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A Conversation and Giveaway with Kate James, Author of WHEN LOVE MATTERS MOST (K-9 Trilogy #2)

Welcome, Kate!

Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Becky. It’s a great pleasure to be here!


What 5 things should readers know about you?

  1. I am grateful to every single person who chooses to spend their leisure time reading one of my books.
  2. I enjoy book signings and other events where I can meet readers!



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  1. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes.
  2. If you have a dream, pursue it. With hard word and determination, you can make your dream come true! I am proof of that.
  3. I love to hear from readers!

Great list! I love the pictures from your events—nice touch!


What inspired you to write this book?

I have tremendous respect and appreciation for law enforcement personnel who dedicate their lives to keeping us safe, and I love all animals, with a particular fondness for dogs. Combining these two things, the K-9 trilogy was a natural outcome for me.

Sounds perfect!


How long have you been writing, and who (or what) inspired you to start?

I first thought about writing when I was in university. I got caught up in my professional life, and my first attempt at writing a novel, a half-finished manuscript, is tucked away in a storage box somewhere in our basement. In 2010 my husband and I were on vacation in the Caribbean, and on a whim I wrote a short story and entered it in a contest.  My story placed 52nd, which doesn’t sound like a significant accomplishment unless you consider that there were over 12,500 entries across all genres. My husband knew I had always wanted to write, and seeing how much I had enjoyed writing that story, that year he gifted me a personal laptop for writing for my birthday. I had thought that I didn’t need another laptop, as I had a perfectly good one (for work) already, but it made a huge difference. That was when I started writing my debut novel, Silver Linings!

I am inspired by all the wonderful authors who I love to read, but most importantly, I have to give credit to my husband for knowing me better than I knew myself, and getting the whole process going with that first personal laptop!

What a great story! And a big thank you to your husband—what a guy!


What is the best–and worst–thing about being a writer?

The best thing is connecting with a reader—someone who has either enjoyed one of my books or has just purchased one and is excited to start reading it. I can’t think of anything truly bad, but I always feel a bit of nervous anticipation before one of my books is released, hoping that readers will like it.

Perfectly understandable 🙂


What are you reading right now, and what are your thoughts about it?

I am reading fellow Heartwarming author Muriel Jensen’s To Love and to Protect. I am about one third of the way through the book, and my heart has already gone out to the heroine and what she had to endure as a child. I can hardly wait to see how the conflicts between hero and heroine are resolved. I know Muriel won’t disappoint!

Sounds great! Another new-to-me author to check out—thanks!


 If you only had a single tweet to “sell” your book, what would you say?

Rather than me trying to sell readers on my book, I love to retweet readers’ tweets, or tweet snippets from reviews. So here’s a tweet based on RT Magazine’s review of When Love Matters Most:

@RT_Magazine on When Love Matters Most: “With the right amounts of action, tension & romance, readers are sure to be dazzled and delighted.”

Please feel free to retweet! 🙂

Thank you, I will!


Thank you, again, Becky, for hosting me on your blog. I hope you and your readers had a wonderful holiday season, and I wish you a happy and healthy 2016!

Thank you so much for being here, Kate, and same to you! Happy writing—and reading—in 2016!


Kate James spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result, Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including first place honors for Silver Linings in both the First Coast Romance Writers’ Published Beacon Contest and Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. Her November 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release, A Child’s Christmas, received first-place honors from Southern Magic, the Birmingham Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, placed second in the Ancient City Romance Authors’ Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award, and was a finalist in RWA’s Desert Rose Chapter’s Golden Quill Award and the Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence. Finally, her October 2015 release, When the Right One Comes Along, the first book in her K-9 trilogy, has received a Best Book of 2015 award in the contemporary category.

She and her husband, Ken, enjoy traveling and the outdoors with their beloved Labrador Retrievers, Harley and Logan.

Kate would love to hear from you! You can connect with her by e-mail, through her website, her Facebook page, Twitter, or mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

Now More Readily Available in Print

This is an exciting time for Harlequin Heartwarming. Thanks to the loyalty of our readers, for the first time, our January releases, including When Love Matters Most, are available as mass-market paperbacks through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Also, When Love Matters Most will be available in select Walmart stores in the United States in February! Please check the Harlequin website for the location nearest you. Thank you to all our readers who made these advancements possible for us!

— Kate

When Love Matters Most (The K-9 Trilogy, #2)

When Love Matters Most
(K-9 Trilogy #2)
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 pages
January 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Keeping her safe at all costs…

Could their backgrounds be any more different? Rick Vasquez, a K-9 unit sergeant with the San Diego Police Department, fled drug-related violence in Mexico as a boy. Madison Long, who recently became primary veterinarian to the SDPD’s canines, is the privileged daughter of a judge. Rick has dedicated his life to curtailing cross-border drug trafficking and preventing other young boys from being drawn into the dark world of the cartels.

But everything Rick and Madison value, and the growing love between them, is threatened by the dangers of Rick’s job, and the risks he’s determined to take…


Tour Schedule

January 4th: Launch
January 5th: Katie’s Clean Book Collection
January 6th: Becky on Books & Sunrise Avenue
January 7th: Reading Is My SuperPower & Singing Librarian Books
January 8th: Getting Your Read On & deal sharing aunt
January 10th: Colorimetry & I Am A Reader
January 11th: Mel’s Shelves & Slice of Life
January 12th: Thoughts of a Blonde & Falling Leaves
January 13th: underneath the covers & Teatime and Books
January 14th: Rockin’ Book Reviews
January 15th: Enthralling DimpleLove, Laughter, Friendship
January 17th: Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

– $40 Amazon eGift Card & signed copies of The Truth About Hope and When the Right One Comes Along
– 3 winners of signed copies of When the Right One Comes Along
Open US/CAN only
Ends January 23rd

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  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Becky, and thank you for the fun questions!


  2. angela smith angela smith

    i enjoyed reading the authors responses to the questions and i enjoed reading about the book

  3. I’m glad, Angela! It was a fun interview. Now I can’t wait to read the book 🙂

  4. Thank you, Angela. If you get a chance to read When Love Matters Most, I would love to hear from you.

    Happy reading!

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