The Marriage Miracle, has been issued as a manga ebook translated from the Japanese into English.
I love the way they still read from back to front.
This was one of those magic books that grew out of an earlier romance. From the moment Matty Lang, opened her mouth in
A Wife on Paper she was giving me trouble.
She flirted with the hero,
she duffed up the bad guys, she demanded attention. The only way I
could get her to behave, stay in the background, was to promise her a
story of her own and after that she did exactly what was required of
her, providing a solid prop for my heroine’s motivation, and no more.
"Okay," she said, when I’d finished her cousin’s story. "Let’s start." But there was problem. Matty is in a wheelchair and since I
don’t write fairy stories, there would be no magic wand to make that
problem go away.
Where would I find a hero worthy of her, a man with
heart enough to see beyond her disability to the woman? Where would I
find the words to draw in the reader, encourage her to risk the journey,
take a leap of faith?
Worse, it was going to be seriously Hard Work. It would involve research (which is not my favourite thing) and an
intensity of emotional input that I knew would drain me dry.
however, was not the kind of character to let some whining author stand
in her way and finally I tentatively broached the idea with my editor.
I’ll be honest, here; I was hoping that she would veto it, say, "This
is not for us…" Rescue me so that I could go back to Matty with a clear
conscience, say, "I’d do it in a heartbeat, honestly. It’s her fault…"
No such luck. I got the go ahead, but I was still holding back.
I wrote A Family of His Own. It won the Romantic
Novelists’ Association Romance Prize, was named Best Harlequin Romance
of the year by Romantic Times and nominated for a RITA.
applauded politely, then said, ‘Right, I’ve been patient, now it’s my
I wrote Her Wish-List Bridegroom; single fathers, single
mothers, cheating boyfriends, a cat called Archie. Lots of emotion in
this one. For Juliet. Matty hated Juliet. ‘The woman’s a wimp,’ she
said. ‘She didn’t have a father and her boyfriend stole her job. Big
deal. It’s My Turn!
I wrote A Nanny for Keeps. Emotion, humour, a
six-year-old diva, chickens… Matty threw a pot of her favourite purple
nail polish at the back of my head and said, ‘Enough with the
livestock. IT’S MY TURN!’
I said, "Give me a break. I’ll get to you
once I done the "feud" story…’ But she was right. It was her turn.
Having a great character raring to go, however, is not enough. And
that’s where the magic started. With the fairies. Day-glo bright, the
Forest Fairies flew down onto the page and set about ruining Sebastian
Wolseley’s day, year, life…
I wrote a whole chapter about Sebastian and
the fairies (still prevaricating) before I stopped fooling around and
started again with the belated blessing of the marriage of the hero and
heroine of A Wife on Paper.
The guests have moved into the marquee to
start the dancing, only Matty and Sebastian remain outside in the
garden, detached, apart from the crowd, alone. Matty, because, well
obviously dancing doesn’t hold much appeal for her. Sebastian because
weddings come next to bottom on his list of fun events (and he’s already
been to a funeral that day.)
Sebastian, having a seriously
bad day, is in no mood for a flirtation and somewhat sourly replies: ‘Do
you tap dance for an encore?’
She lifted her eyebrows, but she didn’t
smile. ‘Tap dance?’
‘You’re not the cabaret? A mind reading act,
perhaps?’ He heard the biting sarcasm coming from his mouth and wished
he’d walked. He had no business inflicting his black mood on innocent
bystanders. Or sitters.
‘It doesn’t take a mind-reader to see that
you’re not exactly focussed on this whole ‘til-death-us-do-part’ thing,’
she countered, still not smiling, but not storming off, offended,
either. ‘You’ve been holding your glass for so long that the contents
must be warm. In fact I’d go as far as to suggest that you’d look more
at home at a wake than at a reception to celebrate the blessing of a
‘Definitely a mind-reader,’ he said, finally abandoning the
barely touched glass on her table. ‘Although I have a feeling that the
wake I’ve just left will by now be making this party look sedate.’
That’s so bad! Having been drawn into conversation, he tries to escape
by embarrassing her. Haven’t you been paying attention, Sebastian
Wolseley? This is Matty Lang and you are so stuffed!
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