Kathleen Rowland

Biography

Having blocks of time to write is pure luxury. Before, when raising a family and working as a teacher or computer programmer, tantalizing tales of dark deeds and people facing them swirled in my head. Lucky for me, I can write them now. My husband, a CPA with his own busy practice, and I are almost empty nesters. Isn't it terrific when kids want to become independent?

Smashwords Interview

What's your favorite genre to write/read in and why?
For my personal entertainment, I’m drawn to romantic suspense. Writing romantic suspense is a challenge, but when a story comes together, it’s satisfying. This genre has broad heat levels from sweet-cozy to steamy-hot. All have their place. I enjoy writing a story driven by a constant threat of danger and promise of romance. One of the protagonists or someone they care about is in jeopardy. Villains are interesting to develop and must be defeated. Both the suspense and romance reach a crescendo when the mystery is solved. There’s a happily for now or a happily ever after. I don’t like movies and books that end badly. To add suspense, there’s a ticking time clock that requires protagonists to accomplish something difficult within a set amount of time or suffer a grave consequence. Every second counts in Deadly Alliance when the hero must save the kidnapped heroine. The heroine in Unholy Alliance is a sleuth on the mobster’s secret island hideout. Bittersweet Alliance is a reunion love story entwined with a genocide crime. One Night in Havana features drug thugs posing as guards on the heroine’s cruise ship. The college professor hero works part-time for the Cuban Port Authority and protects her. Time is running out until they won’t be together after the conference ends. The ticking clock can include something like a time bomb. What fun when a couple joins forces in the fighting against the villain. A reader of romantic suspense enjoys the feeling of urgency and anxiety as they worry about what could happen. I insert forewarnings at various points in the story. Also, the main characters’ flaws come to light, and they grow emotionally while making right choices.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords is more than fair to an author. In other words, authors make more money when Smashwords is the publisher. In addition to this financial gain, Smashwords converts docx files to many other formats. I appreciate our author page here at Smashwords to let readers know something about us.
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Books

How to Write Point of View
Price: $1.89 USD. Words: 14,250. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2015 . Categories: Nonfiction » Reference » Publishing & books
Point of View is one of fiction writing's most difficult elements to master and is vital for success. POV, the position of the narrator in relation to the story, is at the heart of writing romance. Aspire to write effective POV, and inspiration for your romance novel will follow. Authors succeed with Kathleen Rowland's "video camera on the head" technique.
A Brand New Address
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 58,980. Language: English. Published: May 14, 2014 . Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » General, Fiction » Adventure » Action
A meteor bombardment throws Earth into a 2nd Ice Age. Yardley Van Dyke promised her dying mother she'd care for their family by growing food in their greenhouse. With changing family dynamics, Yardley joins a shuttle going to the planet Venus. Will she get along with the show-off captain, Marchand Lafond?
Fallen Evermore
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 67,090. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2012 . Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Criminal attorney Sophia Mercola makes a name for herself by saving petty thieves from trips to the Big House. When a madman leaves victims not quite dead along the beach, her good intentions work against her. Witch hunters believe she knows who's behind the freaky cruelties. Mayor Cordell Smith doesn't approve of her slick lawyer tactics but has a reason to protect her.

Smashwords book reviews by Kathleen Rowland

  • Smashwords Style Guide on April 09, 2012
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    Five star review from Brittany of Guru Books: In Gold Standard of Thin, Janice Rowland and Kathleen Rowland offer "a guide for steady weight loss and rich health." The Rowlands address fitness from the inside out, providing readers with inspirational "nuggets for your inner self," curing the underlying motivations for binge eating and depression that precludes us from being active. By teaching us to "stop feeding our feelings," readers are able to break away from the cycle of depression, frustration, and disappointment that lead to eating, which in turn leads to more depression, frustration, and disappointment. The Rowlands offer delicious recipes that are as tasty as they are healthy, helping dieters to stick with their diet programs by providing them with ideas for healthy eating that will not leave them feeling deprived. Among their recipes are: Banana Peanut Butter Rolls, Cilantro-Lime Steak Fajitas, Beef Rib Roast with Shallots and Herbs, and Lobster Salad with Lemon and Basil. One of the strengths of these recipes is a true relevance to modern social situations that tempt us to "cheat" on our diets, often leading us to return to former eating habits. Perhaps you are entertaining and do not want to serve your guests diet food; Glazed Ham with Sugar Snap Peas, Carrots, and Leeks is an elegant and delicious dinner for eight. For others whose challenges include snack time, lunch at work, or eating at home alone, there are appropriate recipes for every situation, encouraging consistent and sustainable healthy eating. In the exercise portion of Gold Standard of Thin, the authors address both traditional exercise and encourage fun ways to burn calories and build strength from sailing and gardening to Nintendo Wii and horseback riding. By making fitness an enjoyable proposition, readers are motivated to get fit, have fun, and maintain their exercise programs. Through the variety of suggestions offered, dieters can never grow bored with their fitness regimes, finding ways to keep their program fresh. In a market pervaded by unhealthy fad diets that only lead to water weight loss and breaking down lean muscle, Gold Standard of Thin offers real solutions for real health from real women and for real women. Through the application of their advice, readers will find weight loss simple and manageable, demystifying the often-daunting task of dieting and exercising. Janice and Kathleen Rowland guide dieters down the path to real, healthy, and sustainable weight loss. It is through a program of solid advice, nutritious and delectable recipes, and enjoyable exercise that they teach readers that getting fit can actually be fun!