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Monday, April 8, 2019

Kay DiBianca and Free Books!

When young Kathryn Frasier finds a mysterious gold watch on a fencepost, she is plunged into a labyrinth of puzzling clues, resulting in a quest to prove her parents’ recent deaths were not an accident.

Before we meet today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the free copy of The Janus Journals, by H.L. Wegley, is subscriber:


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And now let's chat with novelist Kay DiBianca, author of the romantic mystery, The Watch on the Fencepost (CrossLink Publishing, February 2019).

Kay DiBianca holds an MS degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in the IT departments of several major corporations, including IBM, International Paper, and FedEx.

An avid runner, Kay can often be found at a nearby track, on the treadmill, or at a large park near her home. She's completed four marathons, fifteen or so half-marathons, and an unknown number of shorter races. Her idea of high fashion is a new pair of Sauconys.

Kay and her husband, Frank, are retired and live in Memphis, Tennessee. They are US representatives of Bridges for Peace, an international Christian organization, whose mission is to serve the people of Israel.

Kay’s first novel, The Watch on the Fencepost, received the 2019 Illumination Awards Bronze Medal for General Fiction.

Please tell us one random thing we might not know about you.

I met my husband at a horse barn. (We think that’s the reason we have such a stable marriage. )

And maybe because you have a mutual love for puns, lol.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Watch on the Fencepost.
In a deserted park on a cold winter day, 27-year-old Kathryn Frasier is training for a marathon when she discovers a gold watch on a fencepost. Sensing that it was deliberately left for her to find, she sets out to solve the mystery behind the watch. 

But her orderly life is turned upside-down when it leads her to a dark family secret and a suspicion that her parents' recent deaths may not have been an accident. Thrown into the hunt for a possible killer, Kathryn peels back layer after layer of cryptic clues, and encounters an extraordinary cast of characters, including an actress with a talent for disguises, a politician with a secret of his own, and a handsome businessman who shows a sudden romantic interest in Kathryn.

But is the search for truth worth risking her own life?

What is it about Kathryn Frasier that will make your readers care about her?

Many 21st century heroines are alpha females, wielding some serious weaponry while combating the evil enemy. Kathryn Frasier is not one of those. She’s a quiet, intelligent, somewhat nerdy young software developer. However, when presented with a suspicion that her parents’ recent deaths were not accidental as had been reported, all her problem-solving skills kick in, and she is transformed into a tenacious, determined sleuth.

Along the way, she develops a surprising relationship with Phil Warren, a handsome businessman with whom she has had a history of miscommunication.

Please share with us a quote about writing that you find inspiring.

“A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.” — Richard Bach

What is the last novel you read that you would recommend?

I recently read
Christy by Catherine Marshall. Even though it was written in the 60’s and is very famous, I had never read it. I was fascinated with the description of the Appalachian highlanders and the young woman who chose to leave a comfortable home to work among them. Christy’s challenges and triumphs in 1912 are as relevant today as they were then, and they can serve as a guidebook for any young woman leaving home to find her way in the world.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a sequel to The Watch on the Fencepost. The new book is titled Dead Man’s Watch where Kathryn will be thrown into another puzzle dilemma.

Where else can readers find you online?

My website is www.kaydibianca.com. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. People who sign up for my newsletter on www.kaydibianca.com will automatically be entered into my puzzle contests. The prize for the first contest was a $100 Amazon gift card and was awarded in January 2019 to the first person who solved my puzzle. I plan on doing a contest every quarter.

The book can be purchased online via the following button:

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

What is your favorite mystery novel or movie of all time? Why?

Trish, I want to thank you for the opportunity to appear on your blog. Your questions were great. I’ll be heading off to the Mt. Hermon Writers Conference soon. If any of your readers will be there, please look me up!

Thank you, Kay, for visiting and telling us about yourself and your book. Readers, Kay has offered to give away a free copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment and your email below in answer to Kay's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Remember that U.S. subscribers are entered an additional time in each drawing. The drawing is done by email, so leave your email address, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com. 

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Kay DiBianca said...

Trish, Thank you for posting the information about my book. I look forward to hearing from your readers. --Kay

Alicia Haney said...

This is so interesting , your book sounds awesome and the cover is really nice, I wold have to say that the movie "To Kill a Mocking Bird" is one of my favorite movies. God Bless you.

Kay DiBianca said...

Alicia, thanks for your comment. "To Kill a Mocking Bird" is one of my favorites, too.

I hope you have an opportunity to read my book and hope you like it.

Blessings to you,


Trish Perry said...

Good choice, Alicia. That was also a fantastic book--one of the first novels that moved me, as a young reader!

Readers, be sure to include your [fractured] email address as shown, because the random drawing selector uses emails (and that's how I alert the book winner).

Anonymous said...

Fatal Vision a true account of Jeffrey MacDonald and the murder of his family has always intrigued me and it was even made into a movie.
Your book also sounds intriguing! Glad you have a “stable” marriage, haha love it!!
Gail H

Kay DiBianca said...

Gail, thanks for stopping by and suggesting "Fatal Vision." I haven't read it, but just checked it out on Amazon, and it sounds amazing.

Hope you have a chance to read "The Watch on the Fencepost" and let me know what you think.

Best regards,


Anonymous said...

If Trish Perry recommends you, good enough for me. Would love to win a book. jrs0350 @ yahoo .com

Kay DiBianca said...

Wonderful, jrs0350. Good luck in the contest!

Melanie Backus said...

I am intrigued by your book! Fatal Vision is an unbelievable story! It is hard to imagine the terrible acts committed to a mother and her children. It was a well written book and I watched the made for TV movie as well.
mauback55 at gmail dot com

Kay DiBianca said...

Melanie, Thanks for the comment and another recommendation for "Fatal Vision." I hope you find "The Watch on the Fencepost" as compelling!

Best regards,


Caryl Kane said...

Hello Trish and Kay! I enjoyed watching the BBC Sherlock Holmes series.

The Watch on the Fencepost sounds like a must read.


Kay DiBianca said...

Caryl, Thanks for the recommendation of the Sherlock Holmes series. I haven't watched it yet, but I'll put it on the list.

Good luck in the contest!


Trish Perry said...

Caryl, if you're talking about the Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock, I'm right there with you on that! Such an entertaining, clever show. Good writing!



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