Monday, February 10, 2014

Connie Flynn - Know When to Run is featured in the HBS Author's Spotlight Showcase

The HBS Author's Spotlight SHOWCASES Connie Flynn's New Book: Know When to Run

Know When to Run

Romantic Suspense

Author: Connie Flynn


NOW OUT! BRAND NEW romantic suspense from award-winning, bestselling Connie Flynn.
Readers are Saying: Twists and turns abound and you can't put it down.

Ky Taylor woke up one morning on a Mississippi riverboat casino with a huge headache and no idea who she was. With the help of new friends she rebuilt her life. Now, nearly two years later, a tall dark man with killer good looks comes after her. A bounty hunter, who claims she killed her father then ran out on her bail. She says he's got the wrong woman. He says she's guilty as sin. One of them is right . . .

Suddenly so many people are after her she can't tell the good guys from the bad guys. But one thing she can do is KNOW WHEN TO RUN.

Did she kill her father? She doesn't remember and you won't know yourself until the very end.

Gabe came upon Ky being attacked by a man wearing a stocking mask and rescues her, although according to her she already had the situation under control. According to Gabe, she'd have gotten worse than a bruise on the forehead if he hadn't come along. The conversation takes place on one of the higher decks of the riverboat casino and Ky wants him to accompany her to the boat's security office.

"Back to my question," she demanded. "Why were you following me?"

"Truth?" He spread his arms as she widened the distance between them "I noticed you in the casino . . . And when I saw it was you walking by, well, I’m a sucker for redheads and I wanted to see if we could share a drink.

Then that guy attacked you and . . . "

It actually was the truth and with some luck, his klutzy 'aw shucks' approach might get him in her good graces.

He was met with a long silence.

"About the state trooper's office," she finally said.



"Sure, Red," he said. "My pleasure."

"Oh, good." She smiled and dropped the gun into her purse, then tugged lightly at the torn sleeve of her sequined top. "I’ll need to explain this."

"And probably the plume," he offered.

"Is it bad?"

He grimaced. "Looks like the wrong end of a slaughtered clown turkey."

"Charming." She sounded sad. Gabe didn't have the heart to tell her that blow to her forehead would turn purple then green in a few days, so he directed his eyes to her blouse, grazing a rhinestone name tag pinned to her collar.


Oh, dang. This was the man he'd been looking for.

"Ky Taylor?" he asked.


"I've been hunting for you."

"I was told someone was asking. What do you want?" Unfriendliness crept back into her tone.

Should he risk the truth a second time? Gabe figured maybe, maybe not. Best to play it by ear. "It wasn't you, or not you, precisely. I've been tracking down relatives of an Evansville businessman who passed away last year. I thought Ky Taylor was a man.” He laughed lightly, because this part was true. “Obviously you aren—"

"Obviously. Besides, I don’t have any family. So you've got the wrong person, mist—" She touched her bump and flinched. "What's your name?" He gave a business card. "Call me McGregor."

"And you're looking for Ky Taylor because . . .?"

"I'm actually trying to track down a Kathleen Templeton. There's a reward for information that leads to finding her. Can you help me?"

"I’m asking the questions," Ky reminded him sharply. “Such as how—"

A muffled pop interrupted her. A nearby pillar spewed splinters.

"Down!" McGregor pushed Ky to the deck and flattened his body on top of hers.

“Get off me, get off!” Ky pounded his back. What the hell was he doing?

Her shoulder smarted from the impact of the fall. Her tote had flown from her forearm, sliding out of reach. With a groan, she tried to shove McGregor away so she could reclaim it.

Another pop. More splinters.

Was someone throwing stuff at them?

"Down! Stay down!" McGregor hissed.

"My tote. . . Why won't– "

"Someone. Is. Shooting. At. Us."

"Shooting? I didn't hear—"

"The gun has a silencer." He put a finger over his lips. "I don't think the gunman can see us down here."

He lifted his head.

Whup. Whup. Whup. The railing above them creaked and groaned.

Ky inched into a crawling position and couldn't resist stretching her neck for a peek. She caught a quick glimpse of a head and arm, then another shot hit the rail.

"Head down!" McGregor's voice was harsh, but the hand guiding her along the rail was gentle.

"Wish you'd let me get my tote," Ky grumbled. "The derringer's in there.

"Lot of good two bullets will do." McGregor inclined his head toward the entrance some fifty feet away. "When we get even with the door, make a run for it. Don't forget to stay low."

He reached up, apparently checking on the gunman, who was behind them now.

Whup, whup, whup, whup! Wood chips danced on the sleek deck. Ky glanced over her shoulder and saw a man in a hoodie creeping toward them. He raised his arm and let off another volley of bullets. Wood fragments peppered Ky's arms and legs. She tried hard, very hard, not to–"

Whup, whup, whup.

She shrieked.

With no warning, McGregor rocked off his knees onto his heels, swept her up from the deck, and lunged to his feet. Before she knew what happened, he dumped her overboard, then leaped in after her.

"Waaaait . . ." she wailed, as the river came rushing up. "I don't think I know how to–"

Her last word was lost in the muddy depths of the mighty Mississippi.

