Saturday, 23 May 2015

Welcome contemporary romance author, Linn B Halton...


UNDER THE STARS
 BY LINN B HALTON
(formerly The Quintessential Gemini)

For twenty-one years, the focus of Katherine Dale’s life has been her work. Love interests and hobbies came and went, but what has always been there for her—her only constant other than her cat delightfully named No. 4—was her nine to five habit. Until she’s replaced.
With her confidence dented, Katherine is angry at life and at herself.
She has ignored hints of “changes to come” in her horoscope forecasts, written by the wonderful and renowned astrologer, Mark Ainsley-Thomas.
Mark is now an “A” list celebrity in the UK and his new agent is determined to raise his profile in America. So, he has to take on the new, and very talented, astrologer James Kingman to help him run his web-site.
When Katherine discovers James has been writing the forecasts, rather than Mark, her life explodes in confusion as the three lives become inextricably tangled. Insecurity, self-doubt, guilt, stress, and frustration, coupled with village gossips and merciless reporters wanting eye-catching headlines leave Katherine feeling vulnerable and in need of guidance.
The stars might be telling her that love is going to feature in her life, but when Katherine finds herself implicated in the headlines ‘Mystic Love Triangle’ she’s just as surprised as everyone else! None of the men in her life are love interests – so what exactly does fate have in store?

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ABOUT LINN B HALTON
Bristol-born Linn B Halton lives in the small village of Lydbrook, which nestles on the edge of the Forest of Dean, in the UK. She resides there with her husband and feline with 'catitude'- Mr Tiggs.
Linn began writing in March 2009 and her debut novel was published in February 2011. In a recent interview Linn was asked about genres:
"From a very young age I knew romantic fiction was always going to be my genre. I am, and will always be, madly in love with love! Whether that's love of life, a partner, or the things I'm passionate about.
My stories are about love, life and real relationships - but romance is always the one thing that holds each story together. Often there's a light, psychic touch and I never dreamed I would write drawing upon my personal psychic experiences. But as my interest and understanding in the subject has grown, it is now such a part of my life that it finds its way into my fictional tales. However, what is heartening is that most of my experiences have been uplifting and it's wonderful to know loved ones are around me always. I hope it will make readers stop and wonder 'What if?'
The result is that I get a lot of mail from readers who have had similar experiences and some are sharing theirs for the first time with me. I always feel that's something rather special and for which I'm very grateful."
Love, life and beyond... but it's ALWAYS about the romance! Linn is published by HarperImpulse, Endeavour Press and Sapphire Star Publishing.
Linn is also the managing editor of Loveahappyending Lifestyle emagazine.

Website: http://linnbhalton.co.uk
Twitter: @LinnBHalton
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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Welcome Crooked Cat Publishing author, Deirdre Palmer...


Hi Deirdre! Welcome to my blog - I am looking forward to learning more about you and your writing! Let's kick off with my questions...

What is the strangest talent you have?

No strange talents, at least none that I’m aware of…  I do have a mild form of synaesthesia, though, which I suppose is a little bit strange.  My days of the week have colours, as do some names, and my letters and numbers have a physical location.  I get called up to Sussex University occasionally where they test my brain function!

What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?

Never worn one.  Don’t do Halloween.  I went to a few Halloween parties as a child but I don’t think we dressed up.  It was all about the apple bobbing.

Are the titles of your books important?

Yes, I think all titles are important.  The title is your first line of communication with a potential reader, along with the cover.  Luckily my titles so far have been easy to come up with as they were readily suggested by the story.  I like to have the title firmly in place before I start writing.  For me it anchors the book, somehow.  That’s not to say I wouldn’t change a title once I’d started, though, if the book takes an unexpected turn as it goes along.  In fact, I might change the title of the one I’m working on now.

If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?

My number one method is to leave it alone, go away and do something else.  As likely as not, the solution will pop into my mind while I’m gone.  Other than that, if I’m having problems with a scene, I’ll try to stand back from it and ask myself what the purpose of the scene is, then take it from there.  If it has no useful purpose, I’ll cut it.  If it needs to be there, I’ll think about whether it would be better shown from a different character’s viewpoint.  I like to form my characters fairly well early on in the story, if not on paper then at least in my head, and that way they don’t tend to present many problems.  If they do I’ll check their motivation, in case I’m making them act in a way that’s inconsistent with that.

