Thursday, June 19, 2008

On Target

Well, it looks like I might get my first draft of Indecent Proposal finished by the end of June. I won't promise anything because you never know what might come up, but I have 67 pages to go and I know what happens next, so there's no reason I can't beat my 30 June deadline if I continue at my current pace.

These characters are so real to me, I'm dreaming about them. They're the last thing I think about before I go to sleep. I've turned into the cliched absent-minded writer. However, while I worry that my kids think I'm literally glued to the computer, my elder son tells his teacher that my job is to go down to the shop to buy bread. Keeps things in perspective.

Above is the inimitable Diana Rigg playing Emma Peel in The Avengers, the inspiration for my heroine in The Dangerous Duke. She's intelligent, courageous, beautiful and has a mean karate chop. And she can't resist making a witty riposte in the most dire of situations. My heroine is all that without the martial arts expertise, though a couple of female boxers do figure in the story. More on that later.

And here's the inspiration for my hero;)

More on him later, too.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Berkley Historical Author Chat

Join me and three amazing historical romance authors, Anne Gracie, Joanna Bourne and Donna MacMeans on the Berkley Bulletin Board! We're chatting about all things historical and romance and anything else that takes our fancy.

The chat starts officially on Wednesday, 18 June, when we'll celebrate the release of Donna's The Trouble With Moonlight. There'll be cocktails, great conversation and Sven the Swedish Masseur at your service!