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I’m Late, I’m Late, for a very important date…..

Apologies, I’m still recovering from two conferences, going back to work and being on a deadline. So I’m going to show you my whirlwind summer.

First, Portugal with the family.

 

Then there was the RNA conference in Leeds.

 

Spot Fiona Harper, Brigid Coady, our own Annie O’Neill and Jessica Gilmore.

And finally,……are you ready…..

there was RWA in Denver!

There is so many people to spot here- Amy Andrews and Susan Carlisle, Jane Porter and Megan Crane, Lynne Marshall, Abby Green, Maya Blake and Jackie Ashenden.

I might also have got my first ever author photo – nothing like watching some guy virtually Botox your face before your eyes!

Okay, I’m off to lie down. It’s the AMBA lunch in London in a few weeks……..

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It’s holiday time!

At least it is in here in Scotland.  Schools are out at the end of this week and we’re off to sunny Portugal for a week.  I’ve never been there, so looking forward to it – after all, there’s nothing like sharing a hotel room with your other half and two teenage sons, is there??!!  Pic from below is from Florida last year, so hoping Portugal has just as much sunshine.

It’s been a good year.  My eldest has finished his final exams, gone to Prom and is off to study computing and cyber security at university and my youngest is heading towards exam land next year in school.  He might not be so keen on that.

This is also the time of year that all romance writers come out of the woodwork so to speak.  In the UK, the RNA conference is in Leeds which I’ll be heading to, with a whole day to spare in between before I have to head to the RWA conference in Denver, USA. The whole point of going to conference in the US to go to the Harlequin party which is always the best around, there I am below with Sheila Hodgson, the senior editor of the medical line at the party last year!

I’m really honoured to be nominated for a Rita this year, but have no expectation of winning.  I’ve read my fellow medical author, Amy Andrews book and have high hopes for that one – it’s fabulous.

So, by the time all this is over, I’ll have about 8 hours between getting home again and heading back to the day job.  Phew!

So, the final pic of the dinosaur was taken by fellow med author Louisa George when we went for lunch in Florida at conference last year.  I was celebrating the imminent release of my dinosaur YA books!

So happy holidays, whatever you are all up to.  I might need some recovery time after all this………..

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It’s beginning to look a lot like….

Anyone who knows me knows that I am complete Christmas nut.  In the UK there’s a radio station called Magic Christmas that plays Christmas songs all day from 1 December. As I drove my youngest to a football match the other day singing Wham’s Last Christmas at the top of my voice, he waited until we were in the traffic jam then steamed up the window with his breath and wrote HELP on the window.  I’m not sure that the people in the car next to us really understood until he put the window down and let them hear my singing….

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Here’s another of my traditions.  I go down to London every September for the Mills and Boon author lunch.  The timing is perfect as even though it’s September the Harrods Christmas shop has just opened.  I’ve bought one of these decorations every year since I’ve been published and absolutely love them.  I also emailed Harrods the other day to tell them I’ve ran out of colours.  They let me know there will be a lovely purple one next year!

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I’ve also had a little change.  After years of a red Christmas tree this year I’ve gone for rose gold.  I like it right now, but within a week I’ll probably change my mind again!

I have two Christmas books out this year – a medical – A Family Made at Christmas – and a book for Tule Publishing – the Jingle Bell Bride.

But even more exciting is the release of my YA book the Extinction Trials out on 28 December.  The cover still gives me chills!

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Next year is going to be non stop.  I have two new YA books to write and four more Mills and Boon, all along with the full-time job.  Sleep, as always, will be an optional extra!

Merry Christmas from Scotland xx

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Cover love!

Extinction Trials

So I finally have my cover for the dinosaur YA book.  Some of you may have seen it already but The Extinction Trials hits the shops on 1 January 2018.  After a few cover hiccups I absolutely love this one (and the follow up has a gorgeous and sinister cover too!)

In Stormchaser and Lincoln’s ruined world, the only way to survive is to risk everything. To face a contest more dangerous than anyone can imagine. And they will do ANYTHING to win. But in a land full of monsters – both human and reptilian – they can’t afford to trust anyone. Perhaps not even each other…

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The next bit of cover love comes for my Tule Publishing christmas book which is already out.  New York wedding planner Jessica Christie always goes above and beyond for her clients. So, stopping in Alaska to pick up the famed Jingle Bell flower for her famous client’s bouquet doesn’t seem too outrageous–until she ends up stranded there.

Matt Holden has spent the last five years since his fiancée died, living in a virtual bubble in Alaska. His research work as a botanist and assistant at the local reindeer farm keep him busy during the holidays.

But when Jessica Christie bursts into his life, all bets are off. Her stay is definitely temporary, but the feelings she ignites aren’t. Could Ms. Oh-So-Wrong actually be Mrs. Right?

This book was so much fun to write and let loose my love of all things Christmas.

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But if you prefer a tear jerker this is the one for you.  Not quite so much cover love as my hero isn’t a red head but never mind.  I absolutely loved writing this story.

