16
Nov
08

Robyn Grady introduces Rachel Bailey!

There have been several talented Australian and New Zealand authors bought for the fabulous Desire line over the last couple of years. I’m delighted, and excited to introduce here our very latest Downunder Desirabelle, Rachel Bailey!

Rachel, can you tell us a little about your journey toward publication? How long were you writing? Had you always aimed at Desire?

Hi, Robbie and everyone! Thanks for the invitation. I’m absolutely thrilled to be here! To answer your question, I’m not a lifelong writer – I read stories about authors who’ve been writing since they were children, and I feel as though I’ve missed all the fun! I started only a few years ago and couldn’t decide between my love for romantic comedy or category romance. After much to-ing and fro-ing, I decided to focus on category romance, specifically Desire, and then everything seemed to click into place. I’m so excited to join such a great line and some of my favourite authors!

We’d love to hear about your first book. When is it due out?

My first book follows Lily and Damon’s story – ex lovers coming to terms with a pregnancy, a scheming uncle, a big old mansion, and some conditions on a will that will turn their lives upside down. It was heaps of fun to write!

Ooh, sounds like my kind of story J

I’m not sure what the title will be – I called it His Convenient Marriage of Revenge, but I’m not sure if the editors will change that. It’s due out in September next year, which seems so far away, but people keep assuring me that the time will fly by.

Rachel, what do you like most about the Desire line?

The intensity. There’s nothing wishy-washy about these books, they drag you in and hold you until the very last page. And the heroes have that same gorgeous intensity. What more could I want in a story? J

I’m with you there! Who are some of your favourite heroes from TV and movies?

I have heaps of favourites! Colin Firth as Darcy, of course. But most of the other Jane Austen heroes as well, like Johnny Lee Miller as Edmund in the movie of Mansfield Park.

And I love Richard Armitage as Mr Thornton in North and South. Oh, and Spike in Buffy. I was never an Angel girl, it was always Spike for me. I could probably go on about this all day!

Sounds like a fantastic idea for a Desirabelle blog! A serious question now…are you a dog or cat person?

LOL. Both, but mainly a dog person. I have four at the moment, and have had up to six in my pack. I can’t imagine my life without a dog in it.

What’s your favourite colour, favourite food, favourite thing to do?

Purple.

Chocolate.

Read a great book.

Picture me lying on a purple satin bedcover, reading one of my favourite authors, eating Lindt chocolate  (happy sigh).

Rachel, what are you working on now?

A story involving chocolate. Perhaps I should try to involve the colour purple and have the heroine reading a great book while being fanned by Richard Armitage…

Sounds heavenly! The perfect Rachel Bailey fantasy. If you could be anyone, who would that be?

Me, but with some upgrades. J

Rachel, congratulations again on your sale to Desire! You’ll be here this week to tell us more?

You bet!

Excellent!

Now, my latest Desire Baby Bequest is out in NA this month and in Australia and New Zealand in December. I’d love to give a couple of copies away. Please tell us about your ultimate fantasy and I’ll give a copy of Baby Bequest to Rachel’s two top picks!!

Can I mention that a certain Spartan warrior would feature in my fave fantasy? Anyone like to guess?

Visit Robyn’s website to read excerpts and news on her upcoming releases.

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57 Responses to “Robyn Grady introduces Rachel Bailey!”


  1. November 16, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    Yay – every since I heard Rachel had sold, I’ve been waiting for this post!! So excited for you!! This truly couldn’t have happened to a nicer person, someone so generous with her time for other aspiring writers. So HUGE congrats and can’t wait to read your debut!

    My fantasy…. sorry no heroes or islands resorts – I simply wanna get The Call too 🙂

    Rach!

  2. 2 azteclady
    November 16, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Welcome, Rachel, and huge congrats on the sale. Here’s wishing you great luck come release day.

    *waving at Robyn* I know, I know!!! Is a Spartan with a Scottish accent, isn’t he? (and if you haven’t seen him in Dear Frankie you are so missing out!

