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Spotlight on Kate Walker, Indebted to Moreno & 65th Book Celebration Giveaway!

This week Spotlight on Author is on Kate Walker and her 65th Book Celebration Giveaway!



Connect with Kate Walker on the web:
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Favorites...
Places –
 York, Lincoln – I was born in Newark Nottinghamshire where there’s an old castle, a medieval  church and a river – since then I’ve felt that visiting any city with those  elements has felt like coming home.
Dublin  where my father was born and my mother’s family lived.
Aberystwyth where I went to university and met my husband – that has to make it  a favourite place!!
There’s a wonderful ‘silent’ town called Mdina on the island of Malta
I loved Tasmania when I visited my sister who  lives there

Authors –
Emily Bronte – I wrote my MA thesis on Emily and Charlotte Bronte  - but Wuthering Heights will always be my favourite book. I even wrote a ‘Modern Romance’  adaptation of it  - The Return of the Stranger.
Mary Stewart whose  book  The Moonspinners started me off on my love of ambiguous, dark, difficult heroes. I collect her books and have several prized first editions
Dorothy Dunnett  whose fabulous historical series The Lymond Chronicles would be my ‘desert island ‘ book if I had to choose

Animal-
Cat – anyone who’s  visited my blog or my Facebook page will have seen Charlie the  Maine Coon    and his much smaller adopted ‘sister’  Ruby the little black and white  queen  I rescued from the local Cats’ Protection sanctuary.

Flowers:
Golden roses  - I had those in my wedding bouquet and now grow that rose kin my garden
Freesias for their wonderful scent

Dates –
July 14th which is the date I married my lovely husband a lot of years ago!
January 6th – the date my son was born.


Frustrations...

People who  slight romance books without ever having read one.

The fact that I can’t write down all the ideas in my head fast enough  to get all the stories written as soon as I think of them.  I wish I had some sort of computer connection that I could just plug in and connect my brain to my laptop – and go!

Reading -  there are too many wonderful books in the world and I just don’t have the time to read them. I don’t have a TBR shelf, I have a TBR bookcase  and I’m still tempted by   the new titles I see.   Add into this the fact that my fabulous, talented writer friends are creating fabulous books that I want to read. . . . I think that it I never bought another book for the next – er  5 years, I’d still have some I had left on the pile!

The theatre productions I know are on stage in London and then don’t tour the country so that living in Lincolnshire,  I can’t get to see them.  Every time we visit London we try to see something special –  but that’s a long way to go (and expensive!)  Luckily, York, Hull, Sheffield and Leeds make it easier – if the productions tour.

Some of the covers I’ve had for my books – you describe the hero as looking like  a  young Robert Redford and you get  a much older, heavier – totally unlike RR  character on the front. Or the hero who was an alternative comedian and the cover showed a man in  a flat cap and a tweed jacket! That was  Jester’s Girl. (But for good ones, see below!)

Fabulous...

Musicals – Les Mis,   West Side Story (I saw a recent revival on stage in Oxford that was fantastic)   Kiss me Kate (Opera North)

Theatre – Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night.  Othello (starring Rory Kinnear and Adrian Lester) – oh, so many great productions. I love to watch really good acting .

The fabulous Manga editions of my books from Japan  - and the equally fantastic   English graphic comic editions – The Twelve Month Mistress, The Groom’s Revenge, At the Sheikh’s Command, The Italian’s Forced Bride, Return of the Stranger

The friends I’ve made through this wonderful writing life – fellow romance authors like Michelle Reid, Anne McAllister, Liz Fielding  Lara Temple. . . too many to name.    Julie Cohen, Natasha Oakley, Rachael Thomas (students or authors I’ve worked with before they were published who are now  creating wonderful, successful careers of their own)  All the students who’ve been on my courses  or who’ve  told me that my 12 Point Guide To Writing Romance has helped them in their  writing. Lovely efficient people like  the fabulous Nas Dean  who   are such a fantastic help to authors like me who struggle to find time for publicity and advertising. (Thank you Nas!) Aww...shucks! *Nas blushing!*


Fabulous family ( my sisters) friends in life – Noelle,  Anne and Gerry  and Alison and Malcolm and Kathy  from ‘Writers Holiday’   The wonderful Walker’s  Stalkers – from  my courses. My dear beloved friend Pat who sadly died of cancer two years ago and has left such a  hole in my life. People I have dedicated books to -  some who are still around and some, sadly, not.

And of course my fabulous fabulous husband.

