Got a chance to catch up with the amazing Kris Bock recently and our conversation is below.
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Kris also writes a series with her brother, scriptwriter Douglas J Eboch, who wrote the original screenplay for the movie Sweet Home Alabama. The Felony Melanie series follows the crazy antics of Melanie, Jake, and their friends a decade before the events of the movie. Sign up for the romantic comedy newsletter to get a short story preview, or find the books at all E-book retailers.
Enjoy my conversation with Kris:
This is book 5 in the series. Do people have to read them in order?
Each book stands alone as a mystery, but I hope readers will enjoy getting to know the characters in the earlier books. In particular, Kate’s relationship with her sister shifts in the first two books. So people can certainly start with book 5 but I hope they’ll want to go back and read the others as well!
What’s different about book 5?
The series starts when Kate is forced to give up her career as an international war correspondent and move back to her childhood home in Arizona. The first three books stay in that community, a fictional town within the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. Book 4, Someone Missing from Malapais Mountain, includes some search and rescue in the nearby desert. Someone Murderous at The Midnight Motel sees them staying at a motel, and book 6, Someone Rotten Riding the Rails, will send them on the Grand Canyon Scenic Railway, so Kate is expanding her domain in these books.
What else do you have coming up?
The fifth and last of my Accidental Billionaire Cowboys series, The Billionaire Cowgirl’s Christmas, comes out November 7. In this series, a Texas ranching family wins a billion-dollar lottery. They have to stay and fend off envious friends, scammers, and fortune hunters. Can they build new dreams and find love amidst the chaos? This final book features Ava, the mother of the four brothers in the first four books. I loved giving her a new romance at age 59.
Right now I’m working on book 7 in the Furrever Friends cat cafe sweet romance series. It will be Pride and Prejudice at the Cat Café, and you can probably guess what inspired the story.
I’m not sure if my brother and I will write anymore in the Felony Melanie: Sweet Home Alabama romantic comedy novels. We had a lot of fun writing the first three rom-com books, and we have ideas for more, but it will depend on the sales.
Do you prefer writing mystery or romance?
I really love writing both! Mystery is more challenging because of the trickier plotting, so it’s nice to alternate mystery and romance. I get the fun of plotting twisty mysteries and then get to relax a bit with fluffy, heartwarming romance stories.
Someone Murderous at The Midnight Motel: The Accidental Detective Book 5
Former war correspondent Kate Tessler now dabbles in detective work in her Arizona hometown. She and her sister, Jen, need to take any job offered if they want to become true PIs. When Jen’s college friend asks them to investigate suspicious activity at a motel he inherited, it sounds like a free vacation with a little surveillance thrown in.
But when Kate’s hot flashes wake her in the middle of the night, she wanders outside to cool off and stumbles into a crime scene. Soon they’re caught up in their toughest—and most dangerous—case yet. Kate and Jen can’t trust anyone at the motel or the local police force they suspect of corruption. Good thing they have their eclectic senior sidekicks to share the undercover work.
The lies pile up, the suspects multiply, and the motel is hiding more secrets than they ever imagined. When they finally break the case, Kate needs to ensure she and Jen aren’t collateral damage.