Hell. If the guys down at the station knew he was getting groupies, he’d never live it down. Then again, a groupie who looked like a long tall shot of sex might not be such a bad thing, either.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Hell. If the guys down at the station knew he was getting groupies, he’d never live it down. Then again, a groupie who looked like a long tall shot of sex might not be such a bad thing, either.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Suddenly, music blasted from the ancient sound system, startling Caroline and making her jump, smacking her head against the underside of the table.
Then she stopped, riveted on the stage in front of her. She was tempted to pinch herself, just to make sure she wasn’t fantasizing the man who’d appeared onstage.
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Hot-shot agent Dion Gaetani can’t believe he’s been saddled with a civilian. Worse—a woman. Guilt-ridden over a prior op gone bad, this is a burden he doesn’t need.
Walking amongst the gallant sailing ships at a local Tall Ships Festival, I envisioned the romance of a sultry night on the water, nothing and no one else around. After an opportunity to sail aboard a 160 foot schooner, I knew I had to tell this story. Enjoy!
Sunday, December 06, 2009
BLOG: No permanent blog yet. For now, I guest blog. And I’d like to thank Kate Davies for having me here.
TITLE OF FIRST BOOK: Stolen Treasures
RELEASE DATE: December 8, 2009
FAVORITE WRITING STORY/SAYING/MEMORY: It may sound cliché but it has to be “the call.” I was waiting with my mother when the call came in and it wasn’t so much the call from BookStrand that indicated I had sold my first book. It was the fact that my mother was with me when I got it. She is absolutely the most amazing person I have ever known. To be able to share that with her made it a precious moment for me.
FAVORITE NON-WRITING STORY/SAYING/MEMORY: Wow. There are so many choices. Now, that’s not saying I’m old, mind you. There’s meeting my husband, marrying my husband, childbirth. The list goes on. But last year, in a little wide spot in the road called Coldfoot, halfway between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, I got to check off a life dream. I saw the northern lights in great, green, gyrating streaks across the sky. For almost an hour, in the middle of the night, my husband and I stood with 30 or so strangers who, wrapped in coats, bathrobes, and blankets, were just as awed as we were. It was an amazing experience and one I treasure.
COMFORT FOOD: Cocoa. Always cocoa. Summer or winter. It can calm me down or rev me up, depending on what I need. It’s great for brainstorming or for reviewing the day.
COMFORT READ: Definitely Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series. I have probably read the series 10-12 times by now. It never gets old and, since I first read it in high school, it’s like revisiting an old friend.
YOUR PERFECT DAY: A lot of stars have to align for a perfect day so that, when I check my emails, all is well with my family and the world. Then I would join my husband for coffee in front of the roaring fireplace in a log home in the mountains. The windows would frame soft snowfall. Later, we’ll go for a walk (the snow’s not too deep yet) stopping to watch the elk in the meadow for a while. Once home, the aroma of homemade bread and soup heating in the crock pot would welcome us. And about that time, the kids and grandkids would descend and a beautiful chaos would finish out our day. In actuality, we live in the city, but each January, this is the exact feel of what happens when we go away to a rented cabin for a long weekend with our children and grandchildren. Absolutely perfect!
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW? More stories about modern day piracy, of course! Stolen Treasures is the story of two people who find love while attempting to capture a modern day pirate. The second book in this series is about the hunky pirate and explains why he became a brigand.
Friday, December 04, 2009
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
Alex sat up as the door to his private office flew open. Brynn Dexter stood in the doorway, one eyebrow arched in silent question. She was trying to look composed, but he could see the tremble in her stiff posture from across the room.
Behind her, Mrs. Agincourt answered her question. “Philippe Alexandre du Charbonneaux, Prince of Laurivenia, mademoiselle,” she said with a puzzled frown.
Belatedly, he realized that he had not informed his secretary of the deception. He was—what was the American phrase? Oh, yes. Busted.
