A special romance collection exclusively for iBooks readers… and why you won’t hear from me for a while

Hi all. Today’s a good news/bad news day. First the bad news. I won’t be blogging for at least the next month. Today was supposed to be my first day back at work after my maternity leave; instead, it’s my first day of sick leave. I’m still suffering the effects of bad anemia after my postpartum hemorrhage. It affects my ability to write, to comprehend what I’m reading, and to concentrate on things like conversations. Even writing this post is taking a lot of effort, as I keep misspelling words and have to read it over and over to try to catch typos. After I write this post, I’ll have to go lie down and close my eyes for a while.

I’ve been signed off work through May, possibly longer. Hopefully I’ll be able to start writing and working in June, but we’ll have to see. Right now I’m taking things one day at a time. I didn’t want to disappear without saying anything, though, and I also wanted to really quickly let you know about a great deal for iBooks readers.

Here’s the good news. Montana Born Books is putting out a special Mother’s Day bundle exclusively on iBooks (so you won’t be able to get it anywhere else). It includes my RITA-nominated novel One Night with Her Bachelor as well as novels by Sarah Mayberry and Jane Porter. It comes out on May 3, but you can preorder it now! (I think it will be removed completely at the end of May, so make sure you snap it up quickly!)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors bring you three sweet and sexy romances perfect for a Mother’s Day treat. Buy it exclusively at iBooks!

Mother's Day Romance Collection by Sarah Mayberry, Jane Porter and Kat Latham

Make-Believe Wedding by Sarah Mayberry 
Everyone in Marietta, Montana, is in love and getting married – at least that’s the way it feels to Andie Bennett the night of the Valentine’s Ball. As she watches the man she’s loved from afar for half her life dance with another woman, Andie allows herself a moment of sheer fantasy as she fills out a stray entry form for the Great Wedding Giveaway. Andie channels years of fantasy and yearning for Heath McGregor onto the page, but she never intends to actually enter the Giveaway. Only a crazy woman would do that. But fate has other ideas….

When Heath learns he and Andie are last minute finalists in the Great Wedding Giveaway, he’s completely baffled. How on earth could anyone make such a ridiculous mistake? When it becomes clear that Andie will be humiliated if the slip-up becomes public, Heath does what any good friend would – he suggests they pretend the engagement is real until the Giveaway is over and then quietly “break up” when no one is paying any attention. It’s the perfect solution, except Heath very quickly realises that pretending Andie is his is no hardship at all. In fact, it may just be the best thing that’s ever happened to him…

Taming of the Bachelor by Jane Porter
Dillon Sheenan refuses to be tamed…

After three years running the family ranch, sexy thirty-year-old Dillon Sheenan has a one way plane ticket out of Montana. He’s eager to put small town life, with its emphasis on brides, babies, and families, behind him as he’s certainly not interested in being a dad, or even ready to settle down.

Beautiful single mom, Paige Joffe, juggles a lot, between running Main Street Diner and coping with her money-pit of a Victorian on Bramble Lane. She doesn’t have time for anything but taking care of the loves of her life, Addison and Tyler, and working to pay down bills. But one date–and an incredibly hot kiss–with Dillon Sheenan wakes her up and makes her dream again.

Until she finds out Dillon’s already bought his ticket out of town…

Is Dillon about to break the heart of the only woman he’s ever loved?

One Night with Her Bachelor by Kat Latham 
Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.

Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion make him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?

I’m a double RITA finalist!!

Friday was a day of BIG EXCITEMENT around Latham HQ (aka my couch). I got a phone call from HelenKay Dimon — one of my favorite authors — saying that I’m not only a finalist for a RITA award but that I’m a DOUBLE finalist!

One Night with Her Bachelor and Three Nights Before Christmas are both finalists in the Short Contemporary Romance category. And the best news of all is that the ceremony will be at the Romance Writers of America conference in San Diego, my hometown!

My in-laws spent this weekend with us, and when I got the call everyone in the house was busy except my almost-three-year-old daughter, Doodle Bug. I sneaked away to answer the phone away from the busyness in my living room, but Doodle Bug sought me out and crawled onto my lap as I talked (okay, babbled and cried) to HelenKay. When I hung up, Doodle said, “What you talking ’bout, Mama?”

I knew she wouldn’t understand words like finalist or contest, and she doesn’t know that I write books (she just knows that I work on the computer), so I told her, “The person on the phone called to tell me that people like the work I do.”