For physiotherapist April Henderson, gorgeous army doc Riley Callaghan is off-limits. With her life-altering surgery looming, she can’t afford to consider anyone else right now. But when Riley is given the biggest news of his life—a son he knew nothing about—April can’t help but offer him support.

Spending time with Riley and his adorable son, Finn, this Christmas gives April a glimpse of the life she’s always wanted. But can she risk her heart when her future is so uncertain…?

And that’s it!  I have another book out in January too but I’ll tell you about that one later.

I’m off to lie down right now and recover from the writing frenzy!

 

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Conference!

The truth is, conference was last month, but this is my first time to blog since attending.

Last month I flew from Scotland to Florida for a 10 day family holiday, then dropped my beloved and kids back at the airport, and went back to another hotel for 4 days of conference. After 10 days in one room with a husband and two teenage boys, having a room to myself was peaceful – and spotless!

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This year at conference my usual partners in crime were back in the UK and Australia. But this meant I got to make some new friends and spend more time with people I usually only see for an hour or so.

First night was spent at Epcot watching the fireworks courtesy of Tule Publishing with drinks and dessert. I had dinner with some of the fabulous Tule authors at the French restaurant in Epcot.

IMG_0611Socialising is one the greatest joys of conference, along with the learning from the sessions at conference.

I had fun going to Disney Springs with fellow med author Louisa George where she indulged me by coming to the T-Rex restaurant with me.

IMG_0387Next up was the Harlequin party which, this year, was held at the Waldorf Astoria in Florida.  I went for dinner in the Waldorf restaurant first with Katherine Gerbera, Nancy Robarbs Thompson and Julia Justiss.

IMG_0614After that it was time to dance the night away with my favourite authors and editors.

First here’s the brilliant and very talented Carol Marinelli receiving her 100 book award from Harlequin – many of these are medicals.

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Here’s me with Sheila Hodgson the senior editor for the medical line.

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And with the fabulous Flo Nicol.

IMG_0633The following day there was a massive book signing and I managed to snap our very own Susan Carlisle.

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I had a great final night in Florida going for dinner at the Four Seasons with Maisey Yates, Megan Crane, Nicole Helm and Kasey Lane. It was a perfect end to a great 4 days.

IMG_0667Sad to say I won’t be at Denver next year, but I’ll definitely be in New York the year after!

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Scarlet xx

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Holiday season!

In Scotland, schools out for summer from 28 June, which means two days from now!

This means my boys require entertainment for the next six weeks.  Luckily, my kids are a bit older now and don’t require quite as much supervision as before.  Thankfully, we also have a holiday booked for Florida mid July (which ends with me attending the Romance Writers Conference!).  It’s been two years since we were last in Florida and I don’t know if me, or the kids are more excited!

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I may even get to meet an astronaut again!

And while my idea of relaxing is always a good book, I’ve been trying to find something cool for my kids to do.  Some of you may know I’ve written some YA books with dinosaurs.  So, this reached out and spoke to me.

Dinosaurs!

Here’s hoping it’s as good as it looks!

 

Wishing you all happy holidays,

Scarlet

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Falling for the enemy!

Italian movie star Javier Russo needs to escape his Hollywood life. Isola dei Fiori is the perfect retreat—a lush island in the glittering Mediterranean. What he didn’t expect was having to share his peaceful hideaway with the infuriatingly beautiful Portia Marlowe!

Celebrity reporter Portia is intrigued by her unwelcome and mysterious visitor, and the secrets he’s clearly holding back. Villa Rosa isn’t big enough for both of them, and soon there’s nowhere to hide from their simmering chemistry!

Available from July, from Amazon UK and Amazon US and Amazon Aus

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Binge watching

It’s official.  I’ve finished a book and for a few days have been binge watching and binge reading.

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Here’s the first binge.  Designated survivor.  If you hadn’t heard the term – go and google it now.  It’s completely fascinating.

Kiefer Sutherland is the poor sod who is the designated survivor for his party during the State of the Union address (probably because he’s about to be sacked) and BOOM!!!!!!!

He becomes the sole survivor of his party and the man who will be President.  You’ve never met anyone more than Kiefer who doesn’t want to do this.  That’s what makes this perfect.  Throw in intrigue, back-stabbing, more dastardly deeds and characters with more faces than lives, then you have this addiction.

It’s just stopped for the mid-season break and I’m in agony!

My second binge is this

glitch

Found on Netflix this 6 part australian series Glitch has everything the cat threw at it.

Handsome local copper.  Check

Pregnant wife.  Check

  1.  Founder of the town
  2. 1960’s housewife
  3. Young murdered woman
  4. Former World War soldier
  5. Mysterious immigrant
  6. Handsome local copper’s dead wife

What?????  YES!!!!  These people crawl out of their graves and their stories are fascinating.

There’s also a weird drug company and another mad copper and an equally mad local doctor.

Don’t panic folks.  Just right off six hours of your life and settle down and watch.

As for binge reading????

booksI may be quite a while……………….

in the meantime, feel free to give me more Netflix recommendations and anymore book recommendations!

Thanks

Love Scarlet xx