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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

What We Bury by Carolyn Arnold - Book Tour - Author Interview - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Carolyn Arnold and her new book, “What We Bury”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

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What We Bury

by Carolyn Arnold


GENRE: Mystery/Thriller



She’s dying, and she knows it. If only she can stay alive long enough to leave one last message. As the rain beats against the metal roof, she uses her blood-soaked fingertip to scrawl on the floorboards... The letters GB.

Detective Madison Knight has been house hunting, but a call from her real estate agent has nothing to do with finding the perfect property. She’s found a woman’s body, stabbed multiple times. Madison arrives on scene and is presented with an unknown Jane Doe and two letters written in blood. There’s no murder weapon, and it seems Doe was attacked somewhere else.

As Madison works to find justice for the victim, Madison’s own life is put at risk. What she comes to discover is some people will go to extreme lengths to protect their secrets—even as far as murder. But will learning that lesson come too late for her?

Buy this international bestselling book today and join the investigation! Uncover clues, follow leads, and catch a cop killer like thousands of readers have done before you.



What to expect from the Detective Madison Knight series:

Murder. Investigation. The pursuit of justice. Do you love trying to figure out whodunit? How about investigating alongside police detectives from the crime scene to the forensics lab and everywhere in between? Do you love a strong female lead? Then I invite you to meet Detective Madison Knight as she solves murders with her male partner, utilizing good old-fashioned investigative work aided by modern technology.

This is the perfect book series for fans of James Patterson, Michael Connelly, and JD Robb to name a few. This series is also bound to entertain those who enjoy Law & Order, CSI, Blue Bloods, Rizzoli & Isles, Women’s Murder Club, and Hawaii Five-O.

Read in any order or follow the series from the beginning.



Excerpt from Chapter 2 of What We Bury (Detective Madison Knight series):

Several minutes later, Cynthia stepped out from the shed, a camera strapped around her neck. “There’s something you’re going to want to see.”

Madison gave a curious glance at Terry and followed her friend inside, Terry at her heels.

Cynthia pointed at the pool of blood on the left side of the body. Mark shone a flashlight on the area.

“What am I looking at?” Madison crouched down.

“Right there. See it?” Cynthia swooped a fingertip over an area of blood. “It’s rather faint to the naked eye, but—” she lifted her camera and held it so that Madison and Terry could see the screen “—it shows up quite clear in a photo.”

“Is that…” Madison squinted at the screen.

“Letters written in blood?” Cynthia said. “Yep. And given the caked blood under the index fingernail of her right hand, I’d say she wrote it herself.”

“GB.” Madison straightened up, placed her hands on her hips. “What does it stand for?”

Terry took out his phone, pecked on it. “GB can stand for gigabyte, Great Britain…”

Madison looked at her partner. “Just a guess, but I think Doe had something—or someone—else in mind. Maybe the first two letters of her killer’s name or their initials?”

“So she knew her killer?” Terry volleyed back. “We’re leaping to that.”

“I’m just spitballing, Terry, and keeping an open mind.”

“Since when?” he shoved out with a chuckle.

Madison met Cynthia’s gaze, and her friend said, “He does have a point.”

“Very funny, you two.” Madison said.



Behind the Tape: The Writing Process with @Carolyn_Arnold

Crime fiction author Carolyn Arnold has stopped by today to talk about her latest crime novel What We Bury, the tenth instalment in her Detective Madison Knight series. Aspiring writers will be interested to know what advice she has for them and readers will also want to know how she works.

Carolyn has found success at writing and publishing and has been at it full-time since 2014. She’s an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written over thirty books. She’s even getting ready to announce a fifth series starring Detective Amanda Steele. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Carolyn’s intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower. She currently lives near London, Ontario, with her husband and beagles, and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.

So, without any further delay, let’s get this interview started.

Good morning Carolyn!  Welcome back to Fabulous and Brunette!  We are thrilled to have you here again and can’t wait to learn more about you and your new book, “What We Bury.”

Tell us about your writing career.

I started as a teenager as a way of dealing with my emotions, and from there I wrote novella-length romantic suspense. It had been a dream of mine to write a full-length novel! I even wrote into Harlequin for their submission guidelines without my parents’ knowledge. I remember hunkering down in the furnace room reading their response. However, it wasn’t until I was thirty that I wrote my first full-length novel. In fact, I’d been away from writing for thirteen years. Since 2006, though, my life changed, and writing’s been a part of my daily life since then.

It so happened that I worked for a fairly large corporation and my department knew that a layoff was coming because they were moving it to the Toronto area. Needless to say, myself and my fellow employees weren’t exactly motivated. One day the receptionist—who I had become friends with—emailed me toward the end of the day and said randomly, Tell me a story. I responded with a few paragraphs off the top of my head. My co-worker loved it and asked for more. This is how we spent the rest of the day—going back and forth. She then told me I had to finish the story. Hmph. Well… I accepted the challenge. It took me a full year to write that novel, but I did it!

