Monday, February 21, 2011

frabjous

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…

9 comments:

Sarah Duncan said...

So pleased it's coming together for you now after such a hard time recently. Hope you enjoy many more lie-ins this week.

Nell Dixon said...

Fabulous news!

Nas Dean said...

Good news. I'm glad it's coming alright now. You write fabulous books and I hope you continue to do that for long!

Katie said...

Congrats on selling the book :-)

Bluestocking Mum said...

Ahh, I am so with you on enjoying half term this week - that luxury of life not being quite so fever pitched and manic for 7 days is bliss... and sleeping in until after 6.30am...

Well done to you on the news. It's much deserved after the time you've had of late. More than that, it's testament to your sheer tenacity; for hanging in there when others would have curled up somewhere or thrown in the towel.

Talking of which, thanks to your kind words and encouragement I have hung in there with latest novel and made it to 30,000+ words (and I have renewed fervour.)

Onwards and upwards for the both of us, that's what I say!

Enjoy the half term
xx

Kristina Knight said...

Yay, Kate! So pleased the book was accepted...that has to be a wonderful feeling.

Lacey Devlin said...

Congrats Kate! That's fantastic news!

ninaharrington said...

Oh I am so thrilled that the book has been accepted - and I LOVE that title. Many congratulations.
Hope you have a great half term.

Kate Hardy said...

Thanks, all - your good wishes are really appreciated!

(And, Debbie - well done! Keep going :o) )