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 all for sharing with me.  I feel like I am the winner after that sweet post from my husband, but then I knew I was a lucky woman before that.  :)

My five winners are:

LauraG, Maria Proctor, Jan Jackson, Glenda, and Lisa Hutson!!!

Please email me at kathy @ katherinegarbera.com with no spaces.  :)

Happy Sunday.

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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When I turned 30 I felt like an adult–for real even though I’d been a mom since I was 23.  30 was it, no more playing around and no more fooling myself.  I’d been a published author for four years and had been slowly pealing away layers of the lies I’d always wrapped around myself.

I admitted that since my youngest was three I should probably start losing weight and stop telling people “I’d just had a baby” as an excuse to be heavier. I also acknowledged some of the lies I’d been telling myself for a long time.

They weren’t lies in the traditional sense.  But more lies about what I wanted to see when I looked in the mirror.  I’ve always had a really strong sense of who I am.  I wasn’t swayed by peer pressure at in school and then and now could easily be a hermit and be okay with that. I like my own company.  But my exterior was different.

KG SwimmerI’m swarthy and ethnic. I don’ t have delicate features or long, straight blonde hair.  I was a swimmer in high school and my arms and shoulders have retained the muscly girth I gained during that time.  Even at my slimmest I still have huge arms.  (I’m the one on far right, second row with zinc on my nose…always a fashion icon!)

But as I turned 30 I acknowledged as an adult that there was more than one type of beauty.  I’m never going to be the prettiest, skinniest, smartest girl in the room.  I’m just not.  And that’s okay.  I think I might be the happiest girl in the room because I’m comfortable and confident in my skin.

No, I don’t have blonde hair, I actually think I would look weird with it.  It just doesn’t suit me.  I love my brown hair.  30 was the year I stopped trying to tame the unruly curls into some sort of straight, professional looking do.  I have family members (especially my husband and son) and friends who don’t like it when I do straighten my hair, they think I don’t look like me.

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That’s probably the nicest thing that I’ve heard said about myself.  The parts of myself I was so desperate to change in my 20s are now the very things that make me who I am.  And embracing it was so freeing.

Since it’s the beginning of the year, many people are compiling a list of things to do.  Usually it includes changing things they don’t like in their life and about themselves.  I want you to know that you are a beautiful the way you are. 

 

 

After Midnight

I’m giving away five copies of AFTER MIDNIGHT my new release from Harlequin Blaze today.  Just tell me one thing you love about yourself to be entered to win.  

Kathy

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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As you read this I’m surrounded by my family in Florida with my hubby, kids, step-kids, parents and sister.  I think it’s safe to say that I’m going to have a very happy Christmas.  All of us here at the Jaunty Quills hope you do too.  We’ve created a video message for you.

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Happy Holidays!  Hope Santa is good 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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Thank you everyone for sharing your favorite part of the holidays with me.  I loved reading all of them.  My winner is bn100.  Please drop me an email at kathy @ katherinegarbera.com (no spaces) to claim your prize.

Happy Holidays!

Kathy

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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9780373798308I have a new release in stores today.  It’s the second in my Holiday Heat series.  And I know that I’m not supposed to admit it, but Will and Penny are probably one of my favorite couples I’ve ever written.  The premise is a fun one–two people meet at a luxury resort over the holidays and embark on an affair that will end when they go home on New Year’s Day.  It should be fun and romantic–and it is, but because of the end date Penny sort of doesn’t put up any barriers.  

She decides that all the stuff that guys usually complain about doesn’t matter and she doesn’t have to pretend to be someone she isn’t.  She’s herself and by being that way, Will starts to fall for her and opens up about his past too.

Here’s an excerpt:

Dashing through snow,” Will said, under his breath, too.

She tipped her head back and started laughing. “Is that song also in your head?”

“It’s impossible for it not to be. We are in the middle of a freakin’ Norman Rockwell Christmas scene.”

“I would have said Currier and Ives.”

He shook his head. “You like to argue, don’t you?”

She thought about that for a long minute. She did have to always make sure she had her own opinion. “I never thought of it that way. I just want to make sure I’m standing on my own, not following someone else.”

“Me, too. And this is definitely Norman Rockwell. You’ll never convince me otherwise.

“Are you sure?”

“How could you possibly? I’ve made my mind up and I never change it,” he said.

“Never? Are you sure about that?”

He nodded. “I can promise you I will never change my mind. Once a decision has been made I stick to it.”

“Duly noted,” she said. It was something that she might see as a red flag if they were going to date long-term, but for two weeks… What did that matter? “Jingle bells, jingle bells…”

He squeezed her close, putting his finger under her chin, and when he tipped her head back, she looked up at the strong line of his jaw. There was a tiny birthmark under his chin. Something she wouldn’t have noticed if they hadn’t been sitting so close. She reached up and touched it.

“Beauty mark,” she said.

“Beauty?”

“That’s what my mom always calls them. She has one that looks like a strawberry along her neck, and she says it’s a mark of inner beauty.” Penny missed her mom but she was in the Caribbean with her new husband celebrating the holidays. Exhaling softly, she stroked his neck. It was strong and had the tiniest bit of beard stubble on it. His light brown hair brushed the side of his face and she pushed it out of the way.

“No one has ever suggested there was anything beautiful about me,” he said gruffly.

She looked into those incredible blue eyes of his and wondered about this man. She had a bunch of questions about his past. What had shaped him into the person he was today? Why would anyone be satisfied with two-week relationships?

But she kept those questions to herself. “You have to know you are a very beautiful man.”

“Rugged maybe. And I get charming a lot…but beauty? Nah.” She understood where he was coming from. But there was something about his confidence and the way he pushed her to take him on his terms that contributed to what she saw when she looked at him.

Or at least what she saw now, on this magical snow ride. “Well, we can agree to disagree.”

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Here are some buy links in case you loved it and have to go and get it!

Amazon * BN * iBooks 

I’ve always wanted to go on a sleigh ride and find snow really magical. I think it’s because I grew up in Florida and have never been on a sleigh ride! 

What’s the most magical part of Christmas for you?

I’m giving away a Holiday Heat Prize pack which includes all three copies of my series and some Christmas swag to one lucky commenter.  

 

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