    Am I right? 😀 am I?

  3. November 16, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Rach, now that would be the perfect fantasy. Great call!

    Robyn fab interview and welcome to Rachel. Your story sounds like my kind as well and I look forward to devouring it (with chocolate, natch.) Can I also say that I adore the pic of RA that you have chosen? Perfect illustration of that intensity you mentioned. Lov-er-ly!

    As for fantasies, my current one involves a whole day without interruption where I can sink into my story and where the words and images backed up in my mind just flow. The temperature would be about ten degrees cooler than at the moment, no wind or dust blowing, the coffee at my side would be self-replenishing and at the end of the day Raoul Bova would appear at my office door and announce (in delectably accented voice): your bath is drawn, the wine is breathing, and dinner will be ready when you are.

    Blissful sigh.

  4. 4 Rachel Bailey
    November 16, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    Rach, thanks so much for the sweet words! I have a feeling that your fantasy will be coming true in the not too distant future. And there will be lots of us there to cheer and squeal when it does. 🙂

    Azteclady, thanks for the congrats and the luck! You know, I think you might be right with your suspicions about Robyn’s fantasy…

  5. 5 Rachel Bailey
    November 16, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Goodness, Bron, I think I’ll have to steal that fantasy!

    And, yes, it’s a nice pic of RA, isn’t it? A friend of mine, the gorgeous Barb, was just here for a week (fun!) and she’d never seen North and South. We didn’t have time for the full mini-series, but I showed her a few clips to whet her appetite. I think I’ve made a new convert :).

  6. 6 AJ
    November 16, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Hi Rachel, great to see you here and congratulations again. Waving to the lovely Robyn, such a fabulous hostess.

    Fantasy? I’ll have what Bronwyn’s having…

  7. November 16, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    Rach, that’s a *fabulous* fantasy. And, as Rachel said, I too have a feeling your dream will soon become a wonderful reality. Congrats again on your recent contest finals. *So* exciting!

    Hey Azteclady!! You are spot on! LOL I’m making a big note now….Get out Dear Frankie….

    Bron, your fantasy sounds ideal. Oh my…doesn’t RB sound – and *look* – delectable!

    And, welcome aboard, Rachel!!!! Fantastic to see you here 🙂

  8. 8 Louise
    November 16, 2008 at 2:11 pm

    Hey Rachel!
    Congratulations on your contract and joining the Desirabelles. You are in mighty fine company there. I’m really looking forward to reading your book.
    Favourite fantasy? Me, 20 years younger, doing anything at all involving Hugh Jackman.
    Louise

  9. November 16, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Rachel Bailey! How exciting to see you on Desirabelles! Congratulations again on your sale – I’ll be watching for Lily and Damon’s story on the shelves.

    As for my fantasy…. mmmm, I like the bit in Bronwyn’s fantasy about the words just flowing! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the creative muse was so cooperative all the time! And I’d like my fingers to fly across the keyboard getting it all down…. naturally all the prose would be exquisite AND spelled correctly… Well, it is a fantasy so can I throw in a masseur as well? Ahhhh, yes! I’d like all this and chocolate, too, thanks very much! LOL

    Robbie, thank you for having Rachel to visit. I love the title of your new book and the cover picture is just gorgeous. Can’t wait to see it on the shelf.

    🙂
    Sharon

  10. November 16, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Hey Rachel!! Good to see you on the blog – and congratulations again on your Desire sale. Couldn’t happen to a nicer, friendly, incredible person 🙂

    As for fantasies – everyone’s sounds dreamy. I will have to go with Robyn’s replacement for Richard though 😉 Though I must say that Richard Armitage in North & South is fantastic.

    So chocolate, reading a book, being fanned by a hunky male, with never-ending coffee (decaf for me – oh wait this is a fantasy – so full caf without the side-effects for me) at my disposal, with my words just being downloaded from my brain to a computer and it being a damn good story too….and getting a foot massage by hunky male number 2. I think that’s covered it all 😉

    Rachel, I’m sure the time will fly by in no time. Can’t wait to see your book hit the shelves.

