Monday, December 23, 2013
Anyway, there are some winners names to announce so here we go -
The winners of stocking filler books are:
Carol - who wins Kept for Her Baby
Maria - who has to decide whether to pick Kept for Her Baby or The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife!
And Lidia - who hasn't named a book, but she can let me know about that.
Charlie also picked some winners from my newsletter list -
So tomorrow is Christmas Eve - can you believe it? How did it get here that fast?
What do you do on Christmas Eve? Is it all bustle and organizing - baking - wrapping ? Or do you get together with family? Do you eat a special meal on Christmas Eve ? Or do you end up working on preparations right to the last minute? I'll be out at 6am making sure I get fresh bread for the holidays.
I have a friend whose family opens their presents on Christmas Eve? Does anyone else do that? I know the royal family do too - so you'd be in esteemed company!
The giveaway book this time is my most recent title - A Throne For The Taking . . .
A kingdom's safety...
Betrayed by those she loves, Honoria Escalona must now face the only man capable of bringing stability to the Mediterranean kingdom of Mecjoria. A cold, hard man who once called her his friend... Alexei Sarova-the true King of Mecjoria.
In exchange for her happiness
But Alexei's tortuous past has changed him into someone she hardly knows. He blames Ria's family for his bitterness, and his help-when he offers it-comes with a price: he'll take his rightful place as King with Ria as his wife, until she produces a true-blood heir...
Tell me about your Christmas Eve and you'll be in with a chance of winning a copy.
Oh - and little Ruby says that she loves her new home . . . and this Christmas stuff is very exciting - she's already climbed the Christmas Tree three times . . .
But it's also very very tiring . . .
Saturday, December 21, 2013
First of all - I have to announce the winner of the last giveaway - a copy of His Suitable Bride.
That goes to Gladys
And I still have a copy of The Konstantos Marriage Demand to go to Charlotte who seems to have missed the announcement.
Now - to get back to the Advent Calendar - Let's have a pot luck weekend. A stocking stuffer giveaway.
I just read a magazine article, full of pictures and details of 'stocking fillers'. Not one of them was under £12!! Er - not in this house. The idea for the stocking my family and I make up is that nothing is to cost very much at all, but all the gifts are to be fun and perhaps silly - certainly to be enjoyed on Christmas
In fact, a romance novel is perhaps the perfect sort of stocking filler for many women I know.
So here's how you get a chance to win an extra (if perhaps a little belated ) gift to go into your stocking this year. (Even if it's too late for the big day, hopefully it will provide some enjoyment and relaxation in the new year.
All you have to do is to turn up, say hello - tell me where you're from and where you're spending Christmas.
Then you let me know which of these ten books you'd like to find in your stocking on Christmas morning - and why
You can choose from
The Return of the Stranger
The Proud Wife
A Good Greek Wife?
The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife
Spanish Billionaire, Innocent Wife
The Devil and Miss Jones
The Sicilian's Red Hot Revenge
Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride
Bedded by The Greek Billionaire
Kept for Her Baby
If you need any help deciding which one of these you'd like to win - click on the title of each book and the link will take you to the page on my web site where you can read about them.
Or if you have read a particular book and enjoyed it - you can pick a friend you think would love it too and tell me about them.
You can post at any time over the weekend and hopefully I will have got things back on track to organise
Charlie to pick some winners on Monday morning. It will be pointless to ask Ruby - she hasn't shown any interest in cat treats, much to Charlie's total disgust!
Let me know which books you'd choose.
The doorbell kept ringing - more visitors
I had to keep going back to the Post Office - more prizes to send out
I had to plan - and work on connecting with the students for my February Advanced Romance Writing Course at Fishguard - even at Christmas the preparations for next year don't stop.
And talking about writing courses and teaching - I have new plans for the 12 Point Guide To Writing Romance - more soon - watch this space.
Oh - and Ruby happened.
Ruby - not the 40th wedding celebration - but she is part of them. This is Ruby.
Or, rather that was Ruby when I first met her last Sunday - which was when the organised life started to go a bit less organised!
I didn't think I was ready for another cat. Flora's illness was so upsetting and sad that the Babe Magnet and I weren't sure we could love another creature while we were still so sad. But that was before The Offspring's Fiancee took me to visit the local Cat's Protection League rescue where a small black and white bundle of fur threw herself into my arms and made it obvious that she knew I'd come to collect her. And how could I argue with her when she had settled there and purred. . . and purred. . . and purred. . . .
