Thursday, February 08, 2007

Brand New Websites and Books and Blogs -by Kate Walker

I meant to post this last month - honestly I did! But a lot of things got in the way. There was New Year (was that really over a month ago? Happy New Year anyway!) And there were family birthdays - oh yes, and there was a sexy Spaniard! Not in real life, unfortunately. No, this was the hero of the next book I'm writing and I had to spend time getting to know him and start to write about him - because that's another thing that distracted me - a deadline that wasn't where I thought it was going to be.

All of which diverted me from the fact that I meant to tell you that I have a brand new and beautiful web site for 2007. (Well, I think it's beautiful). I'd had the old website for ten years and it was looking a little worn. So I decided that a great way to start the New Year was with a revamp to revive the whole thing. After all, 2007 is the year in which my 50th title for Harlequin is going to be published - in July - so I didn't want a web site that looked as if it's been around all that time.

I worked with the website designers at We Write Romance and after some discussion and debate we came up with a brand new design that is, I think, warm and welcoming and very 'Presents'. I hope you'll come by and visit my new site and see what you think.

While you're there, you'll also be able to read about all the books I have coming out this year (including that 50th title - and I'll be running a special celebratory contest for that). Starting with my February release The Italian's Forced Bride which is out now and which thrilled me by flying straight to #2 on the Waldenbooks best selling romances list. A great big thank you to everyone who bought a copy to give me this wonderful result.

This morning, in my mail was a Newsletter from HMB Editorial for Modern/Presents telling me all about some new and interesting developments that are coming up for the line. I can't go public about all of them yet (watch this space) but here's something I can let you in on now.

There's a new blog in town and it's devoted entirely to Harlequin Presents novels. And as I'm assuming that many of you who are reading this blog are fans of Presents then this is for you.
It's a blog for the readers and the fans of Harlequin Presents written by some of the biggest fans of the line - the editors - and there will be plenty about the authors too. Right now Executive Editor Tessa Shapcott is blogging about the very special appeal of the Harlequin Presents line and there are lots of interesting posts coming up. So why not take a look at I(Heart)Presents and see what's going on?

Coming in April - Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride

(Guido's story)

Part one of the Sicilian Brothers duo


Jennifer Y. said...

The new site looks great and I loved The Italian's Forced Bride!

liz said...

Hey Kate,

I know what you mean by time running out. It only seemed like yesterday was still 2006, and in the blink of an eye, we are almost in the middle of Feb. 2007 already.

And Congrats!!! You must be very excited. 50th book and new website! What a great way to start the new year.


Anne McAllister said...

And congrats on The Italian's Forced Bride being #! on the Waldenbooks Bestseller list this week!


Lee Hyat said...

Kate, I agree with Anne, that IS wonderful news about THE ITALIAN'S FORCED BRIDE being #1. Congratulations! :)
And thank you for sharing the news about I(Heart)Presents. I'm going to be visiting regularly, for sure.