Thursday, October 16, 2014

Release Day! Madison Knight Returns in Just Cause

Madison Knight is back in what reviewers are describing as an "exciting police procedural adventure that will leave you turning the pages" and "a gripping, emotional roller coaster."

A cold case pits Madison against the Russian Mafia, but things take a swift turn when the unthinkable happens--a new threat arises and has Madison hunting down an unknown killer.

While trying to make sense of the clues, bodies are piling up, and the brass is hungry for explanations. In addition, Madison must balance all of this while nursing an injury, talking out her emotions with a therapist--a bureaucratic necessity--answering to an eager journalist, and facing an internal affairs investigation.

As the answers come together, Madison narrows in on a possible link between the Russian Mafia and someone within the Stiles PD.

Will she have the courage to confront the person she believes is playing both sides, even though they hold a position of great power?

Things are about to be shaken up, and, for Madison, that means she just might have to let go of the past to embrace her future.

JUST CAUSE is now available from: 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

On a Budget? A New Way to Read My Books for Less

As an avid reader, the cost of books can really add up. You love to support your favorite author but can't always afford to the get the latest release. Sometimes you have to wait weeks or months even though you'd love to dig into the book right away.

Well, you--the reader--have spoken. And I have listened.

With my Book of the Month Club you will gain access to download an assigned book each and every month. Even New Releases--the final product, not an un-proofed copy--sometimes even before they become available to the public!

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As extra incentive, as this site grows, I want to develop a personal relationship with its members. With YOU. There will be live chats where you can discuss the latest book, or ask questions about the characters. So instead of reading the last page and getting that let-down feeling because you want more of the characters you’ve grown so attached to, you can keep the feeling alive by joining in, or starting, a lively discussion. In addition to that, there will be opportunities to enter members-only contests and play trivia games. In fact, one contest is open now!

The list of possibilities is endless.

And this is my personal gift to YOU--my readers, my friends--after all, without you, my words would have no meaning.

But since this is all brand-spankin' new, I'm also looking for feedback from preferred members like YOU. Because this club is for you, I want you to get the most enjoyment out of it. So tell me what you love. Tell me what you want more of.

And get this--

To kick things off, I'm offering Found Innocent--from the bestselling Madison Knight series--a book that has never before been discounted! And if that's not juicy enough, you also get Shopping is Murder, a McKinley Mysteries instalment.

The 2 books you'll be receiving in October have a total retail value of US $6.98! But as a preferred member of my Book of the Month Club you'll pay only $3.95! That's almost half off the cover price!!

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Happy reading and keep shining!
Carolyn Arnold

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Madison Knight is Missing #SampleSunday

Excerpt from JUST CAUSE (A Madison Knight Novel), Chapter TWO

She must have bailed on him again. She seemed to have an aversion to paperwork and had crafted her avoidance of it down to a fine art.

“See Madison yet today?” Terry asked Ranson at the front desk.

Ranson shook her head. “I haven’t. You check with the sarge? Maybe she called in sick.”

Terry laughed. The thought of calling in over the stomach flu wouldn’t even occur to Madison. She’d come in and puke in the garbage can before she’d succumb to a bug. Besides, he believed most infections and bacteria were afraid of her.

He pulled out his phone and dialed her cell. It rang several times before putting him to voice mail. “Where are you? I’m not doing all the reports.” He hung up, but had a hard time dismissing the feeling in his gut. Something was wrong. When she had ditched him in the past, she was upfront about it.

He tried her again and this time it rang straight to voice mail. He dialed her house and got her machine. He was left with one person—Cynthia. She was head of the crime lab and friends with Madison. She answered on the third ring.

“Have you heard from Maddy?” he asked.

“No, should I have?”

“She hasn’t come in. It’s not unlike her to be late, but not this late. Add to that, I can’t—”

“You can’t reach her?”

He hated it when people finished his sentences for him. Madison did it periodically, and his wife, but outside of those two women, it really wasn’t acceptable.

“Like you said, she can be late. Maybe she just slept in. She’s done that before.”

Maybe he was being paranoid, but the fact he couldn’t reach her nagged at him.

Then, as if Cynthia could read his mind, she said, “She’s a tough girl. She can take care of herself.”

“I just have a feeling something isn’t right.”

“She’s rubbing off on you.”

He detected Cynthia’s smile over the phone. “Not sure if it’s for the better.”

“Maddy? Definitely.”

“No answer on her cell or at her home.”

“All right, that is weird.”

“What’s she up to?” The tone in Cynthia’s voice had tipped him off, causing him to ask the question. She was withholding something due to her friendship with Madison. “Is she digging into that cold case of hers again?”

Chills went through him as his thoughts turned dark. Had Madison’s vendetta with the Russian Mafia gone too far? The hairs rose on the back of his neck. “Tell me everything you know.”

“Do you think she’s okay? Now, you’re getting me worked up, and I’m typically a balanced individual.”

“Cynthia, I need you to focus. What was the most recent thing she had you look into?”

“Well, it was a bit ago now. Months even. But she had a…”

“Had a what?”

“If you would have let me finish.” Irritation laced each of her words. “She had an envelope she wanted run against the piece found in the attorney’s driveway.”

“All right, I remember her mentioning it, but she’s nuts. She’s after them because of a stationary match?”