We had to wait some days to make sure that no one claimed her. She'd been found wandering alone on the streets -
So here we are, with Christmas just a few days away, the tree only half-decorated (as you can see) and some of the gifts not yet wrapped . . .
and Here's Ruby!
But she's already wriggled her way into our hearts - the humans anyway, but Charlie is a little distant as yet. She makes it clear that she thinks she fell asleep and woke up in cat heaven. There is food, and warmth, and lots of fuss (she yells if she doesn't get enough) and she slept curled up between us in the bed last night.
So now I have to go out - I know she's going to protest, and she'll probably still be yelling when I come back. But she'll soon get to realise that I do come back and we'll all settle down (even Charlie) into one big family.
So that's why I've been otherwise occupied - there will. be more of the Advent Calendar next!
Sunday, December 15, 2013
It's taken some time to get Charlie in to pick the winners. The weather actually brightened and he was out enjoying the sunshine (cold sunshine - but at least it was bright and dry) and so he didn't want to come indoors at all - not even for cat treats!
Anyway, he's come back in for a short visit and has picked the two winners for me - they are:
Ladies - you know the drill, please email me with your postal addresses and I'll get your book in the mail to you.
So how are you all doing with your Christmas preparations? I have a tree. Some crackers. Some stocking to fill and the little gifts to fill them. Parcels overseas have been sent (apart from prizes!) , cards written and posted - except for the couple of people I forgot! I lost my list of names and addresses - I had it on my computer and a computer blip meant that it was corrupted and so this year I had to start all over again. I know there will still be some one who I've not got on the new list - but I'm hoping that if a card arrives from an unlisted sender, I will have some cards left over - and can add their name to my new list.
What about you? Are you still writing lists of things to do? Still got gifts to buy? Cards to send? Or are you like some incredibly organised people and have it all done and dusted now? I have a sister who often buys
Christmas gifts in July - in the sales! If I did that, then I'd put the presents I'd bought somewhere 'safe' - and forget where I've hidden them.
So tell me about how organised you are so I can be envious - or make me feel happily smug that I'm doing
better than you.
Today's giveaway is another of those 3 in 1 collections - His Suitable Bride
My book in this collection is Cordero's Forced Bride-
Taken in payment into his bed!
Alexa Montague is mortified. She's had to call off her sister's wedding, and now the ruthless, arrogant groom, Santos Cordero, is demanding that shy, ugly duckling Alexa, takes Natalie's place!
The Montagues have stolen his money and his convenient bride, so Santos will enjoy taking Alexa instead. For Santos does not - cannot - love. But his body burns for Alexa as it has for no other woman before. He'll keep her captive in his bed until she's begging to be his . . .
The other novels in this collection are by Cathy Williams and Abby Green
So post your comments - let me know how you're doing with your plans and preparations - or not! And you'll be in with a chance of winning this.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
So today I'm getting some more prizes in the post - and there's another winner I need to announce - that's the winner of Kept For Her Baby.
And the winner is Yvonne.
Yvonne please email me kate AT kate-walker dot com with your postal address so that I can get your prize in the mail to you.
So far the Newsletter winners are:
Tonda H from Kentucky
Gemma W from Norfolk
Flora L from Baltimore
Barbara S from Indiana
One point I need to mention - obviously at this time of year, there is a lot of mailing going on! Cards, gifts, all over the place, flying to all parts of the world. I guarantee that I will put your prize in the mail just as soon as I can and I will package it securely, send it on its way. After that, it's up to the Royal Mail or whoever delivers to your part of the world. I can't guarantee delivery - and I can't guarantee when it will arrive. I hope you all appreciate this. It's a risk I take when I send parcels all over the world - but it's one I'm prepared to take as I have friends/readers all over the world too.
Yesterday As well as the parceling the Babe Magnet and I did some major sorting out and cleaning, getting the house ready for Christmas,. As a result, by the time the evening came we were both worn out, So I indulged in a long, hot soak in the bath, with a vanilla scented candle burning on the windowsill. I slept wonderfully after that.
