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Hello, Precious Readers!

Have you gone over to the Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt yet? There are 38 authors for you to meet, myself included! You could be one of the lucky winners of prizes and free books! It’s also an opportunity to meet other readers who love the same genres that you do. It’s also an opportunity to win my books for FREE! It’s the perfect time to catch up on Roxy Summers’ adventures before my third book, Missing You releases in June 2018!

The comments are flooding in! I’ll be popping into the Scavenger hunt periodically as the contests continue. I promise to respond to every comment that directly mentions me and/or my books. Have you left a comment yet? It’s the perfect place to leave me a question, mention my books, and I’ll actually respond! In fact, I’m headed over there now!

Check it out for yourselves: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Spring-Fling-2018-by-Web-Hunt

See you there!
– KB


Haven’t read the Roxy Summers Mystery SeriesYou have time to catch up!
Start with Capture Me and meet Roxy in a case of cat-and-mouse for a grand Seattle adventure! Then, travel with Roxy to sunny Los Angeles for a food competition to die for in her sequel novel, Crush On You! Roxy’s third book, Missing You releases in June 2018. Keep an eye out on my bookshelf page for pre-order links closer to the release date!

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Get your copies today!
Katherine Bacher on Amazon
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Find Katherine Bacher on Twitter
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(…and join her FB Group: Katherine Bacher’s Happy Hour!)
Find Katherine Bacher on Trifecta Publishing House

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Hello, hello again, Precious Readers!

 

I’ve got a special reader TREAT for you!

 

I’m one of the sponsors of the Night Owl Romance Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt! 

During this event I’m going to help you find some great new books and meet some new authors. Translation = FREE BOOKS! FREE BOOKS! MANY, MANY FREE BOOKS!

 

Make sure to check out my featured titles Capture Me and Crush On You along the way. If you haven’t read my books, this is a chance to get a FREE copy of them! Of course, I’d want you to help support an author by purchasing them, but if you want to get them free, this is a perfect opportunity to catch up on Roxy Summers’ mysterious adventures! Also, this helps you get caught up on both books before my third book, Missing You releases in June 2018.

The Grand Prize is a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

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Not to worry, there are also over $900 in prizes waiting to get to your eager hands! (Again, along with many FREE BOOKS!)

Event Dates: Apr 12 – May 3

CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW!

Looking forward to seeing you there! TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

– KB


Haven’t read the Roxy Summers Mystery SeriesYou have time to catch up!
Start with Capture Me and meet Roxy in a case of cat-and-mouse for a grand Seattle adventure! Then, travel with Roxy to sunny Los Angeles for a food competition to die for in her sequel novel, Crush On You! Roxy’s third book, Missing You releases in June 2018. Keep an eye out on my bookshelf page for pre-order links closer to the release date!

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Get your copies today!
Katherine Bacher on Amazon
Katherine Bacher on Barnes and Noble


Are we connected? No? Well let’s do that!

Find Katherine Bacher on Twitter
Find Katherine Bacher on Instagram
Find Katherine Bacher on Facebook
(…and join her FB Group: Katherine Bacher’s Happy Hour!)
Find Katherine Bacher on Trifecta Publishing House

Looking for some new stuff? I’ve got what you need right here…

…on my website, that is.

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Hello, Precious Readers!

It’s already the latter half of March! The year is flying by and I can’t seem to catch up. However, that doesn’t mean that I’m not meeting deadlines and thinking of more fun and sassy ways to entertain you.

I have a couple of announcements for you to look forward to this upcoming year, that I’d love to share with you:

First off, I do not have news about Missing You (a Roxy Summers Mystery #3)I have checked in with my Editor and Roxy’s next adventure is still “on ice,” as they say (hint hint). However in actual news, Trifecta Publishing House has signed on a new author…

ANNOUNCEMENT 1: Michael Wansley, a Seattle hometown favorite. You probably know him much better as rap artist, The Wanz or Teewanz from the song Thriftshop, by fellow Seattle musical artist Macklemore as the gentleman who says “I’m gonna pop some tags, only got $20 in my pocket…” and so on.

