Sunday, January 31, 2010

New release on shelves now!

My Romantic Times Top Pick, MARRIAGE: FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE? is out now in North America and Australia/New Zealand.

"This lovers-reunited tale is awash in passion, sensuality and plenty of sparks. The terrific characters immediately capture your attention, and from there, the pages go flying by."
Now don't you just want to run out and grab a copy right now!
First guest author tomorrow? Kate Hardy

Friday, January 29, 2010

Book 23 sold!

Heard from my lovely editor yesterday.

I nailed the last book!

Book 23 is sold! Yay!

Always a relief when a book goes through. Title is DESERTED ISLAND, DREAMY EX! for the new Harlequin Romance Rom Com miniseries, 'The Fun Factor.'

Release date: September in the UK and USA.

Remember this one features ex-lovers stranded on a desert island for a reality TV show/documentary?

Well, the chapter headings have 'Stranded' survival tips, and both Jared and Kristi blog and Twitter regularly, which made my editor laugh out loud.

A good thing with a rom com, huh?

Now the details are over, you can all drool over the inspiration for Jared, the one and only Nathan Fillion.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fancy a bargain?

eHarlequin is having a clearance sale at the moment, with loads of fabulous books 40% off!

You can pick up my TWO WEEKS IN THE MAGNATE'S BED and other fab titles by Marion Lennox, Sherryl Woods, Gena Showalter, Trish Wylie, Barbara Hannay, Fiona Harper, Anne McAllister and many more.

If you're anything like me, your To Be Read pile is always staggering, but we never stop adding to it, right?

(And happy Australia Day to all my mates out there!)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Want to win a mentor?

If you're a writer, here's a fabulous chance to win a mentor for a year.

The lovely Donna Alward , a fellow Harlequin Romance author, is holding a pitch contest over at eharlequin where you can win her as your mentor for a year!
How good is that?

Pop over here for details.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Weekend rituals

I run around all week and work like a trojan, so I love my weekends.
Yes, I still write most weekends, especially with non stop deadlines, but I always, always take time out.
My weekend ritual involves brunch on Sunday, either at my favourite cafe or trying a new one, spending all day doing family stuff with the kids, and curling up on a Sunday night with a book and reading for at least an hour or two.
Absolutely adore the weekends!
So what's your weekend ritual?

Friday, January 15, 2010

Call me

I have succumbed to peer pressure.

Am the proud owner of an iPhone.

All looks very glam and if only I could get the thing to work properly...

See my stagnant word count? Blame this!
Trying to figure out all the ins and outs is a real time suck.

No prizes for guessing what I'll be doing over the weekend...making up lost word count!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

eHarlequin bestseller


MARRIAGE: FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE? hit the Top 10 Bestseller list on eharlequin yesterday.

Nice :)

In other snippets, here's an interview I did recently, some answers appearing on 9MSN.Money today. "Love is in the Air: Can you make money as a romance novelist?"

(Note: I do not write 8 books a year across 3 Harlequin series. Not sure where that came from...)

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

THE WRITE WHISPER: Dream journal

In my last WRITE WHISPER post, I discussed the hypnologic state, and how I solve plot problems/have inspiration during this time.
So as a follow on, let's discuss dream journals.
Personally, I've never had a dream which has resulted in a book, though I've heard some authors have.
For me, it's that pre-dream state which is a cauldron of bubbling ideas.
Our subconcious never sleeps so why not tap into it?
The art of keeping a dream journal is simple.
Keep a notebook and pen by the bed.
The instant you wake (whether it be morning or middle of the night), don't move. Stay still and relaxed, try to remember your dreams or anything else you can think of.
Initially you may only get vague details. A rose. The colour purple. Kids running.
Or perhaps a pervading feeling will come through...fear, happiness...
Whatever you barely remember, write it down.
Start to court your dreams. The more committed you are, the more vivid your dreams may become.
A trick I use often is to ponder a plot question just before falling asleep.
Hopefully, the answer will appear.
Trying new ways to harness our creative energy is fun. Why not give it a try?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Sailboard romance

TWO WEEKS IN THE MAGNATE'S BED is out in Germany today!

I love the cover! And I'm assuming I don't need a translator to figure out it says 'Love on Board'?
(Quick plug for my Mod Heat buddy Natalie Anderson, who's giving away books at her blog!)

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Nice and solid

There's something about hardback books...

I love the solidity of them, that they'll stay on your bookshelf forever and stand the test of time.

My Harlequin Romance novels always arrive in hardbacks first and I love them.

So if you're a fan of hardback, here's your chance to grab some!

This month sees my Harlequin Presents THE BOSS'S BEDROOM AGENDA released in hardback (with TWO WEEKS IN THE MAGNATE'S BED out next month.)

(Quick announcement! If you're in Sydney and love a booksigning, NYT bestselling author Nalini Singh is visiting Galaxy Books on Jan 14th. Details here.)

Monday, January 04, 2010

A fab review to start the New Year

On the heels of my Romantic Times Top Pick for MARRIAGE: FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE? comes another lovely review, this time from Susan Barton (a first time reviewer for my books) at ROMANCE READER AT HEART.

Marsh is a master at expressing emotions...

Marsh beautifully decorates her idyllic beach resort setting with fantasy rooms in Nick's hotel...

The brutal realities of Brit's emotional and physical abuse by her father are offset by the tender re-awakening of love and desire between Nick and Brittany. So many emotional landscapes are covered in this way too short story. I would love a longer version exploring more of Noosa, Nick, and Brittany.

Though MARRIAGE: FOR BUSINESS OR PLEASURE? is a fairly quick read, it really packs an emotional punch and my tears came often as I experienced Nick and Brittany's passion and pain.


And if that wasn't exciting enough, this book hits Aussie/NZ shores in Feb, but is currently NUMBER ONE on this month's Top 10 Books on the Mills and Boon OZ site.

Double yay!