Help me choose my new author photo!

Happy New Year!

Usually, my first post of the year outlines my goals for myself. I caught a weird virus on January 1st (I swear it wasn’t a hangover), and now my husband has it, so I haven’t even had time to think of goals beyond trying to take care of him and keep our baby (now with more crawling!) from getting sick.

So, forget goals. Let’s look at pictures! My current author photo was taken a year ago, when I was five months pregnant. I’ve lost some weight since then, so I hired my brilliant friend Lauren to take some portraits of me. I have to choose one, and I need your help to do it.

(P.S. Big shout-out to Lauren Natalie Photography. She’s based in San Diego but lives to travel. If you have a wedding, baby or portrait you want photographed, check out her website. I seriously hate having my picture taken, and Lauren had me laughing the whole time.)

So here are the options. If you have a favorite or two, please leave a comment. Also, Lauren can fix colors and stuff like that, so if you see one where you think, “Kat, you look svelte and gorgeous and like you hardly touched any Christmas cookies, but the light behind you is too bright,” then tell me that (especially the part about being svelte).

Ready? Here we go!

Option 1

Kat Latham

Option 2

Kat Latham

Option 3

Kat Latham

Option 4

Kat Latham

Option 5

Kat Latham

Option 6

Kat Latham

Do you have any favorites? Please let me know. Thank you so much for your help. And I hope you all had wonderful holidays!

My guiltiest pleasure

For the last few years, I’ve had a secret obsession that only my husband knows about, but this year it’s become so bad that I can’t keep my mouth shut.

People, I love Strictly Come Dancing.

For those of you who’ve never heard of it, it’s the British TV show that Dancing with the Stars is based on. Sequins, glamo(u)r…and incredibly talented people learning how to do something they’re not incredibly talented at. What’s not to love?

This year, I can’t take my eyes off Ben Cohen. Those of you who know my books will be unsurprised to hear that he’s a rugby player. One of the all-time greatest English rugby players, in fact.

Watch this video of his dance from two weeks ago and I think you’ll understand why I find him riveting.

When he and his dance partner Kristina finished this dance, one of the judges commented on how nice it was to see a big man being gentle. That’s exactly why I want Ben Cohen to make it to the final and use his massive biceps to hoist the trophy above his very cute head.

There’s another reason, though. Aside from his triumphs on the rugby pitch, he’s also known for the foundation he started, the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation, which combats bullying and homophobia. He campaigns for equality and respect; he’s a straight man who’s not afraid of his status as a sex symbol for other men. Those acts make him heroic to me.

He’s also learning how to dance – on national TV – when he’s clinically deaf. Talk about freaking brave.

The judge’s comment about big men being gentle has stayed with me. It struck a chord because I realized how much more I want to see that in life and in popular culture. My husband is 6’3 and the most gentle person I know. The men I write about kick ass (or arse) on the rugby pitch but show patience and kindness off it. The world needs more of that.

Rock on, Ben Cohen. I hope you do really well on Strictly, but more than that I hope your foundation helps society become a kinder, gentler place.

Is anyone else watching Strictly? Who are your favorites? I encourage you to check out the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation this week. And if you need a bit more convincing, here’s Ben’s latest dance. Enjoy. 🙂

Later this week I should be able to share the cover for my Christmas novella, Mine Under the Mistletoe. Not a rugby book, but it is set in London at Christmastime. Trust me, there’s no place more romantic at Christmas!

We interrupt this maternity leave to bring you pictures of an adorable baby

Hello, friends! I wanted to take a quick break between feedings and naps to let you know that I’ve had my baby!

Baby Girl was born on April 29th. She weighed 8lbs, 4oz and is absolutely perfect. My labor went really quickly. It lasted 12 hours but didn’t seem that long, even at the time. Baby had to be born with the help of a vacuum pump, which was quite ouchie for both of us, but the pain of labor never seemed as excruciating as I’d prepared myself for it to be. (Breastfeeding on the other hand…holy mother of pearl!)

Anyway, I wanted to thank you all for your best wishes on the post where I announced I’m taking a blog maternity leave. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness and support!

And now, here are some pictures of my little girl. They’re mostly of her sleeping because, well, that’s her main talent at the moment (except between 11pm-4am, when her main talent is crying if I put her down).

In the hospital, two hours after she was born, on our way to the recovery room.
In the hospital, two hours after she was born, on our way to the recovery room.
Sleeping baby
Baby Girl on shore leave, passed out from over-indulging at the milk bar
Baby sleeping on me
There’s nothing better than a hug from a sleeping baby. Nothing.
Sleeping baby
“Mama, why did Daddy dress me like a prep-school boy? Does he think we belong to a yacht club?”

From my family to yours, have a very happy weekend – and I’ll see you again in June!

This blog is now on maternity leave!

My belly at 9 months pregnant
36 weeks pregnant and defying the laws of physics

Hi everyone! Check out this belly. I’m due to drop my puppy in the next three weeks, so I’m putting this blog on maternity leave. But please stick around because I’ll be back in June with a cover reveal for my debut novel, Knowing the Score, and lots more author interviews, giveaways and fun stuff.

Over the next two months, I’ll still be chatting away on Twitter and Facebook, so please come talk to me there!

I look forward to seeing you all again soon!

 

What do you want to know about your favorite authors?

Next week I’m going to be putting the blog on maternity leave. Don’t worry – I’ll post the winner of the Contemporaries to Covet giveaway on Tuesday, as promised, but then I’m going to give myself some time off to tackle other things on my to-do list (like giving birth and figuring out how to be a mom).

When I come back, I’ll be all fired up to start promoting my debut novel, Knowing the Score, which is being published by Carina Press on August 5th. That means giveaways! Plus, I have the usual fun stuff, like interviews with your favorite authors and posts about awesome romance novels.

Before I go, though, I’d love it if you helped me with one last thing. I want to hear about the things you like to know about authors.

I’ve been interviewing authors on this blog for a couple of years now, and those interviews seem to be really popular with you guys. I always try to ask questions that are a little deeper or more interesting than the standard questions they might get asked because I’m really curious about who they are and what makes them different from others.

I love it when authors have lots of tidbits on the “About me” page of their website. I’d like to update my own “About me” page, but it’s hard to know what readers might be interested in knowing about me – or about the authors I interview here.

So help a girl out. What are some of the things you like knowing about the authors whose books you read? What makes an author’s “About me” page fun and interesting?

Thanks, and have a wonderful weekend!