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by Melanie Milburne

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Meet Day Leclaire!

Day Leclaire writes for the Silhouette Desire line and lives in the midst of a maritime forest on Hatteras Island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks. Despite the yearly storms that batter them and the occasional power outages, she finds the beautiful climate, superb fishing, and unbeatable seascape more than adequate compensation. Being flexible and having a sense of humor also helps, she’s discovered, along with a love for both the island and her craft.

Day’s interest in writing started at an early age. "There were four kids in our family, the three girls all close together in age. We were home from school one winter day because we’d had a blizzard and Mom.… Well, she was practically pulling her hair out in an attempt to keep us entertained.

"We’d fought our way through any number of board games, had read all the books in the house and were basically making a total nuisance of ourselves. Out of sheer desperation, Mom told me that if I didn’t have any books to read, I should go write one.

"So, I did. It was a historical. A Cinderella story set in the Wild West with a wicked stepmother and two wicked stepsisters. As I recall, those two stepsisters bore an uncanny resemblance to my own two sisters. I guess I was out of charity with them at the time!"

Those initial attempts, rooted in elementary school, continued all the way through college. "Although I’d thought about being a writer in high school, I majored in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley. I was going to be another Jane Goodall…right up until I went camping for the first time. It forced me to reconsider a lifetime spent without the basic necessities of life — like running water and flush toilets."

So she dropped out to reconsider her career choices. That’s when she met her future husband, Frank. "It was a whirlwind courtship. We married five months after meeting."
The two went into business together, first running a film library in Berkeley, then remodeling houses in Seattle, Washington, before opening up a produce market. "Frank is great at retail. He’s a natural salesman. But I’m not.

"With a retail operation," Day says with a laugh, "you have to be nice to the customers. That’s tough since I’m an introvert who’d rather hide in the employee lounge with my nose in a book. When I became pregnant with our son, Matt, I told Frank that I’d like to find another line of work. He was incredibly supportive. He asked me what I wanted to do and without even thinking I said, ‘Write. I want to write Harlequin Romances.’

The next day we drove into Seattle and bought our first computer." And the rest is history!
Well, not quite. "Harlequin returned my first attempt — three mercifully short chapters. They said that although my writing was competent, the plot of my story was melodramatic and my characters stereotypical.

"But I took competent to mean good. That one word gave me all the encouragement I needed. The next book received an even more positive response — and a request for a revision. Although they ultimately turned that second story down, I never grew discouraged. It certainly never occurred to me to give up."
Then tragedy struck. Day’s younger sister, Nancy, was diagnosed with a brain tumor and died the following year. "It was a very dark time," Day confesses.

"We’d recently moved into this tiny condominium outside of San Diego, California, and I didn’t know a lot of people. My son, Matt, had just turned three and I spent the summer hiding in our home with the drapes drawn, playing with him. Finally my husband — out of sheer desperation — told me to start writing again or go get a job at McDonald’s flipping burgers.

"It worked! I sat down and wrote a slapstick romance called Jinxed. After three months of depression, I needed some comedic relief and that book provided it. It was my first Harlequin Romance and I dedicated it to Nancy."

As for the future? "I have a ton of ideas. Last time I checked my schedule I was booked several years ahead. And considering I come up with book ideas all the time…well, let’s just say that I have a lot of writing ahead of me!"

Described by Harlequin as "one of our most popular writers ever!" Day's tremendous worldwide popularity has made her a member of Harlequin's prestigious "Five Star Club," with sales totaling well over five million books.  She is a three-time winner of both The Colorado Award of Excellence and The Golden Quill Award.  She's won Romantic Times Magazine's Career Achievement, and Love and Laughter's awards, the Holt Medallion, the Bestseller's Best Award, and has received an impressive ten nominations for the prestigious Romance Writers of America RITA© Award.

