Nobody's Hero and Then Some

November 25, 2018

Coming back on December 26, Nobody's Hero! Book 3 of the Superpowered Love series has a special place in my heart, so I'm extra pumped that Natasha Snow's cover for it is so perfect:


Yep. Looks like Jamie.

Jamie Monday lives in two different worlds. With his family, he's the golden child of awakened superpowered society. He's meant to do great things and pass on his powers—with the appropriate girl, hand-picked by his mother. He's already failed at the first, so he can't bring himself to tell her the wife and children aren't happening either. 
With his friends, he's the social director and life of the party. He's also an out gay man with an appetite for quick and easy lays. It's tough to have a relationship when you're hiding off-the-charts electrical powers, but Jamie doesn't mind. 
Not until the prickly, paddy rocking, geeky-hot new guy at work shows him what he's been missing. Kellan's singular combination of dirty mouth and pure soul makes Jamie spark right from the beginning. But if he's going to overcome Kelly's defensive front and reach the gentle heart inside, Jamie will first have to come to terms with his own divided lives.

More coming soon, since the Superpowered Love blog tour will begin on release day, but until then check out the pre-order page at Less Than Three for a deep discount.

Speaking of which, it's going to be a busy couple of months around here.Book 4, Losing Better (cover coming soon!) and the first Kanaan & Tilney book are also on pre-order right now! Want more info and dates? Check out the busy, busy world of the Coming Soon page right here~ And be sure to sign up for the Newsletter for exclusive offers and info.

Come Get Your Touch Up!

October 15, 2018

It's here, woooo!! Come and get your copy of ROSE AND THORNS: TOUCH UP digitally from any of these retailers or in print from Amazon.

Cover by Vanessa North


Last year, twenty-three-year-old actress Dina Gilbert snagged the lead in the summer’s biggest blockbuster. It wasn’t easy: she’s black, openly queer, and has actual curves she refuses to let people Photoshop. Now, overwhelmed by sudden fame and homesick for Georgia, she’s becoming someone she doesn’t recognize. Maybe that’s why she’s out partying her face off most nights.

Enter Colleen Thomas, an ex-model turned photo editor whose issues with her own body are only surpassed by her issues with other peoples’. Colleen knows the rules but Photoshops Dina’s magazine cover anyway, incurring the wrath of Dina and her fans. And, okay, maybe that cover image was unbelievably sexy even before Colleen’s alterations. So what? Dina’s not fooling anyone with that girl-next-door, I-eat-Snickers-in-my-Golden-Globes-dress BS. Colleen knows a train wreck when she sees one.

Tensions rise even more when Colleen and Dina have to work together at the Rose Social Club’s annual charity gala. When they realize they have something in common, no one is more surprised than they are. The sexual chemistry doesn’t hurt either. Their differences could either be a source of strength—a life raft in the heaving waters of Hollywood—or the makings of a titanic crash.

I tend to flit between writing fluffier things and heavier things, and y'all, this is the latter. Warnings for body-shaming, eating disorders, racism, microaggressions, drug use (cocaine, marijuana), excessive drinking, on page sex, and wyvern dildos.

... >.> Okay, it's not ALL serious, only mostly.

These girls have some issues, but maybe they can help each other become something more? Love does that sometimes.

And don't forget to check out all the Rose & Thorns books, including Vanessa North's OFF LIMITS, already out, and Brooklyn Wallace's upcoming SUGAR & ICE, coming next month! ROSE & THORNS: Where fame, sex, scandal, and sisterhood are always in vogue…

Catch J.A. Rock & me reading from TOUCH UP this weekend at GRL in Virginia on Friday afternoon. We'll be bringing some prizes, too!

Alchemiya is back! + Update~

October 7, 2018

When I began plotting the second book to take place in the fantasy country of Chrysopoeia a few weeks ago, I realized I'd better work on getting the first book, Alchemiya, up and running again! Since Loose Id closed earlier in the year it's been languishing on my hard drive! But now it's back and better than ever, with a new edition. If you own the first edition, don't worry, it's only cosmetic changes to the text in this new one, so you're good to go. If you don't, hey, now's a great time for some cute fantasy/regency "marriage of convenience" wlw fun!

Cover by Natasha Snow


Eugenia was born to privilege in the Ratna clan, nobility famed for their alchemical jewel production. Eugenia’s a talented alchemist herself—but the patriarchy insists her less able brother is the heir to the family secrets and property. As if that weren’t insult enough, an accidentally public tryst with another woman means Genie is shunned by polite society altogether.

Enter the gorgeous Lord Oliver Plumtree, scion of one of the oldest alchemical families in Chrysopoeia and master of the foreboding Waldgrave Abbey. But Lord Oliver is actually Olivia, and on the lookout for a wife—one who requires an escape from the same crushing social mores that have forced Olivia to masquerade as her own long-dead brother to keep her family’s estate intact.

