Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Working through the process

This man has left the building for a second time (and as much as I love my rebel ranger Rhys, I hope I don't see him back until GETTING WILD WITH THE BOSS is in print!)

Yep, finished revisions late last night, always satisfying.
During the last fortnight I added over 5000 words in new scenes: tightening conflict, layering more emotion, getting inside Rhys and Jade's heads more.

I love how editors can pick up on key points from a scene, make a suggestion or two to get a writer's imagination ticking over and off we go.

This happened with my glacier.

It became a pivotal part of the book after just being a scene before. Good one.

Writers revise in many different way, using different processes.

How do you revise?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Rich writing

I've been so caught up with life and writing and business stuff, all while trying to get over throat infection, that last week passed in a bit of a blur.

So I know some Aussie mates finalled in the RITAs but I hadn't seen the whole list. Yesterday I took a squiz and was absolutely delighted to see one of my all time favourite authors there, Barbara O'Neal, with this book.If you haven't read any of Barbara's books, do yourself a favour (her original women's fiction novels are written under Barbara Samuel.)

Her favourite of mine is No Place Like Home but this book would be a close second. Read it. Indulge. Wallow in the richness of her characters, which are truly awe-inspiring for another writer.

I was lucky enough to meet Barbara when she come to Melbourne several years ago and she's a gorgeous lady too. Told me to take time out to care for the 'girls in the basement' (my muse) and what she said and the way she said it really resonated.

As for her current release, The Secret of Everything? Ordered a few weeks back, waiting anxiously for it to arrive. That one will definitely feature in my Weekend Book Club!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Weekend Book Club

This week, I read my first Jeffery Deaver novel, THE BROKEN WINDOW.

I love a good suspense/thriller novel and this one had me riveted.

Many of you have probably seen THE BONE COLLECTOR, with Denzil Washington and Angelina Jolie? Well, this book features Lincoln Rhyme again, the quadraplegic criminalist who's an absolute whiz at solving crimes.

Loved the characterisation, the plot and the suspense in this book, though my eyes glazed over at the computer/data/technical side of things at times (but that's more to do with me and my complete 'denseness' when it comes to PCs!)

Will definitely be reading more of his books.

So what are you reading this week?

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Many authors write to music.
I'm not one of them.
After a day filled with noisy-traffic during busy school runs, exuberant toddler, chatty hubby-my sanctuary at night is my office, where I sit in blissful silence and start writing.
Not that I haven't tried.
I've played around with 'hot' music for sex scenes, Bollywood music while writing my RT award nominee set in India and general chill out stuff.
Don't like it.
The music ends up being an annoyance and a distraction from my characters.
Maybe it's because I'm an auditory writer (hear my characters' dialogue) and music interferes with that.
Though something I would like to try is making a playlist for a particular novel.
ie. gathering various songs together to set the ambiance for that particular novel and maybe playing it before I start writing. To get me in the mood, so to speak!
So all you writers out there...do you use playlists?
Popular artists for specific genres?
Song recommendations for subgenres?

Monday, March 22, 2010

Readers at Home conference

What do tons of authors, tons of prizes, tons of hotties and tons of readers have in common?

They’re attending the first ever Readers at Home Conference!

During the week of April 26-30, authors and readers will converge on Lucy Monroe’s blog to celebrate their favorite genre – romance!

We are giving away Swag Bags to the first 50 readers who register for the conference. To register, all you have to do is send an email to Lucy Monroe with your name and mailing address (for the Swag Bag) stating your intention to attend the RAH Conference.

The Swag Bags are for conference attendees only and we are trusting that you truly intend to attend the conference and interact with the authors and other readers on the blog. Lucy is shipping the Swag Bags at her own expense, but many authors have donated loot for you all, and each Swag Bag will have a free book inside.

Yes, that's right - the conference is FREE. How cool is that?

Every day there will be multiple authors visiting and guest blogging, with new posts going live every 3 hours between 6 AM and 6 PM. Lucy will post a hottie who is definitely hunky enough to be a cover model and there will be daily drawings for multiple prizes (more than 50 over the week!!!), including dozens of signed books, a B&N gift card, a t-shirt, 3 prize tote bags filled with books and goodies (from Sue G at BTRB and Becke Davis), free online subscriptions to Affaire de Couer magazine and 2 more Swag Bags given away each day. What could be better?
Hope to see YOU there!

(I'm blogging on the 28th, going to be fun!)

