Kate Davies is one of the first authors I met over on the Samhain Publishing authors loop. Back before my first story came out, she graciously “interviewed” me for her Meet the Author Mondays on her blog. Me! A total unknown. And then she featured Private Property on her Buy It Now (BIN) day. Even though our books released the same day, she was willing to share the spotlight with another author. It impressed the heck out of me. So I am thrilled that I can now return the favor for her …

Tis the season – for beach reads

To my way of thinking, there are two different kinds of beach reads – books which are set in a beach location, and books that are fun summer reads. Sometimes, when you’re lucky, the two types intersect.

I, personally, love beach reads in any form. Something fun, frothy, and enjoyable that you can toss in a tote bag and read by the pool. I love checking out the beach read lists to find new books and authors to try.

I also love books set at the beach. I even wrote a beach-set book, Hooked, that came out last summer. Of course, being the contrary soul that I am, I picked the coldest possible spot on the west coast of the US to set HOOKED – the coast of Washington.

No barely-covered hard bodies soaking up the sun in that locale. It’s more a crashing waves, wear a sweater type of place. But I still love it. The power of the surf, the fresh scent of the ocean breeze, the always-changing shoreline, call to me. And it turned out to be just the right place for Madison and Dylan to meet and fall in love.

So what’s your favorite beach read? What are you looking forward to taking to the pool this year?

One commenter will win a download of HOOKED, in their choice of e-format.


For more information about Kate and her books, surf on over to her website. Oh, and want to get hooked on Hooked?

Madison McIntyre has been banished to the ends of the earth, or at least Westhaven, Washington feels that way to her. She has one month to prepare a resort plan for her company or she’ll be out of a job. She has gone incognito in the small fishing town, hoping to succeed where no co-worker has found success before.

Dylan Edwards loves living on the coast of Washington. Ever since his ex-wife ran off to the big city, he’s been raising his daughter in the small town where he grew up. He’s content with his charter-fishing business, his life, and no city girl is going to interfere with that contentment.

Neither one of them can deny the sparks that fly whenever they’re together, and the passion between them is as wild and untamed as the ocean itself.

When the truth comes out, will their growing feelings survive the storm?

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27 thoughts on “Get Hooked on Kate Davies

  • July 2, 2009 at 5:29 am

    Hi, Kate.
    My favorite for a Scotland beach, lol, is Katie MacAlister's Men in Kilts. Reading about a cool setting would help keep me cool, so I'd like your setting for Hooked.

  • July 2, 2009 at 5:31 am

    Hi! I love a good romance book. Something that will make me feel as relaxed as possible. Good examples are Susan E. Phillips' books or Sherrilyn Kanyon's.
    Can't wait to get to the beach!

  • July 2, 2009 at 6:01 am

    Hi Kate and Leah! I love reading on the beach. Any romance book works for me. I'm heading to the beach next Friday and cannot wait! I have my Kindle all loaded with great books and plan to sit on the beach all day the whole week and get some major reading done.

  • July 2, 2009 at 6:22 am

    I must say, I read the same books all year round. I have already read one of the books that I have been looking forward to this summer, Prey by Rachel Vincent. Excellent as always.

  • July 2, 2009 at 7:07 am

    I can't read anything too heavy or serious at the beach so I leave my romantic suspense stories behind and usually pick up a Janet Evanovich.

  • July 2, 2009 at 7:18 am

    Unlike Sharon, I love to take my RS to the pool or beach. Picturing those military guys without their shirts on…. yum!

  • July 2, 2009 at 7:53 am

    I think a romantic comedy would be perfect for a beach read. Maybe an older Jennifer Crusie book: they're fast to read and laugh-out-funny.

  • July 2, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I love reading at the beach, period, so almost anything. If I'm at the beach with my family though, probably something lighter and/or shorter and more interruptible (is that even a word?)–maybe an anthology 🙂 And funny is good any time!

    Please don't enter me–I already have Hooked–yum!

  • July 2, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Beach? I think we've had one day where it was warm enough to go to the beach around these parts. However, I love the type of beach you're describing, Kate. I was over on the west coast (Vancouver Island, Vancouver itself) in 2006 and fell in love with it. I'd move there in a heartbeat if I could afford it. One of these years…

  • July 2, 2009 at 9:02 am

    I'm busy taking down names and titles to add to my Beach Read shopping list. And now that I've got my Sony Reader (hugs it to self) I can bring even more books with me!

