The James Bay Series

I live in a small Northern Michigan town where my life is an open book. Let’s face it. There aren’t many secrets in a town with only two traffic lights. My James Bay series is loosely based on the different communities and the comings and goings of people found throughout Northern Michigan. I’ve written other novels, which don’t take place in James Bay, but honestly? I missed the people! They’re all very real to me, and still alive in my heart and head: Patty Perreault and Sam; Rose Gallagher and Fireman Mike; Lucy Carter and Max. And let’s not forget Fr. Greg. Of all the characters from the James Bay series, the beloved local Catholic priest is the one readers repeatedly ask me about. ‘What happened to Fr. Greg? Did he leave the priesthood? Did he end up with Lila?

If you’ve loved the James Bay books, you’ll be delighted to hear that the next installment is now available! Deep Fried Reservations is the story of Chuck Malinski and his 20-something daughter Katie, who together own and operate Chuck’s Tavern and Grill, the restaurant where the locals hang out and the Friday night all-you-can-eat fish fries border on legendary.

The entire James Bay series is available for FREE in Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited program.

Book Cover: Fatty Patty by Kathleen Irene Paterka


Brand New School Year, Brand New Body, Brand New Me!

Small towns, long memories. Everyone in the exclusive summer resort of James Bay, Michigan remembers FATTY PATTY, the chubby little girl with the round face and wild red curls. All grown up now, Patty Perreault teaches at the same elementary school where the painful playground memories still taunt her. She hasn’t forgotten the cruel nickname—plus she still hasn’t lost those extra pounds. Convinced her weight is the biggest reason why she’s a four time loser in the semi-finals for Teacher of the Year, Patty resolves to make some changes in her body and her life.

Sam Curtis, an overweight accountant she meets at the community pool, swims into Patty’s life with romance on his mind. But as their friendship grows, Patty finds it hard to see beyond his extra pounds. She’s torn as Sam refuses to deal with his own overweight issues. Her heart tells her one thing, but her eyes see another. She’s not interested in an overweight boyfriend. When it comes to winning the Grand Prize in life and love, Patty has some hard lessons to learn. Will she be able to confront her fears about the kind of woman she yearns to be? Will she be able to put down the fork and give her heart a try?

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Book Cover : Home Fires by Kathleen Irene Paterka


When fire strikes too close to home…

Attorney Rose Gallagher left her home and heart behind in James Bay years ago, dreaming of big city success. When a family health crisis draws her back to the small resort community where she was born and raised, Rose settles in for a six-week-stay, only to find herself musing over two unexpected job offers and other things, too… such as the string of arson fires threatening James Bay and a handsome fireman named Mike Gallagher who sparks an unexpected fire in her heart.

When the arson investigation blazes a trail which seems to lead directly to an old family friend, Rose sets out to prove her fireman wrong. Mike is determined to keep this pretty litigator from snooping around in his ongoing investigation, and Rose is equally determined not to give up on her quest to prove her friend’s innocence—even if it means giving up a possible future with Mike. Will these two find a way to resolve their differences, or will their dreams of romance go up in smoke?

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Book Cover : Lotto Lucy by Kathleen Irene Paterka


Winning the lottery: $70 million

Mending family relationships: Priceless

When James Bay journalist Lucy Carter wins the lottery, good fortune seems guaranteed. But even $70 million in cold hard cash can’t help Lucy when it comes to dealing with some cold hard facts. No amount of money will buy back Grandma’s mind nor buy Lucy a reprieve from a strained mother/daughter relationship.

After a twenty year absence, Lila’s suddenly back in town. Lila says she’s moved to James Bay to keep an eye out for her daughter Lucy… or is it Lucy’s money that Lila has her eye on instead? When an auto accident forces mother and daughter together to live under one roof, even a luxurious 4,000 square foot condo seems like a tiny bungalow, and Lucy suddenly has her hands full with a whole new set of problems she never expected.

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For I Have Sinned Book Cover


Cursed or Blessed?

A Man of God Must Make a Choice…

Father Greg, a Catholic priest and recovering alcoholic, took a vow of obedience at his ordination—but thirty years later, that Roman collar chafes his neck. His love for God is not in doubt, but the same can’t be said for his faith in the church. After a young interracial couple joins his parish in the small exclusive resort community of James Bay, Michigan, Father Greg finds himself waging a fierce battle fighting parishioners’ prejudices. When an attractive widow from the parish joins hands with him to befriend the young couple, the problems only escalate—and so do the rumors about a romance. Caught up in a war with church leaders and his own guilty conscience, Father Greg is trapped. He’s good at standing up for others, but now he needs to learn how to stand up for himself. It’s the only way he’ll become the man he was always meant to be—with or without the Roman collar.

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Book Cover : Deep Fried Reservations by Kathleen Irene Paterka


It’s a family recipe for disaster…

Katy Malinski and her widowed father, Chuck, serve up great food and a friendly atmosphere in their Northern-Michigan-family-owned restaurant. But when a mysterious visitor from Hawaii shows up one day claiming to be Chuck’s daughter, things between Katy and her dad head south fast. Confronted with the consequences of a long-forgotten romance, Chuck welcomes Mai with open arms. But Katy isn’t buying the exotic new addition to their family menu. Who is Mai and why, after all these years, has she suddenly shown up in James Bay? Tensions flare between the two sisters as Mai dons an apron, joins the family business, and starts giving orders to staff and Katy alike. Convinced her disagreeable sister is up to no good, Katy does her best to warn Chuck. But sharing her suspicions backfires big time, and Katy finds herself all alone in her quest to expose the truth behind Mai’s true motives, and find out exactly who her sister really is. What happens when you suddenly find yourself at war with the loved ones in your life? For Katy and Chuck, the stakes couldn’t be higher. It’s not just their restaurant on the line: this simmering feud has the potential to explode, destroying their family forever.

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