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Claimed:  The Pregnant Heiress by Day Leclaire
A January 2011 Silhouette Desire 
"I'm having your baby."
With those words, Emma Worth changed Chase Larson's life forever.  Having been born on the wrong side of the marriage bed, the millionaire vowed no baby of his would be so cruelly labeled.  There was just one thing that might keep him from making Emma his wife:  their feuding families.

She'd never dreamed one night with Chase would bind them forever.  The pregnant heiress desperately wanted to raise their child together, but only if Chase could forget they were enemies...
4 1/2 TOP PICK from Romantic Times Magazine! Leclaire’s got a fine hand with sexy romance and troubled relationships. This is one of her best.  Pat Cooper

Recently Day Leclaire was asked about writing craft and how to make the story stronger and she  replied:


There are three main areas where a manuscript may lack strength.  Without reading it, I can only guess.

Conflict:  This would be my number one guess. In my Dante series, the heroes all have the ability to identify their soul mates when they first touch.  They all (for the most part) resist it.  They're not ready for anything that permanent.  That creates conflict since, hey, you're stuck with her. 
But it's not enough conflict.  It's neither deep enough, nor serious enough.  Conflict must be strong (meaning serious enough so it isn't resolved with a simple conversation) and it must be layered, meaning that when the initial conflict is resolved, it creates a new and more serious conflict as a result.  OR it's layered because there are multiple (different) issues that all must be resolved before you reach a happily-ever-after. 

In Claimed: The Pregnant Heiress, the heroine has a one-night stand with the hero.  Their birth control experiences a glitch and in the opening chapters after she and the hero are reunited, she discovers she's pregnant with his child.  That's not enough conflict to sustain an entire book since all they'd be going on about is how to handle the baby.  Marry or don't marry.  Whatever.  Boring for nearly 200 pages.

In this case, the heroine is attempting to protect her hometown against the machinations of the hero's brother.  More, deeper conflict.  Certainly adds to the whole marriage issue since the heroine isn't real eager to hook up with the hero's family.  Still not enough to sustain the book.

The final piece of conflict goes directly to character.  The WHY she won't marry him and WHY he is insistant that they marry is the core nugget of what's holding these two people apart.  The three in combination is what gives the overall conflict its strength and depth.

 Characterization.

You can also have weak characters, who aren't consistent in their actions, who aren't well motivated in their wants/needs/goals throughout the story, or who haven't been fully developed or are sterotypes versus archetypes.
For instance, I might have a warrior hero archetype.  So what?  There are lots of heroes and lots of warriors.  What makes my warrior stand out from the others?  What makes the reader care about him?   Okay, maybe it's because he fights for the underdog.  Great, much better.  But...why?  You can't just say that without giving him something from his past that drives his determination to protect those weaker than himself.  Maybe he had a mother or sister who was victimized at a time he was too weak or young to protect her. Better.  Maybe someone died as a result of his inaction or inability to defend them.  Ouch.  Deep, emotional, haunting.

Now what if he's thrust into a situation where he must--not protect the underdog heroine--but destroy her for some reason?  That's a strong character.  That's a conflicted character.

Look at your characters and keep asking WHY.  Why do they do X?  What motivates them?  Just as your conflict needs layers, so do your characters.  And the conflict must be connected to the character and his goals, motivations, and/or beliefs in some powerful way.

 Plot.

It's also possible that a judge or editor may reject your story based on the strength (or lack thereof) of your plot.  Your plot must be believable (within the romance fantasy world, lol, where we give a LOT of latitude to the word "believable").  I mean, I'm laughing as I write this because, well, come on!  I'm the Queen of UNbelievable plots.  Can anyone say Dante's Inferno??
Anyway, within the world you create you must sustain believeablity and your plot must make emotional and logical sense, with your characters acting consistently and believably in response to the conflict (or problems) you set up.  You can't just have them fight because you know they need a reason to keep them apart.  You can't just have them stuck together for convenience.  They must have problems with each other and be either apart or together for reasons the reader is willing to accept.

