Coming in 2016: A baby, books, giveaways and more!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season full of tasty treats, good books and even better times with friends and family. This was the first Christmas my daughter Doodle Bug was old enough to comprehend what was going on, and I had so much fun doing crafts and reading Christmas stories with her.

I wanted to say thank-you to all the readers who discovered my books in 2015 and took the time to email me, chat with me on Facebook and Twitter, and leave reviews. It was an incredibly busy year. I published four books, had my website redesigned, put together two samplers of my books (which you can get for free by subscribing to my newsletter), oversaw the audiobook production for Unwrapping Her Perfect Match, and read a bunch of great romances. Somehow, I also managed to find time to get pregnant. 😉

So the first challenge of my new year will be to bring my new daughter into the world. She’s due on January 25, which is also my birthday, but she could arrive any time now. If you don’t hear from me much in the next couple of months, it’s because I’ve been working so hard that I’ve procrastinated on preparing for the baby. Whoops! Time to get Doodle Bug’s old baby clothes down from the attic and chain myself to the washing machine.

London Legends news

Given the fact that I have no idea what life will be like as the mom of two kids under three years old — and that I also have a day job — I’m trying not to commit myself to projects I might not be able to complete. BUT… there are two books I’m really eager to write, and I’m going to try my hardest to get them both out this year. Here’s a hint:

Happy 2016, London Legends fans!

 

That’s right… two of my London Legends will (hopefully!) meet the women of their dreams (or maybe nightmares??) this year. They’ll both be familiar to those of you who have read Tempting the Player. In that book, Sean Castells was the hero’s cocky young rival on the team, and Alfie Hardwick is the player whose sudden tragic loss meant Matt Ogden had a chance at a starting position. They’ve both been on my mind a lot since I wrote Tempting the Player, and I’m really eager to write their stories. I’m not making any predictions about when I’ll be able to publish them, but my plan is to get them both onto your ereaders this year.

Giveaways

I’ve been doing more giveaways on my Facebook page, and I plan to continue because they’re so much fun. I hope you’ll join me there.

Also, right now The Book Queen is giving away the winner’s choice of her Royal Picks for December, one of which is Three Nights Before Christmas. Enter before January 3!

A street team and review crew

Over the last few months, several of you have approached me asking if I have a private group for readers who want to review my books or get more involved in promoting my books. I’m so humbled that you guys would want that!

I plan to launch a private Facebook group for my readers… but I don’t know when. Probably sometime after the baby’s born and I have my body and brain back again (that happens eventually, right??). If you’re interested, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter and blog and follow me on Facebook, because that’s where I’ll be posting more info.

That’s it for now! Thank you again for all your support last year, and I hope you all have an amazing 2016 ahead of you. I look forward to sharing the year with you!

Giveaway: The most joyful romances you can read during Read a Romance Month

How many of you have heard of Read a Romance Month (RARM)? It’s a wonderful site that hosts three posts a day from authors and bloggers, giving their recommendations of books to read.

I was so delighted to find out that one of my all-time favorite authors, Anne Calhoun, is recommending my books in her post on Monday! This is a huge deal to me, because Anne’s books are my go-to books when I need smart erotic romance with unfathomable depth. Thank you so much, Anne!

Bobbi Dumas, the founder of RARM, asked if I would like to write a post of my own on this year’s theme, The Joy of Romance, and include my own author recommendations. There are also some questions that all the authors are being asked to answer, so you’ll see mine below. Plus, I’m doing a giveaway. More on that later!

The joy of romance

For me, the most joyful moments come during times of pain or struggle. After all, if your life is chugging along just fine and something wonderful happens, it never feels quite as wonderful as it really is. It’s almost expected, like a neat little bonus.

But when you’re really struggling, when simply getting out of bed seems like a triumphant feat, and then something wonderful happens…it can make all the difference in the world.

Throughout my life, romance novels have been a way of battling depression. I first discovered romance novels when I was about 11. I had very few friends (actually, only one, a girl who was probably also suffering from depression, though we never spoke about it), and life seemed dark. I mostly read fiction that featured the occult. Then a box of Harlequin Presents showed up on my doorstep. I have no idea how I ended up on their mailing list, but I read the first book and I was hooked. They introduced me to a glitzy, glamorous life and gave me hope that being a grown-up would be better than being 11. They were right. (No amount of money in the world would convince me to go back and be 11 again. Give me mortgage payments and job stress any day!)

Since then, I’ve battled my way through several periods of darkness and anxiety, and reading romance has never failed to calm my out-of-control brain. I’m not sure how to describe it other than this: Beautifully written romance novels — the kind that make your heart bleed for the characters — take me away from my own life’s stress. They remind me that triumph over adversity is not only possible; it is joyful.

