When Clouds Gather

When Clouds Gather


PUBLISHED IN: November 2014.

THE AUTHOR: Ryan Jo Summers, Also author of “Whispers in her Heart” Black Lyon Publishing Dec 2012, “Shimmers of Stardust” Soul Mate Publishing Sept 2014. Coming soon—“Chasing the Painted Skies” Soul Mate Publishing November 2015 and “Glimpse Eternity” Melange Books Feb-March 2016. http://www.ryanjosummers.com blog: http://www.summersrye.wordpress.com https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan-Jo-Summers-author-page/312875648810797

THE PUBLISHER: Soul Mate has been an awesome house to work with. They are a small press based in NY and their talented team of editors work hard to make the writer’s work shine.

THE EDITOR: Since many of the Soul Mate editors are also authors, they experience all the challenges, and triumphs that their authors do.

SUMMARY: Darby Adams has a full, happy life in Driftwood Shores with a successful Bed and Breakfast Inn, The Brass Lamplighter, and her teenage son, Matt. Until a guest is found dead in one of her rooms. Suddenly, she is the number one suspect. With her world rapidly spinning out of control, Darby desperately needs a friend. The surviving family wants answers—and prosecution—so they hire Private Investigator Sam Golden to unquestionably prove Darby’s guilt. Busy with his disobedient, willful teenage daughter, Sam still takes the case. He starts in the dual role as a sympathetic ally to Darby while searching for the evidence needed to send her to prison. It should be an easy case to close, until strange things begin happening at the B & B, Scary things.

THE BACK STORY: Years ago—1997–I was visiting family in Portland OR. We were walking along the shore, littered with rocks and driftwood. Above the cliffs was a lighthouse. What a perfect location to put a Bed and breakfast, and then have a grisly murder, I thought. The story ruminated for a while and I finally wrote it in 2004, taking maybe around 6 months or so. I tried a few agencies, but it was never accepted so It sat in a drawer for several years. Until I took it out in 2013, blew the dust off and revised it, taking about three months for that. Ryan Jo SummersFinished, I submitted it through an author pitch and it was accepted.

WHY THIS TITLE: I know I’m always curious why a book is called what it is, especially a novel. I like titles that evoke images of nature. In this case it’s clouds. Darby’s grandfather used to warn her when she was young that when clouds gathered, it meant a storm was blowing in. Now, it becomes a metaphor for something bad about to happen in her life, again. Throughout the story, the ‘clouds gather’ several times in Darby’s life. It becomes a warning to be on the lookout.

WHY YOU WOULD WANT TO READ IT: I like stories set in coastal or lake areas. Darby is also the town pound, where she cares for unwanted pets and re-homes them as she can. Sam even adopts a cat for his daughter’s birthday. I am drawn to stories that feature animals in them.


“Great mix of romance and suspense. The setting is cozy, the romance delicious and the action and mystery gives this story wings!” –RN.

“An amazing story with…several twists and turns that will continue to snag your attention.” – AD.

“I couldn’t stop reading. The romance is fun and organic.” — VP.

AUTHOR PROFILE: I am the single mother of five cats, one collie, one macaw and several fish. Most were rescues in one form or another. We share a 1920 cottage nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I write contemporary romance, blended with assorted sub-genre elements like time travel, inspirational, mystery, shape shifting and paranormal. I also dabble in short stories, poetry, some non-fiction and a recently completed young adult/ new adult novel. I also regularly write for regional periodicals and the occasional magazine.

In my spare time, when I am not at my ‘day job’ or writing any of the above, I like to paint, bake and cook, gather with friends, tour the nearby national forest, tend the forty-plus houseplants or work wiggly word find puzzles. And of course, read other people’s books. When I am working through a challenge, I draw cartoons as a coping mechanism.


LOCAL OUTLETS: Fountainhead Books of Hendersonville http://www.fountainhead.com Battery Park Book Exchange (Asheville) http://www.batteryparkbookexchange.com City Lights Bookstore (Sylva) http://www.citylights.com Malaprop’s Bookstore/ Café (Asheville) http://www.malaprops.com (biggest one in area and hardest to get into)

WHERE ELSE TO BUY IT: Amazon.com, Soul Mate Publishing.com

PRICE: $2.99 on Kindle. Paperback version will be out in a few months, not sure what price will be.

CONTACT THE AUTHOR: http://www.ryanjosummers.com has contact page to email me. Blog is https:www.summersrye.wordpress.com

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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