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Available now for FREE: Demo Release for “Amelia Darnell: Secrets of Silvercrest Village” 2-D point-and-click PC video game by Airtight Alibi Productions, LLC!

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Airtight Alibi Productions, LLC is PROUD to present the FREE digital download of our first game, Amelia Darnell: Secrets of Silvercrest VillageIt’s finally here! Our campaign and demo are live! Please try it out, spread the word, and enjoy about our awesome project! Thank you guys for all your support!

Amelia Darnell: Secrets of Silvercrest Village will be a 2-D point-and-click mystery game for PC. We wish to create a mystery adventure game that offers a meaningful and engaging experience for our players. While also promoting a strong female character in a traditionally male-dominated role, the Amelia Darnell game will further improve the development of critical thinking skills, comprehension, and problem-solving. We intend it to be for a family audience of ages 10+.

 

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NaNoWriMo 2018: It’s the most type-able time of the year

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Mark your calendars and get ready to don your favorite Viking helmet, Precious Readers! NaNoWriMo is on its way!

What is NaNoWriMo? It’s short for “National Novel Writing Month“! That’s right, you write an entire novel in 30 days!

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What does this mean? I’m going to participate! Well folks, this summer was lacking in motivation to write. I’m determined to make up for it by working on my next book. That’s right. Even after August 2018’s post mentioning that I wasn’t sure what my next book was going to be, inspiration–that fickle mistress muse that it is–struck my brain. I’ve been diligently working on an outline for 2+ books on a new series.

You’re not writing Roxy Summers #4? When will we see it? I’m taking a break from writing Roxy Summers. My latest book, Missing You, a Roxy Summers Mystery #3, wraps up major plot points in the series, though it’s been left open-ended for more to be written at a later time. I haven’t abandoned my beloved Roxy, more books will be written, but my brain is telling me to branch into a new genre. I can’t help when inspiration strikes, and I’m being pulled into a different direction for the time being. I have a paranormal that my fingers have been itchy to type, and I’ve already written several pages of notes of how I would want this series to go. These new-ish characters are screaming at me and are not leaving me alone. Look on the brighter side: it means new characters for you to meet and love, new adventures to sink your teeth into, and plot lines punched up with classic KB snarky humor coming at you!

Hold the phone, you’re going to be writing an entire novel in one month? Short answer: Yup, that’s right! Long answer: This will be a not-ready-to-publish first draft. Imagine the roughest and most typo-filled manuscript you will ever (not) see in your life. It won’t be perfect, it won’t be pretty, and it definitely will not be reader-worthy by the time November 30th rolls around. However, the basic outline and major details will be worked out. My goal is to complete my outline of the character’s story arcs for (however many) books it takes to complete their story by October 31, and then have 50,000 words written by November 30 for the first book.

Isn’t that a bit ambitious? Yes, yes it is. I am the kind of person where if I don’t have any kind of structure about a task or work, I will not do it. I’m self-disciplined enough where if I have a schedule I’ll stick to it, but if there is no plan in place, I get lazy. NaNoWriMo each November helps keep me motivated. Plus, there are some wicked fun chat rooms where you can connect with other writers in your local area who are going through this event with you. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of support, and helpful to keep me motivated on my next project(s).

What is the new book series? I’m working on Top Secret-Super-Secret-Squirrel-Hush-Hush project to bring a paranormal series to you. I hope it’s something you’ll be interested in. (Before you roll your eyes, although I love me some vamps, this is not a vampire novel.) Growing up, my top favorite type of book to read was science fiction. Although this will be a paranormal, the idea of abnormal characters and situations (sometimes otherworldly) make my little book-loving heart go pitter patter. Although I’m not ready to share details yet, I hope it will be a magical experience for you. (For longtime blog followers, you might already have an idea of what I’m working on.) I actually created these characters years and years ago, but decided to push Roxy Summers as my first book towards publication. My gut instinct won out, and now I have three books published. I’m hoping that you, as a blog and book reader, will continue along this publication journey with me and stick around while I venture into a quasi-new territory of genre writing.