  11. 11 Rachel Bailey
    November 16, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Hey AJ, thanks for popping over. I agree with you about Bron’s idea, but surely, of anyone, *you* could come up with a fantasy? 🙂 Go on, I know you can…

    Robyn, I can’t believe you haven’t seen Dear Frankie! It was on TV here a few months ago. Definitely get it out. And thanks again for the welcome and the gentle interview!

  12. 12 Rachel Bailey
    November 16, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Hi Louise. You had me at Hugh Jackman. 🙂 Particularly in Paperback Hero and that movie with Ashley Judd… the name of which escapes me at this moment… Good choice!

    Sharon Archer! How lovely to see you here. And congrats right back at you for your medical sale. Can’t wait to see *yours* on the shelves! (Love your addition of chocolate and a masseur into the running fantasy too 😉 )

  13. 13 Rachel Bailey
    November 16, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    Oh, Eleni, you sweetie, you. I’ll say all those words right back at you. 🙂 Like the way you’ve taken Bron’s fantasy and tailored it, not to mention adding a second hunky man, lol. Care to put any faces to the hunky men in your fantasy? You mentioned Gerard, but what about #2?

  14. 14 AJ
    November 16, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    OK, so Rachel’s called me on copping out with a line from a movie. Right then. In my fantasy I’d manipulate time, stretch it out like warm taffy or snap it tight, sleek as glass, to speed things up. Then I could write all my stories and have time to spend with family and friends, travel with my husband, play the cello, spin wool, garden, paint — or make lengthy queues at the bank, tedious car journeys and dental appointments pass by in a flash.

    And I’d be a dragon, mistress of magic and sky. Of course.

  15. 15 limecello
    November 16, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Congrats, Rachel! Thanks for visiting with us!
    And I agree (azteclady) -Dear Frankie is great 🙂
    I can’t remember where I first saw Gerard Butler, but I can’t remember if I “discovered” DF or him first.
    I can’t wait to read Lily and Damon’s story – Desires are my favorite harlequin categories 🙂 – I do wonder about the title – it’s quite descriptive. (Reminiscent of a Presents title as well.)
    lol I love the “current project” – and who doesn’t love chocolate? Mmmm. Through most of college I had the fantasy of marrying Jacques Torres’s son. (Then I found out he’s gay – so I every so often entertained the fantasy of marrying his eligible nephew.) – “Chocolate with Jacques Torres” was my favorite show for the longest time…
    I *really* want to see North and South- must get my hands on a copy somewhere!

  16. 16 Monique Wood
    November 16, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    I think I heard the words ‘Hugh Jackman’ echoing through cyberspace and had to pop by! Lol.

    Wanted to extend my congrats to Rachel – it must be so exciting! I’m sorry you have to wait until next year until the book is published, but it will be worth the wait.

    I have to agree with Louise, Hugh Jackman in any way, shape, form, attire would be a wonderful little fantasy! There would be chocolate involved, but really, I shouldn’t say any more. Might get myself into trouble 🙂

  17. 17 Rachel Bailey
    November 16, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Oh, AJ, I love your idea of stretching out the good time and condensing the other time. And especially the dragon / magic element. Of course. 😉 Glad you came back!

    Limecello, thanks for the congrats. I’d never heard of Jacques Torres, so I just googled him. Wow. I see what you mean. I’ve just found a whole heap of chocolate recipes that I need to try… And yes, if you can find a copy of N&S, have a look. That final scene with the hands is *so* sighworthy.

  18. 18 Alison
    November 16, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Hey Rachel,

    Blogging with the ‘big girls’ now! I guess that means you’ve graduated. Congratulations. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer person – a nicer hard working person that should be *g*

    I sent North & South up to my Mum for Mothers Day this year. I’m not sure RA measures up to Errol Flynn in her eyes though *g*

    (*waving madly* Hi Robbie)

    Ny fabtasy would be to have a couple of spare versions of myself – one would go to work and work nice and efficiently, another would do all the drudge work at home so the real me could spend my days reading and writing and eating chocolate and checking out hero material. Oh I better ahve another one to go to the gym and work off all that chocolate *g*

  19. 19 Kirsty C
    November 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm

    Congratulations Rachel on becoming one of the Desirabelles – can’t wait to see your book on the shelves in September. It’s so great to hear call stories of people I actually know. So very inspiring.