Equal parts anger and embarrassment vied for domination of Brynn’s expressive features. “Prince, is it? Well, I suppose that’s close to principal.” Indignation laced her voice. “I apologize for not recognizing you, Your Highness.”
For a moment Alex wished that she could go back to calling him by his given name.
But that was impossible. If she was going to work for him, royal protocol must be
And in a flash of realization, Alex recognized that he did want Brynn to take the
position. Despite her youth and good looks, despite his wholly inappropriate attraction
towards her, she was the right choice for Carissa. Her experience, her personality, her
enthusiasm made her a perfect match. It would be selfish to decide against her based on
his past experiences. Those mistakes would not happen again.
Now, he just needed to convince her to stay.
She had come a few steps into the office and was standing by the chair opposite his
desk, arms crossed over her chest. “Perhaps you would care to explain why you
pretended to be the principal of the Laurivenia Academy. Was it a test? I guess I failed
Tabloid Reading 101, since I didn’t recognize you.”
“It was not a test.” He slapped a hand on his desk. “And I did not pretend to be the
principal. You made that assumption.”
“I see. So it was my fault. Is that your idea of fun? Making the stupid American look
like an idiot?”
He drew himself up. “I won’t dignify that with a response.”
“Whatever.” She fisted her hands on her hips, glaring at him. “I’d just like to know
why I’m in the office of the Prince of Laurivenia and not the Laurivenia Academy.”
The time for deception was over. He sat back in his chair, crossing his arms. “Because there is no Laurivenia Academy.”
He waved one hand in a dismissive gesture. “The academy was merely a—front, I believe it is called, for the actual position.”
Alex recognized the look on Brynn’s face. Behind the coolly polite expression, she was definitely counting to ten.
“Are you telling me I was hired to teach a fictitious class in a fictitious school?”
"I suppose you could say that.”
She shoved her fingers through her hair, pulling it back tightly from her forehead. “Oh, my God. My mother was right.”
“About what?” he asked before he could help himself.
She ignored him, pacing back and forth in front of his desk. “I quit my job. I flew
halfway around the world. I got in a limousine with a strange man. Men, if you count the
driver. And my dream job doesn’t exist?”
He focused on the last part of her tirade. “Not in that specific form, no.”
“And what, may I ask, is the actual position?”
“Private tutor for my daughter, Carissa.”
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
THE GREATEST PASSION
Lady Isobel Hume is an expert swordswoman who knows how to choose her battles. When the king asks her to wed a French nobleman to form a political alliance, she agrees. But that's before the devilishly charming Sir Stephen Carleton captures her heart-and tempts her to betray her betrothed, her king, and her country.
IS WORTH THE GREATEST PERIL
Sir Stephen Carleton enjoys his many female admirers-until he dedicates himself to winning the lovely Isobel. When a threat against the king leads Isobel into mortal danger, Stephen must prove that he
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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
"What, about the Wellness Challenge?" He grinned and sat on the desk, feet swinging. "It’s gonna totally shake up the culture around here."
She grimaced, but he knew he had her. That I-can’t-say-no-dammit look was just way too familiar.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
What is Trigg's "profession" in Midnight Reborn?
What is Adam's daughter's name (in No Matter What)?
What two books are in the print anthology Lessons Learned?
What is Shane Dunstan's profession?
Which characters from Kiss and Kin will get their own story?
What's the name of the mythical Texas town where all of Meg's books take place?
In Iron (my new release from Liquid Silver Books) what is Gavin O'Malley's profession?
What is Lara Brunner's profession in Maison Domine?
In Primal Hunger, how did Tristan scrape his face?
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Sam narrowed her eyes. "It’s two in the morning, Cody. I’m tired and cranky and not in the mood. So save the cheesy innuendo for a better occasion, buddy."