Genie and Liv seem a perfect match from the get-go, and things heat up quickly between them. But before they can carry off their marriage of convenience, Waldgrave Abbey reveals more secrets. Jealous Plumtree relatives and Liv’s association with the Secret Society of Alchemiya, rumored to be a dark and sinister arm of the patriarchy, might just ruin Genie and Liv’s chance at their unlikely happily ever after.

Ever since Alchemiya first appeared, I've known there would be at least two books, if not three. The second book will return to familiar characters--it's told by Charlotte "Cherry" Plumtree, Liv's younger sister, in fact. I can't wait to make it happen, so I'm super glad Alchemiya is back!

Check out some excerpts and reviews at the book's page, or jump straight to the good part and order yourself a copy!





In other news, Touch Up  is still up for pre-order this week! It comes out next week, so be sure and snag your copy--and one of Vanessa North's Off Limits, the first book in the Rose & Thorns world! As far as wlw romance goes, Touch Up, is in some ways the opposite of Alchemiya. It's intense, with deeply flawed characters and real world, immediate issues tearing that the relationship. I'm super proud of it and the work J.A. Rock and I did on it, so check it out if that's your cup of tea!

Warnings for body issues, eating disorders, racism, drug use, body shaming, sexism... the stuff you'd expect from Hollywood, but it comes out right in the end.

Also, if you know any reviewers that do WLW books, please send them my way! I'd love to get these books into the hands of people who are into either fluffy or angsty WLW action. (I mean, I say it's angsty, but Touch Up features a wyvern dildo, so it has some laughs in it too.)





It's October, yay! If you're looking for some creepy-yet-sexy reads for these fabulous Autumn nights, have I got the thing for you. My Witchy Boys are here and ready to go!

 

Unfortunately, there's no new edition for 2018, but the last two years' are still kicking and ready to light up the dark nights. (More next year, I promise!) Each book contains two stories chock full of magic, zombies, and witchcraft of all kinds. For the month of October, the first Witchy Boys is available FOR FREE via Fangs, Fur, and Immortals, a giveaway at BookFunnel with loads of great Paranormal Romances up for grabs! What's the catch? You have the option to sign up for the authors' mailing lists. That's it, really!




I'll have free copies of Witchy Boys with me at GRL too, plus some epic swag, but more on that later. See you in Virginia ♥



Swimming in Pre-orders!

August 22, 2018

Okay I mean there are only two pre-orders, but still, that's a lot... right? Right!

Both books are part of series--the former mine, the latter a shared world with some epic authors--that don't need to be read in order. Get em while they're hot, I'm saying. Or in the case of this first one here, cold. Ha.

Cover by Natasha Snow
SUPERPOWERED LOVE 2: RIOT BOY coming September 4

Picking pockets can lead to a lot of things—most of them bad—but Etienne's never had a lift lead to a first date. And it only takes a look to know that Brady is pure trouble. But resisting him is a futile effort, even if Etienne had bothered to try.

But despite the many and varied pleasures they find with each other, it's hard to overlook that Brady is also one hell of a mystery: he disappears in the night, won't leave a phone number, and refuses to discuss his past. He needs saving, but Etienne doesn't know from what, and Brady is in no hurry to explain.

PRE-ORDER SALE at LT3! Get it for over 30% off ♥


Cover by Vanessa North

TOUCH UP, ROSE & THORNS #2 coming October 15

Last year, twenty-three-year-old actress Dina Gilbert snagged the lead in the summer’s biggest blockbuster. It wasn’t easy: she’s black, openly queer, and has actual curves she refuses to let people Photoshop. Now, overwhelmed by sudden fame and homesick for Georgia, she’s becoming someone she doesn’t recognize. Maybe that’s why she’s out partying her face off most nights.

Enter Colleen Thomas, an ex-model turned photo editor whose issues with her own body are only surpassed by her issues with other peoples’. Colleen knows the rules but Photoshops Dina’s magazine cover anyway, incurring the wrath of Dina and her fans. And, okay, maybe that cover image was unbelievably sexy even before Colleen’s alterations. So what? Dina’s not fooling anyone with that girl-next-door, I-eat-Snickers-in-my-Golden-Globes-dress BS. Colleen knows a train wreck when she sees one.

Tensions rise even more when Colleen and Dina have to work together at the Rose Social Club’s annual charity gala. When they realize they have something in common, no one is more surprised than they are. The sexual chemistry doesn’t hurt either. Their differences could either be a source of strength—a life raft in the heaving waters of Hollywood—or the makings of a titanic crash.

Pre-order it at Amazon!

Also, make sure to snag Books 1 & 3:

Off Limits by Vanessa North (September!)
Sugar & Ice by Brooklyn Wallace (November!)

Equilibrium is here!

