Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Random Wednesday with Kate Belle

Random Chance on Romance
Thanks Jess for having me on your blog. It’s great to have the opportunity to meet new romance readers in the cybersphere – hello to you all!
I’m Kate Belle and I write literary and erotic fiction. I’m in an extremely fortunate position for a new author as I have not one but two novellas recently released (Breaking the Rules and Bloom – see below for blurbs) and a novel, The Yearning, due out in April/May.
How did this gift happen? Bribery? Coincidence? Hard work? Magic? The answer is a little bit of all of those things (except the bribery – that’s definitely not in my repertoir).
The phenomena that was 50 Shades was a boon for writers like myself. Suddenly our unseemly, lurid prose was being sought after as publishers, large and small, recognised the demand for sexy romances. While I’ve always written about sex and relationships, I never pictured myself as a romance writer – you know, pink fluffy skirts and lipstick, blonde beehive do and heavy mascara just weren’t my thing. I didn’t do ‘the-pale-girl-with-hand-flung-over-her-forehead-being-possessed-by-the-testosterone-fuelled-he-man-hero’. That was, until I realised that my view of romance and romance writing was a tad narrow (yeah – alright – stereotyped) and that as a genre, romance is as wild and unpredictable and diverse as the good folk who write it. What a revelation.
It was this revelation that made me realise that my slightly quircky brand of erotic fiction might actually pass muster as romance. With a shift in mindset, the encouragement of my agent and the guidance a very good romance author friend, I took a chance and submitted a proposal to Random House’s new line of e-books, Random Romance. I was aiming for something different. Something that hasn’t been done before (as far as I’m aware anyway). I came up with an idea for a series of novellas about a modern day Don Juan, a man who is handsome, intelligent, and a masterful lover schooled in ancient sexual practices of Tantra, Taoism and Karma Sutra. Ramon Mendez was born.
Each book features a different heroine who varies in age, background, career and marital status, but all of them have one thing in common – they have hit a romantic trouble spot in their lives. In Breaking the Rules Grace has shut love and men out of her life completely, in Bloom Emma feels unloved and invisible to her husband and family. In different ways both of them need to reclaim a sense of being loved and cherished, and Ramon is just the antidote they need to work out what it is they really want and how to get it.
Ramon is almost the perfect man (if there is such a thing). Of Spanish extraction, he is gorgeous (in a Antonio Banderas kind of way), wise, gentle, caring and really knows his way around a woman’s body. But there’s a mystery about him? He adores the women in his life but prefers being single. One can’t help but wonder who will be the one who finally captures Ramon’s elusive heart.
I’m so glad I took a chance on romance because now I can share my gorgeous Ramon and his outstanding bedroom skills with all of you. I hope you get as much pleasure from reading him as I did writing him.

Breaking the Rules: Grace is a beautiful woman in complete control of her world. A long time ago she chose a career over children and marriage, and has never regretted it. Then Ramon Mendez walks into her office. Ramon is about to commence his PhD, a work on erotic literature, and from the outset there is something about him that makes Grace’s blood run hot. Aware of the need to maintain her professional reputation, she rejects his advances, but he persists. And during their intimate supervision sessions, her defences start to crumble, for Ramon’s work is exposing desires within Grace she never knew existed.

Breaking the Rules:

Bloom: Thirty-six-year-old Emma’s life looks as perfect as could be. She loves her solid, straight-laced husband Gary, who has given her three beautiful, if spoilt, children and a secure life. But something is missing. Gary hardly notices her anymore and she feels frumpy and invisible. Her friend, Lisa, talks her into joining a social boot camp class at the local gym. Emma immediately recognises their instructor as the gorgeous runner she sees each evening while walking her dog in the park. He introduces himself as Ramon Mendez. In spite of herself Emma is besotted.
Before long her mind is filled with guilty fantasies of him. One evening, when things at home have become too much to bear, she bumps into him alone in the park. An opportunity presents itself and no one need ever know. Ramon promises and delivers everything that’s missing from her marriage – passion, romance and excitement – but Emma must discover if they are the things she really wants.

Author Bio
Kate is a passionate author with many strings to her bow. She holds a tertiary qualification in applied chemistry, half a diploma in naturopathy and a diploma in psychological astrology. She has worked in a video library, a travel agent, cleaned hire campervans, as a Victorian public servant, in a disability organisation and a university sports centre.

Under a different pseudonym Kate has won literary awards and had numerous non-fiction articles published. She believes in living a passionate life and in her time has ridden a camel through the Australian desert, fraternised with hippies in Nimbin, had a near birth experience and lived on nothing but porridge and a carrot for 3 days.

Kate lives in Melbourne and juggles her pens with her high-maintenance partner and daughter, and a menagerie of neurotic pets.
Find out more about Kate’s work through her blog/website:
Twitter @ecstasyfiles, 

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