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Saturday, January 10th, 2009
Why Didn’t Someone Warn Me….

…that a person uses different muscles climbing up and down mountains to when they cycle, walk and run?

OR:

…to take better care of my big toe – the same toe that I injured while ice skating when I was in my teens, the same toe the Goal Attack or Goal Shoot managed to jump on every netball season after that. I’ve given up counting the number of times that toe nail has bruised and dropped off. Another one coming up to add to the number.

I Hurt. :cry:

Thursday, January 8th, 2009
You’re so Vain!

I’m sure I’ve written about vanity plates on cars before. A lot of people have them in New Zealand. Today when I was driving home from my writing session at the coffee shop, I passed a car with the number plate BIG RAJ.

Now I don’t know if it’s me and my erotic romance writing but my mind immediately dropped into the gutter and I thought about the male anatomy. No way would I drive around in a car with that number plate. It’s just wrong. Heck, it smacks of vanity.

I’ve seen some good ones, and I think they can be a good business tool. Others make me cringe. I think if I had one, I’d go for something plain like SHELL. Yep, boring but not cringe worthy!

Question: What do you think of vanity plates? Do you have one? If you could have any vanity plate you wanted what would you have? What’s the worst one you’ve seen?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009
Are They Old Enough?

I’m off on my mini-vacation today, but I’ve scheduled some posts, and I’m posing some questions for you all while I’m away. And don’t forget that Emily Bryan is here on the 9th giving away her upcoming release. You don’t want to miss that!

A few years ago, I read an interview with Linda Howard. She was talking about her MacKenzie series. (The first book in this series is called MacKenzie’s Mountain and it’s just awesome. I remember the characters clearly, even though it’s years since I read the book. The first line is “He needed a woman. Bad” and Linda Howard hooked me right there.)

Readers, including me, were clamoring for books about the MacKenzie children. I remember Linda Howard saying that she couldn’t write the story because the characters were children in her mind. She needed to give it time, at least a few years, before she could think of them as adults. Huh! I thought. How silly. This is a fictional world.

Fast forward to a few years ago. I’d written several stories in my Middlemarch Mates series, but the story for the two youngest Mitchell siblings, Joe and Sly, just wouldn’t gel for me. In my mind I thought of them as unruly teens and way too young for the naughty goings on that I wanted to write for them. My solution was to write other stories while they grew up. I packed them off to University while I waited for them to mature. They make a brief appearance in Leticia’s Lovers (coming in Feb) and to my surprise they have grown up. Oh, they still like to tease their oldest brother, Saber, and in Leticia’s Lovers they were plotting and trying to think of a suitable sex toy gift to embarrass their sister-in-law Emily and by extension, Saber.

I’m thinking that 2009 is the year for Joe and Sly to meet their match. They won’t be laughing quite as much by the time the heroine and I have finished with them.

I started thinking about this subject again because I’m reading a book written by Pam Crooks. In the first book the mother is the heroine and in the second book, the child is the heroine. I haven’t finished them yet but it will be interesting to see how I feel when I’ve read them both. (note: there was a publishing gap with the books coming out in different years)

Question: Do you agree with Linda Howard? Do you find it difficult to write/read about characters who were children in a previous book?

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
Interview with my character, Jonno Campbell

Would you like to meet Jonno Campbell from Cat Burglar? He’s visiting…maybe I should say flirting with Alyssa Brooks today.

Here are the links: MySpace and at Alyssa’s website.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
Winners for Deliciously Decadent December

Congratulations to all the winners in our contest!!

Amy Ruttan: Rain God – Lexee
Angelia Sparrow: Eight Days Ablaze – Amy (Sam’s Kiss & Tell blog @ December 27, 2008 2:10 AM)
Aubrey Ross: Crimson Prey – Fedora
Cheryl Dragon: Quintupled – Cathy M
Emma Petersen: Seducing St. Nic – Lindseye
Kathy Kulig: Desert of the Damned – Tarah Scott
L.A. Day: Greek Temptation – Karin
Samantha Kane: Retreat From Love (Brothers In Arms) – Deidre
Shelley Munro: Cat Burglar – Dayanna

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
Can You Swim?

