Thursday, December 11, 2008

Harlequin's open house (and some anti-crow material)

Current work: nonfic and Modern Heat
Listening to: Take That
Reading: Next on TBR

There’s something today guaranteed to put a smile on my face: Harlequin’s open house! So do go over and visit. (There are lots of authors around, and lots of giveaways…)

The Presents party is here; Medicals is here; Romance is here; Historicals is here. Do come and say hello.

And the anti-crow material?

I’m not usually a jewellery fiend, but there’s something about the Pandora range that really appeals to me. And my bracelet is looking very nice indeed, since I decided that I’m going to buy each bead as I work on the book instead of waitng until I’ve finished. (In my defence, I had an advance cheque… and I didn’t have a responsible adult with me… and… Well, DH has given up nagging. Will not be buying another one until February)

Next time I have an attack of the crows, this is what I’ll see.



Reading from right to left (the order in which they went on to the bracelet):

  • The bracelet itself and the two heart charms: for winning the RNA Romance Prize 2008
  • One charm which looks like an iris (yes, I know it’s really a poinsettia – am stretching it slightly) - this is for a reason I cannot divulge yet, but it’s a definite crow-scarer
  • One pretty Murano glass charm (simply because I happen to like this one and apparently it’s not easy to find - this was a carpe diem moment)
  • One 'roses' charm with gold accents: to celebrate my book Hotly Bedded, Conveniently Wedded being the first Presents enriched e-book (roses = romance, and the gold = enriched)
  • One spacer charm covered in kisses (because you need something between the larger beads to make them look nice – and kisses are appropriate for a romance author)
  • One shell with a starfish: to celebrate my Penhally book (aka my 27th Medical Romance/37th M&B; the working title is The Heart Surgeon’s Proposal – and, as the Penhally series is set in a Cornish fishing village, I thought this bead was appropriate)
  • One spacer charm covered in roses (see note above re spacer with kisses)
  • One charm that reminds me of a child’s drawing of a sun: to celebrate my Norway book (aka the one I’m working on now: my 11th Modern Heat/38th M&B – this bead makes me think of the midnight sun. And that's a cubic zircona, not a diamond)

OK. So I'm a bad puppy... but it works. And it's better for me than chocolate, right?

4 comments:

Jan Jones said...

That is so lovely, Kate. And to me it is utterly incomprehensible why you should still be having crows, so there!

PS - you are going to bring it with you when we meet up so I can see it for real, aren't you?

Katie_S said...

Those beads are gorgeous! I especially love the sun one. I'm so jealous :-)

Kate Hardy said...

Jan - trust me, the crows still peck :o)

And yes, course I'll bring it with me!

Kate Hardy said...

Katie - thank you. The sun one is my daughter's favourite (and she is eyeing up my bracelet...)