Friday, November 26, 2010

Contest - Win a Copy of Kate Walker's 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance

Thanks to author Kate Walker and her publisher, for those of you who answer Kate's question at the bottom of this post, you'll have a chance to win a copy of this informative guide.

It all began with an Instant Message conversation. I was chatting with Dee Tenorio, one of the hosties on the eHarlequin site. She was still unpublished then – this is going back years . We were talking about writing and as I’d read some of her novels I’d asked if she’d ever thought of writing for Presents. This took the conversation on to The 10 Most Important Things about Writing for Presents. I don ‘t remember much detail about that discussion, but I do know that the top three of that Top Ten most important things were:

Characters
Emotion
And The Question Why?

Sometime later I was asked to do some writing workshops. I do some regular teaching here in the UK, at Writers’ Holidays and at festivals and of course the RNA Conference. This was an internet workshop with a writing group based round eHarlequin. Now where had I put those Top Ten Most Important Things? After a quick hunt I found them again, realised that really, they weren’t just for writing Presents but, if looked at within the guidelines of each line, they applied to all romance writing. I also wanted to make the Top Ten the Top Twelve, and then I used those twelve points for the workshop, which was a great success. Suddenly I found that people were asking me for the details of the ‘twelve points’ – but I realised that just giving them the points without any explanation wasn’t exactly helpful. For example, how do you define the difference between sensuality and passion? Or what exactly is that ‘vital vulnerability?’ And don’t people get all conflicted about conflict? So I put some of the details – this was a very very shortened form of the workshop – into a pamphlet and had that printed to use when I was teaching.

It was that pamphlet that I showed to a publisher when he asked me if I’d write a ‘How To’ book on writing romance. It needed a lot of expansion and detail, but the basic skeleton of the book was there. Could I write the whole thing? At the time the publisher was known for his educational text books, they had a set format, lots of bullet points, were like revision aids and quite frankly they were rather dry. I wanted my book to be different. I wanted it to be as close to coming to one of my writing weekend workshops as it was possible to be. I wanted it to be like a conversation, as if I was – as I had been doing in the original IM conversation – chatting with the reader about writing. And most of all I wanted it to be a workbook.


That had been the important part of the original workshop. At the end of each session, I had given the students a set of questions relating to the topic we’d dealt with and then added ‘Something to Think About’ and ‘Something to Write About’. Because the best way to put something into practice is to write about it yourself. And in the workshops everyone had said how useful they found those sessions. So they went into the book too.

The very first edition of Kate Walker’s 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance was first published in July 2004. As it was produced by a very small UK publisher, that first edition was only originally on sale in the UK, in a very small print run. But I was thrilled to be invited to the Romance Writers of Australia and RW New Zealand to talk about it and teach workshops based on it. It was while I was in Sydney that I learned that the book had been awarded the Best Book for Writers by the Cataromance web site. By 2007 that original print run had sold out and the publisher asked for a new edition. Obviously some of the details were out of date some lines no longer existed, others had new names, new guidelines. I also decided that if I was going to bring out a second edition, it was going to be an improved and expanded new edition as well as a revised one. I know a lot about writing romance but there are some things that only the authors who write for specific lines really know about.

And so I decided that the best way to make the book even more helpful would be to include advice from the horses’ mouths so to speak. Only I didn’t call it that – I called this new section From The Authors’ Desks. I sent out questionnaires to lots of my wonderful friends who write romance for many different lines – and 21 of them answered. So the second edition was not only revised and updated, it also had 40+ pages extra with advice and tips from 21 currently published authors. And at last I was able to see an American version of the book made available to order in USA bookshops.

Now that 2nd edition has sold out and I’ve been working on a 3rd. The third reprint of the 12 Point Guide To Writing Romance will be published on October 30th, with copies in America for November. There’s also exciting news of a possible Kindle edition coming up so watch this space or – rather, watch the Writers page on my web site. This one has just been brought up to date with the new names for the lines in the UK – nothing stays the same for very long in the romance writing world! At least in publishing it doesn’t – but if you want to write romance, then that’s a different matter. If anyone asked me today what are the three most important things to consider when writing a romance – then I’d still give the answer I gave to Dee, possibly ten years ago.

And Amy did ask. When she asked me to write this post, she asked me for my Top Five quick writing hints. So – well you know what the Top three are:

1. Characters - You need believability, motivation, feelings, a past, a life, relationships, passions, family… you need to know your hero and heroine really well, get deep into their character so you can show what motivates them. Without that they will just be a one-dimensional figures. Your novel can stand or fall on the character of your heroine A sympathetic, interesting heroine, one the reader identifies with and cares about, will hold her attention to the very last page.

