Off to RWA in Orlando, Florida
Monday, July 26th, 2010 Leave a Comment »

I’ll be away for a while, so please feel free to:

1. check out some of the older posts.
2. Read all the juicy excerpts.
3. Take a wander through the Regency Gallery.
4. Look behind the scenes of ‘Kiss of the Rose’
5. Enter April’s contest below to win her e-book

And by the time you’ve finished all that, I’ll be back and I’ll be having a Big Contest on this very blog giving away some Kiss of the Rose books and promo items!!

And if you happen to be near the Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando Florida at 5:30 next Wednesday evening, come and check out the massive 400+ romance authors signing their books for literacy for life. I’ll be there so come and say hi!

Now, you all behave yourselves, okay?
Kate x

Another of my mentees makes good and a contest!!
Sunday, July 25th, 2010 6 Comments »

I’m introducing my Romance Diva mentee today, April Morelock, who has her first book coming out on the 27th of July!!

Comment below for a chance to win this book for yourself :)

Hey everyone!
Kate let me take over her blog today so I can discuss something very naughty and dirty — and wickedly delicious.

Have you guessed it? Nope not sex… I‘m talking about inspiration!!! That wicked little devil that sometimes tickles your fancy but is often hard to put into words.

Inspiration can be the stuff of every young man’s fantasies or the stuff of great books… mysterious books… or downright hot and sexy books.

Of course inspiration can come from all different places, the subway, a gas station, a walk down a dark alley, or even a coin operated laundry. Perhaps you’ve never considered how sexy and truly “inspiring” any of those places can be. But for me, everyday places inspire me like nothing else.

Some people paint beautiful paintings of nude sculptures and I … I write about strange things happening in even the most ordinary places.

In my latest book, The Best Little Spin Wash in Texas, my coin operated laundry turns into a time machine with strange happenings — Sputner steals lingerie, two women forever gossip while washing laundry from a closed orphanage, and love is found between the spin cycles.

Odd? Certainly but let me tell you — have you ever been in a coin operated laundry at 2:30 in the morning? Strange and very spooky things happen. People come in and leave … you never see them drive up or the lights of their car. Women walk in with their toddlers to buy a drink and then leave to fade into the darkness. No homes nearby, no car sounds in the distance.

It’s as if you’ve taken a hit on some strange drug and wandered into an alternate universe. This stuff really happens. It doesn’t take much to make a leap into even more bizarre things. Of course I might have imagined all of those things in the sleep deprived state I was in… but… no. I know what I saw.

Surely I’m not the only one. I’m interested to see who has the most bizarre real-life story. And just for the fun of it, I’ll give the best story a copy of my brand new book: The Best Little Spin Wash in Texas, coming July 27th from Loose-id. Oh, wow… this will be so much fun!

I’ve included an excerpt below:

Timid, geeky quantum physicist Molly Timmons lives in a man’s world of metaphysics when she meets a handsome John St. James at a Spin Wash and Go. One dark night trapped in the Spin Wash isn’t enough. Even as their relationship deepens, they learn of a dark secret the Spin Wash is hiding… a secret that could tear John’s world apart or could save his daugther‘s life.

Molly’s the key.

Time is running out. Will they figure out the Spin Wash’s secret or will they both be lost in time?

Excerpt:

His arms flexed as he slid the basket under his arm and walked around the washers. This was ridiculous; she needed to get laid if the simple pleasure of watching a man cross the floor had her flushed with sexual need.
Laundry detergent, White Rain shampoo, and something indefinable invaded her space and filled her senses as he walked past her.
It was hard to stay put.
She closed her eyes, took in another deep breath, and repressed a moan. This was why women loved sweaty men. Pheromones trumped common sense every time.
Forcing her eyes open, she watched him move; the hard muscles flexing and bending to his will A shift of his basket and his eyes clashed with hers, darkening. With a slow perusal, he took in her lightly muscled legs, encased in short blue shorts. She mentally slapped herself, thinking of how opaque her white T-shirt must look. Her mama had told her that, even with small breasts, she should always wear a bra.
Nipples peaked, pebbling through her shirt, as he continued his inspection, gray eyes almost black. She breathed shallowly, trying to ignore the ache blooming deep inside.
Molly was past shielding herself; she wanted those eyes on her. Her lack of propriety would have had her mother screaming a blue streak. Taunting a man like that, walking out of the house looking like a slut.
God, he had to stop looking at her.
He finally jerked his gaze away from her body and leaned down to drop his basket, then pulled the detergent and softener from it, those lovely muscles moving deliciously under his tan.
He was so close, and those jeans hit him in all the right places. She had to watch every movement, mesmerized by the bending and flexing of his thighs as he placed the detergent into the washer.
He was done too soon. His strong hands worked efficiently, the muscles underneath moving like strings on a piano. Strong. Graceful. Just the idea of those strong digits strumming her body, gliding across her skin, made her hold her breath.
She needed to get ahold of herself — and quick — if she was going to look him in the eye. Her face was tight, the skin undoubtedly flushed and almost feverish and not just from the heat and stickiness of the Spin Wash. She was letting her imagination get away with her.