Do you participate? If you are a NaNoWriMo participant, LOOK ME UP! I’m serious! If you’re participating, don’t be afraid to connect with me on their website! I’ll be wearing my virtual NaNoWriMo viking helmet proudly!

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Hope you have an awesome week, and remember, you can always keep more up-to-date with me by following me on social media!

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Wishing you a happy fall filled with warm beverages, snuggly blankets, and your favorite authors!

-KB

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Haven’t read the Roxy Summers Mystery SeriesStart with Capture Me and meet Roxy in a case of cat-and-mouse for a grand Seattle adventure! Then, travel with Roxy to sunny Los Angeles for a food competition to die for in her sequel novel, Crush On You! Roxy’s third book, Missing You has Roxy and friends searching of her ex-boyfriend, lost in a blizzard-riddled Alaska, hoping to find him before time runs out.

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Memento Mori

This is a blog by Patricia Johns. She’s a fantastic romance author, one of whom has my highest respect. I wholeheartedly agree with her blog post, and whether you are a believer in religion or not, *I* believe we should do our best to leave the world in a better condition than when we started it, whether that is at the cost of our own happiness or not.

I don’t like to post about religion too much on my page, as politically I’m an Independent and have some left-ist views on several points, plus I like to keep this space open for all readers and would never want to alienate someone based on their non/religious or political views. But I am a non-denominational Christian, and am unashamed to admit it.

One area Patricia points out is that at the end of the day, it isn’t what makes you happy, but what is right. It should also be said, that I don’t believe in a “soul points system”. It’s not how many good deeds one completes, it’s the heart and intention of your good deed, and I believe that Patricia is someone who implied this as part of her original blog post (but I’d have to officially ask her). It’s the intention of knowing you need to be doing the right thing when temptation is mild or the strongest it’s ever been. Helping someone because you want to do your best to make *them* feel a little bit better when the world is getting them down, because you know life is tough and can be harsh.

I hope you enjoy her post, it’s short, it’s sweet, it’s thoughtful.

Happy Monday, Precious Readers!

– KB

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On Twitter, I follow a Catholic nun who has a skull on her desk. She keeps it there year round in a practice called Memento Mori, or the Medieval Latin Christian tradition of reflecting on your own mortality. This sister tweets daily about living her life as if each day could be her last.

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It might seem a little morbid, but she caught my attention and I continued to follow her because she intrigues me.

We often think about how life seems to fly by when we look back on it, but we don’t like to think about how fast it’s moving in the other direction. It’s… unsettling. No one likes to think about dying. However, I do want to live a life of no regrets. When my time does come, I don’t want to look back and realize I missed the point of it all.

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A Change of Pace/Next Book

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This blog post is in memory of my Dad.
I miss you every day.

Hello Precious Readers!

Long time, no write, I know. In fact, that statement is far more loaded than it appears.

I released my third book, Missing You (a Roxy Summers Mystery) last month. (Have you read it? I happen to know that it’s fantastic. You should check it out, and leave a review!) I am already receiving questions: When is the next book coming out?

As I’ve learned from other author friends and mentors, this is a common question asked, typically the same day as a book releases. Similar to people asking newlyweds, or sometimes immediately following a wedding ceremony, when the lovely couple is having children. These questions are often asked in moments of excitement from the requestor, not necessarily meant as a slight upon the subject being asked. However, writing is time taking out of my day to literally sit and stare at a computer monitor while typing for hours, every day. It’s time not spent with my husband, my dogs, my friends, my family. It’s time separate from my full-time and part-time jobs. It’s time spent not sleeping, doing chores around the home, and overall taking away from the sliver of time trying to have a life outside of work.

This summer was a particularly awkward and painful one for me, and admittedly and unabashedly, I confess I did absolutely zero writing. None. Zip. Nada. Nothing. Other than social media, my computer was only used for paying bills and looking at funny YouTube videos.

