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For many years, MaryAnn Kempher lived in Reno Nevada where most of her stories are set. Her books are an entertaining mix of mystery and humor. She lives in the Tampa Florida area with her husband, two children, and a very snooty Chorkie.


Website: http://www.mkempher.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMaryAnnKempher/


Can we begin by having you tell us how you came up with that wonderful title?

MaryAnn: My main character has a love of Starbucks. It is her weakness. The murder happens at night under the moonlight. So, Mocha, Moonlight, and Murder.

Can you tell us a little about the main characters?

MaryAnn: The two main characters are Katherine O’Brian and Scott Mitchell. For their own reasons, neither finished college. Now, they meet in the last class they both need for their degrees. They start out as friends and become friends who fall in love. The path is bumpy and funny. While their love story unfolds, a mystery develops. Katherine has a stalker, the man she saw disposing of a dead body.

They say all books of fiction have at least one pivotal point where the reader just can’t put the book down. Can you tell give us one of the pivotal points in your book?

MaryAnn: I think that point depends on the reader and what they like the most, romance or mystery. When Scott and Katherine first meet, it’s funny and maybe that’s when some people become hooked. On the other hand, it might be when Katherine stumbles upon the killer as he disposes of his victim, which happens early in the story.

Can you explain to us why it was important for you to write your story?

MaryAnn: I don’t have a deep answer. I just know that once I start a book, I have to finish writing it. And once done, I feel so complete.

What are you working on now?

MaryAnn: Two main characters from book two through seven are getting their own series. Trust me, anyone who has read those books will be thrilled. These two characters are liked very much.

Final question: do you have any advice for the yet-to-be-published writers?

MaryAnn: Assuming the book is finished and you are self-publishing, pay to get it professionally edited and proofread. This can be expensive, but it’s worth it. Also, pay for a professional cover. Give a lot of thought to the back-cover blurb. The first thing people see is the cover, then what do they do? They read the blurb. So, both are extremely important.

All of the above, except the cover, still applies for those seeing to have their book traditionally published. If you are, and are lucky enough to have an  agent request a partial and then a full, you’ll want your book to be highly polished before sending to that agent.

About the Book

One night, 28-year-old, Katherine O’Brian, decides to walk to an all-night diner. The only problem? It’s midnight, but Katherine lives in Reno Nevada, a city that never sleeps; she can clearly see the diner’s lights in the distance. It’s no big deal, until she passes someone’s garage where a man is loading a dead body into the trunk of his car.

And now, she’s in trouble. She outran the man that night, and while she has no idea who he is, he knows who she is. And he wants her dead.

As if attempts on her life weren’t stressful enough, Katherine has gone back to college. She’s determined to finally finish her degree, but her lab partner is driving her crazy. He’s hot, but annoying. And she’s not sure which she wants more—a night of mad, passionate sex or a new lab partner. It varies from day to day.

Will Katherine give in to her lust for her partner or will she give in to her desire to throttle him? If she’s in the ground before graduation, it won’t matter.
Not your typical romance, not your typical mystery.


Amazon → https://amzn.to/2OkHlii

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