The Guy Next Door by Kate Palmer: Giveaway & Interview

Welcome to Author Kate Palmer

Kate began her career as an elementary school teacher, but was soon promoted to fulltime mom. She is the mother of six living in the country. Her husband is trying to teach her to be a farm girl. She can’t saddle a horse, but she knows how to butcher a chicken. After a day of chasing children, cooking meals, and folding laundry, she likes to escape into a good book.


If you could have any superpower what would you choose? 
My witty friend, Jennifer Hatch, blogged about this very topic. She and I share a pretty important super power, but she says it best so I’ll quote her:

You know, superpowers are relative.

If everyone in Metropolis could fly and had X-ray vision, Superman might only be special for his tights. Meh.

It’s all in the company you keep. Which is why MY superpower is … (drum roll, please) …

seeing that the dishwasher is full of dirty dishes and … (wait for it) …

STARTING THE DISHWASHER! (last night’s newly discovered dishes are humming right now)

What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? 
My husband thinks I’m crazy, but my favorite breakfast is a slice of whole-wheat toast spread with peanut butter and topped with cottage cheese.

Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&M’s—it’s not candy without chocolate.

What inspired you to want to become a writer? 
Four years ago I read a book that completely transported me into its world. It wasn’t a typical genre for me and I thought I wouldn’t like the book based on the back cover, but I ended up loving it. I wanted to know how the author accomplished that so I began studying how to write. Then I found out the author was a mom with young children. I couldn’t believe she had written a book with preschoolers running around! At first I was going to apply what I’d learned about writing to my family history to make it super interesting to read. Then I got this idea for a book, and, well, my super-interesting family history is still waiting to be written.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published. 
I cannot describe how awesome it is for complete strangers to read my book and say they liked it or couldn’t put it down.

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
The theme song for The Guy Next Door is The Resolution by Jack’s Mannequin. It sets the tone for the entire book. (All except the part about the bar being closed) I listened to this song repeatedly while writing The Guy Next Door or anytime I needed writing inspiration.

What was your favorite children’s book? 
Squanto and the Pilgrims. I don’t know how many times I checked it out from my school library and read it, but more than three.

How do you react to a bad review? 
I view them as opportunities to learn how to improve my craft. So far it hasn’t been too bad. I got a 2 star review on Goodreads and I thought, “Now I’m real.” I haven’t had to deal with a bad written review yet, but I hope to learn from it to see what I can improve for my next book.

If someone wrote a book about your life, what would the title be? 
Controlled Chaos

What’s your favorite season/weather? 
Fall is my favorite season. I look forward to waking up and smelling fall and feeling the crisp air morning and evening yet still wearing shirt sleeves during the day.

Favorite smell? 
My babies just after their baths.

If you had 24 hours alone how would you spend it? 
I would clean the house top to bottom as fast as I could and then curl up with a book.

The Guy Next Door by Kate Palmer

On the surface, Eva Black’s life seems practically perfect. The small-town kindergarten teacher is set to wed ambitious lawyer Sean Langley, and their plans for a dream wedding are well underway. Eva accepts that she will soon live life in the spotlight as a member of the prestigious Langley family, but can she overlook her fiancé’s tendency to dominate the details of her life and push the limits of her standards?
Mere weeks before the wedding, Eva is thrown into a traumatic, life-changing event that changes her view of family commitment and creates a sharp contrast between her ideals and Sean’s. With her engagement to Sean in jeopardy, Eva finds herself relying on the support and encouragement of Peter, her kind and attentive next-door neighbor. Faced with a choice between her penitent fiancé and the increasingly mysterious Peter, Eva is unprepared for the consequences—and peril—that come with her decision.

Tour Giveaway:
Copy of The Guy Next Door plus Junior Mints (Eva’s favorite candy), and a copy Eva’s lemon chicken recipe.
Open to US only
Ends 11/2/12

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Ebook Giveaway:
I also have an ebook to giveaway to a reader of my blog.
Open Internationally
Ends 11/2/12

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