Saturday, September 21, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: When a Stranger Comes... by Karen S. Bell

Title: When a Stranger Comes...
Author: Karen S. Bell
Publisher: KSB Press
Publication Date: September 13th 2017
Genre: Psychological Thriller
2018 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner!


"RIVETING"--Kirkus Reviews

What price would you pay for success?

A lightning bolt out-of the blue, on an otherwise sunny afternoon, transports author Alexa Wainwright to an alternate universe where the characters from her novels are given the breadth of life. Having just made a vow that she would do whatever it took to once again achieve the international acclaim of her debut novel, Alexa doesn't realize how ominously that vow would be tested. In this altered reality, she's introduced to media mogul King Blakemore who offers her an extremely lucrative book contract with guarantees that her work will become a best-selling blockbuster. Given his appearance, odd mannerisms, and aura of evil Alexa wonders if King Blakemore might be the Devil himself.

At first, she shrugs off her doubts about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too strong. Suddenly, the contract's been signed. Now what can she do? Alexa realizes she's trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape. Her iron-clad book contract changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole and King always seems one step ahead of her. Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence to no avail. She laments the old adage, Be careful what you wish for.

Buy this book if you're a reader who loves a page-turning, heart-stopping, psychological thriller with some magical realism thrown in.

I get so much satisfaction in the writing process. I take care to choose just the right word, to make sure each sentence has the right cadence. I appreciate other writers who respect the craft in this way, and I hope my readers do so with me. Writing is a need, a desire for expression, and springs from well within my subconscious mind. Thoughts rise up, scenes rise up and blend in with the over-arching story. These thoughts emerge whenever they want to and wherever I am and probably not when I am at the computer. The computer is for the craft, the technique. The thoughts come during walks, or while driving the car, or at the grocery store. I am the willing recipient of these thoughts and so they seek me out. It's a mystery this business and art of writing and it keeps me enthralled.

- Who designed your book covers?
My first book, Walking with Elephants, was published by a small indie publisher who subsequently went out of business. She had a professional designer who created the cover from my creative idea-- a goddess-woman cradling the earth. Since I became an indie publisher of my own books, I create the covers myself. I probably should hire someone but alas, I don’t want to spend the money and I can find free photos that hit the mark with modifications from Photoshop. Amazon’s cover creator works great.

- Where did you come up with the names in the story?
The character name of King Blakemore was chosen through deliberate research. The name Blakemore means dark or black. Hence, King of darkness—Satan.

My mother’s maiden name was Lipschitz so the surname of Alexa and her mother is a respectful nod to my now deceased mother.

Kip was just an inspiration from my muse. Wealthy people seem to have nicknames, like the Kennedy clan.
Win a $15 Amazon gift card or an eBook of Walking with Elephants by Karen S. Bell.
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  1. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

  2. Title is wonderful. Between title and description, sounds very intriguing.

  3. I like the cover, concept, and can't wait to read!

  4. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

  5. I love the cover, perfect for the story line, ominous.

  6. Nice cover. Is it a real lightning bolt or a drawing?