Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Spotlight/Book Giveaway/Interview: The Valentine Mystery by Kathi Daley

About the Book

Genre: Cozy Mystery, #2 in A Tess and Tilly Cozy Mystery Series
Publisher: Kathi Daley Books
Release Date: February 12, 2018

Synopsis from Goodreads...

It is Valentine's Day in White Eagle Montana and Tess and Tilly are busier than ever delivering Valentine Cards along with the daily mail. Of course it wouldn't be Valentine's Day in White Eagle without a mystery to solve or a Paws and Claws Holiday Adoption Ball to prepare for. Join Tess and Tilly as they team up with Bree, Brady, and Tony to make sure that every Valentine wish comes true and every animal shelter resident finds their perfect match in time for Valentine's Day.

Author Interview

I'd like to thank author, Kathi Daley, for agreeing to the interview and visiting Socrates' Book Reviews.

1. Who is the greatest influence in your writing career?

I really can’t say that there is any one person who has been the greatest influence since I have had help and inspiration from many sources. It was an editor friend Paul Dinas that first turned me onto cozies so if I had to choose just one person I guess I would stay Paul.

2. How do you keep from mixing up your different series and characters?

I have a very good editor who helps me keep track of everything. I also have a list of characters for each series.

3. Is it difficult to include animals in a fiction story?

No I don’t find it difficult to include animals. In many ways they are easier to write than people. I have had animals my entire life and am familiar with the way they act and the funny things they do so I just write about my real life experiences. I love writing animals and have animals in ever series I write.

4. Do you have a favorite series or character?

If you are asking what my favorite series is of the eight series I write it is the Zoe Donovan Series and my favorite character is Zak. I love everything about Zak.

5. What type of research goes into your books?

It depends on the series and the storyline. The setting is a big part of my series so I visit all the places I write about on a regular basis to gain ideas and inspiration. My 8 series are set in Alaska, Hawaii, San Juan Islands, an Island off the South Carolina Coast, Northern Montana, a small town on the Oregon Coast, and two in the mountains.

6. Do you outline your books? Do you know where you want the book to go or are you as surprised as your readers?

Nope I never outline. I just pick a starting point and start writing. I never know who the killer is and I am always surprised how it turns out.

7. Who are your favorite authors and/or books?

I have a lot of favorite authors but I guess I’d have to say that Debbie Macomber, Nora Roberts, and Dan Brown are some of my favorites. I also really like Barbara Delinsky and Sherryl Woods.

8. Do you have animals of your own? Are any featured in your books?

I had a Bernese Mountain Dog named Echo who is the star of my Tj Jensen Paradise Lake Series. He passed away this past spring. I am currently babysitting my son’s dog while he is in Ireland completing his doctorate so I have decided to wait until he comes home and takes his dog back to look for my next full time buddy.

9. How long does it take for you to write a book?

Two to three weeks depending on what else I have going on in my life.

10. Can you tell us anything about any future book releases?

I release an average of two books a month. Up next is Fifth Night – book 5 in my Writer’s Retreat Series, followed by The Valentine Mystery – book 2 in my new Tess and Tilly cozy mystery – and Farewell to Felines – book 15 in my Whales and Tails series. After that is Finding Answers from my Rescue Alaska series and Hippity Hoppity Homicide from my Zoe Donovan Series. I have worked out release dates beyond this.


Here's your chance to win either an ebook or paperback copy of The Valentine Mystery by Kathi Daley? Thanks to the author, I have one ebook or paperback to giveaway to one lucky winner.

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  1. Great author. What a delightful giveaway. Thanks.

  2. Thank you for another chance on a book.

  3. Love your books & I love reading print copies. Thanks for your generosity.

  4. Love Kathi Daley Books and this one has so many mysteries to solve! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!! :)

  5. Thanks. Love Kathi Daley. Would make a good
    treat for my 74th Valentine’s Day Birthday.
    Carol Smith

  6. Nice cover. Hard to go wrong with critters and mystery.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  7. I haven't read a book by this author in a long time. I love that adorable cover!

  8. The Valentine Mystery sounds like a good read. Thank you

  9. I can't wait to read this, Kathi! Ty for the giveaway.

  10. I love your books and enjoyed the interview.

  11. Congratulations on your new release! Happy Valentine's Day!

  12. I love all your series, Kathi----and the book covers are always so cute.

  13. Would love to read. Really enjoy Kathi's books. Thanks for the chance.

  14. I especially enjoy Kathi's holiday themed books.


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