Badurday- May 4, 2013- Tony Stark

Is there any boy badder than Tony Stark as played by Robert Downey, Jr? He’s handsome, he’s charismatic, he’s brilliant and he’s not afraid of anyone. The latest installment in his story came out yesterday and I can’t wait to see it. I have to wait though since I’m claustrophobic and the theater will be too crowded for me for a bit. So, as I eagerly anticipate getting to go, here’s some trailers I’ve watched a few times – Enjoy.

If you’re like me and need to wait for the theaters to clear out some and need something to do, here’s a book you could read. It doesn’t have Tony Stark but it has a handsome Spaniard Grandee as the hero. Murder, mystery and romance on the high seas. What more could you want? Yeah, yeah, I know, Tony Stark.
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Bernadette McSwain’s family has a strong connection to the Queen Mary ocean liner. They’re invited to sail on the Queen’s final voyage to her new home in Long Beach, California in 1967. Bernadette and her cousin, Michel are writing a book on the spirits who haunt the mighty ship. Bernadette’s psychic abilities help in their research. They meet a young Spanish grandee, Lazarus Garcia, who’s on the ship as a chef to learn to run his own first class restaurant. He’s surrounded by anguished spirits whom Bernadette can see. When passengers start to die in violent ways, Bernadette suspects Lazarus of the crimes. This suspicion causes a rift between the cousins as Michel has befriended the Spaniard. As the voyage continues and Lazarus tries to charm her, Bernadette must make a decision about him or face losing her cousin, both literally and figuratively.

Badurday- April 6, 2013- Clive Owen and a Sale

Let’s revisit a prior bad boy this week. Clive Owen is one of my favorite actors. He’s drop dead sexy and has a wonderful strong thigh and great forearms (Yes, I’m crazy but those are the areas I like in a man). He was the inspiration for my Interpol hero in my book Hot Pursuit. It’s a wild romp across the globe and is half for the month of April at Allromanceebooks. It’s only $3.25 for a full length (85000 word) novel. You can check out the excerpt here.MV5BMjA4MzAyOTc5Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTQ5NzEzMg@@._V1._SY314_CR12,0,214,314_

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Blush sensuality level: This is a sensual romance (may have explicit love scenes, but not erotic in frequency or type).

Racing across the globe to help a client isn’t part of corporate lawyer Evangeline Fleet’s normal legal services, but this is no ordinary client. She’s the beloved daughter of an old family friend. In her efforts to save the girl, Evangeline gets in over her head when sexy Interpol agent Cecil Waugh enters the picture in hot pursuit of her client. He follows the lawyer on an international chase from New York City to Rio de Janeiro, where they forget their differences long enough to fall into bed. Before the sheets can even cool Evangeline makes a daring escape, leaving her lover behind.
Relentless in his quest to find Evangeline’s client, Cecil continues the chase across Europe. But it soon becomes unclear who his main target is—Evangeline’s charge, or the spitfire of a woman herself. Only time will tell how hot this pursuit will become.

Badurday- March 23, 2013- Scott Bakula

I’ve been watching reruns of Quantum Leap in the evenings. I’ve always loved Scott Bakula and I really like the way they seemed to always give us a lot of his bare chest on that show. I also love the way he says some version of “oh boy” each time he leaps to a new life. I found this on youtube that’s kind of a tribute to him. Dean Stockwell who played Al on the show was really the bad boy of that show and I love him, too. How about you? Were you a fan?

Badurday- March 16, 2013- Michael Collins

Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day weekend, I’m planning to watch one of my all time favorite Irish movies, Michael Collins. That man was truly what I would call one of my bad boys. He was strong, full of conviction and even though he was hated by the British, he did what he needed to do to stand up for what he believed even to the point of dying for those beliefs. This movie somewhat romanticizes what happened in the fight for Irish independence but it’s a good film. I love the way the cast relates to each other and the scenery and cinematography are superb. It doesn’t hurt that Alan Rickman, Aiden Quinn and Liam Neeson are easy on the eyes, too. Enjoy the day, drink a toast to your favorite Irishman and watch a flick.

Happy Birthday to My Favorite Bad Boy- February 23, 2013- Badurday

This week was the birthday of Alan Rickman. As anyone who reads this blog knows, I adore him. He’s versatile and plays all his roles with a singular goal of doing the best work that he can do. He’s utterly charming in his interviews and I admire the way he endeavors never to give a spoiler for any of his films in these interviews. Here’s a poem to celebrate. Here’s to many more birthdays for this man and many more years of work and entertainment for us, the masses.

Badurday- December 15, 2012- Blog Hop

The Secret Cravings authors are doing a favorite things blog hop this weekend and giving away some super books and other stuff. I’m giving away five of my favorite things. Come by my personal blog here and comment for a chance to win. You can also click the link to the other blogs in the hop. And of course, my favorite bad boy, Alan Rickman plays a part- how could he not?


Here’s my post from over there:

Here goes: Five things that find favor with me:

1. Lindt chocolates. The extra creamy one is my absolute favorite. Although my normal go-to chocolate is dark, this extra creamy stuff is a treat.

2. Scarves. I love to wear scarves. I wear them year round because they can dress up a plain outfit quite nicely. They add a touch of color in the summer and a touch of warmth in the winter. They are multi-purpose and fun.

3. Tea. I drink tea all day long. My favorite for hot tea is Earl Grey but I will drink most any of it. I’m not as big a fan of green tea since it seems too puny to me. I like a robust, black tea. As to cold tea, I like mine straight. No sugar, no lemon, no anything to muddy the waters, so to speak.

4. Of course, anyone who has read this blog knows I can’t have a list of favorites without including my favorite actor of all time, Alan Rickman. My kids call him my alphabet man because he could be on the television or movie screen and recite the alphabet and I’d watch. Sadly, they’re right.

5. My book called Surf Break-. I love my town – it’s one of my favorite things and this story is based here where I live and pays homage to my favorite eating joint on the beach, Surf Burger.

The giveaway? Some chocolate, a scarf, some tea, an Alan Rickman movie and a e-copy of Surf Break. Leave me your comments and then hop on over to some of the other blogs. 14674_2541024421320_759478737_a

Badurday- October 20, 2012- Leslie Howard

Yeah, I know, most people think of him as Scarlett O’Hara’s unrequited love in Gone with the Wind, but he was a bad boy- or should I say brave boy- in The Scarlet Pimpernel. He played a marvelous character, one who risked his own life to save aristocrats from Madame Guillotine. I love, love Leslie in this role. If you’ve never seen it, you must.

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