Wednesday, December 28, 2011

An Ode To Matchmakers

Psst - I know I'm interupting Christmas but ... is it just me or are Matchmakers an essential part of the holidays?



Note: I am not talking about an addiction to dating sites here. Matchmakers are rather moreish long stick-like sweets that come in mint or orange and are perfect for stuffing in with one finger and munching right through to fin. Perfect for reclining on couch whilst watching TV and slurping a hot beverage (or egg nog if you're  brave - bleh!) They also smell just like Christmas in a box. Sadly the boxes aren't very big.

Just had to note that this year I have developed a great affection for them - it's been like welcoming back an old, beloved friend. They are truly a necessity of the season! Must buy more in the sales - and just wanted to flag up my appreciation. Let's hear it for twig-like choc snax.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Here's a wish for a wonderful Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
I'll be back in January 2012 - and will soon be able to post my first My Weekly Pocket Novel which comes out mid month. I can't wait!
Until then - keep warm and safe and enjoy the togetherness of the season.
Jx


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Nanny Audio Review

Thank you Maggie at Audiobook Fans for this review of Nanny Behaving Badly in audio format which had slipped under my lazy radar- read it here!

And here's a highlight:

The Nanny Behaving Badly audiobook was recently released by Iambik Audio and proves to be a great romantic splurge. Maddie is spunky, smart and inventive. Lyle is sexy, rich and driven. The magnetism between the two is palpable and rises immediately after their first encounter.

I loved the relationship between Lyle and Maddie and how much you wanted her to want him, to need him in more ways than one.

Maggie confesses in her review that she isn't a romance fan so this was her initiation - but she enjoyed it so big thank yous. Yey! I'm juggling writing with Christmas right now - why do I always push to the wire?!?!?! Answer - because baste my steaming puddings, I'm very very silly indeed.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas and Jason Lee

Jingle Bells ahoy! It's almost Christmas. Exciting and busy time and not long now to wait.

We've had a visit to Santa, a nursery concert, a pantomime. Just the Christmas Parties now.

And yesterday I took the dear daughters to see Alvin & The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked. Their choice (I wanted Arthur Christmas, hey ho). So imagine my surprise when I realised - how much I still admire Jason Lee (see below) and was rather pleased we'd gone. A few more years in age really suits him and I've decided to steal him for use as my current hero inspriration. Win win.


Now that's what I call an early Christmas present. Thanks Alvin!



Monday, December 05, 2011

Edinburgh Sparkles

I am loving the current Edinburgh city centre Christmas advertising - who could resist it?

Shopping ... coffees and cake in the German market ... a trip around the ice rink to round it all off. Or maybe a visit to the beerkeller whilst browsing the baubles?

Anyway I'm using this as a cue to say - if you like the Christmas vibe - the Edinburgh German market allure - and you haven't read Nanny Behaving Badly yet - then this is the perfect time.



It's set in the winter market - it features a feisty barista turned nanny. And a cool, sombre boss with a gently melting icy core. Maddie Adams sets out to warm up his Christmas! If you're in need of a Christmas read - then why not try it? Available at the Kindle Store and All Romance (links in sidebar!)


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Essential Listening

I'm writing again - and at the can't get it all out fast enough stage! Phew.

Anyway - my favourite part of a new book is always the playlist. And feeling that giddy in love vibe.

So here's my list. And it's fabulous. Very excited about this one because it's going to be huge FUN:


Playlist:
Paloma Faith – Upside Down
Caro Emerald – A Night Like This (check out video for immensely tasty hero inspiration!)
The Mavericks – Here Comes My Baby
Glen Campbell – Any Trouble

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Clear The Halls

I'm having an end of November clear out. Trying to bring some order before the December chaos begins. I'm secretly looking forward to said December chaos. At the weekend the kidlets had photos taken inside a Giant Snowglobe! Such fun - so I guess it's already begun!

This week I've sent in a novella submission. I don't imagine I will hear anything on that one until a few months into 2012.

I've also started playing with something new. Hurray.

So back to the clearing duties. In summary, so far - three bags to the dump (two recycled). And still more to sort. Slow but sure. Maybe Santa could spare an Organiser Elf to take me in hand before December kicks in?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Thanking The Universe

We survived the Titanic showcase - very well done P4 (actually we didn't survive, the passenger names I picked from the hat didn't make it but I'm moving on swiftly on that one!) The highlights - we enjoyed jelly with floating icebergs and tapioca amongst other delights!

In other news I've finished the latest book - just needs a good hard polish and we're done (anyone know where to buy a novel 'tumbler' where I can get it to a clean, sharp shine in record time?)  Perhaps that's an invention for the future - universe, over to you!

On the domestic front - the superstore man's just delivered five mins before his due time (now that's service), I've just re-ordered prescriptions online and am therefore feeling tickety boo in the e-organising section of my life. Thanks and appreciation for online wonderfulness in general and avoiding lengthy shopping trips and phone calls.

What next? Washing pile! And for that I can only be thankful for Mr Wash And Mr Tumble who after a bit of heavy feeding will take care of it for me. Except of course the ironing ...that might be pushing my luck. And asking too much of a very gracious universe.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Big Splash!

Today is a much anticipated one - my eldest (P4) has invited me and youngest in to her project showcase! They are studying The Titanic and eldest is completely obsessed and smitten with the topic. Which I am pleased about; when she likes something - she loves it to pieces!
So today we're going to be treated like first class passengers aboard The Titanic and though I'm delighted to be asked to go ... am I allowed to feel even just a bit of trepidation? Having seen the movie.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Busy, busy!

Sorry for my blog absence but I have been busy, honest.

I've a book to finish (here's hoping this weekend will crack it!) and of course it's been Halloween with all manner of preps to make - pumpkins come and pumpkins go. Plus a new book is shaking its 'listen to me now' stick at me in my head! Sometimes my brain feels very full of characters and ideas and conversations etc etc ...And frankly it gets hard to think straight!

So here I am briefly. And since the smallest kidlet has just walked in in the buff singing songs - I'm not here for long.

How are you anyway?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Great Deal And A Giveaway!

There's a great Amazon deal out there currently on the audiobook version of Nanny Behaving Badly from Iambik Audiobooks. Find it here!




And in celebration of my recent good news (a sale to My Weekly Pocket Novels - the book will hopefully be out in January!) here's a competition.

I'd like to giveaway a free ebook - a copy of OFF LIMITS LOVER (as currently out with E-Scape Press). Answer the following question  - what are the three names of the heroines in my current releases (e.g. Flirting With The Fireman, Off Limits Lover and Nanny Behaving Badly)?

Here's a clue - you'll find book excerpts on my website!

Email your answer to me at judy dot jarvie at yahoo dot com by the start of November for your chance to be the winner from the hat! Good luck!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

O.C.D.

