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Former Insider Confronts Human Trafficking in Nashville Music Scene in New "Deadly Connection" Novel

Press Release/NRB 2022

Nashville Author Kathy Harris Releases "Deadly Connection,"

Book Two in "The Deadly Secrets" Series

(Nashville, Tennessee) — Author Kathy Harris, a former Oak Ridge Boys marketing professional, has delivered another hard-hitting Christian suspense novel with Deadly Connection, the second book in The Deadly Secrets series from Iron Stream Media. Harris’s story line is based in her hometown Nashville, Tennessee. It was released in October 2021 in trade paperback, e-book, audio book, and audio CD. Both audio formats were produced by Oasis Audio. Center Point Publishing will release a large print library bound edition of Deadly Connection in April 2022.

In Deadly Connection, as with her previous works, Harris combines a plot that runs deep into the Nashville music industry with fictional stories and characters that could have been taken from today’s hottest headlines. In Deadly Connection, she explores the world of human trafficking.

“My writing is an extension of my faith,” Harris says. “Deadly Connection is a story about human trafficking, but it is also a book about faith, hope, and second chances.”

"Before I started researching for this book, I knew that human trafficking was prevalent in the United States. But I learned that it is one of the fastest growing crimes in our nation and that it occurs in every state, crosses every societal barrier, and for many of us, may even affect someone we know.”

Deadly Connection is available wherever books are sold, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Christianbook. For more information, log on to Kathy’s website, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Media Note: For interviews with Kathy Harris during the National Religious Broadcasters event in Nashville, interested media should contact Gregg Wooding of I AM PR, 972-567-7660/

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Kathy Harris Biography

Kathy Harris is an author by way of a “divine detour” into the Nashville entertainment business. After graduating with a Communications degree from Southern Illinois University, she moved to Tennessee to work in the Christian music industry. That position soon transitioned into what would become a long-tenured country music marketing career with The Oak Ridge Boys.

For several years, Kathy freelanced entertainer biographies and wrote, as well as ghost wrote, news stories and columns for various music publications. In 2007, she sold her first Christian non-fiction story, “Walk on Water,” which was included in Thomas Nelson’s All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa. That same year one of her devotions was published in The One Year Life Verse Devotional from Tyndale House. She also contributed “Blooms of Wisdom” to the Chicken Soup for the Soul 2010 release Thanks, Mom and “He Who Laughs Last Is the Weiner” to the Chicken Soup for the Soul 2019 release Life Lessons from the Dog.

Abingdon Press, an imprint of the United Methodist Publishing House, released Kathy’s debut novel, The Road to Mercy, in September 2012. In October 2019, Iron Stream Fiction released Deadly Commitment, the first book in The Deadly Secrets romantic suspense series. Deadly Commitment, the second book in the series, released October 12, 2021.

An American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis finalist in 2007 and category winner in the RWA/Faith Hope & Love Touched by Love in 2011, Kathy was included in Family Fiction magazine’s list of ‘five new voices encouraging and challenging the modern woman.’ She was also a featured panelist at the 2012 Southern Festival of Books.

Kathy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), the Christian Authors Network (CAN), Faith, Hope & Love Christian Writers (FHL), the Country Music Association (CMA), the Gospel Music Association (GMA), the Academy of Country Music (ACM), and the Americana Music Association (AMA), and a former member of National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). She is also a former board member of the Tennessee Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse and the Nashville Entertainment Association.

For more information, log on to Kathy’s website, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Kathy is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

"Deadly Connection" Novel Tackles Fastest Growing Crime in U.S.


After fending off a would-be abductor, 27-year-old singer-songwriter Hannah Cassidy hides behind a car in the half-empty parking lot behind Pancake Pantry in Nashville. From there, she watches in horror as her attacker grabs another woman and pushes her into a nearby car. Within seconds, the vehicle speeds away.

TBI Special Agent Jake Matheson may have planned a quiet day off and a date with Shannon―the only name her online profile revealed―for an introductory lunch, but after pulling into a parking space on 21st Avenue South, he hears a scream. He races to the back of the building and finds a frightened young woman bent forward and gasping for breath.

Thrown together by uncanny circumstances and driven by the whys and what-ifs of secrets yet to be revealed, Hannah and Jake set out to find the connection between them before it becomes deadly.

Deadly Connection / Excerpt

Strong arms pulled Hannah Cassidy backward, her heels barely touching the pavement as her captor dragged her across the half-vacant parking lot. The harder she fought, the more the man tightened his grip on her throat, and each breath she drew threatened to be her last. She willed herself not to lose consciousness.

Or hope.

If she could land one, well-placed kick, she would make a run for freedom. Fighting to fill her lungs with air, Hannah summoned the strength to secure her footing. Then, with a twist of her body, she landed a blow, driving her heel into the man’s shin.

“O-o-ouch! You little—” He released his hold, enough for her to pull away.

Lunging forward, she calculated her escape. If she could make it to the main street, she could solicit help from a passerby. Her ability to outrun her attacker would either seal her fate—or set her free.

She chose the latter and took off running. Midway to Belcourt Avenue, she heard footsteps falling behind her. And then she heard the shrill scream of a siren.

Could it be that easy?

Turning toward the sound of the siren, she scanned the landscape in front of her in search of her rescuer. But the Metro Nashville police car rolled past on Wedgewood Avenue, lights ablaze, oblivious to her situation. Still, it had been enough to distract the man chasing her, who had stopped to watch the police car. While he was distracted, Hannah ducked behind a nearby vehicle.

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