Thursday, September 28, 2017

Around the world with Kate Moretti...plus a book giveaway

We're pleased to welcome Kate Moretti back to CLC to celebrate the publication of her latest novel, The Blackbird Season. She's here to finish our "Around the World" theme month and has one e-book to share with a lucky reader!

Kate Moretti is the New York Times Bestselling author of three previous novels and a novella, including Thought I Knew You (New York Times bestseller), While You Were Gone, Binds That Tie, and The Vanishing Year (Goodreads Choice Award nominee--Mystery/Thriller category for 2016).

​Kate has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for twenty years as a scientist and enjoys traveling and cooking. She lives in Pennsylvania in an old farmhouse with her husband, two children and no known ghosts. Her lifelong dream is to find a secret passageway.

Visit Kate online:
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Synopsis:
In a quiet Pennsylvania town, a thousand dead starlings fall onto a high school baseball field, unleashing a horrifying and unexpected chain of events that will rock the close-knit community.

Beloved baseball coach and teacher Nate Winters and his wife, Alecia, are well respected throughout town. That is, until one of the many reporters investigating the bizarre bird phenomenon catches Nate embracing a wayward student, Lucia Hamm, in front of a sleazy motel. Lucia soon buoys the scandal by claiming that she and Nate are engaged in an affair, throwing the town into an uproar…and leaving Alecia to wonder if her husband has a second life.


And when Lucia suddenly disappears, the police only to have one suspect: Nate.


Nate’s coworker and sole supporter, Bridget Harris, Lucia’s creative writing teacher, is determined to prove his innocence. She has Lucia’s class journal, and while some of the entries appear particularly damning to Nate’s case, others just don’t add up. Bridget knows the key to Nate’s exoneration and the truth of Lucia’s disappearance lie within the walls of the school and in the pages of that journal.


Told from the alternating points of view of Alecia, Nate, Lucia, and Bridget, The Blackbird Season is a haunting, psychologically nuanced suspense, filled with Kate Moretti’s signature “chillingly satisfying” (Publishers Weekly) twists and turns. (Courtesy of Amazon.)



Countries you've visited:
When I was eighteen, my family took my sister and I to France and Belgium. I still remember St. Malo as the loveliest place I’ve ever been in my life. We stayed in an hold house and I had a bed with a canopy and windows you could open like Cinderella every morning. Then after college, I backpacked a small chunk of Eastern and Western Europe: UK, Greece, Italy, Romania, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands. After I was married, my husband and I honeymooned in Italy and went back again a few years later with his family. I love traveling and now that my children are getting older, I can’t wait to start showing them the world, to see it through their eyes.

Favorite book that takes place in a different country:
My favorite book of all time is Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, which takes place at Manderly, set in the English countryside, based on Cornwall. I’ve never been to Cornwall, but the picture I have in my head is of foggy, spooky moors, dense woods, a character in itself. One day!

Which languages do you speak fluently?
Sadly, only English. I’ve taken Spanish and German in various high school and college courses and tried to learn Italian before one of our trips, but I don’t think I have a knack for picking it up. My husband actually did a lot of translating on our trip, I think being immersed in Italian brought out his natural language skills!

Favorite celebrity from a different country:
I’m a complete Anglophile so I’ll have to say Colin Firth or Keira Knightly. I adore Kate Winslet and Emma Watson, too. Oh, then there’s Idris Elba. And I’ll always love Hugh Grant. Ok, I can’t pick a favorite.

Something you own from a different country:
When I was in Venice I bought an oil painting off a Venice street like a complete tourist and I don’t even care. It’s so beautiful and it hangs in my dining room. The image is the street I was standing on when I bought it. I think it was a hundred dollars, and I still feel like I got a bargain.

Closest friend from a different country:
You know, it’s funny. When you have kids elementary school age, your world becomes very small, almost insular (it’s a topic I’m exploring in my next book!). I’m lucky that I have writing, which forces me into the huge, wide world. Because of social media, I’ve made writer pals in Canada, Australia, the UK, South America. I wouldn’t say I have a close friend that lives in another country at the moment, but I always feel like I have connections and acquaintances from all over the world. It’s truly amazing!

Thanks to Kate for visiting with us and sharing her book with our readers.

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11 comments:

anna russell said...

Can't wait to read!

Carla S. said...

I have a tea set from Japan.

Kelley B said...

Thanks Chick Lit and Kate.

Dianne Casey said...

I have a couple of teak elephants from Thailand.

Linda Kish said...

I have an ivory necklace from Austria.

Grandma Cootie said...

I have a lot of various kitchen things from countries I've visited.

bn100 said...

book

Priscilla S. said...

I have a set of antique Royal Albert china from England.

Tatum Rangel said...

I received a beautiful fan from my sister when she came back from her trip to Spain. :)

Susan said...

Salt & pepper shakers from Paris that a friend brought back for me.

Linda Moffitt said...

Wow That's hard LOL I have a Statue from Jamaica and a couple books and probably some Swag Kind of stuff but not anything else big that I can think of off hand