Wednesday, April 23, 2014

New Release Showcase!

I am overjoyed to announce the release of Light My World by my friend and former critique partner, Zee Monodee


About the author

Zee Monodee writes stories about love, life, relationships... in a melting-pot of culture

Zee is an author who grew up on a fence – on one side there was modernity and the global world, on the other there was culture and traditions. Putting up with the culture for half of her life, one day she decided she'd stand tall on her wall and dip toes every now and then into both sides of her non-conventional upbringing.

From this resolution spanned a world of adaptation and learning to live on said wall. The realization also came that many other young women of the world were on their own fence.
This particular position became her favorite when she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of writing – her heroines all sit 'on a fence', whether cultural or societal, in today's world or in times past, and face dilemmas about life and love.

Hailing from the multicultural island of Mauritius, Zee is a degree holder in Communications Science. She is a head-over-heels wife, in-over-her-head mum to a tween son, best-buddy-stepmom to a teenage lad, an incompetent domestic goddess, eternal dreamer, and an absolute, shameless bookholic. When she isn’t penning more stories and/or managing the Ubuntu line at Decadent Publishing, you can bet you’ll find her with her nose in her tablet, ‘drinking in’ a good book.

I had the honor of being one of the first people in the world to read this book after it was written, and I can tell you that if you enjoy multicultural/interracial/Bollywood stories, this is the one for you!


Blurb:

It is a truth universally acknowledged that to find a prince, a girl has to kiss a few frogs along the way. But what happens when a modern-day princess comes across…an ogre?

So what if a girl has to kiss a few frogs to find her prince?

Tired of her Indian-origin mother’s relentless matchmaking, Diya Hemant is determined to find her Prince Charming on her terms. Armed with a definitive list of requirements, she is sure she’ll know her man when she meets him…

But looking and finding are two different things, especially on the tiny island of Mauritius…

When her path crosses surly British widower Trent Garrison’s, it’s hate at first sight. And though fate keeps pitting her against him, she’s certain he can’t be turned into a frog let alone a prince.

Can this modern-day princess overcome her own expectations and see beyond the ogre to the man beneath?
  
Tidbits about this book & series 

- Light My World, is Diya’s hilarious quest to find Prince Charming in the sea of frogs that is Mauritius (well, what it is according to her perception!). Follow her on this desperate mission!

- Diya is an exception more than the norm – at 24, she has broken away from her family without burning any bridges, having her own place and business. A feat, when considering how parents hoard their kids until marriage on the island. One prison for another, as Diya sees it.

Excerpt:

Still squatting in front of the children, Diya peeked up for a first glance of him.

Brown linen trousers covered his long legs, and she craned her neck to take in his tall body and broad chest. He’d rolled the sleeves of his cream-colored shirt to his elbows, revealing big, powerful-looking hands and strong forearms dusted in dark hairs. A tense, corded neck lay visible beneath the open collar of the shirt, with a slightly pointed chin above it. Strong jaw, and chiseled, taut, handsome features. Deep-set grey eyes, very much like the elder boy’s, squinted at her beneath thick eyebrows the same hue as the neatly trimmed dark hair on his head.

Diya gaped. This hulking Adonis was her neighbor?

He has offspring to boot, whispered a little voice.

She snorted under her breath. Just her luck, again. He was taken. What is it with this weekend from hell?

“You?”

The word rolled off the Greek god’s tongue, and the British accent and disbelieving tone dripping with spite jolted her like an electric current.

This man, and the savage who’d hit her car the day before, were the same person.

The surprise zinged through her; she gasped, and brought her hand up to cover her mouth.
In doing so, she lost her balance and toppled over onto her ass to lay flat on her back. Pain from hitting the hard marble erupted all along her spine, and she caught herself before the back of her head smashed into the floor. Quick save, and thank goodness most of the broken glass lay in her flat, and not in the lobby. She’d have been in for some major injury, otherwise.

“Are you okay, miss?” a little voice asked.

Would this nightmare ever end? She must appear like an undignified heap, and there went all the leverage she could bring to this meeting. Humiliation piled onto her anger at being caught in such a stupid position, in front of him, no less.

“No, I’m not okay.” She glared at the oaf. “It’s all because of you, you beast.”

“Dad?” Matthew asked. “What’s he done?”

Confirmation he was the boys’ father. Great. Could something, anything, go right for her?

“Oh, forget it,” she said as her voice broke.