Do you prefer dogs, cats or none of the above?

Cats.  I’m quite potty about them. We’ve had cats for a number of years now, the current one being a tabby and white six-year-old called Chester, and my goodness do we know we’ve got him; he’s such a character.  It seems appropriate that I’m published by Crooked Cat!

Who’s your favourite author? Why?

Now there’s a question and a half.  I have a set of favourite authors rather than just one, and it changes according to what I’ve just read.  Among my top favourites are Isabel Ashdown, Lisa Jewell, Jo-Jo Moyes, David Nicholls, Hannah Richell.  For sheer quality of writing and acute observation of human behaviour, William Nicholson is hard to beat.  If I have to pick one favourite, then it would be Deborah Moggach, again for superb writing and pure entertainment. 

Do you have a pet peeve?

Depends what day it is.  There do seem to be more peeves these days then there used to be, so obviously I’m turning into a Grumpy Old Woman.  What gets me at the moment is not being able to find a comfortable seat on the bus.  The tip-up ones you have to vacate as soon as someone gets on with a baby buggy.  I don’t feel qualified – yet! - for the elderly and disabled seats, the ones at the back give out tremendous heat, and what’s left in the middle are rock hard and I can’t get my legs in.  Upstairs is all right, if I want to risk being thrown bodily down the steps as the driver stamps on the brakes.  OK, you get the idea about the buses…

Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning?

Sometimes I do, if I’ve had a particularly vivid dream, but it will only stay with me for a moment or two.  Just as well, probably!


Thanks very much for inviting me onto your blog, Rachel. I’ve enjoyed answering your questions.

Deirdre

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Blurb for Remarkable Things  (Deirdre Palmer)

When Gus Albourne finds himself as sole inheritor of Aunt Augusta’s cottage in the Sussex village of Hangburton, he has more than just a property on his hands. Why him and not Robert, his more deserving brother? Gus needs answers. As he searches for the truth behind the legacy, the cottage begins to reveal its secrets and Gus realises he’s looking at his own life story. Only it’s not the version he knows.

Millie Hope is searching for her missing daughter, Karen. When Millie’s ex-husband dies, finding Karen becomes even more urgent. But there’s more than one barrier to the search. For a start, there’s Jack, Karen’s terrifying ex-boyfriend. And then there’s the reason Karen disappeared in the first place, which seems less certain as time goes on.

Friendship between Gus and Millie deepens into something more as they share confidences over endless cups of tea in the back room of Millie’s shop. But how can they begin to think about the future when the past is clamouring to be rewritten?

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Welcome contemporary romance author, Janice Horton...



 Hi, Janice! So great to have you here and to be a part of your ongoing tour - you have a very generous prize giveaway ready and waiting for several lucky winners! Looking forward to catching up with you and your writing. Let's get started with my questions...

1.    What do you wish men understood about women?
I’m very fortunate in that I’m married to a wonderful man and have been for very a long time and so I think he understands me better than I understand myself. We have three grown up sons and they are all handsome, intelligent men who have great relationships with women, so if anything I would wish that all men were as understanding as mine and all women could be as blessed!

2.    Do you only work on one book at a time?
I work on writing one book at a time but I will also be thinking about and planning the next one. I’ll jot down some ideas, write a brief outline/synopsis, think about the two main characters, and come up with a working title. That way, I’m ready to start working on the next book as soon as I’ve finished the work in progress.

3.    Do you have a favorite quote that sums up how you feel about life?
I often need to remind myself of the quote ‘A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for…’ when any of our sons go off to have adventures. It’s become a bit of a mantra.

4.    Do you set daily writing goals? Word count? Number of chapters? Do you get a chance to write every day?
When I am in the Caribbean, which is where I’m based just now, it’s really hard to stay disciplined and to stay home to write when the sun is shining and the beach and sea is calling my name! But I do try to write everyday and I use a timetable on an Excel spreadsheet to help keep to deadlines. I set weekly word targets for the first draft of my work in progress rather than daily ones – so I can be flexible if something comes along - and then I get a chance to catch up. I also have to schedule in writing my monthly feature ‘The Bookshelf’ for Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine and my quarterly ‘Snap Gap’ travel features too. I can tell you feel really sorry for me, right?