So - today's question for you to talk about is this - at this time of year, everyone is so busy - especially women! As mothers, wives, daughters, we all have so much to do, things to prepare, gifts to buy, meal to cook. We all need a little me time to help us keep going. What little extra treats do you have to keep yourself going - a cup of tea, a hot bath? A lie-in in the morning? Watching a special TV programme? (I love catching up with the soaps for this!)
I'm sure that for a lot of us, a quiet time with a good book is a special indulgence in the busy days. So I have 2 copies ( because I might have missed a couple of days on the calendar!) of The Konstantos Marriage Demand to give away this time.
The Greek's ruthless reunion.
Sadie Carteret and Nikos Konstantos were once blissfully in love. They planned the wedding of the year
But business and pleasure should never be mixed. Nikos was accused of scheming for Sadie's money and title, and was systematically destroyed by her family. The wedding was cancelled, the relationship in tatters.
Now the ruthless billionaire has built himself back up from scratch. He will clear his name and demand what was rightfully his...
Sadie must love, honour and...obey....
The Konstantos Marriage Demand was awarded Romantic Times Best Presents Extra 2010!
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Things got busier than I expected - anyone would think it was coming up to Christmas! I just ventured out to the local shopping mall and it was hectic! But I think I'm getting organised now. I have to write some cards though .. . that's tonight's job.
Thank you for the good news - I was so happy to read it. Mary and Kaelee - new babies are always a wonderful joy and congratulations to Lois and Charlotte on your successes. And I know personally what a wonderful result can come from the operation to remove cataracts. Eli, I'm sorry to hear about your mother. I hope the days that pass will ease your heart.
Everyone who nominated a friend to have a book sent to them - they're on the way! They may get tangled up in the Christmas posts but hopefully they'll reach your friends soon.
Oh yes - and the winner of the good news prize is Lois - so you have won a copy of Mediterranean Tycoons. I hope that's good news for you. Lois please send me your postal address so that I can get the book in the mail to you.
Today's prize - appropriately enough with the news of babies etc - is a copy of the 2009 title - Kept For Her Baby:
Wanted: wife and Mother...
Staring at the granite-handsome features of Italian billionaire Ricardo Emiliani, Lucy knows she's made a mistake coming back to their palatial Lake Garda home. But she'll do anything for her baby son—even return to the husband who never loved her...
Ricardo branded his wife a gold-digger, however, tiny Marco needs his mother so he will keep Lucy captive on his private island until she proves herself a worthy wife—in every sense...
To be in with a chance of winning a copy - well, seeing as I'm going to be writing my cards tonight - along with the Babe Magnet, beside the fire with maybe a glass of wine . . .- tell about the cards you send.
Have you written them yet? Or maybe even posted them already?
Go you still send all paper cards? Or have you decided to choose ecards instead?
And what designs do you choose? Traditional ones, maybe with a Nativity scene or a Christmas Tree - modern designs or perhaps you like comedy cards, with cartoons or silly photos?
We got our first card in the mail - it was a picture of a big fat robin. I'm going to have to show this to the robin that comes to the bird-table in my garden - he's only young and a skinny little thing so he needs encouragement to grow"!
Saturday, December 07, 2013
To catch up with the winners so far -
Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride was won by Shropshire Lass
The Good Greek Wife was won by Kerstin
The Duke's Secret Wife goes to Samantha Hodges and Laney
Yesterday I posted on the Pink Heart Society about sharing - and giving a book in your name to people you felt deserved one. I have five winners from there
And then there were two people who nominated special people in their lives after Charlie had picked the winners -
I'd love to give a book to all of your nominees. But I'm sure you'll appreciate that my prize stock is limited - and the postage all over the world can be expensive! (Can be? It is!)
So what I'm going to do is to include this busy weekend in the prize sharing giveaway - which means that Maria Perry Mohan and Eli Yanti's friends get a book as well - and then we'll return to the main giveaway on Monday with a single book to win.
So can the givers listed above - and Eli and Maria please email me kate AT kate-walker .com and remind me of the book you have chosen. Give me your friend's address - or yours if you want to be the one to give the prize to her - and let me know your nominees names so I can sign it to her if you want.
Maria, and Eli please let me know the name of the book from the list on the PHS that you would like to give to your friend.
