Archive for January, 2013

Thanks to my critique partner and fellow author A.M. Westerling –http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5895440.A_M_Westerling/blog  – for the opportunity to be part of this blog hop. I’m trying very hard to keep up with social media. It’s all a learning curve. I’m on Facebook, Twitter and have a badly neglected blog site so this has come along at just the right time for me to write this week’s post.

What is the working title of your book?

Hmm. Pick one. I’ve been lucky enough to not run short of ideas, but the genre that is nearest and dearest to my heart is Regency romance, so that would be His Ocean Vixen which will be my second Regency novel.

Where did the idea come from?

From my first Regency romance, His Dark Enchantress. When I first started writing it my hero’s sister was such an intrusion that I promised her a book of her own so now I’m keeping that promise.

What genre does your novel fall under?

Definitely Regency. I love that period of history. I remember when I picked up my first Georgette Heyer novel Frederica. I still have that book and read it at least a couple of times each year and find it as fresh and funny as the first time I read it. Other authors in the genre that I really enjoy are Mary Balogh, Jo Beverley and Lecia Cornwall.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters if it became a movie?

That is a really hard question. I know it dates me terribly but all the actors that immediately came to mind are mostly like me now – seniors – and no longer acting. I think Chris Hemsworth for my hero would be able to swash a buckle or two, and Rachel Weitz has played some pretty feisty roles so she would definitely fill the bill for my heroine.

What is the one-sentence blurb for the book?

Saved from a shipwreck, a young woman gradually falls in love with her rescuer only to find he may be a slave trader, something that she will not condone but could she be wrong?

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

I will be looking for representation, but if not then I would definitely self-publish.

How long did it take to get to the final draft of the MS?

It is still a work in progress and I’m planning to have it finished by the end of June 2013.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I think the romance in Mary Balogh’s books and the action in Lecia Cornwall’s. Both authors have given me a great deal of food for thought.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The inspiration for this title came from my first Regency, which started with an idea for a scene which I just wrote out and sent to my critique partner to see if it had any merit. She thought it did and that was how His Dark Enchantress came to be. As I had only written non-fiction and short stories prior to that, I was really surprised to find that my characters took on a life of their own. Arguing with figments of your imagination is a really hard thing to do, but each character that bullied me into submission got a file of their own. Now I have to make the time to write their stories.

What else about your book might pique a reader’s interest?

If readers are anything like me, they identify with strong, take charge heroines and mine is definitely that.

I hope you enjoy this blog and for the next stop along the blog hop way, check out Brenda’s Banter and Balm at www.brendasinclairauthor.com.







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So the world didn’t end on December 21st, 2012 and here we are in January, 2013. All my good intentions of blogging on Wednesday evenings obviously went by the wayside. Last year had lots of changes. Losing my Mum, and then later having to make the decision to let my little dog, Jay, go. Both events were hard rows to hoe. However, decisions have to be made and life goes on. Not the same, that’s for sure, but different. The old adage when one door closes another opens was never more true.

Not wanting to become a couch potato without Jay to get me out of the house, I went to Spice Wellness and tried out their vibration machines. Seemed like a good idea at the time and it still is. I go three times a week, more if I want to. It’s a quick stop for me – and that’s it in a nutshell. I would begrudge the time going to a gym and working out, getting sweaty, necessitating showers and changing. In between times I use my rebounder and try to go for a walk a couple of times a week.

And what of my eating plan? Well, I’d love to say I was really good at it. However, that would be far from the truth and Christmas is no time to be saying ‘no thank you’ to all those friends who gave edible gifts. Chocolate from one, cookies from another, home-made fruit cake from someone who knows me well. The jams and sauces another friend gave me will be an ongoing treat.

But January 1st is like a fresh page in a journal. It’s open to possibilities. What will today bring? I’ve started it off with an omelette and a small side of chopped asparagus, red pepper and onion. A sprinkle of crushed chilies, black pepper and sea salt, and voila! breakfast. Lunch will be an avacado, kiwi fruit and spinach smoothie. Supper – well, I haven’t thought that far ahead so watch this page!

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