Thursday, February 18, 2010

Flaherty's Crossing

We're pleased to be part of Kaylin McFarren's Flaherty's Crossing book tour today! We'll be back with a regular Winning Readings review after we receive the book. In the meantime, you can comment over at Pump Up Your Book Promotion by February 19 for a chance to win a Flaherty's Crossing tshirt!

And Kaylin has added an e-Book reader to her Virtual Book Tour contest! Here’s the rule: anyone who posts comments on ALL of her book tour locations has an opportunity to win a Sony Pocket Reader valued at $180 – along with copies of Flaherty’s Crossing and other great prizes. Simply visit the Events page on her website at where you’ll find a complete listing. Winners will be announced on March 28th.

About Kaylin McFarren

Linda Yoshida, aka Kaylin McFarren, is a rare bird indeed. Not a migratory sort, she prefers to hug the West Coast and keep family within visiting range. Although she has virtually been around the world, she was born in California, relocated with her family to Washington, and nested with her husband in Oregon. In addition to playing an active role in his business endeavors, she has been involved in all aspects of their three daughters’ lives – taxi duties, cheerleading coaching, script rehearsals, and relationship counseling, to name but a few. Now she enjoys spending undisciplined time with her two young grandsons and hopes to have many more.

Although Kaylin wasn’t born with a pen in hand like so many of her talented fellow authors, she has been actively involved in both business and personal writing projects for many years. As the director of a fine art gallery, she assisted in furthering the careers of numerous visual artists who under her guidance gained recognition through promotional opportunities and in national publications. Eager to spread her own creative wings, she has since steered her energy toward writing novels. As a result, she has earned more than a dozen literary awards and was a 2008 finalist in the prestigious RWA® Golden Heart contest.

Kaylin is a member of RWA, Rose City Romance Writers, and Willamette Writers. She received her AA in Literature at Highline Community College, which originally sparked her passion for writing. In her free time, she also enjoys giving back to the community through participation and support of various charitable and educational organizations in the Pacific Northwest.

You can visit Kaylin online at or visit her book’s website at

About Flaherty’s Crossing

From Pacific Northwest’s award-winning author Kaylin McFarren comes a powerful novel about love, loss, and the power of forgiveness…

Successful yet emotionally stifled artist Kate Flaherty stands at the deathbed of her estranged father, conflicted by his morphine-induced confession exposing his part in her mother’s death. While racing home, Kate’s car mishap leads her to a soul-searching discussion with a lone diner employee, prompting Kate to confront the true reasons her marriage hangs in the balance. When her night takes an unexpected turn, however, she flees for her life, a life desperate for faith that can only be found through her ability to forgive.


Kaylin sat before her computer writing FLAHERTY’S CROSSING as a source of personal therapy after losing her beloved father to colon cancer. You might say she was angry at him, at God, at the world in general. However, after writing this story, she had the opportunity to really look into her soul and consider the fact that so many other sons and daughters have had to deal with similar and even worse situations. Rather than a memoir, her novel evolved into a fictional journey which brought about the resolution she needed to find. She never expected this exercise in writing to go to press, touch lives, or win literary awards. But as a result of her good fortune, she has arranged for proceeds from the sale of this book to go directly to the Providence Medical Foundation’s colon cancer research department in her father’s name. She’s now convinced and proudly shares her belief that good things can grow out of the worst times in our lives if you just take the time to open your heart.


Kaylin McFarren said...

Woke up this morning and the sun is shining. Only's 40 degrees outside! It's February and I've already got a case of Spring Fever. How goes it in your neck of the woods?? Does the weather affect your writing?

Carolyn Zane said...

it's STUNNINGLY beautiful here! I don't want to write. I want to grab the dogs and go for a walk. I still consider this writing, as I can brainstorm with them. They've had some pretty good ideas... :-)
Carolyn Zane

Big Mike said...

Wow, cool video Kay. Job well done.

You big bud
Michael Davis (
Author of the year, 4/09

Kaylin McFarren said...

Thanks Big Mike! And Carolyn, I'm with you there. My dogs have been whispering in my ears all morning. :P

Kaylin McFarren said...

Well let's hope the sun shines tomorrow and all of our wisdom grows. Good reading, everyone!

Darla L said...

We've got daffodils poking their heads out, even with a chilly 30 degrees out this morning! Spring is my favorite time of year, brings out the romantic in me .

Amy S. said...

It's been a bit warmer here the last couple of days. We are expecting some more snow over the weekend. I can't wait for spring. It is my fave season. I'm not much of a winter person. lol.

Kaylin McFarren said...

Sounds like we're all on the same page. Bring on the sun!!