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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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Okay, I’ll admit it, I’m hooked. It started when my niece picked me up at LAX for the RWA conference in San Diego. I spent two days with her and my sister and Katie (said niece) was already playing. I had texted my kiddos a few days earlier to alert them about the app since they had both been huge Pokemon fans back in their elementary school days. I never thought I would download the app or play it, but Katie wanted to find out a few things and she needed someone who would let her play on their phone as well as her own.

So I downloaded it and the addiction began.

Pros:

  • Walking. Even though I know that I should get up from my desk and walk every 30 minutes for better health, I don’t. But with the Pokemon app I do get up. There’s a Poke-stop right near my house and I go up there on my breaks to reload on pokeballs and other cool things like potions.
  •  Social dialogue. My sister, niece and I all went to get a pedicure before they took me to San Diego for RWA and while we were having our toes done the news was filled with stories of Pokemon Go. Everyone in the nail salon was chatting about the new app. Even while I was at RWA I had several conversations about the app. J
  •  Parent-kid bonding. There aren’t a lot of things online games or apps that families can do together. My kids and I are lucky in that we nerd out on a lot of the same things so talking isn’t ever a problem in our house. But the Pokemon Go app is reminding us of the time we stood in line to see the Pokemon movie with Lugia, when Coco got a gold Pokemon card from Burger King (it was her prized possession for a long time) and how many hours we all spent in the game room watching the TV show together.

Cons:

  •  Addicting. Once you start playing, you want to keep playing. I think this is sort of a pro if you factor in the walking. Last night I went on two separate 30 minute walks so that first my hubby and then my daughter could finish hatching an egg (you have to walk several km to do this).
  •  Common sense. I’m trying to think of a nice way of saying this but sometimes in the fever of playing a game, common sense goes out the window. No matter what rare Pokemon you think you might find remember to put safety first.
  • Catching them all. What if I never catch them all??? Just kidding. J I don’t mind if I never catch them all. I’m just having fun playing with my hubby and kids and texting my niece to find out what she’s found and get her tips.

 

What about you? Are you playing Pokemon Go? Are you sick of Pokemon Go?

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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I can’t–really can’t believe that June is almost over.  I was emailing with my editor the other day and said to him I am still doing stuff I should have been finished with in February and he said me, too! So I know I’m not the only one wondering where the year has gone. 🙂

So here’s my five things for June:

1caprese-mush2. Fruit is in season!!  I try to only buy fruit and veg when it is in season so I’m cooking with fresh ingredients that are more organically grown and I can change up my menu a little bit.  We have been eating like we forgot what meat tastes like!  I made these delicious caprese portobello mushroom caps for dinner the other night and I think my hubby might be getting tired of fresh strawberries macerated in sugar with whipped cream on top…just kidding.  🙂

 

 

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2. Time to read.  I’ve been sticking to my schedule and writing a chapter a day like I’m supposed to, even when the muse is being a b*tch and wondering all over town instead of staying close by.  Right now I have a ton of new books on my TBR pile and thanks to the Apple settlement lots of credit in my Amazon account to buy them.  I’m reading Love, Nina (it was released in 2014) a collection of letters written by a London nanny to her sister back in the 80s.  It’s really good.

 

 

 

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3. Glastonbury.  I didn’t go, unfortunately but have been watching it on TV.  One of the artists who performed there is a French group called Christine and The Queens.  The music is addictive, but what I really love is the performance art aspect.  Check them out here.

 

4. Weather.  It’s such a British cliche to talk about the weather and I’m not even British.  But honestly it’s been nice lately.  Sunny days, warmer temperatures.  I almost put away my fuzzy socks but every time I do the temperature dips again.  I’ve been walking every morning because it seems sunnier early in the day.

IMG_21975. Talking to friends.  Most of my friends are busy during the school year and we make do with a text message that says Hey! Be cool.  But in June everyone seems to be on a more relaxed schedule and I’ve been talking, video chatting and texting with so many friends this month.  It makes my heart lighter to do it.

So what about you?  What’s your five fun things for June?  Or just comment on one of mine.  🙂

I’m giving away an e-book copy of His Seduction Game Plan to one lucky commenter.

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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love-valentines-day-79@1xI’ve been struggling the last few days as I’m sure many of you have with the news from Orlando. My hometown–a place of much joy, happiness, love and acceptance–took a really hard hit. And I don’t know how to make sense of it. But as I was trying to figure out what to write on this blog today I thought wouldn’t it be nice to just spread a little bit more love around?

