Monday, July 26, 2010

A Fool's Gold Wedding

Susan Mallery's Fool's Gold website really makes the small town feel like it exists. I want to visit! The latest thing is that she posted an article with pictures from Josh & Charity's wedding! (Josh and Charity were the hero and heroine of Chasing Perfect, the first Fool's Gold book.) If you click on the magazine, you can even flip through the pages. Fans of her Marcelli series will be excited when they see the wedding gift featured on the third page of the article.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Coming in September 2010 - Mills and Boon Looking for Authors

In September 2010 we launch a global search for fresh writing talent to join Mills & Boon's galaxy of romantic fiction stars.

A celebration of romantic fiction and romance, New Voices will put entrants through their romantic fiction paces - and we want the Mills & Boon readership to have their say every step of the way!

The winner of the competition will win some fantastic prizes, including publication by Mills & Boon and a Mills & Boon editor for a year!

Pop back for more information on this exciting competition - and how to get involved - right here from 1st June 2010...

To see what Mills and Boon currently have on offer go to

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Meet Author Maisey Yates - Mills and Boon and Harlequin Presents Debut Author

Maisey Yates Bio:

I always knew that I wanted to be a writer, even when I had no idea what I wanted to write! From the moment I first learned how to form words with a pen I was writing stories.

Even when I wasn’t writing seriously, I was harassing my friends and relatives with nonsensical email stories starring them and various characters from Lord of the Rings.

I was distracted from writing for a while between college and meeting the man of my dreams, my own personal tall dark handsome hero, and getting married and starting our family. Then, when I was pregnant with our second child I picked up my first romance novel.But it was when I found my first Harlequin Presents at a thrift store that I really fell in love with the genre. And that was when I knew what I wanted to write.

Nearly two years after writing and submitting my first ever full manuscript I got The Call from Harlequin Mills and Boon. I am truly happy to say that I am now a Harlequin Presents author!

I live in the wilds of Southern Oregon with my gorgeous, diaper-changing husband, our two little boys, our baby girl, and our anti-social cat.

Maisey's Website

Daring proposal.....

When Elaine gives her business presentation to Marco De Luca she thinks she can be cool, calm and collected. She's wrong! The fierce tycoon can see straight through her shapeless suits and scraped-back hair to get right under her skin...

Ruthless awakening!

She may have proposed marriage as the perfect business arrangement, but suddenly Elaine's not quite so confident. Marco's made it clear that he's no modern man- if he takes a wife, he wants a ravishing beauty by his side, obedient and willing, day...and night!

Read a few reviews on the Mills and Boon website


I would like to welcome To Romance Author Buzz, debut author Maisey Yates who writes for Mills and Boon Modern and Harlequin Presents. His Virgin Acquisition will be released in the UK in August 2010 and North America October 2010.

Maisey: Hi, Marilyn! Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to me!

Tell us about your Call story.

Maisey: I had gotten up early and was barely conscious when I decided to check my email. I had a message from my editor, asking if today would be a good time for her to call me and talk about my manuscript, and if I could send her my phone number. So with very shaky fingers I emailed her back and said ‘Yes, please!’ and at 8 am on December 1st, I got offered my very first contract! There was much jumping up and down, which was quite a feat since I was eight months pregnant at the time. (my editor was only thankful she hadn’t put me into labor!)

What is your writing style like?

Maisey: I think I have a more informal writing style. I like dialogue and I love a little banter between characters. I like humor. I think life, and love, always need a little humor.

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?

Maisey: I’m this weird plotter/pantser sort of writer. I like to have certain things plotted, especially the central conflict of the characters, but sometimes as I’m writing they take me somewhere I didn’t think we were going. And that’s always fine with me!

Describe a day in the life of Maisey Yates.

Maisey: Oh my…busy! My oldest son is nearly four, then I have a two year old boy and a two month old baby girl. I try to start early so that I can check my email and get all the business that happened overnight taken care of. (I’m working with the UK office and those time differences make it interesting!)

Then the kids get up and things get pretty crazy from there.

After my husband gets home I turn off the Internet so I don’t get distracted and settle into some writing time. Then one of us makes dinner, maybe, and we all spend the evening together. After that I usually try to squeeze in more writing before bed.

And sometimes even the dishes get done!

What are you currently working on?

Maisey: Right now I’m doing revisions for my third book, which features forbidden love and a very sexy sheikh, and a princess trying to escape her arranged marriage. I’m absolutely loving it. I also have a new project in the works that I’m pretty excited about.

What suggestions would you have for beginning writers as far as "breaking into the business”?

