Fab birthday

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…

Books everywhere

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!

I have seen the future…and it is denim colored

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?