Thursday, March 27, 2008
That's about all I have the energy to post today...took preschooler to a Shrek the Third stage show today and while it was fun, having over a hundred screaming kids is a little tiring.
Or maybe that's due to the fact my other darling little boy is probably teething and I didn't get to bed last night till 3.30am!!!
'night...see you in the morning...
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Isn't this one super scorching hot cover?
There is a sizzling scene in the book which starts on the beach (in the waves to be precise!) before Judd and Abby make a run for her hotel room to continue the action and this cover encapsulates the passion, the heat, of that scene perfectly.
I love it!
The book hits UK shelves in June.
In other Modern Heat news, Kelly Hunter and Heidi Rice have finalled in the RITAs with Sleeping Partner and The Mile High Club respectively. Fabulous!
And fellow Romance author Natasha Oakley has finalled too, with The Tycoon's Princess Bride, my favourite category read of 07. Yay Natasha!!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I'm not going to rave on about the plot or the story itself.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Here is a pic of my first ever Easter bonnet.
My initial brilliant idea, to stick the chicks and rabbits on the glitter hat underneath didn't quite work...cos glue, even craft glue, won't stick to glitter I discovered. So dug up some tissue wrapping paper, a ribbon (from a Lindt chocolate gift box my fabulous publisher Harlequin sent on Valentine's Day) and a roll of sticky tape which worked much more effectively than the glue.
Voila! Rabbits front and back, chicks galore on top and one very happy little preschooler (who was supposed to help but got tired of it after sticking the first chick. He's a boy, what can I say?)
It was so gorgeous picking him up today, seeing him walk proudly towards me in his bonnet. So, so cute!
Now, I'm wondering if I can recycle it for next year ;)
As much fun (!) as I had making it, I think I'd rather stick to writing...
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Want to win a signed copy of this fabulous book? Plus books from Fiona Lowe and moi?
Check out our competition running via our websites! In the meantime, here's short interview with the fabulous Robyn Grady.
So...what event/situation inspired this book?
An unmarried friend of my eldest daughter had just fallen pregnant. It inspired me to write a marriage of convenience story with an ultra modern twist. There is, of course, a happily-ever- after, but the HEA a 21st century mother-to-be deserves, not merely feels she needs to accept.
Was it a book that flew from your fingers or gave you grief?
It did fly from my fingers! In about three weeks, actually. The characters were very real to me, and I was barracking for the heroine, Sophie Gruebella 100% all the way. The ending, when I wrote it, seemed so right for them both.
Who inspired the hero?
The latest James Bond...although Cooper Smith doesn’t look at all like Daniel Craig. However, he does possess the same “I’m dangerous but too sexy to resist” air about him.
Has it had more than one title?
It started out “Accidentally In Love”. But this title, well, it really says it all!
Where has it been released and where might it be released?
In the UK in April – available now. In Australia/NZ in June, and in US as a Presents, ‘The Australian Millionaire’s Love Child’, in July .
How did you celebrate the sale?
My husband brought home a bottle of imported champagne. He knows me so well :)
Thanks Robyn. Can' wait to read it! (and I drool over that cover every time I see it!)
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Saturday, March 08, 2008
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Beth and Aidan's story has sold!
The BOSS'S BEDROOM AGENDA, featuring archaeologist Aidan Voss (who does a stint as CEO of Melbourne Museum) and metal sculptor Beth Walker, is my 5th Modern Heat title and will be released later this year (will confirm the dates tomorrow.)
Beth is one of my new favourite heroines! She's fun, flirty and has a serious shoe obsession! Throw in the fact she makes a mean lasagne (about the only thing she can cook), draws a mean bath (Aidan's first bath ever and boy, does it get steamy in there...) and hums an appropriate song for every occasion (Madonna's Immaculate Collection, Abba Gold, Prince and Pink all get a good workout in the book) and you can get an inkling of why I love her :)
Aidan is...well, Aidan is just seriously sexy.
My mouse batteries are about to die so I'll upload the brand new excerpt and all the behind the scenes 'Under the Cover' action to my website tonight.
Now, I have to attend to one very cute baby who has woken up at 6am today!
Monday, March 03, 2008
For a quick recap, this is a Harlequin Romance. I finished it last year, handed in to my editor but have had a few editor changes since so it was recently read.
My editor loved Blane, my laid back hero, but thought Camryn, my cynical heroine, needed some work!
So what did I do?
Revamped the whole story!
I went back to my original title, WISH UPON A VALENTINE and changed it back to a Valentine's Day story.
Not only that, I changed the whole plot!
From 2 strangers meeting, it became a second-chance marriage story.
Blane is still utterly gorgeous and now, Camryn is a softer heroine willing to take a chance on love again.
I worked really hard at this story and finished it Friday. I am thrilled with the results and I hope my editor is too!
So why am I rambling on about this?
To encourage you to keep the faith.
If a story isn't working for you, don't be afraid to change it. Maybe a character, maybe the whole plot! It's often difficult to slash words/scenes/chapters but if the story is stronger as a result, go for it!
If a character isn't working as you'd like, perhaps reconsider their motivation.
Are they behaving to type?
Are they truly likeable?
Will a reader want to support this person no matter what?
If their motivation is true, all their actions will be believable so don't be afraid to shake things up a little if your character isn't doing what you want.
If you can see the end of the story but the scenes leading up to it are a blur, resort to my old favourite: plotting on paper. Even a single sentence outlining the next scene/chapter can work wonders.
And as with any revisions, jot down the key points to look out for. I do this before I start the revisions, after the first read through, even the second, because it's amazing the things you miss.
So that's Blane and Camryn's rewrite.
I'll keep you posted!