Monday, 29 August 2011

Juggling Bananas

Which seems more apt than oranges, considering I'm on an island that basically consists of a volcano and banana plantations and, as I've recently discovered, some really weird laws (it's illegal to swim in your pool after 8pm and you can only drive once you've turned 23)

I've got a heck load of online commitments, blog posts, etc for my September release, have just received edits for my February release and, somewhere inbetween, would like to keep the wip moving along. I know some authors have got this balance down just right, writing in the morning and edits in the afternoon and promo in the evening. Usually I'm good at multi-tasking, but generally not when it comes to writing, so this is going to be fun!

Not that I'm complaining, it's been my lifelong dream to have a wip wedged between a new release and edits on an upcoming release. Feels like I've got a career plan and that it's on track, now I just need to figure out how to execute it. Wish me luck :)

Friday, 26 August 2011

Dusting off the blog

Yes, I'm still on vacation, but I've gone one week with extremely limited on-line time and while it was a great catchup with reality, I'm back and I'm participating in Rachael Harrie's Third Writer's Platform-Building Campaign.
This promises to be a great way to meet other bloggers with similar interests and build social media friendships and there's still time to join if you're interested.
This is the first time I've done anything like this, but I'm really looking forward to build my blog's awareness a little as well as interacting with others out there in the writing world.

Monday, 15 August 2011

Loading up my Kindle

It's that time of the year again. We're off to Teneriffe on Friday for our summer vacation. That's two weeks of beach and sun, and two weeks of dedicated reading. Yummy!

So I'm loading up my kindle...

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Sweet as Sin by Inez Kelley
Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien
Intertwined by Gena Showalter
Dead Iron: The Age of Steam by Devon Monk
Sex, Murder and a Double Latte by Kyra Davis
Boomerang Bride by Fiona Lowe

That should get me through the first week :)

This is the first holiday where everyone in the family has a kindle. My kids read almost as much as I do, so now I'm off to have some fun with all the extra packing space in our suitcases

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Keep it Complex, Simple

I've been hung up on the plot for my contemporary wip. Thinking I was going off on a tangent and making it all too complex, I've spent the last few days mulling over ways to simplify motivations and the backstory between heroine and hero.
But today I had a breakthrough- by introducing 2 new levels of complexity, everything fell into place and sorted itself else. Just a reminder that living life is complex, tangents come at you out of the blue from all angles all the time... it's a lot harder trying to simplify our character's lives than making them real 3D people with all the fears, faults and chaos of life

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Some Cover Loving

for my @CarinaPress September release. Second Guessing Fate is a romantic comedy, so I love the flirty feeling...

Can She Outwit Fate?

Gemma is on a collision course with heartbreak. At least, according to the fortune-teller her best friend drags her to see. Gemma doesn't believe a word of it, but when other predictions start to come true, she begins to suspect that gorgeous, gray-eyed Nick is the man foretold to break her heart before she can find her soul mate.

Too bad she's never met a man she's wanted more, because now she has to get him to dump her before she falls too hard.

Nick has plans of his own. He's ready to settle down with Ms. Right, and everything points to the beautiful Gemma. He's determined to prove to her that he's the perfect boyfriend—even if she does seem to be trying her best to scare him off…