BLENDING TWO WORLDS – JET: DUPLICITY #newrelease @kindleworlds #IARTG #JetKWorld

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What is Kindle Worlds?

Kindle Worlds is  a place for authors “to publish fan fiction inspired by popular books, shows, movies, comics, music, and games. With Kindle Worlds, you can write new stories based on featured Worlds” such as Russell Blake’s Jet World, Hugh Howey’s Silo Saga, Barry Eisler’s John Rain novels, Blake Crouch’s Wayward Pines series, and The Foreworld Saga by Neal Stephenson, just to name a few. Learn more about Kindle Worlds for Authors.  Readers…check out all the Kindle Worlds here.  At the moment, Kindle Worlds books are only available for sale on Amazon.com (US site only).
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**Featuring JET from Russell Blake’s bestselling action-adventure thriller series and characters from Kim Cresswell’s action-packed Whitney Steel suspense series!**

After eliminating an al Qaeda terrorist cell and destroying a dirty bomb in Colombia destined for the United States, JET, Mossad’s former deadliest operative is hidden half around the world in Bangkok finally living the life she’s always wanted with her daughter, Hannah.
But when a Russian troll farm wreaks havoc by circulating rumors that Jet and her team killed the leader of the Sur del Calle cartel, unexpected enemies surface and a past adversary with a thirst for revenge hunts down the team vying for the big payoff—kill JET.
Available exclusively at Amazon (US site only)

DUPLICITY  is the second book in the Survival Series and explores different genres. Action. Adventure. Thriller.  The story is set in Las Vegas, Bangkok, and Russia.  Las Vegas was chosen because it’s my two main characters (Hal Decker and Angela Donahue) usual stomping grounds. Bangkok was revisited because some of the stories in Russell Blake’s original JET series were set there.  It is a place where JET feels safe in my story–or at least she thinks she is. I also chose Russia because I’ve always been intrigued by troll farms, how they operate,  and how they choose the fake stories and propaganda to circulate.

 

Meet some of the characters from JET:  OBLIVION  and JET: DUPLICITY

“Known by her codename JET, Maya is Mossad’s deadliest operative. As beautiful as she is lethal, Maya possesses a colorful past—one littered with missions carried out in extreme prejudice. She’s faked her own death, found and lost love, and rediscovered the daughter who was stolen from her at birth. But with enemies all around the world, Maya’s future is uncertain and her past not fully revealed.”

Hal Decker and Angela Donahue are my two crossover characters. They were first introduced in RETRIBUTION (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book #2) and met during a covert mission in Colombia while Hal was helping a good friend save his fiancee after she was kidnapped by the drug cartel.

Hal is a former FBI agent, elite sniper and an ex-marine. He’s a mellow kind of guy with soft voice and has a serious vibe to him. People who meet him aren’t sure if he is friend or foe. He’s brilliant and cunning. He reminds me of a younger Ron Perlman playing the character Luther Braxton in the TV show; The Blacklist.

Angela is thirty-three years old and ex-US military intelligence (surveillance/reconnaissance) who worked intelligence operations in numerous overseas environments as well as in South and Central America. She’s also the go-to-girl you call to help get you out of a hostile territory during a dangerous mission. Her specialty—exit plans. She’s pretty good at kicking butt too.

I decided to use JET and Hannah from the original JET Series in  DUPLICITY. I wanted to show the softer side of JET as a mother forced to do whatever it takes to protect her child. I also wanted readers to see more of Hannah this time around.

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The major theme in DUPLICITY is the will to survive. Whether it’s a character who is an alcoholic or a character who’s risking her life to stop a terrorist attack—in the end it’s all about survival. It’s also the main theme in my other works as well. My books all have very strong female leads who have to fight to survive one way or another.

Read JET: OBLIVION (Kindle Worlds Novella – Survival Series – Book One)
REFLECTION (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book #1)

RETRIBUTION (A Whitney Steel Novel – Book #2)
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The Killing Truth: Real Life Evil – True Crime Quickie Bundle coming June 6th!

The Killing Truth – Real Life Evil – True Crime Quickie Bundle is comprised of TWO true crime novellas and TWO short stories. The perfect collection for readers who are looking for a compelling and quick read!

Coming June 6th in eBook and paperback!

“A gripping trio of must-read tales for true crime enthusiasts.” – R. Barri Flowers, bestselling author of THE SEX SLAVE MURDERS

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Convicted

DAMSEL FOR SALE is the story of Aileen Carol Wuornos, one of the most notorious women serial killers of our time. Much has been written about Aileen, some of what has been written is true, and some of it is wrong. Much has been written to sensationalize, and to monetize her story. She was described in the media as the first US female serial killer, yet nothing could be further from the truth. There had been decades of women serial killers long before Aileen was conceived.
What makes her stand out from most other women serial killers, if that’s what she was, is that Aileen killed with a gun, and her victims were strangers. Aileen, never denied shooting her victims, but claimed it was in self-defense.

REAL LIFE EVIL “Hiding in Plain Sight” is the chilling account of serial killer Jack Unterweger, one of the most clever, manipulative predators of the twentieth century…and the most dangerous.

Wrongfully Accused

JUSTICE DENIED strikes at the heart of the attorney-client privilege law and asks the simple question…what would you have done? What happens when a person is wrongfully convicted? What happens when it’s the law itself that keeps the wrong man behind bars? This is the story of a man who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit.

