Friday, January 30, 2009
In the meantime, I'm celebrating The Devil Inside's accomplishment this week. TDI hit the Samhain bestseller list on its second day of release! Thanks to everyone who bought a copy. I really appreciate it, and hope you enjoy it.
Happy weekend, everyone!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
One thing hasn’t changed—their off-the-charts sexual tension. They both put up a good fight, but soon the heat burns through their resistance.
Even though Mark Rodriguez holds Jodi at arm's length from his heart, her self-confidence is a turn-on he can't resist. Inviting old college buddy and future business partner Sam into their bed for one night was supposed to set free her wildest fantasy. Instead he finds the tables turned, forced to watch while Sam brings her to the height of ecstasy.
Monday, January 26, 2009
And I just got my first review for The Devil Inside, from Ciar Cullen. I'm absolutely thrilled -- it's a great review, and I'm so glad she liked the book. Here's a peek:
"This is the comfort food of romance–and it hit me at just the right moment. The news on the economy is awful, work is stressful, writing is giving me hives, yada yada. The cure? For two nights, Kate Davies. Escapism, for sure, but not brain-dead escapism. Not American Idol escapism. I bought this story and the characters. "
Read more here. She's also giving away a copy of one of my backlist e-books, so be sure to comment!
Hope to see you on the cafe,
TITLE OF FIRST BOOK: Private Property
RELEASE DATE: January 27, 2009
FAVORITE WRITING STORY/SAYING/MEMORY: My favorite writing memory is getting that first email from Angela James saying she wanted to buy Private Property. I did what my husband calls “The Price is Right” bounce for a couple minutes, ran down to tell my sons and bounced with them for a while, then phoned my critique partner for almost an hour. I was so excited I couldn’t sit down and roamed the house the whole time we talked.
FAVORITE NON-WRITING STORY/SAYING/MEMORY: Oh, wow, this is tough. Believe it or not, my favorite memory is probably a day that my husband and I took our sons to Sand Banks Provincial Park on the shores of Lake Ontario to go swimming in the afternoon, and then went to Fort Henry in Kingston Ontario and watched their Sunset Retreat in the evening. Why it’s special is that it was warm and sunny, and everyone was happy and having fun. Plus watching the 19th century battle with the cannons and rifles echoing off the ramparts reminded me of when I’d watched it as a child. I can’t remember a day when I was so relaxed.
COMFORT FOOD: Marmite on toast with a cup of tea. (It’s an acquired taste, believe me)
COMFORT READ: Depending on how I’m feeling, Julia Quinn’s The Duke and I, JR Ward’s Lover Eternal (Rhage’s story), or Patricia Brigg’s Moon Called.
YOUR PERFECT DAY: Any day that has someone else doing the housework and it doesn’t snow outside? Oh, and to top it off, why don’t we throw in the mailman bringing a contract for my newest book along with a big fat royalty cheque from my last one!
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON NOW?: In December I signed a contract for a sequel to Private Property called Personal Protection, which follows the secondary character Sam Watson. It’ll be coming out in May 2009. Personal Protection is the start of a new series following Sam’s bodyguard and security firm, Hauberk Protection. So I’m desperately working on the next in the series – talk about pressure! When I get stuck on that story, or if I just need a break, I have two paranormal (shapeshifter) stories in the works that I’m hoping to finish and submit later this year.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Question of the Day: Have you ever noticed an "in-joke" in a book -- a reference to a movie, another book, or a song? If so, what was it?
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Thirteen years after her father was killed in a rodeo accident, Samantha Quincannon is facing her worst nightmare. An EMT, she has avoided rodeo duty like the plague. Now her career depends on her ability to face down her fear.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Florida State safety Myron Rolle will study at Oxford instead of entering this year's NFL draft.
Rolle won a Rhodes scholarship in November and plans to seek a one-year master's degree in medical anthropology, The New York Times reported Monday in an entry on its college football blog.
Giving up a chance at the NFL draft so he can study at Oxford? Dude, that rocks. He also got his undergrad degree in two and a half years, and has been working on cancer research this year. He plans to enter the NFL draft in 2010, after he's finished his master's degree.
You go, Myron.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
When Brianna Claxton accidentally summons a demon, she is forced to face her mistake head-on. That becomes problematic when her mistake comes in the form of a hot, ancient demon named Asmodeus who refuses to go back to the hell from which she summoned him.
Thoughts of revenge have kept him sane…
Asmodeus is leader of the Rebel Watchers, angels who fell from grace out of lust for human women. He had been subjected to the Abyss, tortured in a virtual Hell in Heaven, until the careless mistake of a human witch released him from the fires. Now faced with temptations of the flesh by the sexy witch who summoned him, he tries convincing himself that embarking on a relationship with Brianna would be a mistake of biblical proportions.
Two lives hang in the balance…
Just when things start heating up, four Death Angels give her a mission: Use her powers to kill him…or face the Abyss herself. Gaining his trust is the key—except the closer she gets, the more he reveals the man he is, not the demon she thought him to be.
The two days of emptying the basement now seem like child's play compared to the time needed to re-stock it. Of course, since I can actually see the basement floor, it's time to sweep and mop and reorganize, so that's not helping. :)
How was your weekend?
Thursday, January 08, 2009
Saturday, January 03, 2009
It's a silly name for the movie, since it takes place almost entirely at Christmas. In fact, it's one of my favorite Christmas movies, one I always forget about until I run into it on TV during the holiday season.
If you haven't watched it before, you really should. It's a musical remake of The Shop Around the Corner, and it stars a sparkling Judy Garland and my current movie star crush, Van Johnson.
Now, Van Johnson isn't one of those heart-stopping sexy leading men from the film industry heyday, like Errol Flynn, Tyrone Power or Clark Gable. He's more the boy-next-door, with the quirky smile and floppy hair, who you always end up rooting for to get the girl. Think James Stewart (who played the same role in The Shop Around the Corner) or Tom Hanks (ditto, in You've Got Mail).
So if you've seen either of those movies, you know the basic plot of In The Good Old Summertime. Boy meets girl, they fight and fuss, all the while not knowing that the other is their secret pen-pal. I love watching Van Johnson's progression from sparring partner to hidden crush, as he realizes that the ideal woman of his post-office-box romance is really the spunky, frustrating Veronica Fisher. Van Johnson and Judy Garland were friends in real life, and their comfort and delight in working with each other is evident in the easy, enjoyable interplay between them.
But the reason I've got this huge, movie star crush on Van Johnson right now is the last scene of the movie. He's teasing her about her "fiance", making up increasingly horrible things about this fictional man of her dreams (he's bald! He's fat! He's unemployed!), all the while interspersing it with coded statements of how he really feels about her. The little glances, the way he holds back when what he really wants is to sweep her into his arms -- sigh!
And when he sits down next to her, he can't keep his hands to himself. He touches her hair, puts his arm around her, toys with her lacy collar, even presses kisses to her temple while she all but pants with repressed sexual tension. It's one of the hottest scenes I've watched for a long time, and the farthest they finally go is a fade-to-black chaste kiss.
I've tried to find the scene on YouTube, but all I can find is the musical numbers from the movie. So you really should go rent it now. You can find it on Netflix, or, if you're a Comcast customer, it's a free On Demand movie via TCM.
Here's the TCM trailer, for a quick taste...
So, who's your current movie star crush?