Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Catching Up

So I had this big idea about blogging every day, and then I wake up to realize a month has gone by with no posts. I continue to be committed to blogging more often, but the best laid plans...

It's been a busy month around here! In April, I ventured with the family to Spain, where our daughter was born nearly 17 years ago when my husband was stationed there in the Navy. We had a great time showing off our old stomping grounds to the kids. At 16 and 13, they were at the perfect ages to appreciate the adventure of visiting a foreign country. One side benefit I hadn't expect is that Jake, who will be in 8th grade next year, will be more interested in starting Spanish classes than he might've been before the trip. We'll do whatever we can to interest him in school, so that was a plus. Emily loved seeing where she was born as well as the first home and the beach boardwalk that was the site of her very first outing.

For our part, we were surprised by how environmentally conscious Spain has become since we were there. Hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines and solar farms dot the landscape. The car we rented, a jazzy Mercedes (mama loved that car!), had a fuel-efficient feature that shut it down when idling. Hotel room keys are required to get lights in the rooms. We were surprised to realize Europe is so far ahead of the U.S. on these things. Because the European Union came into existence after we lived there, we had to figure out the ins and outs of the Euro, which was an adventure. Dan and I were both surprised that our rusty Spanish came back as if it had been yesterday when we last used it. The funniest episode I had occurred when ordering room service in Spanish and getting all the way to the end and not comprehending a question. So I said, En ingles? And he says, "Anything else?" LOL! Then he said, Room number? I said, "839." He growls, En espaƱol! He wouldn't let me cop out at the end, which I thought was hilarious! Then there was the trip to the farmacia to get cold medicine for Jake. Since I didn't know how to say sneeze or cough in Spanish, I worked around that with fake sneezes and coughs. The pharmacist says, "AH!" Jake and I got a good laugh out of that. When in doubt, improvise!

The other lasting impression is how very, very nice the Spanish people are. There's an old-world courtliness that you don't see very often anymore, and even the kids commented on how nice everyone was. We felt very welcome and totally safe everywhere we went. Well, I didn't feel very safe sitting in the midst of a rowdy group of bachelor party revelers on the flight from London to Madrid, but I was thoroughly entertained!

In other news, I've had an exciting month on the book front! We sold the French rights to the McCarthy Series at auction, Fatal Consequences won a Bean Pot Award (left), Fatal Destiny won a Holt Medallion while Fatal Justice and Everyone Loves a Hero received Awards of Merit from the Virginia Romance Writers, and I had the honor of delivering one of the keynotes at the Romance Writers of America New England Chapter conference in late April, which was a real thrill.

I'm hard at work on Season for Love, book 6 in the McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, and I'm still hoping to get that out in June. After that, I'll be finishing Fatal Attack and then turning to McCarthy book 7, Longing for Love, featuring Tiffany and Blaine. I also plan to write the much-requested fourth book in the Treading Water Trilogy (which will ruin the whole "trilogy" concept--haha), called Coming Home. It will feature Kate Harrington and Reid Matthews, closing the circle left open in Marking Time. I know a lot of you have wanted to see closure for Kate and Reid, and I'm all about giving my readers what they want. :-)

Back to work I go! Tell me what you've been up to lately!
xoxo
Marie

20 comments:

Harriet said...

Coming home! You just made my day, so excited for more Kate and Reid. Anxiously awaiting the next McCarthy story too. When can I pre-order it? Kidding!

Kerri Williams said...

Marie,

The pre-order comment by Harriet is darn funny. I get the feeling you've been fielding that question a lot! Thank you, thank you, thank you for working Kate and Reid's story into your schedule. That is very exciting!

Marie Force said...

LOL on the preorder question Harriet! Two demerits for you and Kerri for laughing. Haha! YES, I get BOMBED with that question whenever a new book is coming soon. Trust me, I wish I could offer it for pre-order for that reason alone--it would cut down on the emails I get. So this time I went on the offensive. :-)

Glad you are excited about Coming Home. I'm looking forward to revisiting the Harrington family. It's been a while!

Kristy said...

Yay for another book in the Treading Water Trilogy! I'm looking forward to reading more about Kate and Reid.

Marie Force said...

Thanks Kristy! Glad you're looking forward to it! :-)

Summer Sharp said...

OMG OMG OMG Soooo happy you are writing Coming Home! Cannot wait to read it. I was one of the people that was like, what?! you cannot end it there! Hope we'll see a little of the O'Malleys in Kate's book. Loved Brandon.

Marie Force said...

Summer,
Glad you are excited to hear about Coming Home!

Tammy Gurke said...

I know I'm so excited about this book. Like I said I feel I won the Lotto, t.his story is too good to be true. I cannot thank Marie enough... When can we expect?? Pre-Order. YOU ARE THE BEST MARIE FORCE!!!!

Marie Force said...

Tammy Gurke, don't you use the word "pre-order" around me! LOL! I can't offer my self pub books for pre-order. The retailers won't allow it. Aiming for an early December release. You will be the first to know!
:-)

Judy L. from Raleigh NC said...

I c&p'd your travelogue to my nephew who also spent several childhood years in Rota in the early 80's while his dad was stationed there.

May I just say that while I enjoy the blog I wish you'd spend the time on more Gansett Island men. :)

Marie Force said...

Don't worry Judy, I'm spending plenty of time on Gansett these days! :-)

Patrizzia said...

Sounds like a great month for you! Congratulations on all of your achievements. Thrilled about book 4 in TWT and 6 & 7 McCarthys! Looks like I will have some fantastic reading material come vacation time!

Joy said...

Love it all! Can't wait to read. Patiently awaiting Amazon release... thankfully with Facebook, we know immediately when the book is released. Only problem is I can't plan ahead to take a day off from work to read :) Thanks for continuing to share your gifts and imagination, Marie!

Danielle328 said...

woohoo I can't wait for them all! It is going to be a good year! :)

Amy said...

I'm was having a pretty crummy day until I learned that Kate and Reid are coming back into your life. Whoop! Wooop! Thank you, Marie!

oklanannie said...

I am beside myself with excitement to hear that COMING HOME is on the horizon. It's going to be even more exciting to see how you close that circle and give both Kate and Reid the happily-ever-after they each deserve.

Betty said...

You're the best, Marie. Who cares about how often you blog as long as we get more great books! Can't wait for these next 3 releases! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Laurie Evans said...

Congrats on the Bean Pot award!

Dinah said...

Ooooh! How super! And when can we expect 'Coming home' to be out there? :)
The fact that you plan to finish about 3 books before that one scares me a little, and thus makes me ask about the RD.
I loved Kate and Reid, and most certanly need my fix of them in 2012! :)

Marie Force said...

LOL Dinah! Aiming for Christmastime but no promises!