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 30, 2013- Nicholas Hoult

I’m planning to hit the movie theatre this afternoon to see Jack and the Giant Slayer. This film looks like a lot of fun and I’m sure in the mood for some fun! The young man who stars in it first came to our attention in a Hugh Grant movie called About a Boy. He was the boy of the title. He’s all grown up now and quite a compelling actor. I saw him in Warm Bodies and he did a bang up job. I’m sure he’s going to be fantastic in this film, too. He fits in as a bad boy since the Jack in this film appears to be bad and tough and ready to slay some giants to rescue a fair maiden among others. His name? Nicholas Hoult. Watch for him. I predict he’s going to be a big star. This flick should be a great, mindless escape.

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- September 29, 2012- Bradley Cooper

Today I bring you a movie trailer for a movie I want to see called The Words. As a writer, it is something that I think could happen to any one of us (although I’ve never written anything close to what I’d call a best-seller even though I’ve been on my publisher’s best seller list). Bradley Cooper plays a bad boy in this one. He passes off someone else’s story as his own. Bad, bad, bad. And yeah, he looks hot while he’s doing it. So even if you hate him in the role, you can still enjoy the view, right?

Badurday- April 7, 2012- Christopher Meloni

This was on you-tube posted by andreiaviviane:

Badurday- October 29, 2011- Christopher Eccleston

I wracked my brain for a choice for Halloween weekend and came up with Christopher Eccleston.  He’s a super actor. He played the 9th Doctor on the  Doctor Who series. My spouse has watched this show since the 1970s and was thrilled when it came back after a hiatus. Christopher was only the Doctor for one season, but he did a great job with it. Who is badder than Doctor Who, really? I mean, he’s the time lord, right? but, the reason I’ve chosen Christopher for the Bad Boy of the week is the movie The Others. This show came out in 2001 and I loved it. It was an awesome, suspenseful movie. The kind I adore. Where the suspense is the thing. No gore, just tense scenes that make me want to know what’s up. This movie delivers that in spades.

Christopher plays Nicole Kidman’s character’s husband who fought in World War II. She’s living in a mansion on the island of Jersey with her two children who are photosensitive and can’t be in the light.  I love, love this movie. Very atmospheric and quite a treat to watch for Halloween. Rent it. You won’t regret it. 

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Badurday- October 8, 2011- Antonio Banderas

Rita Bay’s post on Monday regarding vampires is my inspiration for the bad boy of the week this time around. He’s sooo bad.  Antonio Banderas is way more than a puss in boots, he’s a hot, Spanish, sexy, bad boy!!  I’ve loved him since I first saw him in Interview with the Vampire as Armand, the vampire who made Lestat into one. Now, mind you, he was in Mambo Kings first, but he kind of scooted  under my radar in that one. 

He was also in El Mariachi as one bad hombre. I mean, really? A guitar case chock full of firearms? What’s not to love, right?

Check out the Andalusian who only gets better with age. Gotta love that accent, too.

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Badurday- July 2, 2011- Guest Stephanie Burkhart

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Today, we have Stephanie Burkhart as our guest talking about her steam punk release.

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JILLIAN: I’d like to welcome author Stephanie Burkhart to the blog today. Stephanie’s latest release is “Victorian Scoundrel,” a steampunk romance. So, Stephanie, what is a steampunk romance?

STEPH: Here’s my recipe: take a dash of steam, a pinch of the Victorian age, and healthy sprinkle of romance and you’ve got a steampunk romance.

As the term implies, the story is generally set in the early industrial period where steam power is more widely known, such as early Victorian England, but it adds a second element such as a science fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy or paranormal twist. Adding to the complexity of the “steam” is that the story usually takes place in an alternate time, or parallel universe. My best example is the movie Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law.

JILLIAN: What motivated you to write Victorian Scoundrel?

STEPH: Gail Delaney, Editor-in-Chief, at Desert Breeze put out a call for steampunk romances. I said, “why not?” It’s a genre that many find interesting so I decided to tackle it.

JILLIAN: What was the inspiration behind the plot?

STEPH: I wanted a more “traditional” steampunk so I started combing through the Victorian age and discovered the Great Exhibition. Prince Albert was a driving force for the Exhibition and I knew I wanted to center the plot around those two elements. Then I threw in a dirigible, a transmogrifier, and some whuzzies.

JILLIAN: So why is this series called “The Windsor Diaries?”

STEPH: I found real life inspiration for Alice & Edmund Windsor in Prince Harry and Her Royal Highness, Princess Beatrice of York. My character, Edmund Windsor, loves to make mischief and because of that, has a habit of making his own messes. Alice Windsor adores her cousin, Edmund, and it’s usually Alice who gets Edmund out of the messes he makes. Hence, “The Windsor Diaries.”

JILLIAN: How long did it take you to write?

STEPH: About 3 months, including my research and preliminary work.

JILLIAN: What’s your writing space like?

STEPH: It’s in the middle of the dining room. I’ve basically taken over the dinning room table. The mess is organized into piles.

