Thank you Sarah and Judith for having me on Romancing the Genres. Some of you may remember my past blogs were written as Kate Curran.
I am making several transitions as a writer this year. First is the name change. The reason I chose to use a pen name was because I also write children’s nonfiction picture books under Kathy Coatney. It made sense in 2014 when I released my first romance to take a pen name.
What I have discovered in the four years since that first release is that it is double the work to have two names because I have to market both names. So I decided in November of 2017 to go to just one name Kathy Coatney with the idea being it will streamline all my marketing and give me more time to write. This HAS NOT been the case to date, but I believe it will be shortly.
So, to make a long story short, instead of seeing Kate Curran for my contemporary romances, you will now be seeing Kathy Coatney. It will be the same fiction, just under a different name. And if you’ve liked my Facebook page, you’ll see it listed under Kathy Coatney as well. So that’s the explanation about the new name.
Next up—exciting news about the new year. I will be releasing a full series in January, February, and March. This is another transition I’m making as a writer since book two has been finished for several months. Instead of releasing it immediately, I decided to finish book three and release them back-to-back to give readers the opportunity to read them immediately rather than wait six months in between each book.
Granted this makes for a long stretch between releases since I can only get out two books a year with working fulltime as a photojournalist, but I’m hoping readers will enjoy having a full series ready and waiting for them. Only time will tell.
On to the new series. The Falling In Love series are love stories told in reverse all set in the small town of Paradise Falls, Idaho. Book One, Falling In Love…Again is the story of Clare and Ethan Burke. The couple carved out a life in Paradise Falls, Idaho. While Clare built a career as an outdoor photographer, Ethan taught eighth-grade. They raised three children and had a happily-ever-after life until tragedy struck, and they lost their teenage daughter in a boating accident.
Two years later, Clare and Ethan still love each other, but their grief has pushed them to the brink of divorce. When Clare leaves for a photo shoot into the mountains and doesn’t return, what really matters becomes clear. And with a blizzard looming, Ethan must move heaven and earth to find her.
Book Two, Falling in Love With You, is the story of three best friends from childhood, Jon Sullivan, Abby O’Hara, and Noah Murphy. They built a friendship that survived the test of time—through childhood, marriage and loss.
Noah always loved Abby, but Abby only had eyes for Jon—except Jon never loved her. Then Jon is diagnosed with ALS, and Abby convinces Jon her love is strong enough for both of them. After fifteen years of marriage, Abby discovers her love for Jon was only infatuation. Noah always owned her heart. Jon’s final request to Noah—"Confess to Abby that you’ve always loved her and give her the life she was meant to have."
But before Noah can profess his love, disaster strikes, and Noah fears he will never get the chance to fulfill his promise to Jon.
Available on 2/2/2018
Book Three, Falling in Love for the First Time, is about the boy next door. Maggie Murphy is Noah’s sister from book two and she falls in love with the boy next door, Daniel Gregorio, a medic in the military. Maggie is a nurse at the World Health Center. They fall in love, marry and have a picture-perfect life until Daniel’s brother dies, his PTSD intensifies and their marriage collapses.
Available on March 2, 2018
All through January I will be sharing excerpts and having special offers on Book One. I will be posting in my Facebook group, Kathy Coatney's The Beauty Bowl and in my newsletter. Come join my Facebook group and sign up for my newsletter to keep up with what’s new and help me ring in 2018 with the Falling in Love series! ~ Kathy