Sunday, October 09, 2011

A Hectic week - Big Blog Day Something, Haworth and a contest

It's been a hectic and dfifficult week - migraines were bad enough but a bad rection to the tablets that were supposed to help made things worse So  before I forget there area couple of other posys here and there today, part of the Big Blog tour with giveaways and posts to read and such . . . so here's where you'll find some of them -
Love Cats Down Under Sunday Smooch has - as the title gives away  - a red-hot smooch from The Return of the Stranger to get you in the mood for this passionate, heart wrenching romance - so visit  if ypou want to read that. I had a lot of trouble postign responses to the commentators on the blog but I eventually got there !

Also in Australia is the Australian Romance Readers Association where I have a nother guest blog (did I say it's been hectic this week! )  I'm chattring over there too and talking about  - guess what - The Return of The Stranger (everyone wants to know about my take on reworking Wuthering Heights!
So you can find the post, the discussion and the giveway over  at ARR

Finally  - finally – I have managed to collect together some pictures of my trip to Haworth  , now that I’ve got them off my camera so I thought I’d share some with you. There is the big building which is the old Baptist Centre where the workshop was held  - I always think it should be appearing in Jane Eyre. And outside was a big post with my name on it!

There were also posters all over the town – specially on the Bronte Parsonage Museum  gates and doors – that was  a real thrill. I’ve also included a photo  of the Old Schoolhouse where I gave my talk about working on Wuthering Heights and turning it into a Modern/Presents Romance – this was another real thrill as, as you can see from the inscription, the school says ‘Charlotte Bronte taught here’  - and now  so have I!

The Babe Magnet took some pictures of my talking to people who had attended the talk and who wanted copies of Return of The Strange signed afterwards. And one fo the saddest things In Haworth h I always think is the carved plaque on a pillar marking the spot above the crypt where all the Brontes  - except Anne who is buried in Scarborough are buried.

I’ve also included a photo of some bits and pieces I picked up at the Bronte Parsonage shop – a notepad, a pen, bookmark, key ring – and I’m offering these as a special prize to mark the publication in America of The Return of the  Stranger.

All you have to do is to leave a comment in the comments section telling  me which famous author’s house you would love to visit and why  - and you’ll be entered into the prize draw. I’ll get Charlie the Maine Coon on the job of picking a winner in a couple of days. And the winner will get the Bronte souvenirs.


Desere said...

Hi Kate,

This was a stunning post very intersting I loved it ! For me the author who's house I would love to visist only because I am curious , I do not read his books , but it is Stephan King I just would love to see if his house is as weird as his books that have been made into films , very curious !
Have a great day

Nell Dixon said...

I'd like to visit Jane Austen's house. I'll manage it one of the days.

TashNz said...

Hi Kate, I just wanted to say I'd love to visit Enid Blyton's house. I read so many of her books when I was growing up... in NZ... The world she wrote about was such a dream away and so so different to how my friends and I grew up :)

As I was lucky enough to win over at Minxes pls don't enter me in the draw. Hope the migranes get better. My Mum suffers from those and I wouldnt wish them upon anyone.

Laney4 said...

My first thought was Alfred Hitchcock, but apparently he was "only" a director and producer, and not an author - but can you imagine the knick knacks around the place pertaining to Psycho, The Birds, etc.? EEEK!

Author. Author. William Shakespeare. I would like to know how he came up with his stories, so hopefully there would be some notes on display telling us just that. It would be marvellous to see what kind of an "office" he used back then. I imagine him dabbing his pen in his ink well, pausing, looking up when searching for words, and then writing furiously. Were there lines on the pages back then? Were all pages bound in a book, rather than loose? What kind of a book? A big book? A small book with many many pages? Several bound books for one printed book? What about the chair he sat in? Was it upholstered or hard wood? What about his lighting? I want to envision him accurately, and visiting his home might help with that vision.

host said...

Looks like you had a great trip :) I would like to visti Jane Austin's house to see where she wrote all her books and where she spent her days :) just curious...

CrystalGB said...

I would love to visit Jane Austen's home. I love her books and think she was a fascinating person.

Kaelee said...

I love this post. The pictures are so informative. So sorry about your migraines. I hope you get better soon.

I am a Jane Austin fan as well but I need to pick someone else as so many have picked her.

I'd love to see O. Henry's house. I think his Gift of the Magi is one of the most romantic short stories ever.

chey said...

I'd like to see C.S. Lewis' house. I enjoyed the Narnia books and would like to see where the author who thought of all that stuff lived.

Marilyn Shoemaker said...
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Marilyn Shoemaker said...

Sorry to hear your headaches continue. Hope you get everything sorted out. Favorite authors house? I would love to visit all of my Presents authors homes. Since that's not possible......

I've been intrigued by New York Times Bestselling Author, Nora Roberts Bed and Breakfast which is located in Maryland. She also has a book shop which I wouldd also love to visit.

Here's the link:

Sonali said...

hi Kate,

I would love to see where William Shakespeare lived. That would be really interesting.

Julie said...

I'd love to visit Anne McCaffrey's home, Dragonhold-Underhill, in Ireland and talk to her about her books and her cats.

BiteMeAsh said...

Hi Kate

Thank you once again for an interesting blog.

I would love to visit two author's homes: Yours and Sherrilyn Kenyon ;o) Very curious to see what you both have lying around that gives you such inspiration to write beautiful stories.

Rita from South Africa

marybelle said...

Stephen King's house: I saw pictures of it on the internet just yesterday & it looks amazing.I know he is alive, maybe he'll make tea & we can chat.


Debby said...

I would have said William Shakespeare but I had a chance to see that this summer. I think I would like to go the MArk Twai house. I have been by it but never in it.
debby236 at gmail dot com

Margay said...

Well, I live in Massachusetts, so I can visit Wharton's or Hawthorne's or Louisa May Alcott's houses any time. The place I'd really like to visit is Chawton House where Jane Austen wrote some of her most notable works. Who wouldn't want to see where masterpieces were created?

Audra said...

JAne Austen's home- I am a newsletter follower audie{at}wickerness{dot}com

Theresa N. said...

I'd love to visit Beatrix Potters home, though I know nothing about it surely it's a farm in the English country side and I'm just an old country girl at heart.
Theresa N

peggy said...

I would love to visit elosisa james house.I think she could tell me a lot about history and show me a lot of historical things.I just think it so neat to get to no her.

runner10 said...

I would love to visit James Patterson's house. How can one man write so many books????

Pat Cochran said...

It's a toss-up between Jane Austen or
one of my favorite Australian authors! Can't list them all, there are so many!
My earliest M&B/Harlequin reads were
mostly set in Australia. I could visit
Oz & an author fave in one fell swoop!

Pat Cochran

Pat Cochran said...

OOPS - just entered the Big Blog Tour
and forgot to mention in my entry that
I am a member of your mailing list &
receive your newsletter!

Pat Cochran

GladysMP said...

I would love to visit Mark Twain's house. As a coincidence, I visited a tour of homes in Galveston, Texas this year and in one of the most-elaborately decorated homes where it was noted that every single item in the house was a replica of a certain period, the wallpaper and wallpaper borders were said to be duplicates from Mark Twain's house. The home owners had spent a fortune on decorating that home and pictures of the home had been taken and were to be published in some home magazine this Fall. The home seemed more like a museum that a home to live in, but it was interesting to tour it.

GladysMP said...

I forgot to mention in my comment that I do get your newsletters.


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