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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Hey everyone! I know and adore so many of the Quills and Quillumnae (is that a word?) that I’m thrilled to be here today. Many thanks to my longtime friend Katherine Garbera for inviting me! (KG: I’m thrilled that your debut novella is out and happy to have you here!!!)
 
This is an exciting week for me because my debut novella has just been released. Fortune’s Fool is included in the Enchanted by an Emerald anthology, which regular readers of the JQ will recognize from Wynter Daniels’ guest post earlier. FF takes its name from a cable TV series I made up for the novella. My heroine, Felicity Reeves, is obsessed with the show Fortune’s Fool, which is set during the time of the Scottish Border Reivers and is a bit like Game of Thrones meets Outlander. Felicity is a complete and total fangirl of the show, not just because of the hotness (as she says, “Layers of medieval dirt, blood, and squalor do little to hide the hotness. Or the naked, which happens pretty often.”), but because she fell in love with the inspiration for the show, a graphic novel, back in high school. As it turns out, Felicity ends up falling in love with the artist of that graphic novel, a gorgeous and talented young man she first refers to as “Sketchbook Hottie” who looks a bit like this:
   

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Okay, that’s actually James McAvoy, but he’s a dead ringer for my hero, Wyatt Armstrong. Those eyes! That artistic soul! That Scottishness! Swoon!
 
But I digress.
 
In my other life, I teach high school, and there’s no other group of people so varied in their loves and obsessions than high schoolers. When I was in high school, I fell in love with comic books. I read and collected Uncanny X-Men. I picked Marvel over DC. Because of those years, I get lots of the jokes on The Big Bang Theory and totally understand why Stuart’s comic book store is a haven for those lovable nerds. I was one of those lovable nerds. I dated several of those lovable nerds, right up to and including my husband. By the time I met him, however, my comic book days were far behind me—or so I thought. 
 
Mr. Man, as I call him, has one of the most interesting minds I know, which is probably why we’ve been married so long. One year for Valentine’s Day, he gave me a flat wrapped package. I tore open the paper and this slipped out:
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Neil Gaiman’s Stardust was originally released in four volumes, much like a comic. It tells the story of Tristran Thorn, a boy with a mysterious past who promises to bring a star to the young woman he loves. His journey to find the star (who turns out to be an exquisite young woman in her own right) is a magical, fantastical blend of whimsy, suspense, danger, love, and second chances. It’s a lovely, lovely story all by itself, but the graphic novel, with gorgeous illustrations by Charles Vess, is a revelation. It’s a beautiful book, quite romantic, and actually the perfect Valentine’s Day gift my very interesting husband could have given to his nerdy wife. Stardust reminded me what I loved about the fantasy novels I inhaled as a young reader, soothed my romantic spirit, and reminded me just how much I loved my comic book days. It also ignited our family interest in graphic novels and led me to create a young man with an interesting mind and an artistic spirit who charms a nerdy girl with his art.
 
What’s the book that made you fall in love with a genre? Tell me in the comments. I’ll bestow (for “bestow” seems the perfect word to use after you’ve been discussing fantastical and romantic stories) an ebook copy of Enchanted by an Emerald, which contains Fortune’s Fool, and a box of Godiva truffles to one lucky winner!
 
 
 

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Mimi Wells worked as a mother’s helper, an aerobics instructor, an arts magazine editor, a project typist, a grammarian, a graphic designer, a waitress, a lingerie saleswoman, and a soda jerk before finding her niche as an award-winning high school English teacher and writer of young adult and Southern women’s fiction and romance. Working with teenagers keeps her young and turns her hair gray—pretty much a perfect example of creative tension. It also provides her with an unending supply of answers to the writer’s favorite question: “What if?” Mimi reigns as Empress of the Barefoot Domain in sunny Central 

Florida with her husband, two children, and two Brittanys—all of whom are spoiled completely rotten. Visit Mimi online at http://www.mimiwells.com, like her on Facebook (Mimi Wells Author), or follow @mimi_wells on Twitter.

 

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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IMG_4761I’m sure that it will come as no surprise when I tell you that I love books.  I have so many of them that are old favorites that I’ve read over and over again.  One of these is the entire Harry Potter series.  I adored the stories and the movies and this summer I got to visit the new Diagon Alley at Universal Studios in Orlando.   

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The movies were good but actually walking through Diagon Alley and then down Nocturnal Alley fed my inner geek.  I had to shop in every store.  I’m not a huge candy eater but I was there in the sweet shop.  I used my ‘muggle plastic’ to buy Gringotts notes and made my kids try on robes as part of their back-to-school shopping.  

Every time I have visited a place that is part of one of my favorite books I haven’t been disappointed. I’d feel remiss if I didn’t mention the new Fantasyland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom and the Beauty and the Beast section.  Of course that is more a homage to the movie but still I loved it.  We went into the Beast’s castle and got to see his library.  Love! 

