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New York, Celtic Myth, and Show and Tell! Interview and giveaway with Kate McMurray.

Today my guest is the wonderful Kate McMurray, author of m/m hits including Out in the Field, In Hot Pursuit, and Across the East River Bridge. Her latest release, Show and Tell, was published by Loose Id last week — and all you have to to do is leave a comment for a chance to WIN a  copy!

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Blurbs: One of the few joys in Dan’s life is the TV show Junk Shop, a km_showandtell_coverinreality show about antiques hosted by the handsome and charismatic Malcolm Tell. Then an old music box turns up, and Dan’s sister encourages him to try to get on the show and meet the object of his affection. He does, and his life changes completely.

When Dan and Malcolm first meet, they have a sudden vision of a couple from the past. Is it a glimpse at a past life or something else entirely? They agree to work together to figure out what is going on, and they stumble upon a forgotten Celtic myth that may explain everything. If the myth is true, then Dan and Malcolm could be a pair of lovers who have been reincarnated over and over again over two thousand years. That seems impossible, but it’s hard to deny that something very strange is happening.

As Dan and Malcolm work to find the truth, they fall for each other hard. But searching for who they really are puts them both in grave danger, and they find themselves racing against time to keep their happily ever after.

Buy it from Loose Id

Read an excerpt here

Q. Hi Kate! Please tell us about Show and Tell.

It’s kind of a kooky book, I think! It’s a m/m paranormal romance set mostly in an antique shop in New York City. Dan and the shop’s owner Malcolm meet at the beginning when Dan stumbles upon a music box. When Dan and Malcolm both touch the music box at the same time, they get a vision that may or may not be a past life. They try to figure out what’s going on and stumble upon an old Celtic myth that may explain everything, but Dan finds it too crazy to be true.

Q.  You live in Brooklyn, New York – which sounds pretty damn KM_AcrosstheEastRiverBridge_coverlgcool to me! Do you set any of your novels in the area(s) that you live and work?

It is pretty damn cool. :) Most of my books are set in New York. It’s partly because I like a vivid setting in a novel but I’m kind of lazy—it’s easy to set a book where I live. But New York also makes a great setting. (Actually, Across the East River Bridge is kind of a love letter to Brooklyn. The central mystery takes the main characters all over the borough as they investigate.)

Q.     If you had to be marooned on a desert island with a character out of your books, who would you choose? And who would be your last choice?

Hmm. The tricky thing about writing m/m is that if one of these characters were marooned on an island with me, that wouldn’t really work out for me romantically. Although there is Rey from Blind Items; getting marooned with a hot, straight movie actor would not be a hardship. If I had to pick one of my heroes, I might go with Drew from Blind Items or Troy from Across the East River Bridge. I’d want someone smart and funny to keep me company.

Last choice? The senator from Blind Items. He’s a pretty classic villain.

Q.     Do any themes unite all Kate McMurray books?  And if I KM_OutInTheField_coverlgwas a new reader looking to get into your works, is there a particular book you’d recommend for starters?

I like brainy characters that have urban sensibilities. Even my books not set in New York are either set in cities or have a New Yorker hero. (The Boy Next Door is my one sort of small-town romance, but Lowell lived in New York for a while before he moved back to the little town in the book.) I also like to write down-to-earth, regular guys, for the most part.

All of my books are stand alones, so it doesn’t matter too much where you start. I do think that, in the time since my first book (In Hot Pursuit) came out that I’ve become a better writer. But if readers want a taste, I’ve got a couple of freebies on my website, the best of which is probably Lead Us Not (read it here.)

Q.    Tell us about a typical writing day – if they exist – in the life of Kate McMurray!

I don’t know if I have a typical writing day; I mostly squeeze in writing where I can. I have a day job at a tiny publishing company, so I typically do a little writing first thing in the morning before I leave for the office and then I try to write for a couple of hours when I get home. As long as I squeeze writing in each day, I’m good.

Q.    How did you celebrate your first release – and how about the latest?

My first book came out in February of 2010; I threw myself a book party at one of my favorite bars and invited, like, everyone I knew. It was pretty fun. I don’t have specific plans to celebrate this one, though I’ll be reading from the book in March. (There are details on my website.)

Q.   Can you tell us about any exciting WIPs?

I’m working on two things right now that I’m really excited about. One is a romantic comedy about a guy who needs a date to his ex’s wedding. The other is an opposites attract romance between an opera singer and a construction worker.

Q.    According to your website, you have a pesky cat – as do I!  Do please tell us all about them (and share a pic if you like?)

mollybed
My cat’s name is Molly, she’s about nine years old. I adopted her from a cat rescue when she was a tiny kitten. She’s always been kind of hyperactive and bossy. Here she is just chilling in a sunbeam.

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Thanks for dropping by, Kate, and for sharing your beautiful covers and kitty pic :)

If you’d like to win a copy of Show and Tell please leave a comment – remembering to fill in your email when prompted.  Emails will not be made public or saved for any other purpose.  Comp. open till 22nd January.  Thank you!