“I don’t know for sure, but that part doesn’t matter. We’ve got to find her—but what makes you think they’re the reason she’s not in?”

“I’ve gotta go.” Terry hung up and made a few phone calls. He checked in with the kennel that took care of Hershey during the day. They said she didn’t come in last night to pick him up and never called.

He stormed into the sergeant’s office. “Madison’s missing.”

Winston pried his attention from his paperwork as if it were more riveting than his detective’s latest drama. “Missing?”

“I believe so, yes. She’s not answering her phone, either her mobile or home number. Her dog was left at the kennel overnight without her so much as making a call to them to explain.”

Winston watched him intently. “That’s not like her.”

“No, it’s not. She lives for this job. If she’s not here, it’s because she can’t be. I’ve got a bad feeling.”

“Go by her apartment. I’ll get out an APB on her car.”

JUST CAUSE is available for pre-order from AmazonBarnes & NobleApple, and Kobo. Its official release date is October 16, 2014.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Meet Halie Davenport

My name is Halie Davenport. I’m a student at the University of Richmond. In terms of the world, I’m a nobody. It’s my father who is important. He’s the mayor of Albany, New York. That’s right, nothing like being under the microscope for everything I do. Let’s just say that for the most part I’m happy my parents are there, while I am here. There’s something to be said for having distance from the parents. Somehow, the little things they do—like parenting—are more bearable this far away.

Anyway, life was never dull, but it wasn’t a riot either, until the day I got bound to this chair. I'm not sure if it has to do with something going on at school, or if it ties back to Dad. I just hope somebody hurries up, though. I hate the dark and I’m starving.

Find out more of Halie's story in Politics is Murder, a McKinley Mystery.


Here's the overview:

For Sean and Sara, a local television interview turns into a high-profile investigation. The host's niece has gone missing, but the girl isn't just anyone, she's the daughter of Albany's mayor.

Not knowing whether she's run away, been kidnapped—or worse—murdered, Sean and Sara set out to get the answers. It will have them using all the resources at their disposal. 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Apply These 5 Steps to Make Editing Easier from the First Draft

Love your book come edit time
Most authors don't every want to see "their baby" again by the time it's published. They've read it, revised it, and rewritten parts it more times than they care to count. What if I told you the process could be a little easier? 

Why not take a proactive approach? Here are 5 steps to make editing easier from the first draft:

1) Research before you write your book. This can be forensics, procedure, weapons--basically anything that pertains to your story.

2) Outline. Now if you're more of a panster you might balk at this, but at this point, I see value in at least setting out with a rough outline. If you don't want to do this from the start, as the story gets going, jot out future scenes. The benefit to this is logical progression. I have learned this lesson the hard way and it resulted in more intensive edits and rewrites.

3) Write when you're alert and sober. Writing is a business. Would you ever show up at the day job and have a drink?

4) Have a clear idea who your characters are before you begin. The interview process works well. You could also assign them a star sign to serve as a guideline for their makeup and temperament. (See article, A Secret to Writing Solid Characters)

5) Use a program like Scrivener. It allows you to make notes as you go along and add scenes. This way any clues or situations that should be fleshed out get accomplished at the right time in the plot.

CAROLYN ARNOLD is the author of several published novels, including her best-selling Madison Knight series. Her love for writing dates back to her teen years, but it was only in recent years that she was reunited with this love to pursue it with career passion.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

6 Ways to Stay Motivated and Encouraged During the Editing Process

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You’ve finished your first draft and now it’s time to really get to work. The “play” time of creating a story and following along with your characters has ended—or has it?

Like everything else, editing is about mindset. Do you look at it as a dredging task or do you focus on the shining gem your manuscript will be when you finish? Do you get weighed down analyzing word play (sentence structure, for example) or do you realize how you’re sharpening your manuscript?

See, there are two ways of looking at a situation. If you view editing as a tedious necessity, it’s pretty safe to surmise that you don’t enjoy the process. Unfortunately, this is going to reflect in the end product. You’ll take shortcuts. You’ll declare something as finished just because you don’t want to look at it again.

But what if you were to think about the end result instead of the process to get there? What if you accepted editing as a necessary step in making your book marketable, in getting it into the hands of readers?

It’s the positive outlook that keeps me fired up during the edit process. There are times when I’m working on my first round of edits and I wonder if I was drinking at the time I wrote the first draft. Let me add this, I never drink when I write or edit.  Still, if I wrote a scene in a hurry or I was tired, whatever the case, editing these segments can seem laborsome, but I push through. Why?  My book deserves it. And so does yours.

Here are 6 ways to keep motivated and encouraged (in no particular order):

1)      Relish in your successes. Pick up a past work or even reread something you’ve written and are proud of. Simply appreciate it. Don’t over analyze.

2)      Be determined. Writing is a passion, but it’s also work.

3)      Realize your name and image are at stake.

4)      Focus on the outcome. Visualize yourself reading the final product and thinking “I did that?”

5)      Accept that everything doesn’t have to be accomplished in the first pass. The first time through you could simply look for the flow of the plot. How is the pacing, development, character development? The next time through, you could sift through for something else. You get the idea.

6)      Remember what Ernest Hemingway said: ““The first draft of anything is shit.” With that being stated, you are not alone. There are many other authors out there who have, and who are currently, going through the same feelings.