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December brings fabulous reads!

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Ex-NFL star + snarky single mom = a touchdown of a holiday romance


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The vampires are coming... and this time, the lights won't stop them.


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The owner of a delightful Southern café tastes the sharp sting of suspicion in this delectable comfort food mystery...


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This holiday season, love is on the menu.


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A Spartan heart can conquer anything, even myths, magic, and monsters.


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There’s nothing like a firefighting cowboy to keep you toasty warm this Christmas...


Kate Walker


Blogging at Fresh Fiction

Kate Walker | What's in A Name? The importance of Titles
April 8, 2012
Lots of people have asked me about the title of my latest romance. THE DEVIL AND  Read More...

Kate Walker | A Fresh Look At An Old Favourite
November 20, 2011
It was the name of your site that  gave me the inspiration for this blog.  I've been rather  overdone by blogging  Read More...

Kate Walker | Swamped by Spaniards
May 28, 2008
As I write for Harlequin Presents, I often have to decide on the nationality of my hero. And part of the fantasy of Mills & Boon  Read More...

I was born in Nottinghamshire, England, but I didn't live there for very long. The family moved to West Yorkshire when I was just eighteen months old and so I have always regarded Yorkshire as my home. I grew up there as the middle child in a family of five - all girls - in a home where books were vitally important and I read anything I could get my hands on.

Even before I could write I was making up stories. My mother tells the story of me recounting the tale of the Three Little Raindrops - Drippy, Droppy and Droopy to my two younger sisters when I was four. I can't remember a time when I wasn't scribbling away at something, and I wrote my first 'book' when I was eleven, an adventure story, most of it in secret in lessons at school - particularly maths lessons, which I hated.

But everyone, particularly teachers and my parents, told me that I would never make a living as a writer, and I should work towards a more secure career. So I decided instead that if I couldn't write books, I could at least work with them and so I settled for becoming a librarian. On leaving school, I went to the University College of Wales Aberystwyth where I studied English and Librarianship for my degree.

More importantly, university was also where I met my husband who was also studying English there. We married and moved back north, eventually settling in Lincolnshire. Here I worked as a children's librarian until I left work when my son was born.

After three years of being a full-time housewife and mother, I was ready for a new challenge, but needed something I could do at home, and so I turned to my old love of writing. My first attempts at novels were written on the kitchen table, often late into the night when my son was asleep or during a few snatched hours when he was out at nursery school.

The first two novels sent off to Harlequin Mills & Boon were rejected, but the third attempt was successful. I can still remember the moment that a letter arrived instead of the rejection slip I had been dreading. I think I must have read it over and over at least a hundred times before the reality of what it said sank in, and for days I kept checking it just to make sure I wasn't dreaming. In 1984, THE CHALK LINE was published just in time to be one of my best Christmas presents ever.

Fitting in hobbies around working and being a wife and mother can be difficult, but I always find time to read. I love all sorts of fiction, especially Romance, obviously. I also enjoy historical novels, detective fiction and long, absorbing biographies about fascinating people and I can spend hours in bookshops just browsing. I enjoy knitting and embroidery, but I rarely get time to do either now that I'm a full-time writer. I also love looking round antique fairs or junk shops, hoping to add to my collection of Victorian embroidery. During my working hours my four cats, all adopted from the RSPCA, usually keep me company in my study, though they have to be dissuaded from sitting on the piles of papers that they are convinced are there just for them. xxxI love to travel and visit new places, especially places with an interesting history, and I always enjoy visiting old castles or stately homes and imagining how the people who used to live there spent their days. xxxI'm often asked if I'm a romantic sort of person because I specialise in writing Romances. Well, if being romantic means caring about other people enough to make that extra special effort, then yes, I am. Romance is about making the important people in your life feel valued and letting them know that you care. But I also write about relationships and the difficulties people sometimes have in understanding each other, or expressing affection, or overcoming problems. xxxSometimes - when the right words won't come, or an idea hasn't worked out as I'd thought, I wonder why I don't have some regular nine to five job, but when the story's flowing and the characters come alive, I really can't imagine any other way of life. And there's a tremendous satisfaction in knowing that I've proved wrong all those people who told me that I would never make a successful career out of my writing.

 

Series

Return of the Rebels

Books:

The Devil and Miss Jones, April 2012
Return of the Rebels
Mass Market Paperback
The Return Of The Stranger, October 2011
Paperback
The Proud Wife, April 2011
Italian Temptation!
Paperback
The Good Greek Wife?, September 2010
Paperback
Kept For Her Baby, October 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Cordero's Forced Bride, February 2009
Mass Market Paperback
Bedded By The Greek Billionaire, November 2008
The Greek Tycoons
Mass Market Paperback
Spanish Billionaire, Innocent Wife, June 2008
Paperback
12 Point Guide to Writing Romance, March 2008
3rd Edition
Paperback (reprint)
The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife, November 2007
The Greek Tycoons
Paperback
The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife, November 2007
Paperback
The Sicilian's Red-Hot Revenge, July 2007
Red-Hot Revenge
Mass Market Paperback
Sicilian Husband, Blackmailed Bride, April 2007
Miniseries: Italian Husbands
Paperback
The Italian's Forced Bride, February 2007
Miniseries: Italian Husbands
Paperback
At the Sheikh's Command, October 2006
Miniseries: Surrender to the Sheikh
Paperback
The Antonakos Marriage, August 2006
Miniseries: Greek Tycoons
Paperback
The Married Mistress, May 2006
Blackmail Brides
Paperback (reprint)
The Married Mistress, February 2006
Harlequin Presents Series, #267
Paperback (reprint)

 

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