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Welcome to THE NEXT BIG THING Blog Hop.
What is a blog hop? Basically, it’s a way readers can discover new authors, because with bookstores closing and publishers not promoting new authors as much, we need to find ways to introduce readers to authors they may miss in their local bookstore.
Here you have the chance to find many new authors. Here you’ll find information about me and my book Duplicity, a military thriller Library Journal says is: ““Written in the tradition of A Few Good Men, this highly suspenseful story of a solitary woman’s fight against an evil military conspiracy is one readers won’t want to put down.”
Here are a few other quotes:
“An exciting read. Guaranteed to keep you entertained.” — Rocky Mountain News
“[A] page-turner that fuses thriller and romance. Hinze has a knack for combining compelling realistic characterizations with suspense and a romantic plot line.”
– Publisher’s Weekly
“Keeps the suspense going until the last page. Hinze’s books demand justice.”
–The Bay Beacon
“Vintage Hinze. If you like well-plotted suspense with your romance, if you like clues and curves at a roller coaster pace, Duplicity is for you. It’s a page-turner, and don’t skip a page.”
– The Courier Herald
Also see the links below to five other authors you might like to check out.
I’d like to thank fellow author Robert Gregory Browne for tagging me to participate in this blog hop. Click the links below to find out about Rob’s books.
Buy his books: http://astore.amazon.com/robegregbrow-20
In this particular hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered 10 questions where you get to learn about our current work-in-progress as well as some insights into our process, from characters and inspirations to plotting and cover decisions. I hope you enjoy it!
Please feel free to comment and share your thoughts and questions. Here is my Next Big Thing!
1: What is the working title of your book?
Torn Loyalties. Here’s an image of the cover:
2: Where did the idea come from for the book?
It’s actually the third book in the Lost, Inc. series I’ve been working on. The idea for the series came from an awareness that so many people are lost and need help to find their way right now. Times are tough and when they are people get desperate and do things that aren’t constructive. We learn in the Lost, Inc. books that tough times come to us all, and it’s how we deal with them that makes the difference in enduring and finding good in us and others in spite of events.
3: What genre does your book come under?
Romantic suspense/thriller with an inspirational element. Is that an existing genre? If not, it is now. :) If so, great–I’m home!
4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Reese Witherspoon would make a great Madison McKay–she owns Lost, Inc.–and Michael Shanks would be awesome as Grant Deaver. Definitely a winning combination there.
5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Madison is framed for treason and held in a facility that doesn’t exist by people who make “problems” disappear.
6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
Torn Loyalties is traditionally published and represented by my agent, Chip MacGregor, MacGregor Literary.
7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About two months. But the characters and their situation/events were well established before I wrote the first book in the series. I planned three books before I wrote the first one, so the writing came faster because I was already familiar with the people and what happened to them–and their reactions to those events.
8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?
The people at Lost, Inc. are as lost as those they try to help. I wanted to show that when you’re despairing, reach out to help someone else. That’s the constructive path to healing. In doing this, these people help others and themselves. It’s a life lesson I learned long ago and I wanted to pass it on through stories to others.
10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I write stories about the kind of people who might live next door. The ones who are genuine and real, who mess up, learn the hard way sometimes, but who are good people who really are trying to do what they believe is good and right. Nobody’s perfect, but there are a lot of people who try to reach out to others. We don’t hear enough about them, I don’t think. They are us, and we should. So I’m writing stories about the kind of people I know, who see someone hurting and react. Who see someone flailing and act. Who aren’t afraid to say this is wrong and I won’t just watch the train wreck that will result; I’ll act.
Unfortunately, I’m not always right and I don’t always succeed, but I’m not just watching it happen doing nothing.
There’s merit in effort.
And I sincerely hope you enjoy reading my efforts.
Below you will find authors who will be joining me by blog, next Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Several of them are members of my Writers’ Zone project. Do be sure to bookmark and add them to your calendars for updates on works-in-progress and New Releases! Happy Writing and Reading!
1. Kathy Carmichael’s Blog: http://www.kathycarmichael.com/category/blog/
2. Kimberly Lyllewellyn’s Blog: http://home.roadrunner.com/~mllewellynjr/blogs.html
3. Buzz Bernard’s Blog: http://www.buzzbernard.com/category/blog/
4. Kellie Sharpe’s Blog: http://saltrunpublishing.com/
5. Piper Bayard’s Blog: http://piperbayard.wordpress.com/
The first book in my new Lost, Inc., series, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, is about to be released. Having a new book released is always exciting for an author, and no matter how many times an author experiences it, it’s still a new and different experience every time.
Those readers who’ve been with me a while know that I like to experiment and push the boundaries. I wrote paranormal romance before there were paranormal romances. Military romance before there were military romances. Faith-affirming romantic thrillers before anyone called them that and women’s action/adventure novels before such a tag existed. I like blazing trails. I like pushing the boundaries. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, but I have to tell you, it’s gratifying to look back after it’s done and see a new sub-genre spring up and other authors think, “Oh, I like that. I’m going to do it, too.”
Authors have always defined genres and boundaries. Yes, publishers defined the lines, but those lines have shifted and moved and expanded because authors pushed them, crossed them—or as one editor told me (when I’d created a book that traveled through three eras of time and three disincarnate states)—obliterated them.
