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When a Stranger Comes by @KarenSueBell | Book Tour and $15 Amazon GC / ebook of Walking with Elephants #Giveaway | #PsychologicalThriller #Thriller

When a Stranger Comes...  by Karen S. Bell  is on virtual book tour. The psychological thriller stops at Readeropolis with an aut...

When a Stranger Comes... by Karen S. Bell is on virtual book tour.

The psychological thriller stops at Readeropolis with an author guest post.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $15 Amazon GC or an ebook of Walking with Elephants (1 winner each) and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I have been counseled by friends and family to write books like the bestsellers. I try not to be jealous of self-published authors success, but I am. Why can’t my work get thousands of reviews and fantastic sales? Even with horrendous reviews about the quality of the writing the sales are more than respectable. But I just can’t do it, can’t sell out my creativity for my greed. I respect good writing that is intelligent and lyrical and I try and write like that. There are books that have no character development except through dialogue and inner dialogue. No finesse. Books that use the easiest of language for low-skilled readers, for young adults. That use pornographic elements to grab an audience. I just can’t do it. Don’t want to do it. I have to go where my muse takes me. I read excellent authors like Jodie Piccoult, Armor Towles, Donna Tart, Isabel Allende, Gabriel García Márquez. Authors that grab me into their worlds and take me away on a journey of words and storyline. I know I will never be as good, but that’s what makes me tick. And I get better at my craft all the time. Maybe my next book will get me there. Maybe

When a Stranger Comes...
by Karen S. Bell
Genre: Psychological Thriller

2018 Readers' Favorite Bronze Medal Winner!


"RIVETING"--Kirkus Reviews

What price would you pay for success?

A lightning bolt out-of the blue, on an otherwise sunny afternoon, transports author Alexa Wainwright to an alternate universe where the characters from her novels are given the breadth of life. Having just made a vow that she would do whatever it took to once again achieve the international acclaim of her debut novel, Alexa doesn't realize how ominously that vow would be tested. In this altered reality, she's introduced to media mogul King Blakemore who offers her an extremely lucrative book contract with guarantees that her work will become a best-selling blockbuster. Given his appearance, odd mannerisms, and aura of evil Alexa wonders if King Blakemore might be the Devil himself.

 At first, she shrugs off her doubts about this peculiar publisher and very lucrative book deal offer because the temptation of riches and refound fame is too strong. Suddenly, the contract's been signed. Now what can she do? Alexa realizes she's trapped in an underworld of evil from which she desperately wants to escape. Her iron-clad book contract changes its wording whenever she thinks of a loophole and King always seems one step ahead of her. Desperate to get her life back, she devises schemes to untether herself from this hellish existence to no avail. She laments the old adage, Be careful what you wish for.

Buy this book if you're a reader who loves a page-turning, heart-stopping, psychological thriller with some magical realism thrown in.

I get so much satisfaction in the writing process. I take care to choose just the right word, to make sure each sentence has the right cadence. I appreciate other writers who respect the craft in this way, and I hope my readers do so with me. Writing is a need, a desire for expression, and springs from well within my subconscious mind. Thoughts rise up, scenes rise up and blend in with the over-arching story. These thoughts emerge whenever they want to and wherever I am and probably not when I am at the computer. The computer is for the craft, the technique. The thoughts come during walks, or while driving the car, or at the grocery store. I am the willing recipient of these thoughts and so they seek me out. It's a mystery this business and art of writing and it keeps me enthralled.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!

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Get carried away with love!