Costume Catastrophe

Costume Catastrophe Facebook



It’s RELEASE DAY for Costume Catastrophe. I’m super excited about this book. For one thing Zak and Zoe really are my favorites and for another Halloween is my very favorite holiday. And the cover, isn’t it adorable? Jessica Fisher found the graphic and came up with the concept so she gets ALL the credit for this one.  So what have Zak and Zoe got going on this Halloween.

Well first of all there is a murder. Isn’t there always?

Ellie is struggling with telling her huge secret to Levi who is still quite clueless.

Alex goes on her first date and papa Zak has a coronary.

And much, much, more.


Here is an excerpt from the opening:

“We could still go with the chubby pumpkin costume,” I suggested to my best friend, Ellie Davis, as I tried to help her squeeze into a sexy vampire costume that was never going to fit.

“I’m not chubby,” Ellie insisted as she stood in front of the full-length mirror in the dressing room of the local costume shop, sucking in her stomach.

“I know, but you are three months pregnant. This costume isn’t going to fit no matter how much you suck in your stomach.”

“If I go as the chubby pumpkin people will know. It’s the classic costume for pregnant women.”

“No one will know.”

“They will.”

“Okay, how about a ghost? We’ll just grab a sheet, cut out some eye holes, and you’ll be good to go.”

Ellie started crying.


I knew it was the pregnancy hormones, but seriously? If I was going to cry at every little thing when I got pregnant I was going to go back on the Pill before it was too late. Of course Ellie wasn’t just pregnant; she had a secret—a very big, life-altering secret she’d already kept much too long.

“Don’t cry; we’ll figure this out.” I tried for an encouraging tone. “We’ll keep looking until we find the perfect thing.”

“It’s no use,” Ellie sobbed. “I look like a whale. I’ll just skip the party and stay home. It’s really the only logical choice.”

“You’re not staying home and you don’t look like a whale. In fact, other than the tiny baby bump you don’t look any different at all. Still, it’s not going to be too long before even the baggiest sweaters fail to hide your secret.” I took Ellie’s hand and led her over to the little bench that ran along one wall. I sat down, pulling her down beside me. “You know I love you and you know I’ll do anything for you, but it seems to me that your current dilemma might serve as a hint that it really is time.”

“I can’t.”

“You can and you should. Levi has a right to know.” I referred to the baby’s father, my other best friend, Levi Denton.

Ellie took a deep breath. Then she let it out slowly. “I know. I’ll tell him. I promise. I just need to find the right time.”

“Now seems like as good a time as any.”

“No. Not now. He has the big game against Bryton Lake this week. I don’t want to distract him. I’ll tell him after.” Levi was the head coach for the Ashton Falls High School varsity football team.

I gave Ellie’s hand a squeeze. “Okay. I guess it can wait another week. But we really do need to find you a costume for the party. You mentioned a whale. You know, a whale actually might be the perfect costume.”

Ellie started crying again.

Good going, Zoe.

“How about we take a break? We’ll go get something to eat and maybe we can try costume shopping again another day.”

“Okay.” Ellie dried her eyes with the back of her hand. “I guess I am hungry.”


Now for the giveaway. Comment below to be entered to win one of three copies of Costume Catastrophe. Kindle or Paperback – winners choice – NON US Kindle only.


83 thoughts on “Costume Catastrophe

  1. Marcia Suminski says:

    Woke up at 3:30 AM and downloaded it, just couldn’t wait. Will spend the day/weekend reading. Best way to beat the heat.

  2. sb8857 says:

    What a sweet excerpt! So much emotion mixed with a true bond of friendship, in words and actions that allowed me to seriously feel their pain. I love the book already! Congratulations Kathi on another winning release!!

  3. Missy VanHoose says:

    Love all your books. Can’t wait to start reading. This will really put me on the Halloween mood (my favorite time of the year) Have a great day!!!

  4. Rose Milligan says:

    The cover is adorable. Halloween is a fun holiday. Thanks for having the giveaway.


  5. Barbara Hawk says:

    Downloaded! Can’t wait to read Costume Catastrophe! Always a fun time with Zoe and the gang! Have a great weekend!

  6. Debra Woloson says:

    Love the cover and I love the series. Halloween makes me think of cool weather and I love. Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Brittany Abbott says:

    I had no idea that this book was coming out yet, I thought it was coming out at the end of the month. I’m so excited to read it!

  8. Pat McCray says:

    Just opened my Kindle and there it was – know what I am reading this weekend – love the cover and love all your books. Thanks for all your books and hour of great reading

  9. donnadurnell2013 says:

    I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by you. Can’t believe I would not also enjoy this one.
    I haven’t yet read all of Zoe’s books; need to get my reading back on track. Maybe in the next few weeks as I recover from surgery.

    donna {dot} durnell {at} sbcglobal {dot} net

  10. robeader says:

    My hubby brought in our mail today and handed me a package. Lo and behold, I was blessed with a copy of Costume Catastrophe with a sweet message in it for my birthday. Thank you Kathi for making my day while I swelter in this heat we are experiencing this summer. You are so very kind in the way you think of your fans so much. Blessing flow onto you today and always.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s