I don't know if you realize it or not, but we are surrounded by amazing authors here in Kitsap County, and it was my pleasure to discover a new name on the scene -- Kate Breslin. The author Kate is a Florida girl who migrated to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She lives with her husband, John, and a very spoiled cat named Coco. Kate has written several travel articles, published award-winning poetry, and her first manuscript, a Scottish historical romance, was a finalist in RWA’s Golden Heart Contest. These days, when she’s not writing inspirational fiction, she’s reading books, watching anything Jane Austen on BBC, or following her husband’s musical career as his #1 fan. Kate’s also a traveler, teaming up with her intrepid mom to visit exotic locales like
Paris, Munich, Rome, Pompeii, Athens, even a day trip to Turkey. She’s always looking for the next story idea! Maybe she'll even find one in downtown Bremerton!
The books For Such a Time (2014) In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric’s secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz. Thus begins Stella's story, told in line with the biblical tale of Esther. As her employer shows signs of hope and compassion, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp, and battles a growing attraction to the man she should despise. Yet, as they both struggle with physical and mental demons, they are brought to the point of ultimate sacrifice. I'm reading this now and I just want to lock myself away in order to finish it! The story of Stella and Aric is fierce and real and full of emotion. Set amidst a horrifying and detailed backdrop, the tale remains intimate and heartfelt. It is no wonder that this book was nominated by the Romance Writer's of America for the best first book and best inspirational romance for 2015. When I finish this I'm moving right into her latest book that came out this month.
Not By Sight (August 2015) With Britain caught up in WWI, Jack Benningham, heir to the Earl of Stonebrooke, has declared himself a conscientious objector. Instead, he secretly works for the Crown by tracking down German spies on British soil, his wild reputation and society status serving as a foolproof cover. Blinded by patriotism and concern for her brother on the front lines, wealthy suffragette Grace Mabry will do whatever it takes to assist her country’s cause. When she sneaks into a posh London masquerade ball to hand out white feathers of cowardice, she never imagines the chain of events she’ll set off when she hands a feather to Jack. And neither of them could anticipate the extent of the danger and betrayal that follows them–or the faith they’ll need to maintain hope. The connection Kitsap County is so lucky to be blessed with great authors who love libraries! Kate says: “Kitsap County booksellers and libraries are the best! Both have been so incredibly supportive of our local authors and especially with my own novels, For Such A Time and Not By Sight.” Kate also loves book groups! She's happy to make a personal visit, connect via Skype, or take part in an email discussion of her novels. For more information please visit Kate's website: katebreslin.com.