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Friday, January 02, 2009

GUEST BLOGGER: Kathryn Shay


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.


Kathy

17 comments:

Thia said...

Kathryn, great post! I am going to be sure to go pick up A MAN SHE COULDN'T FORGET right away! Especially since I love cooking and best friend romance! Thank you!!

Bets' said...

Okay, that little teaser really has me intrigued now. :)

Livia said...

What a teaser Kathryn! I definitely have to pick up A MAN SHE COULDN'T FORGET! It is my opinion that we never see enough adds for the Harlequin Superromances and I am happy you came over to share this information. I am a fan of your Harlequing Supers especially the older "9 Months" titles and of course I read your single titles.

Livia

Debora said...

WOW! A MAN SHE COULDN'T FORGET sounds fantastic! I just ordered a copy from eharlequin.com!!!

Your SuperRomances are always, well, super!!

Best wishes,
Debora

Livia said...

Forgot I can get it quicker from eharlequin, thanks for the heads up Debora!


You know what I realize I have in my pile something you all have probably read but I never did and I'm moving them up; remember CODE OF HONOR, FEEL THE HEAT, THE FIRE WITHIN and THE MAN WHO LOVED CHRISTMAS?

Livia

Melissa W. said...

A MAN SHE COULDN'T FORGET sounds very intriguing. Definitely added to my books to buy for the month. I like the tie in you've added with your real life recipes. Where did the idea for this book come from? Are any of the characters based on real life people? I'm always interested in where plots and stories begin for authors. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

Elissa said...

Sorry, the comment above is from Elissa---signed in under the wrong Blogger account!

Glo said...

Great lead in, I just love Harlequin Superromances. I just placed my order for A MAN SHE COULDN'T FORGET. The trailer is excellant by the way.

Anonymous said...

I've read Kathryn's newest book and it IS a very interesting premise. Her character development is excellent and the plot really makes you think. Of course, her books are some of my favorite! This is a really good one! geri

Maureen said...

Congratulations on the new book. It sounds like a very emotional and mysterious story.

Moni said...

Kathyrn,

I am a newbie to your titles and I already ordered this book before posting, just from the introduction. Besides, I love suspense and already have different scenarios running through my mind about why neither man wants her to remember. Cannot wait to delve into this one.

Monica

Lori said...

A MAN SHE COULDN'T FORGET sounds like it will be a fun read! I look forward to reading it.

Lori said...

A MAN SHE COULDN'T FORGET sounds like it will be a fun read! I look forward to reading it.

kathryn shay said...

Wow, I'm so glad the teaser was that good. How great of so many of you to order the book. It's official release date is next Monday, I think. And thanks for all the comments on my other work. Those 3 firefighter Supers are among my favorites.

I don't think anyone in this book is based on a real character, but the friend in the story are very much like my best friends.

The idea came from....well, I wanted to write an amnesia story, I guess! It was really fun to develop the plot.

I have a question. A reviewer said that Brady was "too good to be true." (She loved the book, though, and gave a great review.) Do you agree with her comment?

Be back after I run some errands with one of my favorite people, my son.
Kathy

geri said...

As we say good-by to Kathryn Shay, I want to thank her for being part of the TRRC blog. I also want to announce that Bets has been chosen randomly to receive a signed copy of one of Kathryn's books. How exciting is this! Congratulations to Bets and again, many thanks to one of our favorite talented authors, Kathryn Shay! geri

Bets' said...

WOW! Thanks so much :) :D

Thia said...

This is for Ms. Shay - she was having some technical difficulties getting here -

Dear readers,
I had a great time on your site. Thanks for having me.

Bets, please email me your choice and where to send, through my website, www.kathrynshay.com.
Kathy

Thanks, Ms. Shay, for visiting us!