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Titles by Kate Sweeney

 

 

She hails from the Midwest, Chicago exactly, where she's lived most of her life. As for what she does for a living? In her own words: "It's a bit unremarkable. I'm an office manager for a small company in the town where I live. A lesbian version of Walter Middy! I file by day. By night, I write romantic, passionate love stories and murder mysteries.. Go figure!

What I like most about the obscurity of my job, is.. Well it's obscure. Oh, and it pays the bills.. It also gives me plenty of time to pursue my passion for writing. Two years ago my boss gave me an old computer. I hooked it up and sat there for about two minutes staring at the blank screen, then it started. All the stories, all the adventures that were locked in my scrambled brain since I was a kid came flowing out. I had sprung a leak and I've been happily leaking ever since. Well, you know what I mean."

Fascinated by the power of the written word, Kate Sweeney has finally put her imagination on paper. Owing her love of reading to her mother, the author admits, "She was constantly reading to us, whether it was a short story by O. Henry or the gossip column from the Chicago Tribune. It mattered little, she had a way of making a grocery list seem full of adventure!"

Website: www.katesweeneyonline.com

Email Kate Sweeney: ksweeney22@aol.com


Dead in the Water

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Dead in the Water
by Kate Sweeney

In the tenth installment of the series, Kate Ryan is about to pop the question to Maggie. Yes, yes, it’s about time. The question now is where, when, and how? The “why” is evident. So with great trepidation, Kate accepts the help of Maggie’s adorable Aunt Hannah. Together, they will try to answer those questions before Kate has an anxiety attack—not from asking Maggie to marry her, but from Hannah’s help.

A nice romantic weekend cruise on Lake Superior should do the trick. Kate figures the worst possible scenario is Maggie jumping overboard. This might be the best idea Hannah has ever had. And Kate wonders how she ever doubted her.

Until a passenger dies on the first day of their cruise, and all hell breaks loose. With her plans of a romantic marriage proposal seemingly dead in the water, Kate is now ready to jump overboard—and take Hannah with her.

ISBN: 9781935216704, Mystery, January 2015 


Mistress of Peacock Walk

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The Hypotenuse of Love
by Kate Sweeney

Novella

Charlotte Darcy had a brilliant idea, but then Charlotte thought all her ideas were brilliant. This time, she needed an innocent dupe to make her idea come to life.

Enter Parker Englewood, a respected professor of philosophy at the University of Chicago. Her life was in order, things made sense. And all she wanted one night was dinner at her favorite restaurant, then a quiet weekend, that’s all.

And what did she get? Charlotte Darcy on a platter with a side of screwball chaos.

Join the first of many madcap adventures of Parker and Charlotte.

Romantic Comedy, October 2014, word count - 33,000


Mistress of Peacock Walk

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Who Wouldn't Love Me?
by Kate Sweeney

Glenn Hastings is a movie star, and by studio execs’ measure, she is considered old at fifty-one. An outrageous flirt, shallow, and conceited, she has allowed her fame to control her life. And now, landing the sexy roles of younger characters seems unattainable. So she did what any insecure narcissist would do. Glenn wrote a book about her favorite person—Glenn Hastings. She was filled with excitement at her book signing of Who Wouldn’t Love Me? And she thought it to be true. Who wouldn’t want to read about her life?

Sophie Marsh just wanted to relax on the only day she had to herself in weeks. But what was she doing? Going to the mall, which she abhorred, to stand in line, which she despised, to get some ridiculous book signed for her best friend who did not have a day off. Who would want to read about some arrogant movie star?

Hold on to your wigs. Glenn and Sophie are on a collision course of laughter, love, and mayhem. Together they’ll try to answer the age-old question: Who wouldn’t love me?

Romance, August 2014 


Mistress of Peacock Walk

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Mistress of Peacock Walk
by Kate Sweeney

Rose Culhane leads an unremarkable life. She lives in a quaint apartment on the North Side of Chicago and has an ordinary job that pays the bills and affords her a yearly adventure—to visit her cousin, Kathleen, and her family in Ireland at the Culhane ancestral home, Peacock Walk.

In an instant, however, her life becomes quite remarkable. Rose is notified of the death of Kathleen, whose husband died tragically the year before. And to make matters even more unbelievable—she is now guardian of Kathleen’s two children and inherits the ancestral home.

