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    Thursday, September 18th, 2008
    9:44 am
    Analyze This!
    I'm blogging at Paranormality today on Nightmares, Dream Interpretation and Before I Wake. Come analyze my dreams for a chance to win a signed copy of Before I Wake!

    Current Mood: busy
    Tuesday, March 11th, 2008
    2:07 pm
    The Cover for Before I Wake
    Isn't it fabulous? I think it's so dark and sexy!



    Current Mood: chipper
    Thursday, January 3rd, 2008
    1:05 am
    Monday, December 10th, 2007
    12:59 am
    Can you believe this?
    http://www.marryourdaughter.com

    Someone tell me it's a joke

    Current Mood: busy
    Thursday, November 15th, 2007
    9:16 pm
    Thursday, October 25th, 2007
    12:35 am
    News!
    Great news!

    Just found out that book 1 in the Nightmare Chronicles will be released in August 2008 rather than September. This means that next summer will officially be the "Summer of Kate." In June I have the anthology WEDDINGS FROM HELL (my story is "The Wedding Knight" and it's a prequel to the Brotherhood of Blood series). In July is BoB 4 LET THE NIGHT BEGIN -- it's Reign's story. And then BEFORE I WAKE in August.

    Sick of me yet? You will be! lol.

    Current Mood: happy
    Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
    8:53 pm
    Taken by the Night -- excerpt
    "He dismissed me as though I was a child."
    It was quarter past seven in the morning and Ivy was in her mother's bedroom, pacing the length of the burgundy and navy William Morris carpet. She should have let her mother sleep longer -- she looked as though she had been up half the night sobbing -- but Saint's arrival needed to be discussed.
    Her mother smiled as she lay against a mountain of thick, down-filled pillows. She looked like a little doll amongst the fresh white sheets and wine velvet counterpane. Her strawberry hair was a satiny halo, and despite the amount of tears she'd shed as of late, her green eyes were bright and alert. In the soft light, with the sun still hours from being at its harshest, Madeline Dearing didn't look much older than Ivy herself -- much to the younger woman's occasional chagrin.
    "You were a child last time Saint saw you,” Madeline replied, languorously twirling a lock of hair around one finger.
    Ivy's lips tightened, remembering the conversation. "That is no excuse. And I was seventeen, hardly a child.” He had looked down that sharp, straight nose of his and told her he was tired -- that he would discuss it ‘later’.
    Her mother stifled a yawn. "It was dawn. He was no doubt tired and needed to rest."
    She stopped pacing and fixed the older woman with a pointed gaze. "We're all tired. Finding Goldie and Clementine's killer is more important than sleep. After all Maison Rouge has done for them you would think the vampires would help us, but Reign is gone and Saint needs his beauty." The words left a bitter taste in her mouth.
    Just a fortnight ago she had photographed Goldie and Clementine. Laughing and playing in the costumes Ivy had brought, the two young women had been more like children than seasoned prostitutes. They had been all of twenty and nineteen respectively and now they were dead. Murdered by a sadistic bastard.
    The expression on her mother's face was sympathetic, bordering on pity. "Reign left before these awful attacks took place, otherwise he would already be searching for the murderer."
    Yes. That was very convenient as far as Ivy was concerned. "How unfortunate that he didn't see fit to leave you with a way to contact him. Not even his own staff know where he is."
    "Your face will stick like that if you do not stop sneering."
    What was more maddening, that her mother continued to talk to her as though she was still a child, or that Ivy listened to it? She sighed.
    "It is time to face the truth, Mama. We’re on our own. The authorities are impotent and the vampires have turned their backs. It is up to us to see the killer brought to justice." Goldie and Clementine had been her friends. She'd be damned if she'd allow the man who slaughtered them to remain free.
    "I'm sure Saint merely wanted some time to think about the situation and speak to us when he was more alert."
    Think? What was there to think about? Women were dead. "You give him more credit than I do."
    "I know him."
    Were it possible to roll her eyes while scowling, Ivy would have done it. "Ten years can change a person, Mama."
    Her mother smoothed her palms over her blankets. "Are you not the one who is always telling me that people don't change?"
    Ivy made a scoffing noise when words didn't readily come. She had said that, yes.
    Her mother smiled smugly. “What’s this, no witty retort? Saint must have made an impression.”
    The remark hit a little close to home for Ivy’s liking. In addition to being apparently just as confident and selfish as she remembered him being, Saint was just as beautiful as well. In fact, she had never seen a more breath-taking creature in her life. He was almost too sensual. She liked handsome men -- men who had a pleasant look about them and who smiled easily. She did not like men who were dark and swarthy and looked at her as though she was a lamb and he a hungry lion. Those dark eyes of his made her nervous; it was so difficult to read the expression in them, and that perfect bow of a mouth curved ever so slightly -- almost contemptuously -- in amusement.
    He would photograph beautifully and she hated him for it. In fact, she was very close to hating him -- and for what reason? Because that school girl crush she thought long dead had raised it’s eager head at the sight of him.
    "I always loved his hair," her mother remarked almost dreamily. "Is it still long?"
    "Collar length." She refused to remark on how dark and thick it was, or how the soft waves framed the chiseled bones of his cheeks and jaw.
    Madeline sighed. "He's cut it then. Too bad. Every girl here wanted to bed him just to play with that hair."
    Ivy supposed she should have been shocked by her mother's bold remark, but she grew up in a brothel. As pretentious and fine as Maison Rouge was, she was rather difficult to shock when it came to sexual behavior.
    A woman's body was her most expensive commodity, and her heart the most prized, Ivy's governess used to tell her. If she had to barter with one of them -- the price had better be worth it.
    Ten years ago Saint could have had her heart and her virtue for a smile. He had barely noticed her.
    "We're nothing more than food to him! Don't you care about justice for Goldie and Clementine?"
    One look was all that was needed for Ivy to realize that she had gone too far.
    "Ivy Abigail Dearing." Her mother's voice took that tone that never failed to make Ivy stand up straight. "Only the fact that I share your grief keeps me from boxing your ears. Disagree with me all you want, but don't you dare presume that you care more about the welfare of my girls than I do."
    Duly chastised, Ivy nodded. "Yes, Mama. I beg your pardon, but I do not have as much faith in Saint as you seem too."
    Why, the vampire's name alone was laughable. Saint, indeed. Saints didn’t bed a new girl – sometimes three -- every night
    "Darling, I trust him with my life and you should as well."
    "In the name of God, why?" She wouldn't trust him with a paper cut on her finger, let alone her entire being.
    "Because if it weren't for Saint neither you nor I would be here." As a thick churning began in Ivy's stomach, her mother grinned. "I'm afraid so. That vampire you do not want to trust is the man who saved me and brought me here. You owe him your life."

