I just had the humiliating experience of being sat down at my computer by my 14 yr old son and instructed in how to upload and download songs for my ipod…he was very snippy with me and apparently I don’t take instruction well. In the course of his tuition I accidentally deleted the link to my ipod by doing the classic ‘what does this button do?-click’ resulting in another ten minute lecture from my tutor.
Worse still, Mr Kate came along and the pair of them stood talking about my technical limitations over my head (literally.)Mr Kate even had the nerve to suggest that I am technically challenged!!

Okay it wasn’t as bad as the cell phone diatribe I had to endure a few weeks ago when the 14 yr old shouted at me for at least 15 mins about how my habit of not turning on my phone was not funny-it just showed how immature I was. He even showed me how the volume control worked and that having it on one didn’t help. (I didn’t even know where the volume control was) Funny how I hear my own voice coming back at me sometimes…

Anyway I’m still full of beans about the book sale and wondering how I’m going to adapt the website-somehow I don’t think drawing a cowboy hat on my beautiful Regency lady will hack it somehow? So that means yet more technical discussions with Mr Kate and 17 year old son who will again fix me with those withering looks when I don’t understand what they are talking about.

I think I’ll just get back to the writing part.


I just sold another book!
To Virgin Black Lace, Cheek imprint!!
It’s a contemporary erotic romance about a cowboy who gives up a successful business career to live out his dream and a city girl who is still trying to live hers.
Wow-I almost wrote a high pitch concept there-although the editor called it ‘Dallas Meets Pretty Woman’ which is also ok with me. Well actually anything he says is ok with me because he bought the book!
it kind of has two names at the moment: BRANDED and WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE? Not sure what it will end up with.
More details when I get them
Kate- off to smile at everyone she meets

What kind of candy heart are you?

Your Candy Heart Says “Get Real”

You’re a bit of a cynic when it comes to love.

You don’t lose your head, and hardly anyone penetrates your heart.

Your ideal Valentine’s Day date: is all about the person you’re seeing (with no mentions of v-day!)

Your flirting style: honest and even slightly sarcastic

What turns you off: romantic expectations and “greeting card” holidays

Why you’re hot: you don’t just play hard to get – you are hard to get

That’s not very romantic is it?? and I write romance novels!!

Interview with an author

This post is all about Shelley-Hi Shelley, thanks for popping in!
She has some great advice about loving what you write and how to change sub-genre and continue to be successful during your career. (Personally, I need all the advice I can get.)

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1. When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

About halfway through college, I decided that being a romance writer would be a dream come true. I had really just discovered reading, and was enjoying devouring romances, one after the other. One day, I had this idea–and I’d toyed with the idea of writing a book earlier in life–but this idea was so vivid. So I sat down and started. I had no idea what I was doing, but I was loving it. I eventua! lly sold that book!

2. How many books did you complete before selling?

4 – three historicals and one contemporary. I sold them all except the contemporary. It’s somewhat short and sweet and hopelessly out of date now. I wrote it about 12 years ago, and times have definitely changed!

3. You’ve written in different sub-genres-did you deliberately choose to change your focus or did the market dictate your choices?

It was a deliberate choice. I took some time away from writing after some really hard and heavy deadlines. When I came back, all the voices in my head were contemporary, saying very now, almost chick-lit things and experiencing very today thoughts. I had this idea that eventually became my current release, BOUND AND DETERMINED, and off I went…

4. How do your family feel about your writing?

They are used to it. My hubby married me,! knowing I intended to write. I sold my first book when my daughter was an infant, so she’s never known anything else. They’re pretty good now about leaving me to my deadlines when it’s crunch time, and I try very hard to balance my life so they don’t feel ignored.

5.What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given?

Don’t love writing or having written; love what you are writing.

6. Who are your favorite authors and why?

Dara Joy for her out-there innovation.
Christine Warren for her sexy fun.
Lisa Kleypas for her characters and poignancy.
Lora Leigh for her pure power intensity.

7. Any advice for aspiring authors?

Perseverance more than talent will help you succeed. Keep going!

Birthday’s come too often these days

My birthday arrived, as it always does, in the middle of January, when I can’t think of anything I specifically want as a gift, because we’ve just had Christmas. But this year, I was focused. I knew what I wanted-a new leather jacket.(the cleaners did something weird to my last one)

The only problem was that I ended up taking my 3 year old and my 14 yr old to the mall with me. Between my little one running away and hiding amonsgst the coat hangers and my 14 year old with that ‘just pick one anyone right?’ face, I nearly gave up the search. But I found a soft longish leather jacket with a zipper and no buttons. it’s also insulated which will be good when I go back to England for my sister’s wedding later this year. (see previous posts for complaints about the British weather)

My mother sent me a wonderful book for my birthday called “The A-Z of Regency England” If you write Regencies like I do, you can check exactly where your characters might have lived and roughly how long it would take them to get anywhere. It’s totally fascinating if you are a research geek like me.

I also got a fascinating non-fiction book for Xmas about Georgette Heyer: “Georgette Heyer: A Critical Retrospective” by Mary Fahnestock-Thomas which is a collection of reviews and articles about the very secretive author of over fifty Regency novels. It was interesting that some of her books were reviewed in such a patronising way that I was wincing. Obvously not a lot has changed at to reviewer’s perceptions of romance!

To wind down this blog, I’m also reading: “The Inheritance of Loss” by Kiran Desai and “The Secret History of the Pink Carnation” by Lauren Willig. Both very good so far.I like to read a variety of styles and genres to keep my brain fresh.

Writing wise still waiting to hear on a lot of things. But I have started writing Gideon’s book and I’m so inspired that I’ve even done a collage for him for my writing group.(another great idea from Cheri!)