Friday, March 28, 2008

Celebrity Apprentice

Confession time... I was glued to every single episode of Celebrity Apprentice :) I don't even know why I started watching it. I had decided years ago I didn't like Donald Trump--who could like someone with that much cash? Guess what I discovered? I love the guy, and his kids. They seem like nice people so I can file my prejudices elsewhere under MY MISTAKE.

Piers Morgan won the whole thing. Congratulations Piers :) I don't think he is evil, but he is a former newspaper editor so there are some grounds for the complaint ;). I read his columns. I did get his sense of humor though which many people didn't.

I was completely torn between Piers and Trace Adkins because although Piers is a Brit and had a brilliant charity, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, I'm a huge country music fan and Trace is just fabulous. He doesn't say much, but what he does say is articulate and intelligent. Love him. And who can resist his charity? FAAN (Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network). The image of him with his 6 year old daughter who has a severe food allergy was heartbreaking. I can't imagine sending my kid to school everyday with that sort of life-threatening condition. If/when she goes into shock they have 7 minutes to save her life. Talk about grinding pressure.

My other personal dilemma is this. I do not believe injured soldiers should need charity. I believe that every dollar/pound spent on arms should be matched and spent on health care/rehabilitation for our soldiers. Turning them into charity cases is insulting. The governments should take care of them. But as that doesn't happen I hope the money Piers raised helps where it is needed and I hope Trace gets a bundle for his charity too.

Now playing: David Gray - White Ladder
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


I just resold my book HER SANCTUARY to The Wild Rose Press. So it should be available in ebook (again) and print (yay).

I'll let you know more information as I get it. Strange selling the same book twice. It took about 4 years to write, another year to sell, then Triskelion put it on the back-burner for print (because the owner hated me--I guess you didn't know that, huh? It wasn't personal, she hated anyone with more than one braincell) and then I withdrew it from them and canceled the contract, thinking I was free and clear to try somewhere else, and then Triskelion declare bankruptcy and I'm tied up in the US bankruptcy court. I've been slow about reselling it. I didn't want to rush into anything after that experience :) The Wild Rose Press have an excellent and nurturing reputation, and I'm looking forward to working with them.
Now playing: Bruce Springsteen - Independence Day
via FoxyTunes

Monday, March 24, 2008

Loreth Anne White

I always get a massive thrill to see my friends' books on the shelves, and, yes, I do hover around the bookshelves and rearrange it so their covers are facing outward :)

I can't urge people enough to go out and grab this book (it'll only be in the stores for a few more days although it should also be available online). Loreth's previous books have won CataRomance awards and HEART OF THE RENEGADE is possibly her best yet. It has the pace of the Bourne Identity movie combined with a fantastic love story, while dealing with complex (if fictional) modern day political issues. I loved this book. And the hero is very hot ;) More of an Aussie Daniel Craig than he looks on the cover. Not that that's important *cough*

Now playing: Jann Arden - I Would Die For You
via FoxyTunes

Thursday, March 20, 2008

It is the first day of Spring

Well you wouldn't know it! We have snow and ice and -13C windchill. But the days are getting longer and I spotted some soggy brown grass the other day, so we must be warming up.

I'm doing the Discovering Story Magic online course (it really is fabulous, I'd recommend it to anyone).

The kids are deep in Easter preparation at school.

Trying to explain why we celebrate Easter is never easy b/c we have woefully neglected our kids' religious education (that's what happens when a catholic marries a protestant from Northern Ireland--my husband views religion the same way he views venomous snakes).

So, back to the tykes. At Christmas it was 'Who is Jesus?" So we explain that, and a few months later we have to explain why we celebrate the same little baby being crucified as an adult? Not easy for them to comprehend, especially when the message from TV and shops is all about chocolate, and mystical bunnies giving out eggs, and nothing to do with Christianity. Even I get confused as to what it is all about.

When I was in secondary school we had a buddist religious education teacher. She was fantastic. I do believe religion should be taught at school, but not just one religion, a whole host of different ones.

We should also ban chocolate because I'm going to get fat :/

On a more important note...

Happy Birthday, Mom!!!!

Now playing: Elkie Brooks - Don't Cry Out Loud
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

In the Spirit of Ireland

I managed to get some of my photos scanned this week. These were taken nearly a decade ago on the western edge (literally) of Ireland. They are the Cliffs of Mohr and the bottom photo is on the Aran Islands off the coast there (not to be confused with the Island of Arran, off Scotland). I didn't know it then but as I was horse riding and cycling I was actually pregnant with DD. :) Sorry it is all in black and white.

The cliffs are wild and beautiful and the wind can sweep you straight over the edge. I do believe the Irish are more worried about their sheep than the tourists ;) I thought the stones walls were amazing; they built them with lots of gaps so the wind didn't knock them over.

