Blog me up, baby!

The title really doesn’t have much to do with what I’m writing about but I liked the sound of it. Although, to be fair, the very nice writers at My Virtual Book Bag have been blogging me up a storm recently. I even got to pretend to be a big famous author being interviewed by my fellow RWAOnline member Lori Devoti. (By the way, if you love sassy, funny books, check out Lori’s site through the VBB link on the left side of this page.)

I think I mentioned in my last blog that I was way behind on my xmas shopping so I sat down and used the lovely internet to get most of the presents on the way. Two days later I had a call from the Fraud unit of my bank who were concerned that some mad woman had got hold of my credit card and was merrily running amuck with my funds. I had to admit it was all me…

Our Christmas will be quiet and at home. Well, as quiet as it can be with four kids. I had this terrible dream last night that Mr Kate insisted our ‘other son’ Prince the paint horse joined us on Christmas day. I dreamed he jumped over the granite island in the kitchen and smashed into all the windows-perhaps he’ll be better in his stable with a nice bunch of holiday carrots.

Writing-wise I’ve just about finished the fifth re-write of the cowboy story and I’m ready to send it back to the nice editor. I’ve also got a partial and synopsis for another erotic romance ready to go off to my agent. Now if only I could get around to writing something new!

All four of my RWAOnline buddies got through the first round of the contest-Go girls! Second round voting on best hero and heroine starts now and is online at RT’s site. Go and check it out!

If I don’t get a chance to sit down again to blog before Christmas-I hope you all have a great holiday season!

Christmas is coming

Did I mention how cold it was in England? (only about 300 hundred times I know, get over it) but I keep thinking about the Christmas lights on Regent St and Bond St, the chance of snow, the dark winter evenings when the frost makes you slide around when you come out of the pub…ah, nostalgia is a wonderful thing when you don’t actually have to live there…in the cold!

I’ m busy catching up from my trip to England. Normally I’m one of those horribly organized people who gets all the shopping done by the end of November. Not this year. I’m still scrambling around trying to send presents to England, let alone get anything for anyone here. Mr Kate goes into Bah Humbug mode at Xmas as well. He takes the huge drain on his bank account rather personally. I keep telling him that my immense royalties from my book will make up for his gloom but he doesn’t seem to be convinced…

I have a few other potential writing projects up in the air at the moment. I won’t mention them in great detail because if I do, I’m sure the Fates will decide I’m far too confident and make everything fall through. (superstitious-me?). I finally wrote a few new words this week which felt good. although most of my time is spent revising/editing requested work.

Next year I intend to become Career Kate-ok, after one measly published book I can scarcely say I have a career, but it’s a start. I intend to get something else published if it kills me. I have loads of ideas and just need some time to write (don’t we all).

This evening I had an early Christmas dinner with my four critique partners who put up with my extremely large turnover of work and even say nice things about it if pushed. We’ve all had our successes this year-even if it was only managing to write a word with two small children needing attention. Their support is invaluable and I’m just glad they put up with me. I got a beautiful chocolate flavoured candle as my gift-can you imagine how great that is? Chocolate and no calories!

I’ll finish on a good note. having agonized over not getting any reviews and then finally getting one, I was lucky enough to receive a review from some one who really liked my book. Even better, from my point of view, she ‘got’ what I was trying to say. I know everyone says you shouldn’t set much store by them, but it was still a thrill to me! You can read the whole review at

Try something different!

I’m including these new releases on my blog because I’m sure you all get fed up reading about my one and only. These books are not only great reads but written by really nice ladies too!

Snaring The Huntress
by Sylvia Day
ISBN: 1-59279-454-8 (Electronic)
Amber Quill Press

Short Futuristic Erotica
Rating: Graphic Sexual Content/Language

Star is an Interstellar Council judge. Her position requires her to pass sentence, hunt down the offenders, and administer punishments. She’s considered one of the best, and if she plays her cards right, she just might become the first of the Hunter species to ascend to the Supreme Court—her life’s goal. When she’s ordered to hunt down a rogue Jacian ambassador in heat, the precedent is death. Sympathetic, but following the law she holds so dear, she pursues him with the intent to kill.

Roark has entered his mating cycle. By Council law, he should be locked in a room with his pre-assigned partner for a week of non-stop sex that will get him through his heat. But he doesn’t want his pre-assigned. He wants Star, the luscious blonde judge whose compassion and intelligence has won his regard. The penalty for going rogue while in heat is death, but that’s a small price to pay for a week of sensual pleasure with the woman he desires more than anything.

Now the huntress is the prey, and when she’s snared by a man in heat, it’s passion that rules, not the law. Or does it? Roark still has his sentence, and his lover Star is judge, jury…and executioner.