Some  - and I emphasise the some of the covers I’ve had that have really work – At The Sheikh’s Command and the recent fantastic Destines for the Desert King. I seem to get good covers for Sheikh books – though Desert Affair just had a  huge sand dune on the front!


Most of all the fabulous thing is the fact that I  have been able  to have my dream come true and work as a published writer for so long. My mother and teachers always thought that this was a foolish dream and one I’d never accomplish. I’ve been published now for 30+ years and Indebted to Moreno is my 65th title – so my thanks have to go to all the fabulous editors I’ve worked with during that – and most of all to the fantastic, wonderful readers who have bought, read and enjoyed my books. That has meant that I’ve been able to keep writing – and keep creating new titles.

And that’s why, to thank you all, I’m marking this 65th title with a  special giveaway to share with all my wonderful readers.

Kate Walker's 65th title is INDEBTED TO MORENO


Sins of the past must be paid! 
On trembling legs, dress designer Rose Cavalliero stares up at the man she never thought she'd see again. Tall, dark and dangerous, Spaniard Nairo Moreno took Rose's virginity before a misunderstanding led her to nearly destroy his life. But now he's back and determined to collect the debt she owes him.  
Designing his precious sister's wedding gown will cement Rose's career. But if she'd known that accepting Nairo's offer would see her blackmailed into becoming a more-than-convenient fiancée to the man who broke her heart, Rose would have said no…wouldn't she?


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53 comments:

  1. Hi Kate

    Woohoo 💜 huge congrats on the release of your 65th book and what a fabulous story it is. I love your stories and I know my Mum read a lot of uours and loved them as well thank you for the pleasure you have given me and many others over the years ☺

    Have Fun
    Helen

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  2. Hi Kate

    Woohoo 💜 huge congrats on the release of your 65th book and what a fabulous story it is. I love your stories and I know my Mum read a lot of uours and loved them as well thank you for the pleasure you have given me and many others over the years ☺

    Have Fun
    Helen

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    1. Thank you Helen. It's a wonderful thought - that both you and your Mum read and enjoyed my stories (though - that does make me feel a bit old! ;-) ) I'm delighted to have written books you like so much - after all, that's what a writer writes for- to have her books read and enjoyed!

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  3. Congratulations on your 65th book Kate - and for the mention! The 12 Point is always on my desk and the happy memories of your weekend courses in my mind. xx

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    1. Hello dear Rachael - thank you for the congratulations. I'm so pleased that the 12 Point Guide helped you on your way to your dream of being a Harlequin writer and congratulations to YOU for you success and those books - in double figures now! (Though I do miss you at the weekend courses!)

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  4. It sounds like we have the same taste in musical theater. We're too poor to hit the theater much lately, or we have too many kids, but it was absolutely heaven when my husband surprised me and took me to Wicked not too long ago.

    65 books... That is beyond epic.

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    1. Hi Crystal - you have great taste in musical theatre! I know what you mean about not being able to make it to productions often - it was like that when my son was young. I hope you'll manage it more often - but how great of your husband to take you to Wicked - sounds like he's a keeper

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  5. Nas is a dear, isn't she Kate? Well it's nice to meet you here. I also adore strong acting in theatre, as well as movies. Your plot sounds intriguing, Kate. All the luck with everything.

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  6. Hello Victoria - Nas is more than a dear - she'd wonderful - so efficient and helpful and enthusiastic. She makes working with her such a pleasure. I think that perhaps the fact that I love strong acting helps me write books with strong characters - do you think that might be it? Thank you for your kind wishes

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  7. Fantastic interview, ladies! Much more in-depth than most... and interesting, too.!

    Wow, 65 books. That is phenomenal. That is quite an accomplishment and a legacy. I just entered the giveaway, because the plot of your new book sounds terrific, but if I don't win... I reckon I'll just have to buy a copy!

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  8. Great interview and blurb. Wishing you much success.

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    1. Thank you Sandra - I'm glad you enjoyed the interview - and thank so much for the good wishes

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  9. Bravo, Kate! I can relate to that frustration about reading!

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    1. Hello William - oh that reading frustration is so hard, isn't it? ;-)

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  10. Hello Kate! Hello Nas!
    Love the interview format. Great way to learn more of Kate. Love your books, Kate. You are an inspiration. :-)

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    1. Hello Denise - great to 'see' you again! You are kind to say that I'm an inspiration - believe me, there are days when I *need* inspiration. You've made my morning (it is morning here in UK) saying you love my books - what every author wants to hear!

