Saturday, February 26, 2011

All Round Update

I've had a busy few weeks and have been totally slacking off on the whole blog scene, so lucky I've been featuring guest authors to keep you all entertained!
I at last managed to get back past the halfway point with Ric and Madi's story since I started the re-write, so I'm hoping in another few weeks I should have it finished and submitted. Since I wrote 5000 words yesterday, I'm thinking this book will be wrapped up sooner rather than later. I'm looking forward to starting the third book in my Sanctuary series.
Dead Reality got a lovely reader review on Goodreads and yesterday I added Severance to the site.
In other, more vague news, I've had a couple of requests in the last few weeks. I won't go into any detail, because I'd like to see if anything comes of them first. One was for Atrophy, and if I manage to get anywhere with this submission, it would literally be a dream come true.
The other was for a young adult dystopian type story I wrote about eighteen months ago, titled First Dark. Again, it would be an absolute dream if anything comes out of it.
It'll likely be weeks, if not months before I hear back, so lucky I've got plenty to keep me occupied. Ric and Madi have some serious issues that need resolving, plus Marc and Charmeine are getting impatient for me to get back to the Sanctuary universe.
So, that's where things are at. This week I have Kiki Howell, so pop back on Wednesday if you'd like to know more about her mystical, sexy stories.
Oh, I almost forgot to mention. Yes, I have changed my blog style again. I felt like while all those books in the background were appropriate, they were looking a bit too busy, so have gone for something a little more simple. I'm still on the fence about whether I like it, but I think it looks cleaner.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Guest Author Jerri Drennen

Its been an interesting week. Some of you may have already heard the news about Joss Whedon's Firefly and if you haven't, have you been living under a rock?! I like to dream that this will result in the resurrection of the series, but I think its probably not very likely.


In other news, the Southern Hemisphere just can't seem to catch a break. First the devastating floods and cyclone here in Australia, and now yesterday, New Zealand was hit by one of the most destructive earthquakes in its history. A lot of people have died already and its likely the death toll will rise in the coming days. Many Australians live in New Zealand, just as many people from NZ live here in Australia. So, my thoughts and prayers are with those affected by this tragedy.
Alright, let's get into this week's interview.


Welcome! Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are.


I'm Jerri Drennen. I'm a wife, Mother and an Author. I live in Missouri, though I was raised in a tiny little town Minnesota.


Please tell us a bit about your book.

Untouched is about two people who meet in the Amazon and the heat of the jungle only adds to their passion.


What was the motivation/idea behind this book/these characters?

I wanted to write something to do with The Knights Templar and these characters came out to play.


Did you enjoy writing this book, or did you have some tough times with it?

I loved writing the story. It was my first attempt at action-adventure romance. I did need to do a lot of research, but that was fun as well.


When / Where / How do you write?

I usually do my writing early in the morning before anyone else is up. I have an office off my living room where I work. I write on my computer.


Do you have some other qualification/interest/something else you do besides being a writer? I'm a mother of 4. That has kept me pretty busy and I have a number of furbabies as well.

What book/s are you reading at the moment?

Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin


Do you have any authors who were your inspiration/hero?

I loved reading Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux and Johanna Lindsey before I started writing.


What are you working on right now?

It's a paranormal romantic suspense titled Trace of Magic. A Wiccan woman moves to a small town and strange things happen. Could it be Salem Witch hunts all over again?


Do you have any other books out you'd like to mention?

I have a number of them. With Samhain, I have Fire & Ice, Inventing the Abbotts, Mauvelous and Caddy-Did. With The Wild Rose Press I have Grace Under Fire.

Thank you for having me.


Thanks for visiting, Jerri, it was a pleasure!

Blurb


Botanist Madeline Wentworth is relieved to be heading into the Amazon, far from the university and the vicious rumors circulating about her failed love affair. But on arriving in Peru, her team finds their guide dead with a small puncture wound to his neck. Waiting to replace him is Travis Kane, Amazon guide, treasure hunter, and superhunk. Mattie is instantly attracted but uncomfortably suspicious. When a member of her team falls ill and a similar puncture wound is found on his body, her suspicions deepen.

