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Book Trailer Red Carpet Premiere

Asylum book trailer premieres this week.

Theater curtain for book trailer announcement.

We’re almost ready for our Red Carpet Premiere

I’ve been dreaming of producing a trailer for Asylum for a year. Over the past weeks, I’ve reviewed film clips, tightened the script, and listened to music and voice over talent. Then I left it in the producers hands and he wowed me.

Thirty seconds was the original goal, but Asylum’s two timelines needed more … well, time. I’m probably not the easiest client because with my graphics background as a designer and art director, I know what I want and I’m a perfectionist. Several times I had to pull back and tell myself, nothing is perfect. Great will have to do.

Popcorn for premiere

Virtual popcorn for book trailer premiere

You’re invited!

We’ll be premiering our newest book trailer and you’re invited to the preview. We’re rolling out the red carpet, reserving your seat, and hoping you make your own popcorn.

Facebook Event. Book Trailer Premiere.

The viewing link will be posted during our Red Carpet Premiere Event on Facebook. Reminders will be sent when you check Going. It might turn out to be the most exciting, suspenseful, and thrilling one-minute of fun.

Cheryl’s Book Nook Blog Talks Asylum

Talking Asylum with Kathryn Orzech at Cheryl’s Book Nook blog.

Asylum book review and author interview at Cheryl’s Book Nook, a place to learn about the latest and upcoming books, contests, author interviews, book reviews, and all around fun.

Maggie may have been a naïve young girl when she was sent to the asylum but by the end, she was a strong woman.

It is scary to think of the abuse that people in power take advantage of the people that they are suppose to help. As I got further into the story, it picked up more speed and got darker with some twists. The location of Connecticut was the perfect backdrop for this story.

Asylum Review at Cheryl's Book Nook

Cheryl’s Book Nook Talks Asylum with Kathryn Orzech

I like the images Cheryl chose to supplement the interview, asylums, the New England countryside. I especially love the shot of Downton castle and 1970’s fashion, trust me, the ’70s never looked so good. The pictures are worth a quick visit.

Cheryl’s Book Nook is a beautifully organized and designed blogspot, very clean. Kudos to Cheryl. I’m grateful to have been invited. Stop by to see the pictures, review and interview, and join the discussion with your comment.

Lisa Haselton interviews mystery author Kathryn Orzech

In the hot seat at Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews blog.

Award-winning blog for book reviews, author interviews, and anything writing-related.

Lisa Haselton’s probing interview questions forced me to recall moments from my storied past and childhood dreams? Present writing quirks? My sister’s dream of future literary fame? I also share a brief excerpt from Asylum and describe my next project. I’m happy to spend the day featured on Lisa’s blog. Join us today.

Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews

Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews

About Sisters in Crime

Both Lisa and I are members of Sisters in Crime, an international organization with 48 chapters worldwide dedicated to the professional development and advancement of women crime writers. Our New England membership includes women and men, beginning writers and well-known authors, readers, librarians and booksellers from the six New England States and beyond.

“Thank you, Meryl Streep. You made me a better writer.”

See my guest post at I Smell Sheep, an award-winning blog Entertaining Ewe One Monster at a Time.

I’m thrilled to be joining the flock and guest posting at I Smell Sheep, an award-winning blog for those who love stories—books, movies, comics, and much more—especially if it’s a little weird, a bit strange, and mysterious.

Meryl Streep to the rescue. Not once, but twice.

I Smell Sheep blog post: Thank You, Meryl Streep.

How Meryl Streep made me a better writer. Guest post at I Smell Sheep.

Read how one of America’s favorite actor-storytellers influenced me and my writing, and helped me learn the language of 1899.

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Thriller subplot. Downed bug or insect spy drone?

Unexpected fly-in idea for my next thriller.

There I was, minding my own business, when my sister and brother-in-law (secondary characters) pulled into the driveway to drop off a book (what else?). When I glanced down, something odd caught my eye. I bent to look closer. Couldn’t believe what I was seeing. A bug. Big. About three inches. Unlike any I’d ever seen. It made me think of a military transport plane.

My appreciation for visually compelling flora and fauna comes straight from my dad. Once when he was mowing the lawn, he spotted the most beautiful little snake that had ever crossed his path, that would be sixty years of snake sightings. Unfortunately, he couldn’t react fast enough to stop the machine from running over the slithering beauty, a moment that haunted him with sorrow and regret for the rest of his days. Twenty years passed and he never forgot that beautiful little guy.

