That’s right, they’re taking over for sixty days on KU… who-dun-it?, What happens next? The twists, turns and suspense awaits you. Here are eight ( at the time of me posting there may be more added), great authors and books free to read on Kindle Unlimited. If you’re not a KU member, some may even be .99 or free during the promotion time. Take a peek on the link below and discover them.
It’s the 25th of the month, taking centre stage we have another great author, a best selling one at that all the way from Canada! I’m thrilled to have her here let’s not waste anytime, let’s get into it and learn Kristina’s style….
Hello nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?
Thanks for having me. I currently live in British Colombia, Canada and am avid skier and sailor, but writing is my passion.
I write the Stone Mountain Mystery series. DESCENT, BLAZE, and AVALANCHE are published by Imajin Books. LOOK THE OTHER WAY, my latest novel, was released August 1st.
Kim: Nice to have you here ma’am.
How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?
Late one night in Unteruhldingen, Germany I was reading MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU by Mary Higgins Clark. The opening—a woman trapped in a grave. Darkness and silence surround her, and she doesn’t know where she is. I can still see her fingers clawing at the edges of the coffin.
Tucked in my bed, I knew a driver would arrive at 4 a.m. to carry me to the Zurich airport for a flight to London, England. The sensible thing to do was sleep. But I couldn’t. I turned pages until the car arrived. I was exhausted, bleary eyed and excited. At that moment I knew I wanted to write something that forced a person to read and to forget about life for a while.
When I finally started my first novel, I’d been living in a ski resort for five years. Skiing is one of my passions and seemed the obvious topic.
Kim: wow, it’s so great when you find a writer that does that to you. I had the same experience, the first romantic suspense I ever read was by Jackie Collins. Them pages turned, and Lord knows I was way too young to be reading about that kind of stuff... here I am over ten years later writing that genre. This is great to hear.
What genre do you enjoy reading?
I’m addicted to mysteries. I read one or two a week.
Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?
I am so a “panster.” I spent years developing spread sheets to help me rewrite my drafts so they were structurally sound. Finally I got so fed up with the cumbersome process that I created a company, Fictionary.co, and developed Fictionary to help me. It’s recently been released, so other writers can benefit. The goal is to help writers turn a first draft into a story readers love.
Fictionary is a game-changing online tool for fiction writers with a first draft. Fictionary guides writers through an automated, big-picture edit with a deep focus on story structure, not on the words. Think characters, plot, and settings.
Kim: yes you told me about this I remember I must go and take a look. Thanks for reminding me.
What are you working on now? What will you release next?
I’m rewriting the first draft of EVOLUTION. I’m using Fictionary to do that. As soon as I finish, I’ll start work on the sequel. I plan to join Nanowrimo in November to get 50,000 words written.
Kim: Good luck, my Nanowrimo was a no no this time, third time lucky I hope. I’ll be joining you in November.
So… where can we get your books?
All my books are available on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Kristina-Stanley/e/B0106J097I
What does “success” look like to you? When would you say “damn, I’ve made it baby!”
I try for little successes rather than big ones. If I wrote 1,000 words before breakfast, that’s success. If I ran 5 kilometres after I wrote, that’s success. Did I make my husband laugh? Another success. I believe it’s the little things that make a lifetime of happiness instead of trying for that big one.
Kim: very grounded. I’d love to know how you felt the day you woke up a best selling author, honestly?
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book
You know the saying, write what you know? I believe it should be write what you love. I write about skiing, so imagine how fun it is to research that? For AVALANCHE, I spent hours with the avalanche forecaster at a ski resort. For LOOK THE OTHER WAY, I lived on a sailboat in the Bahamas. That novel takes place – yup you guessed it – in the Bahamas on a sailboat.
Kim: Bahamas?? … Nice. I like location stories * opens up Amazon to take a look.*
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Sometimes. I’d rather take feedback from beta readers when I still have a chance to make changes. Once the book is published, there’s not much I can to. I’ll admit I read the 5 starts reviews just to make myself feel good. Who doesn’t like a little ego boost once in a while?
Kim: Guilty, in all areas. For me I guess not so much ego but knowing you did a good job.
