Friday, November 8, 2013


Day 8 : I'm swinging the Kombi back around and heading off to Victoria to visit Kate Belle. Check out her 6 sneaky things and have a read of her synopsis for her contemporary romance, The Yearning, published by Simon & Schuster. You can check out a couple of her other reads and their sample chapters.

Have as sing-a-long to The Presidents.

Welcome Kate.

Author Bio

Kate is a multi-published author who writes dark, sensual contemporary women’s fiction. She lives, writes and loves in Melbourne, juggling her strange, secret affairs with her male characters with her much loved partner and daughter and a menagerie of neurotic pets.

Kate holds a tertiary qualification in chemistry, half a diploma in
naturopathy and a diploma in psychological astrology. Kate believes in living a passionate life and has ridden a camel through the Australian desert, fraternized with hippies in Nimbin, had a near birth experience and lived on nothing but porridge and a carrot for 3 days.

Kate is the creator of The Ecstasy Files blog, a light hearted look at
love, lust and the experience of the modern woman. She loves to blog and does it EVERYWHERE. Just google her and see.

Sneaky 6 Questions:

A quote that means something to you.

"You only live once but if you do it right, once is enough.' 
- Mae West

In my books Mae knew how to make the most of life!

A song that describes you.

My heart's saying 'Baby I'm a Star' by Prince

My head's saying 'We're not Gonna Make it' 
by Presidents of the United States.

 Who is your book boyfriend? 

At the risk of sounding up myself - Ramon Mendez from my Master of Love series novellas (Breaking the Rules and Bloom). I invented him so in my mind he's utterly perfect in every way. When I'm writing him I seriously can't stop thinking about him.
All. The. Time.

 Who is your book girlfriend? 

Alice from Alice in Wonderland by CS Lewis.  She's a nice mix of vulnerable and sassy and she doesn't take any crap from that mad old queen.

 Author that inspired you and why?

All the great ones. Alice Munro. Sonya Hartnett. Tobsha Learner. 
Tim Winton. Anais Nin. Kate Forsyth. Chloe Hooper.  Kim Scott. Alexis Wright. And my teachers Andrea Goldsmith, Toni Jordan, Arnold Zable. The list truly is endless.

Will you be attending the Indie Author Down Under Gold Coast event 22nd March 2014?

Facebook Link

No, but you can find me on The New Romantics panel
 (myself, Margareta Osborn, Kathryn Ledson, Jennifer Scoullar)at these 2014 events - Emerging Writers Festival, Woodend Winter Arts Festival, Victorian libraries and possibly The Wheeler Centre.

I will also be presenting 'Writing Convincing Sex' workshop as part of Writers' Victoria Summer School program in January. 
Check Writers Victoria or the Pillow Talk tab on my website for event details.

 What's coming up next?

My second controversial and compelling novel ‘Saint’
(working title) is the story of faithful Banjo's undying love for wild, polyamorous Jade, a woman born with the absolute courage and audacity to be herself.

To be released in 2014 through Simon & Schuster.

Title of Book : The Yearning
Author: Kate Belle
State: Victoria
Published By : Simon & Schuster
Date Released: May 2013
Genre : Contemporary Women's Romantic Fiction with erotic themes

It’s 1978 in a country town and a dreamy fifteen year old girl’s world is turned upside down by the arrival of the substitute English teacher. Solomon Andrews is beautiful, inspiring and she wants him like nothing else she’s wanted in her short life.

Charismatic and unconventional, Solomon easily wins the hearts and minds of his third form English class. He notices the attention of one girl, his new neighbour, who has taken to watching him from her upstairs window. He assumes it a harmless teenage crush, until the erotic love notes begin to arrive.

Solomon knows he must resist, but her sensual words stir him. He has longings of his own, although they have nothing to do with love, or so he believes. One afternoon, as he stands reading her latest offering in his driveway, she turns up unannounced. And what happens next will torment them forever – in ways neither can imagine.

Read an extract here

Buy The Yearning: 

Ebook: Amazon or iTunes or Kobo 

Print book:
Target, Kmart, Myer, Collins, Dymocks, Big W, Eltham Bookshop and other independent bookshops and major airports. 
If not in stock just ask.

Breaking the Rules:

Grace is a beautiful woman in complete control of her world. A long time ago she chose a career over children and marriage, and has never regretted it. Then Ramon Mendez walks into her office. Ramon is about to commence his PhD, a work on erotic literature, and from the outset there is something about him that makes Grace’s blood run hot. Aware of the need to maintain her professional reputation, she rejects his advances, but he persists. And during their intimate supervision sessions, her defences start to crumble, for Ramon’s work is exposing desires within Grace she never knew existed.

Follow this link for a sample chapter:

Breaking the Rules Purchase From:

 iTunes & Amazon 


Thirty-six-year-old Emma’s life looks as perfect as could be. She loves her solid, straight-laced husband Gary, who has given her three beautiful, if spoilt, children and a secure life. But something is missing. Gary hardly notices her anymore and she feels frumpy and invisible. Her friend, Lisa, talks her into joining a social boot camp class at the local gym. Emma immediately recognises their instructor as the gorgeous runner she sees each evening while walking her dog in the park. He introduces himself as Ramon Mendez. In spite of herself Emma is besotted.

Before long her mind is filled with guilty fantasies of him. One evening, when things at home have become too much to bear, she bumps into him alone in the park. An opportunity presents itself and no one need ever know. Ramon promises and delivers everything that’s missing from her marriage – passion, romance and excitement – but Emma must discover if they are the things she really wants. 

Follow this link for a sample chapter:

Bloom Purchase From:

 iTunes & Amazon 

Reading group questions here 


Twitter: @ecstasyfiles


Tomorrow on the road trip I shall be visiting Jacinta Maree and hanging about a bit longer in Victoria. The Great Ocean Road in the Kombi sounds a nice little side trip for myself.


  1. You are a star and you will make it!

    1. Ha! Thanks for the confidence boost. Gotta keep it real! (And I really do love both those songs! They capture the Jekyl and Hyde of the Ego!)

    2. I tried to get Prince song up but youtube weren't very accommodating :D


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