Kitty Braunds Books – 3

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Hello Again! I’m so glad you are back!

Murder in the Senior Manor was my third novel.  I had moved, willingly yet unexpectantly, into a Great Falls, Montana, Senior Manor on January 2, 2009. Naturally, the sudden necessary health decision to leave my wonderful five acre country home on December 28, 2008 put me in a state of shock.

I soon fell in love with my ‘new home. The residents; the staff; the healthy, positive atmosphere; the nice looking single and double room studio apartments – one wall in each facing either wide open, tree-line street-scapes or a vast uncultivated acreage that led the onlooker’s eyes to views of the distant beautifully forested mountains.

I put aside the loss of my wonderful home. I could not put aside the loss of six of my eight show dogs. I know you believe me when I say my heart was broken. I cried myself to sleep many a night. I was allowed to take two dogs into my one room apartment. In the beginning it was tough on all three of us; my dogs missed the rest of their family and the expanse they had to run and play on. I had not taken my beautiful home-bred Havanese show dog. I had not taken my beloved show active Portuguese Water Dogs or my sweet, happy-hearted Havanese. I took two who had problems, both Havanese. One had hips that said she shouldn’t enter any type of training. That she should be able to move about in her lifetime in her taste and her time; the other was too little and ill-equipped in lower body strength to jump on to anything higher than a big, fat pillow. Although her overall health was good, I worried that a new owner might not abide with that lack of jumping-up characteristic.

Along with other senior activities, I began teaching a writing class. Doing so told me I should put some of the seniors’ life adventures inside a book because every one of us (and that includes you) have had multi-colored happenings in our lives that makes memory treasures both good and bad. And nobody ever wants to be someone else.

I devoted five chapters in Murder in the Senior Manor to resident stories. Stories that gave meaty glimpses into the great depression of the 1930s, how settlers and wild animals learned to deal with one another, and the development of some towns along with the exit of others in this uncorrupted, pristine state of Montana.

I set the book scenes lightly. And the fun begins when Louise Knight, a retiree, discovers the body of a fellow resident, horrifically murdered. The Sheriff immediately labels her as a person of interest. The murderer goes one step further. He or she not only labels Louise as a person of interest, but also decides she and her two dogs would be good killing trophies.

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You are guaranteed fingernail biting time as you follow several residents help ninety-year old Louise track down the killer while in peril for their lives. This book is a bold and whimsical page turner.

The Dog Writers Association of America (DWAA) awarded Murder in the Senior Manorthe Best Mystery Book of the Year (2011). Kathryn has won numerous writing awards from her peers. Among them, her first breed book on the Portuguese Water Dog was awarded Best Book of the Year (DWAA) in 1996.


“The characters are likable and fun; the plot is complex enough to hold your interest and there’s plenty of action – yes, action – along with some rich snippets of American history thrown in by the seniors.”

“Recommended Reading: Murder in the Senior Manor is a cleverly crafted, fun, romp of a read by Kathryn Braund.”

“The author weaves a murder mystery into this novel which gives a realistic glimpse into life at a retirement home. And should be read by anyone considering living in one.”

“If you are looking for some pure enjoyment for a day at the beach, or a light read on a flight somewhere, this is the book for you. You can’t help but enjoy the quest for Maddie’s killer by several residents along with Louise.”

204 pages, Times type. Available at,, and from the author. Kindle (digital), $1.99;, $9.99; Kathryn Braund, 1501 9th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405 406-454-0537. $9.99.



Kitty Braunds Books – 2


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I am back. This is my second blog. And it’s mostly about my fourth book, Prisoners in Paradise, and why I wrote it.

But first, look at the sky above. I thought you would enjoy viewing one of Montana’s beautiful sunsets. I see these from my apartment window every night unless grey clouds, like very full bedspreads, cover the sky’s shifting  iridescent evening colors. I live in a Senior Retirement Manor in Great Falls, Montana (I grew up in San Francisco, California) – and love living in our scrumptiously wild (in places) and ever interesting (in all the other places), peaceful state. Every evening, my Havanese dog, Jazzy, and I sit by the window to enjoy the bold color movements of nature’s spectacular evening sky display. Yes, my dog watches with me. I’m not certain what she sees; however, she stares at the sky for more than a minute, then turns ands looks at me happily. She watches TV quite a bit, so I presume she can see some sky color.

