A Day in the Life of.....
Lorraine Heath has always had a soft spot for emotional love stories. No doubt because growing up, watching movies with her mom, she was taught that the best movies "won't half make you cry."
She is the daughter of a British beauty (her mom won second place in a beauty contest sponsored by Max Factor® during which she received a kiss from Caesar Romero--Joker on the original Batman TV series) and a Texan who was stationed at Bovingdon while serving in the air force. Lorraine was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, England, but soon after moved to Texas. Her "dual" nationality has given her a love for all things British and Texan, and she enjoys weaving both heritages through her stories.
When she received her BA degree in psychology from the University of Texas, she had no idea she had gained a foundation that would help her to create believable characters—characters that are often described as “real people.” Her novels have appeared on bestseller lists, including USA Today, Waldenbooks, and most recently, the New York Times.
She also writes for teens under the name Rachel Hawthorne and Jade Parker.
A Day in the Life of Lorraine Heath
I tend to roll out of bed between 8 and 8:30 and begin my morning with a cup of green tea while I access Words with Friends and catch up on the plays waiting for me. Thank goodness for friends on the east coast who are up earlier than I am and writer friends who are at their keyboards late into the night.
I make short work of laying down high scoring words—ah, the things you can do with an X on a triple letter spot. I check my email for anything that needs an immediate response. Around 9:30 I get a reminder text from my personal trainer, William. Time to go for a walk through the neighbourhood.
In his lovely British accent, William encourages me when I reach one mile. Two miles later I am back at home and William recites my statistics. He is very precise. He is, after all, an app on my smart phone.
Greeting me when I walk through door, the girls wonder why I didn’t take them along—they’re constant exploration and watering of every shrub slows down my cardiovascular workout. In addition, unfortunately, they are both aged (We adopt older dogs; the one in the lower half of the picture is a Katrina survivor.) and struggle to make it around the block. I give them a treat to make it up to them for leaving them behind.
I quickly check email. Nothing pressing. I hop into the shower, then get dressed for work. Comfy sweats that have seen better days but mold to my body. I know I need to sit down to write but it’s lunch time. Hubby has grilled up cheese, tomato, and avocado sandwiches so I indulge and take time to watch a little TV with him. Hubby and I part ways—he heads up to his man-cave and I go into my office.
Time to write—but must first check Words With Friends. Make brilliant plays! Addison Fox, Alexandra Hawkins, and Liliana Hart are sure to curse me soundly as I rub hands and release evil chuckle.
Catch up on email and two hours later, time again for a round of WWF. I realize Addison, Alexandra, and Liliana are not be trifled with. Writers take their games seriously. Determining word placement for maximum points is tiring. I decide I need a 20-minute nap to regain my energy.
Two hours later, I’m back at computer. Put on storm CD and open file of current Work in Progress. Begin reading it to get back into characters and story. Edit as I go. Change here, change there. Reach end of file. Where do I take the story now?
Glance at clock. Close enough to adult beverage time. Besides, hubby is back downstairs preparing dinner. Enjoy dinner with hubby. Watch a little TV, do a little reading. Around 10, I return to my office. Time to get serious about the WIP. Turn the lights down low, put the rolling thunder in the mountains CD back on, and dive in. Love these characters. Just hope I can do their story justice.
When I finally look up, it’s nearly 2 A.M. Check email. Play WWF. Power down computer and shuffle off to bed. Snuggle down, drifting off...
Amazing line of dialogue waltzes through my mind. Slip out of bed, pad to office, power up computer, and once again become lost in the world of my characters.
COMING APRIL 29th, 2013
Lord Rafe Eason may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets his eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, and earl's illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.
After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice except to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets. If she must be his, Evelyn intends to lay bare everything the Lord of Pembrook is hiding. But dark discoveries threaten to destroy them both until unexpected love guides the last lost lord home.
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