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  11. Congratulations on your 65th Kate!!

    It was lovely learning some of your favs and frustrations in this interview. :)

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    1. Hi Lynn - thanks for visiting. Nas came up with a great setting for an Q&A didn't she?

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  12. Hi Kate!
    Congrats on the 65th book. You have awesome talent and I love reading your books. This interview was nice and learning more about the author behind the good books.
    Cheri Steckling

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    1. Good Morning, Cheri - you're another person who has started the morning off with a smile for me! Thank you. I love finding out about the author behind my favourite books - so I'm glad you do too.

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  13. 65 books? I can't even imagine. Congratulations, Nas, and much success with this steamy tale.

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    1. I'll tell you a secret, Robyn - when I look back, I can't imagine 65 books either - but they are all on my bookshelves! All I can say is that I wrote them one word at a time.

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  14. I would love more time to read books too. Congrats on so many books out there in the world, Kate.

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    1. Hi Kelly. I think more time to read would be on almost everyone's wish list. I'm going on a mini break next week and my kindle is coming with me!

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  15. I also loved Wuthering Heights. And I'm so jealous of all the places you've traveled and lived. How wonderful!

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    1. I'm glad to meet another Wuthering Heights fan, Elizabeth. Some people find it's too strong and passionate for them. I've visited some wonderful places - but just as it is with all those books - there are always more places to see!

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    1. Hi Tammy. Thanks for visiting - and thank you for your congratulations.

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  17. Kate, it's great to meet you! Fun to get to know you a bit. Wishing you well with your writing. :)

    Nas, thanks for hosting. I always enjoy meeting and getting to know other writers.

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  18. Hello from the UK Karen - I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Bas did this at the last minute - we've both been super busy - but she'd so efficient, it all gets done. It was an interesting format and sparked off my ideas so well.

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  19. Enjoyed this interview! Wuthering Heights is certainly a classic!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the interview, Sherry - did you enjoy Wuthering Heights too?

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  20. Congratulations on your long career! Ooh, I love Aberystwyth too :-)

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  21. Thank you Deniz! When did you visit Aberystwyth? I was there - ages - ago!

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    1. Me too! Gosh it was already almost 15 years ago. How is that possible? Time to revisit!

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    2. I think it's about that length of time since I was in Aber too - wouldn't it be a coincidence if we were there at the same time. Such a lovely place

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  22. Just to say that I will have to be away from home from Sunday and I'm not sure if I can have internet access for a few days - but I will keep visiting when I can and soon Naz can pick some winners who will be able to pick books from my backlist. So keep commenting!

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    1. I made it back and now I'm catching up - sorry for the delay in answers . I'm back at my desk now! :-)

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  23. Congratulations on your release and awesome on the 65th book! I liked reading your answers!

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    1. Hello Cynthia - thanks for visiting, and for your congratulations. It's always a thrill to see a new book in the shops.

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  24. Congratulations on the book. Cover looks sexy!

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    1. Thank you Christine - I'm glad you like the cover. I never know what the art department are going to give my book! This is the USA cover - the UK cover is rather different but very sexy too.

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  25. I loved reading your answers. Awesome on the book.

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    1. Hi Crystal - thanks for visiting. I'm still trying to convince myself that I really have written all those books! (I started very young!)

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  26. Ha, having so many ideas you can't write them all down fast enough is a good thing! ;)

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    1. Nice to 'meet' you Lynda - I love having all those ideas but I never get the chance to work them all through. Still, it means that I can't stop writing while I have all these voices in my head ;-)

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  27. I've never understood how someone can talk down about the romance genre without ever have read one.

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    1. Oh Mary - I so agree with you. I would never dismiss a film because it was a thriller - or a book because it was historical - unless I'd actually read it. And there are so many books in the romance genre - even if you don't like one there are hundreds of others!

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  28. Fun to read Kate's answers! Congrats on the book release! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. So pleased you enjoyed the interview and my answers, Jess - and thank you for the congrats. They made my day from everyone

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  29. I love Ireland. I want to go back so bad.

    "People who slight romance books without ever having read one."

    Yeah. This!

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    1. Oh Donna - me too on the 'I want to go back'! I was supposed to go this year but life and things interfered. Maybe soon.
      And oh yes on the people who slight romance - when people find out what I write they always think it's so 'funny' to mock the bokos. Grrr!

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  30. Congratulations to Deniz Bevan! You are the winner at this post! Please contact Kate Walker with your address to get delivery of your win!

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