23 December 2010
20 December 2010
I was one of the lucky few whose Christmas travel plans weren't scuppered by the snow, and flew to the UK on Saturday. Goodness, it's cold!
10 December 2010
1) Christmas present buying (current tally - 0)
2) Getting fresh air
3) Writing the next book (which was going rather well)
So in the absence of anything interesting to report, I leave you with an article in The Economist on understanding why women find some men handsome and others hideous. There's a scientific study and everything, although personally I'd have thought it was kind of obvious.
15 November 2010
5am. Wake up. Write.
7am. Feed baby.
7.30am. Put baby back to bed and write.
8.30am Give baby breakfast, get ready and go to library.
9.30am-2pm. Write until library closes for lunch.
2-4pm. Have lunch. Play with baby. Wait for library to reopen.
3-8pm. Head back to library and write until it closes.
9pm. Have supper, fall into bed and sleep like the dead until 5am when it all starts again.
But now the book is in. So tomorrow my day is going to look like this:
7am. Wake up and feed baby.
7.30am. Put baby and myself back to bed.
8.30am. Give baby breakfast, get ready and... hmm. Shop? Sleep? Read? Or make a start on the next book...?
03 November 2010
As my husband, brother and cousin were rowers I've spent a lot of my time on various towpaths. Which, naturally, was a hardship, but I do feel it's important to be supportive, don't you???
20 September 2010
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09 September 2010
08 September 2010
06 September 2010
If you're entering, best of luck!
02 September 2010
12 August 2010
01 August 2010
Romantic Times says:
PROPOSITIONED BY THE BILLIONAIRE (4) by Lucy King: Phoebe Jackson is determined to make her PR business a success, even if it means accepting a proposition from her client’s overbearing brother just to prove she’s capable of the job. Since an unthinkable betrayal in his past, trust and long-term relationships don’t come easy to Alex Gilbert, but he can’t resist ruffling Phoebe’s unflappable exterior, especially by making her lose control between the sheets. The character growth is believable in this satisfying, emotion-filled novel.
24 July 2010
On September 6th Mills & Boon are launching another contest! This is what they say:
In September 2010 we launch a global search for fresh writing talent to join Mills & Boon’s galaxy of romantic fiction stars.
A celebration of romance, New Voices will put entrants through their romantic fiction paces – and we want you to have your say every step of the way!
The winner of the competition will win some fantastic prizes, including publication of the winning entry by Mills & Boon and a Mills & Boon editor for a year!
Naturally I highly recommend entering these contests, although I'm quite glad all I had to do was send in Chapter 1 and a synopsis. Check out the details at www.romanceisnotdead.com. (Too right it isn't!)
23 July 2010
At one point she says:
"Propositioned by the Billionaire by Lucy King was absolutely a magnificent love story and a very sensual and intense journey for Phoebe and Alex within weeks of meeting each other. It was one of those beautiful love stories once you began you had to finish it leaving you smiling one moment and crying the next."
It had me crying too, but probably not for the same reasons...
"Propositioned by the Billionaire was such a sweet and wonderful love story ….simply amazing!"
What a star.
20 July 2010
I think I love Julie Bonello at Cataromance. She's just reviewed Propositioned by the Billionaire and given it 4.5 stars. The full review is here, but in the meantime here's a taster of what she thought:
Propositioned by the Billionaire is another first-rate contemporary romance from Lucy King! Sparkling with a bucket load of sassiness, freshness and feel-good charm, Lucy King’s second novel has a fabulous heroine, a delectable hero, wonderful dialogue, sizzling chemistry, red-hot love scenes and a believable and plausible conflict.
Fast-paced, sexy, poignant and deliciously enjoyable, Propositioned by the Billionaire will go down a treat with fans of Modern Heat the world over – and readers would do well to remember Lucy King’s name because she is a writer destined for greatness!
Oh my. While I think she might be a tad optimistic about my future, I need to go and have a lie down...
14 July 2010
Then it was back to the accommodation for a speedy change before heading over for the Gala dinner for a fab night of catching up with friends, meeting new ones and chatting to my editor, before collapsing into bed for a few hours of sleep and then setting off for the airport again. Naturally I forgot to take my camera, but Kate Hardy and Lorraine Wilson took some fun pics.
A slightly crazy twenty-four hours, but well worth the effort. It was great to be surrounded by fellow writers and I wish I could have stayed longer. Not even my tortuous journey home - which featured a five-hour delay at Gatwick and an impromptu evacuation of the terminal - could eclipse the feeling of exhilaration!
06 July 2010
According to Google, the title 'Fammi Volare' translates as 'Fly Me' and the blurb goes like this:
'The strike by flight is perfect for preventing Emily Marchmont to attend the wedding of his ex, France. Fortunately! It was not a good idea. But Emily does not know that his sister Anna had already thought of a way to remedy the inconvenience. Luke Harrison will, thus, to accompany her overseas on his private jet. After all, the trip could be interesting.'
