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…
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February. Wow, I’m going to be straight up with you and say I’m really not ready for it to be February. We moved last month unexpectedly a bigger house came available on our street (houses in the UK are smaller than the houses in Texas) so we jumped at the opportunity. But I had a book due January 31–which I finished! So I feel like I lost the last two weeks of January in a haze of long writing sessions and packing.
Do you like to pack? Some people do or at least I like to think they do. Those folks who have beautiful, immaculate houses that are so well organised that nothing is out of place. I like to think I’m organised but I also have the need for creative clutter. I wonder if other creative minds are like mine. I have to have a neat clean desk but I like my stuff too. Toys from when my kids were young litter my desk along with sticky notes I’ve written to remind myself important things like she went a little crazy as a teen or he’s never felt at home on earth. I also have notes that have lost their sticky backing that I have to tape onto my monitor after each move that were written in my children’s toddler hands. Things like I love you, mommy and hand drawn faces.
I guess I’m okay with the clutter since so much of it is tied to memories and to my craft. I have a vision board…okay, it’s the front of the binder that I keep my synopsis and other important story notes in, but it’s filled with a collage of photos for my latest story. I prop it up on the desk while I’m writing and glance over every once in a while to remind myself of landscape details and other images that feed the story running through my mind.
What about you? Is your life all hospital-corners-neat? Or do you have a lot of creative clutter? Tell me and I’ll enter you to win my latest release The Valentine Gamble e-book and a Cheryl’s Cookie Card.