Authors to Watch is proud to be a part of the Buried Threads Blog Tour hosted by Pump Up Your Book! We've got an interview with the author, a viewing of the amazing new book trailer, and an excerpt. Thanks for joining us, everyone.
A disturbing prophecy sends a treasure hunting duo on an urgent race to rescue a country in Kaylin McFarren’s heart pounding new novel, Buried Threads. Full of erotic suspense and wild adventures, this is one trip that readers will never forget!
Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen work together as the successful owners of a treasure hunting company. But a seemingly simply assignment – to track down a priceless gem that is believed to buried in a shipwreck deep within the Sea of Japan – takes a starling, and dangerous, turn.
Faced with a monk’s dark prophecy that a natural disaster will soon strike Japan, killing millions, Rachel and Chase must embark on the mission of a lifetime in order to uncover the three cursed samurai swords that can avert the catastrophe.
Chaos ensues as their adventure takes them from shark infested waters and creepy caves to haunted hidden tombs and a confrontation with Yakuza gang members.
Time is running out as the prophecy’s day of reckoning draws near. Will Rachel and Chase succeed before disaster strikes?
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Q: Welcome, Kaylin. We're so glad to have you here today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?
A: I’m a wife and mother of three grown daughters, and when I’m not traveling abroad, I reside in Troutdale, Oregon and San Diego, California. I enjoy visual arts, popular music, theater, gardening, interior design, wine tasting, gourmet dining, boating and golf. In addition to serving on numerous boards and overseeing my non-profit foundation, I actively work with multi-published partners and am a member of several writers' organizations, including Willamette Writers, Rose City RWA, and Romance Writers of America. My début novel Flaherty’s Crossing garnered numerous awards and received recognition as a Golden Heart® Finalist. The first book in my Threads series, Severed Threads, received national media attention, literary awards and rave reviews, and now I’m very excited about the release of the second installment, Buried Threads.
Q: When did you begin writing?
A: I’ve always been fond of reading and have been writing poetry and short stories since I could pick up a pencil and put two sentences together. While in college, I minored in English and for the past twenty years, I’ve led PR/marketing efforts for several companies within my family's international conglomerate. As director of a fine art gallery, I assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists through promotional opportunities in national publications. However, after seven years, I was eager to spread my creative wings and elected to steer my energy toward writing novels.
Q: Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
A: I’m afraid I’m a consummate "pantser" and perfectionist. I write and edit as I go, and use photographs of models and actors from newspapers and tabloid magazines to visualize my characters. Every morning after I have my coffee, I relocate myself to my cozy library, turn on Pandora, review emails, send out letters, pay bills and get to work on the next story.
Q: Can you tell us about your most recent release?
A: Although each story can stand alone, Buried Threads picks up where Severed Threads leaves off, taking Rachel Lyons and her treasure-hunting partner Chase Cohen to Japan in search of a valuable ancient jewel. However, they soon learn they've signed on for much more than they were aware and are forced to make a choice between risking their own lives or witnessing the death of millions. This character-driven story is a unique tale - suspenseful, erotic, insightful and romantic - taking the reader on a wild, fast-pace adventure they will thoroughly enjoy and remember long after the last page is turned.
Q: How did you get the idea for the book?
A: For more than forty years, I’ve been fascinated with the arts and culture of Japan and have been fortunate in being able to travel across Asian with my family. Due to my husband’s business interests and roots stemming from Japan, I’ve had the remarkable opportunity to develop personal relationships with Japanese shipping agents, politicians, company executives, sword masters, religious leaders and talented Geikos and Maikos who reside and perform in Kyoto’s Gion District. I knew one day I would find a way to put them all in a story and then it was a matter of turning my imagination loose. I spent four months researching Japanese history, the Yakuza, the Geisha life-style, sword fighting, martial arts, and natural disasters that befell Japan from the 17th to 21st centuries in an effort to be accurate and hope that this erotic, action-filled drama will entertain readers and honor dedicated Geikos and their sisters who strive to maintain the true culture and beauty of Japan.
Q: Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
A: I would have to say Mariko Abe, a geisha and central character in the story. This is a beautiful, confident woman who considers herself elite due to her training and the upper level clientele she entertains. But downturned economics result in her being thrust into a living arrangement with a wealthy gang member in order to maintain her lifestyle and provide for the women she supports. The change she undergoes is dramatic in the story and her ability to survive, unfortunately, comes at a price.
Q: What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
A: With this one, time management. Four years ago, I founded a non-profit foundation, which raises money for cancer research and every summer I host an event along with 8 of my board members and 180 volunteers. This music/art festival attracts thousands and is incredibly rewarding and successful. However, finding time to write for the past five months has been difficult, to say the least. It involved working from 9pm to 2am – when there were no calls or interruptions – and the complete and wonderful support of my husband.
Q: Which authors have inspired your writing?
A: Sue Grafton, Nora Roberts, Robert Galbraith, James Patterson, Gillian Flynn and many more.
Q: What projects are you currently working on?
