Hey guys! It’s my book birthday and I’ll blog if I want to. Thanks, Leandra, for hosting me. (Leandra, as we all know, is a good soul who never fails to amaze me in her generosity for her fellow authors.)
Today Dead and Breakfast is released. A Kindle Scout winner, D&B is also my second full-length novel. My career is sort of all over the place. My first book was published by a small press. I self-published a sequel novella. And now Kindle Press, Amazon’s crowd-sourced imprint, is publishing Dead and Breakfast. If you’re interested in Kindle Scout, I wrote a post about it here. Anyhoo, it’s not easy being an author. Even with Amazon’s backing, there’s no guarantee D&B is going sell gangbusters. YA is a tough market for indies as teens, as tech savvy as they are, prefer physical books to ebooks. Luckily, Dead and Breakfast has crossover appeal to mystery-loving adults. Woohoo!
Set in Key West, Florida (one of the ten most haunted cities in America), the book was inspired by a vacation my husband and I took over four years ago. Key West is really an unusual island. It has pastel-colored Victorian houses with intricate lattice work, double balconies, and turrets. Feral roosters who are protected by the local government roam the streets. Hemingway’s six-toed cats have procreated in abundance. Key West City Cemetery is a striking metaphor for the island as it’s both creepy and whimsical. Epitaphs read, “I told you I was sick.” Scooters are the preferred form of transportation, followed by bicycles, and one’s feet. The humidity is so thick and oppressive, it’s practically corporeal. And every October, people flock to the island for Fantasy Fest, a ten-day bacchanalian party where clothing is very optional.
If you ever get a chance to visit, take it. It’s unlike any other part of Florida. Or the country, for that matter. In the spirit of my book’s release (pun intended), I wanted to share some photos of that trip. I hope you enjoy them.
Fort Zachary -- my husband enjoyed the military history
Mallory Square during the Sunset Celebration
Key West City Cemetery
Beautiful Victorian architecture
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Dead and Breakfast
Available on Amazon
Murder and mayhem in a haunted Key West Hotel!
Despite living in Key West his whole life, 18-year-old Liam Breyer is a skeptic of the supernatural until a vengeful spirit, murdered fifty years ago, nearly drowns him in a swimming pool. Luckily help arrives in the form of pretty — albeit homesick — ghost whisperer Autumn Abernathy, whose newly-divorced mom has dragged her to the island to live and work at the Cayo Hueso, a haunted bed and breakfast.
Although they initially mistrust each other, Autumn and Liam team up to solve the decades-old mystery. But on an island where every third resident is a ghost, dealing with an unstable spirit has deadly consequences. If Liam and Autumn don’t unmask the killer soon, they’re likely to become Key West’s latest haunted attraction.
Kimberly G. Giarratano, a forever Jersey girl, now lives in the woods of northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and small children. A former teacher and YA librarian, Kimberly adores Etsy, Jon Stewart, The Afghan Whigs, ’90s nostalgia, and (of course) everything YA. She also speaks Spanish, but is woefully out of practice.
Kimberly always dreamed of being a published author. Her other dream is to live in Key West, Florida where she can write in a small studio, just like Hemingway.