Tuesday, 28 October 2014

VENICE, CELEBRATION & AN UNMISSABLE FILM

Last week I went to Richmond to have lunch with my editor, which is always a treat.  It's one of the few times when I feel like a "real" writer and a professional - instead of someone who just sits in a room in her PJs. making up stories.
At some point I must have mentioned (wistfully) to our editorial team that when I signed my first contract, there wasn't any kind of celebratory party - which has become a lovely tradition for today's new authors.  
So as I walked into the offices I was delighted to see this:



All the hard-working team gathered round for a toast!
(I am the one with the extended leg and my editor of many years - Bryony Green - is standing beside me).  


A close-up of the board shows a mock-up of my April, 2015 release CARRYING THE GREEK'S HEIR and it's a really gorgeous cover.



Look closely and feast your eyes on a photo of Ireland's finest actor David Wilmot (if you haven't already seen SHADOW DANCER, then go and watch it right now.  You won't find a better film).  There's also a photo of me on a dance floor in San Francisco but the less said about that - the better!

Oh, and to top it all I heard that my 94th title has been accepted.  Set in Venice and Cornwall, it features sexy, former bodyguard Loukas Sarantos a man who is now wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, and Jessica Cartwright - the only woman to ever reject him.  It will be released in October, 2015 - title to follow.

What was the last thing you celebrated?


Sunday, 5 October 2014

I FLIP WHEN A FELLA SENDS ME FLOWERS....

Gotta love Rogers & Hammerstein, and this deliciously corny song


That this was a precursor to South Pacific is easy to see.  Shades of the fabulous (and very corny) Honey Bun


Sigh.  Don't you just love cheesy musicals?

Saturday, 4 October 2014

EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY

You write a book.  You struggle and curse as you attempt to get the tortured emotions of your hero and heroine onto the page and help them work out the stuff which is keeping them apart.  But when you press *send* and deliver your manuscript to your editor - your story is pretty much out of your hands.

You can send in a detailed form, saying how you imagine your characters will look and what you'd like the setting of the cover to be, but it's very much the imaginative baby of the artwork team.  As it should be, because they're the experts.

I've just received the UK cover of CHRISTMAS IN DA CONTI'S BED - and I love it.  Niccolo is one of the Sultan of Qurhah's three great mates.  The other two are the deliciously naughty  Luis Martinez - and the Greek billionaire Alek Sarantos, whose story is coming out in April, 2015.

But back to Niccolo.
He's intense.
He's sexy.
And Alannah's expression tells us that she's knows what a lucky girl she is.
Or is she?



This is a picture which tells a story.
What does it tell you?

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

SWEET TREATS FOR HEROES

No, they aren't rather flat looking mince-pies, but a sweet South American treat called Alfajores which are deceptively light and filled with spiced dolce de leche.  To find out why I'm posting random pictures of them, go and take a look at iheartpresents


And in other news, I've just had a book accepted - woot, woot!
CARRYING THE GREEK'S HEIR will be out in April, 2015 and it's about a man named Alekto Sarantos who is one of the most complex and gorgeous heroes I've ever written.  At times I felt myself wishing I was Ellie Brooks - the woman who has the tough task of taming him....

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

DO YOU LIKE TO WIN?

No, I'm not advertising a self-help manual, but giving away three copies of my latest book on Goodreads.   It's very simple.  All you have to do is to write five hundred words on whether the UK should leave the European Union.
Not really.
Just press a button here and soon you could be losing yourself in the story of seriously sexy world champion Luis Martinez and the dowdy housekeeper who has the misfortune of working for him (she doesn't look so dowdy on the cover, does she?).



Tempted?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

ANGEL HEART

It was one of the best films I ever saw (and one of the scariest) and the only reason I watched it was because it starred Mickey Rourke, who I considered one of the finest actors of his generation. 
(And yes, in those pre-surgery days he was also very easy on the eye). 


I've just been watching a clip and even though it's been a long time…  gulp!




Have you seen ANGEL HEART?  Or is there a film which scares you more?

Monday, 30 June 2014

WHY ARE CAROUSELS SO….

SCARY?
I recently went to see the play 1984 (completely brilliant) and afterwards walked along the South Bank.  It was a busy, sunny day and everything seemed bright and normal and innocent when I came across this carousel.  My heart pounded.  Immediately, I started thinking about clowns and spooky figures hiding in the shadows.  I was sure I could hear the sound of mocking laughter…


Of course, Carousel is my favourite musical and the one which gave birth to the haunting anthem which has been adopted by Liverpool football team.  And so I leave you with YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE


(And it was a serious question: why ARE carousels so scary?)