Monday, July 18, 2016

July Releases, Sweepstakes Winner, RWA in San Diego and More . . . by Kate James

I am thrilled to be sharing a release month with Amy Vastine, Catherine Lanigan and Karen Rock! We had great fun planning the various release-related activities for our readers. One such activity was a preorder sweepstakes.
Congratulations to Stephanie Craig for being our winner!

Currently, we have a joint blog tour underway with TLC Blog Tours. We have 31 exciting stops, with giveaways. You can find the full schedule of stops here.

But that's not all! On July 20th, we will be holding a Facebook party, with special author guests Brenda Novak, Elizabeth Heiter and Roz Denny Fox.

If you haven't registered already, you can do so here. We'd love to see you at the party. Of course, we'll have fun events and lots of giveaways! The prize packs I will be giving away are shown in the picture below...and each author will have their own giveaways, too!
Next, I would like to share some pictures from the RWA 2016 conference in San Diego. It was wonderful seeing good friends and making new ones. A highlight of the event each year is the Harlequin party, and this year didn't disappoint.

Despite the full schedule of events and workshops, we were able to find some time to relax and enjoy beautiful San Diego.

The picture on the bottom rigth is of an inscription on the window of the roof-top lounge at the Hyatt. Isn't it appropriate for Heartwarming authors?!

Those of you who have read any of the books in my K-9 trilogy know that they are set in San Diego. In fact, many of the scenes in When I Found You, my July release, are set at the San Diego airport. Although the airport in the book is fictionalized, I couldn't resist taking some pictures of the actual airport when I arrived.

Perhaps these pictures will help you better visualize some of the settings in the story!

On the topic of When I Found You, I am currently on tour with Prism Book Tours. Although the tour is well underway, you can still visit any of the stops. The schedule of stops can be found here. This is the prize pack up for grabs:
If you attended RWA, what was your favorite moment? If you didn't, what did you do over the weekend? One person leaving a comment will be selected at random to receive a K-9 trilogy T-shirt!
Please check back here (at the end of this post) Tuesday morning for the announcement of the winner (Canada/US only).

In case you are wondering what Harley and Logan were up to while I was in San Diego, they had a blast at their "country club," and made some new friends in the process.
Best wishes and happy reading!

Kate
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And the winners are . . .


Sincere thanks to everyone who visited our blog yesterday and left a comment. For the giveaway, I didn't exclude Heartwarming authors this time because I appreciate all the tremendous support I receive from all of you; however, when the first name I drew happened to be a Heartwarming author, I decided to draw again and give away two T-shirts.

And the winners are:
  • Heartwarming author, Loree Lough; and
  • Pam Jones-Hamblin.

Loree, I have your address. Pam, please send me a personal message on Facebook with your mailing address and shirt size.

Thanks again to everyone who played along!

Best wishes,


Kate
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32 comments:

  1. Thanks for all of the great news and updates Kate James. I love the RWA pictures and those of Harley, Logan and friends.
    Over the weekend I was reading When I Found You, which is terrific so far, and putting together a wonderful interview with Amy Vastine for Goodreads, which goes live in a couple of hours. I also attended a cookout with many dear friends. ( :

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    1. Sounds like a fun and full weekend, Laurie! Thank you for sharing. I look forward to reading the interview with Amy.

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    2. Hi, Laurie,
      Thank you for all your super fabulous support for Heartwarming. We had the most fantabulous time, as you can see. Plus, so much information, that I hope for many it was a career changer. Thanks as well to the Harlequin editors and staff who spend so much time and effort to keep us up to date on what they are doing, planning and the corporate accomplishments. It's a lot of work by many, many people to put a book out there for our readers' enjoyment. Kudos all!

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    3. Catherine said it perfectly so I second what she said! :)

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  2. It looked like you all--including Harley and Logan--had so much fun!

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    1. We did, Liz . . . and Harley and Logan are now sleeping it off!

      We missed you at RWA.

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  3. Lovely photos, Kate. It really was a fantastic week! My only complaint is that it went by too fast. Already looking forward to next year.

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    1. It was terrific, and I agree with you that it went too fast. One of my favorite moments was "eavesdropping" on you, Amy and Cheryl while you were plotting your anthology! You got me hooked!

