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Smile, Somebody Loves You – New Year’s Blog Hop

Smile, Somebody Loves You – New Year’s Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Year’s Blog Hop! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter for the grand prize and comment below to win a free book! We have over 40 participating blogs, all giving away some awesome prizes. Please visit everyone and meet these wonderful women and men. They are terrific and you may find a new “favorite” author among them!

Grand prize, which will be chosen from the rafflecopter at the bottom of the page will include: a $150.00 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card (winners choice) SSLY Key Chain, a signed copy of Bohemian Grove by T.M. Williams, an E-book of Maverick Touch: The Cat by Ashley Nemer.

I swore this year I wouldn’t make any resolutions for 2014. Rarely do I ever get through a list. I still haven’t read all the Pulitzer winners, and the 40 pounds I lost a few years back returned with friends. While I do acknowledge that my life could use improvement, I don’t want to set myself up for disappointment.

However, I do realize that when it comes to book promotion – I stink. I have several books available for sale, but when people ask me about them I tend to flush and mutter to myself before slinking away. It’s no way to sell yourself, I know, and few if any can accuse me of being an extrovert. I wish sometimes I had an identical twin with a big mouth to do that part of the job for me.

So I’ve made a slight amendment to my promise for 2014, I will learn to brag. Those who have read my books enjoyed them, so I do believe I have something to offer avid readers. I suppose in the back of my mind I’ve avoided promotion because I didn’t want to become “that person.” You know the type – every tweet is a hard sell, every status update is a pitch. Of course, if I say nothing how will people know I’m here.

That is my resolution, what’s yours? Please comment below and I’ll draw a winner to receive one ebook from my backlist. Good luck, and check out the books I have for sale, listed on the left!

Kat Lively – http://www.kathrynlively.com 

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About My Book: Pithed

Five Things You Didn’t Know About My Book: Pithed

Everybody on Facebook is involved in this thing where you’re given a number and you have to reveal that many facts about yourself. I thought this would work, too, for my books, so I’m making it a series here at the blog. First up, five fun facts about one of my earlier works, Pithed: an Andy Farmer Mystery.

1) My father gave me the idea for this story. One night I get this call from my dad about an idea he had for a murder mystery. My father has read mysteries for as long as I can remember, and this idea revolved around a high school teacher who tries to solve the murder of his principal. As it happens, my father is a retired educator, and he taught biology for several years at the secondary level before moving on to administration. Every time I sell this book at an event I assure readers that it’s not based on a true story.

2) The high school where the book is set is based on my alma mater, which has an interesting history. Andy Farmer works at Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings High School, which is a fictional setting. The school is actually based on the Jacksonville school I attended, Nathan B. Forrest High School. That’s right, it’s the same Forrest High that’s made the news lately. You’ve probably read about the petition to change the school’s name – as I hear it, in the late 50s a group of women heading a Confederate memorial type organization wanted a school named for Forrest to protest desegregation. So ever since then we’ve had a school named for a guy who helped form the Klan. I can recall petitions going around to change the name when I attended school, but we didn’t have the Internet to help spread the word.

3) The book cover won an award. This cover was designed by Stacey King, and it won an award for Best eBook Cover, Mystery at the EPIC Awards. Pretty cool, huh?

4) I wrote the first draft longhand. For the longest time, I wrote everything in notebooks. I had a technique where I’d map out the chapters, write a proposed first line to each chapter, and go from there. I employed that with Pithed and it came out pretty close to how I mapped it. I don’t write much longhand anymore, mainly because I can’t read my own writing now.

5) Pithed is the thinnest of my books. When you line up my books spines out, Pithed is super slim. It’s 117 pages in print, and it shouldn’t take you long to read.

Just makes you want to run right out and buy it, huh? Hope you enjoyed today’s trivia. I’ll be back with another book.

Cover Reveal: The Girl With the Monkee Tattoo

Cover Reveal: The Girl With the Monkee Tattoo

Coming soon in eBook and print: a collection of wild “tails”, each with a rockin’ theme. The Girl With the Monkee Tattoo will be available via Kindle in the coming weeks, and will be out in print in time for the 2013 Davy Jones Memorial Monkees Convention. I’ll have a booth with author Robin Slick in the vendors area. Look forward to seeing you there!