Thursday, January 16, 2014

Getting It Right vs Making It Interesting


Congratulations to "Cher'ley", the winner of Kate's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Kasey Edwards, the heroine of Forewarning, is a physical therapist who employs alternative techniques when working on her patients. She’s learned how to manipulate energy to affect bodily systems and uses her skills to save the life of an injured man. The story is first and foremost a romantic mystery and is set on a horse ranch.

However, when I started submitting to writing contests and to agents, I was advised to classify it as a paranormal story. I had a hard time with that concept because to me, paranormal meant vampires, shapeshifters and such. An energy worker hardly fit in that category.

My other problem with that advice was that Kasey is based on real people who actually do the kind of work that she does, not fantasy figures. While most people aren’t yet familiar with these particular techniques, the knowledge and use of alternative modalities is growing exponentially. Complementary (a more accurate term) medicine is becoming accepted by more and more people. There are even Integrative Medicine departments at major medical schools and clinics, where physicians learn to integrate these techniques with their traditional practices. So while Kasey skills are a little woo-woo, they definitely are not fantasy.

Initially, I wanted to be as accurate as I could, but I found, like many authors before me, that real life doesn’t always make for a good story. So in a couple of instances I took some literary license, but mostly I remained true to reality. The excerpt below describes something I have seen many times.

But first the blurb:

Grieving and guilt-stricken after her husband’s suicide, Kasey Martin has closed her energetic healing practice and retreated to her Oregon horse ranch. One night, she rescues a badly injured man, and against her better judgment, uses her neglected skills to save his life. This starts her on an unexpected journey of healing and danger.

Complicating her life is Jim Bradley, an old friend who has long been in love with her and wants her to return to her work. When criminals looking for her patient invade the serenity of her world, she must use her skills to save all three of their lives.


Excerpt:
TJ watched while Kasey placed one hand on the mare’s spine and another low on her left hip. She kept them there for almost ten minutes while talking softly to the horse and Ben. As far as TJ could see, she was doing nothing more than lightly touching the horse.

All of a sudden, Doll let out a big sigh and visibly relaxed, dropping her head low and almost closing her eyes. Kasey stepped away, and tension seemed to flow out of her as well. A few moments later, with a much calmer expression, she moved back to the horse. She continued to hold her hands in different spots for varying amounts of time, changing their position after Doll sighed or yawned. Obviously, something was happening, but TJ had no idea what.

At one point Doll swung her head around and touched her ribs, just behind her front legs. Kasey nodded. “I know,” she said, and kept on with what she was doing. A few minutes later Doll twisted around again and touched her side a couple more times. Kasey smiled and responded. “I’ll get to it. I know it hurts. I need to take care of this first.”

TJ widened his eyes in disbelief. The horse is telling her where it hurts? At that point, he almost left in disgust to go back to the house, but hesitated when he saw how seriously Ben and Billy were watching. Pushing down his skepticism, he decided to wait and see how her treatment played out.

A while later Kasey finally switched her attention to the area Doll had touched. The mare bobbed her head up and down a couple of times, then let it hang in total relaxation. After spending a good ten minutes working on the area, Kasey stepped back.

TJ stared in amazement as a very different horse walked out of the barn. Instead of limping, Doll walked along and gazed at her surroundings with interest.

Giveaway: 
I will be giving away an ebook copy of Forewarning to one person who comments and leaves an email address.

Bio:
Kate Wyland is a life-long horse nut who started riding at three years old and can’t imagine life without them. She’s taken part in a great variety of equestrian activities but her greatest loves are dressage and trail riding in the mountains. A few years ago, she exchanged her tech writing hat for a fiction writing Stetson. Suspense, romance, horses and sometimes the paranormal are the themes she likes to explore in her books. And she delights in sharing her love of animals and country living.

You can connect with Kate at:
Blog:  http://katewyland.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AuthorKateWyland
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/katewyland
Goodreads
:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard


Giveaway ends 11:59pm EST Jan. 17th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email maureen@JustRomanticSuspense.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway.

