Welcome to Harmony Kent and Her New Release – The Vanished Boy

I am very pleased to welcome Harmony Kent to my blog to talk about her latest mystery suspense novel. So without further delay . . .

Hi everyone. Harmony here. Thanks so much, John, for letting me visit with you today. I’m so thrilled to share the launch of my latest book with you all.

The Vanished Boy is a mystery suspense novel based around a teenaged boy, who’s gone missing. The book follows the mother as she trawls through her missing son’s online life and realises, to her horror, how out of the loop she’s become.

The inspiration for this novel came from watching a number of movies based on how our lives both revolve around and are influenced by the Internet and mobile devices. Although these movies covered many genres such as murder/mystery, thriller, and the supernatural, they all centered around the same theme: Apps and living life online. This led me to ponder how many of us spend our lives in digital pursuits rather than physical—both the old and the young? For many people, their actual physical lives become but a shadow compared to their online existence.

Mostly, the shift to a digital world happens slowly. It’s incremental and, too often, insidious. All of which led me to ask how well do we actually know our children? Our loved ones? Those around us? What might be going on in the shadows?

From that inspiration and questioning, this story was born. Much of life and our actions originate from the same needs and wants: to be loved and accepted, the ability to differentiate between truth and lies, and the things we do to cover our mistakes and make ourselves look better than the reality instead of owning who we are. The good, the bad, and the ugly.

Below is an excerpt from the book:

His words remind Carole she was supposed to have submitted the final draft of the marketing agreement over the weekend. No wonder Dan sounds so annoyed with her. But it’s so unfair. She’s never let him down once until now. And, quite frankly, until she has Jayden back safe and sound, her boss and her work can go to hell.

She mumbles a curt ‘thanks’ and hangs up. More tears spill onto her cheeks and drip off her chin. Carole grabs more kitchen towels and scrubs at her face with hard, angry strokes. She balls up all the coffee-and-snot-sodden sheets and throws them into the bin. With a sigh, Carole grabs her mug, rinses and dries it, and fixes a fresh cup of coffee.

Exhaustion drags her down, and she falls onto the chair rather than sits. The kitchen clock accuses her of wasting hours. At a little past nine, she hasn’t opened the laptop yet. Guilt pierces her guts, and her stomach roils sickeningly. Carole bites her lower lip and drags the machine toward her. At least she left it plugged in when she fell asleep. When she lifts the lid, and the screen loads, the battery indicator glows green and full.

Carole keeps digging, though somewhat aimlessly after yesterday’s dead end. She’d felt so sure those two accounts would have led the police toward Jayden. Something nags at her, but every time she tries to focus on it, the damn thing slithers away like a spiteful snake. Her phone rings. Again.

The blurb.

It’s so remote out here. Anything could happen …

A missed phone call in the night is all it takes.

When Carole’s 18-year-old son goes missing, she breaks into Jayden’s laptop to try to understand his life.

All too soon, Carole discovers just how little she knew her boy.

And when one lead after another dead-ends, the distraught mother has to face the unthinkable.

Sucked into a sticky web of deceit and lies, nothing is as it seems.

When your life turns

inside out and upside down,

who would you trust?

Author Bio

 After spending around thirteen years as an ordained Buddhist monk, living in a Zen Buddhist temple, and six years after a life-changing injury following a surgical error, Harmony Kent returned to the world at the tender age of forty.

Now, she is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself … she’s also, um, a writer … and fairly well known for that too. She’s even won a few awards. Harmony lives in rural Cornwall with her adorable husband, ever-present sense of humour, and quirky neighbours.

Harmony is passionate about supporting her fellow authors.

Links

Website: https://harmonykent.co.uk/

Story Empire (co-authored): https://storyempirecom.wordpress.com/

Amazon Author Page: author.to/HarmonysBooks

Twitter: @harmony_kent

Goodreads: Author Page

BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/harmony-kent

 

The Vanished Boy Sales Link: http://mybook.to/TheVanishedBoy

 

 

 

82 comments

    1. Thanks so much for sharing, Chris. Much appreciated! 🙂

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      1. My pleasure, Harmony 🤗❤️🤗

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    2. Thank you, Chris for sharing Harmony’s good news. 😁

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      1. Welcome, John 👍😃

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  1. […] Welcome to Harmony Kent and Her New Release – The Vanished Boy […]

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    1. Thank you, Charles.

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    2. Thanks, Charles 🙂

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  2. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Wonderful to see Harmony here! I love the excerpt and the blurb. It’s on my kindle, waiting eagerly for my read! Thank you, John, for featuring Harmony today.

