Kat Latham is On the Bench

There is nothing I love more than a good sports romance but if you know me at all you can appreciate that I have a special place in my heart for rugby themed books. So I was thrilled when the awesome Kat Latham agreed to visit downunder and showcase her new release Playing it Close, book two in the London Legends series. Kat Latham is a California girl who moved to Europe the day after graduating from UCLA, ditching her tank tops for raincoats. She taught English in Prague and worked as an editor in London before she and her British husband moved to the Netherlands. Kats other career involves writing and editing for charities, and shes traveled to Kenya, Ethiopia and India to meet heroic people helping their communities survive disasters. Kat writes novels about the world’s sexiest rugby team. – *** D- that would be rugby union Kat, my Jets boys are the sexiest rugby league team 😉 You can usually find Kat on her blog (katlatham.com), Twitter (@KatrinaLatham), Facebook (facebook.com/KatLathamRomance) and Goodreads. She hopes youll hang out with her there! Playing-It-Close-by-Kat-Latham-300-pxPlaying It Close Book two of the London Legends Where do you go to escape everything when you’re one of the most famous rugby players in the world? For Liam Callaghan, that place is a remote lodge on Venezuela’s Caribbean coast. Perfect, except he doesn’t exactly want to be alone with his thoughts. Enter Tess Chambers, the ultimate distraction. Still reeling from a professional disaster that’s made her all but unemployable, Tess understands the desire to move through life as somebody else. So when instantly recognizable Liam uses a fake name, she runs with it and creates a temporary new identity of her own. Their time spent together in paradise is idyllic but brief after one passionate night, Liam wakes up to find Tess gone. Returning to London, he’s shocked to learn she’s taken a job with his team’s new sponsor. As the Legends’ captain, he’ll have to not only figure out how to work with the one woman who ever left him wanting more, but also convince her that their feelings in the present mean more than any lies they’ve told in the past. Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/1gu9EDr Amazon.co.uk: http://amzn.to/198copt Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1f8zZcj Carina Press:http://bit.ly/1ih8Ena Google Play: http://bit.ly/1bS2MK5 iBooks: http://bit.ly/1fsyQ9y Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1eWYYwz Read Chapter One: http://bit.ly/1cYbLKr Kats social media accounts: Twitter: http://bit.ly/1dK6KJH Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1mqOsB0 Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1eKMB4p Website: http://bit.ly/1bctpQe Visit Kat at Give Me Books Blog http://bit.ly/1gLNDRQ


Kat Latham is On the Bench

What was the first book you had published? My first book was Knowing the Score, which is the first in my London Legends series about the world’s hottest rugby team. Rugby union, anyway. 😉 ***D- I’m glad you made that distinction Kat 😉 What was your initial reaction when offered that first contract? I found out that Carina Press wanted to publish me just a few weeks after finding out I was pregnant with my first child. Both of those journeys—to publication and to pregnancy—took two and a half years. So, honestly? Getting that email from Angela James was very cool and very exciting, but it was the icing on the cake (the cake being the bun in my oven). I wrote on my blog at the time about how frustrating the two-plus years were when I wasn’t sure either dream would come true. I’m thrilled to say that being a published author and being a mama are both so much more rewarding than I ever could’ve expected. Of the books you have written is there one that holds a special place in your heart and why? Oh, that’s a great question! I love Knowing the Score because it was the first novel I ever wrote—and I rewrote it about a dozen times as I learned more about the craft of writing! But Playing It Close came to me so easily; the characters were so vivid, and my early readers have told me they love it the best. It’s hard not to have a favorite when you get feedback like that! Are you a disciplined writer or do you have to wait for the muse to arrive? Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood? My writing habits have changed since having my daughter ten months ago. I used to wake up early—a couple of hours before I had to leave for work—and write at a cafe. Now my daughter gets me up at that time, so waking up earlier would mean getting up in the middle of the night. I think my husband would throw my phone across the room if the alarm went off at 4 a.m. Now I write whenever and wherever I can! What was the last book you read? I can’t tell you because it’s a book I judged for the Romance Writers of America RITA awards. 😉 But I can tell you that I liked it. What are you working on now? I’m writing two stories, both in my London Legends rugby series. One’s a full-length novel, Tempting the Player, which will come out in November. It’s a friends-to-lovers story, which is something I love. The other’s a Christmas novella featuring a 6’9” second row. I like ‘em big. 😉 What genre would you like to try and write that is different from your own? I would loooove to write a historical romance because I’m fascinated by 18th century British history. I tried it though, and it took me weeks to write a few pages because I kept looking up details. What kind of trousers would he be wearing? Which servant would’ve shown her to the drawing room? Would she even be invited to the drawing room? Gah! I have so much respect for historical novelists. When you receive edits are you Teary and Disillusioned or Feisty and Focussed? My editor, Deb Nemeth, is amazing. Her edits always make sense and always make my stories better. So while part of me dreads getting edits (Will I have time to do all the things she asks me to???), I also really look forward to getting her take on my stories. What is one thing in your books you’d like to try? You mean one thing my characters have done? Score the winning points in the Rugby World Cup. Pretty sure it won’t happen though. RU Heath ad

Now for some hard hitters with an Aussie flavour!

