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Saturday, May 28, 2016

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Katherine Fleet and The Secret to Letting go

Good Morning Friends!

I pray you've had a lovely week and are looking forward to a wonderful summer. Today's guest is new to our blog so I won't take up too much of your time rambling before I introduce her....

Originally from Newfoundland, Katherine Fleet gave up the cold winters of Eastern Canada for the year round warmth of the Caribbean. The slower pace of island life has given her time to pursue a long-time goal—becoming an author. When she’s not writing, she spends her time baking, chauffeuring her three amazing, talented kids around, and having sun-filled adventures with her husband and wonderful friends in Curaçao. 

She is also a very thankful breast cancer survivor. In 2007, she joined RWA and has enjoyed the support and camaraderie of the YARWA and OIRWA writing communities. She’s participated in NaNoWriMo since 2012 and is an active supporter of the associated Young Writers Program. 

Katherine writes Young/New Adult fiction. She is represented by super-agent Carrie Pestritto of Prospect Agency. The Secret to Letting Go is her debut novel. You can connect with her at her Website (be sure and sign up for her newsletter!). Also be sure to like/follow/etc Katherine on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Good Reads.

Now on to Katherine's novel....

One summer can change everything... 

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.

“So, I’ll see you tomorrow at noon?”
She nodded so hard, her teeth probably rattled. “I’d like that.”
It wasn’t like we were arranging a date, so why did her enthusiasm make me straighten up and puff out my chest? “We can meet at the beach next to the pier. My friends and I’ll be surfing. You bring the preserves, and I’ll bring the stove.”
Uncertainty flickered across her face, and her mouth opened and closed like a fish out of water.
I should have used her reluctance to back out, but instead I reassured her. “We won’t be hard to find. We’re just north of the pier, and this way we can meet on neutral territory.”
Her expression turned blank.
“You know…in case I’m secretly a serial killer. There’s always safety in numbers.”
Her lips twitched upward, and she laughed. The sound tinkled through the air like wind chimes on a breezy day. “I already know you’re not a bad person.”
“Oh yeah?”
She nodded. Her unwavering stare made me want to squirm in my shoes. “True evil can never be hidden. It’s always there, if you know where to look. When I look at you, I see only good things.”
I snatched my gaze away from hers and tugged at the collar of my shirt. I wanted to know how she could talk with such authority on the subject. I wanted to know what evil she’d seen, but I wanted even more to escape the narrow store aisle. Warning bells pealed in my brain. She’s crazy. Don’t get involved.

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Jacqueline Seewald said...


I love your cover art and your book sounds great! Wishing you much success.

Katherine Fleet said...

Hi Jacqueline, thanks so much!

Leah St. James said...

Wow, Katherine, what a change from Canada to the Caribbean! Must provide a vast well of sensory detail to incorporate into your novels. I love reading stories set in exotic (to me anyway) locations! Love the cover, and the premise is so intriguing. Wishing you much success!

Kara O'Neal said...

That is a tough choice. What a difficult subject to tackle. The cover is gorgeous and I enjoyed your excerpt. Good luck to you!

Nightingale said...

Many of us need to know the Secret to Letting Go. Love the title and the cover is gorgeous. Best of luck with what sounds like a great read.

Alicia Dean said...

Oh my gosh, I am a winter-loving person, but I'll have to admit, it sounds like you're living in paradise. Lucky you! Your book sounds fantastic...very compelling. Congratulations and best wishes!

Katherine Fleet said...

Thanks, Leah. Actually, I've written another YA book that's not been published yet, but is about a girl from Northern Canada who goes on vacation to Curacao and gets involved in a deadly treasure hunt. A little like the movie "Romancing the Stone", which I loved!

Katherine Fleet said...

Thanks Kara! I love writing about tough emotional situations, but I also like stories that are hopeful. I like to think that my book is an emotional read, but not too dark. I am also a sucker for happy endings:)

Katherine Fleet said...

Thanks, Nightingale:) I really struggled to come up with the right title. My editor and I must have considered and rejected more than thirty titles before coming up with one that we both loved. So glad that you like it!

Katherine Fleet said...

Hi Alicia, I have to admit that I am pretty lucky. I loved Canada, but the winters were really long. I am not sure how much longer we will be living on the island, so I am trying to enjoy every day! Thanks for the best wishes:)

Susan Coryell said...

Kathrine--you certainly live in an exotic place perfect for novel settings, The blurb and excerpt for THE SECRET sound highly compelling! Best wishes for success in all your endeavors.