Race for Redemption up for pre-order!

At some point during the 2016 Olympics, a commentator said something about an athlete using math to improve how he ran a race, and it stuck in my head.

And so I came up with Brandon, a guileless man who is a wizard with math but not great at relating to other humans. He can game out a race from stride length to the number of steps he can take between hurdles in order to win.

And who is the perfect foil for a man like that? JJ, a flashy sprinter with a bit of a chip on his shoulder.

Sprinter Jason Jones Jr., known around the world as JJ, is America’s hope to take the title of Fastest Man in the World, the champion of the Olympic 100-meter sprint. Two years before, a doping scandal brought his winning streak to a crashing end, and even though he’s been cleared of wrongdoing, he’s finding it hard to escape the damage to his reputation. At the Games in Madrid, no one believes he’s innocent, and officials from the doping agency follow him everywhere.

It just fuels JJ’s determination to show them he’s clean and still the fastest man on earth.

If only he wasn’t tempted by foxy hurdler Brandon Stanton, an engineering student and math prodigy who views each race like a complicated equation. His analytical approach helps him win races, and he wants to help JJ do the same. But JJ’s been burned too many times before and doesn’t trust anyone who has all the answers. No matter how sexy and charming JJ finds Brandon, the Olympics is no place for romance. Or is it?

Pre-order the book now! It hits shelves October 20, 2020!

Now Available: Elite Athletes 2: Stick the Landing

Stick the Landing

It’s here! My second Elite Athletes book, Stick the Landing, is available for your reading pleasure. A gymnast after gold… a retired figure skater who knows a thing or two about adversity… hot summer days and nights in Madrid…

A few years ago, I met a sports writer at a party whose beat was mostly gymnastics, and she led me into this whole new world of gymnastics podcasts and fan websites and YouTube channels that proved instrumental in my research for this book. So although you don’t need to know anything about gymnastics to understand the book, there’s a little extra for the fans here. Hopefully I didn’t make any mistakes!

Anyway, here’s more about the book:

Jake Mirakovitch might be the best gymnast in the world, but there’s one big problem: he chokes in international competition. The least successful of a family of world-class gymnasts, he has struggled to shake off nerves in the past. This time he’s determined to bring home the gold no matter what.

Retired figure skater Topher Caldwell wants a job as a commentator for the American network that covers the Olympics, and at the Summer Olympics in Madrid, he has a chance to prove himself with a few live features. He can’t afford to stumble.

Olympic victories eluded Topher, so he knows about tripping when it really counts. When he interviews Jake, the two bond over the weight of all that pressure. The flamboyant reporter attracts the kind of attention Jake–stuck in a glass closet–doesn’t want, but Jake can’t stay away. Topher doesn’t want to jeopardize his potential new job, and fooling around with a high-profile athlete seems like a surefire way to do just that. Yet Topher can’t stay away either…

Get it now wherever you buy ebooks!

You can also follow me on BookBub to get info about my new releases or add the book on Goodreads.

And the mass market paperback hits shelves in October!

If you missed it, Book 1, Here Comes the Flood is already out and Book 3 will be out this fall! (Book 3, Race for Redemption is a jock/nerd romance but both are track runners. I’m stoked for you guys to read that one next!)

Elite Athletes 2: Stick the Landing, available for pre-order

Stick the Landing

These are distracting times! The book has actually been up for pre-order for a few weeks, and I completely forgot to tell anyone.

There will be no Olympics in 2020, or probably much in the way of athletic competition (I’ll believe baseball’s back when I see it), but if you need that sports fix, here’s a new book for you!

What happens when a great gymnast prone to choking meets a retired figure skater who was denied his own gold medal?

Stick the Landing

Jake Mirakovitch might be the best gymnast in the world, but there’s one big problem: he chokes in international competition. The least successful of a family of world-class gymnasts, he has struggled to shake off nerves in the past. This time he’s determined to bring home the gold no matter what.

Retired figure skater Topher Caldwell wants a job as a commentator for the American network that covers the Olympics, and at the Summer Olympics in Madrid, he has a chance to prove himself with a few live features. He can’t afford to stumble.

Olympic victories eluded Topher, so he knows about tripping when it really counts. When he interviews Jake, the two bond over the weight of all that pressure. The flamboyant reporter attracts the kind of attention Jake—stuck in a glass closet—doesn’t want, but Jake can’t stay away. Topher doesn’t want to jeopardize his potential new job, and fooling around with a high-profile athlete seems like a surefire way to do just that. Yet Topher can’t stay away either….

(I know we’re not supposed to pick favorites, but this is my sentimental favorite from the series, not gonna lie.)

The book hits virtual shelves on July 28! Pre-order from your favorite ebook store!

And mass market paperbacks will be out in October!

New Release! Elite Athletes 1: Here Comes the Flood

The Flood has arrived!

At the Summer Olympics, a swimmer who hit rock bottom meets a diver who hates the spotlight. There’s sports, there’s romance, there’s tabloid scandal. Get Here Comes the Flood now! (This link goes to retailers selling the ebook. Paperbacks are coming one month from now, on May 26!)

This series has been a long time coming. It seems like a million years ago now, but I moved in the summer of 2016, and the process was so stressful that I didn’t really write anything for a couple of months. But I have always been a huge fan of the Olympics, so I spent that July distracting myself by consuming all of the Olympics-related media possible. (I’m working on a Special Features post that will delve into that more. There shall be book recs and videos! Stay tuned!)

