It's the first Sunday in July - it hast to be as I write all my blogs for Tote Bags 'N' Blogs on the first Sunday of the month! But the first Sunday of july marks a month that's always rather special for me.Rather special and rather busy!
I've just done the revisons on my latest book - fingers crossed that my editor like them - and now I can look forward to the rest of July as I do every year. What's so special about July? Well, apart from the fatc that we do usually - well, sometimes, finally get the summer weather we've all been looking forward to, there are some event s coming up this month that I look forward to.
For a start, tomorrow is the Men's Final day at Wimbledon. For years my Sunday afternoon treat has been to watch the men's final, together with a bowl of strawberries and ice cream as I do some heavy duy research by watchig the strong, fit men wearing white shorts and tee shirts and pounding up and down the green of the tennis court. Some years I've been really enthusiastic, strongly supporting one player or another but this year I don't really mind who wins - I'll just enjoy the event. (It's probably just as well I'm not supportign anyone as when I do, I tend to get over-enthusiastic, yelling 'Oh yes Rafa or Roger or whoever - more! More! This can get slightly embraarrassing when I realise that the windows are wide open and the neighbours can hear every word - but then they know I'm a romance writer so they expect me to be a bit crazy!)
In a normal July, the first event I usually get to is one I'm going to have to miss this year - the Romantic Novelists' Association has its annual conference from July 8th - 10th. This year I'm not going to make it. I wish I could be there to catch up with everyone and meet friends I don't usually see except at this one event. Maybe next year.
Then at the end of the month the Babe Magnet and I will head for one of our favourite places in all the world - Caerleon in Wales. This is where we take part in the fabulous Writers' Holiday help in part of the University campus there. We've been going for - I think it's ten years now, and we've only missed it once. Our year just didn't feel the same that time. We both have a very special place in our heart for Wales because it was while we were both at university there that we met for the first time and so in many ways it fels a little bit like going home.
We are both teaching a course this year - I'll be teaching Writing Romance based on my 12 Point Guide To Writing Romance. And the Magnet is teaching Writing Poetry. We'll also have several clear days when we can read and relax - there is always someone interestign and fun to talk to at Caerleon - and there are some wonderful speakers, a poetry reading . . . the Welsh Male Voice choir. I can't wait!
And we always add on a day at the beginning and the end of the visit to Writers' Holidays - staying en route at the lovely town of Great Malvern - we've done this every time we've been to Wales and we love Malvern with it's steep hill, lots of interesting craft and jewellery shops and - most importantly for my husband, a fabulous second hand bookshop where he can spend hours just investigatig the shelves and always fnds something that's just fascinating - and that he claims will help him with his research into his own writing!
Oh now that I've told you all about my July I'm gertting even more excited at the prospect - I just can't wait to pack the cases and head off for Wales.
So what about you? Are you doing anything special in July? I know that so many of my American friends and readers will of course be celebrating on Monday - so can I take this choance to wish you all the very happiest Fourth of July - I hope you have a wonderful day!
My latest novel- The Proud Wife (Presents Extra) is still available on Amazon or eHarlequin.com and my 2000 title Constantine's Revenge has just been reissued as an ebook. Coming up next will be The Return of the Stranger which is out in September (UK) and October in Presents Extra in USA.
You can find out the most up to date information and all about these boks over on myweb site or on my blog
Oh and over on My Tote Bag - there's a contest to win a couple of my backlist books - this month its The Antonakos Marriage and Bedded by The Greek Billionaire. Good luck!