Wednesday, December 1, 2010

FEATURE and GIVEAWAY: Tempted by Fate by Kate Perry

The Guardians of Destiny series
Book #3

Willow Tarata is a Guardian who trusts no one. She hunts those who prey on the vulnerable. And she's driven by a vengeful goal-find the man who murdered her mother. Yet suddenly Willow's quarry now has her on the run . . . straight into the sights of San Francisco's most dangerous detective.

Three bizarre murders have Inspector Rick Ramirez baffled-and determined to uncover the truth. But to catch the real killer, he needs the help of his prime suspect, Willow Tarata, even though this fierce and sexy blonde is challenging his professional cool. And now, unless they believe in each other and trust their deepest instincts, a relentless evil will end both Willow's and Rick's life-and claim this Guardian's extraordinary powers forever . . .

Available at Amazon.

Other Books in the Series:

About Kate Perry:

  • I'm a Master in the art of Kung Fu San Soo. Plain and simple, I kick ass.
  • I teach, lots of different things. Against my will. Sigh. I don't love teaching—at least the prep work involved—but the universe seems to want me to do it. Some of my current topics: tai chi, kung fu, the occasional gym class, writing, and cooking (to friends).
  • I'm a social butterfly. Going out? Dancing? Dinner with friends? I'm so there.
To learn more about Kate, check her out at her website.

I was so charmed by this essay that Kate has written that I have to share it with you!

Interview with a Guardian

When I met Gabrielle Sansouci, I was, uh, surprised.  I knew she was a Guardian--one of the only five Guardians in the entire world who kept the mystic Scrolls of Destiny from the hands of mere mortals.  I pictured--well, let's just say I pictured someone a little different than this woman who sat down next to me.

And I think she noticed my goggling expression, because before I could introduce myself, she grinned, and said, "Kind of disappointing, isn't it?"

Hardly.  She was hot.  Tall and lithe, the perfect mix of Chinese and French.  Casual in jeans that molded to her.  But funky, with blue streaks in her long black hair.  I wondered how the bright color would look in my hair.

And, of course, I made a great first impression.  "Are your eyes really blue or are they contacts?"

She laughed as she took off her jacket.  "Is that an official question, or are you building up to it?"

Oh right.  The interview.  I cleared my throat and looked down at the list of questions in my lap.  "So, Gabrielle--"

"Call me Gabe."  She wrinkled her nose.  "Only my father calls me Gabrielle."

Frowning, I scanned my notes.  "I thought your father was dead?"

"Oh."  She shifted uncomfortably, her brow furrowed with three fine lines.  "Right."

Strange.  But I shrugged and got on with it.  "I understand you're a Guardian of Destiny.  Can you tell me--"

To read more, click here.


Hachette very kindly offers up 5 copies for giveaways! US/Canada only. No P.O. Boxes, please.


Winners will be subject to the one copy per household rule, which means that if you win the same title in two or more contests, you will receive only one copy of the title in the mail.


1. Be a follower! (GFC and TRR review site)

2. Leave a question or a comment for Kate, who will be dropping by the blog! You must then submit your email address here to enter the contest.

Additional Chances to Win:

1. Each time you spread news of this contest (via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, etc) earns you one point as well. Be sure to come back and give us the link of your tweet or announcement.

2. The Romance Reviews review site has launched! on October 12. Commenting on the review site earns you two additional points.

CONTEST ENDS: December 15, 1159 pm EST


Winners will be selected randomly by the system. Good luck!


Cindy L said...

Have you ever been in a store and found someone browsing through your books?

I haven't read this series yet, so it looks like I have some catching up to do!

cbandy10 (at) hotmail (dotcom)

aromagik said...

My question for Kate: What do you like best about writing paranormal romance?

I'm a GFC follower, and I posted a link to this giveaway on my little blog:


Kate Perry said...

Woo hoo! Thanks for having me here today, peeps!

Hey Cindy! I *have* been in a store and seen someone looking at my books, but I'm still waiting to catch someone reading one on the metro or someplace. (Yes, I'm TOTALLY taking a picture when that happens.)

Lindy, what I like best about writing my series is the action. I get a large amount of pleasure asking one of the guys in my kung fu class to help me "brainstorm" the scenes. It usually involves them coming at me with fists, knives, guns, etc and me kicking their ass. ;)

PoCoKat said...

I follow on GFC.

Do you prefer to write series or stand alone books?

littleone AT shaw DOT ca

Teril said...

Where is your favorite place to read and do you prefer coffee or tea?

Kate Perry said...

Series or stand alone? Series--definitely. I like having the former characters show up. It's like old friends coming to visit.

Favorite place to read: in bed, or curled up in a blanket on a cushy couch.

Coffee or tea: what--wine isn't an option? ;)

I wake up fully alert (too alert, I'm told) so I don't need a kick to get started, but I do like a milky coffee while I write (large cup of milk with a soupcon of coffee). Milky coffee is a Pavlovian signal for me to get to work. Otherwise I drink tea.

elaing8 said...

