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Special Sale from Oct. 26-30 – Capture Me is FREE, and Crush On You is only $1.99!

Hidey-ho there, Precious Readers!

I have a super-secret-squirrel sale I wanted to let you all know about! My Roxy Summers Mystery Series will be having a special sale on Amazon between October 26-30th.

For anyone who has, ahem, perhaps procrastinated in obtaining their copies of my books, this is a fantastic opportunity to catch up with Roxy Summers and the gang, and read up on all of their adventures! Don’t delay in taking advantage of this amazing sale before my third Roxy Summers Mystery book releases in June 2018!

 


Capture Me will be FREE to anyone on Amazon KDP!
Photographer and sassy Seattle-lite Roxy Summers swears off men after catching her ex-boyfriend, a.k.a. her ex-boss, in a compromising position. Newly single and facing eviction, Roxy puts all distractions (men!) aside as she begins her new job assisting an international fashion photographer and notorious playboy.

No one told Roxy her new job would entail dealing with her new boss’ fiery temper, his emotional girlfriend, his conniving ex-mistress, his partner who has a melt-the-polar-ice-caps blinding smile, have her stumbling over a body, become an amateur detective and find herself annoyingly attracted to Detective Charlie Bennett, who seems determined to put Roxy in handcuffs!

Crush On You will be only $1.99 on Amazon Kindle!
Someone is dishing up trouble.
Seattle sweetie, Roxy Summers, kicks off her new career as a magazine feature photojournalist and blogger with her first assignment, covering a Seattle favorite restaurant while they compete in a televised food competition! Next thing you know, with her besties in tow, Roxy hops a plane to Los Angeles.

Temperatures are rising.
With national fame and fortune on the line, the competition is deadly. With sabotage, a stalker, and a devastating secret that could destroy them all, Roxy soon finds her simple assignment has turned into a twisted labyrinth of betrayal, death threats, and murder.

Things are boiling over.
Even worse, Roxy’s personal life is… complicated. Her sort-of-kind-of-but-not-quite relationship with the sultry and brooding Seattle Detective, Charlie Bennett is on the rocks. To add salt to the wound, her former crush and now boss, joins her on the trip. The cherry on top is the reemergence of her cheating ex, crawling back and begging for another chance.

Roxy needs to sift through the chaos of her relationships and find the culprit destroying the competition before it gets too hot in the kitchen.


Get your copy HERE between October 26-30 for this one-time-only, special deal!

Why? It’s because I love all of you.

Hugs and fantastic fall deals to you,
KB

Join me at the 3rd Annual Passport to Romance 2018, GSRWA Reader Appreciation Event – I’ll see you there!

3rd Annual Passport to Romance Reader Appreciation Event
The FREE Book-tail Party of the Year! ~ Hosted by GSRWA

Westin Bellevue, 600 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA, 98004
Saturday, October 14th, 2017 from 6pm-8pm
(but bring cash if you want to win a raffle basket!)

Hello, Precious Readers!

This Saturday is the 3rd Annual Passport to Romance Reader Appreciation Event, hosted by GSRWA! I love this event. It’s an opportunity to take home a BAG full of books! I’ve gone every single year, and I keep coming back for more. Why?

I LOVE THIS EVENT!

I always go home with an armful of books, freebies, reconnect with author friends, and meet amazing local authors. For those who enjoy atmosphere, there will be book cover models you can meet in person and have a photo taken with them! They’re super nice, always professional, and easy to talk with, or you can stand around and drool at them from the wall. That happens. Do what feels right to you.

As always, there are tons of raffle baskets to win! (Bring cash!) There are some previews of amazing goodies. I saw some Kindles, Echo Dots, and of course, books, books, and more books to win! Partial proceeds from all raffle basket ticket sales benefit the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network in the Seattle area. Help support other women in need, and help us raise money for DAWN.

