A Day in the Life with Rowena Flowers by Kay Finch

Black Cat CrossingMy name is Rowena Flowers, and I own the Around the World Cottages in Lavender, Texas. I named each cottage for a city I visited abroad – the Paris cottage, the Barcelona cottage, the Madrid cottage, you get the idea. I make a good living renting out my cottages to Texas Hill Country vacationers, but I’m more than happy for my niece Sabrina Tate to live in one of them full-time. See, Sabrina’s been living in Houston and working at a law firm, but she’s a country girl and a writer at heart. What better place for an aspiring mystery author to create stories than sitting in the lovely Monte Carlo cottage with the sparkling Glidden River right outside her door?

Sabrina’s excited about her new feline friend, and she claims the suspense in her writing has improved with him around so she named him Hitchcock. Too bad not everyone in town believes the cat’s a good-luck charm. Some call him the Bad Luck Cat, which is a bunch of legendary hooey from back in the day. Sabrina’s doing her best to set the superstitious townspeople straight and prove Hitchcock is simply a Black Cat Imageloveable cat.

Charming as our town might be, everything is not wine and roses here in Lavender. You know how there are some people in life who just need a good swat upside the head every now and then? My no-good cousin Bobby Joe Flowers is one of those people. I wasn’t happy when he popped in for a surprise visit, but how was I to know he’d go and get himself killed the same day I walloped him with one of my crutches? Now, instead of asking me to dinner like he usually does, the sheriff is asking me about alibis and such.

So now Sabrina’s busy trying to solve a real-life murder to keep me, her dear Aunt Rowe, from being locked up for the crime. And it turns out Hitchcock the cat is not only a good-luck writer’s charm – he’s a master of sleuthing, too. With their help, I should have nothing to worry about.


You can read more about Aunt Rowe in Black Cat Crossing, the first book in the NEW “Bad Luck Cat” mystery series, published by Berkley Prime Crime.

About Black Cat Crossing

Sabrina has never been the superstitious type. Still, when she moves to Lavender, Texas, to write her first novel and help her Aunt Rowe manage her vacation rental business, Sabrina can’t avoid listening to the rumors that a local black cat is a jinx—especially after the stray in question leads her directly to the scene of a murder.

The deceased turns out to be none other than her Aunt Rowe’s awful cousin Bobby Joe Flowers, a known cheat and womanizer who had no shortage of enemies. The only problem is that Aunt Rowe and Bobby Joe had quarreled just before the cousin turned up dead, leaving Rowe at the top of the long list of suspects. Now it’s up to Sabrina to clear her aunt’s name. Luckily for her, she’s got a new sidekick, Hitchcock the Bad Luck Cat, to help her sniff out clues and stalk a killer before Aunt Rowe winds up the victim of even more misfortune. . .

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About the Author
Kay Finch grew up on a Pennsylvania farm, but after moving to Texas she discovered her favorite vacation spot, the Texas Hill Country, setting of her Bad Luck Cat mystery series. Book one of the series, Black Cat Crossing, will be released in September 2015. Kay lives with her husband, a rescue cat, and two wild and crazy rescue dogs in a Houston suburb. Visit kayfinch.com.

56 responses to “A Day in the Life with Rowena Flowers by Kay Finch

  1. Pamela Woodfield

    I absolutely love Aunt Rowe’s Southern wit! I’ve been looking forward to this book. Hitchcock is a good name for a black cat. They are so beautiful & I don’t see how anyone could think they were bad luck. Mine was anything but. I can’t wait to read this.
    bpwoodfield@gmail.com

  2. Jeanie Dannheim

    This sounds like a great tale! I like the idea of the cottages being namrd after cities visited, and tge black cat muse.

  3. Barbara Landrum

    Sounds like an interesting book.

  4. I am feeding a skittish black cat. Pet sitting another black cat who has gone into hiding in their home. Food is gone and litter box used, so it is there somewhere.

  5. Black Cat Crossing sounds like a great book (and the first in the series)! Black cats are so pretty. Thank you for the giveaway.
    myrifraf(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Sounds like a great new series. Will be checking it out. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Great post. Thanks for the chance to win. I can’t wait to start this new series.

  8. I’ve been patiently waiting for this one to come out. Would love to win it.
    Lauigl [at] carolina [dot] rr [dot] com

  9. I think black cats are gorgeous and am a proud owner of a tuxedo rescue, so I consider them good luck. Looking forward to reading about Hitchcock. Thanks for the giveaway. Kuzlin at AOL dot com.

  10. Been wanting to read this new series since I saw the book back 2-3 months ago for pre-order on Amazon. I love black cats but then again I love cats. Love to read more about Sabrina, Aunt Rowe and cute little Hitchcock. Thank you for the chance.

