Staying in with Kathryn Freeman

Before You

Some Linda’s Book Bag visitors feel like old friends and lovely Kathryn Freeman, author of Before You is one such visitor. Consequently, I’m delighted to be staying in with Kathryn today.

As well as reviewing Before You (here) I’ve been lucky enough to feature another of Kathryn’s books, Search for the Truth here, and to host a brilliant guest post from Kathryn all about the difficulty of making things up when you’re a writer. You can read that post here. In addition, when A Second Christmas Wish was released recently, Kathryn kindly told me about her Christmas wishes here.

If you’re an author who’d also like to stay in with me and tell me about one of your books, please click here for more details.

Staying in with Kathryn Freeman

Welcome back to Linda’s Book Bag Kathryn. Thank you for agreeing to stay in with me.

It’s not often I’m invited to stay in with an RNA media star winner, so believe me, the pleasure is all mine. Thank you for inviting me :-).

Ha! Thanks Kathryn. I still haven’t got used to the idea of being award winning! So tell me, which of your books have you brought along to share this evening and why have you chosen it?

I’ve brought Before You, because one of my favourite pasttimes is staying in with a racy romance – and the hero in Before You is a Formula One driver. I know, I know, that’s a terrible pun, but it is true. In fact give me a book to read (preferably a hot romance) and a glass of champagne (I brought some along, because you can’t read about Formula One without it) and I’m in heaven. Add some fish and chips, and you’ll never get rid of me…

(Books, champagne AND fish and chips! Love that combination.) 

What can we expect from an evening in with Before You?

Along with the romance (all my books are, at heart, a romance) you can expect a whirlwind tour of some glamorous places (Melbourne, Monte Carlo, Barcelona to name a few) and to learn how tough it is to be a racing driver. I thought they just drove a car, albeit a lot faster than I did. I didn’t realise that, because of g-forces and cockpit heat, each race is like running a marathon. But if life for my hero is tough on the track, it’s even harder off it. Especially when distractions come in the form of his smart-mouthed, very pretty, PR officer, and a troubled young boy. ‘Sexy, funny, romantic and glamorous’ is how one kind reader described it.

(Oh yes, I remember Aiden very well!)

What else have you brought along and why?

I’ve snuck in the cardboard cut out of Jenson Button that usually stands by my desk, because then we can say we had an amazing night in, drinking champagne with Jenson Button. And I confess, he was also the inspiration behind the book. it’s impossible to have JB’s handsome face looking down at you and not be inspired to write a romance featuring a racing driver!


I’ll let you have Jenson if I can have Bryan Ferry… Thanks so much for staying in with me (and Jenson) Kathryn!

Before You

Before You

When life in the fast lane threatens to implode …

Melanie Hunt’s job working for the Delta racing team means she is constantly rubbing shoulders with Formula One superstars in glamorous locations like Monte Carlo. But she has already learned that keeping a professional distance is crucial if she doesn’t want to get hurt.

New Delta team driver Aiden Foster lives his life like he drives his cars – fast and hard. But, no matter how successful he is, it seems he always falls short of his championship-winning father’s legacy. If he could just stay focused, he could finally make that win.

Resolve begins to slip as Melanie and Aiden find themselves drawn to each other –with nowhere to hide as racing season begins. But when a troubled young boy goes missing, everything is thrown into turmoil, including Aiden’s championship dream.

Before You was published by Choc Lit on 7th June 2016 and is available for purchase on Amazon UK and Amazon US.

About Kathryn Freeman


Kathryn was born in Wallingford, England but has spent most of her life living in a village near Windsor. After studying pharmacy in Brighton she began her working life as a retail pharmacist. She quickly realised that trying to decipher doctor’s handwriting wasn’t for her and left to join the pharmaceutical industry where she spent twenty happy years working in medical communications. In 2011, backed by her family, she left the world of pharmaceutical science to begin life as a self-employed writer, juggling the two disciplines of medical writing and romance. Some days a racing heart is a medical condition, others it’s the reaction to a hunky hero…

With two teenage boys and a husband who asks every Valentine’s Day whether he has to bother buying a card again this year (yes, he does) the romance in her life is all in her head. Then again, her husband’s unstinting support of her career change goes to prove that love isn’t always about hearts and flowers – and heroes can come in many disguises.

You can follow Kathryn on Facebook, on Twitter @KathrynFreeman1 and visit her website.

9 thoughts on “Staying in with Kathryn Freeman

  1. Kathryn Freeman says:

    Thank you so much for having me over Linda – and for letting me bring a friend. You, me, Jenson and Bryan – what a combination! xx

    Liked by 1 person

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