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
TITLE OF FIRST BOOK:
No Matter What
November 3, 2009
FAVORITE WRITING STORY/SAYING/MEMORY:
Wow, tough question! I would say my first sale but that’s kind-of a given right? And the second was just as exciting! I would have to say my favorite is of my first writer’s conference. It was the Emerald City Writer’s Conference. Just everything about it! I attended with one of my best friends, a fellow as of yet unpublished author. We met agents (did my first pitch—ugh!), editors (they really aren’t that scary after all!), some of my favorite writers (Susan Andersen, Julia Quinn to name just two!)… it was my first true non-internet connection with a big bunch of writers… just so cool!
FAVORITE NON-WRITING STORY/SAYING/MEMORY:
I’m so blessed to have so many wonderful memories and stories, writing and non-writing! So, I’m going to go with my favorite saying:
Life is not about the breaths we take, but about the moments that take our breath away.
Grilled cheese and tomato soup
Heaven, Texas—Susan Elizabeth Phillips
YOUR PERFECT DAY:
Too much snow to go anywhere, everything at work handled by someone else (ie NO e-mails, texts or phone calls to me!), whole family home, all of us curled up watching a Christmas movie marathon with marshmallow popcorn and hot chocolate.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?:
Just My Type. It’s the third book in my series that kicks off in April with Just Right (middle book is Just Like That). The series is about the Bradford siblings— Jessica, Sam and Sara—falling in love. Just My Type is Sara’s story. She’s the baby of the family and has been in love with her brother’s best friend forever—and she’s finally decided to let him know!
Monday, November 09, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
Jaden doesn’t know the meaning of the word “quit”. But she knows a lot about “fired” after a public blowout with her ex jeopardizes the donation her hospital was counting on. Now the most tempting man she’s ever met has made her just the offer she needs to save the new children’s rehab wing—one million dollars to rehabilitate his daughter. In return she finds herself making Adam rash promises: that his daughter will walk in time to take the lead in the school play. And that he won’t entice her into his bed. No matter what.
But Jaden didn’t anticipate a teen whose injuries are more than physical. Or a man so passionate and devoted—and as tenacious as she is. As Adam wears down her defenses with kiss after kiss, the only thing harder than keeping her promise will be keeping a hold on her heart.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Monday, October 19, 2009
Hope you had a lovely weekend. After a birthday filled with soccer, we headed to the pumpkin patch yesterday, so it was a great time all around.
But now I'm back, and ready to announce the winner of my Birthday Blog Party contest. Thanks to everyone who posted - it made the week a lot of fun. And the winner, chosen randomly by my critique partner via IM ("Hey, pick a number between one and..."), is
Congrats, Laurie! You've won a gift pack with some of my favorite things - a bath product set, a candle, a gorgeous notebook, some chocolate, and whatever else I decide to toss in before sending it your way. Please contact me off-blog with your addy info.
And because I completely forgot to announce the winner of my Banned Books Week giveaway, congrats to
Jane, contact me and I'll get you a list of books for you to choose from.
Congrats again to the two winners! And everyone else, I hope you'll stop by again. There will be more prizes coming up in the near future, plus an announcement for Nine Naughty Novelists with even more opportunities to win!
Friday, October 16, 2009
*It's my birthday!
*I'm finishing the Forty Facts today, which was WAY more complicated than I anticipated.
*It's my birthday!
*The regular soccer season is OVER TODAY!
*It's my birthday!
But setting all that aside, here are the final ten facts to round out the week of useless Kate information here on Kate Davies Blogs!
10. I don't drink coffee. Hot chocolate and tea, yes, but not coffee.
9. I love the smell of coffee brewing, however.
8. I have a really hard time spending money on myself. I've worked hard this year to overcome that issue. :)
7. I tend to be a night owl. Unfortunately, my personal schedule does not play nicely with things like public school opening times, work meetings, and hungry children. It's a conundrum.
6. The best advice my mother gave me, the advice I'll pass down to my children, is: "Don't forget to clean the lint trap." Seriously.
