February 2, 2012

Spotlight On...Kat Henry Doran

Today's guest is the very talented, Kat Henry Doran. Kat is here to tell us about her newest release, which sounds fantastic! She's also giving away a tote bag in the winner's choice of colors from www.KatsKarryAlls.blogspot.com. All you have to do to be entered to win is leave her a comment.

Hi, Sarah. Thanks for inviting me to your blog today.

Welcome, Kat, thanks for visiting with us today. Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I am a registered nurse, retired from the game of pushing suppositories and bedpans, a wife, mother and grandmother. I like to design and make tote bags of all sizes and uses and sell them at craft shows and online from my blog site [Kat's Kustom Karry-Alls]. I write romantic suspense and straight romance. Last year, under the name Veronica Lynch, I got into writing novella length straight romances and it's been so much fun, I might stick with it. I am intrigued by the idea of writing a series of three to four novellas under one cover.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My latest romance, “Mad Dog and the Archangel”, is part of the Class of '85 series out of the Wild Rose Press, the release date is January 11, 2012. It is about Rafe Archangeli who comes home to bury his best friend and learns he's been left a multi-million dollar legacy. Not only does that change this former con man's life, but meeting Grace “mad dog” Dunavan makes him take a second look at settling down with one woman.

Which character is your favorite and why?

I like them both but Rafe has lived with me for too long not to be my favorite. He was an abused and neglected child, victimized by the people of his hometown because of his Native American heritage and his mother's occupation [prostitute] and other socially unacceptable habits [drugs and alcohol]. In his adult years Rafe turned to substances himself, so he's not had the easiest time of it. When he meets Grace for the first time she takes his breath away. Then she seduces him. The morning after he discovers the nature of her former occupation. I don't want to give away any more spoilers.

Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Unfortunately, the Class of '85 series is winding down. Mad Dog is the second to last release. We totaled 24 stories; I was privileged to contribute two other stories to the reunion: The List [Veronica Lynch] and Embraceable You [Kat Henry Doran]. Both are a lot of fun.

What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Finishing it. It wasn't that I developed writer's block; I simply kept putting it off and putting it off. As it got down to the wire, I felt rushed and pressured—all my own fault of course—something kept telling me the story wasn't ready to be written. On the way home from a retreat at a local community of seers and psychics the black moment came to me. From there the story wrote itself. The pressure waiting for the 'ah ha' moment to come was incredible.

What is it about the romance genre that appeals to you?

The characters; how they interact with one another and those around them. I believe in happily ever after and redemption and forgiveness. I love conflict and look for stories where the hero and heroine will never end up together because of really strong internal forces. I loathe stories which are contrived and unbelievable.

What’s next for you?

I'd like to write a series whose characters are connected in some fashion to the criminal justice system of a the cities and towns of a fictional county in western New York State. So we're talking law enforcement, attorneys, probation, parole, victim advocates, social workers, drug and alcohol counselors; advocates for the homeless and abused; and of course, medical professionals.

Where can we find you on the web?

My website is: www.KatHenry.com
Blogs: www.wildwomanauthor.blogspot.com and www.Veronica-Lynch.blogspot.com and www.KatsKarryAlls.blogspot.com

Rafael Archangeli returns home to Summerville to bury an old friend, collect his inheritance, and then return to the only life he knows—conning wealthy women out of their money. In Rafe's world, money not only equals success, it goes a long way to obliterate the stigma of his past.

Grace Dunavan, former nun turned community activist, gave up worldly goods a long time ago with no regrets. But she's never known a man with the raw appeal of the Scourge of Summerville: Rafael Archangeli.

Their first meeting is like an errant strike of lightning, fierce and stunning in intensity, and takes both by surprise. Has Grace turned Rafe into a changed man? Or is he using his inheritance to pull off the biggest scam of his life?


Safety First.