Rose must now travel to Ireland for a different adventure. Through her sadness and confusion, she finds comfort in Meghan Quigley, an attractive, charismatic friend of her cousin, who knows more about the Culhanes than Rose realizes.

But the strange circumstances surrounding her cousin’s death and the now ever-present Meghan have Rose worried for the two children in her care. When Rose seeks to know what happened, she finds more questions than answers.

And the mystery behind Peacock Walk begins.

Romance/Mystery, June 2014 


Build Me A Dream

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Build Me A Dream
by Kate Sweeney

Three old cronies from Sheboygan, Wisconsin: Jean, Yolanda—or Yoyo as she’s known—and Edie had a ridiculous idea. The adorable, if not eccentric women wanted to do a revival of The Chordettes, the famous quartet from the fifties. They wanted to go on a two-week whirlwind tour of Wisconsin’s supper club crowd. All they needed were a place to stay and a manager.

Eleanor Johansson had a great life. She owned a successful fitness club in her adopted city of Chicago. She was fifty, single, and content—until she got the call involving a harebrained idea from the three elderly women she adored. Eleanor knew they could sing, but now they had a “gig” at a supper club? Really? And where would they stay?

Connie Beckman was nearing the magical age of fifty. She wanted to retire someday, just not this day. But her uncle was in a helpless situation after he sank his retirement to build a dream and own a supper club and resort. Connie figured it was providence or just good old rotten luck. So she decided to help and make a success out of the vacation spot. Now there was only one thing missing at the Loon Lake Resort, those little incidentals—customers.

When The Ginkgo Girls invade upper Wisconsin, the quiet pristine woods will never be the same—neither will Eleanor or Connie.

ISBN: 9781935216582, ​ Romance, April 2014 


Buoyed out on the Foam of the Sea

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Buoyed out on the Foam of the Sea
by Kate Sweeney

How far would you go to right a wrong?

Anne Scanlon knows all too well. She’s determined—her course is clear. Then she meets the gregarious Kelly Sullivan, and her life takes an unexpected but pleasant detour. However, their newfound romance cannot deter her. She knows what she must do and do it alone.

Kelly’s heart is on the line and she will do whatever it takes to keep Anne in her life.

How far will Anne go to right a wrong? Both women will soon find out, and their lives will never be the same.

ISBN: 9781935216568, ​ Romance, February 2014 

 


Recalculated Murder

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Recalculated Murder
by Kate Sweeney

The 9th installment of the Kate Ryan Mystery series

An old friend of Hannah’s leaves her a cryptic voice mail and sends one thing to her—a GPS. Then he turns up dead. Her logical next step? Naturally—call Kate Ryan for help. So, Kate, Hannah, and Maggie travel to New Orleans to try to find out what exactly happened to Walt “Doc” Jenkins.

From voodoo to hoodoo, from the swampy bayou to the plush Garden District, join Kate Ryan et al as they invade the Big Easy and retrace Doc’s last days to unravel the convoluted mess he left behind.

New Orleans will never be the same.

ISBN: 9781935216551, ​ Mystery, January 2014 

 

 


Moonbeams and Skye

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Moonbeams and Skye
by Kate Sweeney

In the sequel to Winds of Heaven, we find the Kennedy-Bennett family enjoying their first six months of newborn bliss—except when Casey has to change Tara’s diaper for the first time. But her best buddy little Skye comes to the rescue in her own adorable way. Life seems good for Casey, Liz and the girls. It’s like dreaming on a moonbeam, as Skye believes.

Between house hunting and Casey working on the music composition for her new project for military veterans, their life is full. But now they must deal with someone from the past who threatens their happiness.

Casey and Liz realize what it will take to keep their dreams alive and their family together. It will take all of those moonbeams—and Skye.

ISBN: 9781935216537, ​ Romance, October 2013

 


I Love You, Again

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I Love You, Again
by Kate Sweeney

Roz Maguire and Kit Weston. No two people could be more in love or more idiotic. After eighteen years of love, laughter, arguing, and all the rest that life threw at them, they never thought retirement would be the issue that drove them apart.

And now, two years later, Roz and Kit haven’t seen or spoken to each other and Kit’s mother, Helen, has had enough of their stubbornness. And when a meddling ex-mother-in-law has had enough, there’s only one outcome—total and hilarious mayhem.

Through menopause, skydiving, and chasing their youth, Helen Weston has found a way get these two older fools back together. Heaven help everyone involved.

