Hi, my name is Kathy Bennett and I write romantic suspense books, and suspense novels with romantic elements. Prior to retiring, I was a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department for twenty-one years.
I think most people naturally assume the conception of my books comes from experiences I had working as a cop. In part, that supposition is true – but not entirely. While I use my time with the LAPD to flavor my novels, oddly enough, that's not where I've gotten the initial impetus for my e-books.
My first book, a romantic suspense called A Dozen Deadly Roses dealt with a female LAPD officer being stalked. That book actually originated from the fact that I myself was a victim of a stalker. My personal experience was not nearly as exciting or dangerous as what my lead character Jade Donovan experienced, but that was where the initial idea came from.
My second book, a suspense novel with romantic elements, called A Deadly Blessing was released earlier this month. The idea for this story came out of several news reports involving politicians who were behaving badly. But my story also reveals very real crime problems that, on a regular basis, affect the lives of every day people. In fact, I'm finding that one of my goals when I'm writing my stories is to not only entertain the reader, but to expose and educate (in an interesting way) just how devious the criminal element can be.
A Deadly Blessing is the first in a series featuring LAPD Detective Maddie Divine. Here's a brief rundown of the main characters:
Maddie Divine: Her marriage hangs by a thread, her SWAT-officer husband has lost it, and almost as bad, she can’t trust her detective partner.
Travis Divine: After the death of a SWAT teammate, he’s a shell of the man he used to be. He’s lost touch with his work, his wife and occasionally even reality. Can he regain the warrior mentality needed to support Maddie and do his job?
Preston Truesdale: The California governor’s daughter has gone missing, and so has her only bone marrow donor. Is it coincidence or something more sinister?
Pilar Luna: The mayor of Los Angeles is a media favorite, and she plays Preston like a Vegas pro would play a Midwestern farmboy…all in hopes of reaching the White House. Will she hit the jackpot?
Tiffany Truesdale: The brainiac teenager evaded her security team to spend a night on the town with her girlfriends, but can she outwit the man who kidnapped her before time runs out?
I hope you'll find A Deadly Blessing a lightning-paced story of suspense that keeps you on edge from beginning to end. Please note this book contains commonly used street language.
My current work in progress is the second installment in the Maddie Divine series. The idea for this book actually came from a reality television show. I was watching TV one day and saw how crooks could manipulate the show's premise for a life of crime. Which television show was it? I'm not saying…I'm a suspense writer, remember? J
Excerpt: A Deadly Blessing
MADDIE − 1
“Maddie, do not hang up the phone.”“Travis, I’m working. I can’t talk right now.”
“You’re always working. What’s more important, our marriage or your job?”
My partner, Darius Cutter, plucked my cell phone from my hand. “Hey, dude, she’ll call you later. The chief and the mayor are waiting for us.” He snapped my cell shut and handed it back to me. “Let’s go.”
“You shouldn’t have done that.” Immediately, the phone vibrated in my hand. The display showed a smiling photo of my husband — a photo taken when Travis was okay and normal. A pang of sorrow stabbed my chest.
“Ignore it,” Darius said, referring to the quivering phone. “Call him back when we’re out of our meeting.” He led the way out of the noisy detective squad room to the foyer where we’d catch the elevator.
I knew Darius was right. When the chief of police calls and orders you to a meeting with the mayor, you hustle your ass to get there. But my husband was on edge, to say the least. Guilt weighed heavily on me for putting work ahead of him, but I rationalized that Travis was a cop and knew that sometimes it was necessary. Meanwhile, I followed my partner while we traversed the Police Administration Building and then over to City Hall.
It’s not every day a girl gets to meet both the chief of police and the mayor of Los Angeles. I wondered why today was my day.
We stood in the lobby where we’d been told to wait for Chief Fryer and his adjutant. I twisted my wedding ring on my finger; a sure sign I was nervous. Technically, the chief is my boss, but as one of hundreds of LAPD detectives working for him, our paths had never crossed – until now.
I noticed a sheen sprouting on Darius’s forehead. That sweat on his mocha skin was the only giveaway he was stressed, too. “I don’t like this,” said Darius. “I expected the ‘hurry up and wait’ but we don’t even know why we’re here. I don’t like going into any meeting unprepared, much less one where the chief and the mayor are running the show. Why all the mystery?”
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