Maisey: Write. Write and submit. Writing is as much about discipline as it is about talent. I write every day, even when I’m not ‘feeling’ it. If you want to be in the writing business, then you want writing to be your job, which means treating it like a job. A job you love, the best job in the world, but still a job.

Be willing to make the changes the editors ask for and try to find some objectivity when looking at your own work. Remember that editors want to get the best out of you!

Who is your favorite author?

Maisey: Oh my! That’s really hard. There are so many authors that I like. Miranda Lee introduced me to Presents, and my first ever category romance was a Silhouette Desire written by Heidi Betts. I still love their books! They were the ones that got me hooked on romance! Sarah Morgan is always a must read for me. Lisa Hendrix, Sarah Mayberry, Lynne Graham, India Grey, Penny Jordan, Trish Wylie…(see, I could go on!)

What are you reading?

Maisey:I'm reading The Billionaire's Blackmailed Bride by Jacqueline Baird at the moment

What is the best part for you of being an author?

Maisey: Writing is what I love to do, and the books I love reading most are Presents. So to have that as a job is just mind blowing to me. I’m still in shock, I think.

When using a locale in your books which you’ve never visited, how much research to you do?

Maisey: Well, this is a pretty big thing for me, because I haven’t really been to a ‘Presents locale’. I like to research enough that I have a sense of where I am, I don’t like writing blind, which is where Google Earth really comes in handy. But I don’t want to sound like a Guide To Hawaii, so I try to keep the trivia facts to a minimum. One big thing I like to know is how places smell. Weird, I guess, but I like to incorporate more than just sight into building a scene.

Tell us something about yourself that we might not know

Maisey: My husband, who is tall, dark and handsome (though unfortunately not a billionaire!) was my boss. So Presents.

Maisey, thanks so much for spending time at Romance Author Buzz and giving us a chance to get to know you!

Maisey: Thanks so much having me! I had a lot of fun. But then, I liked talking almost as much as I like writing…
Happy Reading, everyone!

In honor of Maisey's first published book, Romance Author Buzz will giveaway a $10.00 Amazon gift card. This contest is International. Please don't forget to leave your email address. To be elegible to win, go over to Facebook and or Twitter and follow Maisey and come back here and tell me what you've done. Again, congratulations Maisey!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Q&A With Author Julia London and Contest

Official Bio

Julia London is the New York Times and USA Today best selling author of more than a twenty romantic fiction novels. She is the author of the popular Desperate Debutante and Scandalous historical romance series, as well as several contemporary romances, including American Diva, the very popular tie-in novel to the daytime drama, Guiding Light: Jonathan’s Story, and the upcoming Summer of Two Wishes

Julia is the recipient of the RT Bookclub Award for Best Historical Romance and a four-time finalist for the prestigious RITA award for excellence in romantic fiction. She lives in Round Rock, Texas, with her husband. To keep up with all the Julia London news and excerpts, please visit Julia's website.

One Season of Sunshine Book Description:

Should some questions be left unanswered?

Adopted as an infant, Jane Aaron longs to know the identity of her birth mother and why she gave her up. Her only clue is the name of the small Texas town where she was born, so she's come to Cedar Springs for answers.

Handsome ad executive Asher Price lost his wife, the beautiful, mysterious Susanna, in a terrible car crash eighteen months ago. When he hires Jane as the nanny for his two children, sparks fly. Jane finds herself falling in love with both Asher and his children, but begins to suspect that Susanna was not the perfect mother and wife the family portrays her to have been.

As Jane gets closer and closer to finding out the truth about both her own and Susanna’s past, devastating secrets begin to emerge that may be more than anyone can bear. Will the truth bring Jane and Asher closer together or tear them apart forever?

Julia, welcome to Romance Author Buzz. Is there a back story to One Season of Sunshine?

Julia: Thank you so much for inviting me! I am happy to share this book with you. There isn’t really a back story to ONE SEASON OF SUNSHINE. It takes place in Cedar Springs, where SUMMER OF TWO WISHES was set, but it is not a sequel. However, the reader will see some familiar characters. Basically, the idea came to me when I read a story about a woman who had been given up for adoption at birth, and the only thing she knew was that she’d been born in Texas. She had come to Texas to just feel what it was like. I thought it was remarkable that she would cling to something so vague about herself. It made me wonder what it would be like to not know some very basic information about me, and the concept of not having that history of person intrigued me. So the book started out as a woman’s search for her identity, but it turned into something more than that. It turned into a novel about how the past influences all of us, no matter what you may or may not know about your beginnings.

