Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Really? I can't think where the time went - Well I can - sort of . .
Concentrating on revisions for the latest book - why are editors always right? Well,my current one is, anyway and she pointed out some important things that needed 'tweaking' so I had to get on with those as we have a tight turnaround deadline on this one. This wasn't helped by the fact that the Babe Magnet generously shared his horrible cold/cough with me !
Also had a tight turnaround for me personally as I wanted the revisions done before the Babe Magnet and I went away for a short break. We were staying in one of our favourite places in the whole world - the beautiful city of York. I made the revisions deadline with moments to spare - sending them off just in time to throw some things in a case and set off. The couple of days in York were just glorious and we had a wonderful time. Afternoon tea in Bettys was a special treat too.
Since I was away, the Mills & Boon web site still reads 'Sold Out' for April's release Olivero's Outrageous Proposal, which is amazing! I've had some enquiries about ways to find it seeing as the M&B site doesn't have it available so - checking things through today, I see that Amazon.co.uk has just got a new batch in so are copies there. And of course there's always kindle. The Book Depository still has copies - and they have copies of another book I've been asked about - the new edition of the 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance. The great thing about Book Depository of course is the fact that they also offer free delivery worldwide
So. that's where you can find Olivero. I have to say that I've also been thrilled to see the fabulous reviews this book has been getting. My hunt on the M&B site led me to this lovely review by Desere Steenberg - it made my day so much to read it! I just wanted to thank all the lovely people who've posted reviews letting me know that they've enjoyed this book. My only worry is that as Desere says that this is' the number one Kate Walker book' - I'm going to have to work hard to match it with my next novel! (Fingers tightly crossed that my sexy sheikh and his marriage of convenience also hits the right spot!)
So now I'm catching up - sorting out the absolute tip my workroom has become as I focused on Nabil and Aziza's story, planning the courses coming up -
Next one is Beginning, Middle End - Planning Your Novel. That's in June Details on the Events page
And of course in July there's the fabulous Writers' Holiday in Fishguard when I'm teaching The Complete Contemporary Romance Writing Course.
Then I have some time helping the Babe Magnet with publicity for his book Uncle Albert - that will involve more travel . . .
And of course I'm planning out the next book!
But I shall be blogging again soon about another book that readers have found to hard to find - that's Wife For Real from The Alcolar Family collection. Watch this space for more details when everything is sorted out.,
Monday, April 13, 2015
While I'm away there should be a post about Olivero's Outrageous Proposal over on I Heart Presents . Not sure exactly when it will go up as it will be when Elissa gets a chance to post it - but it will be there!
Meanwhile I'll be hoping the sunshine lasts - I love Wutherin Heights as a book but I don't fancy braving the sort of cold, snowy weather Heathcliff and Cathy endured.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Small point - some people have been trying to get hold of copies of the UK paperback Olivero's Outrageous Proposal from the Mills & Boon web site - and it seems the paperback's not available on there any more!
I didn't think that could be possible so I went for a look and sure enough, it says here that the paperback is out of stock. No idea how that happened - but it's great news for me!
Not so good for people who've been looking for it though! I'll check with my editor on Monday if there will be any more copies in anytime - but in the meantime there's always Amazon, the Book Depository or even the old-fashioned way of buying in WH Smith!
Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy to create this result! I hope the rest of you find a copy elsewhere.
Thursday, April 09, 2015
As I mentioned earlier on this blog that my DH is a published writer too, lots of people wanted to now more about what he writes - and how we manage to combine two careers and two very different approaches to writing. So today on the Pink Hearts I've talked more about that.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
I was delighted to share the news of her book with everyone - I so remember the excitement of the very first title to be published.
At the time I had also asked Nicole if, as a way to mark my 30 years of publication (that first book The Chalk Line came out in December 1984) she would write me a little bit about her favourite Kate Walker novel. I know that she said she'd find it too hard to pick one title so I left that alone and said if she ever did want to write about a favourite to let me know.