Sadly, due to budgetary constraints, I will not be able to be one of the hosts and cannot give out free books this year, but I WILL be in attendance as a visiting guest, just like you! (Will you find me? It’ll be a fun Where’s Waldo?-type situation.) If you happen to spot me, feel free to come on up and say hello! I’d love to see your smiling faces! If you happen to bring your print copy of Capture Me or Crush On You, I would be most happy to autograph the book for you! (I always have a trusty pen on hand!) Haven’t read my books? Check out my Roxy Summers Mystery Series books, Capture Me and Crush On You, HERE to read a synopsis! I’d love to introduce you to Roxy’s world!

Here is a previous post about this event to give you an idea of what it’s like:
10/18/2015 – Time to renew my Passport (to Romance)


Here’s a list of a few of the authors you’ll meet on Saturday:


Hope to see you there! I’ll be there with my trusty glasses on.

Love and hugs,
KB

I feel nothing but shame, and you should too. (Reader discretion advised.)


Disclaimer:
This blog post may contain content that may upset readers.
(And, if I have to write that, you know it’s not good news.)

Due to the nature of the content of this post, I will not feature any photos or images. If you would like to learn more about this blog topic, I have linked text to their related news articles.

Reader discretion is advised.


“What is war?” I asked.

“Oh, it’s a messy, stupid business,” he said, “Two sides wave flags and beat drums and shoot one another dead. It always begins this way, making speeches, talking about rights, and all that sort of thing.”

“But what is it for? What do they get out of it?”

“I don’t know,” he said. “To tell you the truth, I don’t think they know themselves.”

~ Hugh Lofting, Doctor Dolittle and the Green Canary


Precious Readers,

An event this week left me wracked with emotional pain. I am a lover of art. Being a writer, it shouldn’t be a stretch of the mind to understand that I love all forms of artistic expression. Even the uncomfortable. I also live in America which is protected by the First Amendment. Being a print journalism major, it shouldn’t be a stretch of the mind to understand that I firmly believe in the freedom of speech, and the protection over those who express theirs.

However, there is a line.

It doesn’t seem like it, but there is a line.

No, I’m not talking about what’s going on with football. I cannot express how little I care about football. There should be no surprise for how much disdain I hold for football.

I’m talking about the Guggenheim Museum.

This week, great controversy was stirred when the Guggenheim announced it would host an exhibit called “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other” by husband-and-wife artists Sun Yuan and Peng Yu. It features dogs strapped to treadmills, the dogs encouraged to engage in fighting with each other, but are held securely a few feet away from each other with ‘artistic apparatus’ the artist had created. Dogs, by no choice of their own, strapped to run endlessly on the treadmill towards their “attacker” in fear, anger, and frenzy, encouraged to go to fight-or-flight mode and stay there, never to reach each other nor provide the animals with any sense of safety.

What breaks my heart even more, is the Guggenheim Museum is not the first museum to show this exhibit!

I’ll let that sink in for a moment.

This exhibit has been touring first in Beijing, China as early as 2003! The Guggenheim Museum released a statement on September 21st defending the exhibit.

I. AM. MORTIFIED.

I. AM. ASHAMED.

I. AM. LIVID.

My country, my beloved country of the United States of America has featured this exhibit before. Yes, there is such a thing as free speech and freedom of expression. However, committing a LIVING CREATURE AGAINST THEIR WILL to something horrific as PAIN AND VIOLENCE is called SLAVERY AND TORTURE.

Yes. I used all capital letters.

THIS IS HOW NOT OK I AM WITH THIS!

It is one thing for a human of their own free will and consent to use themselves for an art exhibit, but that’s a human being. There is no freedom of choice for the dogs. There was no conscious decision by the dogs to volunteer for this exhibit. The dogs did not wish to be put into fight-or-flight mode. The dogs did not choose to fight with each other. The dogs are being forced into this state of mind by the people running the exhibit.

This is not OK.
It will never be OK with me.
It shouldn’t be OK with you.

There is good news.
(Sort of.)

An online petition was started to prevent the exhibit from being featured at the Guggenheim Museum. The petition succeeded. The Guggenheim Museum decided to cancel the exhibit.

