Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Guest Post: A Game of Deceit by K.A. Davis #suspense #guestpost

A Game of Deceit
by K. A. Davis

Genre: Suspense
Date of Release: August 1, 2017
Number in Series: Stand-alone
Publisher: Cinnamon & Sugar Press
Number of page: 287
A father’s disappearance never solved, a mother’s secret taken to the grave, a daughter deceived…
Kathryn Landry thinks her life is just about perfect. She is the owner of a successful interior designer business in Newport Beach, California, and she has an attentive, supportive husband. But her world comes crashing down when her husband, Neil Landry, vanishes without a trace… in a situation almost identical to the disappearance of her father twenty years before.
With her father’s disappearance still a mystery, Kathryn is skeptical that the detective assigned to her case will be able to find her husband. Determined to uncover the truth, Kathryn is plunged into a world of politics, high-priced call girls and wealth. As she begins to search for her husband, a decades-old secret her mother took to the grave threatens to destroy all she holds dear. Caught up in a web of betrayals and deceit, and not knowing who to trust, Kathryn must find a way to survive as she discovers the past has a way of repeating itself.
Does the book contain: only mild language and no graphic sex

Guest Post:

Hi, it’s Marianne Patton here. I’m the assistant at Landry Designs, an interior design company in Newport Beach, California. I think of the owner, Kathryn Landry, as the daughter I never had (but desperately wanted) and I’m sure she doesn’t realize just how much I care for her. Instead, she allows her husband, Neil, to dictate her every move and thought and he keeps tight control over her business too. I never have cared for him… why, how archaic is it that she has to ask him for money to pay our bills or to even buy new clothes?! But I bite my tongue, smile, and don’t say anything to her. I gather she hasn’t had an easy life but I don’t know all the details since she doesn’t confide in me. I’ve heard old gossip though, that her father disappeared when she was a child and the police never found him.
I was probably a little too happy when she called to tell me that her husband had taken off. Yes, I understand it is emotionally devastating for Kathryn to lose him, but in the long run she’ll be better off. Did I mention just how much I dislike him? Anyway, she’s hired that hot private investigator, John, to look into her husband’s disappearance. If anyone can take Kathryn’s mind off Neil, it will be John. I’ve seen the way he looks at her when he thinks no one is looking, like he could eat her up.
I had hoped that with Neil out of the picture Kathryn would settle into running her company and we could expand like she’s wanted to do. (I’m still mad that he put the kibosh on her ideas when she first mentioned expanding.) Instead, all sorts of crazy scary things started happening to her! Kathryn ended up moving into my house temporarily after someone broke into her apartment. And then she was in a terrible car accident after someone ran her off the road and she got caught up in a raging wildfire. Detective Williams wasn’t much help to begin with, insinuating Kathryn was probably having an affair with John, so her husband took off. Or even worse, got rid of him permanently. Poor Kathryn was so distraught when she realized she was a suspect! John and Detective Williams sure have it in for each other though. Kathryn gets caught in the middle of their feuding which adds to her stress level.

I tried to reassure her but in the end I turned to what I do to relieve tension: bake and share treats with those who need comfort. Spending time in the kitchen with the warm smells of sugar, chocolate (especially chocolate!), spices, and baking bread brings peace to my mind. It helps me think more clearly while my hands are busy creaming butter and sugar together or whipping up batter for our breakfast muffins. I like to believe that those who eat my treats know how much love and care I put into creating them and I hope brings some peace to their world as well.  

You can read about all the trouble Kathryn finds herself in, in A GAME OF DECEIT, releasing August 1, 2017! I also made sure the author included a few of my favorite recipes that I prepared for Kathryn at the back of the book so readers can enjoy my treats at home too!

About The Author
Kim Davis lives in Southern California with her husband, near wildfire country. During the Portola Hills fire in October 2007, she had to evacuate her two young granddaughters, one of whom has Rett Syndrome, as a wall of one hundred foot flames crept towards their home. Thankfully, due to the brave efforts of firefighters, their neighborhood was spared and no loss of life or property occurred. She was able to use that experience to write a harrowing scene in A Game of Deceit.
She writes the Cinnamon, Sugar, and a Little Bit of Murder blog and has had several children’s articles published in Cricket, Nature Friend, Skipping Stones, and the Seed of Truth magazines. Kim Davis is a member of Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.


  1. Thanks so much for hosting A GAME OF DECEIT, Melissa! I truly appreciate the opportunity to share my book with your followers!

  2. I'm glad Kathryn has Marianne to look after her.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jana! I think we could all use a Marianne in our lives :) Good luck in the contest!


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