Out in the Field blog tour!

OutInTheFieldFSWant some facts, inspiration, and background information on Out in the Field? Check out the stops on the blog tour. I talked quite a bit about my inspiration, the research I did, and what it was like to revisit these characters at the various stops on the tour. Here’s the complete list:

MM Good Book Reviews (on sports as a romance setting)
Divine Magazine (on baseball becoming more inclusive)
Sinfully (on revising the second edition)
Boy Meets Boy (on creating the Brooklyn Eagles)
Gay Book Reviews (on updating the second edition for progress made by LGBT athletes)
Dreamspinner (on the process of writing the novel)
Open Skye Book Reviews (on creating the Brooklyn Eagles)
Kiki’s Kinky Picks (on athlete heroes)
Love Bytes (on the rising popularity of sports romance)

And that’s it! I wanted to also thank everyone for the kind words and enthusiasm about this book all week! This book means a lot to me, and it thrills and humbles me that so many people love it, too. <3

Out in the Field is here!

OutInTheFieldFSThe 2nd Edition of Out in the Field is now available wherever you buy books!

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Apple iBooks
All Romance eBooks.

Matt Blanco is a legend on the Brooklyn Eagles, but time and injuries have taken their toll. With his career nearing its end, he’s almost made it to retirement without anyone learning his biggest secret: he’s gay in a profession not particularly known for its tolerance.

Iggy Rodriquez is the hot new rookie in town, landing a position in the starting lineup of the team of his dreams and playing alongside his idol, Matt Blanco. Iggy doesn’t think it can get any better, until an unexpected encounter in the locker room with Matt proves him wrong.

A relationship—and everything it could reveal—has never been in the cards for Matt, but Iggy has him rethinking his priorities. They fall hard for each other, struggling to make it through trades, endorsement deals, and the threat of retirement. Ultimately they will be faced with a choice: love or baseball?

Out in the Field, 2nd Ed, Preorder Info!

OutInTheFieldFSIt’s spring, so you may need some hot baseball action in your life. If you can’t wait to get your hot little hands on the new edition of Out in the Field (which drops May 16) here’s where you can preorder:

Dreamspinner Press
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Apple iBooks
All Romance eBooks.

It will also be at Kobo, but it’s not live at press time. Check there later this week if it’s your preferred store. (I’ll try to remember to update the link when it’s live.)

Out in the Field: Second Edition

OutInTheFieldFSOut in the Field, my 2012 romance novel about two Major League baseball players who find love despite the odds, has gone out of print this week. But no worries! I’ve revised and updated the book, which includes adding a couple of new scenes, and the new edition will be out on May 16!

You can preorder it from Dreamspinner Press (and soon everywhere else).

Here’s the new description:

Matt Blanco is a legend on the Brooklyn Eagles, but time and injuries have taken their toll. With his career nearing its end, he’s almost made it to retirement without anyone learning his biggest secret: he’s gay in a profession not particularly known for its tolerance.

Iggy Rodriquez is the hot new rookie in town, landing a position in the starting lineup of the team of his dreams and playing alongside his idol, Matt Blanco. Iggy doesn’t think it can get any better, until an unexpected encounter in the locker room with Matt proves him wrong.

A relationship—and everything it could reveal—has never been in the cards for Matt, but Iggy has him rethinking his priorities. They fall hard for each other, struggling to make it through trades, endorsement deals, and the threat of retirement. Ultimately they will be faced with a choice: love or baseball?

Where to find me at #RT16

las-vegas-signThe RT Booklovers Convention is next week! I’ll be there with bells on. (Or sequins. I figured if I was going to be in Vegas, I should bling up my wardrobe.) If you’ll be there, too, I’d love it if you found me and said hi. Here’s where I’ll be:

Tuesday, 8pm: Cinema Craptastique! Wherein we watch a bad movie, mock it, and also hand out prizes. I’m cohosting alongside Damon Suede, Tere Michaels, Amy Lane, Cherry Adair, and Laura Kaye. It’ll be spectacular. (To play at home, rent Abduction with Taylor Lautner and follow the hashtag #RTCC on Twitter. I hear what you’re saying, but this is a bad movie with an Oscar-caliber cast and a climax at a baseball game. Everyone there will be tweeting snark, so it’ll be 100% worth it.)

Thursday, 10am: Dreamspinner Reader Party: Join a bunch of Dreamspinner authors for a rousing game of Apples to Apples for fun and prizes!

Thursday: 2:45pm: Love on the Field: I’m talking sports romance with genre heavyweights Jaci Burton, Tracy Solheim, and Kristen Callihan. Our main topic of conversation will be how to research and write sports romances, but come with questions and we’ll answer them!

Thursday: 5:15pm: Kensington’s Chapel of Love: Kensington’s reader party will have snacks and free books! I’ll be there signing copies of Such a Dance.

Saturday, 10:30am: Giant Book Fair: I’ll be signing at the Giant Book Fair. I’ll have copies of The Silence of the Stars, When the Planets Align, and The Windup.

Saturday, 6pm: FAN-tastic Day Party: Dreamspinner is hosting again, so I’ll be floating around the party, I’m sure, but also featured in the second half of the party.

I’m also putting a prize basket together for Wheel of Romance at 10am Friday. This is a great way to parlay the swag you collect at the convention into prizes. And I’ll be sure to put in an appearance at all the parties.

So that’s where I’ll be! I think it’ll be a great convention, and I’m super excited for it.

Ten Days in August blog tour!

Ten Days In AugustHere is a complete list of stops on the blog tour, which includes posts with background information, history, excerpts, and more!

