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Dinosaur Lake by [Kathryn Meyer Griffith]
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Editorial Reviews


Dinosaurs Arising is out!
This is a captivating tale, which should seize and maintain the fascination of everybody even remotely interested in archaeology, pre-history, the great outdoors, National Parks, dinosaurs, earthquakes, volcanoes, gargantuan predators, etc. I strongly urge all readers of fiction to get this book and devour it. This would make a great gift, too, for many people on your holiday gift-giving list.- Reader's Favorite Reviews November 14, 2012

Bones, tracks, weird disappearances of humans and animals; earthquakes and tremors, could there really be a dinosaur living under Crater Lake? The tragic disappearances of people at a National Park, the mysterious creature that live in the caves, the frequency of earthquakes all add up to one hell of a story. 5 Stars! - Romancing the Book October 24, 2012

I was skeptical that it might not fit well into this particular paranormal format but boy, was I wrong! What I discovered was a whole new and intriguing kind of paranormal story complete with a supernatural character that simply shouldn't exist, a creature with depth and capacity for survival and thought and it simply blew me away! -Vampire Explored

It is a suspenseful novel with realistic, compelling characters. I enjoyed reading Dinosaur Lake and can honestly recommend it. One last thing I'd like to add is that I'm glad I discovered Griffith because back in the nineties she was one of the horror authors writing for Leisure Books. I was a big fan of this publisher back then. Many of her Leisure titles (among them, WITCHES) are now being republished by Damnation Books. -The Dark Phantom Reviews

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The Saga of my Dinosaur Lake books:
Of all my 29 novels my Dinosaur Lake series (Dinosaur Lake, Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising, Dinosaur Lake III: Infestation, Dinosaur Lake IV: Dinosaur Wars and Dinosaur Lake V: Survivors) has the strangest story attached to its creation, death and rebirth...26 years later...of any of them.
Not so much because, as a few of my books, it took so long to write or publish, but because in 1993 it was contracted, edited and the final galleys had been proofed by me for a 5th paperback book release from Zebra (Kensington Publishing) after 3 earlier novels with Leisure Books. I even had a stack of the full-color, printed and embossed covers; it was only weeks before it was to go to the bookshelves (in those days the brick & mortar stores were still king, no Internet or eBooks). I strongly believed it'd be my breakout book. You know, the book that'd make my career and launch me into the stratosphere with Michael Crichton, Stephen King and Anne Rice? How wrong I'd be. But, hey, I thought who wouldn't love a tale of a cunning, but malevolent, rampaging prehistoric dinosaur living in Crater Lake, Oregon, and the Park Ranger who, along with a ragtag gang of heroes who'd try to stop it? I mean, I'd always loved anything about dinosaurs...dinosaur books, playing with those little plastic figurines and watching old stop-action dinosaur movies of the 1950's and 60's...who hadn't? Apparently someone. My new editor at Zebra.
By1994, after four novels with them, I'd lost my sweet editor there and anew one took her place...and over the next year he didn't like anything Iwrote for him and later that year Zebra unceremoniously dropped me and my book (they'd named it Predator...really) only six weeks away from going to the bookstore shelves. When we were editing the book and deciding on the title and the cover, I'd begged the new editor not to call it Predator (his choice as they hadn't liked my American Loch Ness Monster title), Predator was a bad title since there was a popular movie out with that name and the movie, with Arnold Schwarzenegger, was nothing about a dinosaur, and the cover was awful, an empty boat on a lake...what!!! The booksellers didn't like the title or the cover, didn't want to sell it, so that was that. Having that book-my first ever-dumped like that was acrushing experience, let me tell you. I had a stack of finished, printed covers and my final edits were done! But nothing my agent or I could say or do would change their minds. They said they were cutting their horror lines and setting adrift a lot of their mid-list horror authors because horror (in 1994) was on the decline. The new editor-that-didn't-like-my-writing explained: "And no one wants to read a book about a dinosaur." Yeah, sure. And six months later Jurassic Park the mega-book came out! We all know how that story ended, don't we? People LOVED the book, the movies; they loved dinosaurs.
I'll never know the real reason they cut my dino book but that male editor never bought another book from me...which was another weird thing because when I'd met him in New York (I went for a Horror Convention) in the summer of 1993 he'd taken my husband and I out to lunch and gushed over me and said how much he'd loved my last release WITCHES. Hmmm.
Anyway, I got to keep my advance but the book was officially dead. It never came out. I grieved. I was so disgusted I stashed it in a drawer somewhere and tried to forget it. Until 2012. After I'd finished revising and rereleasing all my new/old books (and besides paperbacks they're in eBooks and audio books for the first time ever) from all my old legacy publishers in June of 2012 I remembered my American Loch Ness Monster novel I'd shoved into a drawer; I took it out and reread it.
Whoa, like a lot of my older novels now years later I could see what was wrong with it and how to fix it. I'd learned a lot in the intervening years. Of course, computers help make the editing so much easier. I think I'd done the original book on my electric typewriter. Anyway, telling myself the dumping of that book had been a turning point in my writing life -sending me in the wrong direction for a long time got in the way and I didn't write or sell a book for years after that- I decided to rewrite and finally release it. In fact, I was going to do something that twenty years before would have been unheard of and frowned on by an real author...self-publish the book myself. With Kindle Direct. For the first time in forty years I was walking away from the traditional publishers and going on my own. Thank you J.A. Konrath's blog! I figured I could sell the Kindle eBook a lot cheaper and, thus, use it to introduce (as enticement) more readers to my writing and perhaps, if they liked it, they'd buy more of my other novels and short stories. It could work, right? So here it is, re-titled, rewritten, updated and with an amazing new cover I love by Dawne Dominque... Dinosaur Lake. I hoped my readers would like it. AND THEY DID...they LOVED it. So I wrote four more.
P.S. April 16, 2020 Update: So far Dinosaur Lake and its FOUR sequels Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising, DinosaurLake III: Infestation, Dinosaur Lake IV: Dinosaur Wars and Dinosaur Lake V: Survivors have outsold ANYTHING I've ever written except for my 6 Spookie Town Murder Mysteries. Dinosaur Lake has 533 reviews (4.1 star average) at Amazon. I might even write a 6th book one day. I have ALL my 29 novels and 13 short stories self-published everywhere. Take a look! My eBooks here:
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  • File size : 1122 KB
  • Publication date : August 29, 2012
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 439 pages
  • ASIN : B00943P0JK
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Publisher : Kathryn Meyer Griffith; 1st edition (August 29, 2012)
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Enabled
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