Monday, March 30, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
If you would like to pop over to her blog A Dangerous Diary Christine has a very witty post and clip on this outstanding novel.
Congratulations Christine and all the best of luck.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Have we, as writers, ever truly experienced a sense of powerlessness that is so overwhelming it makes us want to scream? Do we really know what it feels like to have our last breath siphoned from our lungs, or wonder if our hearts could ever exploded from beating too hard?
Today I experienced all that. It was so unbelievably terrifying and — yes — I was absolutely powerless. I could do nothing — wield no sword against this invisible enemy.
So I say - (uninterrupted) power to writers everywhere and thank goodness for the good old fashioned pen and paper.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Valerie Parv, Bootcamp 109 story structure workshop
The above quote gives some indication of the preoccupation of the 109 Bootcampers and of the wonderfully irreverent and wicked sense of humour of guest presenter Valerie Parv.
The acknowledged queen of romance writing in Australia, Valerie ran two sessions on story structure over the two bootcamp weekends. I mean, how lucky can you get?
There was lots of online chortling, snorting and ROFLs. But, when we weren’t having our way with ‘Huge Ackman’, Valerie pulled us into line and took us on a magical mystery tour of the ABC and D of story structure.
And what a trip it was, leading us to many lightbulb moments. In Valerie’s words ‘structure is not a prison or a formula. It’s more a roadmap to let readers explore the issues you’re developing in your story.’
We had to work hard for Valerie (and Huge). She gave us a challenging homework assignment and provided invaluable feedback in the second session.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
So...from everyone at Bootcamp 109...thanks for the inspiration. You’ve touched some of us more than you know!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Anne write Regency Romance novels that take you back to England and a time I’m sure I should have lived. Take some time and visit Anne’s Website or the Word Wenches Blog, were Anne and the other ladies will keep you entertained with blogs on writing and life.
These are the two latest novels by Anne:
His Captive Lady
England 1818. Harry Morant's tough exterior hides a badly scarred heart. Home after eight years at war, Harry is planning a practical, unemotional marriage. But his careful plans are threatened by an unexpected passion for an unknown lady. A lifetime of lies has brought Lady Helen (Nell) Freymore to the brink of ruin. Forced into a marriage she never thought to have, she soon finds herself powerfully drawn to this deceptively gentle soldier... and increasingly worried about his reaction once he discovers her secret.
The Stolen Princess
The first in a new series about four soldiers back from war, and forced to adapt to a new world
The estranged youngest son of an earl, Gabriel Renfrew earned glory and honor on the battlefield, but now, without purpose, he finds himself deliberately courting danger. One night he races his horse along a death-defying moonlit cliff—and stumbles upon a beautiful woman obviously in need of saving…
A princess on the run, Callie has disguised herself and her son, the Crown Prince, as commoners, hoping to protect him from those intent on stealing the throne. She has no choice but to trust the handsome ex-officer who’s come to her rescue, even when he insists that only a marriage of convenience will provide her the ultimate protection. Can
Also by Anne Gracie:
The Perfect Kiss
To rescue her friend . . .
In three years on the marriage mart Grace Merridew has never met a man whose kiss stirred her senses. So she makes plans for a life of adventure instead — to see the moon rise over the pyramids of Egypt and dance amid the marble ruins of Greece. But first she has to help a friend...
. . . she must enter the lair of the Wolfe.
Grace’s timid friend is being forced to marry Dominic Wolfe, who stands to inherit a huge estate when he weds her. The Wolfes have a terrible reputation, and if there's one thing Grace cannot stand, it's a girl being bullied. When her friend begs for help to escape the marriage, Grace agrees to act the plain and mousy chaperone on their visit to the groom-to-be. But when they arrive nothing is as they expect, and Grace soon finds herself being pursued by a big bad Wolfe — with strictly dishonourable intentions...
The Perfect Stranger
They vow to love, honor and cherish ... and then get to know one other...
With her signature spirit, Faith Merridew has left everything she’s ever known for the man she thought was the love of her life. Instead he leaves her name—and dreams—in the dust. That is, until she crosses paths with Nicholas Blacklock, a Waterloo veteran, who offers to save her reputation with a marriage of convenience.
A hardened soldier, Nick hides a deadly secret—and tries to keep Faith at arm’s length. But even though Nick can command legions of men with a word, his orders go sweetly ignored by his convenient bride. And as they come to know one another more deeply, she brings out in him things he thought dead: gentleness, laughter…and love…
The Perfect Waltz
Hope Merridew dreamed of dancing the perfect waltz with the perfect man — and he's not the tough, dark stranger who has come to London to court another woman. Only how can she resist him? Sebastian has his own demons: a dark past to come to terms with and two desperately needy little sisters to care for. For their sake he must resist Miss Hope Merridew — but can he?
The Perfect Rake
She ran from a brute...
Fleeing the harsh guardianship of her grandfather, Prudence Merridew escapes with her beautiful younger sisters to London. One of them must marry—and fast. To act as her sisters' chaperone, Prudence invents a secret engagement to a reclusive duke... But when the duke arrives unexpectedly in London, she needs his help to avert disaster....
into the arms of a rake
Aristocratic Gideon, handsome, rakish and with a strong frivolous streak, casually hijacks Prudence's game, awarding himself a stolen kiss or three along the way. Used to managing sisters and elderly men, Prudence is completely out of her depth with a charming, devious and utterly irresistible rake. And her plot goes terribly—if deliciously—awry...