The nominees stories and some of the other messages I've received have made it clear that a lot of people have had a difficult year in 2013 so I'd like to make t he question for the giveaway on Monday to hopefully change the tone a little - so here goes-
Can you share some GOOD news with me? Let me know the nice, the kind, the lovely, joyful things that have happened to you this year. I'd love to hear. Please post them between now and Monday - and the winner will receive a copy of the 3 in 1 collection Mediterranean Tycoons.
He thought she was his mistress . . .
Recuperating on his private Greek island after a car crash, Andreas Petrakos had no memory of the previous year. The last thing he remembered was his passionate affair with beautiful Rebecca Ainsworth.
. . . when actually she was his wife!
Becca returned to the island because Andreas had asked for her. But she had to hide the truth from him. So what would happen when he recalled throwing Becca out - on their wedding day - for a reason only he knew?
This collection contains my 2007 novel The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife as well as stories by Michelle Reid and Sarah Morgan. So it'll be good news for whoever wins it!
So - share your good news stories. Here's one to start you off -
Remember this post on the So You Think You Can Write contest?
Well, I'm delighted to say that Tanya won the first prize in the contest with her manuscript If Only. Huge congratulations to Tanya and I'll be looking for her book when it's published as a result of this contest. That's definitely good news for her!
So - let's have some more good news over the weekend. You have lots of time to post between now and Monday (probably late when I get a chance to catch up)
And all the winners, please contact me - use the link at the bottom of the page or the one above, omitting the spaces etc.
Friday, December 06, 2013
I've posted over on the Pink Hearts blog - and I'm continuing my Advent Calendar count down over there. Today is a special day - for sharing the Advent Calendar with others and I hope you'll nominates someone you love who will be in with a chance to win a book.
Charlie is out prowling round the garden, but when he comes in I'll get him to pick the next couple of winners.
Thursday, December 05, 2013
It also worried me for the people in my area - along the Lincolnshire /East Anglia coastline where they are being hit by a ferocious storm surge, threatened with floods and desalination as the high water time approaches. I hope every manages to stay safe - and I'd hope, dry and warm. Keep inside - and look after yourselves, wherever you are.
That's partly why I;'m a bit late posting this blog today - the other is the reason why I went out and about - I was looking for stocking fillers. For me, stockings are one of the very best bits of Christmas traditions. I love collecting up small gifts, ones that I know will make my loved ones smile - or, preferably , laugh - and there's little I like more than Christmas morning with everyone curled up on the bed (Charlie the cat included) with mugs of tea (OK - that's not for Charlie!), everyone delving into their stocking and pulling out a small, funny, pretty, interesting gift. I know my son is grown up and he and his lovely partner have a home of their own now but - well, no one's too old to have a Christmas Stocking are they?
What sort of things do you put in them? I know my parents always put an annual in with ours - and the plan was that we were to sit and read the book so as not to wake mother and father too early - it worked sometimes!
As stocking fillers are small, lovely little packages, I have a couple of copies of the novella - The Duke's Secret Wife to give away to someone who comments this time. The Duke's Secret Wife came out originally in Society Weddings (with Sharon Kendrick) in 2002 and then was republished in the Centenary celebrations in 2008.
Isabelle's secret marriage to Don Luis de Silva seems to be over. But the heir to the dukedom of Madriagalo demands that she return to Spain with him and pretend to be his fiancée - and then his wife! What does Luis have to gain from this reunion - except Isabelle?
I don't have a photo of Charlie with his Christmas Stocking - but I know he won't mind if I share this lovely one of the late, great Dylan (just for you Biddy!) who obviously knew that Santa Could be expected to come down the chimney!
Keep safe everyone out in the wild winds.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
So - yesterday's prize goes to:
He was declared missing at sea — but now notorious Zarek Michaelis is back and ready to take cont
For two years Penny has struggled to come to terms with Zarek's disappearance. But enough is enough. It's time to move on… Her proud Greek husband is still as darkly handsome as ever, and the attraction between them is just as potent. But Penny can't trust Zarek's motives — does he just want her body and the fortune he left behind…or to try again?
To be in with a chance of winning, just leave a comment - answering this question:
Do you have relatives and friends over seas who you need to send packages to? Is there someone who lives so far away (even in the same country - not many places are as compact as the UK!) that you'll have to rely on the Post Office to act as Santa for you?
