11 September 2013

Kathleen Bosman Blog tour

Incredibly happy to host my DP sister Kathleen Bosman! All yours!

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This is the seventh stop of my blog tour. Thank you so much to Cate Peace for hosting me on her blog. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and 5 bags of swag with some South African flavour treats.

Parts of my story that I’ve never blogged about before are some interesting things about my hero, Ryan. Ryan, like Tessa, is in a creative career – hence Dragonfly Moments being Book 1 of The Creators Series. He’s a chef. Ryan has a passion for food. He was a bit of a rootless fellow before he found his passion which I imagine many people are.

Writing about a chef was a challenge for me as I’m just a home cook and know very little about cooking professionally. I had to do some research and my wonderful editor, Zee Monodee, who had knowledge on “foodie” writing, helped me immensely. I’m grateful to her for her expertise.

I think the greatest treat that Ryan cooked up was what he served Tessa at the dragonfly picnic. It wasn’t so much the food, but the thought he put into showing Tessa what her heart really needed. I’m not going to tell you too much, but I think Ryan is an amazing hero. Even though Tessa gave him many reasons to give up on her, he never stopped trying to show her the real path for her life. His patience and kindness was so romantic.

I’m going to quote something from one of my favourite reviews from Sarah Says Read Romance:

She quoted a part of my book:
“I want to give you memories. Dragonfly moments. We have these moments in life that we never forget. They’re short, but they impact us forever. I wanted to give you one of those moments.”
This paragraph had me sobbing because it was so romantic and so sweet. Why can't guys be this romantic?


Blurb:

Seven years earlier, a young and serious Tessa Calitz wrote a letter to free spirit Ryan le Roux promising her undying love. As time passed she forgot about that letter...but Ryan did not.

When he walks back into her life, Tessa is in a relationship and busy setting up her art gallery in Johannesburg. She has plans to start a family, and the arrival of Ryan throws her for a spin. He is the worst thing that could happen to her dream of stability...or is he?

When everything she clung to starts to crumble, Ryan is right beside her to inspire her to greater things. But her compulsion for having marriage and children on her terms alone pushes Ryan away--until she falls in love with an orphaned baby.

What can Ryan do to make Tessa realize that being with him is what her heart has longed for all along?


Excerpt:

“You’re making a mistake, Ryan. Coming in here and trying to bring up the past. It’s too late now. I’m committed to Mark and have found a life for myself. You never wanted me then. You loved Annie.”
“I didn’t love her. I loved you. And you promised forever….”
His voice was resigned, and then he winked at her as if to dispel the tension. It did no such thing.
The letter at the back of the sketch had promised she would love him forever, hadn’t it? She had believed she would never love anyone as much as Ryan and that he showed her what true love was.
“You never loved me.” She dropped her gaze onto her lap. “We were just good friends.”
Pushing up her chin to pretend that her heart wasn’t zinging with emotion, she started to walk toward the one wall to adjust a painting. He grabbed her hand. She tried to pull away, but he firmly pulled her close.
Heat and energy radiated off him and his manly scent encompassed her. Even his breath was a sweetness she wanted to drink in. She took in the shape of his face, his mouth which drooped slightly to the left, his skewed jaw line and the prominent cheek bones. His eyebrows were dark and perfectly shaped, and he had such long eyelashes. Yanking her burning hand away, she made sure her back was facing him.
“I was blind to the true treasure. All the time when I was going out with Annie, I really wanted you, but I couldn’t do that to her—dump her for her best friend. I’ve loved you for years, Tess. I’ve been trying to find you. No other woman has measured up, and I’ve had several relationships. And you’ve become so beautiful.”
She faced him, her mouth partially open, devoid of words. He’d loved her? Why didn’t he tell her then before it was too late?
His gaze followed her from head to foot, and heat branded her face while a spark ignited her body.
“But I wasn’t then. You thought I was ugly. You must have because Annie was so beautiful and you never looked at me.”
“I did. Besides the kohl and black clothes, you were adorable, especially in your pajamas.”
Tessa wasn’t usually one to blush easily, but fire lapped up her whole face and neck. “But the way you used to look at Annie. She had the most stunning legs. Long and muscular.”
Ryan smiled. “You have better legs than Annie.”
She pulled back. For a moment, he had her in a trance. Maybe she should leave Mark and pursue this. Jump right in. No, of course not. Who was Ryan now, anyway? She hardly knew him. He could disappear again. Mark cared for her and he was the perfect match to build a family. That’s all she needed.


Author Bio

Kathy loved reading and writing from early childhood, but her dream to write books was put aside until her kids were small, and she had little mental stimulation. The writing became a passion as well as her love for romance. She hasn’t looked back since writing her first romance novel in 2007. She homeschools her three children so in between deciphering algebraic problems for her teenage son (with little success), conducting science experiments, and tackling piles of laundry and dishes, she miraculously finds time to write books and read many others for fun.


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3 comments:

Kathleen Bosman said...

Thank you, Cate. Great to be on your blog today.

Tigersmom said...

Memories are wonderful windows in your mind for you to peak thru whenever you want..

The birth of my 4 children are my 4 favorite memories. Ahhhhh, reminisce.

Kathleen Bosman said...

Hi Tigersmom. Yes, those are wonderful memories for me too!

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