About the Book
Book: The Watch on the Fencepost
Author: Kay DiBianca
Genre: Christian Mystery / Suspense/ Romance
A WATCH THAT REVEALS MORE THAN JUST THE TIME . . .
A mysterious gold watch propels 27-year-old Kathryn Frasier into a quest to prove her parents’ recent deaths were not an accident. Following a trail of cryptic clues, she encounters a remarkable cast of characters, including an actress with a talent for disguises, a politician with a dark secret, and a handsome businessman who shows a sudden romantic interest in Kathryn. Can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?
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About the Author
Kay DiBianca holds an MS degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in the IT departments of several major organizations, including IBM, UNC Chapel Hill, International Paper, and FedEx. She has an instrument rating in single-engine aircraft and competes in the Senior Olympics track events. She is a U.S. representative for Bridges for Peace, an international organization whose mission is to serve the people of Israel. She and her husband, Frank, live in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit kaydibianca.com.
Guest post from Kay
WHY I WROTE THE WATCH ON THE FENCEPOST
I’m a runner. I spend a lot of time on the treadmill, at a local track, or running in a park near my home. When I’m outdoors, I usually listen to podcasts or audio books to keep my mind occupied.
Several years ago, I was listening to a mystery novel while running on a trail, and I began to put together a story in my own mind. Over the following weeks and months, I had created the characters of Kathryn and Cece, and I could see them in my mind’s eye.
On another long run, I passed an old fence post and a plot began to form itself. Other characters seemed to materialize out of nowhere, and soon I had the basic outline of the book in my head. Before long I was ignoring the audio book voices coming through my earbuds and just adding to my own story. That’s when I decided to write it down.
In the next few months, my story grew from a general outline to a narrative that stretched to over 60,000 words, and I loved the little surprises that popped up along the way. Although I had intended the book to be a straight mystery, I found some of the characters writing their own scenes, and soon there was romance!
As I chiseled away the extraneous parts and added detail and nuance, the important story elements of love, faith, and family rose to the surface. I delighted in Kathryn’s discovering more about herself and Cece’s unfailing wisdom and humor.
I spent over a year working with an editor to revise and strengthen the book. With every change in a word or addition of a plot twist, the story got better. It’s been three years since that first run in the park that got me thinking about the story. Now Kathryn, Cece, Phil, Mike, Tommy, and all the others are ready to tell their stories to the world.
I think I’ll go for a run tomorrow to see what Kathryn and Cece are going to be up to next.
Kathryn has suffered a great loss when her parents die in a car accident. She decides to train for a marathon as a way to ease her stress. Along the way she notices a fence post with a gold watch draped there. Being the kind of person she is, she turns it in. What happens next starts an adventure of intrigue and danger. It's not everyday that you find out you have a half sister but Kathryn is in for a big surprise. Her parents had kept a big secret from her in the name of Cece.
Meeting Cece seemed to help Kathryn not feel so alone in the world. They hit if off and I loved reading how they bonded as sisters. Kathryn's dad has always liked puzzles and he has left clues that maybe will solve the mystery of Kathryn's parents accident. I loved reading about the clues and how Kathryn and Cece worked together to figure out the puzzle. The story includes Jewish traditions which I loved reading about. The author does a great job of giving us background in what a Shabbat dinner is. Cece's adoptive parents are such a nice addition to the story and want to help Kathryn anyway they can.
There is also a very important person in the story who is intertwined in Cece's past. In the midst of everything else going on in the story we find a political race going on . An all important governor race is all the talk. What secret is the man running for governor hiding? Do Kathryn and Cece pose a threat to him? The secrets run deep in this story and I tried really hard to solve them. The author has a great job of giving readers little hints, but I was quite surprised at the outcome.
It's a fast pace story with characters that keep readers entertained. I enjoyed getting to know more about Kathryn and why she has always been afraid to fail. That is a heavy burden to carry around and it does make it hard to take a chance on relationships. The ending is a heart pounding race to save Kathryn and I was on the edge of my seat. I loved the story and hope there is another book to follow.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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