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  4. Great pictures! It sounds like a wonderful conference. I participated in Camp Gonnabe over on the community forum where I (hopefully) nailed down my characters motivations, smiled at top ten lists, and drooled over virtual dresses and dates. I'm sure Harley and Logan are thrilled you're home again.

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    1. Sounds like a productive weekend, Beth! As for Harley and Logan, it's hard to say if they are thrilled or not, because all they've been doing since I picked them up first thing this morning is sleep! :-)

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  5. Last week was so much fun and I love all your pictures. Hope we will see lots of people at our Facebook party this week. Should be a great time!

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    1. It was a lot of fun, Amy! There's still time for people to sign up for the Facebook party. I've seen some of the prizes from our guest authors, and it promises to be a fun event with terrific prizes!

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  6. The books sound so fantastic! I can hardly wait to get my copies!

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    1. Thanks, Loree. I'm just finishing Catherine's SOPHIE'S PATH, and I can say it's fantastic!

      We'd love to see you at our FB party on the 20th!

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  7. The books sound so fantastic! I can hardly wait to get my copies!

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  8. What fun! Thank you for sharing your photos from RWA, Kate. As you know, I've read When I Found You, and I loved it. I can't wait to read the other books. The country club photos are priceless!

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    1. I was thrilled that you liked WHEN I FOUND YOU, and I appreciate you taking the time to leave such a wonderful review. I know you'll enjoy the other July releases just as much.

      I love that the people who run the dogs' country club always send me photos (and quite good ones!). The only down side of their stay is they don't smell quite as sweet afterwards. They have an appointment with the groomer tomorrow!

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  9. Congrats to Stephanie for her win!

    And I LOVE all the photos and I had a phenomenal time seeing everyone there.

    Kate, your dog play date pics are the best!

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    1. I am very happy that we got to spend some time together! I'm not certain that dogs miss us at all when we leave them there, they are so buy playing and socializing!

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  10. Ah, the memories. RWA was grand! Trying now to get back into my writing routine 😍 and looking forward to the party this week. It was great to see you, Kate, and many of the other Heartwarmers.

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    1. It was wonderful seeing you, too. Next year, we should find the opportunity to spend a little more time together!

      We look forward to seeing you at our party.

      Best wishes with the writing!

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  11. I went to a memorial service on Saturday for a loved one. His wishes were to have a re -enactment from the civil war era. So, people were dressed in civil war clothing, they lit a cannon and made a loud ka - boom! Then a local town held a yearly get together in the park. We listened to music, there was dancing, food, and games. There was also a antique car show. In the evening the local fire dept shot off fire works with out any problems. It has been so dry here some places didn't during the 4th of July. It was a fun time! Pam Hamblin

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    1. Thanks for sharing your weekend experience, Pam. Good luck with the giveaway!

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  12. I dropped in for a minute from my deadline day! To congratulate you and wish you all the best! sorry I missed RWA this year. Cheers to next year in Disney!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Shana, and I hope the MS is progressing well!

      I missed seeing you at RWA, but it would be terrific to get together in 2017.

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  13. Thought about all of you all weekend. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. And you all look so gorgeous - is that LeAnn in the green booties. Glad you're all back safe and sound.

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    1. We missed seeing you, Muriel. Yes, that's LeAnne in the neon-green Harlequin socks, all ready to dance the night away!

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  14. Great post and pictures! I was so excited to get to meet some of you in person. I would be wearing the bright green socks in the picture of me! My friends at home made me promise not to leave the party until it was over (I'm usually in bed pretty early) so those socks helped me to power through!

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    1. It was wonderful meeting you in person, LeAnne! I'm so glad you were able to get your contract in place to be there with us.

      Did you really still until the very end of the party?!

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  15. Omigarsh! Thank you, Kate! And thanks for sharing those RWA moments, too. Can't wait to read this fantastic story!

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    1. My pleasure, Loree! RWA was a lot of fun. If you do get a chance to read WHEN I FOUND YOU, I hope you enjoy it!

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  16. I did go to National. I liked everything but could never figure out how to find my way around the hotel. I think I walked many extra miles. Can't believe I missed seeing you. (See sad face)

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