I think (she said thinning her lips in apology) I've finished the bulk of my Xmas shopping. Oops I said the X word. Soz.

Anyway - I can't stand waiting. I can't stand queues, busy shops, carols a go go. The hunt to find the right gift tags after losing the ones I had etc etc. I prefer to enjoy the Xmas ambience by doing fun things (not hunting down tat!!) So I've stocked up. And I'm fed up of it before the season's even started. Hum bug. Time to forget about it all until December. jx

P.S. I have been watching Paul and Isobel from Monarch Of The Glen a lot. And here's more ... plus here's Monarch Of The Glum (I still laugh at the guinea pigs!)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Acceptance

Acceptance is the key to life = wise words! And I've just had a surprise acceptance - from My Weekly Pocket Novels.

My highland estate story has just been accepted for future publication - it's the first full length novel I ever had a stab at. (Fortunately it's been improved via polishing and a smidge of learning how to do it better!) The story is a tribute to my deep affection for Monarch Of The Glen (especially Paul and Isobel - You Tube them if you want a taster of the chemistry!)

If you haven't already tried My Weekly Pocket Novels, do. They'll keep you enthralled and reading to The End. I look forward to the postman arriving with the new ones each month.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Saving Pennies

We have a big tin in our cupboard into which we regularly decant small change. I usually forget about it unless I am moving it around when tidying out the aforementioned cupboard. Or playing counting pennies games with the kids.

So this week - during a clearout - I recognised that the tin was hard to move and full. Very heavy to lift in fact. So I realised it might be time to visit the Coinstar machine at the supermarket.

Imagine my surprise when after much pinging and chinging into the machine (and a very heavy trip from the car with the change bag) I hauled £55! Hurray! Needless to say I did the sensible thing - and put the amassed fortune onto my supermarket Christmas saver's card. Small acorns. That grow into a nice nest egg for the Christmas trolley fund!

In other news, I've just noticed that the old version of Nanny Behaving Badly has reached ebay. Fortunately it's listed as unavailable as it's now been re-released. Anyway - explanation - I've never had a book featured on Ebay before. This is my first ever writing Ebay moment. So reverence is required. Note to self: GATHER AND CALM.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Sassy Nanny Snippet

Both my E-Scape Press books are now out in the Amazon Kindle store and Omnilit - so I thought I'd post an excerpt just for fun. If you like fun romance with a Wintertime city setting then Nanny Behaving Badly is (hopefully) a hot frothy latte of a read - enjoy!

Lyle strode to the edge of the tub and helped her back out. When he pulled her to his side she was ludicrously covered in white foam and they were inches apart. In stark comparison he was still dry. And so was her mouth when she looked up at the vision of all man poster-perfect body, his well-muscled arms, chest and athletic legs in full view.
Maddie cursed her own impulses when she realised her robe was soaked, hanging open and dripping around her feet. There were suds balls in her hair.
‘You might have warned me you’re into foam parties,’ he said wryly. ‘There are people out there who’d pay good money to watch you.’
‘Shall I call 999?’ she asked meekly.Lyle laughed and it proved instantly infectious, causing her to giggle along as she stood dripping and covered in slippery foam. Nice way to impress the boss, Adams!
‘I’m sorry, Lyle,’ she said, knowing the laughter still didn’t detract from the crimson blush at her own crazy behaviour. ‘I’ve done it again, haven’t I? Like I did in the café. What is it with me and acting in haste?’
Lyle untied her robe for her. ‘You’d better take that off for starters.’ Him slipping the wet fabric from her shoulders made her gulp and shiver. She watched as he threw the sopping garment away. Became ultra aware of herself standing before him in a swimsuit like an unruly street urchin. 
‘Is saying sorry enough for you to overlook this incident?’ she asked.
‘No. I want to take the moral high-ground for a bit longer. Make you squirm.’ He scooped up a large foamy wad and split it in two, then put it on her shoulders. The hairs on her body reacted to the slight contact. She wanted more. And that would be a very bad move.
Maddie removed some foam from her hair and blew it back at him. ‘Wise guy, huh?’
© Judy Jarvie 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Cover Lover


I have a new cover and yes, I love it, love it, love it!

Thank you E-Scape Press. Nanny Behaving Badly is now out on kindle! See it here.

Woo-hoo! 

NANNY BEHAVING BADLY - Strong, silent-type single dad hires wild streak nanny—off-limits opposites attract.

Maddie Adams hopes for a smooth ride in her new temporary coffee shop job so she doesn’t mean to make the worst impression possible with the handsome café owner, Lyle Sutherland. His suggestion that she becomes his son’s replacement nanny shocks them both.
Hormones are on fast-track living at close quarters. When attraction and passion are unleashed between boss and sassy super nanny, Lyle’s secrets and a shock pregnancy challenge old wounds. Can a new baby unite their futures? Can fledgling love survive corroded trust?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Naughty Kidlet

My four-year-old kidlet has been regularly singing London Bridge Is Falling Down at nursery recently.

Unfortunately when she tried to swing from my jeans' back pockets the other day, she came up with alternative lyrics. (Cough - Mummy's jeans are falling down.)

She now won't stop singing it. Especially in company. And laughing hysterically.

Will it ever pass?

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Off Limits Lover at All Romance

I noticed today that Off Limits Lover is now available at All Romance Ebooks, an ebook distributor that I love.

I think it's a great place to shop when you want a mix of titles from several publishers. I also love its styling, clear layout and easy service.

A huge thank you to Sugarbeat's Books for the fabulous review and tout of Flirting With The Fireman - read it here.

Final Hot News : The new look Nanny Behaving Badly will be coming very soon! It's lip-smackingly gorgeous  too and I hope you'll agree!!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Dishy Doctor Glimpse

Just thought I'd post a teaser excerpt from Off Limits Lover - out now on kindle.


OFF LIMITS LOVER
Published by E-Scape Press

Taking a risk on love can be the hardest challenge of all ...

