Saturday, August 04, 2007

Welcome to the Weekend - Hamper Winner!

All you had to do last weekend for the chance to win big was tell us:

What's the most romantic movie you've ever seen?

This must be a popular subjkect as we had a huuuuge number of comments. So firstly thanks to all who came along and played!

Several we've already highlighted such as The Notebook and Dirty Dancing came up again and again. And we had a few newies that I’m totally shocked we haven’t yet done, and even a couple I've never heard of. Thanks for all the great ideas! You guys have given us a plethora of weekly Friday Film Night posts to come up with.

And it purely came down to the age old close my eyes turn around three times and point trick. As the movies chosen were fantastic!!!!!!

The hamper winner for this month is...Lynn who picked Sleepless in Seattle. A lovely romance in which the hero and heroine don't actually meet until the very end of the movie. Clever, clever and truly warm and fuzzy film. Check out our own Natasha's Friday Film Night review here...

Lynn, email us at with your address and the following books will soon be on their way!

And don't forget to visit every Friday for another warm and fuzzy film flashback to warm the cockles of your hearts.

Hamper Prize:
The Roman's Virgin Mistress by Michelle Styles
The Boss's Demand by Jennifer Lewis
The Sheiks' Ransomed Bride by Annie West
Count Giovanni's Virgin by Christina Hollis
For Revenge...Or Pleasure? by Trish Morey
Her Outback Knight by Melissa James
Best Friend...Future Wife by Claire Baxter
Pick Me Up by Samantha Hunter
Reunited: Marriage in a Million by Liz Fielding
The Sicilian's Red- Hot Revenge by Kate Walker (Presents)
Breakfast at Giovanni's by Kate Hardy
Almost a Family by Donna Alward

Hugs and kisses,

Ally, Jenna, Natasha, Nicola and Trish

x x x

Friday Film Night – Enchanted April

This week our new guest columnist Annie West brings you a film that’s a firm favourite in her house, a tried and true feel-good movie –

Enchanted April

Enchanted April is one of my favourite movies. It’s a film even my husband will happily sit down and watch with me. If you love a happy ending this one is definitely for you.
I could tell you that the film won Golden Globe awards, and fill you in on the author – Elisabeth von Arnim, born in Australia, who married a European count, later built a chateau in Switzerland and entertained her friends there, including her lover, H.G.Wells and her cousin, Katharine Mansfield. But the film is even more interesting and so much fun!

This version of the book was filmed in 1991. It looks fantastic, with brilliant cinematography and a great cast. But what makes this movie so good is its warmth, its humour and the sheer joy of the story which is an affirmation of friendship and love.

Set in the 1920s, the story is about four very different women living in gloomy London. Lottie Wilkins (Josie Lawrence) sees a stranger Rose Arbuthnot (Miranda Richardson) reading an ad in a newspaper. A castle in northern Italy is for rent during April. The advertisement promises ‘wisteria and sunshine’. Both women are unhappily married, and succumb to the lure of the warm south. In order to spread the cost of the holiday they seek two other women to share the castle. Joan Plowright is pure gold as the starchy, disapproving Mrs Fisher whose Italian is a little out of date because she learnt it reading Dante. Polly Walker is absolutely delicious as Lady Caroline Dexter, world weary society glamour girl, fatigued by the demands of her constant social life.
Caroline: I want to just sit and not talk and not have to be the centre of attention all the time. You know what that's like don't you?

Rose: No.

The humour in this story slips from wry to sly and there’s definitely a touch of Lady Bracknell about Mrs Fisher. For instance:
Mrs. Fisher: In my day husbands and beds were very seldom mentioned in the same breath. Husbands were taken seriously, as the only true obstacle to sin.

The scene between the ever so prim and proper Edwardian lady, Mrs Fisher, and a soot blackened, naked-but-for-a-bathtowel Mr Wilkins (Alfred Molina), introducing themselves in the corridor after his hot water system has exploded, is one of my favourites.

