Monday, September 30, 2013

The Little Things

Little things have kept me rather busy lately! Last week I worked away on doing some revisions on TREASURE ON LILAC LANE, as well as some tweaks to my next book for HQ American. Then I took a few days off - not that I relaxed much. But I did laundry and cleaned my house and wrote a bit on my next book for Harlequin and ran some errands and just generally did odd jobs and de-stressed. This week I am working away on the book, and getting my hair done, and gearing up for a busy weekend as both my kids are in tournaments on the weekend. Still, it was good to take time to enjoy some of the little things, and I wrote a post about that over at The Chocolate Box today. :) Happy Monday.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Goodreads Giveaway for A CADENCE CREEK CHRISTMAS!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Cadence Creek Christmas by Donna Alward

A Cadence Creek Christmas

by Donna Alward

Giveaway ends October 31, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Please welcome a debut author - Sophie Pembroke!

Thanks, Donna, for having me here today!

I don’t know about the world where you are, but here in England summer is officially over. In the space of about a week, we’ve gone from glorious sunshine and sundresses to biting winds and winter boots. (How very British of me. Donna invites me over, and all I talk about is the weather…)

Actually, I’m not complaining too much. I’m nice and cosy in my study, wearing my favourite jumper. In fact, I’m working on a Christmas story right now, so the change in the weather is rather appropriate. Usually I’m writing about sizzling heat waves in January, and snowstorms in July. Still, I’ve been listening to festive tunes while I write for three weeks now, and I’m about ready to give them a rest until December.

But this season of mists and mellow fruitfulness (or, here, rain and soggy leaves) does mean that we’re heading steadily towards winter. And, more importantly, the best time of the year for romances! What can beat a snowbound story, or a new family around the Christmas tree, or a race to be with a loved one for the holidays? They’re my absolute favourite kind of story, so I always get excited when they start to hit the shelves. (I’m waiting very impatiently for Donna’s A Cadence Creek Christmas!)

This year, I’m more excited than most. My own debut novel for Harlequin Romance, Stranded with the Tycoon, has just been released this month - a little early for the Christmas market, perhaps! But it does begin just a few days before Christmas and it features a snowed in cottage in the depths of Wales, sticky toffee pudding and the very attractive Ben Hampton.

Here’s a little more about it to whet your appetite:

The man who sees her beauty…            

Ben Hampton is the last man in England that workaholic historian Luce would ever choose to be stranded with. Tall, dark and infuriatingly arrogant, he’s also a reminder of her not-so-glorious romantic history—something she’s spent the past few years burying herself in work to forget.

Hotel tycoon Ben knows there’s fire behind Luce’s buttoned-up exterior, and fanning its flames is an irresistible temptation. Luckily, getting snowbound in the countryside gives him the perfect opportunity to tempt out the real Lucinda Myles!

Stranded with the Tycoon is a Romantic Times Top Pick. It’s out now in North America and Australia, and will be released in the UK in November – just in time for Christmas!


Buy Links:

North America:

Amazon US
Amazon Canada


Boomerang Books


The Book Depository

Me Links:

Website & Blog:
Twitter: @Sophie_Pembroke

Monday, September 16, 2013

Woop woop!

Congrats goes out to Cate Sparks, who won a copy of THE SWEETHEART BARGAIN by Shirley Jump by entering one of my newsletter contests this week.

I'm over at The Chocolate Box today blogging about titles, and a weird connection between a reprint I have out now and a couple of books that were out in 2012. That reissued book is also #13 on the NYT list for Sept 22nd, so I'm pleased as punch.

What's up today? Starting a brand new book! I'm doing a trilogy for Harlequin American, and my editor needs to see a first chapter and a synopsis very soon-like. :) Otherwise it's the usual - laundry. It's the chore that never ends.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Being lazy

This week has been an odd week. After the euphoria of finishing and delivering my book last week, I marked this week for admin. However, on the personal front it turned out to be quite stressful. STUFF happened. It was mostly overcast and bleary. I think I have PMS. Let's just hasn't quite been The Brady Bunch around here.

By the end of yesterday we sort of turned a corner. Then this morning I finished the admin on my list with the exception of writing blog posts for promotion I've set up for my next release. The admin included the task of loading QuickBooks, entering all my info for the year-to-date, and then adding in the receipts etc. for the last two months. It was worth it when I got to see the pretty Profit and Loss Statement. It also included doing an Art Fact Sheet, filing, paying my quarterly taxes and organising all my author copies out of boxes and onto the new shelving units we bought and my husband put together. My basement looks much better!