However, the Guggenheim Museum issued this statement about their reasoning:


“Museum Statement—Out of concern for the safety of our staff, visitors, and participating artists, we have decided against showing the art works “Dogs That Cannot Touch Each Other” (2003), “Theater of the World” (1993), and “A Case Study of Transference” (1994) in the upcoming exhibition “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World.” Although these works have been exhibited in museums in Asia, Europe, and the United States, we regret that threats of violence have made our decision necessary. As an arts institution committed to presenting a multiplicity of voices, we are dismayed that we must withhold works of art. Freedom of expression has always been and will remain a paramount value of the Guggenheim.”


I AM ASHAMED.

The Guggenheim’s reason for pulling the exhibit is not what I had hoped for. They should be ashamed, feel shame, and never have agreed to host this exhibit. I shouldn’t be feeling shame on their behalf. They should already feel that. The fact that they feel zero remorse has darkened this day for me as an artist. That they did nothing to try and stop this exhibit from existing, nor anyone else along the line of this exhibit’s existence has tried to stop this from happening, has shamed me.

Using TORTURE, SLAVERY, and CRUELTY TO ANIMALS as their “only” form of expression is NOT ART.

This could easily have been depicted with a painting, drawing, sculpture, etc. of animals fighting without using a living creature.

I love this country, and am proud to be an American citizen. However, this is the second time in 1 year that I’ve felt ashamed to be an American.

Anyone at the Guggenheim who was behind the initial decision to host this exhibit:

Shame on you.
SHAME, SHAME, SHAME.

 

#TortureIsNotArt #Guggenheim #CrueltyToAnimals #PETA #Controversy

Review (TV Show): Testing the Look and Sounds of Riverdale

Look out kids, this isn’t your grandparent’s Archie Comics!

***SPOILERS WARNING***

(Duh.)

That’s right, Precious Readers,

I had to get a disclaimer out before greeting you. This show is would shock the living daylights out of your (great/grand)parents. In no way shape or form am I “early” to the game. The Season 1 attempt has been out so long that I watched it on Netflix. I do not have cable. That’s how out of the loop I am.

Have I mentioned I’m on the latter half of life?

I can’t remember if I’ve mentioned this before, but I am a comic book/graphic novel fan. I am a legit comic book fan. I spent much of my youth in the 19-blah, blah, blah’s (we don’t need to go into specifics) lost and absorbed into those ink soaked pages filled with 2-D hand drawn tales of drama, adventure, daring rescues, laughter, sorrow, and the battle between the (sometimes non-)human condition versus impossible odds. The courage scrambled together in the face of death. The highs and lows of the life and trials of (sometimes super) people living their lives with the incredulous dichotomy of circumstances.

Did I throw enough fancy words at you to prove how “too legit to quit” I am?

I haven’t read everything. I am in no way an expert in any genre or 1+ series. There are 8 year olds far better versed in the comic world than I am. Although, nowadays the focus seems to be on Manga, not as much American-based work. I mostly was stuck on the American giant comic worlds Marvel and DC. My main loves covered the following worlds:

  • Batman (DC)
    • Love Batman, Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, and Two Face!
  • X-Men
    • I’m all about Storm. Love, Love, Love Aurora. GO STORM!
  • Spiderman
    • Most of the films and reboots (kicking of the dead horse that is the Spiderman origin films) have damn near killed me, although Spiderman Homecoming wasn’t completely terrible.
  • Watchmen (later in life, not safe for kids!)
  • Wanted (later in life, not safe for kids!)
  • In the future – looking to start reading the original The Walking Dead series graphic novel series because I love the TV show so much. So much. Plus, I hate not reading the source material before seeing something on the screen. (Coooooral!)

Most of all, I was a big fan of one of the original American comics: Archie Comics. The star comic of this post. It may not be a big surprise, but my favorite stories were the Betty and Veronica characters and Jughead.

