Monday, August 21, 2023

Virtual Book Tour, Author Interview!, and Giveaway: Deadly Manor (Deadly, #10) by Kate Parker


Deadly Manor
A World War II Mystery
The Deadly Series
Kate Parker

Historical Cozy Mystery
10th in Series
Publisher: JDP Press
Publication Date: August 15, 2023
Print length: 265 pages




Surrounded by war, stalked by murder, can she stay alive? 

October 1940. Livvy Redmond is thrilled to receive an invitation to a country house party away from the Blitz. There she hopes to help her husband overcome his injuries from fighting in France. But excitement turns to horror when she stumbles across two members of the house party – murdered. 

Indebted to her hostess, Livvy attempts to catch the killer. No one is who they seem, and the party goers leave her with more questions than answers.

Somewhere close, the killer waits in the shadows to stop her.

Deadly Manor is the exciting tenth book in the World War II Deadly mystery series. If you like intrepid heroines, research-based history and clean reads, then you’ll love USA Today Bestselling Author Kate Parker’s page-turning mystery.

Uncover a murderer in Blitz-era England with Deadly Manor.


I am thrilled to include this interview with the talented author of the Deadly series, Kate Parker!

Kate: Hi! Thanks for having me today. 

You are known for being quite a traveler. Do you still have a travel bucket list?

Kate: Yes, I do. I have plans for a cruise in 2024 to Turkey and Greece and another for 2025 when I will see Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco along with Corsica and the Riviera. All of these will be first time visits for me. And I still want to go to Australia and New Zealand, Portugal and Spain… The list goes on and on.

What does your writing day look like?

Kate: Since it’s summer and gets quite hot here in the Carolinas, we have a walk with the dog fairly early followed by aqua aerobics in the community pool. Then it’s breakfast, playing Wordle, and then getting down to work. I’ll write until early to mid-afternoon, which is why I write seven days a week. I can’t push out too many words in a day, so I have to write more days to get books out faster.

What has been your family members’ and friends’ reactions to your becoming a successful published author?

Kate: My husband was my number one fan. He’d tell complete strangers about his wife, the author. He was more thrilled than I was over each and every book. It was cute, really. My younger daughter is a writer, and she and I are collaborating on a contemporary spy mystery series, while my older daughter is a playwriter. They both think I’m crazy rather than talented or special in any way.

How long does it take you to complete a new book? 

Kate: The first draft takes at least six months, and after that, the rest of the drafts, editing, proofreading, and formatting only take about four months. On the new, contemporary project, I’m trying a different way to write my first draft that I hope will speed up the entire process. We’ll see. I’ll have to let you know how it turns out. 

What is the favorite of your own books and why? 

Kate: I would have to say whatever I’ve just finished is my favorite until the next book is finished. With each book a writer will learn something new. A new skill. A new murder. A new red herring. Find a new setting or character trait. In Deadly Manor, my heroine, Livvy, who has always been outspoken and ready for adventure, finds a new, nurturing side to herself when her husband is badly injured. It was fun to write a character who suddenly finds a different focus in life.   

Thank you for having me today. If your readers have any more questions, I can be found at

Have a good end of summer and beginning of fall!


With her love of travel, Kate Parker sets her novels overseas. Once home from her research trips and armed with hot tea and chocolate, she can be found clicking away on her keyboard, hiking the hills of central North Carolina, and spoiling her 90-pound muse puppy. She’d tell you what she did before she retired, but then she’d have to use certain skills to eliminate you. She pens stories to entertain readers who enjoy action and murder in tales about plucky heroines, quirky characters, and difficult situations in a bygone era. Her stories are sweet, as in no graphic sex, violence, or language. Her heroines remain ladylike while chasing murderers and escaping danger. Well, as ladylike as scratching, punching, and kicking can be.


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