Cold and heavy with silt, the water swallowed Ky like a whale. She'd drown, she just knew she would drown. Feet kicking hard, arms frantically windmilling, chest burning, she aimed upward toward the light. Somehow she broke through the surface, still kicking and flailing, gasping for air.

"— swim," she sputtered.

Author Genre: Mystery, Fantasy and Romance

Website: Connie's Books
Author's Blog: Imagination Gone Wild
Blog: Bootcamp for Novelists Online
Twitter: @ConnieFlynn
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Author Description: I have been writing fiction for so long I can barely remember when I didn't. Sometimes people ask where I get my ideas and I can't comment too much on 'ideas' either, since they come one at a time from different sources. What I do know and believe is true for all books --- it's a matter of putting them together, scene by scene, then going back, making sure to leave in all the good parts and take out all the boring parts (which is my writing motto).

That has seemed to work for me. I've made a half dozen or so bestseller list, won a PRISM award for my time-travel paranormal, and been a finalist in a number of other well known writing contest. Now, I'm jumping into the pool of previously traditionally published authors who are choosing to publish independently. I'm truly enjoying the freedom and control this gives an author that allows me to finally be releasing THE DRAGON HOUR in Kindle eBook format. This story is about a Scottish paradise lost in time and invaded by 21st century thugs and will be available for only 99c for the next six weeks.

Author's Book List
The Dragon Hour
A Scottish paradise lost in time is invaded by 21st century thugs. It was a robbery gone terribly wrong ending in Luke Slade carrying his wounded cousin through a window of light, sweeping them back in time. Just before the window closes, the killers chase in behind them, trapping them all in 1672.

Caryn McLaughlin rules Lochlorraine and deals daily with a terrible threat. When Luke appears she knows her worries will soon be over. She'd seen his face all her life, on a tapestry now hanging in her bed chambers. He is Luke the Dragon Slayer, none other, and his duty is clear. What a pity he doesn't see it that way.

Order the Book From: Amazon - Barnes and Noble
BOOTCAMP FOR NOVELISTS BASIC TRAINING MANUAL - What you need to know BEFORE you write your novel
Our Basic Training Manual is finally out and if you find our manual helpful you would do us a huge favor by posting a review that will help others decide if our manual will also be helpful to them. Thank you . . . Linda and Connie

Have you always wanted to write a novel, but don't know where to begin? Have you wondered why there isn't one simple, easy-to-read, down-to-earth explanation of the basics--what you need to know BEFORE you start writing?

Award-winning authors of over two dozen novels, Linda Style and Connie Flynn, co-founders of Bootcamp for Novelists Online, created the Bootcamp Basic Training Manual: What you need to know BEFORE you write your novel, specifically to give their writing students a down and dirty introduction to the language of publishing and the core elements necessary to create a cohesive story. Linda and Connie condensed all their Bootcamp Basic Training information and knowledge, from genre definitions to manuscript formatting--and everything in between--into one brief, reader-friendly manual. Learning what you need to know BEFORE you write your novel will save you time and energy as well as laying the foundation for a successful writing experience. It's never too late to learn the basics!

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The Fire Opal
The sudden death of her mother prompts a beautiful young woman to return to the Cajun birthplace she'd abandoned as a teenager, and hoped never to see again. Back in the bayou, she renews her relationship with her former lover while trying to come to grips with her mysterious Creole heritage. But when la fantome noir--the dark spirit that haunts the bayou--appears in the swamps, she is called to battle, and must find the powerful Fire Opal--which is her only hope for survival. Together, she and her former lover must embark into uncharted swamp waters to recover the magical talisman...and perhaps rekindle their lost love.

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Shadow of the Wolf
No one could know of a beauty's frightening secret, or that she has been swept into a life of terror by a force too powerful to resist. The handsome Tony White Hawk believes she is the one responsible for his wife's death. But circumstances beyond their control ignite a passion that both burns and heals. Now her life is in danger, as an enemy seeks to claim her soul, and only her new love can save her. Online promo ( Ads in "Romantic Times".

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Shadow on the Moon
I've had a love affair with werewolves ever since I saw Lon Chaney play the Wolfman way back in the last century. I was, oh, about minus 10 years old at the time, but that's another subject, which I was old enough to understand it. This poor man, through no fault of his own, was the victim of a terrible curse that once a month turned him into someone he didn't recognize. He hated what he was and could do nothing about it. On my side, he scared me senseless but also made me sympathetic and I used to hope beyond hope that someone would save him.

So, when publishers started actively seeking the darker paranormal, Lon and his breed, shapeshifters, came to mind, and Morgan Wilder came to life. All he needed was someone to save him. That person was Dana Gibbs, a wolf biologist who herself was practically raised by wolves. She alone understands him. Though she hasn't a clue about the dark world he inhabits, she finds the courage to enter it and help him escape forever.

I hope you enjoy their story and if in reading it you wonder if you'd heard that wolves have been introduced into the Arizona mountains, you would be right. This book was written just as that program was being launched.

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the update, James. HBS is an's site. I'm so. Glad to be part of it.