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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.  

 

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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My top five favorite things for Thanksgiving involve food, family, friends, movies and tacky sweaters!  I love the holiday and the fact that after Thursday I can wear my holiday clothing, sing Christmas songs at the top of my lungs and smile at strangers without people thinking I’m weird.

Here are my top five favorite things:

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1. Turkey…I really don’t like turkey on Thanksgiving but I love it the next day heated up in a pan with the left over gravy and then poured over white bread.  It’s so yummy, doesn’t look healthy but I don’t care.  I love it!

 

 

 

 

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2. Watching Miracle on 34th Street.  Not the remake the one with Natalie Wood from the 40s. When I watch it I’m reminded of my earliest Thanksgiving memories where I would sit on the couch next to my maternal grandmother and watch it with her.  She grew up in Brooklyn and her community the immigrants of New York were key in the start of the parade. 

3. Watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  This one is harder over in the UK. But we managed it and we will manage it again this year.  It’s my goal to go and see it in New York one year. My middle sister, Donna (you might remember her as the troublemaker of my youth) has been and loved it.

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4. Putting up my Christmas tree.  In the years when I have an artificial tree we always get it out and put up in the afternoon on Thanksgiving.  When we get a live a tree, we usually go on Black Friday and pick one out and then put it up while our family is all together.

 

 

 

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5. My Christmas sweaters…as soon as the last person has finished eating their pie on Thanksgiving day it’s my signal to rush upstairs and don a Christmas sweater!  I didn’t buy this sweater but contemplated it and had to have a fashion intervention to keep my wallet in my handbag! :)

 

 

Okay, what are your top five for Thanksgiving?  I’m giving a way an e-book of IN TOO CLOSE my latest release from Harlequin Blaze.

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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JoannaM is the winner!  Thank you everyone for sharing your movies for the year.  I’m hoping to see The Imitation Game today, fingers crossed it’s a good one.

Happy Sunday!

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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Taking a leaf from Kristan Higgins book, I’m doing a best of blog!  But I want to know what your favorite movie of 2014 has been. I’m still really looking forward to Mockingjay Part 1 and hope that will have a spot on my list.  But my top for so far are:

Guardians of the Galaxy:  I have seen this movie so many times and love it each time I watch it again.  I did an entire blog on this movie, which you can read HERE.  I can’t wait for the next instalment of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

91r+MdLjPQL._SL1500_X-Men: Days of Future Past–this was a total surprise for me because I really hated X-Men 3: The Last Stand which saw a lot of my favorite mutants either killed or stripped of their powers.  What I loved about Days of Future Past was the blending of those two universes and of course Michael Fassbender’s Magneto.  I loved the other little characters we glimpsed like Quicksilver.  But I live with two comic book geek kids so I know all their backstories so that might color my view.

 

 

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Chef:  I’ve written several books that feature chefs and/or cooking competitions so it’s probably not a shock that I wanted to see this movie or that I loved it.  Part of the reason I liked the movie so much was the way the food was shot and how authentic it felt to watch Jon Favreau cook.  I have to admit I also liked his journey as a self-obsessed man-child into a caring father.  And I was desperate to eat a cuban sandwich afterward!

 

 

 

 

So tell me your favorite movie so far this year or which movie you are dying to see (I’m really excited for Exodus!) I’m giving away a $10 iTunes gift card today to one lucky commenter.  

 

 

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