Gradually San Salvatore weaves its spell over the women, who begin to see their lives and each other from new perspectives. Lottie and Rose decide to invite their husbands to join them: the miserly, business-obsessed Mellersh (Alfred Molina) and Frederick, the author of risqué books (Jim Broadbent). Even the castle’s owner, (Michael Kitchen) arrives to complicate matters.
Whether the magic is in the place, or the in the women themselves, that April in Italy changes all of them. They find love, hope and the promise of a brighter future. Enchanted April is a film to watch at any time. It leaves you smiling, and ready to take on the world.

Warm and fuzzy rating 10/10
(am I allowed to give a 10? Who cares, this film deserves it!)

Annie’s latest release, FOR THE SHEIKH’S PLEASURE, is available this month in the UK (Mills and Boon Modern) and North America (Harlequin Presents) so look out for it on the shelves.
You can read an excerpt on her website too.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Thursday Talk Time with Lori Borrill

This Thursday we've invited the lovely Lori Borrill who asks the question on everyone's mind...

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Since the premise for the Million Dollar Secrets continuity is five coworkers winning a mega state lottery, I thought I'd bring up the topic of lotteries and see how people really feel about winning it big.

Yes, you heard that right. How people really feel.

Though I've been throwing $2 in my office lottery every week for almost a decade now, I actually do wonder whether or not I'd be happy with millions and millions in the bank. Studies show that aside from the brief high people experience around the time they win, ultimately they return to whatever state of happiness they'd been before they won. Meaning, if someone was miserable broke, they're miserable rich. If they were moderately happy broke, they're only moderately happy rich.

Then you have the horror stories about people who end up broke within a year or two, all those millions squandered away by bad business deals and the friends and family who suck them dry, or worse, people whose lives are ruined by their sudden fame.

I think if you really press people to think about it, most would say they don't care to win a ton of money. They're modest in their desires, just wanting enough to pay off a mortgage or maybe fund their kids college. Believe it or not, I'm seriously a little afraid of what life would be like if I won millions and millions of dollars. I don't know that I want the responsibility, and I don't care to know who comes out of the woodwork looking for a cut or hearing their justification for why they feel they deserve it. And then the big thing: What would I do?

I asked my husband that one time. What would we do? He responded much like you're probably thinking right now. "What do you mean, what would we do? Anything we want! We'd build a house, we'd travel, we' another house, then maybe travel some more."

I have to admit, much of what motivates me to get out of bed in the morning is because I have to. I love/hate having to work for a living, but I learned during an extra-lengthy maternity leave (I was 2 weeks late) that if I don't have to go anywhere, I don't go anywhere. If I don't have to get dressed or take a shower, I don't get dressed or take a shower. (Yes, I'm a slug and a sloth, I admit it!) By my third week of leave, I was sitting on the couch watching "Eight Is Enough" reruns. By the time the baby was born, I was neurotic. And did you know that newborns can't hold a conversation? What's up with that?

By the time my leave was over, I ran back to the office, thrilled to be back with people like me who simply don't do the be-at-home thing well because I don't have the inner gumption to get the hell off my ass. Give me thirty million dollars? How many seasons was "Eight Is Enough" on the air?

And I have to ask myself if I'd still write novels. That's a tough one for me. Yes, I'm one of those people who would write anyway because I love the craft. But in many ways, writing professionally is exactly how that sounds--it's a job. It's one thing to write for joy and crack myself up over my own funny prose, it's another to wrestle with a story line or push myself through my third round of revisions when I'd rather rip the thing to shreds and never look at it again.

If I won the lottery, I could buy a kick-ass shredder.

And I wonder if I'd ever finish a project through ever again. Part of the joy I get from writing is the fantasy. Someday I could write a best seller, get a $100,000 advance on my next ST and write for a living instead of juggling the craft with my day job. And really, no matter what you do, I think part of living is striving for some sort of dream and having to work to get it. So what if you could have all the things you love and not have to work to get any of them? Would you still love it?

Would you still go in the garden and tend to weeds if you could afford to have someone do it for you? Maybe at first. But then over time you might hire a guy to do one thing, then the next day you're a little tired so you ask him to plant those pansies--just this once--and before you know it, you're sitting on the patio watching someone else garden for you.

I can't really say for sure that I'd stop writing, or gardening, or any of the other things I love if I won millions, but I do have to say I fear it. I don't fear it badly enough to stop throwing in my $2.00. I mean, come on! I'm not crazy!

