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#Spotlight – Harris Estate by Stacy Cotter

I am pleased to introduce you to this
new author, Stacy Cotter.
Her debut novel was just released this week.


Harris Estate: Some Secrets Can’t be Buried
3L Publishing (November 1, 2016)
Paperback: 217 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0996677639

About the Book

A family mystery unfolds deep in the heart of Texas as a grisly discovery is made in the farmhouse that a young woman has inherited. As the truth unravels so does the woman’s sense of identity and self.

Leah Murphy arrives in the small town of Oakdale, Texas with the intention of selling the Harris Estate, a property left to her by her Uncle Kent Harris. She soon learns about hidden family secrets buried in the dark reaches of the decaying old farmhouse. A grisly discovery on the property sparks an investigation with local authorities, which opens up Pandora’s box. Leah’s entire identity falls apart as her family becomes a jigsaw puzzle of new pieces rearranged and fit back together. During these trials and tribulations, her marriage is tested, her desires are amplified, and she has decisions to make that will affect everyone she loves.

Harris Estate is a cryptic and intriguing story of betrayal, buried secrets, and a woman’s life come undone.

Frequent Asked Questions

What is the Harris Estate about?
Harris Estate is an alluring mystery that takes our protagonist, Leah Murphy, from San Francisco, California to Oakdale, Texas when she inherits a long abandoned ranch estate. A grisly discovery on the property sparks an investigation with local authorities, which opens up Pandora’s box and everything Leah knew about her life is changed forever. During the trials and
tribulations, her marriage is tested, her desires are amplified, and she has
decisions to make that will affect everyone she loves.

Why did you write the book?

In January, my grandmother passed away at the age of 96. We celebrated her life and the love that she gave to all of us. Like many people after losing someone special, I found myself analyzing my life, past, present and future. A week after the service, I was on a several-days-long road trip for work when I drove past an abandoned farmhouse. My mind and imagination went into overdrive as I was curious what had taken place there over the past decades. By the time I finished work and was checked into my hotel, I had a blank Word document in front of me begging for words. That night I wrote the first chapter of Harris Estate and had the entire novel written within just a few weeks. The story and words just poured out of me, sometimes faster than I could fathom. Writing a novel was something that I had always wanted to do, but there was always an excuse or reason not to do it.

Who is your favorite character in the Harris Estate and why?
The story is centered around our lead character, Leah Murphy, who I would deem as my favorite character in Harris Estate. Being a wife, mother and associate of a family-run IT Firm makes Leah a very busy, yet relatable character. So many of us are constantly juggling various activities in our daily life, I felt that it was vital for our main character to be someone that we could all relate to.

What theme in the book do you hope readers understand and take away from it?

I’m in hopes that the reader enjoys taking a wild ride that makes them question what they might do in the various scenarios that our characters are thrown into. My goal is for them to experience the same range of emotions: shock, fear, humor, passion and vengeance. Harris Estate, is the type of book that allows you to escape the day-to-day stresses of life, and take you into another person’s life of challenges and personal strife.

This book is your first novel. What are your plans for the future?
Writing Harris Estate has opened up a door that I had always kept securely closed. Taking the risk and finally jumping in with both feet, has freed my imagination and put it into overdrive. Since the decision was made to publish, I have gone ahead and written several more stories. Harris Estate, The Aftermath, is the sequel and the conclusion to Harris Estate. That novel has already been written and it is in the final editing phase. Closure, a heart-wrenching novel of mystery and revenge, has been written and I am optimistic for release in 2017. Finally, The Faithful One, is an in-depth philosophical novel that takes symbolism to another level and offers the reader a way to analyze their lives and how they live it. That is currently in the works and more are coming to mind each and every day.


Stacey Cotter has a degree in psychology and business administration, which led her to a career path in long-term care. With a passion for literature, several stories had been in her mind for years, but weren’t ready to come out until now. Harris Estate was worth the wait, as it is her first published novel. The sequel, Harris Estate, The Aftermath, will be forthcoming in late 2016. Closure, a new fictional mystery, will follow in 2017. Stacey lives with her husband and two children.

Visit Stacey on Facebook and on Twitter @StaceyCotter5

You can purchase Harris Estate at Amazon and B&N

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