Wednesday, May 16, 2012

some really, really, REALLY good news...

Current work: med/Vienna book tweaks
Listening to: Beethoven/Roberto Alagna
Reading: Kristan Higgins, Somebody to Love (fabulous – her books are always a treat)

I’m thrilled to say that my 52nd book – aka the Vienna book – has been accepted. Publication date is some time in early 2013; title to be confirmed.

And the big news is that it’s to a different line. Bit of a sea change, but as from now I write for Harlequin Romance (Cherish in the UK) rather than Presents. Extra/Riva. And obviously I’m still a medical author!

And yes, we went out to dinner last night to celebrate. Nothing fancy, just the local pub, but it was nice to go out and celebrate.

The last couple of years have been a real struggle for me, both personally and workwise. My post yesterday on Liz Fenwick’s blog, about resilience, was very heartfelt. And what got me through a fairly bumpy time was having some seriously good friends who listened, were my cheer squad, and most importantly didn’t let me wallow and get miserable. The Vienna book is dedicated to them, with much love and thanks.

The future is looking brighter than it has for a long, long time. The personal stuff is pretty much resolved (as in my dad is at peace now, and I'm staying well out of reach of the people in my life who gave me unnecessary grief - if they apologised for their unkind, spiteful behaviour, I'd be prepared to forgive, but I'm certainly not putting myself forward for more of the same treatment); I’ve also made a decision to look after myself a bit better than I have been (hence the Kate Unlardy Project); and workwise I’m feeling really enthusiastic because I think that the Romance line will fit my voice better. My ideas are flowing again, which is always a good sign. Obviously I still have a bit of a learning curve to come, but the really big worries I’ve been living with for the last few months are over for now. It will be lovely not to be wide awake and worrying at 3am.

Onwards and upwards - that's my mantra.

Have a nice day :)


Nina Harrington said...

Fantastic news Kate - and a very warm welcome to the Romance posse.
You know that we are a friendly bunch and the gang tattoo is quite cute and in a discrete place :-)
Thrilled that this move is part of such positive thinking which is so empowering.
Nina x

Carol Warham said...

Good luck Kate.

Jill said...

What lovely news! congrats!

Heidi Rice said...

Fabulous news Kate... But damn we're going to miss your wonderfully lyrical voice (and seriously gorgeous heroes) over here at Riva! Still our loss is Cherish's gain (the lucky so-and-sos!!)

Lilian Darcy said...

That is really great, Kate! Not even so much the sale, although that's fabulous, but the sense of things getting better. Hugs!

liz fenwick said...

Fantastic news Kate. Thrilled for you.


Deena Beverley said...

Great news. Bravo ! And onwards and upwards mos def my motto too. Living at the moment also by Winston Churchill's quote, 'if you find yourself going through hell...keep going.' Great blog. Am yet to succeed in being able to post a comment; can't get past the audio or typed anti spam bot, here's hoping. All the best, Deena Beverley.

Katie said...

Congrats on the move! I'll look out for your new books here in NZ - I think its the "Sweet" series here