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Rachael StephenIn my copious spare time, I enjoy perusing writing books and writing videos.  There are a ton of them, and most revolve around how to game the Amazon system with cranked-out dross “written to market” by squeezing as many short-term dollars out of the time between start and inevitable burnout.  Some are by legitimately bestselling authors who clearly have no idea how to teach, no matter how well they might have done personally in the business.  Still others charge $99 for what amounts to a series of rambling talks on various subjects and consider that a “class.”

Then you have folks like Rachael Stephen (link).  If you’ve never heard of her, don’t be surprised, because I hadn’t either.  YouTube‘s algorithm has done a singularly good job of hiding her videos from me, but eventually one did turn up.  I enjoyed it, which led to others, and now I’m telling you about her.  That ought to give you some idea of how insightful I find her work.

Maybe Stephen‘s actual writing isn’t for you.  That’s fine.  Maybe you don’t want to pay for her to consult with you on your plot.  That’s fine, too.  But take some time to watch her videos (link) on plotting, scene- and character-construction and just writing life in general.  You’ll find her personable, informative and, best of all, full of practical advice.  For someone who doesn’t have an exceptionally large footprint in the industry, she knows her stuff, and I guarantee you’ll find something of utility if you watch long enough.

At risk of sounding like a fortysomething creeper, I’d love the chance to connect with Stephen and chat about her approach to writing, both as an author and as a bestower of sage wisdom.  Rachael, if you’re out there, drop me a line at talktosam[at]samhawken[dot]com and let’s have a tête-à-tête.  I don’t know how much I can lend you from my experience, but at least I can say thanks for entertaining and educating me.


ADDENDUM:

Since this was posted, Stephen has begun a Patreon campaign (link), which you can join for a single, solitary dollar.  Pretty good deal.

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The Night Charter, by Sam HawkenWhether you’ve already devoured everything about Camaro Espinoza (link) in anticipation of Make Them Sorry (link), or if you’re still trying to figure out if Camaro is right for you, there’s never been a better time to pick up a copy of The Night Charter (link), Camaro‘s first adventure.  Grab a copy for yourself, or maybe get one for a friend who has yet to meet Camaro.  Either way, $2.99 is an attractive price, and only available through today.  The Night Charter (link) was priced at $2.99 all month, but July has vanished with startling rapidity.

If you know anything about me from reading the material on this site, you know I don’t like to claim genius.  My writing might be better than average, but it’s not a revelation.  That said, I can declare with a reasonable degree of confidence that if you enjoy thrillers from the likes of Lee Child, you will get a kick out of Camaro.  So why not give me a shot?

Camaro Espinoza awoke before dawn.  She had fled New York City after the killing of five men exactly 364 days before.

Be sure to get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, available for purchase at your favorite bookseller on August 7th. (link)

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Make Them Sorry, by Sam HawkenOnce again, Camaro Espinoza is a success with critics.  At risk of sounding immodest, I consider Make Them Sorry (link) the very best Camaro story yet.  So far the notices seem to agree.  But I look forward to hearing what you, the reader, have to say on the subject.  In the meantime, let’s see what Publishers Weekly wrote:

Hawken‘s kick-ass third Camaro Espinoza thriller (after 2017’s Walk Away [link]) finds the hard-drinking, motorcycle-riding, mixed martial arts enthusiast finally achieving some semblance of existential peace in Miami, Florida, where she runs a charter fishing business.  But when a woman approaches her asking for help dealing with a stalker, Camaro reluctantly agrees to teach her self-defense skills, only to become entangled with killers from a Colombian paramilitary cartel involved in money laundering and drug smuggling.

Complicating matters is Ignacio Montellano, a Miami homicide detective, whose friendship with the prickly Camaro may not only jeopardize his career, but also their lives.  Tightly plotted[…], the action-packed narrative derives its real power from the complex character of Camaro, whose toughness and bad attitude make Jack Reacher look like a choirboy.  Fans of Zoë Sharp’s Charlie Fox will love Camaro, especially her memorable one-liners: “I’ve never killed anyone who didn’t need to be dead.”

High praise from Publishers Weekly indeed.  I thank them for the compliments and I thank you for your preorder.  Let’s make the newest Camaro the biggest hit of the first three installments.

Be sure to get your copy of Make Them Sorry, the latest Camaro Espinoza thriller, available for purchase at your favorite bookseller on August 7th. (link)

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