Friday, December 30, 2011

Exciting News

After months of submitting all over the place have had two requests for full Manuscripts.

And wouldn't you know it both publishers are requesting the same book! It appears Murphy's law is a live and well.

The request is for the manuscript highly commended in The Clendon Award which is another affirmation that competitions really do pay off.

So It's back to the keyboard and my editing.

A great way to start the New Year.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas--Done and Dusted

Xmas Elf, Leo with Great Grandpop and Anne

Charlotte and Elizabeth Check out the goldfish pond
Christmas is now a happy memory... we had a fun day with lots of family, lots of food and much love and laughter. The weather co-operated with a lovely 24 deg C day.

It was great to see the great grandies growing like little mushrooms, exploring and happy.

My heart goes out to the people of Christchurch...after thinking the worst was over the city was rattled by three big earthquakes on Christmas Eve....not the Christmas Cantabrians were wanting. Facing more damage, liquifaction, stress and heartache.


My kindle has been put to good use. I've downloaded several books and it's so neat to see a new book by a favourite author, buy it with one click and start reading it minutes later.  No rushing off to the bookstore or having to wait until it appears on shop shelves "down under". And often they takes ages of arrive and quite often  booksellers here think they are not a goer and we never see them at all.

And this burns me no end...to hear about a good read and not be able to get it without paying three times the value of the item in postage.

My latest read is Kris Pearson's second book.  And this is an author who is guaranteed to deliver a fabulous romance every time.  Below are the links  for both new books from this author.

The Wrong Sister - http://amzn.com/B006MZH7XU

Seduction on the Cards - http://amzn.com/B006FEABQS

Now that Christmas is over I have to finish the revisions on my WIP and soon it may be my book link here for readers to enjoy.

So after the holiday...it's back to hard work.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Book List

The best advice given to writer is to read. What have you been reading lately?
I've always been a voracious reader and my book list for the last month.

Seduction on the Cards By Kris Pearson....I gave this a 5 star review on Amazon

Lessons in Seduction by Sandra Hyatt....I shed a tear reading this one...the last book by a dear friend.

Two Brothers by Christine Wolfer...I gave this a 4 star review.

Chase the Moon by Dinah McCall. This is one of my all time favourite reads.

On a Wild Night by  Stephanie Laurens one of her Cynster Regencies.

I have several other book on my TBR pile...no wonder my revisions are taking so long.

Any book recommendations always welcome. I love gritty stories...not so much the vampires

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wow! Santa & the Birthday Fairy

Being a Christmas baby I've often felt short changed in the celebration stakes.

Not this year.  My wishes have been well and truly heeded. I am now the proud owner of a Kindle eReader. And I'm now able to download so many yummy books.

My bedside table will never look the same....no more piles of books in danger of toppling  over or collecting dust bunnies

So what have I downloaded first: One of my all time favourite books:

Chase the Moon by Sharon Sala writing as Diana McCall.

And because I like variety I downloaded a book by a new author.

Seduction on The Cards  by Kris Pearson.  http://amzn.com/B006FEABQS

Wow! What a sexy, explosive  story. I couldn't put it down and I found myself reading into the wee small hours.

Kris, a born story teller, and finalist in The Clendon Award run in conjunction with Romance Writers of New Zealand, has ventured into the world of self publishing on Amazon.

This beautifully formatted and edited book is a joy to read.

Set in New Zealand this is the story of a compulsive gambler who falls for a man, the son of a gambler, whose philanthropic bequest is aimed at helping problem gamblers, like Kerri. But the sexy French hero is hiding a few secrets of his own.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a great read by a compelling new voice. It is a fun read, with sometimes serious undertones.
Her second book is just as compelling:
The Wrong Sister by  Kris Pearson http://amzn.com/B006MZH7XU

My next download will be another superb New Zealand Author  Diana Fraser   The Italian's Perfect Lover  http://dianafraser.net/dianafraser.net/Books.html

I am so looking forward to being able to download and read many more of these wonderful books by great storytellers who have fallen through the cracks of the traditional publishing world.

Do download this one, you won't regret it.

Ah, I can't wait to download more books by new authors and lose myself in great new voices of authors who dare to be different.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Revision versus Editing.

Finally.
It's done.  How many times do we say those fatal words?  When I sent out a manuscript  to an editor recently it was returned, but the editor requested I revise the manuscript and resubmit.
Wow. A rejection with the possibility of acceptance if I revised it?

I was like any two year old,  excited and yet ready to throw a tantrum. A friend pointed me in the direction of a book by Theodore Cheney. Getting the Words Right.


And I discovered a whole new way of editing. Instead of regarding it as drudgery I looked on it as a chance to strengthen an already good story and make it even better. I identified weak passages where  the intent of a character was not clear and during this revision, rewrote and strengthened those areas.
I found and deleted redundancies that previously escaped my notice.

The difference to the manuscript is incredible.
And to quote Cheney, "The reader won't know or miss that unnecessary thread you've pared away from the whole.  And in pruning the wordy underbrush a reader can see the stature of the trees.

I would recommend this book to anyone.   Along with a hefty dose of courage to put his advice into practice.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Christmas Comes in Summer

Once again December has dawned with hot, sticky weather.

And once again we're bombarded with images of Christmas lights, snow scenes and adverts with people singing Christmas carols wrapped up in winter gear and mufflers...and I feel a dose of heat stroke coming on.  When I look at old photographs of pioneer women, in neck to ankle gowns, and see those large families sitting down to huge roast turkey and plum puddings, I can truly sympathise.

Now those of us who live in the Southern Hemisphere, are a little wiser: Our Christmas menus are more suited to our climate. barbecues and salads, or cold cuts make a lot more sense. And the deserts: pavlova, fresh fruit salad  and ice-cream have replaced the heavy steamed puddings.  Decadent and Yum.

I vividly recall a conversation with a new New Zealander who was mourning the missing smells and scenes of an English Christmas. And I sniffed and smelled new mown hay, blazing sunshine, fresh mint peas, fresh dug potatoes... and assured her it smelled exactly like Christmas.

But some things don't change regardless of the hemisphere we live in. Families. Midnight carol service, Christmas trees,  fun and laughter.   I have two things are high on my bucket list... to see snow falling...and to experience a white Christmas at least once in my lifetime.