Waiting for "The Call"

“Honey, it’s always crap. Every book I write is crap. It’s my job to fix the crap afterwards,” according to Nora Roberts. Well, I've got it half right. Still working on the "fixing it" part. "Trust your characters to be complex enough and to have enough emotional baggage. Force them to make hard choices." Advice from Michelle Styles that might help!

Modern Heat? Pass me a fan! July 18, 2009

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9781408909386_Outside_Front_Cover_00000000-145-231-24-jpegOh my, I have just read a brilliant Modern Heat!

I know, I know,  I’m supposed to be working on editing Luk and Emma. But I can claim it as research for my story.

I was looking for a file I wanted and saw my e-books, figured just one chapter of this one wouldn’t hurt, would it? Then, drat her for writing so well, I read straight through until I finished it. A fab example of the perfect use of very strong yet simple internal conflict.

It was a June release here in the UK, Heidi Rice’s Hot-Shot Tycoon, Indecent Proposal

A delicious Irish hero, the deepest most emotional (gave me a pain in my chest as I read it!) yet 100% believable internal conflict I think I’ve ever come across, a funny feisty heroine swept off her feet into a new world of wealth and glamour, and red-hot sensuality. Hoo boy. What a mix!

Could just be my new measure for the ideal MH story.


New Harlequin/Mills & Boon comp! July 6, 2009

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There’s a new Modern/ Modern Heat/ Presents contest for first chapter and synopsis just announced on the Mills & Boon and I Heart Presents  sites. Click on the words Mills and Boon for the link to the UK site, or on I Heart Presents for the information there.

The closing date is not til November so plenty of time to get the new story done for it even after I mess around for a while with multiple versions of Luk and Emma!




I hope I can write better… May 18, 2008

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… than I can take photos, ‘cos these are lousy photos of a wonderful bunch of women. They all look much better than this in real life, promise!

Suzanne Clarke, fab Harlequin Mills & Boon editor; Natasha Oakley and Kate Hardy (standing), and Trish Wylie and Kate Walker (seated), all fab writers. At the Mills and Boon Centenary event at the Lincoln Book Festival. A great evening with lots of laughs!

I will write more about the day soon, and the workshop with Kate Walker, but right now Gabe is calling, 6’3″ of sexy muscular Irishman. I need to finish reading Trish’s “Claimed by the Billionaire Bad Boy” – it is hot, hot, hot! I can see why the tagline for the Modern Heat series is “sizzling, stylish, sensual- the ultimate temptation”, as this story certainly lives up to that promise.