Monday, January 25, 2010

Sisters Team Up To Pen Romance Novels – In Two-Part Harmony

By K.M. Daughters (Guest Authors)

Why don’t we write a book together?” Kathie asked Pat, as we took another turn around the huge, hotel parking lot.

Do you think we could?” Pat responded.

Why not?”

Our early morning walk continued, and our banter centered on fleshing out the plot for a title Kathie had conceived, Reunion For The First Time.

A couple days, and who know how many parking lot circuits later, we returned to our hotel room (RWA National Conference, Reno, Nevada), and scribbled a plot outline on “conference packet note paper”. Once done, we enjoyed our, “Eureka,” moment.

Taught (coerced by Mom’s decree) to share through childhood, as each other’s only siblings, we equitably jotted a “P” or a “K” on alternating chapters. We went home (Pat, in the Chicago area, and Kathie, in northern New Jersey), sat down at each respective computer, and wrote our first novel.

The recipe for team writing, now, six published novels, came that simply to us. We’ve always been extremely close friends and confidantes who, while living apart our entire adult lives, have taken letter writing exchanges to high art. And, boy, can we blab when we’re together. On a social level, before we endeavored to write together, we never ran out of conversation topics. Plots and novel premises bloom from that capacity, and our brand of sisterhood.

Do we fight? Nope. Disagree? Yes, of course, but it honestly doesn’t feel like it. K.M. Daughters is neither one, nor the other, of us. Her voice is all that matters in project creation, more a choral harmony, than a solo. When we disagree, we’re just helping her partners to stay in tune.

Blurb for Capturing Karma, by K.M. Daughters

Veterinarian Matty Connors’ visions lead her to homicide detective Brian Sullivan once again despite her resolve to remain anonymous the past four years. Her official work with the police in California resulted in the brutal murder of her fiancé, and since, a recurrent nightmare she barely survives. Brian, the reputed ladies man of the Sullivan family, has yet to give his heart to a woman until Matty lays claim to it. His black-and-white approach to solving crimes doesn’t jibe with Matty’s spooky pronouncements or her reputation for alleged infallibility. A wild goose chase searching for a murder weapon casts doubt on Matty’s “truths” and threatens their smoldering romance. Is Brian her nightmare slayer and ultimate truth? When the puzzle pieces fall in place for Brian, will it be too late to save Matty?

Excerpt

Hi, Brian,” she responded, tamping down the temptation to hug him hello. “How’s the new baby doing?”

Great, thanks. How’s that bump on your head?”

Matilda touched an edge of one of the butterfly strips over her eyebrow. “Turning every color of the rainbow, but it’s fine.”

He swiveled his head toward the throaty bark of the wolfhound in the corner of the room, then scanned the other occupants in the lounge: primate, feline, porcine, wolfish and human. “Steve told me you’re a great vet. Looks like you’re pretty swamped here.”

Shamus and I split the patient load,” she said.

And Shamus is?”

My brother. He came for me at the hospital yesterday?”

Brian’s eyes bored into her, a sexy smile twitched the corner of his lips. “Good.”

And ‘good’ means?”

The big guy isn’t competition. That’s good.”

Ah. So we’re clear. What competition would that be?”

The sexy smile twitched again. “For but a smile from sweet Matty,” he lilted in an Irish brogue.

Squelching an impulse to grin, she molded her face serious and parroted a brogue, “Ah but woe to the knave who plies smiles with an untrue heart.”

She grinned now. “What can I do for you, Brian? Did you get an estimate to repair your car?”

It’s about that letter you brought me. It’s related to a case. We need your help.”

Of course. “I gave you the letter. You know as much as I do.” Her heart hammered, nothing to do with the pulse acceleration from earlier flirtation. I can’t go further with this case. No matter what, I have to stay anonymous.

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Capturing Karma from Wild Rose Press.

Also available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon

Rated Four Stars by RT Book Review!

3 comments:

Lisabet Sarai said...

Hello, Kathie and Pat,

Welcome to Beyond Romance! Capturing Karma sounds like a winner -- I wish you lots of luck with it.

Warmly,
Lisabet

Estella said...

Capturing Karma sounds like a good read.

K.M. Daughters said...

Hi Lisabet and Estella - what beautiful names, ladies! Thank you for hosting us gracious lady and thank you for your kind words, Estella. Yes - Capturing Karma is a VERY good read. :-) Blessings!

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