Thursday, March 29, 2012
It's been a busy month Down Under for me. As well as handing in a new book, starting another one and working on a private project of my own, we're in the midst of preparing for house renovations.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
"I try to leave out the parts that people skip."
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Thursday, March 22, 2012
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a picture of Peyton Manning with his shirt off. So here's a picture of Manning holding up his new team jersey.
Birth Date: March 24, 1976
Birth Place: New Orleans, LA
Experience: 14 Years
Status: Married, with children (twins)
I did, however, find pictures of Tim Tebow with his shirt off. Like this ad for Jockey. BTW, Tebow bench presses over 480lb.
Tim Tebow #15 QB Denver Broncos (Former)
Birth Date: August 14, 1987
Birth Place: Makai City, Philippines
Experience: 2 Years (a mere virgin ;)
Status: Single, with steady girlfriend.
Manning led the Tennessee Volunteers to an SEC championship in his senior year. He was the first overall pick in the 1998 NFL draft and lead the Colts to seven division championships, two AFC championships and a Super Bowl championship. He has six straight 4,000 yard passing seasons (eleven total). So the guy can pass, not bad.
Why was he a free agent? Manning underwent neck surgery in 2011 and missed the entire football season so the Colts made the decision to cut him loose. He'd never missed a game in his life up to that point. Uh-oh, so he's damaged?
We love damaged heroes. Especially, those with something to prove.
Manning's kid brother, Eli won a Super Bowl earlier this year. Their father, Archie Manning, was also an NFL quarterback. So he comes from good stock, isn't thirty-five a little old for a football player?
Thirty-five is old for the NFL. But quarterbacks have played into their forties, including our beloved QB #7 and current Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Denver Broncos, John Elway--the man behind the deal with Manning. Besides thirty-five is the perfect age for a Super hero.
But what happened to Tebowing? "He's sexy and we know it!" Yes, the city is singing a new song as we trade in our #15 Jesus Jerseys for Manning Mania and #18.
Pony up, Peyton Manning. And we'll love you forever!
Happy Birthday, BTW!
As fans we're entitled to be fickle. Peyton Manning is a superstar quarterback with experience and a proven track record. His pre-snap ritual is one of the most recognizable in sports. Parodied for his use of
hand gestures and commands at the line of scrimmage, he's a fan favorite on SNL and TV commercials.
Nice, a guy with a sense of humor!
Seems like a nice guy, too. The Manning brothers are natives of New Orleans and volunteered their assistance in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. And during the Summer Archie, Peyton, Eli and Cooper run the Manning Passing Academy. Peyton also has his own charity The Peyback Foundation.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
By Karina Bliss
My brother-in-law’s extended family has holidayed in Pataua North for four generations. When one of the family baches came up for sale, he and my sister bought it. It’s a tiny bach on a spit of land, idyllically positioned with the estuary on one side and the surf beach a hop, skip and jump from the other.
Pataua North is a place where generations gather, where you measure your day by the tides - collecting pipis in the estuary when it’s low, launching the tinny when it’s high, and in between times sitting in a deckchair and watching its slow ebb and flow.
It’s a place where nightlife is a game of Monopoly or cards and the only way to get to the campground store (only open in summer) is to walk across the footbridge separating Pataua North and South or kayak across the estuary. To reach Pataua South from Pataua North by car you have drive for forty-five minutes around the mainland.
I love the tiny fibrelite bach with its lean-to bathroom and the shower that hasn’t got decent water pressure, no matter how much you fiddle with the taps.
I love eating blackened marshmallows from salty driftwood sticks around a fire on the beach and watching the little ones paddle for hours as the stingrays drift by.
I love that the TV reception is poor and all the kids congregate on the communal back lawn of crunchy kikuyu because there are no boundary fences.
I love that sweeping the sand out every couple of days counts as a clean-up.
Staying at Pataua North is like taking a deep, fresh breath of tranquility. It takes me back to my childhood when kids ran wild and came to adults when they needed to tattle or be fed, when conversation happened casually, when silences were golden and so were the summers.
It seemed the perfect setting for a gentle romance between a psychologically wounded soldier and the widow of his best friend – my June release, BRING HIM HOME. (Though I changed Pataua’s name to fictional Stingray Bay so I could put three boatsheds by the footbridge).
Here’s what it’s about:
Former soldier Nathan Wyatt had no choice but to leave his army buddy to die, a secret that's still tearing him apart.
Two years on, he's in Hollywood prostituting his war medal for work as a bodyguard to the stars when his best friend's widow drags him home to fulfil his neglected responsibilities to her family trust.
When he discovers Claire can't forgive her late husband for breaking a crucial promise, Nate sees his path to salvation. He'll be his buddy's advocate, secure Steve's place in his wife's memory.
The last thing he intends is to find himself in a love triangle with his dead best friend.
Will admitting the truth - all of it - set him free, or alienate the woman he's come to passionately love?
I can’t wait to leave a copy on the bach’s bookshelf.