Do you plot your stories or let your characters lead you?

Julia: I start with a very basic plot outline and go from there. I wouldn’t say the characters lead me. In the first draft, it feels like I am dragging them along with me, but by the second draft, they are established and it’s easier.

How long have you been writing and what was your call story?

Julia: I have been writing about 13 years now. I have a Cinderella story—I was one of the lucky ones who happened to be in the right place at the right time. The first book I wrote was a medieval romance. It was too long and too rambling, but I discovered an awful lot about sustaining a story over dozens of chapters. So I threw that into the closet and wrote Devil's Love, my first book, then went and got a book (How to Get Published, or something like that I found at the bookstore) and followed the instructions. I sent a query to four agents simultaneously, and landed one within a week. I had a contract for two books with a real New York publisher two weeks after that. I knew nothing about the industry or even the romance genre, and everything happened so quickly that I wondered if perhaps it really wasn't very hard to get published. I know now that I was very lucky to hit an agent and the market at exactly the right time with the right book. I am truly humbled by my great dumb luck and eternally thankful for it.

What are you currently working on?

Julia: A LIGHT AT WINTER’S END, which is another book set near Cedar Springs, and features the husband Macy did not choose in SUMMER OF TWO WISHES (if that sounds Greek to you, I urge to you read the book. I am really not being coy; if someone hasn’t read SUMMER OF TWO WISHES I don’t want to spoil it!). A LIGHT AT WINTER’S END comes out in March 2011 and is about a woman whose sister puts her in an extraordinary situation, then disappears, and the lone cowboy who arrives to help her.

Of all of your characters, do you have a favorite you identify with, and why?

Julia: Oh, I identify with so many of them. I guess fresh on my mind is Linda Gail, a recurring character in these Cedar Springs books. She’s kind of nosy, and so am I, which is why I like ridiculous shows like the Real Housewives franchise. It’s like looking in people’s windows. Linda Gail likes to be in the loop, and in my personal life, I’m a bit like that, too. I would much rather get out and run in the neighborhood than on a treadmill because I like to see what people are doing with their yards, with their houses, how much houses are listed for if they are for sale, etc.

What is the best thing about your job as an author? What is the hardest thing?

Julia: The best thing is getting to do what I love, on my terms, in my own house. There’s not a better job on the planet, I don’t think. The hardest part is being disciplined enough to make deadlines and promote my work. I’d much rather be watching The View or shopping. I love what I do, but it is a job, and I have to treat it like one.

Describe a day in the life of Julia London

Julia: Well, I live in Texas, so I get up with the sun and walk the dog before it gets too hot. I get the kid off to school, then come home and run, when it’s already too hot. Then I get to work. I try to divide the day so I am spending a couple of hours doing things like this interview, email, and keeping my Facebook and website pages moving. Then the rest of the day I try to shut all that out and write. I used to have more freedom than I do now—just because life intervenes—so I try and write so many pages a day to keep on track. They don’t have to be good pages. Just pages. Then, my husband comes home, the kid comes home, everyone is hungry, the dog wants another walk, and before I know it, it is time for Real Housewives and I quit for the day.

What is something you definitely want readers to know about you?

Julia: Hmmm…that I try to strike a balance between pushing the envelope with each book and meeting reader expectations. I want every reader to feel like they know what sort of book they are getting from Julia London, but at the same time, I want to try new and different things. I am learning about the craft all the time and trying to improve what I do.

When the time comes for you to retire from writing, what would you like your readers to remember most about you and your writing?

Julia: I hope they remember the books. I hope they believe they got good books from me throughout my career and miss them.

What are you currently reading?

Julia: Jane Slayre, by Sherri Browning Erwin. It’s a wonderfully witty re-do of Jane Eyre with zombies and vampires and werewolves. She’s incredibly funny. Great book!

Before I let you go is there anything I forgot to ask that you want fans and readers to know?

Julia: Only that that I hope they will visit to read more about me and the books, and that they can find me every day on Facebook and Twitter and my website. I like to stay in touch with readers, so please visit me at any of these places (links to Facebook, Twitter, etc., are on my website).

Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me!

Julia: Marilyn, thank you for inviting me! I appreciate the opportunity to talk to your followers.

CONTEST FOR US RESIDENTS ONLY: The Publisher is offering two copies of One Season of Sunshine. To be eligible, follow Julia on her Facebook Page here or on Twitter here Don't forget to leave your email address. Plus, I would encourage you to stop by Julia's website as she's having an incredible contest there as well.
Thanks to AyeletGruenspecht at Simon and Schuster for this great contest which will end July 31st.


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