  11. This sounds super fun!

  12. I love that the cat’s name is Hitchcock! What a great night nod to the master of suspense and mystery. I cannot wait to get my paws on this book. Congratulations on your release!

  13. Sounds like a great new series. Thank you for the chance to win.

  14. I have been looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance

  15. I am originally from Texas, so I am really looking forward to reading Black Cat Crossing. Sounds like a fun read

  16. Stephanie Hobrock

    It was a great read, and I can’t wait for volume two! I love black kitties! Actually I love all kitties!

  17. I love black cats! (and dogs)

  18. elainehroberson

    Have a beautiful black cat of my own, so this sounds like a series I would love. Look forward to reading it.

  19. I have a gorgeous black cat of my own and have had many awesome black cats in my lifetime and just adore them. I love the awesome cover of this new book! I am so excited and anxious to read this new book!!!! Kay Finch rocks!!!! Thanks for the chance to win dearest Dru!!! God bless!!!!!

  20. I had a great black cat named Ebony–so this series sounds right up my alley. Can’t wait to read it.

  21. Sounds interesting. Like books about people trying to survive in the travel industry. Rental cottages. A taste of the hotel business. Know that one. 🙂

  22. Why do people assume black cats are bad luck? I am owned by a black cat named Romeo Luigi. He is the most lovable cat I’ve ever owned. Now that I’m done with my rant, this will still not keep me from reading this book. I am sure it will truly be a great beginning to a series. robeader53@yahoo.com

    • I urged my publisher to not use the word “Bad” in this series name, but they already had their minds made up. My protagonist and I totally agree with you.

  23. We love black cats, think people are just weird at times, grrr lol sounds like a great read and would love to win.

  24. How fun! Another good author living in the Texas Hill Country. The story’s premise sounds interesting and it will be fun to find out how The Black Cat solves crimes. Looking forward to a good cozy read.

  25. Smacked him up side the head with her crutch, huh? I like her style.

  26. Can’t wait for “Black Cat Crossing” to come out! Want to read! I love Black Cats! thank you for the chance!

  27. Looks like a great series! I can’t wait to read. 🙂

  28. MaryAnn Forbes

    Would love to add The Black Cat mug to my collection! Thank you for the opportunity to win.📖📚

  29. Thanks, Dru and Rowena/Kay! I am so looking forward to reading Black Cat Crossing.

  30. I enjoyed getting to know Rowena Flowers. Can’t wait to read Black Cat Crossing.

  31. This sounds like a great start to a new series, and I love the mug. My sisters each had black cats and they were some of the most loving cats that I ever met. I do not have one…yet, I have whatever strolls in my door, LOL.

  32. This sounds like a great book! I am definitely going to go to Barnes and noble and buy this book! I love the mug, and thank you for the chance to win it! 🙂

  33. I love black cats and would love to live in a town named Lavender!

  34. Okay, I know I can’t win them all, but I surely would like to have this one.

  35. Please! I’d really like to have this one. I can’t buy it right now. Drat! If I don’t win it, I’ll have to hope the library has it. Hmmmm…..

  36. I love the Texas Hill country! Lived in Dallas for awhile. Then Tulsa. Now Philadelphia area.

  37. People always think black cats are bad omens or just bad luck. They steer away, cross the street, or shoo ’em away. But I find black cats to be full of excitement, and the puuurrrrrfect sidekick to a detective.

  38. I just started it and now I risk staying up way too late.

  39. I love my blck cat! She adopted me about ten years ago! Thanks for the chance!

  40. I love my black cat Cubbie Bear. I’d be lost without her even though she’s not really a people cat. I take what I can get. lol

  41. Inky my black would love this mug.

  42. Should read
    Inky my black cat would love this mug.

  43. Cynthia E. Blain

    Over the years, our love for cats has included many black kitties and all have been so sweet and lovable. I feel so bad when people comment on black cats being bad luck or that they would harm someone. I must order this book unless I become the lucky recipient of it. Thank you for the great write up.
    Cynthia

  44. Sounds like a great mystery! The idea of naming the cottages is charming. Thanks for the chance to win!

  45. I love cats but can’t have one because my dogs don’t like them. This sounds like a fun read.

  46. love cats–love cozy mysteries–this one looks like a winner

  47. I love the cover of this book, nice and spooky. Thanks for the giveaway.

  48. Patricia Sarka

    I really love to win the mug I love coffee and my seven cats.

  49. My black cat was named Midnight (very original – Not)
    thanks for the offer of the mug.

  50. I love the mug and black cats. The book looks like aa good start to a new series.

  51. Kay, thanks for commenting.
    Contest is closed.