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A Change of Pace/Next Book

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This blog post is in memory of my Dad.
I miss you every day.

Hello Precious Readers!

Long time, no write, I know. In fact, that statement is far more loaded than it appears.

I released my third book, Missing You (a Roxy Summers Mystery) last month. (Have you read it? I happen to know that it’s fantastic. You should check it out, and leave a review!) I am already receiving questions: When is the next book coming out?

As I’ve learned from other author friends and mentors, this is a common question asked, typically the same day as a book releases. Similar to people asking newlyweds, or sometimes immediately following a wedding ceremony, when the lovely couple is having children. These questions are often asked in moments of excitement from the requestor, not necessarily meant as a slight upon the subject being asked. However, writing is time taking out of my day to literally sit and stare at a computer monitor while typing for hours, every day. It’s time not spent with my husband, my dogs, my friends, my family. It’s time separate from my full-time and part-time jobs. It’s time spent not sleeping, doing chores around the home, and overall taking away from the sliver of time trying to have a life outside of work.

This summer was a particularly awkward and painful one for me, and admittedly and unabashedly, I confess I did absolutely zero writing. None. Zip. Nada. Nothing. Other than social media, my computer was only used for paying bills and looking at funny YouTube videos.

Why? Why after working so hard to be published for the first time, and successfully launching a 3-book series, would I spend 2.5 months writing absolutely nothing at all? As we all know, life throws curve balls, and sometimes their emotional impact lasts longer than expected.

After nearly 11 years since my Dad’s passing, and 11 years spent on our family’s attempted healing, it was decided that this was the year my Dad’s ashes were to be interned into the Tahoma National Cemetery. For those who don’t know, Tahoma National Cemetery is specifically for those who have served in the U.S. military and their spouses. I won’t go into detail, but it was a small ceremony with traditions held by the U.S. Navy. My Dad served for the Navy during the Vietnam war, living on the U.S.S. Enterprise. (No, not a Star Trek reference… this time.) He was on the aircraft carrier during its initial combat deployment. He worked the night shift, complete with a schedule starting at 2:00 am, and a bedtime of 7:00 pm. He never changed this schedule for the rest of his life, save for family vacations. That discipline stayed with him from when he was 17 years old until he was 60 years old. That is, (let me get my calculator here), 43 years of tradition.

My Dad passed in a sudden, painful way, while at home, the day after Thanksgiving. It was supposed to be a year of celebration. My parents had celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary that year. I had just come home from CWU and was starting my first job post-graduation. My parents were approaching discussions of retirement and considering moving to Nevada where it was warmer. They had even flown down twice that year to scope out property. I was planning on looking for an apartment.

It had been a normal evening. We were all home from work, had eaten dinner together. My Dad was on his way to bed. My mom and I were up watching some lighthearted show on TV. My mom and I were with him. We didn’t get a chance to say goodbye, we didn’t know it was coming, and before we knew it, he was gone. My mother and I were immediately thrust into deciding how to live the rest of our lives without him. Our last moments together as a family were spent in terror, pain, confusion, trauma, and anger. While I would never, under any circumstances wish anyone ill or a long and a painful death, I envy families who had times to not only internally say goodbye to their loved ones, but know when the end was coming. They were able to make a plan, and a semblance of peace regarding the one they lost or are losing.

The end is not always a Lifetime movie drama with everyone around a gurney in a hospital, or someone lying on their death-bed. Sometimes the end is something that takes moments away from you. We never got to say, “I love you”, or try to keep him comfortable in death.

We never got to say goodbye. His life ended in pain, fear, and confusion. Surrounded by EMTs instead of his loved ones.

He had not wanted a funeral service, as stated in his will. He wasn’t a man for pomp and circumstance. His co-workers threw a memorial at the University of Washington, where he had just accomplished his 10th year working there. My mom retired three years after his death, after working for the UW for over 28 years. For the rest of us, we moved on, but others needed an official ceremony so we had somewhere for his remains to reside. So, we held one.

I don’t believe in the word “closure” as it’s used today. I don’t believe that the loss of a loved one is something you “close a chapter on” and then live as if their memory has no effect on you every day after they’re gone. The memory is an ever evolving blob. Sometimes it shrinks, sometimes it takes over, sometimes it’s a microscopic dot on your radar. While the ceremony provided much-needed release for my Mom and some of our family, it did the opposite for me.

