Very excited when the mail arrived today and I got a whole box of copies of Deadline! Actual book comes out in August. I can't wait for you to read it and tell me what you think!
So happy to announce that my new novel DEADLINE is now available to order from Amazon.
The book hits store shelves this August, but you can preorder it now.
I'm really excited about this one. It's romantic and suspenseful, and has an absolutely beautiful cover.
Daring reporter Jack Brooks is in a race against time to stop a ruthless serial killer, but gets far more than he bargained for when he tries to talk spunky wedding planner Meg Duff into helping him.
I really hope you like it.
To find out more click HERE.
My car was vandalized.
You may have seen it all unfold on my Twitter feed.
(I tweet far more than I blog, so it's always worth checking the bar on the right to see what I'm up to.)
But yeah, someone smashed the back window of my car. Which was a rather horrible thing to have happen. But fortunately the cops, the insurance company and the car repair people were all excellent.
An officer came by the house today to talk to me and interview my neighbors. Small Dog was very excited about this, and thought he should be her new best friend. Maybe she thinks his weapons will come in handy in her ongoing battle against the neighborhood squirrels.
It's funny…. I invent fake cops and imaginary crimes in my head all the time. Police officers play a huge part in the Love Inspired Suspense world -- and especially in my upcoming book, DEADLINE.
But it still doesn't shake the unsettled feeling of realizing you're a victim of crime and having to call the cops and file a report.
I'm thankful, at the end of the day. Really thankful for good cops, kind people, and the peaceful life I live.
My Russian weapons' expert suggested I try my hand at archery…
(Well, he's actually just a computer programmer and the husband of a friend, but he IS Russian and is an expert in all sorts of interesting weaponry. Not to mention having a beautiful accent which any evil Bond villain would envy.)
I saw him at a Christmas party this Winter, and mentioned that I'd put everything I knew about illegal assault weapons into Killer Assignment.
He said, "Pfft. What you want is to write an archer." Then he leaned towards me. His voice dropped. "You see that tree way over there? I could shoot the star off the top from here. And no one would even hear me!"
So, there you have it. I was hooked. I went and took an archery class. And I changed my killer to a stealthy, silent archer. Can't say I'm able to murder any tree decorations yet, but I did manage to kill a few balloons. :)
One of the things I absolutely love about the editors and writers who create Harlequin's Love Inspired novels is how they make announcements, celebrate new covers, and even just chat about the ups and downs of daily life on Twitter. I've just created my own special Twitter profile at @MaggiekBlack to talk about books and keep my readers up to date on what's happening next. If you're on Twitter, please drop by and say hi! Writing can get a bit lonely sometimes, and I'd love some online company with my morning coffee.
Today, the girls and I made fresh snow parfaits: vanilla snow with chocolate sauce, and maple snow with walnuts. I may not like winter, but I'm not going to let it beat me! ;)
Just got a mini-greenhouse for my writing room! I really love the color and life it adds to cold winter days. These funky, cheerful little green monsters are called succulents and only need to be watered once a week. So, here's hoping I've finally found plants I won't accidentally kill over the winter. :)
I have an odd confession to make for a Canadian… cold weather and I are not friends. I love hot weather, and at this time of year I really miss living in warmer climates, like North Carolina. In fact, my town just shut down the park where I usually walk Small Mighty Dog, because of the icy conditions. So, dog and I have been busy staying bundled up, watching the snow looking through the window.
But, I’ve always found snow and ice romantic – especially when the sun is shining. The very first romance book I ever remember reading was Those Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was ten. The description of Manny driving the team of horses through the snowstorm to get Laura is the first real act of romantic heroism to make me swoon. And I was reminded of it again this winter when I took the girls to see Frozen.
So, today, I’m busy jotting down all my romantic ideas for snow and ice in a folder, for the day I write my own snowy romance.
And keeping warm.
“Hi! I know everyone says they want to write a book... I guess I'm one of those people. I was wondering what you use to write? Any software you prefer or just a regular Word document?” – Jessica
First, the short answer: I use Word for writing, and Excel for keeping track of my daily word count.
Now, the long answer: I use Everything.
I write using everything and anything I can get my hands on.
I email scenes to myself from bed at night. (I used to email scenes to myself when I had an office job too.)
I text sentences to myself while running errands or waiting for the train.
I write down ideas on napkins, and flyers, and even sugar packets when in restaurants.
I once wrote an entire short story on the back of discarded photocopying paper.
When I’m travelling and have to put my phone in “airplane mode” I use Docs to Go which is a wonderful app.
When I was a teenager, and only allowed to use the family computer for one hour a day, I wrote all my first drafts in notebooks.
Once when my hand was strained and in a brace, I dictated scenes into an old microcassette recorder.
When the power is out, I write with a pen and paper. (Even when it’s too dark to see the actual words I’m writing, and have a hard time deciphering them later.)
Right now, I have a MacAir that I love. But when I need to, I switch to an ancient netbook which can’t run music, or games, or the internet. (I also write with ancient netbook at places like the beach, because it doesn’t matter as much if it gets stolen.)
Scraps of my books fly around between my phone and my laptop, in a jumble of Word, emails, texts and instant messages, until I manage to sit down and coalese them all.
I use everything.
If you want to write, write. Don’t wait for the right computer, the right software, the right pen, the right desk, the right chair, the right atmosphere, or the right moment. Don’t wait for your computer to get fixed, the lights to come on again, or your body to leave the supermarket. All those things are fantastic. But they are no substitute for simply having the words in your head and the impulse to share them.
Writing is like exercise. The right gym. The right shoes. The right equipment. The right weather. All of those can make a huge difference.
But at the end of the day, all you need is your own two feet to run.
What is the most unusual thing YOU have ever used to write?