Who would you love to see on Christmas Day (give me a Tardis and I'd bring my sister, the Godmother , and Anne McA here like a shot - or I'd go to them.) Will you get in touch with them on Dec 25th no matter what?
I know my phone bill is going to be huge over the festive period!
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
But that's what it's like at this time of year, isn't it? There are places to go, people to see, presents to buy . . . . Monday was one of those - places to go, people to see days. The Babe Magnet's brother lives in Leeds and Monday was the day planned for a visit to him - and an early delivery of some Christmas gifts. So that's what took up the time and I never managed to write a blog post for the Advent Calendar.
So because of that I think today's question should be about visiting people at Christmas.
Do you have all your family and friend close at hand so that you can see them on the day, or close to it (lucky you!) Or do you need to go travelling to make sure you can see people who matter to you at Christmas?
Who is the one special person you really must see, without whom it just wouldn't be Christmas?
Post your answers in the Comments section and as always I'll get Charlie on the job of picking the name of a winner - as you can see he's getting into the spirit of things and is more than ready to pick Day 2's winner .. .
. . .and Day 3's . . . more of that coming up.
Today's prize giveaway is Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride a book from 2007
It's Guido's story from the Sicilian Brothers duo -
Possessed by his passion!
Dark, proud and sinfully gorgeous, Guido Corsentino is determined to reclaim his wife. Outwardly, Amber
is perfect and untouchable - but Guido knows the passionate woman inside. One kiss, and he's certain she'll give him whatever he demands . . .
But Guido is also certain of something else: Amber ran away from him once—so she won't be given the opportunity to do so again. He'll protect her from the consequences of her actions . . . in his bed!
PS If you're on my newsletter mailing list, there are extra chances to win in this year's Advent Calendar giveaway - so make sure you comment to be in with a chance.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
Today I'm talking about Advent Calendars - and regular visitors to my blog will know that there's a special reason for that.
One Advent Calendar tradition I’ve always had is the one that I’ve opened on my blog each year. In the countdown to Christmas I ask visitors to the blog to come along and tell me about their preparations, or their hopes, their plans for the holiday period over the next 24 days. Every day I ask a question – one that’s so easy to answer, and there’s no right or wrong, you just tell me a bit more about yourselves.
And every day Charlie the Maine Coon picks and answer from one of the contributors and the chosen person wins a signed book from my backlist – it might be an older title. Sometimes it’s a 3 in 1 anthology where my book has been published along with a couple of others – I don’t quite know what titles I have in my backlist titles collection these days. I have to go and sort things out before I can announce what books I’m offering
But today you can be in with a chance to win the first Advent Calendar prize if you go over to Tote Bags 'N' Blogs and join in.
Monday, November 18, 2013
I just told you about Rachael, one of my Fishguard students whose novel - Behind the Scandalous Façade is in the Top Ten line up for So You Think You can Write contest - and this weekend I heard from another of the ten semi -finalists.
Tanya Wright is the author of If Only - a novel aimed at the Harlequin Romance line. I've never actually met Tanya in person, but back in March I 'met' her on line when I led a forum discussion on writing with emotion on Harlequin's community boards. Tanya joined in that and asked some interesting questions as she was just starting to write a new manuscript. And now that manuscript too has placed in the top ten of SYTYCW.
Tanya sent me a lovely message thanking me for my help and advice and I was thrilled to know that what I said had helped her so much because her editor mentor had commented on the realistic emotion in her story.
Tanya's not reminded me that the Writing With Emotion discussion can still be found on the Harlequin web site if you want to have a read - in the Craft Courses Archives - Delivering Emotional Punch with Kate Walker if you want to take a look. Hopefully it will help you too.
If you live in the UK I will be posting details of all my new courses/workshops coming up on the Events Page of my website in case you want to come along.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
So to be in the group that was narrowed down to 50 was an amazing achievement .
Huge congratulations are in order to every single one of them - they have all written not just one chapter that caught the editor' eyes but a full book to go with that first chapter. And I know how hard that can be. Ideas can come and seem bright, sparkling, wonderful - but to work them into a full story, with characters, emotions, motivations, conflict, a resolution and a satisfactory ending - well that's another job entirely. So many people start out on that road and never get to the end of it.
