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Friday, April 27, 2007

A Fantastic Day!

Yesterday was one of those days that I'll never forget - not only was I a year older but I also became the very proud mother of an 18 year old daughter!!!
How did that happen?!!!

DD spent her day partying at college, while Gray and my F-I-L ensured I was thoroughly spoilt!!
DD is away for the weekend, together with my DS, visiting their Dad and celebrating some more with their grandparents.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that this has been my best birthday yet - and not just because I now have the luxury of Enrique whispering in my ear, courtesy of my gorgeous shocking pink iPod!!!

It's days like yesterday that remind me how blessed I am, not only because I have a wonderful hubby and children, but because of the special friends I have in my life.
I truly couldn't wish for more.

So, I'd like to thank everyone for bringing such a lot of happiness into my life, not just yesterday but throughout the last difficult months.
I love you guys.

I've been neglecting this Blog of late, but I'll be posting writerly posts again soon. Keep a watch out for an interview I'm in the process of arranging...

Talk to you again soon.
Sue :-)

Monday, April 16, 2007

To My Wonderful Hubby

Wishing you a FAB day
Lots & lots of love,

* who's planning to make the most of your day off the computer, knowing you're going to be far too busy to add to your word count!! hehehe (cue: evil grin).


Saturday, April 14, 2007

Care for a Hotdog?

I recently stumbled upon one of our chihuahuas, Rambo, catching the rays in our family room. He was hunched up in the corner by the patio doors, napping in the only patch of sunlight he could find. I guess he was dreaming about being in sunny Mexico instead of gloomy old England.

*Yawn*... it's a dog's life...

Monday, April 09, 2007

My Latest Goal...

...to incorporate as much emotion into my writing as Enrique has in his voice.

Okay, enough of my dreaming, I've got to get back to work on my WIP.
Enjoy Enrique in my absence.

Why I loathe Blogger...

... it's advertised my recent procrastination...

A couple of days ago I was playing around with two pseudonyms that I've been deliberating with. In the process, I got carried away and created a Blog with the same name for - you know, just-in-case one day I go from aspiring to published... In other words I was dreaming about the what ifs... again!

It's not difficult to confuse Blogger - even though I created a completely NEW Blogger account, it decided to use my new account's name when I left a comment on another Blog from this Blogroll.

Lots of weird stuff's been going on lately - I've revisited a couple of Blogs where I've recently left comments to check that Blogger hasn't used this other ID, and I've found that my comments aren't there AT ALL.

Okay, my head's hurting now. Perhaps it's me having one of 'those' moments...

So, I'd just like to mention that if I don't appear to have visited your Blog lately, the chances are that I have, only Blogger's eaten my comments (or assigned it to this 'other' account)!

Also, be assured that even when I don't have the opportunity to visit you, I AM still reading your Blog posts - I've now subscribed so they come direct to my Inbox.

I hope you've had a great weekend.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Celebrating the Romance Line

Pop over to Natasha Oakley's and Trish Wylie's Blogs as they celebrate becoming finalists for the RWA's Holt Medallion Award, (edited to add) along with Ally Blake.

Natasha Oakley's Accepting the Boss's Proposal is the first book Gray ever read from the Romance line - and he LOVED it.

"Accepting the Boss’s Proposal' is a truly wonderful category romance that stands as one of the best Mills & Boon novels I’ve read. Natasha Oakley is a subtle author who works her magic almost invisibly across every page..."
read more of Gray's review here

It's no secret that I also love Trish Wylie's and Ally Blake's books. You can read my reviews of Trish's Project: Parenthood here and Ally's Meant-To-Be Mother here

I LOVE Harlequin Mills & Boon's Romance line, and it's fabulous to see writers of these wonderful books being recognised.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Book Buying Temporarily Suspended :-O!!!

I've made a commitment: I'm not going to indulge myself in buying any more books for a while. That means no more sneaky visits to Mills and Boon or Amazon - I still have a few books to arrive that I've ordered in advance, i.e. Michelle Willingham's debut historical romance Her Irish Warrior, and Caroline Smailes debut novel In Search of Adam, but that's the end of my buying for the foreseeable future.

It's going to be difficult - perhaps the hardest goal I've set myself this year, but I'm going to do it. The most painful part will be not buying any more Mills & Boon Romance releases, because I LOVE those books. BUT, I'm still playing catch-up with the ones on my TBR pile and if I'm lucky I may be sent the odd book here and there to review on the *Romance Reviewed and *PHS Review Blogs - I live in hope. But whatever happens, I have LOTS of reading to keep me busy.

And, of course, in between reading from my TBR pile I'm also beavering away on my own Romance WIP, not to mention helping Gray with his Historical and other CP work. So, in theory, I shouldn't have time to get withdrawal symptoms - although whether that works in practise remains to be seen...

Sue :-)

* Please note - if I'm sent a book to review it will automatically go to the top of my TBR pile and be read as a priority.

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Heat is On

Warning: Don't stare too closely at our word counters because they may hurt your eyes before too long...

Gray's long months of research have officially ended. He's now in the middle of Chapter One of his first ever Historical Romance which means if I don't want to be left behind I need to get cracking with my WIP!

Oh boy, the pressure...! Seriously, there's nothing like a healthy bit of competition to get those words flowing. The thing is I haven't yet decided whether it's such a great idea for the competition to be on one's own doorstep!!!

But, I jest. I'm delighted that we make such a good team. It's like a dream come true. Plus now, if one or other of us hits that brick wall a.k.a. WRITER'S BLOCK, we know that the other won't have a moments peace to get on with their writing until that wall's been knocked down! I LOVE it when a plan comes together [VBG]!!!

Before I disappear again back to my fictional world, I have a message for other aspiring writers: Keep an eye on Trish Wylie's Blog because later this week she's launching an April Writers' Contest...

Happy reading and writing!

Sue :-)