2. Emotion – as the great Emma Darcy once said, consider the emotion that can be shown in any scene – and then double it! The reader picks a romance because she wants an emotional read. So from the start your reader is looking to enjoy and experience the emotions of your characters along with them. To achieve this, you need to get your reader involved with your characters and their situation/problems. It’s all about the emotional journey they make through the book. As the editors are always telling us – emotion is non-negotiable. Write from the heart.

3. The Question WHY? The most important question to ask when writing any sort of fiction is Why? Why? makes characters into rounded people with layers and depths to them. It gives them an inner character as well as the one dimension that appears on the page. Why? helps you understand their pasts, their hopes, fears and dreams. If you know why any of your characters behave as they do – and why it’s the only way they can behave in the circumstances then you will be able to draw out the emotion that your story needs and that the reader wants to read.

4. Conflict – Most people, when they hear about ‘conflict’ in a book, think of fights and arguments and battles. I prefer to call conflict the problem that stops your hero and heroine getting together. Conflict is important – without it, you wouldn’t have a plot – nothing to keep your characters apart – and moments of conflict and their resolution bring about that emotion a romance needs. But conflict has to be worthwhile – it has to be something that would really matter, something worth taking the risk of losing the love of your life for. Conflict doesn’t come from a complicated plot with lots of external problems put in the way of your hero and heroine but from deep, heartfelt emotions (there’s that word again!) So keep it simple but dig deep – as deep as you dare!

5. Vital Vulnerability - Total perfection isn’t appealing. It can be scary. It can be unbelievable. When you are creating a hero and heroine you want to create realistic people who are believable and sympathetic so that the reader will relate to them. That vulnerability will give more emphasis, more edge to the emotion and the conflict.

And one more important hint – one that isn’t exactly about writing but what you should be doing before you put your fingers on the keyboard. One thing I always say is – read, read, read. I know that a mistake I made when I started out was that I didn’t read enough romance and so I didn’t have a true sense of what sort of books were being written. The only way to get a real taste of the line is to read extensively – and read as many different authors as you can. Read what is being published now – not what came out five, ten years ago. Romance is a living genre, it grows, develops and changes – make sure you know what the editors are buying now.

What about you? What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever been given? Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Kate Walker’s 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance!  Don't forget to leave your email address  for a chance to win a copy of Kate's book.  Drawing will be on December 31st.

Kate Walker, Harlequin Presents author and author of Kate Walker’s 12 Point Guide to Writing Romance


The above post was aired at IHeart Presents, October 2010.  Here's a very nice review of the book


Monday, November 22, 2010

Sabbatini Brothers Trilogy - Melanie Milburne

This was posted this am on  Tote Bags 'n' Blogs.. I absolutely cannot wait for this triology!

I am pleased to introduce you to the first two books of my first ever trilogy for Harlequin Mills and Boon Presents: The Italian Sabbatini Brothers.

Book One is Scandal: Unclaimed Love Child
Book Two is: Shock: One Night Heir
Book Three is: The Wedding Charade

I am eagerly awaiting the cover for Book Three but I adore the first two new look ones from the UK.

Writing a trilogy was a wonderful experience as it gave me the opportunity to link characters between books, delve a little deeper into family issues and get to know the differences in the relationship between each of the brothers. Exploring family dynamics is a useful tool for writers. We often don’t have to look very far outside our own family to find rich sources of material!

The things I wanted to explore in the Sabbatini brothers’ family was how each strong, ruthless and powerful man approached the issue of love, commitment and being true to themselves.

In Scandal: Unclaimed Love Child Luca (the middle brother) is a man who has conquered a huge personal issue in private, only to find that the young woman he cast from his life two years ago in order to deal with that issue is now the mother of his little daughter. He has a hard task ahead of him in order to win Bronte back given how cruelly he broke off their relationship. The poignancy of Luca and Bronte’s story is that he was only trying to protect her by ending their relationship. He thought he was doing the right thing but it backfired horribly. I think that is something we can all relate to. Decisions we wished we could remake. If only!