Now playing: Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

NZ dolphin rescues beached whales

Here's a really nice story from the BBC...

Moko the dolphin
Moko is well known locally for playing with swimmers in the bay
A dolphin has come to the rescue of two whales which had become stranded on a beach in New Zealand.

Conservation officer Malcolm Smith told the BBC that he and a group of other people had tried in vain for an hour and a half to get the whales to sea.

The pygmy sperm whales had repeatedly beached, and both they and the humans were tired and set to give up, he said.

But then the dolphin appeared, communicated with the whales, and led them to safety.

The bottlenose dolphin, called Moko by local residents, is well known for playing with swimmers off Mahia beach on the east coast of the North Island.

Malcolm Smith
Mr Smith said he gave the dolphin a pat to say thank you
Mr Smith said that just when his team was flagging, the dolphin showed up and made straight for them.

"I don't speak whale and I don't speak dolphin," Mr Smith told the BBC, "but there was obviously something that went on because the two whales changed their attitude from being quite distressed to following the dolphin quite willingly and directly along the beach and straight out to sea."

He added: "The dolphin did what we had failed to do. It was all over in a matter of minutes."

Now playing: Kenny Chesney - You Save Me
via FoxyTunes

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Reposted from Terry Pierce's blog

Those of you who read Publisher’s Weekly might have read some disturbing news about the Reading is Fundamental program (RIF). Here is how the RIF website summarizes it:

“The President's proposed budget for fiscal year 2009 eliminates the Inexpensive Book Distribution Program, which is the RIF Book Distribution Program. Unless Congress reinstates funding for this program, RIF will be unable to distribute 16 million books annually to the nation's youngest and most at-risk children.”

RIF is the oldest program of its kind, starting in 1966. For many at-risk and less advantaged children, the RIF program is the only way for them to have books of their own. Think about the first book that you knew was YOURS. Remember that feeling of wonderment and how you read it over and over again? Now imagine how many kids will never have that happen if the RIF program is gone. Having books excites kids about reading (I won’t go into the pros of reading—I think I’d be preaching to the choir on that issue!). We must do what we can to try to save this program.

Please-please-please—act now by going to the RIF website (CLICK HERE) and following their simple instructions for locating your political leaders (congressmen/women, state senators, and the president himself) and asking them for their support in continuing to fund RIF. It’s very simple and only takes a few minutes to complete (and isn’t it worth a few minutes of your time to help put books into the hands of less fortunate kids?).

Thank you!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Idol Brains

My hubby is a zoology professor. He had a bunch of high school students in his lab and thought he'd found the perfect topic to chat about. So he asked them if they were watching American Idol that night (because we love it)--and they weren't--they were all watching the American Primaries.

I thought it was pretty funny, especially as none of us can vote for any of them!!!

The singers in Idol are great this year. I like David Cook, Jason Castro, David Archuleta.

What about you guys--primaries or Idol?

PS. I keep up with the presidential nomination race on BBC World. I know what's going on baby!!!

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Pam Champagne has an interview with Brenda Novak up on the Killer Passion blog. Check it

Now playing: Mary Chapin Carpenter - Shut Up and Kiss Me
via FoxyTunes

Wednesday, March 05, 2008


First of all, this humor might be offensive to some people. Sorry people :) Other people might love it. Hurray!!! :) My hubby and I just started watching Extras and find it so funny. We borrowed the first two seasons from our buddy, Joe, a Canadian, and I was thinking how we always comment how American and British humor is different to one another, but I've no real insight into Canadian humor? Why is that? Does it just get absorbed into the culture of American TV? Probably. I was also thinking that it isn't that no Americans get British humor, and it isn't that no Brits get American humor, but there is a definite difference in the brand of humor we like enmasse.

This was illustrated when I read a NYTimes review of EXTRAS. The reviewer was suggesting that Ricky Gervais (and fellow writers) were ultimately insulting the stars who play cameos on his show, as if these stars were incapable of sending up themselves, or the world they live in. I don't think so. Most people enjoy taking the mickey out of themselves (and generally it is the least hurtful type of humor), and creative people love turning ideas upside down. British humor likes breaking taboos, we like swearing and we like things being a little bit rude--Think, Billy Connelly-- and we like seeing stars. So EXTRAS pretty much has everything. I love it.

Monday, March 03, 2008

A chance to win a FANTASTIC book

Loreth ( will be giving away two signed copies of THE HEART OF A RENEGADE, the latest in her Shadow Soldier series out this month – to enter, pop on over to her blog ( ) and post a comment with the words ‘RENEGADE’ and ‘contest’ in it, or drop her line via the contact form on her website.

Loreth will also be visiting and answering questions from Monday March 3 – Wed March at Romance Novel TV

Stop by and say hi on the guest author message board (link below) – she says she needs friends!