest so it will stop haunting people, and there’s always a lot of humor in her books.

How much research and what kind of research did you do for your historical mystery, Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl?

I did a ton of research. I first wrote Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl as a straight novel back in the 90’s, and that was before everything you needed to know was at your fingertips on the Internet. I went to the library and checked out books and read them cover to cover. I looked up old newspaper articles and copied them from microfiche. Ah, the good old days! I also visited the location where most of the book took place, an old mining town in Idaho called Burke (I changed the name to Needles Eye for the book). Burke is a ghost town now, and it was a lot of fun to explore it, but it was a little scary back in the 90’s when I went there by myself.

I rewrote the book a couple of years ago as a lesbian romance, which made it way better. I used the Internet to supplement and double-check the research I had done with the original version, and I visited Burke again, this time with my wife and a friend so it wasn’t so scary.

Return of an Impetuous PilotHow did you come up with the idea for your newest release, Return of an Impetuous Pilot?

I still had a lot of story to tell after the first two books in the series. I’d kind of left Van and Bennie and Patsy hanging without a romantic resolution after Rescue at Inspiration Point, but I needed a time-travel story to move them along. Jill was never intended to be a main character in the series, but she’s the one who invented the time machine, so she was in charge of what happened next. She learned in Rescue at Inspiration Point that she had the ability to go back in time as well as forward, so I put myself in Jill’s head to try to figure out what she’d want to do with that ability. Amelia Earhart popped into my head. There were a lot of similarities between Amelia and Jill, and I knew Jill would be aware of that and want to meet her. The original story had Jill going back to meet Amelia, and I thought maybe she’d get stuck back there and the gang would have to try to help her return to the present.  But then Amelia came to life and had some ideas of her own. She decided she wanted a taste of the future, and when she got there, she didn’t want to go back!

The titles of your time-travel series all follow the same RIP pattern. How did you come up with that?

When an author writes a book series but also writes stand-alone books, like I do, it’s important for readers to be able to identify at a glance if a book is part of the series or not. A is for Alibi and One for the Money were already taken, unfortunately, so I had to think of something else.

That’s the serious reason. The real reason is that I’m drawn to goofy titles. Rip Van Dyke started it all. I can’t remember where that first came from, but I remember designing the name of Jill’s time machine, the Rapid Intertemporal Projector, so that it would fit the title. When I was exploring the grounds of Expo 74 for the second book in the series, I learned there was a spit of land there called Inspiration Point. It was an excellent location for Bennie to land in ’74, so I thought it would be fun to stage the rescue there, and Rescue at Inspiration Point was born. I really thought of the R.I.P. pattern as kind of a private joke, maybe too subtle for anyone to notice. People did, though, and I realized I’d created a problem for myself. It’s not that easy to create titles with words beginning with R.I.P.!

What would you say is the most important theme in Return of an Impetuous Pilot, and what personal meaning does that theme have for you?

What a fun question! I love themes. I never start a book with a theme, but by the time I’m finished with it I can tell you what it is. The theme of this one is captured in a quote by Amelia Earhart that is printed at the beginning of the book: “It may not be all plain sailing, but the fun of it is worth the price.”

It sounds strange, but I wasn’t born knowing how to have fun. I was fourth of nine children, and some of my earliest memories are of taking care of the littler kids and trying to keep them safe. I was an anxious little worrier. Fun was for other people!

I’m still learning how to have fun. My wife, Tonie, helps a lot. I think she was born knowing how to have fun. Her philosophy is more “If it’s not fun, why are you doing it?” Good question.

How long did it take you to write Return of an Impetuous Pilot?

It normally takes me 9 months to write a book, just like having a baby. Return of an Impetuous Pilot took a little longer because I got stuck around 60 pages in and switched to working on Murder and the Hurdy Gurdy Girl. Once that project was done, I was chomping at the bit to get back to Return of an Impetuous Pilot, and it went quickly then. All I had to do was push. Do I know how to use a metaphor or what?

How do you find enough time to write, even though you have a day job? Any tips for how to be productive as a writer who can’t write full time?

You know, I always wonder how people have time to keep their houses clean or to golf every weekend or to ski in the winter. We all make time for what’s important to us.

Still, I have three basic tips for people who are serious about writing. First, avoid the TV. I watch very little television, though I do like American Idol and The Amazing Race¸ and now The Fosters. When Tonie starts to tell me about a new television show she thinks I might like, I stick my fingers in my ears and sing.

