Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Not Medieval but...Castle!

It's not a medieval castle, but it's got medieval in it. 

While I was wasting time online, I ran into this gorgeous tidbit:

Château de Gudanes, in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, built in the mid-18th century, was contructed on the site on a 13th century fortress.  Those medieval towers are within the Château today. 

The castle fell into disuse and survived destruction during the French Revolution. 

In the 1990's, an investment company bought it, planning to turn it into luxury apartments, but were denied permits (Go France!) 

Again it fell into disuse, until an Australian couple bought it and are now renovating it, very publicly. They have a website, blog, and run workshops.

What part of the restoration would you start with?  I'd be uncovering those medieval towers!

Interestingly, this region of France plays into my current work-in-progress.  I keep running into that, while I'm wasting time online.  I think I should take it as a hint and get back to writing.

More pictures:
Château de Gudanes site

Monday, November 17, 2014

12 Lords A'Leaping!

A holiday gift for you!

A blog hop featuring great prizes and medieval heroes because...medieval heroes!

The winner of a copy of DEFIANT goes to MsAwesome!  Yay, and please email me so I can send you the ebook!  

I'm happy to be part of this blog hop because:
  1. The prize is terrific and quite different from the usual--a calendar featuring different heroes from our medieval romances each month;
  2. It forces me back to the blog to say hi to you, because, yes, I know, it's been awhile, and;
  3. Medieval heroes!

The hero from my books who's featured in the hop (and the calendar!) is Jamie Lost from Defiant

Who remembers Jamie?? 

He's one of my favorite heroes, properly tortured in all the best ways. He's a ruthless, focused knight who serves King John and will do just about anything to just about anyone.  Not much bothers him, and nothing much gets in his way.  Until he meets the small, immovable object of Eva.

She thwarts him, upends him, and reduces his best laid plans to naught time and time again, until he finally simply hunts her down and ties her up to get her out of his way.  

But Eva knows more than she's letting on, and Jamie's smart enough to know it. 

Forced into an uneasy alliance, they join forces.  As civil war erupts around them, they embark on an epic journey that reveals no one is what they seem, and that everyone has something to hide.  Soon, their simmering passion erupts, leaving not only their fates, but the fate of England itself, in the balance. 

See?  She's perfect for him!

Check out Defiant, and all my other romances, at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and all other booksellers! 

And be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get all the news!

Visit all the authors' sites to find out about some great heroes and a chance to win prizes.  

The other fab medieval authors in the hop are:

1) Elizabeth Rose
2) Laurel O’Donnell
3) Kathryn Le Veque             
4) Tanya Anne Crosby
5) Anna Markland                        

6) Elysa Hendricks
7) Suzan Tisdale 

8) Amy Jarecki
9) Eliza Knight 

10) Denise Domning
11) Kris Kennedy (you're already here, lucky you)                

12) Lana Williams  

And to add to the fun...
I'm giving away a copy of Defiant to one US or Canadian commenter!  Just let me know this:
Who's your favorite all-time historical romance hero?

(And I do apologize that I have to limit it to US/Canada--postage outside this area is so steep.)

Details of the hop:

Monday, June 2, 2014

Sizzling Summer Heat - A Rock*It Reads contest

A heads up from the Silent One (that would be me, in relation to this blog)....

Rock*It Reads is kicking off the summer with a giveaway and contest.  10 ebooks plus a chance at a Kindle Paperwhite.  Signing up for the contest gets you signed you up for the Rock*It Reads individual authors' newsletters too, so you can stay informed of new releases. 

Win a Kindle Paperwhite!

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Monday, March 24, 2014

Don't Buy My Books

Not today.

Today, I want you to buy fellow romance author Jackie Barbosa's books.  Late last week, Jackie lost her seventeen year old son in a car accident on the way to school.

I will never be able to comprehend the pain she and her and family are going through.  There's nothing I can say, nothing truly meaningful any of us can do when someone suffers this kind of shocking, tragic loss.  The best we can do is stand nearby, in spirit, and just be.

And this week especially, we can buy her books.

A whole herd of romance writers are banding together this week to spread the word about Jackie's wonderfully sexy books, and let you know that if you haven't tried them, now's a great time to check out this prolific writer.

