“And my message for today; if you read category romance and you enjoy reading it is this; be proud to say so!”
Which led to her *eventually* concluding:
“Maybe we should even start some kind of a campaign to let all those critics know we are a force to be reckoned with? A pink heart would be the obvious choice I guess…Oh dear, now the promotions gal in me is designing logos! HELP!!”
A few months later, thanks to MSN Messenger and Nicola’s comment in a conversation with Trish, Ally and Natasha that ‘maybe we should start a joint Blog?’ the two ideas came together and that seedling of an idea during the twiddling of thumbs suddenly became a very excited topic of conversation…
And so The Pink Heart Society was born.
Ally worked frantically behind the scenes to come up with our beeeaaauuuutttiful blog design ~ authors crawled out from caves all over the planet to say I’M IN ~ messages and ideas were passed back and forth and back and forth and sleep was lost as we dealt with the time zones and
So do you remember where you were that historical day? Do some of you remember that you said:
“I love romance - reading it and writing it. I'm still up in the clouds at having been accepted by Harlequin Mills & Boon to write for their Medical Romance line and have just sold my third manuscript and am starting my fourth.”
“We're all here...cool, let's party. And what a great day and so much to celebrate...Spring in OZ, The PINK HEART launch, a sensational hunks data base, and I got a fab cata review for The Nurse's Longed-For Family. All in all a great day:-)”
“I waited until it was "almost" midnight my time to come to the party! I am trying to get a book finished this weekend, so I may not be partying a lot. But believe me, I will be there in spirit!”
“I have two minutes for vital emails etc before they unplug my computer for the day while my office is refurbished - so guess where I came first?”
“All my favourite category romance authors are here and I am absolutely thrilled that the PHS was set up! I remember picking up a M&B romance many, many years ago when I was 14 years old and that started off a most wonderful addiction. These days, I have shelves upon shelves and many boxes full of wonderful Mills and Boon romances and I have had to order a new bookcase because I've run out of space!”
“Congratulations ladies! The site looks fantastic.”
“I'm from Washington State about an hour from Seattle by Ferry. I love reading,and I'll read everything. My favorites are romance with some humor,and Superromance books are wonderful because you really get to know the characters.Sometimes I'm in the mood for something fun,sexy,and quick and a lot of catagory fits the bill for me.I look forward to adding this blog to my favorites list.”
“Happy new blog. What a wonderful celebration of category romance. I'm picturing dancing pink hearts taking over the world.”
“Congratulations on the new blog. It's visually exciting and has lots of fun content.”
And in that year we’ve brought you:
We’ve taken you travelling to: West Sussex, St. Kilda, The Outback, The Ring Of Kerry, The Gold Coast, Paris and Brunswick Street…
Tempted you with: Recipes, Spring Racing, Men with Mo’s, Ways to Pamper yourself, Italian Heroes, Your Ideal Santa, Tropical Getaways, Book Launch Parties, The Internet Playground, Must See TV, Revising those Old MS’s in your bottom drawer, Being Elsewhere, Creating Imaginary Worlds, Blonde Bombshells, Men In Uniform, Brunette Beauties, Youtube Procrastination, Biorhythms and Summertime..
And told you NOT to be tempted with The PHS Diet Club!
We’ve met brand new writers sharing their call stories and then coming back to tell us about life after THE CALL; Donna Alward, Abby Green, Fiona Lowe, Jenna Bayley-Burke (who became a PHS EDITOR!!!), Michelle Styles, Yvonne Lindsay, Margaret McDonagh, Lynne Marshall, Annie West, Jeannie Watt, Anne Oliver, Maxine Sullivan, Fiona Harper, Christina Hollis, Michelle Willingham, India Grey, Lori Borril, Claire Baxter, Karina Bliss, Paula Roe, Terry McLaughlin, Lynn Randall, Abby Gaines, Sarah Mayberry, Shelley Galloway, Miriam Auerbach, Pam Jenoff, Tessa Radley, Cynthia Reese, Hope Tarr, Heidi Rice, Kimberley Van Meter, Kate Hewitt, Helen Brenna, Natalie Anderson, Jennifer Lewis and Jennie Adams…
Chatted up a storm on topics like; Writing Contests, Sport & Romance, Kidlets being contraception on legs, Shippers, Courting Distractions, Plotters v Pansters, How-To Books, Judging a book by it’s Cover, Sheikhs as heroes, Cowboy heroes, Celebrity Boyfriends, The Historical Hero, The Contemporary Hero, Being A Princess, The Harlequin Romance Report 2007, Writing Is Waiting, Favourite Category Romance Novels,
Given you films like: Dirty Dancing, Sleepless In Seattle, Someone Like You, About A Boy, Notting Hill, While You Were Sleeping, The Truth About Cats And Dogs, Take The Lead, The Little Mermaid, Stage Beauty, Love Actually, Noel, The Holiday, Bridget Jones Diary, When Harry Met Sally, The Notebook, Riding In Cars With Boys, American Dreamer, North And South, The Abduction Club, Funny Girl, Father Goose, 50 First Dates, Sarah Plain And Tall, City Of Angels, A Good Woman, Cyrano De Bergerac, Paperbook Hero, The Jane Austin Season, Sixteen Candles, Bride And Prejudice, Bed Of Roses, Return To Me, Picture Perfect, The Importance Of Being Earnest, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days, Calamity Jane, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Cake, The Princess Bride, Sweet Home Alabama, Enchanted April, An Officer And A Gentleman, Anne Of Green Gables and A Walk In The Clouds to wile away your Friday Nights with…
We’ve had books read and reviewed by our simply gorgeous volunteer reviewers over on The Pink Heart Society Review Blog ~
Thanks to all our generous authors we’ve given away over
We’ve taken you to the RNA Romance Prize Awards, all over the States with Trish in her Where’s Wylie series, we spent the week at the RWA Nationals, we had an Editor from the Mills & Boon Offices in Richmond answer your questions and we had guest author after guest author pop by to give us tips to help you FinDaBoo…
We’ve gotten so busy we could never have continued without our wonderful new columnists stepping up to the plate;
And we had our first every BABY PINK HEART-ER thanks to Editor Nic and have ANOTHER ONE ON THE WAY from Editor Ally!!!
But best of all we got to MEET ALL OF YOU !!! All of you who love Category Romance as much as we do and who keep coming back again and again and again and again to keep us company in our passion for writing and reading those
SO WE THANK YOU ONE AND ALL!!!
Here’s to an EVEN BETTER SECOND YEAR!!!!!
Come back tomorrow for the Hamper Winner from August and to hear all the plans for OUR BIRTHDAY MONTH!!!!! YOU WONT WANT TO MISS IT!!!
Hugs and Kisses as always
Ally, Jenna, Natasha, Nic and Trish