If you’re a longtime reader of this blog, you might know that I used to work at the same company as Wansley. I started a year or so after he had left to pursue music. I’ve met him in person a couple of times, and he signed my hockey jersey. (Hockey for life, although I think he’s a fan of my team’s rival. Can’t have everything, I suppose.) I was also lucky enough to be in his music video, “Get Lucky,” (and NO, NOT in the sense you’re thinking of). It’s a song about how no matter what happens in your life, sometimes luck happens and you are able to achieve your dreams… of which I firmly believe also involves a lot of seriously focused hard work on the person’s part. Also, of which Wansley is an incredibly hard worker.

ANNOUNCEMENT 2: I am a Nancy Drew PC game fan. If you follow me on social media, we know this to be true. Unfortunately, Her Interactive, the company that created the Nancy Drew PC game series and whose headquarters are local in Bellevue, WA, has been significantly delayed in releasing its latest, Midnight in Salem. (Like, over 2 years delayed in release.)

We lifetime fans, ones who are adults now with lives and careers, etc. decided to band together and create our own fan-based game in the spirit of Nancy Drew while we (im)patiently wait for Midnight in Salem to (eventually) release.

Guess who’s on the team? That’s right! ME!

It turns out that a print journalism degree
doesn’t die in vain during the 21st Century!

(And there are other uses for a print journalism
besides providing the world with a debate over
news v. “fake news”.)

Yours truly is acting as an editor of the script for the game. Although I can’t release any details at this time, I can tell you that the script is coming along, and if this game turns out half of what I imagine it will be, I’m super excited to be a part of this! I haven’t worked on a video game before, but since I love them, this is a life experience I never thought I would have.

Working with a bunch of strangers scattered around the country, although isn’t a new challenge for me, has been professionally challenging in a positive way… Especially when none of us have worked together and grouped due to a mutual love of ND PC games. It’s not like when you’re picked out of an interview by a company and they see not only professionally, but emotionally if you’ll fit with their team. This is a true collaboration of styles, experiences, points of view, and goals when we’re sort-of developing this game on a whim.

It started with all of us belonging to a Nancy Drew Games Fan group on Facebook (yes, I’m that nerdy), and we older veteran fans were reminiscing about how ND games would be released twice per year. After being trained to that type of release schedule, waiting over 2 years has been quite the struggle.

After chatting online with each other, it turns out that many of us (mostly) ladies went into either STEM careers, or careers with unique skill sets. We had a variety of people with computer programming, design, artistry, writing (hello!), and business law information to not only daydream about creating our own game, but developing one. (And, incredibly quickly as I’m learning.) The script is already underway and I’ve received a new file to review and edit. As more details come out, I’ll be excited to share them with you.

ANNOUNCEMENT 3: I’m featuring my FIRST guest blogger on my website! Fellow Trifecta Publishing House author, Samantha Heuwagen, is launching her debut novel of Dawn Among the Stars (The Starless Series), and I’ll be having her guest post launch in May 2018 to introduce her to you and to share a bit of her book with you. Again if you follow me on social media (enough hints yet?), you’ll know that I work for a high school as an office assistant in their counseling center. With everything that is happening in the world, I firmly believe we need to remove the stigma of having mental illness(es) or having someone in your life living with mental illness(es). Heuwagen is a licensed professional counselor and will be sharing her background with us a little more later this Spring.

FINAL ANNOUNCEMENT: I’m working on setting up some AWESOME GIVEAWAYS close to the release date of Missing You. Although you wonderful BLOG SUBSCRIBERS will have plenty of opportunities to enter to win one of the ultra-mega-dazzling-giveaway prizes, buuut it helps if you follow me on social media. More details on the actual fabulous prizes and FREE books I’ll be giving away in the abruptly-near-future. (There will be MY BOOKS, of course, and BAKED GOODS, there will be JEWELRY, and more!)

Phew! After typing all of that, I’m a little tired now. How have you been? I would love to hear what’s going on with you! You can always email me at KatherineBacher@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Share what’s going on in your lives! I love to hear from my readers!

