Guest Author & Giveaway: Kate Pearce featuring Some Like it Rough

Tuesday, March 2

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My special guest today is Kate Pearce.  Kate is best known for her House of Pleasure historical romance series from Aphrodisia, but she also writes romances in just about every genre.  As I've said time and time again, I love it when I find an author that writes in multiple genres, so that no matter what kind of mood I am in I know I am in for a good read. She's here today to talk about her novella in the new SOME LIKE IT ROUGH anthology and the intricacy it takes to weave together a love story.  Enjoy!

Writing is like knitting.

I don’t write a lot of stuff down before I actually write a book. (In my world, that’s known as a ‘pantster’ as in writes by the seats of her pants. rather than a plotter who makes charts and profiles and outlines etc etc). In fact, these days I can get away with writing less and less upfront because my editors only want to see a quick blurb or a story synopsis before they commit to buying the book, which suits me fine.

But, before I start writing, in my head I already see the book as a big pile of tangled colored yarn. My job is to create a pattern out of all those strands that makes sense. Some colors will be more prevalent, for example my main characters will be big bands of color throughout the weave, whereas the butler who appears on page three, might get a single thread.  Anyone who has tried knitting or weaving probably knows that consistency and tension have to be applied to keep the fabric even, unknotted and the same size at the end as it started in the beginning. It’s all about the tension and the pace, folks.

So, when I’m in the middle of writing a book, I still see those threads and focus on weaving them skillfully together so that the colors blend at some points and glow brightly in others, that the whole is a symphony of shades rather than straight lines, blocks or snarls. Finishing any garment is always complicated and finishing a book is the same way. You have to make sure you take all those colors and keep hold of them right up until the very end. No dropped stitches, no holes in the plot, no dangling threads.

And maybe you think you’ve finished. Even with a perfect garment you probably still have to sew seams, and pieces together, add buttons, hooks and maybe some smocking. Writing a book is a bit like that too. I send my best effort out to my critique partners and they return it- pointing out the dropped stitches, the gaping holes, and the uneven quality of the weave… Sometimes it ends up looking like someone dropped my perfectly woven tale into a pond and then dragged it through a hedge backward. Sometimes by the time I’ve patched all those problems the thing looks like it should simply be used as a dishcloth.

But something happens during that creative process and eventually the book is critiqued, edited, copy edited, galley edited, printed and on the shelves. Like any creative person I still yearn to poke at it a little, tweak it a bit, perhaps change the combination of colors I used for the weave, but it is too late. I have to move on to the next creative project, learn from my mistakes and make the next one even better.

So, readers, what kind of process do you have when you create stuff? And writers, how about you?

Take a walk on the wild side with these steamy stories of erotic ecstasy…

“Some Like it Rough” by Kate Pearce

Luke Warner wants to chill out when he cashes in his stocks and returns to his hometown. But things heat up when he reunites with his best friends, Julia and Paul, and invites them both to share in a sexual adventure like they’ve never had before…

“Private Eyes” by Susan Lyons

Assigned to work undercover as an exotic dancer, straight-laced Haley Croft discovers the thrill of strutting her stuff. And when she catches sexy Ry Montana checking out her moves, she can’t wait to give him his own private show…

“Cherry On Top” by Anne Rainey

When massage therapist Cherry DuBois rubs her oil-slicked hands all over Dante Ricci’s rock-hard body, red-hot desire courses through her. She longs to lose control and give herself to the pleasures of sexual submission…

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Many thanks to Kate for being my guest today!  Whether you like contemporary romances, historical romances, fantasy romance, or you are a buckle bunny cowboy romance lover, (like me), and let's not forget her brand new paranormal romance series The Tudor Rose Vampire Chronicles due out this summer, you can find them all in this one author.  I'm particularly looking forward to her new book SIMPLY INSATIABLE, the fifth book in the House of Pleasure series due out next month (so I can go on a House of Pleasure reading binge..I've been collecting them :)  ).  You can learn more about Kate Pearce and the books she writes on her website,  on Facebook, and on Twitter.

To celebrate the release of the SOME LIKE IT ROUGH anthology with Susan Lyons and Anne Rainey, Kate Pearce has offered to giveaway a copy of this brand new book to one lucky commenter.  Here's how you can enter to win...

Ways to earn entries:
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Stephanie G March 2, 2010 at 2:37 AM  

What kind of process do you have when you create stuff?

It depends what I'm creating. I am someone who plans, then tosses that out and plan it again. It usually takes me longer to plan something that to actually do it.

~I'm a Google follower

Stephanie G

vslavetopassionv March 2, 2010 at 9:07 AM  

when I write, it usually just flows from me. I get really comfy and close my eyes and imagine something then I can get up and just write.

