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


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.


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…



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


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


Breaking News: Katherine Bacher is an Amazon Best Selling Author!

A lifetime of scraping.

Countless sleepless nights.

Thousands of hours of hard work.

A dream come true.


My publisher messaged me as of 10/27/2017 at 7:00am (PST). They sent me the below image. I am #1 in the Clean and Wholesome Romance category. I am OFFICIALLY an Amazon Kindle #1 Best Selling Author!


As of 9:00pm (PST) today, I have accomplished a goal. As in, a top 3 life goal crossed off of my list. It’s a goal I never thought I would actually accomplish, but always dreamed about as a child. I made it onto a Best Seller list. Not just “made it,” but Capture Me made it into the TOP 5 of THREE Best Seller Lists. That’s right:


For the first time in my life, I am officially a Best Selling Author. As of this evening, I made it onto THREE Amazon Kindle Best Seller Lists in ONE DAY! The best part of it all… I’m in the TOP 5 of each Best Seller List! How do I describe my emotions from today? I’ll write another blog post after I’ve recovered from the shock.

I am thankful to God for blessing me with this gift. That gift encompasses all of the following:

To my husband, Pilot, who has never doubted my abilities from Moment 1, even when I doubted myself. You gave me the confidence to try. I can never be more grateful to have you as a life partner than that gift you’ve given me for 15 years and counting. I love you with every fiber of my being. Thank you for letting me be your person, and thank you for being mine. I am so happy I get to share this with you.

To my Mom, who told me we were going out to dinner to celebrate mere seconds after sharing this news with her. Thank you for wiping all of my sniffles away as a kid, for all of the musicals and movies, and for all of the Winter Olympics with Cup o’ Noodles in hand.

To my Dad, I wish you were here to see it. I miss you every day. I hope wherever you are, you’re at peace and sharing in this moment with me.

To my friends who have supported me, provided a listening ear, given me caffeine, and ignored my tired zombie face.

To my family, they’re small words but have so much meaning behind them: Thank you.

Thank you to Trifecta Publishing House. You’re an amazing group of people. I learn something new every day from you.

Thank you to everyone who has purchased my books.

Thank you to everyone who has left me 5-Star Reviews.

Thank you to everyone who has laughed, cried, cringed, and cheered with each story.

To the following jerk-wads of my life:

  • To everyone who doubted me.
  • To everyone who told me “no” about pursuing an artistic field, saying I was following a “pipe dream” and to “enjoy being unemployed and homeless.”
  • To those who physically and emotionally bullied me.
  • To my racist director of the Pacific Northwest Children’s Choir. Even after auditioning with a combined sinus and ear infection, I still managed to perform well and was accepted to join. You made every day after that a living hell. You singled me out each practice to specifically remind me I was a worthless piece of garbage, and didn’t deserve anything good in life. I always thought it was me. That I wasn’t good enough. That it was for my friend would forget her music book and I’d lend her mine. You assumed I always forgot mine. I took the blame because I didn’t want her to experience the same wrath I received from you. Please know that I never forgot my music book. I was responsible. I was careful. I didn’t need it for choir practice anyway because I practiced at home every day after my six hours of homework for additional hours to be perfect for you. I hoped that my hard work would earn your respect. Not understanding that your blind hatred of me was a deeply rooted, rotted thing within your soul. I was 9 years old. Thank you for turning hard work and effort into a useless, fleeting goal. I’m now here to tell you: I am not worthless. Trying to earn the respect of a horrible human being is. Thank you for teaching me a lesson in not wasting my short time on this planet by filling my days with terrible people.
  • Those who broke my heart in either a romantic or platonic sense.
  • To anyone who has ever hurt me.

Thank you, daily life, menial tasks, and my regular day job. You keep me humble. Even after publishing this blog post, I will need to get to bed soon. For tomorrow, I will still have to wake up early, pack my sack lunch, commute to work, complete my tasks, pray my paycheck comes in on time since it will be the last Friday of the month and hope it will be valued at more than I think it will be, buy a pack of toilet paper on the way home, and take the pups on their afternoon walk.

The difference will be in that extra spark of light inside of my heart tomorrow, because a lifetime of hard work has finally paid off. This blog post is to officially tell you:

I did it.

CLICK HERE to get your copy of Capture Me (A Roxy Summers Mystery #1) on Amazon Kindle FREE from Oct. 26-30, 2017! It’s a BEST SELLER! Did you know?

CLICK HERE to get your copy of Crush On You (A Roxy Summers Mystery #2) on Amazon Kindle for the discounted price of only $1.99 from Oct. 26-30, 2017!



CRUSH ON YOU Book Release Party – Aug. 21 @ 6:30pm (PST)! Win prizes, including a FREE KINDLE!

Attention, Precious Readers!
Attention, Precious Readers!

This is not a drill! It’s PARTY TIME!  Whoo hoo!

On August 21st, my second bookCapture Me, a Roxy Summers Mystery #2 releases out to the world in both print and e-book! I’m so excited to bring Roxy Summers‘ next adventure to you. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the twists in store for her.

To commemorate this auspicious occasion, Trifecta Publishing House will be hosting a Facebook Live Eventon August 21st, at 6:30pm (PST). I will be there LIVE to chat and host some online party games for you. All you have to do is comment and you’ll be automatically entered for some prizes that will be given away. One lucky winner will receive a FREE KINDLE! That’s right! A KINDLE! FOR FREE! 

What could be better? I have no idea! I’ve entered these contests before for other authors and have won free books this way. I haven’t won a Kindle yet, and I can’t win my own prizes, so your odds just got better!

I know that day is the eclipse, but keep in mind that if you’re on the road or away from home, you can keep tabs on the Facebook Event via your tablets and smartphones as well.

I look forward to seeing you and perhaps seeing some of my faithful blog readers win a prize!

You can access the Facebook Event here:

My first book, Capture Me is available here:
My second book, Crush On You is already available for pre-order in both print and e-book here:


Lots of love,


*Facebook is not a sponsor of the event and/or prize(s) distributed. Please do not contact Facebook for any prize(s) distribution you may incur. Please contact Trifecta Publishing House directly.