My Journal

10 March 2009

I'm embarrassed by how long it's been since I wrote in this journal.
And by the number of emails I've been getting, you all probably think
I've died.  Sorry about that.  I've been caught up in writing and
non-writing issues for months now.  Anyway, I wanted to tell you that
The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance is finally out (in the US at
least) and my story THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER is in it.  This is an Immortal
Warriors series story, so hope you enjoy.

I am currently hard at work on The Husband Hunters Club historical
series, but I want to get to the Dark Lords as soon as possible.  I also
have an idea for a Vampire book...if only there were more of me!

Sara 

7th July 2008

Good news!

Iíll be writing a short story for The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance, to be published in 2009.  Iím looking forward to it, and will keep you updated.  This is the 2nd Anthology from Trisha Telep.  The 1st is The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance, out in July 2008.

At the moment Iím working hard on Book #1 of my new historical series, and trying to finish it by the time I fly off to San Francisco, and the RWA Conference.  Last time I was, briefly, in San Francisco I couldnít see the Golden Gate Bridge for fog.  Fingers crossed this time.

Sara

 

2nd April 2008

Outside the weather is wet and windy, so Iím enjoying snuggling up inside, listening to music and catching up on my websites and Myspace pages.  It almost feels like a holiday.

So, whatís new?  I have just finished my latest Sara Bennett book, HER SECRET LOVER, and the publication date is November 1.  At the moment I am concentrating on my historical books, so that means another delay with the Dark Lords, and I apologise to all of you who have waiting (and waiting).  However I am going to write a short/long story about an Immortal Warrior, just to make up for it.  This story will be available in print or (if this canít be managed) then as a download on this site.

Iíll keep you updated, so check back.

Sara

 

12th January 2008
 
I have my first short story ready to download!  It's called THE SORCERESS AND THE SEA STRIDER and you'll see it on the Home Page.  I have been feeling for a while that the Sorceress has had a raw deal and she deserves some happiness, and I also wanted to explain how the Dark Lords came to be.  The first story sets the scene and from then on I hope to write more, each one continuing the story a little further, until my next book is in the shops in 2009. 
 
Let me know if you enjoy it!
 
Sara
 


23rd October 2007

Phew! It's been awhile. I've been flat out writing, writing, writing. My new Sara Bennett Victorian Historical is due in the shops at the end of December 2007 - A Seduction in Scarlet.  I've had some difficulties with the Dark Lord's series, and Avon have decided to put publication date back to December 2008/January 2009. This series is a little different from the Immortal Warriors but the hero is still from the past - he's just badder.

However, I do have a short story to download from my website, which should be up around Christmas. I've also been busy getting up my MySpace page for Sara Bennett, and soon I'll have one for Sara Mackenzie. Take a look at www.myspace.com/sarabennettbooks

Sara

 

10th April 2007

 
I am blogging on Romance Readers at Heart on the 11th of April.  If you want to take a look, go to  http://rrahponderings.blogspot.com/ 
 
I will also be doing an interview for PNR.  They have a feature called Men in Kilts, to go online 14th April in the Paraphernalia section.
3 April 2007
 
I'm still reeling from the news that SECRETS OF THE HIGHWAYMAN has been nominated in the paranormal section of the RWA RITA Awards.  This feels like a wonderful gift to me.  I'm determined to enjoy the moment and not wonder why this particular book or whether it will win or not.  I feel privileged to be in the company of those other finalists.
 
I will be writing a short story staring the Sorceress and one of her Immortal Warriors, and hope to have this up on my website later this year.  Hopefully it will give you all something to look forward to while you're waiting for the next book to come out (possibly July 2008).
 
Sara 

 

22 February 2007

 
Well, it has been a huge month for me.  I finished another Sara Bennett book, to be released, I think, in January 2008.  My next Sara Bennett, Mistress of Scandal, will be in the shops at the end of March 2007.  Now it's time to think about Sara Mackenzie.  I have some interesting ideas for the next book, and I know there are lots of you out there waiting--thank you so much for your emails!  I am planning to go darker for the next Sara Mackenzie.  I want to write one of those dark and dangerous heroes who needs a special kind of woman to tame him. 
I'll keep you up to date with the details.
 
In the meantime, I've been reading Kathryn Smith's Night of the Huntress.  Wow!  Take a look www.kathryn-smith.com
 
Sara

 

9th January 2007

 
It is always wonderful when someone you know, who has been working so hard toward publication, gets published.  Especially when that person happens to be your brother!  So I thought I'd share my excitement with you all.  My brother writes short stories, some are funny, some sad, and some downright spooky.  He has a book of them published by World Audience in New York, an online publisher.  For anyone who is interested (perhaps you are an aspiring writer yourself) here are the details.
 

A Sublime Celestial Blessing

by A. G. Bennett

Published by World Audience in New York

A Sublime Celestial Blessing is a collection of new Short Stories from a wonderful Australian writer, who deals with diverse subjects: crime, the supernatural, humor, murder, the macabre, the unusual, and the resilience of men and women. These stories capture the irony of human existence and humanity's never-ending struggle to make sense of our world.

The book is available online at:

http://www.worldaudience.org/pubs_bks_index.html

 

31st December 2006

 
I would like to wish everyone who has written or emailed me with their kind thoughts, and told me how much they enjoyed my books, the best for the holiday season and New Year 2007.  I have been touched by the number of cards I have received this Christmas, and although I am unable to reply to you all, I thank you most sincerely.
 
