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When a Stranger Comes by Karen S. Bell - Book Tour + Giveaway

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When a Stranger Comes...
by Karen S. Bell

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.

What do you think about the current publishing market?

For me it’s rough. I can’t get an agent with the deluge of writers out there. I don’t write blockbuster plots, fantasy series, erotica verging on porn, fan fiction, dystopias, or young adult. Unfortunately, that’s what sells. That’s what agent’s look for. I keep hoping my next book will find a traditional publisher and so I try. I would like my writing to become a career instead of a hobby. But then again, I have a great life, travel a lot, no deadlines, write when I feel like it. I get excellent reviews and that pleases me. In fact, Kirkus gave, When a Stranger Comes…a great review—called it “riveting”.

When I first started writing, self-publishing was new on Amazon, just eight years ago. The market share for getting readers was wide open. When I did my first freebie I got 2000 downloads with no advertising, booked an ad with a company that had email lists and sold more than 100 copies in an afternoon. Those numbers have come down to trickles with all the competition for eyes. I get jealous when I see a self-published author with 12,000+ reviews. How did the author do that? So I try to learn and I take online courses where the free course leads to a paid course of several hundred dollars—bottom feeders. All discouraging on the sales end, but the writing keeps me enthralled, the excellent reviews nourish my soul.
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.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

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