- My Dad’s birthday! He had a heart attack last summer and that made this birthday so much sweeter. He’s the best dad in the world and I love him very much.
- Paris! I just spent the weekend in Paris at a Romance Festival where I met so many enthusiastic readers and writers and I was in Paris.
- Sunshine…well, sort of. In the UK Spring heralds a change from many hours of darkness to sunshine from about five a.m. to nine p.m. I know that other places in the world have this but I grew up in Florida where our days stay pretty even. 🙂
- Two New Releases!!! First is the Scandalous Billionaires box set with four of my best friends. This box set includes five stories and is only .99. If you pre-order it, we have a gift for you of a cookbook with our favorite recipes in it.
- Celebrating a milestone with one of my best-friends. His Seduction Game Plan is my 50th Harlequin Desire. And our own Nancy Robards Thompson is celebrating her 25th book for Harlequin with Fortune’s Prince Charming. This week we are celebrating together on our Facebook pages (Kathy and/or Nancy) so stop by if you’d like to win some signed books and other goodies!
What’s your top 5 for April? Tell for a chance to win a signed copy of His Baby Agenda!
So yesterday Kristan was blogging about her TV obsession Naked and Afraid. I love TV and my latest obsession is binge-watching television shows. I have a really hard time watching a show when I have to wait an entire week to find out what happens next! One show that I binged on was How To Get Away With Murder.
Have you seen it? It’s riveting. I find most of the characters not likeable at all but I still want to know what happens next. I should confess that I was a Court TV junkie until that station ceased to broadcast. I happened to watch the entire first season of How To Get Away With Murder while I was plotting my latest release from Harlequin Desire.
You might be thinking, um, Kathy, Desire is glitz, glamour not murder…well, you’d be right. But the backstory for my latest Sons of Privilege (heroes who are born with lots of money and end up flawed) was already taking shape. I wanted my heroes to be men who were challenged by their past, good men underneath all that privilege, I added in my love for football and the TV show and created the Frat House Murders as their backstory.
The first book is out now. Here’s a teaser:
A nanny. A single father. A love stronger than revenge? Only from USA TODAY bestselling author Katherine Garbera!
Ten years ago, someone framed him for murder. Kingsley Buchanan lost everything, including Gabriella de la Cruz. Now the billionaire is back to settle old scores. But he must protect his child. Kingsley needs Gabi—as a nanny for his son.
But Gabi is no longer a naive girl. She’s a businesswoman with needs of her own. The only thing that hasn’t changed: her hunger for Kingsley. But Gabi won’t risk her heart on a man she can’t trust—unless she can convince him that love is more powerful than revenge…
What’s your favorite TV show right now? I just binge-watched Daredevil…omg, I could write an entire blog about the Marvel/Netflix shows. I loved Jessica Jones as well and can’t wait for Luke Cage to air this fall.
I’ve got a copy of HIS BABY AGENDA and some cool book swag for one lucky commenter.
Do Overs, Mulligans, and other Second Chances
I don’t know about you, but when I look back on the unrolling spool that is my thread of life, I sometimes forget about the sinuous curls of discovery, the multicolored braids created with family and friends, or the shining ribbon that is purpose. Nope, I see the snags clear as day–probably because I am an inveterate perfectionist and can rarely sit back and enjoy something for what it was. I always see the flaws first.
I think that’s especially true of those “The Road Not Taken” moments where you have one path that bends in the undergrowth and the other, grassy and wanting wear. Apologies for the shameless theft from Robert Frost, but if there’s a man who understands lost opportunities, it’s Frost. We make a choice that seems right at the time, but we always wonder what would have happened if we’d gone the other way instead.
I have a bunch of these moments in my life, like choosing the tiny private college out of state instead of taking the scholarship to the big university whose football team is on TV every Saturday. Dating that one guy twice and not getting engaged either time. Resisting the urge to go to law school after the GRE scores came in. Staying in my high school classroom instead of making the leap to the university level. Cooking dinner for a man I hardly knew as a first date and talking about religion and politics the whole night (I married that one). All of those, in retrospect, were exactly right for me.
But what about the others, the ones you’re sure you should have done differently? I have a few of those as well. Like not buying Apple stock in the late 80s. Not taking political science or rhetoric classes, which I would have adored. Or saying yes to that nice young man who asked me to be his date to the West Point Hop because I had a boyfriend. THE WEST POINT HOP, ladies. That boyfriend turned out to be a dud, so I totally should have frozen my toes off in the gray stone castle by the Hudson and gone to the ball with a handsome future officer. (Did I mention he played football for Army? I was so lame as a college freshman.) But then again, who knows? Would I have ended up talking politics and religion with exactly the right man, who most certainly did not go to West Point? I’ll never know. But it’s fun to think about.
In my book The Devil You Know, Domnhall and Calla met young. Like most young people, they both made mistakes and spent far too much time wondering where they went wrong. When they get a second chance, they have to work through a decade’s worth of resentment in order to find their way back to each other.
I had a great time putting Dom and Calla through the wringer–I hope you have just as good a time reading how it all turns out!
I’ll gift a copy of The Devil You Know to one commenter who’s willing to share a do over (successful or disastrous!) in the comments below.
From Nancy : Keep reading for five more chances to win!
