Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Movies About Writers

Even before I was a writer I loved movies about writers and other creative people. I find it fascinating to see how their lives affect their work.
 
Here are some of my favorite movies about famous writers.


J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the most famous fantasy writers of all time. His Lord of the Rings series is a favorite of readers and moviegoers alike. Tolkien, in theatres now, follows the author through his hardships as an orphan, to his time in school—where he forms lasting friendships that change his life. It also gives us a glimpse into how his time spent fighting in World War 1 had a heavy influence on his work.



Becoming Jane is a wonderful film that stars Anne Hathaway as Jane Austen. A wonderful look at the struggles she had on her journey to being one of the most loved authors of all times.

Miss Potter is a whimsical and wonderful film that depicts the life of the beloved children’s writer Beatrix Potter. Renee Zellweger plays the lead role. Miss Potter was an eccentric young woman who defied convention and channeled her passion for nature to create books that have endured.


Do you have any favorite films about real (or fictional) writers?


And if you’re looking for a book to read, maybe you’ll check out the first book in my new sci-fi romance series. If you love sexy space mercenaries, you’ll love the Marks family.



Rescuing Rory
Marks Mercenaries, Book 1

Betrayed and sold into slavery after her father’s death, Rory Banks finds herself dancing on the Exos, a deep-space pleasure ship. So when a stranger breaks open her cage and offers her a way out, she grabs it and runs.

Kal Marks and his brothers are space mercenaries and traders who have spent the past ten years searching for their younger sister. Their hunt has led them to the Exos and to Rory, who they hope will have information. But Kal never counted on wanting Rory or on the sexual tension and scorching heat that blazes between them. This mission just got a lot more complicated.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07RMKSW9M/
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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.


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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

KEANU REEVES IS MY NEW FAVORITE PERSON

I used to think Keanu Reeves was the worst actor alive. For the life of me, I couldn't understand how he landed the parts he did, in such major films. His accent in Bram Stoker's Dracula was absolutely dreadful. His stoic, emotionless turn in The Devil's Advocate cringe-worthy, and yet, there he was, starring in movie after movie, working with huge stars and directors. And then he became a huge star himself with hits like Speed and The Matrix franchise.

Slowly, with each film under his belt he became better and better. Perhaps he finally learned to stay away from period pieces or any role requiring an accent. In any case, I was able to watch him without wondering who he had to sleep with to get the part.

Makes no difference what I, or anyone else thinks of him as an actor because the general consensus worldwide is that he may just be the nicest person in Hollywood. The more I read about him, the more I realize what a true humanitarian he really is. He's definitely someone I'd invite over for dinner.

Here are a few of his reported amazing good deeds:

He runs a private foundation that benefits cancer research and children's hospitals.

He once drove a stranded motorist home, 50 miles out of his way.

He spent a few hours sharing food, drink, and stories with a homeless man on the streets of LA.

He often buys lunch for all the workers on the sets of his movies.





Can you imagine someone who actually admits he has "enough" money?!

Perhaps the best reason why I'm loving Mr. Reeves right now is due to a clip I watched yesterday with him as a guest on the Stephen Colbert show.




The clip is about 10 minutes long, but it's worth a look just to watch Reeves's response to Colbert's last question about what he thinks happens when we die.

Reeves doesn't attempt to explain his possibly convoluted existential views on death. Instead, he gives a one-sentence answer that resonates with us all, proving he's one of those rare celebrities who really is a simple, humble man: 

"I know that the ones who love us will miss us."

Indeed.  



Tiffany N. York is a romance writer who hopes after death she sees all the animals she's ever loved. You can visit her website at tiffanynyorkauthor.com  

Monday, May 13, 2019

Happy Mother's Day Plus one by Jennifer Kacey



Happiest of Mother's Days to all the mothers out there.
To the mothers of their own kids.
To the mothers who adopt.
To the mothers who raise their grand children.
To the mothers who raise their nieces and nephews.
To the mothers who raise their friend's babies.
To the mothers who foster.
To the mothers who love straight kids and gay kids and lesbian kids or trans or bi or anything in between.

