Thursday, September 6, 2018

K Street Killing by Colleen J. Shogan | Blog Tour with Guest Post and Giveaway

The Blurb

It's the height of campaign season, and instead of relishing newlywed bliss with her husband Doug Hollingsworth, Capitol Hill staffer Kit Marshall is busy with a tough reelection fight for her boss, member of Congress Maeve Dixon. Before Maeve and her staff — Kit included — leave Washington, D.C. to campaign full time in North Carolina, they have one last fundraising engagement.

On the iconic rooftop of a restaurant overlooking the Capitol and the Washington monument, Kit and her best pal Meg do their best to woo wealthy lobbyists for sizable campaign donations. Everyone's enjoying the evening soiree until a powerful K Street tycoon mysteriously tumbles off the rooftop. Even with claims the fall must be suicide, Detective Maggie Glass and Kit aren't so easily convinced foul play isn't at work.

While balancing Doug's mid-life career crisis, Kit must spring into action to discover who killed the notorious Van Parker before Dixon's candidacy sputters, even if it means investigating Meg's handsome new beau, the victim's conniving widow, and a bicycle advocate hell-bent on settling a long-standing grudge. When a threatening note is left on Kit's car, warning her to back off the investigation, she knows she's closing in on the true story of what happened.

Book 4 of the Washington Whodunit series, which began with Stabbing in the Senate. 

K Street Killing by Colleen J. Shogan
Series: Washington Whodunit, #4
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Mystery
Publisher: Camel Press
Release Date: July 15, 2018
Paperback: 242 pages
ISBN-10: 1603816135
ISBN-13: 978-1603816137
eBook File Size: 2707 KB
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The Guest Post

The most frequent question I am asked when I speak publicly about the “Washington Whodunit” series is when I find time to write. Many authors I know, particularly those who live in expensive urban areas like Washington, D.C., simply cannot exist without holding down a day job. I’m no exception.

My job at the Library of Congress keeps me busy. In addition to regular hours, I often participate in evening events, which can make the typical workday turn into thirteen or fourteen hours. Fortunately, the Library of Congress is also a supportive environment for creative staff. My colleagues encourage my writing and patiently listen to ideas for plotlines and new characters.

However, there’s no substitute for finding the necessary time to write. I always quote the PBS Newshour host Jim Lehrer, who somehow found time to pen novels. How did he do it? It was a simple answer. “Butt in seat,” said Lehrer. In other words, there’s no fancy equation for writing a book. It simply takes time to complete a book, and writers need to find time in their days to do it.

Nonetheless, there are some practices I’ve adopted that has made my limited writing time more efficient and productive. First, while I am a big fan of Stephen King and his book On Writing, there is no way I can imitate his work style. With perhaps only an hour to work on my book in a given day, I need to make the most of that time. Consequently, I create a comprehensive, tight outline of the book’s plot before I start writing. I know exactly how my main character will solve the mystery, which characters she will interact with, and how she’ll discover clues. Red herrings are included, along with subplots. This makes it much easier for me to pick up writing where I left off. There’s no confusion about the next scene or who my character will encounter next. At times, I deviate from that outline as the story develops and I come up with better twists and turns. When I do that, I update the outline so I don’t forget my changes.

Stephen King writes every day for hours, usually in the morning. Due to my work schedule, there may be days or even a week when I cannot work on my current novel in progress. In these instances, the outline serves as a helpful reminder. After a quick consultation of the outline, even if it’s been a while, I’m able to restart my writing seamlessly from the last sentence I wrote.

The process of writing is a personal one. It’s helpful for authors to share tips, but really, each writer must come up with his or her own rhythm and style. The bottom line is that if you have an hour a day, with discipline and careful planning, you can write a novel. 

Colleen Shogan
Author of the Washington Whodunit mystery series

Visit my August 6 blog post, for an Excerpt and my Review!

The Author

About Colleen J. Shogan

Colleen J. Shogan has been reading mysteries since the age of six. She writes the Washington Whodunit series published by Camel Press and Harlequin. 

A political scientist by training, Colleen has taught American politics at Yale, George Mason University, Georgetown, and Penn. She previously worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative staffer in the United States Senate and is currently a senior executive at the Library of Congress, working on great programs such as the National Book Festival. 

Colleen won the Next Generation Indie Award for Best Mystery for her first novel, Stabbing in the Senate. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Rob and their beagle mutt Conan.

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The Giveaway

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Tour Participants

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September 4 – The Power of Words - REVIEW

September 4 – The Avid Reader – REVIEW

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September 5 – Mallory Heart's Cozies – REVIEW

September 5 – Socrates' Book Reviews – REVIEW

September 6 – A Blue Million Books – CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 6 – Jane Reads – GUEST POST

September 7 – Teresa Trent Author Blog – REVIEW

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September 8 – My Reading Journeys - REVIEW, CHARACTER INTERVIEW

September 8 – StoreyBook Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 9 – Bibliophile Reviews – REVIEW, GUEST POST

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September 10 – Celticlady's Reviews – SPOTLIGHT

September 10 – The Pulp and Mystery Shelf – AUTHOR INTERVIEW

September 11 – Cassidy's Bookshelves - REVIEW

September 11 – Island Confidential – SPOTLIGHT

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September 12 – Mysteries with Character – REVIEW

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