Enough! I must apologize. I think this is a different site than what you logged into and read last week. I had signed in at that site last year, but never used it because of health issues. The site waited for me to show up; when I did not, (I can’t blame them), they dropped me from the program. I did not care to repay, so here I am. I paid for a new site on a different program. Somehow, migrating (that is what this program calls moving) has not filled my cup of tea. I do not know where I am. I am thankful you don;’t know what a long drawn-out ENDLESS process this has been (and still is). You should be able to find me. Here are my two domains (each at a different site)

My fourth novel, Prisoners in Paradise, is a honey (as we used to say) of a book. It keeps you reading until it hits the back cover. It fills your reading heart with terror, love, and new friends. Some really nice characters (along with a few sleazes), a brutal cult leader, along with absolutely gorgeous scenery (even though tropical islands cater to billions of bugs), accompany you. Read what reviewers say. “It’s a book that grabs you by the throat and dares you to finish reading it.” “Loved it. Read it all in one day.” “It’s a terror struck, danger-filled romantic tale of a young socialite, lost in the Pacific Ocean after a cruise ship sinks, and who is caught in a cult’s web on a beautiful South Sea island.” “A great read.”

Why did I pick a South Sea island for my story? I’ve never been out on the big Pacific Ocean. I said ‘no’ to the USO back in World War II, because I saw a best friend (who told the USO ‘yes’), return from the Pacific sporting an almost incurable skin rash.

I wanted the setting of Prisoners to be a place where several horrific human traffickers could stash away kidnapped young boys and girls before selling them to despicable Eastern customers. I yell about the despicable billion-dollar sex traffic industry every chance I get. It’s worse now than its ever been in the known history of the world.

I spent about a year reading every book I could find about the Marquesas Islands. You’ll find their listings on my Reference pages in Prisoners. Only when I was well immersed in the islands’ beauty and fascinating history did I sit down and type color my story.

Mark Russell is my hero. Lia Paulson, my heroine, thought he should be called the ‘sexiest man alive,’ although she never voiced those words aloud (even in the book). Mark had been a pseudo father – a Big Brother to a Little Brother who succumbed to bone cancer. Going on a sea voyage seemed a necessary depression lifter. He was also a top-selling mystery writer and rejoiced in gypsy-like adventures between his writing chores. Lia’s reason for taking off alone on a very long sea voyage was a failed marriage and a family death. It was also a recovery drinking problem present to herself.

Of course they met, although they didn’t declare their passionate love for each other until they spent time in Hawaii with Mark’s best friend, the famous Todson Hope.

Lia’s first meeting with the legless Todson was disastrous. The touring of Hawaii with Mark and Todson quieted her reservations about Mark’s mentor. Then she and Mark set out on another leg of her water journey (Mark insisted on accompanying her).


But the ship they were on sank in a fierce storm. Lia lost Mark in the violent waters and ended up on an island, seemingly uninhabited. Ha!

The part she landed on had been taken over (along with some of its natives) by a gangster who was breeding both the willing and unwilling to gain white babies. He murdered all dark-skinned babies.

If you think I am going to tell you what happened to Lia and everybody else, I am keeping the rest of this fast-paced love story to myself. You have to read Prisoners in Paradise to find out.

When you do, you’ll laugh at a very funny post office scene. You’ll enjoy Eric, although be horrified at what our cult breeder did to him. You’ll see sweet little boys and girls at work – yes, slaves. And you’ll find a happy ending, although I refuse to tell you how it comes about. It’s a really good story. Although there aren’t many American readers (they don’t yet know about the book), Japanese readers tell friends, and the friends buy Prisoners in Paradise.

One more review. It says a lot. “The author writes with finesse about a subject many of us want to turn away from – human trafficking. She wraps it up within a love story that is compelling in its honesty but horrifying in reality. Mrs. Braund is able to draw pictures in your mind with her descriptive prose as she draws you in. Once in, you are hooked and must read it to the end. Her stories stick with you and you’ll want to return to them for a reread. I highly recommend this author’s novels.”

