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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

 

Current Works

 

She Waits

Book One: Kate Ryan Series

by Kate Sweeney

 

ISBN: 978-1-933113-40-5

Price: $16.95

Release Date: April 2006

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Winner of the 2007 GCLS Literary Award for Debut Author

 

 

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.

 


 

A Nice Clean Murder

Book Two: Kate Ryan Series

by Kate Sweeney

ISBN: 978-1-933113-78-4

Price: $16.95

Release Date: December 2006

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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. So, she agrees to accompany Mac and Teri on their trip across the Atlantic.

 

It’s good timing too, since 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.

 

 

 

Away From The Dawn

by Kate Sweeney

ISBN: 978-1-933113-81-4

Price: $16.95

Release Date: August 2007

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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.

 

 

The Trouble With Murder

Book Three: Kate Ryan Series

By Kate Sweeney

ISBN: 978-1-933113-85-2

Price: $16.95

Release Date: January 2008

2008 Golden Crown Award Winner - Mystery

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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 it should be "girls only" and invites her sister Teri, Aunt Hannah, and Maggie.

Her nice quiet week turns out to be anything but. The trouble is, Maggie brings a friend along, and Kate is more reluctant to acknowledge any feelings she might have for Maggie. However, Kate finds a champion in Aunt Hannah, who is determined to see her sarcastic niece and the elusive Kate together at last.

Yet, something more troublesome is happening on the lake: a violent storm that leaves them isolated; a body washes up on the beach; too many suspects and no way out - that's the trouble with murder.

 

 

Residual Moon

by Kate Sweeney

ISBN: 978-1-933113-94-4

Price: $16.95

Release Date: May 2008

2008 Golden Crown Award Winner - Speculative

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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.


The O'Malley Legacy

by Kate Sweeney

ISBN: 978-1-933113-95-1

Price: $16.95

Release Date: August 2008

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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.


Who'll be Dead for ChristmasWho'll be Dead for Christmas
Book Four in the Kate Ryan Series

by Kate Sweeney

ISBN: 978-1-935216-00-1

Price: $16.95

Release Date January 2009

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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?


Survive the DawnSurvive the Dawn
by Kate Sweeney
ISBN:
978-1-935216-04-9
Price: $16.95
Release Date July 2009
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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 hopes her old, 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.

 

Winds of Heaven
Winds of Heaven

by Kate Sweeney
ISBN:
978-1-935216-06-3
Price: $16.95
Release Date September 2009
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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.

 

 

Of Course It's MurderOf Course It's Murder

Book Five: Kate Ryan Series

By Kate Sweeney

ISBN: 978-1-935216-11-7

Price: $16.95

Release Date: January 2010

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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!

 

 


Sea of Grass

Sea Of Grass

by Kate Sweeney

ISBN: 978-1-935216-15-5

Price $16.95

Release Date May 2010

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.

 

Liar's MoonLiar's Moon
by Kate Sweeney

ISBN: 978-1-935216-19-3
Price: $16.95
Release Date: October 2010



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.

 

Cover Malinmore

What Happened In Malinmore
by Kate Sweeney
ISBN: 978-1-935216-24-7
Price: $16.95
Release Date: January 2011

 

 

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

 

Paradise

Paradise
by Kate Sweeney
ISBN: 978-1-935216-27-8
Price: $16.95
Release Date: April 2011 Ebook Only

 

 

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?

 

Before The DawnBefore The Dawn
by Kate Sweeney
ISBN: 978-1-935216-29-2
Price: $16.95
Release Date: June 2011

 

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?

 

 

Love At Last

Love At Last
by Kate Sweeney
ISBN: 978-1-935216-32-2
Price: $16.95
Release Date:  October 2011

 

 

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.

            
A Near Myth Murder

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A Near Myth Murder
by Kate Sweeney
ISBN: 978-1-935216-34-6
Price $ 15.95
Mystery

The 7th book in the Kate Ryan Mystery

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.

 

Someday I'll Find You

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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.