Sister Jaunties KathIeen O’Brien, Katherine Garbera and I had the pleasure of working with Mimi on a contemporary romance series called the Scandalous Billionaires, which is set on Italy’s fabled Amalfi Coast. The exclusive Isola del Sole is a billionaires’ playground. Intrigue, adrenaline, and deception rule the day for the wealthy De Luca brothers and their closest friends—but only the right women can ignite their passions during the hot Amalfi nights. For a limited time, the set is available for a special price! But today, in honor of Mimi’s visit, we’re giving away five copies. This prize won’t be available until after the pre-order period, but if you comment today, you just might find one waiting in your in-box on May 3. So, please tell us about your do-over moments and check back tonight at 8pm to see if you’ve won one of the five Scandalous Billionaires sets. We will announce Mimi’s The Devil You Know winner Sunday.
When I first started writing I was 23 years old. Not a sophisticated 23, but a rather shy bookwormish 23 who had brought her parents, husband and new born baby to her first writing conference. I joined my local chapter of Romance Writers of America, had talked on the phone with Ann Bair aka Ann Evans, a fabulous writer and one of the nicest women I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet and then I showed up at the Morrisons Cafe where the group met.
It was 10 a.m. on a Thursday morning and I had arranged for the day off from work and my mom to watch my nine-month-old daughter. I sat in my car for about 15 minutes trying to get up the courage to go in. I saw other older women going inside and then this hipster in a convertible drove up, hopped out of her car and walked inside. She looked to be closer to my age, had curly hair like me and when I finally gathered my courage to go inside I met Mimi Wells for the first time.
The group was large it seemed at the time like there were at least 50 people I know now that there was closer to 30. I didn’t get to sit next to Mimi but she sought me out after the meeting and we chatted. Honestly, at first, I’m sure it was because we were the only ones in our 20s in that room…Nancy Robards Thompson would join a few years later. But for a while we were the young ones.
My friendship with Mimi was started that day and over the years as we both served the chapter our friendship grew. We were both pregnant to our sons at the same time and honestly when I think of my writing journey there are a handful of women that I’ve known from the beginning. Mimi is one of them.
She’s a fabulous writer who also has a very strong calling to be an educator. She’s been Florida Teacher of the Year and has a bond with her students that endures long after they’ve graduated. For years I’ve read everything she’s written and encouraged, nagged and pushed her to submit it. And so I was thrilled when her first novella was released, followed by her second and now her first novel length book…The Devil You Know.
Since Mimi is one third of my devilish triad I think that the title is perfect. Here’s a little blurb about her latest release. I know she’s going to be guest blogging here later in the month so I won’t tell you too much except to say you really don’t want to miss this one.
THE DEVIL YOU KNOW
Domnhall Cameron, the Devil of the Pitch, has come a long way from the gritty streets of Glasgow. Now an international football star, he has a new team to launch, but only one thing stands in his way: Calla Stewart. They shared one explosive night years ago that ended with him in handcuffs and her out the door…
Now that Domnhall is the bad boy darling of European football, he and his millions are stirring up trouble from Scotland to South Beach. But Calla’s divorced, down to her last few hundred bucks, and desperate to unload her house before it drags her down for good. So when Dom makes her an offer that is her ticket to a new life, she can’t refuse. Even if it means ten days at his command…
Tell me about one of your best-friends to be entered to win a Cheryl’s Cookie Card and a copy of THE DEVIL YOU KNOW.
It’s release day for The Rogue You Know, and time to play name your favorite line! I’ll give a quote from each of the first five chapters. At the end, tell me your favorite, and your comment enters you to win a $10 gift card to Amazon.
Susanna ducked into the cool darkness of the town house and flattened herself against the wall. She closed her eyes, swiping at the stinging tears. Breathe, breathe. Free from the whispers-that-were-not-whispers and the stares and, best of all, her mother, she slouched in smug rebellion.
Gideon shot away, running on fear as much as thrill. He exited the alley and tumbled into the street, when he heard the dog’s growls behind him.
“Not much of a meal, is he?” Gideon called over his shoulder.
The dog barked, and Gideon pushed his body to the limit.
“If you want to eat me, first you have to catch me!”
She dashed to the vase, dug the bag out, and stuck it into her bodice.
“If you wanted me to rip your clothes off, you only had to ask.” He took a step forward.
“Listen, Strawberry.” He bent close to her pretty face and those large brown eyes. “I don’t give a damn about your rules. I’m in this for the goddamn necklace, not your lessons on…deportment.”
“Wiggle through!” he yelled at her.
She was trying. Her hips seemed to be stuck in the opening. She might have wiggled more vigorously, but the wood dug into her skin through the thin gown. She didn’t want to tear the material.
“I can’t. My gown will rip. Help me down.”
She wasn’t certain what his answer was, but it sounded like, “The hell I will.”
She felt his hands on her bottom and screamed in outrage.
Far from causing him to remove his hands, he pushed harder.
What’s your favorite selection? Comment to be entered to win a $10 gift card to Amazon. Want a double entry? Stop by the Casablanca Authors blog (my publisher) on Thursday and comment on my blog there to enter to win another $10 gift card to Amazon.
Winners on both blogs will be announced Sunday!
The Rogue You Know
She’s beyond his reach…
Gideon Harrow has spent his life in London’s dark underworld-and he wants out. A thief and a con, he plans one last heist to finally win his freedom. But when everything goes wrong, he finds himself at the tender mercies of one of Society’s most untouchable women-Lady Susanna Derring.
…and out of her depth.
Susanna has spent her life in London’s glittering ton, under the thumb of a domineering mother-and she wants out. When a wickedly charming rogue lands at her feet, she jumps at the chance to experience life before it’s too late. But as she descends into London’s underworld, she finds that nothing- not even Gideon-is as it seems. As excitement turns to danger, Susanna must decide what price she’s willing to pay…for the love of a reformed thief.
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