Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Welcome contemporary romance author, Kate Hewitt... *GIVEAWAY*


 Hi Kate! So great to welcome you back to my blog so we can have a catch up - looking forward to hearing all about your latest release, A VICARAGE AT CHRISTMAS! Let's kick off with my questions...



        What was your first job? Did you like or dislike it? Why? My first ‘proper’ job was working in a Barnes & Noble bookstore in the East Village of Manhattan, which sounded fantastic but was actually awful, because everyone there was very competitive and petty.

2.)              Do you have a pet peeve? If so what is it? I have a grammatical pet peeve which is when people use an apostrophe s to denote a plural rather than a possessive as in girl’s when they mean girls.


3.)              Would you describe your style as shabby chic, timeless elegance, eclectic, country or ___­­­_? Very shabby chic? I’m a mum to five children and I tend to live in fleeces and jeans.

4.)              Tell me about your book A Vicarage Christmas,  and where you got your inspiration for it? The inspiration is from real life! The vicarage in the story is based on the house we used to live, and the four daughters are very loosely based on my four daughters.

5.)              Who is your role model? Why? I have a lot of role models, and I’d say anyone who lives out their beliefs in a kind and loving way is a role model to me.

6.)              How much of your book is realistic? I try to write very realistically, and my characters are hopefully real people grounded in real situations. So, really, I’d say—all of it!

7.)              What are your ambitions for your writing career? To keep writing, foremost, but also to write ‘bigger’ stories that grapple seriously with modern day issues and offer hope at the end.



8.)              Share one fact about yourself that would surprise people. I’m very tall—nearly six feet! When I’ve met people in real life I’ve seen on the internet they’re often surprised at how tall I am!

Blurb: Welcome to Thornwaite, a quaint village tucked up in England’s beautiful but rainy Lake District… where homecomings happen and surprises are in store for the four Holley sisters…

Anna Holley, the third of four sisters, has always felt a little bit forgotten. A family tragedy when she was a child had her retreating deep into shyness, and social anxiety kept her on the fringes of the cozy chaos of the busy vicarage.

After several years away from home, Anna returns for Christmas... and an important announcement from her father. As much as she once loved the village, coming back is hard and puts Anna's social capabilities to the test.

Avoiding her sisters’ bossy questions, she heads out to the local pub one night, and meets a handsome stranger nursing a pint. Somehow, unburdened by expectations, Simon seems like the perfect person to spill all her secrets to—including a hopeless, long-held crush on her sister’s boyfriend. Confident she’ll never see him again, Anna returns home… only to discover the next day that Simon is actually her father’s new curate!

Anna is beyond mortified, but Simon won’t let her retreat into her usual shyness—and for once Anna is forced to confront the past, and all the fears and feelings she’d tried so long to hide. But with his own heartache that needs to heal, can Simon help Anna to make this the most magical Christmas either of them have known?




About Kate Hewitt: Kate is the USA Today-bsetselling author of over 60 books of women's fiction and romance. She is the author of the Hartley-by-the-Sea series, set in England's Lake District and published by Penguin. She is also, under the name Katharine Swartz, the author of the Tales from Goswell books, a series of time-slip novels set in the village of Goswell. She also writes for Harlequin Presents.

She likes to read romance, mystery, the occasional straight historical and angsty women's fiction; she particularly enjoys reading about well-drawn characters and avoids high-concept plots.

Having lived in both New York City and a tiny village on the windswept northwest coast of England, she now resides in a market town in Wales with her husband, five children, and an overly affectionate Golden Retriever. You can read about her life at http://www.katehewitt.blogspot.co.uk.



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Prizes: A copy of A Cotswold Christmas and a £10 Amazon giftcard
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