Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Where am I now?

This isn't a deep and meaningful question. For ten sleeps I'm away from home, preparing for a three day film shoot next week. Since the day job is consuming every waking moment, I'm filling up the blog with a few pictures of the city where I'm currently living and working.

Can you guess where I am?

Incidentally, the stadium front and centre in the above picture was built specially for ast year's soccer world cup, and the hotel where I stayed the last two nights is in front of it.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Hostage to Love

I now have a brand new laptop courtesy of my employers and spent yesterday re-installing my life. The only thing I didn’t have on it last night was an internet connection, so I made good use of the time and ... no, I didn’t write ... I read.

The book was the next one on my eBook TBR pile: my crit partner Maya Blake’s Hostage to Love.

This novel starts in a fictional African country, where the heroine is among a group of aid workers taken hostage by a rebel group. The opening pages are edge-of-the-seat stuff, and yet Maya has got the pace just right, not too relentless to feel rushed but just right to keep the pages turning quickly.

Then the action moves to a quiet, idyllic Greek island. Since the Greek islands are my idea of paradise on earth, the book couldn’t get much better. Here the pace slowed and the suspense plot receded, allowing the fraught relationship between hero and heroine to unravel before the reader. This is also where Maya’s real strength comes to the fore: she writes hot incredibly well. Read the book and you’ll understand.

People who know me will know that I'm not overly fond of arrogant, dominating heroes. Matched with the wrong heroine, they can come across as simply abusive. Maya has managed the perfect balance. With Belle, she has created a heroine well able to stand up to the supremely alpha male, Nick. Not once did I want to punch his lights out, because I knew Belle would bring him to his knees.

The book rises to a dramatic, gripping climax and a very satisfactory ending.
What more can anyone ask of a romance novel?

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Blues

I'm not talking about music or Oxford's rowing team, I'm talking my mood.

My laptop crashed rather spectacularly this last week (and it wasn't even 2 years old yet!) so I am now internet-less, document-less, and if it weren't for my trusty Nokia cell phone I'd also be email-less.

So my apologies if I'm not around for a while. I'm catching up on sleep in the meantime, and I'll be back online as soon as I have a replacement up and running.

I'm missing you all!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Quick Quote

"There is a law in psychology that if you form a picture in your mind of what you would like to be, and you keep and hold that picture there long enough you will soon become exactly as you have been thinking."
- William James