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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Merry Christmas!


And to all a goodnight! I haven't been very good about keeping up with this blog, mainly because I do posts on Facebook, Twitter, and send out a monthly newsletter. So while I intend to keep up with those outlets, I'm going to put my blog on ice for now. Better to admit it, right, then put halfhearted updates every few months? If you haven't signed up for my newsletter, please do, on my Latest News page. You'll get one email once a month, and every month I give away a gift card as well as books, plus I include news (obviously!) and excerpts from my new releases. I might post book covers or really exciting news on my blog once in awhile, but I think that's about it for now. Unless I'm hit by a bolt of inspiration...

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Thursday, November 7, 2013
As I write this the wind is howling outside and I am feeling quite cozy although my feet are cold. The perils of living in a draughty two hundred year old house, I'm afraid! Hot water bottles have become my friends. I haven't blogged in awhile because I've been busy with promotional stuff for The Vicar's Wife, which was released about three weeks ago in England, and a week ago in the US. I had my first ever book signing event in Whitehaven, and it was a grand success! Lots of people, great food, and I signed loads of books, so I hope everyone went away happy. Many people in the village here have bought or read it, since it is set in a fictional version of my village. But I've been a bit nervous about people's responses because the main character in the book doesn't actually like living in the village until the end. A few people have made comments as if I'm the main character of the story, and I have to correct them, saying, 'You do know this is fiction, don't you?' to which they assure me they do, and then do the same thing all over again. Ah, well. There IS a lot of truth in the novel, but only in the details. The wind, for example, rattling the window panes of the house as it is doing now. The steep lane to the school. The muddy sheep. The emotional conflict, the characterisation, the whole story, is fiction. Fiction! And I do hope people realise that, especially my neighbours!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Release Day!
My new novel The Vicar's Wife is being released tomorrow, and I'm so excited. I've seen a copy of the paperback and it's just beautiful. And the feedback so far on the story has been terrific, which of course is very gratifying. The Vicar's Wife will be on sale in ebook and paperback from all major retailers:

Amazon UK as well as Amazon.com
and Barnes and Noble and Kobo

Some other places you can find it are Powells
and Christianbook.com

I can't wait to share this book with readers. It's fiction, of course, but much of it is taken from my life, including the house the main character lives in. Enjoy!

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Friday, September 20, 2013
So life has been flurry of trying to meet deadlines while preparing 4 children for school. A lot of firsts this autumn: first daughter starting GCSEs, second daughter starting secondary school, third daughter starting reception. (And there's a son in there too, but he's just going into Year Five!)

Another exciting first is the release of my first women's fiction, This Fragile Life. The reviews so far have been overwhelming positive: 'heart wrenching, beautiful and wise'; 'incredibly poignant' and 'a must read' being some of my favourites. (If I can't toot my own horn on my blog, where can I??)

It's also been shortlisted for the Book Junkies Choice Awards, and another first, my second women's fiction, The Vicar's Wife, has been named one of Net Galley's Top Ten Books of October! So I'm feeling pretty happy about all of that.

Here are the gorgeous covers:



Do check them out! This Fragile Life is out now, digital only on all ebook sites, and The Vicar's Wife is out in October in both paperback and ebook!

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Where I've Been
So for the last three weeks I've been on vacation, and I purposely did NOT take my computer. This was a hard thing for me to do, because I am very attached to my laptop, and also, to surfing the net. But I knew if I took my computer I'd be tempted to squeeze in some writing time, and something it has taken me far too many years to learn is that writing and taking care of children are separate activities and multitasking them doesn't really work--even though I made it work for many years. Or thought I did.

Now I am really trying to separate work or writing time with home or family time. Childcare definitely helps with this--I have an au pair coming to live with us tomorrow, which is the first time I've had steady childcare assistance. It's about time! So my goal for this year (I always make goals in September, like New Year's resolutions) is to write or work from 9-1 everyday, and be available to my family the rest of the time. No dashing off a few paragraphs while the kids play around me. No half-listening to my child talk about his day while I write an email to my editor. I haven't been happy with myself when I do that, and so now work is work and life is life. Watch this space to see if I hold fast to these lofty ambitions!