9781935216513, Romance, July 2013

 


One Night in Paris

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One Night in Paris
by Kate Sweeney

Maureen Costello has a new life in America as a partner in Ryan, Costello, and Winfield Investigations.

But before there was Kate Ryan, before Maureen’s old life in Dublin with Rose Clancy ended tragically…

There was Annabel Mitchell and one night in Paris—

ISBN: 9781935216490, Mystery, April 2013

 


Inamorata

 

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Inamorata
by Kate Sweeney

When Michaela Brennan and her brother Sean receive the contract to build a medical clinic in the sleepy village of Los Rios, Panama, everything goes as planned. That is until Michaela propositions a beautiful Panamanian woman, nearly causing an international incident. Michaela painfully realizes she should have taken Spanish in high school. What else could possibly go wrong?

When that Latin beauty turns out to be the respected Dr. Isabella Rivera who will run the clinic, Michaela is about to find out.

E-Book only, Romance, January 2013, Novella-36,000 words

 


It's Not Always Murder

 

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It's Not Always Murder
by Kate Sweeney

The 8th installment of the Kate Ryan Mystery

Things are quiet at Ryan, Costello, and Winfield Investigations. Too quiet. So naturally, Hannah has time to arrange their Chicago neighborhood office; it now looks like a 1940s newsroom, equipped with retro candlestick phones. Kate Ryan can do nothing but watch any control she foolishly thought she had slip away. She tries to concentrate on their first real client, well, clients—a small group who owns businesses down the street from Kate.

Toni O’Hara and Alana Sanders own The Rising Sun Café and recently had a break-in. Roxanne Dubois had a similar problem with her tattoo parlor. Oh, and so had Mrs. and Mrs. Chen, who own the Chinese restaurant. And not to be left out, Marty Vincent, another business owner, had the same vandalism problem. With no sign of a forced entry and nothing missing, the police write it off as a prank, but Toni O’Hara is not so sure. Perhaps it’s the frightening pumpkin left in their shop windows. Someone is definitely terrorizing her and the others.

While Kate wonders how to handle this, Hannah invites everyone to a benefit dinner at the swanky Drake Hotel. It’s Halloween. It’s rainy, it’s foggy, it’s eerie and creepy; a dead body is all they need. But Hannah, ever the adorable optimist, reminds Kate—it’s not always murder.

ISBN: 9781935216469, Romance, eBook only

 


Love in E Flat

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Love in E Flat
by Kate Sweeney

How does a conductor go about finding the perfect orchestra? Well, first he would need a good woodwind and brass section. Enter sportswriter Louisa Preston, or Lou to her friends and colleagues at the Chicago Sentinel. She's full of wind and brass or hot air, depending on who's talking.

Now for the second section of the orchestra, the strings: Agata Karetnikov, world famous cellist from Russia. She's in Chicago for Christmas playing at Orchestra Hall and is Lou's interview. Madam Karetnikov is also in Chicago for another reason, which unfortunately for her, Lou is determined to find out. Someone should tell Lou the Cold War is over.

And finally, the conductor needs the percussion section. With drums banging and cymbals clanging, enter young siblings Ana and Dmitry Maslov. Orphaned refugees, they are alone in the city, their future uncertain.

The orchestra is now set. The lights dim, the audience silent. The conductor raises his baton, and with a wave of his hand, the music starts and life begins—with Love in E Flat.

ISBN: 9781935216469, Romance, eBook only, November 2012

 


Tales For the Holidays

 

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Tales for the Holidays
by Kate Sweeney

Three Stories for the holidays.

Come Away
Caoilainn Dempsey returns to the rugged west of Ireland to find an old love, death and a banshee. What more could you ask for Halloween? Be careful what you ask for and make sure the lights are on, and don’t look in the mirror.

A Healing Time
Chris Hennessy takes the woman she loves, Lydia Spencer to Virginia for Thanksgiving to see Chris’s Aunt Jess whom she hasn’t seen in years. Old wounds come to the surface during the festive weekend. It’s a healing time for all three women as they face their fears and hopes with love and laughter.

The Gift
Rose Quinn wants nothing more than to forget the past and live quietly in her cabin in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. She wants nothing to do with Christmas or celebrating the festive time of year.

Enter Emily Master, who takes a chance of a lifetime and ventures out on her own for the holidays. She hikes the mountain trail and loses her direction, but finds her heart.

