Meeting Samhain eds & authors at LBF

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I had a little jaunt away from the keyboard on Monday when an invitation to dinner for ‘London Area Authors’ dropped into my inbox from Crissy Brashear, the President of Samhain Publishing.

Well, I live 130 miles from London but thanks to the West Coast Train Line, I can be there in 90 mins – and I don’t get out much and I couldn’t possibly resist the chance to finally meet Crissy and Samhain Publisher, Lyndsey Faber, so off I went.

We were scheduled to meet on the steps of Earl’s Court, venue of the LBF, at 6.30 but I’d arranged to meet my agent for drinks first. What an education it was, watching all those bright young things and bookworld fashionistas exiting the fair. I bumped into the ed of my mainsteam books for a quick chat while I waited which was a bonus, before heading to the nearest pub with my agent and it seemed, half the book fair.

Then it was into an Italian restaurant. Four other Samhain authors were there, three of whom I met for the first time Рand three of whom write M/M erotic romance. So hi to Barbara Elsburg and KJ Charles and to  Imogen Howson, samhain ed and YA author . It was a thoroughly entertaining and enlightening evening and I left with new friends. The jaw dropping cover of Dark Blue was also shown around and greatly admired.

Thanks to Crissy and Lynsey for a lovely evening and their generosity.

I’ve also managed to keep my bum in seat long enough to get half way through the draft of French Blue and now I’m taking a short break to mull it all over.

Bum In Chair Hands On Keyboard

Yes, BICHOK. That’s what I’ve been doing – and for those of you who don’t know what it stands for, it means Bum in Chair, Hands on Keyboard.

I’m now about one third through the first draft of my second Study in Seduction series. It’s called FRENCH BLUE and it features Olivier Lemaitre – the artist brother of Alex from DARK BLUE. I’ve taken a slower, steadier pace with this book and it’s really in the past few days that the deeper conflicts between the hero and heroine are gradually emerging. In an erotic romance, the emotions are more intense, not less. The characters are instantly attracted to each other and very quickly start their sexual journey, but just like any romance, there needs to be tension on every page.

I’m not there yet with FRENCH BLUE, but it’s my tenth book and I’ve learned to at least trust that by writing and exploring what charcacters would and would not do, the right path will reveal itself.

And I have a deadline of July: always a good motivator!