And now - well that group has been narrowed even more because the final 10 contestants - the 10 finalists have been announced today. And you can find the list of these ten on the official site today - every single one of them worth reading.
Mega congratulations to this special ten entries - you've come a long, long way from the opening of the contest. Each and every one of you has something special, something the editors wanted to see more of.
So I'm going to read my way through them all and I know I'll enjoy the process. I won 't be voting though - not right when I have a personal interest and I never do vote in these contests because I know only too well that if the editors have chosen them then each entry will deserve its place in this final list. And I have to admit that I have a personal interest in the shape of Rachael Thomas, a student of mine from the Fishguard course who has got the recognition she deserves as a writer. I am so so pleased for her.
But don't let that stop you - go to the site - read all the entries.
And then vote for the one you enjoyed best.
Vote every day between now and November 25th - make sure you follow the rules - vote once a day for your favourite. It's your turn to make an impact in this contest. They certainly deserve your support.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
It does help to know that Flora is no longer in pain - I only wish the kindest thing we can do for these lovely creatures was not also the hardest thing for us.
Thank you again.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
Sorry to have gone missing - it has been a difficult week. Those of you who know of my beautiful Maine Coon cat Flora will understand when I tell you that back in April we discovered that she had cancer. Sadly, it wasn't anywhere operable as if was growing behind her eye.
With the vet's help we tried chemo and for a while that really seemed to help - the lump shrank, growth slowed and for a while we had our lovely Flora back again. But the chemo was traumatic and last month we knew that it wasn't helping her as it had. The cancer was growing again behind the other eye. So we decided we had to stop the treatment, spare her the stress of the chemo and let nature take its course.
Today we came to the end of the road. The cancer had grown even more and we had to make the hard decision that was the kindest for her but heart-breaking for us. Flora was on my knee as the vet gave her the injection and she slipped away.
She was a real beauty, a 'Queen' in every sense of the word. The best Christmas present ever and I will miss her terribly.
I wrote about Flora for the Pink Heart Society blog if you want to read a bit more about her
Friday, November 01, 2013
I have a confession to make - I've been so busy that I only turned over the months page for September on my office calendar a couple of weeks ago. So I'm really stunned to find that I have to do it again today and find myself facing the month of November!
Which means that it's the first Friday of a brand-new month.;
Which means that it's my day to write a blog over on the Pink Heart Society blog. I only just remembered that it time!
Anyway, that's where I am- Pink Heart Society blog - and A Date With Kate.
Now I'm going to make myself a stiff coffee as I adjust to the fact it's November! Still not sure how that happened.
Friday, October 18, 2013
nce . . . When writers get together there’s no stopping the conversation.
Friday, October 04, 2013
As a result I lost track of time and almost forgot that today is the first Friday of the month - but luckily I remembered just in time.
Because of course the first Friday of the month is my day for blogging over at The Pink Heart Society.
So that's where you'll find me today - talking about one of my favourite romance books and a favourite author. Anne Mather.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
RELAX AND WRITE
CREATIVE WRITING WEEKEND COURSE
‘Writing Romantic Fiction
16 – 18 May 2014
Attend as a Day Visitor or Residential Member
Course Leader: Kate Walker
Kate Walker is a well-known Harlequin Mills & Boon
author, having published 61 titles for them in the UK and USA. She is also the
author of the 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance. Kate’s workshops can be adapted to any form
of romantic fiction, and ‘Relax & Write’ plan weekend courses, two-part
courses and retreats, so that you can benefit from her expertise in this
Romantic Fiction is big business. This course is intended to provide
information and advice for anyone who wants to learn how to write romantic
fiction. It gives an introduction to all
the skills needed for success, from initial research to the final submission of
the typescript. The courses are informal and fun.
If you’re just starting out writing romance, or you’ve
written a manuscript or two but are not yet published and are interested in
honing your skills, this course is for you.
For further information Contact Lois Bird-Maddox ‘Relax
& Write’ Course Organiser
on Tel. 01454 773579
Write to: The Secretary, ‘Relax & Write’ 9 (D) Langthorn
Close, Frampton Cotterell, Bristol BS36 2JH.
Book early to guarantee a place. Book early and pay by instalments.
Non-participating partners welcome.
