Kate the Great

Katherine (Kate) Hollingsworth-Collins is the first heroine I ever wrote about.  She had to be a secret agent due to my lifelong love of 007 and many other spy movies, such as Mission Impossible.  The Bond Girl always dies, except in Spectre.  I was shocked to see her still alive and well.

Kate doesn’t meet her demise in the trilogy.  I’m happy to say she is alive and well in 2034 in the 3rd and final installment.  Her children take center stage, and her daughter, Liz, causes just as much mayhem as she did.  Maybe more.

How to Capture Kate is currently reduced in price on Kindle for only 99 CENTS from August 31 to September 7!  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GDC1EC6

Be sure to read the first book while it’s on sale.  The sequel will be out soon, winter 2016-2017.  The third book will follow shortly thereafter, since it’s set mostly in the future.

Callie Weaver is the newest character in A Lethal Liaison (3rd installment), and the woman has quite a past.  She’s a farm girl who has her innocence stripped away at the age of 14.  She moves to New York four years later, and her life is changed by a man who has a past with Nathan Reed.  She encounters Kate in 2034, because her son is involved with Liz.  She has a different name, Abby Cavanaugh, and has changed her profession from an independent prostitute to a real estate agent.  (FYI:  My mom used to be a real estate agent and still holds a license.  I don’t have too go far for research on that subject.)

Liz has unearthed secrets about the family that prompt her to act out.  She puts not only her life, but the lives of others in danger in the process.

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Having a Bad Monday-Escape with Your Imagination

I have what I hope is good news for a Monday.  I have added a little bonus to the short story “Nathan’s Story” in the Undercover Romance Series on Kindle.   You now get some background on Special Agent Nathan Reed and also Leo Kensington.                                   https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GG7RL52

Leo is the nearly the perfect man.  Most women wold fall at his feet.  He’s sexy and thoughtful.  The man oozes romance.  Kate is supposed to be so angry with Nathan that she’d never forgive him when Leo comes into her life.  Nathan is relentless in his pursuit to win back Kate’s affection.  There are so many plots and twists during the last few chapters of “How to Capture Kate” (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01GDC1EC6), you’re left guessing who she ends up with until the very end.

My life wasn’t quite as complicated as Kate’s.  I met my darling husband in first grade of elementary school.  We didn’t start dating until we were teens, and people have often called us high school sweethearts.  After falling in love with my sweet, caring husband, I’ve never even looked at another man.  Okay, at least not in real life.  I do find a few actors to be extremely handsome, but I’d never leave my husband for one.

I actually picture these attractive actors in my head as my characters play out their scenes.  After befriending several other authors, I’ve found out this technique is rather common.  One friend readily admits her characters speak to her in her mind as she writes.

My son thinks Scarlett Johansson with long, light brown hair and blonde highlights is the perfect Kate Collins.  I must admit she looks good with any hair color.  I visualize Channing Tatum as super sexy Special Agent Nathan Reed.  No one is gorgeous enough for Clay Carlisle except Chris Hemsworth.  His brother, Liam, is my choice for Leo Kensington, who has male model appeal.

I don’t intend to overcast your perception of the leads in my story.  Imagine them being anyone you please.  Reading is such an enjoyable pastime.  We get to envision the scenes and the people in the books any way we choose.  Have fun with your imagination.  If your Monday isn’t going the way you’d like, escape in a book.  You won’t hurt my feelings if it just so happens to be one of mine.

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The Origin of Leo’s Name

While I’m hard at work on the second installment of the Undercover Romance Series, I thought I’d share my story about Leo’s name.  For a special anniversary a few years back, I finally received my dream diamond ring–The Leo.  I decided on the princess cut diamond pictured below.  My original wedding set has a tiny little diamond, but still holds a special place in my heart.  I wear it around my neck suspended from a heart-shaped ring keeper.  I am, and will always be, a hopeless romantic.

When I started writing the book How to Capture Kate about five years ago, I named one of the romantic leads after my ring.  Leo Kensington was born.  He calls Kate the nickname Princess, also after my ring.  Leo is romantic and perfect.

The book originally had a different ending.  I took some advice from my son and changed a few details around.  I am so happy I did from my readers’ reactions.

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Wants of the Heart

I am behind on everything today.  I have been serving as a counselor at a Youth Camp for the past week with no internet.  Back to the real world, and on a Monday to boot.

Just a quick post to let everyone know my historical romance novel Wants of the Heart is now available on Kindle.  My late uncle and several cousins are from Texas.  I have visited the state and loved it.  My family actually lives in a city that was located on the Chisholm Trail.  Cris Garrett, along with his father and his men, uses this trail to drive a herd of longhorn cattle from San Antonia upstate when they encounter a gang of rustlers.

I picked the town of Burleson, because it is closer to Red River Station and the Oklahoma border.  I couldn’t think of a better place than Texas for a handsome U.S. Marshal, Lee Reynolds, to ride into town and want to steal Josie Garrett away from her husband.  The Marshal actually shares a past with her.  He used to trade her kisses for shooting lessons.

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