Anya nibbled at the garlic dough balls and forked her mixed green salad. Then looked up – and straight into the oncoming, traffic-stopping gaze of the man they’d been talking about. Max ‘off duty senior partner’ Calder.
In casuals. Sexy. Alluring. Staring at her too. With the kind of gaze that severed underwear elastic of its own accord. Yep, very George Clooney.
Anya gulped and sipped her wine for Dutch courage. Then she ventured a smile. Max stood by the take-away counter in a dark leather jacket (so bad boy it hurt). And jeans (so well fitting they were a sin.) He threw her a brief nod.
She stuffed the pasta, olives, cheese and capers mixture she’d been twirling on her fork into her mouth, chewed, then swallowed before she could gasp aloud.
Help, had they been talking loud? Had he heard?
‘Don’t look,’ Anya said through a fixed grimace. ‘It’s Max and he’s looking.’ Suddenly she wished she could hide behind a super-slim menu and a tall pepper grinder.
Like the exhibitionist non-carer that she was, Katie swivelled fully in her seat and munched on her rocket and chicken pizza. She spotted him, extended a hand to wave in an obvious fashion and called over, ‘Yoo-hoo! Max! Join us, won’t you?’
‘Katie! Do you really have to?’ Anya hissed.
But the comment came too late, as Katie had already found him a chair to draw to their table. And with a smile Max was approaching.
‘Caught out ordering take-aways?’ Katie probed.
‘I’m on call. Late dinner. Couldn’t face cooking. Lame excuse but true. In the face of a San Remo pizza takeaway menu I submit every time. That’s what I get for pinning it to the fridge. Serves me right – no restraint whatsoever.’
He and Anya shared a simmering glance.
Was it meaningfully dealt? She barely knew her own name under that stare, let alone what red-hot looks meant.
Under his gaze and his steady smile, Anya felt obliged to smile again too.
His lip curled slightly in a look she’d observed on film stars. Successful, sexy ones that were known woman-magnets. And from the way nearby female diners were waving and greeting him, Max lived up to the analogy.


Thursday, September 08, 2011

Out Now From E-Scape Press


Happy news today - E-Scape Press has just published Off Limits Lover and it's available now on Kindle.

I'm totally delighted with the cover. It's fabulous and fits the story to a T. So big thanks to lovely www.escapewithabook.com.

The story is set in a small medical centre in Scotland and kicks off when the local heartthrob doctor announces his new job move. Here's some blurb:

Anya Fraser and Max Calder are both medical professionals who spend their work time caring for others. In their private lives they struggle with the past. Anya has a debilitating fear of heights. Max loves parachuting. He takes chances, she wants life to be slower, safer to protect herself and her son Callum. Max is willing to take a chance on the attraction they both feel. Can Anya get past her fears after she's already lost one partner with a dangerous lifestyle?

Come back soon - I'll post an excerpt.

And I'll be running an ebook giveaway as kindle candy. Hurray!


Saturday, September 03, 2011

Can I Just Say ...

How fabulous this book is? It's Gemma Burgess's The Dating Detox. And right now it's on at discounted price so my advice is snap yours up.

I haven't smiled/chuckled and nodded my head wisely at a fun chick read this much in a LOOOONG time. And I'm racing through the page with mighty speed. Buy IT!



Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Audio Now Available



Hot News - Nanny Behaving Badly has just been published in audio format by Iambik Audiobooks.

You can click on the above 'audio book cover' link to go straight to the page - and hear a first chapter clip too.

So ... if you haven't already had time to read it ... or prefer to listen whilst ironing/reclining/jogging or whilst being rejuvenated by your personal Johnny Depp look-a-like masseur - now's your chance to go for it!

P.S. If anyone does have a Jack Sparrow masseur - I will gladly pay for timeshare !!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Exciting News

I'm delighted to announce that soon I'll have two books releasing.

The very wonderful EscapeWithABook.com will be publishing Off Limits Lover and Nanny Behaving Badly - both coming out very soon. So not long to wait!

And if you haven't already tripped past their website - there's a choc box of great reads to be found so don't delay. I've already indulged so I can highly recommend it. I'm really thrilled to be joining them and  I love their 'escapist reads' branding too.

E-Scape Press says - "EscapeWithABook.com is delighted that Judy Jarvie will be joining our list of authors. Her books are the perfect escape for all those who love romantic fiction."

Colour me very excited indeed.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Rain, rain, rain

It's raining hard. Again. I am feeling sorry for the schoolkids who haven't  had a great run of weather.

Our holiday break was lovely but there was a lot of rain. The kagoul is a mighty weapon however.

I haven't achieved much writing progress but I do live in hope that it will change once school attendance is resumed.

I have three subs out there currently. Trying not to think about those (send them out then start something new). So on with the writing and the waiting and ya boo to the rain.


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Oops - Maddie's upset the boss!

The recent demise of Embrace Books means that Nanny Behaving Badly is no longer available for download. But, here's the upside...


SHE'S COMING BACK. A feisty heroine never lets the small things get her down. Maddie Adams will be back in action very soon and releasing in a brand new guise. So if you haven't got your copy, NANNY BEHAVING BADLY will be returning and she'll be brighter and sassier than ever!

The photograph fits this story perfectly (and huge thanks and kudos to wonderful photographer Anton Belovodchenko for allowing me to borrow her). More news on release dates soon. Squee!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Preps For Hols And Preps For Writing

Well, the schools have been out for three weeks now and it's passed quickly and we've had fun. The uniform is bought and the name labels delivered (don't talk about the sewing on part yet please!)

Next week 'the man of the hoose' is off work and then we go on holidays the week after next. Yeyey!

And the good part of this? Besides days out; frequent bistro lunches en famille, 'together time' and the fact that our holiday hotel has a lovely spa?

Good part equals the odd bit of free time. To compost the idea that's brewing and jot down some notes.

Yes people, it's story starter for ten time. And I'm raring to get moving!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Treat Without A Visa Receipt

Okay, there's a credit crunch on and we have to be creative with our rewards so ... I've picked my treat to myself for 'just gettin' the darned book done'.

And here it is ... I picked out yummy pics for the characters. I don't let myself do this too early or I procrastinate and spend too much time online. Anyway, I think as couples go they're pretty yum. In fact I think they're perfect. Presenting Anna Faris and James McAvoy. Cool huh? Do they look like they're ready for a combustible romance adventure?



Today is a writing day (polish, polish and polish some more). It's pouring with rain. The kids have a minder. Now let's get to it and avoid all further internet distractions! If in doubt, just push through! jx

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Writing. Fast. With Kids

As previously posted, it's the school summer hols (second week!) and unfortunately I'm in the midst of a 'get this book out of my head before my brain explodes' phase.

Sometimes I just need to write. Holidays or no holidays. Commitments or no commitments (ask my lovely friend who came to see me and stoutly accepted my need to spend frequent periods getting word count done! Now that's friendship!)