One of my all-time favorite reviews of one of my books says, “I absolutely love the characters that Kat Latham writes… They are broken but not beaten” (Fiction Fangirls on One Night with Her Bachelor). That statement means so much to me because those are exactly the kinds of characters I love reading about. My author recommendations below are people who write the kinds of books I love, with characters who are broken but not beaten. I hope you read and enjoy them!

My recommendations

Uncommon PassionAnne Calhoun is absolutely amazing and always at the top of my recommended authors to read. They’re sexy, smart and emotional. I can’t get enough of them.

Molly O’Keefe writes books that make me so jealous. Every time I finish reading one, I think, “I wish I could write like that!”

Alison Packard‘s Feeling the Heat is one of my all-time favorite sports romance series. If you haven’t read her books, you absolutely must!

I would read absolutely anything Sarah Mayberry writes, even a grocery list. Her characters are so real and their struggles are wonderfully rooted in real-life problems. I absolutely adore her books!

If you love historical romance, Rose Lerner‘s books are amazing. Her stories are always unique, with storylines unlike anything I’ve read elsewhere. Her research is impeccable, making her books richly detailed.

Cecilia Grant is another historical romance author whose books shine a light on the intensely emotional possibilities of life’s small decisions. Though her characters’ world is far removed from my own, Cecilia Grant always draws out their humanness in ways I can not only relate to but feel deep empathy for.

Laura Kinsale‘s books feature such wonderful adventures that I can read them over and over again. They are brilliantly unusual, full of sensuality and creativity. Rereading her books has helped me stay calm through several bouts of anxiety.

There are so many more authors I love, but I’ll leave it there for now. That should fill up your ereaders!

Questions

1 – Tell us about a moment in your life when you experienced sheer joy.

My babyThe moment I finally realized I was pregnant with my first child. We’d tried for two and a half years to get pregnant, and we were in the process of starting infertility investigations. The doctor had explained that it could be up to a year before we even started treating any problems they might find, and I was heartbroken. I sat in her office sobbing, thinking that medical intervention was our only option. It turned out that I was actually a few days pregnant but didn’t know it. A couple of weeks later, I missed my period but I didn’t believe the positive pregnancy tests. My brain was so conditioned to cope with not being pregnant that it didn’t seem to understand what the little blue line meant (plus, the test’s instructions were in Dutch and there weren’t any helpful illustrations). My husband had to convince me I was actually pregnant. It took three days. We were lying in the park on a hot August day, and my body started feeling strange. A little nauseated. A lot excited. And I turned to my husband and said, “I think I’m pregnant.” He smiled and said, “Yeah, I think you are too.”

2 – Tell us about a place that brings you joy, or is attached to a memory of joy.

La Jolla, California. During summer vacations, my mom used to take me and my brother to the La Jolla Cove, a beautiful nature preserve with loads of sea lions and caves. My husband and I got married in La Jolla. It’s gorgeous and relaxing and full of good restaurants.

La Jolla

La Jolla Cove

3 – Tell us about a sound that brings you joy (or a memory attached to sound — music, laughter, wind chimes… ?)

My daughter’s laugh.

4 – What recent book have you read that brought you joy. (Or a book you read in your life that brought you so much joy you’ve never forgotten it.) Why?

Anna Richland’s His Road Home. I read it last weekend, and I already know I’ll never forget it.

5 – And for fun, the joy of choice ;o) ~ Pick your Chris! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pine, Chris Pratt, Chris Rock, Chris Evans or Christopher Plummer (circ. 1964 aka Capt. Von Trapp?)

Okay, this is a little embarrassing, but I’ve only heard of Christopher Plummer and Chris Rock. I’m really out of touch with American pop culture! Plus, I always find celebrities disappointing, so I’m going to choose none of the above. Instead I’ll go with my best friend from high school, Christine, who is still a wonderful friend more than two decades after we met.

Giveaway!

I’m giving two winners their choice of an ebook from one of the authors I mention above. Use the Rafflecopter widget to enter. Leave a comment on this blog post, either answering one of the questions above or:
1) What kind of romance novels bring you joy?
2) What romance authors would you recommend reading during Read a Romance Month?

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Come chat with me live and see where I live and write!

Hello, lovelies! Last month, I got a really cool email from the folks at Wattpad asking if I would take part in a global campaign to bring authors even closer to their readers. It’s called #WhereIWrite. Here’s the description:

#WhereIWrite is a global project started by the Hachette Book Group that aims to celebrate writers and the places where they create. Each month for the rest of the year, Hachette will be turning over the keys to their project to various other publishers and writing platforms to allow their creators to share the spaces that inspire them to create the content their readers love most.

Throughout July, Wattpad is running the #WhereIWrite project, and they asked me to host a session. So of course I said yes!

