You all know how much I love writing my Harlequin Presents but I love my Harlequin Presents author friends just as much. I’m so thrilled to have fellow Presents author and good friend, Kate Hewitt as my guest today! Kate and I have known each other for several years and I adore her.
I read Kate’s first Harlequin Presents novel, The Italian’s Chosen Wife and fell in love with her voice and writing style. When I met Kate, I became a true fan. She’s awesome! Hugely talented and so warm and wonderful to know. Like me, Kate started out writing romance and has just taken the leap into Women’s Fiction and I couldn’t be happier for her. I’ve asked her to join us to share more about her new release and ‘Writing from the Heart’!
Here’s Kate Hewitt!
Thanks so much for having me here–I’m so excited to share my first women’s fiction, This Fragile Life, with you, and especially to do it on Jane Porter’s blog.
I first met Jane in 2000, when we were both Golden Heart finalists at the Romance Writers of America. Jane had already sold to Harlequin Presents, and as an aspiring writer it felt like she had crossed to the other side or climbed an impossibly high mountain–I was dying to know how she’d done it! I remember how gracious and friendly she was, and admired her for her wonderful attitude as much as for her publishing success.
When her first Harlequin Presents came out, I devoured it in one sitting. I loved her writing style; it seemed so fresh and different. And it was actually reading a Jane Porter romance that made me decide to try writing one myself after giving it up for several years; lo and behold, my first Presents was published in 2008.
When Jane started writing women’s fiction I gobbled that up too. I loved Flirting with Forty and Odd Mom Out, the first two women’s fiction of hers I read. And once again seeing how she seemed to move effortlessly from romance to women’s fiction made me decide to try it–and so here I am, with my first women’s fiction, This Fragile Life, out now.
This Fragile Life is really a book of my heart. I had the idea for the story many years ago, but felt intimidated by the thought of writing something that seemed so long and complex. The premise of two friends, one struggling with infertility and one unexpectedly pregnant, gripped me because I can identify with both situations. Martha and Alex are very different; Martha is a stressed control-freak and Alex might be too laid-back for her own good, but they realize they need each other in more ways than one. And the idea behind it all, that grief and suffering can lead to strength and joy, is one that I believe in fiercely.
Tell me what book of Jane’s got you hooked on her writing, and I will draw the name of one commenter to win one of my Harlequin Presents romances as well as a $15 Starbucks gift card. I hope you check out This Fragile Life–and let me know what you think if you read it! I love hearing from readers.
This Fragile Life: You love your best friend. You trust her with your life. But could you give her the most precious gift of all? Alex’s life is a mess. She’s barely holding down a job, only just affording her apartment, and can’t remember when she was last in a relationship. An unexpected pregnancy is the last thing she needs. Martha’s life is on track. She’s got the high flying career, the gorgeous home and the loving husband. But one big thing is missing. Five rounds of IVF and still no baby. The solution seems simple. Alex knows that Martha can give her child everything that she can’t provide. But Martha’s world may not be as perfect as it seems, and letting go isn’t as easy as Alex expected it to be. Now they face a decision that could shatter their friendship forever.
And it will be available on Barnes & Noble, but I don’t have the link yet!
Kate, thank you so much for visiting with us today! I’ve adored having you here and can’t wait to read your new book!! Friends, please stop by Kate’s website to learn more about her new and past releases. I have no doubt you’ll be adding several titles to your reading list! And to double the fun for Kate’s new release celebration, I’m going to giveaway a copy of one of my favorite books by Kate, The Sheikh’s Forbidden Virgin and a $10 Starbucks giftcard! Just leave a comment for a chance to win!