Before You Say “Unbelievable” …—and a Giveaway!

Lauren and Gnarly

Lauren and Gnarly

Lauren Carr is the international best-selling author of the Mac Faraday and Lovers in Crime Mysteries. Her new series, The Thorny Rose Mysteries, was released earlier this year.

The owner of Acorn Book Services, Lauren is also a publishing manager, consultant, editor, cover and layout designer, and marketing agent for independent authors. This year, several books, over a variety of genres written by independent authors will be released through the management of Acorn Book Services, which is currently accepting submissions. Visit Acorn Book Services website for more information.

Lauren is a popular speaker who has made appearances at schools, youth groups, and on author panels at conventions. She also passes on what she has learned in her years of writing and publishing by conducting workshops and teaching in community education classes.

She lives with her husband, son, and three dogs on a mountain in Harpers Ferry, WV.

Visit Lauren’s websites and blog at:
E-Mail: writerlaurencarr@gmail.net
Website: http://acornbookservices.com/
http://mysterylady.net/
Blog: Literary Wealth: http://literarywealth.wordpress.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lauren.carr.984991
Gnarly’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/GnarlyofMacFaradayMysteries
Lovers in Crime Facebook Page:
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Acorn Book Services Facebook Page:
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Twitter: @TheMysteryLadie

Have you ever wondered what authors talk about when they get together? I have found that there are certain subjects that just naturally creep up.

When do you write? Are you a plotter or a pantser? How do you find time to write three books a year when you have four dogs who now demand to be fed three times a day? Where do you get your ideas? Are you in therapy? Have you ever considered therapy? Maybe you should. How do you like your publisher, editor, book tour coordinator? How were your latest reviews?

Coming January 28th!

Coming January 28th!

Which then leads to the most annoying things readers have said about your books.

One claim that I have seen made about some authors’ books, and occasionally, though not regularly, about mine, is that they are “unbelievable.” Some of the elements in the plotlines are just not realistic. They would never happen like that.

A few years ago, a friend published her first book, which was a romantic suspense. At one point in the storyline, a homicidal maniac walks out of the mental hospital and goes on a murder spree.

While the book received wonderful reviews and decent sales, some readers have declared it unbelievable—claiming that it is impossible for a mental patient with a murderous history to simply walk out of a mental hospital the way the author wrote it.

However … this author had the last laugh this spring (though it was a tragic last laugh) when less than an hour from where she lived, a patient with a murderous history simply walked out of the mental hospital where he was locked up and went on a murder spree—in the same manner that she had written in her book five years ago!

Here’s the book trailer for Cancelled Vows:

https://youtu.be/6ZKg6N8UfjI

When this happens, there is something deep down in the writer that makes her want to say, “Told you so!” Of course, that would be childish and unprofessional and I am above all that.

Yeah. Right.

In January 2015, when Three Days to Forever was released, a few readers, not reviewers, but readers, declared that certain aspects of the plot and storyline were too fantastic.

One reviewer, and a reader or two, could not believe the love at first sight storyline involving Jessica Faraday (Mac’s daughter) and Murphy Thornton (Joshua’s son.) While it was a nice fantasy, it would never happen. However, there have been cases of love at first sight. In an article published by the Wall Street Journal on April 20, 2015 (four months after the release of Three Days to Forever), some 41% of men, versus 29% of women, say they have experienced love at first sight.

Recent alarming events have reminded me about the main issue that a small percentage of readers pointed to as being the most implausible in Three Days is Forever. In spite of an author note stating that Three Days to Forever is completely fiction, not an accusation of how things are in Washington, some sensitive readers interpreted it otherwise and declared it completely improbable that Islamic terrorists could be here in the United States, compile hit lists of military service people, or work their way into our American government to a position in which they could influence our president to threaten our safety.

Yet, this didn’t seem so far-fetched in March, three months after the release of Three Days to Forever, when ISIS released such a hit list of members of the American military with orders to target not only the military, but their families as well. The list was updated in August to include more names. The Pentagon took this threat so seriously that they issued a warning to members of the military and their families to be vigilant because they could be terrorist targets.

Then, in recent weeks, after the horrifying attack in Paris, Americans have started wondering why our own president and his advisors have been playing down the growth and threat of ISIS while the American people, foreign policy experts, and other countries around the globe have seen saying for years that ISIS is a real threat.

Noticing that our president has been radically out of step with the reality of the situation, committees have been formed to investigate.

Three Days to ForeverHmmmm. Yes, the president in Three Days to Forever is fictional, and I did not intend to point fingers at anyone in particular. As I wrote in the author’s note at the front of the book, “The key job of a fiction writer is to look at a situation, make observations about how things are and how they work, and then ask, ‘What if …’ Then, the writer twists, turns, and manipulates, while maintaining believability, to make for a thrilling plot. This is what I had done with Three Days to Forever.”

Never, in my wild imagination, did it occur to me that reality would match up so closely.

Seeing how circumstances have been playing out in the past year, I have to ask, “At this point, is it really that far-fetched to suggest that someone close enough to our president to advise him could really be playing for the other team—putting the safety of our country at risk?”

But then, that would be totally implausible. It would be about as realistic as falling in love at first sight … and we all know that never happens.

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Giveaway:
To enter the drawing for an ebook
copy of Three Days to Forever by
Lauren Carr,
just leave a comment below
with the name
of the book you found most unbelievable when
you read it but it later ended up being true
to life.
The winning name will be drawn on
Monday evening, November 30th.

Here’s the book trailer for Three Days to Forever:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hgl2O2L6yLM

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12 thoughts on “Before You Say “Unbelievable” …—and a Giveaway!

  1. Truth is stranger than fiction. I was reminded of a boyfriend commenting on how unrealistic the Godfather movie was. I told him he had lived a sheltered life. In Cold Blood creeped me out as I knew it was true, but hated the thought. Bobbipad@gmail.com

    • Your comment makes me wonder about human nature, Barbara. With the horribly terrible things that people will do to each other–serial killers, terrorist killing innocent strangers simply because they don’t believe the same way, how is it that some people really don’t believe in love at first sight?

  2. I’m not coming up with a book in my head right now–but from another post earlier, some movies are based on truths that I really would find difficult to handle. I remember A Few Good Men and think this probably was based on real events.

    • Here’s something for you, Libby. Not a book, but in fiction. How about Star Trek? Back in the sixties, the crew would talk into those communication devices, which ended up being the basis for today’s cell phones!

  3. I would love to read your book very much; as far as writing a comment about any book that I found to be ‘unbelievable’ but discovered later that…well Lauren, that’s the problem, my own writings are even filled with ideas, thoughts and events that are stranger than fiction; I am so very open to unusual ideas that your premise interests me. I, for one, believe we took too long to react against ISIS, and your above comment concerning Star Trek, well, I knew during those days that it was a foretelling of the future ( 2001, a Space Odyssey), and of course, the wonderful 1984 novel/movie.

    • Thank you very much for your comments and entering the giveaway, Skye. I saw a documentary not too long ago about the amazing amount of modern day technology that grew out of sci-f–though I am not a sci-fi fan myself.

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