Shoot, she wouldn’t cry, would she?

“Of all the people in the world….”

He spoke the words softly. The disbelief in them wiped away her feelings of self-pity, and hurt like a stab, in the same go.

Was he rude by nature, or did he always itch for a fight? Either way, she wouldn’t let him off the hook.

“What?” she asked. “Go on. What were you gonna say?”

“Nothing,” he said through clenched teeth.

“It’s not nothing. So don’t be a chicken. Say it.”

He remained stubbornly silent.

She glowered up at him. “So?”

He tightened his jaw. “You’re the one person I hoped to never meet again.”

This had to strike beyond rude. What a bastard.

Outrage at his insult filled her, but the distaste for him and his cavemen-like ways won the battle. “Same here, mate.”

“You know each other?” Matthew asked as he peered back and forth at them.

“Yeah,” they both growled.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Till You Come Back to Me - Sneak Peek #3

I realize how neglectful I've been with this blog, but I'm getting Book Two in the Stafford Brothers series ready to go to my editor. When I tried to think of something to post...


So, I figured I would just share another unedited excerpt from Till You Come Back to Me. This is the scene when Charles Stafford makes his decision known to his family. Enjoy!



The family room of Charles’ parent’s Atlanta home buzzed with anticipation.  The family had all been together a few weeks ago to celebrate Christmas. This time, he had called them all together for a meeting without giving them an inkling of why, but he knew they would all show up out of mere curiosity.
When he arrived, Cydney, his brother Jesse’s wife was the first to greet him as she discreetly nursed their newborn in an easy chair in the corner. “Hey, brother-in-law! You have us all on pins and needles here. We’re just waiting for Nick. He went to Cherilyn’s church this morning.” She propped the little pink bundle on her shoulder and patted its back.
“They’re still seeing each other?” Charles asked. “I’m impressed. Okay. That’ll give me time to log on to my laptop.”
“Are you giving a symposium, Dr. Stafford?” she asked with a giggle.
He gave her the side eye. “No, Cyd. I’m Skypeing Marc and Greg, so they can be here with us.”
Ramona, who was married to his brother Vic, raised her perfectly-shaped eyebrows. “Wow, this must be serious.”
“Charles!” His mother, Lillian, came around the corner from the kitchen before he could answer. “I thought I heard your voice. “Do you mind telling your mother what this is all about?”
He kissed her cheek. “I want to talk to everyone at the same time, Mama. As soon as Nick gets here, I’ll get Marc and Greg on the computer. Where is everybody?”
“In the kitchen making sandwiches. You know if Daddy and your brothers don’t eat the second we get out of church, they think they’ll die. I sent the kids downstairs to watch a movie.”
Charles sat his laptop on the cocktail table in front of the sofa, plugged it in and hit the power button. “Since Nick’s not here yet, I’m going to make a sandwich.” He left the women in the family room.
“What’s this all about, Charles?” his father, Victor, Sr., asked when he entered the kitchen. “Why was it necessary to call the whole family together?”
“Did you guys leave any meat? I could use a sandwich before we get started,” he answered, scanning the counter and momentarily disregarding the older man’s interrogation. “Nick’ll be here in a few.”
His older brothers, Vic and Jesse shared a puzzled glance then Vic slid the bread, mustard and mayonnaise in Charles’ direction. They watched him in silence as he slathered the bread with mayonnaise then slapped together a combination of ham, turkey and cheese and poured a glass of apple juice.
“I have to set up this conference call on my laptop. If Nick isn’t here by the time I’m done, I’ll just start without him.”
The three doctors stared at him and nodded. “Who the hell is he conferencing?” Charles heard Jesse say as he left the room.
Thankfully, his baby brother walked in the door as he headed toward the computer. “It’s about time, man,” Charles grasped Nick’s hand and they bumped shoulders.
“I had to take Cherilyn home. What’s up, man? Why the appearance summons?”
“You’ll know in a few minutes. Do you know how to do a Skype call?”
“Sure. Don’t you?”
“Yes, but I’ve never done a conference call.”
“Who are you calling?”
“Marc and Greg.”
Nick’s cerulean gaze rested on his. “This must be major. Give me the numbers, and I’ll do it. Are they expecting the call?”
“I told them between two-thirty and three o’clock.”
Nick, the family cyber wizard, positioned himself in front of the computer. “They’ll be on the line in five minutes.”
