Friday, May 1, 2020

A Hero's Journey- A Heroine's Rescue

Audio books became my constant companion more than 20 years ago when I worked in Los Angeles and made the drive to Las Vegas nearly every weekend where I still owed a home. I loved listening to  great stories as I drove across the desert every Friday night and back on Sunday. In some ways it was like the way I also learned to love books and reading -- as I listened to an elementary teacher read us stories almost every afternoon. Ever since those long drives, I have never been without an audio book or two whenever I get into my car, even if it's only a drive to downtown Denver. I've also used them whenever I go for a walk. That's why I love to find new audio books and constantly look for them. Today's guest in My Writing Corner has a new audio book out and it's going to be next on my listening list.  My guest today is author Kathy Otten.

Kathy lives in the rolling farmland of Western New York.  Her novels and short stories are filled with wounded heroes and feisty heroines. Her Civil War novel, A Place in Your Heart was a Northwest Houston RWA Lone Star winner, and her historical western Lost Hearts, a Utah/Salt Lake RWA Hearts of the West finalist. 

Kathy teaches fiction writing at a local adult education center and presents workshops on-line as well as at conferences and author events. She is available for free-lance developmental and content editing. Her current projects include a World War I short story and a western historical romance novel. When she’s not writing, Kathy can be found walking her German Shepherd, Henry, through the woods and fields near her home.

Her newest book is out on audio-- After the Dark,  is a good story for these troubled times.

 Months in the trenches of France have left Liam Gallagher wondering why he has survived when better men did not. His guilt intensifies when he returns home only to come down with the deadly Spanish Influenza sweeping the country. Once again Liam lives when thousands do not.

Now the only bright spot in his monotonous life is the time he spends each day walking with Rosalie Moretti. Their talks give him hope for the future, a future which might include this vibrant, loving woman. Until one dark, catastrophic afternoon, when Liam realizes the reason his life was spared has come down to minutes and his ability to perform one selfless act.

Let's get an excerpt

The warmth of Rosalie’s palm pressed against his free hand. Heat rushed to his cheeks, and between their palms, his skin dampened. He laced his fingers with hers. With the pad of his thumb, he traced the top of her hand. Her skin was so smooth. Were all women this soft, or had he just never noticed?

She tugged him forward, and loath to release his hold, he followed her up the steps.

He cast one quick glance over his shoulder toward the city livery and blacksmith shop. He should return to his beat, walk around the tank, and chase away the lads and lasses who’d come with their pails to collect the constantly dripping molasses.

But when he looked back at Rosalie, a secretive smile teased the edges of her full lips, as though she were aware of her own seductive power over him. And like a green lad, fresh off the boat, he allowed her to lead him inside.

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Thank you, Kathy, for being my guest today. Any questions or comments for Kathy?

1 comment:

  1. Thanks, Rebecca for featuring my newest audio book. I remember those days of books on cassette tape. We could buy them or borrow them from the library.


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