I'm a follower through google.


jedisakora March 2, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

Hmm... For me i usually create stuff when i have a "creative moment". Usually i find it hard to write/create something when i don't have anything as an inspiration. Then when inspiration hits i keep working till i run out of steam. ^^

* Google friends follower

Bethie March 2, 2010 at 9:41 AM  

I totally plan stuff every step of the way. Sometimes I am a little too rigid in my planning. Things don't always go as planned and that tends to throw me off balance a little.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

RachieG March 2, 2010 at 10:55 AM  

I'm a planner...I've just started to crochet and I just have to follow the pattern...hopefully in the future I'll do better and not need the pattern as much, but now I'm worried I'll go all crazy without it. :)

rachie2004 @ yahoo (d0t) com

Anonymous,  March 2, 2010 at 11:17 AM  

Process? I don't need no stinkin' process! Okay, I fancy myself a panster but I am probably something of a hybrid of panster and plotter. I like to lay the groundwork out. Do the world building in my head. Then, I have to begin with the end in mind. I don't have to know every detail of how we are going to get there, but I want a goal to shoot for. Sometimes the story takes it's own head and I end up in a different ending than I thought I would, but that's ok. As long as I get there!

Anonymous,  March 2, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

Oops! forgot to say I am a GFC follower and my email is: dyromance (at) gmail (dot) com

Kate Pearce March 2, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

Just dropping in to say hi and to thank you for having me! Isn't it fascinating how different we all are when it comes to creating stuff?

s7anna March 2, 2010 at 12:27 PM  

Hmm...I don't really have a set process when I'm in the mood to create something...first of all, let me say that I'm not a very crafty or creative person...I can count on one hand projects that I've done...but usually when I'm in the mood I'll tackle it till I'm waay sick and tired of it...walk a way for a couple of hours...and then keep at it until I actually reach a point where I can be satisfied with the status of the project.

Not every elegant...but it works for me.

Happy Reading
Anna Shah Hoque

elaing8 March 2, 2010 at 2:22 PM  

When I create things I just do it as I go..I don't plan anything out..if it turns out good if not I'll try again.

I am a Follower

Beth March 2, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

I'm a crafter and have created a few new patterns in my time. I go into a project with a good idea of what I want, but in the process of experimenting to get it to turn out right sometimes the end product is totally different than the original goal. But that's half the fun of creating something.

I'm a follower.

alba March 2, 2010 at 3:52 PM  

I start out with a pattern in mind but by the time I am finished it's my own creation by tweaking the pattern or just adding to it that way no 2 are the same, that being said I have to add something that reflect ME so if its a gift they know by looking it's from me....
I'm a GFC
Have a good one.Ann

Lisa R March 2, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

What kind of process do you have when you create stuff?
It depends on what I'm creating, if cooking I just flip through my folder of recipes till I see something that jumps out at me

I follow on Goggle connect

blogged about contest

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Kate Pearce March 2, 2010 at 4:40 PM  

You guys all get it :) Crafting something that is unique to you is just like writing a good book :) I'm enjoying all your responses.

YzhaBella (aka Kate) March 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

Great interview! thank you for sharing!

I like to jump right into creative projects! No planing for me! I love the ongoing process of trying this or changing that! I guess its a good thing that I am into web design as a hobby and not a profession! I'd never meet any deadlines!

I am a GFC Follower!

Happy Reading!
Kate aka YzhaBella

Gabrielle Lee March 2, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

My only real process in creating something whether it be writing or others is to try and clear my mind of all thoughts making it a blank and quiet canvas. I always carry a pen and paper where ever I go so I can be ready anywhere.

I am a follower.


Mitzi H. March 2, 2010 at 8:52 PM  

It really depends on what I'm making.

I like to experiment with food but when I get the recipe perfected I usually stick with it.

If I'm crocheting an afghan, I like to make my own pattern and will end up tearing it out and starting over several times until I get the result I want.

If I'm planning a party or a trip....I make a list and check it off as I go...It's just to much stuff to try to remember.

Congrats on the new releases!!! Can't wait to read them!!!

I'm a follower on google friend connect.

mitzihinkey at sbcglobal dot net

Amy S. March 2, 2010 at 9:05 PM  

Congrats on the new release! Sounds great!

amysmith98 @

I'm a follower.

justpeachy36 March 2, 2010 at 10:44 PM

Please enter me in the giveaway.

My creative process is interesting LOL... I'm a writer and I lay awake at night contemplating my projects or I dream about them or I keep a notebook close by all the time in case I have a moment of brilliance LOL...

nfmgirl March 3, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

I don't have much of a creative process. If I feel driven to create, then I do. If I don't, I don't. I haven't been feeling too creative in the last few years, except with cooking. Then I just let my taste buds lead me!

I follow. Thank you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl March 3, 2010 at 1:54 PM  


nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Marianna March 3, 2010 at 11:34 PM  

When I am creating poetry I find it really hard to write if I don't have a specific feeling or idea in mind. It helps to read poetry by others.

I'm a follower

patronus89013 at yahoo dot com

Ina March 4, 2010 at 4:03 PM  

Hi Kate!
thanks for a very interesting post - first at all I've to see my creation in my mind, I need to reconsider and to rearrange patterns until I'm satisfied, then I can paint my pictures!
greetings, Ina

+GFC follower

Isi and Jas' mom March 4, 2010 at 5:18 PM  

When I write, I just go for it. I HATE outlines and they just don't work for me. I just start writing and go with it.
I follow via GFC
mstlee2000 @

Amanda Leigh March 6, 2010 at 4:29 PM  

I'm one of those people that usually just sits down and starts working on whatever it may be. If I try to plan anything out too much or outline what I'm writing, it usually makes things worse.

I'm a GFC follower

I blogged about this here:


mindy March 6, 2010 at 8:13 PM  

none i am quite adventurous and tend to wing things thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

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