A sport /sportsperson that you watch? (C’mon there must be one) OR An embarrassing sporting memory. I have SO many embarrassing sporting memories, so I’ll ignore that question. We’d be here forever. As you may guess from the novels I write, I watch quite a bit of rugby. Favourite Aussie Author/Actor /Musician? Even though he’s gone, I’d have to say Heath Ledger. I had such a crush on him after Ten Things I Hate About You—and an even bigger one after Brokeback Mountain. Your view on Vegemite? Never tried it. I’m a big fan of Marmite, though, so that’s at least got four of the same letters. Formal dinner party or backyard barbeque? Barbeque, as long as there’s something veggie on the grill for me (and it’s not a portabella mushroom). Adventure holiday or relaxing by the pool? Adventure holiday. My favourite vacation was in India with my husband the year I turned 30. I’ve been back there for work, but to the same area. I’d love to go somewhere new. Favourite Aussie holiday place or one you’ve always wanted to visit? This is really embarrassing, but I was obsessed with Australia when I was a kid. I remember reading a novel about a kid who was kidnapped and escaped into the Outback and had to survive. For some reason, that convinced me Australia would be a fantastic place to live. My only other exposure to the country was Crocodile Dundee, so I greeted everyone with “G’day, mate” until my best friend threatened to stop hanging out with me. I no longer do that (promise!), but I would still love to go to Australia. In fact, I think Australia’s the sexiest country in the world. Gday

HK Carlton is On the Bench

H K Carlton is a multi-published Canadian author of erotic, historical and contemporary romance. But more importantly she loves sport. We have developed a strong friendship, starting from our common ties with Total-E-Bound, we both published our first books around the same time and developed through many emails back and forth, where we shared our love of all things sport and family. We found we have a lot in common – both our sons at some stage in their lives have been hookers. HK’s still is!  Now before you all start heading down the wrong path…Yes, it is a rugby term 😉


So, I am very happy to announce that HK Carlton is finally On the Bench, and will be sharing  with us two of her wonderful books.


Within this frame, his curse is time…

Hannah Keys thinks she’s setting off on the trip of her dreams, but after one mishap after another—beginning with her best friend abandoning her in the airport and ending with the man of her dreams dead—she’s renaming it the vacation from hell.

When Hannah Keys discovers a four-hundred-year-old portrait in Wales, she is intrigued and somewhat saddened by the handsome Highlander portrayed by the artist’s masterful, lifelike strokes. But when she runs into the majorly hunky model for the painting—in the flesh, in the middle of the night—she learns first-hand all about masterful strokes when she shares a night of medieval passion with him.

Lockhart Munro has been cursed inside the portrait until he meets Hannah Keys. For four hundred years, no one has heard him or seen him, let alone touched him. The one woman who can do all these things may be the key to his long-awaited freedom.

But if Hannah sets Lockhart free from his prison, will she be cursed to spend the rest of her lifetime without him?

Or perhaps freeing Lockhart will be just the beginning…

Find out more about Lost Time Amazon US



We all have hidden desires. Sometimes we conceal them, even from ourselves.

Andrea, your average college co-ed, has signed up for some extra courses at the local university, but so far the only thing that has sparked her interest is the sexy guy on campus with the tight-fitting jeans, muscle-hugging T-shirt and ever-present shabby cowboy boots. From their fiery exchange of awareness, the admiration is not completely one-sided.

After a miserable day at her part-time job and a few drinks, Andi takes a walk, only to find herself in the arms of her campus crush, Street. As the two get to know each other rather robustly against a storefront window, Street’s girlfriend appears and issues a deliciously steamy proposition.

Andrea soon realises she’s about to get a crash course in down-and-dirty street smarts that she won’t soon forget, under the smouldering tutelage of Street and his exotic-looking girlfriend, Toni. Apparently, you can score anything on the street these days—even a threesome!

After a frenzied night of satisfying experimentation, Andi sneaks out while her two companions sleep, escaping the particularly awkward morning after. But in the stark light of day, Andi has to admit that her feelings for Street are more than simple infatuation, and Toni isn’t a part of the new equation.

Could Andrea possibly hope Street might feel the same?