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    1. Thanks so much, Gwen. I look forward to seeing what you think about the book! Hugs 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Gwen. 😁

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  3. Your ‘The Vanished Boy’ sounds a gripping read, Harmony and current. I wish you every success. ❤ Lovely to see Harmony here, John. Xx

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    1. Thanks so much for those lovely words, Jane. I’m thrilled you like the sound of The Vanished Boy. All the best with everything 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Jane. 😁

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  4. John, it’s a pleasure and an honour to visit with you today. Thank you so much for sharing your space with me. Hugs 🙂

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    1. Always a pleasure. 😊

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  5. I have my copy of Harmony’s new book and am excited to read it. Congratulations, Harmony, Thank you, John, for hosting her.

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen! Doing my happy dance 💃🙂

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    2. Thank you, Karen. I’m sure you will enjoy it. 😊

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  6. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing, John. Congratulations to Harmony!

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    1. Thanks, Jill. So happy you enjoyed the excerpt 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Jill

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  7. I look forward to reading this one. Thanks for hosting today, John. Harmony is a busy lady these days! 🙂

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    1. She sure is, lols! Thanks so much, Joan 🙂

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    2. She sure is. Thanks, Joan.

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  8. That’s a very eye-catching animated graphic! All the best to Harmony for the successful launch of her latest book!

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    1. Yay! That’s good to know. Thanks, Liz 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome, Harmony.

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    2. Thank you, Liz.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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  9. looks cool, I promise to check it out! 😀📚

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    1. Yay! Thanks so much, Victoria 🙂

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    2. Raise your right hand and swear. 😂

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      1. Done ✅😂😂👋

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  10. The tour is going so well, Harmony. Loving the excerpts.

    John, thanks for hosting.

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    1. That’s fantastic. Thanks so much, Staci 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Staci.

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  11. Looks like you’re having a great tour. Hope the book is doing well, but the comments indicate it is.

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    1. I’m having a great tour! Thanks so much, Craig 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Craig.

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  12. John, you have a very busy blog today!
    It’s so great to see Harmony here with her her newest release. This is next up on my read list. I hope to start it by the weekend if not before.

    Congrats, Harmony, and thanks to John for hosting!

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    1. I’m super thrilled. Thanks, Mae 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Mae.

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  13. Good luck with your latest book, Harmony!! Thanks for featuring it here, John.

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    1. Thanks so much, Darlene 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Darlene. 😁

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  14. Sounds like a book for our times, Harmony! Sharing…

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    1. Much appreciated, Bette! 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Bette.

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  15. How wonderful to see Harmony here on your blog, John. Congrats to her and thank you for hosting. I look forward to reading this one!

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    1. Thanks so much for following me around the web, Jan, and for all your support 🙂

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    2. Thank you, Jan

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  16. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    This is a read I’m finding hard to put down! I’m forming a few theories but have a feeling I’m not even close.

    Thanks for hosting, John:)

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    1. Thank you, Denise.

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    2. That makes me so ridiculously happy! Thanks, Denise 😁

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      1. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

        🙂

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  17. Another wonderful post for Harmony’s latest book, John. Thanks! And Harmony, you are rockin’
    this tour! I’m really looking forward to reading this one! Great job, and here’s wishing you HUGE success!! 🙂 ❤

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    1. Thank you for your visit, Marcia.

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    2. Oh, Marcia my friend, thank you so much! 😁

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      1. You are very welcome, Harmony, and definitely deserving of tons of sales! 🤗

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  18. Good to see Harmony making the rounds with her new release!

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    1. Thanks, Teri! 🙂

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  19. Congratulations to Harmony! Thank you for the information! I definitely need a faster reading speed. Michael

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    1. Me too, Michael

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    2. Me too, Michael! So many great books and so little time! Thanks for all your support. Have a lovely day 🙂

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      1. Thank you very much, Harmony! I am always ranting about too less time, but with another “great lockdown” i hope to have more, soon. 😉 Have also a beautiful day! Michael

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  20. You’re having a great tour, Harmony! Thank you for hosting, John!

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    1. Thank you, Miriam

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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    2. I sure am! Thanks for all your support, Miriam 🙂

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      1. You’re welcome, Harmony. 😊

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  21. I already hate her boss. Lol! You really captured her inability to function in this excerpt. Well done, Harmony! Thanks for hosting, John. 🙂

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    1. Lols! Yay, a job well done if I’ve made you hate the guy! Thanks so much, Yvi 🙂

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    2. Thanks, Yvette.

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  22. I really love the cover of this book, John, and it sounds like an excellent story. Thanks for hosting Harmony.

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    1. Thank you for the visit and comment, Robbie.

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    2. That’s fantastic. Thanks so much, Robbie 🙂

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