Ta-da! Book (and other) news

DESTINY_Playingbytherules_cvr smallI have a new cover!  Which is because I have a new book coming out.

Ta-da!

This one is another contemporary romance, a companion book of sorts to my first one.  Those of you who read it might remember Kate, the heroine Jo’s pregnant sister-in-law?  Well Playing by the Rules is the story of how she came to be Jo’s sister-in-law.

Here’s my quick, hasty-tasty blurb for Playing by the Rules…

Playing by the Rules is the story of Kate, a woman who had her life all planned out – until her intended dumped her. Now, her best friend is pushing her to have a fling and, with the gorgeous Josh on offer, she’s very tempted.

But she’s never been very good at casual. Before long, she fears she’s falling for him: a man who can’t commit to anything past lunch and who’s flitting off for another adventure at the end of the week. She doesn’t know the rules of this game but it seems its name is heartache…

Tempted?  I hope so!  And if you are, you don’t have too long to wait.  Playing by the Rules is out next month from Destiny Romance.  The buy links should all be live on September the 15th – trust me, I’ll let you know!  (UPDATE: There’s a ‘coming soon’ link up now, with a rather cute blurb on the Destiny site.  I’m coming soon!)

And now, for the reason why the blurb above is a quick, hasty-tasty one: I’m not in Kansas any more, Toto!  In fact, I am typing this from Perth – or, more correctly, for those who know Western Australia, Fremantle –  where I have come to attend the annual Romance Writers of Australia conference.  The conference doesn’t start till Thursday night, but I have family here, so I’ve come a bit early to catch up.

I probably won’t be posting much to the blog over the weekend, but I will be tweeting, from https://twitter.com/Imelda_Evans, so feel free to follow the shenanigans there.  And watch this space next week when I get back.  I’m planning a bit of celebratory carry-on for the new book, which will probably include prizes…

It’s always hard to know what readers will like, but this book is close to my heart.  I am very fond of the characters and the story and I really hope you will like it as much as I do.

But for now, off to the conference, to learn to be a better writer and to see my writer buddies.  I hope you have as great a weekend as I hope to!

Not quite sure what happened there… but there were books involved

Ahem.

It appears I have accidentally gone AWOL on my own blog.  I wish I had excellent reasons, but the real truth is that a combination of sick child, editing, school holidays, more editing and then sick me has just eaten the best part of a month and a half and the blog seems to have fallen off the list.

To anyone who has missed me, I’m sorry!  I promise I’ll make it up to you in the next few months, as in that time I put up about 25 draft posts or ideas for posts that never quite made it, so now that I’m feeling better, I have plenty of material to be going on with.

In the meantime, though, I thought I’d share a bit of bookish news, both mine and friends’.

The first is that my next novel with Destiny Romance, called Playing by the Rules is off with the editors and should be out in September (all going to plan)!  For anyone who read Rules are for Breaking, it’s Kate and Josh’s story.  For those who haven’t, I’m going to be offering a chance to win a copy of that one soon, so watch this space (and yes, I’m leaving it at that, because I like to tease).  I don’t have a cover yet, but when I do, you’ll be the first to know!

In other news, while I was ill, I did some reading and the next two books were just what I needed to make me feel better.  They were both easy to read, with characters I liked and could relate to and I enjoyed them very much.

Letter from a RakeThe first is Letter from a Rake, by my Destiny imprint-mate Sasha Cottman.  This is a charming Regency romp, with a heroine with an unusual background and a hero who is rendered quite charmingly clueless by her charms.

The second was the latest from my prolific friend Kylie Scott, who usually writes smexy books set in zombie-filled or otherwise dodgy futures, but this time has put out a sweet as well as sexy New Adult book about a 20-something who went to Vegas for a good time and woke up with a husband.  And a tattoo.  And paparazzi.  And a world of trouble.  It was gorgeous and if you don’t end it at least a little bit in love with the Licktattooed, guitar-playing, rock-god hero, I will be very surprised.

In both cases, the main characters were supported by some very likeable sidekicks who I suspect strongly will get their own books in future.

So if you are looking for some light relief from a chest infection, or just life in general, I would recommend both of them.

Finally, I’m happy to be among the first to show off a new work by a new name in Romancelandia.

A Fresh Start Book 1 Monica Donnelly

Monica Donnelly is an Australian author who writes contemporary romance. (And she’s a friend I made through the wonderful Romance Writers of Australia, if you hadn’t already guessed.)

Her Henley’s Bluff romance series charts the romantic entanglements of the Doherty family and their friends in the sea-side town of Henley’s Bluff.  The first three books in the series will be released between July and December 2013, so if you like the first one (pictured here, and isn’t is a nice cover?) you won’t have long to wait for the next couple!

A Fresh Start is the first one and will be available very soon.  Here’s the blurb:

Susannah Morrison is searching for a new life with her young daughter, Maisy, when a car accident, hospitalisation and a chance encounter with Declan Doherty puts her plans on hold.

Declan is only in the annoyingly tiny seaside village of Henley’s Bluff for a quick visit to support his father.  Agreeing to help Susannah by pretending they’re old friends and giving her and Maisy somewhere to stay was a huge mistake.  He has no intention of letting his attraction to Susannah derail his plans to return to life as a magazine editor in London.  It took him years to escape the town and his family and no convenient affair is going to change that now.

Except desire has a will of its own.  And soon Declan and Susannah are wondering if Henley’s Bluff is the new start they both need.

The next two will be A Wave of Love, in September and A Chance to Love, in December 2013.

If you’re interested in following the series, you can find Monica at  www.monicadonnellyromanceauthor.com or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MonicaDonnellyauthor

So, again, my apologies for the extended and unannounced absence, but at least with this post, I’ve fulfilled the Women and Wordplay parts of my title.  I’ll work on the wine for next time!

