Some newsy bits!

Earlier this year, I made the decision to spend the second half of this year focusing on writing new books. I am working on a lot of new stuff now—including a new series about elite athletes and a novel set in the fashion industry; more on both soon!—and I feel like my creative powers are flowing well. I’m studying, too. Partly, I’m reading craft books to better focus the classes I plan to teach next week, but I’m trying to improve my writing, too. I think that’s an important goal for every writer—no one is perfect, so we can always be learning and improving. I want my next book to be better than the last.

But, anyway, there have been a few developments while I’ve been writing.

• My New Adult romance There Has to Be a Reason will be out in early 2017. It’s about a sportsy guy at a large New England university who meets a very pretty boy, which turns his whole life upside down. Sweet and a little angsty. And I went against type and wrote a character who is a Red Sox fan. 😉

• I have a new Facebook group! Join me, Tere Michaels, Elle Brownlee, and Rayna Vause for chatting and shenanigans. The host authors will post a daily discussion topic, and we’ll aim to keep it light and fun. If you want to hang out with us and talk about books and other things happening with us, join Bookshelf Buddies!

• Conference Season 2017 is shaping up now. I’ll be a featured author at Coastal Magic in Florida in February again. I’m teaching a class on revision at Liberty States in March. Then it’s onto the RT Booklovers Convention in Atlanta in May. I’m doing a panel on historical romance, among other things. And, aspiring writers, it looks like I’m teaching a class at boot camp, so please join me for that!

So now back to the writing.

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.

Coming Up in 2016

As we all come down from our holiday highs, I thought it might be fun to give a little sneak peek at what’s on tap for 2016:


CX0PPFfUkAEz8LzMy Gilded Age historical, Ten Days in August hits shelves in March. It’s one of Publisher’s Weekly’s top ten romances for the spring, and I gratuitously stole this photo from someone on Twitter because the article is behind the paywall now. (PS: There’s a Goodreads giveaway where you can enter to win a copy of the paperback. You have until the end of the month to enter!)

Then in July, my Dreamspun Desires book, called The Greek Tycoon’s Green Card Groom, will be available for you all to get your grabby hands on.

Also sometime in the summer, Dreamspinner is putting out a shiny new edition of The Boy Next Door.

I’ve got one other secret thing up my sleeve, too, but you will have to wait for news on that. 😛


Convention season gets going a little early for me this year.

I’ll be on a panel on diversity in romance for the Queens Library on October 19.

I’ll be a featured author at Coastal Magic in Daytona, FL, in February.

I’m teaching a workshop and doing some fun reader things at the Liberty State Fiction Writers Create Something Magical Conference in New Jersey in March.

And I’ll be at the RT Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas April. (More about my RT schedule when the date gets closer, but I’ll be easy to find there, let’s say.)

RWA in San Diego is currently in the Maybe column.

So that’s a quick glance at what’s on tap, at least for the next six months. Plus lots of writing, hopefully.

Find Me at the #RWA15 Literacy Signing on 7/22!

I’ll be there with many other authors. Book sales benefit literacy charities. It’s really a win-win for everyone!

Here’s the complete list of authors signing.

Literacy Signing

Meanwhile, I’m losing my mind trying to plan what to wear to the RWA conference proper. Crucial decisions must be made! Seriously, though, RWA is one of my favorite conferences, and I’m psyched it’s going to be in New York. (I don’t have to fly! I know where the good restaurants are! I can run home at any time and therefore can make last-minute wardrobe changes and/or acquire books that I won’t have to ship!)

State of Kate: What I’ve Been Up To

This past May was one of those months that was so insane and busy that people got a glazed, tired look on their face just from me telling them everything I was doing. Here’s what went down:

Such a Dance charms!

Kensington put these little book charms on Mardi Gras beads to give out at their party. This book’ll be out in October!

First, I went to Dallas for RT, which was zany fun as always. I like RT because it’s a flat-out fun time, and it’s big and overwhelming and can be hard work from the author side of things, but I always walk away thinking, “That was amazing.” I met a lot of really cool people and got to hang out with good friends. I talked to readers about books we liked and fangirled authors I like—or tried to keep my cool, like the time I started chatting with Tessa Dare and we talked about feather boas because I didn’t want to get all screechy about how much I love the Spindle Cove series, although I do love it a lot and kept thinking, “I’m just casually talking to one of my favorite authors like it’s no big thing and I can’t believe this is my life”—and it was generally surreal and awesome. I love, too, that the general reaction to me saying, “I write gay romance,” was, “Uh-huh. Tell me more.”

