Back and inspired

Club_Med_SunsetI’ve just returned from a 2 week family vacation: a week in the Bahamas with a little time before and after to visit my husband’s family in Orlando.

Because my oldest is heading off to college, I wanted to have one more big family vacation and splurged on a trip to the Club Med at San Salvador in the Bahamas. No cooking, cleaning or driving once we got there. Just lots of great food, friendly staff and fellow guests, cute French Canadian kids for my daughters to dance with (the resort is very French), snorkeling, and sun like we never see in upstate New York.

Club Med Oasis DrinkHere’s me with one of the Club Med specialty drinks. It’s called an Oasis–kind of a gin and tonic fancied up with blue Curacao and mint leaves. Refreshing and very pretty!

Club_Med_ViewAnd here’s the view from our room. Besides ogling pretty tropical fish and enjoying the drinks and food (did I mention the chocolate croissants at every breakfast?) I also enjoyed sitting out on the balcony and story brainstorming.

I haven’t gotten very far yet with the series I mentioned earlier; I’m still doing research. But I did finish outlining an idea I’d had earlier for a prequel to Lady Em’s Indiscretion, my sexy novella. This story will feature the couple who own the folly in which Lady Em and her hero had their romantic interlude. I’m also thinking about a story for Lady Em’s brother, so eventually this may become a trilogy of novellas for those of my readers who enjoy a short reads that are a bit hotter than my usual.

So what has everyone else been doing? Any good vacations or accomplishments? Any interesting cocktails you’ve tried recently, or that are your favorites?


About Elena Greene

Elena Greene grew up reading anything she could lay her hands on, including her mother's Georgette Heyer novels. She also enjoyed writing but decided to pursue a more practical career in software engineering. Fate intervened when she was sent on a three year international assignment to England, where she was inspired to start writing romances set in the Regency. Her books have won the National Readers' Choice Award, the Desert Rose Golden Quill and the Colorado Romance Writers' Award of Excellence. Her Super Regency, LADY DEARING'S MASQUERADE, won RT Book Club's award for Best Regency Romance of 2005 and made the Kindle Top 100 list in 2011. When not writing, Elena enjoys swimming, cooking, meditation, playing the piano, volunteer work and craft projects. She lives in upstate New York with her two daughters and more yarn, wire and beads than she would like to admit.
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2 Responses to Back and inspired

  1. I just spent my first week of work after RWA National Conference in San Antonio and I have to say …. I really hate my job! :( However, I am more determined than ever to get my work out there for people to read! I haven’t given up completely on a traditionally published career, but I have come to the conclusion a hybrid career – some self pubbed, some trad pubbed is more the way to go if at all possible. I was and am definitely inspired. I simply have to do the work.

    • Elena Greene says:

      Louisa, so sorry about the regular job! This may be the motivation you need to get your work out there. The decision to go trad or indie or hybrid is a very individual one–no one-size-fits-all. I can say that going indie has been very good for me, in my circumstances. And the industry is changing so fast that the “right path” for any individual author could be evolving, too. However you go, it is both scary and wonderful to get your stories into the hands of readers. Go for it!

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