Nadia Kilrick is excited to announce that her newest book, Escape, will be released by Master Koda Select Publishing on November 8th. She invites you to the book launch party on Facebook. All are welcome to come join the fun. Here's the link to the event.
It's simple to join, simply click 'join' at the top right of the page and pop in on the eighth at 3:00 pm CST.
About the Book
Rough Hewn II: Escape picks up the lives of Kilmservy Village's most well-known citizens almost two hundred years after the village was settled by the Stuttshire and Breckenship families.
Life has changed a lot in the small mountain village since Oliver Stuttshire, Yule Breckenship and their families made the journey from the shores of North Carolina to the mountains of Tennessee. Some things never change, though. Good people tend to pass on their way of life to their children and grandchildren. All of whom go out into the world and try to make it better in their own way. The same can be said for people who are not so good. Those with evil in their hearts pass on that evil to the young ones. And if they are not strong enough to fight it, these children mimic the behaviors they've learned at home.
Some say it's in the blood; that evil passes from generation to generation. In the case of the Breckenship blood line, it seems to be true. Each new generation of Breckenship men seem more monstrous than those who have gone before. If it's true that evil endures in the blood and is passed on, than this family is the epitome of such evil. And, Jim Breckenship is the worst of the lot.
Jim's wife, Carolyn, learns too late that whispers of her husband's crimes are more than rumors. She must reconcile within herself the reasons she stays in the house with a monster. Additionally, she must alter her escape plan as Jim's actions grow more abhorrent by the day, nay, the hour. Will she escape in time to save herself and her secret, or has she waited too long?
How about a Rough Hewn Character Interview???
Today I am fortunate enough to chat with Gabriel :-)
- Getting right to the question on everyone's mind, why didn't you come back home sooner?
At first, I was just trying to get through my classes at the University. Life was really busy and I was trying to settle into campus life. When I left school, I floundered a bit while trying to land a job that would make everyone at home proud. Especially, Carrie. I worked seven days a week most of the time I was gone. I wanted to make something of myself, come home and marry her. I handled it badly and I lost her because of that.
- The second most often asked question has to be about your wealth. How did you accumulate so much in so few years, especially since you dropped out of college?
Working on the oil rig paid very well. I received several large safety bonuses in addition to my pay, which I invested well. When I went to work for the tower company, my pay increased substantially. I was promoted often, and with each new promotion came a larger bonus. I invested every bonus check I received over the years. I had a good rate of return on all but two of my investments. Once, when I was working near Vegas, I went with my crew to one of the casinos out there and won enough money in one night to buy the beach house. I've made a good deal, invested well, and spent little over the years, but no one from home knows that except my family.
- Did you know how bad Carolyn had it at home with Jim before you came back to the village?
I had no idea how bad she it was for her. No one really knew because she kept it to herself. Of course, there were rumors about Jim beating her. She couldn't always hide the bruises. But, she always had a good excuse for anyone who asked about them. It didn't take long for me to see that Jim was the monster everyone thought he was, once I got home.
- Were you surprised to find Carolyn had stayed with Jim after the rumors about him causing her parent's accident?
I was a little surprised by that. I can only assume she didn't believe the rumors.
- You seemed to pick up right where you left off with your friends back home. Was that hard to do?
Oh no, it wasn't hard at all. We all grew up together and were like family. Ray and I have talked on the phone over the years, so it wasn't as if we hadn't spoken since I left the village.
- Why didn't you ever marry?
I had no cause to marry.
- Truthfully, did you ever stop loving Carolyn, and is that why you never married?
I've made no secret about my feelings for Carrie. I've loved her since I was a teenager. That's not likely to change now.
- Will you tell Carolyn? If so, when?
She knows. I haven't poured my heart out to her, but she knows. Once she is completely free of Jim, I'll tell her exactly how I feel about her.
- Assuming she feels the same way about you, do you have long-term plans for yourself and Carolyn?
Yes. I have plans.
- You are a bit closed-mouthed about it, aren't you?
There's much more to our story than I care to share here today.
- What will you do, if and when, Jim is apprehended? Will you testify in court, or do you have thoughts of personal revenge outside of the law?
I've spent a lot of time thinking about that. As Carrie's friend, I would like to rip his head off and stuff it down his throat. But, I can't really do that, now can I? Instead, I'll tell the court everything I know when the time comes.
- Will you go back out on the road after the Breckenship situation is resolved?
I haven't decided. Presently, I'm taking advantage of an open-ended leave from work.
Nadia Kilrick is a Florida native who finds tranquility in the simple life of the Deep South. She believes there is no better place to contemplate life's journey than sitting beside a slow moving creek shaded by mighty moss-draped oaks. It's there that dreams burst free from within the chasms of the human heart.
Nadia has written fiction since childhood. The busyness of life and raising a family slowed the progress of her writing for two decades. When her children moved away, she began writing articles for the web. Her passion for fiction writing quietly stirred while writing articles related to gardening, family, self-sufficiency and do-it-yourself projects. Now she writes fiction full time. Thriller, suspense/mystery and paranormal are her favorite genres to write. When reading, she reaches for psychological thrillers, true crime, mystery/suspense, horror, paranormal, western and historical fiction.
Nadia's debut short story, “Ziggy Returns: A Short Tale”, was published by Master Koda Select Publishing in August 2013. Kilrick’s “Rough Hewn: People of Kilmservy Village”, the first book in the Rough Hewn Trilogy, was released in September 2013. All titles are available at Amazon.com.