Title: Lakota Honor
Author: Kat Flannery
Publisher: Imajin Books
Release Date: May 30th 2013
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Western, Romance
Length: 79,000 words
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Fate has brought them together…but will a promise tear them a part?
Otakatay is hired to kill the witkowin-crazy women. A deadly bounty hunter, he has found his last victim in timid healer Nora Rushton. Marked as a witch, Nora uses her gift to heal those in need, and the bounty hunter is one of them. Will the desire to complete his promise drive him to kill her, or will the kindness he sees in her blue eyes push him to be the man he once was?
Nora and Otakatay must fight for their freedom in a time when race and discrimination are a threat and innocence holds no ground
Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I signed a contract for my first book, Chasing Clovers with Imajin Books.
What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 30 or less words, what would you say?
Lakota Honor. Is a historical paranormal novel about two people who have been ostracized because of who or what they may be and how they each deal with it.
Which character speaks the loudest, to you?
Definitely Otakatay. His story is the reason I wrote this book. In the early stages I actually wrote him to be my antagonist. He was a constant whisper in my ear telling me to write his story and so I did.
Do any of them clamor to be heard over the others?
Yes, my villain, Elwood Calhoun.
Do your characters try to make like bunnies and create ever more convoluted plots for you?
Yes! I find that exciting, except when I’m on a role then it’s just annoying.
Have you based any of your characters on someone you know, or real events in your own life?
No. My characters are drawn from several people I know. I take bits and pieces of friends, relatives, and strangers and put them into my characters.
Do you have a specific writing style?
I do. I generally plot my story out from beginning to end. I cannot write until I know where I am going. The ending’s usually change as does some of the plot, but I have a base to start with.
How did you come up with the title?
My main character is half Lakota Sioux and half white. He is also bound by a promise.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, there is always a message. Within this particular book, I strived to show my readers how two different people dealt with being judged. How one loved harder, while the other hated. I wanted to show that things haven’t changed much since then in the way we look at each other.
Do you have plans for a new book?
I have a novella being released in August where I’ve compiled with author, Alison Bruce. We’ve written two Civil War Christmas tales.
Is this book part of a series?
Who designed the cover of your book?
My publisher uses Ryan Doan who is a phenomenal graphic artist.
Where do you see yourself in five (5) years?
Hopefully I’ll have five more books written. J
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Italy. I am half Italian and so a part of me has always been pulled to go there. I love the history and their way of living.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet?
There are several, but I’d love to meet Stephen King, Linda Leal Miller, and if she were alive Jane Austin.
Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover?
I like the convenience of ebooks, but I love the smell of a book. J
Are you a self published (Indie) Author or big trad published?
Traditionally published with Imajin Books.
What can we expect from you in the future?
More books. However, I like to mix things up. I will write another paranormal because I found it so much fun.
How do you market/promote your books?
I do a lot of Social Media. Twitter, Facebook, Blogs etc.
What do you think makes a book a really good/bestseller?
The writing and the marketing.
Have you ever suffered from a "writer’s block"? What did you do to get past the "block"?
Of course. I put the book away for a bit and research, listen to music, or go shopping.
What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I loved writing all of Otakatay’s scenes. His story was so heart wrenching that I strived to do it justice.
What has been the toughest criticism you’ve been given as an author?
When I was submitting to publishers for my first book I had twelve rejections before Imajin Books signed me. One publisher told me not to quit my day job.
What has been the best component?
The best compliments come from my readers. If I touch one of them with my writing and story, then I’ve done my job.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
I spend time with my family. I love to hang out with my three boys and I enjoy date night with my husband.
Have you ever read a book more than once?
Yes, especially if the characters have touched me in some way.
Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?
No. Not one.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Never give up.
Work hard, take criticism and learn from it.
What is the best advice that you have ever been given when it comes to writing?
Learn to take criticism.
Cats or dogs?
White wine or red?
Coffee or tea?
Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
My Iphone, purse, pen and small writing book.
Laptop or desktop for writing?
Where and when do you prefer to do your writing?
At the kitchen table.
One of your favourite quotes
“The act of writing is the act of discovering what you believe.” David Hare.
List 3 of your all time favourite books?
Stand By Me.
Pride and Prejudice.
Diary of Anne Frank.
List 3 of your all time favourite movies?
Gone With the Wind.
An actor you have a crush on?
Dwayne Johnson. Yummy.
Colorado Mountains, 1880
The blade slicing his throat made no sound, but the dead body hitting the ground did. With no time to stop, he hurried through the dark tunnel until he reached the ladder leading out of the shaft.
He’d been two hundred feet below ground for ten days, with no food and little water. Weak and woozy, he stared up the ladder. He’d have to climb it and it wasn’t going to be easy. He wiped the bloody blade on his torn pants and placed it between his teeth. Scraped knuckles and unwashed hands gripped the wooden rung.
The earth swayed. He closed his eyes and forced the spinning in his head to cease. One thin bronzed leg lifted and came down wobbly. He waited until his leg stopped shaking before he climbed another rung. Each step caused pain, but was paired with determination. He made it to the top faster than he’d thought he would. The sky was black and the air was cool, but fresh. Thank goodness it was fresh.
He took two long breaths before he emerged from the hole. The smell from below ground still lingered in his nostrils; unwashed bodies, feces and mangy rats. His stomach pitched. He tugged at the rope around his hands. There had been no time to chew the thick bands around his wrists when he’d planned his escape. It was better to run than crawl, and he chewed through the strips that bound his feet instead. There would be time to free his wrists later.
He pressed his body against the mountain and inched toward the shack. He frowned. A guard stood at the entrance to where they were. The blade from the knife pinched his lip, cutting the thin skin and he tasted blood. He needed to get in there. He needed to say goodbye. He needed to make a promise.
The tower bell rang mercilessly. There was no time left. He pushed away from the rocky wall, dropped the knife from his mouth into his bound hands, aimed and threw it. The dagger dug into the man’s chest. He ran over, pulled the blade from the guard and quickly slid it across his throat. The guard bled out in seconds.
He tapped the barred window on the north side of the dilapidated shack. The time seemed to stretch. He glanced at the large house not fifty yards from where he stood. He would come back, and he would kill the bastard inside.
He tapped again, harder this time, and heard the weak steps of those like him shuffling from inside. The window slid open, and a small hand slipped out.
“Toksha ake—I shall see you again,” he whispered in Lakota.
The hand squeezed his once, twice and on the third time held tight before it let go and disappeared inside the room.
A tear slipped from his dark eyes, and his hand, still on the window sill, balled into a fist. He swallowed past the sob and felt the burn in his throat. His chest ached for what he was leaving behind. He would survive, and he would return.
Men shouted to his right, and he crouched down low. He took one last look around and fled into the cover of the forest.
Prize is a Kindle copy of “Chasing Clovers” from Kat Flannery. Contest is tour-wide and ends July 5. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. .
Kat Flannery has loved writing ever since she was a girl. She is often seen jotting her ideas down in a little black book. When not writing, or researching, Kat enjoys snuggling on her couch with a hot chocolate and a great book.
Her first novel, CHASING CLOVERS became an Amazon’s bestseller in Historical and Western romance. This is Kat’s second book, and she is currently hard at work on the third.
When not focusing on her creative passions, Kat is busy with her three boys and doting husband.
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