Friday, April 20, 2012

AUTHENTIC CRIME…ARRESTING STORIES



Congratulations to Kai, the winner of Kathy's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Do you have what it takes to go in foot pursuit of a burglary suspect down a dark alley?

Can you imagine having to tell a mother her only child was killed in a traffic accident?

Have you ever wondered what it's like to be chasing a suspect in a police car and careening around corners at fifty miles an hour, only to be involved in a shooting at the end of the pursuit?

My name is Kathy Bennett, and I've done all those things and more. I proudly served as a Los Angeles Police Officer for twenty-one years before I retired in 2011. With my background, it's natural I would write suspense stories. My debut novel,  A Dozen Deadly Roses, became a bestseller at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. I've heard from numerous cops who love the authenticity of the police details in my stories. They contact me and thank me for 'getting it right.'

I often get asked if I use real events and real people in my books. The truth is I'm always watching and listening, so no one is safe. I pick up bits and pieces of situations, people, and conversations wherever I am. I tuck interesting tidbits I've observed or experienced in the back of my mind to use when they fit into a story.

Part of the impetus of my debut romantic suspense novel, A Dozen Deadly Roses, came from the fact I was once the victim of a stalker. I used that experience to create LAPD Officer, Jade Donovan, who is hunted by a psycho leaving her dead roses.  She’s keeping that fact secret – along with others, from her partner and her boss.

Mac Stryker, Jade's partner, is a cop with something to prove. Years ago, he’d left the LAPD in disgrace when he was too drunk to take action during a shooting. Now, Mac is sober, back on the job working with Jade, the rookie who’d saved his life. 

When the deadline looms on Jade’s dozen deadly roses stalker, will the two partners put aside their differences in order to save their son?

My newest release is a suspense novel with romantic elements called A Deadly Blessing.  In this book, the critically-ill daughter of the governor of California has been kidnapped. LAPD Detective Maddie Divine is assigned to find her before it’s too late. This high-profile case comes with secrets on every side: those of the cops, the politicians, and even of the innocent.

Detective 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?

A Deadly Blessing is a lightning-paced story of suspense that will keep readers on edge from beginning to end. 

So, tell me, could you be a police officer? If yes, what would you most look forward to doing on the job? If the thought of being a cop sends you into cardiac arrest, why?

I'll be giving away a digital copy of A Deadly Blessing to one lucky commenter. Be sure to include your email in the post.

I love to connect with readers. Here are the best places to find me:

Facebook: KathywritesLAPD
Twitter: KathywritesLAPD

Giveaway ends 9pm EST April 20th. Please supply your email in the post. You may use spaces or full text for security. (ex. jsmith at gmail dot com) If you do not wish to supply your email, or have trouble posting, please email justromanticsuspense @ gmail.com with a subject title of JRS GIVEAWAY to be entered in the current giveaway. 

42 comments:

  1. I love this kind of suspense, would love to read, and better yet win.

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  2. Love romantic suspense books. I would not have the courage to run down a dark alley, drive at 50 mph around a corner, and the shoot out -- no way! I would love to win a copy of your book. Sounds like what i like to read. gator_trish@msn.com

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  3. Hi LS!

    Nice to meet you! I'm rooting for you...but I'll be rooting for everyone! :-)
    Thanks for taking time out of your day to learn a little about me!

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  4. Hi Trish!

    If you love suspense, then you're my kind of reader!

    If it wasn't for the dark alleys and the fast driving, etc. being a cop would be boring!

    I'm rooting for you too! Thanks for taking time to check my books out!

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  5. I could never be a cop, but my youngest is headed down that road. She's determined to make me crazy!!
    Just started A Deadly Blessing last night. It's fabulous!! But I knew it would be. I'm sure it will be another bestseller for you.

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  6. Hi Roz!

    I remember when I went to my high school reunion and people found out I was a cop. They couldn't believe it. The comments were usually, "You're a cop? No way! You're way too quiet!"

    It's us quiet ones you have to watch out for - besides, I developed a big, bossy, police voice!

    Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. As much as I would love to help "clean up" and protect our towns I just don't think I'm authoritative or assertive enough.
    I grew up next to a house where the father was a county sheriff. He was forced into early retirement when he got too close to someone in lock up and they grabbed him through the bars and pulled him to them, slamming him into the cell door. It permanently injured one of his shoulders.

    Thanks for posting here and letting us know a little about you and your books!

    Sapphyria
    saphsbookblog at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi Sapphyria!

      The general public has no idea how often cops get hurt. During my career I saw how the frequency increased with criminals were willing to fight the cops. I was very fortunate that most of my injuries were minor until I was in an on-duty traffic accident. I've recovered, but still have some residual issues at times.

      Many cops suffer injuries that they carry around with them the rest of their lives.

      Thanks for stopping by and chatting with me today. I'm rooting for you too!