    Robbie, can’t wait to read your next book in December. Love the cover BTW – I’m a sucker for a hunky guy with a cute bub. Looks like you have both there!

    My fantasy. Hmm, do I only get one? Well, I would actually like to step into the settings of one of these great Desire stories. I would love to have a week at a $2000 a night tropical hideaway (Bedarra Island, anyone?) with my husband and no kids! Swims in the wet-edge pool, massages everyday, room service for every meal, except when eating at the posh resort restaurant in a frock sent up to our room a la Pretty Woman. Oh, and I’d like a tan and 5 less kilos on my body before I go, if that is alright.

    Maybe Hugh Jackman could be my masseur… Yay for fantasies!

  20. 20 Rachel Bailey
    November 16, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Hi Monique – lol on the words Hugh Jackman travelling to you via cyberspace. Dh and I just watched The Lakehouse and I have visions of you and Hugh now, being called across time and space to each other. 🙂 Thanks for the congrats!

    Hey, Alison – great to see you here! Fabulous idea about the spare versions of yourself. Can’t believe that Errol Flynn would rate over RA. Interesting how tastes change, isn’t it?

  21. 21 Rachel Bailey
    November 16, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Kirsty, thanks for the congrats! It’s a bit like selling all over again with all these congrats. 🙂 *Love* your fantasy of stepping into a Desire setting. I think I’ll add it to my own list of fantasies (though I’ll take my dh instead of yours 😉 ).

  22. 22 Avi J
    November 17, 2008 at 2:29 am

    Congrats Robyn. My ultimate fantasy is to have millions of dollars to travel extensivly, to experience different cuisines around the world. As a chef there would be nothing better for me.

  23. November 17, 2008 at 5:28 am

    Hey Rachel! Great to see you here. And congratulations again on the forthcoming book. I can’t wait to read it and the little bit you’ve said here just whets my appetite. Yay, you! I’ve also loved reading everyone’s fantasies – especially Bron’s. Um, Bron, can you send Raul over to my place once you’re done with him. Note to self: How silly is that? If a man does all that, Bron will NEVER be done with him! Actually at the moment, my fantasy is fairly banal. The house is a pigsty. I want the housekeeping elves to visit. They don’t even have to be good-looking as long as they clean!

    Robbie, thanks for hosting Rachel. This was a lot of fun. And good luck with the new book. I suspect you’ve got another mega hit on your hands!

  24. November 17, 2008 at 8:27 am

    Hey Rach ( hi ya Robbie!)

    So nice to see you here Rach, fantastic – your a real-desirable now – oh my holy aunty – its all sinking in. And when you book hits the shelves next year – it will be party time again to celebrate your achievement. Wahooooooo….

    Ok I will be outrageous and give you a fantasy – close you eyes if under 18… actually you shouldn’t be here anyway if you are that age!

    A clear still stary night, a huge camp fire with orange and blue flames that send sparks up into the sky and crackles happily as it burns warmly. A camp bed out under that canopy of nature, the trees around whispering silent messages that all is quiet. A gorgeous man, with a sexy boy and a six pack washboard stomach, shoulders so completely beautiful you melt when you see him completely naked, and (a thinner me) lying next to him being painted by him with that body-chocolate stroke by stroke… and finally after all the agony of the application in the most lovely parts, him removing it slowly with his warm tongue…ok I’m sure you get the picture – a real fantasy!

    Hope that wasn’t too shocking! Can’t wait to read your new book Robbie, and I’ll wait patiently for yours Rach.

