When I was growing up in Central Florida the space program and NASA was a really big deal. There wasn’t a launch that I couldn’t see from my house (even though I lived in the middle of the state and not on the coast) in fact when there was a launch sometimes my dad would get out the ladder and we’d all climb up and sit on the roof to watch it. This is probably something that no parent would do today but I loved it.
My first job was at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando and it was in Tomorrowland. The ride I worked on was Mission To Mars. It was a simulated space journey to Mars and part of my job was interrupt the audio animatronic Mr. Johnson in mission control to get guests onto the space craft. I had a thirty second interaction with a robot, how cool is that?! If you remember the ride you might have thought it was tired in the 80s but a part of me just loved it. And in that last hour before the theme park closed and we didn’t get that many guests through the ride I’d make up stories about going to Mars. Since I was a romance reading addict from an early age those stories always involved myself as the plucky heroine and some dashing astronaut dude as the hero.
This series is really close to my heart. It came out of a conversation about the space program and ranches in Florida. I also grew up in a very rural area and my parents have had everything from an egg ranch to a citrus grove. I never had any doubt about where the meat on our kitchen table came from (my dad was a big proponent of not naming animals anything except steak or bacon since that was what they’d become!). So I was remarking to my editor that most people don’t realize that Florida has so many ranches. And then we talked about combining it with the space program.
The NASA missions all launch from Florida but mission control and training takes place in Texas—a place I’ve also lived and when I got home from the conference I sent my editor an email and the series Space Cowboys was born.
I’ve got an autographed copy of NO LIMITS to give-away to one of you. All you have to do to be entered to win is to tell me something from your childhood that you loved or tell me about your favorite Disney World ride…mine is It’s A Small World—which I also got to work at! It was really a dream come true. I loved every second of it.
Some cowboys are outta this world…
Astronaut Jason “Ace” McCoy tried to escape Cole’s Hill, Texas—and the memory of Molly Tanner’s dark eyes and strawberry-scented hair—among the stars. Now he and Molly have jointly inherited her father’s struggling ranch. And having failed his latest medical tests, Ace is on leave—maybe forever.
He’s determined to sort things out with the ranch and get back to Houston as soon as possible. What he isn’t counting on is that Molly’s only gotten more beautiful over the years…and she still wants him. The passion between them is hotter than rocket fuel—and just as dangerous. He can’t promise anything as long as there’s a chance to go on another mission. But even in orbit, this attraction has no rules…and no limits.
Harlequin Blaze, On Sale: September 1, 2016, e-Book, ISBN: 9781488000355 / eISBN: 9781488000355
- 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.
Happy New Year!
I can’t believe it’s 2016. Last year went by like a bullet train. It seems like just a few weeks ago I was fortunate to join five fabulous authors — Allison Leigh, Stella Bagwell, Karen Rose Smith, Michelle Major, and Judy Duarte — to write the 2016 Harlequin Special Edition’s Fortunes of Texas continuity. It’s always a fun project because it’s a treat to collaborate with friends. But this year it’s extra special because it’s the twentieth anniversary of the beloved Fortunes series.
It’s hard to believe that after all the hard work and anticipation, the first book in the All Fortune’s Children series has finally hit the shelves. More on that after I tell you a little bit about the series as a whole.
After two decades, Fortune’s Children live on…If you’re a Fortunes of Texas fan, this year, you’ll reunite with some old friends and meet a potential new branch of Fortunes who live in Austin, Texas. If you’re new to the series, now is the perfect time to jump in. Each book stands alone, but harkens back to past years. You’ll be able to join the party no matter which book you pick up first.
A great place to start is with Allison Leigh’s Fortune’s Secret Heir. Allison kicks off the anniversary celebration with the first book in All Fortune’s Children, the 2016 series. I’m so pleased she could join us today to get this party started.
Nancy Robards Thompson: Welcome, Allison! I’m so happy you could join us. Tell us about the hero of Fortune’s Secret Heir? Why will we fall in love with him?
Allison Leigh: Ben Robinson is the hero of Fortune’s Secret Heir and I hope readers will fall for him the same way that I did—because I’m a sucker for a powerfully confident hero who’s hiding a marshmallow interior. He thinks he has his finger on the pulse of his world, only to have learned recently that he just might not.
NRT: Tell us about the heroine. Why is she the absolute perfect woman for the hero?
