Spotlight & Giveaway: Chasing Your Tail by Kate McMurray

Posted December 2nd, 2022 by in Blog, Spotlight / 28 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Kate McMurray to HJ!

Hi Kate and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, Chasing Your Tail!


Please summarize the book for the readers here:

Lindsay’s ex, Brad, has just been hired by the cat café at the center of the series. Brad is a pastry chef—he makes treats for both the human and feline guests at the café—and he and Lindsay went to culinary school together. These days, instead of making food, Lindsay writes about it, and after one of her restaurant reviews goes viral, she gets hired by a big media company to write for them. But when her job is in jeopardy, she needs Brad’s help to find a great story to help her keep it.

Please share your favorite line(s) or quote from this book:

There’s a scene in which Lindsay interviews Brad for her magazine and asks about the best meal he’s ever eaten. He says it was one they had together in New Orleans when they were both extremely hungry. He says, “Sometimes, when you’re really hungry, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich tastes like ambrosia, and I would have eaten you if it had taken us any longer to find a place to eat, but that food was amazing. So was the company. That was my favorite meal.”


Please share a few Fun facts about this book…

  • Well, I’ve made every hero in the series adopt an animal.
  • My actual cat, Sadie, has a cameo in every book, as well.
  • The cat café is located on a fictional street that is based on the western end of Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, which gave me some license to make up the details, but that’s roughly where the neighborhood is situated. (When I started writing the series, there was a real cat café on Atlantic, but it has since relocated to Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, if you’re ever in Brooklyn and need your fix of cute cats.) I based the Whitman Street Cat Café on the Brooklyn Cat Café, albeit very loosely; they also function as a cat shelter, and I love the idea of finding forever homes for Brooklyn’s many stray cats. (Sadie is also a rescue.)
  • Lindsay writes for a fictional publication that I’ve used in a bunch of my other stories. It’s a subtle easter egg.


What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?

They meet at culinary school, so their attraction is both physical and based on their mutual interest in and knowledge of food. They fall in love the first time while experimenting in the test kitchen at the school and come to love cooking together.


Did any scene have you blushing, crying or laughing while writing it? And Why?

Most of the really emotional scenes come at the end of the book, and I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll stick to the middle. Some of my favorite scenes in the series involve the friends hanging out at their favorite neighborhood bar. In this novel, Brad shows up one evening while Lindsay is waiting for everyone else, and they talk about how they used to know each other really well. And Brad says:

“You like your coffee light and sweet, like, why even bother with the coffee? You’re allergic to pineapple, as we learned during the upside-down cake incident. And you like frou-frou rom coms but will never admit it. There. Did I pass?”
“Yeah, I guess so. What makes you think I like rom coms?”
“Because despite your aversion to love and commitment, you teared up at the end of every one we watched together. You, my dear ex, are a sap.”
“That is not true.”
He shrugged.

Although, most of the best laugh-out-loud lines that I still find funny while rereading, came from Evan, one of Lindsay’s friends. You’ll have to read the book to find those.


Readers should read this book….

Because it’s a light, funny, sweet rom com without a lot of angst that might just hit your romance sweet spot at this time of year.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have in the works?

I’m currently writing another rom com about a fashion writer who gets a do-over with her former best friend after she runs into him at a high school reunion. But I don’t have any scheduled pub dates past Chasing Your Tail, so readers will have to wait a little bit for that one.

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


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Excerpt from Chasing Your Tail:

Here’s a little more from that scene at the bar:

Brad knew he was running out of time. Evan would get here any minute, and although Brad and Lindsay were not exactly in private as they spoke in the middle of a crowded bar, none of her friends were here to overhear this conversation.
“What does that even mean?” Lindsay asked after a long pause.
“I think you should go out with me again.”
“Hear me out. I think you should go out with me again. Not commit to anything, just go on a date or something, so that I can demonstrate to you that I am a good person and that we could be good together once we figure out that whole trust thing.”
“This thing with us didn’t work out the first time. What makes you think it will now?”
That was the million dollar question, wasn’t it? “We’ve learned and grown as people?”
She grunted and crossed her arms.
“We’ll never know if we don’t try.”
“I guess.” She shot him a sidelong glance. “You got another cliche for me?”
Brad laughed. “Fake it til you make it? Eyes on the prize? Go for the gold?”
Lindsay rolled her eyes.
“Just think about it, all right? And, look, if you just want to use me for my hot body, I’m okay with that, too.” Brad wasn’t entirely sure why he was throwing himself at Lindsay so hard. Well, he did want her back. No one had ever fit with him or made him laugh or eased the old wounds in Brad the way Lindsay had, and he’d regretted every moment of his life since she’d walked away from him the first time. Oh, he’d dated other women—he was a man with a pulse, after all—but none of them measured up.
Her mouth twisted in a way that showed she was amused but didn’t want to be, a suppressed smile for the ages. He thought he almost had her when Evan walked in.

Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

Book Info:

Head to Brooklyn’s Whitman Street Cat Café: the coffee is strong, the desserts are delicious, kitten cuddles are never out of stock—and finding love is guaranteed.

Pastry chef Brad Marks is the new hot thing at the Whitman Street Cat Café; he makes tasty treats for both the human and feline guests at the café. All the patrons love him, and freelance writer Lindsay Somers understands why; five years ago, she was smitten by his charms too—until Brad broke her heart. Lindsay is happy with her new gig at a trendy weekly magazine, but when her boss assigns her to do a story on the cat café, she’s thrown back into Brad’s orbit yet again…
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Meet the Author:

Kate McMurray writes smart, savvy romantic fiction. She likes creating stories that are brainy, funny, and of course sexy, with regular guy characters and urban sensibilities. She advocates for romance stories by and for everyone. When she’s not writing, Kate edits textbooks, watches baseball, plays violin, crafts things out of yarn, and wears a lot of cute dresses. Kate’s gay romances have won or finaled several times in the Rainbow Awards for LGBT fiction and nonfiction.
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28 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Chasing Your Tail by Kate McMurray”

  1. Barbara Bates

    I enjoy a good client-bodyguard
    romance.Going from just a job to full blown attraction.

  2. EC

    Friends2Lovers because I love how there’s already a core bond before the relationship turns romantic.

  3. Leeza Stetson

    Second chance romance is great. I also love enemies-to-lovers. I enjoy watching as the characters learn more about each other and slowly come to realize their attraction.

  4. Glenda M

    Friends to Lovers and beauty and the beast are my top. B&B in part because we all can use the reminder to look beyond appearances. FtL since they already have a strong foundation for a lasting love

  5. Amy R

    Do you have a favorite trope, and what do you really love about it? It happened in Vegas – because it’s usually a fun story

  6. Linda F Herold

    I live in a small town so I like books that take place in small towns. My favorites are brother’s best friend books.

  7. SusieQ

    I also like the second chance romance for many of the same reasons. I also love enemies to lovers. Seeing two people who hate each other realize that they really love each other can be so fun.

  8. Latesha B.

    I like most tropes but love mistaken identity because you see how the characters have to work through their misconceptions to get what they truly want.

  9. Leanna Hiner

    Friends to lovers is a favorite I love to watch the relationship grow.

  10. Dianne Casey

    I like second chance tropes because it’s interesting to see what brings a couple back together

  11. Bonnie

    I enjoy reading enemies to lovers romance, because I like the interaction between the main characters.

  12. Shannon Capelle

    Second chance romance because sometimes its better the second time around


    I am a fan of friends to lovers, because the two already know and like each other and it is a risky leap to make it more.

  14. Pamela Conway

    I enjoy many tropes but my favorite now is rom com’s because they make me laugh

  15. Lori Byrd

    Enemies to lovers because you wonder how the author will make them fall in love.

  16. Patricia B.

    Beauty and the Beast and wounded hero/heroine are my favorites and very much alike. We are all a little damaged in some way. It is heartening to watch someone find that person who understands them and can heal them.

  17. Laurie Gommermann

    Marriage of convenience
    It throws people together to gain something: whether it be an inheritance or money for a surgery or family obligation or to survive
    ( mail order bride)
    I love the “ah ha” moment when they realize they’ve becomes friends and have over come the odds and fallen in love.

  18. Tina R

    I can’t say I have a favorite trope because I enjoy so many. However, I’ve been reading a lot of fake date/relationship stories lately. I like to see how easy the couple thinks it won’t change their feelings for one another until they realize faking it doesn’t always deliver the expected outcome.