Want more?, visit www.loose-id.com for you copy of Best Little Spin Wash in Texas today! Or put your best oddball, spooky, weird or odd experience below for a chance to win your own copy!

Welcome Juniper Bell :)
Saturday, July 24th, 2010 3 Comments »

I’m sharing my blog with Juniper Bell today who writes Regency erotica/romantica. As you regular readers know I’m off to RWA at the beginning of the week, so feast your eyes on this luscious offering while I get started on my packing :)

My Three Lords
Regency erotica
Juniper Bell

How is one innocent country girl to choose between a Duke, a Marquis and an Earl? Must she?

When Miss Alicia Silverwood marries the Earl of Dorchester, he whisks her off to Notre Plaisir, a country manor where erotic surprises await in the company of three powerful lords.
The young Earl needs a wife and heir. The cynical Marquis de Beaumont needs a playmate. And the commanding Duke of Warrington needs a reason to live. As for the new Lady Dorchester, she’s about to discover the true nature of her own sensual needs. On top of that, she’s falling in love.
It might take a miracle for Lady Alicia and her three lords come to an arrangement that makes them all happy. Or perhaps all that’s required is a little scandalous rule- breaking.

My Three Lords is coming out on July 28 from Ellora’s Cave as part of its Exotika line. Here’s the “coming soon” page:

Here’s Juniper’s website:
And right now she’s running a promotion on her blog: — anyone who signs up for her newsletter is entered into a random drawing for an ARC of My Three Lords.

Wishing you great sales, Juniper!

Cover for Simply Forbidden
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010 7 Comments »

Ooh I love it when I get to share a new cover with you all! This is for Simply Forbidden which is book #6 in the House of Pleasure series. It’s about Lisette Delornay, Helene and Philip’s daughter and the enigmatic Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield, one of my more reasonable heroes. The book comes out in February 2011.

Here’s a blurbette:

Lisette Delornay-Ross is used to belonging to two worlds-her father Philip’s aristocratic circles and her mother, Helene’s more risqué sexual empire. When she meets Major Lord Gabriel Swanfield, she is instantly attracted to him and more than willing to engage in her usual brand of flirtation. Scarred both physically and mentally by his sojourn in the Peninsular army, Gabriel lives a solitary existence on the fringes of London society.

Although he is willing to indulge Lisette in an erotic affair, Gabriel has surprisingly strong views about marriage. But despite herself, Lisette understands Gabriel’s conventional desires all too well. Should she give into his demands and become the perfect society wife he thinks he wants, or try and persuade him otherwise? As both of them try to provide the other with what they believe is the answer to their dilemma, they discover that love has a way of making the most unconventional of lifestyles work after all.

Anticipation…
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 6 Comments »

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. :)

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.

Love
Kate x

More Diva books :)
Monday, June 21st, 2010 Leave a Comment »

SALOME AT SUNRISE by releases today from Carina Press!

It’s not nice to piss off Mother Nature…

Bryton Haruk sets out on a suicide mission to stop the bloodthirsty Skullmen from terrorizing the war-weary Land of Eldwyn. Consumed by guilt over the death of his wife, Bryton seeks revenge and reunion in the afterlife with his lost love. His purpose is determined, his bravery unmatched, until the queen casts a spell to save Bryton from himself.

Salome is that spell. A bird-shifter, she can harness the earth’s breeze and take the form of a beautiful, innocent woman. Her challenge is to harness Bryton’s pain and guide him to peace. She entrances and irritates him, tempting Bryton from his mission. Even as he gives in to the passion between them, Bryton insists on mounting a solo attack on the brigands’ compound, and Salome fears her love won’t be enough to save him…

Celebrate Summer Solstice.

Salome at Sunrise from Inez Kelley and Carina Press.

Seize the day.

Buy it now.

BLURB:

Someone is about to get some Spice in his life.

Spice has nothing but the clothes on her back when she returns to Chicago. She’s looking for a better life, and that means reuniting with her estranged twin sister, Sugar. She isn’t thrilled to find out Sugar’s boyfriend is a vampire. But then she meets Eric, once the bottle-cap-glasses wearing nerd next door – now grown into the kind of man she’d love to snuggle with on this cold winter night…and he’s offered her his room in Sugar’s house.

