Awesome Two Weeks and Things to Come

Sad to say that the blog tour for All the King’s Men has come to an end, but it’s been a great two weeks!

I’ve been introduced to a lot of great book blogs through this whole process and heard what a lot of people think about my series. It was such a great promotion for the books. It’s weird to hear that people have a crush on Cal, or think Casper is awesome. I loved that one blogger created a Spotify playlist for Casper. (What’s even crazier is that she included a song from my own playlist for the books).

I love that people are enjoying the story and the world of Kythera. That’s what it has always been about… creating a story for people to get lost in.

I absolutely love writing and that’s been proven even more so after the blog tour. This is what I want to do for life.

In the same way the blog tours helped me see my writing come to life, I want to do the same for other writers. So, I’ve become a tour host for Xpresso Blog Tours and you will see book promos and the occasional review of books I find interesting and I think that my readers would enjoy.

So, check back often for updates on the Kings of Charleston series, and some other great books to get lost in.

Xpresso Book Tours

 

New Projects Coming

As I’ve hinted on my Facebook page, I’m actually working on two separate novels at the same time. I am currently working on the 3rd book in the Kings of Charleston series, but I’m also working on another book.

I’ve always known that I would write this story, it was just a matter of when. I kept waiting for the right time, thinking I might approach the idea after I finished my current series. Alas, my brain had different ideas and I’m going with it.

I knew one day I would write my own personal love story, but I didn’t think it would be this soon. Anyone who’s heard the story of how my husband and I met, usually says it sounds like a Nicholas Sparks book, but I have no plans to turn over my story to Mr. Sparks. I plan on writing it myself.

The Romance genre is out of my comfort zone. What better way to get comfortable with it than my own story? I prefer suspense, thrills and mystery. Straight up romance terrifies me a little. What other romance could I possibly know better and be more qualified to write than my own?

Although this story will be based on a true story, it will still be a work of fiction. Names and places will be changed, so will some events. The essence of the story will be the same, with true events sprinkled in, but I’m a fiction writer and that’s where I am comfortable. Maybe one day I’ll get brave enough for non-fiction, but I’m not there yet.

So, I wanted to go ahead and put it out there that Kat H. Clayton, mystery/suspense writer, was also going to be writing a romance alá Nicholas Sparks. I never thought I’d say that, but it actually feels soo right.

Because the genre is radically different from what I normally write I will be setting up a separate website. You can find it here, where you can keep up to date on the progress of this new endeavor.

It doesn’t have a final title, but the working title? The Hurricane Effect (if you know me this will make total sense) 🙂

Calling All Authors and Bloggers…Guest Posts and Interviews

It’s been almost a year since I’ve started blogging and promoting my book. I can’t believe how fast the time flies! In that time, I’ve been introduced to a lot of amazing authors and bloggers who’ve inspired and promoted my work along the way.

For that reason, I am going to open up my website for interviews and guest posts for fellow authors and bloggers. If you are interested in being featured on my website, please fill out the form below. Please indicate if you are interested in doing a guest post or interview and give me a little information about your blog and/or book.

Also, I will be adding this form as a tab on the top of my homepage.

Watch Out New York City…

This year I am going to Book Expo America in NYC. BEA is one of the biggest and best conventions for all things book related. Tons of authors, publishers, agents and bloggers gather together to check out new books and meet and mingle with people in the industry. So, I’m excited to take part in it this year!

An added bonus is that is in NYC, one of my favorite places I’ve been. My previous trip to NYC includes one of my most memorable college adventures, but I’m not hoping for a repeat of that one, because I have no desire to see the inside of a New York jail cell.

My good friend Kelly (I’ve known her since I was 7), invited me to go to NYC with her because she had a job interview. Of course I jumped at the opportunity and we had a blast. Her aunt came along with us because she was familiar with NYC.

One day while we were there we ended up in Chinatown, because someone had said you could get some great deals on purses (I know terrible). Walking into the neighborhood felt like walking into China. The streets were crowded with vendors selling everything from food to trinkets, and all the storefront’s signs were in Chinese and English. There were lots of storefronts that were open to street (kind of like stalls you would see at a flea market), that you stepped into with merchandise hanging on the walls covered in pegboard. We stopped into one that had hundreds of purses lining its walls, and browsed for a minute.

Suddenly the back wall opened up and a small Chinese woman motioned for us to come in. That should have been our first sign that something was amiss, because when have you ever seen a wall open up into another room and it ended well?

Anyway, we go back there and it is another small room filled with purses. The woman shuts the wall behind us and reveals another wall covered in purses. I pick up a couple that I like and look in the bags. I picked up a Chanel purse and looked for the telltale tag sewn on the inside which tells you whether it is real or a knockoff. I found the genuine tag for a Chanel purse they were selling for $25.00, a purse that normally retails anywhere from $500.00 to over $1,000.00+. That’s when I realized these were knockoffs and/or possibly stolen real designer bags.

By the time I realized what was going on, I turned around and we were all ready to leave empty handed. But then the woman started talking fast into a walkie talkie in Chinese and moved in front of the door so we couldn’t leave. She shouted something in Chinese and we looked at her puzzled. She said “Cops are here!”. I felt like my stomach had just landed on the floor, and my heart started beating wildly. If the cops came back here and found us, there was a good chance we were going to get arrested along with the store owners.

The woman was so frightened she had grabbed onto my arm. She told us to be quiet and you could hear the cop walking back and forth in front of the wall. I was terrified to even breathe too loudly so I just held my breath and said a silent prayer.

“Dear God, please don’t let me get arrested in New York. I’ve never been arrested in my life and I really don’t want to start now, when I’m so far from home. I promise to stay away from here the rest of the trip. Amen.”

After what felt like several minutes (probably was more like seconds), she talked fast into the walkie talkie again and turned to us and nodded. I finally could breathe again, the air whooshing out of my lungs so fast that I felt a little dizzy. She opened the wall up and we ran out of there, and promised to never do that again.

Later out of curiosity we asked a cop on the street what would have happened to us if the policeman would have found us. He laughed and said “You would have been arrested.” Awesome.

Kelly and I have some great memories together, and this one is no exception. I’m not at liberty to speak about some of the others 😉

So watch out New York City…who knows what I’ll get into this time!