HAPPY SPOTLIGHT SUNDAY!
ABOUT KRISTINE RAYMOND
Kristine Raymond didn’t figure out what she wanted to be when she grew up until later in life. Since writing and publishing her first book in 2013, she’s gone on to complete two romance series – one historical western and one contemporary; a humorous non-fiction story; a collection of seasonally-themed short stories; a contemporary erotic drama; and a cozy mystery. She also hosts a podcast called Word Play with Kristine Raymond.
When not writing, she’s navigating the publishing and promotional side of the business. When not doing that, she enjoys spending time with her husband and furry family, reading, gardening, and binge-watching shows on Netflix.
A secret message hidden inside of an antique wooden box, an unidentified dead body, and a mother determined to marry her off to the high school crush whom she hasn’t seen since…well…high school. There’s no doubt about it; Finn Bartusiak’s life in the seaside town of Port New is about to get interesting.
Coming into possession of a 19th -century, bronze and mahogany writing box under somewhat suspicious circumstances, Finn’s accidental discovery of a coded note leads her and Spencer Dane, bestselling novelist and love of her life (though he doesn’t know it yet), on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the jumble of letters. But they’re not the only ones interested in the cryptic message. There’s a conman on their trail, and he’ll stop at nothing, including murder, to claim the ‘treasure’ for himself.
Look for Finn-agled on all digital platforms July 23.
A slip of paper slightly larger than an index card fell from between the seams and floated ever so gently to the floor. Almost dropping the case in my elation (wouldn’t that just be my luck?), I set it gingerly on the table and retrieved the note.
Xlw k Wrlm no
Huh? What kind of crazy language is this?
I attempted to sound it out, tripping over my tongue because – let’s face it – it’s impossible to pronounce words that have no vowels. Thinking I’d stumbled onto either an ancient, and possibly forgotten, language, or a secret military code, I hopped back on the computer for some serious research. It wasn’t until the Gothic cathedral mantel clock perched on the shelf above a row of whiskey barrels chimed twelve that I realized I’d been staring at the screen for the better part of three hours. That would explain my grainy eyeballs.
“Time to call it a night. Come on, Garfunkel; let’s go home.”
Shutting off the computer, I slipped the note into my pocket, leaving the writing case in my office for the time being. Who knew what other mysterious messages might be hidden inside? Turning off the light, plunging the room into darkness, I walked out front to collect my sleepy hound; dim lumens from the street lamp outside filtering in through the plate glass window, illuminating my way and casting shadows along the floor and walls. Headlights from a passing car briefly lit up the interior of the shop, glinting off the wind chimes that hung over the front door.
If only I’d had the forethought to hang a set of chimes over the back door as well. Then, perhaps, they would’ve warned me about the person who jimmied the lock, crept up behind me, and wrapped his fingers around my neck, squeezing until everything went black.
HER WRITING PROCESS
Hi there! I’m Kristine Raymond, and I write books. If you were to ask me what kind, well…up until a few months ago, I would’ve told you romances. And, while that’s still true, I recently switched genres and penned a cozy mystery. In fact, Finn-agled comes out in two days! Wow! Amazing to say that out loud! Now, I’ve never been able to explain where my story ideas come from. Oh, I know why I wrote historical western romance. That would be my Hidden Springs series. It’s because that time period is my favorite. I ‘blame’ it on all of the Saturdays I spent watching T.V. westerns while growing up. It’s fascinating to me how people lived back then, and the families and friendships that were born as much out of necessity as desire.
But I digress.
The plot for Finn-agled popped into my head one afternoon. Well, not the entire plot. More like a bare bones scenario and a character named Finn. Finley Maude Bartusiak, to be precise. The setting for the story was an easy choice. A New England native myself, it was fun to plop Finn down in the middle of a fictional town quite similar to the one I grew up in. Though, I can’t say I recall any dead bodies or mysteries at the time.
Writing in a different genre is challenging and fun and scary, all at the same time, but, as an author, I love taking risks with my words. I hope my readers agree with me.