“Okay. Let me get the rest of them from the kitchen.” Charles crossed the room and peered into the kitchen. “We’re almost ready. Come on.” His father bolted into the living room as though he couldn’t wait another minute to find out what this whole production was about. He took a seat next to his wife.
“Hey, Marc. It’s Nick. I’m arranging this call for Charles. Can you see me?”
“Uh huh, is everybody there?”
“Present and accounted for.”
“Hey, people!” Marc called from the screen. “Gianne is here with me. Say hi, baby.” Marc’s fiancée leaned in, waved and was met with a chorus of hellos.
 “Hold on, so I can get Greg.” Nick did his thing, and the last of his five brothers appeared on the screen from his Manhattan apartment. “We’re all in the family room.” He moved aside and let Charles take his place in front of the laptop.
“I obviously have an announcement to make, but first I want to say that I’ve been considering this decision for a couple of years.” He met Vic’s gaze, and his brother smiled. “And I discussed it with Marc when he was here a few months ago.” He paused, cleared this throat and met his father’s gaze. “I’ve put my practice up for sale, and I’m moving to Las Vegas to work with Marc for half of the year.” A collective gasp traveled around the room, but Charles was determined to finish. “The other half of the year I’ll be working with Doctors Without Borders performing reconstructive surgery in a small village hospital in Nigeria. As soon as the legal details are finalized with the real estate agent and the legal guys, I’ll be leaving.”
His mother grabbed his father’s hand. Cyd and Ramona put their heads together and whispered. An uneasy silence lingered until Greg spoke from the computer screen. “That’s fantastic, man! It takes a lot of guts to make a move like that.”
“I agree,” Marc chimed in. “If that’s where your heart is, go for it.”
“Did you talk him into this, Marcus?” his father challenged, clearly shocked by the news.
“Daddy.Daddy!” Charles raised his voice. “This was my decision. When I asked Marc if I could stay with him, he asked me how I planned to make any money during the half of the year I’d be in the States. At that point, I wasn’t sure, so he made me an offer.”
“Dammit, Charles! You’re a Board-certified plastic surgeon,” the older man blustered. I already have one son whose life goal is to be a gym rat.” He leapt from his seat, headed for the bar in the corner where he poured himself two fingers of Scotch and took a long sip.
Undeterred, Charles continued. “Doctors Without Borders is a highly respected organization, and if I’m ever going to do this, it has to be now while I’m single with no kids. If I divest most of my hard assets, I can have a nice cushion. After all, nobody needs a Benz or wardrobe of designer suits to operate in a remote third-world hospital.”
“I think it’s wonderful, Charles,” Cydney said, bouncing the sleeping baby across her lap.
Ramona just rolled her eyes. Pro-bono work of any kind ran contrary to her DNA.
His mother spoke up. “Victor, I think you’re losing sight of the real point here. We raised the boys to give back, didn’t we?”
“He doesn’t need to sell his practice and move to Las Vegas in order to give back, Charles. You can stay here in Atlanta and volunteer wherever you want. I know of colleagues who donate their time to DWB, but they only do short tours.”
“I thought about that, Daddy, but I don’t want to go that route. I’m sick and tired of catering to people’s narcissism. I want to help people, I mean, really help. If I have to enlarge any more lips, butts or boobs, I’ll lose my mind.”
His father slammed his glass on the table. “Boy, what is wrong with you? Those lips, butts and boobs paid off that $175,000 student loan debt!”
Charles stood his ground. “Right. So my time doing vanity surgery has served its purpose. This isn’t up for discussion. It looks as though I have a qualified buyer for my practice, and once the deal is finalized, I’ll be moving to Vegas.”
“So what will you be doing for Marc?” Cydney asked, obviously trying to intervene on the brewing verbal brawl simmering between father and son.
“I’ll be the suit, the one who visits corporations to sell them on the value of corporate fitness programs for their employees. Since the major corporations in Vegas are the casinos, they’ll be my targets. It should be interesting, since this will be my first stint as a businessman rather than a medicine man.”
“You’ll do just fine,” his mother reassured him. “I’m just concerned about the reports I’ve heard on the dangers of visiting Nigeria. That’s where they have all those kidnappings, isn’t it?”
“Yes, Mama, but it’s not like I’m a movie star or anything.” He chuckled. “Nobody would get anything out of kidnapping me.”
“Charles,” Marc interrupted. “I need you to call me as soon as you get your flight details.”
“Will do, man.”
“All right, folks. We’re signing off now. Gianne and I have things to do.”