But what about you? Do you dream of winning it big? Ever think it might make your life worse instead of better? And what would you do if you had all the money in the world to spend? And if you say "travel", you're required to say what you'd do once you're traveled out and have seen it all.

Answer those questions and you're automatically entered in my contest. The prize is an autographed copy of "Underneath It All", along with a spa kit so you can soak in the tub and daydream about how you'd be spending those millions!

For more on Lori and her latest release, be sure to check out her website and her blog, the Sizzling Pens, where Jenna will some day become a pen pal.

Welcome to the new PHS Columnists!

We at the Pink Heart Society blog are more than excited to present to you our band spanking new PHS Columnists who are starting out with us as regular contributors from this month onward!

I'm sure you will recognize them as familiar faces. And these tall, glamorous, svelt and ridiculously attractive published authors with Harlequin and Silhouette will be bringing you their wisdom, their experience, and their gossip from the trenches on a monthly basis.

So give them a big cheer and lots of lovely support as they slide into the deep dark world of blogazine publishing ;).

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First up::

On Friday 3rd of August we bring you Harlequin Presents author Annie West!!! Annie will be bringing us her first Friday Film-Night gem with the delightful "Enchanted April".

Check out Annie's website...


On Tuesday August 7th, two-time RITA nominee - in the one year mind you, this year, her first elligible year - Fiona Harper will be giving us her take on the PHS Diet Club goings on. After eating her way through the Romance Writers of America conference in Dallas last month we wish her the greatest of luck of convincing us of anything ;).

check out Fiona's website...


On Saturday 11th of August, the ever-popular Anne McAllister will be doing our FinDaBoo column! How much could you learn from this multi-published Harlequin Presents author? More than you could even imagine I assure you. About Hugh Jackman in a towel and other things I'm sure...

Check's out Anne's website...


Come Thursday 16th of August, fantabulous Blaze writer, Samantha Hunter, will be telling us all about her favourite ever category romance read. No surprises if its a hot one!!!

Samantha appeares regularly on the Love is an Exploding Cigar blog too...

And last but not least::

We have been lucky enough to procure the monthly services of the Queen Bee herself - Kate Walker! This month Kate, she of the 50, yes 50 published romance novels! will pop up with a column on Thursday 30th of August to tell us all about her favourite ever category romance read.

Here is Kate's website as well...

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Added to that we have all of our regular programming going on around all this fabulousness with appearances by editors Trish Wylie who is back from galavanting around the world telling Where on Earth is Trish? every Tuesday, Jenna Bayley-Burke who is recovering nicely from the Coffee Time Romance Cross-Promotion we held all last month, Nicola Marsh and Natasha Oakley who are popping in every now and then while busily looking after their own brods right now, and Ally Blake who is currently trying to write while her own little hero or heroine kicks up a storm every time it hears the keyboard keys clatter away.

We also have Free Book Giveaways, and lots of lovely guest bloggers. And from this month onward, on Sundays we rest, combining the weekend onto one lovely Weekend Wind Down post each week. Phew! Can you blame us?

So we'll see you back here tomorrow for just about the most jam-packed month of fabulousness you've ever seen dedicated to the loooove of category romance novels.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Travelling Tuesday - Where's Wylie?

Here at The Pink Heart Society once again we continue the travelogues from Trish Wylie's great America trip and all the sights she saw whilst winging her way to and from the RWA National Conference in Dallas... So where did she head after Southfork Ranch???

Yes, it's me again - Miss me? I was here yesterday? Oh, okay but you know you love me really...

So after a few days rest after the conference I headed from Dallas to Houston, cos it seemed a shame not to go see the Houston Space Centre when I'd flown halfway around the world already... And tip number one... don't fly into the International Airport... cos it's the OTHER side of Houston... but who knew???
It meant I got a nice trip along freeways and through rush hour traffic to have my driver drop me at the wrong hotel where I then had to wait for a cab to the right hotel which turned out to be one of those quaint American hotels with doors on the rooms that open out well... to the outside... Hmmm... Wasn't quite sure how I felt about that. Cos the only outside doored hotels I had ever seen before were on - erm - Psycho the movie... and Supernatural the TV Series (neither of those titles filled me with confidence here you understand)... so I was a little nervous to begin with. But apart from some *interesting arguments* from my new neighbours two rooms down it was an okay stay. No-one died. I ordered in pizza and New York cheesecake (yum), I discovered an IHop across the street and I even visited some shops... How brave was I??? Sean was a tad nervous tho...

