Saturday, 30 November 2013
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Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Friday, 16 August 2013
Today, as part of the Billionaire babes' promotion for Tied to the Billionaire, I'm interviewing my hot dominant Will Vandenmeer - if he'll let me, of course...
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Monday, 22 July 2013
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Wednesday, 5 June 2013
Friday, 26 April 2013
Thursday, 25 April 2013
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Monday, 22 April 2013
Sunday, 21 April 2013
The Cadillac is optional, although I've always wanted to own one. However, the driving tour is something I've always longed to do. If money and time were no object, I'd fly out there right now, buy a decent car and be on my way.
Of course, I've been told many times that fly-drives or flying tours might be a better bet, since it would allow me to see the parts that really interest me while skipping the long periods along identical straight roads in the larger states. There's a fly-drive I've seen advertised that begins and ends in Las Vegas, taking in the Grand Canyon along the way - that would be incredible. And I'd love to see Niagara Falls, which would be quite a hike from the coast.
On the other hand, I think the journey would be good for getting a real feel for a state. And I'd love to follow in Billy Connolly's footsteps - or wheels - and drive Route 66.
Any US readers have other recommendations of places to see?
Saturday, 20 April 2013
On my honeymoon, we went to Portugal.
Our hotel was on the marina in Vilamoura. We sailed with dolphins, we tried peri-peri chicken, and I discovered a heartfelt love for vinho verde.
Another year we went to Italy.
We stayed in Amalfi and spent the week visiting Pompeii, Paestum, Capri and Vesuvius while indulging ourselves on lemon tiramisu and buffalo mozzarella.
As mentioned in a previous blog, we also visited New York one year after I got tired of staying within Europe. My next plan is to push for either the Great Wall of China or a fly-drive from Las Vegas. I have always wanted to do a driving tour of the US.
Now I just have to learn to fly properly. Although there is one advantage of the queasiness and headaches I get from planes. By the time I reach the checking desk after landing, I'm so ill I look exactly like my passport photo.
Friday, 19 April 2013
Thursday, 18 April 2013
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
Monday, 15 April 2013
Sunday, 14 April 2013
I visited NYC two years ago with my husband, a keen photographer whose camera nearly went on strike due to overwork while we were there. I spent the entire week with my jaw on the floor from all the sights.
Like this one:
Or this one in Central Park Zoo:
Or Times Square:
I would absolutely love to go back there. Maybe I'll make enough from my next release to pay for the flight.
Saturday, 13 April 2013
|Photo courtesy of the Discovery Channel website|
For those of you not familiar with the show, Mythbusters follows Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Kari Byron, Grant Imahara and Tory Belleci using science and robotics to bust, or confirm, their favourite historic, urban or movie myths. Notable ones have been whether it's possible to wakeboard behind the scoop of a JCB, if you really can't teach an old dog new tricks, and if you can make a boat out of duct tape.
What I love about this show is the degree of utter joy all involved have in their work. Watching Kari, Grant and Tory celebrate as a canister of coffee creamer explodes twenty feet in the air is infectious. Even the smaller myths, such as whether swearing increases pain tolerance, are done with an eye to bringing the most fun possible to the situation. The sight of Adam with his hand in a jar of ice water shouting "Puppies! Kittens! Baby hippo!" will stay with me for the rest of my life.
So I urge every one of you to head over to the Discovery Channel and check out Mythbusters. If nothing else, see it for the truly wonderful fainting goats episode. I don't know which made me laugh harder - the moment Tory leapt out of a trough covered in hay, or the looks on their faces when everyone managed to get a reaction from the goats but them.
Actually, no. It was probably the moment a goat ran up and kicked Tory in the nuts.