Jackie writes scorching historical romance, urban fantasy, and erotic contemporary romance. You can find her books, with excerpts and links, here: http://www.jackiebarbosa.com/books/ 

A memorial fund has also been set up in her son’s name. Details to donate can be found here. Any and all donation amounts are greatly appreciated. 

Here are some of her hot sexy covers to get you excited about finding a new favorite author to love!

Carnally Ever After

The Lesson Plan

Thursday, March 13, 2014

First Kiss(es)

Not mine.  Nope, it's 20 strangers who were asked to kiss for the first time on video.  The initial awkwardness is palpable.  So is some of the passion that follows.

I know I've neglected the blog horribly of late.  Consider this my peace offering.


Then go kiss someone you love.  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Magic of Showers Or; The Shower and The Artist

It's a pretty well-established fact, that a lot of people get their best ideas in the shower. 

It's true for me.  Maybe not the best, but certainly an awful lot of good ones.

Dopamine is part of the reason, no doubt.  Anytime you can get a good dopamine shower, you'll be happier all around, and nice hot H2O showers tend to trigger the release of dopamine.

Additionally, they say (you know, 'them') negative ions have an effect on us.  They show up wherever there's water and attach to things like dust particles and negative ruminations about why multi-billionaire dollar international hedge funds can get away with a multitude of nefarious, self-serving crimes, while you can't go five miles over the speed limit to get your cat to the vet before she has her kittens in your lap and get away with it.  (You ruminate on this stuff too, right??) 

The ions drag attach to all this and drag it down, down to the ground, leaving the air fresher and your mind more capable of handling barking dogs and multi-billionaire dollar hedge fund managers and all the other impurities life slings your way.

And of course, for many moms, showers are The One And Only place we can get five minutes alone.

Sort of alone.  It's good enough.  This is powerful stuff, people.  Wet Alone Time matters.

But the real reason showers work is probably far more mundane, and far more important.  We're stationary.  We're reflective.  We're quiet.  We're not inundating our brains and senses with stuff.  Shiny, Bright, Sparkling, Noisy, OMG Look At This Funny Cat! stuff. 

There are no new ideas bombarding us in the shower, which is why you can get so many new ideas in the shower.

Reflective time matters.  Wandering minds matter.  A lot.  But we're so often plugged in and turned on, getting 'input' by bad music and good music and bad news and good news and other people's ideas about how to feel and think and be with it all.  There's always some heartbreaking new tragedy and some inspiring new triumph and it's just exhausting if you slow down and actually notice it all. 

Which we generally don't.  More often we run through it all, like a kid with a bubble wand.

But in the shower, there's nothing.  Nada.  Zilch.  Just you and your mind.  Your quiet mind and your wet body.  And the ions, of course.

So for me, shower time is pretty sacred.  No technology, no kids, just me and the ions.  And all those ideas.....

Do you get ideas in the shower?  Or is somewhere/something/someone else your idea incubator?

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Time Travelling Writer

That's me these days.  Back and forth in time between several stories: a medieval, a Elizabethan, and a contemporary.

I'm liking it a lot--I don't like being stuck, so when I've hit a wall on one story, I can flip to another and still be productive.
Note: This is not me.

If I can't write on any of then, that's a big red flag there's something else going on.

Such as, I'm avoiding something.  Or I need a break.  Or I've  been buried beneath a pile of undone laundry that's just taken over the house.  Zombie laundry.

Whatever.  It's always something.

I used to think that me being stuck was a bit of a cop-out. I had a rather linear interpretation of being stuck: it meant I wasn't trying hard enough.

Well, really now.   How unwriterly of me, how unimaginative.  There are a hundred reasons I could be stuck.  (To wit, the zombie laundry pile.)

Note: The empty creative well.  Deep, huh?
I now know that sometimes you truly are stuck,  that "Can't" doesn't always mean "Won't" and that sometimes, the creative well has simply been depleted while your head was bent over the keyboard.

Got to make sure it gets refilled.

Fortunately, a change can be as good as a break, and that's where time-travelling comes into play.

Oil painting, 1620's by C.C. van Wieringen 
At present, I'm researching and writing about the major political players during Edward III's realm as well as import and export customs during that period; Elizabethan timepieces and the saltwater-logged stragglers from the Spanish Armada who washed up on Irish shores (did you know that happened??  Yes, it did!!); and financial fraud and money laundering schemes of the 21st century.

It's good to travel.

When you read my stories, I hope they make you feel like you're travelling too!