Anyway, it RAINED... LOTS... so getting a cab to the Johnston Space Centre took me a wee while and when I got there it was filled with a gazillion kids... but that was okay and what was even more okay was that as well as surrounding myself in lots of things I hadn't known or seen up close, I also learnt that I can pretty much fine a romance thought or two ANYWHERE... And that's an encouraging thing as a writer I feel. Turns out that occassionally LEAVING the cave is a GOOD MOVE.

But lemme tell you a bit about the place as I go along...

It really really is a terrific places for families to visit. There's a little something for nearly everyone. And remember that for a long time the Johnston Space Centre was where EVERYTHING was launched from and it's STILL where the control centre is for any Space Shuttle missions - so as well as having the visitor centre there you also have huge great buildings without any windows that house the massive computers and people actually monitoring the brand new International Space Station that's being built thousands of miles above our heads. And it's also a great place to realize the kind of technology that is part of or will become part of our daily lives which has been developed because of NASA.

I have to say I was in my element. And some of the things that fascinated me most were the 5 STOREYS HIGH IMAX screen where they showed films on the new developments in technology for the Space Station (if you haven't seen someones head five stories high then you really haven't had a Godzilla moment yet I feel... frightened the LIFE out of me the first time!) - the International Space Station itself (because somehow from my writing cave I had managed to have the fact there even WAS one go straight past me...) - the technology for that very station in the forms of things like Robonaut (I jest you not - that *is* it's name!); a robot whose hand movements are so real in order to make sure the station doesn't have to carry two different sets of tools for various tasks that they say the work they've done on *him* has meant that prosthetics will jump forwards DECADES (I thought that was AMAZING myself - the movements were just so so human) and the fact that once said station is built the Space Shuttle will go out of service to make way for new rockets to take men back to the moon where it's likely a permanent base may be built! Living on the moon. WOW.

Now if like me you grew up on a diet of Sci-Fi shows that made space travel itself seem like it was centuries away and we'd all be wearing outfits made of tin-foil when we got there then all this information kinda makes you take a step back and think about the changes you've already witnessed in your own lifetime, doesn't it? I thought about things like Microwaves and Mobile phones and how far games have progressed from Space Invaders and the INTERNET (and where would we be without the internet gang? huh?). All things we take for granted - but all things we could only dream of as kids. (And that kind of sentence makes my neices and nephews look at me like I'm approx 1000 years old and was born when men walked in front of horseless carriages with red lamps...) But how amazing is it that we've lived to see all those things?

And of course me being me - it led me to thinking about the kind of men that worked through all those early years of the space programme and still do today - which led me to thinking about heroes... See - inspiration can strike pretty much ANYWHERE, can't it? So PAY ATTENTION all those who ask *where do you get your ideas from*... Cos the answer is *anywhere*...

In one display at the visitors centre there was a glass case with a little slither of rock in it. A piece of rock from the moon. That you could touch with your fingertips. It was as smooth as glass, probably from being smoothed over by hundreds upon hundreds of fingertips like mine. But there was something magical in touching it... and I thought, hmmm... would it be very corny if a guy brought a girl to see it? Is that romantic? Possibly not with a gazillion kids around... but what if one of the *ordinary* guys who go into space these days brought it back to give to someone he loved who had stood on the earth and looked to the stars - waiting for her guy to come home? That's pretty darn romantic! Or what if as an annversay gift you were given Real Estate on the moon? (cos you can buy that you know and many movie stars HAVE - Donald Trump probably has planning permission already...) And then there's the having a star named after you thing... And although I doubt I can actually *use* any of those examples in an actual story anywhere in the near future... it showed me that I never really stop thinking about plots and stories and scenes and characters. We never do I guess. But sometimes, just sometimes, it's nice to be reminded that the well hasn't run dry yet, you know?

