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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Kate Eileen Shannon Guest Post and Giveaway


Thank you Melina for inviting me to be a guest on your blog.

I went on this blog tour to get out the idea that my ‘series’ is really a ‘serial’. Which essentially means it is one continuous story from book to book without repetitive backstory enabling a book to be a stand alone. But I can’t very well talk about the same thing at every stop so for a more full description of that, go back to the first stop on the tour. Today I thought I’d talk about my strong point as a writer or weak point, depending how you look at it.

My strong point is dialogue. My weak point is dialogue – if you don’t like a lot of it. My writing tends to be almost completely dialogue driven. And if two people are having a conversation, I don’t see why people can’t follow it without ‘he said’ ‘she said’ inserted constantly. Sure, when a third or fourth person is there I can understand saying, ‘Kevin interrupted to say, “Why don’t we…”’. But when just two people are talking, I find all the tagging (I’m sure there must be a proper term for it) annoying when I am reading and an insult to the reader’s intelligence when I am writing.

The stories I like are interactions between people, hence the dialogue, and I don’t like excessive description. Yeah, yeah, yeah. The sun is shining. The smell of the fresh cut grass is lovely. Same as yesterday, get on with it already. I suppose that is largely why I went with the idea of a serial. I was able to cut out a lot of description especially the excessive description and backstory for every single character and place that must be repeated in each and every book in a series to make it stand alone. So you will hear a lot about where Brigid lives in book one but never again. It’s been covered, let’s get on with the mystery at hand. You will get backstory on Damien and Mike in book one because they are suspects in this one. But you don’t hear a lot about Aisling because she isn’t as important in this story but you will hear more about her in upcoming stories where she plays a bigger part. Don’t worry, there is still plenty of description and observation, you just won’t be getting ‘repeats’.

Maybe it is because I am Irish and we tend to talk a lot. A lot. My cousin was just over to the states for a visit and he and I talked for seven hours nonstop. My poor husband, who hardly got in a word, was completely exhausted at the end of the day. So for better or worse, I like dialogue.

Thank you again Melina for having me here and let me just mention the second book, Meditated Murder, will available shortly. And as I am explaining on this tour, it is a serial as opposed to a series. Visit some of the other tour stops to find out what that means. Be sure to comment at each stop to increase your chances of winning one of the books and be sure to leave your email address. . I’ll be announcing the winners on my blog one week after the tour closes, on September 9th.
Social Insecurity
by Kate Eileen Shannon
Social Insecurity cover
Book Details
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: CreateSpace
Release Date: March 28, 2013
Number of Pages: 242
Brigid Kildare is not your typical hard boiled private eye. But she doesn’t pretend to be. No matrimonial. No child custody. No bodyguard or surveillance work. No process serving. Brigid is strictly data. Asset searches, background searches, computer security, pre-employment screening, and basically any type of records research is what she deals in. And you really could not expect anything else. After all, your average five foot tall, blue eyed, blond (one friend describes her as looking like a Christmas tree angel) is rarely the person you would send out after a bail jumper. Oh, and there is that whole one leg thing – ADA aside, most people don’t think of an amputee as the go to person for a security job.
But in SOCIAL INSECURITY, the first in the Brigid Kildare Mystery Series, professional PI, Brigid Kildare, turns amateur sleuth when old ladies in the Federal Hill area of Providence start to go missing and she can’t get the police to believe her. As her assistant and long time friend, Kevin, puts it: “Honey, if an old lady like Jessica Fletcher can do it, a one-legged PI and her gay PA can do it too!” Brigid solves the mystery, along with an odd cast of friends and family, but not before four old ladies have died, she has caught the eye of a handsome Providence detective, and she discovers that not everyone who is close to her is what they appear to be.

About Kate Eileen Shannon
Kate Eileen Shannon is a Writer, Artist, and sometimes Real Estate Agent – as she says, ‘a purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle’. Trifles. Little things. Here today, gone tomorrow. In other words, a little of this, a bit of that.
She has had three husbands and two children; lived in Ireland, Rhode Island, and Florida; owned a brake repair shop, an art gallery, a farm, and a boat building business; been a Realtor, a title examiner, a real estate closer, and a government employee which led her straight to being unemployed, laid off, made redundant.
Kate is currently living in Rhode Island overlooking the water and a lighthouse; with her husband, Dick Thomas (who won’t let her have a cat); where she spends her time painting, drawing, and of course working on the next book in the Brigid Kildare mystery series, MEDITATED MURDER.
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Tour Participants
August 19 – Omnimystery News Guest Post
August 20 – Kaisy Daisy’s Corner Review &  Guest Post
August 21 -Socrates’ Book Review Blog Guest Post
August 22 – Mommasez…Review
August 23 – readalot Review & Guest Post
August 25 - Chloe Gets A Clue Interview
August 26 – Dru’s Book Musings Guest Post
August 27 – Musings and Ramblings Review & Guest Post
August 28 – Melina’s Book Blog Guest Post
August 31 – Must Read Faster Review & Guest Post
September 1 – A Chick Who Reads Review & Guest Post
September 2 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK Review

5 autographed paperback books will be given away across the tour
with the entry being simply leaving a comment.
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  1. Thank you for being part of this tour!!

  2. A white collar PI, sounds interesting. Thanks for the intro to a new to me author!

  3. Haven't read her before. Sounds interesting. Love the Irish!

  4. Thank you Lori for all you do and thank you Anne, Martha, and Sandy for stopping by!

  5. Thanks for all the commrnts, Kate thanks for posting at my blog.

    1. Thank you Melina for having me here. You have a great blog.

  6. Interesting concept, and I love your honesty. Thanks so much for sharing you thoughts.
    Marja McGraw

  7. Sounds interesting. I like dialogue better than description. Sometimes when they describe a room and furniture or other things I kind of zone out. I do like some description of the character so I know what he or she looks like. Some he and she saids can be necessary if the conversation goes on for awhile and you don't know who's speaking. When I'm thumbing through books sometimes they don't use a name and will just say "he" and then you have to flip back a few pages to figure out who he is.


  8. Thanks for stopping by Michelle. You are right about the zoning out - happens to me all the time.

  9. I think I'll enjoy a slightly different type of PI. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

  10. donna(dot)durnell(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    While I do believe that *sometimes* dialogue does need some identifiers, the constant 'he said', 'she said' distracts from the flow.
    My 'vote' on the serial idea is still out. It is a good concept, and I agree sometimes the retelling of the backstories &/or descriptions is numbing [especially when it is done many times in the same book!! and I've read such a one recently]. BUT, if much time passes between reading one book and the next {& that's often the case with me}, too much can be forgotten & the story loses some continuity.
    Looking forward to reading the serial so I can decide. :)

  11. This sounds like a really good book. Thank you for sharing!

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