COMING SOON!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Getting back to normal

Recovering from major surgery is no joke. Although I didn't experience any screaming, throbbing pain, I have had swelling and discomfort in the leg. The one after-effect I didn't expect was the tiredness. Perhaps it was from all the drugs they gave me in the hospital, but I tend to think it's because I broke my regular routine.



I never sleep during the day, but those first couple of days after surgery, I didn't do more than put some relaxing music on the TV and crash until the hospital staff came and woke me to take my vitals or get me up to move around.


Now every day when I lay down to work out my leg on the CPM machine, I go right to sleep. If I'm going to get any writing done, this is a habit I have to break immediately. Charles and Adanna are waiting for their happy ending. Here's another short, unedited excerpt:

 

The hospital staff and their guests settled under a white canopy covering two tables laden with bowls and platters. Nurse Okoro introduced their servers, three women from the village dressed in colorful traditional clothing and head wraps. Dr. Ijalana asked the women to serve the assistants first and instructed them to take turns checking on the patients. Charles bowed his head and silently offered a prayer over the food. Even though it smelled wonderful, most likely it contained ingredients he would never have eaten. The facilitator at the briefing mentioned the necessity of being careful not to insult the locals in any way, and one of those ways was by refusing food they had prepared. When he raised his head and opened his eyes, Nurse Okoro was studying him with a hint of a smile.

The new combined staff got to know each other while they ate. Charles took a few minutes talking with the two local doctors and the other nurse then settled in the seat next to Nurse Okoro.

“Can you tell me what all of this is," he nodded toward his plate.

"We asked the three best cooks in the village to prepare your first meal, and requested they fixed only chicken and vegetable dishes." He listened intently while she described the assortment of rice dishes, fruits and vegetables in detail.

"Thank you. Everything is delicious. You have a British accent. You weren’t born here in Nigeria?”

She smiled and her cheeks rose like apples on her high cheekbones. “I was born here, but my family moved to London when I was twelve, and we lived there until I graduated from nursing school.”

“Why did your family decide to return?”

“They didn’t. My parents still live in London, but my brother and I always wanted to come back.”

“That’s interesting. I’ve recently moved away from my family too. Have you ever visited the United States?”

“No, but it’s on my bucket list.” She laughed and her obsidian eyes danced. “Is this your first visit to our continent, Dr. Stafford?”

“Please, call me Charles. Yes, it is, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of Nigeria.”

“We have our problems, but Nigeria also has its own unique beauty both in the villages and in the cities. Are you staying in Lagos?”

As she spoke, Charles admired the slant of her eyes and the tempting pout of her full lips. “Yes, the organization put us up in apartments in Surelere.”  

"Really? That's not far from where I live. Are you satisfied with your accommodations?"

"So far. We only had time to unpack before the car arrived to bring us here."

Charles tore his gaze from her face when Dr. Pategi said, “Doctor Stafford, you will find our nurses to be invaluable to you,” he said with a wide smile. “Because our funding and staffing are limited, Nurse Okoro and Nurse Bankole have often had to handle patient care and perform procedures normally dealt with by physicians. Likewise, our nursing assistants have stepped in to take care of traditional nursing duties. We all pitch in whenever and wherever necessary.”

The way Dr. Pategi suddenly interrupted him, Charles wondered if he’d been ogling her. He gathered his senses and concentrated on her words rather than her face.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Status Update #2 - surgery journal

I had my knee replacement surgery on Thursday, the 27th. It went fabulously, and with my friends, church family and online friends praying, I had NO pain even after the drugs from the surgery wore off!

Here's a visual documentary of my past few days...

THURSDAY:


Okay, this is NOT me, but it's what I looked like after surgery (minus the handcuffs, LOL!)

FRIDAY:


By Friday afternoon, still no pain and no pain meds! I walked down to the Nurses' Station with the physical therapist. She called me a rock star and said most of her knee replacement patients only make it to the door of their room on the first day after surgery. Go me! 

SATURDAY:


I walked all the way to the hospital PT gym with the therapist and practiced going up and down the stairs a couple of times.

SATURDAY EVENING:



They released me to go home! Getting dressed was interesting...


 
This what the knee looked like yesterday before they unwrapped it.  

This is what it looks like today, only the whole thing is black and blue and all it has is a long vertical bandage!   