A Road to Romance Featured November Release!

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Take Me by Bella Andre: Scorchingly Sexy, Emotionally Gripping

Pocket Books
ISBN #1416509577
November 2005

Take Me by Bella Andre

An appetite for sensual pleasures must never be denied. . . .

Lily Ellis has curves–soft, beautiful curves. The kind of voluptuous body she fears Travis Carson, the man she’s always loved from afar, would never crave. But Lily is about to be proven wrong. Her sensual adventure begins when, despite her inhibitions, the demure San Francisco interior decorator agrees to model a plus-size dress for her fashion designer sister. Watching this sensual beauty move down the runway with mesmerizing power, Travis can’t believe it’s the same Lily he’s always known and always rejected. In a whirlwind of electric attraction, Lily is soon moaning Traviss name in his bed, not just in her wild fantasies. But Lily is all too aware that she’s nothing like his past lovers . . . and now that she has him close at last, she’s praying Travis likes what he sees and feels. Determined to beat Travis at his own game by guarding her true feelings of love and lust, she spontaneously partners with him on a business deal that takes them all the way to Italy. In the seductive warmth of the Tuscan sun, Lily is about to unwrap her real self, and play a game of desire with the hot-blooded Travis. Will she be burned by an ecstasy that’s so all-consuming it has her seeing stars? Or will Travis open his heart to the sexy, exciting, and lasting love she has to offer?

Emma Holly, bestselling author: Oh, my! Bella Andre’s TAKE ME is wonderfully sexy–a big, fun fantasy with an euqally big heart. You’ll cheer these characters on as they find each other…and themselves!

Jaid Black, bestselling author: TAKE ME is emotionally charged and deliciously erotic. A must-read from cover to cover.

Patricia Green, Romance Reviews Today: A story with a woman who isn’t model perfect is a refreshing change in TAKE ME…Ms. Andre captures the beauty of Italy in such a way that it will leave one wishing to experience the warmth of the Tuscan sun…a delightfully engaging tale of erotic contemporary romance.

Susan White, JustEroticRomanceReviews: Take Me is a terrific book that I absolutely adored.

Angel, Romance Junkies: TAKE ME is an excellent book about a full figured woman… I love the fact that a plus size heroine gets the hero. Bella Andre has done an outstanding job creating a heroine who is not average and a hero who loves her just the way she is.

Tewanda H., bookseller: I am lucky enough to work at a bookstore that received an advanced reading copy of Take Me. I was unable to put the book down. IT IS WONDERFUL!!!! And I will be recommending it to customers, friends, and family. Lily is a wonderful heroine, that cannot help but touch your heart.

I’m back!

I’m back from ‘Blighty’. It was great to see my family and spend some time with them. The worst thing was the weather. It was freezing!! I’d forgotten just how chilly it gets there in November. I realized I’m becoming a Californian if only in Weather choices.

My sister and her husband has their 25th wedding anniversary party at the local cricket club. I was so cold that I couldn’t bring myself to take off my coat until I’d been there about an hour, had a drink and strutted my stuff on the dance floor. I’m definitely getting old. Most of the tunes were way too fast for me!

My mother tried to get a good photo of all six of her daughters-yet again-we try this every year and someone is always unhappy with the result. The one I have up in my kitchen at the moment is particularly bad but it will have to do until something better comes around. My sister’s two grown up kids hosted the party for them and had many wonderful and positive things to say about their parents. I can’t imagine my kids ever doing that at the moment.

I also got my Duo boots-brown leather, Isola style (just in case you checked out their website). They actually fit me. it’s a miracle. I love them already.

I held my first contest on the website this month to celebrate the release of the book. Someone actually emailed me because she thought my question was way too easy. Well, I know that, but you’d be surprised to learn that some people actually got it wrong…A lot of kind acqaintances entered and even more people I’d never heard of-even better. This gives me a vague hope that someone out in cyberland might actually have read my book.

On the writing front, I’m still busy doing my ‘voice’ class and learning a lot. I’ve spent the whole weekend so far going through a requested full and trying to plug any plot holes before I consign it to cyber space and an editor’s decision on Monday. Still waiting to hear on another, so busy busy busy here. I haven’t written a single (new) word for two weeks. I feel more like a box shifter trying to find the door rather than a creative person.

Mr Kate, having survived five days with the kids, has now decided that I can’t leave the house for more than two hours without permission. I do feel for the man as my 3 year old forced him to watch Cinderella eight times in three days. He’s off to Hong Kong for a week so payback time has arrived already.

So glad to be back at my little desk -in the sun!!