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Kate’s Book Club: a Q&A with Agatha-award winning author Kate Emerson (Kathy Lynn Emerson)

Kate Emerson, Royal Inheritance

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this third week of July 2013, I hereby call to order the 24th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Emerson.

Kate Emerson is a pseudonym for Kathy Lynn Emerson, author of the Agatha-award-winning How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries and of two historical mystery series, one set in Elizabethan England and the other in 1888 in the U.S. As Kate Emerson she has written six stand-alone historical novels set at the court of Henry VIII, including The King’s Damsel and Royal Inheritance (September 2013). As Kaitlyn Dunnett, she writes the Liss MacCrimmon Scottish-American Heritage Mysteries set in the fictional village of Moosetookalook, Maine. The seventh entry in the series, Vampires, Bones and Treacle Scones is in bookstores July 30th. Kate/Kathy/Kaitlyn lives on a Christmas tree farm with her husband and assorted catsShe blogs semi-regularly at Maine Crime Writers and maintains “A Who’s Who of Tudor Women” at her Kate Emerson Historicals website.

Without further ado,  Kate answers all our questions:

Who named you Kate and why?

It was my agent’s idea, thinking that Kate sounded more like an author of historical novels than Kathy Lynn, my real first and middle names. I also wanted to distinguish between the historical novels I was about to write and the genre fiction I’d previously written as Kathy Lynn Emerson.

How did you become an author?

I never wanted to do anything other than write. Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Review of Katie MacAlister’s Time Thief, 1st in new series

Time Thief, Katie MacAlister

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this fourth week of June 2013, I hereby call to order the 22 meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate.

Book Clubbers, this week I offer you a  review of the first novel in Katie MacAlister’s new Time Thief series. Let’s start off with the official book blurb:

Outcast due to their ability to manipulate time, shunned by the mortal and immortal worlds alike, a Traveller’s life is anything but easy.

Traveller Peter Faa is a member of the Otherworld’s Watch tracking down a murderer, and unfortunately, the clues all seem to point toward his own estranged family. Any of his cousins could be guilty, but finding which one is tricky when they’re all experts in the art of stealing time.

After surviving a lightning strike, Kiya Mortenson is determined to get just one thing in her life right. And if that means taking a job as nanny to five pugs who live in a campsite in the Oregon wilderness, then so be it. It doesn’t hurt that the job comes with some pretty spectacular male eye candy, including her new boss’s gorgeous black sheep grandson. If only she didn’t keep having this strange sense of deja vu…

When Peter discovers that his own family is stealing time from Kiya, all bets are off. While she may drive him crazy at times, it’s clear to him that it’s not just lightning that’s creating some serious sparks between them. And he’s not going to let secrets, lies, or a devious murderer keep Kiya from where she belongs: at his side.

Ok, so if that’s a bit confusing and farcical to you, just wait—you haven’t seen anything yet. Time Thief is an odd comedy of errors, uproariously hilarious (I was laughing hysterically in the middle of my hair salon to the extreme annoyance of everyone else—you simply cannot explain what you’re reading, it won’t make sense to anyone not engrossed in the story.) and fantastically sexy. This is not the kind of book in which you might actually want to be any of these characters, as they are all kooky beyond measure, but it is a sure thing when looking for an escape from the mundane. Time Thief is anything but conventional. Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: A Q&A with Romance Maven, Kate Walker

Throne for the Taking, Kate Walker

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this second week of June 2013, I hereby call to order the 21st meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, it’s easy to catch up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Walker.

Kate Walker has been writing for Harlequin since 1984. During that time she has had 60 novels published, with the 61st due in this month, June 2013. Her 2010 novel The Konstantos Marriage Demand won Reviewers’ Choice Best Harlequin Presents Extra Book from the Romantic Times magazine, and in 2011, her book The Proud Wife was shortlisted for the same award.  All her books are available on Amazon.

Kate lives in Lincolnshire UK with her husband and two Maine coon cats. She teaches romance writing workshops and residential courses and is also the author of A Straightforward Guide to Writing Romantic Fiction (Aber Publishing).

Her latest title, A Throne for the Taking, is available as a single title or as part of a four book bundle, Harlequin Presents June 2013 – Bundle 1. Kate always loves to hear from fans so email her here and keep tabs on her new projects on her blog here.

Now enter the world of Kate Walker as she answers all our questions:

Who named you Kate and why?

My mother named me Catherine but only school teachers and parents used the full version of my name. I was named after my Irish Grandmother whose married name was Katherine (Kate) Walker. So it’s this version of my given name that I used as part of my writing name.

How did you become an author?

Even before I could write I was making up stories. My mother tells the story of me recounting the tale of the Three Little Raindrops—Drippy, Droppy and Droopy to my two younger sisters when I was four. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t scribbling away at something, and I wrote my first ‘book’ when I was eleven, an adventure story, most of it in secret in lessons at school—particularly maths lessons, which I hated. Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Dark Wolf, A review of Kate Douglas’ new book

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By Kate E. Stephenson

Sorry, Bookclubbers. This one’s posting a little late today. But I promise it’s worth the wait.

