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…
It’s busy in Kate Pearce world at the moment. “Antonia’s Bargain” came out last Wednesday and I’m anxiously waiting for someone to review it. Well, review it nicely if I’m honest. I’m proud of that book and I’m hoping the people who read it will enjoy it too.
I got my author’s copy of ‘Sex in Public’ this week which is always a thrill and I was also quite surprised that I still liked the story, ‘Cowboy Up’ I wrote for it. Usually I shudder when I see something in print and realize it’s there in all its glory forever, mistakes and all.
My family are fairly used to me getting stuff published now and the adoration level, never particularly high, has faded significantly. How does Nora cope when she had six books out a year? Does she even notice? I can’t decide if I’d love to be in that position or not.
My good friend Mel Francis is now to live the dream life of a published author. She’s just been offered a contract by Harper Collins for two young adult vampire novels which look fabulous!! Mel has already realized that the glamorous life of a published author still includes trips to Walmart, washing clothes and sick kids…at least for now it does.
I sent my mother a copy of my short story ‘The Talisman’ because she insisted she couldn’t work out how to download it from the internet even if I sent her the file. I think she was quite impressed. The only thing she took exception to was my description of the jam being thin because she said after the war, everyone made their own jam and it was always good. (I stand corrected on the jam front) Mr Kate pointed out later that as sugar was still in short supply, making jam might have been a problem-wish I’d thought of that…
But the best thing was that when my mum said she’d shown the story to at least three of her friends, I told her she was the literary equivalent of an illegal music down loader and that she was taking money from a starving artist (me). She thought that was very funny and insists that she’s going to charge all the old ladies 75p to read my masterpiece. I could do quite well out of it!
I have a lot to write now and I’m slowly getting back into it. Sven the intergalactic viking is up next!
It’s also my birthday on Friday…I’ll be oh, a year older I guess, lucky me
2 contests running on my website at the moment folks! click on the handy dandy link Mr Kate installed on the right hand side of the page (just for you Robin) and try and win!
There are three things that are a constant source of fascination to me-trivial inconsequential things, maybe, but things I strive for-the perfect shade of lipstick, the perfect handbag for every occasion and, finally, the perfect pair of jeans.
When I’m fed up I buy lipstick. It’s relatively cheap, comes in a million shades and makes me feel better than candy. Handbags are a minor (cough major) obsession of mine. I go to eBay and lust over the Lulu Guinness special edition bags and work out just how much of my advance I can afford to waste.
Jeans? I live in jeans. I’m a jeans slob. In the summer I vary my outfit into chino length jeans or a jeans skirt but that’s about as far as I take it. Of course, when I go to the RWA conference I leave my jeans behind and dress up, (this is when the handbags and lipsticks come into play) but normally I’m in jeans.
But how do you find the perfect pair? I have at least a dozen in my closet, none of which are perfect. Some come close. Some work on fat days better than others. But ladies, and gents, I have seen the future and its name is Zafu.
I’m not kidding-and no, they aren’t paying me-get this: go to zafu.com, answer a few questions about your size and what kind of jeans you prefer and it will bring up a list of matches priced from the lowest to the highest. If you like a particular pair, you can even find out where to buy them. All this is free…sometimes I love the internet.
When you’ve finished playing around on the Zafu site, don’t forget to send me an email showing your perfect pair. And then go out and buy all my books in deepest gratitude okay?
“Sex and Shopping” is released in the U.S. today! I’ll have to go and check out my local Borders and see if it’s actually in there! Of course you can also order it on amazon.
I’m not actually supposed to be here…Mr Kate and I have a deal not to use our computers over the Xmas break because we’ve been a bit overloaded and overworked this year and need to actually look at each other and converse like normal folks for a few days. So don’t tell him your saw me here, okay? (he’s busy building Star Wars lego with son #3)
Just to make things worse, Mr K got me a laptop for Christmas and I can’t use it…wah!
I had a disastrous shopping experience for him this year. I lost one present somewhere in the house cos I hid it too quickly and another didn’t arrive until today-and then it was the wrong thing-I am usually good at presents but not this year, although I think he liked his Star Wars Mr Potato Head which included Darth Tater and his Father Ted dvd’s.
I think the kids all got what they wanted. Difficult to tell with teenage boys sometimes. My daughter got so much it was embarrassing. We kind of panicked at the last minute cos we hadn’t got her anything and then went into overkill mode. But as I tell the boys, all her pieces of pink plastic only add up to about the same as one of their expensive gadgets!
I always think about my father at Christmas time. He had a habit of bringing complete strangers home from the pub to share our holiday festivities because he didn’t want them to be alone. He died eighteen years ago, just before my eldest son was born and I still miss him.
