At first I thought it was the hot weather but I suspect it was actually a solar flare that not only took out my computer and my external hard drive, but also my editors’ and a couple of other friends’. I bought an external hard drive years ago to avoid these aggravating glitches, so I never save anything on my computer hard drive, except for the programs that are already saved on the removable one. My ENTIRE life, both personal and writing are on that hard drive, a very scary thought when it looks like everything’s crashed and wiped. My poor computer techie guy suffered daily calls until he could confirm that the removable drive was indeed savable. Whew! I rushed out and bought another back up, this time independent of a power source because apparently that’s what did everything in – a huge power surge. Technology always fails me at this time of year!
So the week before Christmas I figured out how to connect the laptop and managed to get through my emails and onto the internet. I can’t even tell you the probs I’ ve been having with my F drive now becoming my G drive and having to fiddle about with changing pathways in different programs… arrgghhh!
And now onto the good news. First, I’m excited to announce that the Diamonds Down Under series has taken flight around the world! It’s already off and running in Holland and the UK, and will see Germany and Italy in January. I’m so excited because this is first time on British and Dutch shelves for me 🙂
Next up, I have a title for Cal and Ava’s story – The Magnate’s Baby Promise. It’ll hit the US shelves in August, so traditionally this means it comes Down Under in September… just in time for our conference! But wait, there’s more! I’m thrilled to announce I’m one of the authors in an Aussie three-book series, tentatively called “Outback Billionaires and Babies.” Robyn Grady is kicking off the series in March, followed by Maxine Sullivan in April, and me in May. I’m really excited about writing it (w/t His Seductive Alibi). I guess you could best describe it as a seductive revenge-lovers reunited-secret baby-tragic past story. Let’s just say things aren’t as clear as they appear to be!
I’m thrilled to see my good friend, Anna Campbell’s new release, Tempt the Devil is on the shelves… and garnering well-deserved praise from Romantic Times BookReviews. It only seems like yesterday we were completing for the title of Contest Slu… ummm… Diva. I especially love the Aussie cover – check them all out below!
At this time of year, thoughts go to two things: my “stuff I loved about…” list – here it is:
STUFF I LOVED ABOUT 2008
- seeing the Diamonds Down Under series on the shelves (and getting to know all my DDU gals!)
- Seed Jewellery
- celebrating a bunch of my friends’ first sales
- San Francisco
- hearing Aspergers guru Tony Attwood speak
- Arnott’s Cheddar and Peppercorn Sensation snacks
- Megan Hart’s books
And now, onto New Years Resolutions. I read an interesting email from a fellow writer the other day where she calls them ‘goals’ instead of ‘resolutions’. I love the idea that you’re striving towards something tangible (goal) rather than listing an intention to do something you might not actually get around to (resolution). During our first meeting of the new year, my writing group each lists their writing goals and I like to use Vicki Hinze’s example of setting goals for not just your professional life but for personal achievement, for family and for learning the craft and developing your writing skills. So here’s some I’d like to share with you:
- finish writing two books by August
- attend two writing conferences this year
- produce some promotional material for both conferences (my other creative outlet)
- read at least two craft-related books
- try at least four brand-new-to-me authors
- get better at sticking to my allocated writing time 🙂
And on that note, come and visit us at our Desirabelles blog where we’re talking about what we’re looking forward to in 2009.