Second – this is a tough one – don’t read so much. I know that’s contrary to most advice for writers, and you do need to read a lot to become a good writer. But if you’re reading all the time, you can’t be writing. I used to read 3 or more books a week. Since I became a serious writer, I read 1 or 2 a month.

Third, get your wife to start writing too. Seriously! Tonie started writing a year or so ago (her first book, Struck! A Titanic Love Story, is being published by Regal Crest next year!) Now that she writes too, we both spend our spare time writing. It’s become something we do together rather than something that prevents us from spending time together.

Oh, and I just thought of a fourth tip. Don’t start Candy Crush! I wish someone had told me…

What’s your favorite scene in Return of an Impetuous Pilot?

Another fun question! I think my favorite scene is when Bennie finds herself in a speakeasy in 1933. She feels like she’s in a movie, and I just let her go to see what she would do, and she didn’t disappoint me.

Which scene in Return of an Impetuous Pilot was hardest for you to write?

Spoiler alert!!! This scene occurs near the end of the book and might spoil the ending for some. I’ll try not to give too much away. The hardest scene to write was the scene where Patsy catches Van with Bennie. I wanted to convey the pain that Patsy felt without telling it from her point of view. This is the first book in the series that doesn’t have any scene told from Patsy’s point of view. People love to hate Patsy, but I love Patsy. She’s a victim in this book, and I feel bad about that. I need to write Patsy’s story and make people see her the way I see her.

What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would Van, the main character in Return of an Impetuous Pilot, order? Black coffee? Soy-sugar-free-non-fat-vanilla latte? Double chocolate chip Frappuccino with whipped cream and chocolate sauce? Something else?

Oh, geez, I drink my coffee black, so I’m not very knowledgeable about coffee drinks, but Van would probably order a non-fat sugar-free drink with whipped cream and chocolate sauce on top. She’s a woman who tries to do the right thing, but she can’t resist indulgences—like syrup, or Bennie.

What projects are you working on right now?

I just finished a Christmas romance novella, Christmas Candy Crush. It’s my first attempt at a contemporary romance. I know I said I don’t read much contemporary romance, but I do read some, and I can’t resist a Christmas story. So I decided to write one. It should be out in November. Two other projects are now competing for my time. I’ve started a mystery in the style of Agatha Christie, but I’m also eager to start the next book in the RIP series. I really need to tell Patsy’s story.  I’m in the very early stages of both projects, and I don’t know which will win.

Thank you for this very interesting interview, Kate! I look forward to your future works, and I will definitely read Tonie’s first book, too.

Readers, if you have any questions or comments for Kate, please leave a comment or contact her via her website or Facebook.

Have a great Sunday, everyone!

Jae

Conflict of Interest has been published!

Conflict-of-InterestConflict of Interest was the first novel-length work I ever wrote in English. The feedback I got from readers after the first edition was published encouraged me to keep writing and to keep writing in English. It’s a big part of what brought me to my current situation—living happily as a full-time writer—so this novel does forever hold a special place in my heart.

I’m glad that the second, improved version of Conflict of Interest now found a new home with Ylva Publishing. My wonderful editor Nikki Busch and I worked hard to make this second edition a much cleaner, smoother read compared to the first one.

Apart from the extensive line editing, I also introduced one important minor character, lesbian Lieutenant Del Vasquez, much earlier in the story. And there’s a whole new scene focusing on Aiden and Del, since these are the two most important people in the life of Dawn, my main character.

I hope my readers enjoy this second edition as much, if not more, than the first one. At 136,000 words (about 470 pages), it’s a nice, long read that should give you plenty of time to get to know Aiden and Dawn and for Aiden and Dawn to get to know each other.

For now, Conflict of Interest is available as an e-book via Amazon, but it will soon be available at other online bookstores and as a paperback too.

Enjoy!

Jae

Writing hours in March 2014

Cabernet & LiebeWow, what a month!

I recently moved into a new (bigger) apartment. Even though it’s in the same house where I lived before, it’s insane how much work was involved, so I again didn’t get as much writing done as I would have liked. When I thought a full-time writer would write full time, I must have been delusional Wink

Still, I can’t complain too much. After all, I published a new novel, Cabernet und Liebe, (the German translation of Something in the Wine), wrote a new short story (which will be published in an anthology edited by Andi Marquette and RG Emanuelle), and completed a new novella, Departure from the Script.