Your plot must move along and not get bogged down or become boring.  Readers want to be entertained, not put to sleep.  Events must happen at a pace that keeps readers turning the pages.  The story should be gripping.  Have a surprise or two.  Take unexpected turns.  Not be one you've heard a thousand times before.  Dont' be trite; be original.

And here's one that is a tough fact to swallow.  You have to be able to write well, have a solid working knowledge of grammar and the fundamentals of writing.  These can be learned.  But if you can't write well, your story will also be weak--weakly written.

I watch American Idol.  Love it.  I can even carry a tune and have a decent ear.  In fact, I have enough of an ear to know just how bad a singer I am in comparison to professional artists.  I sing for my own pleasure, but I will never, ever, not in a trillion years be paid to sing.  It reminds me of a line from Working Girl.  Joan Cusack says to
Melanie Griffith:  "Sometimes I like to dance around in my underwear.
Doesn't make me Madonna.  Never will." The tough, tough fact is, some people who love to write simply aren't very good at it.  That said...?  It's one of the few professions where you can actually learn how to write and write well.  But it takes practice and dedication and you must be a natural storyteller.


On being asked about adding layers :

That's fairly easy for me.  If it bores me, it's going to bore the reader.  It's basically part of pacing.  I try not to get bogged down in long, descriptive passages and instead get the setting or clothing or everyday stuff across in broad, concise descriptions.  I know that sounds like a contradiction, but it really isn't.  I want to paint as vivid a scene as I can in as few words as possible.

That said, if there's a lot of narrative, it better have a lot of action to keep us both interested.  I also don't do a lot of straight dialogue without tags.  I want you in the character's head when she's interacting with the hero.  I'll have a run of dialogue for a short span, but only if works for the story and serves a purpose, such as adding humor.  But I try and allow you, the reader, to feel the emotions as much as possible since that's (for the most part) why you read romances.

And then I asked her if she uses critique groups and critique partners:

Hey, Nas Dean!
When I was first starting out I had a critique group.  It was pretty much a disaster.  Then I hooked up with a couple fellow romance authors and we formed a brainstorming group.  That's where I need the most help--plotting and digging down deep to get to the core of the story so it's as emotional as I can make it.  Humor comes easily, but it takes work to mine those deeper, longer lasting emotions.  Since then, I've lost one member of the group and picked up another.  We're a tight bunch.  Really lovely to have.

Delighted to hear you enjoyed Claimed: The Pregnant Heiress.  And I'm glad my mini-lessons helped.  In case you hadn't noticed, I'm pretty passionate about what I do.

Sometimes I consider offering a class and having us rip apart one of my books and reconstruct it as a how-to lesson.  And I'd choose my own just because I know how I went about plotting and writing it.  But it would take a lot of time and I'm not sure I want to spend that much of my time not writing, if you know what I mean.


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The Empath

BONNIE VANAK SAYS...

I've been writing since childhood, when I penned adventure stories and poems. After receiving a journalism degree from the University of Florida, I worked for several years as a journalist. I left newspaper reporting behind when I took a job writing for a large international charity. A few years ago, I discovered I needed a diversion from the emotional strains of traveling to poor countries and encountering horrific suffering. So I began writing romance novels. THE FALCON & THE DOVE is my first book. It won the historical category of the 2001 RWA Melody of Love contest.

THE TIGER & THE TOMB, my December 2003 release, is an historical that won second place in another RWA contest. TIGER features Ramses, a fierce Khamsin warrior of the wind who swore a blood oath to protect his sheikh with his life. He hides the pain of having to marry for honor, for his heart dearly wants to marry for love. Little does he know the mysterious green-eyed thief who steals from him a kiss and the map to his ancestor's treasure-filled tomb is the bride destined for him.