Travis has stuck with being a jungle guide for over ten years despite a run of unsavory clients. The rain forest is full of hidden ruins and undiscovered treasure, and he’s determined to find his share. But when his grandfather dies, leaving a letter boasting of Templar gold, he’s sure it's nothing more than an old man’s delusion. Everything changes when he finds his grandfather’s map. With high hopes, he leads Mattie’s team into the rain forest and finds himself overwhelmed by the beautiful blonde. When the group is attacked and has to fight its way out of the jungle, Travis discovers something more precious than gold--the love of a woman who’s made him want to be a better man.


Excerpt

Travis stripped the clothes from his body and waded into the cool water, determined to lose that picture before his swim was over. He had to get a few hours sleep tonight or he’d have a hard time staying awake tomorrow.
For what seemed like an hour, he swam, gliding fluidly on the surface of the water, hoping it’d tire him out.
A splashing sound from the edge of the pool put him on alert.
He treaded water, his gaze darting around the pool, then coming to land on Mattie, whose barely-clothed body skimmed through the water, the moonlight casting a glow around her as if she were a ghost.
Travis sucked in a breath, caught up in her movement as she closed in on him.
What the hell was she doing? He had only so much control, and it was being seriously diminished by the look in her eyes.
As she neared, he struggled to breathe. “What do you want, Mattie?”
“I couldn’t sleep.” The words came out in a seductive whisper, and his cock throbbed under the cool water.
Christ Almighty. How was he going to fight his desire when everything she did turned him on?
“You’re going to be worn out if you don’t get some rest.” Was he telling her or himself that?
“You haven’t been sleeping either, have you?” She inched closer to him.
If not for the water swirling around him, he‘d have gone up in flames. “I‘m used to not getting much rest in the jungle.“She smiled, then dunked her head under the water and resurfaced.
As if in a trance, Travis watched her hands glide down her long blonde tresses, wringing out the water, the droplets on her face shining in the moonlight. He was lost in her eyes–lost in one particular drop of water on her plump bottom lip. Never in his life had he wanted to kiss a woman so badly. He could almost feel her mouth fused on his–taste the cool water on her lips.
This was insane.
She was on the move again, skimming through the water, her intent clear. She wanted him to kiss her, and more. How could he resist the open seduction, especially with his body screaming to stop thinking and start kissing?
When her toes curled around his beneath the water, an electric current shot up his leg, spreading out to every appendage, causing one in particular to go rigid.
She reached a wet hand out and traced the line of his bottom lip. “You have a beautiful mouth.“ It was said so low he wondered if she‘d meant to say it aloud.
This whole thing was getting out of control fast. He either had to stop her now or kiss her until she passed out.
Her index finger dipped into his mouth.
Shit.


Review
http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/recommended-reviews/november-2010-recommended-reads/untouched-by-jerri-drennen

Friday, February 18, 2011

Win A Copy of Severance!

I've decided to do a Facebook giveaway!
If you want to win an e-book copy of Severance, all you have to do is go leave a comment on my Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jess-Anastasi/129441077081452

The winner will be drawn on Saturday, so head over and get in the draw. Good luck!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Guest Author Elaina Lee

I was lazy between last week and this week. I kept thinking 'I really should put up a blog post about something' but never quite got around to it. But, I have been very busy since then - so much writing to do, so little time. Later in the week I'm thinking of posting on how much I suck at writing the synopsis.
For now, we have with us a sensual romance author, Elaina Lee, who some how manages to write with a toddler and a teenager at home. Yes, I am in awe.

Welcome! Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are.
I am Elaina Lee, writer of sensual romance. I can't seem to stay in a specific genre (though romantic suspense is my favorite), so I just say romance *grin*. I also design cover art for Astraea Press. I'm the mother of a teenager and a toddler. Yes, you may give me a hug, I'm always accepting them!

Please tell us a bit about your book.
Written in Blood is a dark and intense sensual romantic suspense. It takes place in Portland Oregon and my main characters are completely forbidden to be in a relationship together.