And here's where I've been for the last three weeks:

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Welcoming Natasha Hardy to my blog today, to talk about her debut Water
Kate Hewitt and I share a common passion, that of writing. There, on the surface at least, is it would seem the similarities in our passion ends.
Kate is an awesome author in the historical fiction and women’s fiction genres, where as I write young adult paranormal adventures…
Water, my latest novel, is a tantalising mixture of adventure, romance and intrigue in which mysterious mythical creatures desperately await the arrival of a seemingly ordinary girl.
The essence of Water though is very similar to the literature Kate writes and is found in the relationships that hold people together and push them apart- even if these people are mythical creatures rather than humans. It’s the fascinating connections we share with people within our sphere of influence and sometime with people we have never met before.
I have always found these interactions the most important in any story, because without them the hero’s journey is incomplete. It’s the love that is found or perhaps lost, the enemies that stand in the way, and the subtle motives that weave a golden thread of connection within the plot that make any story truly interesting.
And so while Kate and I may live on opposite sides of the world, she in America and me in South Africa, and while we may write in different genres; it’s the development of the connection, or sometimes the disconnection between the people in our stories that draws us onto the same proverbial page and I for one, am thrilled to be there!


Thanks Natasha! And check out this gorgeous cover:

Water is out now, as is my Carina debut, This Fragile Life! You can check them both out at any ebook retailer:

here for Water or here for This Fragile Life!



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Sunday, August 4, 2013
I am so thrilled to welcome my first fellow Carina author, Amy Bird, to my blog today. As many of you know, my women's fiction This Fragile Life
will be out digitally on August 20, and Amy's thriller, Yours is Mine,
is out this month as well. Yours is Mine is a psychological thriller about two women who exchange identities, masquerading as each other, is out now from Carina – perfect for people still haunted by Gone Girl and Before I Go To Sleep. This is the penultimate stop on her blog tour – and she’s getting a bit existential, so put on your thinking caps...!

In Essence

Existence precedes essence.

So the old existentialist saying goes. This would mean that there is no core unit of ‘self’ before action takes place. We have to do things before we ‘are’ anything: the actions that we take define us, rather than some intangible state of being, something we would bottle and promote as ‘us.’

What would it therefore mean to exchange your ‘self’ with another person’s? In Yours is Mine, Kate agrees to exchange identities with another woman, Anna, and they will masquerade as each other. Kate tries to access Anna’s ‘Anna-ness’, to think perpetually about ‘What would Anna do?’ But she can never quite ‘become’ Anna.

The source of Kate’s inauthenticity is that she goes from trying to be what she thinks she herself ought to be like, in essence, to what she thinks Anna is. Anna has told her they will each go round trying to be An Anna or A Kate – A Single Woman Living In London, or A Recently Bereaved Married Woman Based in Northumberland and Portsmouth, as if those are fixed forms of themselves. Whilst Kate shows a degree of commitment to Anna’s pet projects, and expects Anna in turn to take care of hers, they are nurturing those projects because they feel bound by them. They continue doing them only because they have been done before, stuck in a rut they have made for themselves.

Existentialists don’t deny the value of having a project or a life plan. But you must own that project – continually choose day after day, and acknowledge that you have the freedom to make that choice. That might be going to the gym, or staying in the same career, or with the same life partner. But only because you want to. Otherwise, do something else. Thus you can reclaim your existence, get your life back.

Unfortunately for Kate, she doesn’t just have to reclaim her existence in a lofty, pop-philosophy way: all the projects that she has worked for are at risk of attack from Anna, who would negate everything that Kate holds dear. Never mind whether Kate has ‘owned’ her choices – they were hers, and they took her life in a certain direction, which Anna looks set to undermine.

The real test for Kate on an existential level is whether she will transcend those choices that she made, and realise that she has the opportunity to make fresh ones, unfettered by the past.

If she is allowed to do so. And that, on a very visceral and earthy level, is down to Anna.

Yours is Mine is available now from Carina UK, the new digital imprint of Harlequin, here and via Amazon here , Kobo here and iBooks. You can follow Amy’s progress at AmyBirdWrites, on twitter at London Writer and on facebook at AmyBirdWrites

On her next and last blog tour stop, UnHingedNavyWives on 7 August, Amy will be doing a giveaway of a MIRA goodiebag, filled with six great titles from that Harlequin imprint, including Her Mother’s Shadow by Diane Chamberlain, The Forbidden Queen by Anne O’Brien, Love is a Thief by Clare Garber, and Wicked Ambition by Victoria Fox. So be sure to catch her there!



So, to celebrate Amy's book and my upcoming books, I'm giving away one of my backlist Harlequin Presents to one random commenter--your choice--plus a $10 Amazon gift card. Do you like to read thrillers like Amy's? Women's fiction? Straight romance? Leave a comment about your favourite types of fiction and you'll be automatically entered into the competition.

Happy reading,

Kate

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