Then one morning in August, the day after the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Rio Games, I woke up with the book idea fully formed in my head. I literally got out of bed, walked across my apartment, sat at my desk, and wrote out the whole plot. I wrote the first draft over about three weeks, most of that time with sports on in the background.

That book went through revisions and beta reads and edits, of course, but I was so excited about the idea while I was writing the first draft that I teased it on social media at the time. And I’m still excited now! The 2020 Olympics may be postponed, but this book is finally out in the world.

And two more are coming!

Book 2, Stick the Landing, is about a brilliant gymnast who tends to choke in big competitions. He meets a retired figure skater who is at the Olympics to do puff pieces for the American TV network, and he knows a thing or two about choking. The pre-order for ebooks should be up at your favorite retailer any day now, but the paperback is up on Amazon now. (The ebook will be out July 28. The paperback will be out in October.)

Book 3, Race for Redemption, is about track runners. One is a flashy sprinter trying to repair a tarnished reputation, the other is an engineering student who uses math to make his hurdles races better. They’re total opposites, but also meant for each other obviously. I believe that book will be out this fall.

I really love this series and I’m excited for it to be out in the world. I hope you guys love it, too!

Here Comes the Flood is available for pre-order!

Book 1 in my Elite Athletes series, a sports romance series set at the Olympics and covering athletes from a variety of sports, is now up for preorder everywhere!

You can get it from Amazon or wherever you buy ebooks (universal link to available bookstores).

Here Comes the Flood is about a swimmer who has arrived at his fourth Olympics after quitting swimming, falling into a bottle, and then recovering—he has something to prove—and a diver who came out in a splashy way with his (now ex) actor boyfriend, and now just wants the press to leave him alone so he can focus on his sport. They meet in the Aquatics Center locker room and there are sparks… plus lots of sports and drama. You can read more about the book here.

The book hits digital shelves on April 28 and physical shelves on May 26!

Some other useful links:

You can add the book on Goodreads.

You can follow me on BookBub to get a new release notification when the book is available.

watch this space

I’ve had a fairly busy summer. July was nutty, and I’d been looking forward to an uneventful August. And it wasn’t even that August was eventful as such, but… I wrote a book. I spent time with my family. I did a lot of day job work. There was quite a bit of RWA board business in there, and people from out of town came to visit, and I came down with a cold that knocked me out for most of a week, and I babysat my nephew a lot.

I’m never really idle, is my point. And things have been a little stressful the last few weeks… months, really. And I’m really terrible at not working. During the week I was sick, I kept telling myself that what I should do is build a blanket fort around my sofa and stream one of the 47 TV shows I’ve been meaning to check out, and what did I do? When I was actually awake, I mostly did day job stuff and/or tried to work on the book I have due later this fall. (What is wrong with me?)

But! I have a vacation coming up. Ten whole days out of town. I’ve been counting down the days like it’s the end of the school year.

This is all to say that I’ve been bad about updating this space, but I hope people hang on a little longer because I’ve got a lot of stuff coming soon!

I just finished a draft of the first Whitman Street book. It’s a contemporary romance: m/f enemies to lovers, featuring a grouchy veterinarian and the manager of the cat cafe next door. (That’s the book I wrote in August.) And I just got first edits on my second Elite Athletes book… that’s the series coming out next year about Olympic athletes. More about what I’ve got coming up can be found here.

I’m still hoping to get Save the Date, one of my older novellas, reissued soon. The book has been expanded and re-edited, and it has a new cover that still needs a couple of small tweaks, but my goal is to set up a pre-order for that in the near future and have the book out again later this fall. (Save the Date is a rom com about a guy who needs a date to his ex’s wedding.)

So that’s the news that’s fit to print. Stay tuned!

The Whitman Street Series + Future Publications

The big news hit social media on Monday that I’m writing a m/f contemporary romance series that centers around a cat cafe for Sourcebooks. And despite Monday being April Fool’s Day, I promise this is not a joke!

Whitman Street is a fictional street I created that is in Brooklyn, kind of in the Boerum Hill/Cobble Hill area (like the western end of Atlantic Avenue, basically). A lot of you are probably like, “Where?” but the major takeaway is that I’m writing a series that is very neighborhood-centric, so it’s like a small-town romance, just set in Brooklyn.

If you’re playing at home, you might be like, “Kate, you seem to have a lot of books coming out.” And you would be right!

So, it’s very unlikely I will have any other new books coming out in 2019, because I have so many books coming out in 2020 and 2021 and I still have to write a lot of them. The schedule is roughly this:

This summer: I’ll be reissuing Save the Date, which was a novella originally published by Loose Id that has been out of print for about a year. Save the Date is a romantic comedy about a guy who needs a date for his ex’s wedding. I’ve expanded it about 10,000 words. (Cover art and a fresh edit are still pending.)

Spring/Summer 2020: The Elite Athletes Series. This is a m/m sports romance series set at the Olympics.

Fall 2020 and into 2021: The Whitman Street series. (I don’t have firm pub dates on those.)

Spring/Summer 2021: The Restoration Series, which is a m/m trilogy about people who are on home renovation shows on a TV cable network (that is not HGTV).

I have myself on a pretty tight schedule to get all these books written on time, but I’m VERY excited about all of it.

Olympics romance coming your way in time for the 2020 Olympics!

I made this announcement on social media yesterday, but here it is again:

I have a 3-book series about elite athletes at the Olympics, which will be out around the 2020 Summer Olympics. Here’s the official announcement from Publisher’s Marketplace:

The first book will be available digitally and in mass market paperback. I am SO STOKED for you to read this series.