This week was one of those when I really didn’t want to talk to anyone or do anything except stare at my computer screen. I always get that way toward the end of writing a book. Hopefully at that point, I’m so immersed in the characters and the ending that I can’t really think about anything else. My kids are fairly used to being greeted with a vague smile and a ‘huh? I was supposed to pick you up when?”
Mr Kate is also used to me pontificating about the sex lives and happy endings of PEOPLE WHO AREN’T REAL (Mr Kate’s capitals) I usually try to explain that if I’ve done my job well enough as a writer, the readers will believe my characters are real and buy lots of my books so that he can then retire in luxury and forever been known as “Grape Boy” the guy who stands behind me and feeds me delicacies while I pound away at the keyboard…usually at this point Mr K stops me ranting and shows me his chart again with the words “Reality” and “Fantasy” heavily underlined. I don’t know what he’s talking about I TOTALLY understand the difference. Frankly, I just prefer the F word-or do I mean world?
Good news. Ellora’s Cave are going to be producing print versions of “Planet Mail” and Eden’s Pleasure and Antonia’s Bargain-the latter two are going to be put into a book together called “Pleasurable Bargain” I’ll get to sign these babies at the RWA literacy signing in Dallas Texas at the RWA conference. This event is open to the public, so if you are around-come see me, buy a book, get my autograph, I’d love to meet you!
I had a peek at the new cover for “Pleasurable Bargains” and it is fab. I asked for one little tweak-we’ll see how that goes. As soon as I get the file I’ll post it up here. I hope they don’t mess with the cover of “Planet Mail” Ellora’s Cave recently printed up decks of cards with the covers of the books instead of the regular blank card faces and my Intergalactic Viking scored the Ace of Clubs! I’ll have some of the card decks to give away in my upcoming ROOTIN’ TOOTIN’ COWBOY CONTEST!! on May 29th.
I’m off to the local community college to see the prizes handed out for a short story contest which I helped judge. Should be fun!
Btw-in case you were wondering, that little tiny picture on the right is me, dressed up as Elizabeth Bennett at a fancy dress party-Mr K went as Mr Darcy but he looks way too gorgeous to share so I’ll keep him to myself okay?
It’s okay, he’s not very far. He’s just down there if you scroll on a bit, I promise. Of course, you know he’ll be baaaack!! On May 29th the book comes out in the U.S. and you’re all going to be “Hey-haven’t I seen this somewhere before? And then grumble as you comment again or simply cut and paste your previous response, or just not comment.
The school year is thankfully drawing to a close and Mr Kate and I are gearing up for our first All-American Senior graduation season. It seems a bit like planning a wedding. Various people keep asking me to write them big checks for small things which apparently are ‘essential’.
For instance, my son produced a catalog full of gimmicky T-shirts, mugs, statuettes, class rings, photo frames, etc etc, you name it, my son could have his visage applied to it. On the extremely complex order form was a small box about a quarter of an inch in size which I almost missed. This was where he had to order his robes. Now they are apparently the only ‘essential’ part, so I obediently coughed up a medium size check which he promptly forgot to hand in and I caught him trying to mail a week later.
Then there were the graduation photos. Another check and a deposit resulted in a set of proofs with my son dressed in a fake tux grinning inanely. He has thick black naturally curly hair which is long-when I saw the results, I had a terrible deja-vu moment back to the early seventies when disco was hip and so were afro’s. It dawned on me the other day that I hadn’t actually received any photo’s despite said checks so I called the company who said that the fee only covered the sitting and the 2×2 ins photo for the yearbook. Realizing that I really couldn’t get away with not having a real photo of him at this important moment in his life, I’ve asked them to send the proofs back and I’m readying the check book.
Here’s what he has lined up, (parents insert $$$ signss and ker ching sounds as we go). Senior Ball-held in San Francisco-I assume he’ll need to get there-tux, limo anyone?
Senior Breakfast-I ‘think’ I paid for that one in the Senior gold package at registration
Senior grad night-an all night party at the school.
