Monday, March 18, 2013

Meet Kate Richards

Today I'm pleased to introduce readers to the dynamic Kate Richards. Kate was one of the first authors/editors I became friends with as I started on this crazy journey. She was kind enough to host Valarie Mann and I during RT/LA, never fails to offer a sounding board or title help, and has become an invaluable asset in my life.

Kate Richards has wanted to be an author for a very long time, but only found time to begin about four years ago. She is an editor, an author, a pet owner, and a wife. Not necessarily in that order. Kate divides her time between Los Angeles and the lovely High Sierra town of Bishop, California.

Lately, she’s been traveling to quite a few book conventions for the pleasure of meeting readers, which she considers to be one of the best benefits to the job. She hopes to one day have the opportunity to travel to Tahiti for a book signing or maybe Ireland. She has also been known to conduct the occasional workshop on author/writing related topics.

Kate loves the beach and while she is not a surfer girl, she can Boogie Board with the best of them. She loves swimming and gardening and hiking but finds that she spends so many hours a day lost in her characters, it’s a challenge to get outside on a regular basis.


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Her latest work is Virgin Under Ground, one of the Decadent Publishing 1Night Stand Stories, which she created along with Valerie Mann and Olivia Starke.

Blurb:
Doctorate in hand, Jane Ann Summers is ready to return to the South Seas paradise of her youth, when the director of the institute—her mother—drops a bomb. She cannot return until she experiences more of life...a social life

Determined to waste no time, Jane searches for a shortcut and discovers the 1Night Stand dating service. A single night with a Dr. Gerard, geologist…and she can go home and get on with her fascinating study of world weather trends. The only question is whether to have sex with him…after all, it would be her first  and maybe only time.

Dr. Lukas Gerard’s own field of study has shown him some alarming trends. He believes a killer earthquake may rattle the Western half of the United States in the near future. In preparation, he has converted an abandoned gold mine to a secret bunker, loaded with supplies and all the comforts of home. Only thing he needs is company in his hideaway. Unsure how to find the right companion, he turns to 1Night Stand, but neither he nor Jane are prepared for the sudden impact of one of Madame Eve’s connections.

Maybe there is more to life than science…for both of them.

Excerpt:
“I need to ask you something first.”
His brow furrowed, but he shrugged. “Okay.”
“Does Madame Eve know the location of your secret place?” Out there in the dark, with the sprinkle of stars to light the black velvet night, the reality of proceeding blindfolded into the desert with a stranger, no matter how attractive, seemed dangerous. If the answer was no, she would ask him to turn the car around and hope she wasn’t already too late.
“Yes,” he said, in a low voice. “She insisted.” When she still clutched his arm, he smiled. “I understand caution, let me show you something.” Lukas reached over her to the center console. So close, his warmth and the clean scent of soap went to her head. Hang on, Jane. Even if he is the cutest guy you’ve ever met, and smells so good.
He retrieved his cell phone and clicked to a text message. “Look at this.”
I have confirmed the location of your date and we can schedule your evening. I hope you understand the safety of my clients is paramount, yours as well as Ms. Summers. Thank you for your cooperation. M.E.
Reassured, Jane faced away from him. “Do it, then.” She closed her eyes and tried not to flinch as the soft cloth covered her face. It tightened and then his hands dropped to her shoulders.
“Okay?” His fingers rested on her collarbones, inches from her breasts. Her eyes strained, but the several folds prevented the least bit of starlight from entering.
“I can’t see a thing.” But she could still feel his touch moving down her arms, past her short sleeves, and onto bare skin. The desert wind soughed; her heart thumped in her ears. Hyperaware of the man behind her, she waited to see what he would do next.

A peek at what this prolific author has to offer.
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9 comments:

  1. I love the cover slideshow, thank you so much!

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    1. You are welcome. Glad you could be here,Kate.

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  2. Lovely, Kate! So pleased to meet you. I'm pretty excited about the 1NS series myself. In fact, I just sold one. It's a great idea and I'm very happy you had a hand in inventing it! Thanks so much, Eva.

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  3. This looks amazing! The 1Night Stand Series is so much fun!

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  4. Thanks Kim and Eva, the series is really special to us.

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  5. Wouldn't that be nice to travel overseas for an author/reader event? Some day... That is a great slide show! I've read most of those stories, and some others, too. Love your stories, Kate!

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  6. Hi Kate<

    Congrats on your hot new release! It sounds like you've been a busy lady. Writing...family...traveling...Oh what a life!

    We had such a great time at RT LA! Hope they hold it in LA again soon!

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  7. I adore Kate! She's given me incredible advice and as my editor, she has taught me so much. :)

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