    copyright 2007 Kathryn Smith
    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007
    12:28 pm
    New Website!
    My website has been totally updated and revamped! Check it out:

    www.kathryn-smith.com

    Current Mood: bouncy
    Friday, September 7th, 2007
    12:17 pm
    New Project = New Obsession
    I don't have time for a new project. I have too much to do as it is. So why, why, WHY am I stewing over this new idea I have in my head? Maybe because I made the mistake of telling my agent the gist of it and she said, "oh, I like that idea."? Because let me tell ya, if Nancy likes it then it would probably sell in a heartbeat.

    But I'm caught up in revisions for BEFORE I WAKE and having a hard time concentrating. Terrified the book will end up crap. It's my first Urban Fantasy and I want it to be good, damn it!

    So maybe that's why I like my little 'secret' project so much. It's not under contract and it doesn't matter when it's finished. Of course now, I want to finish it because my agent liked the idea and I could probably sell it.

    Someone just bash me over the head, will ya? I have to finish revisions and then write a new book for December. I don't have time for new ideas. Argh.

    Current Mood: ditzy
    Tuesday, September 4th, 2007
    2:21 pm
    Taken by the Night Excerpt
    Romance Novel TV has an exclusive excerpt of Taken by the Night up on their site. Check it out!

    http://romancenovel.tv/excerpts/pages/TakenbytheNight.htm

    Current Mood: determined
    Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007
    11:49 pm
    Nightmare Chronicles
    Well, the first book of the Nightmare Chronicles officially has a title. BEFORE I WAKE will be released in September 2008. I'm so excited! More details to come as I have them.