I also did lots of editing, among others RJ Nolan’s new novel, In a Heartbeat, and Fletcher DeLancey’s great novella Mac vs. PC.

Plus I’m also doing a lot of research for my next novel, Damage Control, which will be set in Hollywood too, just like Departure from the Script.

So let’s take a look at the numbers for March.

 
Writing
Editing
Research
Nonfiction Writing
2014 - TOTAL173 hours171 hours83 hours0 hours
January75 hours60 hours1 hour--
February48 hours70 hours35 hour--
March50 hours41 hours47 hour--

If I include marketing, I spent about 150 hours on writing-related activities.

Check back soon for news on the publication of Conflict of Interest, which should be available within the next few days!

Jae

Discounted e-books during “Read an E-Book Week”!

Read an e-book week_girlRead an E-Book Week, the largest international celebration of e-books, starts today. Every year, the Read an E-Book Week gives readers a chance to try out new authors and new books at a discount or some even for free.

My publisher, Ylva Publishing, is participating in Read an E-Book Week too.

From March 2 until 11:59 p.m. (Pacific time) on March 8, you can get two of my books—Backwards to Oregon and Second Nature—along with some other books published by Ylva Publishing at a 25% discount on Smashwords. They offer DRM-free e-books in mobi, epub, or pdf format.

Important: Use the code REW25 at checkout to get the discount!

Happy reading, everyone!

Jae

Writing hours in February 2014

Another month is over, and I again didn’t get as much writing done as I wanted, mostly because I was helping friends move and I’m preparing my own move in March.

But I still did a lot of editing (among others, RJ Nolan’s new novel, In a Heartbeat, and the German translation of Joan Arling’s Rich Girl).

I also started turning my short story “The Morning After” into a novella, and I’m having a lot of fun with this one! I also did some research for my next novel, whose main character, like the main character in “The Morning After” will be an actress.

I’m trying to establish myself in the German lesfic market, which included translating my short story “Seduction for Beginners” into German and getting my German website up and running.

So here are the writing numbers for February.

 
Writing
Editing
Research
Nonfiction Writing
2014 - TOTAL123 hours130 hours36 hour0 hours
January75 hours60 hours1 hour--
February48 hours70 hours35 hour--

If I include marketing, I spent about 170 hours on writing-related activities.

Check back at the beginning of April for this month’s writing numbers and for news on the publication of Conflict of Interest.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

Jae

Interview with Lynette Mae

As promised, I’m interviewing writers of lesbian fiction who don’t write full time this year.

Today’s guest has just published her newest novel, Rebound, which is already in the Amazon top 100 and also very high on my to-be-read list.

A warm welcome to Lynette Mae, author of Faithful Service, Silent Hearts, Tactical Pursuit, and Rebound, all available from Sapphire Books.

Let’s start with some warm-up questions:

Chocolate or cookies? 

Chocolate. Dark chocolate. That is definitely my weakness. I keep a bag of Dove bite-sized pieces in the cupboard. I’ve got decent willpower, though. When I indulge, I keep it to a single bite. That way, I don’t feel guilty.

E-books or paperbacks?

I’m old school, so nothing replaces having a book in my hands. I do like the fact that my ereader holds many, many books in a small space. What I tend to do is buy hardcopies of my favorites.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

Star Trek! Keeping with the old school theme.

Beach or mountains?

I love the outdoors, period. I’ve lived most of my adult life in close proximity to the ocean. However, the mountains have a greater appeal for me. I love the texture of the scenery, the variations of weather conditions, craggy rocks, lush green forests, cool mountain air, snow covered peaks. Yeah, the mountains do it for me.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? What do you do when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing, I love to stay active. I’m not a marathon runner or anything, but I do enjoy my time pounding the pavement with my iPod streaming my favorite music in my ears. My wife and I kayak. I do some weightlifting and cross training. Again, not to extreme, just enough to stay fit and clear my brain. I find that physical activity helps my creativity. If I fall into a sedentary spell, my writing invariably suffers. Also, the physical activity offsets my periodic chocolate indulgence. Smile My down time from the physical is spent reading.

Pfaithful_service_finallease tell us about your journey in becoming a published writer. What challenges did you face when you published your first book?

