A dead body.
An innocent accused.
A mysterious Russian and a hunky ex-cop turned accountant - each with deep secrets and hidden agendas.
A lovable screw-up who wants to save her job, solve the murder and increase her love life in the process.
First in a new humorous mystery series set in Richmond, Virginia.
Becca Reynolds is having a bad day. Her grandfather’s lecture (#405: Eat a Healthy Diet or Die Not Trying) makes her late for her job at Daley and Palmer, the psychiatrist’s office where she works as the office manager—her title, not theirs. Then her sausage and egg breakfast biscuit creates an oil slick that takes out half her desk, along with that day’s patient files. But she knows the day has taken a really bad turn when she discovers the firm’s eight o’clock patient dead with Dr. Dick Daley’s letter opener opening the patient instead of the mail.
With the fledgling firm in danger of an early demise, Becca appoints herself the unofficial investigator since the police seem to be looking in all the wrong places and doing a half-assed job of solving the crime. She begins a journey to find the killer, keep the practice afloat and with it, her job. In the course of her interfere—er, investigation—she finds a virtual cast of characters who could have done it, including the fancy side piece of the murder victim, his wife, his business partner, and even his psychiatrist.
The case takes Becca from the sordid depths of the Russian mob, to the upscale West End of Richmond, Virginia (known locally as River City), and even to her own backyard. In the course of the story she finds herself in hot water, hot danger, and with dreams of hot men.
A notorious daydreamer, Kat knew it was only a matter of time before she became a writer. She learned to read by age four and had her first library card before her fifth birthday. To this day, she can lose herself for hours among the books at her local library or neighborhood bookstore. Ebooks and online ordering have made it really easy for her to keep her To Be Read pile from ever going down. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Kat is married with children and has a cranky tuxedo cat named Ben.
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Q. What is your favorite thing about being an author?
A. I love interacting with readers. If I can entertain someone with my writing, then I’ve succeeded. Make ‘em laugh, make ‘em cry, isn’t that what writing is all about - evoking the reader’s emotions and transporting them to another place and a different experience? So getting that feedback is important to me. Hopefully, with my current book, Your Eight O’Clock Is Dead, they’ll be laughing since it’s a light-hearted mystery full of quirky characters. I love getting emails from readers telling me how much they enjoyed the book and the characters and asking for more. I never get tired of hearing that.
Q. What is the toughest part of being an author?
A. I think it’s juggling everything. Life has a way of intruding. Now that I’m published, I’ve had to factor in the whole promotional piece, too. So while I’m writing the next book in the series and planning the book after that, I’m also promoting this first release. I’m starting at ground zero since I am a virtual unknown. It’s been nice to gain a readership. I value my readers, and I work hard so that I won’t disappoint them.
Q. If you could not be author, what would you do/be?
A. This one is easy. I’d own a yarn shop. Yes, really. I may have a slight addiction to knitting and all things connected to it. In fact, I’m going to have Becca, my lovable screw-up main character, take up knitting in a future book. She will be horrible at it. But her grandfather will become an outstanding knitter, doing color work and intricate designs. I won’t be turning the series into yet another knitting series, but I do want to add the flavor of a pastime of mine that brings me infinite pleasure.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. Laughter in the Rain
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. What an unfair question! That’s like asking you to choose which of your children is your favorite. If I have to pick, I’ll go back to childhood and pick Charlotte’s Web. I remember coming home from school with that book and reading it over and over and crying each time. I was fascinated not only by the story, but by the power of the writer to evoke such an emotional reaction from me - even though I didn’t know to call it that way back then.
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. I think I have a lot in common with both Scarlett O’Hara and Melanie Wilkes from Gone with the Wind. I have Scarlett’s determination to survive (and never be hungry), and I do have her willful spirit sometimes. But I like to think that I have the kind and giving nature of Melanie, too.
Q. What character from all of your book(s) are you most like?
A. LOL!!! Boy is this one easy. I’m Becca, the main character in the book. She’s simply a younger version of me with better hair and a few less pounds. It was fun to have close friends read my book and comment that they could surely tell who Becca was modeled after. But then they want to know who the two guys (Ryder and Max) are in real life. Most are very disappointed when I tell them that they are purely figments of my active imagination.
Q. What is your favorite season?
A. Well, I was touring and one of the blog hosts thought I was interviewing her! It took many, many emails to get the details worked out on who was interviewing who. But it all worked out. Everything usually does.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. I am. Currently, I’m hard at work on book 2 in the series. It’s called Your Time is Up, and it’ll be released in the early summer. I’m also fine tuning the plotting on book 3, Your Lights Are Out. It’ll be out in the early winter and is holiday themed. I have ideas and plans for at least 2 more books in the series and am always jotting down story ideas. I know how I want the series to end, so I’m working the character arcs toward that end.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. First, thank you for having me as a guest on your blog. I truly appreciate the opportunity. And thank you to your blog readers and visitors for spending time with me today. I hope you’ll take a chance on Becca and her misadventures.