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February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day! I'm thrilled to have the wonderful Sally Clements here today -- on the launch of her new romance, Bound to Love! I'll turn it over to Sally now; have a romantic day, everyone!

Hi Talli, thank you so much for having me as your blog guest today, its's great to be here!

Around the middle of February is the traditional 'thinking about what constitutes a hot man' time, carefully disguised by a flurry of marketing. It's impossible to get through the door in Tesco's without knocking over the huge cardboard display touting love and flogging cards.
And when you do, it's straight into everything heart shaped (which costs twice as much as the same product in a round packet, and will be in the bargain bin by the 16th).

Anyway, in my estimation, Valentine's Day is for thinking about the ideal hero – and mine?
Well, he's tall, dark and handsome, but that's a given. He's got a grin to die for. He's also strong and lean, smells delicious, and has a deep, sexy voice. And he's naughty, with a fine line in snappy dialogue, that leaves women flustered, blushing and all out of kilter.
It's all about new love, when you can't really tell if he's serious or kidding, when you don't know if he's stepping forward to speak or kiss you, when the mere thought of brushing up against him in the shed (it's happened…in my first book, Catch Me A Catch, doing the laundry is an exciting experience!!) is enough to make your heart thunder like a freight train.
In my current release, Bound to Love, released on today as one of Embrace Books' launch titles, my security expert hero Jake Forrester, is such a man.

When he finds himself tied up in an abandoned lighthouse with a feisty redhead and has to undo her bindings with his teeth – well, he manages heroically!
So – in praise of my ideal hero – I leave you with some pictures, hope some of these inspire you all!

Sally's website : www.sallyclements.blogspot.com
Catch me a catch is available here or from Amazon.co.uk here, or Amazon.com here.
Bound to Love e book: Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com
Bound to Love print: Amazon.co.uk & Amazon.com
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Published on February 14, 2011 14:19 • 9 views

February 11, 2011

Happy Friday! Since it's almost the weekend, I'll keep this short and sweet, and share a few of my recent and upcoming reads.





Gemma Burgess's A Girl Like You came today in the post. I can't wait to start reading.








Tamsyn's Murray second book in the Stunt Bunny Series, Tour Troubles , is a fantastic read for kids (and adults!). I have a bunny crush on Harriet!










As research for my next novel Watching Willow Watts, I've just started reading Goddess , a fantastically detailed, journalistic account of Marilyn Monroe's life, both on and off the set.





And from two blogging buddies:






The Bear with Two Shadows , by Roland Yeomans.







Birthright: The Arrival by Nicole MacDonald - an entertaining tale with kick-ass heroines!








What are you reading?
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Published on February 11, 2011 13:49 • 20 views

February 10, 2011

Taking a page from the wonderfully spunky Jen Daiker's blog, today will be a Truth Thursday. Also in homage to Jen, I'll be using Twitter hashtags for random things. Here we go!

I ate a whole packet of Red Twizzlers in half an hour this week. Oh yes I did. #imapigandidontevencare

I'm high on paint fumes right now. #anditfeelssogood

I hate Justin Bieber with a vengeance. #theonetimeineverbragaboutcanada

I haven't brushed my hair yet today. #thankgodforshorthair

Any truths to confess? Oh, apparently the Vatican is taking confessions via iPhone now... if you want to take it a step further!

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Published on February 10, 2011 13:06 • 18 views

February 9, 2011

Today is a day to celebrate! Angelina Rain is here -- a new anthology featuring one of her stories is out now! So... with plenty of champers and sparkling water all around, I hand you over to Angelina.

Why I Write
When I discovered reading, I didn't just discover books. I discovered my passion. Reading was something that pulled me away from my boring life and threw me into a world I wasn't familiar with.

When I wanted adventure, I would read romantic suspense, and when in need of love, contemporary romance would take a lead. When I would find a new author, I would read everything she/he ever published.

Soon enough, everything started to look the same. All James Patterson novels revolved around a serial killer. All Sandra Brown characters were the same. All Iris Johansen novels ended the same way. And all Janet Evanovich jokes were repeated.