5. I have been a beta reader/critique partner to five writers since I started writing romance. All five have had at least one book published with Samhain. I'm fairly certain I had nothing to do with that fact.
4. A few years ago, I won tickets to the Rolling Stones concert through a radio call-in contest. The concert just happened to be held on my birthday. That one will probably remain hard to top for a while.
3. I was once left "home alone" while visiting relatives as a child. They all left for an event and forgot to bring me along. It took over half an hour before I noticed there was nobody else around. I was, of course, reading at the time.
2. I am really looking forward to enjoying my forties. No angsting over the change of decade - at least, not yet. ;)
1. I AM SO GLAD TO BE DONE WITH THIS THEME! *tosses confetti*
Thanks to everyone who hung in there through this random salute to my 40th birthday. Remember, every comment (or RT on Twitter) earns you another entry into my birthday giveaway drawing. So comment early, comment often, and stop by tomorrow to learn who won!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 08, 2009
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
Woo-hoo! Save the series!
Kudos to Samhain for publishing Gennita Low's new book, Virtually Hers, which comes out today. It's a follow-up book to Virtually His, published by the Mira imprint of Harlequin. Sadly, Gennita's contract for VHers was dropped for whatever reason, leaving the full story untold. So glad that Samhain stepped in and gave it a home!Here's the skinny:
He can’t get her out of his head…literally.
Virtually, Book 2
In Helen “Hell” Roston’s elite black ops world, failure isn’t listed as an option in the rule book. As the leading guinea pig in a dangerous combination of virtual reality training and a mind-altering serum, though, every day offers a thousand ways to blow it. And the very real sexual chemistry that sizzles between Hell and her trainer is messing with her head even more.
COS Commando Jed McNeil is an expert in mind manipulation games. He’s been chosen to be Hell’s monitor and anchor in the Super Soldier Spy program. Trained to compartmentalize his needs and feelings in an assignment, he’s unprepared by how much Hell affects him.
When the experimental serum gives Helen incapacitating headaches, her pain throws Jed into protect-at-all-costs mode. A position the fiercely independent Hell would rather die than be in. But with a rogue CIA faction out to sabotage the program, Hell has no choice—even if it makes her head explode. It’s trust Jed, or die.
Contains scenes of voyeuristic hanky panky, bad guys that feed off mind-blowing sexual energy, a heroine who knows how to get her kick-ass on, and a hero who gives as good as he gets.
So head on over to My Bookstore and More and pick up a copy because the first book rocked, because Gennita tells a hell of a story, and because we should support publishers who help authors finish what they started. :) It's Tuesday. Go Buy It Now!
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Again, you say? Didn't we talk about this just last year?
Sadly, yes. Books are still being banned, so the ALA Banned Books Week continues. This year, it's occurring from September 26 to October 3.
The American Library Association recorded 513 challenged is 2008, but that total is estimated to be only 20-25% of the actual number of banned or challenged books. These books include the Harry Potter series, Barbara Kingsolver's Animal Dreams (a personal favorite), Lois Lowry's award-winning The Giver, and classics such as Slaughterhouse Five, Of Mice and Men, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and To Kill A Mockingbird.
My goal this week is to identify and read a challenged book that I haven't read before. How about you? Will you join me in this challenge?
Post your selection in the comments section, and one commenter will win a prize at the end of the week!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
But Aislinn has an agenda of her own. On the run from a vengeful fae lord who’s vowed to either make her his or end her existence, she knows the iron that allows Gavin to take her captive will also keep her pursuers at bay. In order to put herself permanently beyond her enemy’s reach, however, Aislinn will need something more. She’ll need to win Gavin’s heart and convince him to willingly part with a piece of the very soul he’s trying to save.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
So, apologies for not posting the winners before now. And congratulations to:
who won a free copy of Lessons In Trust,
who won a $10 gift certificate to Torquere Press.
Deidre and Karin, please e-mail me with your contact info so I can get you your prizes.
