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The Widow

by Colette L. Saucier

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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Labor Pains: How Writing a Novel is Like Childbirth

Good morning, dear readers!


Now I am not the first author to compare a novel to one's baby or writing it to childbirth. First there is the conception, which may take months to come to fruition or could occur completely by chance in the middle of the night - quite unexpectedly!

After the idea for the novel is conceived comes the period of gestation, which for me at least takes months. (Is it a coincidence that when I began wrote the first draft of Pulse and Prejudice, I typed "The End" exactly 9 months later on my twins' birthday?) Months of writing, nurturing, receiving advice from everyone on what could be done better to ensure a healthy outcome. Making preparations - a cover to cradle the upcoming release. A complete matching set of everything - from banners to bookmarks - welcoming it into the world. Tell everyone to expect its arrival!

Then the birth. The nerves at the approaching due date. Will everything go well? What if its not healthy? People reject it? The release date arrives with trepidation, pain, and tears. High expectations that are rarely met. Maybe she'll be a famous anthropologist! Maybe she'll be the first woman president! (Can you believe we still haven't had one yet?) Maybe it will be a bestseller!

Well, the birth of my latest release reminded me something of the birth of my youngest child. First of all, I had natural childbirth - no drugs at all - and right I have been dieting like a maniac and not drinking at all, and I really miss wine! But that's not what truly reminds me of it.

Of course, just like with the release of The Widow, everyone knew I was soon to deliver a baby. I told everyone the due date, and for a week or more before the anticipated date of arrival, people asked me, "So are you feeling anything?" Similarly, with The Widow, many people asked, "Are you excited?" The answer on both occasions for all those days was the same: No.  I wasn't feeling anything leading up to my daughter's birth. No. I wasn't excited about my upcoming release; I've been scared as hell!

The day before the scheduled blessed event of both my daughter and The Widow, I received all sorts of last-minute unsolicited and unwelcome advice. In the case of one: "You need to go for a walk." "Take a laxative." "Try having sex." (I had just left my husband, so who was going to have sex with someone who was 9 months preg--don't answer that...)  In the case of the other: "Your blurb is all wrong." "You need to change the price." "Is this supposed to be a romance?"

Then the same thing happened on both occasions: The due date came and passed, and I didn't hear from anyone again. In the case of my daughter, it was almost as if because she didn't come on her due date, she wasn't coming at all! I suppose I would just be perpetually pregnant. I even went back to work! As for The Widow, I blame myself. I spent so much time on the build-up, but on the day it finally came out, I already was at work and had to put in overtime (and later had to deal with a pathological liar - or perhaps she's just completely unethical). So I didn't really get the word out that - yea! - she's here!

My daughter arrived ten days late. The excruciatingly painful labor only lasted a few hours, and she was born just before midnight. Much like The Widow, the delivery was difficult. At one minute, she had an APGAR score of 0 and the doctor essentially had to resuscitate her. Those were some of the longest, tensest minutes of my life. But then she flourished! She went through her tough times, years even when she broke my heart, but I never lost hope or faith in her. Ultimately she has become my greatest success story because of the agony of her birth, the trials of her teen years, and the amazing woman she has become.

The Widow did not debut well on its release day, and I started thinking maybe I should have taken that laxative after all! Then yesterday on Amazon it broke into the top 100 of Noir bestsellers, and the Top 10 Hot New Releases. As you may have guessed, this is a noir romantic suspense, so I knew it could be a rocky road. But I have faith in her and hope in time she, too, will become another success story.

ANNOUNCING THE ARRIVAL OF

  THE WIDOW


In this thrilling romantic noir suspense, DEA agent David Alvarez invested four years in deep undercover infiltrating the ruthless Sonora Drug Cartel only to have his primary target gunned down by a rival gang. Now his only hope in salvaging the operation and bringing the largest drug trafficker in the world to justice lies with the man’s beautiful, young widow Catherine, whom he cannot bring himself to trust.

Drowning in wine and despair, Catherine would do anything to break free from the clutches of the cartel; but despite her desperate efforts, she can never escape the mistakes of her past that continue to haunt her.