I needed to read something different. I started coming up with my own ideas, my own plots and characters. They were in my head, entertaining my bored with life mind. But those stories wanted to be told and shared, so I had to write them. I wrote around thirty short stories and three novels in about two years. And then I put it all away. I didn't start writing again until last year. Now I'm on my second publishing contract and my first short story, "The Problem with Love Spells", (part of the "Indecent Encounters" anthology) is out TODAY!

Angie's Fun Facts: When my mother was pregnant with me, she had severe insomnia and was addicted to books. She would read a book a night. You see, I was a reader before I was born.

Indecent Encounters
A Ménage Anthology, including "The Problem with Love Spells" by Angelina Rain
Sometimes a woman needs more than a lover… Independent, lustful ladies find pleasure and intrigue with more than one man, from a scandalous vacation in Australia, to a forced seduction at a cabin in the woods. A witch needs to break a shameful spell, and an older woman slakes her sexual needs with two younger men. Cougars purr with unrequited desire and werewolves compete for the love of their mate. Satisfaction is just a sigh away as a surgeon bends the rules for her patient, and an over-stressed boss finds more than a little peace with secret admirers. Find out what wicked delights await you with Indecent Encounters.

The Problem with Love Spells
When you're cursed to live your whole life unloved, can you really be held responsible for casting a love spell? When Gretchen realizes that her love spell went wrong, her only option is to reverse it before too much damage is done. However, when she wakes with a werewolf and a vampire in her bed, she learns that even reversing a love spell could have its consequences.

~*~ GIVEAWAY ~*~
Angelina Rain is giving away one free copy of "Indecent Encounters" and it could be yours. All you have to do is comment or ask a question (she will answer it in the comments). One lucky winner will be announced on Feb 11th on Angelina's blog. Leave your e-mail address so Angelina can e-mail you if you win.

Thank you, Angelina, and congratulations!
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Published on February 09, 2011 14:21 • 16 views

February 8, 2011

The other day, I asked Mr TR if he thought I was laid back. He laughed, and I stomped off in indignation.

It's hard to hide from the truth.

Okay, so I'm not laid back. But really, have you ever met a writer who is? To test out my theory that writers are, in fact, the antipathy to laidbackness, I've devised this handy three-question survey.

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So! Are you a laid-back writer? If you answered A on the first one, B on the second, or A on the third, it's pretty certain you're not. Drink some wine! Results will be shared in the future.
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Published on February 08, 2011 15:06 • 21 views

February 7, 2011

Look at that! I'm in love, and it's not even Valentine's Day. And the object of my affection is not Mr TR.

No, I have fallen for a brand new, shiny idea: my next novel, Watching Willow Watts, about a small-town girl who is catapulted to stardom after her YouTube video gets millions of hits. I'm in that honeymoon phase, where everything seems to be positively brimming with potential -- before you realise your beloved can't stop cracking his toes or terrorizing the neighbours with growling snores (oh, wait -- that is Mr TR).

As I sat down today to finally start plotting WWW, it struck me that as excited as I was, I'd forgotten how to plot the darn thing.

Uh-oh.

So, I thought I'd share my steps back to writing redemption. I'm NOT an expert (obviously), but asking these questions really helps me clarify what I want my novel's overall structure to be.

What does my protagonist think she wants?
What will stand in her way?
What will she learn and how will she change by the end?

Initially, Willow thinks she wants the stardom that's thrust upon her. I'll raise the stakes by making her whole village dependent on her fame, along with a sleazy agent with a dodgy contract; a crotchety busybody who's determined to bring her down; and the return of 'the one that got away' who can't relate to the new her. In the end, she'll learn that she doesn't need to pretend to be someone else to be happy.

Of course there are a zillion blanks to be filled in, but if I can just figure out the answers to those three questions, it makes adding the details much easier.

How do you get your relationship off on the right foot? By writing a synopsis first -- or just plunging right in?
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Published on February 07, 2011 14:48 • 15 views

February 4, 2011

Woo! It's Friday! This is a good thing for several reasons:

1. After two continuous weeks of painters scraping, swearing, burping and doing God knows what else right outside my office window, my tolerance is at an all-time low.