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  8. Hi Kathy! There's no way I could be a cop - I'm too wimpy! (Although I am quiet.) lol I'd love to go on a drive along (is that what they're called?) sometime, though! I'm fascinated by and so thankful for the work of law enforcement. Congrats on your latest release! Yay!

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    1. Hi Robin!

      It's called a ride-along. Some police departments have stopped doing ride-alongs due to the liability factor. I know the LAPD doesn't do them too often anymore for the same reason.

      The trick about being a GOOD cop is that you have to know when you need to be tough and when you don't. It's not always easy to get the balance right! (But I was pretty good at it )

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  9. I would be very interested in reading your books. Please include me in the draw.

    janet_kerr(at)msn.com

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    1. Hi Janet!

      You got it! And I'm rooting for you too! But you should know I'm rooting for everyone!

      Thanks for stopping by and finding out more about me.

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  10. I Love Kathy's stories and once I finish her books I'm looking for the next one. They are page turners I can't put down. Another hit Kathy with A Deadly Blessing, Marian

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    1. Hi Marian!

      Thanks for your kind words! Nothing like word of mouth (or print) to reach people.

      I appreciate you taking time out of your busy day to stop by and visit.

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  11. I am going to get both your books! I love suspense, especially with authentic cop details.

    I actually applied with the Dallas Police Department many years ago. They turned me down just because I'd smoked a bit of pot years before. They did not even relent when I told them my first joint came from a cop.

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    1. Hi Sally!

      Ackkkkk! Really? Wow, that's some story. I bet their Internal Affairs thought so too!

      I think over the years many departments have relaxed their hiring standards. If I were 'queen,' I would keep the standards as high as possible. Does that mean that departments would lose qualified candidates because they had some minor thing in their past...sure. But hopefully, it would prevent cops from handing out joints! I just can't get over that!

      Thanks for sharing that one!

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  12. I loved your first book, and have just begun the second one, so don't put my name in the draw. : ) I love the pacing and the "real" feeling you bring to your stories. Doubt I could be a cop though...I'm not a very fast runner, and vaulting high fences, forget about it.

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    1. Hi Robena!

      Thank you for your kind comments. As for the running...I wasn't a very good runner and if there was any other way around a fence than jumping it, I'd try to find it. I'm pretty short.

      Funny short story. I worked for years with another female officer. We were both short and one time there was a pretty high fence we couldn't get over. We were investigating a burglar alarm at a residence. We stacked boxes of road flares from our trunk and used them as a ladder. Worked like a charm!

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  13. Hi Kathy - your new book premise sounds fantastic and it is impatiently waiting on my Kindle. Looking forward to a good read. As for your question. Hands down, I KNOW I am not police officer material. I would never be able to handle the adrenaline pouring out of me, and I really don't like confrontations. I'm glad there are people out there who step up to the job, though!

    Many thanks for your 21 years of service.

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    1. Hi Lynne!

      I lived for those adrenaline highs! Ha! Isn't that funny. The trick to confrontations is to know your own personal abilities. It doesn't hurt to have good verbal skills either .

      Thanks for taking time from your busy day to stop by.

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  14. Great blog Kathy. You did an awesome desciption of your life experience as a cop and both books. I've read both books several times and find them fasinating. Keep on writing!

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    1. Hi Kate!

      Thank you! You'll be happy to know I'm working on book 2 in the Maddie Divine series.

      I try to stick little details in my books that readers might say, 'I never thought about that! Now I know why cops do that.'

      Thanks for your support!

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  15. Kathy, could I be a cop? A part of my personality could, yes absolutely. But my entire personality couldn't, if that makes sense. I am too emotional, too ready to strike out or to comfort; only as I have gotten older have I been able to really control my reactions.

    When I was in my teens and 20s, I was a butterfly emotionally and it would not have been a good thing to put a gun in my hands! But the critical thinking part of being a cop? I could have been good at that.

    Looking forward to reading book 2!

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    1. Hi Chrstine!

      There is no doubt that being a cop changes a person - some of the changes are good and some, not so much. But I wouldn't have changed my decision to become a cop for anything. The highs were SO high and the lows were the bottom of the ocean. But what an experience.

      It's not for everyone - and that's probably a good thing.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  16. Hi Kathy,
    I actually went the first step in the process and filled out the paper work and essay. When I discovered the amount of PT involved, I decided my knees (wrecked from an accident as a teen) couldn't take the beating. I was contacted about going to the next level, but declined. I always thought if I didn't make it as an actor, I wanted to be a cop. (Like you, I have the voice. LOL.) Huge congrats on the new release and all the success!

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    1. Hi Dee J!

      Yeah, the physical stuff was tough. I had some knee issues in the Academy, but thankfully nothing serious. They had us running six miles a day. I can tell you - in 21 years, I never chased a suspect six miles!

      Thanks for stopping by a chatting!