Anyway. I generally find that if I stop I lose momentum and it all goes awry. So ... here's my top tips for ensuring you get word count and don't have to deprive your kids during the hols. It can be done:

  • If your time is precious - treat it Nanowrimo style. Get a wordcount spreadsheet or word worm up and running and make it your mission to keep it moving up. Commit to that wordcount and make it rise in an OCD manner.
  • Treat it like a baton passing exercise! As soon as the hubbie comes in, or the kids are in bed, do 'Write or Die' or set a timer and just make yourself write at top speed! Limited time means get cracking! No time to waste! Don't worry if you're not in the mood - make yourself write yourself out of your funk instead!
  • Keep a notebook at the ready. Always. By the bed, by the loo, in your handbag. And postit notes are handy on the kitchen window ledge (my secret weapon). Sometimes inspiration strikes at the most inappropriate times. The notebook means you don't have to lose it. Jot it down. Sort it later!
  • Try to keep the story moving forward in your head. Keep working out that next scene. So what if previous bits need major surgery and a strong injection of plausibility? You just have to crack on because slowing is not an option! Just as 'Keep It Simple' is a great motto, so is 'Just Crack On'.
  • Accept that you might need late nights to achieve your objective (it's okay, you'll indulge in some earlies once it's done and polished! For now just push, push, push to The End!)
  • Reward - a treat is necessary for such hard graft. Surprise yourself with a pressie once you've done it!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

The Hitchcock Seagull

It's the school Summer holidays here in Scotland and Monday started wonderfully - scorching, glorious day.

Yesterday and today not so much. It's very rainy and the tent in the garden is soggy (should've brought it in!) To crown my day yesterday a seagull divebombed me! True. I didn't even see it but it spied me, launched and managed to hit me in the face with its wing. I was shocked and rather miffed. Fortunately I had my hood up (see above re rain) or it would've been scarier.

And to add insult ... it divebombed again with a rather special present that just missed messing my jeans. Have the seagulls gone nutso? Does too much fast food turn a seagull terminator? Or is it sign I should just stay inside and avoid low flying seabirds?

Monday, June 20, 2011

One Bite Is Not Enough



Just read Sarah Morgan's latest Modern - Doukakis's Apprentice - cover to cover.

A most fabulous read and I couldn't put it down.

Loved the heroine from start to finish and ooh la la what a hero. You know I love my Greek boyz - whew! Damon is a peach. Buy this book and melt. Gimme, gimme, gimme more, she hollered in an irrational voice.

Someone calm me down.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Audio Nanny Coming Soon

I'm delighted to announce that Nanny Behaving Badly is currently being produced as an audio book! It will be released as part of a set of romance audio books from Iambik.

I'm very excited to hear the finished version when it's ready - and it could make an ideal gift for someone who hasn't got a kindle or an ebook reader yet. Or maybe supplement your nanny range with a version to kick back to when reclining in your boudoir?

You can still get your ecopy of Nanny Behaving Badly here - if you're seeking that sassy summer read. Go on, you know you want to.

Look out for the other romance audio romance titles coming out from Iambik too. Especially Embrace author buddy Rachel Lyndhurst's fab Storm's Heart. It's a mighty fine read and highly recommended.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Job I Want!

At last I've found it. My perfect job.

Writing's all well and good - but sometimes there's a deeper hunger ...

How do I apply to become a PROFESSIONAL BISCUIT TASTER?

Where do I sign?!?!

Friday, May 20, 2011

LASR Review

Thank you to Long And Short Reviews  for a lovely FOUR BOOKS review of Flirting With The Fireman!

A big thank you to Azalea for the lovely words:

"Many of the exchanges between characters are emails or answering machine messages. Jarvie creates a cute, sassy dialogue between characters. Even the minor characters of Mack, Rod's boss, and Flick's Aunt Audrey are nicely drawn.

Jarvie has created a charming debut novella, and despite the short length, she packs in enough action and drama to keep you turning pages."


And you can read the whole thing here!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Kingseat Cakes Needs You!

My lovely friend makes bespoke, delicious cakes - scrumptious and her designs are inspired!

You can see her cake blog here.

So ... if you've time - please, please click and follow her cake blog. She's recruiting followers and your help in upping numbers would be greatly appreciated. One word of warning - it'll make you hungry for a tempting treat!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Back In The Saddle

Better late than never! The word count is moving again.
My cowboy Gabe is back on the range. Amazing what some head-space and a quiet house can achieve.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Failed!

I'm afraid my April Word Count Challenge didn't meet the mark. Sorry. And I'm pretty downcast at not getting nearly enough writing time in April. Basically it was a way too busy month on the family front.

But it's not as bad as my word worm would suggest. I did manage to write 4,000 words by hand. I just need to get them typed and then crack on. So here's the deal. I intend to keep the April Word Count Challenge Worm up and running in May because I need to finish! Let's hope this time I crack it.

I have some very exciting news coming soon. (I'm not being a tease, I can't say yet!) But soon! Very soon.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Welcome To Amber Leigh Williams

A huge and warm welcome to Amber Leigh Williams - fellow Wild Rose Press author and lovely, lovely lady. Here's an interview with Amber and some information about Blackest Heart, her current release. Isn't that a fabulous title?
 
Welcome Amber ... Tell us about your book. What inspired it and how would you sum up your hero?


Hi Judy! Thanks for having me! Blackest Heart is the first book in my western romance trilogy, the Ridges of Wayback, TX – which features the three Ridge family siblings, Keefe, Casey, and Stella. Blackest Heart is Stella’s story. A horrible accident forces her to reevaluate what she wants from life. Though she’s an actress in high demand in Hollywood, she gives it all up to return to her roots in Wayback, TX. She also finds sexy silent cowboy, Judd Black. He turns out to be the only one who can offer her to escape and solace she needs to heal.

Judd is hard to sum up in a few words because, even to me, he’s a bit of an enigma. He’s a bull-rider so I would definitely classify him as an alpha. Those alpha tendencies have been hampered by the trauma of his past, though. If you think Stella’s past is harrowing, wait until you read his. In Blackest Heart, his relationship with Stella and the strong disapproval of her big brother, Keefe, brings out all those delicious alpha tendencies and then the sparks really fly ;)

Blackest Heart was also the 1st Place More Than Magic novella in 2009! 

About Blackest Heart
America's Sweetheart, Stella Ridge has been away from Wayback for fifteen years paving her way to the top of the acting business. When a car accident leaves her physically and emotionally scarred, the only place she wants to go is home to Texas and her family's ranch.
The changes that have taken place since her departure are enough to rock her world again. She uncovers a buried tragedy, struggles with the penetrating stares and questions from townsfolk, and comes up against an intriguing and unexpected spark with the silent cowboy and champion bull rider, Judd Black. Their wounded souls draw them together and Stella begins to realize that only in him can she find the solace she sought by leaving the bright lights of Hollywood.
Buy Links…




2. When and how did you start writing? Do you have a particular process – night owl or early bird? Plotter or pantser? Do you like to get down a word count every day?

I began writing in the third grade, plays and short stories. I progressed onto young adult fiction a bit later. When I was fourteen, I read my first romance and knew instantly that that was what I wanted to write for the rest of my life. I completed my first romance manuscript (Forever Amore, LASR Best Book of 2009 Nominee) when I was eighteen. In 2006, I began writing full-time.

I don’t think I’m either a plot or a pantser. Whatever they call someone who’s in between. I am most definitely a night owl, though. Something about the dark pressing against the windows and the still quiet that comes after a certain time of night really gets my muse going.

