Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The Keys: Voice of the Turtle by Karen Hulene Bartell

Like many writers, Karen Hulene Bartell has a writing buddy. Karen's buddy may not talk but he has ways of expressing himself! Check out the blurb and excerpt for Karen's new release, The Keys: Voice of the Turtle.

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The inspiration for the feline “character” in The Keys: Voice of the Turtle was my orange tabby cat, Marmalade. Though he doesn’t actively speak, he does plenty of “talking” with his antics, expressions, and meows. I call him my “mews.”

The Keys: Voice of the Turtle by Karen Hulene Bartell


Hours after arriving in the Florida Keys to help her cousin Keya create a turtle preserve, Ruth discovers a washed-up body and not one, but two apparitions—Maita, the angry victim's spirit, and Bart, a swashbuckling ghost. Ruth's curious ability to connect with the ghosts may help them move on, but how?

Keya is in a probate battle over her turtle-nesting beach. Land-hungry relatives want it bulldozed and developed. Like Ruth, she has a special gift—she can talk to animals. Between Ruth's help and Keya's unique ability, they work to save the property, but is it too late?

Can Keya save her beloved turtles? Can Ruth find Maita's murderer or help Bart solve his 400-year-old mystery? There's more than meets the eye to Keya's land. Add in a dashing sailor who believes in her, and Keya may have more than she bargained for…


Conveying this land to the turtles would be my way of leaving the world a better place.” She turned toward Ruth. “Does that make sense?”

Ruth nodded and gazed at Keya as if for the first time. Her cousin’s intentions were clear. “But legally, how can you will the property to the turtles?”

“Easy. I leave it to the Turtle Refuge.” Keya laughed inwardly as they meandered along the beach. “And this is where you come in. When you’re writing the brochure, add a few paragraphs about planned giving and charitable bequests…” Her words broke off as Keya stared as if in a trance.

Ruth looked at her. “What’s wrong?”

Her hand shaking, Keya pointed to a shady patch of beach half hidden by sand dunes. A lifeless hand lay tangled in seaweed, its fingernails broken and bloodied.

Racing behind the sandbanks to help, Ruth skidded to a halt, her heels digging into the sand. A woman’s bloated body lay staring at the sun, her eyes opaque and unseeing. “Do you recognize her?”

“No.” Keya shook her head as the cat gingerly approached, sniffing and meowing. But Earnestine said she smells familiar.”

“Knock, knock,” called a man’s voice.

Ruth flinched at the sound. “Who’s there?”

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Amazon eBook: https://amzn.to/2XV2wO1
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About the Author:

Author of the Sacred Emblem, Sacred Journey, and Sacred Messenger series, Karen is a best-selling author, motivational keynote speaker, wife, and all-around pilgrim of life. She writes multicultural, offbeat love stories steeped in the supernatural that lift the spirit. Born to rolling-stone parents who moved annually, Bartell found her earliest playmates as fictional friends in books. Paperbacks became her portable pals. Ghost stories kept her up at night—reading feverishly. The paranormal was her passion. Wanderlust inherent, Karen enjoyed traveling, although loathed changing schools. Novels offered an imaginative escape. An only child, she began writing her first novel at the age of nine, learning the joy of creating her own happy endings. Professor emeritus of the University of Texas at Austin, Karen resides in the Hill Country with her husband Peter and her “mews”—three rescued cats and a rescued *Cat*ahoula Leopard dog.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting Marmalade and me on your blog today, Jana <3

  2. Marmalade looks like a great inspiration. Does he have six toes like the Hemingway cats in your story? I have read the book and it’s a must-read

    1. Thank you, Dianne - appreciate your kind words <3 Marmalade's not as physically special as the six-toed cat in The Keys: Voice of the Turtle, but he *IS* my ins-purrrr-ation ;) Thank so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, Dianne!

  3. Thanks for being my guest today. Love Marmalade!