I'm delighted to be hosting best-selling author L. A. today! Also delighted to be able to offer a giveaway to a commenter below. I'll pick a winner for the ebook next Tuesday night.
What do you do when a 20-Year-Old manuscript won’t leave you
I have a vanity wall in my office. You know, that wall where
you hang your awards? And I swear the award for a book I wrote in the late
1990s kept nagging me. “Fix me, publish me, don’t let me sit in the drawer.” I
could literally hear it.
Finally, I caved. I pulled out the iterations of the novel
called Betrayal of the Trust and dug in. And dug myself into a hole,
actually a crater. I realized that I couldn’t simply just fix the book. It
needed a deeper plot, characters with stronger motivations and a tad bit more
conflict. It needed a couple of new characters. It needed to be brought into
the 21st Century.
It needed a lot of time, tears and wanting to call it quits
too many times to count. But I’m stubborn and I kept on.
Finally, Brushed By Betrayal was born. My 9th
book. I had help with the title, which at first was like pulling teeth to think
of changing, but is now the perfect title. The story morphed from a Romantic
Suspense to a Suspense with romantic elements, and I discovered a whole new me
as a writer. Not bad for one story, eh?
Now I’m afraid some of my screenplay awards will nag me about
making them into books. I did one, Stone of Heaven, and even created The
Carswell Series from it with Viking Gold as book two and the 3rd
to come. I swear I hear the whispers of jealousy from the other screenplays rustling
Are you wondering what the catalyst was for a
multi-published writer to feel like I’d found myself finally as a writer?
Well, did you know there are plot-driven and
character-driven writers? I didn’t, and I’ve been writing for decade(s). But I
was told by someone I highly respect that I was definitely a plot-driven writer.
At first, I bristled at that “label”, very insulted. But by the end of the day,
researching the two differing concepts, I realized that indeed that’s what I
And because I embrace the label now, I’m very comfortable
with my new direction in writing (those screenplays will just have to wait
their turn.) DRUM ROLL … I’m starting writing in an entire new genre and creating
a cozy mystery series set in the mythical Colorado ski town of Angelcroft. The
Jenna Hart Jewelry Mysteries will debut before Christmas as Tick Tock Dead is
set during Christmas. Another first for me is that I’ll be writing this series
in first person. And I’m completely surprised that I love writing in first
person. It’s different and challenging.
Apparently, I don’t shy away from challenges.
I’d love to hear in the comments what you think about the
differences in the two terms. I’m happy to give away an ebook copy of Brushed
By Betrayal to someone who comments. Kaye will randomly pick the winner.
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“You’re next and the circle will be complete.”
Jade Laurent, art expert and owner of the prestigious
Laurent Art Brokers in Boulder, Colorado, is mourning the one-year anniversary
of her father’s death when a close associate is killed and that chilling
message for Jade is found by his body.
Private Investigator Malcolm Talbot is coming off his latest
grueling case when he receives a request that he cannot refuse. To discover
who’s put Jade’s life in jeopardy. The problem is that Jade refuses to stand by
idly and let him do his job.
The last thing Malcolm needs is an amateur getting in the
way and maybe getting dead. The last thing Jade needs is a professional who
can’t find an ounce of compassion for her need to be involved.
While matching wits with a killer who is always one step
ahead, dark secrets are revealed, putting everything Jade has believed in at
If you like nail biting suspense, complicated mysteries, and
characters who find their soul mates, then you’ll love L.A. Sartor’s newest
story Brushed By Betrayal.
Buy it today to find new characters to love and revisit old
friends from Dare to Believe.
I started writing as a child, really. A few things happened
on the way to becoming a published author … specifically, a junior high school
teacher who told me I couldn’t write because I didn’t want to study grammar.
That English teacher stopped my writing for years. But the muse couldn’t be denied, and
eventually I wrote, a lot, some of it award winning. However, I wasn’t really
making a career from any of this.
My husband told me repeatedly that independent publishing
was becoming a valid way to publish a novel. I didn’t believe him, I thought
indie meant vanity press.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I started pursuing this direction seriously, hit the
keyboard, learned a litany of new things and published my first novel. My
second book became a bestseller, and I’m absolutely on the right course in my
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