What was the motivation/idea behind this book/these characters?
I wanted to create a hero that could pass as a villain. As a result I needed a heroine who could handle a man like this. I also wanted to write a flawed heroine who'd made all the wrong choices up to this point and has to learn how to make the right ones for once in her life.

Did you enjoy writing this book, or did you have some tough times with it?
Oh I absolutely loved writing this book. The chemistry between my characters was smoldering. I did have tough times with certain scenes, but that's because they were emotionally difficult to write.

When / Where / How do you write?
I write whenever I get a spare five minutes, with ear buds in. Though, if I write with my toddler in the room, he's often sitting beside me and stealing an ear bud out of my ear. Makes it a little hard to write then. *grin*

Do you have some other qualification/interest/something else you do besides being a writer?
I also design cover art and headers for writers, but I like to think of myself as a writer first.

What book/s are you reading at the moment?
I am currently reading a book on archaeology.

Do you have any authors who were your inspiration/hero?
Shelby Reed is a huge inspiration to me. I miss her and her constant positive attitude. I hope someday the writing fates see it fit to shove into a group together again. Cherise Sinclair, Amber Green, Jerri Drennen, and Ali Katz are other writers I just want to give a hug too as well. And hopefully the up and coming Cate Chase, I'd be nothing without her support. Hugs, Cate!

What are you working on right now?
A Southern Romantic Comedy! I'm writing it for my mother. I told her the premise and she was laughing so hard she was crying. I knew if I could get it out on paper the way I'd described it, the book would be a super fun read. Here's me crossing my fingers!

Do you have any other books out you'd like to mention?
I don't have a release date yet, but Decadent Publishing is releasing a contemporary romance novella of mine titled, First Kiss.

This was a really, really great interview! Thank you so much, Jess!

Thanks for visiting, Elaina, it was wonderful having you here!


BLURB -

Lyndi Crisdean is assigned one of the hardest cases in her career as a defense attorney. A serial murder case. Investigating is Alek Trevian, the lead investigator for the district attorney, and a handsome and supremely dangerous man. Lyndi finds herself in over her head when she chooses desire for Alek over common sense. If they're caught, Lyndi will lose everything she's worked for. Circumstances beyond her control pull her toward Alek, for he turns out to be the only one who can help when threats start to mount against her.

Lyndi may be the key Alek needs to bring down a murderous cult running loose in his city. When her beach house is broken into and a man begins to tail Lyndi, Alek can't help but reason Lyndi may be next on the cult's hitlist. The question is, will he discover the identity of the cult, keep her safe, and still win the case against the serial killer she's defending, all while losing a battle against the strong, untamable desire she alone ignites within him?

EXCERPT -

Warmth and the faint, woodsy notes of his cologne surrounded her as he braced his forearm on the wall above her. She pressed her back into the wall. Her heart pounded. He leaned in, and his mouth brushed against her ear. The moist heat of his breath caused a shiver to race up her spine.
"You know, I don't think I can stop myself from kissing you when I get the chance," he whispered, and Lyndi squeezed her eyes shut as a tremor of desire rushed through her body. "Any objections?"
Words lodged in her throat. All she could manage was to open her lips. Just enough for him to take her silence as the invitation he obviously needed, for his mouth to crash onto hers.
Rational thought fled. Her purse and keys thudded to the floor. She wrapped her arms around his neck and pushed her body to his. Everything about this was wrong, so, so wrong. Yet she couldn't stop her mouth from opening. Couldn't deny the way his tongue sweeping past her lips brought a tremor of excitement she'd never experienced before.
His mouth slanted over hers, and Lyndi clung to him, her legs weak. With a heavy thump, her body hit the wall as he pressed against her. Cold air brushed her skin, and she realized he'd untucked her shirt. Feather light, his fingers brushed along the sensitive flesh of her side. When his mouth pulled free, she almost welcomed the reprieve. His touch brought a wave of teasing pleasure on the way toward her breast.
Agonizingly slow, his fingers trailed up her ribs. His lips worked their way down her jaw, to her neck, stopping over her pounding heartbeat. Lyndi dropped her head back, and a tiny moan escaped before she could stop it. Underneath the underwire of her bra, his hand finally settled over her breast. Her nipple peaked, and she arched into his grasp. His hand gently massaged and pulled.
"Perfect," he purred against her skin, and Lyndi almost melted to the floor.
Once again, his lips found hers. His tongue teased, exploring her mouth, but never allowing her control. Then his hand slid free of her bra, and she wanted to cry.
His hand slipped out and the cool satin of her shirt settled over her skin, reminding her of what used to be there, bringing attention to the tendrils of longing deep within her. Slowly, his mouth eased away from hers. She knew she should be thankful he stopped, but she wasn't. She wanted more. Lots more.
He bent down and picked her things off the floor. He handed her the keys and purse. "You be careful, and drive to work from now on."
All she could do was watch as he walked down the hall and then disappeared onto the elevator. Resting her head back against the wall, she tried to take a deep, calming breath. The effort was useless. The man was going to kill her long before anyone else would get the chance . . . .

