Welcome to Wednesday’s Blue Light Special. Today’s special is a mystery novel. Y’all know I love mysteries enough to write them myself. Thus, when Kassandra Lamb offered me a copy of Celebrity Status for review, I jumped on it.
Kassandra’s knowledge of the mental health field comes through in her protagonist Kate Huntington. Kate’s thoughts about different characters’ personality types was one of the highlights of Celebrity Status.
This book also features famous people, who are interesting because they are just like regular people…only not boring. The famous person in Celebrity Status is a pop diva who is being stalked by an obsessed fan. This reminded me of the Jackie Collins books I devoured as a teenager (yes, really), so the plot held my interest.
Further babbling aside, let’s go ahead and talk about this book.
Celebrity Status blurb:
In this fourth book of the Kate Huntington series, Kate develops a whole new respect for what celebrities deal with on a daily basis. Her husband’s private investigating agency has attracted its first big-name client, a pop singer who’s being stalked by an anonymous fan with a twisted concept of love. Before Skip realizes just how twisted, he involves first his psychotherapist wife and then their lawyer friend, Rob Franklin, in the case.
When a reporter speculates in print that Skip and Cherise Martin may be more than just bodyguard and client, the paparazzi descend. Soon Kate and Skip’s lives are being reported–and distorted–in the tabloid press. Nothing they try, not restraining orders or threats of lawsuits, not even Skip’s imposing size, is sufficient to stop the paparazzi. Meanwhile, the stalker has escalated from sick love notes to gruesome presents.
Adding insult to injury, someone is trying to keep the pot stirred by planting evidence that Kate is having an affair with Rob. As Skip and Kate struggle with their unwanted celebrity status and try to stop a stalker willing to commit murder, they must also face the reality that you can’t always protect the ones you love from harm.
Thanks so much, Catie, for inviting me to be part of your Celebrity Author Playlist series.
Since I’m older than dirt and my musical tastes are equally antiquated (John Denver, anyone?) I thought I’d share the playlist of my protagonist in the Kate Huntington mystery series. She’s no spring chicken herself but her older favorites are ones that have stood the test of time. And she’s got a few more up-to-date selections as well.
Kate was born Kathleen O’Donnell in 1967. Being of Irish-American heritage and coming of age in the 1980’s, of course Kate is a U2 fan. Her all time favorite song is A Beautiful Day.
Kate’s second favorite band during her college years was Guns N’ Roses. Their song, Sweet Child O’ Mine, always makes her think of her childhood – years filled with love, laughter and a fair share of bickering as she and three siblings grew up in a three-bedroom bungalow in Baltimore.
Second runner-up for Kate’s favorite U2 song is With or Without You. The year this song came out, Kate was a junior in college and she was dating Ed Huntington. Ed adored her, but passionate Kate found his low-key personality rather boring. They broke up their senior year. After graduation, Kate went off to graduate school, leaving Ed with a sore heart and an appreciation for U2.
In 1993, Kate and Ed ran into each other at a U2 concert (during their Zoo Tour). Kate saw this as a sign that she should give him another chance. Over dinner the next night, he admitted that he played With or Without You quite often, while thinking about the good times they’d had in college. The line “and you give, and you give, and you give yourself away” particularly reminded him of Kate’s compassion, he told her.
Is there any way she could not fall in love with this man? With or Without You became their song. They were married eighteen months later.
Ten years later, Kate is widowed (Book 1, Multiple Motives) when Ed is senselessly killed. Having lost the love of her life, she assumes that romance is a thing of the past.
A year and a half later, she crosses paths again with the bodyguard who protected her from Ed’s killer. While they are helping Kate’s friend, Rob Franklin, clear his aunt of murder charges, Skip Canfield is trying to convince Kate to go out with him. She is sorely tempted (he’s a hunk), but her grief is still too fresh (Book 2, Ill-Timed Entanglements). Skip tells Kate that he’s a “very patient man.”
Joe Nichols – I’ll Wait For You (Have some tissues handy. This one’s a tear-jerker.)
Skip was raised in Texas on a steady diet of country western music. During that same summer he re-connects with Kate, I’ll Wait For You is released by Joe Nichols. This song resonates for Skip on so many levels (If you grab yourself a free copy of Family Fallacies and read it, you’ll find out why).
While courting Kate through Book 3, Family Fallacies, Skip converts her to an appreciation of country music. I’ll Wait for You becomes their song. Kate does have a penchant for making men wait, doesn’t she?
Kate particularly likes Carrie Underwood’s song, Blown Away, which has more of the pop-type beat that Kate prefers. This song also speaks to her because it tells a story so similar to the ones she hears from many of her clients.
Pop singer, Katy Perry, is the most recent addition to Kate’s favorite artists’ list, after stumbling on a You Tube video of her 2010 hit, Firework. At first Kate thought the song was a little cheesy, but then she got caught up in its self-esteem boosting message.
Kate’s favorite Perry song, however, is Part of Me, because it portrays the “tough chick” persona that Kate always finds intriguing (perhaps because she wishes she were a little more hard-ass herself).
I hope you’ve enjoyed Kate Huntington’s rather eclectic playlist. To thank Catie, and all of you who stopped by today, I’ve made Family Fallacies (Book 3), free for today and tomorrow (2/6 & 2/7). All of the books in the series are designed to also work as stand-alone novels, so one doesn’t need to read them in order.
Remember, this book is FREE February 6th and 7th.
Also, I’m donating all royalties from Celebrity Status during the month of February to Autism Speaks, an advocacy and research organization that helps families with children who suffer from autism spectrum disorders. Please stop by Rhonda Hopkins’ blog next Tuesday to learn more about this worthy cause.
Thank you so much for inviting me to share Kate’s playlist, Catie!
Thank you for agreeing to participate, Kassandra. I loved having you. “Beautiful Day” by U2 is one of my favorite songs, too.
Folks, Kassandra will be hanging out here at Long Roads and Dark Ends today. So, after you download your FREE copy of Family Fallacies, be sure to chat her up in the comments section.
Writing and psychology have always vied for first place on Kassandra Lamb’s Greatest Passions list. In her youth, she had to decide between writing and paying the bills. Partial to electricity and food, she studied psychology. Now retired from a career as a psychotherapist and college professor, she spends most of her time in an alternate universe with her protagonist and alter ego, Kate Huntington. The magical portal to this universe (i.e., her computer) is located in Florida, where Kassandra’s husband and dog catch occasional glimpses of her.
You can see and read more about Kate’s world at her website.