I will broadcasting live this Friday, July 31 at 12 noon ET (6 p.m. Central European Time, which is my time). If the weather cooperates, I plan to show you a bit of my town and one of my favorite cafes to write in. If the weather sucks, I’ll show you my office and balcony, and maybe do a reading. I’ll also make a special announcement. 🙂

The broadcast takes place on an app called Periscope. You can download Periscope for iPhone here and download it for Android here. Once you’re there, search for my name and you should be able to follow me.

If you want to chat with me live, you’ll be able to type messages into the app, and I can answer them. And if you like the broadcast, you can touch your screen and little hearts will appear, showing me I’m doing an okay job and not letting my nerves get the best of me!

I spend most of my days talking to myself, so I hope you’ll join me and save me from doing that online! If you’re not able to join for the live broadcast, you should be able to see a recording of it on WhereIWrite.tv within a couple of days.

Hope you enjoy it (and I don’t make too big a fool out of myself!).

Periscope: Explore the world through someone else's eyes

 

It’s DABWAHA time! Vote for Unwrapping Her Perfect Match!

Help John and Gwen make it to round two!

Vote for Unwrapping Her Perfect Match at DABWAHA.comAre you ready to RUMMMMBBBBLLLEEE!!!!

The DABWAHA polls open at midnight EST, and for 12 hours you’ll be able to vote for John and Gwen in the most important tournament of romance novels EVER.

My book is up against His Road Home by Anna Richland (a book that sounds fantastic, by the way, and I’m totally going to buy and read it — but not right now because Anna is my SWORN ENEMY for the next several hours). Anna threw down the gauntlet today, so here I am lacing up my rugby boots (figuratively speaking. The only boots I own are hiking boots) and getting ready to meet the challenge. Ready, Anna?

Here’s what she said about her hero, Rey, and my gentle giant, John Sheldon: “And while Rey’s first round competition is one of Kat Latham’s rugby players, probably a good enough guy to chill with, that dude’s not the guy who jumped into a canal and a freaking South Dakota ice bath when he saw a kid in trouble.”

Okay, I give you that point. John would happily jump into a canal, or even the Thames, to save a kid, but I can pretty much guarantee he couldn’t identify South Dakota on a map. Geography’s not his strong point. His abs are. And his pecs. And his arms, thighs, bum…I won’t go on.

More than his hot body, though, John Sheldon is a man with a massive heart. All he wants is to make Christmas perfect for his daughter — and to heal the emotional scars some jerkwad inflicted on emergency-room nurse Gwen Chambers.

Rey sounds like a great guy, though. So why should you vote for a rugby player?

Reason number one:

Rucking

Reason number two:

Rugbys a sport played by men with oddly

So there you have it.
Vote for rucking.
Vote for balls.
Vote for Unwrapping Her Perfect Match.

Click here to vote for John and Gwen!

Details

Round one voting is open March 19, midnight to noon EST. That’s:

Weds 9 p.m. to Thurs 9 a.m. Pacific
Thurs 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. GMT
Thurs 3 p.m. to Fri 3 a.m. AEDT (Sydney)

Which kinda sucks because most of the people I know will be asleep and then getting ready for work. But I’m sure your bosses will understand if you’re a few minutes late. Make sure you do your civic duty to the romance community and vote!

My Christmas novella is in DABWAHA, the March Madness of romance novels! You can win prizes for playing!

YOU GUYS!! Unwrapping Her Perfect Match just got one of the coolest compliments a book can get. It’s been included in DABWAHA!

DABWAHA

What the heck is DABWAHA?

DABWAHA is a tournament to find readers’ favorite romance novels of 2014. It’s run by the bloggers at Dear Author and Smart Bitches Trashy Books, which is why the name is the Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors. (Catchy, no?)

They start with 8 categories, each with 8 books. That’s 64 books (mostly books that were favorably reviewed on one of the sites last year, but some books are nominated by readers, too). Yesterday they announced seven of the categories, and Unwrapping Her Perfect Match is right there under Novellas!

The eighth category is made up of books nominated by readers. This week, you can nominate books you think should be part of the tournament. You just need the ISBN (if there’s a print version available) or ASIN if it’s digital only. If my other two books of 2014 are on your list of favorites, here are the ASINs:
Playing It Close B00GKBIQNG
Tempting the Player B00L7NTY7Y

Once the tournament’s live, readers make a bracket by selecting the books they want to see advance in each round. Then you vote on your favorite books in each category, and the winning books move on to the next round. Whomever has the most perfect bracket after each round wins a prize.

Unwrapping Her Perfect MatchHow can I get involved?

1. Nominate your favorite books of 2014 to be included. (till March 13)

2. Make your own bracket. (March 15)

3. Vote! (March 17 onwards)

Right now, you can only do #1. When the tournament goes live, you can do #2 and #3. And there will be lots of bribery trying to buy your vote. 🙂

I’ll be back later with bribes. I’m really hoping I don’t go out in the first round. Please help me!

Have you read any of the books in the Novella category? What do you think my chances are? (You can be honest. I know I’m up against Goliaths!)