I'm resting, doing my leg exercises, reading and basically just chillin'. Tomorrow the physical therapist comes to the house to continue my PT.

Maybe I can get back to writing tomorrow, since TILL YOU COME BACK TO ME has to be to the editor in three weeks...




Once again, thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. They mean everything to me!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Author Spotlight - M J. Kane

One of my favorite things to do on this blog is help my fellow authors spread the word about their books. Today I have the pleasure of announcing a new release by my personal friend and colleague, M.J. Kane.



I met M.J. at a library function here in Atlanta several years ago, and we just hit it off. Since then we have attended writer seminars, workshops and events together, and she is now the leader of the writer's group I attend each month, the Wordsmiths of Clayton County.


About the Author:

M.J. Kane stumbled into writing. An avid reader, this stay at home mom never lost the overactive imagination of an only child. As an adult she made up stories, though never shared them, to keep herself entertained. It wasn’t until surviving a traumatic medical incident in 2006 that she found a reason to let the characters inhabiting her imagination free.  Upon the suggestion of her husband, she commandeered his laptop and allowed the characters to take life. It was that, or look over her shoulder for men caring a purple strait jacket. And the rest, as they say, is history.

You can find out what's going on with M.J. at any of these spots online:



About the Book:

Instead of planning her wedding, Kaitlyn Rodgers is facing motherhood alone, the pressures of a new job, and caring for her rebellious younger sister. What should have been the happiest time of her life turns into one stressful event after another.

After watching his father struggle to raise a family by himself, auto mechanic Antonio Rodriguez refuses to follow his father’s footstepseven if it means a lifetime of loneliness.

When Kaitlyn’s car breaks down, though, Antonio goes beyond auto repairs to take care of her needs. An unexpected friendship begins, allowing them a glimpse of happinessuntil the father of Kaitlyn’s child returns, ready to offer her marriage and a future. But at what cost?



Taking Care of Family…

Family can be the best thing that ever happened to us, or the biggest headache.  Regardless, family is something we can never run away from, no matter how hard we try.
For Kaitlyn Rodgers, having the perfect family is a dream. As the oldest of four kids, she watched her mother suffer from depression and dealt with a father who was dissatisfied with having daughters. She, and her youngest sister, Tiffany, were never ‘daddy’s little girls.’ Instead, he pushed her to work like a boy on the family farm. The work toughed her up, but the lack of love on his end and support from her mother made getting away from home her motivation to succeed. Along the way, she developed a love of acting and fashion. Kaitlyn earned a scholarship to UCLA, and fulfilled her dream to work in Hollywood. Becoming an actress was never her goal, though. Instead, she became a costume designer for a major television show.

Despite finding success in her profession, Kaitlyn is estranged from her parents. She keeps in touch with her siblings and adopts her best friends, Ebony and Yasmine, as her away-from-home-family. But, when she gets a call in the middle of the night from a distraught Tiffany who needs a place to stay, allowing her to move in gives them a second chance at growing their relationship. With any luck, she hopes to bridge the ten year age gap, and help her younger sister avoid making the same mistakes she did.

Excerpt:

    “Sit.” I nodded at the sofa.
Her hands went up. “Okay, fine, don’t share. Just remember, I’m not a kid anymore. I lost my virginity ages ago. We can talk about sex.” My baby sister flopped down.
Not a virgin…point taken.
I held my belly, eased down beside her, and focused on ignoring the headache behind my left eye. “First of all, my love life is none of your business. Second, don’t ever embarrass me again.”
“I embarrassed you?” She sucked her teeth and rolled her eyes. “Fine, whatever.”
“No, there is no ‘whatever’. You’re not here for a good time visit, Tiffy. You got kicked out. Why did you make him do that?”
She crossed her arms in the typical fashion of every angry teenager who felt life was unfair, even though they were the ones who screwed up. “It wasn’t my fault, you know how daddy is; I was born.”
I sighed. “And?”
“And…I was seein’ someone he didn’t like. I’m shocked he even paid attention.” Her eyes lowered.
So was I. Our father treated us as if we were children forced on him instead of his own flesh and blood. Our brothers, on the other hand, were his pride and joy.
“What’s this about momma’s car?”
Tiffany rolled her eyes again. “Momma let me borrow her car to go to Stephanie’s house. I ended up at Steve’s….on purpose.”
“What’s this about Steve bein’ twenty-eight?”
She shrugged. “I need a man who’s established to take care of me until I get on my feet. There are no guys my age like that. Well, there are, but they are full of crap. Older men know what they want. ” She huffed in exasperation when I cocked an eyebrow. “Look, he was wrapped around my little finger, okay. I went over to solidify the deal─”
“Sleep with him,” I amended.
“Yeah, whatever. The point is, everything was goin’ good until daddy showed up and threatened him with his shotgun.Needless to say, Steve ended it right there. Daddy and I fought about it,then he put me out.”
I stared in disbelief. “Daddy came with a shotgun?We’re talkin’ about the same Bailey Rodgers, Senior I grew up with, right?”
“Yep.” She kicked off her sandals, sat cross-legged on the couch. “Daddy was more interested in what was goin’ on with momma’s car. Since when did he give a rat’s ass what I did?”
My temples pounded, forcing me to squint. I applied pressure until the pain subsided.
“Are you alright?” Tiffany laid a hand on my arm.
“I’ll be fine. My blood pressure has been up for the last month. My doctor is dang near ready to put me on bed rest. I don’t have time for foolishness. I have no problem with you bein’ here, Tiffy, but there are gonna be some rules.”
Her eyes widened. “You’ve got to be shittin’ me.”
“Rule number one, no cursin’.”
“Ohcome on!”
“My baby is not gonna be raised around foul language. This is not Bailey Senior’s House, so leave the bad habit behind.”
“Like you don’t curse!”
I stared at her, unaffected by her accusation. “When I do it’s because I’m pissed. Besides, this is my house, my rules. If you don’t like it…” My silence filled in the blanks.
Another eye roll followed. If she didn’t watch it, they would end up on the floor instead of her head. “Okay, fine. What else?”
“Two, start lookin’ for a job. There are no free rides here.”
“No problem. I don’t like bein’ broke.”
“It’s not about bein’ broke, Tiffy. It’s about believin’ a man is gonna take care of you. Look at me,” I waved a hand around my apartment. “I had a man who swore he loved me, wanted to marry and take care of me. Bein’ pregnant changed everythin’. If I hadn’t been able to care for myself before this happened, I’d be screwed.”
Tiffany’s gaze went to my belly. “Can I touch it?”
I smiled. “Sure.”
Her eyes widened as my baby kicked. “That’s amazin’!”
I placed my hand over hers, moved it to the other side. “I think your niece or nephew is sayin’ hello. Feel that?” She nodded. “That’s an elbow or somethin’.”
After a few minutes, she pulled away. It was then I realized her eyes were watery. “Why did he leave you, Kaity?”
I studied my sister. How crazy was it to have siblings, but feel as if I were an only child? Since moving to L.A., I’d been adopted into Yasmine’s family just as Ebony had. My issues with my parents had nothing to do with my relationship with Tiffany, Bailey Jr., or Justin. While Yasmine and Ebony were my ‘sisters from another mother’, as Yasmine liked to say, Tiffany was flesh and blood.
We had a lot of time to make up for. It would be my goal to get to know her again. And let her know me.
The good and the bad.

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M.J. is giving away an ebook copy of Lonely Heart! Enter the Rafflecopter contest for your chance to win! Contest ends April 1st!
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Look for the The Butterfly Memoirs Series and the latest release, Lonely Heart!










Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Status Update

On Thursday, March 27th I am having surgery - a total knee replacement. 



Until then I'm hustling to get Till You Come Back to Me finished so I can spend the first couple of weeks of my recovery doing the final tweaks before it goes to my editor. 




Tomorrow I have author M.J. Kane talking about her new release, Lonely Heart, so make sure you stop back. 

That's it for now...



Friday, March 14, 2014

Fun Friday - Movies about Writers


Yesterday I ran across a movie on TCM I'd never seen before called Youngblood Hawke. It was made in 1964 (when I was just starting high school) and starred James Franciscus and Suzanne Pleshette. Since I was supposed to be writing, I threw in a DVD and hit record, so I haven't watched the whole movie yet.

This got me thinking (I know, bad idea) about all of the films there are about writers, so I did a Google search and discovered this extensive list. If you're looking for something to watch, you can probably get many of them from NetFlix or Amazon. If you want to read more on what each film is about, you can go to IMDB.com.