Why? Why after working so hard to be published for the first time, and successfully launching a 3-book series, would I spend 2.5 months writing absolutely nothing at all? As we all know, life throws curve balls, and sometimes their emotional impact lasts longer than expected.

After nearly 11 years since my Dad’s passing, and 11 years spent on our family’s attempted healing, it was decided that this was the year my Dad’s ashes were to be interned into the Tahoma National Cemetery. For those who don’t know, Tahoma National Cemetery is specifically for those who have served in the U.S. military and their spouses. I won’t go into detail, but it was a small ceremony with traditions held by the U.S. Navy. My Dad served for the Navy during the Vietnam war, living on the U.S.S. Enterprise. (No, not a Star Trek reference… this time.) He was on the aircraft carrier during its initial combat deployment. He worked the night shift, complete with a schedule starting at 2:00 am, and a bedtime of 7:00 pm. He never changed this schedule for the rest of his life, save for family vacations. That discipline stayed with him from when he was 17 years old until he was 60 years old. That is, (let me get my calculator here), 43 years of tradition.

My Dad passed in a sudden, painful way, while at home, the day after Thanksgiving. It was supposed to be a year of celebration. My parents had celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary that year. I had just come home from CWU and was starting my first job post-graduation. My parents were approaching discussions of retirement and considering moving to Nevada where it was warmer. They had even flown down twice that year to scope out property. I was planning on looking for an apartment.

It had been a normal evening. We were all home from work, had eaten dinner together. My Dad was on his way to bed. My mom and I were up watching some lighthearted show on TV. My mom and I were with him. We didn’t get a chance to say goodbye, we didn’t know it was coming, and before we knew it, he was gone. My mother and I were immediately thrust into deciding how to live the rest of our lives without him. Our last moments together as a family were spent in terror, pain, confusion, trauma, and anger. While I would never, under any circumstances wish anyone ill or a long and a painful death, I envy families who had times to not only internally say goodbye to their loved ones, but know when the end was coming. They were able to make a plan, and a semblance of peace regarding the one they lost or are losing.

The end is not always a Lifetime movie drama with everyone around a gurney in a hospital, or someone lying on their death-bed. Sometimes the end is something that takes moments away from you. We never got to say, “I love you”, or try to keep him comfortable in death.

We never got to say goodbye. His life ended in pain, fear, and confusion. Surrounded by EMTs instead of his loved ones.

He had not wanted a funeral service, as stated in his will. He wasn’t a man for pomp and circumstance. His co-workers threw a memorial at the University of Washington, where he had just accomplished his 10th year working there. My mom retired three years after his death, after working for the UW for over 28 years. For the rest of us, we moved on, but others needed an official ceremony so we had somewhere for his remains to reside. So, we held one.

I don’t believe in the word “closure” as it’s used today. I don’t believe that the loss of a loved one is something you “close a chapter on” and then live as if their memory has no effect on you every day after they’re gone. The memory is an ever evolving blob. Sometimes it shrinks, sometimes it takes over, sometimes it’s a microscopic dot on your radar. While the ceremony provided much-needed release for my Mom and some of our family, it did the opposite for me.

After eleven years, I’d gotten to the place where my dad’s memory wasn’t gone, but it had morphed into just the good memories. The ones I enjoyed. The memories didn’t stand out from any particular event or milestone in my life. It was the little things, like seeing him smoking outside, leaning on the garbage can in his sweatpants. The way he always folded his hands on his stomach while reclined in his Dad Chair watching an old western. Hearing him whistle while he was working or tinkering at his workshop surface. The clink of ice while he was drinking his Pepsi, the constant, friendly battle between him and my Mom, my Mom being a die-hard Coca Cola fan. His hugs. The horrible, evil glint in his eye while I was sitting in my parent’s new car that had programmable seats (a new thing for any driver at the time). He had pressed the button causing the seat to start moving. I freaked out, wondering if I had broken the car and the robot apocalypse was trapping me inside the vehicle for all of eternity. The never ending trips to Costco as a family outing. Those were all thrown away for the last two months, temporarily vandalized by the gut-wrenching memory of the last hour of his life.

