Monday, July 24, 2017

My #Books on Display at #Mashpee Commons! Cape Cod #CapeCod #amreading

A few weeks ago, I went into our bank, Cape Cod 5, to set up a new account for a high school reunion I'm planning (the 5th one I've done, and no, I wasn't an officer, I'm just apparently a glutton for punishment), and I noticed the table in the lobby had a display set up for a new salon opening in the Mashpee Commons, the quaint shopping center where the bank is located.  At the time, I thought, "How nice for the bank to help promote the new shop," and I grabbed a little bag of sample products on my way out.

The next time I went back in, there was a new display for a different local business, and it clicked for me that the salon promotion wasn't simply part of a temporary shout-out for a new store--different businesses were being featured every few weeks.  So my mind immediately went to a program I participated in last year, at the bank my husband's office uses in Falmouth, the next town over.  That bank, Rockland Trust, decided to dedicate space to summer reading and highlight local authors, and they displayed my novels for a week, sold copies, and had me in for a signing on the last day, which was great fun and well attended.  

Photobombed at the Rockland Trust
book signing last summer!

Actually selling products (my novels) is different from displaying signs and offering samples and coupons, but I decided it didn't hurt to ask Cape Cod 5 if they'd consider promoting my local "business" never hurts to ask, right?  They said absolutely, and were happy to offer me TWO weeks of displaying my novels and accepting payment for any sales made.  This is a fantastic opportunity to increase my visibility--even if people just take postcards or business cards, now potential readers who may enjoy my stories know they are out there!  

If you're visiting Cape Cod from June 24th through August 5th, stop by the Cape Cod 5 in Mashpee Commons and pick up a signed book! The address is 10 North Market Street, and the "Commons" is a destination in and of itself, filled with familiar shops, unique boutiques, and wonderful restaurants.  Then grab a beach read (for something set on Cape Cod, try #1 Amazon Bestseller GULL HARBOR or my new release HAUNTED SOULS, both steamy romances mixed with ghost mysteries), put up your feet, and get pulled into a page-turning story!

A dangerous ghost and an ex-boyfriend await psychic Claire Linden
in Cape Cod's Gull Harbor...Steamy Romance + Spooky Suspense

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

"Fear, love, sorrow, + joy...I thoroughly loved Haunted Souls" New #Review! #Romance #Ghosts #books

A fabulous new review for Haunted Souls at Kam's Place!  It's always exciting to have a new review, and especially so when the reviewer loved the story!  I've quoted some of my favorite lines from the review below, but you can check out her full review of this steamy romance/ghost mystery here, along with two excerpts from the book and some info about the haunting setting.

"Poor Josiah, his story was just as touching as Brett's backstory, and his was extremely moving."

"I'm impressed with how well Kathryn depicted the struggle for a soldier to keep the wartime demons at bay while rejoining life on US soil."

"Kathryn didn't falter on the sensual moments..."

"A beautiful story about being reunited with a loved one and achieving internal peace."

A Tuesday Teaser!

AND...the Kindle price of Haunted Souls has recently been dropped! Grab your copy for your next beach read!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Price Drop on #Kindle! #Romance + #Ghosts #FridayReads

Exciting news!  HAUNTED SOULS is now a year old this summer--hard to believe--and that makes it eligible for a price drop by my publisher!  The Kindle price is now $3.99, down from $5.99, a bargain for hours of entertainment.  This is a steamy romance with a ghost mystery subplot, set on Cape Cod and inspired by the (haunted) Old Jail in Barnstable Village.  Reviews have been fantastic, and this title came in second last year in Read's Top Reads of 2016...out of 100 entries!

So grab a copy at the new lower price, put your feet up, and get pulled into a page-turning story, "packed with angst, turmoil, danger, and romance" (Splashes Into Books Reviews).  Happy Reading!

A damaged soldier, a secret baby, and a haunting mystery collide in Haunted Souls

Sunday, July 9, 2017

#Free Teen #Writing Class ~ Cape Cod #amwriting #CapeCod #YA

The first annual Cape Cod Teen Writers Conference is coming up!  Aspiring young writers can sign up this year for FREE, thanks to the generosity of Marstons Mills library, Barnstable Public Schools, and Titcomb's Bookshop, and organized by my friend and local author (and instructor) K.R. Conway.  More information can be found at the link below, as well as links to register.  The conference is open to writers between the ages of 13 and 19 and runs from July 31st to August 4th, from nine to noon daily.  

