Friday, April 29, 2011

And yet another Royal Wedding blog post

Just in case you hadn't heard (yea, right!) it's Will and Kate's big day. I've cracked open the champagne on their behalf, so apologies if this post is full of spelling mistakes!

We've all seen The Wedding Dress (and wasn't it beautiful?) and there's nothing more that I can add to the many, many blog posts of the day, so I thought I'd dedicate a blog post to recent royal wedding dresses. There have been so many stunning dresses in the last decade or so, that Catherine Middleton really had a tough act to follow.

On the English royalty side:

Lady Davina Windsor, married in 2004 to New Zealand carpenter Gary Lewis

Her sister, Lady Rose Windsor, married in 2008 to Peter Gilman
Canadian Autumn Kelly, the Canadian who maried another grandson of the Queen, Peter Phillips

Then a few European royals:

Maxima Zorreguieta, the South American bride of Crown Prince Willem Alexander of the Netherlands

Mette-Marit Tjessem Høiby, the single mum who married the crown prince of Norway

Letizia Ortiz, a former journalist and now the Crown Princess of Spain

Aussie Mary Donaldson, who married one of Europe's best looking Crown Princes, Frederik of Denmark.

And the most recent Royal bride:

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden

Today's star:

The new Duchess of Cambridge

But for me, the award for best dressed woman at today's wedding goes to ...Pippa Middleton.

(wish I had the figure for a dress like that!)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Wild Rose Press' 5th Birthday Bash

Today sees the start of a 5 day birthday bash at The Wild Rose Press as they celebrate their 5th birthday. Sadly, I'm away on holiday this week, so I won't be popping in, but I urge you to drop by their Yahoo reader loops to see what's happening. There will be lots of prizes for anyone who gets involved, including gift certificates.

You can find the two reader loops here:
The Wild Rose Press for romance readers
The Wilder Roses for erotic romance

Have fun, and I hope you all win lots of goodies (then you can buy my novella!)

Friday, April 22, 2011

Celebrate Earth Day today!

How are you celebrating Earth Day today?

I'm going to plant a tree with my daughters. It might not be much in the big scheme of things, but I'd like to teach them about the value of trees - and they really need to replace the massive Delicious Monster in my mother's garden which they destroyed by using it as a jungle gym.

If you're not sure how you can help to save our planet, I have a few suggestions over on my Rae Summers blog.

Let's make every day Earth Day!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Shipwrecked with Mr Wrong

This week over on the Minxes blog we're hosting Australian author Nikki Logan, whose book Shipwrecked with Mr Wrong is an April Riva release. Though I've stopped reviewing every Riva book I read, this one deserves special mention.

I don't think I'm exaggerating when I call this an emotional tour de force. It is not a rollercoaster of emotions, but rather a very gentle, very poignant story that is sure to bring a lump to your throat, as it did to mine.

Shipwrecked is a fresh, unique spin on the age-old marooned on a desert island story. The hero and heroine are modern, identifiable people cast away on a tropical island paradise, and naturally they just happen to be the two worst people to be stranded together, the two who strike the most sparks off one another ...

Though I noticed that there were no fully consummated sex scenes (for those who like your Rivas on the steamier, Modern Heat side!) I didn't feel the lack of them. The sensual tension between this hero and heroine was exactly right for who they are. The heroine enforced her boundaries, and the hero respected them. But the chemistry sizzled all the more because of the emotional conflict causing those boundaries.

It's hard to review this book without spoilers, so I'm just going to suggest you read the book, as well as Nikki's interview on Wednesday over at the Minxes blog which will give some special insights into the story.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Yet another reason to love The Vampire Diaries

If you follow our group blog at Minxes of Romance, then you probably already know that I'm completely addicted to The Vampire Diaries. (And if you don't, feel free to drop by there and read my series of posts on what writers can learn from the incredible writing in this TV series).

But today I want to thank the creators of The Vampire Diaries for more than just great writing, some really hot young men, and for keeping me on the edge of my seat. I want to thank them for introducing me to some incredible new music.

Last year I blogged about how I was getting myself out of a music rut and starting to listen to new performers. This year, I truly am. There is some really glorious music out there that I'm only just discovering, courtesy of this TV show. Among them: Sara Bareilles, Matt Nathanson, Plumb, Mat Kearney...

I'm going to leave you with just one of the new songs I've discovered, this one by Tyrone Wells:

Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Head Full of Cotton Wool

Not the title of a new novel, but my state of being. Thanks to the changeable weather in Cape Town, and returning to a very wet and chilly Johannesburg, I now have a cold. Actually, it's not a very serious cold, except that my head feels ... well, full of cotton wool!

While I dose myself full of Vicks Medinite and sleep it off, I'll leave you with a few images of one of our film locations from last week: the beach at Noordhoek, not unsurprisingly known as Long Beach.

PS: Sadly I took no pictures of my own, so I owe thanks to Google Search for all these pictures.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Quick Quote

Characters bring emotion to story, and emotion is what attaches readers to books.
- Bob Mayer, Write It Forward