Monday, October 29, 2007
I'll be back as soon as I'm done with day two of the Dublin trip. And it was quite a day, believe me !
But if you want to know about the little friend I took on my trip with me and how Abby Green met her 'hero' Eamon, then that story is over on Anne McAllister's blog.
Back to tweaking.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The main reason for visiting Merrion Square was research for the Foul Deeds and Suspicious Deaths in Dublin book which involved phorographing a particular house. I don't know the story behind this event but no doubt I will find it out when the book is done. But at the same time I was able to wander round and spot the plaques that mark the famous inhabitants of these Georgian houses in the past - names that reads like a roll call of literature.
McDaid's played a part in Dublin's literary history as the local of playwright and novelist, Brendan Behan. McDaid's became the centre of a new generation of writers in the 1940s and 1950s who met in pubs in reaction to the quaint lives of older Irish writers.McDaid's was also the one time haunt of Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O'Brien, J.P. Donleavy and Liam O'Flaherty. It is said that Behan based some of his characters in The Hostage and Borstal Boy on publicans he met in McDaid's and Donleavy's main character in The Ginger Man was supposed to be based on McDaid's regular, Ganor Christ.
And that was day one - more tomorrow when I have 'tweaked' my Greek (large or otherwise) in order to get him back to my editor tomorrow.
Oh - and Jan, you can assure Merlin and Archer that the VICs (Very Important Cats) were well looked after while we were away. Danny from three doors down the road has been cat sitting the furry guys for the last four years or more. We're just grateful that he has a couple more years before he goes to university as they are bery attached to him and have been known to go down and bang on his window if he's late with their tea!
Saturday, October 27, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Greek Tycoon Andreas Petrakos marries Rebecca Ainsworth despite lingering accusations that she's betrayed him. But once they arrive at his private island villa, he finds that he's received incriminating evidence from the private investigator he hired to clear her name. Her betrayal is clear and for him permanent.
Now, nearly one year later after a car crash causes Andreas to loose his memory, the last mistress he remembers is the one person he wants by his side while he recovers...which turns out to be perfect for Becca who needs to find a way to ask Andreas for the money she needs to help her baby niece receive life-saving heart surgery.
The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife is everything you expect from a Kate Walker story and more. If you've read any of my other reviews of Kate's books you'll know I'm a huge fan, but I'm still amazed every time I read another of her uniquely crafted romances. Each one is better than the last, and The Greek Tycoon's Unwilling Wife is definitely no exception. If you're looking for that new twist on an old plot line, she's most definitely your gal!
Thank you Alyson - you've made my day.
Monday, October 22, 2007
And I'm going with a smile on my face and you can all say 'I told you so' - because you did. Well, those who commented did . You said that my editor would love the Black Angel - and she does. Apparently he's – dark and believable. . . wonderfully brooding and sexy. '
There is just a tweak - and it really is just a tweak which I will do when I get back from Dublin.
So with one Greek on the bookshop shelves and another one about to be scheduled, I'm feeling pretty happy and ready to relax in Dublin.
Back at the end of the week so be good while I'm gone
Saturday, October 20, 2007
So I thought I'd let my editor know. After all, she had the Black Angel on her desk and she might want to let me know what she thinks. She might want to send me revisions - the dreaded 'tweaking' that is never really just a tweak. And we usually have to turn those around pretty fast. So I emailed to tell her.
And she emailed back to say she was reading the book already and was about halfway through. Which is a comment guaranteed to send any author into instant panic. We know that editors read our books - that's what we send then in for. But ee - or certainly I - don't want to know that she's reading it right this minute. I don't want to imagine her sitting at her desk with the manuscript in front of her - reading . . .
There's some ruby match on at the same time.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
And the Spanish edition of that 50th title - The Sicilian's Red-Hot Revenge under the fabulous title of Venganza Siciliana (Sicilian Vengeance). And that cover always looks great no matter what size it is or the colour it's set against.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Unfortunately I still haven't found my copy of The Boss's Wife for a Week (and will you all please stop telling me how much you enjoyed it - you're only making matters worse!) Lovely Anne McAllister is shipping out an emergency replacement to me as I write this so I'm hoping to enjoy it very soon!). But I do have plenty to keep me occupied while I'm waiting for it to arrive.