E-Book only, Romance, October 2012

 


Second Time Around

 

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Second Time Around
by Kate Sweeney

Shawn Coughlin had writer’s block. Since her breakup with the Using Bitch—as Shawn’s publisher calls her ex—Shawn’s creativity hasn’t been up to par. So when her publisher tells her to go to Ireland for some inspiration, Shawn listens to her and the annoying inner voice and grudgingly agrees. What could it hurt?

Enter redheaded beauty Maura Devlin, who quickly intrigues Shawn. Be careful. You’re a dope for blue eyes. the little voice reminds her. What starts out as a nice quiet retreat for Shawn suddenly turns into a crazy pursuit of love across the Emerald Isle.

E-Book only, Romance, August 2013, Novella

 


Love in E Flat

 

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Stone Walls
by Kate Sweeney

Tyler Cameron was at the top of her skiing game. She had everything—fame, endorsements, and any woman she wanted. All was good until a tragic accident put everything in perspective. Tyler was forced to do some serious soul searching, and she was never forced to do anything.

RN Rachel Whitaker was no stranger to disastrous circumstances. She left England because of them, hoping to hide in obscurity behind the stone wall she had quietly constructed brick by brick, but taking care of the convalescing arrogant skier was not helping.

They annoy each other, help each other, and fight each other on a daily basis and hopefully, find love—before they kill each other.

ISBN: 9781935216407, Romance, eBook only, July 2012

 


Moon Through the Magnolia

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Moon Through the Magnolia
by Kate Sweeney

Cass O’Banion was tired. Tired of donning the judicial robes for more years than she cared to count. Tired of watching the endless stream of humanity parading by her bench. Tired of Chicago politics and tired of wondering what exactly she wanted out of life. Honestly, Cass was just plain tired—she had insomnia. So when her grandmother, Miriam O’Banion, gave her the option of moving to the sleepy town of Sombre Lac in southeastern Louisiana and start up a law practice, Cass jumped at the chance.

She had hoped to forget the last parade of malcontents, in particular Regina “Dev” Devereaux who annoyed Cass to no end for some reason. But that was not to be and as luck would have it Cass was out of luck which thrilled Dev, and thus further annoying Cass. Dev was happy, Miriam was happy. It seemed everyone in Sombre Lac was happy to welcome another O’Banion back to the bayou.

Other than the alligators and insect life the size of a Buick, how different could this bayou town be from Chicago? Cass O’Banion was about the find out, with Dev’s help of course—which was annoying.

ISBN: 9781935216391, Romance, June 2012


Someday I'll Find You

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Someday I'll Find You
by Kate Sweeney

When Rae Jefferson retired from the Navy, all she wanted was a normal life, to leave the clandestine intrigue of naval intelligence behind her, and perhaps someday find love. She knew she had asked for too much after she meets a grad student from Northwestern University one night at a local club. When the police find the young woman in the Chicago River several days later with Rae’s business card in her pocket, it naturally makes Rae a prime suspect—so much for love. Enter Sarah Connelly, a professor at Northwestern University. She lives the “normal life”—teaching with comfortable tenure, and like Rae, hoping someday she’ll find love. She meets the retired naval commander whom she finds very attractive and wonderfully intriguing, and hope springs eternal. Nothing like this ever happens to Professor Connelly. But murder and love? Her brain says, “Run like the wind,” but her heart says something altogether different.

ISBN: 9781935216377, Romance, April 2012

 


Near Myth Murder

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Near Myth Murder
by Kate Sweeney

Kate Ryan tests her sanity when she decides to reopen her private investigation business, which she turned away from nearly six years before. In the midst of this, Kate’s old friend and college roommate Jan Cummings dies while on a hiking trip with her sorority sisters. With unusual circumstances surrounding the accident, it becomes the first case for Ryan, Costello, and Winfield Investigations. Yes, Maggie’s adorable aunt, Hannah Winfield, is a partner—hence the test of Kate’s sanity.

Reluctantly—very reluctantly—Kate travels to her reunion at Hillcrest College, nestled in the peaceful woods of northern Michigan, in hopes of finding out what happened to Jan. The weekend proves to be anything but peaceful for Kate as she unravels the secret of the ivy-covered walls of her alma mater.

The 7th book in the Kate Ryan Mystery

Read an excerpt from A Near Myth Murder.

ISBN: 9781935216346, Mystery/Romance, January 2012

 


Love at Last

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Love at Last
by Kate Sweeney

At forty-nine, Alana Sanders was at the stage where life should be easier. She had put her artistic passion on hold when she married, raised two children, and kept a happy home.

