Sunday, February 18, 2018

Just got back from Harrogate ( PA duties for the other writer in the family ) but before that spent Thursday night absolutely entranced and mind-blown watching Paapa Essiedu in the tour of RSC's Hamlet in Hull.

 3 hours of totally absorbing magnificent magic. The big soliloquies were presented as real thoughts not - this is the moment when I do the 'to be or not to be' speech. Brilliant. DH and I are still talking about it. If you get a chance to see this production - grab it. I already want to see it again.

The next couple of days will be spent finalising the details of the Writers' Holiday Advance Romance Writing Course for Fishguard  next weekend. 

Can't wait to be back in Wales and reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Started planning my next course - Advanced Romance Writing at Fishguard Writing Weekend with
Writer's Holiday. Also collected some of the 'treats' that are needed to help inspire and sustain the writers on this course.

An interesting fact - whenever I go to get the chocolate (for inspiration!) the local supermarket has set up a lovely discount price on it. Do you think they keep an eye on my blog/facebook page? 'If it's February she'll be coming in for supplies for Writers' Holiday.' So maybe they have a note in their diary - April means she'll need supplies for Relax & Write' Weekend Coursesx .
The  Writer's Holiday course is absolutely over-full right now - but as they say 'Other courses are available.'

The next  one will be a Focus on Writing Romantic Fiction Retreat at  Royal Agricultural University  in Cirencester - dates   6th - 8th April.

If you'd rather just have a library talk - with Valentine's Day coming up I have one of those too -  The ABC of Love in Doncaster library on February 14th

I'm sharing this with another author, Lynda Stacey  - from 11am to 12.30 in the Central Library Doncaster

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

How did it get to almost-February?? I know I had my head down working on revisions but somehow Feb has snuck up on me. I surfaced to take a look at the reviews of A Proposal to Secure His Vengeance and was thrilled to find 7 - 7!! great reviews on Amazon and there's a really fabulous one over on the Mills and Boon site -

A Stunning read!!
This is hugely enjoyable. A book to savour like a fine wine. An example of a highly accomplished author at the top of their game. The writing comes across the page as effortlessly readable. Assured storytelling at it's very best.
Raoul Cardini is a hero who delivers from the start, dominating the book. I highly recommend this potentially as of the finest in the Kate Walker vintage!!
Read it now!!

Thank you so much Karim Lalani  - I'm just thrilled you enjoyed Raoul's story so much.
Now I need to focus on sorting out a trip to York with the other writer in the family while I act as PA. That's the rest of the week seen to.

My DH  and his co-author  Stuart Gibbon - former senior police detective and now running The Gib Consultancy  are giving a talk  at Waterstone's in York  from 7pm

Historical crime writer Stephen Wade and former Senior Police Detective Stuart Gibbonhave teamed up to write The Crime Writer's Casebook, an essential companion for anyone interested in crime, whether historical or modern-day. It features true crime case studies and explains how crime investigation has evolved throughout the centuries. 

This is a unique opportunity to hear extracts from the book and to ask questions of two leading experts in their field.

PS If you can't make York - then there's a second talk in Waterstone's in  Harrogate on 16th February   at 18.30 pm

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Publication day!

Happy Book Birthday to me!

 It's officially now the UK publication date of my new book A Proposal To Secure His Vengeance, something that has brightened up a very gloomy, wet and windy day. I know some of you in America have already got your hands on it - but here in the UK it's just officially out today. I discovered this morning that I have 5 fabulous five star reviews on Amazon - thank you to the lovely reviewers who have posted them! You really brightened up my morning.

I'll just quote one fabulous review from Virginia at Booked Solid
A rich man's agenda for personal revenge goes far differently than he had planned in "A Proposal to Secure His Vengeance"--a stirring contemporary romance from the fabulous Kate Walker. Secrets, scandals, and sizzling passion are all a part of this involving tale where wealth and good fortune are two very different things. Imogen O'Sullivan and her sister Ciara have long been at the core of a power struggle between their battling parents. When their father's drinking and unwise financial habits force Imogen to agree to a marriage of convenience with a longtime friend, she is unprepared for the arrival of Raoul Cardini, with whom she had a brief and passionate affair. Her sister Ciara, from whom she had long been estranged, has an unpleasant connection to Raoul's own family, further heightening the tension of the situation. Raoul's mistaken impressions of Imogen and her sister are factors in his desire to bring down the O'Sullivans in their final bid to save their family name and finances. However, the intense heat between Raoul and Imogen has once again burst to life--something they cannot ignore. Yes, the physical desire is there, but there is also appreciation and a shared sense of humor. Could love be waiting in the wings for all truths to be revealed and for honest emotion to break through pretense? If you love dramatic, deeply felt, and powerfully passionate love stories, then you will greatly enjoy the captivating contemporary romance tales from author Kate Walker.