Again, places - and rooms at the Fishguard Bay Hotel - are booking up fast. There is currently just one 1 double/twin room only for July. People sharing a room with a friend/ partner will save on the cost of the holiday. - Unfortunately, the Writers’ Holiday website is down for two weeks but if you email Gerry Hobbs and if you mention my name he will sort things out for you.
But if perhaps you can't get to Fishguard, if you're looking for something morfe in the north of England, or the week-long Writers' Holiday would be difficult for you - I have something new coming up that might suit.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Well, no - I do know where a lot of it went.
I was travelling, and meeting up with family and friends. With fellow authors. With editors.
I was in the beautiful city of Cambridge where I had a lovely family get together and a picnic in the sunshine (when we had sunshine, unlike today) on Jesus Green after a visit to the outdoor swimming pool. I met two of my sisters, one of my brothers in law, my nephew, and I met my great niece for the first time. A memorable afternoon.
In Cambridge I also went to the book launch of a dear friend who was celebrating the publication of her very first book. You met Anna Sugden when she came to this blog to join in the 40 for 40 celebrations and I was so happy to be able to join her at her launch party on the same day as the family picnic - great organising that put both events on the same day.
Home from Cambridge, I just had time to turn round, unpack, do some laundry, pack again - and head for London.
London was where the annual Association of Mills & Boon Authors lunch was held in the Reading and Writing Room (appropriately enough) of One Whitehall Place - Part of the Royal Horseguards Hotel. The guest list there read like a who's who of romance writing. Liz Fielding, Sarah Morgan, Sharon Kendrick, Fiona Harper, Heidi Rice, Kate Hardy, Kate Hewitt, . . . If I went on, I'd fill the whole blog with names. There were also the new writers, Michelle Smart, Anna Sugden, Rachel Brimble, Victoria Pembroke, Christy McKellen and brand-new, only just signed Jessica Gilmore. I also met up with new friend CC Coburn for the first time, face to face. Again, you met her here on this blog last month.
We were given wonderful 'Books are My Bag' goodie bags (thanks to Kate Hardy for letting me borrow the photo - my gift of chocolate didn't survive the Babe Magnet on the journey home!) Kate also has some great photos of the venue etc on her blog. I didn't take my camera, so I'm relying on her.
She also has pics of the Meridien Hotel where the authors' cocktail party was held by Harlequin Mills & Boon. Another fabulous venue with Rossinis (strawberries and champagne) and other delights. So many new editors to meet and only I just had time to chat with my own lovely editor before the evening ended. You can read about this event from an editor's point of view over on I Heart Presents.
I want to thank Fiona Harper, Heidi Rice and Sharon Kendrick for organising such a fantastic AMBA lunch. And of course I also need to thank Harlequin Mills and Boon for the fabulous cocktail party afterwards.
But there were two other treats in London - as part of the 40th celebrations - I've forgotten how many of the '40 Special Things' we have crossed off on our list so far but these two were really special. Well, they were for a theatre fan like me. The Wednesday evening was spent at the National Theatre watching Othello starring Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear. And Thursday evening was at the Gielgud Theatre to see Noel Coward's Private Lives starring Toby Stephens and Anna Chancellor.
Both were totally fabulous - very different, but wonderful in their own ways. Fabulous.
So now it's back down to earth and to work for a while. There are other events coming up but for now I need to concentrate on writing.
Which reminds me - if you are interested in writing and thinking about writing a romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon, don't forget that the annual writing contest - So You Think You Can Write - has started again for this year. You can read all the details on the SYTYCW home page and here, again on I Heart Presents.
And if you are interested in writing romance and have ever thought about coming on one of my courses then I have some news for you coming up.
Watch this space.
Friday, September 06, 2013
This weekend I have another celebration as I meet up with my sister and her husband,(also celebrating their 40th in October) another sister, my nephew and niece and a grand-niece - but just to finish off the 40 for 40 - I have a few winners I didn't hear from. This is the last call to get in touch with them .
Please can you contact me to claim your prize. If you have already contacted your donating author direct, please let me know so I can cross you off my list.
Once again thank you to everyone - authors and commenters - who joined in. You made a special occasion extra special.