Friday, 12 April 2013
Thursday, 11 April 2013
I first encountered her in the Canadian werewolf movie Ginger Snaps. Katharine Isabelle and Emily Perkins (another excellent actress) play sisters whose relationship is tested when one is bitten by a mysterious creature and slowly begins to transform. The story adds a twist by running Ginger’s gradual wolfism alongside her menstrual cycle – nobody’s surprised by the growth of new hair or the increased sexuality, but a tail? Now that’s a new reason for back pain…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Monday, 8 April 2013
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Personally, I love to try new foods, even when it turns out badly (frogs' legs, for instance - ugh). In restaurants I will be the one ordering the squid-ink bread or the kangaroo steak. I will be that friend who calls saying "There's a new Russian restaurant just opened - want to go?" (I love pierogi - can't find a decent place that does them.)
My characters are sometimes like me, sometimes not. I had one character, Sasha, who was a quirky little sweetheart, eating fluffernutters as a snack. I looked those up specifically and think they sound ghastly, but then I don't like marshmallows or peanut butter and the thought of something that sweet makes me want to faint.
Sometimes I'll have a character eating things I personally hate just to be contrary.
Sometimes I'll use it to demonstrate a family background - French grandmother? Cook oeufs en meurette for lunch. Or maybe an Italian ex who taught her how to make lemon tiramisu. Now that's an ex I wouldn't mind having.
Oh, how I love using food in my writing. Only trouble is that it makes me hungry. So I'm off - I've got a croque-madame under the grill.
Saturday, 6 April 2013
Friday, 5 April 2013
Camels are adorable – and despite what I had heard, these ones didn’t bite, spit, stink or kick. Although my friend, who accompanied me, was terrified that one was going to kick his car.
Thursday, 4 April 2013
Wednesday, 3 April 2013
I love to read new books, and I especially love to read classics. But it's sometimes easy to forget that there are many, many more writers than Jane Austen and the Brontes. When the first wave of Clandestine Classics came out, there were the usual suspects - Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights, all of which I found equally good with their sexy additions. And then, much to my delight, there were novels I had never even thought of reading before.
Which ones, you ask? How about Dracula? Tarzan of the Apes? Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea? A Princess of Mars? And let's not forget the re-vamped Sherlock Holmes, which introduced me to a whole collection of stories I only wish I had discovered sooner.
So, when invited, I started work on my own Clandestine Classic. Sadly, though I have signed a contract, I can't tell you which one it is yet. But I will do so soon - and I thank all concerned for giving me the chance to write it.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
For one thing, I fit the stereotype of the introverted author pretty well. The idea of sitting in the middle of a bookshop, behind a desk, trying to attract people to come over and buy my book so I can sign it, is foreign to everything in my nature. I'm quite happy for people to just click on a link at Amazon, honestly. I'm getting better, because we can't get away with hiding behind our screens anymore, but I will never be an in-your-face marketer no matter how hard I try.
For another, the horror stories I hear from other writers make me cringe. It takes me back to high school. Not only am I forcing myself out there, but people are walking past ignoring me! Or, worse, giving me the wrong sort of attention. In these cheerful reminiscence sessions, writer friends have reported being asked what they write before being told "Oh yeah, I don't like those", told off for being too expensive, mistaken for someone else and then hearing "Oh... damn" or, on one memorable occasion, being asked where the toilets are. Having heard far too often that as an erotic romance writer I am a filthy slut, the last thing I want is to sit in the equivalent of the stocks to be insulted. Or mistaken for E. L. James.
Of course, since I'm primarily in ebooks at the moment, this hasn't been an issue so far. But we do have one method of signing now - Authorgraph. I signed up early on and wrestled gamely with the mouse to create a signature that bore some resemblance to my own, in the hope that somebody somewhere might want one.
So far nobody has. But hey, I can live with being rejected on the internet. I can sit comfortably, wear a dressing gown, and nobody can tell if I stick my tongue out at the screen.
Monday, 1 April 2013
And, speaking of As, I'd like to give a shout-out and thanks to Arlee Bird for setting up this Hop!
Thursday, 28 February 2013
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