3. Tell us your call story - and where were you five years ago with your writing?

My first call was actually an email. It was really late because my husband and I were just getting back from dinner at my parents’ house. I had this weird urge to check my email once before bed and there it was. The funny part of the story is that the next day, before I could respond, both my printer and my computer died. It was a nightmare. Luckily, my second call from a separate publisher was much more auspicious (I spotted two rainbows the day of!).

Five years ago I was just branching out into the publishing/submission world and I hadn’t learned what my writing voice was or if I even had one. I vividly remember crying over my first rejection. It’s amazing how much five years can teach you. I feel like a totally different writer.

4. Which is your own favorite heroine and why?

It’s a tie between Stella, from Blackest Heart, and Lucille from Forever Amore. I put them both through so much during the course of their stories – more than I put my average heroine through, which is quite a lot. It’s that slight guilt complex that every writer feels, I think, when they push characters to their breaking point. I identify more with Lucille, despite the fact that she’s Italian.

5 Fave authors - who inspires you and why?

Nora Roberts has always been my favorite writer. I enjoy her J.D. Robb titles, too. I’m a big fan of Roarke. She’s a natural born storyteller and I really admire how prolific she is and the fact that her writing is completely organic. She flies completely by the seat of her pants and still the book comes out smooth and flowing and the world she paints is rich and lush…. Can you tell I’m a huge fan? 

Similarly, J.R. Ward’s process is fascinating to me, too. She outlines heavily before writing the first draft of her paranormals. The thing I most admire about her is her world building abilities. I lose myself completely in her stories.

6. Fave hero inspirations - go on ... who really makes your eyes pop! Any particular hero inspirations for particular books? What are your ultimate hero qualities?

Did I not mention Roarke? LOL Roarke and Mr. Darcy are two fine members of the hero club and my idea of the ultimate hero. I tend to initially model heroines after real people. Heroes, not so much. They’re mine, all mine J

And if there is a hero club, by the way, I’d like to know where it is and how I can get there immediately! ;)

7. Advice for budding writers?

Never give up. I’ve known one or two writers who have and it’s incredibly sad. My first manuscript took five years from the time of completion to publish. I even have a plaque on my desk that says, “Never, never, never give up!” It should be every writer’s litany.

8. What are you working on next - ambitions for a couple of years from now?

At the moment, I’m almost at the end of my paranormal romance series, which my agent is currently finding a home for. I also just completed a major contemporary romance revision and it looks like we might be putting that into circulation soon, I hope. In a few years, I would love to be more widely distributed but mostly I want to still find the joy in writing I always have. Besides family, that escape is what’s most important to me.

9. Your writing community - where and who have helped you on your way?

I joined Romance Writers of America in June of 2007 as well as the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA, and a few months later I received my first publishing contract. It’s no coincidence that one happened after the other. I credit RWA and GCCRWA for getting me that far so quickly toward my publishing dream. I also would be nowhere without the WritingGIAM community that I’m a part of online. GIAM members are all excellent writers and wonderful people who inspire me to no end.

10. Revisions - love em or hate em. What nugget of advice would you give about tackling revisions?

Ai, revisions. I don’t love them but I do think they’re necessary. My first manuscript went through no less than six revisions before it was contracted. If life has taught me anything, it’s that change is often necessary in order to move forward in both life and career. Writing is no exception.


Thanks for coming by Amber - it's been great reading about your work. And yes, a hero club ... what a great idea!!!! Count me in for membership.


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Check Out My Headliner Ad

If you pop over to The Romance Studio, not only will you find a bevy of romance reading treats - reviews, tasters, competitions and more ...

If you're eagle eyed you can catch my new advert on the top of the page for Nanny Behaving Badly (you may have to refresh your browser a few times as it's a rolling ad!)

I love it and I'd love to know what you think!

Friday, April 22, 2011

I've Been To Rachel's Movie School!

If you haven't popped by the Embrace Blog already - do!

Rachel Lyndhurst is giving a helpful masterclass on how she made her fabulous book trailer! So if you've ever wanted to try ... this'll get you started.

So in the spirit of 'having a bash' and 'Go Diego Go' - voila. Nanny Behaving Badly now has a funky trailer that fits the bill.

Shake your Movie Maker people! Thanks Rachel for the tips and pointers.


video


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

I Didn't Win ...

...but you know what? My friends who rallied round and tried truly rock!

Thanks so much for the support. It really means a lot.

I must also humbly apologise for the lack of progress on my April Word Count Challenge word worm. Not a lot of action! But I do have good reasons. The revisions cave; everything must stop. Plus I had some p.c. niggles that mean I've been doing written word counts the old fashioned way. Give me time to transcribe and hopefully the word worm will move soon!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Please Vote!

The Nanny Needs Your Vote - Now.

If you'd be so kind, please vote for Nanny Behaving Badly. You have until midnight SUNDAY (US EST) to do it.

Voting is open for your favourite five heart sweetheart review from last week at The Romance Studio. Vote now here.

Nanny Behaving Badly is up against some stiff competition too. If you didn't get a chance to see the review - you can also read it here.

I'd love your vote - it would make my month!! Please vote and make my wild waitress turns sassy nanny a happy bunny! Thank you.

P.S. Pssst - anyone else who can be enlisted to vote appreciated (e.g. pets, passing door-to-door salesmen - all welcome and I have no shame when it comes to splashing for votes).

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Lovely Romance Studio Review

Reviews don't come much better than this so I'm very very happy today. The Romance Studio were very very kind about Nanny Behaving Badly!

For a wee while Nanny was feeling a bit downcast as the Fireman was getting all the attention.

She's happy now! Thank you to reviewer Jay Essay. You can read it all here!

"If you like the characters you are reading about to grab you by the throat and pull you into their world, then this is a book to pick up and enjoy. Be warned, that once you open the first page, you may be reluctant to put it down until you turn the last one, so be prepared to give yourself plenty of time when you start reading. Some books you enjoy, and say 'ahh' when you put it down, some books you enjoy and pass on, and some.. like this one you add to your 'keeper' list."

Overall rating




Saturday, April 02, 2011

Someone, Handcuff My Heroine!

Well I'm cracking on with my cowboy. His name is Gabe and I like him RATHER a lot.

His heroine is Jess and she's just rather - busy. And ballsy. And getting herself tied in knots while the hero is just watching thinking - is this woman mad? Why doesn't she chill, slow down, delegate, smell the coffee?

Anyway, I'm now feeling very bad for Gabe. Because the unforeseen has reared its scary gnashers.



As usually happens when I start writing on and on (most especially I find if I plan a syno) the characters have gone AWOL and the heroine's just done something I didn't see coming at all. And it's shocked me sideways.

How VERY dare she indeed?

Bad woman. I'm going off her. But that's characters for ya!