THE COBRA & THE CONCUBINE, my third historical from Leisure, takes place half in England, half in Egypt. It features a heroine who was enslaved to an evil sheikh as a child and an English nobleman who purchases her as his concubine after she rejects his marriage offer. Cobra is followed by THE PANTHER & THE PYRAMID, my 2006 release, and THE SWORD & THE SHEATH, released March 2007.

Why romance novels? I've been reading romance novels since childhood. Some of the first authors I read were Victoria Holt, Dorothy Eden, Mary Stewart, to name a few.

I've always enjoyed reading romance novels as an escape. Two years after my mom died of cancer, I started writing them as an escape. During the day, I keep busy working as a journalist for a large international charity. My travels have taken me to Haiti, Nicaragua and other poor countries. Writing romance novels provides a healthy balance to some of the horrible suffering I've witnessed.

Forget the rules!
FALCON came about in the summer of 2001 after I listened to some very wise advice by author Susan Elizabeth Phillips given at a romance writer's conference. She told everyone to chuck the rules and write what you love.
I listened. After picking up a National Geographic article on "The Pharaohs of the Sun," I became intrigued with the mystery surrounding Akhenaten and his worship of the sun god, Aten. Although his first wife, Nefertiti, was well-known, little was known about Kiya, a minor wife. Seems she mysteriously disappeared and her name was erased from a temple called the Maru Aten. Why? No one knows.

And so I created the legend... and the book...
TIGER followed FALCON, simply because I adored Nazim/Ramses so much and he needed his own story. So I gave this "warrior of love" a tale of his own, set partly in the barren wildness of Egypt's Arabian Desert. The gold mine in TIGER is based on an actual gold mine worked during the days of the pharaohs. But the "secret of one hundred kisses" Ramses employs on Lady Katherine is a Khamsin tradition I invented.
Contrary to what some readers have told me, the Khamsin are NOT an actual Egyptian tribe. They are pure myth, birthed from my heart and a desire to create a warrior tribe who embrace ancient Egyptian mysticism and tradition.

The research...
Most of my research was conducted at the library and on the Internet. I am very grateful to the good librarians at the Broward County Library. And I promise, I will never, ever, ever be late again with books...
Ok, I promise to try!

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The EmpathThe Empath

December 2007
Silhouette Nocturne

Nicolas was the strongest and fiercest of the Draicon, until he was banished for a trumped-up crime.
Now the werewolf has only one path to redemption:  find the Draicon's long-lost empath, the woman who will save the pack--and Nicolas himself--from terrible danger.
Maggie Sinclair is a veterinarian, dedicated to healing.  She has no idea of her true nature, the magic waiting in her soul--or the man coming to claim her.
The survival of their pack depends on them finding each other, on their ability to become one.  But their enemies have also found Maggie, and will kill to stop her awakening to an all-consuming passion...

Recently, I had the good fortune to read THE EMPATH, and as a great fan of Jacob (Taylor Lautner) of The Twilight fame, I enjoyed Nicolas's story very much. But I'm in a dilemna now. Are vampires hot OR werewolves hotter?

Friends, what do you prefer? A cold, dead, 107 year old guy who stalks you at night OR a sizzling hot, with six-pack abs, werewolf, who redefines the meaning of HOT DOG?


Let's Talk About Anna Campbell!

Anna Campbell

Anna Campbell’s 2007 debut, Claiming the Courtesan, was a finalist in the Best Regency Historical Romance, Romance Writers of America RITA Award 2008 and won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award as best debut historical.  Anna’s second book, Untouched, won the Favourite Historical Romance in the Australian Romance Readers Awards for 2008.

Bestselling Australian author Stephanie Laurens launched Anna’s third book Tempt the Devil at ARRC09. Every year, Anna sponsors the Anna Campbell Award through Romance Writers of Australia for the highest placed historical in the unpublished manuscript contest, the Emerald.