I suppose I sound like a bad parent here…it’s my British roots showing. When I left school at 18 we did-nothing. No big party’s no graduation ceremony, no big checks to pay out. Part of me loves the whole graduation idea, getting dressed up, feeling special (it’s that bride thing again) but the distinctly British parsimonious part of myself is thinking HOW MUCH???
Son #2 reckons I’m just cheap. Sometimes I agree with him. My only consolation is that Mr Kate is even cheaper than I am. He suggested our eldest should pay for all of this himself now that he is working at Target. (Eldest is still in shock from us insisting on a small cut of his wages.) I won’t go that far but I still find myself muttering as hundreds of dollars flow happily out the door.
I’ve heard some nice comments back on ‘Cowboy’s thanks to everyone who went and bought a copy, I appreciate it. And don’t forget, if you get time, go and post a review on Amazon or B&N. It all helps! Also anyone who’s on my newsletter list, you’ll get an opportunity to enter not one but two contests to win goodies related to Cowboys! (If you’re not on my newsletter list-and why aren’t you? sign up on the website or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org )
“Where have all the Cowboys gone?” is released today in the UK! so all rush out and find a copy or better still go to my website and click on the handy dandy link to Amazon UK that Mr Kate has so thoughtfully provided.
It’s my first big trade paperback book all to myself and I’m very proud of it.
I’ll be running a big contest to celebrate the books second release in the USA at the end of May so look out for that as well!
And please-even if you hate it, go to Amazon and write a review, it really helps!
Spring is definitely in the air in the Pearce household. Both my eldest sons are going out with real females. One I’ve met, one I’ve seen glimpses of. When I asked second son to bring girlfriend into the house to meet us, he looked at me as if I was nuts. Mr Kate and I had a lovely time telling him how we’d sit her down between us and ask her all kinds of questions, whilst feeding her tea and cucumber sandwiches. We wouldn’t do that really, but hey, after all the grief we get from our teenagers it’s nice to give something back.
Even more amazingly, eldest son is probably going to work in Target! I’m so impressed. Now all he has to do is get out of bed before 4pm on the weekend and he’ll be set. He was complaining that ‘apparently’ kids don’t get treated too well in most stores. Our reply was-so what? That’s one of the reasons it’s good to work at the bottom so that you can finally work out why you might need to get some qualifications.
Now all I have to do is get him driving. I’m not a great driver. It took me 5 attempts to pass my test. The first test I failed before I left the curb. The second, when I tried to drive off without the examiner in the car-(you get the idea). Actually, I’m a very calm person 99% of the time. The problem is the 1% when I’m a total loon. That side of me tended to come out in my driving tests. I did pass my Californian test first time but that was mainly because despite my suicidal right turn into 6 lanes of traffic, he couldn’t take enough points off. I’m going to let Mr Kate handle the driving issue!
Mr Kate is currently washing the dog. Despite being rather small, Hunter manages to shed a huge amount of hair. It’s unbelievable. And as you know from previous post, Mr K is the cleaning Nazi, he get quite het up about all the hair. Hence the weekly baths. I share my hair dryer with my dog. Even when it’s not his turn to be bathed and I have the dryer on, he comes and sits on my feet until I blow dry him as well. That’s show dogs for you!
Still busy writing. Kensington book off tomorrow in the mail. Fingers crossed it gets there. I’m trying not to read J R Ward’s ‘Lover Revealed’ too fast because I know I’ll have to wait a while for a new one. But, they are so good! I haven’t read anything for ages that has actually had me yearning to go back and finish it, so this series is a real treat! (Thanks Sian for recommending them to me!)
I’ve been busy, what’s new? Last weekend my friend Cheri emailed and asked if my daughter and I wanted to go and see Disney on Ice. Did we want to go? OF COURSE I DID! Growing up in a big family in England meant that exotic entertainment provided by the Disney corporation was beyond my parents’ budget.
I’ve always yearned to go to Disney on Ice so I think I was even more excited than my 5 year old. And good old Disney made sure there were plenty of opportunities for us parents to shell out another $100 in merchandising. I said no so many times I almost forgot how to say yes when she asked for some popcorn (at $5 a bag)
The thing was, she loved it…from the moment Micky and Minnie came out she was entranced, her whole body caught up in the magic. I spent half of the show simply watching her experiencing it. She danced, she shouted at Minnie to tell her about the bad guys, she clapped. It was one of those moments that as a parent you never forget.
