Sunday, April 3, 2011

Kate Walker: Springtime – and New Beginnings

I’m celebrating today -  for a couple of reasons. First of all, I have a new book out – The Proud Wife is released in Harlequin Presents  Every new book that I have published is a real thrill. It’s a delight and an excitement that never goes away – no matter how many titles I have in my backlist. This latest, brand-new, beautiful ‘baby’ is one I’ve never seen in the shops before. It’s a ‘first’ for this title and seeing it in all its untouched beauty in a new cover, new title is a very special thrill.  A whole new beginning.
It’s one of the best things about being an author. That feeling of seeing your work in print is something that never fades – or it hasn’t for me. I may be heading for my 60th romance title   but I always love that feeling of having a brand new book out there so that readers can find it and  - hopefully  - enjoy it.   So The Proud Wife is one reason why I’m celebrating.  I’m so happy to have this book out in the shops and  I hope that readers will love my heroine Marina and her  estranged husband  the Sicilian Prince  Pietro D’Inzeo.  I’ve been thrilled by the response to this book in the UK – it was at #1 in the bestsellers on the Mills & Boon website for 3 weeks and one reviewer called it a ‘Modern masterpiece’.
But  there’s a second reason why this month is very special for me and that involves a past book – one that I had published  last year – in  March 2010 to be precise. I’m now finally able to announce, The Konstantos Marriage Demand, has just been awarded Best Presents Extra 2010 in the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards. I just wish I could be at the RT convention this week to pick up the award but I’m in the UK and  I’m on a really tight deadline so there just wasn’t the opportunity to be there.  I’ll raise a toast to the book – and to everyone who’s going to be there anyway!
Both The Proud Wife and The Konstantos Marriage Demand  are about one of the themes I most love to write – and read about  - in romance. And that’s the theme of lovers reunited. When a couple have once been  lovers - once so very close, intimate in all ways that a man and woman can be, and then are torn apart by some action   of Fate, some terrible mistake on  the part of one – or both of them – the fact that they once cared so much makes the pain of the break-up so much worse to bear.   When  my hero and heroine have once felt a deep, passionate love and something comes along to destroy that feeling  then   where there once was a deep love, now there is a deep, deep pain. The loss of the feeling they once had leaves a real emptiness inside.   And they close themselves off from the source of that loss – the person they once loved.
 I love writing this theme because there is so much raw emotion in  the idea of second chances, of the hope of starting again,  building a new future from the shattered pieces of the old one.  So this is a really appropriate time of year for these books to come out.  Here in the UK, the real signs of Spring are starting to show. The  tulips and daffodils are coming into flower, so are the primroses, all making a brave display of colour and brightness after the long dark, cold  days  of winter. The blossom is blooming in the trees, the birds are singing and building nests and a whole new sense of life and renewal is filling the air .
I always think that this is just like a romance story. We have a saying  that  March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb – and that’s the way the story  of  lovers reunited develops.  The conflict between them – the reasons why they split up, the lack of trust,  the anger and pain that drove them apart are all like the  stormy, dark days of winter. Times when the wild winds howl and the nights are cold and bleak.  But slowly, gradually that coldness  changes and turns into  a hope of a new spring – a new beginning.   It’s not a just a new calm but  a green, golden and fertile peace. One that has the promise of potential for growth and trust – and a whole new future.

That’s why Spring has always been my favourite season   and it’s the  reason why I love reunion stories so much.  In The Proud Wife, Pietro and Marina  start out  in one of the darkest times in their lives. When the love they once shared seems to have totally disappeared, been destroyed by the tragedy that tore them apart.   Both of them believe that there is no future for them together – and they meet up in the lawyer’s office to put the final  nail in the coffin of their marriage – and sign the divorce papers. But from their very first meeting, it’s so obvious that there is still so much between them – if only they can  work through the pain of the past.
They don’t find it easy. They’re both proud, determined people. Both hurt by the past and scared of going through that pain all over again.  But they both know that no one else has ever made them feel  the way  they make each other feel.  So can they find a way to put the past behind them,  put right the mistakes they made,  and create for themselves a new future – together?
You’ll have to read The Proud Wife to find out!  Romantic Times gave this book  4.5 stars and called it  “ an emotionally charged page-turner with plenty of tension and passion.” And that sounds to me like  ‘coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb’ – just like  the month of March merging into April as Spring arrives.

You can find out more about The Proud Wife over on my web site and you can read all my latest news and the most up to date events on my blog.  I hope to see you there


  1. Hi Kate,


    And all the best for THE PROUD WIFE!

  2. The Proud Wife is a fantastic book, one I just couldn't put down.
    Congratulations on Best Presents Extra for Konstantos Marriage Demand - another brilliant book!

  3. Stunning post and congratulations again Kate ! The Proud wife was simply amazing I could not put it down ! I cant wait to get my hands on a copy of Konstantos Marriage Demand is sounds divine !

    Take Care,

  4. Thank you Nas - It's been wonderful gettng so many lovely messages about The Konstantos Marriage Demand. And I hope you love The Prou Wife when you read it

  5. Rachael - how lovely to see you here. Thank you for your lovely comments on The Proud Wife - that 'I just couldn't put down' is the best compliment you can give an author. And I'm glad you enjoyed Konstantos too. Your post has [ut a big smile on my face

  6. Hello Desere - and thak you too. Everything I said to Rachael applies to your post as well. I'm so glad that you enjpyed The Proud Wife so much and I hope you like The Konstantos Marriage Demand too if you get hold of a copy

  7. Hi Kate,

    Your books are amazing!! Love them and always on the lookout for more titles *lol* so keep them coming. The Proud Wife was a magical story of renewal of vows - beautiful!

    Congrats on your award, it is well deserved for I love the Konstantos Marriage Demand.

    Always a pleasure of reading your books and hope there is more to come ;-)

  8. Congratulations Kate! So well deserved

  9. Hi Rita - thanks for visiting me over here! I love your description of The Proud Wife - and I'm so happy that you enjoyed it. And thank you for the congratulations.

    More to come - yu bet! Just as soon as I can get them written. But you won't have to wait too long for the next bbook - The Return of The Stranger is out in UK in September - then in Presents in October. I hope you like that one too.

  10. Hello Sarah and thank you - congratulations from fellow authors - specially those who were also nominated! - mean such a lot. Congratulations to you for your RITA nomination

  11. This book really is a keeper, Kate. I loved your post - I'd never thought of that saying about March in the context of the ups and downs of a relationship, but you're absolutely right.

  12. Sorry to be late repling to you Christina - I've been so busy - teaching a workshop, and then there's always a dreadline! I'm so happy to know you think that The Proud Wife is a keeper - that's such a compliment from a fellow writer. And I'm glad you liked th 'in like a lion' comment too - to me it just seemed to describe the emotional journey so perfectly.

  13. Congratulations, Kate. I have bought your book a few days ago and am waiting for it to arrive. It'll be top of my to-be-read list for over Easter.