In Book Two- Shock: One Night Heir Giorgio and Maya have a quite different battle on their hands. Whilst in the throes of a difficult separation leading to an imminent divorce they have a passionate encounter on the night of Luca and Bronte’s wedding. Fireworks truly fly! But the biggest surprise of all is that after years of trying to conceive a baby that stolen night of passion has produced a potential heir. Can Maya carry this baby to full term and give Giorgio what he most wants? Again the poignancy of this story is Maya left the marriage because she felt such a failure. She could not provide the heir the blue-blooded family (and Giorgio) wanted so much. Again, like Luca, she thought she was doing the right thing.





And then we come to the third brother Nicoli and his feisty heroine Jade Sommerville in The Wedding Charade. I would have to say that this book was one of the most enjoyable books I have written so far. I had such a strong sense of who both Nic and Jade were as they had cameo appearances in Book One and Two. Nic was determined not to be a pawn in his late grandfather’s machinations, tying him to wild child Jade Sommerville for a year in order to inherit his share of his grandfather’s estate. Jade is equally determined to get Nic to marry her. She is harbouring a shameful secret she is desperate to keep out of the press, and marrying Nic is the only way she can achieve this now her father has cut off her allowance. It’s not just fireworks in this relationship but thunder and lightning as well!
I hope you enjoy the Sabbatini Brothers Trilogy

Natalie Anderson's Duo

Natalie Anderson, New Zealand Miils and Boon/Harlequin Presents author has a duo coming out about best friends and rogues.



CAUGHT ON CAMERA WITH THE CEO


UK - Jun 10 ; US - Dec 10 ; OZ/NZ - Aug 2010

TO: All staff - Is this the hottest kiss you've ever seen?

Finally our playboy boss plays around at work! Watch this steamy clip of Alex Carlisle getting down and dirty in the lift with the brand-new temp...

Heart-throb Alex has recently been spotted prowling the office floor - is brunette bombshell Dani Russo the reason? From this sizzling encounter, we think so!

Now Dani's lost her job, and the office grapevine says our bad-boy boss has moved her into his bachelor pad and found her a job - but is an X-rated action replay on the cards?! Watch this space...




UNBUTTONED BY HER MAVERICK BOSS /  REBEL WITH A CAUSE (USA)

UK - Jun 10 ; US - Feb 11 as Rebel with a Cause ; OZ/NZ - Sep 10

Office gossip...

It's well known that rugged tycoon Lorenzo Hall comes from the wrong side of the tracks, and that opposites attract... Apparently one glimpse of his pristine new assistant Sophy Braithwaite had Lorenzo itching to undress her - we wonder if she's as prim and proper as she looks!

Of course, to Sophy, her smouldering boss should be off-limits, but it's easy to see how Lorenzo's criminally hot body and the dangerous twinkle in his eyes could tempt her to break all the rules...

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Meet Lynn Raye Harris and Kimberly Lang - Harlequin Presents Authors

Kimberly and Lynn Raye talk about Harlequin Presents on UTube






Meet Kimberly


Kimberly Lang hid romance novels behind her textbooks in junior high, and even a master’s program in English couldn’t break the obsession with dashing heroes and Happily Ever After. A ballet dancer turned English teacher, Kimberly married an electrical engineer and turned her life into an ongoing episode of “When Dilbert Met Frasier.” She and her Darling Geek live in beautiful North Alabama with their one Amazing Child—who, unfortunately, shows an aptitude to sports.

Kimberly is a founding member of The Writing Playground, a website for aspiring authors, and she blogs with her Playfriends there every Tuesday.
Kimberly Lang's website




Meet Lynn

Lynn Raye Harris read her first Harlequin Mills & Boon romance when her grandmother carted home a box from a yard sale. She didn’t know she wanted to be a writer then, but she definitely knew she wanted to marry a sheikh or a prince and live the glamorous life she read about in the pages. Instead, she married a military man and moved around the world. She’s been inside the Kremlin, hiked up a Korean mountain, floated on a gondola in Venice and stood inside volcanoes at opposite ends of the world.

These days Lynn lives in Alabama with her handsome husband and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing, she loves to read, shop for antiques, cook gourmet meals and try new wines. She is also an avowed shoeaholic and thinks there’s nothing better than a new pair of high heels.

Lynn was a finalist in the 2008 Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart® contest, and she is the winner of the Harlequin Presents Instant Seduction contest. She loves a hot hero, a heroine with attitude and a happy ending. Writing passionate stories for Harlequin is a dream come true.
Lynn Raye's website

Contemporary romance author Jane Porter shares some essential lessons on emotional writing for aspiring authors.


