I’ve been busy, what’s new? Last weekend my friend Cheri emailed and asked if my daughter and I wanted to go and see Disney on Ice. Did we want to go? OF COURSE I DID! Growing up in a big family in England meant that exotic entertainment provided by the Disney corporation was beyond my parents’ budget.
I’ve always yearned to go to Disney on Ice so I think I was even more excited than my 5 year old. And good old Disney made sure there were plenty of opportunities for us parents to shell out another $100 in merchandising. I said no so many times I almost forgot how to say yes when she asked for some popcorn (at $5 a bag)
The thing was, she loved it…from the moment Micky and Minnie came out she was entranced, her whole body caught up in the magic. I spent half of the show simply watching her experiencing it. She danced, she shouted at Minnie to tell her about the bad guys, she clapped. It was one of those moments that as a parent you never forget.
On the Sunday, we got to visit some friends who live in Tiburon which is across the bay from San Francisco. it was a beautiful sunny day and I realized how lucky we were to have good friends and a beautiful place to live.
A week before that, we had a 4.2 earthquake and I literally split the dress I was trying on as I tried to get to my little girl who was in the bath. Earthquakes are weird. sometimes it’s like an express train thundering through your house, the windows flick flacking as the energy passes out. Other times its like a giant baby picks your house up and shakes it like a rattle. This was was a violent rattle making her bath water slosh around and all the china in the kitchen shiver and chime.
Once you’ve made sure you have emergency provisions and a plan for evacuation, there’s not a lot else you can do about earthquakes. Living in a beautiful place can have its downside as well.
Writing is going well. I’ve finally connected up some of the plot holes in my second contemporary erotic romance and I think I know how everything will tie up-and I’m only half way through the book! (plotters gasp in horror) sometimes when I wake up, little fragments and wisps of thoughts float past my consciousness and I realize they are important so I try and remember them.
This is why I’ll never be able to teach a structured class on how to write. Can you imagine it? “Yeah just write stuff and then close your eyes and all will be revealed” that would be a short class.
My first Kensington book is due in at the beginning of April. I’m just about to start the last revision-the last opportunity to make it sparkle before I ship it off. Terrified, me?
Feb is a busy month birthday-wise in my family. My niece and her father collaborated for their 71st birthday celebration. She was 21 and he was 50!
In my house, my eldest son turned 18 so technically, he is an adult. It’s weird when that happens. One minute you’re holding this tiny baby in your arms and its screaming at you and you have no idea how to make it stop, the next, its over 6ft tall, eating enough for 5 and giving you slightly patronizing hugs from above.
I can’t believe I’m this old. I’ve decided that Mr Kate must have dragged me down the aisle when I was 16. He’s not working with me on this ‘slight lie’ as he knows damn well I was about the same age as him when it happened and I don’t see him lying about his age. (traitor) But I shall continue to fictionalize my life-I am a writer after all.
My daughter turned 5 this month as well. Last Sunday I spent an excruciating three hours staring at Chuck E Cheese and his assortment of strange friends. I hope I never have to go there again. So perhaps kids growing up isn’t all that bad.
Eldest son will finish school this summer just as youngest starts kindergarten in the fall. The thought of going through elementary school again is a bit daunting. I’ve done more than my share of State projects, mission buildings, science fairs, reading logs, log house building and cooking to last me a lifetime. I suggested Mr Kate might like to take over but he just looked at me funny.
Writing-wise I’m plodding along. Still getting used to the idea of actually being a writer as opposed to a pre-pubbed. Deadlines are creeping closer and I’m typing as fast as I can. I recently signed another contract with Virgin Cheek for a second contemporary erotic romance called “Roping the Wind” which will be out in the UK in December of this year, and shortly after in the U.S. It’s tied in to the first book as the hero is Grayson Turner’s half-brother, Jay.
I also found out that “Planet Mail” was nominated for an Ecataromance Reviewers Choice award. There are a gazillion nominations but it was still a thrill to be nominated for anything! I’m hoping that EC will accept the second book in the Planet Mail series which features Sven.
Here’s hoping you are all having a great Valentines Day!
If you get a chance, pop over to the lust bites blog and enter the great Valentine’s Day Contest at http://lustbites.blogspot.com/
I’ve had a busy week moonlighting on the other two blogs I’m involved with, Lust Bites and The Spiced Tea Party which are both going very well and coping with the kids and a sick dog while Mr Kate completes his world tour of Asia. So this blog is full of snippets of interest! More from me next week when things settle down!
first up promo for a fellow author-how can anyone resist a book with the word chocolate in the title?