28 comments:

  1. Heyy loved the concept. Waiting to read it ! saptaswa2@yahoo.com

    -Saptaswa Basu

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    1. Hope you enjoy it! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. I understand why the push to paranormal, though I firmly believe in the reality of this type healing. No matter, this sounds really wonderful.

    Jonettaallen77 at yahoo dot com

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    1. I understood the push too. In fact, in the first contest I entered Forewarning placed third in Paranormal.
      Hope you enjoy it.

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  3. Greetings, Kate! Loved the excerpt and look forward to reading FOREWARNING. You are a new author to me and I am so excited to meet you!

    I believe in the power of touch/massage not only for healing, but for showing compassion and sharing positivity. Having grown up with horses, I also know how sweet and intelligent they are -- and would trust their instinct and "intuition" any day. :) -- I have a friend who is a chiropractor who uses alternative methods in her "human" practice but also specializes in canine and equine therapy. Does she ever have stories to tell!!

    Thank you so much for the giveaway. FOREWARNING sounds awesome!

    Blessings ~
    Kimberly Perry
    k_kperry@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks so much for the kind words. I love meeting new readers too!

      I've used chiros and a variety of other alternative workers for my horses. They all have fun tales to tell. Isn't it great?

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  4. Interesting info about the character

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. All the characters are pretty interesting--including the horses. :-)

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  5. I enjoy a premise that involves horses!

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  6. Kate,
    The subject sounds very interesting!
    Jan

    janet_kerr@msn.com

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    1. I hope people can open their minds and learn a little from it.
      Thanks for commenting.

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  7. This is a great book, Kate. Can't wait to read the next one.

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    1. Thanks Marsha.
      I've been spending so much time promoting and playing with social media, that I've had a hard time writing. That's why I'm taking two weeks off and hide in my writing cave.

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  8. How very cool, Kate. I didn't know this was the story within your novel. This is very intriguing. I'd love to read it.
    Patti
    yagerdelagrange@gmail.com

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    1. Given your connection with Max, I suspect you would enjoy it.
      Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Such a beautiful excerpt thank you. You could feel it.

    Love the term "woo-woo". Haven't heard that in years.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it.
      You must not be from California. Still hear "woo-woo" here. :-)

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  10. I've loved the suspenseful stories of Dick Francis for years. I am really excited about "meeting" another author of stories about horses with a bit of mystery. Thanks for this post! jdh2690@gmail.com

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    1. Don't I wish I was in Dick Francis's league. :-)
      Horses have been part of my life since I was a baby, so of course I have to write about them. And I love mystery/suspense.
      Thanks for stopping and commenting.

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  11. Reiki and foot zone are my first choices for medicine. Matter changed by energy. Works every time. Kudos to you for working that into a book!

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    1. I'm not familiar with the term "foot zone." I suspect that is what I've heard called reflexology. I'm so glad all these different ways of healing are becoming more accepted.
      BTW: You forgot your email address, if you want to be in the drawing.

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  12. I don't see how this is so very different from Reiki, so agree with you that calling it paranormal would be a stretch. Your excerpt brought me back to the days when our newspaper was delivered every afternoon by a young woman on horseback. She would deliver to us last, let her horse graze in our enormous front yard, and have tea with my mother. I've been a horse nut ever since, although I don't get a chance to ride these days.

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    1. How fun to have had your newspaper delivered by horseback! And how nice that the gal had time to have tea with your mother. Rather different from today.
      Thanks for the delightful image.

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  13. Oh, my - forgot my email address...please use Geek [at] murraylearning [dot] com

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  14. Great blog Kate post Kate and I want Kasey to touch my back and make all the tension seep out of it. This is on my list of TBR novels. Can't wait. Cher'ley

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    1. Thanks for taking a look Cherley. This type of work does wonders for backs and every other part of the body.
      Good luck.

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  15. Just got in under the wire. Forgot my email addy: cherleygrogg@gmail.com

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