JILLIAN: I know you like to cast your characters. Who plays Alice & Edmund?

STEPH: I picture Mena Survari as Alice and Robert Pattinson as Edmund.

JILLIAN: Why do you cast your characters?

STEPH: It’s part of my preliminary work. It allows me to picture my characters. For me, it gives the character an added dimension in my mind that I use to augment my writing.

JILLIAN: Who’s the Scoundrel? Edmund or Grayson?

STEPH: – wink – I’ll let you decide.

Here’s a link to the Book Teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IUYj2d7ZeY

Publisher’s Buy Link: http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-183/Stephanie-Burkhart-Victorian-Scoundrel/Detail.bok

BLURB: It’s 2011 and compressed natural gas has taken over from the coal producing steam machines of the Victorian Age. Alice Windsor, Princess of York, follows her mischief-making cousin, Prince Edmund of Wales back to the past and 1851 where Prince Albert is hosting Britain’s Great Exhibition.

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Alice soon discovers Edmund has struck up a friendship with their great-grandfather, Prince Albert, and his mischief making entails leaving a dinosaur-sized footprint in history. She also meets Grayson Kentfield, Earl Swinton, and the Prime Minister, Sir John Russell. The Prime Minster finds her odd, to say the least.

It’s only when Alice falls for the handsome Earl Swinton does she realize the dangers of time travel. How can she give her heart to a man from the past while striving to stop Edmund from changing time with his forward thinking ideas?

EXCERPT:

Tired and thirsty, she finally made it to the courtyard. Edmund was nowhere to be found. She should have expected it, really. No doubt he was in the palace filling their great-grandfather’s head with forward-thinking ideas. She crossed her arms, staring at the steps. Several carriages waited nearby. No one in their right mind would let her into the palace looking like she did — like she had just stepped out of the gutter.

“Excuse me, who are you?”

Alice spun around to find herself face-to-face with two gentlemen who stood near one of the waiting carriages. One gentleman was older, Alice guessed in his fifties, one younger. The older gentleman stared at her like she truly was a guttersnipe, but the younger one — he was tall, with chiseled cheeks and sensitive hazel eyes. His broad chest filled his suit well and he measured her with a cool, appraising look that hinted at… appreciation. An uncomfortable feeling washed over her. Never had a man’s stare made her feel so… warm.

“Well?” asked the older gentleman.

Alice straightened her posture with her usual royal dignity and took off her glasses as she always did when she introduced herself. “I am Her Royal Highness, Princess Alice of York.”

The men looked at each other, at her, then back at themselves. She wasn’t sure if they were befuddled, confused, or wanted to laugh. Finally, the older gentleman spoke. “Princess Alice is seven years old.”

Alice bit the inside of her lip, realizing she had totally forgotten where she was due to the younger gentleman’s attention. She slid her glasses back on. “Simply call me Alice — Alice Windsor.”

“And you may call me Prime Minister.”

Victorian Scoundrel is available as an Ebook For Sony Ereader, Kindle, Nook, Kobo and various formats for download.

Review from Tia Taylor: Victorian Scoundrel is a clever Steam Punk novel full of Time travel, interesting gadgets, witty dialogue and love scenes that will have the reader reaching for a fan!

Stephanie Burkhart has a fresh, quick, quirky, inventive imagination and she gives the readers of Victorian Scoundrel a delightful mixture of all of the above!

Romance Under the Moonlight

Victorian Scoundrel
Book 1, The Windsor Diaries
Steampunk Romance at it’s finest

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Badurday- April 30, 2011- Ray Stevenson

I was rewatching The Other Guys (SUCH A FUNNY MOVIE) this week and remembered that I’d intended to bring this guy to you for a Badurday event. He played a pretty tough dude in this movie. Wielded his weapon quite well. 

 He was also pretty dang evil in the movie called The Punisher.  He truly can channel a bad boy. He was also in the tv series Rome.   He’s in the new Thor movie coming out as well.  AND he’s going to be Porthos in The Three Musketeers coming out soon, too. I, for one, will be tuning in. 

Badurday April 10, 2010

I watched a really intriguing movie this week called Twisted.  I’m behind the times. It came out in 2004. Never heard of it back then. It was really a good movie.  Had our bad boy in it as well as Ashley Judd and Samuel L. Jackson.  I recommend it.  My #2 son says that Samuel L’ Jackson says the “F” word in every single movie he’s in. Interesting side note- In the rated PG13 movie, 1401– Samuel said the “F” word. Wonder how they got that past the censors?

Ok. back to Badurday.   This guy was a member of the Godfather saga and was a bad boy in the Ocean’s movies.  He also played gangster Lucky Luciano in Hoodlum

But he has played some good guys. Lots of good guys.  He played a G-man in one of the first things I remembered seeing him in. The Untouchables. He was one of Ness’ men. Sean Connery was great  in that one, too. Kevin “whiney voice” Costner was passable.

Who can resist him?  And one of the most awesome things about him is the long term of his marriage.  27 years.  That to me, is dead sexy.  To stay true.  To one woman.

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