2. So is my brain power.

3. I can drink wine (more wine!) without having the it's-a-weeknight guilt factor that's a hang-over from my working days.

4. I can write lame blog posts.

Since there's obviously not much happening over here, I'd like to direct you towards places where there is actually a bit of intellectual stimulation. At Alexia Chamberlynn's blog, I'm talking about the first thing I did when I work up on my novel's Kindle release day. I'm sure you're dying to know!

Over at India Drummond's blog, she's got a great idea lined up to help promote her coming novel, Ordinary Angels . I've read the book and it's fantastic -- with one of the hottest male protagonists ever -- so scoot over and check it out.

Catherine Ryan Howard, author of Mousetrapped, recently wrote an article on her e-book publishing experience. It makes for some fascinating reading (and even mentions my novel The Hating Game - thanks again, Catherine!) and has since been picked up by the Irish Publishing News and The Bookseller.

And finally, if you're not signed up to the A-Z Blogging Challenge, there's still plenty of time!

There's lots going on the blogosphere these days, so if you or anyone you know is having a contest, has a novel coming out... has an ingrown toenail... or whatever, feel free to mention it in the comments below. Happy Friday!
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Published on February 04, 2011 15:08 • 19 views

February 2, 2011

Since Amazon sales rankings are consuming about 99.9% of my brain these days (the other .1% being wine, of course), I got a good laugh out of this video. Thanks to India Drummond for sending it my way!



My Internet connection is a bit moody these days, so I apologise for not returning comments as swiftly as usual. Have a great Wednesday, everyone!
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Published on February 02, 2011 16:33 • 11 views

January 31, 2011

Before I launch into today's celebratory post, I just want to say massive thank you for everyone's lovely thoughts and wishes on my last post about Egypt. We managed to talk to our family a few times over the weekend. Although there were a few dodgy moments, everything seems to be safe now and people are excited for change. Fingers crossed!

So! It's Monday, and I'm in the mood for celebrating! It's possible I've had too many mini Reese's Pieces (thanks, Shannon!), but chocolate-fuelled energy aside, I'm happy. Why, you ask (or not -- I'm going to tell you, anyway)?

The Hating Game has sold 1,400 copies on Amazon UK this month! Yes, 1,400! In January! Since the cover change, the books usually sells between 70 to 100 copies daily and it's in the top 50 on Amazon Kindle (UK) right now. I can hardly believe it!

A HUMONGOUS THANK YOU to everyone who has promoted, bought, reviewed, talked about or commented on anything to do with my novel! It's thanks to all of you that my debut novel has been successful.

Now... let's party!
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Published on January 31, 2011 15:08 • 8 views

January 28, 2011

Looking down on the urban sprawl of Cairo from El Mokattam Mountain.

I was going to blog about something else, but today's events in Egypt have changed my plans. If you've read my blog for a bit, you know that Mr TR is from Cairo, and that all of his extended family lives in and around the Nile Delta. When we first met, I knew little about Egypt besides the romanticized notion of Pharaohs, pyramids and ancient tombs. Over time -- by reading authors like Naguib Mafouz, learning about the fate of politicians like Ayman Nour and by visiting the country myself -- I began to learn the reality was anything but romantic.

Despite many western nations supporting the government, the country is virtually a prison. Elections are fraudulent, dissidents are jailed and tortured, and free speech stifled. Unemployment is high and the economy is getting worse. People live in graveyards -- I've seen it with my own eyes -- and children beg in the streets. Yet Egyptians are some of the friendliest and most giving people I have ever met.

As Mr TR and I watched the demonstrations grow in size and strength over the week, I could sense the excitement in his voice. He's pretty much lived his whole life in that country under one dictator and the thought that a new government could come to power in his lifetime is heady.

By cutting off Internet and mobile phone access, the Egyptian government has finally shown its true colours to the rest of the world. Let's just hope the world responds as it should: in support of people struggling to assert their freedom and their human rights.
We haven't been able to reach our family in Egypt due to the communications black-out. Can I ask that you keep them -- and the rest of Egypt -- in your thoughts as the events unfold?
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Published on January 28, 2011 14:37 • 12 views