Kate Huntington’s Playlist

This is from a guest post I did last year for Catie Rhodes’ Celebrity Author Playlist series.

Since I’m older than dirt and my musical tastes are equally antiquated–John Denver, anyone?–I shared the playlist of my protagonist in the Kate Huntington mystery series. She’s no spring chicken herself but her older favorites are ones that have stood the test of time. And she’s got a few more up-to-date selections as well.

(This post also gives some of Kate’s back story.)

First here is a photo, by the very talented Nevit Dilmen, that represents how I see Kate in my mind’s eye, especially in her younger years.

 

silhouette of a young woman

Photo: ‘Sunset at Assos’ by Nevit Dilmen (CC-BY-SA license 3.0) See more of his work at http://www.sxc.hu/profile/nevit

 

Kate was born Kathleen O’Donnell in 1967. Being of Irish-American heritage and coming of age in the 1980′s, of course Kate is a U2 fan. Her all time favorite song is A Beautiful Day.

 

U2 – A Beautiful Day

 

Kate’s second favorite band during her college years was Guns N’ Roses. Their song, Sweet Child O’ Mine, always makes her think of her childhood – years filled with love, laughter and a fair share of bickering as she and three siblings grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Baltimore.

 

Guns N’ Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine

 

Second runner-up for Kate’s favorite U2 song is With or Without You. The year this song came out, Kate was a junior in college and she was dating Ed Huntington. Ed adored her, but Kate found his laid-back personality rather boring. They broke up their senior year. After graduation, Kate went off to graduate school, leaving Ed with a sore heart and an appreciation for U2.

In 1993, Kate and Ed ran into each other at a U2 concert (during their Zoo Tour). Kate saw this as a sign that she should give him another chance. Over dinner the next night, he admitted that he played With or Without You quite often, while thinking about the good times they’d had in college. The line “and you give, and you give, and you give yourself away” particularly reminded him of her compassion for others.

Is there any way she could not fall in love with this man? With or Without You became their song. They were married eighteen months later.

 

U2 – With or Without You

 

Kate is also a Carrie Underwood fan. One of her favorites is Blown Away. This song tells a story so similar to the ones she hears from many of her psychotherapy clients.

 

Carrie Underwood – Blown Away

 

(Note: a bit of a spoiler coming up if you haven’t read any of the Kate Huntington books yet.)

 

When her beloved Eddie is senselessly killed (Book 1, Multiple Motives), Kate assumes that romance is a thing of the past in her life.

A little over a year later, she crosses paths again with the bodyguard who protected her from Ed’s killer. While they are helping Kate’s friend, Rob Franklin, clear his aunt of murder charges, Skip Canfield is trying to convince Kate to go out with him. She is sorely tempted (he’s a hunk), but her grief is still too fresh. Skip tells Kate that he’s a “very patient man.” (Book 2, Ill-Timed Entanglements)

Skip was raised in Texas on a steady diet of country western music. During that same summer he re-connects with Kate, I’ll Wait For You is released by Joe Nichols. This song resonates for Skip on so many levels (If you’ve read Book 3, Family Fallacies, you’ll understand why).

Have some tissues handy. This one’s a tear-jerker.

 

Joe Nichols – I’ll Wait For You

 

 

While courting Kate through Family Fallacies, Skip converts her to an appreciation of country music. I’ll Wait for You becomes their song. Kate does have a penchant for making men wait, doesn’t she?

 

Pop singer, Katy Perry, is the most recent addition to Kate’s favorite artists’ list, after stumbling on a You Tube video of her 2010 hit, Firework. At first Kate thought the song was a little cheesy, but then she got caught up in its self-esteem boosting message.

Her favorite Perry song, however, is Part of Me, because it portrays the “tough chick” persona that Kate always finds intriguing. Perhaps she wishes she were a little more kick-ass herself. (See Book 6, Zero Hero, to see if this comes to pass).

 

Katy Perry – Part of Me

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed Kate Huntington’s rather eclectic playlist.

 

Hubs is Hobbling Along (and Zero Hero is out in paperback)

My husband has been home from the hospital for almost a week now, with his new hip. Already he is able to take short walks, and his pain is so much less than it was before the surgery.

hubs with his walker

Being a caretaker is not as hard as I thought it would be, but it is time-consuming. So not much writing happening right now.

More on my thoughts regarding taking care of one’s spouse after surgery will be coming up in a couple weeks on my blog over at misterio press.

But I do have some book-related news. Zero Hero is out in paperback! I will have Multiple Motives out in paperback as well, as soon as the patient is a tad more self-sufficient.

Here’s the link for the paperback and Amazon has it discounted at the moment for just $7.52. Also you can get the e-book along with the paperback for only an additional $0.99 through Amazon’s new Matchbook program.

cover of Zero Hero

I’ll keep you posted on progress here at the Lambs!

Kass

Goldilocks Gets a Haircut

My son cut his hair. The last time he had a haircut he was thirteen. He’s now thirty-four.

