By: Kathy Bennett
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?
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