In this first week of May 2013, I hereby call to order the 19th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, feel free to get caught up.

This week we review Kate Douglas’ latest book Dark Wolf.

Released yesterday, April 30th, Dark Wolf is the first installment in Douglas’ new series Spirit Wild. And oh, boy! Is it a great introduction! I am a huge fan of paranormal romance, and Kate Douglas takes it to an entirely new level of scrumptiousness. So to give you a bit of background:

Sebastian Xenakis is still coming into his power as a wizard. He can shapeshift by magical means and runs as a wolf using the power he draws from the elements. But young women are dying—raped by a human and then slaughtered by a wolf. Suspicion falls on the shapeshifting Chanku, but Sebastian wonders if he might somehow be guilty of the crimes. Then he meets Lily Cheval, the uncrowned princess of the powerful Chanku, and realizes he will do whatever it takes to clear his name and win her love. But evil walks where Sebastian goes, and there are mysteries neither Lily nor her father, the powerful wizard Anton Cheval can unravel. Is Sebastian the perfect mate for Lily, or is he instead, one she should fear? Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: A Q&A with “Blue Raven” Romance Writer, Kate Noble

Kate Noble, Kate-book.com Q&A

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this first week of April 2013, I hereby call to order the 17th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, you’ll want to get caught up.

Club members, this week meet Kate Noble.

Kate Noble loves books.  Romances especially.  But, being born into a family of doctors, scientists, and mathematicians, she didn’t discover she was adept at writing until, oh, about junior year of high school.  Which came as something of a relief, as she was hopeless at memorizing the Latin names for all the bones in the human body.  The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle eludes her to this day.

Kate is the national bestselling author of the acclaimed Blue Raven Series—the latest of which, Let It Be Me, is available everywhere now!—as well as a writer for television and the web, most recently working on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.

Find out more about Kate and follow her on Twitter or Facebook.

Now settle in as Kate answers all our questions: Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: Catching up on the Dream Catchers Series

Dream Catchers, Dream Bound

By Kate E. Stephenson

Hi-de-ho, Book clubbers! I apologize for the long absence. This flu season put your humble host down for the count for over a month. But, I’m back on the scene. In this third week of March 2013, I hereby call to order the 15th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate.

This week I wanted to give you one last opportunity to catch up on the steamy out of this world Dream Catcher Series from author Kate Douglas. At the beginning of the year we reviewed the first two books, and in a special Book Club meeting next week, we will finish up the series with Dream Unchained! So if you missed the first review, here’s your chance to dive into Dream Catcher and Dream Bound (with a new bonus excerpt!)Continue reading

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Kate’s Dates: On Valentine’s Day

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by Kate Richlin-Zack

Truth be told, I love Valentine’s Day. I shouldn’t considering the crappy ones I’ve had in the past. But I do.

The problem with admitting it’s one of my favorite holidays is I’m in the minority and more importantly, no one gives a crap. Sadly, most people are pretty jaded when it comes to Valentine’s Day. But it wasn’t always that way. If you think about it, there was a time when Valentine’s Day was fun and it was exactly what you wanted it to be. Granted, it was in elementary school but you have to admit you enjoyed it.

We dug up an old shoe box, wrapped it in red construction paper, and adorned it with heart shaped doilies and stickers. Lots of stickers. I remember my mom helping me cut a slit in the top – apparently my father couldn’t be trusted with an Xacto knife and let’s just say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The week leading up to Valentine’s Day, we’d all secretly put our Charlie Brown or My Little Pony themed cards into everyone’s boxes. And you had to make a Valentine for everyone, even the smelly kid because that was just the right thing to do.

Can we just go back to that? Forget the elaborate heart shaped boxes of chocolate, the long stemmed roses, and the barrage of jewelry commercials. Not everyone is getting engaged, Neil Lane!  And seriously, what’s the deal with Cupid? Who let’s a little kid run around half naked wielding a bow and arrow? Is someone calling child services?

The problem with Valentine’s Day is there’s entirely too much goddamned pressure for no good goddamned reason. You’re almost guaranteed an awful experience. But fear not, there are ways around it. Continue reading

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Kate’s Book Club: A Review of Kate Douglas’ Dream Catchers Series

Dream Catchers, Dream Bound

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this third week of January 2013, I hereby call to order the 13th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. (Hurrah for the first new book of 2013!) Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, you’ll want to get caught up.

There are moments in your life when you are changed irrevocably. I have just experienced an event that is crystallized in my mind forever. Thank you, Kate Douglas, for this breath-stealing moment.

