Kathleen Kent

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Kathleen Kent's latest book is titled THE DIME (Feb. 2017), a contemporary crime novel set in Dallas. She is the author of three best-selling novels, The Heretic’s Daughter---recipient of the David J. Langum Sr. award for American historical fiction---The Traitor’s Wife, and The Outcasts (set in 1870 Texas) which was the recipient of the American Library Association’s 2014 top choice for Historical Fiction, as well as the recipient of a Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western fiction.

Author Note: I grew up in Texas, but lived and worked in New York City for twenty years. After returning to Dallas, I was enchanted, but also baffled, by the rich, and sometimes absurd, cultural soup that is Texas, with its cowboys and Confederate Army re-enac
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Kathleen Kent Hi, Viccy, I'm very happy to say that I have just completed the followup to The Dime--titled THE KILN. It will be published by Mulholland Books in the…moreHi, Viccy, I'm very happy to say that I have just completed the followup to The Dime--titled THE KILN. It will be published by Mulholland Books in the spring of 2019. Thanks for all your support! Best regards, KK(less)
Kathleen Kent Hi, Joan! For some reason I only just saw your post!! So glad you enjoyed The Dime. I'm finishing the followup now, and it will hopefully be published…moreHi, Joan! For some reason I only just saw your post!! So glad you enjoyed The Dime. I'm finishing the followup now, and it will hopefully be published by Mulholland Books in 2018. No title yet, but I'll announce it when it's ready.(less)
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The Heretic's Daughter

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The Dime (Betty Rhyzyk, #1)

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Upstairs Girls: Mattie Silks

220px-Silks_mattie        The sign over Mattie Silk’s famous brothel in Denver read, “Men Taken in and Done For.”   Considered a great beauty when she was younger, she ran one of the most expensive parlor houses in the city in the mid-1800′s.   Unlike almost all of her contemporaries, though, she was never a prostitute herself, and began her successful sporting house career at nineteen.   For more than forty yea...

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"I’m gonna need a sequel to this book ASAP! You can add the main character here to my list of kickass female heroines. Imagine if Kinsey Millhone moved to Texas and became a lesbian and you’d have some idea of what this book is.
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“When I closed the door Grandmother was already seated at her spinning wheel. Her foot was on the treadle but her eyes were thoughtfully on me. The spinner was beautifully carved of dark oak with leaves twining their way round and round the outer rim. It must have been very old, as the designs were too fanciful to have been made i the new England. She called to me and asked me if I could spin. I told her yes, well enough, but that I could sew better, which was a statement only half true. A camp surgeon would have a better hand with a cleaver to a limb than I with a needle on the cloth. She spun the wool through knotted fingers glistening with sheep's oil and wrapped the threads neatly around the bobbin. Gently probing, she teased out the story of our days in Billerica just as she teased out the fine thread from the mix and jumble of the coarse wool in her hands.”
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“It is true that some people will lose their desire for life and refuse food and drink after the death of a beloved, or if there is too much pain and injury to the body. But a child, so recently come into the world from the void of creation, can be more resilient than the strongest man, more strong willed than the hardiest woman. A child is like an early spring bulb that carries all the resources needed within its skin for the first push through the soil towards the sun. And just a little bit of water can start the bulb to grow, even through fissured rock, so can a little kindness give a child the ability to push through the dark.”
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“Life is not what you have or what you can keep. It is what you can bear to lose.”
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“There is no death in remembrance. Remember me, Sarah. Remember me, and a part of me will always be with you." - Martha Carrier to her daughter, Sarah Carrier”
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“Sharing secrets is the way in which women tie themselves together, for it reveals complicity and trust. Holding secrets shows trustworthiness and a sort of quite defiance. It is a natural thing for a female to hold secrets within her breast until the time is ripe to release them. Does it not follow the way in which her body is formed? A woman is made with that dark and mysterious recess that can grow a child safely until the child is ready to come out onto the birthing bed. And like birthing, secrets present themselves in many ways. some slip easily into the world, others must be torn out, if the body is unwilling.”
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“Dr. Tom had said that Texas was the only place he had ever found that, when it killed you, it didn't forget about you.”
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“When you leave New York you ain't going anywhere.”
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“It's hard to imagine, seeing how crowded the sky looks tonight, how far away one star is from another. Like, people, really. We can appear to be standing right next to each other, and yet in our minds, we can be thousands of miles away, lost to the outer reaches. But we're all together in the same black soup, which makes us all related somehow.”
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“A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.”
Irina Dunn

“Men should think twice before making widowhood women's only path to power.”
Gloria Steinem

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Kathleen Valerie wrote: "Thank you for becoming my friend on goodreads, Kathleen. I look forward to chating books with you.
All best wishes,
Valerie Penny"


Thanks, Penny! Love to connect with passionate readers. KK


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Val Penny Thank you for becoming my friend on goodreads, Kathleen. I look forward to chating books with you.
All best wishes,
Valerie Penny


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Beth Hi Kathleen,
Thanks for befriending this fellow Goodreads author here. I loved The Heretic's Daughter, and I can't count how many people I've recommended the book to!


Kathleen Jim wrote: "Looking forward to seeing you at the Texas Writers & Words Series in McKinney on November 14th!

http://www.meetup.com/WRITE_NOW/event..."

Thank you for your support, Jim!


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Jim David Looking forward to seeing you at the Texas Writers & Words Series in McKinney on November 14th!

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