Saturday, May 18, 2019



Life has always been sweet on Georgia’s Peach Cove Island, but a case of murder has Marygene Brown down in the pits . . .

For generations, the women of the Brown family on Peach Cove Island have been known for their Southern sass and sweet homemade desserts at their beloved Peach Diner. Since their mother's passing two years ago, Marygene has been stuck in Atlanta while her sister Jena Lynn has been running the family business. Now Marygene has left her husband and returned to her hometown, where she can almost feel Mama's presence.

But all is not peachy back home. Marygene has barely tied on an apron when a diner regular drops dead at the counter. When it turns out the old man's been poisoned, Jena Lynn is led away in handcuffs and the family eatery is closed. Now, to save her sister and the diner, Marygene must find the real killer. With some startling assistance from her Mama's spirit, Marygene will be serving up a special order of just desserts . . .

Includes Seven Recipes from Marygene’s Kitchen!

Book Details:

Title: Southern Sass and Killer Cravings

Author: Kate Young

Genre: Cozy mystery

Series: Marygene Brown Mysteries

Publish date: Publisher: Kensington (May 28, 2019)

Print length: 368 pages



A few of your favorite things:
good cookware and kitchen gadgets (Le Creuset, Green Pans, KitchenAid Mixer, Instant Pot, and Silpat Mats): book collection; and photo albums.
Things you need to throw out: I declutter often, so as of this moment not much. I probably could use a closet clean out. 

Things you need in order to write: coffee, my Mac and noise canceling Bose headphones.
Things that hamper your writing: three kids (hence the Bose headphones). Love ‘em anyway. lol. 

Easiest thing about being a writer: writing.

Hardest thing about being a writer: marketing.

Things you never want to run out of: coffee, dark chocolate, and fixings for a great charcuterie or cheese board.
Things you wish you’d never bought: food dehydrator (don’t ask. lol).

Favorite foods: Mexican, Italian, and good ole Southern Chicken Fried Chicken with lots of white gravy.
Things that make you want to throw up: anchovies.

Favorite music or song: anything from country to pop.
Music that make your ears bleed: not a fan of rap.

Favorite beverage: coffee.

Something that gives you a pickle face: bad coffee.

Something you’re really good at: cooking. Being in the kitchen makes my heart sing. 

Something you’re really bad at: organization. You don’t want to see the inside my kitchen cabinets.

Last best thing you ate: oh my, that’s a tough one. Hmm. Lobster ravioli with truffle butter.
Last thing you regret eating: Probably the Lobster ravioli with truffle butter. I have a love/hate relationship with amazing food. I love it too much sometimes.

Things you’d walk a mile for: a great Italian cream cake.
Things that make you want to run screaming from the room: public speaking terrifies me. I can do it, but if I ponder it too long beforehand, I’m tempted to run screaming from the room. Lol.

Things you always put in your books: strong female leads
Things you never put in your books: explicit sex and graphic violence will never make it into my cozies.

Things to say to an author: I love your book, and I’ve reviewed it everywhere! 

Things to say to an author if you want to be fictionally killed off in their next book: Can’t think of a thing.

Favorite places you’ve been: Ireland.
Places you never want to go to again: Haven’t been there yet.

Favorite books: mysteries, thrillers, historical, and some fantasy
Books you would ban: none. I don’t believe books should be banned.

Favorite things to do: reading, traveling, sun bathing, anything out doors with the fam. 

Things you’d run through a fire wearing gasoline pants to get out of doing: again, public speaking.

Things that make you happy: a clean house; spending time with friends and family; beach reading; and really good food.

Things that drive you crazy: clutter.

Best thing you’ve ever done: having a family. Love my hubby and kiddos. 

Biggest mistake: hmm. Back in my catering days, I got in a hurry and stacked a wedding cake warm . . . Big crumbling mistake . . .



Kate Young writes Southern mystery novels. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Guppy Chapter. Kate lives in a small town in Georgia with her husband, three kids, and Shih Tzu. When she is not writing her own books, she’s reading or cooking.

Connect with Kate:
Website  |  Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Goodreads

Buy the book:
Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

The author is hosting a pre-order contest!

Click on the link to fill out the form and enter the giveaway. Pre-orders of Southern Sass and Killer Cravings purchased before May 28 will be eligible.

* Grand Prize Winner receives a gorgeous Coach Avenue Tote and Coach wristlet pictured below (value $450) and a $100 gift card to either Amazon or B&N.
​​* 2 Runners up will receive a $10 gift card to either Amazon or B&N and an autographed paperback copy of Southern Sass and Killer Cravings.

Winners will be notified via email and on social media with a pinned post on Kate's fan page, so make sure you like and are following her on Facebook.