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Distractions

One of the things I am trying to do at the moment, now that the book has gone (for a while at least) is to tackle the many boxes I still haven’t unpacked. They’re mostly books, and the difficulty for me is that I need to cull them. I gave away two very large bookshelves when I moved, and had some new bookshelves built in, but there’s still not enough space, so it’s culling, culling, culling for me. Not fun.

Anyway, the focus at the moment is setting up my office. I don’t really need an office to work in anymore, as I write on my laptop, which can go anywhere. But when a friend visited and we were looking at my office-to-be she said, “What are they?” and pointed at a line of acrylic writing trophies I have won.  

In my old house, the office walls were painted a deep mid-blue — the paint company called it “budgerigar blue” and the acrylic trophies stood out quite well against it. But in the new house all the walls are a kind of white, and the trophies become invisible. When I explained she shook her head, and said “These are things to be proud of. You need to display them properly.” And I am very proud of them. They are mostly from ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) and reader awards, are, in my opinion a real honour.   (Note, I’m using Australian spelling, so our instead of or.)

“Stick something colored behind them,” my friend said, so seizing on any distraction, I did. I bought some shiny card, and we cut out shapes to fit behind the trophies and stuck them on the back of the trophies with sticky tape, so the writing was readable. 
So here they are.  The blue ones are for “Favourite Historical Romance”, the red ones are for “Favourite Australian Romance Author” and the two light green ones are for “Favourite Continuing Romance Series.” And there’s one RWAustralia RBY as well. I’ve won that three times, but the first two were wooden and metal  plaques and didn’t need anything.
Wouldn’t it be good if the manufacturers of acrylic trophies also sold coloured backings? These look so pretty, don’t you think?

So now that’s done, I need to crack on with actually setting up the office. <g>

No longer a finalist

You might have seen a flurry of excited posts from Australian authors whose books have been nominated for the annual ARRA (Australian Romance Readers Association) Awards. 

My book, THE LAIRD’S BRIDE was also nominated, and I was also thrilled, but I didn’t post anywhere about it. Read on to see why.

As well as being thrilled to be a finalist, I was also a little worried, as I wasn’t sure it was eligible. You see that story started life as a 12,000 word short story in the Mammoth Book of Scottish romance. But it was really too short, and a lot of readers said so.

Then last year I expanded it to 40,000 words and self published it. The first third is pretty much unchanged, and the rest is new. Because it was so much longer, I registered a new copyright date — June 2023.

Because of that, I wasn’t sure it could be claimed as a new book.

So I wrote to the ARRA committee, explaining the situation, and they discussed it and have decided to withdraw the book. Which is what I expected.
So I’m still pleased at having been nominated, but also relieved as I would hate to be accused of cheating.

So thank you to the ARRA members who nominated my book — and the very best of good luck to all the other finalists. You can see the list here.

A BookBub Special

The e-book of  THE RAKE’S DAUGHTER will be on special in the USA selling for $1.99 between August 21 and August 28.

This is the story of Izzy,  a bold and outspoken young woman who, along with her legitimate sister,  is determined not to let her illegitimacy stand in the way of her happiness. The full story description is beneath the image below.
You can buy it from  amazon, Barnes&Noble,  Kobo, and other e-book retailers,  BUT the reduced price won’t operate until August 21st.

An earl is forced to play matchmaker for the daughters of a rake in a smart and witty new Regency romance from the national bestselling author of The Scoundrel’s Daughter.

Recently returned to England, Leo, the new Earl of Salcott, discovers he’s been thrust into the role of guardian to an heiress, the daughter of a notorious rake. Even worse, his wealthy ward has brought her half-sister, the beautiful but penniless Isobel, with her. Leo must find Clarissa a suitable husband, but her illegitimate half sister, Izzy, is quite another matter. Her lowly birth makes her quite unacceptable in London’s aristocratic circles.

However, the girls are devoted to each other and despite the risk of scandal if Izzy’s parentage is discovered, they refuse to be separated. To Leo’s frustration, nothing will convince them otherwise. Even worse, sparks fly every time Leo and Izzy interact.

Called away to his country estate, Leo instructs the young ladies to stay quietly at home. But when he returns, he’s infuriated to discover that Izzy and Clarissa have launched themselves into society — with tremendous success! There’s no going back. Now Leo must enter society to protect Clarissa from fortune hunters, and try not to be driven mad by the sharp-witted, rebellious, and intoxicating Izzy.