Dipped in Chocolate
NAL / Signet
ISBN: 0451220315 (trade paperback)
Romance has never been as temptingly sweet as it is in this trio of erotic treats from an author who knows how to seduceâ€¦and deliver.
In Gimme Some Sugarâ€¦
Jackson never realized how much he loved his best friend Alexisâ€”until her wedding day was on the horizon. Now all he has to do is convince her that their harmless kissing games over the years werenâ€™t so harmless after all. In fact, they may end up breaking his heart.
In 4 U Sweetheartâ€¦
Toni never imagined that a night of speed-dating could lead to something serious. But three minutes with the hunk of her dreams changed that. Especially after he slipped her a candy heart that said â€śPick Meâ€ťâ€¦
In Dipped in Chocolateâ€¦
Nathan wants a special delicacy for his sisterâ€™s bridal shower. He finds it in Jayla, the owner of a decadent chocolate shop. As hot as she is, Jaylaâ€™s not looking for a fling. As hot as heâ€™s getting, Nathan may have to abandon his bachelor ways for a piece of chocolate thatâ€™s a little more solid.
4 Stars â€śLuke cuts right to the chase in these three spicy novellas with interconnected stories. A common thread is the intense passion each couple inspires. If you like quick, hot and sexy reads, youâ€™ll definitely enjoy this anthology.â€ť Leigh Rowlings, Romantic Times Book Reviews
NEXT BIT IS FROM MR KATE…surprise surprise
Words Women Use: A Refresher Course for men
1.) FINE: This is the word women use to end an
argument when they are right and you need to shut
2.) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this
means a half an hour. Five Minutes is only five
minutes if you have just been given five more
minutes to watch the game before helping around the
3.) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm.
This means something, and you should be on your
toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end
4.) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission.
Don’t Do It!
5.) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a
non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A
loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and
wonders why she is wasting her time standing here
and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to
#3 for the meaning of nothing.)
6.) That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous
statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay
means she wants to think long and hard before
deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.
7.) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not
question, or Faint. Just say you’re welcome.
8.) Wha tever: Is a women’s way of saying F@!K
9.) Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another
dangerous statement, meaning this is something that
a woman has told a man to do several times, but is
now doing it herself. This will later result in a
man asking “what’s wrong”, for the woman’s response
refer to # 3.
I had a great birthday. It actually turned into a 3 day celebration due to working out schedules with the kids and Mr Kate. On the Thursday I got taken out to ‘high tea’ at an English tearoom by my best friend Lorraine. they had about 200 teas to choose from, but what did I have? Typhoo…apparently most of their Brit customers opt for the safe and boring.
Lorraine got me a fantastic Jane Austen action figure complete with quill pen desk and book! I have her on my desk, quill pointing at me to inspire me as I type.
That evening the ‘Hot Writer Babes’ came over for a crit session so I got pressies and a critique of my last chapter-what more could a girl want? I showed them the cover flat for ‘Cowboys’ and pondered how I was going to write all the books I needed to. They all offered to help if needed but unfortunately I couldn’t persuade any of them to write the damn things for me!
My friend Dana Mentink, gave us all copies of her latest book “Pi and the Fabulosa (slightly married) twenty-four hour man” It’s a wonderful quirky cozy inspirational mystery which I’m proud to say I helped crit! It’s available from The Wild Rose Press and on Amazon, so if you know anyone who likes books which are nothing like mine, please send them to Dana!
Mr Kate perused my presents and wondered yet again why women buy each other candles. I can’t explain but I love to get them. Chocolate figured highly on the list as well-I didn’t have to explain that one at all.
I finally managed to get Mr K to myself in the evening and we went out for dinner at the local Indian fusion restaurant which was also lovely. So nice to get away from the kids sometimes, although I did share my tiramisu birthday cake from Whole Foods with them later. I limited myself to 4 candles on the cake so that the fire dept could stand down.
I’m planning on spending the remainder of my birthday money on more LUSH goodies for my bath-I have to have something to go with all those candles!
My first review for ‘Antonia’s Bargain’ came through today from The Romance Studio and is was very positive. It’s so nice when a reviewer gets what you were trying to say.Fingers crossed for the rest…
It’s busy in Kate Pearce world at the moment. “Antonia’s Bargain” came out last Wednesday and I’m anxiously waiting for someone to review it. Well, review it nicely if I’m honest. I’m proud of that book and I’m hoping the people who read it will enjoy it too.
