Louisa George's Blog
March 1, 2018
My husband has a sabbatical coming up and we’re taking advantage and going traveling for 9 weeks, leaving near the end of March and entering Europe’s spring (we hope! The ‘Beast from the East’ icy blast has made us rethink our packing needs a little!). One of the joys of being an empty nester is that we now have the freedom to up and leave without worrying about the kids (although we have had to find a house sitter for the 15 year old cat!! LOL)
But nine weeks! Wow. I am so excited! It has been such fun to organise and we’re staying in a range of places, some expensive, some budget and traveling by plane, train and car so we get to experience as much as possible without just flying from one country to another.
We have so many places lined up to visit and so many different things planned (including a weekend in Vancouver, an Easter wedding in UK, a romantic trip to Paris, a family catch up weekend in Barcelona, a 10 day hike in Northern Spain, a restful week in Portugal, a gourmet visit to southern Italy, a tour of Russia and a two day stopover in Shanghai – whoa! I’m exhausted just saying it!) but I’m facing the usual dilemma…what to pack? And what to pack it into?
We did a trial packing run a couple of weeks ago and came to the conclusion that the bag I was going to take wasn’t big enough. I’m conscious of the fact I will be lugging this bag around a lot and don’t want to make it too heavy (after all, you can pack the same number of items for 1 week as you can 9, right?) but I do have a lot of stuff to take, such as hiking boots, walking poles, wedding attire etc. It has to be easy to manoeuvre with wheels to tug behind me and have straps for carrying like a rucksack for when I’m in train stations and have to do numerous steps. It also has to fit my frame. I’ma hobbit by birth, reaching 5’1″ in my stocking feet, so anything that has a frame and straps needs to be adjustable to fit me and be (as) comfortable (as possible). It also has to have handy internal pockets where I can easily store (and find) all those little things you want to get your hands on quickly.
Research brought us to the Osprey Sojourn 80 which (after trying it in the shop) seems to be perfect for the job. It is good fitting, has great wheels that are big enough to haul up deep curbs and lots of internal pockets.
Time will tell! (But look at that colour!! I’m never going to miss that on airport carousels now, am I?)
Oh the joys of travel and packing!!! Getting excited now!
February 26, 2018
I’m what you call a HYBRID author…this means some of my books are published with a traditional publisher (Harlequin Mills and Boon and Harper Collins) and some of them I publish myself.
For the ones I self-publish I get to oversee every part of the publishing process, but for the trad published ones I have little input into the title, back cover blurb or cover. So it’s always a lovely surprise when I find one of my upcoming releases online and I get to see what’s been chosen for me.
The other day I was trawling through Amazon and I came across my May 2018 release: REUNITED BY THEIR SECRET SON and I was thrilled with the cover! So, without further ado…drum roll………. ta dah! Here it is……
Isn’t it gorgeous?!?!?!???? I LOVED writing this book and it’s quite an emotional ride but I was so happy to give Finn and Sophie a very happy future! Here’s the blurb:
It started with one night…
Will it end with them becoming a family?
Sophie can never forget her sizzling encounter with gorgeous stranger Finn. How can she, when her beloved little boy’s a daily reminder? And she can’t forgive Finn for disappearing without a trace afterwards. But she’s shocked to come face-to-face with him at her son’s physio appointment, and sees how much he’s changed… Could this be their chance to finally become a family?
The eagle-eyed ones amongst you will recognise Finn as Callum Baird’s brother in THE NURSE’S SPECIAL DELIVERY (released December 2017). So, if you remember reading about Finn’s accident that claimed his leg and almost his life and you got wondering how he was doing, well….this book is available in May 2018. Pre-orders available on Amazon or mark your diaries now!!
What do you think? Do you like the new Mills and Boon covers?
