I have not gotten tired of the Guardians of the Night world. Nor have I gotten tired of the characters. I had no trouble getting myself enthused about the book, and I got excited when I thought about all the possibilities. I had to fight to keep myself in the chair. Suddenly, it seemed terribly important that I get that laundry done, or got out to the gym, or played a game of Civilization on the computer.
I was in serious writing-avoidance mode. I hope that it came out all right despite the fact that it was such a struggle. What this tells me is that the ease with which I write the book has little or nothing to do with the quality of the end product. Which is in some ways a good thing. Still, I must admit, I like the easy ones better! Especially when I have a tight deadline! The second book in my Elemental Witches series released in March. Witch Blood tells the story of Isabelle Novak and Thomas Monahan as they hunt a rampaging demon that has been killing of witches Isabelle's sister included.
Thomas was a secondary character in the first book of this series. And a demon keeps drawing them apart. Spring is such a lovely time of year, and a good time to try one of my other ambitions - beekeeping. This is much more of a challenge. So as I want to help stop their decline, I have to fight my phobia. It runs until the end of May and for the chance of winning some signed books including my next release, Her Ruthless Italian Boss and other goodies, all you need to do is email me at christinahollis hotmail.
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Posted by Unknown at AM 9 comments Links to this post. Saturday, April 12, 12 Points on the 12th - the new edition! I'm really thrilled to be able to say that this second edition is being published and I've been working hard to make it even bigger and better than the first one. Why did I want to write a second edition?
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That meant that no one can get a copy any more, unless they found one second-hand. Even Amazon doesn't have any used copies available. Well - they do - if you want.
And no way am I claiming that my book is worth 6 - nearly 7 times what it originally cost. And Silhouette Romance had merged with that line to be Harlequin Romance.
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Then there was the Modern Extra line which is now selling as Modern Heat. Nothing stays exactly the same in romance publishing for very long. And that includes the focus of the different lines, there are changes in the guidelines and the things that editors are looking for in submissions. So obviously it was time to plan a second edition.
But I also decided that if I was going to bring out a second edition, it was going to be an improved and expanded new edition as well as a revised one. I know a lot about writing romance but there are some things that only the authors who write for specific lines really know about. And so I decided that the best way to make the book even more helpful would be to include advice from the horses' mouths so to speak.
I sent out questionnaires to lots of my wonderful friends who write romance for many different lines - and 21 of them answered. There's also Holly Jacobs from Harlequin Everlasting - er - Superromance see there's another of those lines that came and went and Yvonne Lindsay from Desire.
Hopefully, whatever line you're aiming for you'll find something to help you there. From the actual publication date- I will be holding a special launch party on my blog with many of the authors who contributed to the From the Authors' Desks section joining me in the celebrations - and many of them are offering prizes too. So don't miss out on that. If you're in America and you'd like a neat way to remember these details, then Lee has some lovely bookmarks with all the info you'll need.
Lee Hyat. But if you want a chance to be one of the very first people to own a signed copy of this brand new edition, then I have one that I'm offering as a prize here on this blog. I don't know if you've ever visited my web site then you'll know that the way I pick the winners for my contests is that I don't pick them - my cat Sid does! I put all the names on pieces of paper with a cat treat on the top of each one, and the first one that Sid picks is the winner. So Sid will be picking a winner for me for this prize - and I'll throw in a signed copy of one of my Presents books and a special Kate Walker book bag as well.
All you have to do is to post in the comment s section - tell me about your writing, what lines you're aiming for - or why you'd like to win the 12 Point Guide - I'd love to hear from you. And so would Sid - the more answers we get, the more cat treats he has to eat his way through! And if you get a chance I hope you'll come along to the launch party over on my blog - there will be more prizes to win over there too. Hope to see you there.
A collection of good books! Like when you discover an author or a series you enjoy, then you have the pleasure of reading the other stories in the series. The promise of more to come is so appealing. Similarly I love anthologies — collections of stories by a favourite author, or by various writers. I started young.
One of my first books was a fairy tale anthology. Large, hard bound in red, with wonderful evocative illustrations. I still have that book. As a child it seemed almost magical — as if there was a never ending supply of exotic, exciting tales between the covers. Later I discovered other anthologies. Dr Dolittle, whose fantastic adventures kept me spellbound, and compilations of adventure stories.
I read my way through series too, such as Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. Every so often I discovered new authors in anthologies and I had a ball. More were waiting. Then I discovered romance Harlequin Mills and Boon books presented a never-ending series to be explored. Then there was Georgette Heyer, with a whole new world of regency-set romantic comedies to read. Mary Stewart too, whose stories of romantic adventure and suspense enthralled me as a teenager.
My favourite was a huge anthology of 3 stories. I read it everywhere, even walking between classes. The first story I loved, and then there were two more waiting for me between the covers! I barely looked up for days. These days I read anthologies of romances, or a series of them. Lots of reading pleasure to look forward to! Now, to my delight, one of my stories in appearing in an anthology. The collection of 3 full length novels aims to showcase some of Harlequin's new authors.
As well as my story there are romances by Annie Burrows regency historical and Margaret McDonagh medical. I hope readers enjoy this collection as much as I enjoy delving into anthologies.
Happy reading, everyone! To celebrate the launch of the anthology, Annie, Annie and Margaret are running a contest in which one lucky reader can win three personally signed books. Labels: 'Mills and Boon Presents In my days as a movie star. You mean you didn't know I was in Field of Dreams?
Well, I was. That was me walking down the street away from the camera when Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones were crossing the street to go to the newspaper office and talk to Burt Lancaster. Admittedly, you had to look quick or you'd miss me my mother missed me, though the librarian at the public library stopped me one day and said, "I saw you in Field of Dreams last night!
As I was saying, when I was in Field of Dreams there were two taglines for the film which we all knew. One was Is this heaven? No, it's Iowa -- which goes without saying, of course. The other was If you build it, they will come. That was what the voice in Ray Kinsella's head was telling him about why he ought to build a baseball diamond out in the middle of his cornfield.
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To say it didn't exactly make sense was, um, putting it mildly. Not even Ray himself exactly understood what compelled him to hear the voice, much less do what it said. But he did -- over considerable opposition and quite a lot of heads shaking in disbelief -- and, guess what! They came.
The ball players came. Shoeless Joe Jackson came. Ray's long dead father with whom he'd never really connected came. All because Ray listened to that voice and more than listened, put his body where his ears were and built that field. He didn't just think about doing it.