Sometimes I think it is interesting to post after a book came out about how I came to write it and what I felt about the characters etc by the end. Simply Voracious ended up being a slightly different book for me. It is quite long, about 93,000 words but even after all that, I still felt that by the end I was just setting the new relationship off rather than giving them their complete Happy Ever After.
I have no idea why that happened , except that I felt these characters, Paul, Lucky and Constantine were lovely people who had all ended up in a situation that they hadn’t quite expected, and were almost all at different points in their individual love stories. That meant even getting them to a point where they decided to commit to each other took a while. So I suppose, it is more of a story about people falling in love and less about their sexual kink. That’s not going to make everyone happy, but sometimes you just have to write the book the way the characters seem to need it and not how you first envisioned it in your mind.
I love this one because it’s a little less angsty-I know shocking!! but as, I said, these people just turned out to be remarkably kind to each other and willing to do whatever it took to make the others happy. That made me smile when I was writing. I didn’t even really see them as a threesome until I got close to writing Paul’s book, although Lucky soon proved to me as a character that she had all the strength and love and understanding to deal with Paul. She’s Constantine’s mirror image.
I put my Simply’s in two distinct categories There are the shocking angsty ones like Sexual, Sinful, Wicked, Insatiable and Carnal and then there are the more thoughtful ones- Shameless, Forbidden and Voracious. Some readers like both, others like one type or the other. I just like to write them all. Lucky me!
The last book in the series, Simply Scandalous concerns two couples- brother and sister, Richard and Emily Ross. Philip’s legitimate children. Both of them will find happiness-not with each other obviously, Emily’s love story has been growing through several books and Richard’s is just beginning. I’m very happy with that book too although the complexities of wrangling two loving couples nearly made me tear my hair out! But it was all worth it in the end.:) That one will be coming out in late December 2012, so not that long to go! I’ll have an excerpt up soon.
Much more to come this year and next-check out my website for info!
Ooh I won a Romantic Times Book Reviews reviewers choice award for best erotic romance for Simply Forbidden!
How cool is that! And very unexpected.
I’m very pleased to tell you all that I’m going to be writing a series of Regency set mysteries for Kensington Publishing!
Here’s the announcement
A series of Regency mysteries set in the village of Kurland St. Mary from Kate Pearce, writing as Catherine Lloyd. A shy spinster and a bed-ridden hero from the Napoleonic Wars must work together to prove that a murder has been committed in their small peaceful village and then solve the case. In a three book deal by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency to John Scognamiglio at Kensington Publishing.
I know it doesn’t tell you much, but the first book involves our feisty heroine, Miss Lucy Harrington, the Rector’s oldest daughter and Major Robert Kurland, late of the 10th Hussars, and heroically wounded at Waterloo. Major Kurland is stuck in bed with very limited mobility and it is Miss Harrington who has to do a lot of the sleuthing in the quiet little village attached to the manor house. Think of it as Rear Window meets a young Miss Marple, and you’ll get the idea.
But don’t worry if you still prefer romances to mystery. I won’t stop writing as Kate Pearce, complete with all the naughty bits!
Please welcome a dear friend of mine in all her many incarnations. R.G. Alexander writing as Rachel Grace.
The world of Theorrey runs like a well-oiled machine.
The elements are in balance, passion is tamed and the young queen
is the heartbeat of it all. But in these two all-new stories of
elemental steam, nothing is ever as it seemsâ€¦
Demeter â€śDareâ€ť Senedal is the Queenâ€™s Chalice-her protector and closest companion. So when the queen goes missing,
Dare rushes to locate her, even though the search leads her straight into trouble.
A gentleman who trades in secrets and sin, Bodhan revels in carnal delights, but when a naked and bound woman appears on his shore, he finds his hunger to possess at odds with his need to protect. As Bodhan shares his knowledge of pleasure, Dare must decide if she can trust him, both with her mission and her heart.
Seraphina always lands on her feet. After all, she is a Felidae-more feline than human-and an excellent thief.
There has never been a job Phina wouldnâ€™t take or a man who could tame herâ€¦until she meets Cyrus Arendal.
As the Queenâ€™s Sword, Cyrus should have known better than to fall victim to a beautiful bandit.
Now, to find and retrieve the moonfire dagger, heâ€™ll need to convince Phina not to judge a man by his station,
but rather by how completely he can satisfy her desires.
For more ways to win, visit the Countdown to Geared for Pleasure Party/Scavenger Hunt at The Smutketeers blog
Here are some buy links if you like steampunk as much as I do.
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I can’t wait to read this one.
The first full-length erotic romance I ever had published in print in 2007, was called “Where have all the Cowboys gone?” from Virgin Cheek, part of the now deceased Black Lace line. Apparently, that book is hard to find in print and the digital version is quite expensive.
So I was very pleased to get an email from a new upshoot of Random House UK publishing called Rouge Romance who are going to republish this book in digital format for a much better price-and with a lovely new cover, which I have to show you below.
Isn’t that cool?
I’ll let you know when I get a definite date for publication, but I’m thinking they mentioned around March, April time this year.
And what is even cooler, is that they are hoping to publish the other two in the series as well!
It’s nice to see a good book get a second life-especially when it is one of your own.
