08-12-2009 09:05 PM
08-13-2009 08:20 AM
Thanks, Eloisa! It's a pleasure being here! I'm home today, dog-sitting my mother-in-law's new puppy and trying to decide which book I want to read from my To Be Read Pile. It's delicious being off-deadline for a change and I'm luxuriating!
Anyone else's job slowed down or sped up lately? I always seem to get a break in August. Or maybe I just take one. Hmmm. That could be it, too!
08-13-2009 09:12 AM
Welcome to the board, Karen! We're so happy to have you here...
I'd love to be puppy-sitting right now. Instead I have a sixty pound drooling bulldog who doesn't listen to my commands.
Can you tell us a bit about the book? And the MacLeans, in general, for those unlucky few who haven't yet read any of your amazing books?
Here's a selection of some of Karen's books:
08-13-2009 09:17 AM
Slow down? Surely you jest! Not here. Summer is super duper busy.
I LOVE your MacLean curse series! The last two books are about sisters and connected, right? Do they take place over the same time period or are they consecutive?
08-13-2009 09:41 AM
Hi Melanie! I'd love to talk about the MacLeans!
Due to their horrible temper, the family was cursed back in the Elizabethan period by a White Witch. The curse -- as most magic tends to do -- affects each person in a slightly different way. When they lose their temper, it stirs the weather. For some, that means snow even in the dead of summer, for others, huge lightning storms and for yet others -- well, you'll need to read the series to see how it affects every one.
The final book of the MacLean Series comes out August 25th, The Laird Who Loves Me. A lot of of questions about the MacLean will be answered ... and a few new questions may be asked, too!
08-13-2009 09:43 AM
The final two MacLean books take place one after the other -- in a time line, TO SCOTLAND WITH LOVE happens about four months before THE LAIRD WHO LOVED ME.
It was fun writing about brothers and sisters, though. LOTS of family interactions. I always love writing those since I came from a huge extended family, myself.
08-13-2009 10:12 AM
Hi Karen I'm another one of the fans that Love the MacLeans and every thing else you write too, Um especially if it involves men wearing kilts. Melanie and a few of the other regulars here know that I have a kilt coquettish, they and their wearers just jump up my blood pressure and give me the well the vapors if you will. I haven't read your latest yet but I can't wait to get my hands on it.
Thanks for visiting today
A true fan.
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I agree I love the kilts. I don't know what it is about them. I guess my Scottish heritage is coming out. Got to go to Scotland when I was younger and we went to several shops and places they made quilts.
If you like the Scottish them Monica McCarty has two trilogy's that are great.
08-13-2009 12:35 PM
I've stolen way too much time this summer to read and to watch West Wing DVDs. Sleepless in Scotland was among the books I read. Now I'm looking forward to The Laird Who Loved Me.
Can you tell us something about what's next? Can we hope for a new contemporary soon as well as more historicals?
08-13-2009 12:53 PM
Debbie, oh hon, do I EVER understand your kilt fetish. I'm right there with you. What's interesting about a kilt is that the best looking men look even better in a kilt, while the worst looking ones look worse. It's sort of a litmus test of male sexiness. What's not to love about that?
Thanks for checking in! I hate to blog alone. Gives me hives.
08-13-2009 12:55 PM
Okie, thank you so much! I truly appreciate that. I had a terrific time writing The Laird Who Loved Me. It made me grin the entire time I was writing it, which is a good sign!
By the way, my next historical series will be about Caitlyn's and Catriona's sister and brothers - the Hursts, so you'll get continual peeks at how the MacLeans are faring. Not a huge amount, but some!
08-13-2009 12:57 PM
Hi Becke! I hope you enjoy it. My parents had foster kids, so I grew up with a lot of children who were very afraid to trust. I used some of that in Sleepless in Scotland, and I think it rings true.
I hope you enjoy SIS!
08-13-2009 01:02 PM
Melanie, what a huge compliment! Thank you so much.
I write my dialogue first because I hear it so clearly in my head. THEN I go back and thread in the setting, their movements, tag lines, etc. When I first write, it looks like this:
She blinked. "That's YOUR dog?"
"I wouldn't cheerfully admit that if I were you."
"He only has one ear, he's flea-bitten, his tail is crooked, he drools, and he smells like rotten eggs."
He flashed a smug smile. "Yes, but he's MINE, and that covers a great multitude of sins."
I also try to cut anything extraneous so that the good part will really shine. In my last book, I had over 61 pages of extra material that I cut. I always say I'll use it in another book, but that rarely happens because it would have to be true to the new characters and you don't always get that.
08-13-2009 01:06 PM
Hi Jane! Scotland is one of my favorite places, too! Gotta love a place where the man are so manly they can wear skirts and make them look good. I also love their sense of humor. I've only been there once, but the people were so nice and SO funny!
I'll have to try the Monica McCarty books. I hadn't heard of them before, but I'm always on the lookout for a good book and a new author!
08-13-2009 01:12 PM
I just finished a sequel to TALK OF THE TOWN which will be out in April and is called LOIS LANE TELLS ALL. If you've read TOTT, you'll remember Mark and Susan, who are the new hero and heroine. I had a LOT of fun with the Murder Mystery Club, too.
In a week, I'm going to start on the new series, which is about the Hursts, the sister and brothers of Caitlyn and Caitriona. The story centers around their search for a missing ancient family necklace/amulet. The search will encompass all four books and should take our heroine and heroes to a lot of interesting places!
I'm scheduled to write a book every six months, however, I may sneak in an extra book next year. I'd like to tell the beginning of the MacLean Curse ... which was placed on them by a White Witch named Maeve Hurst, one of the Hurst ancestors! As you can see, the MacLean Curse Series and the new Hurst Amulet Series will be very intertwined though the books will stand alone.
Whew! That was probably more than you wanted to know but it's big on my mind since I'm just now writing the synopsis for the first Hurst book.
Thank you so much for asking!
08-13-2009 02:16 PM
yay! i'm so excited that Caitlyn and Caitriona's sister and brother's will be getting their own stories. i'm stoked that we will continue to see the MacLeans, even if its bits and pieces, i'll take anything in the mean time, i can't wait to for Hurst Amulet Series.
08-13-2009 06:13 PM