Friday, April 08, 2016

5 Firsts from Katherine Garbera and a Giveaway!

1.     I read my first romance novel at the age of 13, it was Johanna Lindsey’s Fires of Winter.  My grandparents owned a Greyhound Bus depot and after spending spring break with them I took the bus from Okeechobee back to Winter Haven.  My Grandma had taken me to a used bookstore where I picked it up for $.50 and I read it all the way home.  I think if the driver hadn’t been friends with my grandparents’ I might have missed my stop. :)

I sold my first romance novel at twenty years ago.  It was a Maggie Award winning manuscript titled Casanova.  After it was purchased for the Desire line the title was changed to THE BACHELOR NEXT DOOR.  Silhouette selected me as a  “Woman To Watch” and my book was featured in an ad for RT magazine.  My book came out in October 1997 (I sold it in March ’96) and my local Walden Books where I was a frequent shopper put copies of my book by the register.  Click here to check it out!

3.     I went on my first trip by myself when I was 25.  My family is large and very close so there was never really any alone time within our group.  We did everything together.  But when I joined the RWA and learned about their annual conference I knew I wanted to go.  The next summer saw me fly by myself for the first time to New York City where I was met by my cousin and her husband at the airport and they took me to my hotel in Times Square.  It was very exciting and as embarrassing as this is to admit, I felt like a legit adult for the first time in my life.

4.     My first big-time promotion was a billboard in Times’ Square for my first Silhouette Bombshell title Night Life.  This book was different than the romances I had written before.  Told only in the heroine’s point-of-view and it was action.  I loved writing fight scenes and I was thrilled beyond measure to see my cover on a big jumbotron. Click here to check it out!

The first time I wrote a blog I was pretty sure most people would just ignore it.  I really didn’t feel like I had anything to say that would be interesting.  But then I started blogging bi-monthly with the Jaunty Quills and I found that the blog readers didn’t think I was crazy or boring.  And I loved interacting with everyone on the blog.  Learning new things about them and myself as I read their comments. Click here to visit Jaunty!

Now for the giveaway! Tell me one of your firsts and I’ll enter you to win a HIS BABY AGENDA prize pack that includes an autographed copy of HIS BABY AGENA and some cool book swag. Click here to check it out!


Natalija said...

Great post, thanks for sharing! One of my firsts? I recently confessed to my Sicilian partner that I didn't enjoy my first trip there. It took me a couple of visits to really appreciate it and now I can't wait for our next one.

Debby said...

Great posts. A few first - I am still married t my first husband and still live in our first house. My first child is still here but is soon leaving for the Peace Corps.

jcp said...

My first romance I remember was Flame and the Flower b Kathleen Woodwiss. Not sure
where I got it as a preteen.

traveler said...

My first reading experience was the Anne of Green gables series when I was 8 years old borrowed from the public library in hardcover. An avid reader was created.

Beautiful Disaster said...

My first airp!ane ride was when I was in the 6th grade. My grandma invited me to go with her to Colorado for Christmas to see my uncle :)
Lori H

Unknown said...

The first time I got on a plane and flew overseas by myself (Milan airport, to stay 1/2 hour north of the city) was about the most exciting thing I'd ever done. I knew I loved travelling and this just proved it more :)

Chrisbails said...

I was 35 when I flew in my first plane. I won a trip to Atlanta GA to see a concert. It was amazing experience and a fun town. Great music and fun town.
Big fab of your books. Would love to win

dstoutholcomb said...

My first flight by myself was 10 years ago:a trip to San Francisco.


Eileen A-W said...

I was 17 the first time I flew on an airplane. It was to go to my cousin from California's wedding. We flew into Los Angeles but returned home from San Franscico on a huge DC-9. We drove from LA along the coast.

I loved your list and thank you for sharing. BTW, I read that Johanna Lindsey book as a new release. That's how old I am.

Laney4 said...

The first time we tried to conceive, I got pregnant - for both of our children.

Mary Preston said...

I started school when I was just 4. They only had an intake every second year. So it was either 4 or 6.