Sunday, June 12, 2011

New Cover

My editor sent me my new cover last week, and then I discovered that it's on now too - so here it is -   The Return Of The Stranger   - coming on September 2nd

The shading is slightly funny on this Amazon reproduction so he looks a little redder in the face than in my copy  so if I can get a better version, I'll put that up as soon as I can.  (PS Have now amended the coer so it looks better - and less red!)

And here's the blurb:

Standing high on the windswsept 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 stablehand 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 crystallises . .  .

Revenge - and Kat - will be his!

Just one little point - this book is part of the The Powerful And The Pure  miniseries - where the four books in the series are  inspired by some of the Classics of romantic fiction.  There seems to be some confusion on the part of some readers that this is 'stealing'  from the originals  - but right from  the stories of Cinderella and such, plots have always been taken and reworked,  turned into something new.   So  just to repeat  - these boks are inspired by the Classics - because it's as I'm always saying in workshops etc, that we could all be given the same hero, heroine, setting and start to a plot and we would all come up with something new.

So the books in this mini series - The Forbidden Innocent (Sharon Kendrick)  - Jane Eyre
In Want of A Wife  (Cathy Williams) - Pride and Prejudice
 Mr and Mischief (Kate Hewitt)  Emma
and my The Return of The Stranger  - Wuthering Heights

 are all inspired by the spirit and the characters of the originals and then as authors ourselves, we created a brand new story as a result.

I'll be blogging more about how I worked on The Return of The Stranger  when it gets closer to September.

And talking of my books reminded me that I promised  to run a contest so that a couple of you could win a copy of The Proud Wife in order to join in the discussion on the Pink Heart Society where it's their Pink Heart Pick for June.

So I need to think of a contest to do that - watch this spaceThen you'll have time to read it before the discussion starts on June 30th.


Laura Vivanco said...

"There seems to be some confusion on the part of some readers that this is 'stealing' from the originals - but right from the stories of Cinderella and such, plots have always been taken and reworked, turned into something new."

Yes, and there's only a problem with this sort of thing if

* there's unacknowledged use and/or use that cannot reasonably have been intended to be recognised by readers, of many elements of the original author's plot/characterisation (see, for example, the controversy over the similarities between Colleen McCullough's The Ladies of Missalonghi and L. M. Mongomery's original, The Blue Castle, as discussed here)

* use of entire phrases or close paraphrases of longer segments of text, unless the words are used in quotations or an obvious, acknowledged reworking.

Quotations, allusions, parodies, sequels and reworkings of/from well-known and/or acknowledged sources, though, are entirely legitimate.

Kiru Taye said...

Hi Kate, I can't wait to read it. I love tortured heroes.

gaelikaa said...

Kate - this is a great idea and I look forward to reading this.

I was reading Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein' lately and I couldn't help thinking that it could benefit from a bit of a rewrite. Yes, it was chilling but the book would improve if a lot of the narrative was cut and more dialogue added. And a nice prologue with a taste of the action to come to draw in the reader. It was horror, of course, not romance. I read everything, you see.

Nas Dean said...

Hi Kate,

I look forward to reading this story. I've already read Kate Hewitt's Mr And Mischief.

And the cover looks fantastic!

kooks said...

Where do they find these models and do you have any idea who they are? Looks like a book for my wishlist!

Pat Cochran said...

Lovely cover! Will be looking for this book in the stores!

Using a tale for guidance in writing
your book seems an entirely legitimate
procedure for an author. This opposes
taking a text, publishing it under
your name, and offering it for public

Pat Cochran


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