Kassandra Lamb

I’ve Got a new dog! Help me name him.

Hey, Everyone. I’ve got a new pup at my house. Well, he’s two so not so much a puppy anymore.

Pop on over to my Facebook page and vote for your favorite name for him. My original options were Toby, Sherlock or Copper. But many of my readers have offered other cool ideas.

pic of my new dog

At this point, the top runners are Toby, Sherlock, Rascal and Charlie Brown. But I’m still open to suggestions.  Click HERE to join the fun!

 

 

anxiety attack is live!! (& Love and Murder Boxed Set still on sale)

 

The next Kate Huntington Mystery (#9) is NOW LIVE!!

And LOVE and MURDER, a Kate Huntington Romantic Suspense Collection is ON SALE for JUST $0.99 for THREE more Days!

book cover

ANXIETY ATTACK, A Kate Huntington Mystery #9

When an operative working undercover for Kate Huntington’s husband is shot, the alleged shooter turns out to be one of Kate’s psychotherapy clients, a man suffering from severe social anxiety. P.I. Skip Canfield had doubts from the beginning about this case, a complicated one of top secret projects and industrial espionage. Now one of his best operatives, and a friend, is in the hospital fighting for his life.

Tensions build when Skip learns that Kate—who’s convinced her client is innocent and too emotionally fragile to survive in prison—has been checking out leads on her own. Then a suspicious suicide brings the case to a head. Is the shooter tying up loose ends? Almost too late, Skip realizes he may be one of those loose ends, and someone seems to have no qualms about destroying his agency or getting to him through his family.

AMAZON US    AMAZON UK    AMAZON CA    AMAZON AUS

APPLE    KOBO    NOOK

JUST $1.99 ~ for 5 days!   Goes up to $3.99 on 2/22/17.

 

And LOVE and MURDER is  $0.99  until 2/20/17   (Books #2-#4 in the Kate Huntington series)

LoveAndMarriageMurder FINALTHREE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STORIES for LESS THAN the PRICE of ONE!

​Newly widowed Kate Huntington is sure that romance is a thing of the past for her. How could anyone replace her beloved husband? But when she reconnects with the hunk of a bodyguard who protected her from her late husband’s killer, she isn’t sure of anything anymore.

There’s only one thing that P.I. Skip Canfield knows for sure. He’s fallen hard for the young widow Kate Huntington. What he doesn’t know is legion. Can his love banish the ghost of her dead husband? And most important of all, can he stop three killers bent on their destruction?

AMAZON EVERYWHERE    APPLE    NOOK    KOBO

ENJOY!!

Anxiety Attack Cover Reveal (& Love and Murder Boxed Set is On Sale!)

The next Kate Huntington Mystery is finally here!! Cover reveal this week, and it goes live on 2/18/17.

(Psst, you can PREORDER it now.)

And I’ve got the LOVE and MURDER, a Kate Huntington Romantic Suspense Collection ON SALE in honor of Valentine’s Day. More on that below but first, the new cover!!

book cover

My cover designer outdid herself this time, and this was a tough one. It was hard to come up with the right concept for this complicated plot. Here’s the blurb:

When an operative working undercover for Kate Huntington’s husband is shot, the alleged shooter turns out to be one of Kate’s psychotherapy clients, a man suffering from severe social anxiety. P.I. Skip Canfield had doubts from the beginning about this case, a complicated one of top secret projects and industrial espionage. Now one of his best operatives, and a friend, is in the hospital fighting for his life.

Tensions build when Skip learns that Kate—who’s convinced her client is innocent and too emotionally fragile to survive in prison—has been checking out leads on her own. Then a suspicious suicide brings the case to a head. Is the shooter tying up loose ends? Almost too late, Skip realizes he may be one of those loose ends, and someone seems to have no qualms about destroying his agency or getting to him through his family.

AMAZON US      AMAZON UK     AMAZON CA     AMAZON AUS

APPLE      KOBO     NOOK

JUST $1.99 ~ for you my loyal readers, until 5 days after release on 2/18/17.

