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Catching My Breath
Sunday, September 26th, 2010

I just returned from Lake Tahoe, only to find that autumn has most definitely arrived. Sometimes I feel like I go, go, go and changes happen so subtely that I never really absorb it until the change is so complete, I have no choice but to notice.

This whole year has been like that for me. Sometimes it takes a vacation just to rest, settle and put things into perspective properly. Then pieces start to fall into place and make sense.

As far as writing goes, I’ve had a tumultuous, rewarding year…one of those kind of years where you cultivate a ton and await the publishing rewards the following year. I found out from agent this week that THE HOMETOWN HERO RETURNS, my first Harlequin Silhouette Special Edition book in the Harbor Town series comes out in April vs. May, and the second in August. I cannot wait to see the cover for THHR. My editor was very pleased with the manuscript–even said it took a lot for her to tear up when reading, but she did with the THHR not once, but several times.

I hope readers will venture into the contemporary category genre with me. For me, the change isn’t all that great as far as writing, but I’m sure it will displease some. Good thing I’m continuing to write erotics, both for Berkley and Samhain.:) I’ve always said my first priority is romance, and the only difference between a straight contemp and an erotic is how that growing sense of love, wonder and attachment is communicated between the hero and heroine. Sex can be a wonderful means for communicating that connection, at times raw, intimidating, and primal, and others gentle, cherishing and sweet. In the contemporary category romance, sexual tension plays just as prime of a role, but the sense of growing connection comes from other things, such as plot, characterization and dialogue. All of this is true for the erotic romance, as well, but the primary language for h/h communication is what differs.

It’s fall versus summer, so I’m really starting to look forward to the release of EXPLOSIVE, the contemporary erotic suspense I have coming out December 7 from Berkley Heat. Lea from the Closetreader blog has been working overtime on my video for EXPLOSIVE. I love what she did with RELEASE’s video, and I think I’m going to love this one as much. I had so many requests for the EXPLOSIVE bookmark, by the way, that I’m having trouble keeping up. Thanks for the interest, and I’ll do my best to get out each and every one.

Autumn also means that my new, re-vamped Beth Kery/Bethany Kane website is just around the corner in December. Frauke, the genius behind CrocoDesigns, has been working on it for month, so I’m so excited for its debut.

As the trees start to turn and the air turns brisk, I hope you’re awaiting a bountiful harvest in some aspect of your world this year.

Happy Reading!

Winner of a Fi Novella
Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Hi all! Well, we’re about to head down the mountain from Tahoe to Reno to fly home. Had a terrific vacation, PLUS I made significant progress on my second HQ book.

The winner of Fi’s novella of choice (choose from the three listed and let me know your choice at bethkery@aol.com) is Zina!

Night Haven releases and a free Fiona novella!
Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

My good friend and fellow author Fiona Jayde had a paranormal romance novella called NIGHT HAVEN come out at Samhain this week, so I’m taking time out from my vacation in Lake Tahoe to give a shout out! I’m going to give the winner of the drawing a choice of one of these Fiona sexy, adventuresome novellas: Booty Call, Treasure of Devil’s Isle, or Pas de Deux. (Here’s a link to Amazon for Fi’s books). All you have to do is leave a comment to qualify, and I’ll choose a name Friday!

Congrats on the release of NIGHT HAVEN, Fi!

1. When you first considered writing a werewolf series, what did you think your biggest challenge would be? And now that you’ve written the first book, do you think you were right, or was there something even tougher you came across as you worked on the story?

One of the two biggest challenges in Night Haven turned out to be the plot thread on which I’m building the series. (Don’t you love it when that happens?)
My hero – Luke – is a vampire tortured by his immortality and his inability to feel really anything. Well I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and I just couldn’t see that happening with Luke remaining an immortal vampire – or turning Dina into one. I can’t really give away the ending, but this main plot thread – the mortality/immortality conflict – was the hardest to nail down – and the I think one of the most unique aspects in the story. (Which addresses my second challenge – trying to make something unique and fresh out of something which so many talented authors have already played with)

2. NIGHT HAVEN is the first in a planned series. What elements attract you to writing a series? What elements attract you to reading one?

I love the continuity of loosing myself in a world (both reading and writing). You know the rules, you know what can be broken. In both reading and writing you can get one hell of a surprise when those rules get bent. I also love an opportunity to explore characters “before” their story – so that I get to know them first, before they face the challenge and obstacle of falling in love. (I mentioned that I”m a romance junkie right?)

3. You write very strong, kick-ass heroines. What qualities do your heroes need to keep up with them without looking… well… like wusses? 🙂

LOL tough one! I think the most important quality a hero needs to not look like a wuss with a tough kickass heroine is his complete security in his masculinity. He doesn’t need to prove himself – to himself or anyone else. Confidence is one of the most attractive qualities in a hero IMO:)

4. What kind of research did you do for NIGHT HAVEN?

Angels. Bloodwolves are named for Angels and I did a lot of research into Angel names and such.
That and the mythical Lilith who supposedly was the first cast out angel (Or Adam’s first wife – depends on what you read) who may have birthed demons. (I”m thinking she was grossly misunderstood)

5. Describe a typical day spent writing. Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Ya know, I don’t think I’ve ever had a “typical” writing day in a LOONG time. I usually mutter to myself. And I will cat my older cat to come help – I write best with feline supervision. I think I need some sort of ritual with my Terra Cotta Chinese Warriors before I start writing to perk up the old muse.

6. Aside from being an uber-talented writer, you’re also a graphic artist. Do your two artistic outlets ever intersect?

Oww thanks! Actually the artistic side and the writer side don’t talk to each other much. The only time I did my own cover was for DragonSlayer (GrimJustin doesn’t count since the cover followed a previous idea). Well it took me AGES to nail something down – because translating a vision from writing then back to a visual medium is not something I’m easily capable of.

7. And now for something a little different… If you could live in any time period that came before this one, which time period would you pick, and where (geographically) would you live?

I would LOOOVE to go to feudal Japan and study to be a Ninja. Learn how to leap and fly and be invisible and invincible.
I have a strong fascination in anything Japanese – and specifically the art of stealth:)

Be sure and leave a comment to qualify to win a free Fi ebook novella!!

Free Explosive Bookmark and Bookplate upon Request
Friday, September 10th, 2010

Write me with your snail mail addy at bethkery@aol.com, and I’ll send you a free bookmark and an autographed bookplate for my December 7, 2010 release of Explosive, from Berkley Heat.

His touch would consume her—if it didn’t kill her first…

Dr. Sophie Gable wasn’t expecting her peaceful getaway to be shattered by the arrival of a half-dazed, dead-sexy guest. Thomas Nicasio has obviously been traumatized, and Sophie thinks she knows by what. There’s something about Thomas’s father that he can’t—or won’t—remember. Something that could get them both killed. Still she can’t resist Thomas’s electrifying seduction—or her instincts to help him…

An ex-Navy explosives specialist, Thomas has never felt this type of volatile need for a woman. Even while he’s grieving the deaths of his brother and nephew, something in Sophie makes Thomas want to overtake her, and each time he does, her willing submission makes him want her all the more. But danger is lurking close by, and if he can’t face the demons of his past, he and Sophie could be the next victims in a pattern of meaningless violence…

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