A: The third and final installment in the Threads series, Banished Threads, and the premise is as follows: While enjoying a much-earned vacation in England, Rachel Lyons and Chase Cohen are introduced to a secret mystical society by her jet-setting uncle and shortly after, a collection of priceless Morris Graves’ paintings turns up missing. Drawn into the mystery, the lovers and their salvage crew take up residence at the Lyons’ stately manor. However, acquiring the cooperation of locals and trust of the maligning brotherhood seems improvable, convincing Rachel to end their involvement – until she discovers the secret her uncle has been harboring for years.
Q: What advice would you offer to new or aspiring authors?
A: Believe in yourself and in your own voice, because there will be times in this business when you’ll be the only one who does.
About the Author:
Kaylin McFarren is a California native who has enjoyed traveling around the world. She previously worked as director for a fine art gallery, where she helped foster the careers of various artists before feeling the urge to satisfy her won creative impulses.
Since launching her writing career, McFarren has earned more than a dozen literary awards in addition to a finalist spot in the 2008 RWA Golden Heart Contest. A member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers, she also lends her participation and support to various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.
McFarren currently lives with her husband in Oregon. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Her latest book is Buried Threads (Book 2 of the Threads series).
Visit her website at www.kaylinmcfarren.com.
Excerpt from Buried Threads:
Reluctantly, she took the proffered hand. “Rachel Lyons.” She bristled at the man’s touch – the strange sensation it evoked. Although she wanted to draw her hand away quickly, his other hand closed over hers and held it tight. After an endless moment, he released his grasp and leaned back in his seat, giving her the space she craved.
He pointed at her files and borrowed copies of Emperors of the Han Dynasty and The Knights of Templar. “Looks like you’re got some heavy reading to do. We definitely have a lot in common.”
She quirked her brows. “We do?”
“In regard to your interest in history. So what is it you do, Miss Lyons?” He flashed a wide disarming smile.
She hesitated before answering. “I find missing things too…under the sea.”
“You’re a treasure hunter?” he asked.
“That sounds intriguing.”
She opened her file and felt his gaze sharply, as if he had reached out and touched her skin. She sensed that he wanted to delve further into her life, but for the next two hours she studied ocean topography and reports on strange sea creature sightings, and made a point of not sparing him more than the briefest of glances. The lights on the plane were eventually dimmed and all around her window shades were being pulled down. It had been three long days since Chase left their warm bed in her father’s beachside cottage for salvage preparations in Japan. His absence and the anticipation of her trip had left Rachel completely exhausted. As the air thickened and the airplane cabin stilled, her eyelids fought gravity. The gentle swaying and steady hum of the engines lulled her into a deep, dreamless sleep.
Eventually, the sound of the breakfast cart jolted her awake. Still groggy, she forced her eyes open and inhaled the enticing aroma of hot coffee, reminding her of freshly ground heaven. However, her calm was short lived. With one look to her side, she realized the file she’d been reading prior to drifting off to sleep had been tucked into the seat pocket ahead of her.
You’ve got to be kidding me. Rachel studied Shinzo while he sheepishly sipped his coffee. His concerted effort to avoid eye contact left her wondering if he’d taken advantage of her carelessness by snooping through her confidential papers. Everything she’d been sworn to keep secret might have been exposed to this invasive stranger, endangering not only Trident Venture’s project but also the individual who had risked his life to hire them.
She hesitated before asking, “Did you by chance move my file?”
“Your papers fell,” he answered. “By the looks of them, you might want to keep those close to you, Miss Lyons.”
His inference was unnerving. Although tempted to ask if he’d found anything of interest, she simply mumbled, “Thank you.”
With that, Shinzo turned his view to the window.
Mindful of the cart’s proximity, Rachel stood abruptly and pulled down her carry-on. She emptied the seat next to her, zipped her bag shut and returned it to the overhead bin. Then she resumed her seat and stared straight ahead with her hands clenched in her lap. Buried anxieties were surfacing by the second, curbing her appetite. She shook her head, declining breakfast when it arrived on the hands of the blond stewardess.
“That looks delicious,” Shinzo said, lowering his tabletop. Rachel watched as a tray containing a cheese omelet, blueberry yogurt cup, croissant and strawberry jam was set down before him. The stewardess returned a second time with coffee, cream and sugar.
Wonderful. Rachel picked up the in-flight magazine and flipped blindly through its pages. She rocked her heel nervously, anxious for this tortuous ride to be over. Her cheeks warmed at the practically pornographic noise that came out of her seatmate, as he threw his head back and munched gratifyingly, his eyes closed in contentment. She noticed a spot of jam on the corner of his mouth and looked away determinedly.
“There’s nothing better than warm bread and eggs in the morning,” he said, recovering from his omelet orgasm.
Rachel glared at the annoying man, willing him be sucked out the window. But then she’d never know his whole story. “You’re not a private investigator, are you, Mr. Shinzo?” she grilled.
He picked up his torn roll and smeared it with more jam. “I never said I was.”
“But you inferred as much.”
“That was never my intent. If you recall, I never told you what I actually recover.”
She shook her head and sarcastically laughed. “Oh my, God…you’re a treasure hunter, aren’t you? I’ve been sitting next to my competition this whole time.”
Shinzo chuckled. “Not quite.”
“So, what do you collect then?”
“I think you’d have a hard time believing me if I told you.”
“Try me,” she said then inwardly cringed on her insistence.
After another well-chewed mouthful, he looked directly at her and replied in a matter-of-fact tone. “Souls.”