Thursday, June 02, 2011

Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who bid on Pink Society items at the Brenda Novak auction.  The Kindle and book bundle donated by the Harlequin Romance authors made $340, which is amazing and the Pink Society tote bag filled with books, the critiques and the all the books and jewellery on offer made it a real success.  Brenda's son suffers with the really tough version of this terrible affliction, but the dh has Type 2, so it's a cause close to my own heart.

Here's hoping the money raised this year - along with the $1 million dollars already raised by Brenda's efforts and the generosity of the romance community - will go a long way towards finding a cure.

Meanwhile, do you like that cute lolly pin?  I've just treated myself and will be wearing it at the RNA Conference in July!

I've been sending out loads of books to winners in the last week or two, I hope they all arrive safely.  There are still one or two people who haven't contacted me with their snail mail addy, so do check to make sure you're not one of them.

I'll be back next week with Ask the Author 2:  What Comes First - Character Or Plot?

PS - I've just been taking a look at my Clustr Map to see where you all are before this years stats are archived and I start with a clean world, so to speak.  Lots and lots of new visitors this year - welcome to you all; it's lovely to get to know you.  But I couldn't help noticing that I'd had a couple of visits from the Maldives.  You don't think ... no ... that couldn't be the new Duchess of Cambridge...  Could Kate Middleton have read The Ordinary Princess?  I can dream. :)



Vince said...

Hi Liz:

There’s a special place in heaven for the spouses of type II diabetics. Bless you. (And forgive them their grumpiness).

I have one little green spot where the Maldives are on my site visitor map. I think that maybe Kate was checking out the NA cover of “Tempted by Trouble”. I hear she thinks the model looks more like Pippa!

BTW: I bid on five auction items and the same person outbid me in the end on four of them! (You’ll know who it is.) I did win the highest priced item however so I feel like I did my part and I did drive the price of those other items up! : )


Liz Fielding said...

Thank you, Vince. And thank you for the lovely card that arrived today.

Pippa? I think you're right. :) Sat in the hairdressers this afternoon and relived the whole day in old copies of OK Magazine. There was a lovely tribute to Diana, too.

I was outbid on everything at the last minute in the auction, too, but bidding helps. Glad you got one item - it was so lovely of you to bid on my book last year.

I'm offline for the weekend now, but I'll be back on Tuesday.

Best, Liz

Lacey Devlin said...

Hi Liz,

I do love that cute lolly pin.

Eloping with Emmy arrived today. I can't wait to read it! Thanks so much =)

I also have high hopes that a cure for diabetes will be just around the corner.

Vince said...

Hi Liz:

I tried but I can’t wait to comment.

'What Comes First Character or Plot?"

The story comes first.

We are storytellers first and foremost. (Do they still say ‘first and foremost’ in the UK? I have not used this term in over 50 years!)

The story will determine whether the narrative needs to be 'character-driven' or 'plot-driven'.

BTW: “Tempted by Trouble” is absolutely fascinating. How you could come up with that story by looking at an old ice cream van is amazing. After reading it, I felt like I was at a concert where the audience is so amazed that they remain silent for a full minute after it is over while they try to assimilate the experience. Then the applause!

Too bad everyone who reads the book won’t have read the blog about the truck. We got the Scoop! here!


Liz Fielding said...

Hi Vince

Yes, we still say "first and foremost" - although probably not if you're under fifty!

And of course you're right. The story will determine which comes first - although romance is character driven while crime tends to be plot driven (but maybe less so these days).

And thank you so much for your comments about Tempted By Trouble. Totally made my day. :)

I'll try and get the new post up later today.

Liz Fielding said...

Lacey, my lolly pin arrived yesterday and I'm loving it. I may not wait until the conference to wear it. I'll wear it when I'm out shopping and when people ask me what it's for I can give them a postcard with my UK hardbound cover. It's dark blue with just the girl with the lolly - very glossy and gorgeous!