Welcome Guest Author
on the Release Day of her Debut Novel!
Happy release day to Julieanne Reeves, who's here to celebrate her debut novel Razing Kayne with us, along with an awesome giveaway! Take it away, Julieanne!
It’s here! Launch day for RAZING KAYNE. I’m thrilled to be joining the world of published authors.
I’ve realized that publishing my book is a lot like the first day I left my children in daycare. I bawled for hours having to leave them that day. They, however, barely spared a wave goodbye; they were too excited to meet and play with their new friends.
I wrote Razing Kayne about two years ago. At the time I was a 30-something year old adult who’d left the rat race to become been a full-time stay-at-home foster mom. This meant that I usually had four kids in the house at any given time. Between special education issues, counseling and doctors' appointments, and life in general, I stayed busy. But, oh, how rewarding – and heartbreaking – it was. I’d adopted my two children from foster care as a single mother, and it was, and still is, my greatest accomplishment. Publishing my books is probably a distant second.
For years prior to being a “mom,” I’d worked for in law enforcement as a police/fire/911 dispatcher who’d been trained and certified in hostage negotiation and suicide intervention. Working in a small agency allowed me the opportunity to work closely with the Special Response Team, Narcotics Task Force officers and Property and Person’s detectives. Heck, I’d even applied and been accepted to test for the police academy. I passed the testing though never went through the academy. Experiences I never would have had working in a big agency.
Looking at all my experience – personal and professional – and thinking through the cases I’d been involved with, and remembering the ones I’d heard about, I realized I had a treasure trove of inspiration. So, I did what my high school creative writing teacher drilled into me; I wrote what I knew and did it from the heart. Thus, RAZING KAYNE was born.
It would take two more years and lots of encouragement from my online friends before I finally got up the nerve to publish it. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to this family I’d created.
Now that moment is here, and I’m a bundle of emotions. Saying goodbye is never easy even in the land of fiction. It’s a little easier knowing I haven’t seen the last of Kayne and Jessica and their wonderful children. In Razing Kayne we met some awesome supporting heroes: Officer Nick Astenbeck, Detectives Trace St.Moritz and Rafe Chatham, Dr. Mark Oberly, and Fire-medic Joe Sutton. They will be getting their own stories over the next couple years. Payson, Arizona is a small town in real life and in fiction so I know we’ll be seeing the whole gang around from time to time. Is it the same? No. But just like I had to let my children go that first day of daycare, it’s time to let RAZING KAYNE go too.
I hope you enjoy RAZING KAYNE as much as I enjoyed writing it and I hope you come back to share in the small town life of Payson, Arizona as each of the other heroes gets their own Happily Ever Afters.
For two years, State Trooper Kayne Dobrescu has wanted only one thing: to understand why his wife inexplicably killed their children and then herself. Memories haunt his days and lay siege to his nights, leaving him questioning his reasons for living.
Jessica Hallstatt became a window and single mother the night her firefighter husband died in a fiery explosion at an accident scene. While her husband may have died a hero, he left Jessica with deep emotional scars that haven’t begun to heal.
When Kayne accepted a transfer to the mountain town of Payson, Arizona, he never expected to meet anyone like Jessica. From the moment he pulled her over for speeding, he was drawn in by her whiskey-colored eyes and sassy dimple. He knows she and her children are a forever type package, and he’s vowed never to give anyone the power to destroy him again. Yet fate has other ideas, throwing Kayne and Jessica together in a fight against an unknown enemy to save the life of a child—and hopefully one another.
Leave a comment with your email address below and be entered to win an e-copy of Razing Kayne. One lucky winner – worldwide – will be randomly drawn on or about Friday, November 23rd, 2012. Winner will be announced in the comments so please be sure to check back.
Want to read an excerpt? Go here for the Prologue and first two chapters.
Laura Kaye, thanks for hosting me, and to all her wonderful readers, thanks for taking the time to stop by. I hope you enjoy the upcoming holiday weekend.
Thanks for being here, Julieanne! Now, everyone leave Julieanne some debut novel/new release comment love! And thanks for reading!