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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203 Responses to “POLISHING THE DRAFT AND GIVING PRESENTS”

  1. Debby says:

    Merry Christmas or happy holidays, whichever you prefer! Thanks for the contest

  2. Tara W says:

    Happy Holidays To All!
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

  3. Victoria Boland says:

    Merry Christmas everyone. Please enter me in the draw.

  4. Cassandra R, USA says:

    I’m glad for success Julia. I hope you can be relaxed this Christmas. Best of Luck!
    Please, enter me into Historical Harlequin Holiday Contest.
    Cassandra R

  5. D.L. says:

    It’s interesting to hear about the evolution of a story, such as Will’s name change. Thanks for including those fun tidbits! Happy holidays 🙂

  6. Valarie P. says:

    Happy Holidays. Can’t wait for the next book.

  7. Kim S says:

    Hi Julia,

    I can’t wait for the new books to hit the shelf! I hope your editor is fast with her edit notes! LOL

    Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year with your family!

  8. Joanne says:

    This contest is great! For now I’ve been introduced to many more good author’s!!! Loving it!

  9. Sheila says:

    Hi Julia,
    I have your “Untamed Heiress” and I’m looking forward to more of your books.
    Have a wonderful holiday!

  10. Jacqueline C. says:

    A heroine that betrayed his cousin? Sound like it’ll be great! Happy holidays and thanks for hosting the contest too!

    Jacqueline
    Cook.Jacqueline(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Jane says:

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the contest.

  12. Lynne-RC says:

    Contest has been fun, visiting everyone’s websites, adding to the ‘to be bought list’. LOL.

    Love your books, and looking forward to your new releases.

    Enjoy the holidays – sounds like fun having the whole family together for New Year’s!

  13. willaful says:

    Happy holidays, and thanks for making your requirement simple! 🙂

  14. Susan says:

    Happy holidays! Just made a batch of Christmas cookies to freeze for next week.

    I’ve added this book to my wish list and am going to look up to see the order of the Silk & Scandal series.

  15. Suzanne Moore says:

    Congratulations of finishing up your latest book…that’s a Christmas present all to itself. Have a very happy Christmas and New Year in Mississippi.

  16. kelly says:

    Looking forward to the upcoming book. Merry Christmas.

  17. Vikki Parman says:

    This contest has been a great experience – being exposed to new authors and books. I have a longggg wish list for the ereader I hope to get for Christmas… thanks Merry Christmas

  18. Joan says:

    Hello Julia: Thanks for being part of this great contest. I love your books and I am looking forward to filling my ereader with great stories.

  19. Kelly S. Bishop says:

    Thanks to Harlequin and all of you authors for putting together this contest. It’s been a lot of fun “meeting” you.

    Merry Christmas!

  20. Kathy says:

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone.

  21. Kirsten says:

    Merry Christmas!

  22. jacqui mcloughlin says:

    Great contest – A Merry Christmas to all!

  23. Peter says:

    Thanks. Please count me in.

  24. Kathleen says:

    Happy Holidays!!

  25. Marcy says:

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the contest!

  26. Rebecca Hb. says:

    Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and thanks for the contest!

  27. Lori Ann says:

    Happy Holidays! Thank you for this contest.

  28. Renee C. says:

    Can I just say how much I LOVE the cover for The Smuggler and the Society Bride? It’s awesome, I love the pink and purple…very romantic. 😉

    XOXO~ Renee C.
    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

  29. Rosie Nguy says:

    Merry Christmas, everyone! We’re getting really close now. What a gift it would be if I also won the Amazon gc. 😉

  30. Beth E says:

    Happy Holidays!

  31. Robin says:

    Merry Christmas! I love to win the contest.

  32. Karen Dobbins says:

    The book sounds like fun. I’m always amazed at what changes from the start of a book to the finish.

  33. Nicole S says:

    Happy Holidays Julia!

  34. Elaine Carlini-Davis says:

    Merry Christmas and may your new year be happy and healthy! The Harlequin Holiday Contest has been fun. I think I’ve participated nearly every day. I’ve learned about a lot of new authors and their books during this advent celebration. That’s a good thing.

  35. Donna Holmberg says:

    Love the idea behind the story, but my daughter took one look at the image on the blog page and said… who stretched that lady’s neck so bad. LMAO… I nearly spit my sip of tea out all over my computer screen.

    I’m loving learnging about all the wonderful books and authors, but now I’m wishing my computer hadn’t been down for 3 weeks, because this is my first day entering the contest thanks to no compute raccess. Maybe I’ll get lucky!

  36. Donna Holmberg says:

    Love the idea behind the story, but my daughter took one look at the image on the blog page and said… who stretched that lady’s neck so bad. LMAO… I nearly spit my sip of tea out all over my computer screen.

    I’m loving learnging about all the wonderful books and authors, but now I’m wishing my computer hadn’t been down for 3 weeks, because this is my first day entering the contest thanks to no computer access. Maybe I’ll get lucky!

    • LOL Donna. You should show her some other Regency-period prints. The ladies’ arms are very full and rounded, with small heads and teeny feet. Not exactly realistic proportions! And the men!! Tiny-waisted men definitely are today’s definition of MACHO.
      Glad your computer is back on line in time to participate!

  37. Sheila says:

    Congratulations on finishing your book. Looks like it will be a good series. Merry Christmas.

  38. Suzanne sendell says:

    merry christmas

  39. Happy Ho Ho! Thanks for participating in the Harlequin Advent Giveaway!

    Kate
    mleger0546 AT rogers DOT com

  40. Mary M says:

    The romance with the woman who betrayed Max at the Congress of Vienna could make the family dynamics of your characters’ Christmas quite compelling! Merry Christmas to all!

    • Yes, it should be interesting! But first Will has to fall in love with her so he decides he doesn’t want to turn her in and have her executed or spend the rest of her life in an English prison!

  41. Ruth says:

    This is such a fun contest! I’m loving visiting everyone’s websites and discovering new authors! What a blast!

    You have an awesome blog, Julia!

  42. Regina says:

    Merry Christmas and thanks for the contest.

  43. Summer says:

    Happy Holidays!

  44. Estella says:

    Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  45. chey says:

    I’m looking forward to the new book! Happy Holidays everyone.

  46. Hannah B. says:

    I haven’t read any of your books yet, but I look forward to it. I hope you have a very happy holiday of your choice! 🙂

  47. Dorothy McFalls says:

    Merry Christmas and happy holidays! The advent contest has been great fun!

  48. Samantha says:

    Merry Christmas! Great contest~

  49. Cynthia N. says:

    Happy, Merry Christmas!

    Great blog!

  50. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year too.


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