Cheers, Imelda

Feeling the Gratitude today

So, yesterday, Melbourne, my town, turned on one of those glorious autumn days that make you want to frolic and gambol and otherwise bask in the sunshine and revel in being alive.  And then I turned on the radio and this was on, which seemed appropriate:

Although in my case it was more go outside and loll in the hammock, rather than in bed, but you get the idea.

But I was good.  I did do some work, I just did it at a coffee shop with outside tables, where I could bask in the real sunshine (and frolic in my imaginary world).  And I enjoyed it.  And it has put me in a good mood today, which is lovely.  So I want to share some things I’m grateful for.  First, at the moment, I am most pleased with this:

Books actually bought for reading!

547323_332176723551639_366061772_nIt’s a book.  It has my name on it.  It has a gorgeous cover.  All of these things have existed since October last year.  But now it is available in three dimensions, with actual paper between covers, for people to buy*.  This makes me glad.  And a little squoogly.**

(*In Australian Post shops if you are in Australia.  My apologies if you aren’t!  One day I will have many books and they will be available in all formats everywhere, but it is not this day. Sadly.)

(**Squoogly is a word we have invented in our house for that combination of bashful and delighted that you get when someone compliments you fulsomely – or when you see your first book available for sale.)

I am also grateful to friends who bought the book (see first photo) and took pictures of it in the wild (see both photos).  They make me squoogly too! (See**, above.)

I am also pleased that we have a tiny, miraculously tiny frog in our frog tank.  Last year, our little frogs successfully bred in captivity, surprising and delighting us.  They produced one normal-sized frog and one we called Frodo because he was little and gorgeous.  But this year, although we got spawn and even tadpoles, we didn’t get any new frogs.  At least, so I thought, until I saw the tiny, tiny one the other day.  He’s the size of a quarter of a thumbnail.  He’s so small it was hard to believe he wasn’t just a trick of the light.  But he’s real and he’s still there and he feels like a tiny miracle.  I’m finding tiny tiny insects to feed him and hoping we can keep him alive and growing.

And then there’s this:

I enjoyed the Hobbit movie but best of all, I think was the dwarves singing.  I sincerely hope there will be more in the next two.

And there are many more things to be happy about, but I’ve rabbited for long enough.  What are you happy about today?

Hold the Phone: I’m available on pre-order!

As some of you probably know by now, my first novel is coming out (as an e-book) on Monday.

Yes, this Monday! The 15th of October!  I’m having difficulty believing it’s real.

But today I casually searched Amazon and found that I am up, scheduled for release on the 15th and actually available for pre-order.

That makes it real – but not any easier to believe, if that makes sense! 😉

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Wednesday Work in Progress: The perils of editing and (squee!) a cover preview

I have been doing some revisions lately on my contemporary romance that is coming out soon with Destiny Romance. (Have I mentioned that? I have? Oh, right-o. Moving on. 😉 )

I’m done with them now and am back to working on my longer novel and have discovered something.  When your brain is in edit mode, trying to do a quick read of your current wip to get up to speed sucks like an enormous sucky thing.  All you can see is redundancies and clumsy sentences and things that need tweaking.

I have always edited as I go.  It’s how I roll.  I know people say you should just get it down and turn off the internal editor and come back and fix it later.  I can’t do it.  I can’t write any old rubbish, I have to make the sentences at least reasonable and I can’t leave the chapter until it makes sense.  My internal editor just rides along with me.

At least, that’s what I thought until now.  Now, having put myself in true editor mode (as opposed to self-editing writer mode) on my own work, I understand what people mean by needing to turn off the editor when writing.  It really is a different way of looking at the text.  It’s a different skill set.

I’ve always known that.  I’ve been an editor (of a magazine and non-fiction) and I’m quite good at it, but I’ve never edited fiction.  The process I’ve just been through with Rules are for Breaking (my romance title, do you like it?) is my first exposure to professional fiction editing and while I enjoyed it, mostly, I really now need to turn it off.  It can come back later – needs to in fact – but for now, I need to let that level of scrutiny go and concentrate on the story.

Yet another example of how in this business, as in so many others, you should never say never, or think you know how things are, because there’s always something more to learn!

But all of that is really an aside, because what I really wanted to do is tell you that I have a cover for Rules are for Breaking!  It’s due to be released as an ebook through Destiny Romance next month (there’s a blurb up on their site under ‘coming soon’) and I’m just a wee bit excited.  So, without further fanfare, here is my gorgeous cover.  What do you think?

I sold a book!

Oh, my lovelies, you have no idea how long I have waited to write that title on a post!

Well, actually, since some of you have been following me since I started writing this blog, maybe you do.  Although since, to some degree, I’ve always wanted to write a book, maybe the lifetime of the blog doesn’t really cut it. 😉

But enough waffling, down to details!

First, it isn’t the one I got the competition placing for, although that placing did indirectly lead to the sale.  Second, for the old-school among you, I should warn you that, at least to begin with, it will be in e-book form only.  Third, it isn’t out yet, nor do I have cover art, although both those things should happen soon, I hope.

But I still think it’s pretty cool!

The title of my first release is Rules are for Breaking and it is a contemporary romance starring two pig-headed people who both need to learn that you can’t run a relationship the way you run a business, before they can have their happy ending.

(Can I just say that I have never described the story that way before but it tickles me no end and is pretty accurate, so I’m letting it stand!)

It is coming out under the brand spanking new digital romance imprint of Penguin Australia, Destiny Romance. Destiny was launched at the recent RWA conference and can I say, they know how to throw a ‘do’ those girls!

It’s very exciting (to me, anyway!) for a number of reasons.

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