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have you read one of my books?

Whoever said “simple pleasures are the best” had my number. I’m smiling like a lovesick fool right now, and why? Because my website host reports data to me, such as how many visitors I have each day, or how those visitors found my website in the first place.

And guess what today’s report says? Someone visited my site after googling the following: “game of hearts kate donovan”

In other words, that person apparently read my book GAME OF HEARTS and wanted to know more. So they googled it, then visited my site.


GAME OF HEARTS was the first historical romance of mine that was ever published (2000). I like to think it was somewhat unique in the sense that there were two couples falling in love – four very different main characters, four points of view. It was basically a romantic comedy, but I cried like a baby at the end. In short, I loved writing that book.

Did it set the world on fire? Hardly. Which makes it all the more endearing that someone googled it six years later.

I had a similar experience a few years ago when I googled ‘CARRIED AWAY by kate donovan.’

Google linked me to a message board query about “what are you reading now?” and a reader replied: “I’m re-reading CARRIED AWAY by Kate Donovan. I’ve read it eight times. I LOVE that book.”

CARRIED AWAY was published in 2001. Like GAME OF HEARTS, I tried to do something different with it, and I was excited and proud about the result. I thought the heroine was hilarious, and the hero – oh lord, I was so crazy about him it was embarrassing! Daniel McCullum, a roguish sea captain -- yowza! And confidentially, I thought that book was going to turn heads. Well, as history proves, it didn’t cause much of a ripple. But apparently, someone loved it as much as I did, and I couldn’t be more delighted.

After sixteen published stories and twelve years in print, I still can’t believe that people who have never met me – total strangers! – read my books. That’s the true definition of success for a writer.

All the rest is just business – a way to justify my “writing time.”

But a real person reading my book and liking it? As the VISA commercials would say, that’s priceless.

So to anyone who ever sat down and read one of my books, even though you never met me – thanks. I hope you liked it. And if you loved it, well… I’m more grateful than you can imagine.



( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 10th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
What's not to love?
Just wondering.

Oct. 10th, 2006 03:55 am (UTC)
Re: What's not to love?
Aw, Penni. Thanks. -- Kate
Oct. 10th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
Re: What's not to love?
Amen, Penn. Kate, you're coming to the wake, right? Right? Glad you're back, although your trip sounds amazing! How bout some photos?

Oct. 10th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
Re: What's not to love?
Karm, I'd love to post photos of the trip, but livejournal only lets me do thumbnail size pictures. My husband's a terrfic amateur photographer and took some beautiful shots, but given the subject matter, they need to be BIG to be enjoyed.

Maybe I'll see if my web designer can put some up on my website when she does the next batch of updates.

As for the Bombshell wake, I want to attend, but I'm not yet able to confirm (how's that for a weasely answer? They must be visiting me too!)

Oct. 13th, 2006 09:20 pm (UTC)
"Spin Control"
I'm just starting "Spin Control" and like it alot, can't wait to read more. I really liked your dedication, too. More later, Bonita
Oct. 13th, 2006 10:43 pm (UTC)
Re: "Spin Control"
Hi Bonita! Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you like the story. Talk to you soon.

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