Five Things I’m Glad There Are Five Of (and a Cover Reveal!)

To celebrate the release of my new book (#5) I’m kicking off a series of posts today about things there are five of. I’m calling it the Tour of Fives. Today’s is a Just for Fun post to go along with the cover reveal for the book.

And you can win something if you stick around to the end. (No, I’m not above bribing people to be my friends. It worked in elementary school so why not?)

So without further ado…

Five Things I’m Glad There Are Five Of (And an awesome cover!)

Fingers: I love my fingers. They are long and slender and quite agile for their age. They do needlework, play the piano (sort of), pet the dog, type (okay, with lots of typos despite the oversized keyboard!), and they squeeze a friend’s hand as needed.

(And no, I am not that mathematically-challenged. I know I have ten of them, but there’s five per hand, so there.)

Toes: I’m not quite as fond of my toes, because they are not long and thin. I’ve got those weird curly-over type toes that aren’t very attractive. Still I’m glad I have them because they keep me upright (most days) and they’re really good for digging into the sand!

little kid toes in the sand

These toes are a lot cuter than mine! Trust me, you DON’T want to see my toes. (photo by cellar_door_films, CC 2.0, WANA Commons)

Toes in the sand reminded me of…

Months in the Summer: No, I haven’t lost my mind. I live in Florida and down here we have five months of summer. It starts in early to mid May and lasts until early to mid October.

I can hear the groans from all the cold-weather types up there in Michigan and Maine. But I love hot weather! And our summer is preceded by two to three months of gorgeous spring weather, from late February to early May. Okay, now you’re envying me! Yup! Sunny, 70’s-low 80’s, low humidity. 🙂

Senses: Where would we be without them!?!?  My favorite sense is touch. When we think of our five senses, it’s often the last to come to mind, maybe because it isn’t as obvious (not like the nose on your face), nor is it as straightforward.

Touch is a complicated sense. It includes pain, pressure and temperature sensors, and they’re located all over our bodies (am I the only one who’s getting a little tingly here?) We also have touch sensors inside our bodies, in our muscles and other tissues.

This is what I love about this sense! Those sensations inside of us tell us (if we’re paying attention) how we’re feeling. And I think I’ll stop right there because I fear another whole blog post is about to evolve here.

Those visceral internal sensations are a true blessing for us writers who want to convey a character’s feelings. “Her throat closed” or “the pressure was building in her chest” are a bit more interesting than just saying she was sad or pissed off.

Which brings us, last but not least, to… Drum roll, please!!!

Books in My Series: Book 5 is on its way! And I’ve been told by advanced readers that this might be the best one yet.

The characters experience LOTS of those visceral feelings (especially fear!) as they are being chased by a ruthless killer. Here’s the awesome cover my cover artist came up with:

book cover for COLLATERAL CASUALTIES, A Kate Huntington Mystery

Let’s hear it for Martina Dalton of The Authors’ Redroom!!  I hope to have this book out by the end of the month, first week of June at the latest.

Here’s what it’s about (and then I’ll tell you about the ‘winning something’ stuff):

When a former client reaches out to psychotherapist Kate Huntington and reveals a foreign diplomat’s dark secret, then dies of ‘natural causes’ just days later, Kate isn’t sure what to think. Was the man delusional or is she now privy to dangerous information?

Soon she discovers her client was totally sane… and he was murdered. Someone is trying to eliminate her, and anyone and everyone she might have told. Forced into hiding, she and her husband, Skip, along with the operatives of his private investigating agency, struggle to stay one step ahead of a ruthless killer. Skip and his P.I. partner are good investigators, but this time they may be in over their heads… and they all could end up drowning in a sea of international intrigue.

I’m so excited about this book that I’m going to give 5 lucky people a chance to win an advance e-book copy. I will randomly pick the winners from the comments below.

What, you thought I was gonna give away money or something? hehe! Maybe next time.

So tell me about something there are five of that you’re particularly grateful for? Or just say something inane so you can try to win a copy. 🙂

Posted by Kassandra Lamb. Kassandra is a retired psychotherapist turned mystery writer. She writes the Kate Huntington mystery series.

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  • Reply
    K.B. Owen
    May 18, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    I LOVE your cover, Kass! Congrats on the upcoming release! You covered most of the fab fives I can think of…I like five-pointed stars…and five-star reviews, LOL. 😉

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    May 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Thanks, Kathy! How did I not think of 5-star reviews? 😀

  • Reply
    Lynette M. Burrows
    May 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    Great cover, Kassandra! Congratulations.

