Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Treason Trail: Q&A with Kit Hawthorne + Giveaway


Treason Trail JustRead Blog Tours

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Treason Trail by Kit Hawthorne, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Treason Trail

Title: Treason Trail
Series: Cape Fear Legacy #3
Kit Hawthorne
Independently Published
Release Date:
June 18, 2024
Sweet Historical Romance

A mysterious stranger holds the key to the fate of the nation. 

In the final days of the American Revolutionary War, Nessa Shaw tends to the sick and wounded at the Continental Army camp in Charlestown, South Carolina. When she stumbles upon a man lying unconscious on a forest trail, she quickly realizes he is unlike any patient she has ever encountered. With no memory of his past, his only clues to his identity are his first name—August—and the certainty that he is a Patriot. Against her better judgment, Nessa grows closer to August, trusting him with secrets that could cost her dearly. But when she discovers a deadly plot that could change the course of the war, Nessa must question everything she thought she knew about August and his true allegiances.

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About the Author

Kit Hawthorne

A lifelong resident of the American South, Kit Hawthorne makes her home on a Texas farm that has been in her husband’s family for seven generations. She spent many years singing, composing, and playing Irish pennywhistle in a Celtic folk band. All those ballads and boat songs awakened in her a love for a Scottish heritage that spans both sides of the Atlantic. She’s an avid reader, especially of history, biography, mystery, theology, and romance, and enjoys logging her reads (and plotting her life) in her Bullet Journal. She also enjoys drawing, sewing, quilting, knitting, and restoring old furniture to beauty and usefulness.

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Author Interview

Welcome, Kit! Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions and giving my readers a chance to get to know you and your new book Treason Trail.

Can you share 5 random facts about yourself?


1.   1. I grew up in the Rio Grande Valley. It’s in the tip of Texas, close to South Padre Island and the border of Mexico.
2.    I used to play and sing in a Celtic folk band.
3.    While traveling in Russia, I was frequently mistaken for a Russian by other Russians. This did not happen to the other Americans in my group. Generally the Russians could spot an American from a mile away.
4.    I have seen The Incredibles more times than I can count and it always moves me to tears.
5.    I love labels. I keep ten or so different kinds on hand in case anything needs to be labeled—jar lids, shelf edges, containers, electric cords.

When did you first discover you had a passion/talent for writing?
When I was nine years old, I mentioned to a PE teacher/retired pastor that I would love to write books but figured you probably had to be rich to publish them. He informed me that being a writer was a legitimate job that people got paid for. I never looked back.

What advice would you give to other aspiring writers?
Study the craft. Read with a professional eye, noting what works and why. Write a lot. Find a good critique group and don’t take criticism personally. Just accept it as part of the process and learn to profit from it.

What was the inspiration behind this story?
I had already written the first two books in the series and knew I wanted to write Nessa’s story next. By this point in the Revolutionary War, all the major battles had been fought, and a Patriot victory seemed like a sure thing. I was interested in ways the Patriots could still have lost the war, and the most intriguing option was treason. I’ve always been fascinated by memory loss, and the idea of an amnesiac man of military age turning up in a Patriot camp with no way to account for himself made for a good hook—especially with romance thrown into the mix.

If you could describe your main character(s) in just three words each, what would those words be?

Nessa: empathetic, idealistic, responsible

August: rational, inventive, faithful

This is book three in the Cape Fear Legacy series. Will readers who have not yet read those previous books be able to enjoy this as a standalone?
Oh, yes. Each book covers a distinct stage of the war, and a different love story.

What was the most challenging part of bringing this story to life?
Finding the right balance of accurate historical information with a fresh, compelling love story. Research is vital to good historical fiction, but it can be a form of procrastination, and too much detail can get in the way of the story.

The most rewarding?
Seeing Nessa’s and August’s characters unfold as they worked together to solve a mystery—and fell in love.

What do you hope readers will take away from the book?

A new appreciation for the hardships Patriots faced late in the Revolutionary War, and for their determination to stand by their principles and defend their God-given rights. These were real men and women whose lives were disrupted by eight years of war on home soil. They never could have won without God’s providential care and guidance, and they knew it.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions. Before you go, where can readers follow along to see what’s coming next?
Thank you for having me! Here’s my contact info.

Newsletter https://kithawthorne.com/newsletter/

Website https://kithawthorne.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kithawthorneauthor/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kithawthorne/

BookBub https://www.bookbub.com/profile/kit-hawthorne

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19938241.Kit_Hawthorne

Tour Giveaway

(2) winners will each win print copies of all 3 books in the Cape Fear Legacy series!

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