So is it just me - or do the things you plan for rarely happen in your books? Does the unexpected usually occur when you're all synopsis-ed up? Or is it just me who gets in a pickle with the surprises as soon as I commit to a summary blurb?

NOTE TO SELF: Judy Jarvie must never sub an unfinished book! The gremlins in her brain will roast it on the bonfire of the unexpected and batter it with bizarre plot twists! Remember this! Step sloooooowly away and put the syno gun on the ground. On with the handcuffs.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yey - A Lovely Review!

A big thank you to Reviewer Bec at The Romance Studio for a four hearts review of Flirting With The Fireman!

And what a lovely review it is - colour me very very happy. Here's a snippet -

"Both characters' backgrounds really made this story, along with the crazy dog incident that finally brought the hero and heroine closer together. I loved the idea of Felicity keeping a diary since it helped to vent her frustrations with Rod and the wedding as well as the anguish she felt when her aunt revealed her heart-breaking secret. Then there was Rod's selflessness in sharing his past battle with cancer which was also great, because it helped Felicity finally deal with the loss of her mother and her aunt's struggle for life. 

Lastly, this is a unique read that I wished could have been longer. It ended well with a change in Felicity's role in the wedding party, and a surprise just for her. It is a book that everyone should take the opportunity to read. Even if it is just to check out the manner in which it is written, because it surely is one of a kind." 
Overall rating:

You can read the whole review here! Thank you again!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Coming Next - Off Limits Lover!

I'm very very pleased to announce that Embrace Books will be publishing another of my novels - Off Limits Lover!

Originally published by Moonlit Romance as Taking The Leap,  this was the first book I ever had accepted by a publisher. I'm delighted that Embrace want to bring it back to life! Here's what the reviewers had to say:

Judy Jarvie writes an excellent romance about two people who are so real we can't help but relate to them in some way. This is a unique tale as it tells of people who have adopted because of infertility.This is a superb romance with some suspense. It's set in a small village in Scotland with dialect and local color that enhance the tale.
***** The Romance Studio

And here's some blurb:

Practice nurse Anya Fraser's adopted son is at the centre of her life. But when her new senior partner, Dr Max Calder arrives at work, distracting her in too many ways, suddenly her anti-relationship mantra isn't working. Max volunteers to help her succeed at the charity parachute jump she's so terrified of and attraction simmers from the off. Taking a leap of faith has never proved so scary nor so attractive -- how will they cope with the challenge of working together and taking to the skies? And resisting a future their pasts taught them to avoid?
 
Embrace Books is an exciting new venture in quality digital romance publishing. Their books are fantastic, their covers are sublime. Here's to embracing another year with another new release. And I love the new title (thanks to the inspired editor). Off Limits Lover is just right - and coming later this year.

Of course in the meantime - you can still snaffle a copy of Nanny Behaving Badly here. Go on ... being naughty can be nice ...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Yellow Roses

Last week a very lovely friend bought me Yellow Roses (I love yellow roses, always have - actually I love lots of roses but yellow in particular or dark pink always make me go wow!) I'm a roses and freesias girl (hint to husband - only kidding!)

Anyhoo ...

The roses were particularly apt because right now I'm 'writing me a cowboy'. Yup! And he's mighty fine (it's okay - I only go into stereotypical Texan speak when I talk ABOUT him).


Anyway. Just had to share that. My cowboy, Gabe, is coming along nicely. And my roses are in a vase - in his honour! Happy smile!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Grumpy McStumpy



Today I was not in a good mood.

I had plans ... things I wanted to do ... words I wanted to write. But disaster struck at school bus/exit house time when I realised ... HELP MY KEYS ARE MISSING.

So - had to leave the house (unlocked - psssst don't tell the local burglars!) in order to get kidlets to school. Searched the house. High low and everywhere in between. Pulled out beds, sofas, drawers. You name it I've snooped under it and run my hand down the back of it. No joy.

Enter - heroine Mother. She went and had not one, but two spares cut. To enable me to leave the house for school home time! Bless her, she really is a gem (and I mean that!)

My final 'if I must' look location was - yep, you've guessed it - the garbage, the trashcan, the dustbin from HELL! Not my favourite job on the list but I'd exhausted all other options.

And there lurking under last night's stinky salmon ... and potato salad ... and barbie hair (don't ask, she doesn't stand a chance in our house, think Toy Story 3 Toddler Room but worse) - THERE WERE MY KEYS. AWAITING DISPOSAL.

I wouldn't mind but last week eldest snaffled my 'gum shield' - yes I have one - and put it in her handbag! It's not good to feel so challenged by the swift and agile fingers in one's home.

Grumpy.

Stinky.

And not best pleased.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

In Love ...

With Tangled.


We went to see it this weekend (after frequent promises to the kidlets) and in a near empty cinema! Oh I love the joys of a near empty cinema, worth the wait!

But I digress. The film left me reeling and smitten and wanting to see it a squillion times again. Here's why -
  • Cracking breakneck breathless pace that is just awesome.
  • Characters that are so good you just want to lick the screen (providing it's germ free). But seriously - THAT good.
  • Twists on the classic traditional fairytale that just make it so so so much more and better, better, fab.
  • Wondrous animation to marvel at! And great songs too.

So - at the risk of becoming a Tangled bore - I will simply say, if you haven't yet, go see it. And yes I will be buying the DVD. If only to enjoy hero Flynn's witty dialogue yet again! Even more excitingly the Tangled book is due to arrive from the school book fair later this week (squeak!)

P.S. If you need further proof - the kids loved it even more than me! Desperate to go straight back again. Now that's a hearty recommendation.

Monday, March 14, 2011

New Beginnings

Don't you just love a fresh start?

The thrill of shiny characters, an exciting new horizon ... yes I'm in early chapter thrill stage. Trying to focus my wayward brain on the task in hand and tether down the wandering excitement.

Let's just say this man is helping things along ...


And it's not just his bubbles that are keeping me enthused.

P.S. Being a Sony EReader chick, I'm mightily chuffed at finding this - result!

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Onwards and Upwards

Well - my blog conga (huge thanks to all who helped/assisted/put up with me) is at a close! Phew! It's been a rollercoaster few weeks and great fun. But life has to go on. Indeed.

I have things to write. People to knit. Actually that should read balls of wool. Cakes to eat (actually no that's out because I've cracked my tooth and am awaiting dental appointment via hesitant bites!)

Oh and today I have expensive shoes for small people to buy that will involve lights, sequins and the colour pink in abundance. Life goes on. So. Time to work, work, busy, busy.

Thank you all so much for putting up with the promo overload. Time to get back to the random musings methinks?!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Blog Visit And A Book Winner!

Today I'm blogging over at Rachel Brimble's blog (thank you Rachel!) Please drop by and say HI if you've time!