On the Sunday, we got to visit some friends who live in Tiburon which is across the bay from San Francisco. it was a beautiful sunny day and I realized how lucky we were to have good friends and a beautiful place to live.
A week before that, we had a 4.2 earthquake and I literally split the dress I was trying on as I tried to get to my little girl who was in the bath. Earthquakes are weird. sometimes it’s like an express train thundering through your house, the windows flick flacking as the energy passes out. Other times its like a giant baby picks your house up and shakes it like a rattle. This was was a violent rattle making her bath water slosh around and all the china in the kitchen shiver and chime.
Once you’ve made sure you have emergency provisions and a plan for evacuation, there’s not a lot else you can do about earthquakes. Living in a beautiful place can have its downside as well.
Writing is going well. I’ve finally connected up some of the plot holes in my second contemporary erotic romance and I think I know how everything will tie up-and I’m only half way through the book! (plotters gasp in horror) sometimes when I wake up, little fragments and wisps of thoughts float past my consciousness and I realize they are important so I try and remember them.
This is why I’ll never be able to teach a structured class on how to write. Can you imagine it? “Yeah just write stuff and then close your eyes and all will be revealed” that would be a short class.
My first Kensington book is due in at the beginning of April. I’m just about to start the last revision-the last opportunity to make it sparkle before I ship it off. Terrified, me?
Feb is a busy month birthday-wise in my family. My niece and her father collaborated for their 71st birthday celebration. She was 21 and he was 50!
In my house, my eldest son turned 18 so technically, he is an adult. It’s weird when that happens. One minute you’re holding this tiny baby in your arms and its screaming at you and you have no idea how to make it stop, the next, its over 6ft tall, eating enough for 5 and giving you slightly patronizing hugs from above.
I can’t believe I’m this old. I’ve decided that Mr Kate must have dragged me down the aisle when I was 16. He’s not working with me on this ‘slight lie’ as he knows damn well I was about the same age as him when it happened and I don’t see him lying about his age. (traitor) But I shall continue to fictionalize my life-I am a writer after all.
My daughter turned 5 this month as well. Last Sunday I spent an excruciating three hours staring at Chuck E Cheese and his assortment of strange friends. I hope I never have to go there again. So perhaps kids growing up isn’t all that bad.
Eldest son will finish school this summer just as youngest starts kindergarten in the fall. The thought of going through elementary school again is a bit daunting. I’ve done more than my share of State projects, mission buildings, science fairs, reading logs, log house building and cooking to last me a lifetime. I suggested Mr Kate might like to take over but he just looked at me funny.
Writing-wise I’m plodding along. Still getting used to the idea of actually being a writer as opposed to a pre-pubbed. Deadlines are creeping closer and I’m typing as fast as I can. I recently signed another contract with Virgin Cheek for a second contemporary erotic romance called “Roping the Wind” which will be out in the UK in December of this year, and shortly after in the U.S. It’s tied in to the first book as the hero is Grayson Turner’s half-brother, Jay.
I also found out that “Planet Mail” was nominated for an Ecataromance Reviewers Choice award. There are a gazillion nominations but it was still a thrill to be nominated for anything! I’m hoping that EC will accept the second book in the Planet Mail series which features Sven.
Here’s hoping you are all having a great Valentines Day!
If you get a chance, pop over to the lust bites blog and enter the great Valentine’s Day Contest at http://lustbites.blogspot.com/
I’ve had a busy week moonlighting on the other two blogs I’m involved with, Lust Bites and The Spiced Tea Party which are both going very well and coping with the kids and a sick dog while Mr Kate completes his world tour of Asia. So this blog is full of snippets of interest! More from me next week when things settle down!
first up promo for a fellow author-how can anyone resist a book with the word chocolate in the title?