Well, over the last 24 hours I've had proof - if I needed it - that both A & B were just what I should have said. Because while feeling thoroughly miserable and unable to concentrate on any of my own writing, I turned to my teetering TBR pile, selected a couple of books - and settled down to enjoy myself.
I know that Natasha has had some really tough times in her personal life recently but she's a strong lady, who's continuing to write through all that life throws at her. And when she writes lovely books like The Tycoon's Princess Bride, I know that I'm goping to be right there, first in the queue for the next one she brings out.
And talking about writing through the tough times - if you get a minute, then go over to the Pink Heart Society's blog today and read the inspiring, uplifting post by Day Leclaire - then make sure you click on the Breast Cancer site icon in the sidebar (or you can use the one in my sidebar instead.) Regular readers of this blog will know that I'm already a great fan of Day's books - and this post will show just why I admire her as a woman too. And I will have Day's The Billionaire's Baby Negotiation on my TBR pile just as soon as the postie gets it to me.
There are some really great books out right now - I just wish I had more time to read them!
Monday, October 15, 2007
Practical stuff like doing the umpteen batches of washing that have piled up while I was concentrating. (I swear they've bred. There's no way the BM and I have worn all those clothes in such a short time!) or restocking the depleted fridge and larder - the cats were going to leave home if they didn't have something tasty very soon. And they didn't mean the frog that Spiffy brought in and dumped in his food bowl as a hint.
Then there was getting to know all over again the man who lives in this house and who I've spotted around the place when I grabbed some food or fell asleep. He's been finishing a book (or two, I think - I've lost count!). This guy says he's my husband and a Babe Magnet too - so I thought I'd better spend some time with him.
And then there were the critiques I had to write - for the RNA's New Writers'Scheme and the Romance Junkies Writing Contest. And the updates for the web site . . . It's interesting but I can write a book and a blog but somehow writing a critique leaves me with no ideas for what to say on here. So I wrote lots of objective, assessing words and had nothing of interest to say when I'd done. So that's why I've been a bit slow about blogging in the last few days - nothing to say.
Now all those bits and pieces are off my desk and I'm coming back to thinking about the blog again. I hope that I'll have more to say now that the admin things are done.
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
But I have to blog today to mark the birthday of the inspiration that is Hugh Jackman.
12th October 1968 is the date that Hugh Michael Jackman was born and as the recent annual Hugh Jackman Fest on the Pink Heart Society, and the following report on the Legend that is Hugh-in-a-towel that followed, shows this is an auspicious and important date in the catalogue of inspirations to many many romance novelists the world over.
So Happy Birthday Hugh - and thank you for all those wonderful ideas! And as Anne McAllister says, if a picture paints a thousand words then I can go about my even more busy day today secure in the knowledge that I have 4000 brilliant words on my blog at least!
And it will have brightened the day for many visitors today too.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HUGH!
Monday, October 08, 2007
Now I have the updates on my web site to complete (I've done some but more are needed) , the course in Fishguard to organise, lots of letters to catch up with and a TBR mountain to scale. The problem there is going to be which book to open first . . . Anne McAllister's The Boss's Wife For A Week - Jodi Picoult (I have 3 on my TBR pile)- Abby Green The Kouros Marriage Revenge - The House at Riverton - The Story of You . . . I need to read my fellow tutor at Fishguard's (Jane Jackson) novel Dangerous Waters before I see her again - Kate Hardy says this is a wonderful read so I'm looking forward to that . . . and oh I'd love to reread some Mary Stewarts (Reread! Kate - are you crazy? I don't have time to read the books I've been given!)
But first I need some sleep . . .
Then it's the TBR pile and the TDL (To Do List!)
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
If you live in the UK, on voting, if you leave your name and contact details you will be entered into a prize draw and may receive an invitation to a grand finale event in February 2008, at which we hope you will have a chance to meet the winning writer.
To participate in this poll, you must submit your ballot of up to 100 romances, in ranked order, no later than midnight, October 31st. You must include your name and email address for your ballot to be accepted, although we will never use either.
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
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- Tweaking Greeks
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- Making mistakes - and important matches
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- Lost for words . . .
- Catching up with books
- Happy Birthday Hugh!
- Bye Bye Black Angel . . .
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