Happy (near) New 2013!

Here’s wishing all my readers are recovering from a warm and wonderful festive season, and enjoying a fabulous start to 2013.

I’m sorry to say my website is still bogged down in password issues and still my website says welcome to 2012 ( I should never have switched computers, I swear!) so it’s a wee (!) bit behind. Rest assured a new website is coming in 2013, but if you do want to catch up with the very latest Trish Morey news, make sure you friend me and check in to my Facebook page – I am much better at keeping up with what’s happening in Trishworld there!

A huge thank you to all my fabulous readers who have sent me emails about the first two stories in the Desert Brothers series, Duty and the Beast and The Sheikh’s Last Gamble. I’ve had more emails about these  two books than any others, and  most of them asking when they might be able to get their hands on the final two books in the Desert Brother’s series. I am delighted to say that Kadar and Rashid’s stories are happening this year and will be late 2013/early 2014 releases, all going well.

Meanwhile I have three new releases in the first six months of the new year, so lots to go on with! First up in January is Secrets of Castillo del Arco. This is a  book that’s already been released in the UK and Australia/New Zealand, but it’s new to North American shores, and I am delighted it’s getting a run around the block there. Here’s the blurb…

Secrets of Castillo del Arco

Reclusive billionaire Raoul del Arco’s deathbed promise to a friend haunts him. He swore to marry Gabriella D’Arenberg…but knows that taking her as his wife will only destroy her innocence.

Gaby has no idea that Raoul has sworn such an oath. And when he storms back into her life, he has a dark, dangerous edge she finds disturbingly alluring.

Now, trapped in Raoul’s gothic castillo, Gaby is paying the price of his promise. The key to her lavish prison? Succumbing to her new husband’s touch….

 

Secrets is followed closely by Bartering Her Innocence – which is out everywhere next month! February is the first month that Presents are going to simultaneous release in North America, the UK and Australia/New Zealand and it’s awesome! No more will readers have to wait for their favourite reads, already released half a world away. I’m so glad that’s happening.

Bartering Her Innocence - US

“I simply require you to share my bed.”

Luca Barbarigo has lain in wait for three long years, and is now ready to exact his revenge against Valentina Henderson. After one unforgettable night together, she left him with nothing but X-rated memories and the sting of her hand across his jaw. But they are the least of her crimes.…

Valentina swore she’d never see him again, but you don’t turn your back on Luca Barbarigo. Now she must confront the man who devastated her with only her innocence of his claims to barter… What will it cost her to walk away this time?

Phew, and that’s January and February. May sees the release of A Price Worth Paying?, a book set in the wonderful, gorgeous surrounds of San Sebastian in Spain, but May is far enough away to think I might even manage a post between now and then. Then again<g>. No, I will be good. I am a week away from a month’s travel in the middle east, and I will need to report in with pictures. That’s the plan!

Meanwhile love to all of you in 2013. May it be filled with good health, good humour and great times, hopefully spent with the people you love.

Talk soon (I promise!)

Trishxx

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more on venice…
April 6, 2012, 12:34 pm
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I’m loving writing this story and revisiting the places hubby and I visited just a few short months ago. It’s funny to look at the random shots I took then and see them working now in a story I was only barely  tinkering with at the time – it really is quite strange how the mind works.

Here’s a few(?) random shots – that may or may not work their way into this next book (you’ll just have to read it to find out:-))




Venice
March 13, 2012, 8:57 am
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I’ve been thinking about Venice a lot lately. It’s the setting for my current work in progress, and if you’ve read Secrets of Castillo del Arco (out in the UK in Jan/Feb in Australia/New Zealand, you’ll know it’s a large part of that book as well (as well as scenes set on the windswept and barren Galician coast of Spain).

I first visited Venice in the mid 1990’s, while hubby’s job was based in the UK for 18 months. At the end of that trip, we and the three kids (that we knew about then – ha – little did we know!)  -aged 5, 3 and just 1, took a few weeks to travel around. We headed for Scotland seeing summer that year had been surprisingly long and seemingly endless, but that soon changed the moment we set foot in Scotland. We grew used to people saying through the mists and mizzle, “Ooch, you should a been here last week.”  And so we turned tail and headed for Italy (it’s not that big a distance by Aussie standards so not that daunting a road trip). We visited Florence and the hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano and Pisa, and even Romeo and Juliet’s old town of Verona. While we were so close, we made a gorgeous day trip to Venice. I know, a day trip. Hardly time at all to explore such an amazing place, and yet such a glorious day that Venice stayed with me through the years, along with the desire to one day go back.

Secrets of Castillo del Arco gave me the chance to go back through my writing. I adored the research, revisiting the major sites and then some. And the more I researched, the more I knew there was to discover about this magical city – and not via fading memories and photographs of how it had been and not via books and the world wide web – but by actually being there and experiencing the magic first hand once again.

