Saturday, March 26, 2016

Every Vow She Breaks ~ Handling Controversial Topics


Congratulations to "Taurus", the winner in Jannine's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Thanks for having me on your blog today! I’d like to discuss a controversial topic. No, not politics! I see enough of that on social media… But, Every Vow SheBreaks does have an unusual and dubious element involved in the storyline. Bigfoot. I grew up in the heavily forested area of Northern California where tales of Bigfoot encounters are prevalent. When I set this book in the Redwood Forest, I couldn’t resist adding a bit of folklore… However, I didn’t want readers to think I was a complete loon, so I had to handle the topic carefully. I introduce a group of somewhat whacky scientists who are searching for Bigfoot. My heroine is writing an article on their activities for a nature magazine and hoping for a sensational photo to boost her career. So, the question becomes, do they actually see a Bigfoot? Or not? I tried to leave it up to the reader to decide if the big, furry creature was a bear…or a Bigfoot. Here’s a short excerpt. You decide.

She raced toward the narrow gap between the trees. Branches slapped her face. Behind her, a string of vicious oaths turned to footfalls pounding the earth in long, ground-eating strides. A whimper slipped from her throat. If he caught her…

A hand brushed her back, tangled in her hair. She jerked away and cried out as strands ripped from her scalp. “No. No. No.” Her toe caught the edge of an exposed root. Arms flailing, she stumbled forward and kept running.

Her attacker slammed into the ground behind her with a thud and a moan. The bushes shook as a growl echoed through the forest. An unearthly wail sent a rush of goose bumps across her skin. Claire risked a single glance over her shoulder and caught a glimpse of a creature with shaggy, brown fur on the trail beside (insert villain’s name—no spoilers!). When he screamed again, she turned away. Blood pounded in her ears and roared through her brain. Rounding the trunk of a giant redwood, she smacked into something hard, and screamed and screamed and screamed…

Giveaway:
I’m giving away an e-copy of Every Vow SheBreaks to one lucky commenter. So, tell me, does the idea of Bigfoot add to the mystery and make you more interested in reading the book…or do you think I’m completely crazy?

EVERY VOW SHE BREAKS

A Promise Can Follow You To the Grave…

Claire Templeton is drawn to the majestic beauty of the California Redwoods in the hopes of capturing an unexplained phenomenon on camera. What she doesn’t expect is to run into her first love, Jed Lafferty, the boy she worshipped as a child, the man she’s never been able to forget.

Carefree, fun-loving Jed doesn’t believe in fate, preferring to make his own luck. But when he runs into the little girl who used to follow him like a shadow, now an irresistible woman, he can’t help feeling the odds are turning in his favor. Letting Claire walk out of his life the first time might be his single biggest regret. But when strange gifts and cards left for Claire turn sinister, it’s clear someone else from her past isn’t ready to let go . . .

About the Author: 
Write what you know… I've taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. I grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently live in beautiful Lake Tahoe with my husband and two daughters. When I'm not busy writing, I hike or snowshoe in the woods around my home. Whether I'm writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, I bring the beauty of nature to my stories.


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29 comments:

  1. I live in Washington state...also Bigfoot country. I think the idea of Bigfoot is a great added mystery to the story!

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    1. Glad you like the idea, Trude. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. i love the idea of Bigfoot being included! I don't believe in paranormal stuff in real life, but I do still enjoy reading about them! Thanks for the fun post and congrats on the new release!

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    1. I'm not a big paranormal fan, but I thought the idea of Bigfoot was kind of fun. Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Gotta be a little crazy to throw big foot in there. :-). I love those spine tingling scenes where you are on the edge of your seat nibbling on your fingernails. Doesn't really matter WHO is chasing you ... Love to read this one!@ definitely on my TBR pile. Trishleroy49 at gmail dot com

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    1. Maybe a little crazy...LOL Yeah, spine tingling is always good!

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  4. I think adding the idea of Bigfoot could add to it... I am very curious about their story...

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    1. The Bigfoot mystery plays a small role in the book. The suspense plot has a lot of depth to it, Colleen.

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  5. I already read the book and loved it! Fantastic ending to the "every" trilogy. I loved the Big Foot angle, the setting and the romance/suspense, of course. Great job.

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  6. interesting idea

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  7. I love the Big Foot element! Very cool. I haven't read it, I'm ashamed to say, but I plan to soon. The excerpt definitely motivated me. Great job!

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    1. Glad I could provide you with motivation...

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  8. Great job working in the sort of paranormal in a very interesting way. Kept me guessing all the way through the book. Which I LOVED - BTW!

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  9. I think adding in Bigfoot sounds like fun.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. It really was fun adding the Bigfoot element!

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  10. Aaaaand, I'm just going to pretend that it was a bear. ;-)

    corozondemono at gmail dot com

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  11. Adds to it, definitely!!!

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

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  12. I enjoy reading paranormal stories, so having Big Foot included in the story line isn't odd at all.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  13. Hey, I hadn't thought about acquiring new readers from a different genre. Bonus!

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  14. I agree, doesn't matter what is chasing you. You bring out the heroine's fear and that gets us involved. Nice work!

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  15. Local "monsters" are always of interest--even when they are re-located across the country. Love the excerpt!

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