08/1/13


Robin Kaye

WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION

by Robin Kaye

As a writer, I don’t get to vacation much, there’s never enough time, and summer is full of conferences. After paying for conferences and the traveling, there’s never enough money or time for another trip. Most writers tend to take a few days before or after conferences to squeeze in vacation time, and this year, that was my goal. Read the rest of this entry »



07/31/13


Robin Kaye

You’re the One: Bad Boys of Redhook

by Robin Kaye



07/31/13


Robin Kaye

Hometown Girl: A Bad Boys of Redhook Novella

by Robin Kaye



07/31/13


Robin Kaye

Back To You: Bad Boys of Red Hook

by Robin Kaye



07/1/13


Robin Kaye

Where’s the Romance? Niagara Falls, Then and Now

by Robin Kaye

 

Last week I went to Niagara Falls with my family–my husband, his mother, sister, aunt, niece, and my three teenagers. The nine of us climbed into two cars and headed up to the Falls from my husband’s family home outside of Buffalo, NY in search of the honeymoon capital and one of the world’s seven natural wonders.

The natural wonder worked for me. The sheer size of the Falls just on the American side was spectacular, and if you take into account the Canadian Falls as well, it was truly awe inspiring. The force of the water threw up mist that covered everything for what seemed like miles. The raw power is tangible as it swirls through the air and stings the skin when it hits you.

Growing up, I always imagined Niagara Falls to be the most romantic place on earth; probably because my grandparents honeymooned there in the 1930’s.

I remember this picture in an elaborate frame setting on my grandmother’s dresser until she died. Now I stare at it every day just beyond my computer in my office. I’ve gazed upon it all my life and the three things I always thought were how romantic it seemed, what a beautiful couple they made, and how handsome my Grandfather always looked. I can still hear my grandfather telling me in his broken English, “I’m’a so beautiful, I shoulda been a movie star.” He was right. After smiling through over 90 years of life, the man still didn’t have one wrinkle.

When I went to Niagara Falls, I expected to find the romance I had always seen in that picture. My imagination usually doesn’t let a little thing like my mother-in-law and kids stop me from picturing a swoon-worthy scene; but that day any and all romance was elusive.

Niagara Falls was beautiful, but where was the romance? Had it become such a tourist attraction all the little romantic spots I imagined honeymooners canoodling in had disappeared? I went looking for a little romance and all I found were crowds of people. Granted, most of them I brought with me, but I thought my husband and I could have stolen away for a moment. Unfortunately, even my romantic eye came up empty. I saw nothing the least bit romantic and I have to say, I was crushed. I thought I’d find a little of the same romance my grandparents found and that I’d somehow connect with them again. I did neither.

Do you think romance is getting harder to find? Do you think it’s something we can look for or do we carry it with us?



01/2/13


Robin Kaye

Release Day Celebration! BACK TO YOU: BAD BOYS OF RED HOOK!

by Robin Kaye

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

I was working furiously at my desk when my husband decided to join me in my office. He sat down on the couch to read a magazine and proceeded to comment on every article. I was about to tell him to leave when my cat/officemate made an appearance. Raja, my three-legged Bengal talks a lot but at least he’s not annoying. Since we named him Raja, meaning King, he took the moniker to heart and has treated me and every other biped like lowly servants ever since. He sat outside the gate meant to keep dogs, kids, and husbands out, which he is more than capable of climbing over, belts out an order, and expects me to serve as doorman while I wait patiently until he sees fit to enter. This, I suppose, makes perfect sense to him. To me—not so much.

As my husband read, Raja took his throne—the couch—and made it known that he wasn’t thrilled with the company. That’s when Stephen, aka DH, asked, “What animal character is in your next book?” Huh? I didn’t have a furry character in my book. No wonder something seemed off. When he saw the look of shock and horror on my face, he quickly backpedaled. “You don’t have to have an animal side-kick in every book. I’m sure it’ll be fine.” Yeah, right. It’s fine. Read the rest of this entry »



12/4/12


Robin Kaye

What’s In A Name? Hometown Girl, Release!

by Robin Kaye

Hometown Girl: Bad Boys of Red HookWhen I started writing Hometown Girl I was, like always, at Starbucks. I had just gotten off the phone with my dear friend and fellow blogger, RR Smythe, aka Ronna. I adore Ronna, and I’ve always loved her name.

I’ve always had a problem remembering names, which frequently gets me into trouble—like now. Read the rest of this entry »



11/15/12


Robin Kaye

Bad Boys of Red Hook, Hurricane Sandy, and The Red Hook Initiative…

by Robin Kaye

By Robin Kaye

 

 

Back To You: Bad Boys of Red Hook

I’m a transplanted Brooklyn girl and most of my books take place in Brooklyn. My new series, Bad Boys of Red Hook takes place in–you guessed it, Red Hook, Brooklyn.