Of course, with Outlander on television now I bet a lot of people are going to be visiting Scotland.  And I haven’t been there yet despite living only six or so hours away.  

What’s your favorite fictional world?  If you could visit it, what do you look forward to seeing the most?

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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Hello everyone!  It’s a 3-day weekend in the UK and I’m afraid I’ve fallen down on the job.  Here are the winners from Kim and Eve’s blog.

Kim Boykin’s Winner: Pearl

Eve Gaddy’s Winner: Merle Perkins

Please email me at Kathy @katherinegarbera.com with your details and we will get the prize to you.  Thank you for making my friends feel so welcome!!!

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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Inspiration

Whenever I start a new book I look around for pictures of people who might look like my hero and heroine. Sometimes I’ll add in other secondary characters. I also find pictures of settings, such as the beach, the mountains or wherever the book is set. I look for houses, images of something important in the book, or clothes the characters might wear. I use Scrivener to write in now and it makes importing pictures so easy. I also use Pinterest to make a private board for each book. I plan to make them public as soon as the books come out.

 Sing Me Back Home, the first of the Homecoming novellas, due out September 22 from Tule Publishing group, was a lot of fun to research. Yes, I call this research.:) Who do I look for first? I’m a romance writer. Take a wild guess.:) Yes, of course, the hero. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Sing Me Back Home is a reunion story. Here’s an idea of what it’s about.

SingMeBackHome-MEDIUM-UPDATEDDr. Jack Gallagher, one of Marietta, Montana’s most eligible bachelors, hasn’t been serious about a woman since his wife died. He’s been content to date occasionally, practice medicine and take care of his teenaged daughter.

Then happily divorced former fashion model, Maya Parrish, moves back to town with her own teenaged daughter in tow. Maya, Jack’s almost fiancée, the girl who broke his heart the night of their high school graduation.

The moment Jack and Maya meet again, all the sizzle and sparks, and then some, come rushing back. Maya is ready to give love a second try. Jack isn’t sure he can take that chance again. He knows how quickly happiness can be ripped away, leaving heartbreak in its place. 

Sizzle and steam. Can a mad, passionate affair last or will it burn itself out as quickly as it began?

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On to the pictures. Here’s who I found to be the hero of Sing Me Back Home. James Marsden. Sigh. James Marsden, aka Jack Gallagher. Kinda makes your heart go pitter-patter, doesn’t it?

JM2And here’s another of James. (I call him James since I figure we’re on a first name basis.)

 I also found inspiration for the heroine of Sing Me Back Home. Maya Parrish is a former fashion model. Naturally, she needs to be beautiful. Here’s Ashley Greene, aka Maya Parrish.

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Here’s another one of Maya.

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Since Maya is a former model, I had to find clothes for her to wear. After all, she has to dress the part. I am no fashion plate, but it was a lot of fun dressing one. These are just two of the outfits I thought Maya might wear. 

 

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I have many more pictures, of course. I’ve found that it really helps having a picture when I’m trying to describe my heroine’s outfit or a setting or a character. Also, it’s fun.

 

I love the cover of Sing Me Back Home. But to me the woman on the cover doesn’t dress like Maya, the former model. However, there’s a scene toward the end of the book which corresponds to the cover. You’ll have to read that scene and let me know if you agree.:)

 

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Do pictures ever inspire your imagination? Do you ever see a picture and make up a story to go with it? It doesn’t have to be a picture of a person. There are all sorts of images that spark my imagination. What about you?

This is such fun I’m going to write a similar blog for all my books. Cry Love, my new book from Bell Bridge Books, will be out August 29.  Look for that blog to be out soon.:) Many thanks to Katherine Garbera and all the Jaunty Quills for asking me to blog with them today. I’ve had a blast! (KG: You’re so very welcome!)

 

I’m giving away a copy of the e-book version of Cowboy Come Home from Bell Bridge Books as well as  Nancy Robards Thompson’s Beauty And The Cowboy, and Katherine Garbera’s Her Summer Cowboy, Marietta County Fair novellas today to get you in the mood to visit Marietta, Montana.  :)

 

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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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Hello. I Love you 

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The delicious part of romance for me and for the throngs of romance readers is the delicious push-pull that goes on between the hero and the heroine. We readily buy the concept, especially in a world where couples speculatively come together after a visit to a bar or through online dating. Maybe through a blind date a well-meaning friend sets up.

In the pages of a good romance you can almost see those two hearts opening up a little bit more, page-by-page. My new novel, Palmetto Moon, is a little different. It’s set in 1947, back when, if someone had even suggested that there would ever be this thingy called the Internet, and two people would actually start a virtual relationship that would lead to wedding bells, they would have been hauled away on the spot to the loony bin.

