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January 9, 2014

Plotting Princesses ~ Who is our guest today?? MaryAnn Kempher!!!

The PP girls welcome guest author MaryAnn Kempher to our blog. Let's check her out:

How did you get from your day job to writing romance and mystery?   I was in the military for 20 years. I retired in 2007 and was lucky to have to luxury of staying home vs going back to work. For the first year I relished the role of stay-at-home wife and mother, but soon needed more. Finally after a lot of thought, I decided to write my first book; Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder—a romantic mystery set in Reno.

Three favorite books of all time? That’s a hard question. Pride and Prejudice, Gone With the Wind, and Light a Penny Candle. But honesty, I love to read, so those were just off the top of my head.

Morning, afternoon, or evening person? I’m a morning person, once I’ve had my coffee. ;)

Music--with or without? What kind? Do I listen to music when I write? Nope, ideally I have complete quiet.

First or third POV? Oh, third all the time. 

How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects? I don’t juggle multiple books, but my plate is full. I’m trying to finish my bachelor’s degree, so soon I be writing book three, taking two classes, and reading five books for a contest I’m helping to judge.

What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end? For me, hands down the middle. 

Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em?  Hate them. Doesn’t matter how many times I look at my own work, I always see room for improvement. 

How did you come up with that title? Best advice anybody every gave you? For Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder—the main character, Katherine O’Brian, is a huge Starbucks drinker, so that’s where the Mocha comes in. The books murder happens near midnight, under the full moon. For my second book, Forever Doomed—the story takes place on a cruise ship named Forever.

Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous no matter…how much weight I’d gained. 

What's your favorite dessert?  Ice cream.

Do you write at home or someplace else? We have a home office that I write in, sometimes though I’ll take my computer to a local bookstore, or a Panera Bread, and write there.


It's not wise to wander the cruise ship Forever alone at night. You might not live to see daylight. 

Detective Jack Harney agrees to do an old Army buddy a favor. Curt Noble had some personal business to attend to, he didn’t say what. What he did say was he needed someone to temporarily take over his duties as head of security on the struggling cruise ship Forever. Jack hesitates, but he owes Curt his life so agrees. He’s told the worst mischief he can expect to encounter will be the occasional shoplifter, or drunk. Instead, one week into the cruise, a beautiful red head and a member of the crew are ruthlessly murdered. Are the two murders connected? It’s up to Jack to find out. He must find the killer before the ship returns to Tampa’s port, or worse, before another dead body is found. This won't be easy. The ship is old, it's security systems outdated, and clues are few, or so it seems at first
It’s not just a sense of obligation that motivates Jack to agree to Curt's request; Jack moved thousands of miles, started over, and still can't get Amy O'Brian out of his heart or mind. When she shows up on the ship, as part of a large wedding party, Jack must fight to stay focused. To make matters worse, Amy isn't his only distraction; a sexy and mysterious woman has made it her mission to seduce Jack.

As the body count rises, and time slips away, Jack has to ask himself, “Did someone commit the perfect crime?” 

For more about MaryAnn Kempher: Facebook  Website
Purchase MaryAnn’s books at: Amazon Barnes and Noble Amazon UK Amazon CA

Thank you MaryAnn for being with us today!


Sylvia said...

Hi Mary Ann,
Welcome to the PP. You were in the military? Wow! So impressed. Your story sounds very interesting.

Vicki Batman, sassy writer said...

Hi, MaryAnn and welcome. I loved your excerpt and wish good things for you in 2014.

chris keniston said...

I love the mocha title - aliteration is very catchy-

and the blurb on your book sounds very interesting - as someone who loves to cruise it especially catches my eyes when ithink of all the possibilities I've overlooked - lol - may watch my fellow passengers a lot more closely from now on - :)

Anonymous said...

A lite in the military. I'm impressed. Good luck with the book.

Lani said...

OOOO! This does sound awesome! I'm so glad I swung by! Now I have a new author to read!

Thanks for the interview! Going to Amazon now!

Liz Lipperman said...

Welcome, Mary Ann. Love the blurb. Wishing you many sales.

Unknown said...

Thank you all for the fabulous comments. :)

Angela Adams said...

Sounds like a great read, MaryAnn.

Karilyn Bentley said...

Hi Mary Ann,
Welcome to the PP! Loved the interview and your book sounds great! I love the titles! Here's to many sales!!

Phyllis said...

Welcome Mary Ann! Glad the tiara fits well.

Loved the blurb. Being an avid cruiser and suspense writer, this one looks like one to read!

Enjoy many sales.