In the 2009 Australian Romance Readers Awards Captive of Sin won Favourite Historical Romance and Anna was also voted the Favourite Australian Romance Author for 2009.  Collectively, Anna’s five books published with HarperCollins have won a total of 15 industry awards and were finalists in a further 12 awards. Her books have been translated into ten languages including German and Italian. Anna’s current release is My Reckless Surrender and her next release will be Midnight’s Wild Passion, due out May 2011

 Anna will be a keynote speaker on The 2011 Australian Romance Readers.
 Anna Says
I was born in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up on an avocado farm with views of Moreton Bay and Stradbroke Island. As a result, my ideal setting ever since has involved lots of water – even if it’s just a large bathtub with me lolling around in it.

The other element in my ideal setting is lots and lots of books. I was the sort of kid who spent her childhood with her nose buried between the pages of a book. To me, the worlds I read about were at least as real and ten times as exciting as anything that happened to me in Redland Bay. I still think one of life’s finest pleasures is picking up a great book and just losing myself in it for however long it takes to finish it.

Being such an avid reader seemed naturally to morph into wanting to do what these wonderful writers did. My mother very proudly kept my grade two composition book in which I penned a heartfelt wish to become the new Enid Blyton (my obsession at that stage – my reading life has been marked by particular crazes. We won’t talk about the Dorothy Dunnett period). At least you can say I had a sense of vocation very early.
When I was eight, that same mother was so desperate to shut me up – in between reading, I used to talk a LOT – that she gave me a Mills & Boon romance. That was back in the days when you were lucky to get a kiss at the end. Rather tame by today’s standards. But I was immediately hooked. The emotion and the fact that a woman is so central to the story made these books precious to me. And I still feel that way about a good romance. Don’t get me started on why I think romance is empowering for women, contrary to all the intellectual claptrap you hear about romance novels propping up the patriarchal conspiracy.

I started my first novel when I was in grade three – at least I took the promises I made myself in grade two seriously! An exciting saga about horsenapping that I never actually finished. I fiddled with various stories until I left high school, when I managed to finish a historical in the style of Kathleen Woodiwiss. Pretty dire and well deserving its place under the bed. Which is where everything else I wrote ended up over the coming years. Started to get crowded down there!

In between, I did an English literature degree at Queensland University. What bliss! Someone actually wanting me to read all day! I spent three years working in a bank before living in the UK for two years. That was  a wonderful time when I got to see so many places in Europe and Britain that I’d read about with all that dedicated library mooching. I’ve been back a couple of times since and the magic has never waned.

I came back to Australia determined to act on my writing ambitions so that’s when my gypsy years started. So many jobs, so little money. Retail. Hospitality. Marketing. An art gallery. Technical writing for training companies. Eventually, I settled in to a twelve year stint in Sydney (thanks to a totally fluked win on a quiz show which funded the move). There I worked at a charity which subtitled TV programs for the deaf and hearing impaired.

During all this time I wrote. As many beginner romance writers do, I decided category would be an easy way into the industry. Even though my heart has always been with long juicy historicals. I finished seven short contemporary stories, all of which were rejected very nicely by Harlequin. By this stage, under the bed was more crowded than the center of Hong Kong at Chinese New Year. Then I worked on a pile of totally unmarketable historicals, some of which I finished, most of which I didn’t. More boxes for the dust bunnies to eat in the bedroom. You’ll notice housework never featured in my mixed-up career choices.

What made the biggest difference to me was joining Romance Writers of Australia. Suddenly I had like-minded people around me (up until now, I’d basically been working alone) who could offer advice and encouragement. I had a writing group, Turramurra Romance Writers, to work with at regular monthly meetings. I had competitions I could enter that gave me an indication whether I had anything to offer or whether I was just kidding myself. I had a conference to go to every year where I could talk myself silly.

Then one day, I got this idea for a dark sexy Regency historical about a duke who wants to marry his mistress, London's most notorious courtesan. And 'No Ordinary Duchess',  which Avon released in April 2007 as CLAIMING THE COURTESAN, was born. CLAIMING THE COURTESAN went on to final in the Romance Writers of America RITA Award for best Regency Romance and the Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year Award. Among numerous awards, CTC was both best debut and book of year of 2007 in Michelle Buonfiglio's Romance: B(u)y the Book, best long historical in the Booksellers Best Awards and best first historical in the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards. I was also delighted to be voted best new author in the All About Romance reader poll of 2007.