How about you? Got a favorite place you like to retreat to? Whether it's a park bench, a coffee shop, a holiday destination or a book.
Note: The picture is of my niece, Cassie, who has appeared in two of my books, SECOND CHANCE FAMILY and STAND-IN WIFE.
PS: Looks like I've made it to the third round of DABWAHA.
If you enjoyed HERE COMES THE GROOM, I'd appreciate your vote on March 22/23!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
The first stop was the scenic Dingle peninsula in the southwest of Ireland. The scenery was stunning, and we felt like we were visiting “old Ireland.”
Later, we toured the Waterford Factory (that was Mom’s choice), and the Cliffs of Moher (mine). We ended the week near Bunratty Castle, with a pint of Guinness at the pub.
|Cathryn and Mom in Ireland|
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Two Super authors’ books - Sarah Mayberry’s All They Need and Karina Bliss’s Here Comes The Groom – are finalists in this year’s DABWAHA* tournament.
The organizers (Jane Litte and the crew at http://www.dearauthor.com/ and Sarah Wendell from http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/) choose 64 books they’ve loved from the previous year, then pit them against each other in reader voting rounds until there’s only one book standing. There are lots of fun prizes for readers and author finalists are encouraged to get into the spirit of things by trash-talking.
Only one tiny problem. Trash talking is an American phenomenom, popularized by basketball and American football, boxing and WWF. DownUnderers aren’t skilled in the art of using “disparaging or boastful language to demoralize or intimidate opponents: Origin: 1985–90, Americanism.” (Thanks, dictionary.com).
However we do like to ‘have a go.’ So here goes:
Karina: What do I know about Sarah Mayberry other than she writes far too many good books a year? I could mock her for wearing glasses (or could have ten years ago when I wasn't wearing them myself).
'Hey, Mayberry, you got your couple huddling in front of a fire cause it's always cold in Melbourne.'...Still warming up here. Let me just crack my knuckles.
"Hey, Mayberry. Your heroine's nickname is Mel. That's a boy's name!"
Dang, just went to get her book from the bookcase and do a re-read but I
lent it out to someone...Oh I know! "Ha, Mayberry! I just lost you a sale,
Boy, this is tiring stuff. Okay, one parting shot. "Hey, Mayberry, you've got
a typo on page 85. Line 7." (Not really, but apparently it's important to
'get in her head.').
Sarah: Yo, Karina. You asked for it. Brace yourself, lady. You’re about to get served, even if you did write one of my favorite books of the year and even if I do have a whole Keeper Shelf devoted to your books in my study.
‘Mouldy tomatoes that have squished into the back of the crisper. Liquid lettuce. Discarded burger wrappers. Empty beer - ‘
Sorry, what? Not that kind of trash talk? Oh. *clears throat* I knew that.
Let me go again. Now that I’m all limbered up. Because that’s what I was doing up above. Limbering up.
‘Yo, Bliss. What kind of a name is Bliss for a romance novelist, anyway? Shouldn’t it be Karina Ecstasy? Karina Climax? Karina He-Flung-Her-To-The-Stars-And-For-Precious-Seconds-She-Was-Nothing-But-Throbbing-Sensation? I mean, come on, Bliss even rhymes with kiss. Which is really...kind of appropriate, now that I think about it...”
You’re right. This is tough stuff. I would totally suck as a wrestler. Who knew? Maybe what we need to do is tag team this. Combine our resources and gang up to ‘go’ one of the big authors.
Karina (alarmed): Not physically big. We don’t want our asses kicked. Oh, you mean a giant in the industry.
Sarah (scoffing chocolate while Googling shoes on the internet): That’s right. Street warfare. Yeah. Anything goes. Protect your balls, ladies.
Karina: Nalini Singh’s slightly built and waaay too nice to be mean back. And if she does stop by the blog to complain we’ll get more hits. How about this. "Hey Singh! Hawke's father was a cat and his mother rolled in DarkRiver mud." I found this great picture on this 'world’s ugliest cat' site.
Sarah: Ha, take that, Singh.In your face. IN YOUR FACE. And how about this:
“Hey, Singh! Everyone knows that best seller rhymes with best smeller. And what’s with all the naked men on your book covers? Can’t your publisher afford to buy real clothes for them?”
*dusts hands, reaches for more chocolate* I think we can safely say she’s been taken care of.
Enjoying our trash talk? Get along to HYPERLINK "http://www.DABWAHA.com" www.DABWAHA.com and vote. The good news is that we’re not pitted against each other in the first round so you can vote for both of us with a clear conscience.
Postscript: Sarah’s got a book out this month and yet she agreed to share her blog space to trash talk with me. Read about More Than One Night here:
* The acronym apparently stands for “Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors.”