5.    What do you like better, Twitter or Facebook? Why?
I love the immediacy and real time aspect of both Twitter and Facebook – but I’d say that Facebook is my favourite of the two. I use it to keep in touch with all my friends and family. I love to post photos and status updates. I’m very nosey and I love seeing what everyone else is up to each day. I really care about all my Facebook friends and what is happening in their lives.

6.    What are you working on now?
Other than my tan, I’m working on my next monthly ‘The Bookshelf’ feature for Loveahappyending Lifestyle Magazine and also a new ‘Snap Gap’ travel feature on the Dominican Republic. I’ve also just started working on the first draft of a new novel but it’s a bit early for me to say much about it yet. J

Tell us about your latest release and where we can find it
Castaway in the Caribbean is out now and available exclusively from Amazon as an ebook for Kindle - it’s a romantic adventure story set in the Caribbean - about a mismatched couple who end up being castaway together on a tropical island. I was incredibly fortunate to spend all of last summer in the Caribbean, writing and researching this novel and, for the purposes of proper research, I travelled to and explored many Caribbean islands and spent a lot of time in boats. I even got to sail around Tortola, the larger of the British Virgin Islands, in a restored schooner that had been used in the filming of the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
The Virgin Islands inspired me with the modern day setting for my story because, of this chain of around 90 small islands, islets, cays and rocks in the Caribbean Sea, many are uninhabited. But I eventually settled down to write the first draft on the Caribbean island of Utila, the smaller of the Bay Islands, just off the coast of Honduras. Likened to the Key West of long ago, Utila is a quaint, unspoilt and laid-back little island. Sitting on the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, it is also a paradise for scuba diving, which is exactly was what my husband was doing every day while I was busy writing this story. I do hope all the fun and adventure I had on the islands has found its way into the pages of Castaway in the Caribbean.


Janice Horton writes contemporary romantic fiction with a dash of humour and a sense of adventure. Look out for Janice’s new release for 2015 ‘Castaway in the Caribbean’ and her Amazon Kindle bestselling books 'Bagpipes and Bullshot' and 'Reaching for the Stars' and her fun ‘Voodoo Romance’ series of novellas. Her nonfiction guide to online promotion 'How To Party Online' is recommended reading for all authors and writers by publishers. Janice is a regular blogger from her website at janicehorton.co.uk and you'll also find her on Facebook and Twitter.
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Castaway in the Caribbean

More fun than you’ll find in any travel brochure…

Vacationing on the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua, Janey Sinclair is persuaded by her magazine editor boss to do a quick island hop in order to supervise an impromptu photo-shoot for the front cover. With no flights immediately available, Janey is directed to the harbour.

Captain Travis Mathews hates tourists, although he’s not above making a bit of money off a prissy and sharp tongued young British girl when she’s desperate to get to the neighbouring island of Tortola.

After striking a deal, they set off together in Travis’s weather-beaten old boat. When the vessel comes to a sudden full stop in the sea, the mismatched pair end up as castaways on an uninhabited island.

In this fast moving romantic adventure about a vacation that turns into a tropical nightmare there’s more fun than you’ll find in any travel brochure.…

Message from the Author 
I was incredibly fortunate to spend the summer of 2014 in the Caribbean, writing and researching this novel. I found it challenging only in the respect of being continually distracted from the manuscript by the tropical sunshine, the white sand beaches, the warm aquamarine sea, rum cocktails, and the fabulous social scene on offer. Many of these distractions are well documented on my website, blog and Facebook page, if you are interested in reading the details and seeing the photos!
For the purposes of proper research for Castaway in the Caribbean, I travelled to and explored many Caribbean islands and, despite my tendency for sea sickness, I also spent a lot of time in boats. I even got to sail around Tortola, the larger of the British Virgin Islands, in a restored schooner that had been used in the filming of the original Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
The Virgin Islands inspired me with the modern day setting for Castaway in the Caribbean because, of this chain of around 90 small islands, islets, cays and rocks in the Caribbean Sea, many are uninhabited.
I eventually settled down to write this romantic adventure story on the Caribbean island of Utila, the smaller of the Bay Islands, just off the coast of Honduras. Likened to the Key West of long ago, Utila is a quaint, unspoilt and laid-back little island. Sitting on the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, it is also a paradise for scuba diving, which is exactly was what my husband was doing every day while I was busy writing this story.
Research is a valuable tool for a writer, so I do hope all the fun and adventure I had in the Caribbean has found its way into the pages of Castaway in the Caribbean.
Janice  xx





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Saturday, 16 May 2015

Welcome best-selling authors, Bella Andre & Melissa Foster...

