Saturday, March 9, 2019

Review, Guest Post, and Giveaway: The Watch on the Fencepost by Kay DiBianca

About the Book

Book: The Watch on the Fencepost  
Author: Kay DiBianca  
Genre: Christian Mystery / Suspense/ Romance  


A mysterious gold watch propels 27-year-old Kathryn Frasier into a quest to prove her parents’ recent deaths were not an accident. Following a trail of cryptic clues, she encounters a remarkable cast of characters, including an actress with a talent for disguises, a politician with a dark secret, and a handsome businessman who shows a sudden romantic interest in Kathryn. Can she solve the mystery before she becomes the next victim?

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My Thoughts:

Well this book took me totally by surprise. For some reason I thought it would be about time travel. It was not. It was a simple love story with a mystery and lots of revelations for a young woman after her parents have died.

Kathryn has lived an awful few months following the tragic car accident of her parents and she is trying to get a strong foothold into her life again. She has been running to help her take her mind off of life and one day in the park she comes across a watch that is sitting on the fencepost. Kathryn cannot understand why someone would have left such a valuable piece of jewelry and obviously sentimental as it had an inscription on it. Well, Kathryn has a steel trap mind and senses something peculiar about the whole situation. When she goes back to the fencepost the next day her world and what she thought she knew unravels in both good and bad ways.

I really liked the cast of characters. Some were quirky and others downright romantic and the author did a good job putting all the puzzle pieces together and making the story work. There was a lot of moving parts and I liked that neither the romance nor the mystery took up the whole story. Family was shown to be very important, the love of a father for his daughter was endearing and by the end after a few surprises, I was glad Kathryn was no longer alone.

I wonder if the author will give us more of these characters stories, I hope so as this was an enjoyable read.

I received a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author

Kay DiBianca holds an MS degree in computer science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked in the IT departments of several major organizations, including IBM, UNC Chapel Hill, International Paper, and FedEx. She has an instrument rating in single-engine aircraft and competes in the Senior Olympics track events. She is a U.S. representative for Bridges for Peace, an international organization whose mission is to serve the people of Israel. She and her husband, Frank, live in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, visit

Guest post from Kay


I’m a runner. I spend a lot of time on the treadmill, at a local track, or running in a park near my home. When I’m outdoors, I usually listen to podcasts or audio books to keep my mind occupied.

Several years ago, I was listening to a mystery novel while running on a trail, and I began to put together a story in my own mind. Over the following weeks and months, I had created the characters of Kathryn and Cece, and I could see them in my mind’s eye. 

On another long run, I passed an old fence post and a plot began to form itself. Other characters seemed to materialize out of nowhere, and soon I had the basic outline of the book in my head. Before long I was ignoring the audio book voices coming through my earbuds and just adding to my own story. That’s when I decided to write it down. 

In the next few months, my story grew from a general outline to a narrative that stretched to over 60,000 words, and I loved the little surprises that popped up along the way. Although I had intended the book to be a straight mystery, I found some of the characters writing their own scenes, and soon there was romance! 

As I chiseled away the extraneous parts and added detail and nuance, the important story elements of love, faith, and family rose to the surface. I delighted in Kathryn’s discovering more about herself and Cece’s unfailing wisdom and humor. 

I spent over a year working with an editor to revise and strengthen the book. With every change in a word or addition of a plot twist, the story got better. It’s been three years since that first run in the park that got me thinking about the story. Now Kathryn, Cece, Phil, Mike, Tommy, and all the others are ready to tell their stories to the world. 

I think I’ll go for a run tomorrow to see what Kathryn and Cece are going to be up to next.

Blog Stops

Mary Hake, March 4
Emily Yager, March 8
Pause for Tales, March 9
Older & Smarter?, March 14
By The Book, March 14
Bigreadersite, March 15

The Becca Files, March 15


To celebrate her tour, Kay is giving away a grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


  1. Thank you so much for reviewing "The Watch on the Fencepost" on your blog. I'm glad you liked the book.

    Best regards, Kay DiBianca