A personal motto that served Grace Dunavan well for the past thirty-something years. She never picked up strange men. In fact, she rarely dated men, strange or otherwise. And wasn't she the first to preach the wisdom of obtaining a detailed history—family, medical and sexual before contemplating a walk on the wild side? With any man, including the brother of her best friend.

Especially one whose thick mop of jet colored hair, hooded black eyes and razor-sharp cheekbones, all of which held undeniable appeal for a good girl who always did what the nuns and her parents dictated. With a name like Archangeli he should be a protector, not a walking advertisement that proclaimed: I've Been There, Done That; Let Me Tell You All About It.

As he helped her into her coat, Grace heard Gaby murmur something about an attorney who was trying to track down Rafe. None of it made sense. What woman in her right mind could think straight when faced with a man who redefined potency?

It was a night of firsts for Grace: leaving a party with a man she'd never met before; admitting how and where she'd learned to drive; breaking the land speed record for contemplating her first one night stand.


Sarah Grimm said...

Kat, excited to have you with me today!

Kat Henry Doran Author said...

thanks for having me, Sarah1
I hope we get lots of visitors.

Lisa Scott said...

You are a busy lady, Kat! I think reunion stories are awesome. And it sounds like you've paired up two great characters. The List sounds awesome, too. Who hasn't dreamed of revenge against the nasties the encountered in high school!

Jannine Gallant said...

I love the opening lines of this excerpt, Kat. Aren't most me strange? LOL

Kathye Quick said...

Your stories are not only fun, but the plotlines are incredible. This one is your best so far. Rock on Girl!

Calisa Rhose said...

I love how/when the black moment came to you, Kat. I think the connected series you want to write will be fascinating! Congrats on your release and great excerpt.

Calisa Rhose said...

Sarah- I meant to say great interview and can I 'see' you a moment over at my blog, please?

Keena Kincaid said...

Love the excerpt and these characters. The entire series has been fun to read (and write for) and it's sad to see it winding down.


Mindy said...

Hi Kat :)
LOVE the excerpt, I'm sorry to see the Class of '85 winding down. Do you have plans for any other class reunion years (books)?

Mindy :)


Margo Hoornstra said...

I don't have to look forward to reading this one as I already have. And enjoyed every minute!

Don'tcha love it when the stories write themselves? Love how the BBM came to you.

As usual, all the best! :)

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Kat, you had me at pushing suppositories and bedpans. I smiled the whole way through your delightful interview. Wishing you much luck!

VampedChik said...

I will definintely have to be checking out this book!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Irene said...

I do so like the idea of a former nun and a truly "bad boy" getting together. They so deserve each other!

Kat Henry Doran Author said...

Hey Lisa, Jannine and Margo,
As always, thanks for your continued support. I appreciate it more than I can say.

Kat Henry Doran Author said...

Great to hear from you!
since you've been behind me from the very start--I wouldn't be where I am today if it hadn't been for you and Cris Anson--to see your shining face next to a comment is a particular thrill for me.
Best always

Kat Henry Doran Author said...

Hi, Calisa,
waiting for the black moment idea to come to me was a real killer. I was ready to pull the story I was so desperate!!
good thing I didn't jump the gun, huh?
thanks for stopping by

Kat Henry Doran Author said...

hi Mindy
since Keena and I are the last in the line of authors to contribute to the Class [that's behind Jannine and Margo also!] I think we're all a bit sad to see this reunion come to an end. but, we can't stay stuck in high school forever.
thanks for stopping by.

Kat Henry Doran Author said...

Vonnie, Amber and Irene--and everyone else who stopped by--[as well as Sarah, of course]
sorry I'm responding to everyone at the same time. I was called on to put in extra duty time today with a sick 3 year old. Talk about pushing suppositories and bedpans!!!
It was haul out the old nursey manipulations to get this one to take the antibiotic. This kid is headed for labor negotiations or criminal law. He can talk his way in, around, over and out of any thing we throw his way. Such a joy but exhausting!
Thanks so much for stopping by.