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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praying_girlEach year at Lent I try to give up something that has become an addiction for me.  Something that I don’t have the willpower to give up on my own.  When I tell you some of the things I’ve given up you will discover that I’m a weak person.

This year it was candy.  Mainly because I’d been using peanut M&M’s as a crutch to finish a book and had consumed more bowls of them than a human should.  I put the candy in this tiny bowl so I can feel like I’m not eating that many.  But I refill it frequently.

 

French-FriesLast year and let’s be honest many years through the course of my life I gave up french fries.  I don’t know what it is about a fried potato but I can’t resist it.  At home (in the US) I can limit myself to McDonald’s or Chick-Fil-A’s yummy waffle fries, but in the UK you get “chips” with everything.  It’s a dream come true for my sweatpants because after eating all those “chips” they are my favorite item of clothing.  :)

 

 

castleville-intro-loaderThe year before that I gave up all of my beloved Facebook games.  And it was hard.  Especially Castleville where I had my lovely castle and I was Lady Katherine  at least in my head.  But those games I found I didn’t go back to.  I’m not saying I don’t play games any more–I totally do.  But I kept to staying away from the *Villes and I’ve been pretty happy about that.

 

 

 

IMG_3692 I’ve always wished I was addicted to carrots.  Just think how healthy that would be.  :)

Have you ever given anything up–not just for Lent at any time?  Or do you have an addiction that you know you need to manage but just can’t? 

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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Tips From Savvy Wedding Guests

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000031_00003]With a bride book out at the moment, I’ve been in lots of conversations about weddings lately. Conversations ranging from our favorite wedding moments to what kind of cake is best. Debates over strapless gowns as opposed to ones with sleeves. Thoughts on which wedding moments invoke the happiest sighs. And as we spoke, I discovered that maybe, just maybe, I’d been missing some of those magic wedding moments because my attention hadn’t been in the right place at the right time. I’d been distracted by the fripperies, the flowers, someone’s hat! The next wedding I go to though, I’m going to keep these newfound tips in mind.

 

  1. When the bride appears for the very first time don’t look towards her – you’ll be able to ogle the gown, bouquet and jewelry all wedding long. Look to the face of her groom, for that moment when he first catches sight of her.
  2. Look to the parents of the bride as they give their daughter away. No, not the outfit that the mother-of-the-bride is wearing – you can look at that later. Look to their faces and all their hopes and prayers for their daughter’s future shining through.
  3. When the dancing starts, ignore the twinkle-toed in favor of watching a grandfather waltz with his great-granddaughter or a grandmother show her grandson how to jive.
  4. Look for the moment when a tiny poppet of a flower girl forgets what she’s meant to be doing and leans forward to admire her shoes.
  5. Never lose track of your cake.  

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 The first three books in the Montana Born Brides series are available now, with stories by Kelly Hunter, Trish Morey and Sarah Mayberry. You’re also invited to enter the Montana Born Brides contest and be in the running for a Kindle paperwhite. Click here to enter.  After Easter look for the next book in the series, because this one’s by your very own Katherine Garbera.

And let us know in the comments if there’s anything else we should be on the lookout for at weddings!

 We’re giving away a copy of all three Montana Born Brides e-book to one lucky commenter today.  

Kelly Hunter

 

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 your congrats to Jane and Ty and for telling us your favorite romance story lines.  The winner from the blog is catslady!  Please drop Jane an email at jane@ janeporter.com with your info.  

Happy reading!

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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It’s ten years ago this week that my life changed…forever.

Jane&Ty-beachFW40I’d just turned forty and was going through a divorce and struggling with writing and meeting my close deadlines for Harlequin Presents when my heart and life felt completely broken.  Facing the first Easter without my two little boys, I jumped on a plane and headed to Hawaii to write at a beach front resort where I wouldn’t have to think about anything but my book and getting through the holidays in one piece.

I was down at the pool working in the shade under an umbrella, when this surf instructor walked a little girl back from a meeting.  Someone shouted his name, thanking him, and it caught my attention since my then five year old was also named ‘Ty’.  

flirtingwithforty_1200_presskitTy, the surf instructor, and I chatted for a few minutes, and after he walked away, I thought–’now theres a story.’  I didn’t even know what the story was, just that this sexy surfer represented a world I knew nothing about, but a world women would love.  I booked a lesson with him for the next day, and spent the two hours interviewing him by the pool because I wanted to hear his story.”

I left Waikiki with a ten page synopsis which I sent to my agent, and she took it to my new editor at Warner Books and they bought the story, slated for publication in mid 2006, since I had my first single title, The Frog Prince, releasing in 2005.  

During the next year, Ty and I dated long distance, and I knew he and I would never be able to go ‘the distance’.  How could we?  We were so different.  I lived in Seattle and was 40 and an ambitious, career focused woman and he was 9 years younger and had never even dated a ‘chick with kids’ before me.  How would we ever work?

Friends didn’t think I should get too invested in him.  They knew my heart was already banged up but I loved his world in Hawaii and the freedom and opportunity to be yourself.  I loved escaping from suburban mom world, and it helped me grow as a woman and a writer.  I knew when Ty and I ended it would hurt, but I had to take the risks.  I had to find out how and when the journey ended.

It’s been ten years, and we’re married and we have a little boy who turns 5 in a couple weeks.   A couple years ago I was able to move from Seattle with my older children and Ty and I have bought a historic property in San Clemente, California, where Ty will set up a second outpost of his Waikiki surf school.  

I sometimes think that if he hadn’t been a surfer, and I hadn’t been a writer, we couldn’t have made it work.  But we’re both about creating a moment–having a passion–and it makes us respect the other.  As a surfer, he knows how to read the water and the waves and he’s patient when he needs to be, and he can charge it when the wave is there.  As a writer I know how to focus on the end goal, and be flexible with the middle bits, turning pieces and tweaking and massaging story elements to make something work.  

Ty and I have our bumps.  He is a laid-back surfer and I can be an intense writer but he believes in me in a way that no other man ever has.  He’s the first person to tell me to ‘go for it’, and he’s absolutely confident that I can succeed at anything I want to try.  I love having a man on my team that is really on my team, and so as I continue to write for Harlequin Presents and trade books for Penguin, I also write stories for Tule Publishing, a small, indie publishing venture that is all about the author.  The romance industry is filled with smart, creative women and they are the real talent in the publishing industry.  I believe authors should feel validated and be respected and its my mission and passion to encourage and support them…and all smart, creative women.

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Bestselling author of 45 romances and women’s fiction titles, Jane Porter has over 12 million copies in print and has been a finalist for the prestigious RITA award five times, most recently for her novella, Take Me, Cowboy (Tule Publishing). Her next release, Beauty’s Kiss will be available in April 2014.  Jane makes her home in sunny San Clemente, CA with her surfer husband.  Learn more about Jane at janeporter.com.

 

Opposites attract is a powerful romance trope, what’s your favorite?

 

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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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Congratulations to Lisa Hutson!  Who is the winner of an autographed copy of my What Happens In Vegas… anthology.  Please drop me an email at kathy @katherinegarbera.com with your address.

Thank you everyone for sharing your childhood memories with me.

Kathy :)

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