Baby Girl Battersea

It takes a hawk
 to watch a fox.

You’re the fatherless heir to a family fortune in the grips of your selfish uncle.  Your mother is too nice to fight for your rights and the rest of the family have their own problems with Roy, firstborn of the Battersea Family, enriched by their mercantile exchange but squabbling over the details.

How are you ever going to tolerate the tyranny of a penny-pinching paranoid old fusspot long enough to prepare yourself for the war of wills when Roy must give way to the new genera­tion and you consider yourself first in line?


You, Drive North

Accountant Missing.

Details at 11.

Out early from the office, headed home to do your taxes, a beloved ritual transition to a tidy new fiscal year, just about to pull away from the curb where the valet (a special treat) has released your car.   A blue-jeaned butt that was connected to a strong leg and booted foot lands on your purse in the passenger seat and you yell out, “Hey” then shut up quick.  A thunderous male profile has entered the vehicle.  He says:  “You, drive north,”

For some reason you accept that you are in mortal danger and yet can only mourn the idea the nightly news will use your hideous driver’s license photo on the report of your mysterious unsolved disappearance.

You need to figure out what makes this guy tick and how fast he is ticking.



Two Tales in One

FAMILY:  Love v. Money



Cover Image and interior presentation by

James Ambrous


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ISBN-13: 978-1479165254

ISBN-10: 1479165255

BISAC: Fiction / Family Life



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Kathleen K. shares her collection of Private Publications online at KathleenKBooks.com. Next up?  Two new stories give the long and short of family struggles to reach balance.  This is not amateur reading. Baby Girl Battersea and You, Drive North examine deep themes in the voices of ordinary people.

FAMILY:  Love v. Money is a two-for-one book celebrating the primal forces we juggle every day.   The language is tart and engaging, you read between, around and beyond the lines. 


Rich prose and pointed dialog put Kathleen K’s characters on display to wither or thrive as the story may go.  Joody is a neglectful mother allergic to responsibility.  The Lent Hand captures a tow-truck driver falling in love with a shattered family.  Stainless Mary has every­thing she believes in turn itself inside out and realizes she’s on her own to fix it.  This is a wicked dissection of misplaced faith.

You, Drive North

He was sitting on my phone (and on my glasses) ((new glasses)).  My choices were vast with con­sequences beyond my imagination.  How crazy was this situation?  The guy was ticking next to me, watchful not only of me but of everything moving on the street; he wasn’t talking.  Clocking the quadrants around us, hands on his knees, good quality jacket closed around his chest, face pulled into the collar; he looked like a soldier on holiday.  That made it worse; if he didn't have a crazy reason to do this then he had a REAL reason to do it.

“Why don’t you just take the car?”

“I don't need a car, I need a ride.  Shhh.”