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a Dreamspun Desires title
Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.
It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.
But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.
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New Spins on Old Stories
By Kate McMurray
My library had an entire wall of romance, most of which were Harlequin categories. By this time, I was sneaking Danielle Steel novels into my bedroom so my mother wouldn’t know I was reading salacious books (although she totally knew). I don’t think I really understood what a Harlequin Presents novel was, but I did know the books had racy bits in them. One of my friends and I would choose the ones with the craziest titles and read the sexy parts to each other.
That was my introduction to category romances.
I rediscovered them as an adult while browsing a $1 sale at a local used bookstore. I picked out a few with the zaniest titles (lots of princes and wealthy Mediterranean men and amnesia and secret babies—category romances usually tell you what to expect right in the title). I started collecting the old ones from the seventies and eighties as I came across them at book sales. A friend of mine moved across the country and left me with her entire collection, a hundred or so old Harlequin Presents and Silhouette Desires, from back in the days when male cover models could still have hair on their chests.
Sure, some of these are silly, but some of them are really great, too. They’re fantasies, to be sure, but this kind of escapist reading hits the spot sometimes.
I’ve been talking with author friends about writing gay versions of these old category romances for years. When the Dreamspun Desires line became a reality, I knew I had to write one. I’ve read dozen of them myself—both the old ones from the seventies and eighties and the newer Harlequin Presents, which are kind of a not-so-guilty pleasure of mine—and I knew I could do the genre justice.
So I started with a few standard elements: a Greek tycoon, a marriage of convenience, and a little bit of New York City glitz, and I put my own twist on them, creating a love story about a businessman down on his luck who ends up married to a handsome stranger who may just be his match.
Meet the author:
Kate McMurray is an award-winning romance author and an unabashed romance fan. When she’s not writing, she works as a nonfiction editor, dabbles in various crafts, and is maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She has served as President of Rainbow Romance Writers and is currently the president of the New York City chapter of RWA. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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