Archive for February, 2010

another review

This one from Rainbow Reviews. Four stars!

Kate McMurray has penned an intriguing tale of love, loss, and adventure within the pages of “In Hot Pursuit.” Interestingly, the book is told in the first person. Normally with such narration, the point of view character, Noah, concentrates most of the descriptive passages on their love interest. While we certainly are told plenty about Harry, we learn most about Noah himself. I’m perfectly happy with this arrangement. Noah has lived a fascinating, if somewhat unfulfilled, life as a NYPD cop.

This is gratifying to read, as I always thought the book was more Noah’s story than anything else.

chance to win a book

I’m going to be hanging around Ethan Day’s Gay Day again tomorrow, and this time I’m giving away a copy of In Hot Pursuit. Details below!

Sunday, February 28th is Gay Day at Ethan’s Yahoo Group.  Gay Day is the one day a month when the best authors in GLBT Romance stop by to post excerpts of their new and upcoming releases. 
 
The following authors will be generously offering giveaways you can enter to win:
 
Z.A. Maxfield  is offering up winners choice of an e-book from her backlist
AKM Miles – Too Keen
Willa Okati – Tomcat Jones
M. Jules Aedin – Can’t Hurry Love – 2 copies are up for grabs!!
A.J. Llewellyn – Wanted
Ethan Day – an autographed Print copy of Dreaming of You
Kate McMurrayIn Hot Pursuit
Trina Lane – Taking the Chance
J.R. Patrick – Only Yours  
S.J. FrostMidnight Dalliance
Jambrea Jo Jones – Stealing My Heart
Sophia Titheniel – King of Damon’s
Charlie Cochrane – an autographed Print copy of Past Shadows
 
The amazing Authors below will be popping in and out to chat & post excerpts from their latest books:
 
Lynn LorenzBaymore’s Heir & Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Carol LynneIce Water in Hell
Z.A. Maxfield – Family Unit
Lex Valentine – Where There’s Smoke
Nix Winter – Kai Stubborn
P.A. BrownL.A. Bytes
Sloan Parker – More
M. Jules Aedin – Windows In Time
T.C. Blue – A Game of Chances
Kimberly Gardner – Bound to Please
Andrew Gray – Love Means No Boundaries
Adrianne Brennan – My Big Fat Greek Pagan Lesbian Wedding
A.J. LlewellynFawnskin w/ DJ Manly & Stephani Hecht Stealing My Heart the Anti-piracy Antho
 
 
The day will begin from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. CST in the Ethan Day Yahoo Group where we’ll be posting excerpts, running contests for free books, and chatting about all the new and upcoming releases from your favorite authors.
 
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST we’ll be hosting another LIVE Chat which is pretty much a free for all, anything-goes-chat that’ll inevitably have you uttering the phrase, “What the f**k?” : )
 
***You will need to have Downloaded Skype in order to take part in the Live Chat.***
Once you’ve downloaded the FREE software, simply add Ethan as a contact: ethandayonline — and he’ll be able to add you to the chat room!
 
I hope everyone will stop by to catch up with your favorite authors and join in all the fun!

review

In Hot Pursuit received 4 out of 5 stars from Lily at Jessewave. If I may preen a little, here’s the best part:

Overall I found In Hot Pursuit to be a well written and fast paced story that grabbed my attention and kept it from beginning to end. There is plenty of action in the story as the men deal with kidnappers, shooters and not one but two bad guys. I liked Noah and Harry, enjoyed the development of their relationship and when I finished the book I was happy to have read it. This is the first book I’ve read by this author and look forward to reading more in the future.

Yay! (And, lest I forget, you can buy the book here.)

method and madness

One of the things I’m coming to realize about myself as a writer is that I tend to jump in feet first and then realize once I’m treading water that I should have had a better plan. So, usually I’ll start off with an idea, then I’ll write a couple of chapters, then I’ll go back and write an outline.

I’m working on a murder mystery right now. I started writing it with only one idea in my head: wouldn’t it be funny if a bestselling crime-fiction writer got tangled up in an actual crime? I had a vague notion of who the bad guys and suspects would be, but I didn’t really sit down and fathom out the crimes themselves until yesterday. Which is a problem, because all the best mystery writing has clues dropped from page one. I find that the mysteries I enjoy the most are the ones with the endings that surprise you, but that have dropped clues all along that you find when you go back and reread. As a writer, it’s tough to insert those clues if you don’t have all the evidence gathered.

So I drew a map. I find that drawing can help me visualize something, especially something as convoluted as a mystery plot. (I also draw maps when I set novels in fictional towns, and I’ve been known to draw family trees when I’m writing about big families, and other things in a similar vein.) So I took a fuzzy picture of the map I drew yesterday. You get fuzzy, because it contains spoilers; the book’s not even done, but should I someday finish it and publish it, I’d hate to ruin it far in advance. :-D

So there’s a little taste of what I’m working on. A complicated mystery with a little bit of a twist in the ending. So now I have to go back and edit to put in more clues. And also fact check my police procedure. And also make sure the pacing on the romance subplot(s) works. So much to do!

brains

If you’re looking for something completely different, my buddy Richard, who is a fantastic writer, has a story in a zombie anthology called Dead Set. You can pre-order it from here.

it’s here!

