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My Writing Process Blog Tour

The internet truly opens new worlds allowing us to make new friends from close to home and faraway. One of my new friends is Nancy Jardine (http://nancyjardine.blogspot.com), who recently invited me to participate in the “My Writing Process Blog Tour.”

Thanks for the opportunity, Nancy. And by the way, Nancy lives is Scotland where it just so happens my novel “Trove” is partially set.

trove3DNow, onto my writing process!

Question 1: What am I working on?

I have several WIPs (works in process), but readers of the first book in Katie Walsh Mysteries, Trove, will be happy to learn that I am knee-deep in the second book, Harbinger.

While the end of Trove finds some of the mysteries seemingly solved, the story setting returns to Boston, Massachusetts from the Isle of Skye. In the scope of time, Harbinger begins several weeks after Trove ends and soon Katie and Alec are headed back to Willowton, in Somerset, England near the Bristol Channel.

Just as readers of Trove were challenged to rethink some long-held beliefs, Harbinger will delve deeper into the ancient history of Britain and the origins of the Druids and pull Katie and Alec into an adventure neither would have ever thought possible. Events will challenge their relationship and their actions will send out echoes like ripples on water.

I’m also working on a series of stories that sprouted from my short story, Rescuedpart of the NH Pulp Fiction Anthology “Love Free or Die” (http://lovefreeordie.wordpress.com) which is now set for release on February 14, 2015. This series, titled Tempting the Fates, is a light-hearted and somewhat zany trilogy of what happens when worlds collide.

And, I am collaborating on a paranormal romance series that will combine history and paranormal lore in what I think will be a very entertaining read.

Question 2: How does my work differ from others in the genre?

This is one of my biggest challenges in trying to market my books. Trove is a combination of mystery, adventure, suspense, and romance that seems to straddle many fences. I like to say it’s a “Romancing the Stone” meets “National Treasure.”

I love the paranormal, which includes much more than paranormal creatures (i.e. vampires, werewolves, shifters, etc.). Paranormal just means it’s not explainable by current scientific facts. What was once considered paranormal, say landing humans on the moon, to someone from the past is now fact.

My works are entertaining but they are also intended to challenge the reader to think “outside the box.” The puzzle pieces are there but in order to reassemble the picture you need to use all the pieces. If, as I believe, so many who’ve decided what the official version of history is have thrown pieces that don’t fit out of the box, then the picture they present may actually be very different than what really happened.

Question 3: Why do I write what I do?

I love history but I’ve come to the conclusion that one shouldn’t equate history with fact. During my lifetime of research, I’ve come across anomalies that made me step back reassess what I’d been fed as history. There are definitely mysteries that don’t fit into the proscribed story of humankind. If one is a true scientific person you can’t ignore the mysteries. You need to understand how they fit and if it creates an entirely new history, then that is something to consider not ignore.

My stories sprinkle some of these anomalies throughout and I attempt to get the reader to think of the possibilities that are yet to be really discovered.

I believe that the myths and legends of the ancients are based in fact. Like the childhood game of “telephone,” what has come down to use through the ages has been distorted and changed so much that we consider these works nothing more than quaint stories. I write about these lore in an attempt to involve the reader in the quest for knowledge!

Question 4: How does my writing process work?

I don’t have a process per se. I absorb information like a sponge, locking it away for future use. A solid idea will pop into my head seemingly from nowhere. (I freely admit I have a Muse nearby guiding me).

Once the idea appears I start writing. Though I am a panster (i.e. someone who writes without an outline) I am amazed that my story forms and flows as if I’d written an outline.

I do confess to revising as I write and this helps in the long run but slows me down quite a bit, but having said that, my final draft is pretty much my final story.

A word of advice to aspiring writers, some people will advise you to write every day, others like myself will say that’s not necessary for everyone. I know some days that my writing will be sub-par so instead of adding additional stress to my life I step away and come back another day invigorated and pumped up. You’ll find your own writing style and there’s no one that knows what you’re capable of better than YOU!

I hope I’ve given you a glimpse into my psyche. If you’re interested, my book Trove is available at Amazon (worldwide locations). Please check out the links of the “Purchase” tab for the US stores.

And now, let me introduce you to two additional writers who will be part of the blogging tour on Monday, March 2, 2014.

Linda Rae Sande    http://lindaraesande.wordpress.com/

A self-described nerd and lover of science, Linda Rae spent many years as a published technical writer specializing in 3D graphics workstations, software and 3D animation (her movie credits include SHREK and SHREK 2). An interest in genealogy led to years of research on the Regency era and a desire to write fiction based in that time.

