Kate Hill answers a dozen quick questions.
Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, an erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas and novels. When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and watching horror movies.
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Day or Night? I'm definitely a night person. I do my best work after dark.
Pen and paper or Computer? Most of the time I prefer the computer because by typing I keep up with my flow of ideas better.
Fruit or Chocolate? I love fruit and eat it every day. Though I love chocolate as well, I'd give it up before fruit.
Coffee or Tea? Tea. I can't even stand the smell of coffee.
Roller Coasters or Merry-Go-Rounds? Merry-Go-Rounds, although I don't like rides in general.
Bath or Shower? Shower. I prefer flowing water to sitting in a tub.
City life or Country life? Country life. I enjoy open spaces and love going for runs and walks on country roads. I'm lucky enough to live on one.
Soft or Hard? Hard.
Ebook or Paperback? Do I have to make a decision? Truly, I love both. Ebooks are great because I can carry around so many books on my reader, but every now and then it's nice to hold a paper book.
Cats or Dogs? Again, I can't decide. I have two of each and I love them all.
Fast or Slow? I tend to go with fast more often than slow.
What is your secret guilty pleasure? The SAW movies.
Kate Hill's newest book is Captain's Mercy, a Historical Suspense, with Siren Publishing.
Mercy Brown's life changes when she accepts a position as companion to the disabled sister of wealthy shipyard owner Jonah Barnes. She is instantly attracted to the rugged former sea captain, even if his brusque manner offends her. Mercy soon finds herself entangled in the quirky family's secrets.
From the first, Mercy is troubled by prowlers, disturbances from the attic, and unearthly howls on the property. After meeting several unusual household members, including a groundskeeper who works by night and the mischievous Maxwell Barnes, Mercy realizes she should flee while she can.
Pages from Mercy's first novel go missing and Jonah's domineering personality causes tension in the house. Only Mercy's fondness for her young companion, Faith Barnes, as well as her fascination with Jonah prevent her from leaving, but will her desire for him endanger her life? " Mercy Brown's life changes when she accepts a position as companion to the disabled sister of wealthy shipyard owner Jonah Barnes. She is instantly attracted to the rugged former sea captain, even if his brusque manner offends her. Mercy soon finds herself entangled in the family's secrets. Will her desire for Jonah endanger her life?
"You don't have much use for polite society, do you?""
""As long as rich men keep buying my ships, I like it well enough.""
""Is that why you partnered with Max?""
""Partly. Max is intelligent and good at business. He knows how to mingle with those kinds of people and put them at ease so they'll make the best deal.""
""I see. The business world is all about using people.""
""It sounds very cutthroat and lonely to me.""
""Maybe, but playing the game is better than being poor, isn't it? I know. I've been on that side of it too. Faith and Max don't remember like I do. They were young when we could barely make ends meet.""
They had reached the library and he gestured for her to sit on the couch. He joined her, but kept a respectable distance.
""So you went to sea to take care of them. Do you ever regret it?""
""Not for an instant. There's nothing I wouldn't do for them. My only regret is what happened to Robert."" Pain glistened in his dark eyes, taking her aback. He always seemed so strong, even cold at times. He rarely displayed any vulnerability.
Strangely, she wished to comfort him.
""I'm sure what happened to him was quite beyond your control.""
""That's not the only thing, it seems."" He stared deeply into her eyes and edged closer--so near that they almost touched.
""Mr. Barnes, please."" She had intended the words to sound like a warning. Instead they came out like a plea.
At the next clap of thunder, she instinctively jumped and flung her arms around him. He held her snugly and while she knew she should pull away, she didn't want to. She felt safe and secure in his embrace, but it was more than that. The feel of his body, his heart beating against her cheek and his divinely masculine scent aroused her in a way she couldn't deny.
""Mercy,"" he murmured. When he covered her mouth in a possessive kiss, she didn't even try to stop him, but surrendered, just like Macie to Captain Bristle.
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