CAPE COD KISSES
BY
MELISSA FOSTER & BELLA ANDRE



CAPE COD KISSES
Love on Rockwell Island, Book One

When Quinn Rockwell left Rockwell Island a decade ago to build a shipping empire, he never thought he’d return to live on Cape Cod Bay—that is, until his grandfather summons Quinn and his four siblings to take over the prestigious Rockwell Resort. Quinn is already working fifteen-hour days, and the last thing he has time for is his grandfather’s demands. But on his first night back, when Quinn finds a gorgeous and carefree woman skinny-dipping in his favorite cove, he’s tempted to ignore his work for a while…and focus on her instead.

As a free spirit who follows her heart and her dreams, Shelley Walters is not the kind of girl to wait around for Mr. Right, so she heads to Rockwell Island for the honeymoon of her dreams—a solo honeymoon. Ready for a week of sun and fun, she never expected to meet a man like Quinn Rockwell.

Wealthy and intensely driven, Quinn is everything Shelley swore she didn’t want. Refreshingly spontaneous and a true romantic, Shelley is everything Quinn never knew he needed. Drawn together despite their differences, during a week of sizzling-hot passion and deep conversations, they fall head over heels for each other. But when their perfect week on the island is over, will their love survive in the real world?
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ABOUT MELISSA FOSTER
Melissa Foster is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling and award-winning author. She writes contemporary romance, new adult, contemporary women’s fiction, suspense, and historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page. Her books have been recommended by USA Today’s book blog, Hagerstown Magazine, The Patriot, and several other print venues. She is the founder of the  World Literary CafĂ© and Fostering Success. 

When she’s not writing, Melissa helps authors navigate the publishing industry through her author training programs on  Fostering Success. Melissa has been published in Calgary’s Child Magazine, the Huffington Post, and Women Business Owners magazine. 
Melissa hosts an annual Aspiring Authors contest for children and has painted and donated several murals to The Hospital for Sick Children in Washington, DC. Melissa lives in Maryland with her family.

Visit Melissa on social media. Melissa enjoys discussing her books with book clubs and reader groups, and welcomes an invitation to your event.
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ABOUT BELLA ANDRE
Bella Andre is the New York Times, USA Today and Publishers Weekly bestselling author of “The Sullivans” and “The Morrisons” series.

Having sold more than 4 million books, Bella Andre’s novels have been #1 bestsellers around the world and have appeared on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists 23 times. She has been the #1 Ranked Author at Amazon (on a top 10 list that included Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, James Patterson and Steven King), and Publishers Weekly named Oak Press (the publishing company she created to publish her own books) the Fastest-Growing Independent Publisher in the US. After signing a ground-breaking 7-figure print-only deal with Harlequin MIRA, Bella’s “The Sullivans” series is being released in paperback in the US, Canada, and Australia.

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine “Red Hot Reads” twice and have been translated into ten languages. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post called her “One of the top writers in America” and she has been featured by Entertainment Weekly, NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and  TIME Magazine. A graduate of Stanford University, she has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America in New York City.

Bella also writes the New York Times bestselling Four Weddings and a Fiasco series as Lucy Kevin. Her “sweet” contemporary romances also include the new Walker Island series written as Lucy Kevin.

If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

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Thursday, 14 May 2015

Welcome multi-published Harlequin Presents author, Kate Walker...

Hi, Kate! I am super thrilled to have you visit with my blog - I am a huge fan of your work and in complete awe of just how many books you have written. I have a long way to go with my measly 16 novels, lol! Let's get started with my questions - wishing you huge sales and success with your latest release, "OLIVERO'S OUTRAGEOUS PROPOSAL."

