Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Please Welcome Author Kathy Bosman

I am pleased to host South African author Kathy Bosman to Creative Hodgepodge today! Kathy has two books published at Astraea Press, and she's here to tell us about her most recent took, Three Tiers for Win. Take it away, Kathy!

I write romance and Three Tiers for Win is predominantly romance, but every now and then I like to put in some other thread into a book. Three Tiers for Win is different from my other books in that it’s a sports romance. Who would have thought that someone who was never sporty or serious about sports would enjoy writing a sports romance? It’s also an adventure with a few nail-biting moments in the book.
The other thread that runs through the book is sibling relationships. Sometimes an adult sibling can be a wonderful friend but other times they can cause pain or maybe there’s no relationship at all. Elaine’s relationship with her brother, Mick, turns sour because he doesn’t approve of her spending time with Win. Mick is a professional swimmer aiming for Olympic gold and so is Win. In fact, Elaine met Win when Mick invited his swimmer friends over so she wonders why he becomes so possessive.
Win comes from a stormy family background and Mick keeps on using that as the reason. Yes, Win doesn’t exactly live in the best neighbourhood but he’s studying for a law degree and working towards succeeding in life. Elaine sees that in him. She sees what a gentleman and good person he is.
The young woman soon discovers that Mick’s resistance to Win goes deeper than protectiveness towards his sister.
Eventually, there’s a blow up.
How will Elaine and Win handle the conflict and will it pull them apart or draw them closer together?
I enjoyed writing about Elaine’s brother maybe because of dealing with the pain of a disabled sibling. Mick isn’t disabled, but Elaine fears for his wellbeing at one stage in the book. My brother has to use a walker to get around and struggles with many things that we take for granted. He hasn’t had the joy of raising his own family like most healthy adults do. I suppose writing about Mick helped me work through those feelings in a way. I think we often use writing as an outlet or to make sense of the feelings or thoughts swirling around in our heads. Not that our characters are a copy of anyone – Mick is a unique fictional character, but it’s great fun to write about the dynamics of relationships in my books.

Three Tiers for Win is a story of adventure, romance, and family passion that unfolds with the backdrop of the 2012 London Olympics. Elaine said she would never date an athlete as they’re too driven. That’s until she meets kind, yet intensely focused and ambitious South African Olympic swimmer, Winston Harper. He stands for everything she’d chosen not to go for. Win also has a bad family history which keeps him from opening his heart to her. When intense attraction and affection breaks through some of their barriers, family secrets and conflicts pull them apart again. Only Elaine’s support and Win’s brokenness can draw them back together, but will that be strong enough to wipe away the past?


Her hands shook as she spooned the mixture back into the food processor and he came closer to peer into the bowl. Electricity seemed to ooze out of his pores instead of sweat. She had a strong desire to rub the raised hairs on her arms.
“What are you doing?” he asked.
“I’ll mix the baking powder into a paste and add it in.” Wish he would go away so I can do this in peace.
“Good idea.”
“Aren’t the guys missing you?” she asked.
“Trying to get rid of me?”
Her cheeks throbbed, and she steadied the dish she was holding with all the willpower left inside of her.
“I’ll only go if you let me make myself some coffee. The other guys are drinking sports and fruit drinks. I feel like coffee.”
She laughed. “Are you eating right for your training?”
“Not really.”
“Okay.” She couldn’t help smiling. This guy was becoming more and more appealing with each minute.
“Ooh, there’s biltong.”
“It’s Mick’s. But I have some chocolate if you’re in the mood for being naughty.” Why did she say that? Now her face must be as red as a tomato because of the thoughts running through her head.
“Do you think he’ll mind if I grab some?”
She considered offering to buy Mick some more. The poor guy was starved. “What exactly did my brother buy for you all tonight?”
“Chicken salad.” The face he pulled forced a strange squeaky giggle out of her. She would have given her usual trill laugh if she didn’t feel so embarrassed and overwhelmed with strange feelings for the guy.
“I wish I had something else to offer you.”
“Come out to dinner with me. Then I can order a man-sized steak.”
Flustered was not a strong enough word for Elaine at that moment. She could swear the temperature in the kitchen was as hot as the oven and that the room was about to explode. “I have to bake a cake.”
“That can wait, can’t it? Tomorrow’s another day. If you want, I’ll help you with it.”
The guy was probably aiming to get into the Olympics team. They had two months left before the trials. He couldn’t be serious about giving up a training day to help some silly girl bake a wedding cake? That idea didn’t match the solid, oozing-with-masculinity man with piercing steel blue eyes, standing a mere two feet from her. She must be dreaming. Maybe she’d fallen asleep next to Peggy on the sofa, and she would wake up to find this all a crazy dream.
“I think a cup of coffee will have to do then.” He turned around and pushed the kettle button on. She hadn’t said ‘no,’ and now he was giving up. Her heart plummeted to zero in two seconds. She’d just missed the opportunity of her life to go on a date with the hunkiest piece of male on the planet.
What was she thinking? Of course it wasn’t a good idea. She wasn’t setting herself up for disappointment going with someone smooth and driven like him who would hurt her as soon as the athletic or model type woman came along.

Author Bio
Kathy loves reading and writing even more. She homeschools her three children, one a teenager, so in between unsuccessfully explaining the difference between subject and predicate or how to divide fractions, she enters an imaginary world of troubled and passionate characters whose stories take over the page. Kathy lives in Kwazulu Natal, South Africa, where the summers are hot, the winters cool, and bugs thrive. Her first published novel, Wedding Gown Girl, came out in 2012 with Astraea Press. She belongs to the Romance Writers of South Africa Group (ROSA), which has been her greatest support and inspiration the last few years.

Buy Links: Three Tiers for Win is available at several ebook distributors, including Astraea Press, Amazon US, Amazon UK, All Romance EbooksSmashwords, and Barnes and Noble.

Connect with Kathy Bosman at her Website and blog, Facebook author page, Twitter, and Goodreads.


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  2. Thank you, Patricia, for having me on your blog!

    1. It's my pleasure, Kathleen! Best wishes for the success of your new release.