    Bye 4 now
    Tina

  25. 25 Aideen
    November 17, 2008 at 9:21 am

    Congrats Rachel, I’ll be on the look out for your book. I’ve had this fantasy of arriving to a huge, fabulously decorated ballroom with nobody escorting me. But when I get there my eyes are drawn across the room to one man. He stands alone, his focus on me so intent that I can hardly breathe. The orchestra begin and as The Blue Danube commences he crosses over to where I stand, takes my hand and pulls me tight against his body. We never say a word, we never break eye contact, we just dance. And as the music builds so too does the tension. Everything and everyone else in the room ceases to exist and suddenly…
    Well you get the picture.

  26. 26 Rachel Bailey
    November 17, 2008 at 9:43 am

    AviJ, what a great fantasy! Unlike you, I’m not a chef but I love food from different parts of the world and would be in heaven just travelling around, eating. (happy sigh)

    Anna, I suspect you’re right and that Bron won’t be releasing Raoul anytime soon. Perhaps we could get her to swap him for a day with another one of the fantasies listed here? Thanks for the congrats and good luck with the house cleaning elves!

  27. 27 LJ
    November 17, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Congratulations Rachel, Best Wishes on your future projects. My Ultimate fantasy would involve adventure and romance. Start the day with dh Sky diving, bungee jumping and rock climing, a good adrenelin rush, and ending the day with a candle light dinner and dancing. It is fantasy because I have yet to talk him into the adventure part. The romance part well let me just say, he always gives me plenty of that 😀

  28. 28 Rachel Bailey
    November 17, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Tina, glad you told the under 18s to close their eyes – your fantasy needs to come with a rating! But I loved it. And not just the delightful body paint – the setting of the starry night, the fire and the whispering trees is gorgeous.

    Aideen, what a picture! I really want to know what happens after – it sounds like an opening to a movie. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  29. 29 Mel
    November 17, 2008 at 10:10 am

    Hi Rachel, can’t wait to read your first published book!
    Hmm. Fantasies, eh? I kinda like a bit of everyones posted so far, but mostly I’d be just as happy to tell those gorgeous men (who are mostly more trouble than they’re worth in the real world ) to bugger off and get the damn house clean if they’ve got so much energy to spare! Perhaps when I’ve had enough of writing for the day, the house is sparkling and one of those wonderful (ahem) men has finished massaging my tightly knotted shoulders, I’d have him whisk me to a restraunt serving fabulously scrummy food. After that…well if he was lucky…LOL

  30. 30 Clare
    November 17, 2008 at 10:27 am

    Hey Rach (waving madly across the ditch – the paw pals too)

    Fantasy huh? Shucks, let’s see… Ummm, enough time to myself to be able to actually think of one would be really superb. Throw in there – writing time (uninterrupted, obviously), and a computer that types my story from thoughts, not my current slow ineffective four-fingered style. Add servants, spas, and massages as required – and prepared meals of course – while at the beach in air-con comfort – mmmmmm… Oh and chocolate and wine that really are good for you/me with no bad effects at all:-) And did I mention an office that’s mine, all mine, and only mine???

    Well done you on chasing down your dreams until they’ve become reality!

    Thanks Robbie for the invite to join in. Look after Rachel for us!

  31. November 17, 2008 at 11:50 am

    Rachel! Lovely to have you here this week.

    Hmmm, fantasies. I figure I’m pretty much living my fantasy now compared to how nightmarish my life felt a few years ago 😉 But, if I were to make *improvements*, let’s see — In my fantasy I am 20-30kg lighter and taut and tanned with perfect hair and nails (yes, I know, but this is a fantasy, right?) and I *love* to exercise each morning (from the sublime to the ridiculous, so shoot me) and I have a cook who prepares delicious meals which help me maintain my wonderful figure and give me the energy and stamina to do my beloved exercise and give me the mental capacity to tuck myself away in my office to create my stories. I have a magical minion who takes care of all my washing and ironing *and* puts everything away, oh, and cleans the house (maybe I have a wife.)