– KB


Haven’t read the Roxy Summers Mystery SeriesYou have time to catch up!
Start with Capture Me and meet Roxy in a case of cat-and-mouse for a grand Seattle adventure! Then, travel with Roxy to sunny Los Angeles for a food competition to die for in her sequel novel, Crush On You! Roxy’s third book, Missing You releases in June 2018. Keep an eye out on my bookshelf page for pre-order links closer to the release date!

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Get your copies today!
Katherine Bacher on Amazon
Katherine Bacher on Barnes and Noble


Are we connected? No? Well let’s do that!

Find Katherine Bacher on Twitter
Find Katherine Bacher on Instagram
Find Katherine Bacher on Facebook
(…and join her FB Group: Katherine Bacher’s Happy Hour!)
Find Katherine Bacher on Trifecta Publishing House

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The robot apocalypse is closer and closer, says my 8-bit heart (Satire)

8-Bit Wishes and Digital Dreams to you, Precious Readers!

I was checking out Google News recently and came across not one, but two articles about robots developed to replace jobs previously manned by actual humans.

Those in Georgia will need to keep their eyes and ears out, along with keeping their head on a swivel for these automatically driven diesel trucks shipping stuff all over the area.
The robot apocalypse is at least not here yet, as the recently created “Flippy,” a fast food robot was turned off for being too slow. See video here.

In all seriousness, I’m not super paranoid about a robot apocalypse… at this time. (JK, JK, people. I don’t lose sleep over this.) However, in the quiet times when my mind is allowed to wander, the idea of robot-driven cars does freak out the analog part of my brain. Have you ever seen the Terminator films, iRobot, or a more recently rave-reviewed Ex Machina? Food for thought, folks. I used to watch futuristic films from the 1960’s-1990’s, but never have I ever felt that the human race was as close to developing a “fleet” of robots until now. With the exponentially rapid pace that technology is advancing, those movies might not be as far off from my lifetime as previously thought.

What do you think of a (potential) robot apocalypse? Share below!

– KB


Haven’t read the Roxy Summers Mystery SeriesYou have time to catch up!
Start with Capture Me and meet Roxy in a case of cat-and-mouse for a grand Seattle adventure! Then, travel with Roxy to sunny Los Angeles for a food competition to die for in her sequel novel, Crush On You! Roxy’s third book, Missing You releases in June 2018. Keep an eye out on my bookshelf page for pre-order links closer to the release date!

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Get your copies today!
Katherine Bacher on Amazon
Katherine Bacher on Barnes and Noble

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Why do newsletters have to be so awesome all of the time? (a.k.a. Doughnut guilt.)

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Hello Precious Readers,

For the past week, sweet hubby of mine, Pilot and I continue our clutter war and purge, purge, purged bags and boxes of items donated or properly disposed of if deemed unusable by another living creature on the face of the planet. Happy note: we are winning the clutter war. We’re 65% there and moving closer to 100% clutter-free each day. It’s been refreshing, liberating, and getting us closer to magazine-perfection clean of our apartment. I’m not talking about an hour here or there. No, not at all. I’m talking, the moment I reach home, I’m cleaning for 5 hours straight with a 20-minute break somewhere within that time to eat a small microwaved dinner from my freezer of leftovers.

This has replaced my scheduled home workout time, as I usually budget 1 hour of active, challenging exercise every other day. Hardcore cleaning includes the bending, lifting, throwing, moving, walking, running, etc. for hours straight.

However…

I haven’t been health-minded the last 48 hours. Yesterday afternoon I spent time at a local coffee and doughnut shop with my friend, Caring* to enjoy a lovely almond and sour cherry doughnut with a soy americano, and catch up time with a bestie. The doughnut was smooth, pillow-soft, delicate, sweet, and every bite was heaven. The conversation flowed inside the shop while a Seattle rainstorm wreaked havoc on the world outside. Perfect afternoon.

Today, someone brought in doughnuts to the office.

I resisted.

Passing the plate 3 times, I didn’t touch them and resisted.