Ho-ho. But forget the fact that my heroine may or may not be a he and check out the gorgeous cover. Heidi's laid claim to the hunk, but she might have a fight on her hands...
18 June 2010
Other non-baby-related recent excitements include my husband agreeing to hold the fort so I can go and pick up the Joan Hessayon trophy at the RNA conference in London. Hooray!! Anyone else going to be there?
In the meantime I really must get on with rewriting book 3...
02 June 2010
And on top of that, my July release, Propositioned by the Billionaire, is now available on the Mills and Boon website. Hooray!
19 May 2010
Mixing business with pleasure has never been more fun!
When a drop-dead gorgeous mystery man comes to PR exec Phoebe Jackson's rescue at a party she's hosting, she can't help but be tempted by the sparks of desire igniting between them...and soon both their attraction and the party go up in flames...
But her rescuer is Alex Gilbert - and he has her career in his hands! Now Alex has a daring proposition for her: she must prove her worth by staging a prestigious charity event on an island paradise or she'll be fired! It would normally be a walk in the park for Phoebe - but with the oh-so-sexy Alex by her side 24/7 can she keep her mind on the job...?
14 May 2010
All a bit of a blur (the announcement on the RNA website makes far more sense than I suspect I did), but the cheering down the other end of the phone was wonderful. Am totally thrilled and honoured and delighted!
13 May 2010
06 May 2010
Bought: Damsel in Distress is up for the RNA's Joan Hessayon New Writers' Scheme Award!!
Here's what the website says... "The New Writers’ Scheme aims to encourage fresh talent in the writing of broadly romantic novels that reflect all aspects of love and life, contemporary or historical ... The award is generously sponsored by Dr David Hessayon, in honour of his late wife Joan, who was a longstanding member of the RNA and a great supporter of the New Writers’ Scheme."
I've been a member of the RNA since 2006 and submitted two full and one partial to the NWS. I can't recommend it highly enough. The depth and scope of the feedback is awesome, and absolutely priceless.
The other two (fabulous) shortlisted books are:
Pursued by Love by Georgia Hill (E-Scape)
Divorce Etiquette by Monique deVere (Wild Rose Press)
The winner will be announced at the Summer Party in London next Thursday. Agh. My nails are rapidly disappearing. Wish me luck!!
05 May 2010
Obviously I'll be steering clear of the rebujitos, and as I was recently told that sticking both hands in the air at the same time induces labour, I think I'd better refrain from the dancing too...
26 April 2010
At the moment there isn't much development of the stuff, and I haven't made the most of the themes that I've introduced. I'm relying too much on external pressures, and my characters are bickering when they should be getting to know each other. Annoyingly enough, some of the scenes I altered as being too coincidental might turn out not to have been, and my original beginning probably is the right place to start. If I'd gone with my gut instinct instead of overthinking things and endlessly fiddling around, I suspect I could have saved myself a whole lot of trouble.
I think/hope that some of this can be solved by restructuring. The rest needs to be rewritten. Ugh. Still, daunting though the amount of work I have to do is, it's kind of exciting as I know the story will be much better for it. Let's just hope the baby (due in ten days) stays where it is for a while!
09 April 2010
Now, ideas for the next book are hammering away - I'm thinking a world famous jewellry collection, a gemmologist, an ice-cool aristocrat and a batty old aunt with an online poker habit - but first I have to move house. Ugh.
Hope you all have a more glam weekend ahead!
02 April 2010
It's Semana Santa in my part of the world, which means pointy hats and pasos once again.
Of course I can't go and watch any of it as I'm head down at my desk tackling my young hot royal, so to speak, who now doesn't have to be in until Wednesday.
29 March 2010
26 March 2010
The winners will be announced at the RWA conference in July and am keeping all fingers and toes crossed (which does make typing tricky, but all for a good cause, I say).
24 March 2010
Even though I'm under no illusion that it's perfect - or won't change - after the traumas of the last couple of days (on Monday the 1000 words I'd written on Sunday mysteriously disappeared and yesterday my laptop with a morning's work on it suddenly died) this is a relief indeed!
21 March 2010
In the meantime, said Bk 2, Propositioned by the Billionaire, which is out in July and is up on Amazon, now has a cover! And here it is...
Much as I love Phoebe, I wish she'd get out of the way so we could all get a better look at that chest...
05 March 2010
26 February 2010
Real Life has recently got in the way of writing, in the shape of being given notice on the flat we've rented for the past four years. The hassle of finding somewhere new, packing up and moving (with an ever-increasing pregnancy bump) is not altogether conducive to wordflow. Agh.
