Once upon a time there was a writer (me), who was struggling with her book (story of my life, folks!). I whined, and sent up smoke signals for help, which were answered by another writer (the awesome Kat Cantrell). Of course, I didn’t know how awesome she was at first and I was worried that maybe I was sending my chapters to a weird stalker who would dissect my characters into itty bitty pieces and bury them in her backyard–

Oh, wait. Sorry. My romantic suspense brain just kicked in for a minute there. Oops. The point is, from that moment on, a very special friendship was born. I have had the joy of watching Kat grow into an amazing writer. Truth be told, she already was pretty darn amazing, but with every book she got amazing-er (or should I be an adult and say, “even more amazing?”). So when she sent off MARRIAGE WITH BENEFITS to Harlequin’s 2011 So You Think You Can Write contest, I knew she was going to win. And guess what? She did! Which just goes to show I really need to start playing the lotto.

Nah. Forget the lotto. I think I’ll do something much more fun instead and give away a copy of Kat’s most excellent Harlequin Desire debut!

What’s it about? And why do you have to have it? I’m glad you asked! MARRIAGE WITH BENEFITS is a marriage of convenience story that will knock your socks off. The tension between Cia and Lucas is absolutely captivating, the dialogue is both sharp and sparkling, and the emotional conflict is sheer perfection. This book will stay with you long after the last page is turned, and I guarantee you’ll be clearing off a wide shelf for all your Kat Cantrell keepers. I hope you’ll all come back and let me say, “I told you so!” I very rarely get to be right and I’m *really* relishing this opportunity. So, please. Indulge me.

What do you have to do to win? Just leave me a comment! Contest open until 11:59 PM EST, February 8, 2013. I’ll pick a winner on Saturday!



Her Ideal Ex-Husband

“Will you divorce me?” Those are the four little words Cia Allende wants to hear Lucas Wheeler say. Of course, they have to marry first. The gorgeous Texas real estate tycoon shuns commitment, but a six-month fake marriage will help them both. Cia can access her trust fund and build a women’s shelter, and Lucas’s playboy reputation is repaired. No strings. No romance. Simple.

Except it’s anything but. Lucas intends to seduce his in-name-only wife. It’s a battle of wills, and Cia is losing…and loving it. And now the divorce she needs is the last thing she wants….

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kwKat read her first Harlequin novel in third grade and has been scribbling in notebooks since she learned to spell. What else would she write but romance? She majored in Literature, officially with the intent to teach, but somehow ended up buried in middle management at Corporate America, Inc.

Kat became a stay-at-home mom in 2009 and devoted nap time to writing. After three years and many thousands of words, her dream of publication finally came true. When she’s not writing about characters on the journey to happily-ever-after, she can be found at a soccer game, watching Friends or dancing with her kids to Duran Duran and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Kat, her husband and their two boys live in North Texas. She’s a proud member of Romance Writers of America®. Kat was the 2011 Harlequin So You Think You Can Write winner and a 2012 RWA® Golden Heart® finalist for best unpublished series contemporary manuscript.

You can find Kat on her website, Facebook and Twitter.