When Rayanne commandeers her husband’s weekend fishing trip, she knows it’ll take work to adjust Owen’s attitude. She has no choice. Since the tragedy, they lost so much. They need to reconnect.
Without her knowledge, Owen texts his best buddy, Daryl, to join the getaway. The three of them aren’t alone in the backwoods of Georgia, though. Owen took something that didn’t belong to him. Something that changed their lives. And now the owner wants it back. By any means — including a posse led by a killer dog.
At first, Rayanne is clueless about the item and its value. One thing becomes crystal clear: If it’s not returned, they might not make it home alive.
JC Gatlin lives in Tampa, Florida. In addition to regular fishing trips, he wrote a monthly column for New Tampa Style Magazine, then began penning several mystery/suspense stories. He also maintains a blog about the art of spinning a nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat mystery yarn.
Coming from a large family with five brothers, JC grew up in Grapevine — a small Texas town just outside of Dallas. He moved to Tampa in 1999, and most of his stories feature the rich landscapes of Texas and Florida as backdrop.
PLEASE WELCOME JC TO BOOKHOUNDS
You’ll probably see some (non-book) characters there who display all kinds of obnoxious, attention-seeking behaviors. It always amazes me what some people do.
Please, don’t be one of these people:
- If you’re an attendee, don’t promote your book in classes, workshops, panel discussions or critique groups. There’s always someone trying to bring the conversation back to his or her self-published manuscript. I sat in one workshop held by a distinguished mystery author, and a fellow classmate handed out flyers for his Civil War drama.
- Don’t be late to a conference class or workshop. People walking in late, interrupting the class, opening and shutting doors, shuffling to find a seat — it’s rude and distracting. Make every effort to be on time.
- Give the speaker some space. After the speaker/faculty has finished his presentation, please don’t rush the podium with questions and “notice me” theatrics. Give the speaker some space. It’s okay to thank them for their time, ask for a business card, and possibly buy their book. But don’t try to monopolize their time. You can always email your questions later, and build a professional relationship.
- Don’t monopolize a class with specific questions about your work-in-progress. A question or two is fine, but there have been classmates who act like this is a one-on-one opportunity to discuss their book, and seem to be under the impression that every other student in class is going to be just as interested in his character motivations and Irish lineage.
- Don’t try to outshine the instructor. Everyone is in class to learn from and benefit from the instructor’s experience, not yours. An older gentleman in a recent class continually used passages in his Vietnam War thriller as examples of points the author was making. His acting like he was the co-instructor got really irritating and, finally, the author had to cut him off.
In the end, you’ll get more out of the conference (as will your classmates) if you remain polite, humble and engaged in the topic at hand. Leave your ego at home.