    I have weekly massages for my upper back and neck to avoid those niggly pains I get when I’m on a tight deadline, instead of the occasional massages I have when I’m almost too sore to work, and my office (which will soon have my dream furniture, yay!) has a view of the sea and has miraculously enlarged so it can accommodate a large overstuffed chair and footstool, or even a really comfy window seat, for me to curl up on when I just want to daydream or read a great book. My dream agent has approached me to offer representation with a view to blasting my single title work (when I actually do write it) right up there on the USA Today and NYT best seller lists and it will be optioned for a blockbuster movie starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves (cos I really like their onscreen connection.)

    My husband will be able to give up his job and we’d travel the Red Bull aerobatics circuit from time to time and while home he could focus on doing the things he loves rather than the things he *has* to do. As for my kids, well, their life is pretty good so far so I’ll let them dream up their own fantasies.

  32. 32 Sandra
    November 17, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Hi Rachel, my Sale Sister. Great to read your post. Seeing it helps make it feel more real for me too, because though it’s getting better this still feels like I’m living my fantasy. Of course being able to google Richard Armitage and Raoul Bova and call it research rates right up there too. Can’t wait to read your book.

  33. 33 Rachel Bailey
    November 17, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    LJ, you’re certainly more brave than me! I like your candle lit dinner and dancing, but am far too chicken to try sky diving or bungee jumping. I can see what you mean about the adrenalin though – good thinking.

    Mel, love your attitude to the fantasy men – go, you! 😉

    Hi Clare, thanks for the cheer. You’ve certainly covered all your bases with that fantasy! My dogs are waving back to yours. 🙂

  34. November 17, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Hey Rachel! Big congrats on your sale to Desire and I love the sound of your book. Can’t wait till it hits the shelves next year! that will be sooo exciting!

    I guess any of my fantasies currently involve Clive Owen and he could do anything he liked so long as his entire focus was on me. (that’s not too much to ask is it? considering this is a fantasy and all!!)

    **waves** to Robbie!!

  35. November 17, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Rachel! Congratulations on your sale 🙂 Your book sounds fabulous – and I’m so with you on the chocolate!!

  36. 36 Rachel Bailey
    November 17, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Oh, Yvonne, I love the attention to detail in that fantasy! I think I nodded to every element of it. And thanks for the welcome. 🙂

    Sandra, my Sale Sister. (I wonder if MSS will catch on like BFF?) Yep, I’m right there with you on the research required for this job!

    Hey Christina! Funny you should mention Clive Owen – for the story I’m writing at the moment I cast CO as the hero. What do you think my chances are of getting him to model for the cover? 😉

  37. November 17, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Did someone say Clive Owen? Yum!
    Hi Rachel, congrats again on your sale and I must say, that’s a very nice face you have there! Glad you are enjoying the rollercoaster, you’re a long way from finished yet!
    Nice to see some old friends here and I think I’d like to roll up all your fantasies into one big ball and keep it for myself. Although, I might pass on the massage. I had my very first massage at the insistence of a friend last week. I’m not sure how I felt about it. It tickled the bejeebers out of me everytime he touched my neck yet he wasnt exactly whispering touches over my twitching body since I ended up with bruises down my thighs. I guess it was nice but I was trying so hard not to laugh, I’m sure I wasn’t very relaxed. And note to self, don’t have a massage immediately before meeting friends in posh restaurant. Half an hour or so facedown in a bunch of towels does nothing for the bags under your eyes – at least at my age!

  38. 38 Rachel Bailey
    November 17, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Hi Nalini! Thanks for the congrats. Chocolate is an interesting thing… it’s my only addiction. 🙂

    Jan, I understand you passing on the massage thing. I’ve only ever had a few professional ones and I’ve been left with bruises most times. I think I need to specify that I want a *gentle* one next time, but perhaps not so gentle that he tickles me like yours did!

