Monday, 31 December 2012

New Year's Guidelines

A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

I'm setting guidelines rather than solid resolutions this year, because I think I stand a better chance of success that way... although some of the guidelines will have to be as solid as resolutions, or my editor will kill me! LOL

Writing Related Guidelines
  • Write 1500 words per day, every day, if I can
  • Not get cross about things I can't change to do with publishing/self publishing/the book world
  • Remain positive about my strengths
  • Try and work around my weaknesses
  • Meet my deadlines
  • When deadlines are met, take time out for a REST!
  • Not check my self published sales figures any more than once per day
  • Ignore 'dramas' as much as I can
  • When first guideline met, do something about my mailing list and my web site
  • Blog more
General Guidelines
  • Not dwell too much on my age
  • Relish the small pleasures of everyday life
  • Adopt new cats [think that one's already in process]
  • Try and be a smidge more active
  • Try and eat a smidge more healthy
  • Not dwell too much on health phobias and fears
  • Try and be more organised generally
  • Finally make serious effort with Dumpster Office of Doom
  • Watch less junk telly and more 'fill the well' telly
  • READ more!

I may add to these later. Wish me luck, eh? :)

Friday, 28 December 2012

Two more pretty covers!

The Accidental Mistress The Accidental Bride

Here are two more gorgeous covers... for books #2 and #3 of my ACCIDENTAL TRILOGY, due out in August and October of 2013.

Book #1, THE ACCIDENTAL CALL GIRL, is out in February... on Valentine's Day no less! :)

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Looking ahead to 2013

The Red Collection - click for info
Anthology
Jan 2013
Info/Buy
The Accidental Call Girl - click for info
Black Lace
February 2013
Info/Excerpt/Buy
Diamonds in the Rough - click for info
HQN
Jun 2013
Info/Excerpt/Buy

2013 is going to be quite a full year for me! I've got all these titles coming out, at least, and I hope to add some more to my self published list too. Check them out!

Ecstasy in the White Room - Spice Briefs [Jan 2013]

The Red Collection - Black Lace [Jan 2013]

The Accidental Call Girl - Black Lace [February 2013]

Diamonds in the Rough - HQN [June 2013]

The Accidental Mistress - Black Lace [August 2013]

The Devil Inside [reprint] - Black Lace [September 2013]

The Accidental Bride - Black Lace [October 2013]

Sunday, 16 December 2012

An Apology


December has been a weird, weird month for me, and with so much going on, I've sort of had to abandon Christmas. 

I was already super busy with writing, and enjoying working on The Accidental Mistress... but I still hoped to source some presents, and send out some cards - albeit probably ecards - and generally enjoy the festive spirit and try and spread some of it around to those I love and care about. I don't do a big Christmas thing, but I was planning to do some stuff, because I do love Christmas and I always hope that everyone will have a good one... 

But then Alice got ill. And when that happened, I couldn't think about Christmas at all. All I could think about was her, and the professional commitments I had. Writing helped, because I had to throw myself into it, and for a brief while, I was in the world of my story, and my mind was distracted from worrying about her. 

Sadly, the recovery I hoped for her wasn't possible, and on Wednesday, we had to have her put to sleep... and now, there's no time, and I have no heart for Christmas. Plus, I have revisions to do for another book, as well as the main book I'm on a deadline for...

So, there's no Christmas to speak of here. I feel bad for not sending cards and presents. I feel mean and like Scrooge... but it's not really that way. I do wish everyone well, and I would love to have spread happy Christmas spirit around, either in tangible terms, or just the emotion of it... but for Christmas 2012, that's just not to be. 

But hopefully, next year things will be different. With any luck, we'll have new cats to love by then, even if we still remember and honour Alice. And I hope that also, things might not be so crazy on the writing front, so I've time to embrace and enjoy the pleasures of Christmas and to spread them around. Hopefully, I'll be able to reach out and connect with the people who think I've forgotten about them, and that I don't care about them... and share the fun and joy of this special time.

So please, dear friends, do have a wonderful Merry Christmas and accept my good wishes for the festive season and for the year of 2013.

Love

Portia

ps. I'll probably still be around on Twitter, and possibly on Facebook, so if I see you there, I'll say hello.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

The Next Big Thing

I was tagged in a blog meme, entitled THE NEXT BIG THING, by the fabulous Kristina Lloyd. It involves the answers to some questions about... well... the next big thing in my publishing life. Here goes:

What is the working title of your book?

The Accidental Call Girl. It's the official title and it's part of an even bigger thing, my 2013 Accidental Trilogy.



Where did the idea come from for the book?

I was originally inspired to write it after reading Belle De Jour's Diary of a London Call Girl and watching The Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

What genre does your book fall under?

It's an erotic romance with an emotional journey that spans the three books in the trilogy.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

There's no doubt that the hero, John Smith, must be played by Simon Baker if the story was ever to be filmed. For me, John and the character of Patrick Jane are physically identical, even though they have very different personalities.


Lizzie, the heroine, has a lot of fun with her passing resemblance to 50's glamour icon Bettie Page, so I think a good actress to play her would be Gretchen Mol, as she appeared in the Bettie biopic, The Notorious Bettie Page. She has a softer more modern look than Bettie herself, so she'd be perfect for Lizzie.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

"The Secret Diary of a Call Girl... by mistake."

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

It's published by Black Lace and I represent myself.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Four or five months.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I'm not sure it's quite like anything else. At least, I hope not!

Who or What inspired you to write this book?

Well, that's pretty much the same question as the one about where did the idea come from, isn't it? So the answer is much the same... Belle de Jour's memoir. Although when I first had the idea, I'd never seen The Mentalist, so you could say that the gorgeous Simon Baker inspired me too, in the actual writing of the book, as he's provided a visual that wasn't there in the original concept.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Instead of this being a book about a precocious young stud in his twenties, my hero, John Smith is a beautifully mature and seasoned forty-six. This makes The Accidental Call Girl something of an age gap romance, because John's lover Lizzie is only twenty-four.

The Accidental Call Girl and the entire trilogy is set in the same world as quite a few of my other books, the universe that began with Entertaining Mr Stone. Some of the action takes place at the infamous Waverley Grange Hotel, of Suite Seventeen fame and Lizzie lives in the same Northern 'borough' as the heroines of all my 'Stoneworld' novels ie. Entertaining Mr Stone, Suite Seventeen, In Too Deep and Kiss It Better.


I won't tag anyone else in this meme... but if you feel so inclined to carry it on, please do go ahead! :)

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

RIP Alice





It is with enormous sadness that I announce the death of our beloved cat, Alice. Within the last two weeks we discovered she was suffering from an aggressive liver cancer, so the only kind thing we could do for her was to have her put to sleep.

She slipped gently from this world this morning and will be sorely missed


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