Spring has finally arrived and I’m buried in work! It’s been almost two months since A Risk Worth Taking released and now that the blog tour has finished, I’ve been hiding from Twitter and all time-sucking cyber places! My deadline for the final Red River Series book (Evan’s story) is fast approaching-less than three weeks! During that time, I’m also expecting edits on my second Red River Series book (Jake & Claire’s story). As soon as my book is handed in on May 15th, I’ve got to dive right into another manuscript that I’ve barely started, and it’s due in July…so it’s going to be pretty nuts around here! On top of all that, I’ve also just handed in a project for my agent to review…it’s something really special to me, and I’m not really sure where I found the time to get it done, but I did!
I’m so happy it’s Spring…kids have been sick so many times this winter and it feels like we’ve had very little down-time. I’m looking forward to getting together with friends, barbecues, and warm weather…and writing!
This time, last year I hadn’t sold my first book yet.
Next week my second book, A RISK WORTH TAKING (the first in my RED RIVER SERIES) will be published. I have to pinch myself. It’s amazing how much can change in such a short period of time. If someone had told me last year that by this time I would have sold 6 books to Entangled Published, Indulgence, I wouldn’t have believed them. The amount I’m learned this last year has been huge. The people I’ve met and worked with-so talented. I feel so privileged and honoured that I get to work with truly awesome talent at Entangled. And I’m so touched by the readers that have reached out to me since THE BILLIONAIRE’S CHRISTMAS BABY was released-thank you, thank you, thank you. A dream come true.
I can’t believe it’s almost release day This book is so close to my heart, and I feel like I truly know the hero and heroine-Holly and Quinn. Quinn is one of my favourite heroes-he’s the man who will be there for you no matter what. One of those guys who is so loyal and so dependable that you’d never question whether or not you could count on him. We all need people like him in our lives-and he’s exactly what my heroine, Holly needs. She’s loved and she’s lost…but when she goes back home after being away for so long, Quinn is there. Quinn is home to her, and this time there’s no running from him.
I truly hope you like reading about Quinn and Holly and their journey to happily ever after…I can’t wait to share this book with you!
Oh, and I just saw my cover-GORGEOUS!!!! I can’t wait to share!!!!
Can you tell I’m just a *little* excited?!! I’m so pleased to finally share my cover with you!!! I have been staring at it all weekend…I think Entangled did a gorgeous job with it, don’t you?
Jackson Pierce didn’t make his fortune entertaining every half-cocked idea, especially one involving diaper changes. Running a software company takes dedication, and not even a cute brunette who seems to think he has something to do with the baby in her arms can crack the band of ice around his heart.
A baby on the doorstep is the least of Hannah Woods’s problems—she has to find the baby’s uncle and convince him to adopt her. If she doesn’t, the baby will end up in foster care, and she can’t let that happen. Armed with formula and a tin of cookies, she sleuths her way to the reclusive CEO’s doorstep only to find six feet of holiday sexy—and a door slammed in her face. But when Jackson comes around and urges they marry for little Emily’s sake, Hannah finds herself falling for the jaded billionaire and wishing for a holiday miracle of their own…Available now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Thank you so much, writers and friends who have shared this journey with me. You’ve all had so many kind and wise words to share with me and I know I couldn’t have made it without all your support. And, I know this isn’t an Oscar speech, but I do have to give a huge thanks to the awesome people at Entangled. I had no idea how much work went into preparing a publishable book. The editors I worked with were just unbelievably talented and generous, and I’ve learned SO much. All right, cue the music, my speech is done…and now I’m so excited to share this book with you!!! This book is close to my heart-and those of you who followed my journey, know how special it is to me.
Welcome to the “Next Big Thing” Blog Tour – I was thrilled when fellow romance writer, Rachel Lyndhurst tagged me to continue the chain – be sure to read to the end of my post to check out the three great authors I’ve tagged next!
Okay, so the idea is we talk about our current or next release…which means I get to talk about my very first Indulgence release-which comes out next week!!!!
• What is the title of your latest book?
The Billionaire’s Christmas Baby
• Where did the idea come from for the book?
This is a hard question for me because my ideas truly come from everywhere. My friends and family know that I am a complete Christmas-nut. November 1st all the Halloween/fall stuff gets taken down and I start with the Christmas decorating. It’s never too early as far as I’m concerned! Living in Canada makes it a little easier to go all-out Christmas in November since Thanksgiving is long gone (October). Every year, I see the magic of Christmas, so it’s very special for me to have a Christmas book be my first release ever.
• What genre does your book fall under?
• What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Hannah Woods would be played by Ann Hathaway and Jackson Pierce would be played by Christian Bale. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes
• What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?
Yikes! One sentence? OK, here goes: A Marriage of Convenience story that catapults two unlikely people and an abandoned baby together during a blizzard, forcing them to overcome their past to fight for the promise of the most powerful love.
• Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
This book is published by Indulgence, an Entangled Publishing imprint. It’s represented by Nalini Akolekar of Spencerhill Literary Agents.
• How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I wrote the first draft of this book in about two months. But it underwent a major overhaul-a few times over!