This had a severe impact on my mental status this summer. I’ve talked about depression and anxiety before, but I will continue writing about it until the stigma is gone. That people understand that it doesn’t “go away”, you “can’t snap out of it”, it’s not a “mood”. There are good days, there are bad days. There are long stretches of good days/weeks/months, swiftly hitting you up with time where you never leave bed, the lights are off, and you just lie there for hours. Doing nothing. No TV, no phone, no radio, no talking, etc. You feel weak, tired, achy, listless. The nightmares come back. Whatever quiet I was attempting to obtain was blighted by restless sleep filled with made up scenarios my backstabbing brain came up with to terrorize me in my dreaming subconscious. The dreams mean nothing, but their lingering effects on how they made me feel stick with me for days afterward.

You just… try to exist and hope it’s enough.

You try to remember that you exist.

All of these memories came up and made it difficult to find the mental and physical capacity to write. Writers are always saying, “Write every day. Even when you don’t want to you. Find time to write every day.” They never tell you how much. For me, it was sticking with social media, updating my Facebook Fan Group on its usual schedule, keeping a presence on Twitter. That was all I could do.

That was enough for me.

By the way, the U.S. military is dismantling the U.S.S. Enterprise this year. Did you know that?

Back to the Big Question: When is the next book coming out?

Now that I’ve talked with my publisher at Trifecta Publishing House, here is my answer: After two and a half years of solid writing Roxy, frankly, I need a break. While I have a general idea of how I want the her next story to go, and ideas for several more books, I’m not in the creative head space to continue her story at this time. There are some other ideas I’ve been mulling for years that I’d like to move forward with and get out of Roxy’s world for a little while, and I need to write something else. There is an idea for a fourth Roxy Summers book. The idea is with Trifecta. It is not under contract at the moment. It will be written.

I don’t know when, but in the near future.

Never have I been looking forward to going back to work in my life. As same for the students who attend, I like the structure. The reliability that the building will most likely outlive me. The steadiness of the schedule. Routine. It helps me stay on task. I actually write better when my schedule is full. I think it’s the discipline and the mental reminder that my writing time is limited, that if I don’t complete it now, I’ll have to catch up the next day.

The work is there, I just need to type it. Enough time has passed that I’m ready to metaphorically pick up the pen and put it to paper. (I do better typing than handwriting out my thoughts. I’m far faster, and a more accurate, typist.)

Wishing you a fantastic fall, filled with easily cleaned falling leaves, lots of vibrant tree color, and pumpkin spice only if you want it.

Love and hugs,
KB

*CONTEST CLOSED* PRIZES TO GIVEAWAY TODAY! Missing You Release Day!

EVENT: Missing You Release Party!

WHEN: TODAY, Monday, August 13th @ 6:30pm (PST)

WHERE: ONLINE here – https://www.facebook.com/events/330451244163653/?ti=cl

It’s here! Missing You is here! To celebrate, I’m giving away a bunch of prizes! You might win a free Kindle from Trifecta Publishing House! I look forward to seeing you there! Fun and Prizes to be had! Don’t forget to share the event with your friends. You’ll be able to ask me anything you want.

I have THREE (3) gift baskets* to giveaway! Each will contain:
~ 1 Autographed copy of Capture Me
~ 1 Autographed copy of Crush On You
~ 1 Autographed copy of Missing You
~ 1 jewelry item
~ Exclusive Missing You themed cookies, prepared by pacific northwest-based bakery, Trixie’s Cakes, handmade by Trixie herself!

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Check out Katherine Bacher’s Roxy Summers Mystery Series! Available in print and e-book. Roxy Summers is a Seattle Sweetie who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. My books are full of mystery, hilarity, and sass!

