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The Next Big Thing
Thursday, December 6th, 2012
The delightful Charlotte Nash tagged me to answer a few questions on The Next Big Thing, a sort of chain letter blog-style, in which authors answer a few questions about their books and tag a few more authors. Here are my answers:
1) What is the working title of your next book?
2) Where did the idea come from for the book?
Strangely, the idea originated with the title, which my editor at St. Martin’s Press chose. This has never happened before but I found it an interesting challenge to write a book inspired by the title.  A scoundrel had just appeared in the last book in my Ministry of Marriage series as a secondary character, so it seemed natural to write him as the hero for this book.
3) What genre does your book fall under?
Regency Historical Romance
4) What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
My hero would be played by a big man with buckets of wicked charm. Gerard Butler, perhaps? Or Brendan Fraser (if he can do the English accent) Heroine… hmm. Maybe Kate Winslet. Someone pretty with a will of iron who doesn’t tolerate fools.
5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A scoundrel on the brink of ruin, Jonathon, Earl of Davenport is bent on seducing Hilary deVere but when an enemy from his past returns to threaten Hilary, he must protect her at all costs.
6) Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
The book is under contract with St. Martin’s Press, represented by an agency.
7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
Two months.
8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
I love Loretta Chase’s MR. IMPOSSIBLE and the dynamic between my hero and heroine is very similar to the principal characters in that romance. Davenport is wicked and incorrigible while Hilary is very single-minded in pursuit of her goal and doesn’t let him get away with anything.
9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by the longing we all have to belong–whether it’s to a family or to society at large.
10) What else about the book might pique the reader’s interest?
My hero has an excellent pair of buttocks:) The book releases on June 2013.
Now it’s my turn to tag!
Denise Rossetti
Amy Andrews
Cathryn Hein
D-Day for Duchess!
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

The champagne is popping in the Brooke household for the release of A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER, out today in the United States!

If you’d like to help me celebrate, I’m over at Romance Bandits with my release day twin, Susan Sey, whose fabulous contemporary romance KISS THE GIRL launches today also. We are giving away books galore and chatting about the inspiration for our novels.

Here’s a peek at my inspiration board for A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER:

You can read more about A DUCHESS TO REMEMBER here.

Oscar Wilde Said it Best
Monday, May 14th, 2012

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Inspirational Quotes
Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Recently, I was delighted to be a guest lecturer at the University of Queensland for the Genre Fiction Creative Writing course. I’ve run many creative writing workshops over the years but I haven’t been in a lecture theatre since I completed my law degree many years ago. Gosh I was nervous!

However, it turned out to be a lot of fun, particularly at the end when I could stop yabbering and the students made comments and asked questions.

Anyway, for the purpose of the lecture, I dug out one of my favourite quotes about writing. It has stayed with me for many years, so I thought I’d share it on this blog.

It’s from Don Whittington, who used to write a column called THE INK-STAINED WRETCH. When he talked about that indefinable sparkle that makes people want to read your work, and editors want to buy, he called it the X factor.

He said:

It was our talent that led us writers to try writing. We are not normal. Why? Because we are talented in a way that others are not. Do you think that carpenters hammer secretly at night building houses in their backyard? Houses they are afraid to show anybody because someone might think they are not talented? No. They don’t need our validation to be carpenters. They just do it. My point is that to uncover the X-Factor you must indulge your own unique talent. Be as modest as you like at the cocktail party, but when you pick up that keyboard remind yourself that there has never been another writer like you in the entire history of creation. Set yourself free.