My first book, Faithful Service, Silent Hearts was a long time in the making. Devon’s character latched onto my creative brain years ago. I would dabble in parts of her story and then, like so many of us, real life always seemed to get in the way. In about 2007, I discovered fan fiction sites, but I had no interest in writing stories based on someone else’s characters. It just wasn’t for me. Later, I stumbled on sections in those sites that allowed original submissions, so I submitted my story. That very flawed, and ultimately very different version of FSSH finished the year #2 on the Athenaeum. From there, I got my first publisher rejection. I’m glad because it let me know that I had a lot of work to do on my craft if I wanted to be taken seriously. (For the record, I still work hard at craft daily). A wonderful group of like-minded women at a place called the Lesbian Fiction Forum gave me tons of critique and encouragement. I learned enough to improve my manuscript, and eventually I was fortunate enough to have FSSH published.

How did you come up with the idea for Rebound?

My nephew and one of my dearest friends are spinal cord injured. They both played wheelchair basketball and are very involved in various organizations promoting education and opportunity for disabled individuals. They are my daily inspiration. Both of them attack life with such gusto and determination that it’s impossible not to respond to that unspoken challenge: Never give up. Rebound developed out of my humble attempt to portray folks with disabilities in a fair and positive light. They don’t want our pity, only the same chance to prove their individual worth based on their merits, just like anyone else.

ReboundYour two previous novels, Faithful Service, Silent Hearts and Tactical Pursuit, have a strong action/adventure plot, but I hear Rebound is a departure from that. How is it different from your other novels?

As far as setting, Rebound is a bit different. Conner Maguire, the protagonist, is a professional basketball player, not a soldier or cop. I’ve said many times, “Yikes! Nobody’s getting blown up or shot at. ” LOL But, I think there is still a lot of the action and drama that LM fans have come to expect.

What would you say is the most important theme in Rebound, and what personal meaning does that theme have for you?

The tagline on my business cards has always been, “Stories of action, adventure, and the human spirit.” My readers know that I write very character-driven stories with deep point of view. Rebound is all about the human spirit. I think we all look at folks with disabilities and wonder what we would do if faced with that difficulty. Truth is, most of us would rise to the occasion. For Conner there’s no other choice. That’s the message: There’s no quitting. Life is what you make of it, no matter what.

How long did it take you to write Rebound?

Oh, wow. That’s tough. Rebound went through several incarnations before I hit on the right formula. The beginning of the story came to me in a rush many years ago. But, I think I was afraid of the story. Honestly. I wanted to tell this story authentically and portray these characters with the strength and dignity they deserved. I didn’t want it to be typical in either the “miraculous recovery” or the “drawn out drama and angst” kind of recovery that seems to be the norm. The injury isn’t the protagonist, Conner is. It changes her, but doesn’t define her. So, it took me a few years to work through that in my head.

tactical_pursuit_finalHow do you find enough time to write, even though you have a day job? Any tips for how to be productive as a writer who can’t write full time?

I struggle to find writing time. Discipline. That’s all I can really say. You have to want to write and be successful enough to carve out time to do it. We all make choices in our day about whether to do this or that activity. Get on Facebook and lose two hours before you even realize it or write. Some days, FB wins. LOL

As far as myself, my workdays are very long, and my schedule can change dramatically from week to week, but normally I write in the morning, while my wife is still sleeping. I try to take care of emails, etc, then write for an hour, on a good day, two. Then it’s time to workout and get ready for my shift.  Since I have so little time, I really have to focus on whatever project I’m working on.

What’s your favorite scene in Rebound?

My favorite scene in Rebound is a scene where Conner has decided that she wants to give wheelchair basketball a try. She goes to the gym alone because she doesn’t want anyone to see her trying to shoot. Suddenly, just making a basket is daunting. Conner is experiencing her new reality first hand and her frustration boils over into a sort of tantrum. Oh, yeah, and the coach who’s been less than impressed by Conner’s pedigree sees the whole thing. The layers of humility and compassion in that scene set the tone for the rest of the story, I think. Conner really has to figure out this new life.

Which scene in Rebound was hardest for you to write?

Hands down the hardest scene was Conner’s first sexual experience post-injury. I tried to write it with the sensitivity and honesty that it deserved.

What sort of Starbuck’s coffee would Conner, the main character in Rebound, order? Black coffee? Soy-sugar-free-non-fat-vanilla latte? Double chocolate chip Frappuccino with whipped cream and chocolate sauce? Something else?

