Thursday, December 17, 2009

Some excellent news

Current work: French duo book 2 (Provence. Hot, sunny days. Ha. Is zero degrees here in England)
Listening to: Def Leppard/Christmas compilation
Reading: (next on TBR)

Wonderful news from my ed yesterday – she’s v pleased with the revisions to French duo book 1, so my 42nd M&B has just been accepted. That’s definitely the best sort of Christmas pressie for a writer… and I'm thrilled.

Also had huge pile of Christmas cards yesterday. I love getting the ‘round robin’ letters in Christmas cards. I know some people loathe them and think they’re an excuse for boasting, but maybe I’m fortunate in my friends because they really are updates on what everyone’s been doing and they usually include pics of the kids/pets. (That’s what goes in mine, too. Except for two lines of boasting last year when I said how thrilled I was to have won the RNA Romance Prize 2008. But I don’t usually boast!)

Cold again this morning, with the threat of snow. I hope it holds off, or at least isn't as bad as forecast. We're just not geared up for snow, so just a dusting (that melted quickly and didn't affect the roads) would be great. So do you have snow where you are? (Or are you at nearly 40 degrees, down under?)


Jane Holland said...

Provence, huh?

I stayed up till after 3am last night to do the Harlequin Open House chats - crazy woman, I know, but it was fun! and those Nocturne writers are insane, werewolves and vampires everywhere!! - and then badly overslept this morning.

If the alarm went off, none of us heard it. So my husband was late for work and the kids rolled into school at 9.30am. Shock, horror! But the point of this somewhat circuitous tale is that, stumbling out to the car in a frantic rush, I found the windowscreen thick in ice and had to spend an extra five minutes scraping it before we could even leave!

The first really hard frost of the season would strike on the day when we're incredibly late. Natch!

And we're apparently due snow here in Warwickshire today or tomorrow. My father, who lives in Provence half the year, is back off to his hill village there soon. Though it can be cold even in Provence at this time of year, so I suppose Grrr would be an inappropriate response to that!

linda margaret said...


We have a thin layer of snow on the ground here in New Brunswick Canada. It is 0 degrees F here this morning. We have not had the sort of winter weather they have been experiencing out in western Canada where the temperature is the same in both the Farenheit and Centigrade scales (-40)

Glad your editor liked your recent book. Congrats.


who still has lots of Christmas prep left to do

Shirley Wells said...

Congrats on the acceptance. 42! Phew.

We have a thin - very thin - dusting of the white stuff.

Olivia Ryan said...

As you say, Kate - excellent news. Worthy of a little celebratory drink, methinks!! And as for boasting - blimey, you are entitled!

Brigitte said...

Well done, for the new book.
Cyber-champers methinks for this occasion!!!

Here across the Channel we had quite some snow today with temperatures at -3 for most of the day. 3 cm snow, according the the news on the telly. School run this morning was difficult, as traffic broke down. Typical...People around here do not know how to drive in snow.
Flights were delayed too.

Ah well, seems we are going to have the same difficulties tomorrow. It will all have blown over by Saturday. I sincerely hope so, as we are booked for a long distance flight on Sunday and I do not relish the thought of being stranded at the airport.

Lacey Devlin said...

Every year I swear I'm moving! 40 degrees! I want snow and I want it now :D

Kate Hardy said...

Jane - wow, that late! Glad you enjoyed it, though. (Presents and Medicals both seemed a bit quiet, this year.)

Hope the snow's not too bad your way - I think we got the worst of it in the east. (Ex Norwich, but it only takes a couple of centimetres for the city to grind to a halt - we're just not geared up to deal with snow.)

Kate Hardy said...

Linda - minus forty?? That's seriously cold.

Hope you manage to catch up with the Christmas preps. (And thanks for the congrats. I'm chuffed.)

Kate Hardy said...

Shirley - thanks. Hope you didn't get the big dump overnight. (Or is yours due tonight, coming down from Scotland?)

Kate Hardy said...

Olivia - thanks :o)

Kate Hardy said...

Brigitte - thanks - and have a wonderful trip!

Kate Hardy said...

Lacey - the exact opposite of Canada, hmm? (And, trust me, snow is not nice. Not if you have to drive in it. Snow and northern lights is different, and I'm soooo looking forward to that. But Norway knows how to deal with snow. England doesn't.)

Liz Fielding said...

Congrats on # 42 Kate!

Kate Hardy said...

Liz - thank you!