AL: Ella Thomas is perfect for Ben because she sees the world without the cynicism that the wealthy Ben possesses. Aside from the chemistry between them, she provides a soft place for his heart.
NRT: Since this book is part of Harlequin Special Edition’s Fortunes of Texas twentieth anniversary celebration, tell us about your experience writing connected stories with other authors.
AL: This is the first book in the 6-book continuity, The Fortunes of Texas: All Fortune’s Children. I’ve been extremely fortunate in having been involved with several Fortunes of Texas miniseries, and it’s a little like coming home with each one. I get to work with fabulous authors again, and also meet the newcomers to each miniseries. It’s always exhilarating.
NRT: What was your favorite scene to write?
AL: My favorite scenes to write in Fortune’s Secret Heir were the ones set in Boston. My husband and I visited there a few years go and really had a fabulous time. It was fun to revisit through Ben’s and Ella’s eyes.
NRT: What was the most difficult scene for you to write?
AL: The hardest scene is the end. Because I’m not always ready to say goodbye to these people who’ve become my friends along the way.
Stay tuned between now and June, because each month one of the authors from the Fortunes of Texas: All Fortune’s Children series will stop by the JQ blog for a visit. Here’s how the lineup looks:
Stella Bagwell, author of Fortune’s Perfect Valentine (paperback available January 19, 2016) visits the Jaunty Quills on February 1.
Karen Rose Smith, author of Fortune’s Secret Husband (paperback available February 23, 2016) visits the Jaunty Quills on March 4.
Michelle Major, author of Fortune’s Special Delivery (paperback available March 22, 2016 ) visits the Jaunty Quills on April 1.
Nancy Robards Thompson – I’ll blog about my book, Fortune’s Prince Charming (paperback available April 19, 2016 ), on April 19.
Judy Duarte, author of Wed by Fortune (paperback available May 24, 2016) visits the Jaunty Quills on May 27.
In addition, our fearless leader, Harlequin Editor Susan Litman, will stop by to give you special insight into what happens behind the scenes of a series like All Fortune’s Children. Watch the JQ “Events” sidebar for specific details.
Now, for some prizes — Do you like on-going series like the Fortune’s of Texas? What’s your favorite book series? In celebration of the Fortune’s 20th anniversary, I will give away an e-copy of my 2015 Fortune’s of Texas book My Fair Fortune to THREE people who comment. Winners will be announced Sunday, January 10.
About Allison: A frequent name on bestseller lists, Allison Leigh’s highpoint as a writer is hearing from readers that they laughed, cried or lost sleep while reading her books. She’s blessed with an immensely patient family who doesn’t mind (much) her time spent at her computer and who gives her the kind of love she wants her readers to share in every page. Stay in touch at www.allisonleigh.com, @allisonleighbks, and facebook.com/allisonleighbks
Thank you Jaunty Quills for letting me visit your fab blog! Welcome to the second half of November! Hope you’ve done everything you wanted to do before the holidays hit. When I say holidays, I’m including Thanksgiving which will be here in a few days. Are you screaming yet? I hope not, but if you are, I can offer you a nice royal escape to a safe island in the Mediterranean with A PRINCESS UNDER THE MISTLETOE. It’s available NOW!
This book features a princess and her sister who have been banished from their kingdom due to rough economic times. Their lives have been threatened, so they must assume new temporary identities. Princess Sasha becomes Nanny Sara to widower Gavin Sinclair’s young son and baby girl. Despite Sara’s best efforts, she finds herself falling not only for the children, but for Gavin, too. But this is temporary and what will happen when Gavin learns who she really is?
One of the more fun scenes in this book was inspired by my precious great-niece who got bored during her naptime. Anyone who’s ever taken care of a toddler knows that boredom can be messy. As you can see in this photo, my great-niece creatively took care of her boredom. (Now for the clean-up, Mom!) In my book, the three-year old took a green marker to himself and his 6-month old sister, explaining his action by saying, “I’m a frog because I’m fast and Adelaide is a turtle because she’s slow.” (Now for the clean-up, Nanny!)
Do you have a fun story about what a child did while you were caring for him or her? Or maybe even a pet story? Please share in the comments. I’ll draw one commenter’s name to receive a $15.00 Amazon gift card. If you get a chance to read A PRINCESS UNDER THE MISTLETOE, please write me at leannebbb @ aol.com (no spaces). I’d love to hear from you!