Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
- Dorothy Koomson - that woman should be on your MUST-BUY list too.
- Lisa Jewell - have loved her since Ralph's Party
- Jenny Crusie - never laugh so hard as when I'm reading a Crusie novel.
- Marian Keyes & Jodi Picoult (although I haven't read their last two books as I'm not reading nearly as much as I'd like at the moment).
- Heidi Rice - nuff said :)
- Kelly Hunter - I bow down!
- Bronwyn Jameson - always a keeper.
- Sarah Mayberry - GOLD
- Anna Cleary - unputdownable!
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
One Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
The Boss’s Christmas Fairy
His Christmas Dream
Her Christmas Wish
A Crash, A Fairy and A Christmas Baby
Yule Be Mine
I've ''bolded'' my favourites but would love some more suggestions, if anyone has any they'd like to add. It's a Christmas story about a boss and employee coming together after a one night stand involving a little bit of a mix-up. So, if you have any ideas, please comment.
Before I go though, the prize for most cringeworthy title so far goes to my lovely friend Nikki Logan who suggested ''Family Reception, Christmas Conception.'' BAHAHHAHAHA!
Friday, April 1, 2011
I fell in love with category romance in 2006 when a writing friend of mine and I decided we weren’t getting anywhere with our proper writing and could easily write an M&B! I’d never read one in my life – hah!! I still recall my first read ever was Barbara Hannay’s “Having The Boss’s Babies’’ and I fell in love with category romance. Since that day on I targeted Mills & Boon not because I thought it was easy – hah – but because I genuinely loved reading it.
I had some success with contests and good, encouraging R’s from eds. Then in 2008 I came runner-up in the M&B Feel The Heat contest. This led me to working one-on-one with an editor and although they didn’t want the contest book, they asked for more. In early 2009 I started “The Maverick Millionaire’s Christmas Fairy”. This partial got a fabulous response from the ed but she didn’t think that it worked as a Christmas story.
Aiming to please I did revs on the partial and rewrote the story to take out the Christmas, boss/employee hook and big family elements. I was stoked when I got revs on the full! Surely THIS was FINALLY it. Alas, I just didn’t hit the sensuality levels for Modern Heat/Riva (which I was targeting). The eventual R was nice and said nothing about not nailing the conflict, characters, etc, which gave me hope. I went back to my original version – Christmas, big family, boss and employee – and subbed the one which I believe was truly MINE to Carina.
I was stoked to get a letter from Carina saying they liked the story and would like to read it again after revs. I did the revs and then my lovely mate Fiona Lowe offered to read it. Unfortunately she didn’t say “yay, this is fabulous” like I imagined (hoped) she would. She said, it’s absolutely great to chap five but everything past that needs to be rewritten. ARGH!!! I was moving house, buying a business, how was I to do this. But somehow I did. I got so sick of the story by the end of it but I sent it off and then got on with something else.
On April Fools Day I woke up to an email from Angela James offering to BUY MY BOOK! I am so happy that Carina want to publish the story that was MINE! And I hope that many of you will enjoy reading my debut – a Christmas story about fairy costumes, night terrors and a boss-employee mix-up that becomes their HEA...