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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Guest Post with Author Catherine Hemmerling and Giveaway

Today I would like to welcome to RFTC, author Catherine Hemmerling. Catherine is celebrating her new release, Taming Her Forbidden Earl and has stopped by for a little chat. Please give Catherine a warm welcome.

Catherine Hemmerling has been a technical writer in the software industry for nearly twenty years and has published many user manuals and technical documentation in that time. She has always had a love of writing fiction but has never pursued publication in that genre until now.

Hopefully it is the beginning of a long new journey with Lady Lancaster and the Garden Society girls. Certainly historical romance (especially the scandalous kind) is more fun than writing technical documents!

This author happily resides in Tehachapi, California (near Bakersfield - home of her Alma-mater!) with her family.

Catherine writes for Entangled Publishing's Scandalous historical line and is thrilled to be part of their family of writers!

Places to find Catherine:
| Site | Blog | Facebook | Twitter

Thoughts From a First-time Author

Being a first time author, I can admit to knowing nothing about the publishing process. What I have learned is that a good editor is worth her weight in gold.

Frankly, by the time my first book was picked up to be published, I had already finished the next two books in the series and I felt they were so much better than the first. I was somewhat ashamed with my first offering, feeling I was a better writer and had more solidly ?found my voice? in my next works, that I almost wished I could switch out my second book for the first.

But we had gone too far for that ? already I was receiving edits on Taming Her Forbidden Earl. And I must say they were fantastic. So helpful and on point, but with enough leeway that the changes, the story, was still my own.

When all was said and done, I ended up with a much better book than I had going in. Finding out that publishing my book was a team effort, was a big ? and very nice ? surprise. Now that the book has been released, I am on the publicity side of things and again part of an extraordinary team. It is such an exciting process, trying to sell a book. I am doing things I never thought I would. I have a Twitter account and followers! I have my own website and blog. I am on a whirlwind blog tour, this stop at Ramblings From This Chick being just one of many. And I am having a fantastic time.

People are asking me for my autograph! Of course, they are mostly family and friends, but it?s still a surreal experience. And I think to myself what a little forethought could have done for my signature. It?s horrible! My name is so very long that over the years my signature has turned into an awful squiggle. Who wants to see that scrawled across a promotional copy of my cover? I don?t! How pretentious would it be to practice a signature? No, really, I want to know. Should it be my real, authentic, completely illegible signature, or a facsimile thereof?

Who would have ever thought this would be my biggest conundrum in life? Guess I am pretty darn blessed.


Everyone knows William Bredon, the earl of Pembroke, has a reputation as a captivating rogue, determined to never marry until his duty to produce an heir requires it. So when he invites Lady Hannah Rochester to dance, Hannah vows to keep her distance. But the undeniably gorgeous William, with his dark humor and seductive gaze, draws her in nonetheless.

Of course, Lady Hannah is not completely what she seems, either. A member of the dowager Lady Lancaster’s Garden Society, she secretly spends her days solving mysteries and uncovering intrigues, and when she brings William into the fold, a sinister plot develops that brings the two closer together. William’s protective nature ensures he remains by Hannah’s side, but he will not surrender his anti-marriage stance.

Can intrigue, passion, and maybe even a little bit of scandal reform the most notorious of rakes?

Purchase: | Amazon | Barnes & Noble |

1 lucky winner will win a eBook copy of Taming Her Forbidden Earl


To Enter:
  • Leave a comment/question for Catherine. 
  • Fill out the Rafflecopter form below.

Good Luck =)
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  2. hi

    do your books needs to read in order or they works also as stand alone?

    thank you a lot for sharing

    happy holidays

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    1. Each book can stand on its own. I personally don't like "to be continued" books and then having to wait and wait for the next book to come out. Mine can be read in any order and come to a complete conclusion.

      Thanks for asking!

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  3. i like the looks of your book!. i will have to add it to my TBR list seeing as i am looking for work right now

    parisfan_ca@yahoo.com

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  4. Hi, Catherine! Congratulations on reaching your goal of being a "real" author. I'm sure that has to be the most exciting thing ever and there are so many other authors who would agree with you and cheer you on.

    "Taming the Forbidden Earl" sounds really good and I'm so looking forward to reading it. I've put it on my Wish List.

    Wishing you continued successes! All the best!

    Connie Fischer
    conniecape@aol.com

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  5. On my first date with my hubby. We always have the best conversations :)
    lorih824@yahoo.com

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  6. Thanks for the awesome post and giveaway!

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  7. gosh that book cover is so yummy <3 and the book sounds wonderful! thank you for the great post and the giveaway ;)

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  8. Congrats on the release. How many books will be in the series? Love the cover.

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    1. That's a great question! I'm hoping at least 5, but I have outlines for up to 12. I think it depends on how well everyone likes the books!

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  9. Congrats on the new release and I love that cover.

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  10. Sounds like a great book and I absolutely love the cover. Do you get to choose your own covers??

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    1. I didn't get to choose my own cover, but I was given an extensive questionnaire on what the book was about, and I described the main characters, and what I would like to see on a cover. They even asked me to provide covers I liked on other books and those that I did not like. Based on my answers, they created the cover. I was very pleased with the result!

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  11. Congratulations on the release of your first book. I look forward to reading it.

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  12. I love finding new authors and books to read. I look forward to reading your books.
    lauratroxel@yahoo.com

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  13. would love to win & read
    Happy Holidays

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  14. That's a cool problem to have, deciding whether to practice your signature or not. If it were me, I'd be practicing until I was happy with the result - but I'm always like that about stuff. :D Taming Her Forbidden Earl sounds like a wonderful story and I'm looking forward to reading it.

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  15. I have added to my TBr list. Thanks for the chance

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  16. Sounds like a great read!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. Congrats on the release of your book. Romance beats technical writing anytime?! :p

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  18. Keep practicing your autograph. The world is now yours.

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  19. OOOOooooo, I cannot wait to get my hands on this one. It sounds like William will be putty in Hannah's hands ;)

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  20. Congrats on your new book. Sounds wonderful. Happy New Year!

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  21. Yay, new author for me. I can't wait to get started.
    Happy Holidays,
    lorih824@yahoo.com

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    1. Oops so sorry about second entry. Done it before I realized it. I posted this on wrong person. Somehow my pages got mixed up on iPod ;)
      Sorry!

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