After eleven years, I’d gotten to the place where my dad’s memory wasn’t gone, but it had morphed into just the good memories. The ones I enjoyed. The memories didn’t stand out from any particular event or milestone in my life. It was the little things, like seeing him smoking outside, leaning on the garbage can in his sweatpants. The way he always folded his hands on his stomach while reclined in his Dad Chair watching an old western. Hearing him whistle while he was working or tinkering at his workshop surface. The clink of ice while he was drinking his Pepsi, the constant, friendly battle between him and my Mom, my Mom being a die-hard Coca Cola fan. His hugs. The horrible, evil glint in his eye while I was sitting in my parent’s new car that had programmable seats (a new thing for any driver at the time). He had pressed the button causing the seat to start moving. I freaked out, wondering if I had broken the car and the robot apocalypse was trapping me inside the vehicle for all of eternity. The never ending trips to Costco as a family outing. Those were all thrown away for the last two months, temporarily vandalized by the gut-wrenching memory of the last hour of his life.

This had a severe impact on my mental status this summer. I’ve talked about depression and anxiety before, but I will continue writing about it until the stigma is gone. That people understand that it doesn’t “go away”, you “can’t snap out of it”, it’s not a “mood”. There are good days, there are bad days. There are long stretches of good days/weeks/months, swiftly hitting you up with time where you never leave bed, the lights are off, and you just lie there for hours. Doing nothing. No TV, no phone, no radio, no talking, etc. You feel weak, tired, achy, listless. The nightmares come back. Whatever quiet I was attempting to obtain was blighted by restless sleep filled with made up scenarios my backstabbing brain came up with to terrorize me in my dreaming subconscious. The dreams mean nothing, but their lingering effects on how they made me feel stick with me for days afterward.

You just… try to exist and hope it’s enough.

You try to remember that you exist.

All of these memories came up and made it difficult to find the mental and physical capacity to write. Writers are always saying, “Write every day. Even when you don’t want to you. Find time to write every day.” They never tell you how much. For me, it was sticking with social media, updating my Facebook Fan Group on its usual schedule, keeping a presence on Twitter. That was all I could do.

That was enough for me.

By the way, the U.S. military is dismantling the U.S.S. Enterprise this year. Did you know that?

Back to the Big Question: When is the next book coming out?

Now that I’ve talked with my publisher at Trifecta Publishing House, here is my answer: After two and a half years of solid writing Roxy, frankly, I need a break. While I have a general idea of how I want the her next story to go, and ideas for several more books, I’m not in the creative head space to continue her story at this time. There are some other ideas I’ve been mulling for years that I’d like to move forward with and get out of Roxy’s world for a little while, and I need to write something else. There is an idea for a fourth Roxy Summers book. The idea is with Trifecta. It is not under contract at the moment. It will be written.

I don’t know when, but in the near future.

Never have I been looking forward to going back to work in my life. As same for the students who attend, I like the structure. The reliability that the building will most likely outlive me. The steadiness of the schedule. Routine. It helps me stay on task. I actually write better when my schedule is full. I think it’s the discipline and the mental reminder that my writing time is limited, that if I don’t complete it now, I’ll have to catch up the next day.

The work is there, I just need to type it. Enough time has passed that I’m ready to metaphorically pick up the pen and put it to paper. (I do better typing than handwriting out my thoughts. I’m far faster, and a more accurate, typist.)

Wishing you a fantastic fall, filled with easily cleaned falling leaves, lots of vibrant tree color, and pumpkin spice only if you want it.

Love and hugs,
KB

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Roxy Reminder: Missing You releases August 13th!

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Hello Precious Readers!

I have a more definitive date of Missing You‘s release for everyone: August 13th! Gahhh! It’s less than one month away! Squee!!!

It’s been a bit busy on this side of the computer prepping for the big day. If you follow me on Facebook, you already know the FINAL DRAFT was sent in to publishers. You’ve already seen the GORGEOUS cover, and I’m so excited to bring Roxy’s next adventure to you. During my future release party I’m going to have some deliciously, lovely gift baskets up for grabs, so be on the lookout (or BOLO, if you watch crime shows, like I do) for the Release Party announcement soon to come!

Pre-order links will be up soon. Once their up, make sure you pre-purchase your copy as soon as possible, as there maaaaay be a hint about a fourth Roxy Summers adventure in the back. (Hint, hint.)

Roxy’s adventure in Missing You takes place in Alaska. Definitely not feeling winter blues. It’s been in the 90-degree Fahrenheit weather in Washington. For us PNW folks, air conditioning is not a standard feature to have in homes, so we’re melllllllting! Fans have been on nonstop, pups are sitting in front of the fan, and ice cubes are aplenty in their water bowls. We have some breaks from the heat by taking drives in the car, which has air conditioning. The Bacher Fort, alas, does not.

