05
Apr
09

moving on… and up

For most of you this will come as a shock, but it’s time to say goodbye and farewell to the Desirabelles – well, at least, to this blog. We haven’t come to this decision lightly:  it was with much discussion and input about what we wanted from the blog and how that impacted with our writing and our personal lives. And the overwhelming opinion was wanted to go out on a high, not hang around for years, becoming jaded and crotchety (or worse, uninteresting 🙂 ) So from our Belles, their final words:

Yvonne says: The other day, when my husband and I went to look at a second hand car, I could have just stayed and talked and talked to the seller. Hubby said as we were leaving, “I bet he’d thought we’d never go.” As we drove home it occurred to me, I really hate saying goodbye. And that’s kind of how I feel now. There’s something quite special about working with a group of people you respect and admire which makes it something quite sad when you all realise that due to changing circumstances you just have to let go. When some of us started the Diamonds Down Under loop in conjunction with the release of our continuity in January 2008 it was really exciting to be working and promoting the series. When that was over, well, most of us didn’t want to let it finish at that—at least I know I didn’t. But when demands on your time mean you can’t give your best to different aspects of your work then it’s time to reassess and regroup and move on. So that’s what we’ve agreed to do. It has been fabulous continuing to work with some of the DDU ladies as well as start promoting our new Desire authors down under and it’s been great sharing it all with our regular blog visitors. I know we’ll stay in touch with one another through our blogs, emails and conferences and things. I hope that you, our visitors, will check on me via my blog whenever you can to see what’s up-and-coming with me and I’m sure we’ll cross paths on everyone else’s blogs too. All the very best everyone! Stay in touch, please!

Bron says: Thank you to everyone who has visited and joined in the discussions here at Desirabelles.  I’ve enjoyed your company and your insights into books, romance and life ever so much.  I hope to see you at the Desire authors’ blog launching next week at eHarlequin.com; it promises to be a lot of fun.  Warmest wishes.

Robbie says: Thanks for your support! It’s been wonderful getting to know you all, particularly the regulars. Thanks too to my fellow Downunder Desirabelles. A fabulous bunch of writers and wonderful people to boot. Onward and upward! Best wishes to all.

Sandra says: Hi everyone. And bye. I feel like I arrived late to a cool party and now it’s over. Still, I had fun while I was here and really enjoyed the company. It was lovely meeting you all and sharing the space with my fellow Desireabelles. If anyone ever wants to catch up with what I’m doing I do have a website – it’s still a work in progress but I’m getting there. My first book Having The Billionaire’s Baby is out in July. If you read it and enjoy it please let me know. My contact details are on my website. (I’m a little on the anxious side about finally having my work out where real people can read it). Hope to ‘see’ some of you around in other forums/blogs from time to time. Take care.

Paula says: Many of you followed us from the Diamonds Down Under blog and I want to sincerely thank you, every one of you (and not just our regulars!) who read our bloggings and contributed to our little community.  Keeping up the momentum of a group blog can be a difficult task and I wanted to also thank my fellow Desirabelles for their enthusiasm and input. I’ll still be in cyberspace, via my own blog, plus hanging around various boards – especially eHarlequin. Pop in and say hi!

Rachel says:I’ve had a ball here at the Desirabelles! It was the perfect place for a new author like me to land. Working with fabulous authors, meeting wonderful readers, following interesting posts and fun comments – basically getting to know everyone while having a blast.

Thanks to my fellow Desirabelles and everyone who’s left a comment. If you see me at a conference, please come up and say hi.

One question: I’ve had this as my homepage since I joined, so if anyone has any suggestions for what my new homepage should be, please let me know! What’s your must visit site every day?

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15 Responses to “moving on… and up”


  1. April 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    *sniffle* I’m going to miss this blog! Especially since I was one of the people who checked the DDU blog weekly too! Ah well, best of luck! 😀

    And thanks for linking us to your blogs, for those of you who have them 🙂

  2. April 5, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Well I for one am going to miss this blog and have enjoyed the topics immensely. And you are going out with ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ style – while you are still going strong. Good luck everyone and see you around in cyberspace. 🙂

  3. 3 Mon
    April 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Sorry to see you’re finishing here, ladies.

    Wishing you all the very best with your writing.

    🙂 Mon

  4. April 5, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Hi everyone. I’m sorry to see the Desirabelles’ blog is ending. I had to leave the blog last year because of heavy work commitments and it was incredibly hard to walk away from it all. The Diamonds Down Under series led to this blog and we made such a lot of friends both there and here.

    All the best to everyone.

  5. 5 Christa
    April 5, 2009 at 11:24 pm

    Sad to see this blog coming to an end. Look forwar to seeing you all around cyberspace

  6. 6 azteclady
    April 6, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Oh man, this sucks.

    I hate saying goodbye.

    And yes, I’m bookmarking all y’all’s blogs right now, but rats!!!

    Thank you, ladies, for all the fun we’ve had with you over the months. Here is wishing each and all of you the very best in your life and all the success in each of your projects.

    *raising glass* To a wonderful future with gratitude for the past!

  7. 7 Avi J
    April 6, 2009 at 3:38 am

    I decide to pop in and see this sad news. Like limecello, I was a regular on the Diamonds blog. But l know how time consuming a full time career can be. I wish all of you all the best the future can bring. It was a lot of fun. I discovered many great authors though this blog and many thanks for the wonderful prizes you have given. It was a priceless experience.

  8. 8 Jane
    April 6, 2009 at 7:05 am

    It’s hard to say goodbye, but I’m sure we’ll be chatting elsewhere soon.

  9. April 6, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Oh, you guys! I’m reaching for the tissues here! Not fair. 😎

  10. April 7, 2009 at 7:23 pm

    Yes! we may be going from this blog but we’ll definitely turn up elsewhere (no comments about bad pennies, please 😀 ) You guys have made this whole blog experience so much fun!

  11. 11 Susan
    April 10, 2009 at 3:55 am

    You all will be missed here at this wonderful blog.

  12. April 10, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Hey Rachel – I normally have http://www.lego.com as my homepage on my PC, purely because my 8yo dominates it 😀 My Mac is set to http://www.apple.com.au although I should change it because I seem to be caving into all those subliminal messages to buy an iPod Touch 😉

  13. 13 Rachel Bailey
    April 14, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks for all the goodbye messages!
    Paula, I’ll check out the lego site – thanks for the tip, lol.

  14. 14 Minna
    April 20, 2009 at 4:22 am

    Oh, it’s a pity to see you go! But come to visit at Romance Bandits blog!

  15. 15 Pat Cochran
    May 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Something called me here today, I’ve been away for a little while, but I was pulled here.
    Now I know why, it was to visit the Desirabelles for a last time as a united group. I came
    over when the Down Under site closed. I’ve enjoyed the time I got to spend with you all,
    with Minna, AviJ, Limecello & all the other “regulars.” God bless all of you! I send my
    “Best Wishes” for continued success to each and every one connected to this site!

    P.S. Rachel, my daily “must visit” sites include Romance Bandits, Petticoats & Pistols,
    2 B Read, Writers At Play, & eHarlequin’s Desire Author Blog. See you there!

    Pat Cochran


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