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May Giveaway!

Win a $50 gift certificate to the ebook retailer of your choice (B&N, Amazon, or iBooks)!

Take a quick read of the featured Jewel of Historical Romance
author’s tour of her writing space,
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From the Desk of…

Kimberly “Aquamarine” Cates

Greetings from my brand new writing space! On April 16th I loaded a gazillion boxes of books (oh, and some furniture) into a U-Haul and moved across town to the home I’ve been dreaming of since I moved to California.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThough I’m still getting settled, I already adore tucking up to work in “the library”.  I’ve situated my desk in front of a sunny picture window that looks out into the branches of a tree so whimsical that fairies should be hiding among its leaves. The desk was a gift from my parents many Christmases ago, and has plenty of space for the research books and index cards I use for plotting. My antique lamp belonged to my grandmother, a children’s librarian who believed I’d be a writer from the moment I confided my dream to her.  I know she’d be delighted to see her lamp casting its glow across my desk when “genius burns” to quote Jo March.  ;)

IMG_2488When I’m struggling with a particularly knotty plot problem, the Charles Dickens action figure balanced on the edge of my desk has a tendency to tumble off the ledge.  Okay.  I might push him.  But only when he’s looking all smug and muttering ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” under his breath just to irritate me.

Though I’m still in the process of arranging my books, the library has four sets of shelves that will hold my favorite works of fiction and my research books.  I’m torn between arranging my books by subject matter, as I always have before, or in a way that is artistically pleasing, since the shelves are the first thing guests see when they enter my house.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhen it comes to writing, I’ve always been a vagabond.  As a girl, I’d carry my spiral notebooks and pens up into the branches of the redbud tree outside my bedroom window to write my stories.  Working on a laptop has made me even more likely to wander off somewhere new.  Library cubicles and coffee shops are favorites. Even when I’m writing here at home, I drift from place to place.

I love cuddling up in my favorite chair with my lap desk. But I usually (translation: for the past two weeks) begin the morning by taking my coffee, journal and laptop out onto the patio.  With finches at my new bird feeders, the soft music of wind chimes and the scent of roses, it’s a wonderful place to create.

Thanks for joining me for a tour of my new space.  I’d love it if you’d stop by my website at or join me on my FaceBook Author Page.

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Briar Rose

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