You can also win my guest blogger, Viki Lyn’s Sins of Lust here and a copy of Bound to the Beast, one of my (Kay Berrisford’s) Greenwood novels, at Viki’s blog here.

38 responses

  1. DebraG

    I read one of your books and really enjoyed it. I hope to read more. My cat is a rescue as well.

    January 15, 2013 at 10:54 am

    • Yay! I also have a rescue kitty :) Thanks so much for visiting, Debra :)

      January 16, 2013 at 5:47 pm

  2. Lauren

    Cute kitty :) I so want this book!!!

    January 15, 2013 at 11:04 am

  3. Kath Best

    This sounds really interesting, please count me in!

    January 15, 2013 at 11:05 am

  4. Mandy

    I really enjoyed ‘ Across the East River Bridge ‘ that one scene near the end, oh boy huge lump in my throat!
    Please count me in for this one!

    January 15, 2013 at 11:22 am

    • Oooooh, I have that book on my kindle. Got to read it soon — even sooner now :) Thanks for visiting, Mandy :)

      January 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

  5. peanutty222

    I’d love to be entered to win a copy, it sounds good! Please count me in.
    Thank you!!

    January 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    • You’re most certainly in :) Thanks for visiting :)

      January 16, 2013 at 5:48 pm

  6. Hope

    I loved Across the East River Bridge, looking forward to read your new release!

    PS.: Cute kitty!

    January 15, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    • I can’t wait to read it either – thanks so much for visiting, Hope :)

      January 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  7. Gigi

    Great interview! Please count me in. Thanks!

    January 15, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    • Glad you enjoyed – and you’re most certainly in :) Thank you!

      January 16, 2013 at 5:49 pm

  8. Juliana

    Thanks for the interview! The new book sounds great, I love the Celtic myth aspect. Out in the Field was great so I know this one will be good! ;) I would love a chance to win.

    January 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    • I have to say, the Celtic myth aspect has got me intrigued too. Can’t wait to find out :) Thanks for dropping by :)

      January 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

  9. Cool interview and your bossy kitty is adorable. I just love books like Show and Tell, please toss my name in the hat!

    Thanks!
    Charley

    January 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    • Bossy kitties are the bestest :) Thanks so much for your support, Charley :)

      January 16, 2013 at 5:50 pm

  10. suze294

    Good interview! Like the cat in the sun, their favourite spot!
    Show and Tell sounds good. Count me in please

    January 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    • Heh, kitties certainly love those sunbeams. :)
      You’re in – thanks so much for visiting :)

      January 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm

  11. Urbanista

    Wonderful interview. “I like brainy characters with urban sensibilities.” Me too! I love that statement, thank you!

    Urbanista
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

    January 15, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    • It’s a great line, isn’t it? Really draws me in too :) Thanks for dropping by, Urb :)

      January 16, 2013 at 5:52 pm

  12. Jbst

    Blurb and interview were interesting. I’ve watch many shows such as Antiques Roadshow where you wondered if some item that you owned might be worth something.
    strive4bst(At) yahoo (dot)com

    January 17, 2013 at 12:58 am

    • Kay Berrisford

      It’s a lovely set up, isn’t it? Thanks for entering :)

      January 18, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  13. Marie

    Thank you both for a great interview! Kate McMurray’s books are some of my favorites. If possible, please count me in. Thank you!

    January 17, 2013 at 1:34 am

    • Kay Berrisford

      Yay – so glad you liked. And you’re in :)

      January 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm

  14. Enjoyed the interview. I’ve always been fascinated about reading the “behind the scenes” from an author’s life and daily routines. Show and Tell looks like a great book. Good luck on all your future publications!

    ~Rush~
    taina1959@yahoo.com

    January 17, 2013 at 4:59 am

    • Kay Berrisford

      I love finding out about how other writers fit in their work too, then usually despair at how much faster and more efficient they are than me ;) Oh well! Thanks for your lovely comment :)

      January 18, 2013 at 6:34 pm

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  16. arella3173

    :D Aha.. enjoyed the post.
    This books sounds like one I’d enjoy~ Adding it to my wish list. haha… Please count me in! :)

    Judi
    arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com

    January 17, 2013 at 11:58 am

    • Kay Berrisford

      It sounds awesome, doesn’t it? Thanks for dropping by :)

      January 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm

  17. AlbertaGirl

    Show and Tell is on my wishlist and I’m looking forward to it as I’ve loved your other books.

    January 18, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    • Kay Berrisford

      Thanks so much for your comment :)

      January 18, 2013 at 6:35 pm

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  19. SarahM

    Great interview! I love Kate’s books and can’t wait to read Show and Tell :-)

    smaccall AT comcast.net

    January 19, 2013 at 2:36 am

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  21. Ashley E

    Wonderful interview. Show and Tell sounds like it’s right up my alley!

    January 19, 2013 at 7:15 pm

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