She threw her little arms around my neck and yelled, “Oh, Mama!” as she gave me a huge hug. It was the most amazing feeling I can imagine.

Smarty Pants went out and bought champagne, and I spent the rest of the weekend exhausted from the excitement (damn you, anemia). I actually meant to publish this blog post on Friday, but it took me four days to write it because I can only concentrate on a few sentences at a time.

Anyway, here’s more about the books that are finalists.

One Night with Her Bachelor

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Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.

Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion make him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?

Read Chapter One

Buy it at Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon Can | Amazon Aus | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

Three Nights Before Christmas

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Have yourself a steamy little Christmas…

After three years in prison, freight train engineer Lacey Gallagher doesn’t expect this Christmas to be very merry and bright. At least chopping down trees for her brother’s Christmas tree farm will help her save money to get her life back on track. All her plans derail, though, when her new job puts her in territory patrolled by the man who haunts her dreams—the forest ranger who sent her to prison.

Austin Wilder isn’t thrilled about Lacey working in his forest—but he soon realizes he needs her help. His family is depending on him to restore an old steam train for a spectacular Christmas event, and train expert Lacey is his only hope of finishing in time.

Working together challenges every assumption Lacey and Austin have about each other, and they discover a desire hot enough to melt even the deepest Montana snow. But will the season of second chances be enough to mend the most hardened broken heart?

Read Chapter One 

Buy it at Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

The other books in my category are:

A Bramble House Christmas by CJ Carmichael
Tule Publishing
Sinclair Sawhney, editor

Carter Bravo’s Christmas Bride by Christine Rimmer
Harlequin, Special Edition
Gail Chasan, editor

Chance of a Lifetime by Marissa Clarke
Entangled Publishing, Lovestruck
Liz Pelletier, editor

Heated Moments by Phyllis Bourne
Harlequin, Kimani Romance
Glenda Howard, editor

His Lost-and-Found Bride by Scarlet Wilson
Harlequin, Mills & Boon Romance
Carly Byrne, editor

The Nanny Plan by Sarah M. Anderson
Harlequin, Desire
Stacy Boyd, editor

The Prince She Never Forgot by Scarlet Wilson
Harlequin, Mills & Boon Romance
Carly Byrne, editor

Tempting the Knight by Heidi Rice
Tule Publishing
Kelly Hunter, editor

I bought all the books in my category and will be reading them whenever I have the energy to read (damn you again, anemia). You can see the full list of RITA nominees here. I was thrilled to see several of my friends on the list (including HelenKay herself! Okay, I’ll stop gushing now.) and can’t wait to celebrate with them in San Diego. Have you read any of the nominated books in any of the categories? What did you think?

Win a Valentine’s Day prize pack!

As lots of you know, I’m nine months pregnant and about to burst! In fact, tomorrow’s my due date (and my birthday), but I wanted to try to organize something special for my lovely readers (that’s you!) to show you how much I appreciate all your support. Since I’ve been feeling big and tired and slow and uncomfortable, I decided to do a giveaway of indulgent goodies so one of you can spend Valentine’s Day with special treats that make you feel good.

So I’m doing a Valentine’s Day giveaway!

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You could win:
* a box of luxurious bath products from LUSH
* a box of See’s candy (my favorites!)
* my book One Night with Her Bachelor (ebook)

After you enter, you’ll have a chance to earn more entry points by sharing a special, unique-to-you link with your friends. (Make sure to enter first because that’s the only way you get the custom link!)

Hurry and enter now! The giveaway ends on February 1, so the winner should (hopefully!) get the prizes in time to spoil themselves with treats on Valentine’s Day.

Enter using the form below or enter on my Facebook page.

Good luck!

99 cent sale for One Night with Her Bachelor!

Hello! How many of you have read the three books I wrote last year about brothers Gabriel, Wyatt and Austin in Montana? If you haven’t tried them yet, I have good news… the first book in the series, One Night with Her Bachelor, is on sale for only $0.99 from today through Monday, January 18!

Since each of the books was originally published as part of a different multi-author series, my amazing publisher Tule Publishing has given the three books beautiful new covers to show that they’re all related to each other! I absolutely love these covers. What do you think?

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If you haven’t read the books yet, go grab One Night with Her Bachelor while it’s on sale — and please help me spread the word by sharing this post with your friends! Thank you so much!

One Night with Her Bachelor

Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.

