Friday, September 07, 2007
Crimson Eve Release
Today is the official release date for Crimson Eve, third in the Kanner Lake series. A release date is always an exciting day--the payoff for months of work.
Each of the Kanner Lake books has had a bit of a different feel. I suppose this is because each book features a different protagonist from within the town. Crimson Eve's main character is realtor Carla Radling. She's been a minor supporting character in the first two books, one of the Java Joint regulars. She's rather sassy. Loves to argue with crotchety ol' Wilbur. She's also very private. No one--not even her pals at Java Joint--really gets close to Carla.
There's a reason for that.
This book will take the reader out of Kanner Lake for most of the story. I structured that purposely, knowing what was coming in the fourth and final book of the series, Amber Morn. Kanner Lake has endured enough trauma in the first two books--and the disaster in Amber Morn will top them both. I figured the town itself needed a break in book three. So I chose to wreake havoc elsewhere.
Like the previous two books, Crimson Eve interweaves a past story into the present one. You will see my women's fiction roots in this book. It is a suspense, no question. But the issues and events in the past subplot might enlarge its audience to those who would not usually pick up a suspense. BHCC (Big Honkin' Chickens Club) members--you might give this one a try. Just leave the light on.
After you read Crimson Eve (for surely you shall), I encourage you to visit my Web page of discussion questions for the story. (URL included in front of book.) These questions are designed to help you see more deeply into the story, beneath the main suspense plot. Don't read the questions until you've read the book.
In light of the errors in the first printing that we recently discussed, I am offering those who purchase the book a chance to get a free copy of Amber Morn when it releases next spring. Many of you reading this blog already receive the books free due to being on the influencer list or as a member of the CFBA, or as a reviewer. But you might pass the word on to buyers of the book. The first ten purchasers to email me, pointing out the errors, will receive the next one free.
Hey, I figure when the book sells a million copies, the first printing containing the errors will become a collectors' item.
Those of you attending the ACFW conference in two weeks--I will have copies to sell there at a discounted price.