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  17. Hi Kathy
    I worked in felony review for the DA's office in Cook County when I was in law school and then I was a prosecutor in domestic violence in Denver before moving to LA--and that was plenty close for me. I went on some ride-alongs (required) and while I really enjoyed seeing the perspective of the police officers and also seeing how difficult it is to actually apply some of the 5th amendment requirements in the real world--police work...nope. Not for me. Happy to walk into a courtroom and try a case (when I was practicing) no need to chase a suspect on foot. Besides I am so out of shape now...wow...don't thin I could get a half a block!
    Maggie Marr

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    1. Hi Maggie!

      Ah, the real world and police work. Not at all like you see in the movies and on TV is it?

      I'm not sure how you stood being in court all day. I was always amazed the D.A.'s could have a ton of cases and when I went to talk them, they knew exactly which case I was talking about.

      As for the running...we never ran when we could drive

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  18. I adored a Dozen Deadly Roses. This new one sounds even more heart wrenching. Whoo hoo!

    Not sure I could ever be a cop. The physical demands don't daunt. It is the emotions that would be stirred when I had to face the underbelly of society and the consequences they cause good people.

    Congrats and many sales on A Deadly Blessing. Bravo on your success. May it continue for many years to come. :)

    Christine London

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    1. Hi Christine!

      Thank you.

      You are absolutely right about the emotions and you stated it very well. The criminals do their devious deeds with little thought to the victims. Frustrating for the cops is that often jail sentences are reduced because of jail overcrowding. It can be a vicious circle.

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  19. Kathy, I must have missed you when you're with LAPD. I was there as a civilian employee dealing with fingerprints. I was there until 2001. OMG, it is a small world. Congrats on your book.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  20. Hi Kai!

    They say that the LAPD is like family, so we're having a reunion! Thanks for stopping by and chatting.

    I'm rooting for you, but I'm rooting for everyone - so no 'family' favorites .

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  21. I'm happily assuming I'm much too boring to make it into one of your books, despite your friendly warning. And I couldn't be a cop, either. Way too dangerous! I don't know how you did it, and I'm glad you're writing books now! I already have both your books, so need to enter me in the drawing.

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  22. Hi Alyssa!

    No one is too boring to make it into one of my books...so be careful around me!

    I have to tell you, the thing I miss most about being a cop is the adrenaline rush when something exciting was happening. Now I have to write that adrenaline into my characters...even the boring ones!

    Thanks for stopping by and chatting with me!

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  23. I seriously have got to stop reading this blog if I want to make it out of graduate school without having spent my entire stipend on books... every time I tune in, I come across new books/authors to add to my soon-to-reach-truly-epic-proportions TBR queue :)

    I've got the running part down pat, but that's about the only thing about being a cop I could handle. I'd probably accidentally shoot myself in the foot with my weapon, and could never investigate a homicide. Blood? There's a reason I took my biology degree into a doctorate in microbiology rather than medical school... no blood with bacteria, haha.

    stalkers00(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Cris!

      I wasn't particular fond of blood and gore when I joined the department either. What I found was if I was at a particularly bad scene, I kept myself busy interviewing witnesses or helping to gather evidence.

      Thanks for stopping by and chatting!

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  24. Nice post. I probably couldn't be a police officer because of the constant danger.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi BN!

      Sadly, while violent crime is down across the country, officers being attacked and killed have gone up. You are absolutely right - the job is dangerous and, apparently, becoming more so each day!

      Thank you for visiting me here!

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  25. Excellent post. I think I *could* make it as a police officer, but I'd rather leave it to the professionals. I think I'm too empathetic to be able to handle the sadder side of things (violent crimes, accidental deaths, etc.) and too optimistic (always expecting the best of everyone) to be as diligent as a good cop needs to be. "A Dozen Deadly Roses" is literally at the top of my TBR pile for once my book comes out next month... It's sitting in my Kindle, waiting patiently for me!

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  26. Hi Laura!

    Actually, you sound like a prime candidate to become a police officer. You MUST have empathy for the victims because you see so many of them If you don't 'feel' for them you're nothing more than a report-taker with a gun. However, an officer also has to temper that empathy with the understanding that they have a job to do and can't let it get personal.

    I found my optimism was contagious - even to suspects. One time a suspect lied to my partner and I about having dope hidden on him. When we got him to jail and he was strip searched, naturally, my partner found the dope. When asked why he didn't just fess up to having the narco, he said, "Your female partner was telling me not to let this arrest (for beating his 13 year-old son) get me down. She seemed so convinced I could be a good person, I didn't want her know I was a doper too."

    Now, before you flip out that I would tell a child abuser his crime wasn't a big deal, you have to know that back then, when someone was arrested, when he was being transported to jail, one officer rode in the back seat with the suspect. They guy we arrested was about 6-5 and 220 pounds. I told him whatever I thought would keep him calm while he went to jail. :-)

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  27. I missed seeing this yesterday but glad I caught it today. I loved A Dozen Deadly Roses and look forward to reading A Deadly Blessing!

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  28. I also missed this yesterday, but I loved A Dozen Deadly Roses and have all ready purchased A Deadly Blessing. Can't wait to read it. I wish you many sales, Kathy.

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