  39. 39 Sandra
    November 18, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Rachel and Jan – you guys are having the wrong type of massage. I had a Relaxing massage yesterday by a wonderful Thai woman – not too gentle, not too firm, some hot rocks gliding over my muscles too. I could have stayed there all day. Any fantasy of mine would definitely involve a guy who understood the bliss of massage.

  40. November 18, 2008 at 7:54 am

    All this talk of massages is making me want to book in and at least try it! The closest I’ve come to a massage is my dh picking me up and letting my spine stretch. Sounds icky but feels so goooood 🙂

    Where’s our birthday girl today? HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RACHEL!!!!

    Robbie, waving to everyone 🙂

  41. November 18, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Jan, so great to see you here. *waving*. I have one of those massage/bags stories. On our way to the RWA conference in NY, me and friend Fiona McArthur had a stopover in Vegas. After all the travel we treated ourselves to a massage, and can I just say that in coombination with travel-lag the bags were truly hideous, but hilarious. No makeup could have disguised those babies!

    Bron

  42. 42 azteclady
    November 18, 2008 at 8:19 am

    *waving at Jan*

    I have heard that slices of cucumber over the eyes helps with the bags, but something else that works wonders (and this one I do know from experience): brew some chamomile tea, take the bags out and let them cool a bit, then place them over your eyes for a few minutes. It’s extremely refreshing!

    (and you can drink the tea while they cool, so it relaxes you as well!)

  43. November 18, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    Hey, Robbie *wave* Thanks for putting Ms. Bailey under the spotlight today.

    Oh Rachel – roll on September 09!! So exciting. I’d love to see them top “His Convenient Marriage of Revenge” as a title though – it’s got all the key words in there. Convenience…Revenge…Marriage… and my favourite, ‘Of’… What’s not to like?

    Fantasy-wise… How funny that so many of our fantasies involve someone (Human or not, clad or not)to do the housework for us. Especially when that’s one of only a very few fantasies you actually CAN legally hire someone to fulfil (okay, not the nude part).

    My own personal fantasy would play out deep in a forest somewhere to a soundscape of birdcalls and tumbling water, cocooned in a comfy hammock, napping. My dogs are zonked out below me–wet, smelly, with sleepy grins on their doggie faces–and my other half would be out hunting and gathering…hunting down a good chilled white and gathering together an array of gourmet snacks. We’d be the only people for miles. Oh, and I’d have just sold my 6th novel…

    🙂

  44. 44 RobynL
    November 19, 2008 at 3:22 am

    hi and welcome Rachel.
    My fantasy would be to travel to many top restaurants in the world and write
    a critique of their top dishes that they serve. Travel, eat, what more is there?

  45. November 19, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Hey Rachel and great to have you here!

    Guess I’m out of the loop with these hunky dudes: the only North and South I can think of is that early 90s miniseries with Kirsty Alley and Patrick Swayze!

    Man, you gals have got a lot of similiar fantasies 😀 Mine would be only three simple things: the ability to stop time so I could get my writing done, me in my 25-yo incarnation (I *so* didn’t appreciate how fit I was!) and my ever-faithful David Boreanaz clone, whenever and however I want 😈

  46. 46 Rachel Bailey
    November 19, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I was missing yesterday coz I got a little distracted. Thanks for the birthday wishes, Robbie! Interesting on the spine stretch. Not something I’ve experienced. Might add it to my list.

    Sandra, yep, I think you have a point. My fantasy needs to have a man who understands that massage means bliss, not bruises, lol.

    Bron, thanks for your story – made me laugh. Note to self: don’t get a massage just before something important! 🙂

  47. 47 Rachel Bailey
    November 19, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    azteclady, thanks for the tip! I’m prone to eyestrain, so might try your teabag suggestion and see if it works for that as well.

    Hannah, so good to see you. I love your fantasy. In fact, I might go take a little nap now in its honour… 🙂

  48. 48 Rachel Bailey
    November 19, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    RobynL, I’m so with you. Travel. Eat. They’re probably 2 of my top 5 things to do. 🙂

    Paula, if you like historicals, then grab a copy of the BBC North and South miniseries and give it a go. It’s set in the north of England in a cotton mill town, with an aristocratic heroine and a mill owner hero. If you don’t like historicals, then you probably won’t like it though. 😉 I remember the one with Patrick Swayze – it was on when I was at high school, and I remember thinking about it during classes, and dying for the next episode. I wonder if I’d still like it, or if it’d be really dated now?