Do you Google yourself?
I have Google alerts set up for my name. I found out my novel, DESENT, had been released in Germany. The German version, ABWEARTS, was out on Amazon before my publisher told me it had been released. That was a fun moment.
Kim: Okay, seems like this Google alert is a winner then? Another author this month mentioned they too have an alert. *Pouts in deep thought.*
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Having other authors as friends is tremendously important. I’ve developed friendships with authors who write in same genre as I do, so they are great people to trade beta-reading services with.
Kim: agreed, or even writing buddies.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
I can write a first draft in about three months if I write six days a week. Then it takes me another few months to rewrite and edit, and that’s before any proofreading is done. This month I’m using Fictionary for my big-picture edit of EVOLUTION. This will speed up my editing and rewriting process.
Which one of your characters is your favourite and why?
My favourite character is always the protagonist I’m currently writing.
Pick one a one time “Bestselling author” or an author with longevity what would you rather?
Longevity! Writing makes me happy, so I want a lifetime of it!
Kim: Good answer! Same here.
And that’s a wrap people. Great to have so many authors from different parts of the world here. A real diverse month too in terms of genre. I hope you all enjoyed meeting Kristina. Connect with her below.
Author site www.KristinaStanley.com
SUBMERGED BENEATH THE DEPTHS IS A SEA OF SECRETS…
A year after her Uncle Bobby mysteriously disappears in the turquoise waters surrounding the Bahamas, Shannon Payne joins her grieving aunt to trace Bobby’s last voyage. Shannon hopes the serenity of the sea might help her recover from a devastating breakup with her fiancé.
Sailing the 38-foot catamaran, A Dog’s Cat, is Captain Jake Hunter, a disillusioned cop who has sworn off women. While Shannon tries to resist her growing attraction to the rugged captain, she uncovers dark truths about her uncle’s death that might send them all to the depths.
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About two weeks ago, when Didi and I wrote our last story for Kim and Didi’s Suspenseful Collection weekly writing challenges, I said we’re taking a short break because it’s “the quiet before the storm.” I’ve hardly blogged the last few weeks, now you know why .
And yes at your request, New York’s first female serial killer Lisa Vanacilli is back! In part two of “It Was The First Time I Killed A Man.” Plus we have two never seen bonus stories.
A suspenseful novel with a twist. Eight short stories, by two suspense authors, from diverse backgrounds. From opposite sides of the Atlantic these stories have been created. One author started the tale and the other ended it. No discussion, no pre-planning. Just creativity with the use of writing prompts, to craft one tale, with two different writers. This anthology of suspenseful, fast paced and engaging tales covers multiple genres. From heart felt romance, crime, fantasy, and steamy historical fiction.
Steamy Historical Crime Fiction: It was The First Time I Killed A Man.
It’s 1972 and New York’s first female serial killer Lisa Vanacilli is in the hot seat again, ten years after her conviction of murder to the first degree and innocent plea. The ruthless but sexy reporter Tiffany Low cracks Lisa for a confession… at a price. Lisa is strong, courageous and says it how it is. This story has been extended due to reader’s demand. And is only for adult readers.
Psychological Fiction: Every Time I Hear That Voice From The Basement.
George appears to be harmless. The local neighbourhood geek on the outside, married to Jolene. In reality, he’s a very disturbed man. His path crosses with Dana, the local check out girl. This is a psychological suspense story with a twist.
Crime Fiction: The Entrance To The Tunnel Is His Only Way Out.
Juan is a wanted man, and an ex-gang member on the run from Atlanta to Mexico. With hundred grand in cash stolen from his ex-boss, he meets an unlikely fate in Mexico. A fast-paced crime fiction story.
Contemporary Romance: When His Hands Run Up My Thighs I…
Love has no time limit, age limit or use by date. Sarah now in her fifties is reunited with her long-lost love Joshua. They last had contact in 1961. In the present day, thanks to the advancement of technology their paths cross. A heart-warming and modern tale, about long distance love, that will leave you warm inside.
