Saturday, June 15, 2013

The Kings of Charleston Excerpt and Giveaway!

The Indie/Self-Published Author Event, hosted by the lovely ladies over at Say It with Books, is a month-long blog event that features all independently and self-published authors and their brilliant, but under-recognized works. Follow us throughout June to discover your next favorite book!

I'm so excited to share the The Kings of Charleston series by Kat H. Clayton with y'all today. Stick around til the end to enter to win finished copies of both books!

The Kings of Charleston (#1)

Casper Whitley is forced to move to Charleston, South Carolina where she’ll be the new kid her senior year of high school. Casper's upset about the move until she meets the Roman family's gorgeous son, Cal, but there's a problem. A mystery surrounds him which can be summed up in one word... Kythera. Never heard of it? Neither has Casper until she finds the word tattooed on cars, paintings, and all her new friends.

After Casper’s life is threatened, someone is forced to tell the truth about her parents, the Romans and Kythera’s motives for her being in Charleston. Once the truth is revealed, she must decide whether to protect her family and Kythera's secrets or walk away from everything she has ever known.

After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts. — Aristotle Onassis

There's a mystery floating in Charleston, South Carolina and it revolves around one word... Kythera. To anyone outside the city limits it means nothing, but to those who live there it's a word whispered in awe and respect or jealousy and hate.

Welcome to a world where money isn't the only name of the game.

All the King’s Men is the sequel to The Kings of Charleston and continues the adventures of Casper and Cal as they try to escape Kythera and the mysterious group looking to destroy the "K." Will they leave behind everything they've known or will their association with Kythera destroy them before they can escape?

The Kings of Charleston asked, are you in? All the King's Men asks, will you survive?
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Cal swore under his breath and pulled to the side.

I was a mess. I had never been pulled over, not even as a passenger.

Cal pushed a button and the window slid down slowly with a whoosh. I turned to look at the approaching officer. He had a flashlight in his hand that he swept across the side of the car. Once he reached the front of the car, he paused at the front wheel and stood motionless for several seconds. I leaned over the console to see what the holdup was. The officer’s face had drained of all its color.

"Can I help you, Officer?" Cal said.

I hit Cal on the shoulder and mouthed, What are you doing? He shrugged his shoulders.

"Oh, well, I'm sorry. I didn't realize who you were," the officer said with an uneasy laugh. Why would he be sorry for pulling over a seventeen-year-old in a Mercedes?

"No problem, you new to the force?" Cal said in a conversational tone. My mouth dropped open.

"Yes, I am. I didn't get a good look at your vehicle til now. Hope you have a good night," he said. The officer walked back to his vehicle and drove off. Cal turned on his blinker and merged back into the flow of traffic.

"What just happened?" I asked. I was shocked and confused by how the officer had treated Cal. You would have thought he was a movie star or a diplomat with immunity to the law.

"Ah, nothing, I just know the police pretty well," he responded, smiling to himself. There was obviously more to the story and it had to do with whatever the officer had seen on the front wheel of his car. What could he have seen? I was dying to find out.

"You have a lot of run-ins with the law?"

He leaned his head over to me with a playful expression on his face. I felt tiny butterflies develop in the pit of my stomach. "Me? Nah, they have run-ins with me from time to time. I have to straighten them out, you know?"

He turned the blinker on and we entered a residential neighborhood. A few minutes later, we pulled up to a restaurant at the end of a secluded street. Cal pulled the car into a parallel parking space across the street and got out of the car. I began to open my door, but he waved his finger at me. He opened the door for me and gestured for me to take his hand. After a moment’s hesitation, I stepped out of the car, my hand in his strong grip.

About the Author

Kat H. Clayton has been a writer her entire life, but never pursued a writing career until the characters from a short story she wrote in high school refused to go away. Finally, she sat down and wrote their story which would become The Kings of Charleston series.

Kat has been an avid reader her entire life. She enjoys all genres, but particularly Mystery and Young Adult. Mary Higgins Clark is one of her favorite authors and who inspired her love of mystery.

When she isn't writing, Kat loves to travel, try out new recipes and hang out with her husband.

Kat is originally from Kentucky, but currently resides in South Georgia with her husband, a cat named Frank, and a dog named Lil.


Want to win a set of both books? One lucky reader will receive a copy of each in print format!!!

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. For extra entries, leave a comment in response to Kat's question...
Do you believe secret societies exist? Give an example of one that you speculate exists!
Please make your comment meaningful!!! Comments consisting solely of one-worded responses like "yes" or irrelevant fluff like "thanks for the giveaway" will not be eligible for the additional entries. Kat and I really want to hear you guys' thoughts! :)
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Sponsored wholly by the author—a huge thank you to Kat!
Giveaway ends June 30th at 11.59 pm (your time).
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