Kate McMurray as Rosie the Riveter

Doing my best Rosie the Riveter at the National WWII Museum in NOLA.

I was home for four days, during which time I went to a book club meeting and took a history class, because why take time off, really. Then I flew to New Orleans for a family wedding and stayed a few extra days for visiting with family/tourism. Highlights of the trip for me include all of the fantastic food I ate (my favorite meal was probably the catfish at Superior Seafood in the Garden District, so there’s a rec if you want one); going to the World War II museum with my 90-year-old grandpa (who is a WWII vet and was duly honored by the museum staff, which was heartwarming—although Grandpa was like, “I don’t get what all this fuss is about”); the wedding itself, which took place in this gorgeous old house; and finally touring the Cabildo and Presbytere, which were great if you, like me, derive dorky joy from history museums.

Kate McMurray in the Harlequin photo booth.

Harlequin had a photo booth at BookCon, so this happened.

I got home in time for Book Expo America/BookCon, which I attended as a Dreamspinner author, so the majority of my time there was spent working the booth. I did get to meet Gloria Steinem and Michelle Visage on the same afternoon, because that’s how BEA rolls. BookCon felt more organized this year, which was nice. And we got a nice reception at the Dreamspinner booth, especially for the YA imprint, Harmony Ink. We talked to a lot of librarians who told us about how important books are for those kids who feel isolated and misunderstood.

Michelle Visage

That time my friend Alexis and I were total crazy RuPaul’s Drag Race fangirls and Michelle Visage gave me a hug because we’re both Jersey girls.

We did a signing on Saturday as part of BookCon. I just found out there were 18,000 attendees, which is one of those numbers that seems so large it’s incomprehensible. When it ended Sunday, I got caught up in a terrible thunderstorm, but wound up riding the subway next to a girl who had also just come from BookCon and had nothing but excited things to say to her friend. Watching teenage girls with that kind of unbridled enthusiasm for books was pretty exciting for me. Gives me hope, you know?

Anyway, all of this was enough, but during the same period of time, I also had a bunch of things going on behind the scenes, among them: I dealt with second edits of Rainbow League Book 2 and proofs for Such a Dance; I edited 3 novels in my capacity as a freelance editor; and I put in a few hours at the day job. So that was bananas.

Kate McMurray at Lady Jane's Salon.

Here I am reading at Lady Jane’s.

The day after BEA, I read at Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC. Then this past Saturday, I taught my setting workshop at my local RWA chapter meeting. And that, my friends, was basically four weeks of fun insanity. I am TIRED. Sunday, I did nothing (well, I knit and watched TV, but mostly I was taking a break).

I’m currently getting ready for the next things: RWANYC’s Romance Festival on June 20th and then the RWA national conference in July. Then the second half of the year will be a much welcome break from public appearances; I don’t have anything scheduled again until 2016, so I hope to use the time to write, etc. And that’s a wrap!

Where You Can Find Me at #RT15 and How to Play Along at Home!

The RT Booklovers Convention is next week in Dallas. I hope to see those of you who are attending! Even if you aren’t going, there are a couple of things you can do from home to participate as well.

First, one of my friends thinks I should post all of my costume changes on social media. There will be a lot of them. We’ll see if I can do it!

Second: my schedule.

5:30–8:00pm: Cinema Craptastique
I’m co-hosting this annual event where we get comfy in our PJs, eat junk food, and make fun of a silly movie. Join me, Damon Suede, Tere Michaels, Amy Lane, and Laura Kaye to kick off the conference in style.
*YOU CAN PLAY AT HOME, TOO! We’re watching Legend of Hercules with one Kellan Lutz (who I only recently realized is not the same person as Taylor Kitsch… sorry, bro). It’s available on Netflix DVD and maybe Amazon Instant Video. You can follow along at the hashtag #RTCC or by watching the Tweetwall at, which aggregates all related tweets and also will give clear PAUSE/PLAY notices. (At the live even, we’ll be stopping to give away prizes and things.) We’d be beside ourselves if the hashtag trended, so please join us, no matter where you are.
*ALSO I’ll do an ebook giveaway for someone at home. Keep an eye on my twitter account (@katemcmwriter) during the event. If you tweet @ me with the hashtags #rtcc and #rainbowleague you’ll be entered to win a book from my backlist.

