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“Kate Tri­umph” by Shari Arnold Re­view

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Deb­bie Bal­zotti

“Kate Tri­umph” would make a great Christ­mas gift – well, not for a guy of course. It’s new YA fic­tion so the women and younger women on your Christ­mas list would en­joy this novel. They can sip hot co­coa by the fire and en­joy the book you gave them this year.

The de­but novel by for­mer Utah res­i­dent Shari Arnold is also a good choice for book clubs if you need some­thing fun and light to read. After more than 20 years of read­ing to­gether, ev­ery­one in our book club knows the 7 habits we should have, the Se­cret to have a park­ing space mag­i­cally open up, and we just need a break dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Arnold said she spent 6 months writ­ing and 3 more months “tweak­ing” her first pub­li­ca­tion. As an avid reader of YA lit­er­a­ture, it was a great genre for her.

She shared a lit­tle bit about her writ­ing jour­ney and gave some ad­vice to oth­ers who want to publish. Her writ­ing class in­struc­tor gave her im­por­tant feed­back and the courage to keep writ­ing.

“I’ve been telling sto­ries and writ­ing them down in note­books since I was a child, but I didn’t dis­cover my true love of writ­ing un­til I took a cre­ative writ­ing class in col­lege,” she said.

Arnold added, “I find that read­ing is es­sen­tial to be­ing a writer. I love read­ing as much as I love writ­ing. I find that when I’m stuck and I can’t quite work out a scene if I take a break and read for a while the scene will work it­self out”.

De­scrib­ing the main character, co­in­ci­den­tally named Kate Tri­umph, Arnold re­veals that there is another book in the se­ries com­ing soon.

“Kate Tri­umph is the first in a se­ries,” Arnold said. “She has far more ad­ven­tures loom­ing than I could pro­vide in one book. As for a tan­ta­liz­ing clue - let’s just say that some of the char­ac­ters you thought were ‘taken care of’ in the first book, may pop up in books to come. Oh! And there will be more ro­mance, of course.”

With­out re­veal­ing too much about the story, it’s about a sev­en­teen-year-old girl who can run freak­ishly fast and has the un­usual abil­ity to heal her­self. Kate’s mother has pro­tected her and kept her se­cret tal­ents hid­den as much as pos­si­ble.

After her fa­ther comes back into her life, Kate tries to trust this stranger as she faces ter­ri­ble dan­ger and tries to find the truth about her ge­netic anom­alies. Ad­just­ing to a new high school on Mercer Is­land is eas­ier with the help with a hand­some, popular neigh­bor but it’s his older brother Zack that makes her heart skip a beat.

I en­joyed read­ing “Kate Tri­umph”. Arnold has a gift for story-telling and the abil­ity to keep her reader en­gaged in the lives of her char­ac­ters. You may want to read it your­self and then give it as a gift. Just be care­ful not to spill any hot choco­late on the pages be­fore you gift wrap it.

“Kate Tri­umph” by Shari Arnold is avail­able on Ama­zon in pa­per­back or Kin­dle edi­tions.

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