Today she has done just that - and more ! Because to mark the publication of Olivero's Outrageous Proposal, Nicole has written the most lovely blog post about my writing, not here on this blog, but over on the official Mills & Boon blog on the Mills & Boon web site. If I'm honest, I had to go away and blow my nose and blink rather hard when I read it. It is such a lovely post and to say that I'm honoured is an understatement. I'm so touched and complimented to think that a fellow writer has enjoyed my work like this for so long - it's the greatest compliment someone can pay to an author.
So all I can say is Thank you Nicole - thank you so much. You've made my day - week - month -year! And I hope I'll see you again at AMBA this year so I can give you a big hug to say thank you in person.
And this has me wondering - do you have a special Kate Wallker title that you've loved and really enjoyed? If anyone wants to write and let me know of a story that sticks in your memory, I'd love to share with every one else - after all, you don't get to celebrate 30 years of publication every day!
Monday, April 06, 2015
So you might like to know that there is a special Spotlight on Harlequin Presents over on the eHarlequin web site this week.
There are authors to chat with and ask questions of - and fellow readers there to talk about your favourite books and writers.
Maybe I'll see you there?
Friday, April 03, 2015
Again, to mark the publication of the new paperback edition of the 12 Point Guide To Writing Romance - here is another craft post on the Revising and Editing Site
This time I'm talking about training yourself as a plotter - a different sort of answer to those 'where do you get your ideas from' sort of questions. Here's how I get - and work through - some of my ideas.
Ideas are all around you if you just look.
Oh - and there's a giveaway of Olivero's Outrageous Proposal as well.
Thursday, April 02, 2015
As I announced yesterday - April 1st is the official publication date of my latest book Olivero's Outrageous Proposal. But, as I'm sure so many of you know, I'm not the only writer in this house. My husband, Stephen Wade, also known as the Babe Magnet is also a multi-published author.
Usually he writes non-fiction, local history, true crime, biographies, but April 1st is also the ;publication date of his collection of Yorkshire based short stories - Uncle Albert. (Priory Press)
Kate Walker to Stephen Wade on Uncle Albert
DescriptionEveryone has an Uncle Albert somewhere in their family tree and he's usually the one having a quick smoke around the back while trying to think up a new get-rich-quick scheme that doesn't actually involve work. The sort of uncle who is wonderful to talk about unless he actually turns up on your doorstep carrying a still-moving sack and wearing a furtive look.
Uncle Albert is a nostalgic look at life in a small Yorkshire village when Tetley's Yorkshire Bitter was still made in Yorkshire and a pie and a pint with ketchup was at least two of your five-a-day.
Stephen Wade to Kate Walker on Olivero's Outrageous Proposal.
I think the different sort of writers we both are just proves the truth of the fact that there is no right way to write a book - we all have our own processes, we go about this writing business in very different ways and neither is better than the other we both end up with published books in the end.
I write in silence and the books take time to put together - thinking of the emotional story and the motivations of the characters etc. And my characters get very serious and intent about things - there's none of the humor that Albert brings to the page, This Stephen Wade person writes fast - specially with Uncle Albert! and always has music playing while he's at the keyboard - often jazz which I can't stand. So it's just as well that we have managed to set ourselves up in separate studies so we can each work in our own way.
What's that they say about opposites attract? It certainly seems to be so with two such very different writers.
Dario Olivero, Alyse Gregory was supposed to be a way to reap revenge against his estranged half brother. But Alyse carries the key to the family acceptance he's always craved and, realizing just how much trouble she's in, he can't turn away.
A marriage proposal is not what Alyse was expecting. But this deliciously sexy Italian will resolve her family's debts if she becomes his convenient wife... Her head says no but her body begs her to say yes.
With an intensity rivaling the Tuscan sun, their mutual desire soon escalates to something inconvenient, creating a whole new dilemma!
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
It's publication day !
Well, it's the official publication date for Olivero's Outrageous Proposal. I know it's been around in the shops and on the M&B site earlier - but this is the official date!
So to celebrate I'm running a special Goodreads Book Giveaway.
There are five copies of Olivero's Outrageous Proposal on offer here - so just click the link above to be in with a chance of winning one.
The giveaway ends on April 10th.
And no, this is not an April Fool Trick!
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