Monday, March 13, 2017

Sanctuary Cove by Kate James Interview & Giveaway

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Sanctuary Cove
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
March 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Can his safe haven be enough for her?

Emma Meadows never imagined that sticking to her principles against an act of corruption by a New York senator would cost her her job as VP of communications. Heartbroken, she retreats to her cottage in the Adirondacks to lick her wounds and, in the process, rescues an injured dog that only Josh Whitmore can save.

The veterinarian works diligently to bring dog and woman back to full fighting form, until allegations against the senator become more serious. Seeing Emma's reaction to the increasing pressure, Josh realizes that inevitably she'll find a way back to the top…and he'll likely lose her for good.

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About the Author

Kate spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Kate's goal is to entertain her readers with engaging stories featuring strong, likable characters. Kate has been honored with numerous awards for her writing. She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors, with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by email, through her website, her Facebook pageTwitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.


Thank you for inviting me back to your blog, Victoria! It’s a pleasure to be here.

How long does it take you to write a book?

On average, it takes me three months to write a book. There’s usually another three to four months for the three stages of the editing process, but during that time I’m already working on my next manuscript.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Hmm . . . I wish my husband was home so that I could ask him! How about this? My very favorite place to write is on an airplane, especially if I’m in one of Air Canada’s amazing new Dreamliner pods! The last time I flewout on a Dreamliner was in the middle of a snowstorm. Unlike most of the other passengers on the plane, I didn’t mind the delay to deice, because it gave me extra writing time in my pod! (Does that pass for quirky?! Please ignore the fingerprints on the screen in the picture; it’s a touchscreen.)

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

I get ideas from sources as diverse as hearing a news story on the radio or something I see while walking our dogs. I read an article some time ago that referred to fictionalizing facts. I believe every author does this to a degree. I certainly do.

Writing about what I know or have experienced leads to a more genuine, believable story, in my opinion. My background and experiences provide a wide variety of ideas and perspectives, and I hope they serve to enrich my writing! Of course, once I decide on a story, I do thorough research, as required.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I have a series called the San Diego K-9 Unit series. In each book, the hero or the heroine is a member of the San Diego Police Department’s K-9 Unit. I had a lot of fun doing the research for this series, but I learned some surprising facts.

After securing the requisite security clearance and necessary approvals, I had the great pleasure of spending a considerable amount of time with PC Jim Hilton of Ontario’s York Regional Police. PC Hilton is a K-9 expert and trainer, and is partnered with explosives detection dog, Max.

(My first introduction to explosives detection police service dog (PSD) Max.)

So, here a few things that surprised me.

Did you know police service dogs have their own police badges?

 (PSD Max’s badge.)
Would you think a police service dog could scale a six-foot barricade or climb a ladder . . . conditions the dogs can often face in the field while on duty? I captured the next picture while Max was demonstrating his agility skills.

(PC Hilton putting Max through his agility exercises.)

For all animal lovers, you’d be thrilled to see how enthusiastic and joyous Max is about doing his exercises. I was surprised to learn that Max’s positive reinforcement for a job well done is praise and a Kong toy—no treats.

Did you know that police service dogs often have their own “business cards?”

(PSD Max’s “business card”)

Finally, PC Hilton shared with me some of the intricacies of the work he and Max are called upon to do. Did you know that the K-9 unit officers and their dogs have one of the most dangerous jobs in law enforcement? You can find out why in When the Right One Comes Along, the first book in the series!

What do you think makes a good story?

My editor, Paula Eykelhof, has said that I write stories with “a combination of deep psychology/emotion and action.” I take that as a huge compliment, and I think those are elements that contribute to a reader continuing to turn the pages. Strong likeable characters, a unique and interesting story, and the type of settings where a reader might want to visit are also important, in my opinion. My goal is to write stories that readers will find both emotionally and intellectually satisfying, and hopefully miss the characters a little after turning the last page.

What would you like my readers to know?

I’m grateful to everyone who has purchased one of my books. Readers make it possible for me to do what I love! If any of your readers pick up one of my books, I would love to hear from them, to know how they enjoyed the story.

I would also love to hear from your readers in the comments section below what theylook for in a good story.

Thank you, again, for hosting me on your blog, Victoria!

US/CAN PRIZE PACK, which consists of:
- San Diego K-9 Series T-shirt (winner’s choice of size S, M or L)
- San Diego K-9 Series tote bag
- San Diego K-9 Series mug and a small pack of gourmet coffee
- Signed copy of When Love Matters Most (second book in the San Diego K-9 Series)
- Signed copy of The Truth About Hope
When I Found You (third book in the San Diego K-9 Series) key chain
- An assortment of bookmarks and bookplates
Open to US/CAN only
Ends March 21st

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog once again, Victoria.

    Best wishes for a wonderful day, and happy reading!