    Current Mood: awake
    Monday, July 30th, 2007
    10:20 am
    First Celebrity Crush



    Look at him. This was the first 'boy' to ever turn my head. I think I was 6 or 7 when I discovered the glory that was Shaun Cassidy. He was 18 or so at the time. Skinny with feathery hair and a nice smile. I covered my walls in posters of him (okay, that's an exaggeration. I was 7, after all and therefore broke), I had all his albums and I watched the Hardy Boys ever Sunday night like a religion. To this day, Hey Deanie has the ability to make me smile like few other songs. And if anyone knows where I can get a copy of "Walk Away" I'd really appreciate it -- iTunes has not leaped onto the SC bandwagon yet.

    So, if there's anyone out there, who was your first celebrity crush?

    Current Mood: awake
    Thursday, July 19th, 2007
    7:01 pm
    Pictures from RWA
    I've added some photos to my site from the Romance Writers of America National Conference in Dallas last week.

    http://kathryn-smith.com/kate.htm

    Current Mood: busy
    Wednesday, July 4th, 2007
    10:59 am
    I've added new info about Taken by the Night, my next book and some other goodies on my website. www.kathryn-smith.com
    Thursday, June 28th, 2007
    10:46 am
    What My Birthday Says About Me


    Your Birthdate: July 13



    You're dominant and powerful. You always need to be in charge.

    While others respect your competence, you can be a bit of a dictator.

    Hard working and serious, you never let yourself down.

    You are exact and accurate - and you expect others to be the same way.



    Your strength: You always get the job done



    Your weakness: You're a perfectionist to a fault



    Your power color: Gray



    Your power symbol: Checkmark



    Your power month: April



    Current Mood: sleepy
    Sunday, June 17th, 2007
    2:50 am
    Yet another quiz, the results of which do not surprise me






    What Bon Jovi Song Are You?




    You're CAPTAIN CRASH & THE BEAUTY QUEEN FROM MARS.You're definitely an odd one, alright. Other people's opinions don't mean much to you, and you seem to like dressing up quite a lot. Every day is Halloween for you.
    Take this quiz!








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    Friday, June 15th, 2007
    12:41 am
    Surprise, surprise
    You Are Miss Piggy

    A total princess and diva, you're totally in charge - even if people don't know it.
    You want to be loved, adored, and worshiped. And you won't settle for anything less.
    You're going to be a total star, and you won't let any of the "little people" get in your way.
    Just remember, piggy, never eat more than you can lift!
    Thursday, June 14th, 2007
    8:08 pm
    So I took this quiz...
    that Jeaniene Frost mentioned on her page and this is how I turned out. Wish I really looked like this naked.




    What type of Fae are you?
    Wednesday, June 13th, 2007
    12:37 pm
    Harper Collins Authors Want You!
    On Wednesday, July 11 a bunch of Harper Collins romance authors are having a meet and greet at the Hotel Lawrence in Dallas Texas. We're going to meet in the bar from 8-9:30, following a huge book signing to benefit literacy (held at the Hyatt -- 5:30-7:30, over 400 authors in attendance). All readers/fans of the genre are invited to attend. It's a chance to have a drink with your favorite authors and just hang out for a bit. Authors who have confirmed* are:

    Kathryn Smith
    Jenna Petersen
    Jacquie D’Alessandro
    Lorraine Heath
    Anne Mallory
    Robyn de Hart
    Cindy Kirk
    Laura Lee Guhrke
    Judi McCoy
    Sophia Nash
    Sophie Jordan
    Adele Ashworth
    Sylvia Day
    Mary Castillo
    Gayle Callen
    Toni Blake
    Hailey North
    Melody Thomas
    Lynn LaFleur
    Margo Maguire
    Dixie Cash
    Kathryn Caskie
    Delilah Devlin

    * subject to change

    Current Mood: busy
    Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
    4:28 pm
    Spreading it Around
    I never knew what a nube I was at blogging, journaling and all that good stuff until I decided to up my visibility on the internet. All I want to do is promote my books and now I think I may need a PhD in computer science to do it! Anyway, here I am!

    Night of the Huntress made the USA Today top 150 books its first week out, and I have high hopes for Taken By the Night, which will be out this Hallowe'en. I'll post updates and excerpts as the time draws near.

    Current Mood: creative
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