460 pages, big type, published October 2013. Available from Amazon Kindle; and from the author. Amazon,com, $12.95; $2.99 (digital); Author,Kathryn Braund, 1501 9th Street South, Great Falls, Montana 59405, $12.95 (free packaging and mailing).

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Kitty Braund’s Books

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Hi! So glad you stopped by.

Let me persuade you to settle in while I tell you stories about each of my five fiction books. My make-believe stories stir restlessly, even pushing against the fiction door, so eager are they to express themselves on pages in a book for you to enjoy, to smile with, to cry over, to cringe, and make your heart beat with passion. They are easy to read and (I’m told) impossible to forget.

My newest book, by the name, “Melinda Mahoney Powers,” boasts Melinda and her  brother Leroy’s, fictional biography. I should not say boast. Their biography is unforgettable, making this an unforgettable book you just have to read. Leroy Mahoney, terribly abused as a small child, relies on his sister, Melinda, to guide him through life. This remarkable adventure takes the two through life journeys that will (as I said earlier), make you angry, make you smile, make your heart beat with passion, and definitely bring a tear to your eye.

Louise Knight, a resident of the Montana Senior Manor, tells Melinda and Leroy’s incredible story. Follow the two on a fascinating path from a farmhouse to a mansion, from an orphanage to Hollywood glitter, to a senior retirement home in Montana.

Melinda began to worry my mind because I kept thinking she could not put aside, forgive, or forget what she had seen and lived, and, if so, it would eventually prove to be the total downfall of her life. There are lots of people like that. Leroy was always trapped by the horrors of what was done to him, but his retreat into gentleness was different than Melinda’s anger fueled response. I loved these two, Melinda and Leroy, and the people they met and lived with. You will also.

I have to confess their story was not the one I planned to write. I had been  contemplating (and researching) writing a serial killer story. I had recently read about a man declared innocent, after years of imprisonment for killings he did not commit. I wanted the public to hear his and others tragic stories about their lives  in prison, and how they felt about what their future lives would give them.

BUT, when I saw (in my mind’s eye) the little girl, Melinda, a passenger in a long-ago 1930s Studebaker, I had to follow her. She was so small. so sweet, so age beguiling. Little did I know what I was in for.

Incidentally, I turned 97 in October 2017, wrote this, my fifth novel, Melinda  Mahoney Powers, in my 96th year. It was published in November 2017.

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Following are several reviews I’m sure you want to read.

I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK TO ALL WHO LOVE A MYSTERY  Melinda Mahoney Powers is a gritty, gripping, and at times, grotesque novel. The story encompasses several decades and fascinates with its window on history, but also becomes very relevant to today with its depiction of sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. The author keeps you guessing with its story within a story up until the very end. I recommend this novel to all who love a mystery.

VERY GOOD READ  My brother lives at the Manor where the author lives and I enjoyed meeting her. The book was so interesting and fast paced and an easy quick read. I enjoyed it very much.

UNIQUELY TOLD TALE OF FAME AND ITS COST  Melinda Mahoney Powers is the engrossing story of the making and unravelling of a glamorous 1940s movie star in the mold of Sunset Boulevard’s Nora Desmond. Told through the incisive words of a sharp-brained senior home resident, who quickly sees beyond the surface of Melinda’s facade, Melinda Mahoney Powers delivers on many different levels. The igniting incidents in Melinda’s life and the following consequences, joys, and sorrows follow a fascinating path filled with recognized motion and truth. Author Kathryn Braund is a natural story teller.

Melinda Mahoney Powers can be purchased at Kindle Amazon, $2.99 (digital);, $15.00 paperback; or from me, author Kathryn Braund, 1501 9th Street South, Great Falls, MT 59405, $15.00 (shipping free, one signed paperback copy).

If you enjoyed this little blurb about Melinda, come visit next week. We meet on Fridays. I’m going to tell you about my 4th novel, Prisoners in Paradise.

P.S. I have lots of other things to tell you.

April 20, 2018