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deadly deed grows
Romantic Suspense
Date Published: March 2015


Mira Stanley has come to Cape San Blas, Florida for one reason: to save Claire Peterson, her boss’ aunt, from being swindled and losing her home. She realizes it will be a challenge to defeat Bradley Lane, the unscrupulous land developer, even with her accomplished skills as a lawyer. However, another element adds itself to the equation when Mira meets the attractive Sean Thorndale. The chemistry between them leaves Mira confused and frightened.

Sean Thorndale has always been confident and driven with one personal agenda, and it promises to be dangerous. Even if he must deceive others by following Bradley Lane’s orders, he’ll do it to get the justice someone close to him deserves. At least that’s how he feels until he meets Mira Stanley. As their attraction to each other builds, Sean will decide if the dangerous journey to achieve what both he and Mira want is worth the risk.


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Guest Post

Things You Might Not Know About My Book

By Kathryn Long

A Deadly Deed Grows has a few secrets beyond the plotted mystery. I find it interesting to learn more about books I read, the trivia or quirks that belong to them. Here’s a list of ones you may not know about mine.

1) This was my first and only attempt so far at romantic suspense. I’ve written mysteries for years. Sometimes a bit of romance is thrown in. It’s hard for me to write outside my comfort zone, so I guess this would be as far as I’d go!

2) The original story started as a project in the 2008 NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) conducted every year during the month of November. Anyone can participate. The objective is to write a 50,000 word novel in thirty days. If you succeed, you get a nice certificate. It’s fun. It’s crazy. And the result for me was a first draft that had to be transformed, revised, and practically reborn before it was ready for publishing!

3) The setting for the novel is the Florida Panhandle where Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, and Apalachicola are locations where events take place. I’ve vacationed there on the Cape several times and I found it inspiring to use as a romantic setting – warm, tropical, the beach, beautiful sunsets. What more could you ask for?

4) One of the places where Mira and Sean dine is the Sunset Bar and Grill in Port St. Joe. My hubby and I have eaten there. They have excellent seafood. I’ve always enjoyed my meal, unlike Mira in the story. Of course, in her case it had nothing to do with the food!

5) The local library carries a copy of my book, and this past spring I visited. I spent a half hour with the library’s reading group. It was a fun time with a great group of ladies!

6) The restaurant on the cape where Mira and Sean stop for ice cream is really called Coneheads. I only changed the name because of what happens there in the story. I didn’t want to give it a bad reputation! Coneheads is a nice little place to eat a meal, have dessert, and even take your dog along. Cape San Blas is totally a pet friendly beach. You’ll find doggies everywhere!

7) The novel started out with…let me see. Five points of view? Like I said, it went through many changes! My editor suggested I narrow it down to three – Mira, Sean, and the evil antagonist Bradley Lane end up telling the story.

Okay, that’s it! If you want to view photos of the cape and surrounding area, visit my Facebook page. Or better yet, take a trip there! It’s a beautiful place to vacation.


About the Author

kathryn longKathryn Long’s passion is writing mysteries, creating the intricate details and weaving them together into the clues which the reader will enjoy collecting to solve the crime. However, she’s worn many hats over the years – bookseller, teacher, mom, wife, and author. Many of her works include Native American elements and hints of the paranormal. She loves a scary ghost story!

Her writing inspiration began with reading about Nancy Drew and the heroines of romantic suspense authors such as Victoria Holt and Mary Stewart. Her first creations were short stories meant to entertain anyone who’d listen or read. Playing the guitar led to song lyrics, which she insists taught her the rhythm and pace of writing prose.

Writing took a serious turn several years ago when she had her first book published. To date readers can find her self-pubbed cozy Lilly M Mysteries, and her traditionally published work: paranormal mystery, Dying to Dream, and latest, a romantic suspense, A Deadly Deed Grows at online retailers and in bookstores.

Always striving for better and greater achievements, Kathryn has recently signed with literary agency, Golden Wheat Literary and agent Jessica Schmeidler who is working diligently to sell Long’s latest mystery,Grave Maker Blues.

When writing and the creative muse take a break, this author loves to travel, watch Castle, and of course, read mysteries. Oh, and there’s always an author event or two she will attend in order to – you got it – talk about mystery. Kathryn lives in a small burg located in northeast Ohio with her husband and little pooch, Max.

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