August 1, 2018

Yay! Today's the day the Superpowered Love series comes back to life, and I'm so excited. The new and very much improved Equilibrium is available at Less Than Three Press and these other vendors (more to come as they pop up) now!



For those of you who are new around here, welcome! The Superpowered Love series focuses on the amorous adventures of a people called the "awakened". These people exist in our own society, just under the surface, keeping themselves as safe as possible by staying secret. Different pockets of awakened individuals have different emphases. In Cleveland, there's a large group dedicated to charitable works and saving lives (see book three when it arrives, Nobody's Hero); in DC, there are awakened agents planted in all levels of government and military operations who keep things on the DL for their people (see book four, Losing Better, and book eight, The Takedown); in Pittsburgh, awakened folk seem to just go about their daily lives without a whole lot of organization one way or the other (see book two, Riot Boy, and the upcoming book eleven); in Virginia, awakened families have a meet-up once a year at a resort town to talk about the issues affecting the community (see book ten, eventually!).

They all have two things in common, though: superpowers and romance. Lots and lots of romance, sometimes complicated by their superpowers, sometimes, er, augmented.

And now's a great time to hop on board, with this new, second edition of Equilibrium! And look out for Riot Boy, re-releasing next month, equally renovated and ready to go. ♥

Cover Reveal and Re-release News

July 6, 2018

Today's the big cover reveal for two of the new Superpowered Love covers: Equilibrium and Riot Boy! I'm so excited by what Less Than Three and artist Natasha Snow have come up with for these.

These aren't just lightly edited re-releases either. Very few authors get the opportunity to go back to their first published book and level it up, but re-releasing with LT3 is giving me just that. New, better content will be added; focus will be shifted to reflect the book's new home; and of course, other nips and tucks here and there will make Equilibrium shine. I can't wait to share it with everyone again. ♥

Equilibrium is coming in August, but you can pre-order both books now at Less Than Three! Click the cover to head over to the pre-sale pages.






The New Lives of Old Books

May 21, 2018

Okay, they're not that old, but I'm super pleased to be able to announce my plans for both the Superpowered Love and Elementals series: 

Superpowered Love has found a new home with the marvelous Less Than Three press! I've known and worked with them for years now, and I couldn't be happier that they've accepted all eight extant books. I'm also super looking forward to working on the last 2 (or maybe 3...) with them to bring this epic series to the close I've been planning for years now. I hope you'll join me for the ride!

Work has already begun on the first book, Equilibrium, and I'll be quick with updates as things progress. Have I mentioned I'm excited? I'm so excited! 


As for the Elementals--I know, I know, I only do one of these every three years, it seems like. I've been planning book 3 for ages now, but this will be the year. In that spirit, I've just re-released the first two via Amazon. They're on Kindle Unlimited and available for purchase! Check out By the River and Back to the Sky

As a side note, if you want to know more, please check out the Elementals page or the separate book pages. Also, if anyone would like a review copy of By the River or Back to the Sky, please get in touch with me and let me know your preferred format. kate AT kateyhawthorne DOT com.

Makeover Time

April 11, 2018

Almost seven years ago, I made a site called "Superpowered Love" when I sold my romance first novel, Equilibrium, to Loose Id. Before that book was even published, I already had the next two sent off to the editor, and I knew this was gonna be a long and awesome road. Late last year, book 8 in the series, The Takedown, dropped. And I'm not quite finished, either. Somewhere in there, people started referring to the series itself as "Superpowered Love"--so Loose Id rolled with it, and I loved it. 

Now, as I work on Book 9, Loose Id is winding down its last month of sales. On May 15, all of its books will start disappearing from online retailers. For me, it's an end to an amazing era.



But it's also the beginning of a new one. The "Superpowered Love" series--and all my other work--will be finding new life starting this summer. Partly through relationships with other publishers I've come to know and love over the past few years, and partly through things I'm gonna do with other authors or on my own. I'm feeling pretty good about all this, and I'll have announcements in May for sure, so stay tuned.

In a similar vein, it's been a big couple of months--year, even--for queer romance and romance in general. A lot of issues that need to be more widely talked about, in particular abuse and racism in the industry, are finally getting the attention they deserve. This is mostly thanks to a few brave people, both people who've been directly abused and authors of color who are sharing their experiences, speaking out. I love and support these people and can't thank them enough. I'm gonna boost their signals when and where I can.

A lot of this is part of my decision to take on more self-publishing and independent projects. Those of you on social media might have seen the joint statement issued by authors of the wlw Rose & Thorn series, formerly of Riptide, stating that we'll now be going it alone. But not alone--actually together. ♥ But I'm also excited to keep working with Less Than Three Press, who've always been amazing. 

It's a new chapter for me, and so I figured it was time for a site makover. Ta-dah!

And now, I'm gonna fuck off to France for a few weeks, because sweet Jesus, I need a vacation. Catch you on the flipsside--or if you're a social media kid like me, catch you there. More to come upon my return!


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