But I shall perservere. With a deadline in a month, I don't have much choice!
14 February 2010
The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another's being mingle
Why not I with thine?
See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain'd its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea
What are all these kisses worth
If thou kiss not me?
Right, having failed dismally to get any words added to my wip so far this weekend, I'm off to a flamenco fashion show. Happy Valentine's Day!
12 February 2010
Well, I've just found out that Bought: Damsel in Distress has won a Cataromance Reviewers' Choice Award for best M&B Modern Heat. Oh my. Am so excited and thrilled (and, to be honest, stunned) I can barely sit still. Thank you thank you thank you to Donna, Ally and Julie.
Check out all the other fabulous winners here.
Woohoo, it's Friday, and that means I'm over at Nicola Marsh's blog, with a pic of my favourite hero inspiration. I don't tend to cast a celeb when writing my characters - in fact beyond the basics (hair/eye colour, height etc) I don't really know what they look like. But if I did, Luke Harrison, the hero in my latest Harlequin Presents release Bought: Damsel in Distress, would look something like the gorgeous James Purefoy. There's also the chance to win a free copy of the book, so head over and take a look.
I'm now up to 25,000 words in Bk 3 (most of which are probably rubbish) which may account for my recent absence from blogland. Would like to add another 5000 this weekend but what with the start of the Winter Olympics and the Six Nations rugby I have my doubts...
What's everyone else up to this weekend?
27 January 2010
Book 3 - imaginatively titled YHR as it's part of the 'Young Hot and Royal' miniseries - is moving along steadily (hah - where have you heard that before!!). I had some feedback from my editor yesterday about the very sketchy outline I sent in a while back: I need to pinpoint the emotional conflict and think about the characters' journeys, especially the hero's.
Since sending in the outline my ideas have changed a little. The conflict and showing it right from the start is something I've been working on, and hopefully this now comes through in the first chapter.
The feedback about character development isn't entirely surprising. When I start a story I tend to have the heroine and her emotional baggage mapped out in much more detail than the hero. Often the hero starts out being a shadowy figure whose sole purpose is to mess up the heroine's life. And then gradually as he interacts with her I get more of a picture of who he is and why, and can go back and weave his conflict into the story. This probably isn't the most efficient way of writing, but it seems to work for me.
What about you? Are you more heroine- or hero-centric?
26 January 2010
I'm celebrating by watching Nadal v. Murray in Melbourne. As it's 10am here I feel rather decadent, but am justifying it by being a quarter Australian and having a grandfather who was from Melbourne. Therefore I reckon I can take a quarter of the day (or a three-ish hour tennis match) as a holiday. Genius, or what???
24 January 2010
The fabulous Lorraine has nominated me for a Kreativ Blogger award, so here are 7 (possibly not very) interesting facts about me.
- I hate mushrooms. Although I can just about bear the little white ones raw in salads, the mere smell of mushrooms cooking makes me gag.
- I was once approached by MI6. Luckily (as I'm not too good at keeping secrets) they decided I wasn't right for the job.
- I have a masters in Arabic (which may account for 2.) and Spanish.
- My sense of direction is non-existent, although my map-reading skills aren't too bad.
- I asked my husband out on our first date. He initially said no.
- I was once shot at in the Yemeni desert by bedouin would-be kidnappers. I think they decided in the end that 5 shrieking British girls weren't worth the hassle.
- I prefer cats to dogs.
Heidi Rice, Kate Hardy, Natalie Anderson, Trish Wylie, Mira Lyn Kelly, Julie Cohen and Phillipa Ashley.
(If the 7 points above have piqued your interest, there's even more stuff about me and my writing in my recent interview over at Cataromance.)
14 January 2010
Equally depressing is the realisation that I've started my new story in the wrong place. There's lots of chat and flirting but no conflict whatsoever and it's actually rather dull. Oops. Luckily I think I know how to fix it.
At the moment I have no idea where this story is going, but I'm trying not to worry too much about that just yet. With my last book I over-analysed everything, tried to second guess what my editor would think of what I'd written, obsessed about my overuse of the verb 'to be' and generally forgot to let my characters provide the plot. This time things are going to be different. Hopefully.
Does anyone else fall into these traps, or is it just me???
12 January 2010
08 January 2010
Great big thank yous to everyone who's read it.
04 January 2010
Now I'd better get cracking with Bk 3, of which I've written 25 words. Only 49,075 to go. Gulp.
02 January 2010
Looking back, 2009 was great. Writing-wise, I got The Call and a two-book contract. Life-wise we were finally granted very long-awaited planning permission, and I found out I was pregnant. And now it's 2010. Where do the years go? With two more books to write, a baby to produce and a house to build - all around the day job - I have a feeling this one's going to be busy.
Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous 2010!