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Monday, April 26, 2010
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Neglected blog, reason why
Well, I could give lots of reasons. Tons. Like the four children who sometimes, on occasion, need my attention. The baby who is teething without ever getting ANY TEETH. Besides the six she already has and is biting me with every time I try to check if she's got anymore... not the best idea I've ever had. Or the stress of trying to sell a house nobody seems to want. Or the gorgeous weather which drove me outside despite my best intentions to stay chained to my computer. Or the fact that of all the things on my to-do list, I am always strangely reluctant to update my blog. Some authors are really gifted at blogs, at the whole bloggy-blog type of writing. You know, chatty, friendly, pull up a chair kind of writing. I don't think I'm that successful, but I try. Or will try. When I start updating my blog a bit more regularly.

In the meantime... news! I just had the cyber stamp of approval on my 14th book, which is titled Bound To The Greek and will be out in the UK in January 2011. Meanwhile I'm hard at work (really!) on my 15th book, which is part of a new continuity called The Notorious Wolfes. My hero is the oldest brother and he is what is known as an old soul. I'm working steadily through the rough draft, but I know it's going to need a lot of clean up. Usually I stop in the middle and clean up the beginning, but this time round I'm trying something new. It's full steam ahead, all the way to the end if I can, before I start reworking everything. Why am I doing this? Because I am finding that writing the new stuff is helping me understand what I need to change about the old stuff. I confess, I didn't have a complete grip on my characters before I started, but I'm learning about them as I go and that really helps. Of course, rewriting tends not to be as enjoyable as writing the first time round, but it possesses its own satisfactions when you get it right.

I also have some upcoming projects I'm excited about, including a short story that will come out in the US under the titillating title 'Blackmail Babies'. And that's all I have to go with, so already my mind is mulling over possibilities of plots involving--yes, you guessed it--blackmail and... babies!! Or at least one baby. I'm not sure about twins at this point...

Last bit of news: I'm offering a three month writing mentorship again at Brenda Novak's wonderful auction for diabetes research. This is especially relevant to me because my dear niece Jessica was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes this winter, when she was 14. She's amazing at adjusting her lifestyle and diet to the disease, but it makes getting the funding for research all the more important in my mind. So do stop by to check out my offerings, as well as the many, many amazing things--books, jewelry, writing critiques, chocolate, perfumes, TRIPS--that you can bid on. In addition to the mentorship I am offering my complete autographed backlist--so get over there now ;)

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010
New cover
For my July release, The Bride's Awakening:

What do you think? Are they on a rug in front of a fire? Because my book after this one has this scene in it, right down to the Oriental rug... but this book doesn't! And does she look like she's dead or asleep?! Not sure...

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Monday, March 15, 2010
Updates!
I've finally updated my website, which never takes as long as I think it is going to take, but always seems to be an onerous task before I do it. Anyway, there is a new excerpt for my next US release, Count Toussaint's Baby, as well as behind the scenes info and photos, all on my booklist page. There is also a March short story on my Writing Stuff page, Triangles, which is not a romance but is one of my favorite things that I've ever written... do check it out and let me know what you think!

I handed my last book in March 1 and have been working on a few other projects before I start my next manuscript. I'm writing a serial for the UK magazine The People's Friend; it's set in Greece in the current day as well as during WWII. I've been enjoying writing the two different time periods, but let's see what my editor thinks! I'm also working on a mainstream novel about two NYC mothers who become unlikely friends over the course of one summer. This is a real departure from my comfort zone, because I've never written this kind of thing before. I'm 30,000 words in and am trying to polish the first 100 pages to send to my agent, but it's the kind of thing where I endlessly nitpick and change a word or two because I'm so nervous to send it off.

And I actually wrote this blog post weeks ago but never managed to post it, so here it is in all of its glory! Happy Easter everyone!!

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Friday, February 19, 2010
A first for everything
I'm reaching the end of my current manuscript, tentatively titled A Captive Heart, and for the first time since I started writing I made myself cry! I know some writers say if you don't make yourself cry, how will you make your readers cry [the good kind of cry, that is!] but that's never worked for me. Maybe it's because I generally don't like to cry.

In any case, I wrote an emotional scene at the end of the book that touched on an experience in my own life [which I won't go into because I don't want to spoil the heroine's secret!] but it was good and even restorative for me to be able to draw on my own experience and emotions to write the scene--and I hope it has that ring of authenticity!

I'm excited about my next release, Her Mediterranean Playboy, which contains my novella The Italian's Housekeeper Mistress as well as another by Melanie Milburne. It goes on sale at eharlequin in March and will be in stores in April. I also received a US release date for Count Toussaint's Pregnant Mistress, which will be called Count Toussaint's Baby and will be out in the US in August.



Finally, I am updating my website at long last with new behind-the-scenes for my latest releases and TWO new short stories on my links page--hopefully these will all be up by March 1!

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Sunday, January 31, 2010
That time again
Where I'm stuck right in the middle of the book and feeling rather uninspired. I am hoping the pile of books I'm judging for RWA's RITA contest will help pull me out of the doldrums. It doesn't help that it's so very cold and unwelcoming outside, I've got a sore throat (on only one side of my throat, which feels odd) and am overwhelmed by life deadlines (as opposed to writing ones) such as taxes, credit card bill dates, and so forth...

Oh well, enough complaining! I just received the title of my latest book, which is going to be called The Undoing of De Luca! Does that give you a visual picture of er, something? It will be out in the UK in September 2010. And Zoe's Lesson, which is my installment of The Balfour Legacy Collection, will be out in October!

Back to the depressingly blank drawingboard...

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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Blogging
I'm blogging at The Pink Heart Society today about the actor Kevin McKidd and how characters can inspire us to learn more about the actors playing them [yes, in some circles, this is called STALKING.] I saw Kevin McKidd in the BBC/HBO series Rome, and his character fascinated me so much I decided to learn more about the actor. Check it out and you can even leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of my latest release, The Greek Tycoon's Reluctant Bride.
Isn't that the most gorgeous cover?

I'm madly trying to make up lost writing time this week, because last Sunday the ENTIRE family ws hit by the most horrible stomach flu imaginable. Every. Single. Person. And all I have to say about it is this: only the adults managed to make to the bathroom. I'll leave the rest to your imagination...

I just received two shipments of books, and I'm happy to give some away, so stay tuned for a competition to win copies of The Greek Tycoon's Reluctant Bride and Her Mediterranean Playboy!

And lastly, here's the last sentence I wrote in my current WIP: He turned, and in that moment--a single second, no more--her breath dried and her heart beat fast and she remembered how good it had been between them, how she’d laid in his arms as the sun washed them in gold and he kissed her closed eyelids.

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