5:15–6:45pm Kensington’s Sweet Heat party
Come by to see me! There will be snacks, treats, and free books for all, plus a bunch of really awesome authors to come meet. I’ll be signing cover flats for my upcoming Kensington title, Such a Dance.

11:15am–12:15pm LGBTQ Author Extravaganza with Dreamspinner Press
Join a bunch of Dreamspinner authors for games and giveaways. Ariel Trachna will be our MC.

1:30-2:30pm Wheel of Romance
This will be THE event of RT, I think. I’m giving away a New York-themed gift basket, and a bunch of my favorite authors are hosting this game show. I plan to wear sequins.

11am–2pm Giant Book Fair
I’m signing at the Giant Book Fair. I’ll have paperbacks of The Silence of the Stars, When the Planets Align, and The Windup.

6–7:45pm FAN-Tastic Day Party
Hosted by Dreamspinner Press, so I’ll be floating around talking to people and possibly also handing out swag, signing books, etc. There will be more prize-winning opportunities and lots of your favorite authors.

Then I’m flying home Sunday night. I’m sure I’ll be wiped out by then!

Anyway, I’m really looking forward to it. I hope those of you who are going will drop by and say hi at one of my events.

Where to Find Me at GRL

GRL Chicago With LoveThe convention is nigh! I’m a featured author at the GayRomLit (GRL) retreat in the Chicago area. This will be my fourth time! I’m so excited to see everyone! Here is my schedule:

Author Lounge, Friday 12:30pm–1:10pm

Fun Fair: Scrapbooking with the Rainbow Romance Writers, Friday 2:30pm–4:20pm (Crafty fun!)

Storyteller Spotlight: Unspeakable Love: Gay Romance of the Past with Charlie Cochet, Jordan L. Hawk, and yours truly, Saturday 9:00am–9:55am

Featured Author Booksigning, Saturday 2:00pm–5:00pm (Be sure to pick up the Featured Author sampler; I contributed an excerpt.)

I’m sure I’ll also put in appearances at the parties and just be floating around. If you’re an RRW member, I’ve got member pins I can bestow on you. I went low key with the swag, but you’ll be able to pick up Kate McMurray pins, postcards, bookmarks, magnets, and a limited number of pens.

GRL Update — Books, Scrapbooking, etc.

GRL 2014 DSPQuickie Reminder! If you want to purchase any of my books in paper for me to sign at GRL, best way to do it is via Dreamspinner’s GRL preorder sale. DSP will ship the books to GRL for you to pick up and get stamped before the signing. Order through the Dreamspinner website.

DSP will also have copies of The Stars that Tremble and The Silence of the Stars available for sale at GRL.

If you want either of my Loose Id titles available in paperback (In Hot Pursuit and The Boy Next Door) or if you want a paper copy of the Revolutionary War anthology For Love & Liberty, I have a limited number of these on-hand at home that I can bring. Email me and we’ll make arrangements. [kate at katemcmurray dot com] These are also available from most online bookstores if you want to buy in advance and bring them along.

ALSO: Rainbow Romance Writers is doing their annual scrapbook event again. If you’re an attendee, you can come hang out with the RRW members and make GRL commemorative scrapbooks. Personally, I love stickers and gluing stuff and crafts, so I’m looking forward to it.

And now to figure out one last swag item. How do we feel about refrigerator magnets?

Preorder Books for GRL

If you’re going to GRL and want signed paperbacks of any of my Dreamspinner books (Blind Items, Four Corners, Playing Ball, The Stars that Tremble, The Silence of the Stars) you can pre-order the books and have them sent ahead. I’ll be at the Featured Author signing on Saturday (also around the convention, obviously). Books will also be available for purchase on site at a discount, but the selection will be limited. Here are some details

If you want either of my Loose Id paperbacks (In Hot Pursuit or The Boy Next Door) shoot me an email (kate at and we’ll make arrangements.