April 19, 2016


I'm proud to announce that Across the Line won the Best Contemporary Romance 2016 award from the Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition. I won this award before for a different category, but never received the trophy. This is my very first trophy ever.

April 1, 2016

Square Six

So, remember that team plane story?

It's gone.

She's now a high-end matchmaker. I'm 10K in with about 70K to go. Unfortunately, I need to get another novella finished. I committed to participate in a Silver Fox boxed set in which the characters are all forty or above. It's going to be fun, but it's due soon and I have to get going on it.

February 18, 2016

Square One

On Tuesday, I got my assignment from The Most Amazing Editor In the World, Kerri. Send her In the Zone book 5 by mid-May. The next day, I begin to plot. I know I want it to be Booth MacDonald's story. I decide Elliot Fleming is going to buy the team a plane, so I think, why not have Booth fall in love with one of the flight crew? It'll be a "forbidden love" story. Here are the initial notes I made.

Then, I started with the Post-its. I write scene descriptions down and move them around as needed. I got about half the book plotted, but hit a bit of a wall, so I decided to just start writing.

I wrote about 700 words. It was fun. Then around nine o'clock, I thought, "This story sucks." I also thought, "Kate, this is the end of your hockey series. You have no more ideas." I rarely get these self-doubt attacks, but there it was.

Enter Jennifer Lazaris, a fellow hockey romance writer and friend. With her help, I find some tropes that sound interesting and all apply to the heroine.

  • She's the sister of one of Booth's teammates.
  • She's a virgin.
  • She's a big, beautiful woman, but with shaky self-confidence.
Together, we start brainstorming what Booth's heroine is like. Why is she a virgin? Who's sister is she? When we finally said good night (or when Jen finally said, "I must go make pancakes now"), I was excited about the new heroine. I had also killed off Phoebe Sugarman and her daughter Sam. Booth's physically handicapped dad might also have gotten cut. That remains to be seen.

Today, I am revitalized. I jotted down two pages of notes about the new heroine.She doesn't have a name yet, but she will soon because I can't write unless there are names. I got a bit more nailed down about who Booth is and what happened to him before he became a Barracuda.

This book is taking off and I'm really excited.

February 17, 2016

In Which I Do a Truncated David Letterman Impression

I'm guest blogging at the Carina Press blog today about my Top 5 Reasons to Read Sports Romance. Check it out if you get the chance!

January 5, 2016

The Return of the Blog

No, it's not an internet horror movie, it's merely that I decided I did have a few things I wanted to say in a blog format. Stay tuned.