I got my author’s copy of ‘Sex in Public’ this week which is always a thrill and I was also quite surprised that I still liked the story, ‘Cowboy Up’ I wrote for it. Usually I shudder when I see something in print and realize it’s there in all its glory forever, mistakes and all.
My family are fairly used to me getting stuff published now and the adoration level, never particularly high, has faded significantly. How does Nora cope when she had six books out a year? Does she even notice? I can’t decide if I’d love to be in that position or not.
My good friend Mel Francis is now to live the dream life of a published author. She’s just been offered a contract by Harper Collins for two young adult vampire novels which look fabulous!! Mel has already realized that the glamorous life of a published author still includes trips to Walmart, washing clothes and sick kids…at least for now it does.
I sent my mother a copy of my short story ‘The Talisman’ because she insisted she couldn’t work out how to download it from the internet even if I sent her the file. I think she was quite impressed. The only thing she took exception to was my description of the jam being thin because she said after the war, everyone made their own jam and it was always good. (I stand corrected on the jam front) Mr Kate pointed out later that as sugar was still in short supply, making jam might have been a problem-wish I’d thought of that…
But the best thing was that when my mum said she’d shown the story to at least three of her friends, I told her she was the literary equivalent of an illegal music down loader and that she was taking money from a starving artist (me). She thought that was very funny and insists that she’s going to charge all the old ladies 75p to read my masterpiece. I could do quite well out of it!
I have a lot to write now and I’m slowly getting back into it. Sven the intergalactic viking is up next!
It’s also my birthday on Friday…I’ll be oh, a year older I guess, lucky me
2 contests running on my website at the moment folks! click on the handy dandy link Mr Kate installed on the right hand side of the page (just for you Robin) and try and win!
There are three things that are a constant source of fascination to me-trivial inconsequential things, maybe, but things I strive for-the perfect shade of lipstick, the perfect handbag for every occasion and, finally, the perfect pair of jeans.
When I’m fed up I buy lipstick. It’s relatively cheap, comes in a million shades and makes me feel better than candy. Handbags are a minor (cough major) obsession of mine. I go to eBay and lust over the Lulu Guinness special edition bags and work out just how much of my advance I can afford to waste.
Jeans? I live in jeans. I’m a jeans slob. In the summer I vary my outfit into chino length jeans or a jeans skirt but that’s about as far as I take it. Of course, when I go to the RWA conference I leave my jeans behind and dress up, (this is when the handbags and lipsticks come into play) but normally I’m in jeans.
But how do you find the perfect pair? I have at least a dozen in my closet, none of which are perfect. Some come close. Some work on fat days better than others. But ladies, and gents, I have seen the future and its name is Zafu.
I’m not kidding-and no, they aren’t paying me-get this: go to zafu.com, answer a few questions about your size and what kind of jeans you prefer and it will bring up a list of matches priced from the lowest to the highest. If you like a particular pair, you can even find out where to buy them. All this is free…sometimes I love the internet.
When you’ve finished playing around on the Zafu site, don’t forget to send me an email showing your perfect pair. And then go out and buy all my books in deepest gratitude okay?
“Sex and Shopping” is released in the U.S. today! I’ll have to go and check out my local Borders and see if it’s actually in there! Of course you can also order it on amazon.
I’m not actually supposed to be here…Mr Kate and I have a deal not to use our computers over the Xmas break because we’ve been a bit overloaded and overworked this year and need to actually look at each other and converse like normal folks for a few days. So don’t tell him your saw me here, okay? (he’s busy building Star Wars lego with son #3)
Just to make things worse, Mr K got me a laptop for Christmas and I can’t use it…wah!
I had a disastrous shopping experience for him this year. I lost one present somewhere in the house cos I hid it too quickly and another didn’t arrive until today-and then it was the wrong thing-I am usually good at presents but not this year, although I think he liked his Star Wars Mr Potato Head which included Darth Tater and his Father Ted dvd’s.
I think the kids all got what they wanted. Difficult to tell with teenage boys sometimes. My daughter got so much it was embarrassing. We kind of panicked at the last minute cos we hadn’t got her anything and then went into overkill mode. But as I tell the boys, all her pieces of pink plastic only add up to about the same as one of their expensive gadgets!
I always think about my father at Christmas time. He had a habit of bringing complete strangers home from the pub to share our holiday festivities because he didn’t want them to be alone. He died eighteen years ago, just before my eldest son was born and I still miss him.
