Friday, February 17, 2023

Guest Author, Kathy Cretsinger

Kathy Cretsinger is so special to me. She was my first publisher, and I can never thank her enough for taking a chance with me. And she is a great author. I highly recommend this fun series.


Thank you, Kathy, for asking me to be on your blog. It’s a special honor from a special friend. I’ve known Kathy for several years. She and Murray plus all the children are dear to my heart.

Kathy asked me to write about my book coming out February 21, 2023. This is the third book in the series, Nothing Shady Ever Happens In Shady Valley. The first book, Bogged Down by Murder, is about Daisy McQueen and Harry Greer. Shady Valley is nestled in the mountains in what we call Northeast Tennessee. You know where the state juts out into North Carolina? That is very close to Shady Valley.

The second book, Death by Doubloons, is about Liberty Garcia and Matt Sluder. Gold Doubloons in the mountains of Shady Valley? Yes, in my imagination there are.

Now, for the next book, Shady Connections. This book is about Bruce Howard and Grace Manis, bodyguards for Daisy McQueen Greer.

Bruce and Grace fall in love after working together for five years. They slipped into love. Didn’t mean for it to happen, but it did without them noticing. Bruce and Grace are in their 40s, and two months after their elopement, they find they are expecting a baby. That is a shock because both were married before but never had children.

Shady Valley is such a unique place. It is so peaceful with mountain streams, cranberry blogs, and good people all over the place. The residents are peaceful, the summers are cool, and the winters are snowy.

There is only one way out of the valley without going over mountains. Bruce and Grace decide this is their forever home, after they find out who wants to steal their baby.

Kathy Cretsinger lives in Kentucky, but she was born and grew up in Tennessee. Her husband, Jerry, grew up in Shady Valley, where some of his family still lives. Kathy invites you to check out her Facebook page at. and her author page, She also writes a blog at

What’s up next? Two more books set in Shady Valley, Tennessee, and another one I’m not talking about now. Love suspense.

Kathy Cretsinger


  1. Thanks for sharing this story with us, Kathy and Kathy! Fun to read about a real town in Tennessee! (Erma)

    1. Thanks, Emma. Shady Valley really isn't a town. There are only three businesses and five churches. It's more like a community. If you know where Bristol International Speedway is, you are close to Shady Valley. I love the quietness in Shady Valley until a bear ambles in. I don't like bears. Kathy Cretsinger

    2. Thank you, Kathy and Erma. I'm with you about the bears, Kathy. Crazy.:)

  2. Hi Kathy. Your book series sounds wonderful. Thank you for sharing with us. Kathy (M), thank you for hosting Kathy (C) today!

    1. Thank you so much, Patti. Kathy M. and I have been together once at a conference. When someone said "Kathy, ", we both turned our heads.