Rom Coms Rule Part 2 - Launching The Dating Game

THIS FIRST APPEARED ON THE GET LOST IN A STORY BLOG What does a romance author do when she finds she's in love with a secondary character halfway through writing a novel? Write another novel, of course, and give that character a happily ever after too! Which brings me to The Dating Game, my latest sexy romantic comedy, out today – five short days after its 'sister' book Kiss Don’t Tell hit the cybershelves. Kiss Don’t Tell is about an uptight economist (Lane) who hires the tough guy brother (Adam) of one of her best friends (Sarah) to teach her the art of seduction. The purpose of the lessons is to give Lane the skills she needs to land the sexiest guy in her office – the been-there-done-th

Rom Coms Rule - Part 1 - Launching Kiss Don't Tell

THIS FIRST APPEARED ON THE GET LOST IN A STORY BLOG My romantic comedy Kiss Don't Tell is now out and about and I don’t mind admitting this book has a history that makes a good yarn in itself. You see, it’s what you might call a “reincarnation”. Once upon a time, it came out under the title The Contract, but the fickleness of the publishing world (in other words, the demise of certain publishing lines) gave it back to me…and HQ Digital has given it back to me all over again by presenting me with the opportunity to turn it into a bigger, better, more fabulous read. This story idea first came to me after one of my old banking colleagues suggested an economist (like him!) would make a splend

The Agony and the Ecstasy of a Dual Timeline

THIS FIRST APPEARED AS A GUEST BLOG OF AUTHOR VIRGINIA TAYLOR'S BLOG SITE I’ve written a two-book series (Wanting Mr Wrong and Escaping Mr Right for those who are interested – and my intention is to make that into a three-book series within the next year or so), and I’ll also finish writing a three-book series for the new Harlequin DARE line by early 2018. But in between, I’ve done something a little different and completed a duet. What makes two books a duet instead of a two-book series? Actually, I’m ignorant of any specific publishing terminology about the difference, but I attribute the distinction to the fact that my ‘duet’ books share a chunk of timeline: book 2, The Dating Game, is ge

Third Time's the Charm

THIS FIRST APPEARED IN THE MAY 2017 EDITION OF THE PINK HEART SOCIETY MAGAZINE When my writing career kicked off in 2013, it was thanks to Harlequin Mills and Boon and two books. I entered the first book, Here Comes the Bridesmaid, in Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW) competition, and that resulted in a two-book contract with Harlequin’s new-ish Kiss line. I simultaneously entered the second book, Signed, Sealed, Delivered, in a separate Harlequin/Wattpad competition, and that resulted in a contract with the new Harlequin E line. Thrilled, and thinking my future was assured, I settled into a full-time writing career. But publishing is a fickle business, and Harlequin Kiss and H

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