Saturday, March 11, 2017

Sit-down Saturday with Kate James (Sanctuary Cove)

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 nowA 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!

Kate

Purchase Links for Sanctuary Cove




27 comments:

  1. Great sit down, Kate. I enjoyed reading about the inspiration for the story. That's a wonderful underlying message. As you know, I loved Emma and Josh's story. Have a great Saturday!

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    1. Thank you, Jill! I'm loving your debut, Second Chance Romance. Congratulations on all five-star reviews! :)

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  2. Wow Kate. I had no idea when I read Sanctuary Cove that it was inspired by your personal experience. It was a great read!!

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    1. Thank you, Laurie. I'm very happy you enjoyed it, and thank you for the fantastic review!

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  3. Oh, I love your casting choices, Kate! And I think it's great this story was inspired by your personal experiences. And the dogs! What's not to love? :) Congrats on the release and so excited to be sharing this release month with you!

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    1. Thank you, Cerella! I'm thrilled to be able to share a release month with you, too. Congratulations on the terrific response to A SONG FOR RORY!

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  4. Congratulations, Kate--and to the rest of this month's terrific authors. Your book sounds wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Leigh. You have another Kansas Cowboys book, LAST CHANCE COWBOY, releasing in May. I look forward to it!

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  5. Kate! I was floored when I read that you went through this yourself! As you know I'm reading this fabulous book, which in my opinion is the kind of story line that most of us find in a hardback, and now as I finish the story, I'll be thinking of what you sacrificed. I also agree with you. There are times in your career when you know going in that to do the right thing is going to cost---big time, but you do it anyway. Sometimes, it takes decades to shake out, but the right thing really does reveal it's presence in our lives every minute of every day when we look in the mirror and see our reflection.
    You are a woman of honor in addition to being multi-multi talented.

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    1. Oh, oh . . . I should have clarified that while I stuck to my principles, I didn't lose the job or a guy! (And I never dated a guy like the one Emma was engaged to.) I did have my cottage at that time though!

      Thank you for the kind words about the book. I'm glad you're enjoying it.

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  6. Loved the story, and I'm looking forward to the other books. A Child's Christmas really touched my heart, so I'm excited there will be a sequel.

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    1. Aww...thank you, Beth for the kind words, Beth! I'm glad you enjoyed it both books. A Priceless Find was a lot of fun to write because of the plot twists.

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  7. Kate, I loved this story from cover to cover. Your characters and their animals always feel so real. Looking forward to whatever's next.

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    1. I'm glad to hear it, Roz! Thank you very much.

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  8. Great interview! Congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you, Melanie! I hope you get a chance to try any one of the fabulous March releases.

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  9. Kate, your story sounds very intriguing. I'm looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. If you do get a chance to read it, I would love to know how you enjoyed it. I value feedback from other talented authors!

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  10. Congrats on the new release, Kate! Can't wait to dive into this one...it's my reward for meeting deadline (and after I finish copy edits ). Wishing you many sales! <3

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    1. Aww...thank you, Anna! Congratulations for meeting your deadline...I can relate to the copy edits, as that's where I am with my October release. I hope you enjoy Sanctuary Cove, and I would love to get your critique when you're done! :)

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  11. Wonderful post, Kate. You are one of the hardest working people I know, so the fact that you refused to compromise your morals doesn't surprise me at all! I'm so proud to share a release date with you!

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    1. I'm very happy to be sharing a release month with you, too, LeAnne. Congratulations on the wonderful reaction to your debut, HER TEXAS REBEL! Thank you for the kind words and for stopping by.

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  12. Thanks for sharing the book with us Kate. Sounds intriguing. :)

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  13. Kate, Congratulations on your latest book, Sanctuary Cove! Sounds like a place I wouldn't mind spending some time myself. Looking forward to this one and all of your upcoming books.

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    1. Thank you, Carol! From what I know about you and your love of the outdoors, I think you would enjoy the town of Sanctuary Cove!

      I saw the cover of your next book. It looks fantastic, and I look forward to reading it!

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