Even though he cannot deny their mystical, mutual attraction, David must carry out his orders – from both the DEA and the Cartel – catching Catherine in a spider web of duplicity and deceit. How far will David go to bring down the cartel? If he succeeds in winning the widow’s trust, would he be willing to risk her life – or his heart?

NOTE: This is a noir romantic suspense. Contains strong language and intense sexual situations.


Press Release Stunning Noir Thriller Reflects Current World Events

Available in print and eBook on Kindle, Nook, and other eBook formats, and in hardback at a Special Price from the Southern Girl Press Store.


The Widow


Advance Praise:
“A noir thriller as hard-boiled as anything written by Hammett or Chandler. Saucier writes with the force of a gunshot.”
– Jack Caldwell, author of the CRESCENT CITY novels BOURBON STREET NIGHTS and ELYSIAN DREAMS
“A gripping novel of love and betrayal. The story is full of angst within their relationship, keeping you on the edge of your seat each time you turn a page.”
– Rach Lawrence Books

Monday, August 3, 2015

What Is Noir Fiction?

Good morning, dear readers!


The Widow - a noir romantic suspense - will be released on Wednesday, August 5th. Many readers, however - unless they are long-time fans of the genre - may not be familiar with noir fiction or what it represents. My readers in particular might wonder why I would choose to write a noir crime thriller, but what can I say? I was inspired! And I do say I embrace all genres of romance...

So what is noir fiction?

From Wikipedia:
"Noir fiction (or roman noir) is a literary genre closely related to hardboiled genre with a distinction that the protagonist is not a detective, but instead either a victim, a suspect, or a perpetrator. Other common characteristics include the self-destructive qualities of the protagonist. A typical protagonist of the Noir fiction is dealing with the legal, political or other system that is no less corrupt than the perpetrator by whom the protagonist is either victimized and/or has to victimize others on a daily basis, leading to Lose-Lose situation."

Although loosely based on the exploits of the Sinaloa Cartel, whose leader drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from prison last, the second half of The Widow gained its inspiration from a re-watching of the Hitchcock classic Notorious, although the similarities stop at mere influence. From that point on, it is written in classic noir style.

For further information on this genre, I will turn to an expert, Bill Pronzini. 

WHAT IS NOIR CRIME FICTION?:  by Bill Pronzini
How does one define noir, or hardboiled, crime fiction?

Not easily. The labels “noir” and “hardboiled” themselves make it difficult, if not impossible, to come up with a precise definition. Both terms have been used and abused by readers, writers, and critics so long and so often that, as with most literary labels, their meanings have become blurred.

A better approach is to list some of the elements contained in the best crime stories of this type. These elements are not the only ones, of course, but they’re among the most important.
The more of them that an author incorporates into a novel or story,
 the greater its merit.

The noir crime story deals with disorder, disaffection, and dissatisfaction. Throughout the genre’s seventy-year history, this has remained a constant and central tenet. The typical noir character (if not the typical noir writer) has a jaundiced view of government, power, and the law. He (or sometimes she) is often a loner, a social misfit. If he is on the side of the angels, he is probably a cynical idealist: he believes that society is corrupt, but he also believes in justice and will make it his business to do whatever is necessary to see that justice is done. If he walks the

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A Very Sexy Time from THE WIDOW for My Sexy Saturday


http://www.mysexysaturday.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-very-sexy-time-mysexysaturday.html
Greetings, and welcome to a NEW My Sexy Saturday!


This week’s theme is A Very Sexy Time!
http://www.colettesaucier.com/viuda-the-widow/


Releasing this Wednesday, August 5th, The Widow is a noir romantic thriller with Catherine as the troubled, disillusioned, self-destructive heroine and David, the hero, an undercover DEA agent, who cannot bring himself to trust her nor ignore his obsession with her, which haunts his dreams.

Here is a short excerpt, about why David might be willing to risk a multi-million dollar DEA operation, or even his life, for her....