So the Space Centre at NASA didn't just give me a fun day out to learn about the people and the science behind the things that have made so many changes in our lives, it also gave me a little boost of confidence that there are still plenty of stories out there just waiting to be found. And that meant by the time I travelled back to New York... I was ready to start PLOTTING...

And if you wanna hear that story - then you'll just have to come back next month and see my travelogue from New York, won't you???

So have you ever had an idea for a story from an unusual source? Have you ever had somewhere in the world you'd like research personally to put in a book? Am I the only one who can find inspiration in the seemingly unrelated?

Oh, and if you don't live in Florida and you want to see the next Space Shuttle take off to the International Space Centre then you can check out the NASA SITE when it launches on the 7th August. Or if you have some kids nuts on space then you can check out a fun site here or here.

H's & K's

Trish is THRILLED to bring her first Modern Extra book White-Hot! to the USA & Canada this coming month as part of the Promotional Presents mini-series - Eligible Bachelors along with books by Kate Hardy, Kelly Hunter & Julie Cohen.

Released as The Firefighter's Chosen Bride the book is available through the Eharlequin Site and at Amazon.

You can also buy it as an E-Book here!!! For more info visit her Website or her Blog.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Male On Monday - Michael Shanks

This Monday at The Pink Heart Society our very own Trish Wylie introduces us to another of her potential hero discoveries from her love of Science Fiction shows. And this time it's a certain Mister Michael Shanks...

I've always loved Sci-Fi shows. I like to tell myself I'm not *geeky* about it but that'd kinda be a bit of a fib... 'cos when one show winds up another show I can usually tell you exactly what show it was and I can follow character arcs and series spin-offs with the best of them. I'm just not one of those people who has ever felt the need to dress up and go to a Sci-Fi convention...erm... so far (to the latter part - After all - I'm the gal took some arm twisting for the Harlequin pyjama party dress-up/or down as the case may be at a Romance writer's convention so the chances of me dressing as something sci-fi are slim!)

But then when you can trip across some hero inspiration along the way then technically it's still *cough* research *cough* And after ten full seasons of researching by watching Stargate SG1 I had a potential hero to add to my database in the form of Michael Shanks...

Michael Garrett Shanks, the younger of two brothers, was born on the 15th December 1970 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and grew up in a place with the fabulous name of Kamloops...

Describing himself as an overachiever at school, he played hockey, rugby, was a member of the Student Council and joined the theatre group (where interestingly enough he played the role of The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz - a role he would play again in the final season of Stargate Sg1 when they parodied the 1939 movie in the episode "200".)

As well as acting in the theatre group, he also dabbled in some directing but an acting career didn't seem to be in his future so at 16, he had to decide whether or not to become a professional hockey player. He chose not, (But continues to support the Canucks - which I'm sure makes sense to someone this wee Irish gal - not so much...) So, having decided that pro hockey was not for him, Michael went to the University of British Columbia to study business; financing his studies by taking laboring and lumberjack work. But when Math proved to be his downfall (man after my own heart!) and he failed a calculus course it meant he was a half credit short of getting a Business degree so switched to Theatre and graduated with a degree in Fine Arts.

So it kinda looked like the acting was in his future after all! Isn't it funny how fate works???

Michael then spent two years at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, taking on a number of small roles (he has said that his dream role would be Henry V). Following a number of small roles in TV shows such as Madison, The Commish and Highlander, in 1997 Michael auditioned for the role of Dr Daniel Jackson on Stargate SG-1, the TV spin-off of the original Stargate movie. Michael went into the audition with his spot-on impersonation of James Spader (who had played Daniel Jackson in the movie and who he bore a darn close resemblance to for those in the know and in my personal opinion from my *not a geek about the show* land!) and got the job. He could also, as Brad Wright said, "do humor". (again - my kinda guy!)

In 1999, between seasons two and three, Michael took on the role of Hamlet in a short run of the production and after five seasons of Stargate SG1, he left the series, citing lack of use of the character of Daniel Jackson as the reason behind his decision. He had a number of roles in movies such as Suddenly Naked, Suspicious River, Mary Higgins Clark's All Around The Town and the Emmy-award winning Door to Door and he did a number of guest appearances on shows such as Outer Limits and Andromeda. In addition, he took the opportunity to meet fans at conventions in the US, Australia and Europe. Although not part of the main cast of Stargate SG1 during Season 6, he did reprise the role of Daniel Jackson in three episodes, however by then a fan campaign to return Michael - and Daniel Jackson - to the show had already started and sure enough, a year later it was announced that Michael would return as a full-time member of the cast for season seven.

