AuThursday – Katherine Brown

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Please welcome Katherine Brown to The Clog Blog!  Katherine, can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
I’m a book-obsessed mom raising a book-obsessed toddler and a great teen while trying to carve out time to write and occasionally shower. I live in Texas and love spending time with my husband and family. Also, there is no such thing as too much chocolate.
How do you make time to write?
I cram all of my writing in when my two-year-old daughter is napping or the one day a week she stays with my mom.
Do you believe in writer’s block?
I believe in writer’s procrastination and in tired brains that find creativity hard, at least for myself.
Tell us a bit about the genre you write and why you love it.
I’ve written a few genres. Primarily cozy mystery, a few kids mysteries, short sweet romance, and am preparing to publish my first steampunk mystery/adventure. One thing all of my works have in common is that they are clean fiction meaning fade to black and minimal to no swearing etc. I want any age to be able to enjoy them and I want to model my personal values for my daughters even when I write. With mystery, I love it because you can follow the trail and still be surprised by the ending even if you are the writer in my experience.
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How are you publishing your recent book and why? 
Indie and probably because I’m too impatient to wade through years of potential rejections before being able to offer my story to book lovers everywhere.
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Are you an Introvert or an Extrovert?  How does this affect your work?
An introvert who can mingle and hold conversations with no problem but finds too much peopling to be exhausting and also struggles to market my books because I hate to be “pushy” or “selly” lol.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
Do something today you will thank yourself for tomorrow is probably one of them.
Another is Psalm 46:5
God is within her she will not fail. Even when I feel like I’m failing, I remind myself I can’t see the future or even the whole picture of now; if I’m pursuing my writing with the creativity I was given, then I’m blessed.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write. Then write more. Don’t stop even if you have to work another job. You can’t edit a blank page or publish an idea. Write it and figure out what to do with it when you get the chance.
Do you have an excerpt you’d like to share with us?
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“A woman who can still give orders when she’s scared; just what I need.” He pulled a cutlass from the scabbard at his side. Pushing Marie further back, he swung and smoothly severed the head from the wriggling creature. Not that decapitation ceased the wriggling.
Marie closed her eyes. It was one of the things she hated about the wily little devils, snakes didn’t have the decency to just die and be still.”
~An excerpt from my steampunk mystery coming in 2022!

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Saturday Spotlight – The Courtesan of Constantinople

Alchemists of Archangel dropped on Tuesday December 29th, if you like Steampunk Romance you might like my Gaslamp Romance Series Archangel Revolution. Here is some more information about the first book.

Title: The Courtesan of Constantinople 

Series:  Archangel Revolution  Book 1

Genre: Gaslamp Romance 

Author: Tina Holland

Release Date:  November 10th, 2020

Publisher:  Book Boutiques 

Editor:  Misti Moyer

Cover Artist:  Valerie Tibbs, Tibbs Designs

Blurb:

Laurel Gunn’s freedom and body were traded for queen and country following her husband’s death on the battlefield.  Laurel Gunn is a courtesan, a spy, and a fae.  Like most Fae, she is not free. 

Doctor Benjamin Gunn is sent to investigate a body for clues as to the Cleaver’s identity.  Ben Gunn has been keeping secrets and is unsure if he can reveal what creature he is to Laurel, and why he is among the living.

Constantinople, also known as the Global City, is filled with politicians, espionage, and magic.  In a world of spies, not everyone is who they seem, but those seeking justice aren’t even human. Laurel must tread carefully as allies become foes and her very fate lies with England’s Queen. 

Excerpt: 

“Did you mean what you said about my being your only lover?” Ben asked.  He simply had to know. The thought of spending every night with her would be more than pleasurable. She had a way of chasing away his nightmares.

“You think I lie?” Laurel asked.

“No, I simply wonder why me? You could have any man here.” He leaned in and breathed against her ear.

“Don’t you understand, husband?” She pulled back. The hurt was evident in her liquid brown eyes.

“I believe I do, but I want to be clear.” Ben didn’t know why he risked her safety to satisfy his own heart. He seemed helpless around this woman. Ben wanted to believe he wouldn’t hurt her. Those damnable blackouts made him uncertain.

Laurel drew closer to him, her lips were close, brushing his ear as she cooed,“Ben, you must know, I still love you.” Without warning, she kissed him. In front of the table at large and her current lover, she kissed him.

Her kiss was a simple touch of the lips, but to him, the gesture conveyed much more. A pink stain spread over her cheeks. Was she embarrassed or did she feel the same longing in her soul?

Cover Reveal & Pre-Order- Alchemists of Archangel

Title: Alchemists of Archangel

Series:  Archangel Revolution

Author: Tina Holland

Genre: Steampunk, Gaslamp Fantasy, Alternate History, Romance

Release Date:  December 30, 2020

Publisher: Book Boutiques

Cover Artist: Valerie Tibbs

Blurb:

When scientist Abigail Phelan is accused of murder, she must prove her innocence despite not remembering the crime.

Inspector Raven Clark knows Abbie didn’t kill the miner, but she is tied to the killer.

Abbie and Raven begin a search for both the killer and her memories bringing them closer to the truth and one another.

But when Archangel residents fall ill from a bizarre pandemic Raven must hunt for the killer while Abbie battles a ravaging disease. 

Will they discover the identity of the murderer before losing everything they’ve found?

Excerpt: 

Abigail Phelan shot him a brief glare before concentrating on her plate. “As I suspected, the Gunns have left you alone with me.” 

“Did they?  Whatever for?”  Laurel and Ben could not have guessed Raven’s attraction to this vulnerable beauty. Could they?

“So you could begin your interrogation of me regarding Cornelius Turner’s death.”  She tilted her head.

He scanned her evaluating her words.   “I doubt you had anything to do with Mr. Turner’s murder.” 

She leaned forward, “So foul play is suspected.” 

“I’m afraid so.  What can you tell me about that night?” Raven couldn’t help but wonder how this tiny breath of a woman was wrapped up in Alchemia’s most gruesome murder.

“I can’t recollect much from the night of Mr. Turner’s murder. I’ve tried but every time I search my memory, my throat locks up, and I feel my limbs numb and my brain becomes foggy.  It sounds strange, I know.  Doctor Gunn says my symptoms are similar to shell shock.”

“I’m aware of the disorder.” His mind burned with the memory of his own experience. 

“I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.  Cornelius was a wonderful man and very kind to me and my birds.” 

“Tell me about him.” Her voice soothed him, despite the fact he found birds as exciting as watching a clock tick.

“Cornelius was my first canary courier.  The couriers run the birds to and from the mines.  They also have to sit with the fledglings so the birds become used to them.  Cornelius even went so far as to watch the hatchlings.  He was a surrogate to many of the colored canaries.” 

“Was he collecting birds from you that night?” 

“No.  I went to town.” 

“To meet him?” Raven wondered if more passed between Abigail and Cornelius.

“No to meet with…” Abigail began to rub her temples.  “I’m sorry I don’t remember.”

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