 But 1947 comes on the heels of WWII, a time when a guy asked a girl to dance. Hours later, they were married before he shipped out. Life was short. Precious. And love was no different.

 687b3a720559d07d67ae4184269c1b3fI’m amazed at the couples who met like that, falling in love and then learning their mate and how to love them as soon as they could be together. I’m sure there were couples for whom the whole idea of love at first sight was a bust, but just the idea that, to borrow lines from Rogers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific…

 Some enchanted evening,
You may see a stranger
Across a crowded room
And somehow you know,
You know even then
That somewhere you’ll see her
Again and again.

Some enchanted evening,
You may hear her laughing
Across a crowded room
And night after night,
As strange as it seems
The sound of her laughter
Will sing in your dreams. 

 In Palmetto Moon, the hero, Frank Darling has one of those Enchanted Evening moments, but it’s morning, and he doesn’t even see Vada Hadley. Only her silhouette through the screen door of his diner–

 Frank glances up at the next order and catches sight of the veiled image of a woman through the screen door. The morning sun outlines her small frame, and he doesn’t have to see her face to know she’s beautiful. He flips a salmon croquette and waits for her to open the door. It sizzles and he imagines what it would be like to love her the moment he lays eyes on her. Sure it sounds trite, but not compared to working ten-hour days at the diner. It’s a good word to describe Frank’s job, the diner. Hell, the whole crossroads is commonplace, as stale as yesterday’s mackerel.

 The woman is still on the other side of the screen. His heart pounds, but the murmur doesn’t sound like it usually does, sloshy like an old wringer washing machine on its last leg. No, he feels the sound of each chamber opening and closing, strong, like a big bass drum, beating for the woman behind the screen.

05022f909225d17700614400134630f7Does love at first sight still happen 67 years later? I think so. I hope so. How and why does it happen? Maybe we should leave the answer to Rogers and Hammerstein again.

 Who can explain it?

Who can tell you why?
Fools give you reasons,
Wise men never try.

Palmetto Moon excerpt–

Charleston, SC

June 20, 1947

“Murrah?” Rosa Lee’s eyes go wide and she shakes her head at me like I’ve forgotten the rules, but I haven’t. Since before I was born, my parents forbade the servants to speak their native tongue in our house. Offenders were given one warning; a second offense brought immediate dismissal. I say the Gullah word again, drawing it out softly. “Why are you crying?” The hands that helped bring me into the world motion for me to lower my voice.

Rosa Lee’s husband, Desmond, told me my first word was murrah. It was what I called Rosa Lee, until Mother made me call her by name. “My own murrah.” The forbidden words bring more tears. I press my face into the soft curve of her neck and breathe in the Ivory soap Mother insists all the servants use, mingled with Rosa Lee’s own scent—vanilla and lemongrass.

She holds me at arm’s length, trembling, and I know I’ve done it again.

“You got to tell them,” she pleads. “Make them see you can’t go through with this.”

I point to the door that leads to the elegant dining room where my parents are eating their breakfast. “I have told them. Mother refuses to listen, and I’ve begged Father. He says I have to do this.” She looks away. Her body rocks, sobbing violently on the inside. “Rosa Lee, please don’t cry. I can’t bear it.” She shakes her head and swipes at the tears that stain the sleeve of her freshly pressed uniform. “I won’t do it again. I promise.”

“When you’re asleep, your heart takes over. You got no control, and it’s gonna kill you.”

She’s right. Since I graduated and moved home from college two weeks ago, I’ve been sleepwalking like I did when I was a child, but these outings don’t land me snuggled up in the servant’s quarters, between Desmond and Rosa Lee. Most of the time, I wake up and return to bed without incident, but last week Desmond found me trying to leave the house. He said I was babbling about sleeping in the bay, which might not have been so disturbing if I hadn’t been wearing five layers of heavy clothing. I knew what he thought I was trying to do to myself and told him not to worry.

Since then, Rosa Lee has insisted on sleeping on the stiff brocade chaise in my bedroom. Of course, my parents don’t know she’s there or that she’s so afraid I’ll walk to the bay or step off the balcony in my sleep, she’s tethered my ankle to the bedpost with three yards of satin rope she begged from Mrs. O’Doul.

“Maybe it will be different after the wedding.” I love her enough to lie to her. “Father says I’m a Hadley and once it’s over with, I’ll fall in line the way I was born to.”

“But what if Desmond hadn’t caught you?” She threads her fingers in mine and kisses the back of my hand. “And what are you gonna do when we’re not there?” 

 Check out Palmetto Moon here.

Do you believe in love at first sight?  In celebration of LOVE whether at first sight or otherwise, I’m giving away a copy of Palmetto Moon and a collection with all five of my Tule Publishing Group novellas.

 

 

 

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