I want to start hearing from you, so I’m going to start asking one question per post to you. I’d love to see comments, or email me at katherinebacher@gmail.com with your responses. I love hearing from you! I really, really do!

So, this post’s question is: What is your favorite summer treat to cool off? We love frozen grapes, fruit salad, and ice pops.

Thank you for being such loyal blog readers, hello to any newbies! More Roxy news coming at you soon!

– KB

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Life threw a curveball, so here’s the catch – Missing You releases August 2018 and LIVE EVENT announcement!

Well, Precious Readers,

If you don’t follow me on social media, I have an announcement:

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Due to stuff and things, the release date for my book, Missing You (a Roxy Summers Mystery #3) was pushed to AUGUST 2018. I know, I know, I’ve been dangling the next book release like a literary carrot for months, but… reasons. Sometimes life happens, and in this case, it was a timing issue. If it helps, Missing You is with my loyal Beta Readers, and I’ve already begun to receive helpful feedback.

In other news…

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Guess what? I’m all signed up to attend the 2019 Left Coast Crime convention Whale of a Crime! This is both an author AND reader event where hundreds of people from the west coast will congregate over their love of mysteries! All sub genres fall under this umbrella: Cozy, Thriller, Romantic, Humorous, Suspense, etc. Each year, the conference is in a new city. For LCC 2019: Whale of a Crime, it will be hosted in the gorgeous Pacific Northwest of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada! My sort-of backyard! The conference is from March 28-31, 2019. If you want to join in, you do have to register, so I recommend registering early. This is the biggest convention for mystery lovers on the whole west coast.

At LCC 2019: Whale of a Crime, I’ll be attending the various panels during the event. I will not be hosting any panels, but look forward to bumping elbows with my fellow lovers of all things mystery, whether tame or intense. If you happen to be there, look me up, and I’d love to have a photo taken with you. I look forward talking with you about anything lighthearted and humorously sleuthy!

It may be a bit of sad news, but I hope I also brought tidings of ultra-cool, great news!


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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Special Announcement: COVER REVEAL for MISSING YOU (a Roxy Summers Mystery #3)

Omigosh!

I can’t believe it!

It’s here!

IT’S HERE!

 

Missing You (a Roxy Summers Mystery #3) has a brand new cover, and it’s AWESOME! Ever since I saw the preview a few days ago, I’ve been completely in love with it and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I’ve been (excitedly and impatiently) waiting to get the OK from my publisher to share the cover with you, and TODAY IS THE DAY! You are the first ones to see it! My Precious Readers who’ve been with me since before I was published. I haven’t even posted to my Facebook Group yet, but shh! don’t tell them, okay? They’ll get their own special announcement later today.

 

As what has now become commonplace for all of my books (completely accidentally), Missing You is releasing in the complete opposite season the characters are experiencing in the story. While it’s ramping up for Summer in the Real World, in the fictional world it’s winter; but, I digress.

 

The cover… Oh, the cover!

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I love it. I love it so much. Yes, that is a moose on the cover. The cold wintry scene is leaving me with chills. Chills! (Have you paid attention to the hints I’ve been dropping these last few months?)

 

All I can say is, welcome to my fictional town of Ptarmigan, Alaska! I don’t know if you are aware, but I’ve been to Alaska and would LOVE to go back, anytime. Living in the Pacific Northwest, I already have the appropriate winter gear, and was toasty warm and dry.

 

Granted, it was a 7-day cruise, but ever since that trip, my husband, Pilot and I have dreamed of going back. Perhaps one day driving there from our Washington home and staying. Although I tend to be more of a desert lizard, loving that dry heat weather, Pilot is happiest when temps are no higher than 65 degrees. I don’t get it, and he doesn’t get me when it comes to weather. One thing we both agree on: we hate hot humid weather.

 

In other news, I’ve heard from my editor, and it’s going to be ANY DAY NOW when I finally receive edits back. I’ll make any necessary corrections, and then SEND IT TO THE MINI-MASSES for a Beta Reader phase.

 

Want to be a beta reader? Email me at katherinebacher@gmail.com!

 

Final announcement, a reminder that today is the LAST DAY to participate in Night Owl Romance’s Spring Fling Scavenger Hunt! It’s an opportunity to win free books from 35+ authors, myself included! I’ve been on the comment board and responded directly to readers with their comments and questions. You should drop a line over there too! I’d love to hear from you.

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Join the hunt here TODAY: https://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Blog/Articles/Spring-Fling-2018-by-Web-Hunt

– 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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Did you start the hunt? **CONTEST CLOSED**

 

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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
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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NOR Spring Fling – FREE BOOKS Alert! (April 12-May 3, 2018) **CONTEST CLOSED**

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