We Ask and Kathryn Answers
Q1: If you could become any one of your book’s characters, who would it be and why?
Amelia Pennington, my heroine from Hellfire and Handbaskets! She’s a woman from 1895, living in present-day Boston. The feisty medical student has learned to time travel. Plus, she’s in love with Dr. Rick Hauser – a hunky ER doctor and Army medic veteran. Win-win! (Sorry Mr. H *wink*)
Q2: What do you consider to be the central plot of your story?
Hellfire and Handbaskets is a twist on the classic “Beauty and the Beast” trope, at least from Dr. Hauser’s perspective. Yet there’s also a strong over-riding theme of dedication to duty, sticking by who or what you love most—family, friends, pets, home—no matter “when” they are.
Q3: When did you know you were destined to be a writer?
I’ve always been an avid reader—with a preference for romance and fantasy stories—but I never planned to be a writer. That happened when a story took hold in my vivid imagination and would not be silenced. (After visiting my favorite haunted house!) Haunting Highland House was my first attempt to write anything for me, for the pure pleasure of storytelling. Prior to that, most of what I wrote was work related.
Coffee, tea, or other? Hands down…Dunkin Donuts iced coffee! New England gal here 😊
Music preference? Tough one…varies greatly, depending on my mood. Everything from popular to classical, 80’s “big hair” rock, country, 50’s Doo Wop…I like it all.
Favorite movie? Ooo…even tougher! After much thought, I’ll tell you which movies I never turn off when they’re on TV – The Time Machine (1960) starring Rod Taylor, Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow (1999) starring Johnny Depp and Christina Ricci, and, of course, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947) with Rex Harrison and Gene Tierney.
Dog, cat, or other? Dogs…although I love all animals. We currently have two dogs but plan to rescue another soon. Plus, we have a sassy Beta fish named Dart.
Favorite author? Lisa Kleypas…I think I’ve read ALL her historicals. Derek Craven and Sara Fielding from Dreaming of You are my favorite hero and heroine.
About Kathryn’s New Book: Hellfire and Handbaskets
It’s hell in the ER, but Army veteran Dr. Rick Hauser wouldn’t work anywhere else. The hardened combat medic thinks he’s seen it all. Until she storms into his life.
Amelia Pennington is not just a pretty face. She’s a time-traveler. A medical student from 1895, forced to flee a madman. She’s been in trouble before, but this time everything she loves is at risk. Can a reluctant hero be the key she’s searching for?
What’s left of Hauser’s heart is still on the battlefield. Last thing he needs is to get tangled up with a mystery woman. But when he finds Amelia on the streets, he ignores the warning shots firing off in his head and takes her home. In less than twenty-four hours, she’s upended his self-protected world. Even his dog, Rocky, is in love.
Hauser looked up from his work station. The blonde from the waiting room was in the ER corridor, looking crazed. Without thinking, he headed straight for her.
She rushed forward when she saw him and threw herself at his feet. “Please, Doctor, help me.”
Rick grabbed her under the arms and hauled her back to standing. She looped around his waist before he could stop her.
“Security,” someone else yelled.
An alarm code sounded.
“I got this,” Rick relayed. He captured her face and made her look at him. Wild blue eyes shot from side to side. “Hey. Eyes on me. Only me. There ya go.” His voice calmed when she complied. “Tell me what’s going on.”
“Please,” she begged in a low tone meant only for his ears. “Something dreadful happened in the tunnels.”
He recognized it then, the ghost of real trauma. She’d been through something bad. “All right. You’re safe with me.” He relaxed his hold and felt her tremble in his arms. Her head came to rest against his chest. With a ragged sigh, she nestled into him.
A shudder of unfamiliar emotion shot through him. He hadn’t held a woman in years. Heck, he hadn’t even been this close to another human unless they were injured or dying.
“Tell me your name,” he insisted. Still, he held her.
Bo Peep felt good. Damn good. Slim but strong, all curves and sweet, sexy woman pressed full against him. Rick’s sex-starved body surged to life as if he’d been hit with paddles. Her blonde head rose, and she met his stare. Trust had replaced the fear. When she moistened her lips with the tip of her tongue, his resolve took a nosedive.
Sweet Jesus, what the hell? Rick cleared his throat and untangled himself from her. “I can’t help unless you work with me. What’s your name? I’m Hauser. I mean…Dr. Rick Hauser.”
She stood straight. “Amelia Pennington, and I need your help, Doctor.” Her voice had turned steady. Steadier than his.
“That’s why I’m here. Tell me what happened.”
“There’s a man,” she began. Her gaze snapped to those entering alongside them.
Rick held up one hand to stay the guards, twitching to haul her away. “What happened with the man?”
She didn’t answer. Her laser focus remained on the others.
“Well then, Amelia Pennington…” He took her hand and drew her back to him. “You sure know how to make an entrance. But security is gonna need to ask you a few questions before I can help.”
“No…” she moaned.
“Yes,” he commanded.
She looked to the other men again, appearing to size them up. With surprising strength, she shoved Rick and darted past the guards. And she fled into the night as if the devil himself chased after her.
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Hellfire and Handbaskets is the second book in the series, A Time Traveler’s Journey, and every bit as great … if not better … than the first!
I’m a sucker for a medical setting in any time period but throw in some deliciously plotted and executed time travel and you’ve got me hooked.
Well written with a beautiful love story and equally thrilling balance of suspense, this is one book you won’t want to put down.
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About the Author
The rich history and many mysteries of New England are the perfect backdrop for Kathryn’s books. Winding roads lined by old stone walls, forgotten cemeteries, grand homes with shadowy pasts… All sparks for her imagination. Whether it’s a quaint seaside town or the vibrant city of Boston, it’s easy for this “hauntingly romantic” author to envision the past mingling with the present.
Taking it further—to have her characters experience the past or present, opposite to “when” they belong—is the fun part. No surprise, some of Kathryn’s favorite stories involve time travel. And ghosts! Sprinkle in some magic, and you’re off on a great adventure.
When not writing, she’s exploring history and taking photographs of the beautiful landscape that surrounds her. Kathryn shares her colonial home with those she loves most—her wonderful husband, daughter, and three crazy dogs.
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A Bit About Book 1: Haunting Highland House
She’s looking to escape her man troubles. Instead, she finds the man of her dreams. There’s only one problem – he’s dead.
Living in a haunted house and uncovering a gateway in time were not in the job description when Samantha Merrill agreed to be the property manager of Highland House. Old photos of the reclusive master of the manor captivate her, yet she’s terrified when he appears out of nowhere. How can Robert Pennington be making love to her by the parlor fireplace when he died over a century ago?
Robert Pennington is a powerful industrialist charged with caring for an ailing father, a meddling mother, and two wayward siblings. Weary of his burdens, he longs for change. Is he ready for a woman from the future? His disciplined world turns upside down when the mysterious Samantha Merrill crashes his sister’s birthday ball. He is wildly attracted to this intriguing beauty, but is it magic or mischief motivating her? When Sam vanishes before his eyes, he knows only one thing for certain. He wants her back.
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It’s been a pleasure having Kathryn as my special guest today. Please come back again next week for more authors, books, and some great giveaways!