Jonathan Grace controls the people in his life like he does his business—with a chokehold. His insatiable appetite for living life on the edge leads him to a club where he’s encouraged to act out his darkest desires. But what happens when one man’s fantasy becomes another’s nightmare?
Did Nina Grace kill her husband or did Jonathan’s secret life lead to his death? Kate knows that no matter what her friend admitted, she couldn’t be capable of the horrific torture and murder of her husband. But will Kate’s blind loyalty be her downfall?
Deadly Fantasies is the second book in the Detective Kate Springer Series. Although it's apart of a series, it's written as a stand alone mystery. The first book, Dead Like Me, was named a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review's Best Indie Book of 2013 Awards Competition. The novel also won second place in the mystery category of the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards competition.
Interview with the Author
Q: What inspired you to write your latest book?
A: Deadly Fantasies is the second book in the Detective Kate Springer series. The first book was all about the protagonist. It’s her story and in it, the reader finds out what makes Kate Springer tick, why she makes the decisions she does. In Deadly Fantasies, I wanted to develop the secondary characters and explore Kate’s relationship with them. Because of Kate’s horrific past, she’s obsessed with the need to control the events and people in her life. In writing this story, I wanted to see how her friendships would hold up under this overwhelming need to dominate. Each book in the series is independent of each other and it’s not necessary to read the first book to enjoy the second.
Q: Can you give us some insight into your main character?
A: Homicide Detective Kate Springer is a flawed woman. When you first meet her, you may not like her—she seems a bit cold and bristly. However, it’s just her way of keeping everyone at arm’s length. She’s lived too much life in her thirty-eight years, and she struggles with issues of trying to control the people and the circumstances in her life. Yet, once you get deeper into the story, you realize she’s trying to become a better person. But just like all of us, she makes mistakes on the path to becoming the woman she wants to be.
What People Are Saying About Deadly Fantasies
“Although this novel is the second in the Detective Kate Springer series, it can be read on its own. . . . The story played out similarly to episodes of Law & Order. It's hard to believe this is only Kelly Miller's second novel. She writes with the finesse of an established author. Her pacing of the story and character development are skillfully done.”
“Detective Kate Springer is back! And this time, she has to save her friend, Dr. Nina Grace.
The thing I like about Kate is her loyalty; misguided perhaps, but always there. It is her strongest asset and her greatest liability as she races into situations most of us would turn away from. Author Kelly Miller weaves the past and the present together, creating a tangled web for her characters. . . . One of the things I enjoy about Ms. Miller’s work is the way she uses the past events to illuminate the actions of her characters in the present. It is part of what makes her characters real: the stress of personal issues tangles with the need to follow the facts and trips Kate up, time and time again.”
-Author and Book Blogger, Aya Walksfar