  1. What is the strangest talent you have?
     
         My family claim that I have a bit of a ‘sixth sense’.  I’m always talking about people and then we meet them unexpectedly - or I pick up my phone a moment or two before  my son rings or texts. Apparently when I was a little girl I used to play with my ’friend’  -  a little boy who lived in the old house we had then I knew his name, and he would never go anywhere near the stone steps down into the cellar. It was only later that  we discovered that a little boy who had lived in that house had been killed when he broke is neck, falling down those stairs when he was five. I’m still very sensitive to atmosphere and places.
     
     
    2.  What is the best Halloween costume you’ve ever worn?
        Oh dear -  confession time. I have never, ever in my life, worn  any sort of Halloween costume - is that a terrible  admission?   I’ve never taken much interest in Halloween, even when my son was young.   My mother would never have let us have anything to do with the idea of playing at ghosts and ghoulies. She grew up deep in rural Ireland and she would always say ‘If you knew what the dark was really like then you wouldn't want to  take risks with it.’   Perhaps this is why I’ve always loved good ghost stories   - but never dressed up for Halloween.
     
     
    3. Are the titles of your books important?
        Hmm - now that’s a tricky question - the answer is - sort of - sometimes . . .Which isn’t really an answer, is it?  Let me explain -  writing for Harlequin Mills & Boon Modern Romance means that the title for a book is very definitely in the editor’s  hands for the final decision  what will be used.  So there’s little point in getting attached to any sort of title because it’s more than likely to be changed. Luckily we have moved  on from the ‘buzzwords’ sort  of titles that used to prevail, listing every possible ‘hook’  element to the book  and so ending up with The Spaniard’s Ruthless Revenge on the Virgin Bride and her Secret baby’ sort of title.  I’m grateful that those  have been left behind.
     
     
    For myself, I always have a working title  that encapsulates the theme of the plot and the characters.  That is the name of the file my book is in so that I know as soon as I see it what I’m aiming for.  But when I send the book in to my editor, I usually just  call it ‘ Alyse and Dario’s story’  or  ‘Martha and Carlos’s story’.   Sometimes - rarely -   the working title I used  has been used for the book as well.  So Martha and Carlos’s story  became The Devil and Miss Jones.  Some past titles that have been mine have been The Twelve Month Mistress  and The Spaniard’s Inconvenient Bride and the most recent A Question of Honour. But the latest book that has just been accepted had my title The Wrong Bride and  was given the editorial title  Destined for The Desert King. But I love that title so I’m fine with that.   And as this was my 64th title, I’m often grateful for someone else to take the  responsibility of coming up with  an idea for it.
     

     
    4. If you’re struggling with a scene or difficult character, what methods help you through it?
     I’ve always found that daydreaming while travelling (when my husband is driving o0f course!)  is a great way of thinking through scenes that aren’t working.  Or thinking through a scene, letting it play out in my head like a film while I’m falling asleep often means that the answers are there in my thoughts when I wake up.  But I’m also convinced that knowing your characters well, digging deep into their personalities, is the way to make sure a book works and moves forward without getting badly stuck. I advise students on the courses I teach to  ‘interview’ their characters and that’s why I put a long ‘Character Questionnaire’ into the 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance.    When I’m writing  I can almost feel that my character(s) are in the room and that if I ask ‘why are you doing this? What are you feeling?’ I can get an answer.
     
     
    I often find that getting away from the screen and doing something completely different - like gardening or ironing  can help clear my mind - I soon  think of something new when my hands are occupied and my brain  is free. ( And after all I’d  rather do anything than more ironing!)  One of the most helpful things I can do is to take my husband out for  coffee - he then asks me ‘idiot questions’ (his phrase)  about my characters  and  more often than not, saying  that ‘no he wouldn’t . . ‘ or  ‘she doesn't think that.  . ‘  will set me on the right track again.
     
