Happy New Year, Romance Readers.
What fun it is to introduce myself to those of you who don’t know me and to share my current release with you. I’m Kathryn Shay and I write for Harlequin Superromance and The Berkley Publishing Group. I have 23 Supers and ten Berkley Sensations published; there are over four million copies of my books in print. I write contemporary romance, sometimes with a bit of suspense thrown in. I deal mostly with everyday characters like firefighters, cops, teachers and construction workers, but once and a while I have a TV chef, a senator or a secret service agent as the hero or heroine. I like to explore social issues and I’m told my books are highly emotional, often tearjerkers, and have hints of humor.
A MAN SHE COULDN’T FORGET, out in a few weeks from Superromance, deals with the traditional theme of amnesia, but I think I put a new spin on this idea. There are so many elements involved in this plot—a best friends turned lover angle, a love triangle and of course, a woman who can’t remember anything about her past. Both the hero and heroine are writers—he writes children’s books and she writes cookbooks, as well as having a TV cooking show. (I used many of my family recipes in the book, which are on my website now.) And there are best friends and a sister who have a real stake in what happens next.
I love the three main characters, but they all have flaws. The heroine, Clare, has changed over the last few years and her best friends don’t like her new love interest, especially, Brady, the hero. In turn, he’s angry and impatient, and feels a bit of guilt about what happened to her. (I won’t tell you why.) And Jonathan, the other man, loves Clare deeply but he’s resentful of her other life, of her other friends and of the fact that he can’t get her to commit to him fully.
And then there’s the mystery—what actually did happen that night Clare lost her memory and why doesn’t either man want the heroine to remember everything?
I think that’s enough to whet your appetite and get a dialogue going. Please feel free to ask anything about me, my career, and the book itself. I’ll be back several times to check in.