Hearts Divine Release Blitz Blog Tour

★•**•.★ CALLING ALL BOOK BLOGGERS!★•**•.★

To celebrate the release of ‘Hearts Divine’ I’m holding a Release Blitz & Tour with the lovely team at Bare Naked Words.

Dates 17th-19th January 2019.
As this is Book 2 in the series we’re offering up the #1 bestselling ‘Hearts Of Darkness’ (Book 1) for review too!

Sign up here if you want to be involved:
https://goo.gl/forms/idZsuPtFwVrfGsgn1

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Hearts Divine *Synopsis Reveal*

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Hearts Divine
Book 2: The Santiago Trilogy

Hearts Divine is the second book in bestselling author Catherine Wiltcher’s dark and thrilling Santiago Trilogy.

Eve
The FBI is forcing me apart from the man who haunts my dreams.
The man who stole me, broke me and made me his forever.
Dante Santiago.
My deepest, darkest secret.
I may be ignorant to the worst of his savagery, to the tortured history that has driven the heartless criminal to such extremes, but I know exactly how his body feels as it sinks slowly into mine – stretching, conquering, completing. I know every hard angle, every dark trail; every golden plane as he moulds himself to me like a second skin.
The man I will never ever betray.

Dante
Six months apart.
An eternity.
I swore an oath to stay away.
To keep her safe.
Together we wiped my past from the face of this earth but another rose up in his place. An enemy more deadly, more determined. One who will stop at nothing to destroy me.
Damn this half-life that I’m forced to endure without her.
I run the risk of exposing her if I return.
I will lose myself to this darkness if I refuse…

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Add to your Goodreads TBR right now!

COMING JANUARY 2019

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Interview For Foster An Author 2018

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I recently took part in the 2018 Foster An Author event where the lovely Elaine and Tami’s JB3 Blackbirds  fostered me for a whole week and promoted my books across their social media sites. It was a fab experience and gave me the opportunity to meet lots of new authors. During the week I also took part in a quick Q & A…

Q: What is the first book that made you cry?

A: I’m an emotional wreck at the best of times so I pretty much wept my way through the entire Disney collection before I was eight. As an adult there are two books that stand out to me – The Color Purple and Fortune’s Rock. Two books that couldn’t be more different, bought together by their unequivocal ability to make me cry big, ugly tears!

Q: What is the most unethical practice in the publishing industry?

A: I don’t know about America but here in the UK there’s a depressing trend to throw every Z-list celebrity a publishing contract and then hire a ghostwriter to do all the hard work. There are so many amazing, talented romance writers out there but publishers are still reluctant to take a chance. I’m hoping the trend will shift to a more inclusive modus operandi in 2019.

Q: Does writing energize or exhaust you?

A: Both! When the words are flowing it’s like ten cups of strong coffee are pumping through my veins, my fingers are literally tripping over themselves to hit the right letters on the keyboard. On the flipside, when I’ve hit a plot roadblock or I can’t move past a paragraph without rewriting it a billion times it’s worse than exhausting!

Q: What are common traps for aspiring writers?

A: Someone once told me to ‘write for the right reasons’ and it took me a long time to figure out exactly what she meant! There is no American Idol fast track route to selling a million copies of your debut (unless you’re EL James…) It takes hard work and sacrifice – cancelled social events and precious time away from your friends and family. But when strangers take the time to message you to say how much they enjoyed your writing, those moments are everything.

Q: Does a big ego help or hurt writers?

A: A sizeable chunk of being a writer is self-promotion, which, if you’re anything like me, makes you want to curl up in a corner and hide. In that respect a big ego will definitely help! On the other hand I take issue with some romance authors (who shall remain nameless!) who lose the humble vibe on the way up. The drop is mighty steep on the other side so never forget who made it happen for you! Half the battle is finding out how to strike a happy medium.

Q: Have you ever gotten reader’s block?

A: I’ve become bored with books and not finished them, and when I’m writing it’s hard to find the time to read as much I’d like to. I’m a proper book junkie at heart. I like to devour whole series in one sitting. There’s nothing better than staying up until 2am because you Can’t. Not. Finish. The. Book. I think that’s the secret aim of every author – to have a moment like that with their readers. It’s certainly mine! The first time someone told me my book had made them late for work I was back crying those big ugly tears again.

Q: Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?

