Archive for February 4th, 2008

First of all, I just want to say a big thank you to Fatin for inviting me to blog about my Silhouette Desire February release, TYCOON’S VALENTINE VENDETTA, and secondly I want to send a big shout out to all my readers who have made my transition from unpublished to successfully published author such a great time! Without you guys I’d be lost.

TYCOON’S VALENTINE VENDETTA is my fifth Silhouette Desire and is set on a¬†fictional peninsula on the New Zealand coast, just south of the city where I live, Auckland. While this particular peninsula is fictional, New Zealand is dotted with fingers of land reaching out into the sea, many of them lined with glorious white sand beaches, so it wasn’t too much of a stretch of the imagination for me to create this alternate world for my characters to reunite.

I’ve always loved reunion romances, and Jack and Lily’s story is no exception. In fact, I started writing this book many years ago where instead of Jack having stayed in Onemata and Lily having left to go overseas it was the other way around. Originally this book was called Liberating Lily, but when I revisited this old, but much loved, partially written manuscript I realised how much more impactful the story would be if Jack had been the one to stay behind. Then, of course, I had to think of the reason why he would stay in the one place on earth he hated to be and what would drive Lily back into his arms, and his bed.

I love creating the twists and turns that up the conflict in my romances and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. Just a word of caution though, don’t get confused when you see the hero’s name on the back cover of TYCOON’S VALENTINE VENDETTA, and on the inside copy. Originally Jack Dolan was named Hunter Dolan but due to a hiccup during production this name change didn’t make it through in time for printing. Ah, the vagaries of publishing ūüėČ

Speaking of twists and turns in a story, what sort of things really attract you to a book? Which are your favourite storylines (e.g. stranded, reunion, beauty and the beast, cinderella, boss/secretary etc)¬†and who, in your opinion, has done the best job of bringing a traditional concept to your keeper shelf? All your comments will go into a draw and three lucky winners will receive a book from my backlist. You can view my backlist on my website¬†and start thinking about which book you’d like to receive if you’re one of the winners.

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