I was writing my second Bad Boys of Red Hook book, YOUR THE ONE, when Hurricane Sandy hit. Even before the hurricane, I was glued the computer watching videos of people preparing for the worst–but no one had any idea how bad that would be.

Sandy devastated Red Hook. Read the rest of this entry »



03/2/12


Robin Kaye

Welcome Guest Blogger, Cynthia D’Alba!

by Robin Kaye

 

This post is proudly a stop on the TEXAS TWO STEP Blog Tour. For a complete listing of all stops on this tour, please visit here. All contests are for U.S. residents only unless otherwise noted. Comments left on this blog will be counted toward the Texas Two Step Faithful Follower Gift Certificate. To see a complete listing of Blog Tour Prizes, click here. Be sure to check out the freebies. Yours for the asking as long as they last.

A big old kiss to Robin Kaye for being such a good friend and supportive of my blog tour. Robin, you’ve gone above and beyond for me. I owe you!

Love tokens can come in many forms but jewelry is definitely a tried and true symbol of caring. As I look back at all the “expressions of love” I’ve gotten from guys, I wondered how many of you shared similar experiences.

First up, the puppy loves from grade school, when you were sure that cute seven-year-old boy sitting across the room was destined to be your husband and you would live happily-ever-after. Except what first grader (or second or third, etc) can afford that big, honking diamond ring to show his love? So instead of rings, we gave half-heart necklaces. Anyone remember those? The boy wore half a heart on a chain and the girlfriend wore the other half. I looked for a picture to show you but I couldn’t find one like we used to give. I found half-heart pictures just none like we had.

Then we left those childish half-hearts behind for ID bracelets. You too? The guy’s name was engraved on the silver bar and the girl would wear it as a sign they were going steady. But now that I actually look at an ID bracelet, it kind of reminds me of handcuffs and shackles. Umm. Anyone else? I remember in the ninth grade “going steady” with a boy I’ll call “Kenny” (because that was his name!). We were going to a “formal” dance. I wore a long turquoise chiffon dress with (get this!) over the elbow gloves! My date got mad because I wouldn’t wear his ID bracelet on top of my gloves. I was appalled. That would totally have destroyed “the look of sophistication” I was going for. Needless to say, that relationship did last. J

By the ninth grade we had added wearing “our guy’s” letterman jacket. Of course these were always huge on the girl but it was an obvious sign of “going steady.” Back then, we didn’t have girls’ sports so other than the cheerleaders, girls couldn’t “earn” a letterman’s jacket. The only way to get one was from your feller! (Isn’t that an awesome picture? It’s the REAL ONE from my junior high days with the guys in their letterman jackets. As I was posting this, I wondered how many of them had to get the jacket back from some girl before this picture could be taken.)

Graduating to high school meant leaving behind silly things like ID bracelets, but we held on to those lettermen’s jackets as a status symbol. But as we aged and crushes became love (immature as it might have been) rings began to make statement about the couple’s commitment. Sometimes it was an initial ring. Or it could be a senior ring. Both of these required yards of yarn wrapped about the ring’s band because like the jacket, these items never fit. But a new type of ring came into fashion… the “Promise Ring.” (see the picture to the right.) I think it was supposed to mean more than going steady, but it never did to me! I had that ring for years until I gave it to my niece, who was nice enough to photograph it and send it for this blog.

So why am I talking about this today? In my book, Texas Two Step, my hero (Mitch) gives the heroine (Olivia) a diamond locket for her birthday while they are dating as a sign of his affection. In it, she carries a picture of her son and Mitch. When she wears it to the wedding rehearsal and Mitch asks her if she ever put any pictures in it, she lies. What choice did she have? Mitch doesn’t know about her son and seeing a picture in a locket might not be the best way to tell him.

Now that you’ve been down my memory lane, tell me about yours. What symbols of devotion did you give or receive when you were growing up? ID bracelets? Initial rings? Senior rings? Matching tattoos?

If you’ve stumbled across my Texas Two Step blog tour over the past month, you may be aware that many of my author friends volunteered books for me to give as prizes. Today’s Tour Sponsor is Indie Author Melissa Ohnoutka. Melissa will send Target of Betrayal to one lucky person who leaves a comment. To learn more about my kind benefactor, visit her Website, Twitter, Facebook.

 

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Consider buying it as a token of love! J

 

 

 



12/1/11


Robin Kaye

Introducing Karma Kincaid from Wild Thing

by Robin Kaye

I’m so excited to be beginning my blog tour for Wild Thing so I thought I’d celebrate by flying out to Boise, Idaho, one of my favorite places in the world, and stop by Humpin’ Hannah’s—the bar featured in my last book, Yours for the Taking, and introduce you to one of my characters from Wild Thing and the Domestic Gods Gone Wild series—Karma Kincaid. Now I’ve known Karma for a while—after all, she’s been in two of my books, but she’s never met me in person so I thought I’d surprise her.

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