Betty and Veronica are as night and day as their hair color. Why would I appreciate their characters? Betty Cooper was the all-American girl next door who could do it all and still be herself. She had a demure confidence from natural skill, working hard, and believed that she could accomplish anything if she set her mind to it. Why appreciate the spoiled rotten Veronica Lodge? Veronica, although had her faults, was often making the wrong decisions but would have to deal with the consequences. Her confidence came from herself, knowing her value, and wouldn’t have the time of day for any boy who didn’t appreciate her. She liked the finer things, but many of the original comic humor for her character stemmed from her attempting to be more like Betty and relate to her friends. Her often misguided attempts at achieving this endeared her to me, as she often failed but continued to try. And really, what teenage girl wouldn’t want an unlimited credit card and a closet full of her favorite clothing, whatever that style may be?

Then, there’s Jughead. No, I wasn’t a fan of him because they made him adorable on Riverdale. I was a Jughead fan years and years (and years) ago. I appreciated the writers making him a bit obtuse and subversive from the rest of the series. He often broke the fourth wall, having a strange spatial awareness that he was a drawn character for the entertainment of others while the rest of the Archie characters believed they lived in their own world. Jughead directly connected with the audience, had an aloof manner that gave him an easygoing personality that I envied, and could eat more cheeseburgers to put Shaggy from Scooby Doo to shame. In actuality, I firmly have a theory that Shaggy was the stoner’s version of Jughead to make Shaggy more in line with the trippy time of Scooby Doo’s release to the world.

Jughead also managed to transcend space and time, often with Dr. Strange-like movements from one frame to the next. Who wouldn’t want that ability? He was often the voice of reason from the everyday drama of high school life, and seemed to have outgrown Riverdale years before ever graduating from Riverdale High. Perhaps space and time travel, page leaping, and fourth-wall breaking ability makes one mature quicker as the character realizes how much a part of a literal larger picture he is, causing him to take life in a bit more stride than his friends. Plus, I really, really loved that crown paper hat that he wore ironically.

You’ll notice that i didn’t write anything about the titular character, Archie Andrews. You know, despite being the headliner for this vast world of high schoolers, I was often bored with Archie. He was a kid who was nice, sure. And, of course, the love triangle between will he, or won’t he between Betty and Veronica, never quite being able to choose… well, that bugged me even as a kid. As a girl who has no time for not being wanted “enough” for someone to decide if they wanted to be with me or not, I had no head space for a character who was a total fuckboy. That was the one aspect of Betty and Veronica’s characters I could never get over. Why the hell would these smart, confident, young women even bother with a guy who “wasn’t quite sure” if he wanted to be with them. It was always clear that “Betty” stood for “Backup,” while Veronica was more of a symbol of the life Archie wanted for himself. He never really appreciated either of them.

For those reasons, I have no patience, nor empathy for a fuckboy like that.

Now that I’ve probably lessened my endearment to my fellow readers, again, let’s move on to the actual Riverdale show now, shall we?

Conversion of Pages to Television and Style

How did the writers, set designers, and directors do with creating Riverdale? I think they did a great job bringing Archie into the modern world. They still have iconic locations, of course the home base, Riverdale High, Pop’s Chocklit Shoppe, Betty Cooper’s house. One set that was new to Archie fans was the lack of the “big” mansion for Veronica and her family. The show begins in the immediate aftermath of Veronica’s father, Hiram, being incarcerated for shady, dastardly business deals. Veronica and her (visible) mother, Hermione have to move to the “tiny” mansion back in Riverdale. (Yes, kids, there was a Hermione known to Americans loooong before the British, bookish Hermione.) Hermione Lodge was typically a non-visible character, as most of Veronica’s home life in the comics was the push/pull spoiled/unspoiled relationship between her and her father.

The original Archie comics were set decades before, but were fitting for the time they were drawn. The style, the haircuts, the slang, all timely at publication. Although part of me was sad they didn’t keep the comics in the 1950’s, (I would’ve loved to see some vintage cars and architecture), I feel they successfully brought the characters into the 21st century. I am happy to report they kept Pop’s Choklit Shoppe as a time warp in more of a throwback diner.

The gang now has cell phones, YouTube, and cyberbullying. It truly is a modern take on the show.