I should preface this with I am a huge sci-fi, fantasy, romance book lover. I thought I had experienced much of the best of this particular genre. I was wrong! But then, romance isn’t exactly the right descriptor for the lush, sensual world that Kate Douglas evokes. Erotica is perhaps more appropriate, but even that term doesn’t fully encompass the literary space that Douglas inhabits. Maybe I should at least tell you what I read…

Book clubbers, we start the new year off with a bang (pun intended),  reviewing the first and second installments of Kate Douglas’ Dream Catchers series: Dream Catcher and Dream Bound.

Usually, I would start with a sneak peak excerpt of the book. Not this week. Instead, if you need to, you can find an excerpt on the Amazon page as you order the book. Because I cannot think of any reason that you wouldn’t want to own this one. (You might hide it in the bottom of your nightstand drawer, but you’ll want it!) You can find an excerpt of the third installment of the series Dream Unchained in my previous interview with Ms. Douglas, but my favorite passages of Dream Catcher and Dream Bound  are just a bit more than my editor wants me to share here. But I can tell you this much…

Dream Catchers is hot, Hot, HOT!

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Kate’s Book Club: An intimate Q&A with paranormal writer Kate Douglas

By Kate E. Stephenson

In this second week of December 2012 (woohoo Holiday Season is here!), I hereby call to order the 11th meeting of Kate’s Book Club. Every week, we shall be reading a tome either (a) penned by an author named Kate or (b) that includes a character named Kate. If you missed our last meeting, no worries—check it out.

Club members, this week meet Kate Douglas.

A life-long California native, Kate Douglas has been lucky enough to call writing her career for most of her adult life, but it wasn’t until she discovered the world of the sexy paranormal that she really found her niche. As Kensington Publishing’s lead author for their Aphrodisia erotic romance imprint, she is currently working on her new Spirit Wild series set in the world of her popular Wolf Tales Chanku shapeshifters. Married for over forty years to her very own hero, Kate is mother to two amazing adults and “Dabba” to six perfect grandchildren. Kate gives credit for much of her success to the amazing cadre of generous and talented authors who have helped her over the years, and is a firm believer in the philosophy of “paying it forward.” Follow Kate’s howls on Twitter and Facebook or drop her an email; and find all her books here.

Now settle in for a fantastical ride as Kate answers all our questions:

Who named you Kate and why?

I named me Kate. My name is Katherine and I grew up Kathy. HATED it. Junior high and high school were in the early 1960s, the era of the “Chatty Cathy” doll. Score one against the name. Score two was the fact that I was number eight of seven other “Kathys”, all of whom had blonde hair and boobs. I had dark brown hair, was a little over 5’6”, weighed about 85 lbs and boobs were something other girls had. As soon as I moved far enough away that no one knew my nickname, I changed it to Kate. I’ve been Kate ever since, though my mother hated the name until the day she died. Said I sounded like a tugboat captain. Personally, I was thinking Kate Hepburn.

 How did you become an author?

I think I’ve always been a writer—I started out writing commercials for a country/western radio station (KCEY) in Turlock, California, back in the early 1970s. I also drew a cartoon strip for mosquito control agencies nationwide for seventeen years, and that included writing newspaper public service articles and more radio spots. (Anyone remember “Skeeter Mosquito” booklets in school during the early 1980s?) I wrote some freelance stuff and then was a newspaper reporter on a small weekly paper in the mountains out of Fresno (The Mountain Press). But, before all that, back when I was pregnant with our son and working as a substitute teacher’s aide at the high school in Turlock, a friend gave me a Harlequin romance to read. It was Leopard in the Snow by Anne Mather. I loved the book, but the thing that stuck with me the most was that I realized I wanted to write books just like that one. It had a great story, but the thing I loved best was the happy ending. I am still a huge fan of happy endings!

Anyway, fast forward about eight years. We were living in Fresno and I had just been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. While I’m in remission now, at the time I had a neurologist who told me I’d be in a wheelchair before I was forty, and that meant finding some way to earn an income that didn’t require walking. Stressed to the max, one night I dreamed an entire story. Sounds bizarre, but I woke up in the middle of the night and wrote down as much as I could recall on one of those yellow legal pads. I still have it.

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Dear Kate: My boyfriend says feminism killed chivalry. Is he right?

By Katharine Luckinbill

Dear Kate,

My boyfriend says that if women want to be paid the same and treated the same in the workplace that we should be okay with men treating us like ”one of the guys” in other ways. Is this true? Is chivalry really dead, or should I still keep fighting for him to open the door for me and treat me to dinner every once in a while?

Biting my tongue,

EquaLiza

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Dear EquaLiza,
I firmly believe that the plague that killed off chivalry originated in New York City. Just this morning, while walking through the subway, two separate men practically knocked me out of my work pumps in order to get through the turnstile first. In a huff I wanted to yell,”Hey! I’m a lady!!” but immediately quelled my impending rant with the thought, “Who even cares about THAT anymore?”

But your question exposes the answer to that very question. We do. WE DO!!

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