Suspense: We Only Said Goodbye With Words, I Died A Hundred Times:
Russian Femme Fatale Mila Petrov is London’s top Madam. Her entertainment house is booming, she has a team of London’s strongest women behind her. Unfinished business from her past creeps up and haunts her. It’s nothing she can’t handle. A suspenseful historical tale, with a strong femme fatale.
Fantasy: The Ones Who Live At The Bottom Of The Ocean, Come To The Surface.
A beautiful coming of age story, featuring sixteen year old Zoe and her mother May-Li. Myth becomes reality, as Zoe finds out who and what she really is. Her mixed descent reveals more than what meets the eye. This fantasy story is set against the backdrop of a Greek island and Hong Kong, China.
Suspenseful Crime Fiction: Guilty As Charged, In Self-Defence
California’s sassy, tough, and likeable defence lawyer Catherine has taken on a case so high profile, if she wins she’ll become a partner of Martin Law Firm. Defending forty six year old Mrs. Chevelle. An ex Las Vegas show girl, now a Hollywood wife, on trial for the murder of her high-profile husband. She claims she’s innocent. Readers are taken on a fast -paced journey on a mission to seek the truth.
Contemporary Fiction: It’s A Man’s Man’s World:
A beautiful modern tale showing the love and appreciation of a woman. James Brown said it right when he said, “it’s a man’s man’s world, but it would mean nothing without a woman or a girl.
Stay tuned for more details on pre-sale! This serial novel will be available in e-book and paperback on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes & Noble, ibooks
And many more platforms this month!
This for me was an enjoyable murder mystery, with a good dose of who-dun-it. I read it quickly and the story line held my attention. The author is a good story teller, and created some engaging characters.
Murder in the vail follows the story of a wealthy widow Sally, with a bunch of brats for kids! They want her money. Each and every one of them has a motive for murder. Even down the the house keeper.
The family get together for Christmas, and a few days before they have their usual family drama, which leads Sally to announce that she is donating 95% of their estate (three BILLION dollars) to charity. As you can imagine her spoilt children who received twenty five mil each already, (and spent it), are not too impressed. Everyone of them has some kind of financial difficulty or need, be it work wise or drug wise. So, like I was saying Christmas drama plays out and there’s a murder, Sally’s son Stephen’s wife. Then Sally (the widow) is the next victim… almost, she survives the attack. Very cleverly.
I won’t give out too many spoilers as to what plays out next, but after one murder and Sally surviving an attempted murder, Sally’s daughter Gwen disappears Christmas morning. Everyone freaks out, but she skied down the hill for help. The family are snowed in over Christmas with one dead body in the freezer, all phone lines are down with no internet either. They’re up in the mountains. Once she finds help everyone is questioned, DNA taken, the usual police routine plays out. They make an arrest… do they have the right person? We as readers are led down the path to think of course they do , there’s DNA evidence duh.
As a suspense writer myself I was reading closely, I knew there had to be more than what meets the eye here, surely it can’t be this simple?? I was asking myself what did I miss? Where did this author lead me up the path setting me up for X when really it’s Y. I found nothing, I kept reading but I suspected one character in particular more than the others. I got to the final chapters and that’s where my mouth dropped, that’s when I said this author is a brilliant story teller. My suspicions turned out to be right, but there is a brilliant twist with it. I won’t spoil it and say what I thought was right, just read it and find out! And find out the brilliant twist.
Overall I am giving Murder In The Vail four well deserved stars, as it is a well written book, a good dose of who-dun-it and mystery, I was engaged. I liked how some of the characters (mainly Sally’s children) seemed to grow. Gwen turned from a spoilt brat into a very strong and independent woman with *face palm* a job, once she ditched her no good husband , who wanted her for money- that I salute. Lance also seemed to grow as a man after all the drama with his family. He learned how to earn a buck for himself. I loved Yvette’s character all the way through as well she made me giggle. She is the perfect pretty face with a brain kinda woman, everyone thinks she’s just a Playboy bunny but she’s a smart one. Her ending really made me smile, this is Lance’s wife. I also liked their relationship too. I would have loved a quicker pace in some parts, but don’t get me wrong this book is well worth a read the ending is surprising. I would read more books from this author. Good job!
Right on to the next book !