For crying out loud, I’d had a doughnut yesterday. I don’t eat them on the regular. I get them about 3 times a year as a treat for Pilot and I, but we aren’t regular sweet pastry eaters as we’ve been trying to go healthier each year making small, incremental lifestyle improvements so they stick. And they have, until today.

In the office hallway, in the background, the sound of voices wafted from the staff kitchen. A coworker ask another if he would eat one of the two doughnuts left on the plate. The other responded in kind saying he had already eaten THREE. (I had not had a single one.)

I couldn’t just leave those poor doughnuts all alone, could I? I took ONE doughnut. a simple doughnut with light chocolate frosting on top.  I didn’t even eat it right away. I momentarily stared at it sitting on the little paper towel, then let it sit at my desk for a good forty-five minutes.

The place I work at has a weekly newsletter with information going on across the board in all departments and levels. Some are feature articles, some are business-focused. Some articles are meant for full entertainment.

I waited…

waited…

waited…

and after doing a quick scan through the newsletter, I zipped through most of the articles reading them briefly, the headlines flashing across my screen. Then midway through the newsletter, I paused and glanced at the sugary goodness to my left.

There, the doughnut sat.

Innocent. Quiet. Haunting. Mesmerizing.

Daring me to eat it.

I could resist no longer.

I had been so good nutritionally and exercise-wise. Forty-five minutes after it had been resting at my desk, I gave in. I FINALLY tried a bite of the doughnut.

Mid-bite, the flavor of the cloyingly sweet treat filling my senses, my eyes lifted towards the blue-light glowing monitor of my computer and BAM! I was hit with the headline of the next article:

“Eat Healthy to Live Longer.”

WHY, OH FREAKING WHY does the weekly newsletter have to be SO helpful, thorough, engaging, entertaining, and completely and utterly guilt-inducing?

<Shakes rage-filled fist into the air, in “Khaaaaan!”-like manner.>

That is all. Happy Friday.

– KB

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Celebrating with my favorite snack!

Hello, Precious Readers!

It’s January, which means it’s the beginning of a new year. New Year’s Eve was fairly quiet in our home, not counting the fireworks that were set off throughout the neighborhood. To me, January not only signifies a new start, but also a time of reflection over the last year. In harmony with the season, I completed my third book, Missing You and it’s with my editor.

Sending off my book is a bittersweet sentiment. It is the last book of my current contract with Trifecta Publishing House and wraps up my character, Roxy Summers’ storyline… for now. I promise that I have several more ideas brewing, but I need to recuperate from this one.

After completing any project, as an introvert I always need recovery time. To close friends and family, I’ve already received the question, “Okay, you’ve finished Book 3. So what’s happening in Book 4?” Perhaps other authors go through this (at least I hope so!): My brain goes through a “creativity divot.” Imagine having worked for 24 hours straight, and then asked to drive a car across the country without sleep. That’s where my brain is. The larger the project, the longer the recovery time. I have a cup of creativity in my mind, and after it’s been used it needs time to refill.

Writers, we’re a strange bunch. We’re never fully satisfied with our writing. Ever. Maybe we weren’t has happy with a character or scene we’ve written, or maybe our project had typos for which we smack our heads against the surface of our desks afterward, or maybe we had to remove a character from the story, no matter how much we loved them. After a book has been submitted and/or released to the public, we’re constantly wringing our hands to know if it’s good enough, was the cover a good choice, were we able to convey the story in a way that not only matches what we envisioned, but communicated it in a way that is easily understood by the masses? This is no small feat. No matter which of these, or all of the above (and most often, more), have occurred, it’s important for a writer to take breaks to celebrate the little victories.

Otherwise, we’d go crazy.

This brings me to the topic of the day. Today is January 19th, which means it’s National Popcorn Day! Popcorn is my absolute favorite snack. I’m not talking about the chemical filled-quick fix-microwave stuff.

No, no way.

