The Writer’s Retreat with Cat Latimer by Lynn Cahoon

A Story To KillHey there. My name’s Cat Latimer. You may know me as the author of the teenage witch out of water books (Tori’s a newcomer to the world of magic and high school.) Or you may know me as the newest business owner in Aspen Hills, Colorado. With my friend Shauna, I’ve just opened up my old Victorian house and am hosting writer’s retreats.

The first one is coming up and I’m so nervous. I thought I’d get people who were looking at publication or just wanted to write a book. Instead, I have one of the top thriller authors coming to the first retreat. I wasn’t expecting celebrities. I hope Tom Cook isn’t a diva. I’ve heard the higher on the author food chain, the bigger the ego. We’ll just have to see.

The Victorian is shaping up nicely now that my former high school sweetheart has been hired on to do our renovations. Seth Howard and I were voted most likely couple to marry and rule the world. Only, it didn’t happen that way. After college, I started teaching Freshman English at Covington, our local college. And Seth? Well, he did a stint in the military and I lost track of him after I married Michael.

Of course, that turned out disastrous. The only good thing I got out of the divorce was gone. I packed up, moved to California and restarted my life. Until I got the news that Michael had died and I was his only heir.

So now I’m on reinvention number two. My Uncle Pete, Aspen Hill’s police chief, is ecstatic I’m home. The Victorian house that I loved, Michael got in the divorce, but I got it in the will. It still feels like my ex and I run into old memories now and then, but I’m working on that.

I better go. I still have a word count to hit since my deadline is coming up fast and Shauna wants me to try out the muffins she’s serving during the first week. We decided to run the retreat like a bed and breakfast. That way we don’t have to provide all the meals, but instead, Shauna can bake treats and desserts for our guests.

Wish me luck. The only way I can keep up on the reconstruction loans is if the retreats are successful. I’m just hoping our trial run goes well. Having Tom Cook give us a good recommendation would be golden.

Talk to you soon,


A Story to Kill is the first book in the NEW Cat Latimer mystery series, published by Kensington, August 2016.

Former English professor Cat Latimer is back in Colorado, hosting writers’ retreats in the big blue Victorian she’s inherited, much to her surprise, from none other than her carousing ex-husband! Now it’s an authors’ getaway—but Cat won’t let anyone get away with murder. . .

The bed-and-breakfast is open for business, and bestselling author Tom Cook is among its first guests. Cat doesn’t know why he came all the way from New York, but she’s glad to have him among the quirkier—and far less famous—attendees.

Cat’s high school sweetheart Seth, who’s fixing up the weathered home, brings on mixed emotions for Cat…some of them a little overpowering. But it’s her uncle, the local police chief, whom she’ll call for help when there’s a surprise ending for Tom Cook in his cozy guest room. Will a killer have the last word on the new life Cat has barely begun?

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About the author
New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho expat. She grew up living the small town LynnClife much like the settings she now writes. Currently, she’s living with her husband and two fur babies in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. Guidebook to Murder, Book 1 of the Tourist Trap series won the 2015 Reader’s Crown Award for Mystery Fiction. Find out more at:

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Giveaway: Leave a comment below for your chance to win a digital copy of A Story to Kill. The giveaway will end September 5, 2016 at 12 AM (midnight) EST. Good luck everyone!

29 responses to “The Writer’s Retreat with Cat Latimer by Lynn Cahoon

  1. I can’t wait to read this book.

  2. This sounds like a great new series. I love old homes, especially Victorians, so I hope we hear a little about this inherited house!

  3. Sounds great; added to my tbr list.

  4. I’m a former English professor and would love to ‘re-invent myself as owner of a writer’s retreat in a vintage Victorian! Since that ship has sailed, I’ll just have to read about it. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Have enjoyed Lynn Cahoon’s other books. Can’t wait to try this new series.

  6. What a clever twist to have her lose the house in the divorce and then get it in the will.

  7. Barbara Hackel

    I love Lynn’s books-always such great characters and details! Thanks Dru Ann for today’s introduction! Thanks Lynn, for the chance to win a copy! 🙂 Looking forward to this new series.

  8. This one grabbed me from the beginning of the description. I can’t wait to read it.

  9. Cant wait to read!!!!!

  10. Loved the description of the book, especially the old Victorian mansion and the writer’s retreat. Sounds like a really great read. Can’t wait to read.

  11. I can’t wait to read this one.

  12. I must have this book. I love the idea of a writer’s retreat. I will have to buy this next payday.

    • I am in love with the writer’s retreat idea… in fact, I’m trying to figure out a way to do one in my home town. Minus the dead body part.

  13. Thanks for the intro to Cat! I can’t wait to read more about her and all the new characters in this new series! Thanks for the chance to win!

  14. We have some fun side characters. And Seth. Wow. 🙂

  15. Wow! It sounds like the beginning of a great new series! I can’t wait to read it!

  16. I want to go on a Writers Retreat it sounds wonderful…or a Writers Conference even although I have been to meetings. Thank you for the chance at this and it sounds great.