There’s a reason why I read and write romance novels and the last few days has reiterated that for me. Picking up a book where I know I am guaranteed a happy ending is really what I needed. I can pick up Susan E Phillips Heaven, Texas and laugh and fall in love with Bobby Tom Denton again. I can pick up a book by Shana Galen, Teresa Romain, Mia Marlowe and Vanessa Kelly and get swept back in time and go on a adventure that will end with good guys saving the day and couples joined together forever. I can read Kathleen Pynn, Cindy Kirk, Nancy Robards Thompson, Jesse Hayworth, and Kristan Higgins and be reminded that home and family are strong bonds that can’t be broken. All of the authors on our blog write books that are a healing balm for both me and many of you during troubling times.

They help remind us of the good parts of humanity and of our community.

Today I’d like you to tell me about something or someone you love. It can be anything or anyone. I love my family more than I can say, but I tell them every day. I love my goofy dog who gets caught in the hole she chewed in her blanket and drags it behind her like a cape. And I love that my hometown in Florida that is coming together in strength and support.

Thanks for helping me spread a little love today.

 

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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Thank you everyone for making me feel better about not getting much done so far this year!  My winner is Natasha Persaud.  Please email me at kathy @ Katherinegarbera.com and I’ll get your Cheryl’s Cookie Card and book in the mail to you.

 

 

Katherine Garbera

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Katherine Garbera is the national best-selling author of more than 50 books. Writing is the chief focus of her time after her family and the only thing she likes more than working on her own books is reading other authors. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and loves the opportunity to talk about writing with anyone who'll listen. Garbera started making up stories for her own benefit when she was on a competitive swim team in high school. Though she went to State and usually medaled at swim meets, Katherine says her heart wasn't in swimming but rather in the stories she created as she swam laps at practice.

She worked for The Walt Disney World Company for 15 years and did everything from being a hostess on It’s a Small World, to saving swimmers at the Grand Floridian Resort, to touring around VIPs such as Jack Valenti at the Disney-MGM Studios and being a production page on the New Mickey Mouse Club--yes, it might be possible that Britney, Justine and Christina owe her a nod of thanks for keeping all those kids who had to go to the bathroom from interrupting their performances.

Katherine's books have been featured in magazines such as REDBOOK (11/98)and have even been featured on the large JumboTron in Times Square, and excerpted in COSMO (7/10) Her latest release THE PIRATE is the second book in her Savage Seven series featuring a group of mercenaries. The story is ripped from the headlines and features a group of pirates who attack a tanker off the coast of Somalia. You can contact Katherine through her website.

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I hate that May is almost over.  Not for any reason other than I’m still so behind. I love that summer is teasing me with sunny days and warmer weather.  And I can’t wait for my son to come home from University, but when I look at my to-do list there are a lot of unchecked boxes.  There are a lot of things that really I thought I’d have finished in February or March and uh, it’s May and they are still unchecked.

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The contemporary romance panel with Julia London, Annie West, Nancy Warren, Teri Wilson, and the fabulous French readers and bloggers.

I did go to Paris.  So that was a nice item that I fully enjoyed checking off.  I also travelled for the first time in a really long time on my own.  When I got divorced in 2007 it affected me in ways that still surprised me today.  One of them was ability to just blindly trust people, which had the trickle down effect of making it really hard for me travel on my own. I hate that.  I used to love meeting new people and seeing new places. I still love it but I have to get over this huge mountain of fear to do it.  Ugh.  There is nothing like getting older and feeling as insecure as my high school self.

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Brigid Coady, Charlotte Ledger (editor), me, Jane Linfoot and Sophie Pembroke. Brigid is holding the Joan Hessian Award.

On the heels of my successful four days in Paris I went to London by myself for the RNA summer party.  I haven’t been making friends in the RNA like I have in the RWA.  I blame my natural shyness for that but this time I went by myself on the train (my husband usually goes with me and plans the train/underground stuff) and got on the underground and found the Waterstones’ bar where I was to meet my editor and the other Harper Impulse authors.

This weekend I spent a lot of time reflecting on these three things.  I’m going to be more focused in June and get those things checked off my to-do list.  I’m also going to continue getting out there…out in the world and trying the things that scare me.

What about you?  Anything you haven’t done/have done lately that’s changed you?  Tell me for a chance to win a Cheryl’s Cookie Card and my latest release from Harlequin Desire HIS SEDUCTION GAME PLAN.

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