December 13, 2017
I’m often asked where I get ideas from and, after 24 books, whether I’m running out of things to write about. But I always say that everyone has a story and I’m a good listener- there’s always heaps of inspiration out there! Of course, I’d never write about anyone’s particular experiences, but I may ‘borrow’ some ideas every now and then! When writing a series it’s doubly hard to mesh characters, stories and settings and I needed to find a place where a group of young women from different backgrounds might meet. Small town romance is hugely popular because readers get to know a setting and grow to love the people who live there, but being a city girl I don’t know much about small towns. But I do know that within cities there are clusters of people who grow together and develop small communities of their own. I wanted to capture some of that, and they say you should write what you know. So, I went back to my roots!
When I was young and looking for love myself (although I didn’t know it at the time!) I moved to London and trained to be a nurse. I loved my job and I loved living in this amazing and vibrant city. I eventually found love (with a very gorgeous doctor) at a hospital in Ladbroke Grove where we both worked. Ladbroke Grove edges Portobello market and Notting Hill and I spent many months/years there exploring this very eclectic neighbourhood with people from all walks of life and ethnicities. I loved the place. I also love the movie, Notting Hill (starring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts) and, of course, the other London lovelorn character, Bridget Jones. So where better to set a book series than there?
Throughout my life I’ve moved around a bit, being forced to make new friends and meet people in new places. The one thing I’ve always found reassuring and wonderful is that women are very welcoming and accommodating to the new kid on the block. I have made so many friends with amazing women that I wanted to celebrate the special and of women friends in my books too. I’ve also spent time with women of all ages in various book groups along the way- so what batter way to celebrate a shared love of reading than to pivot the series around women in a book group? (Of course, these women never actually read the books…but they do like a good chat and drinking wine- women after my own hearts!!)
All of my books have some humour in them. I generally find that the best humour comes out of difficult situations (maybe that’s the gallows humour nurse thing…I don’t know). But I love to hear that my readers laughed out loud when they read my books, I also like to know that they’ve maybe even shed a tear. Without dark you don’t have light. If I hear that one of readers has laughed and cried than I feel I have done my job properly!
And all of my books have a satisfying ending – life is too complicated and messy to read depressing books!
Finally, I’m asked a lot about book four in the series – and yes, it is in the works! I have a busy schedule next year with a fair amount of traveling, but I’m anticipating getting book four out around August 2018…watch this space. Oh, and sign up for my newsletter so you get to know exact details of all my releases and special offers / giveaways! The link is at the bottom of this page or at the top of my homepage. Louisa xx
September 14, 2017
Last night was the first girls’ night out in a long time. We’re all busy bringing up families and working etc, but decided we needed to go out and have some fun. We had a lovely Italian meal, wine (a little to much) and a movie which made us laugh and (almost) cry. Not a weepie, but a lovely story about a friendship between two unlikely people.
Victoria and Abdul chronicles the relationship between an 81 year old Queen Victoria and Abdul Karim, a lowly Indian clerk brought to England to present Her Majesty with a commemorative coin. Karim had a loveable, cheeky manner and was soon brought into Victoria’s household as a footman, then a teacher of Urdu and quickly became one of her favourites, despite the horrified reaction of her staff and family. Apparently, the movie is based on a true story only recently come to light as shortly after Victoria’s death Karim was sent back to India with his family and all traces of him and their correspondence were erased by her children.
It is a lovely movie, with a fabulous performance by Judi Dench as the cantankerous queen who is at times spectacularly difficult but also tender and sweet, and Ali Fazal as fun loving Abdul Karim. Have you seen it? What did you think?
September 12, 2017
I try to make Wednesday a ‘work in progress’ update and today I should have blogged about my latest book (working title: “book 23” because I am so creative that’s all I can come up with!! No, actually, I lie… I’m thinking of calling it ‘Something Beginning With Mistletoe’ …it’s a Christmas book, but you guessed that, right?)
But the book is getting me down a little. Even after 22 books I still suffer from imposter syndrome (another blog post for another day!)
So today is just a quick update on my current work in progress my attic 24 bag. I LOVE the colours Lucy uses in her blog but I just wanted to use up some yarn I had left over from the wonky wobbly blanket I made (I’ll post the story of that particular crochet disaster another day!!).
