THE TRAITOR’S KISS Blog Tour: ‘Favorite & Most Challenge Scenes’ Guest Post by Erin Beaty

I am thrilled to be today’s stop on THE TRAITOR’S KISS Blog Tour. Erin Beaty’s book made it to the top of my TBR pile the moment I saw its amazing cover. And when I started reading it, I instantly fell in love.

THE TRAITOR’S KISS releases on May 9th, so there’s plenty of time to pre-order a copy from your favorite online bookseller and receive it on release day. But until then, if you’d like to know more about the book and get a sneak peek at a deleted scene, be sure to follow the tour – each stop will be sharing a secret message and all will be revealed at the end of the tour. (You can find this stop’s secret message at the bottom of this post.)

For my stop today, Erin Beaty shares her favorite and most challenging scenes to write – and why. So if you’d like to know what scenes the author “agonized over” and “edited” quite a bit, check out the guest post below.

And if you’d like to know more about the book and author, their details follow, along with places to find them online.

The tour schedule will be updated with direct links to each of the stops as they happen, so just click the links to check out the posts and gather the secret messages.


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Title & Series: THE TRAITOR’S KISS (Traitor’s Trilogy #1)
Author: Erin Beaty
Release date: May 9, 2017
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 352
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook



An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a proper lady—which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for a suitable marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls—and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust—and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

With secret identities and a tempestuous romance, Erin Beaty’s The Traitor’s Kiss is full of intrigue, espionage, and lies.


The Guest Post

Favorite & Most Challenging Scenes to Write (and Why)

by Erin Beaty

Aside from the first chapter of the book, which was rewritten probably twenty times but ended up almost exactly as it was first drafted, I think it’s fair to say I agonized over and edited the romantic scenes more than any other. It was almost like giving readers a window into my most intimate thoughts.

Scratch that. It IS a window into my deepest emotions. Talk about vulnerable.

I’d read enough cheesy kissing scenes to develop a fear of making readers cringe. Every time I passed those chapters to beta readers, I begged them to be brutally honest. I got some good advice, but not nearly as much as I wanted (the best feedback came from my mom, which was somewhat disturbing). The self-consciousness dialed up to 11 when my husband read those parts. I mean, I’m basically imagining getting it on with some random guy. Would he think it was based on him? Would he think it wasn’t based on him?

This is not the kind of angst one expects to feel after more than fifteen years of marriage.

For better or for worse, however, they’re done. Now I await the greater judgment of readers at large.

But there’s one scene in the book that has a special place in my heart, because it was a huge turning point in the development of the story and my development as a writer. I used to think it was a bit odd when authors complained that their characters did things they didn’t expect. After all, these are the people we writers create specifically to do the things we want them to do.

Enter Chapter 5.

(Actually, in the final book I think it’s Chapter 4. Edits, yo.)

Anyway, I went into this conversation between Sage and the matchmaker, thinking our tragic main character would be rebuffed and tossed out, but then somehow she would solve a problem for the matchmaker and the woman would very reluctantly hire her. Basically Sage would trade one “evil stepmother” for another, but at least she’d get out of the house.

So they danced around each other in conversation for a bit, the matchmaker pushing Sage’s buttons just as she had the last time they’d met. Both Sage and I began to realize that she was – to put it nicely – a brat, and she didn’t really have it in her to lose her temper again like I needed her to. She was at her lowest low, with no real hope of fixing the mess she’d made. I just couldn’t get a rise out of her.

And the matchmaker laughed.

Not cackled like a witch. She chuckled like an all-knowing grandmother. It isn’t always pleasant when we see ourselves clearly, is it?

She then proceeded to tell Sage that she had pretty much staged the entire confrontation of the day before, setting her up to fail – which I had sort of planned – but there was none of the bitterness and meanness I’d expected. And then she said she’d wanted to hire Sage as an apprentice from the beginning.

Wait, what are you doing, lady? You’re not supposed to want this!

Then she dropped a bomb that rocked Sage (and me) to the core. No spoilers, but you’ll know it when you see it.

Suddenly, I loved this woman. She was shrewd and clever and kind. She wasn’t a caricature; she had depth, and that depth opened a whole new realm of possibilities. The story became richer, as did all the other characters who appeared along the way.

Now I kind of enjoy letting my characters surprise me and take scenes in their own direction. They really are their own people.

Don’t tell them I said that, though. Can’t have them getting too many wild ideas.

About Erin Beaty

Erin Beaty was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, which means she can’t drive a tractor, but she won’t eat veggies that come from a can. She graduated from the US Naval Academy with a degree in rocket science and somehow always ended up writing her study group’s lab reports. After serving in the fleet as a weapons officer and a leadership instructor, she resigned to pursue her side hobby of populating the Church of Rome. It still amazes her when other people want to hear the stories that come out of her head.

She and her husband have five children, two cats, and a vegetable garden and live wherever the navy tells them to go.

Erin Beaty is represented by Valerie Noble. Her young adult fantasy adventure, THE TRAITOR’S KISS, the first in a trilogy called The Traitor’s Circle, will be released May 9th, 2017


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