Recently, while out for lunch with my editor, she remarked that my work always contains strong female characters. While this is true, what she said made me think more deeply about my motivation and what I look for in a strong female character.
Not long after that I did a beta read for a fellow author which made me think in a new way about my own writing and what I look for as a reader. Yes, the author you do a favour for may not be the only one to benefit. Haha. Continue reading “A Different Take on Strong Female Characters”
I would guess that most readers don’t really want to analyze the stories they read; they just want to sink into them and enjoy them. I don’t know anyone who deliberately chooses a book based on whether it’s a plot-based story or a character-based story. So what’s the difference and why does it matter? Continue reading “Plot-Driven vs. Character-Driven Stories”
Today we have a sneak peek from the character-driven suspense novel by author K. S. Brooks: Night Undone.
Former Special Agent Kathrin Night is not adjusting to civilian life. More than a year after her career-ending injury, she still can’t get the hang of it. This is wearing thin on her lover, Russian FSB Agent Aleksey Khovechkin, who tricks Kathrin into seeing a psychiatrist specializing in post-military/espionage patients. The therapy doesn’t go exactly as Aleksey hopes, but before he can react, Russia recalls him to make him an offer he can’t refuse. Before his departure, Aleksey reveals his deepest, darkest secret to Kathrin. Had he, in fact, used her to escape his duties in Russia, or was his allegiance to her genuine? Determined to see justice served, Kathrin hatches a scheme to help Aleksey while at the same time reviving her career in espionage. The Vancouver Winter Olympics could be the perfect venue for her plan, but can she pull it off without destroying their relationship, causing an international incident, or getting either of them killed?
Night Undone is available from Amazon, Amazon UK, and Barnes & Noble.
And now, an excerpt from Night Undone…
Continue reading “Sneak Peek: Night Undone”
Today, the lovely and talented K.S. “Kat” Brooks shares a sneak peek at her book, The Kiss of Night. This title is up for an award for book cover of the year. You can vote to support Kat by going here, and clicking on The Kiss of Night, (which is listed as #5 in the right sidebar) and voting. The site is a monster to load, so do be patient.
The world’s top anti-terrorist agent has a new mission: dealing with being forced into early retirement by a debilitating injury. Former Special Agent Kathrin Night fights the demons of her past, present and future while dealing with her new mysterious Russian bodyguard, Agent Aleksey Khovechkin. Sent compliments of the Russian Minister of Defense, refusing his services is not an option. But is Aleksey’s true mission to protect her, or does he have another agenda?
The Kiss of Night is available from Amazon in print or Kindle format, Barnes & Noble, and other online retailers. Continue reading “Sneak Peek – The Kiss of Night by K.S. Brooks”