It’s my pleasure to welcome back Cathy Perkins who blends financial-based mystery plots with delving into the relationship-aspect of her characters’ lives. Her suspense writing lurks behind a financial day-job, where she learned firsthand the camouflage, hide in plain sight, skills employed by villains. Today, Cathy is here to help us kick off summer with a look at her current home state, Washington, the setting of For Love or Money, her new release from Entangled Publishing. (See below for the cover and info on the book!) Take it away, Cathy!
Washington’s Split Personality
The first week of June kicks off the summer season. School’s out and vacations are in, especially if you have a family. Since we love to travel, we take short trips throughout the year, but summer always brings the bigger trips. A longer stay gives us time to get a “feel” for a different area, to see different ways of doing things. Washington state was our destination one summer. Over the next two weeks, we caught many of the prime tourist spots—the Space Needle, Aquarium, Pike’s Market; the San Juans and Desolation Gap; Mount Rainer and Mt. St. Helens. Nestled between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains, the area is every bit as green and lush as advertised.
Several years later, we discovered there’s also the rest of the state.
Due to my husband’s job, we spend a lot of time east of the Cascades, where the terrain is high desert. Yes, you read that correctly. Think sage brush, tumbleweeds, endless blue sky and bright sunshine. Sorta like Texas, but with lots of rounded, treeless hills. The raging Snake (remember the Oregon Trail game? Don’t float the Snake in your covered wagon.), mighty Columbia and meandering Yakima rivers converge on the Eastside. The stark black rocks contrast with all that water. Due to the magic of irrigation and a perfect growing season, the Eastside is also home to orchards, vineyards and world-class wineries. Not what you think of as Washington state, right?
Other than a shared love of wine and coffee, the two parts of the state also differ wildly in social outlook, with the Eastside typically more conservative than the Westside. In For Love or Money, that conservative attitude is part of Holly Price’s struggle with her return to her hometown—really, it’s only a temporary move. After her father’s mid-life brain-fart, Holly takes a leave of absence from her fast-paced position with the Seattle-based Mergers and Acquisition Group. She agrees to build up the family’s accounting practice, staging it for sale. While even the staff aren’t supposed to know her goal, the real reason she’s back is more basic. Without Holly’s CPA license, her mother would have to close the doors of the business.
At first, Holly’s doing the job, bringing in new business, but secretly counting the days until she can get back to Seattle. As the months go by, she realizes there are people and attitudes to admire in the smaller town. But halfway through a murder investigation, dealing with her ex-fiance and other issues from her past, she’s back at the same cross-road she faced during college. She’s older, but is she any wiser?
Career, family… or a chance for life with a man who turns her on physically as well as mentally…
Of course, there is that prime suspect detail…
What about you? Have you ever vacationed in a place you later lived? Ended up somewhere you swore you’d never live? Or had to choose between head and heart?
For Love or Money
When Holly Price trips over a friend’s dead body, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. With an infinitely sexy cop—Holly’s pissed-off, jilted ex-fiancé—threatening to arrest her for the murder, the intrepid forensic accountant must protect her future, her business…and her heart…by using her considerable investigative skills to follow the money before the killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass…and the next dead body is Holly’s.
Learn more at Cathy’s website.