Friday, August 20, 2010

Join Robyn Grady at WRQF!

I am beside myself with excitement to have one of my very favourite authors joining us at Writing Romance Question Forum tomorrow 21st August 2010. Who is this author? I hear you ask. None other than Robyn Grady, author of both Harlequin Mills & Boon Modern Heat and Silhouette Desire! Robyn is a very prolific author who started writing for Silhouette and Harlequin in 2007 and 2008 respectively. In only three years, she's written around twenty category romance novels. (pause for awed gasp)

I just love this author. I'd blindly buy anything she writes. That doesn't sound like a big deal but believe me it's big for me! I can honestly say I only do that for a couple of authors. Not only is Robyn talented, she's also down to earth and one of the sweetest people I've ever met.

Please don't miss you chance to ask this wonderful author your questions about writing the Modern Heat or Desire novel.

If, like me, you love to relax with Robyn's books, here are a few of her new ones for you to check out!

Since Blogger won't co-operate and let me place purchase links in the covers, you can visit Robyn's website for purchase information.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Heard From HMB

Well it's been a while since I sent the requested complete MS of Zach's Rebound Girl (aimed at HMB's Modern Heat series) to Harlequin Mills & Boon. To say I fully expected an instant reject would be putting it calmly!

I heard from the Modern Heat senior editor last week and to my immense surprise, she gave me wonderful feedback, mentioned that if I revised Zach's Rebound Girl,  she would be happy to assess it again!

I'm juiced and petrified all at once! Afraid to make a wrong choice and excited to finally get so close to a contract offer from Harlequin Mills and Boon. If I manage to get my secondary characters under control, fix the things the editor suggested and am offered a contract, it would be a twenty-year-long dream come true. 

Twenty years sounds like a long time when I look at it but, in reality, Zach's Rebound Girl is only the fifth MS I've subbed to HMB--I pouted a lot and for a long time between each rejection! My advice to any writer targeting a specific market? Don't get so disheartened that it takes you over twenty years to reach the same place many authors do in two, three or six years.

Pouting is bad!!

To begin with, after reading the revision letter several times, I couldn't settle on the right direction for ZRG. I mean, cut the secondary character scenes and you have to change quite a bit of the story's direction.

I think I have a handle on where I'm taking Zach and Maddie now so my head doesn't hurt half as much any more.

Thanks for dropping by, I'm off to duck back into revision mode.

Will continue to keep you posted on the Zach's Rebound Girl journey.

Bye for now x

Saturday, August 14, 2010

R.I.P Daddy

In loving memory of my DAD who passed away on August 1st 2010 from throat & lung cancer. He is being laid to rest today, 14th August 2010.

Daddy, I know you're in Heaven, I saw you sail there. How amazing that your crossing would be by the means you loved best! I'm grateful for the time I had with you and for the opportunity to tell you I love you one last time.

Rest in peace, Daddy—my friend, my hero, my dad with the ever-present playful smile and naughty sense of humour. We will all miss you!

Until we meet again, I know you'll be watching over us.