Friday, November 4, 2022

Author Interview: Deadly Conclusion by Kathy Harris

Deadly Conclusion JustRead Blog + Review Tour 

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Deadly Conclusion by Kathy Harris, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Deadly Conclusion Title: Deadly Conclusion 
Series: Deadly Secrets #3 
Author: Kathy Harris 
Publisher: Iron Stream Fiction 
Release Date: November 2, 2022 
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense

A Fast-Paced Suspense Book You Can’t Put Down

In the thrilling conclusion of the “Deadly Secrets” series, search and rescue dog trainer Keely Lambert breaks in Titan, a new shepherd, during a rescue mission to find little Conner Wells. Aided by childhood friend, Beau Gardner of the TBI, who is also Conner’s uncle, Keely finds the boy deep inside Metropolitan Nashville’s Beaman Park. 

But Conner is not all that Keely finds. On the way back to the welcome center, she notices something sticking out of the dirt—the military dog tags of her father who disappeared more than two decades before. 

The discovery sets Keely on a hunt to unearth her father’s killer, only to be thwarted by multiple setbacks—the murder of Beau’s father, the kidnapping of her mother, and her kennel being set on fire in the middle of the night. After Keely is kidnapped, Beau leads a manhunt to find her before the outcome reaches a "deadly conclusion."

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Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a "divine detour" into the Nashville entertainment business where she works as a marketing director. For several years she freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote news stories and columns for various music publications.

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Q: What was the inspiration behind Deadly Conclusion?

Kathy: Deadly Conclusion was the first romantic suspense story I ever drafted. I was writing women’s fiction at the time, but my critique partner wrote romantic suspense. She encouraged me to try my hand at it. When I signed a contract with Iron Stream Media for a three-book series, I proposed Deadly Conclusion as the third book.

Q: How long did it take you to write this story?

Kathy: Life is busy. I had a lot of other things going on… And the next thing I knew, I found myself facing a deadline I didn’t think I could make. I wrote the majority of the first draft of Deadly Conclusion in two weeks. The last third of the book was rough, but I made the deadline. My agent’s first words after she heard I’d made it were, “It’s a miracle!” ha. She was right. Of course, subsequent drafts required a major rewrite.

Q: Do you have a favorite quote from this book?

Kathy: I really like this exchange between six-year-old Keely and her father, who died the day she turned seven-years-old.

“Keely, I want you to remember two things for me, OK?”


“Do you promise that you will never forget?”

“I promise.”

“I want you to remember to always . . . always believe in yourself.”


He gave her a hug. “And I want you to always remember that I love you.”

William Lambert’s words are important to his daughter. They are almost prophetic in that he gives her two of the most important things she will need in her lifetime… A belief in herself when things get tough. And the strength that comes from knowing that her father loved her.

Q: What do you hope readers take away from Deadly Conclusion?

Kathy: First, the importance of forgiveness. I also hope they will pick up on the analogy between the sacrificial love of two imperfect fathers, who gave their lives for their children, and our Heavenly Father’s love in giving His perfect Son for each of us.

Q: Would you share something about yourself that most readers would not know?

Kathy: I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Advertising. It’s not something I pursued as a career, but I still enjoy brainstorming advertising strategy and critiquing ads I see on television, hear on the radio, etc. I know… that’s a little weird, isn’t it? ha.

Q: What are you reading now?

Kathy: I don’t have a lot of time for reading right now, but my TBR list is diverse, from romantic suspense novels to reviewing a friend’s manuscript draft, to non-fiction inspirational books.

Q: How many bookcases are in your home?

Kathy:At last count, I think it was nine. I just bought two more. I would have more than I do, but in the last ten years or so I’ve read mostly e-books and audio books.

Q: What do you like to do when you are not writing?

Kathy: I love hanging out with friends and family. Walking and hiking. And cooking. Within the last two years, I’ve started gardening and learning about preserving my harvest through canning. It has been a lot of fun. I’m also a big dog lover, as in “big dogs.” My Shiloh Shepherd, Gabriel, weighs in at 128 lbs.


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  1. The book's plot sounds terribly dark and disturbing.

    1. Hi, Cindy! You can read the first five+ chapters on Amazon.

  2. I really enjoyed the interview! Thanks, Jolene!

  3. I enjoyed the interview. I always want to know more about authors and what makes them want to write.

  4. I enjoyed reading the interview and getting to know a bit about you, Kathy, Deadly Conclusion sounds like my kind of book!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous weekend!

  5. Reading Deadly Conclusion may be a big nerve-wracking with all the danger and tragedy, but it will keep me turning the pages.

  6. Fun Q&A! I'm looking forward to reading this series.

  7. Great interview. Sounds like a great suspense.