Book Winner News: Sarah Grimm kindly picked out a randomly selected winner for the fabulous copy of her book Not Without Risk (isn't that a scrumptious cover!)

 That lucky winner is Velda Brotherton! Velda please email me/or Sarah direct via our websites so we can get your mailing details to send you your prize! And enjoy the book - thanks to Sarah for dropping by and being so generous.

You can catch a review of Nanny Behaving Badly here! Three Hearts - thank you Sizzling Hot Books.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

A Book Well Worth Sampling

Transatlantic Loving
By Rachel Brimble
Chums and regular frequenters of the blog will know I love the eighties. I’m a child of the eighties – day glo is my colour theme of choice. I don’t know much but I do know lots of inane trivia about eighties bands and I have an uncanny knack for getting eighties song release dates on the money. Plus I sported some haircuts in the past that reveal the heinous level of my eighties fashionista credentials!!!
All I will say is trendy - but gruesome.

It's A Flock Of Seagulls - The Pinnacle of 80s Hair
So - if the eighties comes up in a pub quiz – I, my friend, rub my hands with relish and prepare to enjoy myself to the max.
Which is why Transatlantic Loving was right up my Electric Avenue.
When I saw that fellow Wild Rose author Rachel Brimble had written a novella for WRP’s Class of 85 continuity series – I was rather keen to purchase it! I'd read some other of the series titles and enjoyed them. And boy am I glad I bought this one.
It transported me back in an instant. As good as watching an episode of Glee. Not only is this setting a treat - the characters are fantastic. Immediately I wanted to be Lisa’s friend and go out dancing to Chaka Khan with sassy Courtney. Right from the off I was panting for Aaron Hot Sports Coach Taylor. Well ... who wouldn't?
Amid the hell of an eighties reunion dance – two souls collide and sparks crescendo. Aaron Taylor falls for Lisa Cavendish at first sight. The banter is quick and jabby and has you pleading for more. The chemistry sparks off the page. I smiled and giggled aloud a great many times.
Without spoiling it – this is the story of two people from different parts of the globe who have a short space of time to pursue something magical (and hormonally enticing). Instead they have to face their own past wounds as well as a few hurdles to love. And they do so with humour and maturity. The HEA is well worth the wait.

 If you love the eighties – if your heart still hankers for lacey fingerless gloves, Madonna and the thrill of pursuing your inner teen in a ra-ra skirt – then buy this book you won’t regret it. In summary - it’s even more satisfying than a Pat Benatar fix (and that’s mighty fine let me tell ya!)
So Transatlantic Loving is firmly in my cyber keeper shelf. Well done Rachel! I’m off to gel my hair and relive those good times!

Get the book here!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sarah Grimm - A Hot Hunk And A Giveaway!

LASR Nominated Author Sarah Grimm is back today revealing more of her inspirations and secrets.

She's also generously offered to give away a free copy of her LASR Nominated Book Not Without Risk. So here's your chance to snaffle your very own copy! Leave a comment here and you'll be put in the hat - one very lucky reader to be announced later in the week!

Anyway. Back to business - this time Sarah's brought a rather handsome fellow with her ... excuse me I need to introduce myself.

Over to you Sarah:
6. Fave hero inspirations - go on ... who really makes your eyes pop!? Any particular hero inspirations for particular books? What are your ultimate hero qualities?

Right now I’ve got a thing for Joe Manganiello – 6 foot 5 inches of werewolf muscle on HBO’s True Blood.  Here he is:



Honestly, I don’t usually have inspiration for the hero’s in my books. However, I think I’m going to have to base one off Joe. What do you think? LOL

My ultimate hero is: Strong, Sexy (not to be confused with being beautiful or handsome, as a hero doesn’t have to be either to be sexy. Although the heroine thinks he is), Flawed (who wants perfection? How boring. J) and completely devoted to the heroine.


7. Advice for budding writers?

Everyone will have a bit of advice for you. Listen to it, decide how much of it you think works for you and ignore the rest. Seriously. I listened to everything. I changed the way I wrote, I changed my stories to try to fit a certain mold…it was frustrating, exhausting and got me no where. It darn near destroyed my voice. Luckily, I’m learning to ignore all that bad advice and getting my voice back.

Oh, and don’t let anything stand in the way of your dream. Especially your own fear!

8. What are you working on next - ambitions for a couple of years from now?

My next project is a reunion romance I’ve titled MIDNIGHT HEAT. It’s a spin-off of AFTER MIDNIGHT, my contemporary romance with rock singer hero Noah Clark. MIDNIGHT HEAT features Noah’s best friend and bassist, Dominic Price.

9. Your writing community - where and who have helped you on your way?

My biggest supporters are my husband, my mother and my sister. Whenever I’m struggling, I’ll give one of them a call. Sometimes I’ll call them because I’m excited about the way the story’s coming along. It’s during those calls I get the ‘That’s nice, Sarah, so why are you calling me instead of writing?’ That’s my sister and my mother; they’re always reminding me that I should be writing instead of cleaning the house or surfing the internet.

My husband supports me in different way altogether. I guess I’d have to say that the biggest way he supports me is to keep everyone out of my hair when I’m writing and by not complaining when he gets fed drive thru four nights in a row when I’m on deadline or working on edits.

10. Revisions - love em or hate em. What nugget of advice would you give about tackling revisions?

Love ‘em! I love digging into the story and making it stronger.

As authors we become attached to every word in our stories, but they’re not all necessary or even good words. So my advice is: don’t be afraid of the delete button. I just deleted about four paragraphs from my opening scene in After Midnight, during this last round of edits. I did it because of something my editor had said BEFORE she contracted the book, not even something she said during edits. Taking out that hint of the heroine’s past tightened up the opening scene and made it stronger.

So don’t be afraid to delete a few of your words, no matter how attached you are to them. If it’s too painful, you can always paste them into a new document and save them. 



A HUGE THANK YOU to Sarah!. Thanks for coming by and putting up with all the questions. Good luck with that nomination - we're rooting for you!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Big Warm Welcome to Sarah Grimm

Today I have a lovely visitor - fellow Wild Rose Press author Sarah Grimm. Sarah's just had her book Not Without Risk nominated for the LASR Best Book of 2010! Yey Sarah! I'm very pleased she's popped over to share some of her secrets!

I've given Sarah ten questions - here's five answers. Hop back here tomorrow and see the rest of Sarah's interview...plus there'll be a download giveaway and some rather appealing eye candy!!!

Take it away Sarah!



1. Tell us about your LASR nominated book - Not Without Risk. What inspired it and how would you sum up your hero?

Sergeant Justin Harrison is on top of his game. He is impulsive, insatiable and invincible. At least he’d always believed so—until an addict with a .38 showed him otherwise. Six agonizing months after the slug collapsed his lung, Justin has managed to return to the one thing he excels at – his job as a San Diego homicide detective. He worked hard to get his body back in shape and nothing is going to stand in his way of proving he is fit for active duty. Especially not a long-legged brunette who just stumbled into his crime scene.

