Thursday, September 7, 2017

Kate O'Keeffe is a woman of the world...plus a book giveaway

Today we're glad to feature Kate O'Keeffe as she takes us around the world in eighty seconds (or so). Her latest novel, Two Last First Dates is the second in her Cozy Cottage Café Series and can be read as a stand-alone. This series is also an armchair adventure to New Zealand. Perhaps you'll want to travel there after reading these books. Thanks to Karan & Co, you have a chance to win the first book in this series! Visit all the stops on Kate's tour.

Kate O'Keeffe is an award-nominated author of fun, feel-good romantic comedies. She lives and loves in beautiful New Zealand with her family, two scruffy dogs, and a cat who thinks he's a scruffy dog too. He's not: he's a cat. To date, Kate's written the chick lit series, the Wellywood Romantic Comedy Series, and the new Cozy Cottage Café Series. Visit Kate at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

To Paige Miller, Two Last First Dates sounds like a disaster waiting to happen.Paige is having a rough time. She's unhappy in her career and her One Last First Date ended in total disaster. Now, she has to figure out what to do professionally and personally. Life as a spinster with fifteen cats doesn't sound too bad, though.

Deciding to give up on love, Paige begrudgingly befriends Josh Bentley, the friendly coffee delivery guy, while helping out at the Cozy Cottage Café. His T-shirts make her eyes roll, but their runs have become an important part of her day and a blessing to her waistline, because Bailey's cakes are too good to pass up.

Meanwhile, her best friends offer to find Mr. Right for her, and all Paige has to do is let them. Then, the man of her dreams walks through the door. Marcus Hahn is as good-looking as he is charming, and any thoughts Paige had of being alone with those fifteen cats, fly out the window. Now, she just has to hope her friends choose him as her Last First Date.

But in the end, are Two Last First Dates enough to find The One?

Read the Cozy Cottage Café series
Book 1: One Last First Date 
Book 2: Two Last First Dates--Available now! 
Book 3: Three Last First Dates - coming October 31, 2017 
Book 4: A Final Last First Date - coming early-2018

Countries I’ve visited:
I love to travel! I’ve been lucky enough to have travelled to and lived in a few countries, so here’s my list, in no particular order: New Zealand, Australia, Rarotonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Hawaii, Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, United States, Canada, Mexico, Iceland, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Chzec Republic, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Turkey, Belgium, Austria, Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia.
I still feel like I have so much more to see in this wonderful world of ours, particularly South America, which I have yet to get to. One day!

Favorite foreign cuisine:
This has to be a tie between Thai and French. I love the freshness, flavours, and spice of Thai food, but nothing can beat a pastry from a Parisian patisserie with its flaky, buttery, yumminess. Bliss.

Favorite book that takes place in a different country:
That would have to be one of my all-time favourite books, A Room With a View by D.H. Lawrence. It’s set in England and Italy, and I adore Florence where Lucy Honeychurch goes on vacation.

Which languages do you speak fluently:
Really, the truthful answer is only English, although I have enough French to be able to be answered in French while in France, which, if you’ve ever travelled there, you will know is quite something! I would love to be able to speak fluent French, and I have been learning to speak Thai as we adopted our son from there.

Something that interests or fascinates you about another part of the world:
Wow, there are so many things! One thing I am fascinated by is different religions, and love to visit places of worship: The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Notre Dame in Paris, the temples of Thailand. I went to Dharamsala when I was in India where the Dalai Lama lives in exile. Although he was out of town, I got to play table tennis against some Tibetan monks - and was soundly beaten by them, I can tell you!

Closest friend from a different country:
That would have to be my friend, Anna. She’s half English and half Spanish, and she lives in the UK. We met when we worked together in New Zealand, and we clicked straight away. She’s straight-shooting, witty, and fun, and I can always rely on her for a wry comment to bring me out of myself. I miss her!

Thanks to Kate for chatting with us and to Karan & Co for sharing her book with our readers (as part of the blog tour).

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6 comments:

penney said...

This sounds very good, love the review on it, I have not read of her books yet she's a new Author for me, I'm looking forward to reading this.
Penney

Linda Kish said...

I haven't read any of her books yet but, I'd love to read this one. It sounds like fun.

Connie said...

I am sorry to say that I have not read any of Kate's books, but they sound adorable. I must check them out to read and review. Thanks for the super giveaway!

Kate O'Keeffe said...

Thank you so much for having Paige and her friends visit you today!

Donna E said...

I have not read any of Kate's books, a matter I need to rectify soon.
I so enjoyed reading the places Kate has traveled. We were fortunate to get to live in The Netherlands and in Germany, courtesy of the US Air Force and did visit a couple other places while in Europe. But Kate has seen so much :).

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