Monday, August 31, 2009

Chick Flicks

There are some really great movies for women (and all other hopeless romantics) on circuit at the moment.

The Proposal has received coverage this last week over at Pink Heart Society. Despite the fact that the cinema had awful sound (at least we got free movie tickets afterwards to make up for it!) I loved this movie. It's definitely one for the keeper collection, and Ryan Reynolds is very drool-worthy.

The other recent movie I saw is My Life in Ruins. We chose this for the simple reason that it's set in Greece and we're off on holiday this coming week-end to a Greek island. I'm so glad we did! The movie was fun, full of both laughs and sighs.
Early on in the movie I had a few concerns about the leading man. Could they have not found a good-looking Greek actor for the role? Then about half way through he emerges bare-chested from the sea and I thought "Okay, so that's why he got the part! But couldn't they have at least found someone with a prettier face?" Then in the final scene he appears in a suit and I just knew why he'd been cast in the role. Yummy!

Monday, August 24, 2009

My manuscript has arrived!

The Playboy Duke's Reluctant Bride has safely arrived with the organiser of the New Writers' Scheme. Whew! What with the deadline just a week away, and postal strikes both here in SA and in the UK, I was starting to get a little nervous.

In the meantime, I've been working on a number of projects: a new 'cute meet' for Date With Destiny, my latest 1920s historical and the synopsis of my next manuscript. All while trying hard not to think about my short story that's sitting with an editor at Wild Rose Press and which I've started to panic about: did I send it to the right line? Should I have targeted Scarlet Rose rather than Vintage Rose? OMG, I need a drink ....

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

A good day

I feel like I actually achieved something yesterday. I critted several chapters for various crit partners and wrote 640 words on my historical short story. The word count may not seem impressive, but it feels so good to be writing something fresh again rather than just editing. I woke up tired this morning but with a smile on my face.

I'm interested to know what your average daily word counts are. Do you manage to write consistently every day, or just on days when the day job, family, other commitments allow it?

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Website for SA Romance Writers

My friend Amanda and I have created a site for all writers (and readers) of romance in South Africa. Please pop in and take a look at

We hope that this site will become a community meeting place, so we welcome all feedback, ideas, suggestions - and articles on writing and book reviews.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

RNA submission packed and ready to go

The Playboy Duke's Reluctant Bride is now printed, packaged and sealed into its padded envelope, ready to be sent first thing in the morning. It's such a relief to have it done as I feel like I've edited this manuscript to death. Now I've just got to hope that the South African post office doesn't stuff up and mangle or lose the parcel. There are just 18 days left to the deadline, so I really don't want to find out a week or more from now that it's gone astray!

The timing is just right as I had a job confirm at the office today, so after more than a month sitting around, the day job will be swinging back into action and I need to give it at least a little attention. (Also, I really need the commission!). This is a two day shoot for BP and wouldn't you know it, the shoot overlaps with my planned holiday to Greece. Lucky I haven't confirmed those flights yet!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

The Ultimate Gift

Late one night recently I caught a delightful movie that I'd never heard of titled The Ultimate Gift, starring James Garner and Drew Fuller (better known for his role as Trevor Leblanc in Army Wives). Abigail Breslin, currently on screens in My Sister's Keeper, also appears.

The critics apparently panned this movie, but it's had huge success as a DVD and I can see why. It's one of those feel-good movies that also delivers a moral, has a romantic story, and leaves you thinking about your life afterwards. I cried through the entire second half of the movie (though maybe that was also due to the lateness of the hour!)

Jason (Drew Fuller) is a spoilt rich kid who stands to win a huge inheritance - but only if he first completes 12 tasks set for him by his late grandfather (James Garner). Each task is designed to teach him values: the value of money, of friendship, of family.

The movie left me wondering just what values I rate highest, and what I would like to pass on to my children. I think for me, honesty and respect would figure quite high on the list. What values do you rate highest?

Tuesday, August 4, 2009


I've been researching the region in which I've set the fictional principality for my next novel, The Prince's Secret Mistress, and got carried away putting together a fictional geography and history. This research lark is so much fun!

But as I've started to get to know the characters better, the Prince's two younger brothers have now started demanding books of their own. I think the only way to shut them up might be to put their stories down in synopsis form and hope they leave me alone long enough to get Phoenix and Max's story out of the way before Nano.

Being men, they're not that good at sharing information and I'm having a little difficulty discovering the name of their principality. I'm going to need some help, so I'll be dropping bits of intel here over the coming months and hopefully one of you loyal blog followers will be able to help me find the missing clue.