Molly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion make him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?

Buy it at Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon Canada | B&N | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo

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Release day party for One Night with Her Bachelor! *throws confetti*

One Night With Her Bachelor by Kat LathamFriends, One Night with Her Bachelor hits ereaders today! I’m so excited to share this story with you. Some books are torturous to write (Taming the Legend, I’m giving you the side eye) and some almost seem to write themselves. One Night flowed so easily that I felt like it was special from the very beginning. I really, really wish all books were like that!

Since I interviewed all the other authors in the Bachelor Auction series, I thought I should probably do the same for myself. See below for giveaway details!

1. Tell us a little about the hero and heroine in One Night with Her Bachelor.

Molly’s a single mom and a kindergarten teacher. She’s known for being one of the nicest people in town, but she finds it tough to ask people for help when she needs it–and boy, does she need it. Her ten-year-old son, Josh, suffers a terrible accident, and Molly’s bills start piling up, so her best friend organizes a bachelor auction to raise some money for her.

Gabriel used to be an Air Force pararescueman (the guys who do combat search and rescue), but a helicopter crash ended his career. He’s at a loss when it comes to what he should do next. When he gets roped in to being auctioned off, he ends up being bought for Molly, the one woman with a chance in hell of getting through to him.

2. How does Molly end up buying Gabriel?

She doesn’t, but I’m not going to tell you who does because it’s a little bit of a surprise.  I will tell you it’s one of my favorite scenes in the book, though. 🙂

3. What makes their relationship complicated?

Molly’s got a HUGE amount of stress in her life, and Gabriel doesn’t want to be one more burden on her. He wants to make her life easier, and he finds lots of sweet ways to do that, but he knows that having a relationship with him would give her a lot more to worry about. He has secrets, you see…and I’m not going to spill them here.

4. Is One Night with Her Bachelor related to any of your other books?

It is! Gabriel has a twin sister, Camila (heroine of Taming the Legend, coming May 11) and two older half brothers: Wyatt (Two Nights with His Bride, coming June 8) and Austin (title and date TBD). Their family situation is complicated. Their mom was married and had Wyatt and Austin first, but when they were toddlers she had an affair and got pregnant with Gabriel and Camila. The four kids didn’t always get along with each other, but they’ll become closer and closer as the stories progress.

5. If you could buy any celebrity for a date, who would you buy and what kind of date would he take you on?

Most people who know me probably think I’d go for a rugby player, but I’m very happily married to the only rugby player I need. (Though he’s more of a rugby watcher these days.) So I’d go for chat-show host Graham Norton because he can put anyone at ease, and I always got painfully shy and nervous when I went out on dates. Also, when I lived in London, I lived just around the corner from him. I used to see him walking his dogs and shopping at our local supermarket. So I know we could chat about dogs and the supermarket’s recent renovation. (Now do you see why I was crap at dating?) We’d go on a date to a spa somewhere in Ireland because I’ve been hunched over my computer so long that all I can think about is getting a massage.

Giveaway!

I’m giving away a $10 bookstore gift certificate to one person who leaves a comment. I’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 6. Good luck!

One Night with Her Bachelor

Bid on a date with this wounded warrior for an unforgettable night of adventure. Aim high—and bid higher!—because no one comes close to local hero Gabriel Morales.

One Night With Her Bachelor by Kat LathamMolly Dekker hates being the town charity case, but when her son Josh is seriously injured she has no choice. She lets her best friend organize a bachelor auction to help pay her massive bills and make Josh’s life more comfortable. She can’t bid on any of the men, but a surprise bidder gives her a gift she never expected: a date with the man who saved her son’s life—the only one she’s in danger of losing her heart to.

Former Air Force pararescueman Gabriel Morales made a career of flying to the rescue, until a tragic helicopter crash stole more than his livelihood. Being auctioned off like a slab of beef isn’t in his recovery plan. But one look, one touch and one night unlocking Molly’s pent-up passion make him realize how badly he needs to be rescued…and how badly he wants to rescue Molly right back.

Will Molly and Gabriel’s never-quit attitude have them rushing head-first into love? Or will Gabriel’s secret pain stall their relationship before it can get off the ground?

Buy it at Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon Can | Amazon Aus | iBooks | Kobo
It should also be available on Nook and Google Play soon.

Happy release day, Molly and Gabriel! I’m so glad the world can finally read your story. 🙂

Buy the Bachelor Auction series at Amazon