I’m delighted to welcome my first guest, Ally Blake, who writes fabulous books for Harlequin RIVA.
Although I haven’t met her in person (solely because we live on opposite sides of the world, but we are SO going to meet one of these years), I’ve known her for years on the M&B loops and cheered along with friends when her babies arrived and when her first Modern Heat was accepted. We have a shared love of gorgeous men and chocolate (and I think we’re both very much on the Pollyanna side – Ally’s nice), and she’s recommended some great romcoms to me over the years.
(And how, just how, does she manage to be so glam with three littlies? Mine are both high school age now, and I can’t manage the glam…)
Anyway, over to Ally.
When Kate first sold her 50th book there were cries far and wide that she HAD to have a blog party!!! And I'm soooo excited to be here to join in the celebrations!
My current release THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is my 22nd, and even that number shocks me every time I think it, so 50 is just incredible. Especially considering Kate only sold her first book a couple of years before I sold mine! Jeepers, what have I been doing with my time???!!! Okay, so I've been having having babies, eating chocolate, watching True Blood, so it's been time well spent.
But back to Miss Kate. You should know that THE CINDERELLA PROJECT is on my keeper shelf and it's THE book that made me want to write for Harlequin RIVA (which back then was called Modern Extra). I was writing for Harlequin Romance at the time, a line I loved writing for and still love to read, but I remember the fun, the romantic tension, and the lightness of touch in Kate's book drawing me along on an absolutely delightful ride and making me think, I wanna have a crack at that the kind of book! So I did, and here I am, still writing for that line today.
So thank-YOU Kate, for giving me a window into the exact kind of books I love to read and write.
And even while it exhausts me to even think it, when it comes to Kate Hardy, I have no doubt there's another 50 more on the way!!!
THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT is out now across Australia & New Zealand and in North America in December 2012. Can't wait? Grab the UK version from The Book Depository for free delivery worldwide! For more about Ally's books go to http://www.allyblake.com or follow her on Twitter @ally_blake.
Ally’s giving away a copy of The Rules of Engagement - just leave a comment below to put your name in the draw :o)