What Kate James is Reading

KateI would like to express my appreciation to the ladies of Contemporary Romance Café for inviting me to guest post. The theme for November is “what I am reading.” This topic could make for a very long post, as I have been a voracious reader from a very early age; however, I will try to keep my comments succinct.

I read for enjoyment, to expand my knowledge and for research. I truly believe I would be lost if I didn’t have a book underway at any given point in time. As soon as I finish one book, I start the next. Not a single day goes by without me reading, regardless of tight deadlines or other significant demands on my time. I love to read! I will focus on my reading for enjoyment in this post.

Sadly, we live in a world where there is tragedy, strife and true evil. As an example, how could a heart not be broken to have learned of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo—soldier, devoted single father, dog rescuer—being shot point-blank in the back on October 22nd while standing guard at the Canadian war memorial? Or just two days later, on October 24th, the Marysville-Pilchuck High School shooting in suburban Seattle that left three students dead, and resulted in nationwide grief, fear and disbelief?

Although I believe that each one of us can make our world a better place and we should never stop trying, in my leisure time I truly like to escape into a good book where ethics, integrity and good over evil triumph. Whether the book has an HEA or not, I look for stories that challenge me intellectually, are well-written, unpredictable, with strong, likable—if flawed—characters, and the ending is satisfying in some way. An example of such a book that I read recently is debut novelist Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl. The book is smart, fast-paced, well-written and has an interesting twist—an overall satisfying read.

Which brings me to a side-benefit of being an author. Whether for research, on the recommendation of my editor or because I connected with the author directly, I have read genres and authors I would not have been exposed to otherwise. This is a gift I am grateful for.

Three books that I have read over the last few months that I have enjoyed are:

  • Mary Kubica’s The Good Girl;
  • Elizabeth Heiter’s Hunted; and
  • Rula Sinara’s The Promise of Rain. 

And what’s next? Currently, I am reading an advance review copy of the second book in Elizabeth Heiter’s Profile Series, Vanished. I’m only a couple of chapters into it, but I am already hooked. And next on my list is Liz Flaherty’s Back to McGuffey’s. I would read Liz’s book on the strength of the cover alone, but the story promise to be an enjoyable one. Finally, I am also looking forward to Nora Roberts’s third and final book in The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy.

I would love to hear what you are reading and why. Please leave a comment, if you have a moment.

Best wishes and happy reading!

Kate’s goal is to entertain you with well-written, engaging stories, set in A Child's Christmasintriguing places and with strong, likeable characters. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including first place honors for Silver Linings in both the First Coast Romance Writers’ Published Beacon Contest and ACRA’s Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. 

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada, with their beloved black Labs, Harley and Logan. 

Kate’s November Harlequin Heartwarming release, A Child’s Christmas, is now available.

iTunes: https://itun.es/ca/6Bxv1.l 

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-childs-christmas-kate-james/1119471838?ean=9781460342558 

Chapters (Kobo):  bit.ly/UOdnp3 

Amazon: http:// http://amzn.to/1p4r3VV 

Harlequin (e-book and paperback): http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=54426 

Social Media Links 

Website: www.kate-james.com

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E-mail: readers@kate-james.com





What Kate James is Reading — 20 Comments

  1. Hi, Kate! We’re so glad you’re here. Thanks for the shout-out. I like your list. This time of year particularly, I read for entertainment only. It helps a lot if you’re a person who stresses about holidays–reading is the ultimate relaxer.

  2. Hi, Kate! I’m reading an Amanda Quick Regency period book titled, “The River Knows.” Mystery of that period and lots of fun. I’ve been reading her for thirty years and I wonder how she can continue to look so great on the back cover! Thanks, CRC, for letting us invade.

    • Thank you for sharing what you are reading. Muriel. On your recommendation, I will have to add it to my TBR list!

      As for pictures, I admit I try to keep mine reasonably up to date . . . I would hate to miss an opportunity to chat with a reader if they did not recognize me at an event!

      Happy reading.


    • I agree with you, Jana. I much prefer reading to watching television, for example.

      I enjoy being busy and active. My two main forms of relaxation are reading . . . and going for long walks with our pups. Now, if I could only figure out how to do both at the same time!

      Thank you for your comment.


  3. Thanks for the shout out, Kate! The books you’ve mentioned are on my TBR list and you’ve made me even more anxious to read them. I read for the same reasons you do, plus I’ll read quite a few children’s to YA books to make my kids happy because they always want to share books they’ve loved with me (and I usually end up loving the stories too!). The latest book I read was your Heartwarming debut, A Child’s Christmas, and I absolutely loved it. It’s the perfect story for the season! Best wishes!

    • Oh, Rula, thanks for making my day with your feedback about A Child’s Christmas. I am so glad you enjoyed it!

      I happen to know that you manuscript for your next Heartwarming book is in the editing stage, and I look forward to its release!

      Best wishes.


  4. Great interview. I used to read to escape, but as a writer, it’s hard to do that anymore. lol I’m always looking for the Inciting Incident or the first door to close catapulting the story into the 2nd Act. *sigh* That or I’m reading straight-out craft books.

    • I recognize that it’s an “occupational hazard” that even though I read for pleasure, I never completely stop analyzing the writing. Admittedly, my selection of reading material has also become more diverse.

      Thanks for the comment, Patricia.

      Happy reading and writing!


  5. Thank you so much for including HUNTED an VANISHED on your list, Kate! I loved your post’s reminder about all the good reasons we read, and having recently finished A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS, that book is a perfect read for the season: A little boy with indomitable will, and the mom willing to fight for him – SUCH a touching book!

    • One of the advantages of being an author is that I had the privilege of reading the ARC for VANISHED. The good news is that you will have a number of books coming out in quick succession, thus your readers will not have to wait too long for your next release!

      Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, Liz.

      Best wishes.


    • Thank you, very much, Megan! I am so glad you like it.

      The credit for the cover goes to the amazing Harlequin art department team, and my editor Paula Eykelhof and Heartwarming senior editor Victoria Curran.

      Happy reading!


  6. Kate. You have blown me away with your first two books. ‘A Child”s Christmas ‘ was just what I needed to get into the Holiday spirit. Didn’t think you could create another setting where I felt that I was really ‘there’ but you did it again. Thanks and hope you have a wonderful Holiday yourself

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