Dipped in Chocolate
NAL / Signet
ISBN: 0451220315 (trade paperback)
Romance has never been as temptingly sweet as it is in this trio of erotic treats from an author who knows how to seduceâ€¦and deliver.
In Gimme Some Sugarâ€¦
Jackson never realized how much he loved his best friend Alexisâ€”until her wedding day was on the horizon. Now all he has to do is convince her that their harmless kissing games over the years werenâ€™t so harmless after all. In fact, they may end up breaking his heart.
In 4 U Sweetheartâ€¦
Toni never imagined that a night of speed-dating could lead to something serious. But three minutes with the hunk of her dreams changed that. Especially after he slipped her a candy heart that said â€śPick Meâ€ťâ€¦
In Dipped in Chocolateâ€¦
Nathan wants a special delicacy for his sisterâ€™s bridal shower. He finds it in Jayla, the owner of a decadent chocolate shop. As hot as she is, Jaylaâ€™s not looking for a fling. As hot as heâ€™s getting, Nathan may have to abandon his bachelor ways for a piece of chocolate thatâ€™s a little more solid.
4 Stars â€śLuke cuts right to the chase in these three spicy novellas with interconnected stories. A common thread is the intense passion each couple inspires. If you like quick, hot and sexy reads, youâ€™ll definitely enjoy this anthology.â€ť Leigh Rowlings, Romantic Times Book Reviews
NEXT BIT IS FROM MR KATE…surprise surprise
Words Women Use: A Refresher Course for men
1.) FINE: This is the word women use to end an
argument when they are right and you need to shut
2.) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this
means a half an hour. Five Minutes is only five
minutes if you have just been given five more
minutes to watch the game before helping around the
3.) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm.
This means something, and you should be on your
toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end
4.) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission.
Don’t Do It!
5.) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a
non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A
loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and
wonders why she is wasting her time standing here
and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to
#3 for the meaning of nothing.)
6.) That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous
statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay
means she wants to think long and hard before
deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
7.) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not
question, or Faint. Just say you’re welcome.
8.) Wha tever: Is a women’s way of saying F@!K
9.) Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another
dangerous statement, meaning this is something that
a woman has told a man to do several times, but is
now doing it herself. This will later result in a
man asking “what’s wrong”, for the woman’s response
refer to # 3.
I had a great birthday. It actually turned into a 3 day celebration due to working out schedules with the kids and Mr Kate. On the Thursday I got taken out to ‘high tea’ at an English tearoom by my best friend Lorraine. they had about 200 teas to choose from, but what did I have? Typhoo…apparently most of their Brit customers opt for the safe and boring.
Lorraine got me a fantastic Jane Austen action figure complete with quill pen desk and book! I have her on my desk, quill pointing at me to inspire me as I type.
That evening the ‘Hot Writer Babes’ came over for a crit session so I got pressies and a critique of my last chapter-what more could a girl want? I showed them the cover flat for ‘Cowboys’ and pondered how I was going to write all the books I needed to. They all offered to help if needed but unfortunately I couldn’t persuade any of them to write the damn things for me!
My friend Dana Mentink, gave us all copies of her latest book “Pi and the Fabulosa (slightly married) twenty-four hour man” It’s a wonderful quirky cozy inspirational mystery which I’m proud to say I helped crit! It’s available from The Wild Rose Press and on Amazon, so if you know anyone who likes books which are nothing like mine, please send them to Dana!
Mr Kate perused my presents and wondered yet again why women buy each other candles. I can’t explain but I love to get them. Chocolate figured highly on the list as well-I didn’t have to explain that one at all.
I finally managed to get Mr K to myself in the evening and we went out for dinner at the local Indian fusion restaurant which was also lovely. So nice to get away from the kids sometimes, although I did share my tiramisu birthday cake from Whole Foods with them later. I limited myself to 4 candles on the cake so that the fire dept could stand down.
I’m planning on spending the remainder of my birthday money on more LUSH goodies for my bath-I have to have something to go with all those candles!
My first review for ‘Antonia’s Bargain’ came through today from The Romance Studio and is was very positive. It’s so nice when a reviewer gets what you were trying to say.Fingers crossed for the rest…