Photographer Paige Conroy spent years hiding from her past. Then one late night telephone call brings it crashing back. An old friend is in town and needs to see her. Speaking on the phone isn’t safe. She needs to meet him. Only four hours later, when she arrives at his hotel room, it is to find him dead. Fighting against the painful onslaught of memories, as well as the horror of being the only witness to murder, the last thing Paige needs is to feel attracted to the dark-eyed Sergeant Harrison.

When the villain sets his sights on Paige, she must turn to Justin for help. Together they learn that some things are worth the risk.

I honestly don’t know what inspired me to write NOT WITHOUT RISK. It was a story that just came to me one day. I guess it would be more accurate to say that the hero, Justin, came to me one day. It’s definitely Justin’s story.

How would I sum up Justin?   He’s a wounded alpha hero. Not a believer in happily-ever-after, he doesn’t have relationships with women, he has sex. So his job is all that he has. It defines him. For thirteen years he’s lived it, breathed it, and been happy. Only recently he’s wondered if it’s enough.

I was thrilled when, just a few weeks ago, I learned NOT WITHOUT RISK was nominated for the Long and Short of It’s BEST BOOK of 2010. LASR called the book “…fast paced, nail biting, page turning, edge of your seat suspense…”

The polls are active beginning Monday, February 14 at http://www.longandshortreviews.com/promo.htm and will continue until Sunday, February 27.

2. When and how did you start writing? Do you have a particular process - nightowl or early bird? Plotter or pantster? Do you like to get down a word count every day?

I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. I have notebooks filled with poems, story ideas, and partial chapters from as far back as age five. Yes, thanks to my older sister, I could read and write by age five. And I did. I read everything I could get my hands on, usually re-writing the story in my head as I went. If you asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always answered something different depending on the day. I couldn’t make up my mind. Then I picked up my first romance novel. Suddenly I had my answer: “I want to get married, have children and write romances.”

When I got married, I set my writing aside. I focused on my husband and building a family. Then my youngest son was born and the struggle to keep him alive began. By the time we were done, my baby had endured stomach surgery, throat surgery, and a tracheotomy with all the special care that entails. As you can imagine, all the hospital time left me desperate for a distraction, so I took pen to paper, yup, longhand, and wrote my first romance. Not just bits and pieces of a book, but the entire hero and heroine’s journey from ‘Chapter One’ to ‘The End’.

I don’t have a process—I’m a pantser who squeezes in writing time between bookkeeping for my husband’s business, and taxiing my kids around. All hours of the day you’ll find me scribbling in a notebook. Most of my writing is still done longhand, because my characters choose the darnedest times to start talking!
 
3. Tell us your call story - and where were you five years ago with your writing?

My call was actually an email telling me that they wanted to publish my romantic suspense, NOT WITHOUT RISK. It came about five years ago from a publisher called Triskelion. I submitted to them just after they received RWA recognition, and they accepted it. I wasn’t with a big NY publisher, but I didn’t care. I was going to be published.

When Triskelion began having problems, I was one of the authors who saw it coming but was helpless to do anything about it. RISK had just been released, and they’d accepted my second book on proposal. After they folded, I stopped writing for a while. The joy was gone. Thankfully, I’m back to it and having more fun than ever before.

4. Which is your own favourite heroine and why?

Isabeau Montgomery (AFTER MIDNIGHT, which is in edits now): Owner of Izzy’s Bar, child prodigy, piano phenom—a woman who is hiding behind a lie of her own making. She’s just so very tortured, her past so full of tragedy… She deserves a happy ending and Noah is just the man to share it with her.

5. Fave authors - who inspires you and why?

Some of my favorite authors include Tess Gerritsen, Kay Hooper, & Dianne Emley.  Romantic Suspense and thrillers inspire me the most, even though after the first romantic suspense, my writing tends to be contemporary romance with just a touch of suspense/danger.

Thanks Sarah and sorry to interogate you but it's fun!
More from Sarah tomorrow ...

Monday, February 21, 2011

Possibly My Favourite Tweet Of The Year

Bunny ears & a hot male in a kilt: Judy Jarvie's e-romance 'Nanny Behaving Badly' just begs to be read! http://tinyurl.com/6bfyz...

It reads like a movie voice-over. Thank you Jane Holland. That really made me smile.

Friday, February 18, 2011

A Flirty Review And A Week Long Party!

Another review today - thank you Sizzling Hot Book Reviews!

" Flirting with the Fireman reads fast with lots going on to keep one entertained. And I LOVED the cover! I enjoyed this enough to look forward to more from Jarvie."

Do hop over to Marcy's blog today - she's kindly hosting my ramblings about Nanny Behaving Badly. And don't forget to keep checking the Embrace Books blog this week ... lots of interesting launch party snippets to be had.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Foam and Foxy Flirtation

I thought I'd bring out a fresh excerpt from Nanny Behaving Badly today - just to whet your appetites.

And to say thank you for the astonishing kindle chart surprise. Go on - click before you miss it!
Enjoy!


 Lyle strode to the edge of the tub and helped her back out. When he pulled her to his side she was ludicrously covered in white foam and they were inches apart. In stark comparison he was still dry. And so was her mouth when she looked up at the vision of all man poster-perfect body, his well-muscled arms, chest and athletic legs in full view.
Maddie cursed her own impulses when she realised her robe was soaked, hanging open and dripping around her feet. There were suds balls in her hair.
‘You might have warned me you’re into foam parties,’ he said wryly. ‘There are people out there who’d pay good money to watch you.’
‘Shall I call 999?’ she asked meekly.
Lyle laughed and it proved instantly infectious, causing her to giggle along as she stood dripping and covered in slippery foam.
Nice way to impress the boss, Adams!
‘I’m sorry, Lyle,’ she said, knowing the laughter still didn’t detract from the crimson blush at her own crazy behaviour. ‘I’ve done it again, haven’t I? Like I did in the café. What is it with me and acting in haste?’
Lyle untied her robe for her. ‘You’d better take that off for starters.’ Him slipping the wet fabric from her shoulders made her gulp and shiver. She watched as he threw the sopping garment away. Became ultra aware of herself standing before him in a swimsuit like an unruly street urchin.
 ‘Is saying sorry enough for you to overlook this incident?’ she asked.
‘No. I want to take the moral high-ground for a bit longer. Make you squirm.’ He scooped up a large foamy wad and split it in two, then put it on her shoulders. The hairs on her body reacted to the slight contact. She wanted more. And that would be a very bad move.
Maddie removed some foam from her hair and blew it back at him. ‘Wise guy, huh?’