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Guest Post/Giveaway: Where it Began by Kathleen Pickering

Today I have the lovely Kathleen Pickering stopping by to essentially pop her guest post cherry. Hehe. I think she does pretty well. What do you guys think??

I have a confession to make: I am a guest blog virgin.

Who needs Fifty Shades of Grey when I have one fabulous Redhead breaking me into guest blogging especially on this very hot and steamy site!

Thank you, Crystal, for inviting me here today. I am thrilled to be here—a little breathless, but willing, to say the least!

Today, I'd like to introduce my debut Harlequin SuperRomance, WHERE IT BEGAN. This book is the first of four Super Romances I'm slotted to write through 2014. They're all different, with hunky, touchable heroes and heroines much like each of us: ready, willing and able to go after what we want even if we don't know it's the hunky, touchable hero challenging our plans as well as our libidos.

I had a blast doing the on-site research for WHERE IT BEGAN. I spent two weeks in the Abacos (Bahamas) cruising those turquoise waters with a hunky touchable hero of my own all the while thinking, “What If” about my characters, Maria Santiago and Daniel Murphy del-Rio while we dove on the reefs, did none-of-your-business in the the oceanfront cottage, or sailed with as few clothes as possible on the sprawling sail boat from island to island.

Maria came to life as the successful, reclusive artist suffering from amnesia from a boating accident that killed her twin and her mother, completely unaware that the yacht captain of her father's sailboat is not only her lover, but her fiance who has been waiting out a torturous year hoping Maria's memory would return. Instead, she ignores him at best, thinking he is a gold-digging employee shadowing her ailing father instead of leading a life of his own.

What she does not know is that Daniel is a world-famous sailor and son of her father's best friend. Daniel halted his career and followed doctor's orders not to confuse Maria with facts she can not remember. Including her engagement to Daniel. Meanwhile, Daniel suffers with a secret of his own. The death of Maria's twin and her mother happened on his watch, while he was at the helm of a speed boat in the Abacos. Daniel believes that if Maria finally learns the truth, she will hate him and ultimately destroy any chance they have of recovering their love.

The story begins with Maria demanding her father put his useless boat captain to work by sailing her back to where it all began. Her doctor believes that revisiting the site of the accident may jolt her memory. Daniel reluctantly agrees to take her, despite his plans to leave for Australia to enter a sailing regatta. He agrees for two reasons: One, he cannot refuse anything Maria asks of him. And, two, only a madman would refuse the opportunity to have three weeks alone with the sultry Latina who not only stole his heart, but rocks his body like no woman he has ever known. Maria would not be suffering amnesia and nightmares if it wasn't for the mistake he made. It's his destiny to be ground zero when Maria recovers her memory and can only pray she has mercy on his heart and soul.

The best fun about my books is that I put people I know in them. I always go on-site for research because 'being there' brings my characters to life. I follow the philosophy that real life creates great romance and haven't failed to find it in my surrounding world. So, my friends, beware. If I meet you, you may end up in one of my stories.

Do you have any questions I can answer about the romance industry? Writing? Or how stories come to life? I'm happy to share all I know. So, ask away.

Please visit my website, my Facebook page, or Tweet me! Thanks for stopping by and read on! I look forward to chatting with you.


Going back to go forward . . .
Daniel Del Rio never could say no to Maria Santiago. So although their relationship is over, when she asks him to sail her to the Bahamas, he reluctantly agrees. She's convinced that revisiting the scene of her accident will restore her memory. If it does, then maybe he can finaly let go and move on with his life.

But moving on seems impossible when being in such close quarters reminds him of what they once had. Could their proximity be having the same effect on her? As he falls for Maria, Daniel realizes he has to confess his role in the accident...even if that confession could cost him a second chance with her.


Kathleen Pickering is an award winning author of romance and women’s fiction. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Mystery Writers of America and attends conferences for her favorite activity of author networking. Kathleen contributes her time assisting author colleagues with their conferences and holds workshops on the craft, muse and business of writing.
Kathleen has two grown sons and loves to travel for fun and on-site research for her novels. She lives in south Florida, swims with dolphins and dances to any music that moves her. Her motto: Live, let live and write about it!

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  1. Wow!!! This book sounds so good! I just read the synopsis to my sister and she is looking it up on her kindle as we speak!

  2. This book is fabulous. Read it several months ago and really got into the characters and the amazing setting. Kathleen has a great career ahead of her. Congratulations to Harlequin for snagging her!

  3. Great post!!! Thanks you so much for the chance to win and for sharing a new author. I love the sound of this book. Thanks again!! :)

  4. Congratulations on the book! Sounds like a good book.