Friday, December 30, 2005

Lovely Surprise to end the year!


I had a lovely surprise this week when a good friend of mine e-mailed to say that my first book, The Bridal Bet, had been nominated for an award with Romantic Times. It's all the more of a treat becasue one of the other two in the category is my wonderful friend Natasha Oakley. Two newbie Tender/Romance writers!! How cool is that? And how much of a tap on the back is that for the editors who continue to be so supporive of what we are writing! And without it sounding corny a nomination is plenty reward for me! It means that someone somewhere read the book and liked it and that's why I write after all...

Okay... back to the drawing board. I'm having a try at a book for a different line and I have to say it's a nerve-wracking experience. I'll keep you all posted on how it goes so you can see that the journey is never smooth! I just thought it would be nice to write something different, to see if I can stretch myself a little and keep those creative juices flowing... We all have to try and stay fresh in our own individual ways...

HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all... and my first resolution? Try to update this blog more often....

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Were there REALLY 22 days in this month ALREADY???

Where did this month go?? I only realized last week that Christmas had crept up on me at a ridiculously fast rate. Presents, what presents?! Deadline for posting things overseas, ages away surely??!! Apparantly not!

Now its less than three days away and I'm e-mailing cards. I miss envelopes. I miss shopping where there aren't crowds. I miss being able to drive around a car park just the one time before I find a space. I miss shops without queues. But please, please, please tell me how did I manage to miss the first 22 days of this month????

I'm entirely going to blame being locked away in the writing cave so much this last couple of months. I set myself some heavy targets when I decided to go Full Time at this and so far, (ssshhh don't tell!), so good. Ideas seem to be gathering at my door like people camping out to see Elton John's wedding, which is great 'cos I worried a lot that I would dry up story wise. Form an orderly queue I say. I have a truly amazing new editor whose feet I may have to staple to the office floor to get her to stay (I've had a few ed's now - NOT my fault they disappeared I might add...)and I have peace and quiet to get some work done. Pretty much. But while all these stuff has been going on Christmas almost passed me by!

So can anyone possibly speak to tptb and get them to give me an extra couple of weeks?

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Good end to the year

Am feeling vaguely more confident about the decision to leave a wonderful Full time job to write full time...
The year is ending with my first sale to the new 'Romance' line which is a huge relief. There are just so many astoundingly good Authors in this new line and to even get shelf space is such a privilege I feel. So it's called 'Project: Parenthood' and is due for dual release (as is all of the new line) in the US and Uk in November 2006. I can't wait to see the cover now. All of the covers have been revamped in the UK recently and I LOVE my latest two. They are perfect and the characters look exactly as they would have in my imagination...
Meanwhile back at the ranch we're all starting along the slippery slope to Christmas. Thankfully the lovely tree I bought last year does indeed fit into my new living room (it was a bit of a crisis for a few hours trust me) and so far I haven't blown any fuses and the cat (Daisy) hasn't pulled anything down. Here's hoping the streak of luck continues to the 25th.....