In October 2011 hubby and I made it back, and this time for five days. It was the most brilliant five days…

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We stayed in a couple of gorgeous hotels overlooking the Grand Canal and had time to listen to the slap of water against the buildings, to see the sway of the piles in the wash from vaporettos, to hear the call of the birds at dawn after the church bells had rung out across the city and sent them from their roosts into the grey light of the morning. We had the time to explore and get lost, and found and lost again in the labyrinthian Venetian passageways.

And I just knew that I had barely skimmed the surface with Secrets of Castillo del Arco and I would just have to write another Venetian set story.

Which is where I am now, merging ideas and memories and imagination and hoping to come up with a story that does this amazing city of Venice justice.

Here’s hoping!

I’ll be uploading more photos of our Venetian trip soon, as I trawl through them for the gems that speak to me of this story. Stay tuned.



A quick trip
February 7, 2012, 12:07 am
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We have a  full house now – our eldest daughter has moved home while she studies – and it’s crammed to the seams with 6 adults-sized people and all their belongings. So hubby and I have taken to disappearing for a weekend every now. It’s not really escaping. Not really…

Anyway, this last weekend we travelled down to one of SA’s southern ports, the gorgeous Beachport. It’s another coastal town settled in the 1800’s and filled with lovely old stone buildings of the era. Amazingly it wasn’t named Beachport because it’s a port on the beach, but after the then British Secretary of State for the Colonies, Michael Hicks Beach, 1st Earl of Aldwyn. Maybe they decided Hicksport didn’t have the right ring to it:-))

Here’s some pics of the town…

 

Isn’t it a lovely little town! And you just know you’re near the beach when you see those rows of Norfolk Island Pines.

So what else is there to find in Beachport? A fabulous 772m jetty that juts into Rivoli Bay(and which used to be 500m longer except it never worked like they planned so they shaved off almost one half – can you imagine a 1300m jetty!!). The timbers were creaking as we neared the end as it was, the bolts rusty and worn, and it was pretty blowy and chilly right out there so we were ready to turn around and walk right back, until we saw this fellow frolicking in the water (he appears in the gallery above too – I’m not sure why that happens when I didn’t mean it to, but he’s bigger here and much more fun:-) In the first he’s on his back rubbing his head with his fins and in the second, I caught him mid roll with his mouth open. He was quite the showman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It moved much too quickly to get any really good shots, most of the time he was spearing away into the depths and the only evidence he was there was his trail of bubbles. Of course, it made the track out over creaking timbers so worthwhile, and even a couple of locals dropped in to check out the show. It was a great little getaway. What did you do last weekend?



Brave new year!

It’s 2012! How did that happen? I hope 2012 is a good year for all my readers.

2011 ended with a bang for me. In the midst of Christmas preparations and a visit from my sister who lives overseas, I was hunkered down finishing and then revising my latest manuscript, book two of a duo my editor has called, Desert Brothers: Bound by duty, undone by passion. I love that tag line! Book one is called, Duty and the Beast, (a title I came up with and that stuck – yay!) and will be out in May in the UK. And book two, which got accepted just shy of new year’s eve, is entitled, The Sheikh’s Last Gamble, out in Modern in August. The duo will be coming out as back to back releases in Presents around September/October, so not that long to wait!

And even more excitement, because The Sheikh’s Last Gamble is my 25th title with Harlequin! That’s not all full length stories, there’s a couple of novellas and a free on-line read in that line up, but I’m chuffed to have reached such a milestone. I think I might finally be getting the hang of this gig:-)

Just before the excitement of Christmas and visitors and screaming deadlines, the family actually managed to sneak away a few days down the south coast, to a little town I love called Port Elliot. Gorgeous beaches – one a fabulous surf beach where the southern ocean rolls in and crashes on the rock strewn shore, the other a protected swimming beach called Horseshoe Bay, a favourite with families as it’s more protected. For the first time we took our dog, Chino with us. Chino is ten years old now and has a history of car sickness which she’s only recently started getting over (at last!), so finally she’s been able to join us at the beach. She wasn’t too sure of that white frothy wet stuff, but boy, did she love the sand. Here’s a couple of shots of her having a game with a ball she found in the sand and playing chicken with the waves. She loved it!

It’s a shame she’s taken so long to overcome her car sickness but I’m glad she’s on the way. I don’t think, after this, she’ll want to be left home again.

She’s sitting outside my study window right now, wanting to be let in, so that’s probably a good time to actually hit post and get the first blog for 2012 up. I hope it’s a good year for you all!



Some sights from the National Museum of Rome
October 31, 2011, 12:10 am
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