Goes up to $3.99 on 2/22/17.

 

And here’s the sale for LOVE and MURDER, for your Valentine’s Day reading pleasure ~

LoveAndMarriageMurder FINAL

Just $0.99 for 10 days, from 2/10/17 to 2/20/17 

(Books #2-#4 in the Kate Huntington series)

THREE ROMANTIC SUSPENSE STORIES for LESS THAN the PRICE of ONE!

​Newly widowed Kate Huntington is sure that romance is a thing of the past for her. How could anyone replace her beloved husband? But when she reconnects with the hunk of a bodyguard who protected her from her late husband’s killer, she isn’t sure of anything anymore.

There’s only one thing that P.I. Skip Canfield knows for sure. He’s fallen hard for the young widow Kate Huntington. What he doesn’t know is legion. Can his love banish the ghost of her dead husband? And most important of all, can he stop three killers bent on their destruction?

AMAZON EVERYWHERE    APPLE    NOOK     KOBO

HAPPY READING, EVERYONE!

9 Summer Treats That Can Harm Your Dog

Summer is a fun time for the whole family, including the family dog. And outdoor barbeques and trips to the ice cream parlor are often part of that fun.

But stop and think before sharing your summer treats with your canine best friend. Many common human foods and ingredients are harmful to dogs.

We All Scream for Ice Cream

dog eating ice cream

(photo from video by Fancibaer [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons. Note: dog is actually eating frozen treat made for dogs)

Of course, an all-time favorite treat is ice cream, but please don’t share that cone with your pup and don’t let him/her lick the bowl. Here are two of the three reasons why.

1. Chocolate: A lot of pet owners know chocolate is bad for dogs, but they may not know just how harmful it can be. In very small quantities, it’s probably not a big deal, but why take the chance. In moderate quantities (and dark or baking chocolate is worse), it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, restlessness and agitation. More extreme symptoms that may lead to death are abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, and seizures.

The main culprit is the chemical, methylxanthine, which is also in other caffeinated substances. So if you spill coffee grounds or beans, be sure to keep Fido away from them until you get them cleaned up.

2. Dairy: Dogs lack the enzyme needed to digest lactose, so milk and other dairy products can cause digestive problems and diarrhea. And some dogs can be allergic to dairy. If the dog is not allergic to them, small quantities of cheese and yogurt are usually tolerated okay.

Cookies and Cakes and Pies, Oh My!

3. Sugar (and substitute sweeteners): Sugar is the third reason why ice cream isn’t a great idea for dogs. It causes for them the same problems it creates for humans–obesity, tooth damage and diabetes. But substitute sweeteners are far, far worse! They often contain Xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, even death.

flag and apple pie

As American as apple pie! But don’t let Fido have any if there are raisins or nutmeg in there. (photo by Larry D. Moore CC-BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons)

4. Baking powder, baking soda and yeast: These release gases when they encounter moisture and heat, which is what makes breads and cakes rise and a small clump of sticky dough morph into a tasty light cookie. But when these substances are in your dog’s moist and warm stomach, this gaseous reaction can lead to electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium, low calcium and/or high sodium), and if in large enough amounts, muscle spasms and/or congestive heart failure. In small quantities (as in a corner of a cookie, not the whole thing), baked goods that have been cooked are probably not a problem but never, ever feed your dog raw dough.

5. Nutmeg: Dogs are attracted to this fragrant and tasty spice just as humans are, but anything more than small amounts of it can be harmful to them. Milder doses (say, a teaspoon or two that falls on the floor while you’re baking and is licked up by the four-legged vacuum cleaner) can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Higher doses (if Fido gets into the spice rack and chews through the plastic container), can result in disorientation, hallucinations, increased heart rate and blood pressure, dry mouth, abdominal pain and even seizures.

6. Nuts: In addition to the choking hazard, some nuts are harmful to dogs. As few as 6 macadamia nuts, for example, can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, difficulty walking, tremors, abdominal pain, lameness, and stiffness.

7. Raisins: Raisins and grapes again may pose a choking risk. But the bigger problem is that even in small amounts, they can cause vomiting, lethargy and depression in dogs.

