After their strategic “marriage of commerce” three years ago, Rule quite forgot about Violet Griffin, the teenage heiress to a Boston manufacturing fortune. He simply spoke his vows, took over her father’s business and returned to England to resume his usual pursuits: high-priced wine, high-stakes gambling and high-born women.
Yet when Violet, now a sophisticated woman, unexpectedly appears at Rule's London townhouse, husbandly duties no longer seem so odious—he can't wait to take his stunning bride to their marriage bed. Violet, however, is not so easily led: she has her own ideas and is seeking an annulment to marry another. But as Rule attempts to win her over, someone else is determined to frame him for murder and keep him out of the way for good….
Kat will be giving away a copy of ROYAL'S BRIDE here, plus she has a contest going on at her web site. You can learn more by going to her web site at katbooks.com
Here, we asked her some questions and she has graciously given us some terrific responses:
Tell us about your new release.
RULE’S BRIDE is the final book in my Brides Trilogy, following ROYAL’S BRIDE and REESE’S BRIDE. The three novels are stories about the handsome Dewar brother’s, sons of the Duke of Bransford.
Rule Dewar, the youngest, is the wildest and most rakish of the brothers, the least ready to settle down. Or so he believes until he agrees to an arranged marriage with a young American girl named Violet Griffin. Violet is every bit as strong-willed and determined as Rule, which made the book extremely fun to write. I also liked the action in this book, the adrenalin-pumping scenes as the plot unfolds. Co-owners of Griffin Manufacturing, Violet and Rule are thrown together as they frantically try to discover who is working to destroy their company--perhaps at the cost of Rule’s life.
Though I had always loved to read, actually writing a book or even a short story never crossed my mind until I was helping my husband with a book he had written (his first and unpublished at the time). I had such fun editing, and as my work on the book came to an end, I realized I seemed to have a knack for it. I decided to write my own book, which became Magnificent Passage, my first historical romance.
Where do you get your information or ideas for your stories?
Usually I run across some kernel of information that makes me start thinking. A newspaper article, a passage from a history book, a TV show or movie. From there the kernel expands into an idea which eventually grows into a story.
What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I think writers are generally pretty dull people. We sit in front of a computer all day trying to get the story in our heads down on paper. I’m not sure I have any particular quirk. Though I do love to work where I have some sort of view. In Montana, I look out at the mountains, snow-capped as I write these. At the beach where we winter, I look out on one of the boating channels that leads to the harbor.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I suppose I would have to say I was surprised I could actually write an entire book! Even more surprised that someone wanted to publish it. I am wonderfully surprised daily by the number of readers all over the world who seem to enjoy my work.
What authors and friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
I’ve always read a lot. Early romance writers like Annya Seton and Frank Yearby were big influences, Kathleen Woodiwiss was another. My husband was the biggest personal influence I had. He was truly supportive from the first few words I wrote (which were awful but he said were great), and still is to this day.
What does your family think about your career as a published author?
When my mom was alive, she was NOT a fan. She disliked romance novels in general. She was glad for my success, but I think secretly she wished I would write “The Great American Novel.”
The rest of my family has been great. My friend, author Meryl Sawyer, was a huge help when we were both just beginning to write.
Can you tell us about what’s coming up next for your writing wise?
I am just finishing a contemporary romantic suspense series, AGAINST THE WIND, AGAINST THE FIRE, AGAINST THE LAW, The Raines Brothers Trilogy. The books are scheduled for release January, February, March of next year. I loved writing these books: three great heroes and the ladies who tame them. I’m hoping readers will love them as much as I do.
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