Sometimes you write a book and despite your best efforts, that book doesn’t get picked up by a traditional publisher. Sometimes, and especially with the first two or three books I wrote, this was a good thing. But while I was writing Educating Elizabeth I knew several things: 1. I’d come a long way with my ability to plot. 2. I’d written a couple of characters that other readers fell in love with and 3.that I was always disappointed that this book didn’t find a publisher. I really wanted to share it with readers as it was the kind of book I loved to read and increasingly haven’t been able to find,
Fast forward a few years and all the new e-readers burst on the scene and suddenly there was Amazon Kindle offering writers a free way to publish their own books. I admit I was skeptical about the quality of that collective outpouring of product, but I decided to try it out with a short story “The Ties That Bind” for 99 cents. To my surprise, that story sold quite well and the process of uploading it was very simple.
So this year when I had a few spare moments, I dug out my file for ‘Educating Elizabeth’ and started to go through it with the thought of self-publishing it. To my surprise, I still liked it. There was a lot to fix and trim though, but that was a good thing. I also got an outside editor to go through it for errors and someone to design me a cover. My aim was to produce a finished book that didn’t look as if I’d just written it and slung it up on the internet to make lots of cash. LOL. I also have severe techno fear so although I had a great self-formatting guide from Nadia Lee, I ended up asking her to format the book for me for all the different e-publishing sites of which there are four main ones (Amazon Kindle, B&N Nook, AllRomance ebooks and Smashwords who distribute to Apple, Sony and Kobo) each with different requirements.
And voila! a book!
It’s not an erotic historical like the Simply’s with lots of sex and angst, so if that if what you love, this book might not be for you :). It’s more of a traditional steamy Regency with a half-French duke who is not what he seems, and a feisty over-educated and very frank heroine who has no compunction in asking the awkward questions that most gently bred Regency ladies would avoid. There’s a plot to assassinate a member of the Royal family, codes to break and a steamy love story all wrapped up in a satisfying ending. I enjoyed writing it immensely and I hope you will all enjoy it too.
I’m excited to tell you all that I have a new book out! It’s called Elizabeth’s Education and it is a steamy, not an erotic Regency romance. It is a book I am very fond of, so I decided to publish it myself digitally. And when I say by myself, I mean I had to get some very talented people to help me edit it, produce a beautiful cover and format it properly for the various digital sites. I’m extremely happy with the results.
Here’s the blurb
When Miss Elizabeth Waterstone encounters the enigmatic Duke of Diable Delamere in the most shocking of circumstances, she is determined to exploit his rakish expertise to the fullest extent. The duke agrees to teach her everything she needs to know, but in return expects to receive her unwitting cooperation to uncover an assassination plot against the monarchy. But Elizabeth is hard to deceive, and the duke finds himself needing more than her innocent skills in his bed. Together they must use their remarkable abilities, to thwart a villain, save the Prince Regent and accidentally and inevitably fall in love.
Dukes and uppity blue stockings and spies and codes and assasination attempts, oh my!!
It’s available at the various places listed below.
And if that doesn’t tempt you, Simply Carnal will be out at the end of January!
Last week I received another surprise when a copy of Simply Sexual translated into Portuguese arrived in the mail, complete with an eye mask, a ribbon closure, a beautiful cover and a bookmark.
The new name is Escravos do Amor. I must admit, I did puzzle over it for a while because there’s already a Spanish edition and I wasn’t sure what this one was! A quick email to Kensington confirmed that it was from Portugal proper as opposed to South America. I love the fact that they took a small detail from the plot, the pearls and used it on the cover!
I love getting these books!
When Nell mentioned she had written a book with a heroine called Kate who is renovating an old cottage and meets a ghost from the English Civil War era, I knew she was actually writing about me-I mean I knew I had to read the book!
Here’s the details:
Enjoy! I know I will.
Overworked, over budget and just so not over him! Kate would like an engagement ring from Steve but instead he’s lumbered them with a thirteenth renovation project, and doing up Myrtle Cottage disturbs a ghost from the English Civil War who has romance troubles of her own.
And here’s a little excerpt:
A movement in the undergrowth outside caught my eye and the sight of my cat, Mr Flibble making his way through the long grass towards the orchard at the side of the house bought a smile to my face. Mr Flibble was the one good thing that had come out of my seven-year relationship with Steve. Seven years, thirteen houses and all I had to show for it was a broken heart, a half-ruined house and a one-eyed cat Iâ€™d rescued from a dumpster.
A theatrical cough from the direction of the kitchen door alerted me to Steveâ€™s presence in the kitchen.
I didnâ€™t bother turning round. â€śIs there any hot water left?â€ť
â€śThe tankâ€™ll fill up if you give it half an hour.â€ť Steve sauntered past me crossing the neutral zone to reach his red-labelled cupboard. His hair was still wet from the bath and he hadnâ€™t bothered to dress before coming downstairs. Instead he had wrapped one of the dark blue bath towels that my mother had given us as a gift two Christmases ago around his waist.
â€śYou could get dressed before you come down here.â€ť As soon as the words were out of my mouth I wished I could take them back. It was pointless saying anything like that to Steve. Heâ€™d do it all the more if he thought it would annoy me.
Back in his boy band days I would have found seeing Steve half-naked sexy, and we would have made love amongst the dust and debris of the kitchen. Thousands of screaming teenage Danger Line fans would have killed to take my place. Now having him roam around clad in only a towel was just one more of his annoying habits.
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And here are the buy links.
and amazon U.S.
I’ll give away a copy to one lucky commenter below!!!