Archive for July 6th, 2011

Connor Grant left his first love in the Highlands, vowing to return after serving in the king’s army. Seven years later, he is still fighting for the crown, and his victories are legendary-both in the battlefield and in the bedroom. Yet he’s never forgotten his bonnie lass. And he certainly never expected to see her amidst the splendor of the British royal court: beautiful, breathtaking, and tempting him past the point of no return.
The night he left, Mairi MacGregor banished Connor from her life forever. Now her heart belongs only to Scotland. As part of a secret alliance, she journeys to London in search of information . . . only to find herself face to face with the one man she swore she’d never trust again. Though Mairi’s body still craves Connor’s touch, she can’t forgive his betrayal. But a traitor lurks in their midst and to protect her beloved Highlands, Mairi must make a leap of faith and join forces with Connor-even if it means losing her heart to him again.


Writing is a career best suited for people who don’t mind being alone. In fact, you had better love the solitary life if you mean to take up the pen…er…keyboard. I’m not saying authors are lonely. The truth of it is, we never are. We have dozens and dozens of characters roaming around inside our heads day in and day out. They become friends, family, familiar faces in our oftentimes-quiet world. (Unless, like me, you have 4 dogs and a cockatoo.) I don’t think authors realize what loners we are happy to be until something like a huge writer’s conference comes around to yank us out of our desk chairs and hurl us back into civilization.

This year’s Romance Writers of America conference was my first. Yes, despite being a published author for six years, I was a conference virgin. Of course, I had some idea of what to expect; workshops, signings, actually having a schedule that required me to get out of bed before 7:30am. Getting on the subway to Times Square and fighting to make my way through droves of tourists who’d stopped to take pictures of the Naked Cowboy or the Transformers premiere.

But this conference, aptly named Bright Lights, Big Stories, was so much more than I could have imagined. Sure, the Readers for Life Literacy Autographing was the most crowded affair I’ve attended in years, but an enormous amount of money was raised for literacy programs, so the slightly claustrophobic atmosphere was worth it. I gushed over some of my favorite authors like Teresa Medeiros, Christina Dodd, Julianne MacLean, and Karen Hawkins just to name a few. I chucked my t-shirt and jeans for a fancy outfit to wear to a cocktail party given by my publisher. My feet were screaming for mercy by the end of the night because I thought I was cool and walked the endless NYC streets from the hotel to the party. But, oh, it was wonderful finally meeting my editor and all the amazing people who make working with Grand Central Publishing such a rewarding experience.

The most exciting part of the conference though, was the Grand Central book signing. Meeting my fellow authors and the people who help turn my manuscripts into real books is great—maybe even better than being alone with my Highland heroes (for a few days anyway) but meeting the people who read my books was the highlight of the conference. They came from everywhere, Texas, California, and even the Netherlands. Seeing the excitement in their eyes, hearing how they love the stories I’ve toiled over, and being able to thank them in person for their support was priceless.

Yes, I like the solitary job of writing, but I already miss the crowds, the bright lights and the big stories.


A big thank you to Paula for joining with us today!

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