Joyfully Jay (post: drag queens in history)
Romantic Reads and Such (post: why I like the Gilded Age as a setting)
Fresh Fiction (post: real historical figures in romance novels
Mary Gramlich (post: on the summer of 1896 as a setting/historical background)
HEA USA Today (interview)
Ever After Romance (post: what it was like to be gay in the 1890s)
Novels Alive (post: American-set historical romance)
Karen’s Killer Book Bench (excerpt)
Manic Readers (post: brief historical info about the Bowery)
Shelley K. Wall (post: New York’s changing geography)
Romance Divas (post: what inspired me about the Gilded Age setting)
Readers Entertainment (excerpt)
Cynthia Woolf (interview)
RomCon (excerpt)

Also, in case you missed it, here are my blog posts on the book: Ten Days in August and real history and Photos of New York in the 1890s. I’ve also got a Gilded Age Pinterest board with lots more photos (mostly of New York and also fashion).

Get the book in any of these places:
Kensington
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
All Romance
Google
Kobo
Apple iBooks

Greatest Hits!

I have greatest hits, and you can now purchase them in one convenient bundle!

Five of my novels are now available in one neat package through Dreamspinner Press for only $9.99. It’s the Kate McMurray Greatest Hits Bundle! The books are:

Blind Items
Four Corners
The Stars that Tremble
When the Planets Align
The Windup

Hard to beat that deal! Shorter descriptions: a reporter and the son of a conservative politician meet and then there are shenanigans; Jake’s best friend Adam ditched him five years ago, but now he’s back—is it for good?; an opera singer meets the father of one of his student, and each helps the other get over his losses; old friends never quite seem to be in the same place at the same time—until they are; and the launch of my series about the guys who play for an LGBT baseball league in New York.

Phew!

You can also purchase through Amazon or the ebookstore of your choice.

Ten Days in August is now available!

Ten Days In AugustNeed a little heat in your historical romance? Join Hank and Nicky as they solve a murder during a heat wave in New York in 1896! Ten Days in August is out today everywhere!

From the Lower East Side to uptown Manhattan, a curious detective searches for clues on the sidewalks of New York—and finds a secret world of forbidden love that’s too hot to handle…

New York City, 1896. As the temperatures rise, so does the crime rate. At the peak of this sizzling heat wave, police inspector Hank Brandt is called to investigate the scandalous murder of a male prostitute. His colleagues think he should drop the case, but Hank’s interest is piqued, especially when he meets the intriguing key witness: a beautiful female impersonator named Nicholas Sharp.

As a nightclub performer living on the fringes of society, Nicky is reluctant to place his trust in a cop—even one as handsome as Hank. With Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt cracking down on vice in the city, Nicky’s afraid that getting involved could end his career. But when he realizes his life is in danger—and Hank is his strongest ally—the two men hit the streets together to solve the crime. From the tawdry tenements of the Lower East Side to the moneyed mansions of Fifth Avenue, Nicky and Hank are determined to uncover the truth. But when things start heating up between them, it’s not just their lives on the line. It’s their love…

Get it here:
Kensington
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
All Romance
Google
Kobo
Apple iBooks

Ten Days in August: NY in 1896

The Library of Congress website has a bonanza of images from the 1890s, which gives an interesting impression of how different New York City is now, 120 years later. Remember, New York in 1896 had no Empire State Building, no Times Square, no Rockefeller Center. Here are some of the photos I found (clicking on them will enlarge some of them):

Lower Broadway, 1892

Lower Broadway, 1892

Lower Broadway ca 1897

Lower Broadway, 1897

Broadway 1897

Broadway, 1897

Broadway runs adjacent to some of the neighborhoods that, in 1896, were full of immigrants packed into tenements. Some of these bustling photos are close to what that must have looked like. Only the real situation was worse. I bought an illustrated copy of How the Other Half Lives by Jacob Riis while I was researching this book, and some of the photos are brutal. For more see some of Riis’s photos here.

Cart on the street, 1896

Cart on the street, 1896

1890

1890

This photo was just labeled “New York City 1890,” but I think it might be taken from Union Square? (Feel free to correct me.)

Elevated train at 110th St, 1896

Elevated train at 110th St, 1896

Chatham Square Elevated Train Station 1880

Chatham Square Elevated Train Station 1880

In the late 19th century, before the subway (opened in 1904), New Yorkers got around by horse-drawn street cars and hansom cabs and the elevated trains. There are still elevated trains in the outer boroughs, but not so much in Manhattan. I imagine them as kind of a blight; the tracks must have blocked out the sun on some of the streets they ran over.

Newspaper Row, 1890

Newspaper Row, 1890

In the 1890s, most of the city’s major newspapers had offices in these tall buildings on Park Row, along City Hall Park.

Tammany Hall, 1896

Tammany Hall, 1896

Politics in the late 19th century was dominated by Tammany Hall. By 1896, Tammany’s notorious Boss Tweed had been dead for nearly twenty years, but Tammany played a role in New York politics well into the 20th century.

The Tombs, 1890s

The Tombs, 1890s

There have been a series of prisons in lower Manhattan called the Tombs, which doesn’t really speak well to the conditions at any of them. This ominous building was what the prison looked like at the time of the novel.

Newsboy, 1896

Newsboy, 1896

Hansom Cab and Driver, 1896

Hansom Cab and Driver, 1896

Police Officer, 1896

Police Officer, 1896

The LOC website has a series of photos of people on the streets. I liked these particular examples. I can only imagine wearing that police uniform during a heat wave; my detective, Hank Brandt, basically refuses.

So there’s a little glimpse into the New York City of Ten Days in August.