TO ALL THE MOTHERS of every race and every nation and every religion you are incredible.

You bring life into this world with your love and dedication and sleepless nights and worry and rules and rewards and praise and acceptance.
Keep doing what you're doing so all of our kids can grow up and change the world for the better!

And to my mum, the bestest most awesomest mum in the entire world - I love you to the moon and back and am so thankful for every minute I get with you!

Everybody hug a mom today! They deserve it!! ♥

Decadently Yours,
Jennifer Kacey


http://www.jenniferkacey.com/books.html


Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her miniman in Texas and New York. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Reflecting upon 10 years in publishing #WritingCommunity

First short story, "The Wait" appeared
 in this anthology of Reunited Lovers. 
Ten years. It recently dawned upon me that my 10-year anniversary of first being published in romance fiction is coming up in June.

What an accomplishment. In that 10 years, I’ve sold more than 40 short stories, novellas and novels to 16 publishers.

On average, I’ve attended three or four conferences a year, which adds up to again more than 40, and I’ve met so many good friends, writers and readers.

To celebrate, I’ll be hosting some parties and contests, and re-releasing my very first short story sold, “The Wait,” retitled “The Vampire’s Wait,” a sexy vampire tale about a couple reuniting. But not everything is the same as it used to be. I’ve learned a lot along the way.

Thank you to everyone who’s joined me along on this journey and stay tuned for more. 


Louisa Bacio


Reader’s Group:
Bacio Book Babes

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Miniman turns 16!! by Jennifer Kacey

Where has the time gone???


I remember wanting him before he existed.
I remember wishing for him to be healthy and shaped like a bullet. :)
I remember feeding him in the quiet of the night in some sacred place called motherhood. The stillness where he was almost asleep again but I held him close because I truly couldn't believe how incredibly blessed I was to be his Mama-d.
I remember praying to Gd to always keep him safe.
I remember the little boy hugs and snuggles that I will NEVER forget. Those times are beautiful and inspiring and so incredibly cherished.
I remember watching him grow, marveling in how fast it was happening. So incredibly thankful I was lucky enough to witness it.
I remember hoping he would grow into a kind and gentle man with a heart of gold and the brains to change the world.

I have loved him for forever and I'm so proud to watch him grow and flourish and find his way.
Happy Happy Birthday to my, miniman!!! ♥


Decadently Yours,
Jennifer Kacey


http://www.jenniferkacey.com/books.html


Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her miniman in Texas and New York. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

NEW RELEASE AND TIARA GIVEAWAY! Dukes by the Dozen

A Duke for All Seasons!

Win a tiara below!