Thanks to everyone who commented during the giveaways. And be sure to keep posting, because there will be more parties -- and prizes - to come in the following weeks.
And speaking of parties, be sure to drop by Maia Strong's blog, where she's counting down the days to her newest release, Client Privileges, from Torquere Press.
As for me, I'll be off enjoying the scenery at the rodeo. (Gotta love them Wranglers!) Enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
We're all fanfic writers, and dabble in original projects, too, although by necessity that gets backburnered when EKP is really busy. When we first got into this show, we produced a bunch of English-language DeRo fanfic, which can be found at http://delicious.com/awzfanfic but, erm… mind the ratings. None of these are exactly fluffy or innocent. ;)
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
A couple weeks ago, I found myself watching a just-uploaded video of that day's episode of Alles Was Zaehlt. In the original German. Because I couldn't wait the extra hour for the English-subtitled version to show up.
Why? Because Roman and Deniz's relationship was supposed to start heating up again. And I had to see what happened.
One of the things about YouTube that is both a joy and a curse is the sidebar with related videos. It's so easy to get sucked into a vortex of more and more videos, until you look up and it's two in the morning and where in the world did all that time go?
So yeah, I'm hooked on European soap operas, or more specifically, m/m storylines on European soaps. I can't even remember how I first discovered this subgenre – probably by clicking on a related video after watching a Jack/Ianto clip – but the first one I glommed on to was the John-Paul/Craig storyline on Hollyoaks, a UK soap. (Bonus: very few subtitles needed!) From there, I progressed to Christian and Oliver on Verbotene Liebe, a German soap, and then Roman and Deniz on AWZ.
(There are others – in France, Spain, even Israel – but I do have to draw the line somewhere.)
Why do I like m/m storylines on European soap operas?
* The drama. In many cases, one of the partners has never been "out" or had another same-sex partner before. The struggle to accept who he is, to admit his attraction to another man, and to come clean to friends and family is inherently conflict-laden and emotional. I'm a big fan of angst, and all of these stories are chock-full of it.
* The acting. I've been very impressed with the quality of the acting by the actors on these soaps. They transcend the often-overwrought stories to bring a level of honesty to the characters that makes me really care about them.
* The production values. On the soaps I've watched on YouTube, they take a lot more risks with the camera angles, the handheld techniques, even the intro and exit of each scene.
* The music! I've discovered a ton of great music (in English and German), from Does It Offend You, Yeah?, to Revolverheld, to Razorlight, to Placebo. I don't know if it's the lower cost for rights in a smaller market or what, but the addition of some fabulous tunes does make a difference.
* The sexiness. Okay, call me shallow, but watching hot guys walk around in towels is fun.
* Less prudishness. This ties in with the previous point, but it's significant. When there is an m/m relationship on a European soap, they're in a relationship. There's kissing and touching and lounging in bed together, just like any other couple. By contrast, after Noah and Luke kissed for the first (and second) time on As The World Turns over the course of a week or so, they didn't kiss again for almost a year – long enough for people to post countdown clocks on websites and start a write-in campaign. Not very realistic for two guys who were supposed to be in a long-term, loving relationship during that time period.
* The YouTube channels dedicated to the soaps. The community of watchers really is a community, chatting about the characters and the storylines and the clips. It's great fun. My personal favorite is Eskimo Kiss Project, the premiere Roman/Deniz channel. The three women who record, translate, subtitle and post the clips are talented, dedicated, and damn funny. Sometimes their descriptions are even better than the episodes! (And being able to watch without commercials and unrelated storylines is a bonus, too.)
Tune in tomorrow for an interview with the creative minds behind Eskimo Kiss Project!
So there you have it – my confession. I'm hooked on European soaps, but I'm not looking for a cure just yet. How about you? What's your YouTube obsession?
(Oh, and that AWZ episode? EVEN BETTER IN ENGLISH.)