Now that the kids are grown and out of the house, it’s Alana’s time at last. However, she and her husband find themselves faced with a new and sad dilemma—figuring out who the stranger is who sits across the dining room table. The questions and doubt begin when Alana retraces the decisions she has made that brought her to this point.

As her life unravels around her, she meets Toni O’Hara, a Chicago fire inspector. Through her humor and compassion, Toni helps Alana come to terms with her life, her culpability in her failed marriage, and the most wonderful realization of all—love, at last.

ISBN: 9781935216322, Romance, October 2011

 


Before the Dawn

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Before the Dawn
by Kate Sweeney

Sebastian leaves Tatiana’s book in Ireland, safely in the hands of Grayson MacCarthaigh, and the Irish historian, Corky Kerrigan who will translate the ancient Celtic writings. She returns to England and Alex, the woman she loves, who still carries the serum in her veins that will allow Sebastian and other vampires to walk in the light of day.

Their reunion though passionate and loving, is short-lived. What happens next will bring Alex to the limit of her sanity, and resolve.

With her humanity on the line, what lengths will she go for the vampire she loves? And will it be enough or will it all come to an end before the dawn?

Third in the Dawn Series

ISBN: 9781935216292, Speculative, June 2011

 


Paradise

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Paradise
by Kate Sweeney

Genevieve Gastineau is a reporter for a newspaper in a small town in Wyoming. With its circulation dwindling, Genevieve is desperate for a good story. When she hears about a reclusive mountain woman, she realizes her chance.

Graham Sheridan needs her seclusion for a multitude of reasons, none of which she wants to impart on the intrusive, tenacious reporter.

Was it fate that bought them together or something otherworldly?

ISBN: 9781935216278e, Romance, eBook only, April 2011

 


What Happened in Malinmore

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What Happened in Malinmore
by Kate Sweeney

Kate Ryan has no idea who Maureen Costello is or why she flew all the way from Ireland to confront Kate about the death of Maureen’s lover, Dr. Rose Clancy—someone else Kate doesn’t know.

Suddenly, Kate, Maggie, and an exuberant Aunt Hannah are flying across the Atlantic back to Ireland with the irritating and hot-tempered Irish police inspector to answer a couple of questions: Was Dr. Clancy’s tumble down the stairs an accident, and why did she have a note clutched in her hand with Kate Ryan’s name on it?

Once agin, Kate Ryan is tossed into a convoluted mess as she tries to figure out just what happened in Malinmore.

5th in the Kate Ryan Mysteries series

ISBN: 9781935216247, Mystery, January 2011

 


Liars Moon

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Liar's Moon
by Kate Sweeney

In the sequel to Residual Moon, Grayson MacCarthaigh stays in Ireland, struggling with her destiny as the true descendant chosen to protect the ancient power of the fabled Tuatha De Danann. Her logical world is now replaced with Celtic legends and myths, goddesses, and immortals.

As Grayson comes to grips with all this, someone or something is doing his or her best to see that she fails in her role of protector of the ancients. Is it her new archenemy, Phelan Tynan the ancient wizard, or Elinora, the beautiful but enigmatic immortal sent to help Grayson? And what of Sister Gabriel, the cloistered nun who suddenly appears at the abbey?

Grayson soon realizes everyone has something to hide. Mendacity runs amok at St. Brigid’s Monastery, but all will be revealed under the Liar’s Moon.

ISBN: 9781935216193, Speculative, October 2010

 


Sea of Grass

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Sea of Grass
by Kate Sweeney

Professor Tess Rawlins spent the last twelve years teaching agriculture in California, away from Montana and her heart. When she’s called back to the sprawling Double R cattle ranch and her ailing father, Tess is thrown back into the world she had nearly forgotten since the death of her brother two years earlier.

Unsettling memories boil to the surface for Tess, and her only pleasant distraction is the new cook Claire Redman and her son Jack. However, there is more facing Professor Rawlins than dealing with the memory of her brother or her attraction to Claire. Tess must figure a way to save the Rawlins’s five thousand acres of rich grassland. It has thrived for five generations, when her great-grandfather started the dynasty in the 1880s; now she may lose it all to an unscrupulous land developer.

Set in the foothills of the Bitterroots, Tess and Claire find themselves in the fight of their lives—for love and the sea of grass.

