Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spotlight/Book Giveaway/Guest Post: The Trouble with Murder by Kathy Krevat

About the Book

Single mom and gourmet cat food entrepreneur Colbie Summers thought she’d escaped her tiny California hometown forever. But when her father needs her, she packs up her adolescent son, their finicky feline, Trouble, and her budding business. She knows change is tough—but she doesn’t expect it to be murder . . .

Between dealing with her newly rural life, her grumpy, sports-obsessed father, and preparing to showcase her products in the local Sunnyside Power Mom’s trade show, Colbie has more on her plate than she bargained for. Luckily, she has her official taste-tester, Trouble, by her side to vet her Meowio Batali Gourmet Cat Food line. Things look promising—until one of the Power Moms is found dead—with an engraved Meowio specialty knife buried in her chest.

As the prime suspect, Colbie needs paws on the ground to smoke out who had means, motive, and opportunity among the networking mothers—including a husband-stealing Sofia Vergara lookalike. And the cat’s still not out of the bag when a second violent death rocks the bucolic community. Trouble may have nine lives, but Colbie’s only got one to clear her name and stop a killer from pulling off the purr-fect crime . . .

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Author Guest Post
The Book That Matters Most
By Kathy Krevat

My book club just read The Book That Matter Most by Ann Hood and it generated a lovely discussion about books that were important to us at different points of our lives. For me, One for the Money by Janet Evanovich lit my desire to write humorous fiction and The Artist Way by Julia Cameron helped me to get over a two year writers block. Whenever I feel stuck, I use the tools I learned to quickly move along.

Others in the book club brought up books that were important when they were children – Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume, Our Bodies, Ourselves by Judy Norsigian, and many more.

As mothers, many of us cherish the Harry Potter series for instilling a love of reading in our children.

One of my most important childhood books is Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. My first grade teacher started reading us one chapter a week and I couldn’t stand waiting, so I took it out of the school library. I remember the librarian telling me that the book was too old for me, but somehow I was allowed to take it home. I remember being enamored of the story.

Another important book was The Singing Boones by Dale White. When I was in middle school, I took it out of the library at least a dozen times. It was a story of a pioneer family crossing the country and the oldest girl falling in love with the guide. My husband tracked it down a few years ago and I still enjoyed it!

What are the books that matter most to you?

About the Author

Kathy Krevat is the author of the GOURMET CAT MYSTERY series featuring cat food chef, Colbie Summers, and her demanding cat, Trouble. Kathy also writes the bestselling CHOCOLATE COVERED MYSTERY series under the pen name, Kathy Aarons.

Kathy grew up in rural Pennsylvania, attended Carnegie Mellon University, and moved to New York City where she worked in public relations and met her husband. They relocated to California where she became one of “those” moms: running the PTA, fundraising for school foundations, helping to found a high school writers conference, creating costumes for youth theater, building puppets, and cheering on her daughters in sports events.

She began writing when her younger daughter attended preschool and pursued publishing more seriously when her older daughter went off to college. She’s dedicated to supporting arts education for youth, volunteering for the CCA High School Writers’ Conference and serving as president of the board for Playwrights Project. She’s also president of Partners in Crime, the San Diego chapter of Sisters in Crime.

She lives in San Diego with her husband of twenty-five years in the perfect location – close to Philz Coffee (her obsession) and the beach, and within visiting distance of her two grown daughters.

You can follow Kathy on Facebook or Twitter or visit her at:


Thanks to the author, I can giveaway an ebook version of The Trouble with Murder by Kathy Krevat.

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The giveaway begins on December 14th (midnight est) and ends on December 21st (midnight est).

The winner will be chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. The winner will be notified by email and has 48 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be chosen. I will announce the winner here on my blog.

Good luck!

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  1. Great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. I'd say the Great Gatsby. It shows me how so much can be said in so few words. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Cozies with cats or dogs are the ones that matter most to me but I pretty much like all cozies. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. The books that matter to me the most are ones that I can relate to in my personal life like family/friends and cats/dogs.

  5. So many books to think about. The book that matters to me the most is The Bible It is one of the first books that I was given and has directed my life.

  6. Yvonne - thanks for having me as a guest!
    Good luck everyone!

  7. Cozies do have such cute covers and stories.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  8. Forever Amber by Kathleen Windsor; and Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

  9. The books that matter to me most are books that will encourage kids to read, for me books that hold my interest, I've had many that grab me for various reasons To Kill a Mockingbird was the first grown up book that I read and I must say it was a good one to encourage me to keep reading.

  10. It's hard to pick just one book. I guess the Nancy Drew books made the biggest impact on me, they the instilled in me the love of reading.

  11. I don't really know. Perhaps, in a negative way, "Steppenwolf" by Herman Hesse. It's the first book I've never been able to finish, and seeing me with it meant I had finished all my unread books.

    In a positive note, perhaps Agatha Christie's, the first "grown-ups" books I read.


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