During what eventually turned out to be a ten-year run of Stargate SG1, Michael also turned his hand to directing and writing for the show from time to time. His directorial debut was a complex season 4 episode "Double Jeopardy" but while the result was an episode that was well received, for Michael the experience of directing was bittersweet...

"Everyone was prepared for the idea of me directing, but no one, especially me, was prepared for the situation that I ended up in. I knew I was going to be like a fish out of water, but I never imagined how much so. However I learned a lot more directing an episode like that then I would have doing a far more simpler one. It pretty much introduced me to all the ups and downs of production. I'm glad to say the experience has not discouraged me in the least from directing."

During the mid-season filming hiatus in 2006, Michael completed a made-for-TV film for the Lifetime Network, Under The Mistletoe and at the end of filming for the tenth and final season of Stargate SG1, he flew to Bulgaria to film MegaSnake, a movie for the SciFi Channel. Keeping busy, upon his return to the US, he began work on a second movie for the Lifetime Channel - Judicial Indiscretion - and then went on to a 3-episode recurring role on the hit TV Show 24, as Mark Bishop. Likes to keep out of mischief, doesn't he really??? I'm tired just typing all this!

In mid-April this year he began filming the first of two Stargate SG1 DVD movies, The Ark of Truth and Stargate: Continuum. Both of which I will be right there to buy when they come out - well, 'cos I have a collection... and I hate it when a set of something isn't complete - okay?!

In real life, 6ft tall Michael has a daughter with his former partner and in 2003, he married Lexa Doig who he met on the set of Andromeda when he guest-starred as Gabriel. The couple have two children, a girl and a boy and seem to be blissfully happy which let's face it, we all love to see, don't we?

So there ya go - my gift to you as potential hero inspiration this time out - Michael Shanks... Can anyone feel a spark of inspiration in there??? Oh - and any Stargate comments then feel free to bring them on! I betcha I can join in that conversation... ;)

For more info and pics I can heartily recommend the Michael Shanks Online site or the Michael site and if you're a fellow Stargate fan then there's always Gateworld or the official Stargate SG1 site... See, you can't say I don't do my research...

H's & K's

Trish hits us with double releases this month - The Return Of The Rebel (which is a follow up to Breathless!) in Modern Extra - and Bride Of The Emerald Isle in Romance...

The Return Of The Rebel is available from Amazon UK or from Mills & Boon ! And Bride Of The Emerald Isle is available from Eharlequin or Amazon in the USA & Canada and Mills & Boon or Amazon UK in the UK.

You can also buy it as an E-Book here!!! For more info you can visit her Website or her Blog.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Spotlight On Kate Walker!!

The last few weeks have been bursting with kudos in the category romance community. One of the friendliest blog parties around has been to celebrate the 50th release by the ever helpful Kate Walker. Here at The Pink Heart Society we started the month by asking authors their favorite KW title, so we thought it best to round out the month by asking Kate to share a few things about herself.

About Author:
Kate Walker has been hugely popular with Harlequin Presents fans since her debut...fifty books ago. Then, she was a former childrens librarian, writing in stolen moments while her toddlers slept. Now, she is respected as an authority in the genre, having written one of the most reccommended books on romance writing, Kate Walker's 12-Point Guide to Writing Romance.

Where do you get the inspiration for your books from?

Oh dear, that question - simple answer? Life. I once tried to convince my accountant that life was a viable expense for a writer – after all, it’s by watching people, in real life or on TV or film, reading about people in books, newspapers, magazines that I learn about people, and people are what romances are about.
I love anything with a story in it – a book, a film, a TV drama, a ‘soap’ – they fill up the imagination banks in my mind. I’ve always done the ‘what if’ thing while watching a drama- asking myself how would I make this different – which other directions could I take the same characters in? The ‘story’ in a magazine’s fashion pages can inspire me – or simply a single line heard on the radio. The Italian’s Forced Bride came from one of those – from hearing a man saying ‘That baby was the only other person in the whole world that had my blood in his veins...’ And that set me off asking myself questions- how could that happen – why would it happen?