My family have so much to look forward to next year. Our eldest son will graduate high school just as our daughter starts kindergarten. I keep having nightmares that I’ll always been driving to school and then I wake up and realize it’s true! Writing- wise I have a lot to accomplish as well. But I’m not complaining…not many people get to sit at a computer and dream and get paid for it.
Sending best wishes to everyone for a great 2007!
Really delighted to get the cover for Antonia’s Bargain, my Regency-set erotic romance. It’s due out on January 10th. I think they’ve done a beautiful job. It’s subtle, dark and sexy. Who can ask for more?
It’s been a chaotic week for various reasons. My brain seems to be trying to do too many things at once (what’s new?)
On the family front, I almost managed to run my own child down when I dropped him off at school. I didn’t realize that he was still holding on to the side of the car when he bent to pick up his bag and off I went. I heard this thunking sound and immediately stopped when I realized I couldn’t see son #2 anymore. The dog fell off the back seat as I stopped so suddenly so no one was happy with me. I dashed out of the car to check son and he told me in no uncertain terms to go away because I was embarrassing him (did I mention he’s 15?)Realizing he had no injuries, I grinned at him and went to get in the car, only to notice that rather a lot of people were staring at me as if I was an ax murderer…he told me later that one of his friends said, “Dude, your mom was laughing at you.” Son shrugged and said “Yeah, she’s cool like that.”
I need son #2 to show me how to use Myspace properly. So far I have a measly 14 friends and no idea what I’m doing. Mr Kate doesn’t do Myspace so it’s back to begging help from the kids. So embarrassing.
Check me out!
I’m also way behind on the xmas shopping and still have a few cards to send across the ocean to my lovely British family and friends. The tree hasn’t gone up yet either as Mr Kate has just left for Beijing. He just called me from the plane to tell me he got upgraded to business class so he was a very happy bunny indeed!
I’m sure there is more that I’m supposed to be telling you. Ah yes! I’m involved in 2 more joint blog projects: The HEA Cafe, which is a joint blog for all the RWAOnline published authors and Lust Bites, a new blog for Virgin Black Lace and Cheek authors.
I’m a bit worried when I’m going to find the time to write these days what with all these promotional activities!
Here’s a more recent picture of Hunter-he’s such a cutie! he has the same problem as me when he’s in a photo-our big googly eyes can sometimes appear a little too googly. I’m seriously thinking of putting a photo of me up on this blog but maybe I’ll pretend I’m the dog for a bit longer-cos who could resist that face?
As I appear to be the only person who hasn’t blogged about this-can I tell you that I was offered a 2 book contract for my erotic Regencies by John Scognamiglio at Kensington Aphrodisia? He made an offer 24 hours after receiving the proposal from my oh so awesome agent Deidre Knight. Gotta love a woman who can get you an NY publishing contract first time out of the starting blocks!
Of course being as this is publishing, the opportunities for self doubt and imaginative thinking are endless-(authors are like that you know). Verbal contracts can take a while to become paper contracts or real books so I’m not expecting to see anything concrete until 2008.Can’t wait to lick the covers…
But I’m seriously delighted to have been offered this opportunity by Kensington. They really are envelope-pushers and I think my new books will fit there very well. In case anyone is worried-I’ll still be writing the futuristics for Ellora’s Cave. After all I have 3 strapping intergalactic vikings to find partners for!
More news from Michelle Buonfiglio at Romance B(u)y the Book
Hot Topic Week: Eros, Erotica, and Erotic Romance, Dec. 4-8
This week of GuestBlogs is constructed to get a dialogue going about
what erotica and erotic romance are and are not, as well as what access
to the literature has done for women who read it. Bestselling author
Ian Kerner, Ph.D. also will discuss women and sexual fantasy. Here’s the
Kate Duffy, Senior Editor, Brava/Kensington, 12.4
Adam Nevill, Author/Erotica Editor, Virgin Books, 12.5
Jaid Black, Author/CEO Ellora’s Cave, 12.6
Ian Kerner, Ph.D., Author/Sex and Relationships expert, 12.7
Emma Holly, Author, 12.8
the link is on my link page-or it’s at: romancebytheblog.blogspot
I like Michelle a lot and really appreciate the way she uses her blog to discuss these hot topics. And as I now write for Kensington, Virgin and Ellora’s Cave I feel I really should be there to share an opinion or two!