Sunday, 20 December 2015

Writing a Cover Quote

One of the nicest things about having spent almost eight years pursuing my dream of being a published writer is the friends I’ve made along the way. From other course attendees to those attending conferences, the list is long. I was also a member of Romance Writers of  Australia’s critique partner scheme and here I met online, three wonderful writers, Kathi, Louise and Joanne.

Earlier this year, Joanne’s first book, Falling For Mr Wrong, was published and I was as excited for her then as I was when my first book hit the shelves. 

Last week, Joanne’s second book was released, but this one was extra special for me as not only did I get to read it ahead of publication, but had the honour of writing a cover quote.

Superstar Alex Jackson steers clear of any emotional involvement after a series of life-changing events turned his life, and heart, inside out and upside down. Broken and deeply scarred, he has sworn to remain single and emotionally aloof to all women. 

Physiotherapist Violet McKenzie, is distrustful of men—famous men being at the top of her list for good reason. She’s learned a thing or two about them and has made a conscious effort to stay as far away as she possibly can. 

Until sexy Alex needs her professional assistance after a stage mishap and she becomes his personal physio. Violet has sworn off love, but when Alex’s hot kisses keep her up at night longing for more, she wonders if she can remain steadfast to her personal promise to never fall for the wrong guy again. 

Can a superstar and an ordinary girl have a happily ever after, or is that only reserved for the songs Alex sings? 

Praise for Joanne Dannon - “A sexy superstar hero who has it all except the love of the right woman and an ordinary working girl whose job propels her into the heart of the hero's glamorous life. Joanne Dannon's wonderfully emotional story will sweep you away.” – Rachael Thomas, Harlequin Presents author. 

So, congratulations Joanne on a very successful writing year and if you want to find out more about Joanne and her books check out her website.

Friday, 4 December 2015

Almost but not quite

I’m finally in December. You see, I didn’t quite hit the target for NaNoWriMo this year, so tried to ignore that fact that December had arrived. It was a case of almost, but not quite.

The same thing happened to me two years ago today. The results of Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write were announced and although I’d made it to the Top 10 of the previous round, I didn’t make it to the final three. Facebook has reminded me this morning of that day and this was the post I made then.

Well I didn't make the Top 3 but I am thrilled to have got so far, to have gained the interest of editors and to have been supported by such wonderful friends. Thank you all. Normal life can now resume!!

It's surreal to think that two years ago today I thought my dream of publication would stay just that - a dream. However my fifth book, New Year at the Boss's Bidding will be on the shelves very soon.

Taking part and having fun is the important part of any race you are in, be it NaNoWriMo, a competition or even a marathon. Not that I have any personal experience of the latter.

Now, of course, it's a new race. Can I do all I need to do before Christmas?