My second book for Avon, UNTOUCHED, was published in December 2007. It also won numerous awards and finaled in both the RITA Awards and the Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards.

In January 2009, TEMPT THE DEVIL was released to amazing reviews, including a Top Pick from Romantic Times magazine. TEMPT THE DEVIL finaled in the most popular historical category of the Australian Romance Reader Association Awards and won the Golden Quill Award as Best Regency Romance of 2009.

CAPTIVE OF SIN, my November 2009 release, also received wonderful reviews, including another Top Pick from Romantic Times. It was selected as one of the 100 best books of 2009 by prestigious industry journal Publishers Weekly, one of only five mass market paperbacks to make the list. So far, CAPTIVE OF SIN has finaled in 12 contests and has won the Golden Quill as Best Historical Romance of 2009. It was voted most popular historical romance of 2009 in the Australian Romance Reader Awards. I’m delighted to say I was voted Favorite Australian Romance author of 2009 in the same awards.

In June 2010, my fifth book, MY RECKLESS SURRENDER, was released to more great reviews including another RT Top Pick. In July, 2010, my extended short story ‘Upon a Midnight Clear’ appeared in the MAMMOTH BOOK OF REGENCY ROMANCE. My next release is MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION in May 2011.

My books are available (or shortly will be!) in Turkey, Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Norway, Spain, Russia, Italy, Indonesia and Thailand.


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MY RECKLESS SURRENDER
~ Avon Books ~
June 2010 (North America and Australia)

Headlong into sin...
A well-practiced rake, weary of easy conquests and empty pleasures, Tarquin Vale, Earl of Ashcroft, knows women - and his every instinct warns him to beware of this one. Diana Carrick’s brazen overtures have thrown the haunted, sinfully handsome lord completely off his guard. Why, the exquisite temptress stated outright that she wishes to be his lover! But it is neither Diana’s boldness nor her beauty that intrigues him so - it is the innocence he senses behind her worldly mask.

Intent upon the seduction that will finally free her, Diana has set her sights on the notorious Ashcroft - never dreaming that there is much more to the enigmatic rogue than sin and deviltry. His kiss is bewitching,  his caress intoxicating - and even the dangerous secret Diana must protect cannot shield her from Ashcroft’s dark allure.

Unwittingly yet most willingly, they are playing with fire. Now the fuse has been lit and there is no escape…except surrender.
You can read an excerpt here.

This passionate story had a very special twist. The heroine goes out with a special mission to seduce the hero and will she be successful in her mission?
It is a very interesting and mind blowing read!

Overheard conversation between Anna Campbell and Diana Carrick (heroine of MY RECKLESS SURRENDER),

"Why did you have me do uh..um... that...and that...," asked Diana, shocked.

"Well! You loved it!" Anna Campbell replied.

"Yes, I did. But you knew for the last eight years, I was..."

"Yes, but then I gave you the freedom to experiment and experience," Anna told her severely. "You should at least be grateful!"

"I'm grateful. But my surrender was so reckless," Diana complained, "At least you could have warned me that Tarquin would be so...so... relentless!"

Kimberly Van Meter!

Kimberly's Bio


An avid reader since before she can remember, Kimberly Van Meter started her writing career at the age of sixteen when she finished her first novel, typing late at night and early in the morning on her mother's old portable typewriter.

Although that first novel was nothing short of literary mud, with each successive piece of work she improved her writing and eventually reached that coveted published status. A journalist (who during college swore she'd never write news), Kimberly has worked for both daily and weekly newspapers, covering multiple beats including education, health and crime, but she always dreamed of writing novels and someday saying goodbye to her nonfiction roots.

