Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Boy Under the Mistletoe Cover Reveal!

It doesn't seem all that long since I first shared the covers for the first three titles in the Meet Cute series, but now that advent's approaching it's time to unveil the cover for The Boy Under the Mistletoe!  The team at Books Covered have excelled themselves and designed a stunning Scandi-Christmas themed cover which stands out from the crowd whilst being instantly identifiable as a Meet Cute story.  I can't put into words how much I love it!

This time it's the story of Chelsea and Simeon's meeting.  Surrounded by twinkling fairy lights and antique glass baubles (along with a bowl of Twiglets - because let's face it, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without Twiglets), it's a full-on festive story with an unconventional meeting.
The Boy Under the Mistletoe is published in ebook format on December 17th 2015 by Harper Impulse, the digital first romance imprint of Harper Collins. It is available to preorder now.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Reflections on the Meet Cute series

It's two and a half weeks now since the release of the first Meet Cute story, The Boy in the Bookshop. And what a crazy time it's been!  I've been overwhelmed by the support people have shown me and am thrilled by the response to Jade and Marwan's story.  Comments in Amazon reviews have ranged from 'absolutely delightful' (thank you Laura Holdsworth) to 'a heartwarming short story with the feel good factor' (thanks Amy Ellis), and it climbed to 1,881 in the overall Amazon rankings - beyond my wildest dreams for my first short story!

The Boy at the Beach was released the following week and Toby and Lauren have won over readers with their immediate chemistry with one reader (RatherToFondofBooks on Amazon) saying 'this story cannot fail to make you feel smiley' - such a lovely comment for any writer to hear!  There was also a very exciting moment where Radio 1 DJ Chris Stark, who inspired the character of Toby, tweeted to say 'I have to read this!'

And then last Thursday was publication day for The Boy at the Bakery.  I've had lots of people say Cole and Lily are the cutest couple yet, with best-selling author Erin Lawless saying it's her 'favourite short (and guy) so far'.  And my publisher Harper Impulse created a fabulous playlist to accompany it!
I've also been busy guesting on some fabulous book blogs talking about everything from Pinterest to nightclubs to Chelsea buns!  The blogging community have been absolutely wonderful in helping me spread the word about the first three Meet Cute stories.  I'm hoping to get a 'Katey's guest blogs' tab set up on here soon so anyone who wants to can easily find my past posts. 
It's no longer a secret that there are nine stories in the series, with The Boy Under the Mistletoe due for release on December 17th and I'll be able to share the cover and preorder details very soon!  Chelsea and Simeon's story is actually my favourite meet cute, so this one has a very special place in my heart.
Huge, huge thanks to all the readers, authors, bloggers, family and friends who've spread their love of the Meet Cute series far and wide, and to Harper Collins for believing there was a market for romantic short stories in the first place.  You're all fantastic. xxx

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Real-life Meet Cutes - Chris Tetreault-Blay

Today's guest sharing their real life meetcute is fiction author Chris Tetreault-Blay...

My wife and I are an example of internet romance gone right.  We met during 2000 when I was the tender age of 16.  I had left school in the July, had no real direction or idea of what I was doing, etc etc.  The usual teenage angst story really.  Through my best friend at the time, I was introduced to the internet and was soon spending my summer holiday days making my first online friends.  Then one August night in the Yahoo chat room ‘The Bored Room’ I received a message from Marie, the sister of another of my online friends.  It was a fluke meeting as she only started chatting to me as she ‘thought she recognised my name’ from her sisters friends list.

The first memory I have of when we first started chatting is the first pictures we exchanged.  I was stunned by how beautiful she was and that she was actually enjoying chatting to me!  Marie is also 11 months older than me and, back then, that was a big deal.  Had I really been able to attract a beautiful older woman?  It would seem so.  I kept a copy of that first photo for years but regrettably have since misplaced it (possibly during a hectic move after graduating from uni in 2005).  Every night I found myself rushing to the PC, which I had to time-share with my sister and her boyfriend at the time, just to see if Marie was online so that I could chat to her.  Soon enough we were both admitting that maybe there could be more between us than just being friends…
Then came the inevitable suggestion that we meet for real, which we finally did on October 8th 2000 when I made the two-and-a-half hour train journey from Basingstoke to Newton Abbot.  For me it certainly was love at first sight.  I already had feelings for her but they were just confirmed when we finally met.  That day still lives with me just as clearly as it did back then, and all I thought about on the lonely train journey home that night was just how much I wanted to go back.
We took it in turns to make monthly trips to see each other after that until we both moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 2002 to start our university life together.  When we graduated in 2005, I decided to move to Devon rather than return to Basingstoke.  I proposed to Marie that Christmas Day and we were married in 2010.  A couple of years ago, we bought our first home together and last year welcomed the birth of our boy-and-girl twins.

To this day I believe that her sister, Catherine, still takes credit for us being together.

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Real-life Meet Cutes - author Wendy Lou Jones

Romance author Wendy Lou Jones shares the moment she met her now husband...

My hubby and I met in Medical School. He remembers me from the first day and I remember him from the 3rd year (oops!)  At that time, we got a lift into the hospital we'd been assigned to together, to and fro every day for a six week block. I fell in love with the knee peeping out of those ripped jeans in lectures and his confidence on the wards. Much pining later, my (male) housemate couldn't take it any more and told him I fancied him.

Wendy Lou Jones is the author of three romance novels, The Songbird and the Soldier, By My Side and The Summer we Loved, all published by Harper Impulse.  You can find out more about her on her Amazon author page, website, Facebook or on twitter @WendyLouWriter.

How Am I Gonna Be An Optimist About This? (Or Why 'Boyband Indie' is NOT destroying Guitar Music)

This blog post is a response to Mark Beaumont's NME article entitled ' Mark, My Words : want to save guitar music? Kick out boyband...