Hot Off the Grill

8. Onions and Garlic: That hamburger or shish kabob may seem harmless, and indeed the meat itself is. Even a grilled tomato is okay for Fido (the tomato plant is poisonous but the fruit itself is fine). But don’t give him a chunk of onion or garlic.

Shish kabob (unskewered) -- meat, yes; onions, NO! (photo by Ne1compute, CC-BY-SA -3.0 Wikimedia Commons)

Shish kabob — meat, maybe; onions, NO! (photo by Ne1compute, CC-BY-SA -3.0 Wikimedia Commons)

Indeed, the meat itself may not be okay if it has onion or garlic powder added to it, as burgers and marinade sauces often do. Onions and garlic, even in fairly small amounts, can lead to weakness, vomiting, loss of appetite, dullness, difficulty breathing. And if consumed over a period of time or in large enough quantities, anemia, red blood cell breakdown and death may occur.

Any form is harmful–cooked, uncooked, powdered, etc.–even the little bit found in baby food (sometimes given to older dogs or those with digestive problems). For this reason, dogs should not be given meats, stews or soups prepared for humans (homemade or store bought) since onion and garlic are almost always used to add flavor to these dishes.

9. Corn on the Cob: Corn isn’t the best thing in the world for dogs as it’s a bit hard to digest and high in natural sugar content (dogs on corn are equivalent to children full of sugar). But the corn is not the biggest problem here, the cob is.

Dogs don’t know they’re not supposed to eat the cob and humans looking on might not think anything of it as Fido chows down on it as if it were a bone. After all, dogs chew up all kinds of things, rawhide treats and deer antlers and even their toys.

But corn cobs are indigestible and chunks of them can block the intestines, leading to vomiting or dry heaving, straining during defecation, loss of appetite, stomach pain, whimpering, trembling, restlessness, and increased or decreased drinking.

Some of the symptoms from these foods will dissipate on their own, but it’s best not to take chances. If you notice any of these problems, especially after a cookout or other summer get-together, get your pet to a veterinarian as fast as possible (some of these things are also problematic for cats).

Also, this is hardly a definitive list of all things bad for pets that are good for humans to eat, so before giving your pet any people food, check it and its ingredients out online or consult your veterinarian.

Note: I will be posting about dog related topics periodically. If you’d like to be notified of these posts, please subscribe to the blog. (second subscription option at top on right) Thanks!!

The next Marcia Banks and Buddy cozy mystery is out!! (and Book 1 is ON SALE for $0.99 thru Sat. 9/3)

ARSENIC AND YOUNG LACY, Book 2

book coverSweet, adorable Lacy has stolen Marcia Banks’ heart, but money is tight. Like it or not, the service dog trainer needs to complete the human phase of the training and deliver the dog to her new owner in order to get paid. But the ex-Army nurse client turns out to be a challenging trainee. On top of her existing neuroses–which go beyond the psychological damage from a sexual assault during her second tour in Afghanistan–the veteran is now being stalked.

When Marcia receives a bizarre warning to stay away from her client and Lacy is also caught in the stalker’s malicious orbit, Sheriff Will Haines steps in to investigate. Marcia finds this both endearing and annoying, especially when he expects her to stay on the sidelines. The training fee would make her solvent again, but how can she put her dogs at risk?

Maybe Marcia should be more worried about herself, since the stalker has decided to pay her off in a very different way.

JUST $1.99 DURING THE PREORDER PERIOD (RELEASE DATE IS 9/5/16)

AMAZON US   AMAZON UK   AMAZON CA   AMAZON AUS

APPLE    NOOK     KOBO

And To Kill A Labrador is ON SALE for just 99 cents from 8/27 to 9/3 (It’s already reduced on some retailers.)

ToKillALabrador FINALMarcia (pronounced Mar-see-a, not Marsha) likes to think of herself as a normal person, even though she has a rather abnormal vocation. She trains service dogs for combat veterans with PTSD. And when the ex-Marine owner of her first trainee is accused of murdering his wife, she gets sucked into an even more abnormal avocation–amateur sleuth.