The following is from a post at Romantic Times:

Writing women’s fiction is about writing stories that are relevant to our women readers. According to Donald Maass, in Writing the Breakout Novel, today’s readers want an authentic experience. So if many modern-day readers expect to live the story through the mind of the character, than its our job as writers is to make the experience as real as possible. We must infuse our characters with depth and emotional integrity.

Last August in New Zealand I attended an all day seminar given by Christopher Vogler. It was an amazing session and he talked about how people are always looking for meaning in life, and how we especially look for it in stories. Readers crave stories that help them sense of life. Readers want to connect emotionally and spiritually

So how do we write emotion? How do we show rather than tell?

I. KNOW YOUR CRAFT

There are six different techniques for conveying emotion in fiction writing:

1. Stating emotion - The easiest means of adding emotion to a story is for the narrator to simply state the character's emotion.

2. Explaining emotion - One step beyond simply stating an emotion is to explain it or tell about it.

3. Dialogue - Emotion can be conveyed though dialogue. The language we use says it all, literally.

4. Introspection - Emotion is also conveyed through a character's thoughts.

5. Bodily reaction - Bodily reactions to emotion range from subtle to extreme: goose bumps, blushing, sweating, increased heart rate, laughing, crying, upset stomach, shaking, tingling nerves, vomit, etc.

One of the reasons body reactions are so useful for us as writers is because we frequently react to emotion physically before we've had a chance to process information rationally.

6. Action - Emotion portrayed through physical action. Action that expresses emotion may range from subtle to pronounced. Love scenes are one way to express emotion in action.

II. MAKING CHOICES THAT WORK FOR YOU

Depending on your scenes goals, you will sometimes use one or two techniques more than others, but you’d never want to use just one technique exclusively.

I also have other tips and tricks that reveal, or heighten emotion, including:

Opposing goals

In Robert McKee’s book Story, McKee talks about the need for "opposing goals." Give characters a conflict. Make sure characters goals aren’t easily met. When a character is thwarted, there is emotion. Emotion is revealed in conflict. Tension heightens emotion, too. One way to generate this tension is through opposing goals.

Setting

Setting is another way to enhance emotion in scenes. Certain settings like closed rooms, the night, remote foreign places, troubled social or political periods heighten one’s sense of vulnerability, both emotionally and physically. Use these. It’s not a trick. It’s a technique.

Authenticity

The emotion has to be authentic. It has to be true. Melodrama doesn’t create genuine emotion. It creates melodrama and clichés, and once a reader smells a cliché, they disconnect emotionally.

Suppressed Emotion

There are times you want a lot of emotion, and then there are times that suppressing the emotion in a scene creates tremendous emotion because you are creating tremendous tension within a character.

If you can not cry in any circumstance, there’s a lot of inner activity and push and resistance which makes a scene interesting and builds emotion for a stronger climax later.

III. CONCLUSION

To sum it up, we create emotion through good choices, and later through careful revision. You can write powerful, emotional scenes that capture a reader’s heart. It takes practice and time but once you master writing authentic emotion, your readers will never forget you, or your stories


Friday, November 12, 2010

The Drakos Baby Linked-Story Duet - Lynne Graham

If you like over the top, arrogant, proud Greek alphas, then The Drakos Baby series is for you.  Secrets, lies, turmoil all in the form of a alpha that at times I wanted to through him over his yacht or off the cliff at his villa.  An only child, spoiled by his parents and way to handsome and he always gets his way.

Then the redheaded herione Billie, who was independent, sweet and very good at being Alexi's PA.  She had a horrible childhood but made the best of her life.  I just finsiehd book two and will be posting reviews later at Marilyn's Romance Reviews.

A Mills and Boon / Harlequin Presents FIRST (a Linked-Story Duet: The Drakos Baby) –


PART ONE: The Pregnancy Shock



A Greek billionaire with amnesia, a secret baby, a convenient marriage…it’s a recipe for rip-roaring passion, revelations and the reunion of a lifetime!

Billie has a job that most women would love – PA to gorgeous Greek billionaire, Alexei Drakos.

She tries to convince herself she’s immune to his extraordinary charms, but when events throw them inextricably together she finds herself in his bed. However, within hours, Alexei has an accident and loses his memory of their special night together, and Billie discovers she’s pregnant -- by a man who has no recollection of having slept with her.
Book Description:

When his personal assistant asked for extended leave, Greek billionaire Alexei Drakos was extremely inconvenienced. He relied on Billie Foster for everything—running his life, even getting rid of his girlfriends. Little did Alexei know that Billie had left to have his baby! In fact, he didn't even remember their passionate night and he had no idea she was pregnant!

