Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Kit Hawthorne & Treason Trail

Posted July 6, 2024 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, clean, giveaway, historical, Kit Hawthorne, romance / 6 Comments

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Welcome to the Blog Tour for Treason Trail by Kit Hawthorne, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! I’m delighted to have Kit on the blog today to chat about her new book!

Treason Trail

TREASON TRAIL by Kit Hawthorne
SERIES: Cape Fear Legacy #3
GENRE: Historical Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Independently Published
RELEASE DATE: June 18, 2024
PAGES: 281

A mysterious stranger holds the key to the fate of the nation.

In the final days of the American Revolutionary War, Nessa Shaw tends to the sick and wounded at the Continental Army camp in Charlestown, South Carolina. When she stumbles upon a man lying unconscious on a forest trail, she quickly realizes he is unlike any patient she has ever encountered. With no memory of his past, his only clues to his identity are his first name—August—and the certainty that he is a Patriot. Against her better judgment, Nessa grows closer to August, trusting him with secrets that could cost her dearly. But when she discovers a deadly plot that could change the course of the war, Nessa must question everything she thought she knew about August and his true allegiances.


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Kit Hawthorne

Hi Kit! Welcome to the blog!

Kit: Winter! Overcast grey skies are soothing to me, and I love the way the leaf drop reveals the architecture of the land.

Carrie: oh i love the way you said that! (And i agree)

Kit: Lots of both. I’m amazed by the wildly different shapes, sizes, and characteristics of the various breeds, and I thank God for making these animals and allowing us to draw them close to us.

Carrie: yes! And the personalities He gives them – so fun!

Kit: Tea. I love its fragrant delicacy, and the ritual of making it.

Carrie: Making tea is so soothing, even if I don’t like the taste.

Kit: Mountains, especially the Appalachians.

Carrie: yes! my happy place ♥

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Kit: Probably organization. I like to be able to find things when they’re needed, whether it’s information or picture-hanging hardware. I keep meticulous files and alphabetize my frozen vegetables.

Carrie: that certainly does come in handy!

Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?

Kit: The Lord of the Rings trilogy (which I’m counting as one book in three volumes, as Tolkien did), Jane Austen’s Emma and Mansfield Park (which are very few people’s favorite Austen novels, but I love them), Maud Hart Lovelace’s Betsy’s Wedding (a perfect ending to a lovely series), and Laura Ingalls Wilder’s These Happy Golden Years (ditto).

Carrie: i love this list so much!

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Kit: In my study, at a quirky old desk with a leather top and lots of nifty compartments. From my windows I can see sunrise, sunset, our three horses, and a glorious old oak tree. I keep an electric kettle in the room and plenty of Darjeeling tea, plus treats and toys for the dogs.

Carrie: that view sounds absolutely delightful!

Q: Which of your main characters in Treason Trail is most like you?

Kit: Probably Rory, the heroine’s little brother—a bookish know-it-all who tends to feel like an outsider.

Carrie: i can definitely relate to him too!

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing Treason Trail, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?

Kit: I started with an outline and made necessary adjustments along the way. I find that having a flexible plan gives me confidence and saves time by preventing dead-end scenes that ultimately have to be cut because they don’t advance the story. 

Carrie: that sounds like a wise approach

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Treason Trail & why do you love it?

Kit: A recurring theme in this book is faithfulness to vows and oaths, specifically of marriage and military service. August tells Rory, “If there were no risk of living to regret an oath, there would be no reason to take one in the first place. That is what oaths are for, to hold the oath-maker to his purpose after the first flush of fervor has passed.”

Carrie: great quote!

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Kit: Thank you for having me! Right now I don’t have any book deadlines, so I’m going to catch up on some tasks around the house and farm while working on my next book, a contemporary novel called The Stand-In. It’s a fun story, and I’m excited about getting to play with it after having it on a back burner for four years. After that I’d like to continue the Cape Fear Legacy series.

Kit Hawthorne

A lifelong resident of the American South, Kit Hawthorne makes her home on a Texas farm that has been in her husband’s family for seven generations. She spent many years singing, composing, and playing Irish pennywhistle in a Celtic folk band. All those ballads and boat songs awakened in her a love for a Scottish heritage that spans both sides of the Atlantic. She’s an avid reader, especially of history, biography, mystery, theology, and romance, and enjoys logging her reads (and plotting her life) in her Bullet Journal. She also enjoys drawing, sewing, quilting, knitting, and restoring old furniture to beauty and usefulness.

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Treason Trail JustRead Tours blog giveaway

(2) winners will each win print copies of all 3 books in the Cape Fear Legacy series!

Full tour schedule linked below. The giveaway begins at midnight July 2, 2024 and will last through 11:59 PM EST on July 9, 2024. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.

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