What have I been up to lately?
It's been a busy time lately. I've been working on my very funny rom-com 'Don't Tell the Groom' which launches in January. You can read the first chapter on my website if you want a sneak peak!
I've also been planning ahead and researching book three in the Millie series: Millie and the American proposal. The first few chapters are set in Zurich, where Millie is visiting her boyfriend James who is working out there. But that is as much as I'm going to tell you! It's was really great to visit snowy Zurich which well and truly put me in the festive mood.
Mid-November I travelled up to London to attend the Romantic Novelists' Association's Winter Party. It was a great opportunity to network in person with so many authors that I've interacted with on Facebook and Twitter.
It's a hard life this writing! It may sound like writing full time is all research trips and parties but outside of that I've been working almost 12 hour days trying to get out Don't Tell the Groom. But all the hard work will be worth it as I'm treating myself to ten days off over Christmas. And believe me the break is much needed!
Where I'm at...
Where has this year gone? I can't believe it has almost been six months since I blogged. I swear someone has pressed fast forward on my life.
Millie and the American Wedding has been selling on Amazon, and selling well. I've been so pleased with it that I've stopped chasing the dream for now of getting a traditional publishing deal. I love getting reader feedback and tweeting with readers. So I'm going to publish my second book on Amazon 'Universally Challenged' pretty soon. It is just being line edited at the moment, so hopefully in the next couple of weeks I'll have a better idea of publication dates. I've just started to have the thumbs up from test readers so that is always great!
I've also just finished the first draft of a novel I wrote in ten days. Which was intense but great. I'm blogging about that on Novelicious next week if you want to find out about that. The book is a bit different to my usual light hearted chick lit and is more romance focused. I'm going to send it for critique with the Romantic Novelists' Association to see what they think (as I'm a member of the new writer's scheme).
And then I'm going to write the prequel for Millie and the American Wedding - which will be Millie and the American University. I can't wait I've missed Millie, Kristen and Rob and I'm going to start the story off where it all began. If you ever wanted the US college experience then you'll love it!
So as you can see I'm a bit busy at the moment - but I'm loving every busy minute of it! x x
Millie and the American Wedding is full of embarrassing things that happen to Millie whilst she’s a bridesmaid at Kristen’s wedding; accidental boob flashing, maxi dress malfunction and there’s an incident with melons.... So I thought what better way to mark the launch then share some embarrassing wedding stories.
My most embarrassing wedding moment involves me doing a walk of shame in my bridesmaid dress. Now before you get any ideas, the night itself had not been shameful. It was whilst I was a bridesmaid at an American Wedding. I’d gone out drinking after the wedding with some friends of the groom which had seemed like a great idea. That was until we got to the bar, full of normally dressed people, and then there is me in my long beautiful bridesmaid dress. The words stuck out like a sore thumb come to mind. When it came to the end of the night I was exhausted having been up since 5am the morning before, and I decided it was a better idea to crash at the house of one of the groomsmen – as it was close to the bar and my hotel was way across town. Now again, I know what you’re thinking an no – there were no notches added to my bed post.
The next morning I realised I had to get back to my hotel, put back on my bridesmaid dress and cringed. How was I going to get back to my hotel room (where the rest of the wedding guests were staying) without being seen? The groomsmen looked at me at my bridesmaid dress and thought it an appropriate time to tell me that he didn’t have a car, and only had a motorbike. There was no way I was going to be able to get on a motorbike in my bridesmaid dress. Like a true gentlemen he then started phoning taxis. But for some reason no taxi firms were picking up the phone at 8am on a Sunday. He decided to phone the hotel to see what taxi company they suggested, and after they enquired how far away he was, they suggested they send the hotel shuttle to pick me up. Yes, the hotel shuttle usually used for airport guests etc.
Twenty minutes later an old man arrives with an empty mini bus and he gives me one of those looks at me with the bridesmaid dress on, and then we share the next ten minutes in embarrassing conversation as I remark about the city’s architecture that I’d studied during a course at university. Some how I thought that might make up for him thinking I was a dirty little stop out. I don’t think it did.
After what seemed like forever, the driver pulls up to my hotel and then I make a run for it across the lobby and in to the lift. And I thought I’d got away with it, until the lift doors opened and there on the other side was the groom’s parents and his ten year old sister and their friends. The two ten year old girls were excited to see me, the British accent had intrigued them all the previous day, they didn’t think anything odd about me being in the bridesmaid dress, after all they’d seen me dressed in nothing else. The look from the parents was a little different though as they hurried their children into the lift away from me. And I wanted the ground to open up and swallow me whole.
And so that was it, my most shameful wedding incident. Well up until I did a reading at my friend’s wedding recently, after running late and having to change in an Iceland car park, left me with a very big pair of purple knickers on under the pale dress, but then that is another story....
So what is your embarrassing wedding story, come on everyone has got one!
Millie and the American Wedding
Wow, it has only been 2012 for 23 hours, but I can already feel that 2012 is going to be a great year for me! For starters, Millie and the American Wedding is about to be published as an ebook on Amazon. I have an amazing cover, thanks to Kirsty at Novelicious who designed it for me!
Take a look and tell me what you think. I'm currently in the final proof read edits and sorting out my marketing plan for the launch. I'll keep you posted on all the developments.
Read about my general mutterings on my books and life in general.