Current work: new Riva
Listening to: DH’s iPod (in 2-second skips. Arrgh. Why the man cannot make playlists… oh, yeah. He only has one X chromosome)
Reading: had a bit of a readfest this weekend: Kelly Hunter, With This Fling; Fiona Harper, Three Weddings and a Baby; Jessica Hart, Juggling Briefcase and Baby (enjoyed all three); Eloisa James, Duchess by Night (made me laugh for all the right reasons, and also made me cry – enjoyed it very much, and thanks to my mate Scarlet Wilson for telling me about that one)
It’s half term, so apologies but this blog is going to be a bit intermittent this week – am spending time with DH and the cherubs (and at the moment this also seems to mean loafing in bed for an hour or so in the mornings with my nose in a book instead of having to be up at 6.30 sharp to sort out packed lunches and marshal troops. Had forgotten just how much I enjoy reading in the mornings, even though it's my best work period; this is refilling the well rather than me being a lazy tart).
Had some fantastic news from my editor all of ten minutes ago – she’s just accepted the gelati book, aka my 47th Mills & Boon. It’s going to be out in the UK in October and the US in November, and the title is ‘A Moment on the Lips’.
I’m particularly thrilled as I wrote this book just before life went really pear-shaped. Actually, that’s a fib. It was already pear-shaped at that point, as I’d rewritten a book completely – twice – and then it was rejected. Half a year wasted (and I would normally have had three accepted in that period). Cue career hitting skids, big time. Pulling yourself back from that is tough enough; then the personal stuff hit, too. Dad went into his last illness and passed away, and then the family crisis - well, that takes up way too much of my headspace as it is.
But I think I’m back now. My ed says I have my stride back, anyway. And that feeling is just frabjous. Thanks especially to my friends for putting up with me during the really tough times (you know who you are, and you're wonderful).
Off on a research trip tomorrow which will hopefully get the current book grounded. Back with pics later in the week. Have a nice evening. Ours is going to be celebratory…