Today I'm back into routine a bit more with my monthly column A Date With Kate over on the Pink Heart's Society blog where I'm talking about the Back to School season - and its temptations. Temptations I know some of you share.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
I have the final set of winners to announce so that these readers can claim their prizes. So here goes:
Sandra Marton has chosen Kaelee
Helen Bianchin picked Laney4
Sophie Weston's choice was Kaelee
Michelle Smart chose Eli Yanti
and Victoria Parker chose Julie M
Please will the winders make sure that I have an email ( katewalker AT ntlworld.com) with your postal address so that I can forward that to your author and then can sort out your prize for you.
and that, I think, is it!
Except that to round up this very special celebration, I have to send a great big thank you to to all the special guests who came, blogged, and offered giveaways.
So thank you to:
- Dee Tenorio
- Holly Jacobs
- Melanie Milburne
- Anne McAllister
- Sally Quilford
- Michelle Styles
- Scarlet Wilson
- Jane Jackson
- Louise Allen
- Zoe Sharp
- Anna Campbell
- Kate Hardy
- Donna Alward
- Kate Walker
- The Babe Magnet
- LoveCats Downunder
- Janet Gover
- Fiona Harper
- Margaret Mayo
- Julie Cohen
- Liz Fenwick
- Nell Dixon
- Lynn Raye Harris
- Jane Porter
- Annie West
- Susan Stephens
- Anna Louise Lucia
- Anna Sugden
- Pamela Hartshorne/Jessica Hart
- Chantelle Shaw
- Tawny Weber
- Liz Fielding
- India Grey
- Danica Favorite
- CC Coburn
- Lesley Horton
- Heidi Rice
- Helen Bianchin
- Sandra Marton
- Janet Laurence
- Sophie Weston
- Michelle Reid
- Trish Morey
- Michelle Smart
- Victoria Parker
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Here goes -
Danica Favorite's winner is Petite
Janet Laurence has picked Kaelee
The winner of Michelle Reid's prize is Shirley Buchanan
and I just heard from Trish Morey that she has chosen Sally "for her 'love second time around' story"
So will the lucky winners please contact me, putting your address in the email so that I can forward it to the generous author who has donated your prize.
Contact me katewalker AT ntlworld.com
There are still some prizes unclaimed - so if you have answered any of the authors' questions over the past month, do check back over the Winners announcements in case you missed your name.
Still time to chat with Michelle Smart and Victoria Parker until I hear from them who has won their prize.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
So today's post comes from the very last guest blogger in the 40 for 40 celebrations - and once again I want to introduce you to one of the newest Modern Romance/ Harlequin Presents authors. Not quite as brand new as Michelle because Victoria Parker has her second book out now. Which means she's got past that difficult 'second book blues; time - Congratulations, Victoria!
I read and enjoyed Victoria's first book - The Princess in the Iron Mask so I'm looking forward to her new title - A Reputation to Uphold. As I said, when introducing Michelle, the new writers are the 'new blood' of the line and I hope that Victoria has a long and successful career ahead of her. I'm really happy to introduce her to you here today -
And to round off the 40 for 40 celebration in true style - Victoria is celebrating her own wedding anniversary today.
So welcome Victoria. And Happy Anniversary.
Firstly, huge congratulations to Kate and Steve on 40 years of wedded bliss! My hubby and I celebrated our 10th anniversary last summer so 40 years seriously boggles my mind and leaves me completely awed. I was very young when I first met my husband and little did I know then, we had a rocky road ahead of us. Lots of ups and down and wrong turns but we always found our way back to each other. I like to think our hearts were driving us and we were destined to eventually meet in the same place. And if I’ve learned one thing from our youthful encounters and subsequent marriage it’s that you have to love hard. We all change through the years and it takes a deep loyal friendship and mutual respect to grow together. That’s one thing I noticed most about Kate and Steve when I first met them – they are great friends as well as a truly loving couple.
Friday, August 16, 2013
I'm always happy to learn about the new authors - new authors are the lifeblood of the line, the ones who will take it into the future.
Michelle's very first Modern/Presents title The Rings That Bind was published on August 1st - so you should be able to see it on the bookshop shelves now.
Or you can be in with a chance to win a copy by chatting with Michelle today - about romance of course!
There’s a copy of my debut Mills & Boon Modern / Harlequin Presents, The Rings That Bind up for grabs – a winner will be selected at random from the commentators.
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