Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blog Tour: Social Insecurity by Kate Eileen Shannon (Guest Post and Giveaway)

About the Book

Brigid Kildare is not your typical hard boiled private eye. But she doesn’t pretend to be. No matrimonial. No child custody. No bodyguard or surveillance work. No process serving. Brigid is strictly data. Asset searches, background searches, computer security, pre-employment screening, and basically any type of records research is what she deals in. And you really could not expect anything else. After all, your average five foot tall, blue eyed, blond (one friend describes her as looking like a Christmas tree angel) is rarely the person you would send out after a bail jumper. Oh, and there is that whole one leg thing – ADA aside, most people don’t think of an amputee as the go to person for a security job.

But in SOCIAL INSECURITY, the first in the Brigid Kildare Mystery Series, professional PI, Brigid Kildare, turns amateur sleuth when old ladies in the Federal Hill area of Providence start to go missing and she can’t get the police to believe her. As her assistant and long time friend, Kevin, puts it: “Honey, if an old lady like Jessica Fletcher can do it, a one-legged PI and her gay PA can do it too!” Brigid solves the mystery, along with an odd cast of friends and family, but not before four old ladies have died, she has caught the eye of a handsome Providence detective, and she discovers that not everyone who is close to her is what they appear to be.

About the Author

Kate Eileen Shannon is a Writer, Artist, and sometimes Real Estate Agent – as she says, ‘a purveyor of ephemera and bagatelle’. Trifles. Little things. Here today, gone tomorrow. In other words, a little of this, a bit of that.

She has had three husbands and two children; lived in Ireland, Rhode Island, and Florida; owned a brake repair shop, an art gallery, a farm, and a boat building business; been a Realtor, a title examiner, a real estate closer, and a government employee which led her straight to being unemployed, laid off, made redundant.

Kate is currently living in Rhode Island overlooking the water and a lighthouse; with her husband, Dick Thomas (who won’t let her have a cat); where she spends her time painting, drawing, and of course working on the next book in the Brigid Kildare mystery series, MEDITATED MURDER.

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Guest Post and Book Giveaway!

Thank you so much for having me here Yvonne.

My mother is confused about why I wrote a book and why I am writing more of them. It just makes no sense to her why I would do something like this. I guess she sees authors as vague, shadowy sort of people that you don’t run into every day or know personally. Which is really very funny because my mother is a very big part of why I write.

When I brought my children to the United States from Ireland, they had a computer. There was an internet and email and soon Facebook to keep in touch with their friends. They also had cell phones to text. I had none of those things. (We have been going back and forth for four generations now.) I had the post office and I had a mother who made me write to my cousins. And I didn’t find it a chore. I wrote about everything going on in my life. The letters were long and I’m sure, quite boring. I even kept notebooks where I jotted down things that happened or ideas that popped into my head so I would have them to refer to when I sat down to write my letters. Soon I had notebooks for notebook’s sake. Just places to write stories or poems just for myself. Years later my sister had a friend who went into the army. He complained that she hardly ever wrote to him and his family was even worse about writing. So even though I didn’t even know this guy, I felt bad for him and started writing to him. Long letters complete with illustrations. And he gave as good as he got and we had a wonderful correspondence back and forth for several years until he came home. I now keep in touch online but there is still one aunt back in Ireland that hasn’t gone online so for her at least, the letter writing tradition lives on. She is a grumpy sort and once complained about me wasting so much time writing long letters. But I found out she keeps them all and rereads them frequently so I keep writing them.

So my mother’s confusion is sort of funny when the fact is, she is the one who really started me writing.

Thank you again Yvonne for having me here and let me just mention the second book, Meditated Murder, will available shortly. And as I am explaining on this tour, it is a serial as opposed to a series. Visit some of the other tour stops to find out what that means (no repetitive backstory). Be sure to comment at each stop to increase your chances of winning one of the books and be sure to leave your email address. I’ll be announcing the winners on my blog one week after the tour closes, on September 9th.

5 autographed paperback books will be given away across the tour
with the entry being simply leaving a comment.
The chances of winning increases with blog visit each blog and leave a comment.  

Tour Participants

August 19 – Omnimystery News Guest Post
August 20 – Kaisy Daisy’s CornerReview &  Guest Post
August 21 – Socrates’ Book Review Blog Guest Post
August 22 – Mommasez…Review & Guest Post
August 23 – readalot Review & Guest Post
August 25 - Chloe Gets A Clue Interview
August 26 – Dru’s Book Musings Guest Post
August 27 – Musings and Ramblings Review & Guest Post
August 28 – Melina’s Book Blog Guest Post
August 31 – Must Read Faster Review & Guest Post
September 1 – A Chick Who Reads Review & Guest Post
September 2 – THE SELF-TAUGHT COOK Review


  1. Thanks for this unique and special giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  2. Great Post!! Thank you Yvonne for being part of this tour and thank you Kate for an insightful article!!

  3. Sounds like a good book to read. Thank you for the give away.

  4. Great title ands sounds like a fun read.

  5. I have been following this blog tour and have this book on my wish list.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

    1. Well thanks for following the tour and good luck, maybe you'll get one of the books.

  6. Your comment about having to write letters to your cousins really makes me go back to my childhood when we moved and I wrote letters every week to my friends "back home"---I guess now I'd just PM them on facebook. How the world has changed. I love mysteries and this one sounds very interesting to me, I'd love to read it.

    1. I think letters were so much better - and more meaningful. Glad you stopped by Sue and maybe you will win one of the copies and read it soon :)

  7. Looks like a great book! And your reason for writing is very interesting. I find it so hard to write letters anymore since everything has been on Facebook or in an email. Good for you for continuing to write letters!
    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

  8. I'd like to thank everyone for stopping by! Thank you Kate for giving me the opportunity to host your book on my blog!

  9. I am looking forward to reading SOCIAL INSECURITY.


  10. Social Insecurity sounds like a great read!


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