Tuesday, March 27, 2012

A RITA finalist...

I have very exciting news today. News that started at around eleven o'clock last night. I was sound asleep when the phone rang, and I might have panicked, but I did know it was the day the RITA® calls would go out. Just the same, I was a bit dopey, not thinking to turn on the light, but stumbling through the dark house and bumping into furniture. When I heard a lovely American voice on the line I knew that one of my books had finalled. Wow. Sat there in the dark, listening and it turned out it was Rancher's Twins: Mom Needed, my book with an illiterate cattleman hero, a story I brainstormed at one of our earlier retreats, so I have wonderful friends to thank for the inspiration.
I'm thrilled that a fellow Harlequin Romance author has been nominated in the same category. Donna Alward is a finalist with her fabulous book How A Cowboy Stole Her Heart. And Aussies Trish Morey and Fiona Lowe and Christina Brooke are also finalists -- all in different categories, so we don't have to compete with each other which is cool.
If you'd like to see the full list of finalists selected by Romance Writers of America®’  you can see it here.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

a wonderful life...

I had every intention of blogging this past week, but I’m afraid travel and a deadline leave little room for extras. I have to confess I’ve had THE BEST week – on a writing retreat with six friends at Coolangatta.

I know I’m truly blessed to have wonderful friends who are fun and generous and wise – and totally switched on when it comes to writing. In these weeks away, we spend a lot of time alone in our own one bedroom apartments (above is the gorgeous view from mine). But we're still writing madly because we all have deadlines. However, we do meet for lunch...
 and a writing related discussion (this was the flashest lunch I had and those chips were the best I've eaten in years).
In the evenings we gather to let our hair down, but the conversation is invariably about writing. The brainstorming sessions are invaluable. I always take away gems that sustain me during the writing of the next book.
This week, we also caught up with wonderful Gold Coast writers, Meredith Webber (on left)...

and Helen Bianchin, (we secretly consider helen to be The Queen of Romance.) Helen shared amazing stories of her life as a young wife in Mareeba when her husband was a share cropping tobacco farmer long before she became a bestselling author for Harlequin Presents.

Now... it’s home again, home again and a week to my deadline, but I’m refreshed and re-inspired and aware of how very lucky I am to have such wonderful friends.

And here's a lovely pic of Trish Morey and Fiona McArthur.

Friday, March 16, 2012


I heard this on the radio the other day and thought I just had to share it here  -- Leonard Cohen reciting the lyrics of 'A Thousand Kisses Deep.'

Very inspiring...

Friday, March 09, 2012

A lovely day...

I've just completed another trip around the sun -- (new speak for birthday) and had a lovely day with lots of phone calls and e-messages -- dinner of Thai prawns and Champagne cooked by E. A big thrill was watching the NQ Cowboys beat the Brisbane Broncos.  (Somewhat unexpected) Matty Bowen, a notoriously shy player on camera, was the brilliant double-try scoring Man of the Match and it was his birthday too. So that was fun!!

 I spent the day working on my line edits for Zoe's Muster, my Penguin book, a very different experience from M&B, very enlightening and interesting. My lovely editor talked me through 'Track Changes' -- so great to have an Australian editor, working same hours!!!

Today I'm off to my acapella singing group at Yungaburra, one of the activities I've started in my bid to get out of my writer's cave and become more involved in the community. On Sunday, I'll be catching up with daughter Emma and her family. Emma's running a string workshop in Cairns for the Young Con, so that will be great fun.

Oh, and I've just discovered that Rancher's Twins: Mum Needed is now an audio CD from audilble.com. I'm thrilled about that!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Foreign editions...

Lucy Gordon kindly sent me this cover from the Czech Republic. As you can see I am Barbara Hannayova in Czech -- which is something we all smile at. It becomes especially smile worthy for Elizabeth Rolls and Shirley Jump whose surnames become Rollsova and Jumpova.