Welcome to my stop on the Great Escapes Virtual Book Tour for Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas by Karen Randau. Stop by each blog on the tour for interviews, guest posts, spotlights, reviews and more!
Her fiance a murderer? As she digs for the truth, she must fight to survive a plot to frame the man she loves.
Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas
by Karen Randau
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Choir Loft Murder: Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas
3rd in Series
Independently Published – June 22 (print) and August 24 (ebook)
Print Length – 150 Pages
Frankie Shep has endured too many tragedies in her life. When she finally dares to love again, a revengeful plot threatens to cancel her wedding plans and send her fiance to death row. But this feisty modern-day rancher won’t stand for it.
A member of the church choir dies from a blowgun dart to a vital artery, and the murder weapon implicates Quint. Frankie is shocked to discover Quint was a champion blowgun competitor but quit the sport after a family disaster. And now he’s refusing to talk about his fate.
So she takes it on herself to track down the killer before Quint accepts a life-altering plea deal. She’s devastated when she unearths his motive for the crime. But someone else lurks in the shadows, and that’s who she’s determined to find. Little does she know the killer follows her every move, ready to strike her down when she gets too close.
Can she unravel the vindictive plot before she becomes a crazed killer’s next victim?
Choir Loft Murder is the riveting third book in the Frankie Shep Suspense Novellas series. If you like engaging heroines, twisty plots, and eerie settings, then you’ll love Karen Randau’s pulse-pounding thriller.
Guest Post: Are Writers Born or Made? by Karen Randau
As someone who started processing life’s events by writing about them as soon as an elementary school teacher taught me to print Run Spot Run, I’m convinced some people are born to write. That isn’t to say people who were taught to write can’t put out beautiful prose. They can. Rather, some of us feel most complete when we’re writing—or thinking about what we’re going to write next.
Whether the reason I put words to paper was because my best friend moved away after kindergarten, or my boyfriend broke up with me in high school, or I struggled with the decision to take a job on the other side of the country from my family, I had to write about it. Talking about it to another person simply wouldn’t do. Writing brings me to a deeper level of thought than any other activity. That’s how I get in touch with me.
I’ve known good writers who say they struggle to want to sit down long enough to write. They put out good sentences and paragraphs, and their grammar is impeccable. Their beautiful words may be clear, but they sometimes—not always—leave me unable to connect with their message.
For me and people like me, the words flow as easily as a river flows downhill, whether or not those words string together to make a good sentence. Going too long without writing is the same as going too long without our favorite food. Our grammar may not be perfect, but we think and feel at a very deep level. We must dream up characters and understand what makes them tick. We think long and hard about the fictional settings, fictional love affairs, fictional everything else we make up.
I didn’t used to think I had what it took to write a novel. I was a good writer; everyone told me so. As a child I told myself stories until a family member said talking to myself meant I was crazy. So, I stuffed down those strange thoughts and earned a degree in journalism/public relations, then embarked on a sensible marketing communications career that spanned the industries of high tech, mental health, and non-profit.
But those strange and deep thoughts continued to dog me. I quietly confessed to a friend one day and asked, “Do you think I’m going crazy?” She answered, “No, I think you have a novel in you that wants to get out.”
Her words were like popping the cork off a bottle of champagne, and I wrote everything I’d been dreaming about for a long time. Then editors, publishers, agents, and workshops taught me how to write a fast-paced, engaging novel, which is completely different than writing marketing materials.
To answer my own question of whether writers are born or made, I think it’s both. I was born to write, but I had to learn how to write things others would want to read. Other people may not have been born to write, but they learned how and are successful at it.
I currently have two published series, and I’m working on a third—with a fourth germinating in the back of my mind. And I no longer think I’m crazy just for thinking these things—and on occasion whispering them to myself.
About Karen Randau
Karen Randau authors fast-paced mystery, suspense, and thriller books featuring intricate plots, told from the point of view of strong female protagonists. In addition to the Frankie Shep Suspense series set on a fictional ranch in Wyoming, her Rim Country Mystery Series are set in the quaint fictional mountain town of Rim Vista, Arizona. She is also one of seven authors of novellas in the Tawnee Mountain Mystery Series. She lives in the mountains of Arizona with her multigenerational family.
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Choir Loft Murder TOUR PARTICIPANTS
Novels Alive – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT
Brooke Blogs – SPOTLIGHT
Baroness’ Book Trove – SPOTLIGHT
Christy’s Cozy Corners – GUEST POST
Celticlady’s Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
Reading Is My SuperPower – REVIEW
I Read What You Write – AUTHOR INTERVIEW
Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – SPOTLIGHT
Literary Gold – SPOTLIGHT
eBook Addicts – REVIEW
Books a Plenty Book Reviews – REVIEW
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