How many books do you hope to have in this series?


Virginia C said...

Hi, Kate! Congrats on "Tempted by Fate"! Great title and great cover featuring the gorgeous Paul Marron! Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance is based on a harsher, darker world with escalated drama and violence. The heightened tension leads to more intense sensual situations. All of these elements combine for a knockout punch, but they have to handled just right to avoid overkill and remain readable. One feature of Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance that really appeals to me is the natural evolution of strong, kick-booty female characters! You seem to be the embodiment of one of your own heroines : )

US Resident, GFC Follower, Subscriber

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Jane said...

Congrats to Kate on the new release. I look forward to reading Kate's books.

I'm a follower.

Kate Perry said...

How many books would you like, elaing8? ;)

Hey Virginia! Really the series was born because I wanted to write fighting scenes, so it might be more accurate to say my heroines embody me. ;) I've been practicing kung fu for 14 years or so.

Thanks Jane! Hope you enjoy TEMPTED.

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

This is awesome! Wow to your answer for Elaing8's question. I think I am interested to know how many are going to be in this series!!!

Please include me in!!! Please!

Robin K said...

Great book covers, but only one with a heroine. Do you prefer the covers with or without?

I am a follower.
robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

Parisa Z said...

Wow. I'm so happy your third book is out! I picked it up today (no need to enter me in the contest!). Kate--are you secretly a Guardian? And if you are, can I be next? I can tattoo a mark on my body somewhere.

Kate Perry said...

Wait--Cecile, will you adopt me so I can be a Smutty Hussy too?

Robin, I prefer covers that look good. :) Seriously though, I don't really care as long as the person on the cover doesn't look completely different than the character he/she is supposed to represent.

Parisa, no you can't be a Guardian. But you can be my sidekick.

Sheree said...

Hi! Congrats on your new release!

Are all three books set in San Francisco?

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Parisa Z said...

Sidekick? Hmph.

Kate Perry said...

Yes, Sheree, all the books are set in San Francisco. Though the first little bit of CHOSEN is set in LA.

Parisa: as a sidekick you get to wear boots and a cape.

booklover0226 said...

Hi, Kate.

What is your opinion on book trailers? Do you think they help in book sales?

I'm a GFC follower.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Sheree said...

Do sidekicks have shorter capes? And what kind of boots? Are you interviewing for sidekicks only or are there minions involved?

Carole said...

Hey, Kate, thanks a lot for dropping by! Your book sounds awesome. The series is going into my TBR pile! :)

I can't enter the contest, and I'm just naturally curious. For someone who loves PNR books and is new to your series, what can you say is different about your Guardians and what's out there?


Joann said...

I follow you on GFC! And for Kate, I just started reading "Marked for Passion", and I am loving it! I totally love the way you write! Thank you!

Kate Perry said...

Sheree, dude, I totally have minions. But I'm willing to take on a sidekick (which is several steps up) as long as he/she qualifies and has style. I'm open to all cape lengths and boot types.

Carole, you're a smart woman for adding the Guardian series to your TBP. ;) They're different, for one, in that there are no vampires or shapeshifters--or any type of normal paranormal creature.

Joann, you, too, are a very smart and discerning woman. ;) I hope you love CHOSEN and TEMPTED as well.

mbreakfield said...

These are new to me books, but they sound very good. I'm adding them to my wishlist.
GFC follower.

DL Thomas said...

Hi Kate, I haven't read your books yet, but I am going to.

I was just wondering if you have thought about putting any recipes on your site? I love to cook, as much as I love to read and I am always looking for new recipes.

I am a follower on GFC and TRR review site.

I reposted this on:
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my e-mail is

Moonlight Gleam said...

This is awesome! Great post!!!
I'm a new follower :)

I'm following through GFC


Kate Perry said...

Hey DL! Recipes, huh? I hadn't ever considered it, mostly because I cook intuitively so my recipes would be like "heat some oil until there's one plume of smoke and then add enough garlic to repel a vampire at a hundred paces." But then maybe it would work. Let me think about this. I'd LOVE to write a cooking-centric series--then I'd definitely include recipes.

Um, I've gotten everyone's questions so far, right? If I missed you, or you have something you're DYING to know, ask me. For real. I'm friendly. :)

Misusedinnocence said...

I always lvoe to know authors favorite musicals. :)

And I follow on gfc.

Kate Perry said...

Um... I break out in a severe rash at just the thought of seeing a musical.

No wait! I love The Sound of Music (the movie). That does count? Have I redeemed myself? Something about Julie Andrews singing about the hills alive with the sound of music gets me every time. Plus there are puppets.

spynaert said...

please enter me

Anonymous said...

followed u on facebook

saturdaynightfever said...

Do you have approval on your book cover photos?

susansmoaks said...

following on both gfc and trr

what is your next book going to be called?

susansmoaks at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I follow via GFC

James Coyne

How long does it take to write a book

crystalg123 said...

Wow, these books sounds good! Will definitely be adding to my to read list.

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