Thursday, August 9, 2012

Prince, Bewitched - hot, very hot, romance. Coming soon!

Prince Xavier, Heir to the Throne, is ill and the greatest doctors in the land are stumped. So are the herbalists and soothsayers but Sylvie thinks she knows what the Prince's problem is. Faeries.

As they grow older, most children lose their ability to see the Fae but Sylvia never did and she's convinced they're behind the Prince's mysterious illness. When the King offers a million pound reward to anyone who cures his son, Sylvie sees this as the answer to all her dreams. Sylvie wants to open a hair salon and, with the money the King is offering, she could open a whole chain of them. She leaves her job and heads to London There is a huge queue outside Buckingham Palace but Sylvie manages to sneak in, find her way to Xavier and persuades him to let her try.

When she discovers that the Prince has been bewitched by two faeries who want to keep him in Fae, she must free him but will the price of the Prince's rescue be more than she's willing to pay?

Friday, June 22, 2012

Company of Liars - A Review

Company Of LiarsCompany Of Liars by Karen Maitland
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It is the Dark Ages, a time of superstition, lawlessness and disease. A trader in holy relics does good business at a market fair and takes pity on a strange, white-haired girl who is beaten by her master. The trader offers her food which she greedily acepts but this is a good deed that will not go unpunished. Narigorm, for such is the name of the girl, attaches herself to Camelot (as traders in holy relics were then known) and to the other travellers who gather around him.

The little band of men and women moves from town to town, fleeing before the Plague which has arrived in England from the continent and is spreading over the land but something as deadly as the Black Death shadows them. Narigorm is a diviner whose readings always come true, sometimes in unexpected ways but as the band moves around the country, Camelot begins to think Narigorm is much more.

As the members of this travelling band get to know each other better, disguises are either dropped or are torn away to reveal true identities. And one by one, the members of the band begin to die; they are either murdered or they take their own lives.

This was a fabulous book. I’d classify it as a literary horror where the tension slowly builds, creeping up on you on silent feet. Ms. Maitland accomplishes the difficult task of bringing the Middle Ages vividly to life.

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Dreaded Rejections!

I'm sorry but your story does not meet our requirements at this time, our publishing schedule already has several debut writers so we are not taking on any more, you have a great story but we are already publishing a lot of vampire novels so we cannot accept yours, Dear Ms. Tina Neill, Thanks for your submission but it does not meet our needs at this time.
I think all writers have probably gotten a rejection at one time or another – for a manuscript or maybe for an idea. Rejections are basically a fact of life for us but they’re not all bad, no, not even those generic ones that don’t get our names right. Why? Well, because getting a rejection means you sent out a submission. That’s a fabulous thing right there. I’ve met dozens of people who say they’d love to be published but, guess what, only half have even started a manuscript and, of those, only a handful finished it. Of those who completed their manuscript, very few have actually had the courage to send it around to agents or publishers. So you’re way ahead of the pack.
But what if your rejection from No.1 Publishing House had your name on it…and, gasp, what if the editor said your manuscript wasn’t what they were looking for but that tastes were different and encouraged you to keep trying with other houses? Clearly, this is a much more desirable rejection than the first. It’s not as good as an acceptance, of course, but it acknowledges a universal truth – beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So stock up on the stamps and the Tyvek envelopes and keep the mailman busy or keep your index finger limber and keep pressing Send.

Okay, now let’s say you’ve sent that baby out to about twenty different publishers and, kind as the rejections have been, they’ve still been rejections. Well, now might be the time to put aside the manuscript for a few months and start working on something else if you haven’t already. In a few months, you might see that what you’re been trying to sell to publishers as a straight historical could possibly be amended to become more of a gothic with paranormal elements. Or maybe that contemporary could be either sexed up way more or made more inspirational (remember both the erotic and inspiration markets are doing really well).

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Five Naughty New Year Resolutions

There's no time like the New Year to let your naughty side out but here are some resolutions to help you keep it going, all year long. Nope, they're in no particular order so pick and choose at will.

1. Want to spice things up in your relationship? Why not send your man a naughty text when you know he's in a meeting? If you're really daring, send him a picture. He won't be able to wait to get home to you, all hot and bothered!

2. Try your hand at erotica! That's right, write a short story starring the two of you and read it out to him when you're in bed. Let him see a side of you, you've kept hidden. And if you can act it out, all the better!

3. Heading out to dinner? Don't tell him anything but when you've been seated, let him know in any way you choose, that you forgot your panties at home. Naughty, naughty girl!

4. So we all know men are heavily turned on by the visual, right? Brush up on your stripping skills and give him a show every now and then. Go shopping at your favorite naughty store and let him choose the outfit. Don't be embarrassed! Your guy loves you, all of you so don't worry about whatever jiggles!

5. Learn what turns you on and don't be shy about asking for it. The better satisfied you are, the more you'll want to satisfy your partner. So check around on the Net and see what pleasurable goodies you can discover! This may be a good place to start!