Kate Sherwood on Long Shadows ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Long Shadows
Author: Kate Sherwood
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay, Gay Fiction
Release Date: 01/02/2017


LA cop Jericho Crewe got the hell out of Mosely, Montana, when he was seventeen. Fifteen years later, he’s back, and everything is just as messed up as when he left. He planned a quick visit to deal with his injured father, but of course things are never that simple. Family complications, police complications, social complications—and, as always, Wade Granger complications.

Jericho and Wade had been so close, once upon a time. First friends, then more than friends—and then, after Jericho’s escape, nothing. Wade’s magnetism hasn’t been lessened by a decade and a half apart; even when Jericho learns that Wade is the prime suspect in the death of Jericho’s father, the old connection still sparks.

When Jericho’s newly discovered half siblings are kidnapped, he needs to trust someone to help him find them. Wade’s a terrible choice, but Jericho’s never been known for his good judgment. Anyway, he’d rather make a bad decision with Wade than a good one with anybody else.


Editors have a big job. I’m a reasonably clean first-draft writer, but I definitely need an editor to catch all my word repetitions and to point out when things aren’t flowing as well as they could. An example from Long Shadows, the first book in the Common Law series:


Jericho was starting to move when his shoulder was knocked back. No pain for a moment, just impact and shock and over it all a sense of failure. Without him, the kids had no hope. Then the pain hit, and brought rage with it.

He was half-way to the floor when he saw the shooter down the hall stumble forward, his chest blossoming red. No time to ask questions; Jericho made himself turn and raise his gun.

Finished Version:

There was no pain for a moment, just impact and shock before he realized what had happened. [Character X] had shot him. The fucker was taking the nuclear option, going out fighting. Jericho was down. He’d failed. Then the pain hit and brought rage with it.

These bastards. These—Jericho was halfway to the floor when he saw the kidnapper down the hall stumble forward, his chest blossoming red. No time to ask questions; Jericho found his willpower, his damn Crewe stubbornness, and he turned and raised his gun.

I still like the original version just fine, to be honest, but one of the editor’s goals with this story was clearly to make things more immediate—more showing, less filtering, etc. And that’s one of the things that makes a good editor valuable. I’m not writing to please myself, I’m writing for an audience, and if a professional editor thinks the audience will be happier with a more immediate style of writing, I’d better try to conform!

So—hopefully you guys will find yourselves immersed in Jericho’s world in the Common Law series, and if you do, at least some of the credit will have to go to Riptide’s editors!


Long Shadows on Goodreads
Amazon US
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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of all four books in the Common Law series, we’re giving away one four-tour-wide grand prize of $100 in Riptide credit! Enter at each stop on each tour (when they launch) to maximize your chances to win! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on April 8, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the Long Shadows tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

Kate Sherwood started writing about the same time she got back on a horse after almost twenty years away from riding. She’d like to think she was too young for it to be a midlife crisis, but apparently she was ready for some changes!

Kate grew up near Toronto, Ontario (Canada) and went to school in Montreal, then Vancouver. But for the last decade or so she’s been a country girl. Sure, she misses some of the conveniences of the city, but living close to nature makes up for those lacks. She’s living in Ontario’s “cottage country”–other people save up their time and come to spend their vacations in her neighborhood, but she gets to live there all year round!

Since her first book was published in 2010, she’s kept herself busy with novels, novellas, and short stories in almost all the sub-genres of m/m romance. Contemporary, suspense, scifi or fantasy–the settings are just the backdrop for her characters to answer the important questions. How much can they share, and what do they need to keep? Can they bring themselves to trust someone, after being disappointed so many times? Are they brave enough to take a chance on love?

Kate’s books balance drama with humor, angst with optimism. They feature strong, damaged men who fight themselves harder than they fight anyone else. And, wherever possible, there are animals: horses, dogs, cats ferrets, squirrels… sometimes it’s easier to bond with a non-human, and most of Kate’s men need all the help they can get.

After five years of writing, Kate is still learning, still stretching herself, and still enjoying what she does. She’s looking forward to sharing a lot more stories in the future.

Twitter: @kate_sherwood

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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18 thoughts on “Kate Sherwood on Long Shadows ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. I’ve always known editors/proofreaders played a big part when it came to final drafts of the books. But not really how much. Thank you for sharing.
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  2. Editors are heroes. To be fair, the writer still has to come up with the new words, but the editor makes suggestions as to what the goals should be.

  3. Thank you for spotlighting this. I love peeking at first drafts and then seeing how they evolve! peachescon(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. Editors help make huge different in the final product of the book. Even a mere reader like myself can feel the difference while reading them (as in tell which one’s with good editing or lack of). Thanks for sharing this. Looking forward to read the whole series, Kate.
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  5. Interesting to see the difference – editors are heard about but as a reader i dont often see their impact. Riptide’s books are always a clean read so they must be worth their weight!!

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  6. I think editing is a fascinating work, as interesting as writing… though it may be very frustrating for authors, I guess
    Congratulations on the new release, Kate. I love your books

  7. After working with students in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade for over 30 years I can totally sympathize with editors. Getting writers to ‘show’ not ‘tell’ is a lifelong task. Long live the editors! Their work goes so far beyond putting commas in the correct place and using the correct spelling of to/too/two! 🙂

  8. Thanks for showing what the editors did to your work, Kate. I enjoyed the book so much, cannot wait for “Embers”


  9. I think an editor is absolutely necessary for every author. I have a hard time reading unedited books. Also: I’m a big fan of your books 🙂


  10. Congrats and thanks for the giveaway. I appreciated your thots & example on editing. I love gay mysteries and romance, and this one sounds like an intriguing plot with interesting characters. A definite tbr.
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