In Hot PursuitIn Hot Pursuit is out today!

You can learn more about the book and read an excerpt here.

You can buy the book directly from Loose Id.

I am practically vibrating with excitement. My cat is rolling around on the floor; she will unleash the cute in an effort to get you to buy the book. Too bad it’s kind of a gross, overcast day in New York today. No matter! My first novel was published today!

valentine’s day

I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day. This is not some bitter single lady rebuke, nor will I rant about crass commercialism. No, Valentine’s Day has always been like my own personal Friday the 13th, full of bad memories and bad luck completely unrelated to romance. I was thinking this morning that surely I had some good Valentine’s Days, years when friends bought me flowers or a boyfriend and I had a nice day together, but those aren’t the ones I remember. Instead I’m plagued with, of all things, memories of a segment filmed for local TV gone bad, of coming down with the flu while on vacation, of a package sent to me as a Valentine’s Day gift that got lost in the mail for almost an entire month.

But I’m a romance writer and I’m a sappy romantic on the inside, so I feel obligated to say it’s not all bad. A friend of mine and I still exchange snarky ecards, a tradition we’ve had for almost ten years. And there are things worth celebrating: my brother and his girlfriend are celebrating six years together and good friends of mine just got engaged.

I spent the day with friends. My usual Sunday brunch group came over to my apartment and I prepared a small feast, with eggs and challah french toast and bacon and lots of fresh fruit. A few friends stuck around all afternoon and we alternated between watching cheesy movies and Olympics coverage. So it’s been a pretty good day, all told.

So, tomorrow I’ll go back to writing romance. I’m working on a short story right now that I’m already thinking might be a longer work. And, of course, my book is out this week. It’s all very exciting.

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day. Give someone a kiss for me.

EXCERPT!

The ALL-CAPS EXCITEMENT continues. I’ve posted an excerpt to the In Hot Pursuit page. Here’s your obligatory adult-content warning, because it is a spicy excerpt. I hope you enjoy!

If I may do some horn tooting, I’ve shown the excerpt to a few people, and reactions have been really positive. I may even sell a few copies of this thing. If you want to buy, it’s out February 16th! That’s a week from Tuesday! Mark your calendars!

COVER!

In Hot Pursuit

Hot, no? Croco Designs did a great job, I love the cover so much.

state of the kate

I called out sick from work today. I feel okay saying this on the internets because I am actually sick. The funny thing about sick days when you are actually sick is that, right after you get off the phone with your boss, you think, “Awesome, I’ve got this whole day off in front of me.” But then you realize you are actually sick and can’t do anything. I, for example, fell asleep in the middle of reading a book and lost the whole afternoon. I was thinking I’d get in some cold-medicine-fueled writing, but no. (Don’t pity me too much, though; I’m feeling a lot better now. And there are worse things than spending a day curled up in bed with a down quilt, a cat, and a Kindle.)

I’ve been reading a lot the last couple of days. I haven’t been reading much lately, mostly because of lack of time, but it turns out my shopping vice of late is ebooks, because I’ve bought, like, 15 of them in the last few weeks.

Here’s what I’ve read since I’ve been sick: After eying it for a couple of weeks, I finally broke down and read The Dark Tide. I knew the book would be good, and it was. I just couldn’t face the end of the Adrien English series. I guess I got a little sentimental. I mean, the series is fantastic, but also, Fatal Shadows has the distinction of being the first ebook I ever bought (and I think also the first m/m romance I ever read, although I’d read plenty of things with gay characters before). And it was a good intro to Loose Id, which, hey, is publishing my book in two weeks.

I also read LA Heat, a pretty solid procedural crime novel featuring a closeted cop who falls for the suspect in his murder investigation. It’s heavy on the police minutiae, but we’ve already talked about that, so you know it’s cool with me. And I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned page turner.

I’ve got a murder-mystery work-in-progress that I plan (hope) to finish this month, and all this cop stuff is making me want to get back to it. I’ve been working on this one for the last few months; I know whodunnit but can’t figure out how the characters figure it out, so I’ve been dragging my feet on the ending. It’s lighter in tone than In Hot Pursuit, though it has a higher body count. And I like these characters a lot, which makes it a joy to work on for the most part, except for the ending. (You appreciate mystery writers more when you try to write a mystery.) The one drawback is that one of the characters is a mystery writer, and after I was 20,000 words into the first draft, I had a conversation with a few members of my writers group who were all, “I hate characters who are writers.” Whoops! I’ll tell you, this character is not too prone to discussing his Craft. He’s more a pop writer, more opportunistic and arrogant than flighty and artistic. Plus, I thought it was funny to have a character who writes gritty crime novels with lots of gruesome details who then loses his shit when confronted with the real thing. It’s possible I have a warped sense of humor.

It occurred to me that my book comes out two days after Valentine’s Day, and it’s a romance, so there should be some celebrating? Stay tuned.