It’s not quite time for all the tinsel and holly of Christmas, but my new novella, Clear as a Bell is one of the stories contained within the Christmas box set, Love Under the Mistletoe. Comprising six sexy contemporary romance stories, it has been a joint effort by members of the Melbourne Romance Writers’ Guild.
For those who might like an early Christmas present, the entire box set is available for pre-order for the total cost of $0.99 US. By reckoning, that equals 16.5 cents per story. I’m really looking forward to reading the other stories, because if my fellow authors had as much fun as I did in the writing process, there will be come great entertainment there.
My story,Clear as a Bell, is set in a major city. It could be a city anywhere, but background information that has supported the development of the manuscript is a combination of both Adelaide (my home state) and Melbourne, where I am currently living. Cathedral bells ring at strategic points through the story. I live just a stone’s throw from St Patrick’s Cathedral in Melbourne, and the bells punctuate my life as do the bells in the story.
If you park at night at Windy Point in the hills above Adelaide, you will see the lights of the city just as you do on the bottom of the cover. Now you know what I was thinking when I wrote that part of the story.
Other than that, it is a story which could be located in any city, although the cold at that time of year anchors it in the northern hemisphere.
Last night, I attended the Scarlet Stiletto Awards night organised by the Sisters in Crime. I had submitted a short story to the annual competition, and to my surprise, it was shortlisted. This was a last-minute entry, as I had joined the organisation just a few weeks before the closing date.
I was thrilled last night to receive a special commendation for my story. Guess who will be submitting again next year?
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