I’ve been struggling the last few days as I’m sure many of you have with the news from Orlando. My hometown–a place of much joy, happiness, love and acceptance–took a really hard hit. And I don’t know how to make sense of it. But as I was trying to figure out what to write on this blog today I thought wouldn’t it be nice to just spread a little bit more love around?
There’s a reason why I read and write romance novels and the last few days has reiterated that for me. Picking up a book where I know I am guaranteed a happy ending is really what I needed. I can pick up Susan E Phillips Heaven, Texas and laugh and fall in love with Bobby Tom Denton again. I can pick up a book by Shana Galen, Teresa Romain, Mia Marlowe and Vanessa Kelly and get swept back in time and go on a adventure that will end with good guys saving the day and couples joined together forever. I can read Kathleen Pynn, Cindy Kirk, Nancy Robards Thompson, Jesse Hayworth, and Kristan Higgins and be reminded that home and family are strong bonds that can’t be broken. All of the authors on our blog write books that are a healing balm for both me and many of you during troubling times.
They help remind us of the good parts of humanity and of our community.
Today I’d like you to tell me about something or someone you love. It can be anything or anyone. I love my family more than I can say, but I tell them every day. I love my goofy dog who gets caught in the hole she chewed in her blanket and drags it behind her like a cape. And I love that my hometown in Florida that is coming together in strength and support.
Thanks for helping me spread a little love today.
I hate that May is almost over. Not for any reason other than I’m still so behind. I love that summer is teasing me with sunny days and warmer weather. And I can’t wait for my son to come home from University, but when I look at my to-do list there are a lot of unchecked boxes. There are a lot of things that really I thought I’d have finished in February or March and uh, it’s May and they are still unchecked.
I did go to Paris. So that was a nice item that I fully enjoyed checking off. I also travelled for the first time in a really long time on my own. When I got divorced in 2007 it affected me in ways that still surprised me today. One of them was ability to just blindly trust people, which had the trickle down effect of making it really hard for me travel on my own. I hate that. I used to love meeting new people and seeing new places. I still love it but I have to get over this huge mountain of fear to do it. Ugh. There is nothing like getting older and feeling as insecure as my high school self.
On the heels of my successful four days in Paris I went to London by myself for the RNA summer party. I haven’t been making friends in the RNA like I have in the RWA. I blame my natural shyness for that but this time I went by myself on the train (my husband usually goes with me and plans the train/underground stuff) and got on the underground and found the Waterstones’ bar where I was to meet my editor and the other Harper Impulse authors.
This weekend I spent a lot of time reflecting on these three things. I’m going to be more focused in June and get those things checked off my to-do list. I’m also going to continue getting out there…out in the world and trying the things that scare me.
What about you? Anything you haven’t done/have done lately that’s changed you? Tell me for a chance to win a Cheryl’s Cookie Card and my latest release from Harlequin Desire HIS SEDUCTION GAME PLAN.
- 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.
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.