Love & Writing, Reading Romance

Conferences, Contracts and Celebrations

Stranded with the Tycoon Cover

It’s been a busy – but brilliant – week and a half. So busy that I haven’t had a chance to update until now!

The Friday before last, I headed up to Sheffield for the Romantic Novelist’s Association Conference. I was, I’ll admit, a little nervous, it being my first one. But I really needn’t have been. Everyone was lovely, the workshops were brilliant, the cake was delicious, and the icy cold white wine almost made up for the lack of air conditioning. I also got to meet some of my very favourite authors, as well as make some great new friends.

I was already in a good mood on arrival, as I’d just heard that my second novel for Mills & Boon / Harlequin Romance had been officially signed off – and I can share the title! Due out February 2014 (I think!) the new book is called Heiress on the Run. I’m hoping I’ll have a blurb and such to share soon, but I can tell you that I had the best time writing this book. The revisions were kind of brutal, but I’m so much happier with the resulting story that it was worth every minute. I can’t wait for people to read this one!

On the Saturday, I got to have a nice long chat with my wonderful editor, during which I basically detailed every single idea I had for my next few books. Lucky for me, she didn’t get bored and, as a result, I am delighted to announce that I have just signed a new three-book contract with Harlequin Mills & Boon! I’m working on the first book of that contract right now, and already madly in love with the hero, Zeke.

Stranded with the Tycoon UK Cover

But that wasn’t the end of it! A few days ago, the September issue of Romantic Times was released – including their review of Stranded with the Tycoon. I’d been nervously awaiting this day, and actually spent a fair portion of the weekend panicking to my new friends about impending reviews.

Turns out, I needn’t have worried.

Romantic Times gave Stranded with the Tycoon 4 1/2 stars and made it one of their Top Picks for September! 

Here’s a snippet of what they said:

With its well thought-out storyline, fans of passionate tales will want to read this one repeatedly.

I was in a soft play area with the Daughter and friends when I read that. My squeal might have been louder than all the kids put together! And, of course, I had to have cake to celebrate.

If you’d like to read the full review, it’s available on the RT Book Reviews website.

So now I’m back to work, trying to squeeze in precious hours before the school holidays start on Wednesday. Fortunately for me, the most urgent item on my to do list is checking the galleys for Summer of Love. I haven’t re-read Alex and Lily’s story for a while, and there are definitely worse things to do on a sunny July day! I just can’t wait for everyone else to be able to read all these stories, too.

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