Born and raised in scenic Mariposa, California, Kimberly knows a thing or two about small towns—preferring the quiet, rural atmosphere to the hustle and bustle of a busy city any day—but she and her husband make their home in Oakdale, which represents a compromise between the two worlds.


Kimberly and her Family in May 2009.
Kimberly and her husband, John, met and fell in love while filming a college production. He was the camera operator and she was the lead actress. Her husband often jokes that he fell in love with his wife through the lens of a camera. A year later they were married and have been together ever since.

In addition to writing, reading and drinking hot chocolate by the windowsill when it rains, Kimberly enjoys photography and is the resident photographer for every family event, including weddings and new babies. The photographs gracing the walls of their home are comprised almost entirely of shots Kimberly has captured, whether on the job or just playing around with the camera. The oldest of four siblings and the mother of three children, Kimberly divides her time between football games, swim meets and deadlines.


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Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. I have always had an active imagination, that coupled with a healthy dose of curiosity for anything that trips my fancy, have created fertile ground for any number of fictitious foundations. I'm constantly wondering "what if?" "why not?" and "Oh, I wonder..."

Q. Are you a plotter or a flyer?

Fly, baby, fly! Plotting is about as fun as smashing a nettle in my eye. I like to meander through a story, being surprised at the twists and turns and allowing the writing process to unfold organically.

Q. What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?
Well, it's not often that I'm not writing (I'm a little OCD when it comes to my stories) but I do love to read. Settling in with a good book (often historical or paranormal, oddly enough) with no one to pester me is my idea of bliss.

Q, Who are your favorite authors?
No fair. The question is too broad. You'd have to break it down into sub genres. Yeah, that's me avoiding the question but truly...I have too many favorites to list.

Q. How do you manage to work a full time job, raise three children, volunteer, and still produce so many books?
As I mentioned before, I'm a little OCD when it comes to writing. I become a bit obsessive when I'm hooked on a project. It's all I think about until it's finished. So, it takes me about two and a half months to write a book. (Although, it seems to take forever to write a 10-page synopsis!)

Q. What do you enjoy most about writing romance?
The happy ending, of course. I'm a hopeless romantic and I always have been quite the sucker for a well-told love story. So, it makes sense that I write stories with love at the center.

Q. Did you always want to be a writer?
This answer has two parts. The short answer is no; I wanted to be an actress. But in hindsight, I was always writing, so while the glitter of Hollywood caught my eye, it was the quiet lure of a pen and paper that ultimately caught and held me in its thrall. There is something so wonderful about creating something from nothing and that feeling has never faded so it's safe to say I found my true calling.

Got a question? Drop her a line. She's not shy. Email her at author@kimberlyvanmeter.com

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Recently I had the good fortune to get the TRUSTING THE BODYGUARD, it is an
awesome story! The love amid the thrill! Wow!

Marissa doesn't like Archer Brant's job, because it was too dangerous. In Archer's words, she cracked his heart in two and handed it to him, impaled on a steak knife!

And yet when she needs protection, she runs to him.

So can you blame Archer, when Marissa turns up with a baby and he is not in the best of moods. As far as he is concerned she could be rundown by a runaway taxicab and he wouldn't shed a tear!

Then why seeing her so visibly scared and physically roughed up fill him with such rage that he wanted to shoot something? 

So does he go and shoot anybody...read TRUSTING THE BODYGUARD to find out!


And I also wanted to let everyone know that one of our blogging friend, Melinda, has come up with a new series "Wednesday Warriors- Tales of The Unpubbed" and she has kindly asked me to be her guest on Wednesday 12th January to show my battle scars! God, these scars hurt, how can I show them? But being a warrior, I'll have to show up!

Melinda said, "Yes, yes Nas will be with me next week!! Make sure you come and check her out on Wednesday on my blog. She's going to open those deep wounds for us so we can get to know her a little better :-) "

You can check this out here!

