Sex and Shopping out in the US today!

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“Sex and Shopping” is released in the U.S. today! I’ll have to go and check out my local Borders and see if it’s actually in there! Of course you can also order it on amazon.

I’m not actually supposed to be here…Mr Kate and I have a deal not to use our computers over the Xmas break because we’ve been a bit overloaded and overworked this year and need to actually look at each other and converse like normal folks for a few days. So don’t tell him your saw me here, okay? (he’s busy building Star Wars lego with son #3)

Just to make things worse, Mr K got me a laptop for Christmas and I can’t use it…wah!

I had a disastrous shopping experience for him this year. I lost one present somewhere in the house cos I hid it too quickly and another didn’t arrive until today-and then it was the wrong thing-I am usually good at presents but not this year, although I think he liked his Star Wars Mr Potato Head which included Darth Tater and his Father Ted dvd’s.

I think the kids all got what they wanted. Difficult to tell with teenage boys sometimes. My daughter got so much it was embarrassing. We kind of panicked at the last minute cos we hadn’t got her anything and then went into overkill mode. But as I tell the boys, all her pieces of pink plastic only add up to about the same as one of their expensive gadgets!

I always think about my father at Christmas time. He had a habit of bringing complete strangers home from the pub to share our holiday festivities because he didn’t want them to be alone. He died eighteen years ago, just before my eldest son was born and I still miss him.

My family have so much to look forward to next year. Our eldest son will graduate high school just as our daughter starts kindergarten. I keep having nightmares that I’ll always been driving to school and then I wake up and realize it’s true! Writing- wise I have a lot to accomplish as well. But I’m not complaining…not many people get to sit at a computer and dream and get paid for it.

Sending best wishes to everyone for a great 2007!

New Cover

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Really delighted to get the cover for Antonia’s Bargain, my Regency-set erotic romance. It’s due out on January 10th. I think they’ve done a beautiful job. It’s subtle, dark and sexy. Who can ask for more?

It’s been a chaotic week for various reasons. My brain seems to be trying to do too many things at once (what’s new?)

On the family front, I almost managed to run my own child down when I dropped him off at school. I didn’t realize that he was still holding on to the side of the car when he bent to pick up his bag and off I went. I heard this thunking sound and immediately stopped when I realized I couldn’t see son #2 anymore. The dog fell off the back seat as I stopped so suddenly so no one was happy with me. I dashed out of the car to check son and he told me in no uncertain terms to go away because I was embarrassing him (did I mention he’s 15?)Realizing he had no injuries, I grinned at him and went to get in the car, only to notice that rather a lot of people were staring at me as if I was an ax murderer…he told me later that one of his friends said, “Dude, your mom was laughing at you.” Son shrugged and said “Yeah, she’s cool like that.”

I need son #2 to show me how to use Myspace properly. So far I have a measly 14 friends and no idea what I’m doing. Mr Kate doesn’t do Myspace so it’s back to begging help from the kids. So embarrassing.

Check me out!

I’m also way behind on the xmas shopping and still have a few cards to send across the ocean to my lovely British family and friends. The tree hasn’t gone up yet either as Mr Kate has just left for Beijing. He just called me from the plane to tell me he got upgraded to business class so he was a very happy bunny indeed!

I’m sure there is more that I’m supposed to be telling you. Ah yes! I’m involved in 2 more joint blog projects: The HEA Cafe, which is a joint blog for all the RWAOnline published authors and Lust Bites, a new blog for Virgin Black Lace and Cheek authors.
I’m a bit worried when I’m going to find the time to write these days what with all these promotional activities!