Unsolved

REAL LIFE EVIL “A Message from the Grave” examines the events surrounding the Gilgo Beach murders, a case which would spawn the largest murder investigation in Long Island, New York’s history as an elusive serial killer continues to elude authorities.

Publishing Purgatory – One Door Closes…Another Door Opens

1904072_818802294802142_1770238198_nI’ve been asked many times about my journey to publication. So here is my story…

I began my publishing adventure with my romantic suspense, REFLECTION, back in 2008 when I landed my first agent. Signing the agent contract was so exciting. A big-time-thrill-ride especially after I had queried hundreds of reputable agents. Finally it had happened!

Well not quite…

Three months later, the agent decided to close her agency due to personal reasons. At first I was devastated, all my hard work down the drain, then I remembered, “one door closes…another one opens.”

I’m not the type to give up. This was my dream. And I was going to make it happen. So after a short break, I began my agent query process again in early 2009.

Two months passed, and I received a representation offer from Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. I was literally jumping up and down. I knew Marsal Lyon was one of the best in the business and Jill loved and wanted my book! I think I cried and happy-danced for days.
It had really happened!

But…

The economy crashed in 2010 and publishers were hit hard. Some disappeared, some restructured, others decided it was time to jump on the e-publishing bandwagon. Things were changing.

In my opinion, getting published by one of the “Big Publishers” is part luck—part timing. Timing was not on my side.
I kept my rejections from back then and all the rejection letters had wonderful things to say about REFLECTION but 95% mentioned the word, “economy”. Urgh!

What was my best rejection?

“Thank you so much for sending REFLECTION by Kim Cresswell, for my review. I can definitely see why you are working with Kim. She crafts a very intriguing story with great sexual tension, and lots of action. Unfortunately, however, after many reads and much discussion, the overall consensus was that the story is lacking a big hook to make it stand out on our list.” (Warner Books)

After exhausting all major traditional publishing avenues, we began sending REFLECTION to e-publishers.

Then I received a fantastic letter of praise from a “biggie” e-publisher suggesting I rewrite REFLECTION to fit their line as a category romantic suspense and re-submit. I can say there were many sleepless nights trying to decide if I should rewrite REFLECTION. I wanted to be published so badly.

In the end, I choose not to rewrite my book. The story was a mainstream romantic suspense and it was going to stay that way.

As authors, sometimes we need to bend, need to make tough decisions about our writing career.

For me, it was ‘passing’ with the “biggie” e-publisher and going with a small press publisher. Did I make the right decision? At the time, I believe I did.

With the release of LETHAL JOURNEY last November, I went a different route with this story and self-published. As an author, I want to experience everything and it’s been an interesting adventure.

This past week I received my rights back for my debut romantic suspense, REFLECTION. The book will be re-launching on May 23rd under my KC Publishing Imprint! I can’t wait.

If I could change any part of my publishing journey, would I? Not a chance. What I have learned over the years about the industry, my writing and about myself—is invaluable.

Publishing Purgatory

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I began my publishing adventure with my romantic suspense, REFLECTION, back in 2008 when I landed my first agent. Signing the agent contract was so exciting. A big-time-thrill-ride especially after I had queried hundreds of reputable agents. Finally it had happened!

Well not quite…

Three months later, the agent decided to close her agency due to personal reasons. At first I was devastated, all my hard work down the drain, then I remembered, “one door closes…another one opens.”

I’m not the type to give up. This was my dream and I was going to make it happen. So after a short break, I began my agent query process again in early 2009.

Two months passed, and I received a representation offer from Jill Marsal of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. I was literally jumping up and down. I knew Marsal Lyon was one of the best in the business and Jill loved and wanted my book! I think I cried and happy-danced for days.

It had really happened!

But…

The economy crashed in 2010 and publishers were hit hard. Some disappeared, some restructured, others decided it was time to jump on the e-publishing bandwagon. Things were changing.

In my opinion, getting published by one of the “Big Six Publishers” is part luck—part timing. Timing was not on my side.

I kept my rejections from back then and all the rejection letters had wonderful things to say about REFLECTION but 95% mentioned the word, “economy”. Urgh!

What was my best rejection?

“Thank you so much for sending REFLECTION by Kim Cresswell, for my review. I can definitely see why you are working with Kim. She crafts a very intriguing story with great sexual tension, and lots of action. Unfortunately, however, after many reads and much discussion, the overall consensus was that the story is lacking a big hook to make it stand out on our list.”  (from a “big six” publisher)

After exhausting all major traditional publishing avenues, we began sending REFLECTION to e-publishers.

Then I received a fantastic letter of praise from a “biggie” e-publisher suggesting I rewrite REFLECTION to fit their line as a category romantic suspense and re-submit. I can say there were many sleepless nights trying to decide if I should rewrite REFLECTION. I wanted to be published so badly.

In the end, I choose not to rewrite my book. The story was a mainstream romantic suspense and it was going to stay that way.

As authors, sometimes we need to bend, need to make tough decisions about our writing career.

For me, it was ‘passing’ with the “biggie” e-publisher, and contracting with a smaller publisher, MuseItUp Publishing. Did I make the right decision? I believe I did.

If I could change any part of my publishing journey, would I? Not a chance. What I have learned over the years about the industry, my writing and about myself—is invaluable.

Where to Buy REFELCTION
MuseItUp Publishing | Amazon | AmazonUK | Bookstrand | Smashwords | CoffeeTime Romance | Omnilit | ARe | ibookstore | Kobo | Barnes & Noble

Available in paperback at Amazon & Createaspace