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5 elements of high concept:

  • Premise (is not the plot) has broad appeal. High concept title is easily understood. Wide range of interest. [Harry Potter etc.]
  • Ooooooh factor. Originality crossed with familiarity. Take something you know and twist it. [J K Rowling did this]
  • Compelling emotional appeal. Driven by emotion. Make the reader care from the first page. [the readers fell in love with Harry]
  • Stand out setting. Spectacular, not expected. [made a magical world seem English yet new]
  • A story that illuminates/gives insight to universal human truth. Or it challenges expectations. [Harry rising above his tormentors]
  • Here is my high concept novel, Eighth Mask: Murder on the Cherokee Reservation. Read it to find out how and why it fits!
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I will be signing Eighth Mask at Books Unlimited in Franklin, North Carolina on Saturday, August 29th from 11 AM to 2 PM.

Eighth Mask, Murder on the Cherokee Reservation: After being accused of a murder he did not commit, Deputy Sheriff Charlie Yuchalla plunges into a mysterious world of supernatural giants, ancient priest orders and Cherokee mystics as he attempts to uncover the true identity of the person responsible for murdering a masked dancer at a Cherokee Booger Dance.

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Franklin, NC

(828) 369-7942

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BOOK: Louisville author plots ‘Murder on the Cherokee Reservation’

Jun 10 2015

By T.E. Lyons

Eighth Mask by Charles Suddeth
(Library Tales Publishing (Library Tales Publishing; 317 pgs., $17.99)

This Louisville author has already delivered a variety of tales: historical suspense novella “Halloween Kentucky Style,” YA tech thriller “Experiment 38” and now a novel subtitled “Murder on the Cherokee Reservation.”

The story is launched with an apparent (though not certain) murder that becomes a mystery due to its time and location — at the climax of a bawdy-but-spiritual Cherokee tradition called a Booger Dance. The eponymous dancers are masked — so the discovery of a body afterwards leads to questions such as who might have been posing as a dancer merely to have an excuse for a disguise. These questions are asked by the local sheriff’s office, but walls of silence (and what may be worse — surly half-truths and omissions) are what greet the interviewers when the dancers and potential witnesses claim they have the right to keep this matter private within the tribe. Gradually the interactions of the expanding cast of characters resolve into a form that’s familiar to fans of Hitchcock films: the innocent man sent on the run by a false accusation.

Best considered as a quick read with some slow buildup, this is a mystery-adventure that both offers and requires a certain, steady focus. Suddeth establishes his style early on: short chapters that gradually accumulate character and backstory, but are filled with point-of-view detail. The dynamic that’s most typical of today’s thrillers — with splashy sections of exposition that show off the author’s research on the background topic — is here muted, as the past and present of Cherokee customs and beliefs is given out a thimbleful at a time.

Suddeth understands the stars that guide this type of rural and natural mystery-thriller that’s infused with Native American lore and culture clashes: Tony Hillerman was a Mt. Rushmore-quality figure who wrote just this kind of novel. In recent years, Nevada Barr has been a go-to figure of very strong consistency (but with an emphasis on landscape/environment description that verges on travel-writing). Suddeth seems to be a more cautious writer than either of these, as he conveys his plot largely through the methodology of a procedural — albeit with some twists based on personal and cultural conflicts.

It’s surprising that with Suddeth’s experience he feels the need to confirm that the reader is sure of where suspicions are still open. His plot is tight enough that he doesn’t give away too much prematurely — yet he seems very cautious about confirming attributions and roles in accusations and personal clashes. The tight paragraphs are perpetually working to make sure the reader is in a very certain place with the heroes and villains. This is the deal Suddeth seems to make with the reader: I’ll get you involved with the characters at a steady pace — any smoke and mirrors will be in the plot, not the writing style. So the voices of Deputy Sheriff Charlie Yuchalla and murder suspect Lyle Gibbons aren’t as far apart as you might suspect, even as one claims to be merely the catalyst for the actions of a supernatural soul-stealer of Cherokee legend. When action scenes crop up, they move well and convincingly. If you can handle an especially-careful pace as the story proceeds, there’s entertainment here.

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T. E. Lyons, book reviewer for LEO Weekly, reviews Eighth Mask, Murder on the Cherokee Reservation on page 37 today, Wednesday, June 10.

After being accused of a murder he did not commit, Deputy Sheriff Charlie Yuchalla plunges into a mysterious world of supernatural giants, ancient priest orders and Cherokee mystics as he attempts to uncover the true identity of the person responsible for murdering a masked dancer at a Cherokee Booger Dance. Library Tales Publishing.

ISBN: 978-0692419281

Book signing/book launch Friday, June 12, 7 PM at

Carmichael’s Bookstore, 2720 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville

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Book signing/book launch June 12, 7 PM Carmichael’s, Frankfort Avenue, Louisville:

Eighth Mask, Murder on the Cherokee Reservation: After being accused of a murder he did not commit, Deputy Sheriff Charlie Yuchalla plunges into a mysterious world of supernatural giants, ancient priest orders and Cherokee mystics as he attempts to uncover the true identity of the person responsible for murdering a masked dancer at a Cherokee Booger Dance. Library Tales Publishing.

ISBN: 978-0692419281 http://www.librarytalespublishing.com/eighth-mask-murder-on-the-cherokee-reservation/

I will also be signing my YA thriller, Experiment 38: Eighteen-year-old Emily, small for her age, lives alone with her scientist-father and learns too late that he holds a terrible secret, one that might destroy her life. As she and her boyfriend, Nate, try to unravel the mystery behind her father’s secret, they face danger and uncertainty.

ISBN: 978-1-940310-02-2

http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/charles-suddeth.php

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YA thriller, publication TBA

YA thriller, publication TBA

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