Buy Links - You can find it on Amazon, Bookstrand, All Romance and of course my publishers site, Noble Romance

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Guest Author Veronica Lynch

Today we have with us another guest author, Veronica Lynch, who writes shorter romantic suspense. I don't have anything else I need to say beforehand, so let's get straight to it!


Welcome! Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are.
Currently I am published in short length romance fiction--and quite content with that. I write under another author name, longer lengths, grittier hard-core romantic suspense. Writing as Veronica showed me I am capable of writing a good story in less than 25,000 words. I never thought I'd be able to do that.

Please tell us a bit about your book.
The List is part of the Class of '85 series out of the Wild Rose Press. It is the story of Fiona Thorpe, the girl voted most likely to explode, who returns to her 25th high school reunion, intent on exacting retribution against those who bullied and abused her during her school years. The title is self-explanatory.

What was the motivation/idea behind this book/these characters?
I had an interest in the effects of bullying, immediate and long term. The idea of this woman, probably 1/3 her former size with a successful career, returning to confront high school bullies and thumbing her nose at them was enormously appealing to me. On the other side of the coin, the former bully turned Paladin who now defends the helpless was equally appealing.

Did you enjoy writing this book, or did you have some tough times with it?
I had a lot of fun with it and it surprisingly went very fast. Much faster than any other story.

When / Where / How do you write?
I am retired so I have the luxury of being able to write any time, any where—when I'm not providing child care for two of my grandchildren. After 40+ years of marriage if the husb can't fend for himself, I've not done my job.

Do you have some other qualification/interest/something else you do besides being a writer?
I am a nurse by first profession so occasionally I pop into a local law practice and review medical records for them, write demand for settlement letters to insurance carriers or advise on medical malpractice cases. I also am a crafter. I make tote bags and infant items, diaper bags, costumes for my grand-daughters. Eventually I hope to branch out into doll clothes, but those dolls are gonna have to be awful big.

What book/s are you reading at the moment?
JR Ward's Crave. Love it.

Do you have any authors who were your inspiration/hero?
John R. Maxim; David Wiltse; Nora Roberts; Robert B. Parker; Janet Evanovich; William Diehl; Eileen Dreyer.

What are you working on right now?
I'm working on a series of romantic novellas some with elements of suspense for Decadent Publishing, based on a poem by Henry vanDyke titled Those Who Love. It's set on the shores of Lake Ontario in western New York State. The characters are affiliated with the criminal justice system in some capacity.

Do you have any other books out you'd like to mention?
Thanks!! Those Who Wait, available now from www.DecadentPublishing.com; Embraceable You [under my alternate author name Kat Henry Doran] available March 16, 2011 at http://www.thewildrosepress.com/

Is there something I haven't asked that you'd like to tell us?
I'd like to speak about movies that have had a profound effect on my life, personal and professional:
Romero
The Stoning of Soraya M
The Official Story
Cautiva
The Accused
The Killing Fields
Steel Magnolias
Thanks so much for joining us, Veronica!

