Behind the Scenes (Sanctuary Cove) with Kate James

I’m thrilled to be visiting your blog today, Amanda, with Sanctuary Cove, the first of my three 2017 releases! Thank you for having me here.

1. Can you tell us what the story is about, and introduce us to the hero and heroine?


Yes, of course!

Sanctuary Cove is the story of New York based communications executive Emma Meadows, who never imagined that sticking to her principles against an act of corruption would cost her her job and her relationship. Heartbroken, she retreats to her lakefront cabin in the Adirondack Mountains. Aiding an injured animal at the side of a rain-drenched road, she meets local veterinarian Joshua Whitmore. Gradually, Josh’s charm and persistence overcome her defenses. But when Emma’s past abruptly intrudes—putting reputations and even lives at stake—it threatens everything she and Josh have begun to build together.

Emma Meadows is an intelligent, capable business executive . . . until she loses her job as vice president with a major communications and media relations firm. She has unwavering standards of ethics and integrity, and loves animals. She was betrayed by her former fiancé and is reluctant to trust again. She’s 32 years old. She is relatively tall at five feet eight inches, and she’s slender. She has long blonde hair and blue eyes.

A celebrity lookalike for Emma is Sienna Miller.

Josh comes from a family of healthcare professionals, but he decided to choose a different path. He’s a veterinarian, passionate about his job and the animals that come under his care. He is 35 years old, six-feet, three-inches tall, with a lean, athletic build. He has dark brown, collar-length hair, and his eyes are brown with gold flecks.

Josh is good natured and easy going. Family is important to Josh, and he is close to his parents and siblings. He is principled, and loyal to his friends and family. And, of course, he loves animals. A celebrity lookalike for Josh is Josh Holloway.

2. I understand there are three canine characters in this story, too. Can you tell us a little about them?

I am happy to do it.


Max is Emma’s dog. He’s a five-year-old Alaskan malamute, weighing approximately 100 pounds. He has silver-gray and white fur, and brown eyes. Max is gentle, loving and loyal. Max had been accepting of city life, but he is truly in his element in Sanctuary Cove.

Theo is a dog-wolf mix, with gray fur and brown eyes. He’s slightly larger than Max. Emma finds him after someone had hit him with a car and left him injured, at the side of a road. It’s because of Theo that Emma and Josh first meet. Theo had belonged to someone before the accident, but despite Josh’s best efforts, he’s unable to locate Theo’s family. Emma adopts Theo as soon as he’s well enough. Theo develops a strong bond with Emma and Max, and is protective of them.

Winston is Josh’s yellow Labrador retriever. He has yellow fur—naturally—and sweet brown eyes. He weighs roughly 70 pounds. He’s as lovable and loving as a dog can be. Winston quickly develops a strong bond with Max and Theo. He is by far the smallest of the three dogs, and the other two are respectful of Winston’s smaller size.

3. I understand the setting in the story is quite breathtaking. Is it real or fictitious?

The small town of Sanctuary Cove, set in the Adirondack Mountains region of New York, is fictitious but Emma’s cottage is based on an actual cottage I used to own in Ontario. It’s a lovely property, with the cottage set on a knoll, in a valley overlooking a private lake. I included three pictures below to give you a feel of what it looks like.




Josh, Emma, Max, Theo and Winston would love it if readers visited Sanctuary Cove and spent some time with them!

4. What’s next for you?


In addition to Sanctuary Cove, I will have two more releases this year. Home to Stay, the fourth book in the San Diego K-9 Unit series, releases on July 1st and is available for preorder nowA Priceless Find, a sequel to A Child’s Christmas, will be released on October 1st.

5. In closing, is there anything you would like readers to know?

I’m grateful to everyone who has purchased one of my books. Readers make it possible for me to do what I love! If anyone picks up one of my books, I would love to hear from them, to know how they enjoyed it. As always, I love to hear from readers. You can connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, my website or regular mail at PO Box 446, Schomberg, ON, L0G 1T0, Canada.

I would also appreciate it if you’d leave a comment below, to let me know what makes a story enjoyable for you.

Thank you, again, for hosting me on your blog, Amanda.

Happy reading!

Purchase Links for Sanctuary Cove

Barnes & Noble 
Chapters-Indigo (Kobo)


22 thoughts on “Behind the Scenes (Sanctuary Cove) with Kate James

  1. Brilliant and insightful post! I haven’t read a title by Kate James, but this story sounds lovely. And who couldn’t love a hero with celebrity looks like Josh Holloway! Mmmmmm. …

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  2. Great interview! And Sanctuary Cove is such a lovely setting for an intriguing, well-written novel!

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  3. Terrific interview, ladies! You know how much I enjoyed Sanctuary Cove, Kate. It’s always fun to get more behind the scenes from the author.
    That is the biggest “cottage” I’ve ever seen! 🙂 Wishing in the best with the series.

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    • Thank you for stopping by, leaving a comment and–most importantly–for all your wonderful support of my writing, Jill! That cottage is not only a great setting for a story, it was a terrific place to write Sanctuary Cove.

      I have to congratulate you, again, on your wonderful Love Inspired debut, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE! It’s been fun sharing a release month with you.

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  4. Congrats on the book, Kate. It’s hard to say what makes a story work for me. Perhaps it is the feeling that this could really happen. Even in fiction, the fact that it could be is a major factor.

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    • Thank you, Maria! Interestingly, Sanctuary Cove contains elements that I refer to as fictionalizing facts. If you get a chance to read it, I would love to hear from you to know if you thought it could really happen. 🙂


  5. Beautiful cottage and even more beautiful setting. Love your books – great characters including the canine ones.

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  6. What a charming interview and your story behind the story. As one author to another, I wish you the best in your career.

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