Anyhoo, what with traveling and working I have taken ages to finish the bag but here it is!!
Cute eh? I used it today and felt so proud with it on my shoulder. I love the finishing touches of the flowers that hide where the straps attach to the bag. I also lined it. Badly. I put the lining in inside out, in fact. Yes. But because I’m not a perfectionist I decided to leave it as it is. I’m the only one who knows (apart from you now, obviously) and I don’t care.
Oh, a top tip from a bad crocheter… I used 4 buttons on the flowers and chose one to be a different colour so I’d always know which side was the front of the bag and could therefore ensure to hide the dropped stitches and bad row joins! Hey, I’m a beginner!
September 8, 2017
My new women’s fiction novel is now live where all good ebooks can be bought! I’m so excited about this book! It’s a side step away from romance, although there are romantic elements and all the usual things you’d expect from a Louisa George book: humour, a little heat and a satisfying emotional journey.
Here’s the official blurb:
Would you sacrifice your future to understand your past?
Life is rosy for dance studio owner Charlotte Evans, who is about to marry beloved fiancé, Ben. But when Ben finds a lump in Charlotte’s breast, it sends her on a journey of self-discovery which she knows she must do alone. Because Charlotte is adopted, and she suddenly, desperately, needs to know who she is and where she comes from.
Finding and reconnecting with her birth family, the life Charlotte could have had unfolds before her. As her wedding day draws closer, and her past merges ever more into her present, Charlotte must decide on the future she really wants…
Here’s the beautiful cover:
Here’s the Amazon.com link: Click here
The reviews are coming in and people are saying lovely things:
“This book has wonderful characters which you really care about. A storyline that keeps you guessing right up until the end and an emotional plot that had me blubbering many many times” Goodreads review
“This book really makes you appreciate your life and enjoy every second of it!” Goodreads review
Such a happy Saturday! I hope your weekend is going well too, wherever you are.
September 7, 2017
I’ve had a lifelong fear/hatred of bats. Little mice with wings that can get tangled in your hair (it happened to my mum when she was 14, so maybe I’ve just inherited her fear). The horror!
So imagine if a bat got into your house, somehow. Let’s just say things didn’t go well for this Irish family! Happy weekend and I hope you don’t get bats in your belfry!! Are you a bat fan?
September 5, 2017
Did you know that crochet is the new black? Everyone’s doing it and loving it! The choices of yarn are growing and people are wanting to get back to that ‘homemade’ feel. It’s all part of the ‘maker movement’ that artists, musicians and writers are embracing.
It’s the first day of spring here in New Zealand and the sun is shining, giving a lovely warm glow to everything. That hasn’t been the case for the last few months…winter had definitely come!! I’ve been very lucky in that I’ve done lots of traveling and managed to keep away from the cold for a while. But on those dark cold nights I’ve been at home I’ve been very self indulgent and finally got around doing something I’ve been meaning to learn for years- crochet! I’ve watched a ton of YouTube videos, my favourite teachers on there are Bella Coco and Jayda In Stitches who I watch over and over so I get things right (or wrong as the case may be!! LOL).
Isn’t she lovely? So nice and friendly!!
My first attempts have been wobbly and wavy but I’m definitely getting better! I’ve managed a couple of scarves, a blanket and lots of hats (if you stand still for long in my house you’ll get a hat!). We go on a group holiday for a week once a year and myself and two friends are trying to crochet hats for all 35 of us!! Just a bit of fun! Trying to match the colours to a particular thing the wearer is interested in: football teams/cricket/ etc… Here are just a few of them: L: is my hat, I just love the pink and grey combo! R: Blue and white stripe for my Manchester City loving son! Bottom L: A cricket themed hat for a New Zealand fan! Bottom Right: Red, white and blue for my boy who is going to live in England early next year.
Don’t look too closely! There are beginner mistakes!
