The House on Xenia by Rita Moreau – Fast Five Interview + Giveaway

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The House on Xenia by Rita Moreau
A Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery #4

A government conspiracy. A life-threatening secret. Can a psychic accountant balance the books of justice?

Mary Catherine “MC” Mahoney prefers numbers to her supernatural powers. But when a cold-case corpse shows up under her cousin’s family home, the only calculations that add up are paranormal. And deep within the floorboards of the house on Xenia, MC and her madcap Greek family uncover evidence pointing to visitors from another planet…

Pursued by military agents intent on keeping the secrets buried, MC will have to play by the house’s rules to expose the alien mystery. And there’s only one member of the family who can get to the hidden truth…

Can MC reveal the cover-up, or will a dangerous hush job close her books forever?

The House on Xenia is a standalone novel in the Mary Catherine Mahoney cozy mystery series. If you like psychic female sleuths, crazy family antics, and long lost aliens, then you’ll love Rita Moreau’s quirky tale.

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1) What does a typical day look like for you? Do you write every day?

I try to write every day. I find early in the morning is my best and most creative time to write, the earlier, the better. After coffee I sit down and get to work. I also spend time on marketing my books, once I’ve reached a stopping point in the creative process. When not writing I walk on the beach and teach group fitness classes. I also do Book Buzz – the best of mysteries as a special contributor on Joy on Paper Radio show with PatZi Gil.

2) What or who was the inspiration for the Mary Catherine Mahoney series?

My mother was my inspiration to write. She was a single mother in the 1950s. She worked hard to care for my two brothers and I and my grandmother. She never lost sight of her dream – to make it big in show business. She actually did well with a public access TV show in Tampa. Family always came first and family celebrations like birthdays. We always had a birthday cake and a present. To this day we have a very close knit family. She inspired me to never give up on my dreams (to see my books on the big screen) and so I write.

3) If you could have coffee or tea with a character from one of your books, who would you choose and why?

Probably Sister Matilda and Sister Hildegard, two nuns who are part of the regular cast of characters in my series. I never know what’s going to happen next when I am writing a scene with those two, so I am sure it would be very interesting.

4) What type of research did you do for The House on Xenia?
I researched the crash at Roswell and Area 51 and how it tied into Wright Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio, which was (and may still be) the headquarters of government sponsored UFO investigations. I also hired a house historian who gave me the history of the house I grew up in on Xenia Avenue in Dayton, Ohio. That was very interesting to know the history of the house. I think we all have memories of the house or neighborhood we grew up in that stays with us throughout our life.

5) What are you currently reading?
I am reading Hot Shot by Sheldon Siegel. This is book 10 in his Mile Daley/Rosie Fernandez Legal Thriller. I love this series and have read them all.

About the Author

Rita Moreau is the author of the Mary Catherine Mahoney Mystery series.

A workaholic by nature, upon retirement, Rita Moreau began work on her bucket list, writing a book. Traveling the national parks with her husband George in a vintage Bluebird motor home, (on George’s list), Rita completed her first novel Bribing Saint Anthony. Back home she completed Nuns! Psychics! & Gypsies! OH! NO, Feisty Nuns, The Russian & Aunt Sophia and The House on Xenia. Rita and her husband live in a postcard called Florida where he has fun telling everyone he is the author’s husband. When not writing she joins PatZi Gil on the Joy on Paper radio program with Book Buzz Mysteries or you can find her teaching fitness classes and doing her best to keep busy. She loves connecting with readers.

Visit her at or find her on Facebook at She would love to hear from you.

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