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The Watch on the Fencepost by Kay DiBianca: Tour, Review, and Giveaway with Celebrate Lit

About the BookThe watch on the fencepost

Book: The Watch on the Fencepost

Author: Kay DiBianca

Genre: Christian Mystery / Suspense/ Romance

A WATCH THAT REVEALS MORE THAN JUST THE TIME . . .

A mysterious gold watch propels 27-year-old Kathryn Frasier into a quest to prove her parents’ recent deaths were not an accident. Following a trail of cryptic clues, she encounters a remarkable cast of characters, including an actress with a talent for disguises, a politician with a dark secret, and a handsome businessman who shows a sudden romantic interest in Kathryn. Can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?

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Book Review:

Cute mystery filled with hidden clues, the value of family, and a splash of romance. The first few chapters were a bit overwhelming with information, and it took me a little bit to figure out the who’s who. Kathryn is the main character, but we see the world through the eyes of several characters. Things settle down after the first few chapters and we get into the meat of the story.

I appreciated Kathryn’s need to press through the pain of her parents’ death by training for a marathon and following the clues left for her by her father. What starts out as a mystery to find the owner of the watch turns into much more and two problems branch out into the story.

We do get to meet several interesting characters, and I enjoyed getting to see all the different relationships progress at a steady pace. The plot was nice. My only wish was that both problems progressed together instead of one problem being solved and the other completely ignored until the very end. However, the resolution of both issues was reasonable and the conclusion brought the story around to a complete circle. Kathryn’s challenge to solve the clues left behind by her father was my favorite part. It was a treasure hunt from beyond the grave. Although he never meant for it to be that way, it provided closure for Kathryn to have that one last problem-solving puzzle search.

About the Author

Kay DiBianca  Kay DiBianca holds an MS degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in the IT departments of several major organizations, including IBM, UNC Chapel Hill, International Paper, and FedEx. She has an instrument rating in single-engine aircraft and competes in the Senior Olympics track events. She is a U.S. representative for Bridges for Peace, an international organization whose mission is to serve the people of Israel. She and her husband, Frank, live in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit kaydibianca.com.

Guest post from Kay

WHY I WROTE THE WATCH ON THE FENCEPOST

I’m a runner. I spend a lot of time on the treadmill, at a local track, or running in a park near my home. When I’m outdoors, I usually listen to podcasts or audio books to keep my mind occupied.

Several years ago, I was listening to a mystery novel while running on a trail, and I began to put together a story in my own mind. Over the following weeks and months, I had created the characters of Kathryn and Cece, and I could see them in my mind’s eye.

On another long run, I passed an old fence post and a plot began to form itself. Other characters seemed to materialize out of nowhere, and soon I had the basic outline of the book in my head. Before long I was ignoring the audio book voices coming through my earbuds and just adding to my own story. That’s when I decided to write it down.

In the next few months, my story grew from a general outline to a narrative that stretched to over 60,000 words, and I loved the little surprises that popped up along the way. Although I had intended the book to be a straight mystery, I found some of the characters writing their own scenes, and soon there was romance!

As I chiseled away the extraneous parts and added detail and nuance, the important story elements of love, faith, and family rose to the surface. I delighted in Kathryn’s discovering more about herself and Cece’s unfailing wisdom and humor.

I spent over a year working with an editor to revise and strengthen the book. With every change in a word or addition of a plot twist, the story got better. It’s been three years since that first run in the park that got me thinking about the story. Now Kathryn, Cece, Phil, Mike, Tommy, and all the others are ready to tell their stories to the world.

I think I’ll go for a run tomorrow to see what Kathryn and Cece are going to be up to next.

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