Monday, January 27, 2014

The man in my life has returned to me

After turning traitor on me for the last six months or more, Simba has started sleeping with me again.

Those of you who've read The Trouble with Mojitos will already be acquainted with Simba the cat. He is a large, super soft, stripy feline who belongs to Lee, flatmate to my heroine Kenzie. (But while Simba might belong to Lee, it's Kenzie's bed he likes to sleep on. And he tends to hog the bed, too.)

Which is way more info than you get in the book!

Simba is real. He moved in with us a little over a year ago when his previous family moved away and he needed a new home. That's one of the things with having kids in an international school - people come and go quite often.

I think Simba got a little peeved with me because I stayed up late every night writing instead of cuddling with him. It seems I am now forgiven.

And yes, Real Simba hogs the bed too.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Whirligig start to the new year

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I love the word 'whirligig'. It has an old-fashioned and giddy feeling to it. And giddy is definitely how I'm feeling. The year started with me doing my first ever live streamed interview, talking to Lynn Jordan at Regarding Romance about The Trouble with Mojitos. No, I don't understand how mojitos could be trouble either ;-)

There have been reviews for both my Rae Summers books and my Romy ones. A whole new school year has started (accompanied by the attendant wrapping of dozens of books and labelling of every single pencil, pencil crayon and eraser), and last week another highlight: I appeared on the official NaNoWriMo blog!

You can read my blog post here: Finding the right mix for your writing group.

In between all this, I'm back at the day job, am pulling my hair out over Book 3, and have tried to balance out all the hours I tell the kids to "go away because Mommy's writing" with taking them to the circus and Sleeping Beauty on Ice (though I have yet to make good on the promise to take them to see Frozen). And there's exciting news coming soon for South African romance writers. watch this space...

How have you kick-started your new year?

[PS: I'm not really here right now. If anyone asks, I'm in my writing cave editing my NaNoWriMo novel.]

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ring out the old, ring in the new

"Ring out the old, ring in the new
A midnight wish to share with you
Your lips are warm, my head is light
Were we alive before tonight? "

"It's New Year's Eve and hopes are high
Dance one year in, kiss one goodbye
Another chance, another start
So many dreams to tease the heart

We don't need a crowded ballroom
Everything we want is here
And face to face we will embrace
The perfect year."

- The Perfect Year, Sunset Boulevard (1994)

Years don't come much better than 2013. For me it was the year in which all the beginnings and fresh starts of 2012 grew into successes.

Last year saw me sign my first multi-book contract with a Big 6 publisher. My first two Romy Sommer books went on sale through Harper Impulse, and I self-published two of my Rae Summers novellas.

I'm even more excited for 2014!

This is going to be the year in which Harper Impulse achieves world domination with its Romance Revolution. It's the year in which the Minxes are going to make enough money out of their writing that more of us will become full time writers (and then we're setting our sights on Minx Manor!).
2014 is also the year that both of my beautiful little girls will be in Big School.
Onward and upward!!

Best wishes to everyone who has been there for me in 2013, and to all the new friends I will make in 2014. May your new year be blessed with all those things in life that bring you joy!