Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Virgin's Shock Baby is Out NOW!!

My new Harlequin Presents/Mills & Boon Modern, The Virgin's Shock Baby, is out now!! I'm super proud of this story, it has (I hope) all the passionate intensity Presents demands and an alpha hero to die for in billionaire Italian corporate raider Dario De Rossi while Megan Whittaker is a sweet, vulnerable heroine who discovers a strength she never knew she had in Dario's arms. I also had a lot of sexy fun with the Pregnesia trope, something I have never done before but ALWAYS wanted to do...

Here are some of the things readers have been saying about it:

"Overall, a fantastic read. Not to be missed." 5 stars, Brenda, Goodreads

"This was my first book to read by Heidi Rice and I LOVED IT!!!! " 5 stars, Dawn Nicholson, Goodreads

"At times an intense, passionate romantic story with strong characters in both the hero and heroine and both characters deserved the HEA. Loved it." 5 stars, Geraldine, Goodreads

I hope you'll give it a go and let me know what you think...

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Win a Paperback Copy of Tempting the Deputy!

So I just sent off the AAs (the final proofs) of my latest Harlequin Presents - Captive at Her Enemy's Command. This is the second Whittaker sisters book, a sequel to The Virgin's Shock Baby which is out in October... And to celebrate I've decided to do a Giveaway! Yay!

And as luck would have it, I just got a gorgeous package of books and bookmarks from my other lovely publisher Tule, of my Men of Marietta book, Tempting the Deputy. So of course it makes sense to do a giveaway of this book... The original release in March this year was digital only so this is a rare print edition of the story - and I may stick in a few bookmarks too, with details of the other books in the series.

Just enter the Rafflecopter below or on my Heidi Rice Author Page on Facebook to be in with a chance to win it - innit!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Goodreads Giveaway of The Virgin's Shock Baby for UK peeps

If you live in the UK, I have a couple of signed copies of the UK edition of The Virgin's Shock Baby to giveaway at Goodreads.

Because I'm super generous like that (and I've got a whole box of them cluttering up my office!)

If you want to enter just check out the panel below. Or on the right. Before August 31st.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Virgin's Shock Baby by Heidi Rice

The Virgin's Shock Baby

by Heidi Rice

Giveaway ends August 31, 2017.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
Enter Giveaway

Thursday, 17 August 2017

A Writers Retreat to Die For...

Saving Private Rice!
I'm not gonna lie, I've been on writing retreats before that I've enjoyed... But I've never been on a writing retreat before which I really enjoyed where I actually got LOADS of writing done, too.

Sundown in Wexford
There's always something hugely inspiring to me about being with other writers - chatting late into the night about process, the industry, brainstorming plots and sharing writing woes and insecurities (while occasionally having the odd tipple of wine and prosecco!). But last week in the glorious Wexford countryside brought a whole new meaning to the term Writers Retreat for me.

Firstly the company was fabulous, there's nothing better than being with a great bunch of fellow writers and this lot were awesome - focused, smart, articulate women who were, most importantly of all, a lot of fun to be with. Or as the Irish would say 'great craic'.

Oscar Wilde woz here!
Carol Marinelli, Jane Porter, Kelly Hunter, Abby Green and me met up at Dublin airport on the Saturday, piled into two cars and headed down to a glorious cottage near Carne Beach in Wexford with a stop en route for a delicious lunch at the Avoca Cafe in Mount Usher Wicklow (if you're ever there check out the feta fritters!).

Calm, serene and beautifully furnished, the traditional thatched cottage we stayed in is rumoured to be the place where Oscar Wilde spent his childhood summers. Well, one thing I will say, there was a definite writing vibe as soon as we got there - whether that was Oscar's ghost or the lack of wifi who knows. But either way, after a day of settling in and raiding the local SuperValu, we were all getting down to work.

Soaking up the Smithwicks
A couple of us had screaming deadlines, a couple of others were putting some words down and getting their plots sorted, and I was doing revisions on my third Presents/Modern book... And much to my surprise, the words flowed easily (not a usual occurrence for me - see 'writing woes' above). By the end of the week I had figured out the problems with the ending and fixed them and my editor had sent word the book had been accepted... (FYI Captive at Her Enemy's Command will be out in April 2018! Yay me). But not only that, I'd also managed to submit three chapters and a synopsis for my next Presents and laid down plans for two new longer book proposals and had a think about my next cowboy book for Tule!

Our Lady's Island
I don't think I've ever been so focused and had so much fun while doing it, because in between the writing we found time for trips to:

Rosslare Harbour – to feed our internet and Clonakilty sausage addictions.

The Lobster Pot - a local pub to eat crab claws soaked in garlic butter.

Our Lady's Island - to light a candle at the outdoor shrine and have a glass of Smithwicks at the Island Bar (both holy experiences IMHO).

Curracloe Beach - to get windswept while learning all about the filming of Saving Private Ryan from our own Abby Green.

Another picture in the Pub! Wot?
And have a date with bestselling author Carmel Harrington and some delicious posh nosh at Kelly's Resort.

I even found time to start running every morning, something I'm going to keep up now I'm home... Although jogging around Clissold Park in Hackney doesn't have quite the same inspirational vibe as jogging down the quiet country lanes to Carne Beach.

When we headed back to Dublin a week later I was really sad to say goodbye to everyone.

But there's only one cure for my melancholia... We MUST do it again, ladies...

Leaving my heart in Wexford

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Happy Pub Day to Me!

Yippee, it's finally here, the day I've been waiting for for months.... The publication day of my second women's fiction book Summer at Willow Tree Farm!

It's out in ebook as of today (it'll be going into print next April) with HQ Stories. And to celebrate I decided to do a little video about the place that inspired the story!

I'd love to know what you think??

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Book News Comes in Twos

Out on July 20th in ebook
So excited to announce the release of my second women's fiction book this week, Summer at willow Tree Farm, on 20th July in ebook. If you'd like to read a sample, check it out in the sidebar...

Not only that, but I am also doing a Goodreads Giveaway for my next Presents - which will be out in September/October... So if you fancy an early signed copy of The Virgin's Shock Baby - my first bona fide pregnesia story (the clue's in the title!!) - then don't forget to enter as soon as it's live.

Out in 19th September  in US

And 1st October in the UK

Meanwhile in other writing news I have just submitted a linked book to The Virgin's Shock Baby, to my editor, so fingers crossed it gets accepted.

Thursday, 6 July 2017

HarperCollins Summer Party and 99p Pre-Order Joy!

So I'm popping in to this blog after a long absence during which I have been doing lots and lots and lots of writing (honestly!)  to boast about the fabulous HarperCollins party I attended last night.

Prosecco prinks
The prosecco was free-flowing, canap├ęs a dream (a bit too much of a dream, as I think I had about 300 of them!)  and the setting sublime in the main courtyard at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The weather also cooperated as if the sun couldn't help but shine on all that talent and industry (Okay got a little bit too poetic there, sorry!)

I had an absolute ball hanging out with wonderful M&B authors Michelle Smart and Maya Blake and my fellow HQ author Fiona Harper. We managed to waylay a few unlucky slebs who were all very gracious and selfie proficient. Here's a few snaps from the evening, am even keener to write another book now for HQ stories just to get an invite to this party next year?!

Duncan from Blue!!

Balloon ahoy!

Early days.

Posh nosh

Mojito Mojo

The art of the canape

Three degrees of mojito

Ferne Britten being fabulous

Night falls...

In proper book news, my next longer  women's fiction book, Summer at Willow Tree Farm, is out digitally on 20th July and is available at the ludicrous pre-order price of 99p! For those wedded to print, it will be out in paperback next April.