What makes you mad?

Injustice. Cruelty. Prejudice- in that prejudice I’d have to include the people who tell me so often that category romances are all the same, that they’re written by morons, read by morons and have no value whatsoever . And of course they’re never read one – why would they want to? But they know.

What’s the most romantic thing that has ever happened to you?

Romantic gestures are wonderful but they don’t last. My husband met me, went home and told his family he’d met the woman he wanted to marry – then he decided to ask me out! We’ve been together 36 years (I was a child bride!) through thick and thin, up and down – that’s real romance.

What in a hero makes you drool?

Wonderful hands. Arms, shoulders, eyes . . . A strong sense of honour and integrity. To me, an Alpha hero just has to have that core of moral fibre – a code of honour, no matter how angry he may be about something. No honour and he’s no Alpha to me. And then there’s the vulnerability of heart that he’s hiding behind an protective armour of toughness – one that fools everyone else but of course the heroine can see through.

If you weren’t a writer what would you be?

Crazy – the voices in my head demanding that I tell their stories would drive me insane ;-) If I had to I would probably go back to being a librarian and working with other people’s books.

What do you do to relax and wind down?

Some years ago I was sitting in an editorial lunch with the only male M&B editor – he had his back to the restaurant and couldn’t see the faces of the other diners. I was facing them and I could. He was telling me what he wanted me to change in the book I’d submitted. And into one of those sudden silences that fall in public places he said loudly and clearly, ‘To put it simply, Kate – I want more sex!’

Which was bad enough but then some years later at only my second meeting with the wonderful Michelle Reid- we were having afternoon tea with my husband and son in the posh Bettys Tearooms in York and I started to tell her the same story. And the moment that I delivered the line ‘I want more sex’ once again fell into one of those silences. Michelle just looked at my son and said ‘Is she always like this?’ ‘Always,’ he said.

What have you had to celebrate in the last year?

The most obvious answer to that is the publication of my 50th title – The Sicilian’s Red-Hot Revenge. I didn’t think that this would be counted as my 50th but then my editor told me that M&B counted my internet story as one of the important number – so it’s wonderful to celebrate. And the best part of celebrating that was being able to share it with so many of my wonderful friends – you’ll have seen the reports on the blogs. There’s also been the fact that my February book The Italian’s Forced Bride hit #1 on the Waldenbooks list and sold at #1 in America in the month it came out.
Personally, when I know so many people who have had some tough times lately, I’d just like to celebrate life – and when just a couple of years ago things looked tough for me and my DH, right now I’m celebrating how we came back from that darker time and didn’t let it break us.

What’s beside your computer when you’re writing?

Sid the cat. He’s usually curled around the keyboard, reaching out a paw every now and then to pat my

Thanks so much Kate for the Spotlight Interview, for all your help at Pink Heart Society (more on that next month), but most of all, thanks for 50 stories. Here's to the next 50!

XOXO - Jenna, Natasha, Ally, Nicola, & Trish

For more on Kate Walker...or the amazing Sid...check out her website and blog. And don't forget, The Sicilian's Red-Hot Revenge is available in June in the UK and in July in the US!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

July Hamper! Who will win...?

This month we have another fantabulous prize pack that will knock your socks off.
Books galore by your favourite category romance authors.

All you have to do is tell us:

What's the most romantic movie you've ever seen?

Hamper Prize:
The Roman's Virgin Mistress by Michelle Styles
The Boss's Demand by Jennifer Lewis
The Sheiks' Ransomed Bride by Annie West
Count Giovanni's Virgin by Christina Hollis
For Revenge...Or Pleasure? by Trish Morey
Her Outback Knight by Melissa James
Best Friend...Future Wife by Claire Baxter

Pick Me Up by Samantha Hunter
Reunited: Marriage in a Million by Liz Fielding
The Sicilian's Red- Hot Revenge by Kate Walker (Presents)

Breakfast at Giovanni's by Kate Hardy
Almost a Family by Donna Alward

Hugs and kisses,

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