• What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Ack! This is a tough one! I find it hard to compare books to each other since every author puts their own spin in their own voice. Hmmm okay if I had to guess…marriage of convenience with lots of funny banter so maybe The Marriage Bargain by Jennifer Probst, and the family theme and setting in Shirley Jump’s Family Christmas in Riverbend…
• Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Christmas and snowstorms! I love a good snowstorm in the winter, so the idea of trapping a man who hates everything-Christmas with a woman who loves everything Christmas seemed like fun. Throw in an abandoned baby and that marriage of convenience, and it sounded like the perfect recipe for a Christmas miracle.
• What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
It is a story about second chances and people overcoming traumatic pasts in order to truly move forward and embrace love. It stars an alpha, a strong, smart heroine and a baby that desperately needs a family. Humor is also really important to me-especially when dealing with some heavy topics. So hopefully this book will provide you with some laughs too!
To see what some of my writer friends are doing, I’m going to tag:
First off, Happy Canada Day! Hope all you fellow Canadians had an awesome day…I celebrated with Tim Horton’s, of course!
My MIL came over to help out with the kids, so I was able to catch up on laundry and do some major cooking and then freezing. DS helped me and rolled out a bunch of meatballs all by himself. They look slightly crazy, and I wouldn’t say they’re exactly round, but I’m not complaining! I’ll take the help!
It was also a super productive weekend writing-wise, and I really needed that, coming off last week. I managed to ‘almost’ finish up the partial and tweak the synopsis for the proposal I’m going to send my editor at Entangled this week. I’m going to read it over one or two more times and that’s it, then I’m hitting ‘send’. I’m really excited about this book and at the same time nervous. It’s set in France and has a lot more glamour than the last three books I’ve turned in. The last three have all been set in small towns. This book also has more external conflict than I’m used to, so when I look it over again, I’m going to really try and focus on whether or not I have a good balance. It feels like there may be too many moving parts to it. Or that may just be because I usually don’t write this way. Hmm. I’ll have to figure that out.
So tomorrow is still a holiday down here. I’m hoping I’ll be able to get some more writing done before my MIL leaves tomorrow night, so I’ll be in good shape to start the week. It’s going to be another busy one…
This past week has been filled with ups and downs.
The week started with a bang, as DS was officially on summer vacation. It was slightly-no-extremely-louder than usual around the house. So loud and disruptive in fact, that DH who works from home is now looking for an office outside the home. Seriously. This was only Monday.
I took the kids to our favourite farm, where they got to feed the animals, eat freshly-picked strawberries, strawberry muffins (well, DD chucked her strawberry muffin at unsuspecting passerby) and I got to browse the charming little store.
DS is officially registered in his new “big-boy” school for September where he’ll be entering grade one.
Wednesday night, I received a phone call from my agent. We touched base on what I was working on and I was able to ask her about a long-term project that I’ve had on the back of my mind (I’ll fill you in on that later). And then she also gave me some really exciting news from my editor at Entangled, which I can’t share just yet. That news totally made my night and I can’t wait to share the details when I get them!
And then Thursday happened, and that’s when everything got derailed. I took my parents to meet with my father’s oncologist. My father has been dealing with prostate cancer, and while his prognosis is excellent, the doctor is recommending a round of radiation therapy. This news kind of took us by surprise. But it’s something that was looming on the horizon, and now we have to deal with it. Sooner rather than later. So the next day, it was back to the hospital to start the ball rolling. Radiation will start in July and it’s 5 days a week for almost 8 weeks. We do have a lot to be thankful for, the doctor is very certain that this course of treatment will be able to eradicate the cancer.
DH and are I trying to figure out the logistics. While we both have flexible work schedules, if we take time off during our work day, it just bleeds into all other part of our downtime. I think I will end up taking one kid with me to the hospital to drive my parents. Time at the hospital should be around 40 mins total we’re told. So, all in all it will probably eat up about 2 hours of every weekday for the 8 weeks. And while this is going to be a crazy summer, it feels so good knowing that we can help my parents, and that my father’s prognosis is so good. Hopefully the side effects will be minimal and we can keep him positive and happy.
Saturday was spent trying to get a handle on the house that once looked like a house, but has now succumbed to the chaos that has become our lives. By the end of the day though, it was looking like a home again. Then DH got my shiny new blog up and running-what a guy!
The week didn’t end there, of course. Today I was supposed to go to a bridal shower for a dear friend of mine and as I was getting ready, DH came down with a horrible, horrible migraine. He lost sight and everything. So, as badly as I felt for cancelling last minute, I had to. I stayed home with the kids while DH crashed upstairs. DS and I ended up baking some chocolate chip cookies together.
And well, speaking of roller coasters, tomorrow we’re heading out to Canada’s Wonderland…let’s hope that’s the biggest ride we’ll have to deal with this week.
I can’t believe I’m writing this…it’s official, contract’s been signed…
I’ve sold 2 books to Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence Line!!
This is a dream come true, and I can’t believe it’s actually happened…
My first book “A Family For Christmas” (not sure if that will be title or not) will be out THIS year!!!
The second book, “The Best Man’s Baby” (again, not sure about the title) will be out sometime in 2013. This book is actually the second in a series and the partial for the first book, has just been approved…so I’ve got my work cut out for me!
Both of these books are so important to me and were such emotional ones to write. I’ll post details about each of them soon!
I still have to pinch myself. I’m about to join some fabulous authors, and I’m about to be a writer for a fabulous publisher…
I can’t believe I’m here, writing this post…thanks to all of you for your love and support, xo.