Welcome to Sit-down Saturday! Today we’re celebrating the release of Sanctuary Cove with Kate James.
Congratulations on the release of Sanctuary Cove, Kate! Can you tell us a little about the book?
I'm happy to do it!
New York based communications executive Emma Meadows never imagined that sticking to her principles against an act of corruption would cost her her job and her relationship. Heartbroken, she retreats to her lakefront cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. Aiding an injured animal at the side of a rain-drenched road, she meets local veterinarian Joshua Whitmore. Gradually, Josh’s charm and persistence overcome her defenses. But when Emma’s past abruptly intrudes—putting reputations and even lives at stake—it threatens everything she and Josh have begun to build together.
What was your inspiration for this story?
The idea for this story has been around for a while. I was exposed to an incident of corruption early in my business career, and no amount of pressure could cause me to compromise my integrity and principles. Whatever else happened, I had to be able to go home at the end of the day, look myself in the mirror, and know I had done the right thing. There’s an underlying message in Sanctuary Cove which I truly believe in, that if you do the right thing, the right things will (eventually) happen. The incident I mentioned above inspired me, and I wanted to write the story of a young woman principled enough not to compromise her ethics or integrity, despite the personal cost. Of course, it’s still a romance and Emma and Josh (as well as their dogs) find their HEA!
You have not one, not two, but three dog characters in this book! Are the dogs entirely fictitious or are they modeled after one of your own dogs?
I do tend to have furry, four-legged characters in my books, who often play key parts in the plot and/or with respect to bringing the hero and heroine together, and Sanctuary Cove is no exception. I do both—pick a breed that seems to suit the role the dog plays or fictionalize a pet I’ve had. In Sanctuary Cove, Theo is entirely fictitious, while Max and Winston are based on two of our previous pups, Casper and Buster, respectively. Here’s a fun post I wrote some time ago, about how I had to rewrite portions of a story when the book’s cover ended up with an entirely different breed of dog.
What's next for you?
In addition to Sanctuary Cove, I will have two more releases this year. Home to Stay, the fourth book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series releases on July 1st and is available for preorder now. A Priceless Find, a sequel to A Child’s Christmas, will be released on October 1st.
Any final words you'd like to share?
Yes, thank you. I'm thrilled to be sharing a release month with Cerella Sechrist, LeAnne Bristow, Tara Randel and Harlequin Love Inspired author Jill Weatherholt. The five of us are offering some great giveaways and features this month!
Most notably, we have our purchase sweepstakes as a way to say thank you to our readers. One lucky person will receive a spectacular Love is Blooming Potter's Passion Prize Pack consisting of a solid-wood, hand-made planter box, brimming with treats for gardening enthusiasts, a garden tool set, tote and folding seat, thirteen “ever-blooming” blacked-eyed Susan garden stakes, three pairs of garden gloves, 25,000 Harlequin My Rewards points, and three previously-released, signed Heartwarming books! (Approximate retail value: $170.)
Purchase* any of our five March releases for one entry for each book and register your purchase here. You can also enter by purchasing the March Heartwarming box set. The sweepstakes runs until March 30th.
* Alternate method of entry available. Please see Official Rules on the entry form for details.
I'm also thrilled to be kicking off my blog tour for Sanctuary Cove with Prism Book Tours today. You can find the full schedule of stops and details of the giveaway here.
How can readers connect with you or learn more about your books?
As always, I love to hear from readers. You can learn about my books and connect with me on Facebook, Twitter or my website.
Thank you for stopping by and happy reading!
Purchase Links for Sanctuary Cove