    Flichen, I'm like you — anthologies are a great summer read, especially with the kids around.

    Thanks for posting, everyone!

  • July 2, 2009 at 9:17 am

    I love Susan Andersen and she has a new release out, so I'll probably it up with me to the beach.

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  • July 2, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I love fun reads for summer, too. I like to keep it light reading and anthologies for the hot weather because my brain seems to slow down in the heat through July & August. Sad but true, LOL.
    Romances with humor are perfect for this time of year.

  • July 2, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Something Light and Funny for the Beach. My summer read would be a mystery by Josh Lanyon. I would take your books Leah for another read loved them by the way. Can't wait for another one from you.

  • July 2, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Kate – you'll love your Sony reader, it's great/easy-to-read in the sunlight. (although you might want to put it in a baggie against sand/water)

  • July 2, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Kate, I love reading anytime and anywhere. If I can sneek a few minutes, I'll be reading.

    For the beach, it would have to be a Romance, and probably something lite and maybe funny too.

    There are too many distractions on the beach for anything too heavy or complex.


  • July 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

    If I wasn't working everyday I could be spending them at the beach with a good book or three.

    We've been having really hot weather that is perfect for laying on the beach and reading.

    We have lakes nearby with swimming areas, perfect!

    I'm a bookaholic and would take just about anything that takes my fancy. I don't mind a hot read, I can always dive into the cool water after…hehe!!


  • July 2, 2009 at 11:23 am

    The beach where I live in Oregon is pretty cool and windy—-so no beach reading.
    My summer reading consists of my TBR pile—from Nora Roberts to Charlaine Harris.

  • July 2, 2009 at 11:35 am

    I like fun reads so I'll be reading Finger Lickin' Fifteen. Stephanie can always bring a smile to my face.

  • July 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I really like fun summer reads. The lightness in them definitely fits with the expectation of summer vacations and enjoying the weather. A lot of the fun summer reads I've been drawn to lately have baseball playing heroes. One that I'm looking forward to is Double Play by Jill Shalvis, which comes out in 5 days.

  • July 2, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Kate. Beach reads this summer–if I get to the beach, that is–are going to be Sherry Thomas Not Quite a Husband, along with Kresley Cole's new one, and a bunch of great ebooks I just downloaded to my Sony. 🙂

  • July 2, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    I prefer to read magazines on the beach because I don't mind if they get wet. But if I had to choose it would probably be something by Jackie Collins

  • July 2, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    Open Season by Linda Howard and Beachcomber by Karen Robards

  • July 2, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    LOL I read anything anywhere….. last year took Mario Acevedo's book to my sons hockey game….. several gave me funny looks when they saw the title…. as for me…. if I do get to the beach I have several new releases to keep me occupied for an hour or two… Christine Feehans Hidden Currents, Caitlin Kitteridge anth Huntress and Street Magic, and have my eyes on new Jacquelyn Frank one at store today along with new Heather Graham…. so this should do me for one or maybe two outings. LOL

    Leah sorry for being so late to the party…. you can see if I made it to the bottom of the list tomorrow…. LOL

  • July 2, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    Hi Leah,
    That was so kind of her to feature you on her release day!

    I look foward to taking my Sony reader to the pool with me (baby pool in backyard. But don't worry I placed inside a ziploc bag so no water can touch that beautiful piece of gadgetry. So I will not have just one great book to read but many. The first on my list is Miss Firecracker by Lorelei James.

    I would love to win Hooked!


  • July 2, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    Love beach reads too! Usually they are the contemps too for my beach reads. One is PERFECT by Judith McNaught and TAKE A CHANCE ON ME by Susan Donovan!

    (That was hard to pick just two! So many great reads. I picked one that was a great long and intense sizzle romance and one too that had the intense romance and too the humor!)

  • July 3, 2009 at 3:53 am

    i have a large tbr pile i think ill be taken redheaded stepchild by jaywells and some sappy romance to the pool like pleasuring the pirate by Emily bryan

  • July 4, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    Thanks, everybody, for the beach read suggestions — and for making me feel so welcome here! And happy birthday to you, Leah. Many happy returns!

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