Instead of feeding her late-night appetite, a midnight food run nearly gets 28-
year-old Katherine O’Brian killed. She’s the only person to see the man who
brutally murdered a local woman, and the killer is hell-bent on making sure she
Scott Mitchell left a broken engagement behind when he moved to Reno, and the
last thing he needs is more melodrama. But when he and Katherine are paired
for a college project, that’s what he gets. It can be very distracting when
someone is out to kill your lab partner. Together, they try to figure out what the
police haven’t been able to—the identity of the murderer. Passion flares, but with
Katherine’s life in danger, romance seems like more than a bad idea.
Scott and Katherine will face jealousy, misunderstandings, lust, and rivals, not to
mention attempted murder—and all before their first real date.
MaryAnn Kempher’s writing is infused with romance and mystery. Her
love of romance stories goes back to her teen years spent living in
Reno NV where Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is set. MaryAnn’s
travels have taken her to beautiful cities in Italy, Southeast Asia and
the sultry desert country of Qatar. She met her husband on one of her
romantic misadventures. She has two children and currently lives in Florida where she and her family share their home with two dogs and a cat. Her writing influences include favorite authors Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. She’s also a huge fan of the Hercule Poirot mysteries.
Her guilty pleasures include any and all sweets, including a good cup of Mocha.
For more about MaryAnn Kempher, visit mkempher.com
What books or stories have you written? Published?
Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is my first book, so far.
Can you tell us a little about your book? What is it about?
Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder is a romantic mystery set in Reno NV. When 28 year old Katherine O’Brian has a late night snack attack, Ramen noodles just won’t cut it. No, she throws good sense out the window and decides it’s perfectly okay to walk four blocks at nearly midnight to an all-night diner. This is Reno, after all, a city that never sleeps. Unfortunately for her, her walk leads her right into the path of a killer as he’s preparing to dispose of his victim. Not willing to risk being identified, the killer chases Katherine, but she manages to out run the man. However, this won’t be the last time her life will be in danger.
Katherine quickly puts that frightening night behind her; she’s only recently returned to Reno, so is easily distracted by her new job, and the night class she’s taking to finally finish her degree. Another, more pleasant distraction is the really good looking guy she’s been paired up with for a semester long project. Scott Mitchell is just the right mixture of sexy and sweet, and their class partnership gradually grows into a tight friendship.
This is a funny, sexy, sometimes scary book with a nice twist at the end that readers tell me they did not see coming, always a compliment.
Is there any advice you would give to a someone interested in writing a book?
Yes, before you start writing, buy yourself a few good self-help books in the genre you want to write. Also books on how to write, for instance Beginnings, Middles, and Ends by Nancy Kress is a great book. I still refer to it. There are very few things you’d try to do without first getting some instructions, why is writing any different? Also, once finished with your book, make sure to get it professionally edited and proofread. I recommend The Editorial Department, they do a fantastic job showing and telling you where the MS has flaws.
Why do you write?
Writing gives me a really nice sense of accomplishment. You just can’t beat the satisfaction felt after writing something you know is good. Sometimes I write for just a few minutes, sometimes for hours—if I’ve written a lot and I feel good about what I wrote, that’s the best feeling for a writer.
Do you like to read? If so, who are your favorite authors?
I love the classics. My favorite authors are Jane Austen and Agatha Christie. In my book I have a lot of witty banter between the two main characters, this is because of Jane. My love of a good who-done- it is because of Agatha Christie, she’s still the queen of the mystery novel.
Are you working on anything right now?
Yes, my second book is just about complete. While my first book is a romance, with a murder mystery sub-plot, my second is more of a mystery, with a little romance. I’m hoping for a December, January at the latest, release.
How can readers connect with you?
I’m very active on Facebook. Come see me on my author Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher?ref=hl
I also have a website: http://mkempher.com and I’m on Twitter, @maryannkempher
Where can your book be purchased?
On Amazon.com: http://viewbook.at/B00CD4AYVG