IHP review and upcoming things

New review of In Hot Pursuit, this time from Obsidian Bookshelf:

What did work for me? The beginning feels especially strong, and the restroom encounter is super-hot. The romance develops in a realistic way for the uncertain circumstances surrounding Noah and Harry — with high sexual tension and a more tentative emotional connection that follows. Noah’s ambivalence about whether to keep hiding his sexual orientation in the workplace provides a deeper emotional layer to his personality. In Hot Pursuit is an intriguing fish-out-of-water story about a man who leaves his usual surroundings long enough to get a new perspective on his life — and possibly a second chance.

I spent pretty much all of yesterday afternoon reviewing edits to the novella I have coming out from Dreamspinner Press this fall. The process was actually mostly painless, just time consuming. I’m really anxious for this one to be published; if nothing else, I think it’s some of my best writing to date and I’m really proud of it. (It’s a second-chance romance in which teenage sweethearts meet again years later. Then they get snowed in during a blizzard.)

vacation and review

I’m currently on vacation in South Florida, learning the hard way how my pasty Irish skin reacts to the sun down here. (I am TOASTY, y’all.) It’s great, though. I mean, it’s very hot, but it’s nice to not be in New York and also to not have to worry about things that stress me out at home.

In news that is the opposite of stressful, In Hot Pursuit got a 5-star review from Sensual Reads. They had this to say:

Emotionally charged and action packed, In Hot Pursuit by Kate McMurray will work its way into your heart and soul.

Hooray! I’m gonna go back what I’ve been doing, which is mainly nothing. It’s great!

new writers who rock

I was nominated as a great new author at Jessewave‘s (so those of you who got here from there, welcome!). It’s humbling to be on a list with some other really great writers. (I’m familiar with Mary Calmes and P.D. Singer but haven’t read anything by Heidi Champa or Louise Blaydon… I am going on vacation soon and need things to read, however!)

So thanks to Anna who nominated me and Wave for sticking my picture up there. You can learn more about In Hot Pursuit and also stay tuned because I’ll have a new book out this winter.

another review

Great review from Elisa:

This is probably the strength of this book, there is everything, prejudices, love, loss, hope, but each of them is woven in the plot without being a sore eyes, the texture is fluid, like silk, and warm, like wool. Noah’s character feels real, in his hurting, in his trying to deny that hurt, and in his searching for solace in anonymous sex.

Two reviews in one day! Hey, I’m happy for my little book to get some attention. I’m so thrilled that the book has been well-received, that the reviews have been so positive. Seriously, thanks to everyone who read the book!

And, you know, if you haven’t you can buy the book. Is it gratuitous to stick a buy link in so many blog posts?

new review of In Hot Pursuit

In Hot PursuitIt’s a gross, rainy day in New York. I’ve had a bit of a headache all day, so I went out and drank a gigantic latte, which if anything perked me up a little. While I drank it, I sat in a cafe with my laptop. I’ve heard that there are a lot of freelancers and writers in this neighborhood, so any given cafe in the Park Slope/Prospect Heights area of Brooklyn is bound to be full of people typing away on their MacBooks on a Sunday afternoon. Today was not an exception. I sat next to this woman who, I think, was doing the same thing I was. Next to her requisite MacBook, she had a notebook open with what looked (to my curious eyes) like the outline of a novel. I was charmed when at one point, the woman blurted, “Yes! Aha!” I have those epiphany moments, too, when everything comes together and you figure out a plot problem that had been eluding you. It was a fun moment.

Anyway! I’ve been hard at work on a few big projects, but in the meantime, here’s a new review of In Hot Pursuit from Night Owl Reviews:

In Hot Pursuit was a great story and I enjoyed it a lot. This is one I will read again down the road. The damsel in distress or in this case the man in distress made for a good storyline. Noah having to be the strong one even with him still getting over loosing his lover in the past and now finding Harry made for a bit of conflict for Noah but it was well written into the story as a whole. Harry and Noah set the pages on fire with the heat and steaminess of their love scenes together. It was finger burning hot. This one is a keeper and I will definitely recommend it to others for a good read.

Aw, shucks.

Buy the book here!

gimme a break

Firstly, In Hot Pursuit got 4 cherries from Whipped Cream Reviews.

So I took some time off from writing this week. I’m normally a pretty self-disciplined writer, making it a goal to write at least a little every day. I lead a fairly busy life, and I think you have to have some measure of self-discipline in order to make things happen. It’s tough, though, making the time for writing on top of everything else; I suspect that is most writers’ chief complaint. There are just not enough hours in the day. (I can’t even imagine how writers with children manage.)

Anyway, I had a week where I had to take a break from writing. I think sometimes I just need to clear my head and reboot. I put in some extra hours at the day job, I saw some friends, I watched a lot of trashy television. I sometimes also just need some distance from what I’m working on so I can look at it again with fresh eyes; I’m more likely to catch consistency errors that way.

The good news is that my brain is back functioning again; I woke up this morning, started thinking about a WIP, and came up with a whole bunch of ideas. And now I have coffee, so forward progress!

oh, hey, another review

The weather in New York has been just awful the last couple of days. I spent way more time outside than I wanted to yesterday, the rain soaking into my shoes as I prayed my umbrella wouldn’t invert, so I decided to sequester myself in my apartment today to get some writing done. This has mostly been a successful endeavor, though my current work-in-progress is in part about inclement weather, and I could really use a sunny spring day right about now.

Or else a good review! This one from Theresa at Ebook Addict:

All in all this was a beautifully done romance about finding new love, with lots of tears and laughter. Be prepared for the sparks these two create, they will definitely heat up the cold winter nights.

Ahem. If you, like me, are dreaming of sunny Florida while the weather rages outside, you may want to buy the book. Just saying. 😀

saturday sun

I tweeted this a few days ago, but here’s another review of In Hot Pursuit: “In Hot Pursuit is about second chances, forgiveness, and acceptance. It is a wonderful blend of action, suspense, romance, humor and erotic play.” (4.5 nymphs here)

I have a tendency to surround myself with people who have wildly different interests from mine, so although I have a lot of friends who are writers, hardly any of them are romance writers (or even readers, come to think of it). But the thing with writing a novel is that, when it’s published, all your friends want to read it. I’ve been showing people the excerpt, and my own friends said things like, “I don’t like romance, but I like this.” That’s great, but shows a misconception about the genre. I’m working on disabusing my friends of the notion that romance as a genre is all bodice-ripping and purple prose.

It’s been a fun few weeks with the reviews, and some really positive feedback from both friends and strangers, and even a few fan emails (which totally made my day).

The weather looks pretty spectacular outside, so I plan to go out in a few. My agenda for the weekend involves writing and editing and trying to finish a short story that’s not quite right yet.

Oh, and I saw the Tim Burton Alice in Wonderland last night. Maybe my expectations were low because I haven’t been that impressed with the last few Burton projects, but I thought Alice was great. I saw it in 3D with some friends, we all agreed it was fun and the visuals are lovely.

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.