Get to know Rachel Bailey better!

About Rachel          

I live with my own personal hero and four dogs on the east coast of Australia. Our house is on my dream property – 10 acres of native trees on the side of a hill, within driving distance to the beach.

At school, I wasn’t particularly interested in writing or English. Science was my favourite subject and I took chemistry, physics and biology. My mother still teases me that I’d take my science textbooks away on holidays with us.

After school, I enrolled in a science degree (of course) but impulsively changed to an arts degree on the first day. I double majored in psychology and went on to do a second degree, this time in social work.

I loved practicing social work, but now have the perfect job – I spend my days in the peace and quiet of my trees, surrounded by my dogs, making up stories for a living.

Reading

As a teenager, I was a voracious reader of science fiction, until one day when I was 16, I saw Pride and Prejudice on television. The old version with Laurence Olivier and Greer Garson. I adored it. I’d seen it in the TV guide and, since I had a crush on Laurence Olivier after seeing him in Henry IV, I’d taped it.

I watched that tape so often I can still recite most of the dialogue by heart. I sought out the book, devoured it, then found every other Jane Austen book and read and reread them frequently. I only discovered romance as a genre about four years ago. Imagine my delight when I first read modern versions of Jane Austen!

Now I read most subgenres of romance, from category to historical to romantic comedy. Such a banquet!

Favourites:

TV shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Joss Whedon is a god.

West Wing. Great writing, great acting, great everything.

Singer: Josh Groban. He gives me goosebumps.

Food: Chocolate. Soft, so it coats my tastebuds.

Restaurants: Indian and Thai.

Wine: Sauvignon Blanc. Preferably from NZ’s Villa Maria – since I visited that winery, I’ve barely drunk anything else.

Authors: Jenny Crusie and Jane Austen. Both have fabulous wit, sparkling dialogue, great characters and happily ever afters.

Season: Spring. It’s not too hot, not too cold.

Flower: Lily. Any and all types.

Awards:


During my unpublished years, I won the following:
I also had various placings in contests and awards.

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Corporate raider takes contract wife

In a merger tailor-made for the tabloids, tycoon Ryder Bramson sought Macy Ashley’s hand in marriage. But his true goal was to buy her father’s company—and thereby wrest control of his own conglomerate from his illegitimate brothers. To ensnare Macy in his web of intrigue, Ryder first offered the beautiful businesswoman a job in his start-up. Yet slipping the ring on her finger proved more difficult.

AT THE BILLIONAIRE'S BECK AND CALL?

 The S-Factor: Sizzling and Sexy. 5 hearts.
Another fabulous love story from Desire author Rachel Bailey. Chocolate, a beautiful woman and a sexy CEO, her boss with an agenda. Talk about one steamy and roller coaster romance!

As emotional as At the Billionaire's Beck and Call was to read , I loved author Rachel Bailey's, Ryder Bramson. He knew what he wanted and he went after it, and that was Macy. However, I prayed in the end he would realize how much he loved her and what a special life they would share together. Happy endings are what make the perfect romance and you won't want to miss reading Macy's and Ryder's story.
Reviewed by Marilyn of Pink Heart Society.

Recently I read AT THE BILLIONAIRE'S BECK AND CALL and reading about all those chocolates made me go "yum" so I went to check the story behind the book, as told by Rachel Bailey:

Behind the Book

At the Billionaire's Beck and Call

So, I needed to give Ryder and Macy a company. Ryder owns lots of companies, and Macy has worked her way up through a variety of them too. But Ryder needed one company in particular to entice Macy to work for him... I don't know about you, but I find that most everyday questions can be answered by
Q: What can I do to unwind? A: Chocolate.

Q: How to butter up my sister into doing me a favour? A: Chocolate truffles.

Q: What will I get my dog, Oliver, for Christmas? A: Dog chocolate.

Q: What would entice my other half to make me his special chocolate chilli cake? A: Surprise chocolate coated almonds.

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