Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 Jun 30th, 2010 leave a response

I’m sure some of you have noticed that widget blinking away on my website telling you exactly how many seconds, minutes, day it is until “Kiss of the Rose” comes out. I wonder what happens when we reach zero? Does the widget spontaneously explode taking my website with it? Or does it start to go backwards? I’d better check with my webmistress about that.

I have lots of great promotional ideas coming up, blogs, contests, giveaways, some of them for signed books others for special goodies I’ve had made just for the launch of this particular series. I”m also running some contests on Writerspace over June/July and August, so go check them out and enter to win. πŸ™‚

It’s a very special book to me. It was incredibly hard to write because I’d never written a detailed paranormal romance before and I rather lightheartedly embarked on a very ambitious project requiring the building of a Vampire world, a Druid world, Tudor England, a love story-oh and yes, a plot-all in eighty-five thousand words in one book. There were moments when I despaired of every getting it right, other moments when I considered sending the advance back so I could get out of writing the flipping thing. But I’m glad I stuck with it. The end product was far better than I had envisioned.

Rosalind Llewellyn is a strong heroine with very definite ideas about her job in life, which is to kill Vampires. She has no time for the hero and it was a pleasure watching him having to learn not only not to underestimate her, but also to find her softer side and coax it out. Christopher Ellis reminded me a bit of Errol Flynn. He’s all emotion and flamboyance-a strong contrast to the more ‘together’ heroine. The fun thing is that I got to write about them twice. Their story continued into “Blood of the Rose” which comes out next February.

I’m in the process of adding some new pages to the Tudor Vampire part of the website, which will include a glossary of the main fictional and historical characters. Real places they visited in the books and some of the research material I found particularly helpful. I always love to use real places in my books if I can, especially places I have visited. Hampton Court, one of my favorite places in England features in book #2 and I’ll put up details about that nearer the second book launch.

So keep watching this space. I’ll be posting and adding more details as to all the goings-on as I get them:)

p.s. for those of you who prefer your books digital-Roping the Wind is now available as an e-book and I believe ‘Where have all the cowboys gone?’ will become one soon as well.

Kate x

6 comments to “Anticipation…”

  1. Kate N. (Yzhabella)
      · June 30th, 2010 at 8:37 pm · Link

    Oooooooohhh! I SO can not wait for Kiss of The Rose!!

    Have a great day every one!
    Kate (aka YzhaBella’s BookShelf)

    • Kate
        · July 1st, 2010 at 1:09 pm · Link

      Me neither!

  2. Isalys
      · July 21st, 2010 at 10:03 am · Link

    Thank you so much for stopping by my teaser yesterday – you made my day πŸ˜€

    I’m loving Kiss of the Rose and am having a very hard time focusing on that pesky work of mine. I’m a reviewer for The Season and I’ll have a review ready shortly *dun-dun-duhhhn*

    My hubby and I visited Hampton Court last year and it was one of the most special & surreal moments of my life. I’m eager to read all about it in Blood of the Rose!!

    Have a great day!
    Your new fan, Isalys

    PS: I don’t know if you have anything to do with the cover art, probably not, but I will thank you anyway because holy hottness batman…that guy is the cover is smokin’ β™₯

    • Kate
        · July 21st, 2010 at 12:53 pm · Link

      I love Hampton Court and have been there many times and got lost in the maze πŸ™‚
      Glad you are enjoying the book!
      I did have some input on the style of the cover and they did put the beard on the hero at my request LOL I think he looks smoking. :mrgreen:

  3. Isalys
      · July 22nd, 2010 at 11:04 am · Link

    Ahhh woman, you are killing me! I just finished and now I will be tormented until Blood of the Rose is released!!

    Oh, and I hope that Hottie McHottie Pants is on the cover of the next book because he is the PERFECT Christopher Ellis πŸ˜‰ *fans self*

    Fabulous book!!

    • Kate
        · July 22nd, 2010 at 12:18 pm · Link

      Ooh I’m so glad you liked it!! The cover guy is very like I imagined Christopher πŸ™‚
      I’ve already written book #2 Blood of the Rose and I’m currently writing #3 πŸ˜‰

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