EXCERPT:
Frustrated with the holdup, Fee glanced around the room, hoping to see Dru the minute she entered the ballroom. A hand on her arm claimed her attention. “Here comes someone you should meet.”
“Who?”
“Last year's Eastman Award winner,” Rafe said, “and a helluva nice guy.”
“Where?”
“There, coming toward us.”
One nano-second later, all thoughts of revenge evaporated like steam out of a boiling kettle.
Thick gold hair flecked with gray grazed the collar of his jacket. His features were weathered—as if he'd already lived ten times over. Broad through the shoulders and chest, and narrow at the waist and hips, he possessed the long legs of a broken-field runner. Moving across the parquet floor as if born to a runway, he looked confident and at ease with himself. Without disrupting that graceful, fluid motion, he undid his tie, then shrugged out of his suit jacket.
She'd almost given up on finding a man like this.
This one had the Look.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Another Fantastic Review for Dead Reality

I've had a hard weekend. Its been one of those rare times when I momentarily asked myself if I'll ever get the hang of this whole writing gig. If there's one thing I've learned about this industry, its that you constantly take a step forward, only to take two or three steps back again.
But it's funny how one email can change everything, remind you why you're doing what you're doing, remind you why you go through the stress, why you work on the weekends and at night when everyone else has gone to bed.
I'm happy to share yet another great review for Dead Reality, featured over at the Long and Short Romance Reviews blog. Its great to see that so far, even though the reviews have been worded differently, they're all saying basically the same thing: that sexual tension, suspense, action and plot flow are all working well, creating a page turner that's hard to put down.
Though I love my angels/demons series, I know sci-fi isn't for everyone and it probably won't reach as wide an audience as my romantic suspense will. So if I can make a bit of a name for myself as a suspense author, I'll be more than happy.
Here's what the reviewer said:

She’s an FBI agent, so is he. And he’s her new supervisor. He’s also very, very handsome.

Ms. Anastasi sets up a very fast-paced plot with lots of action and suspense. Both her lead characters are strong loners who do their jobs very well and are job smart. She sprinkles in odd characters to make the story more interesting, and even those characters can be deadly. You find yourself turning the pages quickly to see what will happen next.

The attraction between the two FBI agents is immediate. The author uses that as one more complication in this tale of trying to nail a sexual predator. The danger equation is high; more than one person wants to hurt Ella. Throw in a sexual relationship between the two FBI agents and the tension just ratchets up to another level. They try to stay away from each other so they can work on the case efficiently but the danger to Ella is real and Bryce can’t be too far away and still protect her.

I found the plot plausible, well laid out, and Ms. Anastasi’s writing style flows well. The story line sticks together well, you can feel the tension and danger, and she keeps you wondering if the Lord is really the killer or not…

I also enjoyed watching the two lead characters find out that love was stronger than the barriers they’d set up in their lives. The story is “R” rated, but the sex scenes don’t overwhelm the story. If you like a good mystery with romance, this book is for you.

And here's the link if you'd like to go see it in it's natural environment:

http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2011/02/dead-reality-by-jess-anastasi.html

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Guest Author Ursula Grey

Today we have Ursula Grey visiting, a very talented author who writes in several different genres.
Just a side note before we start things rolling, I found out today that my publisher, Noble Romance Publishing, will be having a big giveaway on Valentine's Day, the major prize being a Kindle. There'll be lots of other goodies to win as well, I'll post the details in the coming days. Now let's get on with it!

Welcome! Please introduce yourself and tell us a bit about who you are.
Hello! I'm Ursula Grey. I write romance, romantic suspense, erotic romance, erotic historical romance, mainstream, women's fiction ~ I'd like to think I'm an author who has the ability to cross genres, and maybe play a little so that some of my titles contain elements of different genres all within the same book. Perhaps that sounds confusing, but I've always admired authors who could transcend one particular genre and come up with something totally different in their work.

Please tell us a bit about your book.
Second Chances is my baby. It's my first novel length work and I would categorize it as more of a mainstream work with elements of romance, suspense, chick lit, and more. The women in the book will hopefully appeal to a broad age group as we have a teen, a 30 something, and a 50+ character ~ all who find love, I might add. In the process, they get the opportunity to travel to France.