ISBN: 9781935216155, Romance, May 2010

 


Of Course It's Murder

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Of Course It's Murder
by Kate Sweeney

Kate Ryan is sent to New England on a photo assignment. Seems her editor's ex-cousin, the hapless flamboyant Simon Merriweather needs photos of his new Inn for the local travel guide. It was to be a nice quiet week of reflection for Kate. What could go wrong?

Enter Kit Parker, Emily Masterson and Rebecca Townsend. Newport, Rhode Island's old, very old money... The irresistibly delightful elderly friends of Simon arrive for the grand opening. All hell breaks loose one stormy night and what happens?

Of course... It's murder!

Book five in the Kate Ryan Series

ISBN: 9781935216117, Mystery, January 2010

 


Winds of Heaven

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Winds of Heaven
by Kate Sweeney

After the untimely death of a former lover, Casey Bennet receives a letter from Julie’s lawyer, begging Casey to help Julie’s partner, Liz Kennedy, and their adorable, yet precocious three-year old, Skye, who are now alone.

An avowed bachelorette, Casey has no idea what’s in store when she grudgingly agrees to help Liz, who, by the way, is also pregnant and due in four months.

Casey, Liz, and little Skye find themselves in for a hilarious, tender ride that will change their lives forever.

ISBN: 9781935216063, Romance, October 2009, currently only available in eBook format

 


Survive the Dawn

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Survive the Dawn
by Kate Sweeney

With the serum now in her bloodstream, Dr. Alex Taylor must find a suitable laboratory to continue her work to help the woman—well, vampire—she loves, Sebastian. Together they travel to Devon, England, where Sebastian hoped her, old friend, the flamboyant vamp Gaylen Prescott will assist them. All the while, they try to keep one step ahead of Nicholae, the elder in the hierarchy, who wants Sebastian destroyed.

They find themselves deep in the catacombs of Guys Hospital in London and to Kendra, a sultry vamp who knew Sebastian quite well a century before, too well for Alex. Kendra is conducting similar experiments of her own.

Alex becomes a reluctant comrade to this sexy vampire, and together they find a way for Sebastian and her world to survive the dawn.

Third in the Dawn Series

ISBN: 9781935216049, Romance/Speculative, July 2009

 


Who'll Be Dead For Christmas

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Who'll Be Dead for Christmas
by Kate Sweeney

A week before Christmas, Kate Ryan moves back into her old neighborhood on the North side of Chicago. Back where she started and ended her P.I. business. Kate purchases a renovated brownstone and she gets it for a song. When Kate finds out that the former tenant, a scientist, was murdered in the kitchen, she understands why she got it so cheap.

Is it a coincidence the dead doctor worked at University Hospital with Maggie? When Kate accidentally discovers a journal from the murdered scientist in the brick wall of her fireplace, she realizes it is not.

All of the sudden, scientists are dropping like flies. Something very dark and dangerous is happening at University Hospital. Kate now fears for Maggie's safety all the while wondering who’ll be dead for Christmas?

Book four in the Kate Ryan Series

ISBN: 9781935216001, Mystery/Romance, January 2009

 


The O'Malley Legacy

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The O'Malley Legacy
by Kate Sweeney

Travel through history with the O’Malley women—from the 14th century and Brigid O’Malley, the Irish Barbarian, to the 1820s and sail the Jamaica Winds with Quinlan Stoddard, and finally to Shawn Riordan, fighting for her love and country during the weeks before the invasion of Normandy in Twilight’s Own. Though vastly different in time and generations, the fiercely loyal, independent blood that courses through their veins connects these women. Each a warrior in her own right, three women struggle to find their rightful place in the world in which they live. Strengthened by the spirit of all the O’Malley women who walked the earth before them, they battle tenaciously for family; they fight passionately for love—they are the O’Malley.

ISBN: 9781933113951, Romance, August 2008

 


Residual Moon

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Residual Moon
by Kate Sweeney

Two young women are found dead on the Chicago lakefront in as many weeks, each murdered in the same fashion. Detective Sergeant Grayson MacCarthaigh is at her wit’s end trying to solve the grisly mess before the murderer claims another victim.

Her only common thread is Dr. Neala Rourke, the curator of the famous National Museum in Dublin, Ireland. She is in Chicago with her archaeological exhibit at the Field Museum, which suspiciously coincides with the two murders.

