Back to School

It’s September 1st!

Dragon Parade

The daughter taking part in a Dragon Parade at Manorbier Castle

As much as I love summer – and this one has been particularly awesome – there’s something about the start of autumn that makes me want to buy a new notebook and pencil case and start planning stuff. (Okay, full disclosure, I want that notebook and pencil case pretty much all year round. But still, September is special.)

More than anything, it feels like a fresh start. A chance to look back at all the lovely things that happened over the last couple of months, then pack them away ready to tackle new adventures. To knuckle down and get to work again. (Which is just as well, as I’ve been slacking and now have to write All The Words.)

So first, the looking back part…

Summer Party 2014

Summer Party 2014

Since school broke up in July, it’s been a summer of constant adventure and fun, and occasional travel sickness. We’ve had a summer party to celebrate my mum’s retirement (there was limoncello, an Italian feast, and only twenty minutes of rain), a trip to London to see Hetty Feather on the stage (and have lunch at Joe Allen’s), a day out at Duxford, BBQs with friends, not to mention sleepovers, holiday club and a Frozen dance workshop for the daughter. We had a week in beautiful Pembrokeshire with my family, a few days in a log cabin in stunning Snowdonia with friends, and now we’re back home again, preparing for school. (I have sewed a lot of labels into pinafores and cardigans today… Next year, someone remind me to do it at the start of the holiday, please?)

A Groom Worth Waiting For UK coverBook-wise, my third Harlequin Romance, A Groom Worth Waiting For, was released in August and – leading nicely into the What Comes Next? part – I just got the blurb for the sequel, His Very Convenient Bride, which will be out in January! Here’s what it’s about:

From bridesmaid to bride…  

Stepping into her sister’s place at the altar beside gorgeous tycoon Flynn Ashton, Helena Morrison hopes saying ”I do” and uniting their two families will finally be enough to redeem her in her father’s eyes. It has nothing to do with the fact that she’s always held a special place in her heart for her childhood crush! 

But after embarking on the perfect Tuscan honeymoon, their paper marriage dissolves to ash as an unexpected heat flares between them… Dare Helena dream that this convenient marriage could be the fresh start they’ve both been searching for?

So, what else do I have planned for the next few months? Well, I just discovered this morning that my first Harlequin Romance, Stranded with the Tycoon, will be coming out in translation in Italy and Germany next month, which I am ferociously excited about. My first foreign language releases!

Writing-wise, I need to finish up my installment of the Summer Weddings trilogy coming out next summer. Jessica Gilmore and Scarlett Wilson have already finished theirs (mine is the last in the trilogy) and I can tell you they’re both wonderful. I have two very tough acts to follow!

After that, I have another standalone Harlequin to write, then… well, you’ll have to wait and see. But I’m working on a proposal for something very exciting right now!

Oh, and before any of that, there might be a special festive something coming out too…

See? I told you September was the time to get stuck into new adventures!

What adventures have you got planned?