Conner’s an athlete, so non-fat latte, no whip. Wink

What projects are you working on right now?

I’m working on a short story for an upcoming anthology from Sapphire Books and another police-based drama called Full Honors that will be out later this year. The protagonist in this story is a little darker, nothing like Devon or Mac, and it’s a stand-alone story. We’ll explore some new themes, but it will once again be in the deep POV context of the job through their eyes and imperfections. As always, with an LM story, the story won’t be formulaic, and the ending might not be the typical HEA, but the human spirit will rise.

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions, Lynette. I’m about to curl up on the couch with your newest book, and I so look forward to it.

Readers, if you want to connect with Lynette you can reach her via her website or Facebook.

Fellow writers of lesbian fiction, if you are looking for a promotion opportunity and want to be interviewed on my blog, send me an e-mail (jae@jae-fiction.com)

Have a great Sunday.

Jae

“Lessons in Love and Life” has been published

LILALMy newest short story, “Lessons in Love and Life,” has been published, and I think it’s very fitting that it’s been released just in time for Valentine’s Day.

In “Lessons in Love and Life,” a companion to my historical romance Hidden Truths, Amy wants to do something nice for her sweetheart, Rika, and take her to Salem for a romantic night of dancing. But in 1869, that’s not easy for two women, so Amy comes up with a daring plan…and ends up learning some lessons in love and life.

For now, the short story is available via Amazon, but it will soon be available at other online bookstores as well.

I hope you enjoy it!

Jae

Writing hours in January 2014

Hard to believe that my first month as a full-time writer is over already.

I got less writing done than I wanted, but I did a lot of editing.

At the beginning of the month, I proofread Hidden Truths one more time. The novel has been published by now, and sales are going well. I also got my short story, Lessons in Love and Life, back from the copy editor. It will be published on or around Valentine’s Day.

Now I’m working on revising my romantic suspense novel Conflict of Interest.

So without further ado, here are the writing numbers for January.

 
Writing
Editing
Research
Nonfiction Writing
2014 - TOTAL75 hours60 hours1 hour0 hours
January75 hours60 hours1 hour--

In addition to writing and editing, I spent about 30 hours on marketing, which includes blogging, updating Facebook, Twitter, my website, and exchanging e-mails with readers.

So all in all, I spent about 165 hours on writing-related activities.

Check back at the beginning of March for this month’s writing numbers.

Wishing everyone a great weekend!

Jae

 

Hidden Truths is now available!

Hidden Truths_JaeAfter months of hard work, I’m pleased that it’s finally time to publish my historical romance novel Hidden Truths.

Here’s the blurb:

“Luke” Hamilton has been living as a husband and father for the past seventeen years. No one but her wife, Nora, knows she is not the man she appears to be. They have raised their daughters to become honest and hard-working young women, but even with their loving foundation, Amy and Nattie are hiding their own secrets.

Just as Luke sets out on a dangerous trip to Fort Boise, a newcomer arrives on the ranch—Rika Aaldenberg, who traveled to Oregon as a mail-order bride, hiding that she’s not the woman in the letters.

When hidden truths are revealed, will their lives and their family fall apart or will love keep them together?

Compared to the first edition, there are a lot of changes, including a couple of extended scenes in the first half of the novel. Most of the changes concern the ending, though. I don’t want to give too much away, but I wrote four completely new chapters that deepen the romance between Amy and Rika.

In addition to changes to the content, my editor—Fletcher DeLancey—and I worked hard to smooth out sentences, remove repetitions, and make the reading experience more enjoyable.

Even though I removed a lot of unnecessary words and sentences, with the four new chapters, Hidden Truths is still a nice, long read, coming to a total of 157,000 words (about 500 pages).

Hidden Truths is available as an e-book from Amazon. It will soon be available from other online bookstores such as Smashwords and Barnes & Nobles and as a paperback too.

I hope you enjoy the second revised and expanded edition of Hidden Truths!

Jae

Goodways giveaway of “Backwards to Oregon”

During the last few months, I’ve been working hard on revising my novel Hidden Truths.

Now it’s just a few more days until the revised and expanded second edition of Hidden Truths will be published.

To celebrate that, I’m giving away a signed paperback copy of the first book in the “Oregon” series, Backwards to Oregon.

All you need to do to enter the drawing is to click “enter to win” in the box below.

Best of luck!

Jae

Goodreads Book Giveaway

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