Wednesday, February 17, 2016

My First Four Chapters...and a Giveaway

By Kay Kendall

Yesterday was my birthday, and I had a lovely time. I got to feeling so buoyant I decided that today I would give a present to someone. Two presents, actually.

I have written two mysteries, and the latest one is RAINY DAY WOMEN. If you haven't yet read it, check out the first four chapters online for free.
Go here http://austinstarr.com/
Then click on the link on the upper left to open a PDF file containing the beginning of the book. That is the first present.

 If you'd like a chance to win a free copy of this mystery, then leave a comment below and include a few words about why you'd like to read it. That's the second present a lucky person will win.

RAINY DAY WOMEN is rated 4.7 stars (out of 5) on Amazon, and people have enjoyed it a lot. It tells the story of Austin Starr, a young married woman with an infant who chooses to fly across the continent to help out a dear friend in trouble. So much trouble that she is accused of murder.

The time is 1969, and Austin Starr stumbles into the budding world of women's liberation because both the victim and the prime suspect (Austin's pal) belong to a women's consciousness raising group. The historical details are accurate, but not heavy-handed. Women who lived in that era have told me how surprised they were at the memories my book brings back, saying they had forgotten how different it was, way back then. Younger readers express shock at some everyday happenings.

I hope you'll take a look at the free pages and be enticed to read more. Deadline for comments: Sunday evening, 6 pm central time, February 21.

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Kay Kendall
Kay Kendall’s historical mysteries capture the spirit and turbulence of the 1960s. Kay’s degrees in Russian history and language help ground her tales in the Cold War, and her titles show she's a Bob Dylan buff too. DESOLATION ROW (2013) and RAINY DAY WOMEN (2015) are in her Austin Starr Mystery series. Austin is a 22-year-old Texas bride who ends up on the frontlines of societal change, learns to cope, and turns amateur sleuth. Kay lives in Texas with her Canadian husband, three house rabbits, and spaniel Wills. In her former life as a PR executive, Kay’s projects won international awards.


15 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for your generosity. I look forward to reading your work.

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  2. Thank you so much for your generosity. I look forward to reading your work.

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  3. Thanks for this great feature which sounds captivating and intriguing. What a wonderful giveaway. Your mysteries would be fascinating to enjoy. I am Canadian and live in NM. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Good luck to you both, Juliana and traveler. And thank you for your interest in my book.

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  5. Your mysteries would be fascinating. I regard them not as historicals since I grew up during the 1950's and 60's. Your creativity is wonderful. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. Good luck to you both, Juliana and traveler. And thank you for your interest in my book.

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  7. I really enjoy reading historical mysteries. You are a new to me author and I would like to read your work.
    diannekc8@gmail.com

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  8. Hello, petite and Dianne. I appreciate your interest in my mystery. Good luck to you both also!

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  9. NOTE. I added this at the end of the blog post:

    Deadline for comments: Sunday evening, 6 pm central time, February 21.

    I will notify the winner later on Sunday evening. Thanks again for participating and commenting, all you have already written! Appreciate it so much!

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  10. I remember '69 very well. That's just sad. The story line here sounds exciting.

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  11. Hello, Mary Preston. If you remember '69 -- just like me -- then isn't it amazing that it is now so very long ago? I loved writing about it. Thanks so much for leaving a comment and for your interest! Good luck!

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  12. I was in college in '69 and have so many great memories of that time period. I'd love to read a series set during those years--such a time of growth and change.

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  13. Thanks very much for your interest, Mary. Indeed it was a turbulent but exciting time. Good luck to you!

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  14. Yay, Austin! More! More!

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  15. I'm writing and writing, Ann. 1500 words yesterday, which is lots for me. Thanks for your interest!

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