I’m excited to have author Kelly Stone Gamble on my blog, with the story of how she came up with the ideas for her second novel, Call Me Daddy, which is available for pre-order on Amazon and due to be released this, the first week of October. Here it is in her own words:
Cass Adams is pregnant, and she fears passing along the mental illness that she and her mother suffer from to her baby. The father of her child, Clay, has his own issues, as he tries to come to grips with the recent return of his father, who left when Clay was five years old, and is now in need of his help. Each must find a way to accept who they are and further make a commitment to raise their child in the best way they can—without damaging her/him too much.
My cast of characters are a zany bunch, each with their own Mommy/Daddy issues, who will hopefully make readers laugh and will certainly make them think. Call Me Daddy is a story of family, the secrets they keep, and to what lengths someone would go to protect them. It is a sequel to my first novel, They Call Me Crazy, but can be read as a standalone novel.
As for the cousins and me, we all turned out just fine, because of, or despite our parents, depending on how you look at it. We get together as often as we can now and have decided we are going to be a family. We laugh together, we support each other, and we don’t dwell on the past. And hopefully, we aren’t damaging our own children too much.
Kelly Stone Gamble is an Instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and her work has appeared in a variety of publications. Her interests are as diverse as her writing. She is at home fishing on a river, riding horses in the mountains, reading on a beach, hiking through the desert or playing pirate with her friends.
I’m happy to feature this suspense thriller this week. It looks like a book I’m going to have to read.
At Granite’s Mill, deep in the backwoods of Virginia, a body is discovered with unusual physical characteristics. By morning, the media erupts over a headline in a local newspaper, ‘The Son of Virginia’s Governor is Missing’.
FBI Special Agent Jack Stanwick is handed the case. Realizing he’ll have to go outside the brethren, Jack marshals the help of an old friend, Raymond Davenport, who hung a sign on a renovated brownstone in Washington, DC, with the verbiage: Davenport Detective Agency. To assist him, he hired three former police officers from various precincts, who like himself, blew the whistle on dirty cops only to deal with the fervent hostility from the brotherhood.
With the investigation under way, the detectives stumble upon a group of men known as M.A.G.O.C., who’re muddled in a governmental conspiracy involving a top-ranking official at the White House. With their many resources, they dig further and unearth Prescott Chemicals. Years earlier, the owner and his lead chemist had stolen an elixir from the Mayapo natives of the Amazon rainforest and have transformed it into a formula to be used in a congressional scheme.
When the detectives accidently come into contact with the new formulation, something undesirable happens to one of them, altering his life forever.
Here’s where to buy it: Alter Ego
Back in the day identifying a fiction book genre was simple. The choices were limited to romance, suspense, mystery, comedy, historical, western, etc. Most were identified with one word. Now, it is almost impossible to classify a book’s genre using only one word, as so many sub-categories have been created, originally to facilitate search engine keywords.
A lot of people don’t seem to know the difference between a suspense thriller and a mystery, so here it is:
In suspense, the reader knows what the bad guy (antagonist) is up to before the protagonist knows. The reader’s inside knowledge that someone is lying in ambush waiting for the unsuspecting character creates suspense. The actual ambush makes it a thriller.
In a mystery, the reader only knows what the primary characters know. If they’re hunting for a clue, you don’t know where they may find it, and if someone is going to ambush them, you won’t know until it happens.
My Redneck P.I. Mystery Series are romantic mystery/comedies.
My Zodiac Series are romantic suspense/thrillers.
Animals always play an important part.
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I got such a laugh out of this I just had to post it on my blog. These kids know all about love and marriage…
— Alan, age 10
–No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.
— Kristen, age 10
2. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AGE TO GET MARRIED?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then..
— Camille, age 10
3. HOW CAN A STRANGER TELL IF TWO PEOPLE ARE MARRIED?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.
— Derrick, age 8
4. WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR MOM AND DAD HAVE IN COMMON?
Both don’t want any more kids.
— Lori, age 8
5. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE DO ON A DATE?
-Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.
— Lynnette, age 8 (Isn’t she a treasure?)
-On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.
— Martin, age 10
6. WHEN IS IT OKAY TO KISS SOMEONE?
-When they’re rich.
— Pam, age 7 (Love her)
-The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn’t want to mess with that.
— Curt, age 7
-The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It’s the right thing to do.
— Howard, age 8
7. IS IT BETTER TO BE SINGLE OR MARRIED?
It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.
— Anita, age 9 (bless you child)
8. HOW WOULD THE WORLD BE DIFFERENT IF PEOPLE DIDN’T GET MARRIED?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn’t there?
— Kelvin, age 8
And the #1 Favorite is…….
9. HOW WOULD YOU MAKE A MARRIAGE WORK?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.
— Joe, age 10
Last night I had the privilege of being interviewed by Ken Weene on It Matters Radio, about my new Redneck P.I. Adventures book, Backwoods Boogie.
First I have to thank all three presenters — Ken, Monica and Kerry. They are so warm and friendly, it’s like being invited into their homes. There’s even a cat called Punky who manages to get into a lot of the coverage, which made me feel more at home since I love animals.
We discussed the salient points of Backwoods Boogie — first about the unlikely Picadilly Tearoom — a British tea room in a little redneck town in Alabama called Quisby. Ken asked what they were serving I said probably cucumber sandwiches and scones with strawberry jam and thick cream. Of course the interview took place at my time 9:30 pm so I actually had a glass of wine in front of me. Monica was in central time, and hour behind me, and Ken was in mountain time, and Kerry in Pacific time. Before my interview, a very talented musician, John Cee Stannard was the musical guest, broadcasting from London, England where it was some ungodly hour of the morning.
Some of my family members and friends attended and I wished I could have interacted more with them and the others who were there.
We talked about Twila’s mission to rescue almost 100 abused and mistreated dogs from an illegal puppy mill, and her venture with biker Bart and his vigilante’s gang to take down a dog-fighting ring. It just happens to be Superbowl weekend and we discussed the fact that Godaddy agreed to remove their ad from the Superbowl because it depicted puppies being sold over the Internet — which is how a lot of puppy mill dogs are sold.
Then we discussed my newest book, Aquarius Addiction, which had just been released the same day.
Backwoods Boogie released. I’m very excited that November 14th finally arrived, and my third book in the Redneck P.I. Series is now available for download.
Redneck P.I. Twila Taunton sets out to rescue tea shop owner Pam Taylor from prison, and she ends up rescuing a group of abused animals at the same time.
If you love mysteries, romance, humor, animals, and quirky characters, you will love this story.
The characters include:
Octogenarian Great Aunt Essie — Harley-riding, hard-drinking toker —
Gasser Cunha, mean guitarist, hacker and master farter —
Mad Maddie — the nympho cop —
Bart Drummond and his biker gang, the Justice Enforcers —
and nutty black goth vampire Xylophone Adams —
It will be available in print format very soon.
It’s not long now before Backwoods Boogie is released by my publisher, Uncial Press on November 14th, 2014. I will be hosting a launch party on Facebook and I’ll give away free downloads of this and the prior books in the Redneck P.I. Series — Redneck P.I and Kick Assitude.
Redneck P.I. has been off the market for a while in e-book format, and it will come back on the same day as Backwoods Boogie and with a brand new, very fancy cover. I think Twila looks pretty tough in it!
(The print version has not changed and will keep its old cover.)
BACKWOODS BOOGIE is getting not one but two covers. As you will see, in the two years that have passed since Redneck P.I. was released, Twila has grown her hair quite a bit and she wears it in a different style.
This is the third book in the Redneck P.I. Mystery Series.
Oh… and she might be pregnant.