ARRC11 Day 1

I’m here in Sydney for the Australian Romance Readers Convention at the stunning Swiss Grand Resort and Spa, Bondi.


After a small problem I moved and got this awesome view!


The welcome Reception was a blast. Caught up with Lexxie Couper, Rhian Cahill and Jess Dee. Looking forward to Anna Campbell’s Keynote speech tomorrow and the sessions.

More pics and posts tomorrow!


Top of the morning to you

Yippee … St Patrick’s Day has arrived on the far side.

St Paddy’s day is a favorite for me for two of reasons. First, I love the excuse of eating green food and drink while watching the world have an excuse to drink Guiness. Horrid stuff but then again I’ve only a little bit of the Irish in me and I’m not at all fond of beer.

But the second, most important reason is that my youngest son shares his birthday with Saint Patrick’s Day. Of course it seemed utterly essential that I work Patrick into my newborn child’s name. What else could I do … he has his own drinking day! Later on he might even thank me after a night of introducing himself around an Irish pub. So happy birthday my little future barister. With that silver tongue of yours you’ll likely sell a blind man a pair of binoculars and have them swear on their grandmother’s elbow that they got a fair deal.

And in celebration of my son and Saint Patrick’s day I thought I would post some wonderful Irish saying to brighten your day.

There are many good reasons for drinking,
One has just entered my head.
If a man doesn’t drink when he’s living,
How in the hell can he drink when he’s dead?


As you slide down the banister of life,
May the splinters never point in the wrong direction!


Here’s to a long life and a merry one
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl and an honest one
A cold beer and another one!


May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!



Juggling acts

Perhaps I’m biting off more than I can chew but I’m attempting to write two stories at once. This week I’ve resumed work on book one of the Noble Widows’ War, another regency romance series set in Hampshire England. I’m so pleased to come back to Leopold and Mercy–my highly unorthodox duchess. She is currently making Leopold very uncomfortable — I like to keep my heroes on their toes.

Yesterday went pretty well, considering the tree loppers working on the vacant block next door — but it’s nerve wracking when you hear that tearing sound as a tree falls and know it’s on the other side of the wall. LOL. I managed a fair bit considering the distraction of the wonderful new view that opening up. They’ll be back later today, unfortunately, but then after that we’ll have builders on site. Lets hope a few make the distraction worthwhile. 🙂

I usually don’t write at night because I often have trouble falling asleep but last night I worked on another project. I’m exploring the world of paranormal romance. I have to say the world building aspect of paranormal romance is challenging. I won’t spill the beans on my creature, but lets just say they don’t drink blood, they don’t howl at the full moon. They’re a little bit heavy tho. And that’s all you get to know.

I’d better get writing, but how many projects can a sane person juggle?