We are limited only by our imaginations, and by our willingness to take risks. I take risks. I don’t fear failure. I’ve done plenty of it. It’s not lethal and I usually end up with a new outer boundary. That’s success in my book. J
Anyway, I explained that so that you’d better understand what I’m up to in Lost, Inc. It’s a trilogy of books all centered around a small agency whose mission is to help the lost find their way home. The thing is—and this is a universal truth—when you start out to help someone else, in some way, you also help yourself. So as the characters set out to find the lost, they find themselves. They heal. They fall in love. And they catch the bad guys.
That’s more or less expected in series romantic fiction. What isn’t typically expected is that each book centers around someone working at Lost, Inc. Here’s the scoop, so you get the big picture:
SURVIVE THE NIGHT: Della Jackson, lead investigator teams up with Paul Mason, a friend to Lost, Inc.’s owner Madison McKay, who runs Florida Vet-Net. Della’s got a stalker after her and he means serious business. He’s not just after her. He wants her dead.
CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN: Ian Crain, a doctor now investigating for Lost, Inc. teams up with Paul Mason’s sister, FBI profiler and landscape artist, Maggie Mason. Maggie profiled a notorious serial killer who retaliated against her and Paul, who was with her at the time. He came very close to killing them both, and Maggie’s been on the run ever since. She’s been on the chase, too, after the guy, trying to keep him from killing again. Sometimes she’s the mouse, sometimes she’s the cat. It’s been a hard way to live—and now things have come to critical mass point. Who’ll win? I’ll be honest, it was iffy. I had to write it to know.
TORN LOYALTIES: Madison McKay teams up with Captain Grant Deaver—sort of—to determine who at Lost, Inc. has breached security and disclosed classified information regarding a facility few know exists. Everyone employed at Lost, Inc. had knowledge, most have motive and all have the means. But are any of them guilty? And what’s going on at this place that is so important someone is willing to kill to keep the truth hidden?
So here’s the thing. In each of the books, there is a villain. That villain is pursued and the matter resolved. This the reader knows and the characters know.
But there is also a second villain. One who has been extremely active—setting up, in part, the villain to be the villain. Oh, the villain is guilty of crimes, but not of all of them. Yet when the primary villain is dealt with, the characters believe the issues are resolved.
The reader, however, knows that there was another, secondary villain, who has skated—and he will be coming after yet another Lost, Inc. individual. The reader knows that this has to do with the secret facility security breach.
So book one, SURVIVE THE NIGHT, ends, in the character’s eyes, resolved. The reader knows this other villain will be back again.
And so it happens in the second book, CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN. The serial killer issue is resolved and in the characters’ eyes, resolved. But the reader knows that the other villain has escaped yet again.
In the third book, the characters, Madison McKay and Captain Grant Deaver, expose and reveal—at a high cost. And the secondary villain becomes the primary villain. This villain vexed me. I thought I knew his identity through the entire course of the books. I had chosen the villain, right?
Well, I thought I had. Believed it all the way through SURVIVE THE NIGHT, CHRISTMAS COUNTDOWN and still in TORN LOYALTIES right up and until I found out I’d been duped.
The writer in you can empathize with that. I was in a near-panic. Would all the information disclosed in the previous books and in the third need to be changed? How could this happen?
As soon as villain revealed himself to me, I had to stop and re-read the first two books and then read through the third. I was less than a chapter from the end. So I did that—and found out that it all fit. Nothing needed to be changed. And I felt like an idiot because I’d pegged the wrong guy when the truth was right there in front of me the whole time.
Which just goes to show that while you’re writing your stories, you’re not their master. No, they master you. They usually just aren’t so in your face about letting you know it.
So this overarching, secondary villain that carries through three books where the reader knows more than the characters is new to series romance.
And I loved it. The reader, having access to everything, does know more in third-person, multiple viewpoint books than the characters know. And I got the tingle when I thought it was all wrapped up and discovered it wasn’t exactly as it appeared. It made me eager to write the next story to see if this villain got his, and I hope it will do the same thing for readers.
These books were to come out a month apart. But, as happens in publishing, the schedule was changed to October, December, and February—2 months apart. I wondered how that would impact readers, and then realized that it only matters until the third book is released. Then all are essentially available at once forevermore.
It helps too that the publisher does early release. Example: Survive the Night, while scheduled for October, is out now via the Reader Service. The others will be available early through that venue also. So come December, access will be there for all of three.
I am hoping that the time span between books won’t be an issue for readers. It could be, until the books are all available. But I think this risk is minimal and it’s worth it to give readers something different. Something that twists the typical and makes them look again at the villain. When I discovered what was going on, I was fascinated and I had to read again to look at the whole from a different perspective. I loved that. So I’m hoping that readers will enjoy this twist as much as I did.
As a writer, this wasn’t taxing until the end of the third book when I found out my villain wasn’t my villain. Then I freaked in full-out panic. But after I read and discovered it all fit, and my imagination went into overdrive on little things I could do to make the element stronger, I was energized and invigorated. What fun!
So that’s the story behind the book on the Lost, Inc. novels. Each has its own message and story and the whole has its message too. I loved writing them all. And I hope that readers will love reading them.
If you’d like a look at the characters and settings and more background on the trilogy, visit the Lost-Inc.com website.
The cover is in on the first book in the new series. Progress!!!
Book 2, Christmas Countdown, is done and will be released in December. And…
Book 3, Torn Loyalties, is done and will be released in February!
Be sure to visit the Lost, Inc. website: www.lost-inc.com.