Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

Current work: Med duo
Listening to: Silje Nergaard and George Shearing

I’d like to wish everyone all the very best for the holiday season – with thanks to my readers (without whom I couldn't do my job) and to the friends I've made in this business, who make my life a brighter place.

And the best way a romance author can do this is to introduce you to a new gorgeous hero, yes?

So here’s Ben Sharkey. I discovered him on YouTube when I was finding background music for the current book. I like his voice (though I think if he had a little polishing through vocal coaching, he would be absolutely stellar and I’d be one of the first in the queue for his CDs). And he’s also extremely cute – it’s the smile and the eyes that really do it. And the sense that he’s a nice guy who’s a lot of fun. (We need more people like this in the world. People who bring a bit of sunshine into people’s lives.)

This is the first one that caught my attention – ‘The Way You Look Tonight’

And because I’m generous (all right, because I’ve teased certain people since Friday), I’ll share some others:

It Had to Be You (one of my favourite songs – and also used in one of my all-time favourite movies, When Harry Met Sally)

You and I (Piano, eyes, smile. Yes. It’s that smile – and it’s monochrome so it’s very moody and sexy).

Everything (it’s the eyes here – not so keen on the song)

And finally, because it’s Christmas, this one. Happy Christmas – and may 2008 bring you joy.

Actually, no – not finally. Finally, here’s something you can really chill out to. George Shearing is an astoundingly good pianist (and considering he was born blind… this is astonishing). The Shadow of Your Smile is just beautiful (and the Bach he’s slipped into this version works very nicely indeed). Just close your eyes and enjoy.


Amy Andrews said...

Well now, he's just lovely Kate.

Popping in to wish you a merry one too adn to thank you for your cyber hugs earlier today. I needed them and you are a fab, fab woman.

Liz Fielding said...

Thank you, Kate. A new hero is always welcome!

Like Amy, I like to thank you for the cyber hugs you've been so generous with this year. I hope to see you in February and return them in person.

Wishing you and your family the merriest, most joyful Christmas and a truly inspirational New Year.

Michelle Styles said...

Sending you best wishes for Christmas and many thanks for your fabulous friendship

India said...

Ah, yes... the eyes. Mmmm.

Happy Christmas, darling Kate and everybody else here. Am so thankful that this year brought us together. (Oh no... I'm going to start blubbing again...)

Nell said...

Merry Christmas, and a hug from me too.

Jan Jones said...

Thank you, Kate, and because It's my birthday today, I'm choosing to think he's singing (ooh, and that Smile!) just for me.

Anne McAllister said...

Merry Christmas, Kate! Thank you for the book. It just arrived. I can hardly wait.

love, Anne

Melissa Marsh said...

Ahhh...very cute!

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

Kate Hardy said...

Amy - so are you. Hugs back atcha. (And roll on 2009!)

Liz - not sure if I'm going to be there Feb, yet, as it clashes with some other things. But maybe May?

Michelle - you, too.

India - ditto. (I'm still cracking up about you gibbering 'Kate Hardy?' the same way I did the first time Caroline Anderson rang me, LOL)

Jan - hope you had a lovely birthday

Anne - glad it finally arrived (honestly, the post this year...)

Melissa - isn't he just? We did, thanks - hope yours was good too.

Nell - big hugs from me too.