With a strange and eerie turn of events, things start unraveling. Grayson now is compelled to return to her birthplace and follows Dr. Rourke back to Ireland where ancient Celtic beliefs and mythology are thrown into the mix, turning the detective’s logical world upside-down.

However, one fact remains for the determined Detective MacCarthaigh: Someone killed those two women and whether real or mythological—he or she will kill again.

Second in the Dawn Series

ISBN: 9781933113944, Speculative, May 20008

 


The Trouble with Murder

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Trouble with Murder
by Kate Sweeney

After a three week photo assignment chasing wild mustangs in the heat of South Dakota, Kate Ryan wants nothing more than a quiet week at her log cabin in the woods. She decides to make it a 'girls only' week and invites her sister Teri, dear Aunt Hannah - and Maggie.

Kate's nice quiet week turns out to be anything but nice and quiet. Maggie ends up bringing a friend along, causing Kate to grow even more reluctant to acknowledge any feelings she might have for her. But Kate finds a champion in Aunt Hannah, who is determined to see her cynical niece and the elusive Kate together at last.

Then something quite troublesome begins to happen on the lake. A violent storm soon leaves them isolated and a body washes up on the beach. Kate finds there are too many suspects an no way out - but that's just the trouble with murder...

Book three in the Kate Ryan Series

ISBN: 9781933113852, Mystery/Romance, January 2008

 


Away From the Dawn

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Away From the Dawn
by Kate Sweeney

Haunted by her immortality, Sebastian wandered Europe for five centuries in search of her lost humanity. Her quest – to find a way to live among the mortals. The search seemed futile, until she meets the brilliant, Dr. Alex Taylor. Sebastian reluctantly joins forces with this woman, this mortal who could be her savior.

Sebastian’s quest now causes an upheaval in the hierarchy, and the vampire community is in jeopardy for the first time in over a thousand years. Ancient ways are challenged, and the battle for supremacy among the hierarchy begins.

Enter Leigh, Sebastian’s lover and companion through the centuries. Will she be Sebastian’s comrade or nemesis?

Will Leigh aide Sebastian in her quest, or hold Sebastian away from the dawn.

First in the Dawn Series

ISBN: 9781933113814, Romance/Speculative, May 2007

 


A Nice Clean Murder

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A Nice Clean Murder
by Kate Sweeney

A Nice Clean Murder, the second in the Kate Ryan Mysteries series, finds Kate’s brother-in-law, Mac, heir to a small family estate in the wild west of Ireland, bequeathed to him by an uncle he barely knew. Kate finds this a little suspicious, but as her family, she too is excited about Mac’s inheritance.

When a young Irishman collapses on Kate’s doorstep, her suspicions are justified. She is now sure that Mac’s Uncle Brian did not “accidentally fall off the cliff,” as reported. And she agrees to accompany Mac and her sister Teri, on their trip across the Atlantic.

It’s good timing, too. Things between Kate and Dr. Maggie Winfield are a little tense—it seems the elusive Kate is still chasing her demons.

Join Kate Ryan and her family on a historic, merry romp of murder and betrayal along the romantic, rugged coast of the Emerald Isle.

ISBN: 9781933113784, Mystery, January 2007

 


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She Waits
by Kate Sweeney

Kate Ryan is a middle-aged, accident prone, ex-private investigator. Emphasis on 'ex' as she and her partner gave up their profession after their last case nearly cost both of them, their lives. They wisely decided to limp away with whatever dignity and body parts they had left. Unfortunately, Kate will forever carry the scar to remind her of her folly that nearly took her life and plagues her heart and soul. Vowing never again to let her emotions rule her reason, Kate decides to go back to her first love, free-lance photography. For the next few years, she exists alone in - "My emotionally detached loop," as Kate proudly calls it. Then all hell breaks loose and Kate drops a loop.

Enter young Dr. Maggie Winfield and her adorable Aunt Martha. Kate literally stumbles into their lives one autumn morning and becomes an unwitting participant in their tangled web. Clues unravel in their small little hamlet and old secrets are sadly revealed. Kate's long forgotten instincts now compel her to untangle this web of deceit. In the midst of all this murder and mayhem, the detached photographer finds herself in a position she never thought she would be in again. It seems the feisty Dr. Winfield is having an unexpected, yet pleasant effect on her. The elusive Kate combines forces with the sarcastic Maggie, as they become the nucleus for this ongoing series.

Book One of the Kate Ryan Series

ISBN: 9781933113401, Mystery, May 2006

 


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