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Read the whole series:

💕 B1: CAPTURE ME
Nothing ends a first date faster than finding a dead body.
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⭐Amazon Best Seller

💜 B2: CRUSH ON YOU
Someone is stirring up trouble in Roxy’s world.
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💙 B3: MISSING YOU
When worlds collide, love can leave you cold.
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“Roxy Summers is the kind of woman anyone would want as a friend — spunky, loyal, and courageous!”

~ Jennifer Fischetto, National Bestselling Author
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*Each gift basket is limited to only one (1) gift basket per winner. Facebook and WordPress is/are not a sponsor of this event or prizes. Please allow up to two (2) weeks for delivery. Winners must be residents of the continental United States of America. Winners are selected randomly. No P.O. boxes, must be a street address for delivery.

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Roxy releases in 3 days! Pre-order now!

It’s almost time! Missing You released Monday! Pre-order your copy here: http://books2read.com/u/bWz0J7

Haven’t read Roxy yet? Catch up quick on Roxy Summers’ adventures before the third book releases in both print and e-book on August 13th!

If you have read Roxy, I’d love it if you left a review! Online reviews are everything, and allow the books to become visible to new readers! Post a picture of you with your paperback or e-reader with a Roxy cover showing, and tag me, sharing you reading your copy!

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CAPTURE ME (Book 1):

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CRUSH ON YOU (Book 2):

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MISSING YOU BACK COVER BLURB:

When worlds collide, love can leave you cold.

Seattle magazine blogger and photographer, Roxy Summers finds herself frozen in place still stinging from the harsh rejection of mercurial Detective Charlie Bennett and wracked with guilt over turning down Seattle’s favorite hunky bachelor, Dylan Hunt. Life throws her a snowball when her ex, Aiden disappears under suspicious circumstances. Roxy is forced to confront her past while facing an uncertain future in the middle of nowhere.

While trapped in a blizzard-ridden remote town of Alaska, and with the clock ticking down over Aiden’s survival, Roxy finds herself surrounded by volatile guests and evasive staff. She soon learns that it’s those closest to you who are capable of the darkest betrayal.

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Pre-order Missing You today: http://books2read.com/u/bWz0J7

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Roxy Reminder: Missing You releases August 13th!

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Hello Precious Readers!

I have a more definitive date of Missing You‘s release for everyone: August 13th! Gahhh! It’s less than one month away! Squee!!!

It’s been a bit busy on this side of the computer prepping for the big day. If you follow me on Facebook, you already know the FINAL DRAFT was sent in to publishers. You’ve already seen the GORGEOUS cover, and I’m so excited to bring Roxy’s next adventure to you. During my future release party I’m going to have some deliciously, lovely gift baskets up for grabs, so be on the lookout (or BOLO, if you watch crime shows, like I do) for the Release Party announcement soon to come!

Pre-order links will be up soon. Once their up, make sure you pre-purchase your copy as soon as possible, as there maaaaay be a hint about a fourth Roxy Summers adventure in the back. (Hint, hint.)

Roxy’s adventure in Missing You takes place in Alaska. Definitely not feeling winter blues. It’s been in the 90-degree Fahrenheit weather in Washington. For us PNW folks, air conditioning is not a standard feature to have in homes, so we’re melllllllting! Fans have been on nonstop, pups are sitting in front of the fan, and ice cubes are aplenty in their water bowls. We have some breaks from the heat by taking drives in the car, which has air conditioning. The Bacher Fort, alas, does not.

I want to start hearing from you, so I’m going to start asking one question per post to you. I’d love to see comments, or email me at katherinebacher@gmail.com with your responses. I love hearing from you! I really, really do!

So, this post’s question is: What is your favorite summer treat to cool off? We love frozen grapes, fruit salad, and ice pops.

Thank you for being such loyal blog readers, hello to any newbies! More Roxy news coming at you soon!

– KB