In the past, I used to share a weekly author alert on my blog. Often it was a new indie writer I’d come across, or it might have been one I really enjoyed reading. Since I’ve given up writing my 365 Daily Challenge and have been posting mostly book reviews and my own book promotions, I decided I needed to get back to a few basics again. One of those will be sharing an alert on authors and series I’ve either finished or gotten caught up on and am awaiting the next book.
I’ve been a major fan of series ever since I was a young child and participated in summer readathons at my local library. I used to sit for hours and read books only ever in order… I’m ashamed to say I have only been about 80% faithful to that rule of reading in order, but I’m trying to be as consistent as possible these days. This week, I’m starting with a series I actually did not read in order — The Cat Latimer Mysteries by Lynn Cahoon.
Lynn Cahoon is a prolific writer. I’ve only read the 6 books in the Cat Latimer series, and this was one where I won a copy of #5 and began with that one even though it wasn’t the first in the series. I don’t recommend doing that with this series… too much has happened in the past where you need to read in order to have the best experience. Cat runs a boarding house for writers who want to go on a retreat. She inherited the house from her late ex-husband who died under mysterious circumstances. In one of the books, we learn the truth, but I won’t tell you anything other than it’s not the first one! I am planning to start either the Tourist Trap or Farm-to-Form series later this summer, after I do some research on how many more might be published in the future.
In this series, Cat’s friends help her out with cooking, cleaning, and transportation in order to run the inn. She has an affiliation with the local college where a professor comes to speak to her writing guests and in return, Cat hosts one student each term in her retreat. There is also a mafia connection with her late husband, and when a new guy, Dante, shows up, the sparks fly. Despite Cat dating her high school friend, Seth, I still think she might end up with Dante. What I enjoy most about this series is the connection with all the visiting writers and the books that Cat talks about. She’s an author too, so we have a full-scale appreciation for everything writers have to address in their careers. I also like the small similarities to my own mystery series with the college campus and the mafia visits being a central theme. While we’re entirely different in plot and writing style, it’s fun to share this approach with an author I really respect. I didn’t begin reading these books until after I planned out my series… but maybe the characters could visit each other one day!
For some links to a few sites that might help you decide to move forward, including my reviews of all 6 books I’ve read in the Cat Latimer series, check these out:
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are four books: Academic Curveball, Broken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, and Mistaken Identity Crisis. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.