What was the motivation/idea behind this book/these characters?
I love France. It is a country I never tire of visiting. It's not surprising that a few of my stories take place there. The characters? They are a little bit of every woman I think. One of the characters, Jeanne, reminds me a lot of an old friend of mine. She never thought about her age; she did what she wanted to do, when she wanted to do it. I found that to be an admirable character trait and imbued Jeanne with the same joie de vivre as my real life friend.

Did you enjoy writing this book, or did you have some tough times with it?
I enjoyed writing Second Chances. The writing flowed and the plot fell into place. Don't get me wrong, writing is hard work, but it is also very rewarding to complete an actual novel! Writing Second Chances proved to me that I had the fortitude and determination to realize one of my personal goals. For that reason, this book will always be special to me.

When / Where / How do you write?
I usually settle in after work and write for a few hours, trying to accomplish more on the weekends. I have a little writing room set off from the rest of the house…I'm one of those people who require as little distraction as possible when writing! I'm definitely a pantser and find my story moves along as I write. That's when the ideas come. Or shall I say, that's when the characters decide to take me where they'd like to go.

What book/s are you reading at the moment?
Right now, I'm reading Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey, (in print), and on my Kindle, it's Gothic Blue, by Portia da Costa. They're both excellent reads!

Do you have any authors who were your inspiration/hero?
Some of my favorite authors are Rose Tremain, Margaret Atwood, and Joyce Carol Oates. As far as erotic romance, I do love Nancy Madore, Portia da Costa, and Jess Michaels.

What are you working on right now?
I'm currently working on a novella set during the Victorian Era. The heroine is an amnesia victim ~ at least that's what she tells her doctor…Still much work to do, but it's coming along.

Do you have any other books out you'd like to mention?
The Divine Matches Anthology was recently released by eXcessica and my short story, Heph’s Revenge is included. The story revolves around Hephaestus, and what happens when he discovers the antics taking place between his wife Aprhodite and the god of war, Ares. If gods and goddesses and all things mythological intrigue you, I urge you to pick up a copy. I enjoyed writing it ~ I should mention that this is an erotic story...
I’ve also another work with eXcessica entitled, A Day in April 1944. It’s about a French woman working for the Resistance who shelters an American pilot who awakens her sexuality. Again, it’s an erotic romance, which I’m proud to say, garnered Recommended Reads at the Literary Nymphs, Fallen Angel and Dark Diva review sites.
Also I'm pleased to say that my novella, Adelaide's Adventure, will soon be published with Noble Romance. It's an erotic romance that takes place in the Old West…in a stagecoach...Check my website for updates!

Is there something I haven't asked that you'd like to tell us?
Only that Second Chances is special to me. It was my first full-length novel and is filled with characters any woman can relate to regardless of age. I hope that readers will give it a chance and let me know what they think! Thanks for having me Jess. I enjoyed visiting your blog and look forward to your visit!


Thanks so much for dropping in, Ursula, it was a pleasure having you here!

Second Chances Blurb:

Chance encounters bring together three women from very different walks of life and with little in common—except for the desire to obtain a second chance at life…and perhaps even love? A mysterious birthday gift, a husband’s devastating deception, and a secret past during World War II send the women on an unforgettable journey to France that will change their lives forever.

Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Chances-BookStrand-Publishing-Romance-ebook/dp/B0035YDM30/

EXCERPT:

Always an early riser, Jeanne rose with the sun, regardless of the time her head hit the pillow. At exactly five, her eyes popped open. Just as well. There was plenty to do. She donned her bathing cap and swimsuit, and before six had completed ten laps in the pool. Harry had given her a difficult time about installing it, but she knew if she could convince him it would be good for business the pool would be hers.
The only form of exercise that didn’t bore her, swimming sculpted her fifty-four year old body. The result was a sleek and toned look—all the incentive she needed to jump in each morning at exactly five fifteen. All thoughts drifted from her mind as her body took over, her breathing rhythmic and the movement of her arms and legs, synchronized.
* * * *
Gwen stood near the bedroom window and watched Jeanne complete lap after lap. Why, the older woman was in better shape than she was. She examined herself in the mirror and frowned, turning away. No wonder Jay left me for another woman. Look at me! Lumpy clusters of cellulite formed pockets around her thighs, and her muscle tone reminded her of one big bowl of Jell-O.
Admittedly, she had allowed all those society luncheons to go straight to her hips and thighs. Her sallow complexion gave no indication that summer had arrived. After throwing on a robe, she plopped onto the side of the bed and felt the tears coming on. A knock at the door constructed the only barrier between her composure and another crying jag.
“Gwen, are you awake?” whispered Delia. The wind chime effect of her voice surprised Gwen each time she heard it. She rose and opened the door. There stood Delia. The freshness of youth belied the effects of the festivities of the night before. Oh, to be young again.
“Hey, what do you say we go for a swim? I know it’s early, but I just love the water and I figured you could use a swim.”
“You noticed, huh?”
“Noticed what, Gwen?”
"That I need to drop a few pounds, that I need some exercise, that I’m overweight, and just not what I used to be?”
“Well, no, that’s not exactly what I meant, Gwen. You look fine to me. I just wanted some company. But, hey, if that’s how you really feel, then it can’t hurt to join me, can it?”
Gwen found herself at a loss for words. I suppose she’s right, she thought. Before she could respond, Delia interrupted.
“Larry never appreciated my opinions, but I was never one to hold back on them. I tell it like it is most times, Gwen. Now I’m going to throw on a T-shirt and shorts and I’ll meet you down there.”
Delia was already in the pool when she arrived downstairs. Jeanne, in the kitchen preparing breakfast, hummed to herself.
“Go on, Gwen. Go for a swim with the girl. She could use some company. Seems to me she’s had a hard life for a child so young.” Jeanne made a clucking sound with her tongue and shook her head. “I don’t know what the world is coming to. God only knows where her mother and father are, but I tell you, if she were mine, she wouldn’t be running around almost getting herself killed.”
“You’re right, Jeanne. She can use the company, and I can use the exercise, so off I go. But look, let’s talk later. I don’t know what Delia has in mind as far as where she’s headed, but I can’t see dropping her off on some street corner and leaving her in the hands of who or whatever is out there. She’s got a good head on her little shoulders, and you know I’ve grown quite fond of her in this short time.” Gwen knew that she couldn’t allow Delia to put her life at risk on the streets again. “Funny, though, here I am giving advice and I don’t even know where I’m going!”
“Oh, you’ll find your way, dear. You’re young and attractive. Why, you have your entire life ahead of you,” said Jeanne, sorting through a colander filled with blueberries.
“Do you really think so?”
“Have you ever looked at yourself?” Jeanne wiped her hands on the apron tied around her waist and turned to Gwen. “You probably don’t even realize how lovely you are.”
Gwen’s eyes grew moist. “Thanks, Jeanne. I really needed to hear that. Now I’d better get out there before I change my mind.” She wrapped her towel around her waist and snatched a blueberry from the sorted and washed batch. Smiling at Jeanne, she made her way down to the pool.
Delia floated on her back then broke into a leisurely backstroke when she arrived. “Come on in,” she shouted, “the water’s fine!” At home in the water, she slid under then emerged. Hair slicked back and glistening in the sun, her smile revealed even white teeth.
“Okay, Miss Mermaid, give me a moment, won’t you?” Gwen shed the towel that covered the shorts and tank top she’d hurriedly stuffed into her small luggage bag. Delia giggled and continued gliding across the sparkling surface of the water. She slipped into the pool and began the process of becoming reacquainted with the water. Never comfortable in water, it took her a few moments to get her bearings. I must have drowned in a past life, she thought as she tried to coordinate the movement of her arms and legs in addition to trying to breathe without inhaling water. She’d do okay in a swimming pool with a lifeguard nearby, but if she happened to go overboard on a cruise or sailboat in a real body of water, she’d be a goner. It wasn’t long until those swimming lessons she’d hated as a girl came back to her with each stroke.
She counted the laps in her head and decided that six would be enough for today. She lost her concentration when she detected what she thought was a muffled scream. Gwen lifted her head above the water in time to see Delia dragged—kicking and screaming—toward an old Chevy by a giant of a man.