So that brings me to this afternoon. It's FRIDAY. We're feeling the effects of Tropical Storm Gabrielle (which, if I'm understanding things correctly, is now post-tropical but still dumping a LOT of rain and making it very dark in my house). I tried to come up with interesting topics for my blog posts and my mind was blank.

I gave myself a break.

Instead I finished reading WHITNEY, MY LOVE and reviewed it on Goodreads. After that I decided a nap was in order, and I took one - nearly an hour. I basically had 2 hours of selfish indulgence and I don't feel the least bit sorry (in fact I think I'm a bit proud). The kids are home from school, and the big decision was whether to make Monster Cookies today or wait until tomorrow. Tonight we are planning on watching a movie and snacking on some potato crisp something-or-others and my beverage of choice will be wine. Maybe I'll give myself a facial. :) Maybe we'll ALL do facials (well, maybe not my husband, who will probably be killing zombies or something).

Sometimes you just need a lazy afternoon. :)

Monday, September 09, 2013

Organizing (and a lot of zucchini!)

Since I handed my book in on Friday, I've been a busy girl. When I get to be close to the end of a project, other stuff falls to the wayside. I usually end up with piles of stuff on my desk and a list of admin items which require my attention.

Add into that it's FALL. In the fall I always do a nesting thing. Things need to be organized, decluttered, prepared. This was the perfect weekend for that!

I bought my niece's Christmas present which was on sale this week. I also made a lasagna to have later this week when the schedule's a bit busier - me working, one kid has team tryouts every night except Friday. I cleaned out the fridge freezer, found NINE bananas and the girls made a triple batch of banana muffins, which I mostly froze in packs of six to have for lunches. I cleaned out the freezer yesterday and took inventory of what's in there, and we also made zucchini chocolate muffins, regular zucchini muffins (we had a lot of zucchini!) and an apple tart from my last bag of frozen apples and my last square of puff pastry. It was delicious. I can't claim the dinner last night, though - I had my RWA chapter meeting and came home to a lovely meal of Orange Ginger Chicken made by my youngest.

Today I'm making homemade salsa, and as more tomatoes ripen, I'll be canning more tomatoes. I picked a full half-bushel off our plants on Friday. I also picked 13 peppers, 12 of which I diced and froze. There are more to be picked.

And I'm working off my admin list including updating my site later this morning, sending out a newsletter, writing letters and more.

And I'm ridiculously happy about it.

Do you ever go through a period of needing to "organize"?

Friday, September 06, 2013

Did you miss me?

I can't believe how long it's been since I blogged! I have a really great excuse though - I have been head down trying to make a deadline and I'm relieved to say the book is done and today all I have left to do is write the synopsis before I send it. The ending wrote up quickly in typical fashion - much to my relief because sometimes certain books don't follow the usual pattern. As I went through and did some editing and tweaking, I realized that while it was a difficult book to write, I actually LIKE it a lot. Fingers crossed my editor does too - this is my second book for Harlequin American and part of a special project going on with them. I've been working with other authors and they've all been so lovely. It's been a great way to get to know other authors in the line since I'm so new there.

The other thing that made the deadline difficult was the fact that I wrote most of this in the month of August, when everyone was home and the weather was nice! I tried to make sure I took time to pop into the pool and enjoy the sunshine too, which meant I put things like blogging on the back burner. :) We spent a few days with my mother-in-law at her new place, and then my sister and brother-in-law were here the weekend after that. It is always a blast when they visit. I got up on the Sunday morning wondering why my ribs hurt and remembered I'd laughed so hard the night before I'd hurt myself. Then, on the Labour Day weekend, I took the kids and drove up to my mom's for a few days since I haven't seen her in a long time and my step-dad's been ill. We spent a quiet few days just catching up - and I took the kids to the farmer's market which is always a good time and tough on the waistline. :)

And now everyone is back to school. I can't say I'm sad about that. I have a regular work day back. And September is probably my favourite month of the year. We're getting back to a normal schedule (as normal as it can be with extra curricular activities). I've got this book finished and am ready to move on to the next project - as soon as I catch up on my admin list of things I've let go  (in addition to this blog, lol!).

So what's new? Well, FALLING FOR MR. DARK AND DANGEROUS has been reissued as a bonus book in Diana Palmer's DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH  through the Harlequin Bestselling Author Collection. It made this week's USA Today Bestseller list and looks like it'll be on next week's New York Times list, which is very cool. If you didn't grab it first time around, you can now. :)

And now I'm off! Synopsis writing awaits so I can hit that lovely SEND button!