Now don’t ask me the year, but probably around 2013, I cut back my hours at the day job from five days a week to four. Then I went to three. But see, I promised myself that if I ever got to the point I was going to ask to work two days, I would quit instead. That made complete sense to me. Why divide my time if I didn’t have to, and if I could afford to cut back to a couple of days a week, I’d get by without the money for those days. So that’s what I did. In summer of 2014, I quit my day job! And I’ll tell you, as sure as I was about my choice, I was also terrified! But I’m so very happy that I made that decision! It was the perfect time!

Further blessings came when my husband, who is a graphic designer, was also able to quit his day job in 2016 and join me full-time! He does a fantastic job with my covers and formatting my book interiors and making them not only gorgeous but providing a great reading experience. (And this is only a bit of what he does for me!)

But note that none of this just came about. I worked hard. I wrote before I left for the day job, I wrote on my lunch break, I wrote when I came home, and I wrote on weekends. Any spare moment I had I wrote. But I was driven and motivated by passion. Writing and editing was never a burden, but rather an honor. I love entertaining and inspiring people! In fact, an insider bit… I have two beagles and when I’m getting ready to go to my office, I say to them, Let’s go entertain and inspire. Often they’re a few steps ahead! My oldest beagle will often start toward my office when I’m stirring my coffee. 😊

How long does it take to write the first draft of a book?

My first book, as I said, took a full year. My second six months, then three months. Now I can write a first draft in three-four weeks.

What does your writing schedule look like?

Wow, there’s a good question. It’s packed. LOL But it’s the editing stages that occupy most of the time. I find it hard to be editing one book and writing another. Maybe some day I’ll get that down.

Please describe your work ethic as an author.

I have always viewed writing as something important. Even before I made a dime with my writing, it was never a hobby. When I decided to publish, I approached the industry with the respect and professionalism it deserves, and I have emulated the traditionally published market to the best of my ability. There have been some little bumps along the way, and I’m constantly learning—but that’s life!

You’ve probably heard write drunk, edit sober. Not this girl! I’m ALWAYS completely sober all stages of the writing process—even final read throughs! Just think, would you show up to your day job with a flask? And if you did, how would you be received?

How do you balance your work as an author with the other aspects of your life?

I have goals and deadlines but try to go with the flow of life. If I’m stressed or get feeling overwhelmed, I make myself step back and take just a few minutes out to reboot and refresh. If my schedule allows, I’ll move projects around. If my schedule is tight, I’ve been known to wake up at four in the morning and work until five at night. If I find that I’m very stressed by my workload, I look forward and see how I could improve my schedule in the future. Could I allow myself more time between projects and more time with a book that comes back from the editor…that type of thing. I’ve learned that handling two rewrites back to back are too much for me! Once in a period of seven weeks, I reworked two novels and added seventy thousand new words between them! Needless to say, I was feeling a little burnt for a few days after that. But I learned that in the future, I won’t book rewrites one after the other.

Is there a special program you use to write, or do you write in Word?

I write the first draft in Scrivener and rewrite and edit in Word.

What is your writing process? Do you outline diligently or write more in the flow, organically?

I wish I could outline meticulously like some of my fellow authors, but I’m an organic writer. The most of an outline I can hope for is a bullet-point synopsis, but even then, my characters are usually far too impatient to wait for me to lay much of anything out in advance. I love writing in the flow, though, because I really find that’s where the magic happens! For example, I know Madison needs to question someone. I might not have a clue what they’re going to tell me, but after I write the scene Madison often walks away with amazing revelations and leads in the case.

Do you ever find yourself afraid of your manuscript? If so, how do you overcome that?

Every time. I don’t really know why. I’ve written over thirty novels, and I’ve just come to accept that fear and doubt are part of the process. But, yes, I normally think do I have another book in me and do I have enough to say to write a full-length novel? The secret is I start writing anyway. Then the characters and the plot take over and it comes together. And I wish I could say the fear and doubt disappears for the remainder of writing the first draft, but it swells up again.

Usually by the midway point, I start doubting myself, wondering if it’s boring or moving at a good pace. By the time I reach two-thirds, I think I have so much to say the book will be forever long. (Shakes head. Lots of ups and downs.) But the most important thing is to just keep writing. You have time to beautify the manuscript during the editing process—of which there are several stages.

You write several series, but what inspired you to write Detective Madison Knight?

Detective Madison Knight needed to be heard, and the world was in need of more tough, female protagonists. That’s where it all started. Well, that and the fact that I loved watching crime dramas and reading the same, so it was a natural transition from romantic suspense.

Is Madison based on anyone in real life and what about other characters in the book like her partner Terry?

Madison Knight is a lot like me—just more outspoken. She’ll say the things I’ll often think but hold back. She’s tough on the outside but has a vulnerability to her. That’s how my husband described me when we first got together.