Eric can’t believe Spice has returned. He’d given up hope of ever seeing her again, let alone having her stare at him as if he’s sex on a stick. But now that all of his fantasies for them are coming true, reality rears her ugly head and Eric must tell Spice his intimate secret; he’s actually an Alpha werewolf looking for his mate and he thinks he’s found her.

Buy 

Contest at Writerspace this month
Monday, June 14th, 2010 Leave a Comment »

Hi everyone!

I have a contest to win a copy of “Kiss of the Rose” and a special extra prize running on Writerspace this month, so please enter!

I will also be running a contest on this blog nearer the publication date and two more months of contests on Writerspace and elsewhere so keep on trying! LOL

Kate x

A first from Pearce Publishing
Thursday, June 10th, 2010 2 Comments »

Once upon a time I wrote a longish short story intended for an e-publisher and they turned it down. I liked this story so I kept in on my computer and occasionally brought it out, brushed it off, still liked it and still kept it.

Recently there has been a lot of talk about self-publishing on some of the loops I frequent, so I decided to try and see if I could publish this little short erotic historical tale. With a lot of help from Gwen Hayes and a beautiful cover made by Dara England, I managed it!

And here it is :)

When Lady Arabella’s errant husband returns after a two-year absence that began just after the consummation of their marriage, she’s still furious with him. Will past hurts finally be explained, and will Lord James be shocked to discover that Arabella has made the best of the situation with the help of his best friend, Tom? Or will Lord James turn the tables, reveal all, and win their sexual game for an unconventional happy ever after?
Please note. This book contains m/f/m sexual interaction and mild infidelity.

you can find it for 0.99c at kindle and smashwords and eventually on other devices too :)

New Release from one of my favorite writers :)
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010 Leave a Comment »

Crystal Jordan’s In the Heat of the Night series from Samhain has been combined into a single print volume and releases today!

When wildness rules the night, giving in is the only choice.

Total Eclipse of the Heart

Werewolf law demands that once mated, werewolves know no other lover. Then Lena walks into Rachel’s world, turning it inside out. Her mate may not like it, but once scented, nothing will stop Rachel from claiming what’s hers…

Big Girls Don’t Die
Six months ago, Andre turned Cynthiana into a vampire, insisting it was meant to be. Cyn doesn’t call this a healthy relationship. When she ends up stranded on Valentine’s Day, he grabs his chance to convince her they can live happily ever and forever after.

It’s Raining Men
Candy has always known Michael is her mate. The catch? He’s gay. When she meets his lover, she’s sure her werewolf instincts are faulty. Mates with not one, but two gay men? She must have a screw loose. Little does she know both men are about to rock her world.

Crazy Little Thing Called Love
Anyone who tries to get in Pixie’s way gets the business end of her Fae magic, especially pushy werewolf males. Luckily, Malcon likes her that way. Their uncomplicated fling, for him, is anything but—she’s his mate. He just has to convince her that love won’t clip her wings.

Warning: Naughty love in every imaginable flavor: boy on boy, girl on girl, boy on girl, boy on girl on boy, girl on boy on girl. Werewolves, vampires, sirens, and Fae doing all the dirty deeds from spanking to anal to public masturbation. Options are limitless, so pick your poison wisely!

Places to buy it: Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | Borders | Books-A-Million | Indiebound | Powell’s Books

Risking Eternity-out today from one of my favorite people :)
Wednesday, May 26th, 2010 2 Comments »

Such a pleasure when a writer (and friend) one knows and loves has their first book out! Especially when it comes out with my first-ever publisher too:) Big congrats to Voirey Linger and many sales! I loved this story :)

Here’s the blurb :)

For two hundred years, Dominicus has lived in isolation, sentenced to take human souls to hell. But this night’s victim is unlike all the others. She tempts him. One kiss and she comes apart in his arms. One taste, and he can’t walk away.

But Maggie isn’t the only temptation he faces. Dominicus fights an attraction to Renatus, his best friend through the eons and a male with whom sex is forbidden. With her, he risks Hell, with him, losing the only piece of Heaven he has left.

Maggie cannot begin to understand what Dominicus has done. Demons covet her soul and Lucifer won’t give up his prize. In claiming her, he’s not only compounded his sin, he’s sparked a war between Heaven and Hell. Angels battle demons, and Dominicus must make a choice. Does he deliver to Lucifer the human whose soul calls to him and ensure his salvation, or save her and risk eternal damnation?

Reader Advisory: Contains passionate lip-locks between two male angels, hot enough to singe your feathers off.

and, more importantly, here’s the buy link

Kate x