Greetings. I haven't posted for awhile but I did send out a newsletter. Thought I'd post it here.
Patricia H. Rushford, Author, Newsletter: June 2016
I have recently released a new book and in updating my website, I realized it had been two years since I worked on it. Two years. I am so remiss. What have I been doing? Funny you should ask.
I started a book, Deadly Deception about two years ago and have occasionally typed in a few words. I have also taken up my past love of painting. Of course, I'm still quilting and cooking up healthy -- well mostly healthy foods.
Okay, so about the new book.
Deadly Deception is premiering on Amazon Kindle Edition.
In it...Carolyn Hudson, finds herself in a compromising position when she awakens in a hotel room in a pool of blood. The dead man lying next to her is acclaimed politician, Adam Burke, who had, only a week earlier, commissioned her to paint his portrait. She has no idea how she got there. She only knows that she was drugged and soon learns she is the killer’s next victim. Carolyn must go into hiding and accept police protection. Still, nothing can prevent her from investigating on her own and clearing her name, even if it kills her.
Fans often want to know the who, what, when, where and how of a book. Deadly Deception started about three years ago as a premise for a class on writing mysteries at the OCW summer conference. As with many of my mysteries, I begin with a character. In this case it was an artist who awakens in a pool of blood. From there I determined a victim, someone famous. The ideas banged around in my head and I eventually decided to make it a romantic suspense. It took me a long time to write this book. I loved working on it, creating the romantic interest, a police detective who struggled between remaining objective and finding his beautiful suspect too hard to resist.
What took so long? A few years ago, I was writing two to three books a year--under contract with various publishers. Writing under contract can be very stressful. An author not only worries about getting a book in on time, he or she must work on all the elements of promotion and sales.
I was also struggling with some health issues. When my doctor told me I had hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition, I decided I needed to change a few things in my life. One was to stop pushing myself with contracts. A good thing and a not so good thing.
Without contracts, the amount of writing one does and the times slotted to write fall directly on the writer. And I am the master at procrastination. So I began not writing. At least not very much. The ideas kept flowing and from time to time, I took the writing seriously. I did manage to write a prequel to the Helen Bradley Mysteries, Death on Arrival, and to rewrite my very first young adult novel, Kristen's Choice, but Carolyn's story languished. I came up with a lot of ideas for books, but struggled to finish them. Sooo.. I am really excited to have completed Deadly Deception and I hope you'll enjoy reading it.
More excitement at the ranch. Hanna and Adam are getting married. This means we get another great grandchild--Adam's daughter, Eve. A delightful little girl with whom I'm already in love . This also means another trip to the ranch in September. Yea!!!
So much life and so little time. Please check out my newly updated website at [www.patriciarushfordbooks.com]
As always thanks for your prayers and support. Blessings to all.
Patricia H. Rushford