My family have so much to look forward to next year. Our eldest son will graduate high school just as our daughter starts kindergarten. I keep having nightmares that I’ll always been driving to school and then I wake up and realize it’s true! Writing- wise I have a lot to accomplish as well. But I’m not complaining…not many people get to sit at a computer and dream and get paid for it.
Sending best wishes to everyone for a great 2007!
Really delighted to get the cover for Antonia’s Bargain, my Regency-set erotic romance. It’s due out on January 10th. I think they’ve done a beautiful job. It’s subtle, dark and sexy. Who can ask for more?
It’s been a chaotic week for various reasons. My brain seems to be trying to do too many things at once (what’s new?)
On the family front, I almost managed to run my own child down when I dropped him off at school. I didn’t realize that he was still holding on to the side of the car when he bent to pick up his bag and off I went. I heard this thunking sound and immediately stopped when I realized I couldn’t see son #2 anymore. The dog fell off the back seat as I stopped so suddenly so no one was happy with me. I dashed out of the car to check son and he told me in no uncertain terms to go away because I was embarrassing him (did I mention he’s 15?)Realizing he had no injuries, I grinned at him and went to get in the car, only to notice that rather a lot of people were staring at me as if I was an ax murderer…he told me later that one of his friends said, “Dude, your mom was laughing at you.” Son shrugged and said “Yeah, she’s cool like that.”
I need son #2 to show me how to use Myspace properly. So far I have a measly 14 friends and no idea what I’m doing. Mr Kate doesn’t do Myspace so it’s back to begging help from the kids. So embarrassing.
Check me out!
I’m also way behind on the xmas shopping and still have a few cards to send across the ocean to my lovely British family and friends. The tree hasn’t gone up yet either as Mr Kate has just left for Beijing. He just called me from the plane to tell me he got upgraded to business class so he was a very happy bunny indeed!
I’m sure there is more that I’m supposed to be telling you. Ah yes! I’m involved in 2 more joint blog projects: The HEA Cafe, which is a joint blog for all the RWAOnline published authors and Lust Bites, a new blog for Virgin Black Lace and Cheek authors.
I’m a bit worried when I’m going to find the time to write these days what with all these promotional activities!
Here’s a more recent picture of Hunter-he’s such a cutie! he has the same problem as me when he’s in a photo-our big googly eyes can sometimes appear a little too googly. I’m seriously thinking of putting a photo of me up on this blog but maybe I’ll pretend I’m the dog for a bit longer-cos who could resist that face?
As I appear to be the only person who hasn’t blogged about this-can I tell you that I was offered a 2 book contract for my erotic Regencies by John Scognamiglio at Kensington Aphrodisia? He made an offer 24 hours after receiving the proposal from my oh so awesome agent Deidre Knight. Gotta love a woman who can get you an NY publishing contract first time out of the starting blocks!
Of course being as this is publishing, the opportunities for self doubt and imaginative thinking are endless-(authors are like that you know). Verbal contracts can take a while to become paper contracts or real books so I’m not expecting to see anything concrete until 2008.Can’t wait to lick the covers…
But I’m seriously delighted to have been offered this opportunity by Kensington. They really are envelope-pushers and I think my new books will fit there very well. In case anyone is worried-I’ll still be writing the futuristics for Ellora’s Cave. After all I have 3 strapping intergalactic vikings to find partners for!
More news from Michelle Buonfiglio at Romance B(u)y the Book
Hot Topic Week: Eros, Erotica, and Erotic Romance, Dec. 4-8
This week of GuestBlogs is constructed to get a dialogue going about
what erotica and erotic romance are and are not, as well as what access
to the literature has done for women who read it. Bestselling author
Ian Kerner, Ph.D. also will discuss women and sexual fantasy. Here’s the
Kate Duffy, Senior Editor, Brava/Kensington, 12.4
Adam Nevill, Author/Erotica Editor, Virgin Books, 12.5
Jaid Black, Author/CEO Ellora’s Cave, 12.6
Ian Kerner, Ph.D., Author/Sex and Relationships expert, 12.7
Emma Holly, Author, 12.8
the link is on my link page-or it’s at: romancebytheblog.blogspot
I like Michelle a lot and really appreciate the way she uses her blog to discuss these hot topics. And as I now write for Kensington, Virgin and Ellora’s Cave I feel I really should be there to share an opinion or two!
I don’t really understand the politics of my new home country yet. I like to watch the news shows and see how riled up everyone gets though. It’s much easier to appreciate bits of policy from both sides when you don’t have a vote and don’t have to make a choice.
On the night before the mid-term elections, Mr Kate me and the dog were sitting in bed watching Msnbc when Howard Dean came on. He seemed remarkably chipper and I remarked to Mr. Kate that it was obviously okay for him because even if politics didn’t work out for him he still had his sausage business.
There was silence for several minutes while Mr K stared at me. “His sausage business?”
Me nodding vigorously even as a faint shadow of doubt enters my mind.