Casting/Acting

Here’s where it gets interesting. I have to say, I have zero problems with any of the casting of this show. That is rare. There’s typically someone who overacts, or doesn’t fit the character at all (Emilie de Ravin as Belle on OUAT – I’m looking at you), or is waaay to old to play a teenager. Although there is a slight issue with some of the ages of the actors, I’m pretty excited about the hiring of relatively unknown actors for this show. I also appreciate that the show has embraced racial diversity. Most of the key characters are all white, but the hiring of Camila Mendes playing an updated and Latina version of Veronica, the character reformatted as a “reformed” queen bee with a tarnished crown, is a breath of fresh air. I did note that for Hollywood “whitewashing” entertainment that the hiring of Mendes was still strategic, as she is white-enough looking to pass for Caucasian. Way to play it safe, Hollywood. Characters who are more easily spotted as non-white are predominantly in secondary roles, or in the case of Reggie, played by Ross Butler, is the school bully. He’s not a nerd and he speaks English well. Although it’s nice to see an Asian as a handsome jock, he’s also the school’s biggest asshole. Not sure how to handle that one.

Archie Andrews, played by Australia’s KJ Apa, is a far more fully fleshed out character than in the comics. It’s nice to see him have frustrations, sorrow, and general human emotions overall. In the comics, I felt that Archie was often a “tra la” guy, floating through life and not appreciate the fine group of friends and adoration of amazing women at his side. This Archie, while still figuring out what he wants from life, actually seems to care about the people around him, including Betty and Veronica… more on that later.

The 3 big surprise castings to me are the following:

Hermione Lodge, played by Marisol Nichols. For those who are older than 20, most will remember her as “Audrey Griswold” from Vegas Vacation, the fourth installment of the Chevy Chase comedy dynasty.

Jughead’s dad is introduced as “Forsythe ‘F.P.’ Jones II,” (is it for-sith or for-sigh-th?) played by a longtime cinematic crush of mine, the brooding, dark, and oh-so-cuddle-able, Skeet Ulrich. Jericho, anyone? I love that freaking show, and it was canceled far too early. LET’S BRING IT BACK! JERICHO! JERICHO!

Another surprising addition to the cast is ’90’s 90210 heartthrob, Luke Perry. Those puppy dog eyes, that low, gentle voice. He’s the smooth to Archie’s freak out nature. I have to say, watching Luke Perry act again is relaxing and enjoyable. Like snuggling into a soft, familiar blanket, and enjoying a few minutes of entertainment and not having to think much. Even better, he’s all grown up and a dad now. Could he be more adorable?

Archie loves Veronica/Betty/Veronica/Betty/Veronica/Betty… wait. Archie loves… Miss Grundy?

Are they dramatic enough for you yet?

I promised we’d get here, and we did. Have I ever let you down? (Don’t answer that.) I have to hand it to the writers. In Episode 1, they fully address the love triangle and make Betty have respect for herself. She fully calls out Archie asking if he ever loved her. Although the Archie/Betty/Veronica triangle is never completely gone, at least Betty does her best to move on, and happily does. (Again, more on that later.)

The twist… Bring on Miss Grundy! Apparently, having an older woman on the show with actual grey or white hair who is single and open about wanting to date is still a “no no” in Hollywood. Instead, the writers took an iconic, and sometimes hilariously dry, character of Miss Grundy and sexified her up in a child-molesting model vamped up way.

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I mean… seriously?

I’ve made it no secret that I work at a school. The even slightest hint at a teacher fraternizing with one of their students, especially an underage minor, is unethical, amoral, and completely illegal. YES. ILLEGAL.

The writers’ excuse?

“Archie got abs.”

Are. You. Fucking. Kidding. Me?

This was an attempted plot point that was completely unnecessary and used only to add drama. It did nothing to the plot, and I can’t tell you how happy I was to see her go. Buh-bye!

I don’t care who you are. THIS IS NOT OKAY. I don’t care if you say “it’s a gray area. They’re in love.” I say again, THIS IS NOT OKAY.

Done.

No excuses.

Let’s just move on.

