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Monday, November 26, 2007

Kathleen Y’Barbo’s Beloved Castaway

Historical author Kathleen Y’Barbo has written another delightful novel, Beloved Castaway, in which “a stormy romance rages along the Florida Keys.” Mistaken identities, broken families, forbidden romances, struggling faith, and adventure on the high seas come together to keep the reader turning the pages from beginning to end. Seldom do I finish the last page of a book with happy shivers running down my spine and tears in my eyes. Beloved Castaway is one such book.

If you would like to win a copy of Beloved Castaway, leave a comment in response to Kathleen's formula for a successful historical novel:

A successful historical novel is a combination of good research, good writing,
and great plotting. If any of these things are missing, the book will fall flat.
In my opinion, a great plot will trump the writing and research, but it’s got to
be really great.

--Kathleen Y'Barbo

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Blogger Carla said...

A great combination ~ I try to apply those to my own stories and love the whole process! I agree that a strong plot is essential, that's what drives the story after all and gets me excited about the research too. Thanks for sharing Kathleen's advice and your recommendation of her book, sounds like one I'd love to read, shivers and all!

Carla Gade

Carla Gade

November 26, 2007 9:03 PM  
Blogger brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

I've never read one of Kathleen's books but I'd love to win one, especially since it's historical-my favorite!

November 26, 2007 9:08 PM  
Blogger Peggy Blann Phifer said...

Great tips, Kathleen. And timely as I'm currently working on a historical, too.

And I'd love to be entered in the drawing for Beloved Castaway


phiferland at cox dot net

November 27, 2007 1:16 PM  
Blogger Robin Bayne said...

Yes, all those things are so important. Not to mention BIC time (butt in chair) LOL

November 27, 2007 8:01 PM  
Blogger emerald peacocks said...

This sounds like a fun read! I'd love to win it!

November 29, 2007 7:46 PM  
Blogger Hannah said...

that is an interesting quote. i've thought about how hard it must be to write a good historical novel. i'd love to win a copy of her book! hsmuda[at]gmail[dot]com

December 2, 2007 1:06 PM  
Blogger preshrose said...

I have never written a book, but have always had many ideas "swirling" in my head. Another thing I have always liked about books are the dialog - which of couse is part of the writing. This makes the characters come to the forfront of my mind when I read. Thank you for the opportunity of trying to win Kathleen's book. Paula Dumas

December 2, 2007 8:19 PM  
Blogger Louise M. Gouge said...

Dear Readers, please leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win Kathleen's book.

December 2, 2007 9:17 PM  
Blogger Janna said...

This looks like a great book - please enter me!


December 3, 2007 12:49 AM  
Blogger Stacey said...

I think Kathleen's formula is right-on! Please toss my name in for the drawing.

December 3, 2007 1:35 PM  

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