My son's ponytail--almost to his waist.His hair loose from the front

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(And yes, he is a priest–Episcopal, which is how I have grandchildren. :) )

After all these years, everyone, myself included, assumed he would never cut it. Then I had a dream shortly before Christmas. I dreamt that we went to his house for Christmas (which is what we do since it’s easier than hauling the kids down to see us), and when he opened the door, his hair was short.

 

We laughed about the dream on Christmas day. Two days ago, he posted this on Facebook…

at the barber

He’d cut his hair and donated it to an organization that makes wigs for cancer patients. A very worthy cause and I’m proud of him…

the hair, about to go into the donation bag

 But seeing him with short hair is going to take some getting used to.

"after" from the front

From the front, not that different than when he had it tied back…
the "after" shot

…but from the side, very different!

 

 

 

 

And the winners are…

The winners of the raffle are:

1st prize: Silver-plated 9/11 charm necklace plus e-copy of Multiple Motives

Suzan Morrow Farrell

2nd prize: 9/11 10th anniversary totebag and e-copy of Multiple Motives

Susan Pilski

CONGRATULATIONS!!

Thanks so much to all who entered and helped me celebrate the launch of Zero Hero.

cover of Zero Hero

 

 

 

Official Launch of Zero Hero and A Contest!

Finally launch day has arrived!

ZERO HERO is a reality and now available for purchase as an e-book (paperback coming soon).

To celebrate, I’m holding a little contest, now through December 21st. First prize is a 9/11 commemorative charm necklace (silver-plated; 9/11 image can be removed and necklace can be used as a locket to hold any treasured photo). Both winners also get a free e-book copy of Multiple Motives, Book 1 in the series.

(Why am I giving away Multiple Motives instead of Zero Hero? Because I’m hoping you will buy Zero Hero to get this story off to a great start! It’s just $1.99 through the 21st. Price goes up to $3.99 after that.)

 silver-plated 9/11 charm necklace

Second prize is a 10th anniversary tote bag (and again an e-copy of Multiple Motives).

Why is the 10th anniversary important? Because that’s when Pete Jamieson’s troubles begin.

9/11 10th anniv ersary totebag

 

cover of Zero Hero

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the media replays the videos of that day’s devastation, and a national hero’s life begins to unravel.

When the first responder, already struggling with delayed PTSD and addiction, is accused of murdering his former drug dealer, psychotherapist Kate Huntington finds herself going above and beyond to help him. As she and her P.I. husband set out to clear him of the charges, they are thrust into a deadly world of drugs, prostitutes and hired killers, and end up questioning who they are and what it means to be brave.

Low introductory price of $1.99 (through 12/21)

Available at AMAZON , BARNES & NOBLE and KOBO.  Coming soon to iBooks.

 

Don’t forget to enter the contest below. Up to 13 possible entries per person (3 initial entries, plus tweet about the giveaway each day of the contest and you get another entry per tweet). Contest starts at midnight, 12/11, EST.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

ZERO HERO is Live on Amazon!!

Shhh! Don’t tell anyone yet  ’cause the official launch date isn’t until Thursday, but ZERO HERO is already live on Amazon. It will be at the low introductory price of $1.99 for just a week or two. (Should be on the other book retailer sites soon.)

Oh, okay, you can tell people. Actually I’d love it if you’d SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS!!  :D

cover of Zero Hero    ZERO HERO, A Kate Huntington Mystery, #6

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the media replays the videos of that day’s devastation, and a national hero’s life begins to unravel.

When the first responder, already struggling with delayed PTSD and addiction, is accused of murdering his former drug dealer, psychotherapist Kate Huntington finds herself going above and beyond to help him. As she and her P.I. husband set out to clear him of the charges, they are thrust into a deadly world of drugs, prostitutes and hired killers, and end up questioning who they are and what it means to be brave.

(This book is part of a series but is designed to be read and enjoyed as a stand-alone story as well.)

On AMAZON now for just $1.99 (intro price will go up soon so grab your copy quick.)

Woot! I’m doin’ a happy dance here!!

Boxed Set Deal and Cover Reveal

The rhyming title was not intentional. LOL

Two BIG announcements:

First, my Collateral Casualties is part of a new boxed set from misterio press.  And it is ON SALE for just 99 cents!! Makes a great Christmas present for the mystery lovers on your list. They get to sample three new authors. All three books have at least a 4.5+ star average on Amazon reviews.

Women of Mystery boxed set cover

 

Just $0.99 (for a limited time).

Available at AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE, and KOBO

 

 

 

 

 

AAANND, drumroll please… ZERO HERO is done!! Editing is complete. I’m doing one final proofread and then it will be time to publish. YAY!!!

I’m aiming for a December 10th release. I’ll keep you all posted. Meanwhile here is the cover, designed by the incredible Melinda VanLone:

cover of Zero Hero

 ZERO HERO, A Kate Huntington Mystery (#6):

On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the media replays the videos of that day’s devastation, and a hero’s life begins to unravel.

When the first responder, already struggling with delayed PTSD and addiction, is accused of murdering his former drug dealer, psychotherapist Kate Huntington finds herself going above and beyond to help him. As she and her P.I. husband set out to clear him of the charges, they are thrust into a deadly world of drugs, prostitutes and hired killers, and end up questioning who they are and what it means to be brave.