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Best Quotes of the Vampire Diaries, Season 1

Yes, I belatedly realized this morning that last week I did indeed promise my compiled list of the best quotes from Vampire Diaries, season 1. Tomorrow I have another interview going up, this time with author Ursula Grey, so make sure you visit for that.
Now, without any more delay, here is it!

(Elana) "Wow. Tactless. I'm sorry. It's the fog, it's making me foggy and back there, there was this bird and it was all very Hitchcock for a second. That's the bird movie, right?"
> Elana's nervous rambling when she talks to Stephan for the first time.

(Damon's one liners) "Living room, parlour, Southeby's auction. Its a little too kitchy for my taste."
"That's for me to know and you to dot, dot, dot."
"BTW. That means 'by the way'."
"Guess I could seduce her the old fashioned way... Or I could just eat her."
"Some girls just can't resist my good looks, my style, my charm, and my unflinching ability to listen to Taylor Swift."
"This is a John Varvartos, dude. Dick move."
>Damon upset about his shirt being ruined when Stephan stabs him.
"What's so special about this Bella girl? Edward is so whipped."
"You're dead, dude. Get over it!"
"Don't look at me with those judgy eyes."
"Don't listen to him, he lives on a moral plain way out of our eyeline."
"And good morning to you, little miss I'm-on-a-mission."
"You confuse me for someone with remorse."
"Stephan smiles. Alert the media!"
"Consider this psychopath's feelings hurt."
"Oh god, it hurts. See, this is why I eat people."
>Damon experiencing Stephan's 'diet'.
"We're a team. We could try out for the Amazing Race."
"You know what happens if you don't eat, you'll get all rotting and crusty."
"Stephan likes puppy blood. Little golden retriver puppies with cute floppy ears. That's his favorite."
"I'm not going to give it over to Isobel so she can give it to John, who's going to turn around and kill me right away. I like being a living-dead person."

(Tyler) "You just gonna stand there looking like one of those garden trolls?"
(Matt) "Gnomes."
(Tyler) "Whatever."

(Caroline) How come you don't sparkle?"
(Damon) "Because I live in the real world where vampires burn in the sun."

(Caroline) "'Older sexy danger guy?' Is that an official twitter tweet?"

(Damon) "Its cool not getting old. I like being the eternal stud."
(Stephan) "Yes, being a 150 year old teenager has been the height of my happiness."

(Vicki) "Why do I have to pee? I thought I was dead."

(Lexie) "'Unexpected surprise?' I think the wrong brother went back to high school."

(Damon) "Lucky shot."
(Stephan) "More like a carefully honed skill over many decades."
(Damon) "You're beating me."
(Stephan) "Well, yeah, because I'm better than you."

(Stephan) "Are you alright?"
(Damon) "No. I was ambushed, I was shot, and now I'm vengeful."

(Matt) "So stop your little bromance bitch act."
>Matt telling Tyler like it is.

(Stephan) "I'm sorry it won't be any help to your Diabolic Plan: The Sequel."

(Damon) "I say we go to Perl's, bust down the door and annihilate the ape that attacked us last night."
(Stephan) "Yeah, and then what? We turn to the of the house of vampires and say 'oops, sorry.'"

(Damon) "How long are you going to blame me for turning your birth mother into a vampire?"
(Elana) "I'm not blaming you, Damon. I've accepted the fact that you're a self-serving psychopath with no redeeming qualities."
(Damon) "Ouch."

(Stephan) "What do you mean? I'll be perfectly safe. I have Damon the self serving psychopath on my side."
(Elana) "Well, that's comforting."

(Alaric) "She's threatening to go on a killing spree."
(Damon) "Oh... I take it that's not okay with you guys?"

(Alaric) "Hell, you're a dick and you kill people, but I still see something human in you. With her, there was nothing."

So that's what I've got. I'm sure I probably missed some, sometimes I got so sucked into watching I forgot to take notes when something caught my attention. Next, I'm, thinking about doing another Supernatural one. You'd think I'd go on and do season 2, since I only ever did season 1. But I'm considering doing a season 4 or 5 re-watch. So, I'll take notes for whichever one I end up watching. Don't hold your breath, it could take me a few months, I don't tend to watch TV very often these days.
And now, back to actual work I will get paid for!