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Weekend Book Club

I'm an avid reader.

And I know for a fact many of you are too.

So how about we start our very own Weekend Book Club?
Chat about what you're reading this week, any recommendations, whatever! Let's just have fun.
For me this week, it's one of my favourite authors, Susan Elizabeth Phillips.
'What I Did for Love' is another stellar book, filled with snappy dialogue, richly drawn characters and a plot that keeps you turning pages.
The highlight for me was Bram, the hero, who totally played up his cad image with a guaranteed heart of gold beneath. He made the book for me, and had me smiling throughout.
So over to you. What are you reading this week?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

A day for odd bods

Yesterday, I ended up spending lots of time in my car, driving from one appointment to another, school runs, errands, etc...

In the past, bumper stickers have sparked ideas in my buzzing head and yesterday, several oddities made me wonder...

1) White car parked at traffic lights. Hot guy takes off his shirt. Extremely buff. Checks himself out in rear vision mirror. Then puts the exact same shirt back on.

2) Lady in car in front of me, down a major 3 lane road in bumper to bumper peak hour traffic, plucking her eyebrows. Car weaving all over the place. And continued to pluck for a good few kilometres.

3) Guy in yellow anorak (in 30 degrees plus) walking a large dog, with a lead attached to large dog's collar, attached to a small dog leading the way. Like a procession. Little, medium, biggest.

First one made me smile, second made me shake my head, third made me want to muck up the order.

The oddities of human nature that tickle a writer's imagination...

(Almost forgot, if you have a moment, pop into IHeartPresents today where I'm blogging about what makes a great heroine.)

Monday, March 15, 2010

When opportunity knocks

When revisions on GETTING WILD WITH THE BOSS arrived late last week, I dived straight in.
Currently, I sit at around 60 pages with the meaty stuff (new scenes to write and a stronger conflict to layer) coming up.
Once that book is done, I'll probably only have 5 weeks until my next Romance is due. That book currently stands at 20000 words.
Could've all been done at a pinch.
Now we get to the interesting part.
Saturday morning, I received an email from editor inviting me to be part of an exciting project. And it is exciting. Hugely exciting!
Opportunity knocked and I was more than ready to open the door...
Can't wait to tell you all the news but for now, I need a Modern Heat heroine in a hurry (for a synopsis due ASAP.)
Suggestions please?

Friday, March 05, 2010

A happy award

Thanks to the lovely Kerrin for awarding my blog the Happy Cupcake Award as a blog that makes her happy.

Apparently, I have to list 10 things that make me happy so here goes:

1. My kids.
They bring joy to my life daily. Incredible, gorgeous, affectionate...I could go on forever.

2. My hubby.
He makes me laugh like no one else.

3. Writing.
Can't imagine my life without it. Took me a while to get here but now not a day goes past I'm not thinking or writing about my characters.

4. Reading.
My love of books started young and hasn't abated. I'm a voracious reader and could happily sit all day curled up with a book.

5. Eating.
I love food. I love sharing brunches with my boys. I love dinner parties. I love cooking.

6. Friends.
Love long chats with my friends. They make me smile.

7. North Melbourne Football Club
But only when they're winning!

8. Michael Buble.
I could listen to him singing all day. Hilarious to hear toddler singing lyrics to his latest songs. Indoctrination.

9. Hearing from satisfied readers.
Lovely to receive mail/emails from readers who've taken the time to let me know they enjoy my books. It's always a thrill!

10. Pool.
Splashing around as a family over summer has been lovely. We all have a ball.

I'm supposed to choose 10 other bloggers but how about I leave it up to you?
Go on, share with us what makes you happy.

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

The postman knocks twice

I was out Monday when the delivery service came knocking, so came home to a note saying I'd missed them.

I know the service means US copies of my books so was annoyed. I still love grabbing the box off the delivery guy, rushing inside and ripping it open to cradle my latest book in my hands. The excitement never dulls!

Yesterday, I wasn't taking any chances. I signed the note and left it for them so when I got home...yay! Author copies of this book.Rather timely, as I'm going to re-read and see if I can get more of a handle on Rhys...before the revisions come in.
And they will.
I have no doubt.

Somewhere along the way he lost his sparkle...am hoping to recapture it before the book hits your hands!!!

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Destination: Summer Weddings!

Here's the cover for the reprint of A TRIP WITH THE TYCOON in a story anthology with the fabulous Lucy Gordon and Jesssica Hart out in June.

Gorgeous, huh?