Now running the front office of a busy print shop, she’s developed an appreciation for pretty papers and spends time using them in her scrapbooks. She can frequently be found at the local cinema enjoying the latest movie. During the winter, she hosts several junior hockey players, and an indeterminate number of tropical fish live with her year-round. She makes her home in Cody, Wyoming.


Julie L. York     http://www.julielyork.com

I am an author, graphic designer, editor, teacher, and mom – though not always in that order. I’ve been writing and designing since high school, when graphic design was called desktop publishing, PageMaker was the only option, and a red pen was the universal sign for a mistake. (I will be buried with a red pen in my hand!) Having written several different genres of books throughout my life, and finding the Good Ole Boy traditional publishing industry to be tear inducing, I abandoned my lifelong desire to be a published author around 2000.

In 2011, as a reward, I bought myself an iPod. Thanks to iBooks and the Kindle App, I’ve consumed thousands of eBooks since. I realized that many of the books that I’d been reading had been published using something called Smashwords. I went online and found an eBook publisher for do-it-yourselfers! Thrilled with knowing I could get my books published, I formatted my files for eBooks, created the covers, and uploaded. I found that Amazon’s eBook publishing was just as easy, so I re-formatted the books for them, and uploaded. I’ve continued writing new stories since – with them coming so fast, I almost can’t keep up with the ideas. I also edit for other authors, design book covers (print and digital), and write reviews for InD’tale magazine – at the same time as teaching and making sure my kids aren’t complete heathens.

More 5 star reviews for Trove

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!! October 27, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition

A murder… a little mystery… a little romancing… a lot of searching… I LOVED IT!!
This book worked my brain in ways that hasn’t happened in a very long time, and I loved it. Just the right amount of tension between the two leading characters with a group of secondary characters who are strong in their own right. This gives the story so much depth that I fell for the entire group. Love the sarcasm and posturing between the male characters, with the whip of the womens verbal slaps making a very real storyline.

I adore Katie Walsh. A super strong, independant woman making a name for herself in a mans world, she is a force to watch out for. She has her faults right along with very valid reasons for them.
Alec is out to find justice, and needs Katie in order to succeed in his quest. He has some faults as well, though again, I can’t hold them against him for long.

This book is one of those rare treasures you find that will work your brain as well as your heart, and keep you wanting more. So happy to know this is the first in the series and I will get another fix of Alec and Katie again soon!
A keeper that will be read many times! 5 stars!!

5.0 out of 5 stars A bit mystery and romance May 7, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed reading this book, because I, as lover of mystery, mythology and intrigue, found my fill here. It did not hurt with some romance either. Although I had my suspicion about the murder very early, it was still nicely solved. I am looking forward to continuation. Did her grandfather really killed his daughter on purpose? And will there be a HEA for Katie and Alec at the end?
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional start to an incredibly hot series! December 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
A book I’ve fallen totally in love with, it’s kept me on the edge of my bed at night, chewing my fingers and giggling like a school girl. “Katie” is a character we all see a wee bit of ourselves in, the modern day woman who has been through a lot of ups and downs but is the better for it. When Katie meets back up with Alec after five years she’s in for a HUGE surprise, a surprise that leads her in a whirlwind of emotions, can they put their past behind them and work together to solve a mystery and a crime? I can NOT wait for the next “Katie” mystery, this series is truly exceptional in character detail, whodunnits and romance, what more could you want this holiday season?
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book! October 4, 2013
Format:Paperback|Amazon Verified Purchase
Great story and pacing. Liked the plot twists. And I learned something about Celtics. An overall winner – and a keeper. Looking forward to reading Vol 2.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, December 11, 2013
Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Trove (The Katie Walsh Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
I read a LOT. And this was one of the best books I’ve read all year. It had just the right mixture of romance and intrigue. I do enjoy books that deal with archaeology and artifacts, so I also loved that aspect of the book. I won’t do a detailed description of the book because that’s what blurbs are for, but I’ll just say that I couldn’t put this down, and I can’t WAIT for the sequel. Great work, KJ Montgomery!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, February 20, 2014
Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
This review is from: Trove (The Katie Walsh Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
Wow! I was intrigued by the title and I’m so glad I followed my instincts. The mystery/ story-line is different and well developed. Once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. The romance between Kate and Alec blends perfect with the challenges they face in their search for answers to prove the existence of a long ago civilization. Looking forward to Book 2, Harbinger. Kudos K J Montgomery!

InD’tale Magazine – 4 star review for Trove!

InD’tale Magazine has given “Trove  (The Katie Walsh Mysteries) a 4 star review.

Sandy Ponton from InD’tale says:

Trove” is a tempting beginning to a promising series.

The steamy love story is cleverly threaded through a secondary tale of lies and intrigue and keeps the pages turning effortlessly. . .