Bughead? Bughead!

Is this going to work?

Yes. Yes, I think it will.

Now we’re at some fun. Can I just say how much I love, love, love, “Bughead?” The writer’s gave Betty a break and paired her up with Jughead. Surprised? You shouldn’t be. Fans of the original comics will remember that though Jughead was an aloof, sometimes asexual character, he and Betty always had a special connection. He had even mentioned [paraphrasing here] that if he was to ever kiss a girl, he’d want it to be someone like Betty.

Awww.

The writers finally gave the readers and longtime fans some closure by granting us Bughead.

#Love #Bughead

Thank you, writers. Thank you. The onscreen chemistry between Lili Reinhart and Cole Sprouse, Betty and Jughead, respectively, is deep, emotional, and guts you with every word they type together for the school paper. Apparently the on-screen chemistry was too hot to handle as Reinhart and Sprouse are now an item off-screen as well.

Let’s hope that if they break up they can still work together. I’m really calling Riverdale by its rightful name, Bughead now.

 

What do you think of the show?
Has it crossed too many lines?
Are you eating up the drama with a spoon?
Loving Cole Sprouse’s emo-tastic darkened locks?
Do you want Jughead’s knitted cap and Betty’s Jughead crown sweater as much as I do? (Believe me, I’m working on getting those for my own wardrobe.)
Are you wicked jealous of Betty and Veronica’s BFF relationship and even more green-eyed jealous of their wardrobe?
Have you seen too much/too little of Archie’s abs?

Comment below!

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Announcement! Fan Gear Store – Now Open!

Hello Precious Readers!

I’m so excited to bring you this ANNOUNCEMENT! I’ve been brewing with this idea for a few months now, and with the OK given by my publisher, Trifecta Publishing House, I’m happy to launch my new store!

Katherine Bacher Fan Gear!

That’s right! I’ve opened up “Katherine Bacher’s Fan Gear” store on Zazzle! You can now show your Roxy Summers spirit with all kinds of fan gear: t-shirts, bags, mugs, etc.

 

One of my favorite line of products to introduce you to are my #TeamCharlie and #TeamDylan gear. Show your love for your two favorite book boyfriends!

Are you #TeamCharlie? Send the detective some love with a #TeamCharlie pin. His gear matches his love and loyalty to our boys in blue. Tell the world you love Seattle’s favorite bad boy next door!

Are you #TeamDylan? Dylan “Hunky” Hunt is the ultimate in high class. With a smile that makes orthodontists weep with joy, he could charm the pants off anyone. Show your love for all things posh with a #TeamDylan pin. Tell the world you love Seattle’s favorite smile!

Can’t decide between them? That’s okay, I have a hard time choosing too! There’s a product just for you! You can gear up with our double-mug set showing your love for both. Or, if you argue with your self/sister/mom/roommate/friend over which tall drink of water is better, you can each show your loyalty together.

 

I’m so, so excited! I have many more designs coming, and can’t wait to share them with you all!


If you enjoy your gear, take a picture and tag me + the hashtag #GoRoxy!

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What do you think of the new store?
Are you enjoying the new look of this website?
Have you ordered your copies of Capture Me and Crush On You yet?
What kind of gear would you like to see?

Release Day! Crush On You available now! Party tonight for prizes!

Join me tonight on Facebook and win some AMAZING prizes! We have books, bags, and a FREE KINDLE to give away!

Party starts at 6:30pm (PST), and be ready to have some fun!

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Please share your opinion!

Hello, Precious Readers!

I want to make sure that my efforts meet your needs. Please take less than 10 minutes to help me gain a better understanding of you. You are important to me, and this quick survey will help me stay on track.

It’s critical for me to provide what you want. Sharing your opinion is vital on my decision of what freebies to provide.

QS: What do you want to see on this blog?

 

QS: Do you like audiobooks?

 

QS: Would you like the Roxy Summers Series as an Audiobook?

 

QS: What kind of freebies do you want?

Thank you for your time!
Here’s a free kitten and puppy for you!

Love and hugs,
KB