What’s better than a dashing duke? A dozen of them! In this case, a baker’s dozen—thirteen of your favorite historical romance authors have come together to bring you more than a dozen tantalizing novellas, with one per month, for a year’s worth of never-before-released romances.
Dukes by the Dozen
January – The Duke in Winter by Alyssa Alexander — When the highwayman demanded he stand and deliver, he didn’t know she would steal his heart.
February – The Difference One Duke Makes by Elizabeth Essex — Miss Penelope Pease is what every bright young thing never wants to be—ruined, thanks to an ill-conceived flirtation with the late Duke of Warwick. But ruined suits the new duke, his brother, Commander Marcus Beecham just fine—because after a career in the Royal Navy, he’s rather ruined himself. All it takes is one frosty night for two imperfect people to make the perfect February valentine.
March – Discovering the Duke by Madeline Martin — Reunited at a house party after a lackluster start to their marriage, the Duke of Stedton attempts to win his Duchess’ heart. Will a sizzling wager be enough to melt the frost between them, or will it truly remain the coldest winter in London?
April – The Duke and the April Flowers by Grace Burrowes — The Duke of Clonmere must marry one of the Earl of Falmouth’s three giggling younger daughters, but Lady Iris—Falmouth’s oldest, who is not at all inclined to giggling—catches Clonmere’s eye, and his heart!
May – Love Letters from a Duke by Gina Conkle — The Duke of Richland needs a proper duchess, but he wants his thoroughly fun, entirely inappropriate neighbor, Mrs. Charlotte Chatham. She’s widowed, older, and if the whispers prove true—barren.
June – Her Perfect Duke by Ella Quinn — Still suffering over the loss of his wife and child, Giles, Duke of Kendal sees Lady Thalia Trevor at a market and is instantly smitten. There is only one problem. She is already betrothed to another man. Will she defy her powerful father to marry him?
July – How to Ditch a Duke by May McGoldrick — Lady Taylor Fleming is an heiress with a suitor on her tail. Her step-by-step plan to ditch him is simple. But there is nothing simple about Franz Aurech, Duke of Bamberg. When Taylor tries to escape to sanctuary in the Highlands, her plans become complicated when the duke arrives at her door and her loyal allies desert her. But even with the best laid plans, things can go awry…
August – To Tempt A Highland Duke by Bronwen Evans — — Widowed Lady Flora Grafton must be dreaming…Dougray Firth, the Duke of Monreith, the man who once pledged her his heart and then stood by and allowed her to marry another, has just proposed.  While her head screams yes, her heart is more guarded. Why, after eight years, this sudden interest? When she learns the truth… can she trust Dougray to love her enough this time?
September – Duke in Search of a Duchess by Jennifer Ashley — The meticulous Duke of Ashford is dismayed when his children inform him they’ve asked the young widow next door to find Ashford a new wife. Ashford can’t think of a more appalling assistant than Helena Courtland, gossipy busybody he steadfastly avoids. But Helena sweeps into his home and his life before he can stop her, turning Ash’s precisely ordered world into a chaotic whirlwind.
October – Dear Duke by Anna Harrington — When the new Duke of Monmouth, decides to put through a canal, he isn’t prepared for an old mill owner and his stubborn—but beautiful—daughter to stand in his way. War is declared, and the only person who seems to understand him is the anonymous pen pal to whom he’s been pouring out his heart, a woman not at all who she seems…
November – Must Love Duke by Heather Snow — Lady Emmaline Paulson is destined to land a duke—at least that has been the expectation since she was a cherub faced babe. But she has no wish to live her life in a gilded cage, always on display. Besides, she already has her Duke—an adorable Cavalier King Charles spaniel pup she rescued from the Serpentine with the help of a handsome stranger. Maxwell Granville, heir to the Duke of Albemarle, wasn’t fishing for love—or fair maidens trying to save drowning puppies—that November afternoon. But that’s precisely what he found, IF he can convince Emmaline that her Duke isn’t the only duke she wants in her life...
December – The Mistletoe Duke by Sabrina York — The Duchess of Devon can't think of a better way to tempt her widowed son into marrying again, than to throw a Christmas Ball. And there simply must be mistletoe everywhere! But it's not until Jonathan meets his mother's humble companion under the mistletoe, that fireworks erupt.
January – Dueling with the Duke by Eileen Dreyer — When Adam Marrick, Duke of Rothray, shows up on Georgie Grace’s doorstep in rural Dorset, she thinks it is to acquaint himself with his cousin James’s widow and child. Instead the duke brings the news that Georgie’s four-year-old daughter Lilly Charlotte, whom James’s family disowned, has inherited a Scottish duchy. Unfortunately, the news has also brought danger to her door.
READ AN EXCERPT!
The Mistletoe DukeBy Sabrina York
When Jonathan Pembroke’s mother implores him to create a list of potential suitors for her beloved companion, Meg Chalmers, he does his best. Ah. How soon he regrets his largesse when he realizes he wants Meg for himself.


