A little bit of England has come to NZ. Prince William, his wife Kate, and their son Prince George are touring New Zealand, as part of their tour Down Under, and they have won over the media, the people they have met, and those of us watching from a distance. The country is buzzing with excitement with people lining the streets to catch a glimpse, or to be lucky enough to talk with William or Kate, and of course see baby George. Everyone is trying to decide whom he looks like. The Prince last came to New Zealand when he was a baby, and now he’s back, all grown up, with a baby and wife of his own! Princess Diana, Princess of Wales and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales play with their baby son Prince … Continued
I’m having some writing friends join me at my beach house this week. I call it a beach house but it’s about a mile from the sea set amongst the vineyards. I look out over grape vines through one of New Zealand’s premium wineries, Elephant Hill, out to the sea. It’s actually about to storm here even though it’s about 32C (around 90f). The sea’s suddenly gone from turquoise to a deep angry blue. The pool is still being finished off. The tiling is about to be done, hence why I’m up here for the week. The house is full of dust and dirt but do I care – no! Not with this view…
At long last, The Reluctant Countess, the eagerly-anticipated debut novel by New Zealand author Wendy Vella, is available as a Loveswept Romance! The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti is an irresistible read with the heroine Mazie Maguire wrongly convicted of killing her philandering husband. After escaping from prison Mazie’s life is an outrageous adventure of a woman on the run! It’s a great read that will keep you hooked until the last page. Random House’s fabulous Sue Grimshaw came up with the idea of two Loveswept first time writers from opposite corners of the globe interviewing each other. And so here is Wendy Vella, from Auckland and Juliet Rosetti from Oshkosh, giving their take on hotties, heroines, and hobbits: The temperature in Oshkosh. Wisconsin, where Juliet lives is pretty cold over the Christmas season, whereas … Continued
Hello everyone, waving from a warm and sunny New Zealand. Thanks Sue for inviting me to blog today on Romance @ Random! It’s the start of summer in NZ and the trees are covered with blossom, the birds are out in force and the beaches are beginning to look inviting! All I need is a great book and I’m content. I’m starting summer by celebrating the release of my latest Regency historical romance, TO CHALLENGE THE EARL OF CRAVENSWOOD, book #3 in my Wicked Wagers trilogy. But I’m also sad because it’s the final book in the series and I have to say goodbye to the characters I’ve come to know and love.
Changes, we all have them – go through them and read about them, so how do you deal with them? Enjoy Wendy’s post. As a writer I’m used to emotion. We deal in passion, sorrow, joy and laughter. However, I sometimes feel that I was born with an over-emotive gene that makes me experience everyone’s highs and lows. I’m one of those ridiculously soppy people who can well up in seconds, be it a sad or happy situation. I read far more than is necessary into every situation and then analyze and gnaw on it until everyone is sick of the subject.
Debut author Wendy Vella tells us why she loves to shop, oh wait, that’s wrong, why she hates to shop . . . there is obviously something wrong with that – enjoy! 2 randomly chosen commenters will be chosen for a Net Galley eBook preview of DEEP AUTUMN HEAT by Elisabeth Barrett – comment away! WINNERS – Shauntih Caro Carson Congrats ladies! By Wendy Vella, Author of, THE RELUCTANT COUNTESS – on sale 1/14/2013 While I love shiny new things and am not adverse to a new pair of shoes if the need should arise, I absolutely loathe the process of acquiring them. I seriously doubt the sanity of anyone who finds shopping therapeutic. Just saying the words ‘retail therapy’ makes me shudder. I find myself in accord with those long-suffering men you see sitting … Continued