Sunday, February 27, 2011

While They Were Sleeping

It's a lazy Sunday at the Ciotta house.

Nia holed up in her crate with her stuffed bear and fluffy blankets.

Cheyenne zonked out on her 'sofa' bed.

Sadie curled up on a chair with Mr. Moose.

Everyone's napping. Except for me.  True, it is mid-afternoon and I'm still in my PJs. And I am relaxing on the sofa with my feet propped up. (No, picture. Sorry.)  But I'm fully awake and engaged in the first book of my new series THE CUPCAKE CLUB.  While the furkids are sleeping, I'm writing away and having a grand time! My characters keep surprising me left and right. Most recently, there was an arrest and a 'frisking' incident that's leading up to an ass-kicking... at some point. Also Dev and Chloe (the hero and heroine) just agreed on a tactic to snuff the burning attraction between them. Which of course won't work, but it will be fun watching them try . . . and fail. Heh.

I best get back to it but before I go, here's something to put some zing in my, I mean, your day. In a previous scene that took me by surprise, Dev ended up in the river, fully clothed (for reasons you'll have to wait and read in the book), but (also for reasons you'll have to wait and read) ended up losing his shirt. Googling for visual inspiration was in order. :)

Monday, February 14, 2011

Celebrating Love, Celebrating The Darcys!

Valentine's Day, the day we celebrate love, struck me as the perfect time to share and yet some more good news regarding my future books. Books about, you guessed it--LOVE!

Long and very interesting story short, in addition to signing a new contract with St. Martin's Press to write a contemporary romance series entitled THE CUPCAKE CLUB... I have also very recently accepted an offer from NAL (Penguin) to write Victorian Steampunk-ish Romances--overall name: THE GLORIOUS VICTORIOUS DARCYS!

This idea has been simmering in my brain for quite some time and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to bring these romantic adventures to life! Unsure as to what I mean by Victorian Steampunk-ish? Here's a blurb about the series...

In celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee (1887), an anonymous benefactor promises fame and fortune to the first man or woman who discovers and donates a technological ‘invention’ of historical significance to her majesty’s British Museum in honor of her beloved deceased husband, Prince Albert.

Lord Jules Darcy, Lord Simon Darcy, and unbeknownst to them, their sister, Lady Amelia Darcy set off in search of three different ‘lost’ legendary inventions. Whilst on their quest, all three fall prey to a sizzling romance and forever love. In the end, one sibling will bring glory to the British Empire, another scandal, while the third becomes an unwitting accomplice in a plot to assassinate the Queen. Will love or technology save the day? Will the Darcys prevail or perish? Passion and adventure abound in these humorous steampunk-ish tales.

I hope you'll follow me in this new world. One thing's for sure. Between the two series, hopefully I'll have something to offer for many varied tastes.