Visual acuity serving the public for generations.

My entire family and I have a gift for keen visual observation. My sister used her talent to analyze crime statistics and connect criminal dots for a local police department. My brother’s skill served America in the U.S. Navy searching for Soviet subs during the Cold War. My daughter gained a reputation in fingerprint recognition for state police in their crime scene investigation unit, and my grandson aced his first Where’s Waldo? book.

I write fiction and compulsively edit and proofread, easily spotting that extra word space, unassigned font, or unintentional italicized word—not so much for public benefit, but hey, I’m the black-sheep-outlier, which by-the-way makes my novels intriguing with unexpected twists. My family sticks to facts. I prefer stretching facts, embellishing facts and making them more interesting. I don’t mind if imagination overrides.

So I’m looking at this bug and am relieved that it clings to life, though not moving fast. I run in for my camera. Now, my sister wants to get on her way and is getting more annoyed. She takes a quick look to humor me and drives away.

I dash inside, stash the book, and grab a camera with a telephoto lens. Tiptoeing closer, I see the bug hasn’t moved, much.

Camouflage bug? Moth? Insect spy drone?Moth? Camouflage bug? Insect spy drone?

Hours pass and I’m still thinking about this bug. (My dad would be proud.) Is it stuck on its back? Should I flip it over? Place it on the grass? In the shade? Feed it a leaf? Take it to the vet? Will birds devour the poor, helpless thing?

  • I fantasize a noted entomologist will see this rare new species and name it after me.
  • Or a military intelligence service will send a unit to retrieve their experimental spy drone, obviously the victim of a bird collision.
  • Or I’m spending far too much time on this because Camo Moth is not so rare after all.

After a bit of Google searching, I learned the facts (my sister would be proud) about this UFInsect thanks to BugGuide.net. It might be a Sphinx Moth: Eumorpha Pandorus or Pandora Sphinx. I like those names—Pandora and Sphinx—they conjure ancient, exotic, and mysterious images and ideas.

Woe is me. I take my licks and reluctantly concede that Jacob Hübner, noted German entomologist beat me to it when around 1806 he identified this creature as Daphnis pandorus (so says Wikipedia).

A new dilemma. Pandora Sphinx or Spy Drone?

Now I’m torn, so I might use both in future novels. An Insect Spy Drone would fit nicely in my Premonition soon-to-be-series* of psychic thrillers featuring a reluctant psychic, her skeptical FBI brother, and his new boss, a legendary counterterrrorism agent.

But the Pandora Sphinx could work in a new contemporary mystery in which ancient writings are the only clue. Hmmm… I’m leaning toward writing both.

*Premonition of Terror began as a stand-alone thriller, but by the time I wrote the end, it begged for a sequel. And why not a prequel. It’s likely headed toward a Premonition trilogy.

Finding my way

Writing a first blog post can be intimidating. I’ll begin with gratitude to you—readers, writers, visitors, curiosity seekers, lost in virtuality after clicking the wrong Google link. Perhaps fate brought you here. Welcome!

This new site’s been live for a month and I’m still putting meat on the bones. (By the end of this post you’ll know why food is on my mind.) I’ve been finding my way around WordPress, themes, plugins, and widgets. My typical day is uneventful, often more geeky than I ever imagined. A month ago I didn’t know what a widget was, but I’m finding my way. Tonight I installed a link-checker plugin and I’ll soon add an email signup.

Today was average, nothing to write home about, yet here I am. 

  • I began the day watering my four plants when I wondered which of us was older, probably me, but the Christmas cactus was a close second. Hey, wait a minute. The antique lamp is definitely older, but the rocks and fossils take the prize for being millions of years old. Phew! I feel younger already!
  • I had one brilliant idea that will manifest in mid-August, and that led me to thinking about the banner on my YouTube channel.

I assessed my pantry supplies.

No milk. No eggs. No orange juice. No Arizona Green Tea. No food. Only frozen hot dogs and stale bread. I should have gone to the market, but nooo … I re-sized my YouTube banner, packed and shipped Asylum to a book blogger, decisions I will regret in the morning when my stomach aches for food. Fortunately, one English muffin remains edible and there’s plenty of coffee, so I’ll be okay. I’ll try to get to the market early morning, before the heat gets me. I’d better start on my list. Over and out.

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