On the final day, a YA Author Panel is scheduled for the evening, with 11 authors of Young Adult novels answering questions, signing books, and chatting with attendees...and this is open to ALL age groups, again for free.  I'm thrilled to be part of the panel, and I'll have copies of my YA Paranormal Romance DIVINE FALL, winner of The Romance Review's 2015 Readers' Choice Award in YA Romance, as well as one of the five Finalists for the coveted Reader's Crown Award from RomCon in 2015.  My other titles, which have older protagonists and combine steamy romance with ghost mysteries, will also be available for signing and purchase.

Revenge, Romance, and a Rogue Fallen Angel...

No registration is necessary to come to the Author Panel, so feel free to come visit with us on Friday, August 4th, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., at Barnstable United School, 720 Osterville-West Barnstable Road, in Marstons Mills.  

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Steamy First Kiss Excerpt for #InternationalKissingDay! #beachread #Romance

To celebrate International Kissing Day (who knew that was a thing?), I'm going to post an excerpt from GULL HARBOR, my second novel and a #1 Kindle Bestseller on multiple occasions. GULL HARBOR is a reunion romance with a suspenseful ghost story--and the kiss I've chosen happens after Max shows up to fix a broken window the ghost shattered in Claire's temporary summer home.  All she knows is that five years ago, he abandoned her without a hint of an explanation, and he still won't tell her why.  But now that fate has brought them back together, she can't seem to avoid the man who broke her heart...

His arm curled around her shoulders.  “Claire, I am so sorry I hurt you,” he said, his voice ragged with emotion.
She dropped her forehead to his chest.  “I believe you.”
His other hand stroked her hair, and she stayed in his embrace while she battled back the tears.  She focused on the comforting thud of his heartbeat as he ran his fingers through her loose curls.
            “I missed you this week,” he murmured. 
His breath in her ear sent a delicious shiver through her body.  She couldn’t resist this anymore.  She didn’t want to.  “I missed you too,” she admitted, turning her face up to his.
He brushed his lips against hers tentatively, and a moment of exquisite anticipation spun out between them.  Then his mouth captured hers in a bruising kiss that sought to make up for the years they’d been apart.  She returned his fierce kisses, moaning as their lips and tongues met with frightening urgency.
A tiny voice inside her head whispered a warning, reminding her that he still hadn’t explained why he’d left her that way.  She shoved it aside.  She didn’t need explanations, she needed him.  On her, inside her, filling every space.  Wrapping her arms around his neck, she clung to him as he lowered her onto the bed.  Every nerve in her body burned for him, and she arched her back to rub her hips against the solid length of his erection.
His hand slipped under the hem of her skirt, and his rough fingertips left a trail of fire as they traveled up her thigh.  Her own hands explored the ridges of muscle under the smooth skin of his back.  She kissed his neck, tasting the salty sweat from the day’s heat.

Here's another teaser from their "first" date after finding each other again,
right after they return home from July 4th fireworks.  More fireworks ahead!

Want to keep reading Claire and Max's story?  Here are some links!

Friday, June 30, 2017

#Romance + #Ghosts for #July4th! #4thofJulyWeekend #mustread! #CapeCod

Happy 4th of July weekend!  Here on Cape Cod, the summer season officially kicks off this weekend, and things get a bit hectic!  This year, we actually don't have a house full of guests, but we've still made plans for the beach, cookouts, and fireworks.  And while on the beach, I'll be doing my favorite thing - reading!  If you need a great page-turning beach read for the holiday, try GULL HARBOR - a spooky ghost mystery mixed with steamy second-chance romance, set here on Cape Cod's National Seashore.

A dangerous ghost & an ex-boyfriend await Claire in
Cape Cod's GULL HARBOR...
A #1 Kindle Bestseller!

To get into the "spirit" of the weekend (haha, see what I did there?), I'm posting a never-before-posted excerpt from the book - part of a scene where Max and Claire stop fighting their attraction and enjoy a picnic on the beach.  Max still can't share his reasons for abandoning her so long ago, but psychic medium Claire is dealing with a very disturbing haunting, and she finds herself leaning on her former boyfriend for support.  And Max still feels the need to take care of her, even after all these years - so he's brought lunch for her from the local tavern he owns.  This scene sets up their date for the 4th of July - and there are plenty of fireworks on that night - overhead and between the two former lovers!  Enjoy and Happy 4th :)

           “A picnic on the beach is perfect.  It’s better than dinner and a movie.”

