I’m having a crazy day today but just had to make time to tell all you lovely peeps that I HAVE A TITLE for my debut novel!
I want to know what your AUTO-BUYS are? The authors you have to buy despite having a To Be Read pile already bigger than yourself in height, no money in the purse, the credit card maxed to the limit etc.
- Dorothy Koomson – that woman should be on your MUST-BUY list too.
- Lisa Jewell – have loved her since Ralph’s Party
- Jenny Crusie – never laugh so hard as when I’m reading a Crusie novel.
- Marian Keyes & Jodi Picoult (although I haven’t read their last two books as I’m not reading nearly as much as I’d like at the moment).
- Heidi Rice – nuff said 🙂
- Kelly Hunter – I bow down!
- Bronwyn Jameson – always a keeper.
- Sarah Mayberry – GOLD
- Anna Cleary – unputdownable!
Some people love em, some people loathe em! Thinking up titles that is.
One Night Before Christmas
The Night Before Christmas
The Boss’s Christmas Fairy
His Christmas Dream
Her Christmas Wish
A Crash, A Fairy and A Christmas Baby
Yule Be Mine
I’ve ”bolded” my favourites but would love some more suggestions, if anyone has any they’d like to add. It’s a Christmas story about a boss and employee coming together after a one night stand involving a little bit of a mix-up. So, if you have any ideas, please comment.
Before I go though, the prize for most cringeworthy title so far goes to my lovely friend Nikki Logan who suggested ”Family Reception, Christmas Conception.” BAHAHHAHAHA!
While I was having the busiest day ever yesterday and then sleeping, so many of you stopped by and left me gorgeous congratulations for my good news! and I want to thank you all. Loads of you have been my blog friends for a long time and you were the first people I wanted to share this awesome news with.
I fell in love with category romance in 2006 when a writing friend of mine and I decided we weren’t getting anywhere with our proper writing and could easily write an M&B! I’d never read one in my life – hah!! I still recall my first read ever was Barbara Hannay’s “Having The Boss’s Babies’’ and I fell in love with category romance. Since that day on I targeted Mills & Boon not because I thought it was easy – hah – but because I genuinely loved reading it.
I had some success with contests and good, encouraging R’s from eds. Then in 2008 I came runner-up in the M&B Feel The Heat contest. This led me to working one-on-one with an editor and although they didn’t want the contest book, they asked for more. In early 2009 I started “The Maverick Millionaire’s Christmas Fairy”. This partial got a fabulous response from the ed but she didn’t think that it worked as a Christmas story.
Aiming to please I did revs on the partial and rewrote the story to take out the Christmas, boss/employee hook and big family elements. I was stoked when I got revs on the full! Surely THIS was FINALLY it. Alas, I just didn’t hit the sensuality levels for Modern Heat/Riva (which I was targeting). The eventual R was nice and said nothing about not nailing the conflict, characters, etc, which gave me hope. I went back to my original version – Christmas, big family, boss and employee – and subbed the one which I believe was truly MINE to Carina.
I was stoked to get a letter from Carina saying they liked the story and would like to read it again after revs. I did the revs and then my lovely mate Fiona Lowe offered to read it. Unfortunately she didn’t say “yay, this is fabulous” like I imagined (hoped) she would. She said, it’s absolutely great to chap five but everything past that needs to be rewritten. ARGH!!! I was moving house, buying a business, how was I to do this. But somehow I did. I got so sick of the story by the end of it but I sent it off and then got on with something else.
On April Fools Day I woke up to an email from Angela James offering to BUY MY BOOK! I am so happy that Carina want to publish the story that was MINE! And I hope that many of you will enjoy reading my debut – a Christmas story about fairy costumes, night terrors and a boss-employee mix-up that becomes their HEA…
Remember my Christmas Fairy story from WAY back!? The one with the taunted hero and his gorgeous but damaged employee?