Wordsmith– I also write books

You may have heard that a week after adding 795 titles in a deal with Mason Crest, Start Publishing has acquired Whiskey Creek Press and its main romance imprint, Torrid. The purchase includes 775 titles, all available as e-books with some also released in print editions through print-on demand.

With its purchase, Start said it will beef up WCP’s marketing initiatives, including expanding its social media and online presence. Start has also promoted Jan Janssen from executive editor to publisher of Torrid Books. In other personnel changes, Melanie Billings and Marsha Briscoe are now senior acquisition editors for WCP and Angela Archer is senior art director.

I’m honoured my contemporary romantic suspense, A KEY TO ALL THAT GLITTERS, is among the titles chosen by Start Publishing. Cover artist, Ginger Heaston, and editor, Melanie Billings, understood heroine Heatherlee Baranova’s dilemma. Balancing her yoga spa and raising twins, the young widow is slammed by her late husband’s sketchy past.  His partner,  a female ex-con, demands a key to a safe deposit box.  Heatherlee knows nothing about it.  When her spa Clearwater is robbed, the police investigation is headed up by Sheriff Marc Durant, a sheep rancher from the silkiest gentry in town.  The last thing she wants is for him to prove dirty money built Clearwater.  Marc knows her problems with a Russian theft ring will escalate beyond bad press and the spa’s bottom line.  What he doesn’t know is the former wallflower married her husband because he looked like him!

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5 thoughts on “Wordsmith– I also write books

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Kathleen, your settings in California and Chicago are perfect for the multicultural characters that must deal with intrigues that range from international jewel thievery to social snobbery. Bridging the gap between five-generation Basque sheep-ranching families and Heatherlee (an addict’s daughter that once lived in a bus and made her way by selling cans to feed herself and her brother) seems an insurmountable task. Now she is a respected entrepreneur with a respectable income from her spa.

  2. Thanks, Mary Alice. Heatherlee is not entirely respected when the affair she had with the UPS delivery guy was spread all over town. She turned it into a joke and put his picture up on the spa bulletin board.

  3. Reba Studebaker

    Kathleen, there are obstacles, the toe-curling, breathtaking love scenes heat up the pages at times eclipsing all else. However, the heartwarming happenings with the twins leave a special feeling of rightness with the world. These two little charmers wiggled their way right into my heart.

  4. Reba and Dash, thank you. I like writing strong female characters that match tough-minded heroes. I am honored this book was picked by Start Publishing. I owe Whiskey Creek much– these good people had a long and successful run.

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