Proper Tension

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Kate Stevens has made a home away from home at Once Upon a Yarn, the Texas-based handcraft shop owned by her friend, Paige Bryant. But now Paige is missing, and it's up to Kate and her best friend Vivi Lawrence to discover who has taken their friend, and why.

Was it Ezra Bond, the owner of an adjacent business who has had repeated run-ins with Paige? How about Patrick Bryant, Paige's seemingly devoted husband? Or has Paige fallen victim to some senseless act of random violence?

Kate, a successful crochet designer and author, has proven herself an apt amateur sleuth, but her skills will be taken to their limit as she, Vivi, and Seneca Marchal, an investigative journalist Kate met in her native Maine, take on the case of Paige's abduction.

To complicate matters, Kate promises Patrick that she will keep Once Upon a Yarn open while Paige is missing. She must cover for Paige while not alarming customers as Paige's absence becomes more and more obvious.

As always, Kate must balance her investigation and her more-than-friend relationship with the handsome Fort Worth detective, Peter Matthews. Peter has cautioned Kate in the past to stay clear of dangerous situations, but her loyalty to her friend trumps any fear she has.

Join Kate and her friends as they track down every conceivable lead in an attempt to find and free Paige before it's too late. 

The Characters

Single mother. Accomplished crochet designer. Murder suspect!

At 42 years old, Kate would have never expected to be described as any of these. But sometimes life has a funny way of taking you down the path least expected. The one thing that has remained constant in Kate's life is her amazing ability to turn imagined crochet designs into beautiful creations that others can enjoy.

It's Kate's God-given talent that landed her an amazing book deal featuring her crochet designs ... but will it end up being one huge mistake?

Known as the neighborhood serial killer -- of plants, that is -- Vivi is full of energy and excitement, and is always happy to share one of her mom's delicious home-cooked meals with Kate. While she may be a few years younger than Kate and not quite as skilled at crocheting, Vivi proves to be a tried-and-true friend who is happy to lend a hand in getting to the bottom of Kate's latest dilemma.

One of Fort Worth's finest detectives, Peter's handsome dark blue eyes can sparkle with mischief at times. The epitome of a Western lawman with his tall frame and wide shoulders, Peter is a welcome face as Kate works to clear her name in her book publisher's sudden death. For his part, Peter is captivated by Kate's smile and wants to be more than just a friend.

The owner of Once Upon a Yarn, a needlecraft shop in Fort Worth, Paige is full of life and wisdom. She likes to stock her shop with a mix of traditional and trendy needle arts that are as beautiful as her colorful personality. Delighted to welcome Kate into her cozy crafters' boutique, Paige at times finds herself stepping away from the counter to help Kate with her latest mystery.

A longtime friend of Paige Bryant and her husband, Adam provides Kate with practical advice to guide her career and helps fill the void left by Kate's father who died during her childhood. Adam has known his share of grief as well. Widowed two years ago, Adam learned crochet from his late wife, Julia, during her final illness. The craft provides constant comfort for him.

The old adage says, "like mother, like daughter," and Vanessa has definitely inherited Kate's keen eye for crochet design. But right now Vanessa prefers to wear her mother's designs than create her own. She's more focused on enjoying and exploring life as a freshman at Regency College in Fort Worth with an occasional stopover to see how Mom is settling into her new home in Sage Hills.

With a pleasant smile and laugh lines around his eyes, Roger is Kate's good-natured contact at Creative Inspirations Publishing. Their popular new magazine, Hook and Needle Artistry, featured Kate on the cover with an exclusive story inside the first issue. Now, Kate has a regular column in this well-liked craft magazine.