When I was a kid, the school I attended had a swimming pool and each summer we had swimming lessons as part of our school day. I can swim. It’s not my favorite thing to do, but if I fell into water, I’d have a good chance of saving myself because of those lessons. These days, the education dollar doesn’t stretch as far, and schools have closed their swimming pools, doing away with swimming lessons. Each year the number of children who drown seems to be higher. Officials seem to think there’s a direct connection between the two, and many parents don’t or can’t afford to teach their children to swim.

I’m curious about how things happen in other countries. Can you swim? How did you learn? Can your children swim? If so, how did they learn?

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
Guest Blogging at Jennifer’s Random Musings

I’m over at Jennifer’s Random Musings today. I’m talking about keeping tabs on the books I read during the year. I’m also giving away a download of either Scarlet Woman or Cat Burglar to one lucky commenter.

Here’s the link for Jennifer’s Random Musings.

Saturday, January 3rd, 2009
Birthday Bash Winners

Firstly, thanks for helping me to celebrate my birthday. I had so much fun and loved having such great company.

Here are my list of my 2008 releases and my winners:

Playing to Win – Darby Lohrding
Fancy Free – Julie Robinson
Wanderlust – Julia Smith
Lovers at Last – Lindsey Ekland
Price of Love – Tami Cullen
Middlemarch Mates: Assassin – Fedora
Tea For Two – Rosemary Simm
Middlemarch Mates: Cat and Mouse – Jennifer McKenzie
Fringe Benefits – Michelle N
Middlemarch Mates: Cat Burglar – Karin

Congratulations all! I’ll email you all in person, but feel free to email me too. I’ve had problems with emails going astray in the past. I need to know which format you’d like your downloads in and once I know that, I can email you your prize.

Note – there’s still a copy of Middlemarch Mates: Cat Burglar up for grabs in the Triple D contest. The winner of the last prizes in the Deliciously Decadent December contest will be announced very soon.

Second note – don’t forget to pop back next week to visit with Emily Bryan. Everyone who comments will have a chance to win her new book, Vexing the Viscount.

Happy Reading!

Friday, January 2nd, 2009
Vexing the Viscount with Emily Bryan

Author, Emily Bryan is doing a 50 day/50 blog whirlwind cybertour to celebrate the arrival of her historical Vexing the Viscount.

Emily will be at my blog on 9 January, and she’ll be giving away a copy of Vexing the Viscount to one lucky commenter. Here’s a link to Emily’s itinerary

Thursday, January 1st, 2009
Retail Therapy

Happy New Year!

Last week I told Mr. Munro I would like to go shopping on New Year’s day. I backed up the suggestion with additional information, saying the sales were on and I thought it would be quiet.

“Okay,” Mr. Munro said.

“I want to buy some summer clothes. A skirt or something.” I watched him closely, and to his credit, he barely flinched.

This morning he brought me a cup of tea in bed. That was about eight o’clock. Not long after, I wandered into the office. A sort of a hint to tell hubby it was my turn on the computer. I wanted to do a few promo things.

“You should hurry,” he said.

“But it’s only eight and the shops don’t open until ten.”

“We’ll have a coffee. I don’t want to be late and face crowds of people.”

I decided I wouldn’t argue the point and went off to have a shower. Updating my website etc could wait. We arrived before ten but most of the shops were open.

“I think I’ll check Stax first,” I said.

Hubby followed me into the dress shop that happens to be my favorite because everything is NZ made. I looked at a few things and he gave his commentary. I walked down the end of the shop and looked back at Mr. Munro. He was standing by a rack of dresses with his arms folded across his chest and an expression on his face that a wife doesn’t really like to see.

“Don’t fold your arms,” I said. “It’s annoying.” He did a sort of grunt and unfolded his arms.

We moved on and after a coffee, stopped at the next shop on my list.

“What do you think of this?” I demanded.

“Too busy.”

Finally, armed with a couple of outfits I went to the dressing room. I put them on and went out to show hubby. He nodded, which is short-speak for good. I noticed he didn’t cross his arms again. Definite Brownie points. About twenty minutes later we left with two skirts and a top.

“You were very good,” I said to Mr. Munro. “Thank you.”

He grinned and said, “It might have been different if we’d gone to a third shop.”

We stopped at Borders for a while and then to the grocery shop. Mr. Munro enjoys food shopping and he was positively cheerful by the time we left the shopping center.

How is your husband/partner/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend at shopping? Does the experience turn into a nightmare or is it a fun excursion? Who does the grocery shopping in your family?