Thanks for having me as your guest on Romance Book Haven!
My Destiny Romance release Her Italian Aristocrat is my debut book and I’m thrilled to announce that I have just signed a contract with Destiny for my next book, a rural romance to be released in the second half of 2013.
But back to Her Italian Aristocrat. This story had been bubbling away at the back of my mind for years. I’d gone on a business trip to Italy in 2003, to visit a factory in the Marche region of Italy, quite a bit off the tourist trail. It was hot and after the 24-hour long flight from Australia my ankles swelled alarmingly. So they admitted me to the little local hospital where no one spoke English. As I lay there I thought how lovely it would be if I was rescued by a gorgeously handsome aristocrat, someone from one of the beautiful palazzos I’d seen in the town earlier that day. Much, much later when I was looking for an idea for a story, this experience popped into my mind. And so my story began.
I pitched Her Italian Aristocrat to Sarah Fairhall of Destiny Romance at last year’s Romance Writers of Australia conference. In previous years I’d gone the route of learning a pitch, which I rolled out verbatim. This time I had a pitch prepared but when I sat down in front of Sarah it just disappeared. It seemed right, in talking about this book I’d so enjoyed writing, to just tell her what it was about.
My passion must have come through because by the end she was as enthusiastic as I was and later told me she’d made a special little mark against my name ensuring she’d read my manuscript as soon as it arrived. Less than a week later, I received ‘the call’!
So, what is it about I hear you ask? It’s about Italy, high summer and shoes! It’s about a handsome aristocrat who lives in a stunning palazzo with an old nonna who rules the roost. And a girl with a blemished past who can’t believe he’d love her.
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