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Monday, March 12, 2012
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Saturday, March 10, 2012
Monday March 5, 2022
Maria from 'gelikaa's diary'
A copy of Cassie's Grand Plan by Emmie Dark
Tuesday March 6, 2012
A set of all six Super Romances for March
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Monday March 12, 2012
Tuesday March 13, 2012
Wednesday March 14, 2012
Sarah Mayberry and Karina Bliss
Thursday March 15, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
by Beth Andrews
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012
by Wanda Ottewell, Senior Editor Super Romance
Several weeks ago I was packing to go on vacation. Once I’d crammed all the clothes and shoes into the suitcases (why is it that there are always more clothes and shoes than there is space in the suitcase?) it was time to pick the books that would travel with me. That got me thinking about reading habits. And what better place to chat about that topic than a blog with a bunch of readers and authors?
Admittedly, travel is lot lighter for me now that I have an ereader. So much more of my library can accompany me and I can pick a book to suit whatever mood I’m in. That’s so cool…and reassuring. I’ve been on a few vacations where I read all the books I brought with me or, even worse, I couldn’t finish them because they simply couldn’t engage me. Isn’t that a terrible feeling? To have days ahead of you and absolutely no reading material? I still shudder at the situation. My ereader has saved me from that—as long as I remember to bring the power cord to recharge, I’ve got all the books I need.
The funny thing is, initially I wasn’t that excited about ereaders because I couldn’t imagine anything replacing my books. But once I started using it, I instantly saw the appeal. It’s so much lighter to carry around so I actually do carry it with me, whereas I rarely carried books in my purse—too heavy and bulky with all of the other stuff I cart around. Now when I’m waiting for an appointment or have a few minutes to spare, I pull out my reader.
One advantage printed books still have for me is the ability to skip forward in the story easily. Whenever I read a really suspenseful story or a romance with such convincing conflict and big obstacles that I’m sure the characters won’t get together, I will flip to the ending to reassure myself all will be well. I find this process so cumbersome with ebooks that I tend not to do it. And you know what? That might be a good thing!
I tend to read several books at a time. So right now, for example, I have two print books I’m in the midst of reading—a contemporary romance story I started when I forgot to charge my ereader, and a memoir that was with me on a business trip. I have a thriller book in progress on my ereader, and I’m about halfway through a nonfiction book on my phone. There are a couple more books I’ve started that are so good, I’ve decided to put them aside until I have that perfect lazy afternoon to dive into them and read them start to finish in a sitting (something I love to do). Fortunately my job has trained me to keep several different plotlines straight so I have no problem coming back to a story I’ve abandoned for a while.
Now that I’ve spilled my reading habits, I’d love to hear about yours. Are you a single book at a time reader or do you have a book in every room, in every bag, for every mood? What books tend to go with you on vacation? Have you ventured into ebooks? It’s okay to share…you’re among fellow readers!
One lucky poster today will be win all 6 of this month's Super Romances, courtesy of Harlequin. So comment away!
Monday, March 5, 2012
by Emmie Dark
In “Cassie’s Grand Plan”, my newly released SuperRomance, my hero and heroine, Cassie and Ronan, take a business trip together around Australia. I must confess more than a few of the moments they share “on the road” are from my own experience travelling for work.
As anyone who travels for work regularly can tell you, it’s not nearly as exciting as it sounds. Having said that, it does also afford you some wonderful opportunities to see new places and experience a side of the world you might not otherwise get to see. Recently I was fortunate enough to travel to Hong Kong for work. There were long hours in the office, with long commutes at each end of the day, but I also took the opportunity to play the tourist when I had a few hours spare.
I’m not much of a gardener, but I have a little patch of dirt that I’m trying to keep green, and I have an admiration for those who can do anything more elaborate than that! Which I guess is why it was such a treat to visit the Nan Lian Gardens and the adjacent Chi Lin Buddhist Nunnery.
The most astonishing feature of the Chi Lin Nunnery is the square ponds filled with water lilies. I could have spent hours just gazing into the reflective pools and the elegant blooms – there was something incredibly restful about the whole place.
I love Hong Kong, but when I think about it the images that generally come to mind are the very modern, progressive city: tall buildings, neon lights, bustling sidewalks and designer-brand shops. It was lovely to see a little of the other side of the city – one of history and culture and elegant restraint.
In travel of another, virtual kind, this week I’m launching my first ever blog tour. It’s kind of like a bookstore tour, only instead of visiting shops, I’m visiting people’s blogs. You can go in the draw to win a $50 Amazon voucher by visiting the various blogs and leaving comments along the way. Details of the blog tour are:
- Romance Book Paradise 5th March
- Romance Book Haven 6th March
- Writing PlayGround 14th March
- Sunday Smooch 18th March
- Romance Reader 19th March
- Fresh Fiction 20th March
- RomCon Inc 22nd March
- Minxes Of Romance 28th March
- Cathryn Hein's Friday Feast 6th April
- Juliet's Ten Awkward Question- 9th April
- Theory on Thursday 12th April
- Romance University 16th April
You'll also have a chance to win a copy of Cassie’s Grand Plan – that is if you don’t win one of the ones I’m going to give away today! To go in the running, leave me a comment and tell me about your favourite “unexpected” travel moment.
You can also find more information at my blog.