  49. November 19, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    oooh, Robbie, have you seen Timeline? Time travel, romance and heaps of action – something for everyone. (My latest hero is a dead ringer for Gerard Butler!)

    If you want to have THE BEST massage experience, there’s a swanky hotel in Kings Cross that has a steam room, spa, massage room with wonderful Thai ladies. If you don’t mind walking around stark naked that is, and being pummeled from head to toe, bathed in milk and honey and being walked on. You come out a few hours later on jelly legs and completely relaxed..!

  50. 50 Tracey T
    November 19, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    A Big Hi to both Rachel and Robbie

    Huge congrats to Rachel again for your sale – it couldn’t have happened to a better person and I forsee a number of bestsellers to come. Can’t wait to read them all.

    There have been a number of great fantasy’s listed here already but I have to go back to the first one suggested by Rach with some modifications – I want to receive ‘the call’ then ring my husband and tell him. He’s exicted and comes home with red roses to congratulate me and things progress from there – you’re romance writers you can fill in the rest….

    Cheers
    Tracey T

  51. 51 Rachel Bailey
    November 20, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Tracey! 🙂 Glad you dropped in. Love your fantasy with the tweaks you gave to Rach’s. I have everything crossed that it comes true for both of you!

  52. 52 Rachel Bailey
    November 22, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    And the winners of Robyn Grady’s Baby Bequest are…

    Rachael Johns and Aideen!!!

    It was a really tough decision. I had a shortlist of about 6 that I chose the final 2 from – there were some fabulous fantasies in there.

    I chose Rach, not because of her cool name 🙂 but because it was very simple and focused, and because it was first to be posted. Hers was: “My fantasy…. sorry no heroes or islands resorts – I simply wanna get The Call too.” I hope you get it *soon*, Rach!

    And Aideen’s was simply beautiful. “I’ve had this fantasy of arriving to a huge, fabulously decorated ballroom with nobody escorting me. But when I get there my eyes are drawn across the room to one man. He stands alone, his focus on me so intent that I can hardly breathe. The orchestra begin and as The Blue Danube commences he crosses over to where I stand, takes my hand and pulls me tight against his body. We never say a word, we never break eye contact, we just dance. And as the music builds so too does the tension. Everything and everyone else in the room ceases to exist and suddenly… Well you get the picture.”

    Congrats Aideen and Rachael!! Robyn will be in touch soon to work out the logistics.

    THANKS to *everyone* for their fantasies, and for the lovely congrats. :):):)

  53. November 22, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Yay! Congrats Rach and Aideen! What Rachel said 🙂 If you could both contact me via my website, I’ll get those books posted asap!

    Thanks everyone for giving Rachel such a wonderful welcome to Desire and this loop. And thanks, too, to Rachel Bailey for being a fantastic Desirabelle guest, now turned regular 🙂

    Robbie

  54. November 22, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Yay – thanks heaps other Rach!!! Soooooooooooooooo can’t wait to read your debut! And ofcourse the wonderful book of Robbie’s I’ve just won! Will be great reading in the following few weeks, which I’m sure will involve lots of late night feeds! Thanks guys. and congrats to Aideen as well!!
    Rach!

  55. 55 Aideen
    November 22, 2008 at 11:58 pm

    Congrats too Rach, Thanks a million Rachel and Robyn.

  56. 56 azteclady
    November 23, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Congrats, ladies! Thank you, Rachel, Robyn and all the Desirabelles–I love these discussions!

  57. December 2, 2008 at 6:41 pm

    Ooops missed the question Rachel – hunky guy number 2 will be a shapeshifter – so he can be as RA, or Johnny Depp, Daniel Craig, and many many more!!


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