            He held out his glass, touching it to hers.  “To our first date.”  His eyebrows pulled together behind his sunglasses.  “That sounds strange, given our history.”
            She smiled as she sipped.  “We were never what you’d call traditional, anyway.”
            “How’s this for traditional—let me take you to see the fireworks on Wednesday night.  I know you’ll be at Dan’s cook-out for dinner, but I think I’ll be okay to leave the tavern by 7:30 or so.  Can I come and steal you away?”  He leaned back on one elbow and flashed her a lazy grin.  “There’s a great spot to watch them from over by the lake.  It’s very secluded; none of the tourists even know how to find the trail to get there.”
            A flood of heat that had little to do with the warm July sun surged through her.  How was it that this man aroused her so?  She could feel the sexual tension between them, thick and heady.  “I’d love that,” she said softly, dipping her head down to hide her flushed cheeks.  

And then, later, after the fireworks display, more heat:

Steamy Romance + Spooky Suspense makes a perfect weekend read!

Want to keep reading?  Links are below!




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

#Hyannis Harbor, #Books, Bingo, + Bulls ~ Busy #amwriting Month!

Connecting with Mrs. Cape Cod
and signing books for her at
Shopping & Bingo Night
My life is always a bit crazy, but things have been so unusually hectic since mid-April that I haven't had much time to post here.  But I did want to share some of the pictures from the events I've participated in, now that I have a little more time.  In May and June, I signed books at a monthly Shopping & Bingo Night which helps raise money for different charities.  I met a lot of people, including Mrs. Cape Cod (now Mrs. Massachusetts!), and I was thrilled when she purchased all 4 of my books.  I was even more excited to hear how much she loved GULL HARBOR, the first one she decided to read, the next day on social media--that's the type of thing that makes an author's day!

Woo hoo!  This is why I write, to pull people into exciting stories that keep
the pages turning and provide entertainment ...hearing things like this makes my day!

Saw this big boy as I walked across
campus at orientation - the campus at
UNH is absolutely beautiful
In June, my oldest son graduated from high school, which was a joyous occasion but also bittersweet--how can he be leaving home in the fall?  But we're proud to be sending him to the University of New Hampshire, home of the Wildcats and apparently this snapping turtle, which I came across as I was walking through campus during the 2-day orientation.

Katie, Kate, and myself at our Shanty at Hyannis Harbor

Before our trip to NH for orientation, I joined two other author friends for a 3-day book signing at the Artist Shanties at Hyannis Harbor.  We did this last year, and had such fun we decided to do it again.  We camped out at our Shanty from 11 am to 8 or 9 pm all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, chatting with locals and visitors enjoying the Harbor or returning from ferry trips to Martha's Vineyard and Hyannis. It was three long days, but we had a lot of laughs, and also connected with other local artists and crafters.

The view of Hyannis Harbor from the Shanties

While doing all this, I was also teaching my fitness classes every morning, as well as my current writing class which meets once a week.  I kept telling myself my vacation was on the horizon, if I could just make it!  Finally, it was annual trip to Bethany Beach, Delaware, for a long weekend with my best friends from high school. We've been doing Girls Weekend there each summer since 2011, and it's become a wonderful tradition.  In the past, I've also signed books at the local book store while there, but this year, I decided I needed to just relax.  I'm so glad, too, because the Saturday I usually do the book signing turned out to be the new date for the 21st Dewey Beach Running of the Bulls.  A friend of one of the girls in our group actually started this event, twenty-one years ago, after a trip to Spain.  This Running of the Bulls does not involve any real animals, but rather two guys in a bull costume, escorted by a matador and lifeguards, chasing people down the beach.  Almost everyone wears a red bandanna and either a red or white shirt, although some people dress in more elaborate costumes.  A popular bar, the Starboard, sponsors the event, and it's become so popular crowds now rival any Spring Break beach bash.  The entire parking lot is shut down to make room for a stage, the bands, and of course all the partiers.  It was a crazy, fun-filled day, complete with even a fly-over by the National Guard.

Gearing up at The Starboard before chasing the bull

Now I'm home again, struggling to settle back into my routine, but glad the next few weeks are going to be much slower-paced.  I'm hoping to dive back into my unfinished manuscript for Novel #5, catch up on my reading, get some work done in the garden...and make time in between for a few naps!  

I miss my BFFs was especially poignant to get together after
a few of our firstborn kids just graduated high school, and know that our
friendship is still going strong after our own high school years, 30 years ago!