Thank you Virginia!

I have been reminded that I forgot to post the official back blurb to go with the book - so today seems like a good day to do that. So here goes:

Raoul Cardini will have his revenge!
His preferred method? Ruthless, irresistible seduction!
Imogen O’Sullivan is horrified when charismatic tycoon Raoul breaks up her engagement and makes her his own convenient bride! She once surrendered everything to Raoul—body, heart and soul. But as he stalks back into her life it’s clear he has punishment in mind—not just passion! Can Imogen resist Raoul’s potent brand of delicious vengeance?

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New Book Spotlight

It's all happening this week - new covers, new look - new book! I'm so delighted to have a new title out after a book drought last year so I'm celebrating all over the place - there are interviews and Spotlights . . .

And the first one is an Author Spotlight with lovely Sara at HarlequinJunkie Romance Reviews There's an interview and lots of insight into the new book . There's a giveaway as well.
So why not take a look

New Year New Look Part 2

So I said it was all about the covers today - I'm sure you've heard the reports - the rumours, the buzz about the brand new makeover that Harlequin Mills & Boon has had coming up - and now it's here. Today is the launch date of the new look romance cover designs, across all the lines. They're very different - so what do you think?

Not only the covers but the Mills & Boon website, the blog, and Bookclub pages have all a makeover
r too. There will be lots of interesting activity and information to launch this new image - so take a look.

I have a new book out in this first appearance of the new covers. I'll post the details - and the book 'blurb' in my next post. First I wanted to let you see some images of the launch of this new way of seeing Mills & Boon that you'll start spotting in the shops from now on

New Year New Look Part 1

What's on my mind? It's all about covers this week - you'll find out more soon. But I just discovered that my 'Wuthering Heights' book has been given a mini makeover with a new 'modernised cover' - and a fabulous sale price of 0.99p

The Return of the Stranger used to look like this:

Standing high on the windswept moors, the lone figure of Heath Montanha vows vengeance on the woman who destroyed the last fragments of his heart…
Lady Katherine Charlton has never forgotten the stable hand with dangerous fists and a troubled heart from her childhood. Now the rebel is back, his powerful anger concealed under a polished and commanding veneer.
When ten years of scandal and secrets are unleashed, with a passionate, furious kiss, Heath’s deepest, darkest wish crystallizes: revenge—and Kathy—will be his!

Now - with the new look cover it looks like this:
What do you think?

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Special New Year Giveaway Nominations

Don't forget you have just over 24 hours to nominate  someone for a special New Year book

Is there a friend or someone in your family who has had a tough time in 2017?  Someone in hospital, with health problems, or someone who has faced problems you wish you could have helped them with?
Is there someone you'd like to help cheer them  into 2018 on a happier, brighter note?

Suggest their name here and as the new year dawns, I'll get Charlie   or Ruby - or both! - to pick some names so that you can give them a little gift of one  of my books and hopefully make things  a little bit better.

You can choose from these titles:
The Konstantos Marriage Demand
Bedded By The Greek Billionaire
A Throne For The Taking
Kept for her Baby
Olivero's Outrageous Proposal
A Question of Honour
Destined for the Desert King

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Year Special Giveaway - nominate someone who needs their day brightening

I've just been packing up the Christmas giveaway books to go out to the winners who have let me know your postal addresses - there's a couple who still haven't let me know, so if you're tagged
please send me a mailing address.

As we head into the new year of 2018, I'm running an extra giveaway - but this is a little different. I've run it every year and it's been so great to be able to share with people who need cheering up.

So - you can join in by posting in the comments below - but this time you can hope to win a book as a gift for someone special who needs a little something to brighten their day. If you know someone who has had a difficult time through 2017 or is struggling with a problem and you'd like to offer them a little something to brighten the start of 2018, post below letting me know who you'd like me to send a book to and why. If you can pick a title of one of the books I have to giveaway then please let me know your choice - and the second choice - from the lis
t and I'll hope to send that one. I'll also add in a small extra gift from me to wish them a much happier New Year in 2018.

Books you can choose from are

The Konstantos Marriage Demand
Bedded By The Greek Billionaire
A Throne For The Taking
Kept for her Baby
Olivero's Outrageous Proposal
A Question of Honour
Destined for the Desert King

The final draw for the names of winners will be on New Year's Eve - just before midnight - at least I can be sure that Charlie and Ruby will be in at that time - and picking the names, choosing treats, will distract them from the sound of fireworks as 2018 begins,

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