As for Terry, he’s a bit like my husband. The banter between him and Madison is definitely how conversations could go between us.

Where did the name Stiles come from?

Stiles is a fictional city that’s named after my husband’s maternal grandmother.

Why did you decide to go with a fictional city and is it based on a real city? What are the advantages for an author?

Stiles is sort of based on a blend of Toronto and London, Ontario. But with a fictional city, there’s a lot more freedom! I adhere to basic US police procedures and forensics, but what goes on within the city is my decision. Of course, I base it on logic. But, say, for instance I want a body shop that’s open twenty-four seven, I can have that! (Which I do in What We Bury.)

If you had any advice for new authors what would it be?

Often you’ll hear write X per day. I say write for a set amount of time and schedule it as an appointment with yourself that you won’t miss. Focusing on the number brings a lot more pressure. You don’t want to be constantly thinking, oh, did I hit the number yet? Writing is a magical—and spiritual—process and is so much better when you just allow yourself to sink into it. I’d also say focus on the outcome. Visualize how exciting it would be to announce on social media that you wrote that day, maybe how many words, and this will only encourage other writers too! 😊

Please tell us about What We Bury and where can we buy the book?

The body of a forty-something woman is found stabbed in a shed—no ID, no personal belongings, no sign of the murder weapon, but there are the letters GB written in blood. AND the actual scene of the crime is unknown because it quickly becomes evident the woman didn’t get attacked where she was found. So Madison needs to find her identity, the initial crime scene, unravel the mystery of “GB,” and find means, motive, and opportunity. But while she’s doing all that, she’s also determined to ferret out corrupt cops in the Stiles Police Department and bring the Mafia down. (Wish her luck! She’ll need it!)

Enjoy this little teaser from Chapter 1:

“She’s dead.”

Those two words brought Madison Knight to 982 Hillcrest Drive in the middle of a Saturday afternoon in March. It was a quiet neighborhood in the south end of Stiles, a city of about three hundred sixty thousand, and it had been her real estate agent, Estelle Robins, who’d called. When Madison saw the name on caller ID, she’d assumed Estelle had found the perfect place for Madison and her boyfriend, Troy Matthews. Boy, had she been mistaken.

Madison parked in the driveway, admiring the raised bungalow with its grayish-brown brick and beige siding. It couldn’t be older than fifteen years. The front door was under a small overhang, and that’s where Estelle was standing, her arms wrapped around herself as if she were cold, but the temperature today was unusually warm. Some of the more northern states would envy their spring-like weather in early March.

Madison got out of the car and approached Estelle. She was normally the picture of calm and put-togetherness, but her hair was frizzed around her heart-shaped face, and her eyes were wet and wide. Her brown eyeshadow was smudged beneath her right eye, but her mascara had stayed in place.

“Omigod, Madison. I didn’t know who else to call, but you’ll know what to do.”

“You did the right thing.” Madison was a Major Crimes detective with the Stiles Police Department. Troy could have tagged along, as he was also a detective for the department, but his primary role was leader of a SWAT team. Solving murders was her thing. “Where is she?”

“In the shed. I’ll take you there.” Estelle led the way to a side gate next to the garage. Her hand was shaking as she worked the latch.

Madison followed Estelle down a concrete sidewalk toward the backyard. “How did you find her?”

“There’s supposed to be an open house.” Estelle spoke over her shoulder. “I was making sure the property looked good.” Estelle stopped and hoisted a chain-link gate at the end of the walk that was hinged on the fence and wedged against the brick of the garage.

To the right was a deck, and ahead was a manageable yard. The rear of the lot was framed by mature cedars and a chain-link fence. There was another gate back there, and it appeared open.

Estelle pointed to a shed with a concrete foundation and beige siding. It was about twelve feet wide and twenty feet long.

“She’s in there.” Estelle shivered. “I can’t believe this is happening.”

Where can readers get a copy of What We Bury?

What We Bury is available from popular retailers in ebook, paperback, hardcover, and large print edition – see the links below!

Okay, wonderful, that’s all the questions I have.

Thank you so much for spending time with Fabulous and Brunette readers and sharing your exciting new book with us!  We wish you all the best on your book tour!  Take care!



CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has four continuing fiction series—Detective Madison Knight, Brandon Fisher FBI, McKinley Mysteries, and Matthew Connor Adventures—and has written nearly thirty books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures.

Both her female detective and FBI profiler series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining, leading her to adopt the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario with her husband and beagles and is a member of Crime Writers of Canada and Sisters in Crime.







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  1. Carolyn ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Great hearing about your book. Thanks for sharing and for this giveaway also.

  3. Sounds like a very interesting book.

  4. I love mysteries and thrillers. This sounds like it would be a perfect read covering the genres I like :)

  5. The book sounds very intriguing. Love the cover!