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?

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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Announcing giveaway winners and a new Christmas giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway inspired by Unwrapping Her Perfect Match! The winner of the prize box is…

Anita Yancey!

And the person who referred the most entrants is…

Tina Oatts!

Congratulations! I’ll be emailing you both about your prizes.

That giveaway was so fun that I’m doing another one, this time inspired by Three Nights Before Christmas. You can enter on my Facebook page or below. Good luck, everyone!

A Christmas romance quiz, book trailers & a giveaway!

Hello! Three Nights Before Christmas has been out for a little over two weeks, and I’ve been so amazed by readers’ reviews! Like these…

“If you are looking for Christmas miracles and a book that will make you feel really happy and good, I’d highly recommend Three Nights Before Christmas!”
—Harlequin Junkie, 5 stars (Top Pick)

“Kat Latham is easily becoming one of my favorite authors. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t even need to read the blurb before I one-click. I can’t wait to see what she has in store for me next!”
—Fiction Fangirls, 5 stars

Seriously, this book was tough to write, but reading things like that makes it all worth it.

Today’s Friday, so I’m here with some fun stuff for the weekend!

A quiz and giveaway

Tule Christmas quizThe lovely Joanne Rock put together a really fun quiz on Goodreads all about the holiday romance books from Tule Publishing (including Three Nights Before Christmas). Take a peek and play along… no matter your score, as long as you are logged into Goodreads then you’ll be automatically be entered in our Christmas Jackpot giveaway with a book from every participating author! That’s TWELVE books, and some of them are offering boxed sets. That’s even MORE Christmas reading for you! Winner will be announced December 15.

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Book trailers

Sarah Mayberry made a book trailer for her incredible book His Christmas Gift, which is connected to Three Nights Before Christmas. If you haven’t read it yet, I urge you to. It’s emotional, poignant and sexy — all the things I love about Sarah’s books. Here’s her video.

A book trailer for His Christmas Gift – buy links for major retailers on my website right now http://www.sarahmayberry.com/books-montana-born/4-his-christmas-gift Hope you enjoy!! And don’t forget this book is linked to Kat Latham’s Three Nights Before Christmas, an AMAZING read.

Posted by Sarah Mayberry on Wednesday, November 11, 2015

That video inspired me to make one of my own. I hope it puts you in a Christmassy mood!

Have you read Three Nights Before Christmas, His Christmas Gift or any of the other Tule Christmas books yet? If you take the quiz, let us know what your score was!

Win a Christmas prize pack from me and Sarah Mayberry!

Would you like to have a steamy little Christmas? I’m running a giveaway of prizes inspired by my latest release, Three Nights Before Christmas, and His Christmas Gift by Sarah Mayberry! The two stories are connected, and I had so much fun plotting and planning with Sarah.

Enter the giveaway below or, if you can’t see it displayed there, you can enter on Facebook!