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February has never been one of my favourite months. It's dark and damp and - well, frankly, pretty dreary. Christmas is well behind you, the celebrations - and resolutions - of New Year are something of a hazy memory. And there are weeks and weeks before Easter or anything like that on the horizon.
But this year, February has been doing pretty well for itself. First of all, there's the fact that after the terrible snow we had through December and the danger and disappointments in trying to travel about in it - friends had to cancel visits - we couldn't make it to visit family - even the tiny brightening of the weather, with the darkness of night no longer descending well before teatime, is really welcome.
And then there are books - for my ,money, books will always brighten a day or more! One of the very best things about being a writer is the publication of a band new title, one that has never been on the shelves before. I've got one of those coming up - The Proud Wife is my next Harlequin Presents release - but that's not actually the one that's brightening my February. No, the books that have been making me smile have been turning up like old memories, old friends, and I've been so happy to see them.
For a start, there's the special 3 in 1 Collection Mediterranean Tycoons that was published on February 1st. Here's a book of mine that first came out in 2007 - The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife rereleased in a brand-new form, and in great company too - there are books by Michelle Reid and Sarah Morgan in this volume too.
Then I've been receiving bundles of foreign language books - all of these are reprints, some old, some new - and the fun is in finding out just which book of mine has been translated, reprinted and rereleased in this new format.
For a start there's the book that was shgort-listed for Romantic Times Best Presents Extra Award for 2010 - The Konstantos Marriage Demand - only it doesn't say that on the cover - either of them - of the two translations - no, three - one is Dutch, one Japanese and one Korean. (For two of them, the Japanese and the Korean, I had to look inside to see the original English title to know just which book I had in my hand.). There's a Lithuanian edition of The Antonakos Marriage too. The Antonakos Marriage first appeared in 2005, so we're going even further back. But not quitre as far down memory lane as the German translation I've been sent - that one is Her Secret Bridegroom which was first published back in 2001! That's ten years ago.
That had to be the oldest title currently being reprinted, I thought, but no - there was one more book in the box. Another one from Japan. And this time it was a reprint of The Unexpected Child which was first published in 1997! That means that it's 14 years since I wrote this book - no - 15, because of course I wrote it some time before it was actually published. And still it keeps coming back, being reprinted, hopefully being enjoyed by a brand new set of readers.
And that started me thinking about the books I have coming out this year - starting with The Proud Wife - and another coming in September. And of course the one I'm writing now. Will they still be being reprinted, still reappearing on my desk in different editions, different translations in - eeek - in 2025! I wonder what sort of a life I'll be living then - and what sort of a world those books will be published in. Wll there only be ebook readers then? Or will the traditional paper and print volumes still exist? And as the book I'm writing now will be my 60th title in 25 years - so how many books will I have produced 15 years from now?
One thing I think is that when that 2025 rolls around, I hope I'm still enjoying reading and writing romances as much as I do now - and I wonder if I'll remember writing this post then!
As I know that the 3 in 1 volume Mediterranean Tycoons isn't available outside the UK (though you can get yourself a copy from The Book Depository if you can't live without it) I thought I'd run a small giveaway this month - so I'm offering a copy of Mediterranean Tycoons to someone who posts a comment today. Tell me what book from the past you'd love to get your hands on again - a romance or any other novel. Post your comments as usual and I'll get Sid the Cat on the job of picking a winner tomorrow.
Oh - and seeing as I was talking about the book that's coming out soon - The Proud Wife - that won't be available in Presents Extra until April - but if you'd like to be in with a chance of winning it, check out my blog or my web site Contest page where Anne McAllister, Liz Fielding and I are running for the fourth time our annual Here Come the Grooms Contest with the chance to win 3 great romances , one from each author.
You can keep up to date with all my news and every new book I have coming out over there too.
The winner of ther copy of Mediterranean Tycoons is pageturner - please email me kate AT Kate-walker.com with your postal address. Thanks!