1. Barrets of Wimpole St. (1934)
2. It Happened One Night (1934)
3. His Girl Friday (1940)
4. The Philadelphia Story (1940)
5. Foreign Correspondent (1940)
6. Woman of the Year (1942)
7. Old Acquaintance (1943)
8. The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
9. It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
10. The Lost Weekend (1945)
11. Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
12. The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
13. I Remember Mama (1948)
14. Call Northside 777 (1948)
15. The Third Man (1949)
16. In a Lonely Place (1950)
17. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
18. Orpheus (1950)
19. Ace in the Hole (1951)
20. Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
21. A Face In The Crowd (1957)
22. Some Came Running (1958)
23. Teacher’s Pet (1958)
24. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
25. La Dolce Vita (1960)
26. Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
27. Through A Glass Darkly (1961)
28. The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962)
29. Jules and Jim (1962)
30. 8 ½ (1963)
31. Youngblood Hawke (1964)
32. Color of Pomegranates (1968)
33. The Odd Couple (1968)
34. Man of La Mancha (1972)
35. Sleuth (1972)
36. The Way We Were (1973)
37. Front Page (1974, originally 1931)
38. All the Presidents Men (1976)
39. The Front (1976)
40. Julia (1977)
41. Superman (1978)
42. Stevie (1978)
43. My Brilliant Career (1979)
44. Heart Beat (1980)
45. Seems Like Old Times (1980)
46. The Shining (1980)
47. Somewhere in Time (1980)
48. Reds (1981)
49. Rich & Famous (1981)
50. Priest of Love (1981)
51. The World According to Garp (1982)
52. Deathtrap (1982)
53. Author! Author! (1982)
54. My Favorite Year (1982)
55. Missing (1982)
56. Sophie’s Choice (1982)
57. The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)
58. Cross Creek (1983)
59. American Dreamer (1984)
60. Romancing The Stone (1984)
61. Irreconcilable Differences (1984)
62. Just One of the Guys (1985)
63. Out of Africa (1985)
64. Mishima: A Life in 4 Chapters (1985)
65. Heartburn (1986)
66. Stand By Me (1986)
67. Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
68. 84 Charing Cross Road (1986)
69. The Singing Detective (1986)
70. Throw Mama From the Train (1987)
71. Barfly (1987)
72. Waiting for the Moon (1987)
73. Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
74. Best Seller (1987)
75. Rowing With the Wind (1988)
76. Funny Farm (1988)
77. The Accidental Tourist (1988)
78. Da (1988)
79. Her Alibi (1989)
80. My Left Foot (1989)
81. Beautiful Dreamers (1990)
82. An Angel at My Table (1990)
83. Henry and June (1990)
84. Misery (1990)
85. Closetland (1991)
86. Impromptu (1991)
87. Barton Fink (1991)
88. Naked Lunch (1991)
89. Hedd Wynn (1992)
90. The Player (1992)
91. Basic Instinct (1992)
92. Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
93. The Pelican Brief (1993)
94. So I Married An Ax Murderer (1993)
95. The Dark Half (1993)
96. Shadowlands (1993)
97. Poetic Justice (1993)
98. The Paper (1994)
99. Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
100. Paperback Romance (1994)
101. Tom & Viv (1994)
102. Little Women (1994)
103. Il Postino: The Postman (1994)
104. Mrs. Parker & The Vicious Circle (1994)
105. Delta of Venus (1995)
106. Total Eclipse (1995)
107. The Flower of My Secret (1995)
108. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
109. Carrington (1995)
110. Delores Claiborne (1995)
111. The Pillow Book (1996)
112. The Whole Wide World (1996)
113. Mother (1996)
114. Hamsun (1996)
115. The Disappearance of Garcia Lorca (1996)
116. Welcome to Sarajevo (1997)
117. Deconstructing Harry (1997)
118. Henry Fool (1997)
119. Wilde (1997)
120. Chasing Amy (1997)
121. One True Thing (1998)
122. Shakespeare In Love (1998)
123. A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries (1998)
124. Eternity and a Day (1998)
125. Permanent Midnight (1998)
126. A Murder of Crows (1998)
127. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
128. Croupier (1998)
129. Slam (1998)
130. Les Enfants Du Siècle / The Children of the Century (1999)
131. Topsy Turvey (1999)
132. The Passion of Ayn Rand (1999)
133. Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)
