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Morro Bay vacation and misc writing news

If you’re looking for a lovely, relaxing fishing village with great weather and stupendous scenery, I recommend Morro Bay, California. My husband and I spent a few days there last week and it was heaven. Just what we needed. We usually go to Monterey for these three-day escapes, and I adore it there too, but it can be so crowded in Monterey and Carmel. Morro Bay is a little more remote, and therefore, not quite as popular. But trust me – it’s gorgeous. I’m going to try and post a picture, but you probably won’t be able to see any detail. If you want to see a full-sized shot of Morro Bay’s famous rock – a huge volcanic plug that sits in the harbor – email me and I’ll send you one.

Writing news? I’m starting a new book today. I get shivers just thinking about it.

If you’re a follower of Silhouette’s Bombshell line, you’ve probably heard that the powers that be are re-thinking it. I don’t know if that’s good news or bad news. Will the line be cancelled? (oh no!) Will it be revamped to up the romance level? (Not my favorite alternative, but better than cancellation, and my latest one SPIN CONTROL is pretty romantic anyway, so what the heck…) Or will they start marketing it as a single title line? This is my wish, even if it means fewer books released per month. We’ve had such freedom within Bombshell to try new things, to let the story flow where it wants to flow, and I’d hate to lose that.

This waiting for news has been mildly disconcerting, creativity-wise, so the timing of our vacation was perfect. I was hoping I’d get the scoop before I started my next book, just in case. Luckily, I had a proposal for another type of book that was almost done, so I worked on that for a while. But I miss real writing too much, so today, I’m diving into my new WIP. It’s a non-bombshell, obviously, since there’s no point in working on NIGHT ARROW any more until I find out what’s going to happen.

Meanwhile, my author copies of SPIN CONTROL arrived in the mail! I like the look of it. The streak down the front is orange, not red the way it looked in the jpeg. But still, it’s okay.

BTYL, Kate

p.s. The major man-made tourist attraction in the Morro Bay area is Hearst Castle, one of the lavish homes built by William Randolph Hearst. I have to say that after seeing it, I didn’t much like the man. He apparently thought he “created” something impressive, but all he did was borrow from others, either by moving whole chunks of European works of art to his house, or copying. And meanwhile, some of the beauty was lost because he insisted on inappropriate juxtaposition of different works. Better to view them where the artist intended for them to be viewed, rather than to see them manipulated in the same way this man apparently manipulated people. He spent/wasted a huge fortune that could have been used to endow art or feed the hungry and homeless, and then he apparently patted himself on the back about what a visionary he was. And beloved too – I’m guessing not. The swimming pool was the one exception to the general garishness and waste – it’s stunning. If you’re in the area, you should see it. It’s so tempting to jump right in, but the state park police are everywhere, so you can’t.

That’s my Hearst Castle report!

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 13th, 2006 12:47 am (UTC)
Bombshell
I am so glad that you had fun on your getaway...I heard the rumor about the Bombshell line, and I am worried. I LOVE this line...I am borderline obsessive when the books come in every month! I really do hope that they vote to leave it alone and let the authors do thier thing.
~Charity
http://charityates.blogspot.com
katedonovan
Aug. 13th, 2006 02:29 am (UTC)
Re: Bombshell
Thanks, Charity! Let's hope all our shared enthusiasm convinces the powers that be that Bombshell has a great future.

Kate

p.s. Your blog is beautiful by the way. What kind of story are you writing? If it's a potential bombshell, then I'll have even more of a reason to keep my fingers crossed for the line!
(Anonymous)
Aug. 13th, 2006 05:32 pm (UTC)
Re: Bombshell
LOL, well I have a couple of stories plotted out that I came up with just for the Bombshell line...I know that isn't a good thing to do, but after really getting into the line how can you not come up with a kick butt chick and a story to back her up?!
~Charity
http://charityates.blogspot.com

katedonovan
Aug. 13th, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Bombshell
Hey, Charity, I think it's a great approach to come up with stories to fit your favorite line of books. You have to write what you enjoy reading, or it's not any fun. And I'm sure the idea of kick butt heroines is alive and well at Harlequin, whether they keep "bombshell" or not, so there will be a home for the stories either way. This trend is just too popular for anyone to ignore.

You're definitely on the right track. My first Bombshell ID CRISIS was developed specifically for the line, long before I knew whether they'd buy from me (in fact, I didn't really think they'd go for it, so I was pleasantly surprised, and meanwhile, ended up writing more books about that same group of agents and analysts). You just never know where these random ideas are going to take you, do you? Writing action/adventure is an adventure of its own.

Good luck!

Kate
(Anonymous)
Aug. 13th, 2006 07:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Bombshell
I have read both Parallel Lies and Exit Strategy, but not ID Crisis. I know...how outrageous. I will promise.
~Charity
katedonovan
Aug. 13th, 2006 07:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Bombshell
Thanks for reading Parallel Lies and Exit Strategy! You've already met the heroine of ID Crisis then, because it's Kristie, the spinner who helps Miranda plan her caper in Exit Strategy. More importantly, you've already met Ray Ortega, Kristie's boss in ID Crisis. Let me know if you end up liking ID Crisis. I've been dying to talk to someone who read those two books in "reverse" order. I tried to make it so that Exit Strategy could stand alone as a story, and I've been told that it did. But I haven't talked to anyone who read Exit first, then ID, so that will be fun to hear.

It's hard to find ID Crisis these days since they sold it out, so it's only available used. I wish Silhouette would put it out in ebook form. My editor tells me that the ebook format is based on demand, so if you prefer to read it that way, you could write to them and tell them so. That might prompt them to publish it that way. Otherwise, maybe you'll have luck finding it used. Either way, I hope you like it. Thanks again!

Kate
(Anonymous)
Aug. 13th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Bombshell
I will let you know after I find ID Crisis, but as it stands right now I think that there is just enough back story in Exit Strategy to make the story flow all on its own. There isn't too much which ends up making the new book mirror the first...I see it often as a reviewer, and that kills a story. There was enough that clued me into the relationship, and I didn't need anymore. I don't want to sound like a gushing fan stalking you through blog replies, but I think you did a fantastic job for a series and a single title.

I have A Dream Apart, and A Dream Embraced that I am eager to read as soon as I finish my need to be reviewed stack.
~Charity
katedonovan
Aug. 14th, 2006 12:18 am (UTC)
Re: Bombshell
Wow, where did you find the Dream books? They're my favorites, story-wise, of anything I’ve done. I wrote them almost fourteen years ago and they’ve been out of print since 1995/96! Recently I got the rights back, and I plan to re-write them as soon as I get the chance. I think my writing has gotten stronger since I first wrote them, even though the basic voice is the same. Another reason I’ll rewrite them is that the original publisher had me beef up the romance, which was fine, but my real vision for them was a paranormal with a complicated love story in the background, not a paranormal with a “romance” in the background, if that makes sense. Anyway, I have ideas for four more Dream books to complete the series. Hopefully I’ll find a supportive publisher for them.

Thanks for telling me, Charity. I like knowing they’re in good hands. – Kate

p.s. I'm glad Exit Strategy worked for you. I felt like Goldilocks trying to decide how much backstory to include in that book. Too much, too little, just right? Whew....
(Anonymous)
Aug. 14th, 2006 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: Bombshell
Amazon and I are old friends...I like to preorder the next months bombshells, and I saw your other books there as well, and strictly on impulse I ordered them as well...unfortunatly I have a stack of five books waiting to be reviewed, and I HAVE to get to these first.
~Charity
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