Then Mattingly went and said something that completely ruined his mood.
“So tell us about this girl.”
A simple question. Surely not one that should cause such an uprising of bile from his gut.
Jonathan sipped his brandy. It tasted bitter. “Girl?”
“You know.” St. Clare slapped him on the shoulder. “The one you mentioned in the invitation.”
Mattingly fixed him with a somber gaze. “We’re both dying to know more about her. Especially if she comes recommended by you.”
“Indeed,” St. Clare said. “I’ve been looking for a wife for months now, and cannot bear any of those flibberty-gibbets the mamas are proffering this season.”
Mattingly grunted. “Mindless twits. Tell me she’s not mindless.”
“No. No, she’s not mindless,” he said, but it was through tight lips.
“Good.” Both of his friends grinned.
“Is she pretty?” St. Clare asked hopefully.
Jonathan shrugged. All of a sudden, he didn’t feel like talking Meg up. Not to these two. “She’s not bad.”
“Not bad?” Christian blurted. “She’s gorgeous. Beautiful, intelligent eyes, lovely brown hair, and a face like a cameo—”
“Surely not like a cameo,” Jonathan muttered, but no one was listening to him. His friends had turned all their attention to Christian, who continued on, for far too long, singing the praises of Meg Chalmers. Over and over and over again until Jonathan wanted to scream at him to be quiet.
He couldn’t though. Couldn’t say anything.
And the damned irony of the situation was that he was the one who had welcomed these wolves to his door.
Judging from their expressions, they were going to eat Meg alive.
In a good way, of course. In a matrimonial way.
But Jonathan couldn’t still the unease in his belly or silence the howling of his soul at the thought of Meg choosing one of them. Marrying one of them.
Because then he’d have to pretend to be happy for them.
And that was a terrible prospect.

 
Enter now to win the Dukes by the Dozen Tiara!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Poopy Week and then some by Jennifer Kacey

I'm finally to the end of the poopy week!! YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!





Decadently Yours,
Jennifer Kacey


http://www.jenniferkacey.com/books.html


Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her miniman in Texas and New York. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!


I love this time of year. The promise of warm weather, the bright faces of the flowers poking their heads above ground after a long winter’s nap. When I was a child, it also signaled the end of the school year was getting close. Always an exciting time.




I remember those days fondly. There are pictures of my sister and I in our pretty dresses with bonnets on our heads and white gloves on our hands. We’re ready to head off to church. Like most holidays, things were simpler in those days. The Easter bunny generally left us one large hollow chocolate bunny and maybe another small egg. There were no hidden eggs for us to hunt, but I never felt any sense of lack.

Easter also meant a big family dinner that included grandparents, an aunt, and cousins. Those days are long gone, but the memories of those wonderful times remains. However you celebrate, if you celebrate at all, enjoy the day with your family and friends.

And if you’re looking for a book to read, you might want to check out the next book in my Tapestries series.



Embroidered Fantasies
Tapestries, Book 5

With her abusive ex-husband safely behind bars, Roxanne Sykes is trying to carve out a quiet life for herself. Just as she’s beginning to feel free to explore her new possibilities, word reaches her that her cruel ex has been released from prison. When he shows up at her door bent on destroying her, it’s only through the magic of a well-loved tapestry that Roxanne is whisked away to safety—and into the world of a warrior she’s known only from her fantasies.

Radnor Craddock has known only a life of violence and brutality at the hands of his older brothers. Now that they have fallen in battle, Radnor and his twin brother Sednar can finally put their house in order. Just as their efforts are bearing fruit, fate smiles upon them again by delivering a potential tapestry bride to their doorstep. Well aware of what they must do to win her hand and her heart, the brothers dedicate themselves to granting Roxanne every imaginable pleasure, driving her to sensual heights unlike any she has ever known.

With each new erotic encounter stirring a loving bond between the three, Roxanne is tempted to accept the promise of the tapestry and make a new life and new home with the brothers. But she has trusted before and been painfully wrong, and she’s frightened by the whisperings of the brothers’ violent past. Unsure of herself and threatened anew when her merciless ex finds his way to her once again, Roxanne must trust her heart as the brothers vow to protect her and destroy her ex—and to give her a life and love she had never dreamed possible…


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N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

 

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