Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Lovers' Lies my latest release

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For single mum, Victoria Scanlan, a visit to the luxurious country house of Darkhaven, is a rare chance to combine work with pleasure. If she can secure the commission for the flowers for the upcoming society wedding it would be a huge boost for her floral boutique.

Arriving at Darkhaven, Victoria is stunned to discover the groom, banking tycoon Keir Donovan, is the man she knew as Seth Donahue, her young son's father. 

Wealthy and powerful Keir, after a lifetime of being betrayed by every
female in his life, has settled on a calm future with the glamorous Davina Strathmore. Davina has her own reasons for accepting Keir's pragmatic proposal and she sees Victoria as a threat to her plans.

Victoria knows she has to tell Keir about their son, but decides to wait until they're no longer visitors in the Donovan family home, a decision she quickly comes to regret.
This decision is a mistake and it's too late to go back and start over. A lie by omission is still a lie, and after a lifetime of being lied to, Keir's has no tolerance for lies…

 Lovers' Lies









Friday, September 14, 2012

Changes are in the wind

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There is an old proverb that goes something like this; The only constant in this world is change.

And change is indeed in the wind for me. Im finding it increasingly difficult to keep up with my blogs and the changes needed on my website as well as concentrate on my writing.

So I've employed a web designer to streamline my online presence. We are aiming for an early to mid October  launch.

My blog will then be located on my website along with all the information about upcoming books.

I am in the process of making decisions.
  1. What look am I aiming for
  2. What shall I include
  3. What shall I leave out.

The only thing definite at the moment is that I want a NZ theme. I am honoured and feel blessed that I live in such a beautiful country.


The edits are coming along nicely for Lovers' Lies.

This book started life as my entry into the M&B New voices 2011. And after taking all the comments of readers on board as well as comments from my critique partners and beta readers it has morphed into  Lover's Lies.    

Here is a preview of the cover for Keir and Victoria's story.

Once this book is up then I need to finish the edits on

One Hour To Midnight and finish writing the third book in the series

The Mulleins of Katherine Bay.

With this workload ahead of me it makes good sense to streamline my website so I only have to deal with one site instead of three.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Nalini Singh and the rewards of belonging to a writing fellowship

NYT selling author Nalini Singh
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Yesterday I joined fellow writers of the Coast To Coast chapter of Romance Writers of New Zealand  for our monthly meeting in Hamilton.

The Coast to Coast group covers the geographical area from the Bay of Plenty in the east, Hauraki/Thames/Coromandel in the north, through the Central North Island and as far west as Waitomo/King Country and south to Taumaranui.

Many of our members have to travel a considerable distance to attend meetings which makes it all the more special when we get together.

Yesterday our guest speaker was New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh

Nalini talked about a variety of topics, the business side of writing, and an overview of the promotion seminar she attended at the RWA Annaheim conference in America.

She stressed the importance of promotion and discussed the merits of maintaining a consistent internet presence. We were advised to sort out our websites....the link to my website is on my blog.

A website is the first and most important tool for promotion for a professional writer.  Then she advised us to choose two or three types of social media, hand waves madly here... twitter handle is 
And Facebook!/pages/Shirley-Wine/286187614776117

So I guess I have them covered.
Nalini also asked us to remember when using social media, to be kind and generous towards others.

Nalini gave us an insight to her heavy workload and the challenge she faces to keep it all in perspective. The major point she rammed home again and again; First you have to write the books.   And then you have to keep writing and treat your writing professionally; work regular hours/word counts.
And for all those doubters who claim you can never make a living as a professional writer she said, "That's strange I have morning tea regularly with five other authors who make a living at writing."

For me, it was wonderful to meet up with Nalini and her wonderful mother, Oosha.

I have known Nalini since she was a struggling wannabe writer and now she's an Internationally known author.  And she's still the same warm, generous person.  

This is one of the real joys in belonging to Romance Writers of New Zealand. We can share the joys, the setbacks and the triumphs of our fellow writers.

It is a pearl beyond price.