 

Thanks so much for your support!! Yesterday, as I counted my blessings, I was particularly thankful to you all, my readers! You keep Kate and her gang alive!!

 

ECHOES is Out and Only $0.99 thru Nov. 4

creepy cover for Echoes, A Story of Suspense

My mystery/ghost story is now available on these e-retailers:

AMAZON    BARNES & NOBLE    KOBO    APPLE

And it is ON SALE for the reduced price of $0.99 thru November 4!!

Here’s a short excerpt:

A silver-gray sedan was already parked under the bright red autumn leaves of the big maple next to the garage. Excitement and disappointment vied for dominance as James parked and got out of his own car. His friends had beat him here.

Why was the front door ajar? He nudged it open. No suitcases in the entranceway.

In the living room, the dust covers had been pulled off the furniture and dumped in a pile in a corner. James smiled. Annaleise had intentionally done this, he was sure. She wanted to make the place ready for him for a change. He went into the kitchen.

Yup. Three long-stemmed glasses sat on the table. No doubt two bottles of Chardonnay were chilling in the fridge.

James walked back into the living room. Was that a hint of lemon oil? He drew in a deep breath, then smiled again. The minx had polished the furniture!

“Annaleise! Charles! I’m here.”

No answer.

He climbed the stairs and dropped his duffel bag next to the door of his bedroom. The master bedroom, the room he reserved for his married friends, was down the hall. As he neared it, he hesitated. Maybe they were taking a nap, or ‘having a romp,’ as Annaleise called it.

James stopped in the middle of the hall and listened. The house was as silent as old houses ever are–only the normal faint creaks and moans. He took a step toward the door. It too was ajar.

His heart started pounding for no apparent reason. Then his brain registered the odor, sweet and coppery.

He pushed the door open, then breathed out a sigh of relief. They were lying on the bed, fully clothed and sound asleep.

He stepped forward to grab the doorknob and pull the door shut again.

The odor smacked him in the face. Then the colors on the far wall registered. The sunny yellow paint he’d applied four summers ago was streaked with orange and red.

This is a great HALLOWEEN read!!

Exciting News (and a sneak peek at a cover)!

Okay, fans of Kate Huntington may not be as excited about this as I am.

I woke up one morning a few months ago with an idea in my head for a story that was NOT about Kate.

Why is that exciting? Because the only fiction I’ve ever written were Kate Huntington stories. As much as I love Kate–and I very much intend to keep writing about her–it is quite reassuring to know that I will still be able to write when she gets too old to chase killers. :)

So I wrote the story, polished it, and now I am about to publish it. It’s a little bit creepy, has a ghost or two in it, and is quite suspenseful. I should have it out well before Halloween. (For once my timing is good!)

Here’s a sneak peek at the great cover Melinda VanLone (Book Cover Corner) developed for me. I love it!!

And the next Kate Huntington adventure will be out soon also.  Zero Hero is in its final polishing stages.

 creepy cover for Echoes, A Story of Suspense

 ECHOES, A Story of Suspense:

James Fitzgerald is looking forward to a weekend getaway with friends, at the country house that once belonged to his parents. Instead he walks in on a bloodbath. And a cryptic message on a shower curtain points to him as the killer.

The small town sheriff is smarter than he looks. He knows he doesn’t have enough evidence to make an arrest… yet.

Virtually under house arrest, James tries to distract himself from his grief and worry by investigating his parents’ backgrounds. Maybe he can find an explanation for the strange fainting spells he’s been having. He finds out more than he bargained for, and wonders if sometimes it’s better to let sleeping ghosts lie.

COMING SOON!!

COLLATERAL CASUALTIES is here!!

 

Book 5 is now live on Amazon and Barnes and Noble!! Woohoo!!!

And it’s already got a 5-star review from a reader. I’m speechless!

book cover of Collateral Casualties, A Kate Huntington Mystery (#5)

I’m doing a Tour of Fives Blog Tour (that actually started last Friday) to celebrate. I’ll have more details posted soon.

Official launch date is Thursday, June 6th, and one of the Fives posts will be on the misterio press site that day. Collateral Casualties will be on sale at an introductory price of $1.99 through June 12th.

This book took a long time to polish but the feedback I’ve gotten from early readers is that the time was well spent. Enjoy!

And thanks so much for your support!!

Kass Lamb

Oops! Almost forgot to put up the blurb:

When a former client reaches out to psychotherapist Kate Huntington and reveals a foreign diplomat’s dark secret, then dies of ‘natural causes’ just days later, Kate isn’t sure what to think. Was the man delusional or is she now privy to dangerous information?

Soon she discovers her client was totally sane… and he was murdered. Someone is now trying to eliminate her, and anyone and everyone she might have told. Forced into hiding, she and her husband, Skip, along with the operatives of his private investigating agency, struggle to stay one step ahead of a ruthless killer. Skip and his P.I. partner are good investigators, but this time they may be in over their heads… and they could all end up drowning in a sea of international intrigue.

This book, like all those in the series, is designed to work as a stand-alone as well.

Here are the links again:    AMAZON        BARNES & NOBLE