Monday, October 20, 2014

HIS KIND OF PERFECTION



Sometimes I have to pinch myself to make sure this is still a reality. It seems like just yesterday I received the call from my agent that Harlequin Super Romance wanted to buy my book when in real time it occurred three years ago.

That book (Out of the Depths--August 2012) was followed by two more, The Summer Place (April 2013) and Moonlight in Paris (February 2014). At that point, I signed a four-book contract, and the dream I was living became an actual second career. So it's with much pride that I present my 4th Harlequin Super Romance--His Kind of Perfection.

I love writing for the Super Romance line because it gives me a chance to make up stories about characters who could be my neighbors. Yeah, I know how wildly popular the billionaires and the sheikhs are in the romance genre. And when I'm looking for pure fantasy, I have no problem settling in with one of those guys. But the stories that truly steal my heart are the ones that convince me that hunky hero is just an ordinary guy who makes the world a better place, not with his money, but with his heart.

Enter my latest hero--boat mechanic Kale Barlow. Mmmm-mmm. I think Kale is one of the hottest heroes I've ever written, and I love him to pieces. He's just so ... so real. Despite how thin the model on my book cover looks, my hero Kale is overweight. In fact, at the beginning of the book, his girlfriend breaks up with him because he's gained so much weight, she isn't attracted to him anymore. In an effort to win her back, Kale joins a gym and enlists the help of a personal trainer, who just so happens to be the heroine, Bree Rice. In her work, Bree has been surrounded by buff guys with drool-worthy physiques, and yet it's Kale who wins her heart with his engaging personality.

I'll admit, I wasn't sure this concept would fly. I'd never read a book with an overweight hero, and my husband keeps telling me to remind people that "the fat hero" isn't based on him. :-) But the RT reviewer set my mind at ease when she wrote that Kale's weight didn't make him seem unattractive in the least.
Precisely the Kale I was going for.

To me, Kale's the boy-next-door. The one who really is out there, waiting to be noticed and appreciated and loved for the kind, gentle, and honorable way he faces life every day. He's not perfect ... but he's as close as most of us are ever going to get.

His kind of perfection is perfect for me.



Sunday, October 19, 2014

Winner from Cathryn Parry's Monday Blog Post

Scotland for Christmas
The winner from my Monday blog post is Tammy Yenalavitch. Congratulations, Tammy!

Please send your address via my website contact form, here, and I'll mail the book to you.

Take care, everyone!


Cathryn Parry
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Disney World and Harlequin SuperRomance and Kristina Knight!

Hi, everyone! I'm back with my very first SuperRomance cover (gah, I love it!). The book will release all over the place in January (gah, how is January only 2.5 months away?!?) so I'm sharing it with you all.

I was at Disney World when I got the news that I sold to Supers. I'd had this idea that I'd been playing around with for a while, about a woman who didn't want a man in her life but who did want a family. And a man who had wanted a family very badly and then lost everything. The characters kind of took over and the book wrote itself, a little bit.

My agent and I talked about where to send it and SuperRomance was the first place we thought of. Fast-forward a few weeks, and my family and I went off to Disney World for vacation. The day we were at The Magic Kingdom, my agent called, but my battery was practically dead so I couldn't answer. A couple of hours later we were back at the hotel, the phone was charged enough to make a call ... and she told me that SuperRomance wanted not only that book, but two more. I was flabbergasted. Seriously. Flabbergasted. I knew I wanted Harlequin to buy the book, but I tried not to get my hopes too set on the idea...just in case! So as my agent is talking to me about options and the deal on the table, and my daughter is bouncing on the hotel bed, and my husband is watching the Atlanta Braves on TV, I'm sliding down the wall and hyperventilating a little bit.

Thankfully my agent 'gets' me and she didn't freak when I couldn't really say anything in response to her questions...and how here we are seven months later and the book has been revised and edited and it's going through whatever it needs to to be a physical book ... and I have this gorgeous cover that is so much of what I wanted for this first SuperRomance.

Here's the blurb:

The Daddy Surprise

Since the loss of his wife, Alex Ryan has been living a half-life. But with one phone call, Alex discovers he's the biological father of a four-year-old girl, and everything changes.

Single mom Paige Kenner preferred to have a family without the man. Now suddenly there's Alex, who desperately wants to be a father to her little girl. A gorgeous, kind and committed father. Letting a stranger into their lives is far too dangerous, especially if his presence stirs a part of Paige that she longs to forget. . .

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Question Of The Month: The Reader Edition

This installment of the Question of the Month is for you, dear readers. Here's what we want to know:
What would you like to see here on the SuperRomance Authors blog? 

Right now, as you know, we offer a wide variety - some insights into our writing processes, some personal stuff, some snippets from our stories and contests and reports from conferences. I think it's safe to say you can always expect something different here :-) But is there anything you would like to see more of? Anything you're not currently seeing that you wish we would include? We want this blog to work for you. so don't be shy. Let us know what you do and don't like. 

Thanks for your feedback and for sharing your day with us. Virtual flowers headed your way!




Monday, October 13, 2014

The Story of Otis (and a book giveaway)

by Cathryn Parry

Otis is our neighbor’s cat. He’s a gray-striped tabby of about fourteen, and when he first moved into our neighborhood, he adopted our back porch as both his personal hunting blind and favorite place to hang out and nap.
We were appalled at first—especially my husband, who’s been allergic to cats his entire life. I’ve always loved the idea of pets, in theory (both parents are allergic to animals), but didn’t have much practical experience to judge how I’d like it. Until Otis showed up in our lives.

How could I resist a cat who stood on his hind legs and knocked on our screen door, every single day, just to say hello?

A cat who “talks”—I swear to you he says “Out,” “Hi,” “No,” and “I want to go out.”  If he’s feeling particularly argumentative, we can converse back and forth for awhile until I finally give in and get him what he wanted just because I’m laughing so hard.
A cat who knows how to open sliding screen doors so he can let himself into and out of the house without bothering his humans.

A cat who, like a dog, will follow us down the street and accompany us on walks, although at a respectable distance. He’ll also sit and watch cars go by, and greet us personally every time we return home from wherever it is we’ve been.
A turning point came in our cat-human relationship when my neighbor’s daughter moved back home from college, bringing her new cat with her, an adorable tiger-striped male named Simba that she’d picked up at a rescue shelter in Boston. Otis, however,was outraged. To show his displeasure, he ran away from home, snuck into our house and hid under the bed—he would not budge. And in our bed is now where he sleeps, next to me on the pillow.


Otis wants to go to Scotland
Now, we have a co-cat-parenting arrangement with our neighbor, where we take turns watching the two cat brothers if one or the other of us is out of town. I even gave in and upgraded my cellphone to a smart phone solely for the purpose of texting her about Otis’s schedule.

We love Otis. Interestingly, my husband isn’t allergic to him at all, though he does get a skin reaction when he touches Simba. My theory is that Otis’s fur is different—longer—he seems to be part Maine coon cat.  (Does anyone know if this makes a difference?  Please let me know in the comments!)

Otis was the featured pet in my second Superromance (The Long Way Home), and in each book since then, I’ve written in a different pet who lives in my neighborhood in real life.  I don’t ever do this with people (do not worry, neighbors!).


Scotland for Christmas

Cathryn Parry’s next Superromance is a December release. Scotland for Christmas doesn’t include any pets, alas, because Secret Service agents and graduate business students have hectic schedules.  Cathryn's website is www.CathrynParry.com.

 
PS  I have a book to give away.  I'll choose a random name from those entered in this post's comments.  Take care! 

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