Home to Stay by Kate James

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Home to Stay
by Kate James
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 312 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

She’s bringing his son home

A missing little boy triggers San Diego K-9 officer Shannon Clemens and her canine search-and-rescue partner into instant action. For the rookie cop haunted by a childhood tragedy, bringing Sawyer Evans’s son safely home is more than a job. It’s a mission she can’t fail… But forging a friendship with the father is a tactical error that could compromise her first solo assignment. Yet the deepening bond between them is almost impossible to resist…

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About the Author

Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word.

Kate’s goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook pageTwitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

Tour Schedule

July 8th: Launch
July 9th:
Heidi Reads…
Becky on Books
Thoughts of a Blonde
deal sharing aunt
With Love for Books
July 10th:
Katie’s Clean Book Collection
Hearts & Scribbles
Slice of Life
It’s All About the Romance
Mel’s Shelves
July 11th:
Rockin’ Book Reviews
underneath the covers
Getting Your Read On
Nicole’s Book Musings
Cafinated Reads
Christian Suspense Author Mary Alford
July 12th:
A Baker’s Perspective
Paulette’s Papers
Christy’s Cozy Corners
The Bookworm Chronicles
Janice’s Book Reviews
July 13th:
Singing Librarian Books
I Am A Reader
Reading Is My SuperPower
Inside the Mind of an Avid Reader
Book Lover in Florida
Wishful Endings
July 14: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

Prize Pack:
· A gorgeous aqua cross-body bag;
· “Dreamer Extraordinaire” charm bookmark;
· signed copy of When Love Matters Most, the second book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series);
· signed copy of When I Found You, the third book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series;
· an assortment of bookmarks and bookplates; and
· a $20 Amazon gift card.
· (US/CAN – if winner lives elsewhere, will receive ebooks & gift card instead)

Signed Books:
· Six winners who comment on any of the blog posts, will receive a signed book (US/CAN) of their choice from the first three books in the San Diego K-9 Unit series, When the Right One Comes Along, When Love Matters Most, or When I Found You.

Ends July 18th

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~ Guest Post ~ 

Character Descriptions

I’m thrilled to be visiting your blog today to celebrate the release of Home to Stay, the second of my three 2017 releases and the fourth book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series!

Today, I would like to tell you a little about the main characters in Home to Stay.
Shannon Clemens

The heroine of Home to Stay is Shannon Clemens. Shannon is a rookie officer in the San Diego Police Department K-9 Unit. Shannon had wanted to be in law enforcement since she tragically lost her little brother when she was only fourteen. The K-9 Unit is one of the hardest to get into in the police department, and Shannon is thrilled that she finally made it. Her K-9 partner, Darwin, is also a rookie, and Shannon has been instrumental in his training. When the story begins, she and Darwin had only recently been assigned a specialization: search and rescue. With the only other search-and-rescue officer with the SDPD on his honeymoon at the time, Shannon’s first solo assignment comes sooner than expected. She and Darwin have to find a little boy lost in a state park, and that hits too close to home with what had happened to her brother. But Shannon is feisty and determined to make a difference, and bring the little boy, Dylan, back to his father unharmed.

As for Shannon’s appearance, I thought I would share with you the “Character Description” form authors fill in to help the talented art department people at Harlequin design our covers.


A celebrity lookalike for Shannon is Christina Applegate, when she wore her bright-blonde hair chin-length.

Sawyer Evans

The hero of Home to Stay is Sawyer Evans. Sawyer is a single father and a professor of law. He’d been one of the top prosecutors in the San Diego County District Attorney’s office, but left that job to teach. He changed jobs to give him more time with his son, Dylan, after his wife Jeannette abandoned them. Sawyer is more of a studious than a rugged and outdoorsy type. He thinks of himself as the nerdy academic, more comfortable with his head in a law book than plodding up a mountain trail for a hike. His entire world is his son, and he would do anything for him and to keep him safe from harm. Sawyer’s worst nightmare comes true when Dylan disappears from his family’s campsite in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park.

Here is the completed Character Description form for Sawyer.



A celebrity lookalike for Sawyer is Michael Weatherly.

Dylan Evans

Dylan is Sawyer’s four-year old son. Dylan is smart and remarkably resilient, having lost his mother at an early age. His favorite toy is a stuffed kangaroo he named Joey. Here is the Character Description form for Dylan.

hero son


Darwin is Shannon’s K-9 partner. Darwin is a beautiful, young German shepherd. He showed great potential in a number of areas when his training began with the San Diego Police Department, but he had a particular aptitude for search and rescue. Resultantly that became his specialization.

Here is Darwin’s Character Description form.


The inspiration for Darwin is a York Regional Police K-9 named Cyrus.



Rufus is a rescue dog Sawyer adopts for Dylan. Rufus is a Bernese mountain dog/Australian shepherd mix and quite large. Here is Rufus’s Character Description form.


I hope you enjoyed getting to know the key characters of Home to Stay. Now I would like to hear from you! Do you have a favorite character from a book you read recently? If so, who is the character and why are you drawn to him or her?

It’s a pleasure to be visiting here today. You can connect with me by e-mail (readers@kate-james.com), through my website (www.kate-james.com), my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/katejamesbooks), Twitter (@katejamesbooks) or regular mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

I would love to hear from you.

Happy reading!


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  1. Kate James says:

    Thank you for welcoming me to your blog, Brianne!

  2. Rhonda Gothier says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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