With Billie gone, there was something missing in Alexei's glittering existence. When she returned, he needed to offer her something special to make her stay—maybe a wedding ring of convenience?

PART TWO: A Stormy Greek Marriage.



Billie’s baby has been born but she hasn’t told Alexei about his son’s existence. Yet when she returns to Greece and he proposes a marriage of convenience, she knows she just has to take her chance to be with the man she loves. But Alexei is amazed to find his wife isn’t a virgin on their wedding night – and that’s just the first shocking revelation in this stormy marriage...


Book Description:

Billie's wedding day should have been the happiest of her life. She was marrying the father of her baby…her secret baby. But tycoon Alexei Drakos had suffered amnesia, so he had no recollection of the incredible night he'd spent with Billie a year ago…. Tonight he was expecting his new bride to be a virgin…

Billie knew that a marriage laced with hidden surprises was not likely to last. If only for their son's sake, she had to convince Alexei of the truth…starting tonight in the honeymoon bed…

About the Author, Lynne Graham

My first book was published in 1987. Today I am the bestselling Mills and Boon Presents author with sales of fifteen and a half million books worldwide.

I'm Irish. I'm a Leo born July 30. I learnt to read at the age of 3, haven't stopped since then. I hated school, enjoyed university. I first met my husband when I was 14 but we had a rocky path to the altar. I wrote my first romance at 15 but couldn't find a buyer! I have five children, one natural, four adopted from Sri Lanka and Guatemala. I live in the country and have five acres of wild woodland garden.

My favourite colour is green. I'm addicted to kids, books, chocolate, baths in candlelight, log fires and four poster beds. I love exploring historic houses, castles and beautiful gardens. I collect everything from rare trees to rock specimens and old toys. I'm interested in international adoption and post-adoption/ multi-cultural issues.

I am crazy about Christmas. I love being a writer when the book is going well, hate it like poison when it's not. I read a newspaper every day. I listen to dance music in the car. I don't like romantic movies with unhappy endings.

Where do I get my ideas? An active imagination and my own life experience. I have to confess that I'm still waiting on a billionaire to whisk me away on his private jet but that doesn't stop me dreaming! I had an imaginary friend as a child and adored fairy tales. I also have a keen interest in what makes people tick and believe that the good and bad times of even the most ordinary life give a writer the fuel to portray realistic emotions.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Author Danielle Steel Denies Being a Romance Author on a CBS Interview


Danielle Steel on "The Early Show." (CBS)


Beloved author Danielle Steel has sold more than half a billion copies of her 113 books. How does she do it?

The prolific author sat down with "Early Show" co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez to share how she writes so much -- and keeps up with her busy life and big family.

Steel has nine children, ages 22 to 39. She said one of her children still lives at home, and she said she's "holding on dearly."

However, the famed writer is also creating an adult life of her own.

She told Rodriguez, "It's been very hard, after being mostly a mom, to develop an adult life of my own. And not being married anymore, I have to come up with challenges. So I get into all kinds of things like starting art galleries and traveling. Visiting my children, annoying them endlessly."

Steel, who often doesn't read her books after they're published, said she's also working on two more.
But don't call them romance novels!

Steel told Rodriguez, "They're not really about romance. It's an element in life. But I think of romance novels as more of a category, and I write about the situations we all deal with. Loss and war and illness and jobs and careers, and good things, bad things, crimes, whatever. And I really write more about the human condition."

For her complete interview on "The Early Show" and more on her latest book, click on the video

Behind the scenes at Leander Rowing Club / Mills & Boon Calendar

From Midas Public Relations - Ann Bissell


The Leander Trust and Leander Club have joined forces with leading romance publisher Mills & Boon, to produce a 2011 calendar showcasing the talents of the Club's top athletes - as they've never been seen before. Watch the exclusive 'behind the scenes' video below.

Produced to coincide with the 2010 World Rowing Championships (30th October - 7th November), the 2011 Leander Rowing Calendar features Olympic medallists Rick Egington, Alex Gregory, Mark Hunter, Matt Langridge, Alex Partridge and Pete Reed MBE, along with fellow rowers from the world famous Leander Club.

All proceeds from the sale of the 2011 Leander Rowing Calendar will go towards the Leander Trust, a charity dedicated to promoting and supporting rowing at grass roots level. For more than twenty years the Leander Trust has been helping and encouraging school children and students to participate in the sport of rowing, while supporting aspiring and world class athletes to attain their full potential to help underpin future British success at World and Olympic level.