I’m talking about: fresh, fluffy, crunchy, tender air-popped clouds of savory deliciousness. There are many varieties of corn that affect the final shape of each popcorn kernel, and I like my popcorn puffy and round, known as “mushroom” popcorn. Most people use “snowflake” popcorn, which looks like a firework in the sky.

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This might seem blasphemous to other popcorn purists, but I don’t like butter on my popcorn. I don’t like soggy bits, and no matter how carefully one can drizzle, there’s always a soggy kernel. I prefer to air pop my crunchy bits, half of the time I eat it plain. No butter. No salt.

If I’m feeling frisky or needing a bit of kick-you-in-the-face flavor, I’ll add a light-to-no-flavored cooking oil (avocado oil and grape seed oil are fantastic on it!), and add seasoning flavors to it.

I’d like to share some of my special popcorn flavor go-to’s with you. That’s how much I love you.

(The following is in no particular order of preference.)

  • Brewer’s/Nutritional Yeast. Loved by vegans everywhere, it provides a cheese-like flavor, without the fat, calories, or dairy products. We get ours at our local grocery store in the bulk food items area. I also use Nutritional Yeast in several other recipes. Using Nutritional Yeast helps me with my cheese-loving addiction without the guilt.
  • My own personal blend. I don’t have an exact recipe for this one. As mentioned in previous blog posts, Mom and Dad grew up on good ol’ American farms. My mom learned comfort food cooking from her mother, and so on. We rarely used recipes, and recipes were typically for baking not cooking. For cooking, we measured with our hands and our eyeballs. If you want my personal recipe, grab your favorite storage container and shake together the following:
    • 1 part Nutritional Yeast: The amount used is what you’ll compare all other seasonings to.
    • 1/4 part Cumin
    • Large dash of Smoked Paprika (splurge on good stuff, if you can. It’s one of my few splurges. I love a good smoked paprika!)
    • Optional: A dash of Cayenne Pepper to taste
    • A dash of pepper
    • Optional: A light dash of Salt
  • Sometimes I’ll flavor the oil itself.
    • Make fresh
    • Wash and pat dry fresh rosemary stalks
    • Simmer gently in your favorite cooking oil to infuse the rosemary flavor for ~10 mins
    • Drizzle flavored oil over your popcorn
    • Sprinkle parmesan to your personal taste
  • Furikake. No, this isn’t a bad word. Furikake is a general term for Japanese “rice seasoning.” There are several varieties of flavors, but I stick with ones that focus on seaweed being broken up into tiny flakes. Sometimes this is referred to as “Hurricane Popcorn” stemming from the State of Hawaii. I prefer to use a light touch of oil instead of butter. Multiple varieties of furikake can be found at most local Asian food markets. If you haven’t tried it on plain rice, you’re sooo missing out!
  • Ranch Popcorn. I haven’t tried this recipe yet. I hope to soon. I have no comments if this will be good or not. If you try it, let me know what you think!

Although Missing You is not yet 100% done, the story is complete and it’s with my editor. There will be a few more rounds of editing before it’s sent off to the printer, but for now, I’m going to kick back with some of my favorite go-to snack, letting both my stomach and mind be refilled.

Love, and love of popcorn, to you all!
– KB

Haven’t read the Roxy Summers Mystery SeriesYou have time to catch up!
Start with Capture Me and meet Roxy in a case of cat-and-mouse for a grand Seattle adventure! Then, travel with Roxy to sunny Los Angeles for a food competition to die for in her sequel novel, Crush On You! Roxy’s third book, Missing You releases in June 2018. Keep an eye out on my bookshelf page for pre-order links closer to the release date!

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Get your copies today!
Katherine Bacher on Amazon
Katherine Bacher on Barnes and Noble
Katherine Bacher on other platforms:

Capture Me (click here)
Crush On You (click here)

Guest blogging at Night Owl Romance! Stop by today!

Don’t forget to drop in and leave a comment on my guest blog at Night Owl Romance. I’ve shared some vacay photos of my August 2016 trip to South Korea!

Stop by to say hi, or ask me any questions you’d like! Go here: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Born-In-Korea-But-Seeing-It-For-The-First-Time-by-Katherine-Bacher

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