2007 is going to be another busy writing year for me, as well as attending the RWA Conference in Dallas.  Maybe I'll see some of you there!
 
Sara 
 

14th November 2006

 
"PASSIONS OF THE GHOST is one of the most magical paranormals I have read this year.  Ms. MacKenzie pens an alluring tale that drew this reader in from the very first page.  I did not put this charming tale down until the last word was read.  I laughed at the witty bantering and cried when two lovely people find a rare love that makes them complete.  Amy is a lost soul looking to get away from the life she has led.  Reynald is another lost soul trying to make his past mistakes right again.  I adore both of these very unusual characters.  Making the story even more complete are the secondary characters that are vibrant and sassy.  Ms. MacKenzie pens a plot that is thick and spell-binding.  If you are looking for a tale that will leave you wholly satisfied and all warm and fuzzy inside, then I highly recommend PASSIONS OF THE GHOST.  I will be heading to the bookstore to gobble up all of Ms. Mackenzieís books."
                                           --Billie Jo, Romance Junkies
 
http://208.109.92.234/artman/publish/article_6770.shtml

                                                                                                                              

29th October 2006

Well, I've had my first review of PASSIONS OF THE GHOST on the Romance Junkies website and it's fabulous.  Five stars!  Take a look (it should be up soon)  http://www.romancejunkies.com/mainpage.html

I am currently working on my next Sara Bennett book, which will be published in 2008, and after that it will be full steam ahead on the next three paranormal books.  I can't wait to start.  I have some great ideas already.

Happy reading!

Sara

 


Monday 2nd October 2006

SECRETS OF THE HIGHWAYMAN is in the bookstores!  And I have had some great feedback.  If you want to see a five rose review, go to A Romance Review at the address below 

Some readers have been confused by the fact that the Sorceress was called the Fiosaiche in RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDER, and is now a Queen in SECRETS OF THE HIGHWAYMAN.  In PASSIONS OF THE GHOST she is a Witch.  This is because each of the Immortal Warriors sees her differently, depending upon his background and beliefs.  But it is the same Sorceress, ruler of the between-worlds.

 
Bye of now!

Sara


Wednesday 20th September 2006
 
Many apologies!  My website is up again after a mixup with another customer of my website host.  Phew!  I hate it when things go wrong on my computer or my website.  Everything is wonderful when it's working, but then if it goes wrong and has to be fixed it never seems to be a simple process.  I rely very much on my website to reach readers in other parts of the world, and when it's not there I admit to feeling lost.
 
Hopefully everything will be fine from now on ;)
 
Sara

 

Friday 15 September 2006

 
Firstly, I have to apologise for taking so long to write again.  I have an excuse, though!  I have been finishing my Sara Bennett book about Francesca, the third Greentree sister.  The book is called MISTRESS OF SCANDAL, and will go on sale in April 2007.  
 
Good news, too, for the Immortal Warriors.  Avon have asked me to do another trilogy of books.  Can't wait to get started!  But I better not get ahead of myself.  The second Immortal Warrior's book will be out at the end of this month.  SECRETS OF THE HIGHWAYMAN is the story of the Raven, and you can read about him on the My Books page.  I've also put up an excerpt for PASSIONS OF THE GHOST, to give you a sneak preview.
 
There seem to be so many great paranormal authors around at the moment.  Two definitely worth a look are Keri Arthur http://www.keriarthur.com/ and 
Nalini Singh  http://www.nalinisingh.com/ 
 
Cheers!
 
Sara

 

Thursday 27 July 2006

Finally, RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDER is officially for sale!  It feels like ages since I began writing the book.  I'm hoping you will all like it so much you'll want to read the other two books.  And the good news is I'll be working on another trilogy of paranormal books for Avon.  Although related to the current Immortal Warriors series, this time I'll be going darker, and deeper into the world I've created.  I can't wait to start.

And for those of you with ambitions to be writers, Avon has a great new site coming in August.  Go to www.avonfanlit.com/authorsite and take a look.

Cheers,

Sara 

 

Sunday 2nd July 2006

I have been catching up with all my emails and letters; dealing with the more serious side of the business of being a writer.  I find that the more books I sell the more work I create for myself.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining, but it's something that non-writers probably don't realise.  At the moment I am designing a bookmark to send to bookstores for promotion, and I'll also be able to send it to conferences or use it in my contests.  A writer friend suggested I also make some signed bookplates.  It's also about time I sent out a newsletter to all of you who request a regular update on my books.

By the way, I've had some fabulous reviews for RETURN OF THE HIGHLANDER.  That's something else I must do, add the reviews to the front page of this website . . .

Bye now,

Sara xx

 

Wednesday 31st May 2006

This is my first entry in My Journal, something Iím hoping will become a regular occurrence.  I have recently finished writing three books, one after another, in a very short space of time, and Iím more than happy with the result and Iím hoping you will be, too. 

Iím about to get to work on my next book, but I thought Iíd take some time out first to play with this website.  I never seem to have enough time for the extras that go with being a writer and I wish I did.  I love answering emails and running contests and adding bits of information to my websites, but I know the writing is important, too.  Unfortunately I find it very easy to fritter away the hours and not write a single word.  Research, thatís another of my enjoyable ways of wasting time.  At the moment Iím reading lots of books about the paranormal; wonderful creepy stuff!  Iím in the planning stages for my next Sara Mackenzie book, and itís fun.

The actual writing is the hard part.

Speaking of which, Iíd better get back to it.

Goodbye until next time,

Sara