New Voices Winner Announced - Leah Ashton

From Midas Puyblic Relations - Ann Bissell

Secrets and Speed-Dating by Australian author Leah Ashton has won New Voices, the global search for new writing talent from leading romance publisher Mills & Boon.


Launched in September 2010, and hosted at www.romanceisnotdead.com, aspiring authors were asked to submit the first chapter of their Mills & Boon novel for a chance at winning the ultimate prize of seeing their book published by Mills & Boon, an editor for a year and an Apple iPad.

New Voices has placed the publisher in a unique position to engage with their readers online whilst discovering new writing talent. Mills & Boon were the first publisher to publish their entire list as eBooks and to have their own branded Sony eReader. This year they reported 57% growth in sales of eBooks through Tesco.

Mills & Boon's global search for a new author was launched entirely through social media, cementing the publisher's place at the forefront of digital publishing, and the numbers speak for themselves. In the last two months:

> 101,558 hits to http://www.romanceisnotdead.com/

> 27% increase in RomanceHQ twitter followers

> 36% increase in Mills & Boon Facebook fans

> 1.2million page views

> 25,698 unique visitors

> 4,938 registered users making 10,344 comments

An incredible 822 hopeful romance writers entered the 'X-Factor for fiction' who were whittled down to a final ten by the editorial team, allocated author mentors and asked to write their second chapter. The public voted in their hundreds for the final four, who were set the challenge of writing their 'pivotal moment' before facing the judging panel and public vote for one final time.

Winner Leah Ashton was the clear favourite of both the judges and the voting public, and her editor mentor, Meg Lewis, says: "I am absolutely thrilled that Leah has won the New Voices competition. She has been a real pleasure to work with - so enthusiastic and responsive to editorial direction. Leah has a natural voice that's a joy to read and she has real potential."

I hope that Leah will contact me for an interview and to review her debut!  Congratulations Leah.

PROFIT GROWTH FOR HARLEQUIN MILLS AND BOON PARENT

Article from Bookseller.com:

Harlequin Mills and Boon's parent company Torstar has reported a 18.7% growth in profit for the third quarter, with its publishing arm seeing "stable" sales.

EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation) for the group was $50.8m for the quarter ended 30th September, up 18.7% from the quarter last year. Revenue was $352.7m for third quarter, up $9m from the third quarter of last year.

Book publishing operating profit for the quarter was $23m, up $0.1m on the third quarter last year. The company stated that $1.4m of underlying growth offset a negative $1.3m from the impact of foreign exchange. Year to date profit is up $3m year on year.

Book publishing revenue was $117.5m in the third quarter, down $5m from $122,5m in 2009. Revenue for the year to date was $348.1m, down $23m from the same period last year. Excluding the impact of the stronger Canadian dollar book publishing revenues were up $6m year to date.

Torstar ceo and president David Holland said he was "pleased" with the results and called the results at Harlequin "stable". He added: "Throughout the business, we remain focused on free cash flow generation and reduction of net borrowings. In the quarter, net borrowings declined by

$30m to $450m. Year to date, net borrowings have declined by $65m."

Holland said: "At Harlequin, we have experienced very good results year to date but are wary of some indicators of weakness that are emerging in the U.S. market."

Friday, November 05, 2010

YA DEBUT FROM A ROMANCE STAR - Roxanne St.Claire


Personally, I'm so thrilled about this announcement concerning romance/suspence author, Roxanne St. Claire.  She is an incredible author and her Bullet Catcher series are on my "keeper" shelf.

The following recently appeared on Book Case:

Roxanne St. Claire, author of 25 books—including category romance; romantic suspense; chick lit; and Edge of Sight, one of BookPage’s romance picks for November—has signed a deal to write her first YA novel. It’s called Don’t You Wish and will be published in 2012 from Random House’s Delacorte.


Here’s the Publisher’s Marketplace description:

Roxanne St. Claire’s DON’T YOU WISH, in which a middle-class, under-popular, painfully average teenage girl wakes up in an alternate universe where her mother married a wealthy man and her every wish has come true—with complications.

This week, Publisher’s Marketplace announced that producers Jeff Franklin (Full House) and Garry Marshall (Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries) have optioned the rights to produce a movie of the book.

Romance columnist Christie Ridgway has praised St. Claire’s “hot romance and sizzling suspense.” Are you a fan of her books? Are you excited by this new book/potential movie?

The Book Case

 

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