Mr K: “Howard Dean doesn’t own a sausage business. That’s Jimmy Dean.”
Me: “Are you sure?”
Mr K: “Absolutely sure. (idiot)” that last bit was muttered so that I almost didn’t catch it.
Me; “Well they sound the same and I don’t eat sausages so how was I to know?”
Kate resolves to do a quick google on the Dean’s just to make sure. maybe they are long lost twins or bro’s.
And guess what? Mr Kate was right-again. They are two different people!
Sex and Shopping came out in the UK this week! So if anyone who reads this bought it, be sure to post a review on amazon!
The edits are in for “Antonia’s Bargain” so I should have a cover and a release date for you all soon.
Someone actually bought my short story The Talisman at the Wild Rose Press and liked it enough to post a review-aw shucks-and before you ask-no, it wasn’t someone I knew.
This website finaled in the Sacramento Valley Rose Web Site contest in the homegrown category so major kudos to Mr K and son number 1 for working so hard to make it nice.
And just in case you are wondering, Hunter has settled in really well. We all love him-apart from the snoring of course!
As usual, I got my way, and the doggie is here! He is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. His breed name is bigger than he is and his full name even longer. According to his AKC papers he is called ‘Sir Hunter Chips O’Boys’. I call him Hunter, Mr Kate thinks he should be Chip’s Ahoy and my 4 yr old daughter insists his name is Sprinkles.
Confused? Well the dog probably is.
I’ll be posting some photo’s of him when Mr K lets me because he is adorably cute. (the dog not Mr K) (well Mr K is adorably cute too but…) oh hell…
So far, Hunter seems to believe that he is part of me. At this moment, he’s tucked into the foot space under my desk with his head on my toes. He likes to be close to people and gets a bit anxious when it looks like he might be left behind. And no wonder. His whole life has changed and he definitely needs a lot of TLC to help him cope.
Mr K has been favorably impressed by the dog’s daytime behavior. Unfortunately, he’s not quite so keen on his night time habits. Hunter wants to sleep on my face and he snores very loudly. Neither of which make for a quiet nights sleep. I constantly relocate him down to the end of the bed but he commando crawls up during the night. I don’t like to feel constricted when I sleep, so the face sitting doesn’t work for me. The snoring isn’t so bad because-hey-I already share a bed with Mr K. But Mr Kate hates the snoring. I suspect we are both going to have to get used to it…or persuade one of the kids to let him sleep on their bed instead!
Whenever we take Hunter out, we get surrounded by people who want to pet him. Mr Kate and I reckoned that if he went out alone with the dog in his Ferrari then he would be besieged by women and I’d probably never see him again.
My cat is very unhappy with me at the moment.
To get back to the writing world. I did remarkably well in the RWAOnline KIA contest despite writing very little new stuff. I edited over 400 pages though which gave me enough points to be the top Dirty Damsel and a contender for overall winner. amazing what a million edits can do!
I’m expecting a lot more this month too. Sometimes it’s just like that. Manuscripts are like boomerangs-you keep sending them out and they keep coming right back at you! I quite enjoy editing but sometimes I just want to write the shitty first draft and forget about questioning every comma, word or weird English spelling.
I’m participating in Michelle Pillow’s Romance Junkies Scavenger Hunt this month so if you fancy winning a prize, check out my website and click on the link to take you to the contest page. There are some great prizes there!
And as an afterthought from last week’s blog, I’ve decided that hamster’s are definitely the most unpleasant children’s pet ever. I’ve heard so many horrific stories about them recently that I’m wondering whether I should start an anti Hamster group. If its illegal to have Ferrets as household pets in California then why should we be allowed to keep hamsters hmm?
There has been a tussle in Kate’s head as naughty Kate Pearce has finally been gagged, tied up and dumped in the corner so that nice Kate can hijack this blog.
Nice Kate has a nice short story coming out today from The Wild Rose Press
(who are very good people to work with)
The story is called “The Talisman” and it’s set in England after WWII when an injured US airman comes back to the village he was stationed in during the war to see if he can find his lucky charm.
I wrote it quite a while ago and only remembered it when my crit partner Dana Mentink suggested I send something in to them. (She has 2 books coming out with TWRP soon and she is a fabulous writer!)Well, when I say suggested, I mean nagged but then that’s what crit partners are there for isn’t it?
The link to the TWRP is on my website if anyone would like to go and check out that Kate can actually write something without a single rude word in it.
My mother will be proud of me. I even dedicated the book to her!
Other news-we have found a dog! I’m so excited, and no, it’s not a chicken breast although I have to say that Lillian’s Chinese crested hairless doggie did come quite close to the Mr Kate criteria. It’s a 3 year old Cavalier King Charles spaniel called Hunter.
He’s arriving on Tuesday so I’ll tell you all about him then.