The moment the door to the suite closed behind them, David jerked Catherine back against his chest and into his arms, assaulting her mouth, pouring all his pent-up aggression into the kiss. They had never “made up” after their argument, and he wasn’t about to let her raise that icy barrier between them again. But instead of resisting, she flung her arms around his neck, matching his fervor, a conflagration of passion.
He untied the knot at the back of her neck, and if they had had any space between them, the top of her dress would have fallen to free her breasts; but he had no desire to loosen his hold on her—not yet—and he let his arms roam across her bare back, relishing her silky flesh. In the brief moment they broke the kiss, he said, “You were magnificent tonight.”
“Was I?”
Oh, god, yes, he thought, but rather than verbalize it, he attacked her mouth again, ravenous, their adrenaline-charged dinner having stoked his appetite. His fingers found the zipper just below her waist and pulled it down. He tugged the dress from between them and it fell to the floor beside her shawl, leaving her naked in his arms. Good god! All night, all throughout dinner, she had sat there in that dress without a stitch on underneath, and this new information made him hornier than hell.

About The Widow

Press Release Stunning Noir Thriller Reflects Current World Events

Available in print and eBook August 5th. Available NOW for Pre-Order on Kindle, Nook, and other eBook formats, and in hardback at a Special Pre-Sale Price of only $21.00 ($14 off the Pre-sale price at Amazon and Barnes & Noble).
The Widow


Please visit all the authors for this week's My Sexy Saturday blog hop!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Noir Romantic Suspense THE WIDOW Now Available for Pre-Order PLUS Current eBooks 40-50% Off Through August 4th

YES!  The thrilling noir soon-to-be classic The Widow is NOW AVAILABLE for Pre-Order!
What that actually means is that I have submitted the FINAL version to the publisher, so I am officially done! (Well, I still have to approve the proof of the print edition, but I'm sure it will be fine....I hope...)

It will be released in print and eBook August 5th.
Available NOW for Pre-Order on Kindle, Nook, and other eBook formats, and in hardback at a Special Pre-Sale Price.
The Widow

But I know you want something to read NOW, so I have reduced the price of the eBooks of my Pride and Prejudice adaptations just until The Widow is released on August 5th. Pulse and Prejudice is only $2.99 and The Proud and the Prejudiced is half price at $1.49!

https://www.omnilit.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Colette+L.+Saucier 

Now back to coming attractions...

Above I have a phote from a scene from the classic Hitchcock film Notorious, which is one of my favourite films of all time and is partly the inspiration for The Widow (or the second half at least); however, instead of Nazis, it is loosely based on the Sinaloa Cartel. My character “El Raton” is inspired by the notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whose daring escape from a maximum security prison last week has dominated headlines.




In this thrilling noir romantic suspense, after drug lord Ignacio “El Ratón” Martinez’s daring escape from a maximum security prison, DEA agent David Alvarez invested four years in deep undercover infiltrating the multimillion dollar money laundering operation of the ruthless Sonora Drug Cartel only to have his primary target gunned down by a rival gang. Now his only hope in salvaging the operation and bringing the largest drug trafficker in the world to justice lies with the man’s beautiful, young widow Catherine, whom he cannot bring himself to trust.

Drowning in wine and despair, Catherine would do anything to break free from the clutches of the cartel, but despite her desperate efforts, she can never escape the mistakes of her past that continue to haunt her.

Even though he cannot deny their mystical, mutual attraction, David must carry out his orders – from both the DEA and the Cartel – catching Catherine in a spider web of duplicity and deceit.  How far will David go to bring down the cartel? If he succeeds in winning the widow’s trust, would he be willing to risk her life – or his heart?

PLEASE NOTE: Contains strong language and intense sexual situations.

For a short excerpt, click here.

Pre-Order today on Kindle, Nook, and other eBook formats
and in hardback at a Special Pre-Sale Price of only $21.00.

Advance Praise:

 “A noir thriller as hard-boiled as anything written by Hammett or Chandler. Saucier writes with the force of a gunshot.”
– Jack Caldwell, author of the CRESCENT CITY novels BOURBON STREET NIGHTS and ELYSIAN DREAMS

“A gripping novel of love and betrayal. The story is full of angst within their relationship, keeping you on the edge of your seat each time you turn a page.”
– Rach Lawrence Books