    As for sets of five, I like my five fingers and the quintets that that visit me from time to time, Five Guys burgers, and Five Cheese Pasta – Yum (hmmm, haven’t tried to eat both the burger and the pasta in one sitting but it might be really good. Of course, I’d be the size of a house. LOL).

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    May 18, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Thanks, Lynette! Yes, we have Five Guys Burgers here too. Best. Burgers. Ever. And there can never be too much cheese on pizza. And now I’m hungry. 😀

  • Reply
    Sheila Seabrook
    May 18, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Kassandra, I love your cover and your redesigned site. Awesome!

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    May 19, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Thanks so much, Sheila. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

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    Kristy K. James
    May 19, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Beautiful cover, Kassandra! Of course dark blues and blacks are some of my favorite colors so I would have been inclined to like it anyway. 🙂

    What five things am I grateful for? While I despise being cold, I have to say I’m grateful for the five months of winter in Michigan….where we seem to skim right over spring and have five months of miserable summer, too. And I’d much rather put a sweater and fuzzy socks on that sweat. 🙂

    Congratulations on the new book release…and totally awesome cover!

    • Reply
      Kristy K. James
      May 19, 2013 at 5:04 am

      *than* (why do typos stand out so much more AFTER I click ‘post?’)

      • Reply
        Kassandra Lamb
        May 19, 2013 at 5:28 am

        LOL I knew what you meant, Kristy! I’m so glad you like the cover so much. Blue is definitely my favorite color.

        5 months of winter… brrr! We had 4 months when I lived in Maryland and that was bad enough. I should box up all my old sweaters and send them to you.

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    Nancy Wood
    May 19, 2013 at 5:19 am

    Love the cover and can’t wait to read Kate’s latest adventure. As for 5, let’s see. How about 5 days to the work week — glad there’s only 5 and not 7! 🙂
    Congrats! Nancy

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 19, 2013 at 5:30 am

      Amen to that, Nancy! 5 weekdays is more than enough. Glad you love the cover and I think you’re really going to love the book too. My betas are telling me it’s the best one yet!

  • Reply
    Eden Mabee
    May 19, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Great cover, Kassandra… and cute toes too 😉

    I’ll stop writing now though before I seriously express my jealousy about those wonder temperature down there…. But I will stare at that cover again. LOVE it!

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    May 19, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Thanks, Eden! Those toes are definitely cuter than mine!

  • Reply
    Charity Kountz
    May 19, 2013 at 9:44 pm

    Kassandra – I’m so excited and thrilled for your newest release. In celebration, here’s 5 reasons to Love Kassandra Lamb!

    1) Her Kate Huntington series is a top notch literary work, full of intrigue, danger and a sassy smart heroine.

    2) Kassandra Lamb is just as fun and accessible as a writer can be.

    3) Kassandra Lamb is responsive to her fans. I don’t think I’ve ever posted a comment or tweet and not gotten a response.

    4) Kass is supportive of other authors and writing in general.

    5) I’m completely hooked on her work and her online postings. If you want a fully interactive experience with an author, you can’t go wrong with Kassandra!

    So glad your cover reveal and blog post made it into my Voice online newspaper. I got there regularly to catch up on the really important twitter news and that’s a post I didn’t want to miss!

    Hugs to you and wishing you every success!


    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 19, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Oh, wow, Charity! I am… speechless. (My husband will tell you what a truly rare phenomenon THAT is!)

      And you put the cover in The Voice! Oh, wow!! Thanks so much. 😀

  • Reply
    Charity Kountz
    May 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

    You are very welcome my friend. Happy to help promote your awesome books!

  • Reply
    Beverly Diehl
    May 20, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    That is an AWESOME cover. So looking forward to catching up on this series.

    Five is indeed a magical number. Fine five favorites. 🙂

    • Reply
      Kassandra Lamb
      May 21, 2013 at 12:02 am

      Hey Beverly, thanks so much for stopping by! *waves* Glad you like the cover and my fav fives.

  • Reply
    Kassandra Lamb
    May 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Finally I have the ARC’s.

    So I started to put everybody’s names in a hat, then felt bad for whoever would end up not getting picked, so I’m sending ARC’s to all of you!! I’ll e-mail you to ask which format you prefer.

    Shhh, don’t tell anybody I cheated. 😀

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