Find out more about Streetlight People at Total-E-Bound



On the Bench  Author Interview.

What was the first book you had published?

Swap; an erotic contemporary romance from Total-E-Bound

What was your initial reaction when offered that first contract?

I stared at the computer screen for a moment with my mouth hanging open. I think I said Oh my God, repeatedly before I yelled for my husband to come and have a look.

Of the books you have written is there one that holds a special place in your heart and why?

Swap will always hold a special place because it was just such a great experience from the moment I had first contact with my editor right through to release day. I couldn’t have asked for anything more as an introduction into the publishing world. And it seemed to set in motion a series of acceptances that I never could have imagined. You Found Me will always be dear to me because it was the first book that I sent out into the publishing world. It was my baby. It started this whole dream for me. But I am also having an awesome time editing The Devil Take You (historical romance) which comes out in April and I love the hero in this one, because he is not a typical hero. He’s really not a nice guy at all. It’s different.

Are you a disciplined writer or do you have to wait for the muse to arrive? Do you have a ritual that gets you in the mood?

I am not disciplined at all. And I don’t really have to wait for the muse to arrive either. It’s always there. Knock wood. That is my biggest fear though, that some day the ideas will just stop. But finding the time to just sit and write for as long as I want to, is another story. I also have days though, where I just can’t seem to get anything right. Nothing flows right or I can’t spell or come up with that one word that would just make the paragraph perfect.

What was the last book you read?

If I ever find some time, I am dying to start Karen Marie Moning’s ICED.

What are you working on now?

At the moment editing The Devil Take You, and also working on an erotic contemporary.

What genre would you like to try and write that is different from your own?

Fantasy, maybe.

When you receive edits are you Teary and Disillusioned or Feisty and Focussed?

Feisty and focussed. I want to get right to it.


Hughphoto Lucus Neil


Now for some hard hitters with an Aussie flavour!

A sport /sportsperson that you watch? (C’mon there must be one) OR An embarrassing sporting memory.

I love so many different sports: hockey, football (not footy) but CFL/NFL. I like car racing (Nascar), cage fighting, occasionally boxing, and I like rugby because I have watched it while siting in cold cement bleachers in the sleet in Canada in November because my son is a hooker. Yay! Go #2. (Donna please explain this position so people don’t take that the wrong way) LOL.               *D  – No…if they don’t know the term why should we spoil it…sounds more interesting to say both are sons are/were hookers!

I also like to watch Sevens on TV, but we don’t get it very often over here, but it is getting more popular because now Rugby is an Olympic Sport, ya’all. Woohoo! Finest quads and glutes you’ll ever see. Now, in hockey I am a Toronto Maple Leafs and a Boston Bruins fan. I love love love Patrice Bergeron from the Bruins. Are you sorry now that you asked this question, Donna because I could name several men from every one of these sports that I would like to…WRITE A BOOK ABOUT…that’s really not what I was going to say, but there you go. 😀

                      *D – I decided to make Patrice an honorary Aussie for the day and put his photo above…

Favourite Aussie Author/Actor /Musician?

Okay, I have a list: Julian McMahon, Daniel Goddard, Jesse Spencer, Hugh Jackman, Simon Baker, Chris Hemsworth, Keith Urban, Sam Worthington, and my daughter and I were really big fans of Heath Ledger.    *D- Bit greedy HK, you can’t have them all, but nice choices, and I am now a huge fan of Keith Urban after his recent concert  😉

Your view on Vegemite?

I have never tried it, but I think I would prefer to sample the Tim Tams instead.

Can I interest you in poutine and a beer? Mmmm! Now that’s good stuff! 😀         *D – poutine?? What is this??

Formal dinner party or backyard barbeque?

BBQ (and a beer)

Adventure holiday or relaxing by the pool?

Relaxing by the pool with a nice cold… Mike’s Hard Lemonade (you thought I was going to say beer again.)

Favourite Aussie holiday place or one you’ve always wanted to visit?

I’m thinking New South Wales. I believe there is a fantastic tour guide located there, that would show me all the best spots, keep me laughing and hold the best conversation and I’d provide the wine. Cheers, my friend, and thank you for having me On The Bench today.

You are most welcome HK and I would be delighted to show you around Sydney. We have plenty of fine beers I can tempt you with 🙂 By the way HK did I mention I was going to Scotland? (hehehehe!) –  Sorry, that is an inside joke.

Here are the links to find out more about HK and her fabulous books.

Total-E-Bound http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=2056
H K’s Blog http://pickagenrealready.blogspot.ca
Twitter twitter.com/AuthorHKCarlton
Facebook www.facebook.com/authorhk.carlton
Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6544863.H_K_Carlton