Kate Farleigh was absolutely stunned when her refusal to accept Lady Cahill's offer of "charity" resulted in her being swept away in her sumptuous carriage. But the real reason behind the older woman's antics became stunningly clear upon meeting Lady Cahill's enigmatic grandson, Jack Carstairs.
Wounded in the Peninsular War, disowned by his father and dumped by his fiancée, Jack had shut himself up in his country estate, but Kate had no patience with such behaviour. Suddenly Jack found himself with a purpose, trying to steer clear of Miss Farleigh's attempts to interfere with his chosen lifestyle. Why, if he wasn't careful, Kate just might succeed in her attempts to make him want to rejoin the human race!
Miss Thalia Robinson, a destitute orphan, was fortunate that cousin Laetitia allowed Tallie to look after her adorable three children. Life was bearable because Tallie lost herself in daydreams, but the arrival of a house party to aid Magnus, Earl of D'Arenville, to find a wife, turned her world upside-down.
Magnus's cold facade had been pierced by a delightful small girls, and he'd decided he wanted children. For that, he needed a wife. But things didn't go according to plan, for Magnus was so taken with Tallie's loving treatment of the children in her charge he ignored the debutantes and decided she was the one he would marry...
An Honorable Thief
When Miss Kit Singleton's arrival in London coincided with a spate of robberies from members of the ton, Hugo Devenish couldn't explain why he suspected the innocent-looking beauty. But when the clues added up, Hugo knew his instincts had been right all along. Kit had to cease this dangerous game immediately!
Only for Kit, it wasn't a game; she'd made a sacred promise to avenge her papa's honour. Surely Hugo could understand that she mustn't break her word - even to please the man she was falling in love with.
A Virtuous Widow
It is almost Christmas, 1816, but there will be no feasting and family celebration for Ellie Carmichael, an isolated young widow, left destitute when her husband committed suicide to avoid his debts. All she has is her beloved small daughter, four year old Amy, who has never accepted her father's death, and puts a candle in the window "to guide my papa home".
One bitterly cold night, a stranger collapses on Ellie's doorstep, a man with no boots, no memories and no name, a man who swiftly enchants Ellie and her daughter alike.
Now Ellie must protect her daughter, her virtue and her heart from the stranger, for who knows what his secrets may be...
Thank you Anne Gracie for your time and help.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Christine writes Regency Romance Novels and at the moment she has two novels released with a third one due for release 7th July 2009.
An earl of debauchery:
Sebastian Laidley, the sixth Earl of Carleton, is solely committed to his hedonistic lifestyle, until he makes a promise to his dying godfather. He must find his childhood friend Gemma a husband in three months – or marry her himself.
A lady of dubious virtue:
The daughter of a notorious seductress, Gemma Maitland has the body of a siren but a mind for more practical matters. Snubbed by Society, she has just one ambition: to run her grandfather's estate.
A passion that begs to be unleashed...
To find Gemma a husband, Sebastian lures her to his estate under the guise of helping with his sister's wedding. During the festivities, there is no shortage of men vying for Gemma's hand, much to Sebastian's dismay. Gemma has always been in his heart, but when she turns her wiles on him, she burns her way into his soul...Dangerous Duke:
She seeks justice. He, revenge. And they'll never guess what they'll find.
A Daring Diary:
Trapped in a loveless marriage, Lady Kate Fairchild found refuge in her diary, scene of her fantasy affair. And now, even though her husband's death has set her free, no suitor can thrill Kate quite like her phantom lover – until a duke with a murky past sears her with his gaze...
A Dangerous Duke:
Maxwell Brooke, Duke of Lyle, is hunting the arsonists who killed his family – and Kate's brother knows where they hide. But when jailing him proves futile, Max kidnaps Kate, demanding as ransom her brother's cooperation. Still, Max never counted on Kate's rapier wit and heated kisses – and soon, desire wars with duty, even as real danger stalks his captive lady...
A Delicious Deceit:
When Kate threatens to publish a tell-all diary if her brother remains imprisoned, Max hopes to protect her from the powerful men she intends to expose. Stealing the diary, he spirits her off to a country estate. But the diary is nothing like he expected – and when Max discovers Kate's sensual secrets, he can't resist exploiting them in every way...
Wicked Little Game
Release Date: Coming in July 7, 2009
He'll win her at any cost...
Available for pre-order on Amazon.com
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Yes, it is with thanks to her that I am powering with my writing at present.
The result - WOW!
I was there, shivering with Verity, caring about the ‘bitter cold leeching into her’ and feeling her loss (hmm, emotional grab – better write that one down as well).
I sensed the tension and wept with her. I was totally engaged as a reader (hmm, engage the resder -- better write that down, too).
His Lady Mistress is an amazing read.
If you love beautiful prose you must read His Lady’s Mistress.
For those of you who don't know Karin, she writes steamy, cop-inspired romance as well as historical romance. She's also known for her wonderful 'First Line' contest (see http://www.karintabke.com/blog/?p=594)
For more information on Karin, you can go to her website at http://www.karintabke.com/index2.php or her blog http://www.karintabke.com/blog/index.php.
Thanks again for all your help, Karin!