Read the whole review at InD’tale : http://indtale.com/search/node/trove

inD'Tale Magazine

The Atlantis Legend

The lure of Atlantis is like the call of a Siren for many. It’s a vision of a utopian world that was rumored to be technologically and culturally advanced.

If we believe the tantalizing tidbits that have been scattered through time and history, then Atlantis was real and existed about 9,000 years before Plato. Since Plato died around 348 BCE, we can date the existence of Atlantis at approximately 11,000 BCE.

This is rather critical when we consider what was occurring on a planetary scale at that point in history. Earth was emerging from the latest Great Ice Age. And, it would have been roughly in a position that placed it at the opposite side of the Milky Way Galaxy, near the galactic center, halfway through the orbit of one galactic year, which takes 26,000 years to complete.

Many people were waiting for the fulfillment of what the common interpretation of the Mayan prophecy of December 21, 2012 declared. Words of catastrophic changes on Earth were counted down in a frenzied rush almost like staring down the oncoming train light while standing in the rail bed.

The legend of Atlantis that has survived and come down to us tells of the absolute and immediate destruction of the Atlantean civilization. What if the prophecy was correct, but the galactic center was at the other side of the galaxy. Was this what destroyed Atlantis? Was it a burst of radiation that connected with the power stations of Atlantis, overloading the power grid, setting off a catastrophic cascade?

And what if, since they were purported to be technologically advanced, they were able to predict the coming catastrophe and prepare for it? Could they have evacuated their homeland and scattered themselves across the globe? Could they have opened a dimensional portal and stepped through, waiting for the right time to return? And what if they were, as legend portrays, half human and half alien?

Join Katie Walsh and her colleagues as they attempt to get to the truth of Atlantis. The story starts with “Trove  (The Katie Walsh Mysteries Book #1)” and continues with “Harbinger  (The Katie Walsh Mysteries Book #2).



                                CELEBRATE BELTANE

Among the many rich Celtic myths and legends, there are days that are an affirmation of life. I’d like to introduce you to one of the more earthy and sensual Celtic celebrations, the time of Beltane or as many refer to it, May Day.

Most, if not all of us, have heard the saying:

April showers bring May flowers

And if you’re from New England it actually goes like this:

April showers bring May flowers and what do May flowers bring? (Think for a moment…)

Pilgrims!  I know it’s trite, but it goes over big with the elementary school crowd … but I digress.

April’s welcoming rains signal a change in seasons. Warm air from the south pushes back against the cold northern winds of winter, blowing them back to the Arctic hinterland. The Earth’s axis in relation to our Sun enables us to enjoy more hours of daylight further enhancing the warming cycle. It is a time of awakening.

In a previous blog posting, I introduced you to Celtic Legend of the Green Man. In it I wrote:

General consensus is that the Green Man is a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Every spring life begins anew as the countryside blooms. Early pagan cultures probably added him to their spiritual pantheon to mirror the human cycle of birth. Understanding basic biology, these early groups could have wondered, “How could Mother Earth give birth without some help?”

In answer to that question, I offer you the celebration of Beltane. While the celebration entails several activities, two of the more well-known are the Fire Ritual and the fertility celebration. Fire in and of itself is primarily considered a destructive force since it consumes matter, turning it to ash. Yet from the destruction and devastation, new life emerges. Seedlings sprout through the carnage reaching for sunlight long denied. The soil is enriched with nutrients released in the inferno. A transformation commences as the circle of life begins anew. For humans, the circle is complete when the Green Man impregnates Mother Nature and fertility is celebrated.

The peoples of Britain have, for centuries and perhaps much longer, celebrated the fertility rites by reveling and cavorting on Beltane night. Cattle were blessed with fertility by being driven through the smoke from the fires while humans cavorted in the woods. It was and still is a celebration of the sensuality of the reproduction of humans.

But is this all there is to the legend of the Green Man? Does it exist merely to be the Yang to Nature’s Yin? Get to know Katie Walsh and her fellow adventurers in Trove and the follow them in the next book in the Katie Walsh Mysteries, Harbinger, due out in late Summer 2013.

Night Owl Review gave Trove 4 Stars!

Night Owl Reviews (NOR) has given “Trove  (The Katie Walsh Mysteries)” a 4 star review.

Diana Coyle from NOR says:
“This was an enjoyable story with just the right mix of mystery, murder and romance”

“Ms. Montgomery provided me with plenty of twists and turns in her storyline to keep me riveted to my seat and she sprinkled it with a budding romance between Alec and Katie to make my heart swoon.”

“I enjoyed this book so much that I found myself burning through the pages to see what was going to happen next. If you’re in the market for a book that contains intrigue, mystery, romance and murder, than look no further. Nicely done, Ms. Montgomery!”