Thursday, November 12, 2020

Bones of the Redeemed by Kari Bovee - Book Tour + Giveaway

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Book Details:

Book Title: Bones of the Redeemed (A Southwestern Mystery) by Kari Bovee
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 + yrs), 298 pages
Genre:  Historical Mystery (1952)
PublisherBosque Publishing
Release date:  November 2020
Content Rating:  R for abuse, does contain the f-word a few times,

Book Description:

A pit of corpses. An ancient cult. A quest for redemption that could leave her dead… New Mexico, 1952. Archaeology grad student Ruby Delgado is plagued by guilt after losing her son. So when her latest excavation drops her down a sinkhole filled with suspiciously mutilated bodies, she’s driven to bring the murderer to justice. But when digging deeper brings her dangerously close to a sinister religious sect, she could be their next sacrifice… Discovering some of the victims were crucified, Ruby pushes hard to give the evidence to the authorities. But when her trail crosses the path of a beaten man left for dead in the desert, she realizes she may be the only person who can save the community. Can Ruby stop the sacrifices and slay her inner demons, or will hers be the next body laid to rest? Bones of the Redeemed is a hair-raising standalone Southwestern mystery. If you like complex heroines, cult conflict, and hard-won redemption, then you’ll love Kari Bovee’s grisly tale.

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Author Interview
1)      How did you do research for your book?
The research for this book started long ago. So long ago, I forgot where exactly I got some of the information. My late father, who was such an inspiration to me, told me about the Penitente Brotherhood, a lay confraternity of Spanish-American Roman Catholic men who are active in New Mexico and Colorado. Bones of the Redeemed is very loosely inspired by this brotherhood, but takes their practices quite a bit farther. My book poses the question of what might happen if leadership in one of these types of organizations went off the rails—which, as we know can happen in deeply religious communities.

 I did a lot of reading on the Brotherhood, and I also interviewed a couple of Catholic priests, one whose father and some of his brothers were members of the Penitente Brotherhood here in New Mexico.

 For the archaeology aspect of the book, I actually took some graduate courses in anthropology and archaeology at Millsap’s College in Jackson, Mississippi when I lived there. I had a very early draft of the novel and I asked my professor to read it. He helped me tweak where necessary. More recently, I have a friend who is a retired archaeologist and she reviewed the book for me as well.


 2)      List some of your all-time favorite books and talk about why you like them.
 I really enjoy a lot of classic literature, particularly 19th Century literature. Some of my favorite novels are: 1) Vanity Fair by Makepeace Thackery—Becky Sharp is a most fascinating character. Ruthless yet practical. 2) Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, because who doesn’t love a tragic gothic romance? 3) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, because I love the way the characters have to get out of their own way to find happiness. More contemporary books are Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry, two vastly different novels but the world building in both is excellent—makes you feel like you are really there. I have also been greatly influenced by Tony Hillerman and his southwestern crime novels.


3)      Explain your writing process.
 It’s different with every book, but I always start out with research and an outline. Sometimes the outline is more comprehensive than others—more than just the main plot points. I also do pretty detailed character sketches. Sometimes in developing the characters, new ideas for the plot spring up. I do as much research as I can to get started and then as the story unfolds, sometimes I have to make adjustments to the plot or the characters, and sometimes I have to eliminate characters all together or add new ones. For the book I’m working on now I am doing a more extensive outline and character sketches. I am even blocking scenes in the hopes that when it comes time to write the writing goes faster. After I complete the first draft I walk away from the manuscript for about two weeks, then I come back and start editing. Then another read through, make any tweaks, and get it the best I can get it and then I’ll send it off to a developmental editor. I find that after I’ve been so immersed in the book I can’t see it honestly anymore, so it’s nice to have someone else read through to find holes, inconsistencies, story problems. After that, I have a copy edit done, at least one proofread, and I also send it to some trusted beta readers. It takes a village!


4)      What are you working on right now?
I’m currently working on the second book in my Grace Michelle Mystery Series that I hope to release next summer. It’s titled Grace in Hollywood. The first book in the series Grace in the Wings introduces us to Grace, an aspiring costume designer for the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway in New York City in 1920. Her sister, who is the star of the show, mysteriously dies and so Grace sets out to find the killer. The second book takes place in 1924. Grace is now working in the silent film industry and the director of the film she is working on is murdered at a party she has hosted, and her young protégé is accused of the crime. This protégé and her plight brings to light some repressed memories from Grace’s past, and she finds herself grappling with some heavy emotional issues while trying to prove her protégé’s innocence.


5)      How does your home and its environment influence your writing? To what extent?
I love being at home. We moved to a small-ish, rural village three years ago. We live on four acres in a hacienda/mission style home. My office has is huge with a high, beamed ceiling (the beams came from an old railroad trellis), a kiva-style fire place, and antique wooden floors that came from an old ice house in Santa Fe, NM. I’m surrounded by windows and I can look out of the French doors and see my horses grazing in the pastureI find the architecture and the property surrounding our home to be so inspirational, comforting, and quiet, it’s easy for me to get lost in my own imagination, which is a wonderful thing. The challenge (I think for all writers) is to not let everyday responsibilities and stress encroach on such a sacred environment.


6)      Do you think that self-revelation is part of the writing process?
Yes. I think it is inescapable. I believe that writing, like art, comes from the heart and soul of a person. There is a certain level of emotional intimacy that comes with the creative process. Writers, artists, and singers have to dig deep to create an emotional resonance with their audience. It seems impossible to me to divorce that kind of raw sharing from self-revelation.


7)      Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
Yes! Sometimes, when I am deep into a WIP, I’ll get completely overwhelmed and then I shut down. The thing that helps me the most is to walk away from the work. That could mean for an hour, or for a week, just depending on what is bothering me. A quick fix is doing something mindless where my subconscious can take over—like folding laundry or going on a long walk. I experienced this kind of overwhelm just the other day, so I got up from my desk and went out to ride one of my horses. When I came back, I was in a much better frame of mind. I decided to wait until the next day to tackle the story again, and the words flowed effortlessly. Taking care of my mental well-being is the best way I find to combat writer’s block.

Meet the Author:

When she’s not on a horse, or walking along the beautiful cottonwood-laden acequias of Corrales, New Mexico; or basking on white sand beaches under the Big Island Hawaiian sun, Kari Bovee is escaping into the past—scheming murder and mayhem for her characters both real and imagined, and helping them to find order in the chaos of her action-packed novels. Empowered women in history, horses, unconventional characters, and real-life historical events fill the pages of Kari Bovée’s articles and historical mystery musings and manuscripts. An award-winning author, Bovée was honored with the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards Hillerman Award for Southwestern Fiction for her novel Girl with a Gun. The novel also received First Place in the 2019 NM/AZ Book Awards in the Mystery/Crime category, and is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards, as well as the Next Generation Indie Awards. Her novel Grace in the Wings is a Finalist for the 2019 International Chanticleer Chatelaine Awards and the International Chanticleer Goethe Awards. Her novel Peccadillo at the Palace is a Finalist in the 2019 International Chanticleer Murder & Mayhem Awards and the 2019 International Goethe Awards, as well as a Finalist in the 2019 Best Book Awards Historical Fiction category. Bovée has worked as a technical writer for a Fortune 500 Company, has written non-fiction for magazines and newsletters, and has worked in the education field as a teacher and educational consultant. She and her husband, Kevin, spend their time between their horse property in the beautiful Land of Enchantment, New Mexico, and their condo on the sunny shores of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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