Currently I’m making a beach bag using up all the bits of yarn leftover from the blanket. I’ve got a way to go yet but I’m loving all the stripes! I’ve bought some navy buttons I’m going to add to the straps. Question: do I use one block colour for the straps? If so, what? I’m thinking either the dark blue or the denim one. Or do I do another stripe?
Do you have a hobby that keeps you entertained? Do you love crochet or knitting? What are you making right now?
August 31, 2017
Man, I’m so glad it’s the weekend! It’s been a long week…in fact a long month. Since the beginning of August I’ve been to Florida (for a Romance Writers of America conference), The Bahamas (because we were in Florida, so why the heck not?), back to New Zealand and then a tiki tour round NZ with my visiting brother from the UK, a road trip to a Romance Writers of New Zealand conference in Rotorua and then a flight down to the bottom of the world (aka Dunedin) and a 1575kms road trip back with my son who has left university.
I’m blessed to have a flexible job and understanding husband but now I’m craving three consecutive nights in my own bed (yes please, it’ll be tonight!). I’m hoping September won’t be as busy as there are words to write for my new book which has the working title of Something Beginning With Mistletoe from my Something Borrowed series and I’m fast running out of time before the deadline of October 1st.
Plus…the crazy rollercoaster that is menopause is making a visit again, which is making me very happy indeedy (not). Who knew it was possible to have PMT and a hot flash at the same time? The fun just keeps on going…
This is how I’m feeling today: all zen one minute and frazzled the next. I’ll just leave this here:
Have a great weekend! Any plans other than my stay in bed and not get up until Monday morning ones?
February 9, 2017
Let’s face it, we love them for their unswerving altruism and the life-saving drama. But it’s not just their work that has our pulses racing.
Who have I left out? Did your favourite make my top 10?
The original McDreamy, Patrick Dempsey
Doug Ross (aka George Clooney)
John Carter (Yes, I LOVED ER!!!) aka NoahWyle
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Grumpily irritable House (Hugh Laurie)
Finally, the one and the only true Doctor, utterly bonkers and utterly gorgeous, David Tennant
Some of my personal favourite book doctors:
Irresistibly grouchy Matteo Finelli, Renal Transplant surgeon, from Tempted By Her Italian Surgeon
I fell totally in love with Matteo and his strength of character and wit.
The doctor everyone’s talking about!
When a deliciously naughty photo of paediatric transplant surgeon Matteo Finelli goes viral, social media expert Ivy Leigh is called in to discipline him. It will be a challenge, especially as Ivy is far from immune to Matteo’s charismatic charm herself!
Dedicated doc Matteo doesn’t care about social media policy — he’s far more interested in uncovering the warm, vulnerable heart Ivy hides beneath her suit jacket. The chemistry between them is sizzling, but can he persuade ever-cautious Ivy to take a risk and give into an irresistible temptation?
Gorgeous sports doctor, Zac Price in The Last Doctor She Should Ever Date (there are also some very lovely rugby players there too)
It’s been four years since infamous party girl Daniella Danatello brought her powerful family the wrong sort of publicity. Dani’s desperate to get back in their good books, so accepts a job as a physiotherapist on her father’s rugby team.
There’s just one thing — one man — standing in the way of earning back her self-respect: the team doctor, Zac Price. With killer abs and infuriatingly sexy arrogance, Zac is one massive distraction — and now that she’s his colleague, any involvement with him would break all the rules. Dani’s determined to keep away…but Zac’s just too tempting to ignore!
One kiss she didn’t forget!
Junior surgeon Kara Stephens has been assigned her first high-profile case to help an injured princess. Great news – if she wasn’t working with hot-shot Irish surgeon Declan Underwood, the man she kissed at the hospital ball! Declan’s notoriety with women is rivalled only by his reputation as the best reconstructive surgeon around! But his glamorous life in London is a far cry from his poverty-stricken childhood and Kara’s about to discover that there’s more to her charismatic maverick than meets the eye…
Who’s your favourite TV doctor and why?