AMAZON US   AMAZON UK   AMAZON CA

APPLE    NOOK    KOBO

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

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 Cover Reveal

Drum roll please!!!

Here is the awesome cover for Book 5. It will be out in two to three weeks, and my beta readers tell me it is the best one yet. Below the cover is the blurb.

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

 

Told ya it was awesome! Thank you, Martina Dalton of The Authors’ Redroom.

COLLATERAL CASUALTIES, A Kate Huntington Mystery (Book 5)

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 all could end up drowning in this sea of international intrigue.

 

Like all the books in the series, this is also designed to work well as a stand-alone.

I’m currently hard at work on Book 6 (about two-thirds through first draft) and have started the next Kate on Vacation novella. I also have an outline for Book 7, but I’m resisting the temptation to work on it until I have the other two projects completed.

 

My Writer’s Retreat/Summer Cottage Got a Facelift!

My Writer’s Retreat/Summer Cottage Got a Facelift!

My brother and I just spent a week in Maryland painting my little summer cottage up there.  Now it looks so cute, I can’t wait to go up for a writing retreat. I wrote the first draft of Celebrity Status up there two summers ago,  in less than a week! It’s amazing how much writing I can get done when it’s just me, my dog and my computer (with crappy internet so I can’t procrastinate on social media).

Here are the before, in progress and after pictures of the place:

BEFORE:

BEFORE PIC OF LITTLE YELLOW HOUSEside of house before painted

 

IN PROGRESS:

some trim paintedsunroom painted

most of back painted

 

FINISHED!!!

front of house, painted mint greensunroom finished

deck side finished

 

Isn’t it adorable?  I’m so pleased with how it came out!

The 1st Kate on Vacation Novella is Out

I am thrilled to announce my NEW RELEASE,

An UNSAINTLY SEASON in St. AUGUSTINE, A Kate on Vacation Mystery

(Note to Self: If you want to write a Christmas story, start in August, not November.)

 

book cover

 

I decided to go ahead and release this now for several reasons. One, although it’s set at Christmas time, it is not a Christmas story per se. It’s a mystery.

Two, chronologically in Kate Huntington’s life, this story falls between CELEBRITY STATUS (released last November) which occurs in Spring/Summer 2010, and COLLATERAL CASUALTIES (to be released soon) which occurs in the Fall of 2011.

Three, I really wanted to get this little parallel series of novellas about Kate’s adventures while on vacation off the ground. Because I have two more novellas in the series at least partially outlined: Cruel Capers on the Caribbean and Missing on Maui. (I am also diligently working on the next full-length novel, ZERO HERO.)

Blurb for An UNSAINTLY SEASON in St. AUGUSTINE:

Even on vacation, Kate Huntington can’t seem to avoid other people’s troubles. While in St. Augustine, Florida for the Christmas holidays, she and her PI husband get caught up in trying to find a friend of Kate’s parents who’s gone missing. They soon discover that this isn’t just a case of a senior citizen wandering off. Can they reunite the elderly man with his wife before Christmas, or will others who mean him harm find him first?

This is the first of a series of novella-length mysteries with a cozy flavor to them. They feature the same characters from the Kate Huntington Mystery series. These are intended to be light, suspenseful reads that also allow the reader to travel vicariously to interesting and sometimes exotic places.

Available as an e-book for just $1.99 on:

AMAZON    and    BARNES & NOBLE

 

Enjoy!

Kass Lamb

 

 

New Cover for ILL-TIMED ENTANGLEMENTS

I know a lot of my readers really love the ILL-TIMED ENTANGLEMENTS cover. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it.

BUT it doesn’t really match the other covers. When that book was published (Book 2) I hadn’t really established a pattern for the covers. But now…

So here is the brand new cover for ILL-TIMED, that makes it look more like a true member of the series, instead of the stepchild of the group. 🙂

 

new cover--man falling into spider web

cover design by Martina Dalton, The Authors Red Room

 

I love it! Hope you do too.

Kass