     
     
    5. Do you prefer dog, cats or none of the above?
     I love dogs but I’ve always been a cat person - ever since I was given my first little grey and white kitten  called Misty for my seventh birthday. Since I married, my husband and I have had  a whole series of cats, usually two at a time, sometimes three.  The latest two are Charlie the Maine Coon - a huge ginger and white tom cat   and his much smaller ‘sister’ Ruby who is a little black and white rescue cat.  Charlie was a Christmas present 4 years ago. At that time we had another Maine Coon. a beautiful  smoky grey female called Flora but sadly she contracted cancer when she was only 6. I  wasn’t sure I was ready for another cat when I visited the Cats’ Protection in December 2013. I had just walked into the pens where they were   being held when this little black and white creature threw herself into my arms (literally) and stayed there and purred and purred  . .  We couldn’t leave her behind and she  has settled in with us and Charlie as if she was always meant to be there.    When I run a contest, Charlie helps me pick out the winners - I put the names of every entrant on a piece of paper and then put a cat treat on the top of each one. Then I let Charlie  into the room and the first treat he eats has the name of the winner underneath it!
     
     

    6. Who’s your favourite author? Why?
    That’s hard - if not impossible to answer. I love so many wonderful authors and their books - so here are just a few of the important ones to me.
     
    I grew up in a house full of books so I read anything and everything I could get my hands on.  One of the major discoveries  I found on my mother’s bookshelves were the novels of the Bronte sisters. specially Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  I’ve read that book over and over again and wrote my MA thesis on it . I’ve even written a Mills & Boon Modern/Harlequin Presents version of the story in The Return of The Stranger  which came out in 2011.
     
     
    A major influence on my romance writing was  Mary Stewart with her books like The Moonspinners and My Brother Michael.  I’d read lots of Georgette Heyer too but when I read The Moonspinners,  I fell in love with   Mary Stewart's  dark and possibly dangerous heroes.  Reading her books I  became addicted to the sort of ambiguous heroes she creates, men who you might start off hating (or at least disliking/distrusting initially)  but then come to love as you - and the heroine - learn more of their story.   I have  collection of everything she’s written.
     
    Another author whose books I’ve collected over the years is the historical novelist Dorothy Dunnett. She write long complex historical novels in a series  of six titles - the Game Of Kings is my favourite. It is filled with historical details  and some actual real people woven in to the mix. Her heroes (Francis Crawford in this series)  are also ambiguous and complicated. You can never fully get to know them unless you’ve read the whole series if books  and learned about their pasts and how they’ve come to be the people they are. They are fascinating and absorbing - and wonderful lessons in  how to create and develop characters and how to build emotional tension.,
     
    7. Do you have a pet peeve?
     Perhaps inevitably the biggest, strongest peeve I have is the way that when I tell people that I write for Harlequin  Mills & Boon they trot out that old old story about the ‘Formula’ and claim that all the books are the same and they can be so easily ‘churned out’. I wish!  I’ve written 64  novels for Modern Romance and each character has to be an individual with their own back story and life experiences. The  thing  that annoys me most is when people come on my courses or tell me that they want to write for Harlequin Mills & Boon and  that in order to  see what the publishers want they’ve read one or two  titles - usually from about 1978!  When I say that the books just aren’t like that any more, they ask me to explain how things have changed. My answer is to look at the way society has changed - and read some of the contemporary publications to see what they’re really like;. I can’t believe that after 30 years of publication I’m still meeting people who are stunned to discover that romances have sex in them!
     
    8. Do you remember your dreams when you wake up in the morning?
    Sometimes! It depends on whether they’ve been good or bad dreams. Nightmares usually wake me up and so I break into the middle of the dream and remember it.   And of course - see my answer to question 4 - if I’ve been thinking through a plot or a character point,  then I hope to remember in the morning how I worked it all out in my sleep!


       Kate's latest release is OLIVERO'S OUTRAGEOUS PROPOSAL

One problem… 

For Dario Olivero, Alyse Gregory was supposed to be a way to reap revenge against his estranged half brother. But Alyse carries the key to the family acceptance he's always craved and, realizing just how much trouble she's in, he can't turn away. 

One solution! 

A marriage proposal is not what Alyse was expecting. But this deliciously sexy Italian will resolve her family's debts if she becomes his convenient wife… Her head says no but her body begs her to say yes. 

With an intensity rivaling the Tuscan sun, their mutual desire soon escalates to something inconvenient, creating a whole new dilemma!

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