A: When I first started out, yes. My kids were really young and I cringed everytime I thought of one of their friend’s mums reading my books! I got over that pretty quickly. These days I’m proud of my writing and proud to put my name to it. Hopefully my kids won’t disown me completely when they’re older…

Q: Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

A: I write what I like reading myself (dark romance/erotic suspense) and what I know. Admittedly I don’t know a whole lot about South American cartel bosses and their dark and crazy sex exploits but I know heart and I know passion, two qualities that drive every single one of my characters. In life I like to jump in ‘head first’ with everything and I hope that translates to my characters too.

Q: Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

A: I guess you could hone and hone your craft and be technically brilliant at writing but, like I said, to write a really passionate love story you have to embody a little of that characteristic yourself. Some things can’t be learnt they’re instinctive but others may have a different view.

Q: What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?

A: I’m a newbie so I’m still shuffling at the back of the auditorium waiting for somebody to talk to me It’s one of the reasons I’m so happy to be a part of Foster An Author 2018. It’s a perfect chance to make some new writing buddies!

Hearts Of Darkness is available right now from Amazon. Click HERE for more details.

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50 Shades of Distraction

I LOVED Fifty Shades of Grey. Boom. There I said it. Yes, the ‘inner goddess’ thing is a bit yawn and I can sort of see why all the feminists are up in arms but it’s got that clever little spark that always reels me in. I like to call it the ‘love hook’. I’m sure there’s some fabulously technical term for it in the publishing world but that’s what works for me.

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It’s more than the initial ‘grab’ that us writers are told to inflate our first chapter with. It’s that WHAM BAM moment, usually about a third in, when you know you’re in big trouble. The book becomes an obsession. Your baby’s screaming for a feed but you Can’t. Quite. Put. It. Down. It’s the realization that you’re going to be in mourning for these characters long after the book (fingers crossed a trilogy) has ended…

It’s there in the little things. Not the big set pieces. It’s an emerging connection between the two lead characters that goes way beyond the sizzling sex and ridiculous sub-plots. With Dirty Dancing it’s the scene in the lake when the music goes all mushy but you know that Baby’s in far deeper stuff than the water. With Fifty Shades it’s the texts and emails. It’s the development of a relationship. It’s the flirting… god the flirting. It’s sooo good. Bravo, E.L. James. You deserve the squillions and Jamie Dornan just for that.

Still I wonder if E.L. could have created the same intense magic if she’d had a toddler flinging breadsticks at her. Or if she’d felt Mother’s Guilt wagging her bony little finger in her face for playing the same Paw Patrol episode four times in a row in a bid to keep her kids amused whilst she finished.

I was in Sainsbury’s last week sans kids (it’s amazing how pleasurable food shopping becomes when you don’t have rowdy children in tow trying to capsize the trolley), and I indulged myself with a quick flick though a well-known writer’s magazine. Inside was an article about how some pro organised his day. I skim-read the blurb in bewilderment. It went something like this: Awake at 7am. Coffee at 8am. An hour of social media, and then three solid hours of writing before lunch, and so on and so forth…

Huh??

You mean no tetchy, drawn-out breakfasts featuring ‘the wrong cereal’, despite the little buggers specifically requesting it? No tears because i’ve used the Frozen lunchbox instead of the Cinderella one, followed by the endless school drop-offs which have to be timed Just So otherwise the youngest will sit down in the middle of the road and refuse to budge. Then it’s home for the washing-up, answering work emails, yadda yadda yadda until FINALLY I can kick-start the writing. ‘Bastard,’ I muttered resentfully (no offence intended.) I felt like puking with envy all over the petit filous.

But such is the lot of writers who are juggling mummyhood, or indeed daddyhood, whilst pursuing their dreams. ‘Prioritise!’ I hear you howl. ‘Feck off…’ I growl. Because despite my love of writing my kids will always come first. But by the time evening rolls around I’m often too shattered and traumatised by the ‘bedtime routine’ to fire up the creativity. I hold my hands up to you, Stephanie Meyer, you of Twilight Fame, who supposedly wrote your books when your children were asleep. I leave it to the weekend when my husband can deal with the nighttime howlers and early starts, and I can really get stuck in. What a legend he is. He deserves his very own blog for outstanding contributions to the cause.

And then there’s the ultimate distraction… Writing a blog when I should be finishing my latest book.

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