134. Never Been Kissed (1999)
135. The Best Man (1999)
136. The End of the Affair (1999, originally 1955)
137. The Muse (1999)
138. True Crime (1999)
139. Bamboozled (2000)
140. Almost Famous (2000)
141. Before Night Falls (2000)
142. Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)
143. Nora (2000)
144. Pandaemonium (2000)
145. Wonder Boys (2000)
146. Finding Forrester (2000)
147. Quills (2000)
148. Isn’t She Great (2000)
149. Pinero (2001)
150. Iris (2001)
151. Moulin Rouge (2001)
152. The Shipping News (2001)
153. The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
154. Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
155. Storytelling (2001)
156. Riding in Cars with Boys (2001)
157. How to Kill your Neighbor’s Dog (2001)
158. Orange County (2002)
159. Possession (2002)
160. The Hours (2002)
161. Adaptation. (2002)
162. Blue Car (2002)
163. I Capture the Castle (2003)
164. Alex & Emma (2003)
165. Shattered Glass (2003)
166. American Splendor (2003)
167. As Good As It Gets (2003)
168. Sylvia (2003)
169. Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)
170. Something’s Gotta Give (2003)
171. Under the Tuscan Sun (2003)
172. The Swimming Pool (2003)
173. Veronica Guerin (2003)
174. The United States of Leland (2003)
175. Notre Musique (2004)
176. Before Sunset (2004)
177. Sideways (2004)
178. The Libertine (2004)
179. Finding Neverland (2004)
180. Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
181. Secret Window (2004)
182. The Door in the Floor (2004)
183. La Tigre E La Neve / Tiger and the Snow (2005)
184. The Dying Gaul (2005)
185. The Squid and the Whale (2005)
186. Capote (2005)
187. The Prize-winner of Defiance Ohio (2005)
188. Factotum (2005)
189. Winter Passing (2005)
190. The Night Listener (2006)
191. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
192. Scoop (2006)
193. The TV Set (2006)
194. The Hoax (2006)
195. Infamous (2006)
196. Half Light (2006)
197. Miss Potter (2006)
198. Ask the Dust (2006)
199. Running with Scissors (2006)
200. Love and other Disasters (2006)
201. A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints
202. Starting Out in the Evening (2007)
203. Martian Child (2007)
204. Slipstream (2007)
205. Freedom Writers (2007)
206. Becoming Jane (2007)
207. A Mighty Heart (2007)
208. Dan in Real Life (2007)
209. Purple Violets (2007)
210. Moliere (2007)
211. In the Land of Women (2007)
212. Zodiac (2007)
213. Music and Lyrics (2007)
214. 1408 (2007)
215. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
216. Atonement (2007)
217. 27 Dresses (2007)
218. Roman De Gare (2007)
219. Angel (2007)
220. Resurrecting The Champ (2007)
221. Sleuth (2007)
222. The Kite Runner (2007)
223. Nim’s Island (2008)
224. Marley & Me (2008)
225. The Edge of Love (2008)
226. The Stoning of Soroya M. (2008)
227. Me and Orson Welles (2008)
228. Burn After Reading (2008)
229. Sex & The City: The Movie (2008)
230. Good (2008)
231. Funny People (2009)
232. 500 Days of Summer (2009)
233. Julie & Julia (2009)
234. Gentleman Broncos (2009)
235. Bright Star (2009)
236. The Answer Man (2009)
237. 2012 (2009)
238. Motherhood (2009)
239. Broken Embraces (2009)
240. The Soloist (2009)
241. World’s Greatest Dad (2009)
242. The Last Station (2009)
243. Cole (2009)
244. The Boys are Back (2009)
245. Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
246. Spoken Word (2009)
247. Tetro (2009)
248. State of Play (2009)
249. Nine (2009)
250. The City of Your Final Destination (2009)
251. The Rum Diary (2010)
252. The Ghost Writer (2010)
253. Howl (2010)
254. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)
255. Sex & The City 2 (2010)
256. Eat, Pray, Love (2010)
257. A Closed Book (2010)
258. Peep World (2010)
259. Midnight in Paris (2011)
260. One Day (2011)
261. Limitless (2011)
262. Young Adult (2011)
263. The Help (2011)
264. Twixt (2011)
265. Anonymous (2011)
266. Ruby Sparks (2012)
267. The Words (2012)
268. Writers (2012)
269. Being Flynn (2012)
270. Stuck In Love (2012)
271. Sinister (2012)
272. On The Road (2012)
273. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012)
274. The Raven (2012)
275. The Master (2012)
276. The Best Bar In America (2013)
277. Before Midnight (2013)

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