Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The land of ice and snow…

Yesterday was a bit of a stressy day (not blogging about it, as it’s to do with Dad – dementia is so bloody cruel. And I came home to a savage review - well, I guess that makes the string of three, after some other news about one of my publishers, last week). Though the lovely Modern Heat girls cheered me up with a string of messages about a fabulous review. Er… what review would this be, then? My mate Heidi Rice was a superstar and told me the full story.

And it was something that really pleased and relieved me (I'm a tad paranoid about this book, because I know I was pushing the envelope re settings; before I talked my ed into it, she said that Presents readers like their stories set in exotic – i.e. hot – climates, and this is about as far as you can get). So I’m doing some trumpet-blowing and sharing here. This is what Romantic Times had to say about Temporary Boss, Permanent Mistress:

Corporate lawyer Lydia Sheridan longs to be a working artist. She's ready to resign her post, but CEO Jakob Anderson needs her assistance on a weeklong job in Norway. Then, if she still wants to leave, he'll wish her the best. Although the two have their own personal baggage, they find they're wildly attracted to each other and indulge in a whirlwind affair. But after Norway will they be able to go their separate ways? This tale begins as a fun and flirty romance that deepens emotionally as Lydia and Jakob open up to each other. Interwoven descriptions of the sights and sounds of Norway add a wonderful ambiance to the story.

Oh, yes – and they gave me FOUR AND A HALF STARS! (I think that deserves a screamer.) Thank you very much, Sandra Garcia-Myers. You made my horrible day a whole lot better.

Have also updated my website – new book, new excerpt, new recipe. (And it's a nice one. Strawberry and rhubarb crumble. Scrummy.)

16 comments:

ninaharrington said...

Screamer indeed.Brilliant news.
Many congrats - I loved that book.
Very well deserved.
Hope today is a lot better!

Nell Dixon said...

Congratulations!!!! and leaving you a hug too. lol my verification word is frost! how odd is that?

Nicola Marsh said...

I can't wait for this book!

A truly wonderful review :)

Jan Jones said...

And I loved the book and the characters and the fabulous setting too!

Caroline Storer said...

Excellent review for an excellent book! Well done Kate - I'm glad it cheered you up after a bad day. Take care. Caroline x

Brigitte said...

Well, actually finished the book yesterday. It was a very courageous subject and very well handled.
Congrats on how you got along with the characters. I love the fact that he is sort of a shy guy. Very cute!! You don't get to read about that very often. Am also quite crazy about your style. Very inspiring.
Also loved all the bits you passed along about Norway, as we've never been. Especially about the Saltstraumen; Wow, how cool is that? Have to check it out on the Net.

Sorry you had a bad day yesterday. Hope it helps that This Reader loved your book. And that's what counts - your readers - isn't it??!
Hugs

Lacey Devlin said...

I happily volunteer to kick the author of your savage review in the shins :D.


Four and a half stars! I'm screaming along with you and I think death by strawberry and rhubarb crumble is a real possibility for me...

Kate Hardy said...

Nina - thanks :o)

Kate Hardy said...

Nell - thanks, and how appropriate was your wordver?!

Kate Hardy said...

Nic - hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed your Indian tale.

Kate Hardy said...

Jan - thank you, too. You're lovely :o)

Kate Hardy said...

Caroline - thanks :o)

Kate Hardy said...

Brigitte - thank you very much. It does help. And readers are definitely what count. (I was worrying about not giving them a good experience.)

Re the Saltstraumen - have a look on YouTube. It's stunning! (And I am sooo desperate for a trip round Norway.)

Kate Hardy said...

Lacey - you're such a sweetie. (And isn't it too hot your way to eat crumble? Mind you, this one's nice cold. For breakfast. And yes, I know I'm a bad influence. I wouldn't do it now because I'm virtuous on the diet at the mo - but there is this terrible tradition in my family about pudding for breakfast after a dinner party. Shameful! Must use that in a book...)

Lacey Devlin said...

It's never too hot for crumble :P and you're putting ideas in my head! Pudding for breakfast hmm...

Liz Fielding said...

Great news on the RT 4.5 stars, Kate. Utterly deserved and the book is next on my list -- reading the new Penhally Bay at the moment and loving it.