POLISHING THE DRAFT AND GIVING PRESENTS

The draft is done and by the end of the weekend, Max, first of the Ransleigh Rogue cousins, should see the draft of his book winging its digital way to my editor. As always when finishing a book, there’s a sense of wonder in how the story and the character migrated from its first glimmerings in my mind, with Max and Caro ending up together (as always envisioned) but after traveling down ways NOT envisioned. In fact, Max wandered so far that one of his Rogue cousins not only got his name changed (from Rex to Will) but also has a new heroine…the woman who betrayed Max at the Congress of Vienna.

Although I want to move immediately into writing the Undone that should accompany Max’s book (featuring Caro’s cousin Elizabeth, a disillusioned widow who married the rake with whom she fell madly in love and came to bitterly regret it) there will still be time for holiday rejoicing. I’m looking forward to spending Christmas in Mississippi at the the new home of my oldest son and his bride, then returning home where ALL my children and their significant others will join us for New Years. Hmm…should have built a bigger house!

Then there’s the great holiday giveaway ongoing with the Harlequin Historical Authors Advent Calendar contest. The event will visit here on Sunday, December 19. All you must do to be entered for my individual prize of a $50 Amazon gift certificate and the grand prize of a Kindle 3G is to post a comment here, on the news/blog page.

Happy Holidays to all!



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202 Responses to “POLISHING THE DRAFT AND GIVING PRESENTS”

  1. Eva D says:

    Merry Christmas!!! Thank you for being part of the advent calender and thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. Bing says:

    Happy Holidays! Thank you for the nice prize!

  3. Theresa N says:

    Happy Holidays!! Hope you have good weather for traveling during the holidays.

  4. Linda Henderson says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway and I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.

    seriousreader at live dot com

  5. Angie G says:

    Happiest of holidays to everyone! Thanks so much for participating in the advent calendar contest and for giving us the opportunity to win a great prize. It has been a lot of fun!

  6. Laurie Rae Smith says:

    Happy Holidays! Thanks for participating in the wonderful advent calendar! It’s been so much fun!

  7. Joder says:

    Have a wonderful holiday and thanks for being part of the contest! I look forward to your 2011 book releases.

  8. Cindy says:

    How exciting!! Congrats on finishing your draft!! I hope you have a wonderful Holiday with your family!

    cbandy10(at)hotmail(dot)com

  9. Renee says:

    Hi Julia,

    Love your books especially the proper wife.

  10. Carol Donnermeyer says:

    First things first. A long over due compliment for your works which are awesome. I have enjoyed reading everyone and cant wait for the next. I feel like part of the families.
    Next Please enter me in the Harlequin contest. I would love to win.

  11. Alicia says:

    Happy Holidays!

    Thanks for the giveaway >^..^<

  12. Kaelee says:

    Hi Merry Christmas. hope you have a great time at your son’s place.
    Thanks for being part of the HHistorical giveaway.

  13. Amy S. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  14. Caffey says:

    Hi Julia! Didn’t know you had a blog, I shall be visiting more! I love that pic with the historical woman writing! Congrats on getting that draft done! I love reading the Undone!’s I like to grab them on the weekends to do! When you finish your book, is it hard to go read back to edit when you know it so well from writing it?

    I’ve been having a great time with visiting the different sites. Would love to be in the contest. Thanks!

    cathiecaffey @ gmail.com

    • Hi Cathie,
      So glad you are enjoying the contest. Actually, the revision process is my favorite part of writing, when I go back and try to make sure motivation is clear, development of characters is consistent, “fix” things at the beginning that need to be changed because a character or a situation didn’t end up the way I’d anticipated, and generally shape, streamline and change “happy” to “glad.” It is hard to edit when you know your characters so well, though, because sometimes you can’t tell something isn’t clear to the reader because YOU know everything about it, much more than was put on the page.
      My least favorite part is getting the first draft out. That’s bloodletting!

  15. Aliquis says:

    Congratulations on finishing your draft, Julia, and thanks so much for your generosity and participating in the Harlequin Historicals authors’ giveaway!

    Happy Holidays!

  16. Charlene says:

    To quote Cicero… “A room without books is a body without a soul.” Happy reading to all throughout this holiday season!

  17. Sandra M says:

    Thank you for such terrific books and the chance to win one through the Harlequin Historical Authors’ advent calendar.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

  18. penny says:

    Loved your Smuggler and the Society Bride Book. Looking forward to your new series.

  19. Cindy says:

    Happy Holidays!

    Thank you for taking part in the Advent Calendar contest!

  20. kaman says:

    Merry Christmas and best of luck

  21. Susan F. says:

    This is a lovely chance to see your website and blog and browse through your books! Thank you!!

  22. Sue A. says:

    I wish you and yours a joyous holiday and all the best in the coming New Year!

    Best wishes,
    Sue

  23. Cheri LaClaire says:

    Love your books!

  24. Marc says:

    Happy Holidays.

    This contest is…so romantic.

  25. Char says:

    Happy holidays.Thanks for participating in the advent calendar.It’s been fun.

  26. Ann_a_reader says:

    Have a lovely holiday season one and all.

  27. Alyn Y. says:

    Happy Holidays!

  28. Anne Ardeur says:

    Have a great Holiday Season.

  29. Julie says:

    Happy holidays, and thanks for giving us the chance to win. :)

  30. Barb Klein says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the contest.

  31. Carol Bentley says:

    Anxiously looking forward to the new book that is being sent to the publisher! Thanks for being part of the Harlequin contest and for all your great books.

  32. Sue says:

    Thanks for being part of the Harlequin contest. Love your books.

  33. Merry Christmas! I’ll be spending Christmas in MS, too.

  34. Vicky CK says:

    I kept looking for Dec 19 post to enter the Harlequin Advent contest. I didn’t realize this waas were we were to enter. Hope I can still enter, at leadt for the grand prize.

    Happy Holidays everyone!

    vickykerr[at]sbcglobal.net

  35. Val Pearson says:

    Thanks so much for participating in the contest and I hope you have a VERY Merry Christmas

  36. Barbara Hanson says:

    The Smuggler and the Society Bride sounds like a great read. Merry Christmas.

  37. maria says:

    That is an awesome Christmas gift. Tks a lot.

  38. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS When I click the calendar I get an error.

  39. shirley nienkark says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a happy new year with your family.

  40. Margay says:

    I hope everyone has a great holiday season! Here’s to a great new year!

    Margay

  41. Kammie says:

    Happy Holiday to you! What fun! I just love browsing around all these sites and reading about the books.

  42. Linda F says:

    Happy Holidays to you! Good luck with your book.

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