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.

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- March 9, 2013- Blog Hop With Prizes

This weekend, one of my publishers Sweet/Secret Cravings, is having a Sweet blog hop. There are thirty-four writers participating and there are tons of giveaways. Over at my personal blog, I’m sharing an excerpt from my April release called Venetian Masks and I’m giving away two prizes. One is a back-list e-book and one is a lovely Italian ceramic dip holder and spreader. Two commenters will win. I’m also sharing a recipe for cannoli. Check it out at

Click HERE or on the picture to head over to see the list of all 34 participants. Win something today or tomorrow. Happy spring.

The Mortuary

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This is a Victorian Mansion on Canal Street in New Orleans, It was originally built as a family home later sold to a Notary in 1923, and in 1928 information was brought to attention that it was purchased on on behalf of PJ McMahon which turned it into a grand funeral home. It has over a mile radius of graves and in between the year of 1930 to 2003 over 20,000 funerals took place and their body fluids flushed down the basement. Not to mention being surrounded by the city of the dead. It is documented by a paranormal investigation team. Now it has switched hands and is a Haunted House and only opened at Halloween. For what you mean, they turned it into a HAUNTED HOUSE. I’ve been to see this place of wonder at night, and my daughter screaming to me that she seen a ghost in the cemetery connected to the house as we pulled away. It sent shivers down my spine. And the legend

The Love of Writing

Hello everyone. Happy Dark Thursday. I love writing Paranormal Fantasy, and Sci-fi and along those lines. The creating process is an adventure in itself. I’m a panster, I write by the seat of my pants.  I’ve tried to write with a plot outline, but it only turns into scratch paper. My mentor Christine Feehan is the same way. First I’ll find a great name, and general idea and I begin. The story unravels as I write. Sometimes I might get an idea but it doesn’t mean the character’s listen sometimes they get a mind of their  own, or something will happen, and you’ll  just as surprised that it’s happening. I think that is awesome.

I can’t wait to be published, but I also don’t want it to stop there. I was fearful at one time thinking I might only have one story in me. Well, I found out that’s not true.  I have all kinds of characters in my head. It’s so exciting. It’s like being on a high, and your rushing to catch it because it feels so good.

I really miss not posting parts of a story. Ahh well, we can’t have everything, but I’ll fight to have as much of it as possible. Never give up your dreams. When you get them.. get a one.. Life moves in the positive.. and you’ll always get what you wish for.. by living it in your mind.

I love these pictures. The woman is awesome with her hair, and the dark lips. You can do so much with her. Enjoy.

Badurday – February 5, 2011- Debora Ryan/Michele Zurlo

JILLIAN:  A fellow Siren-BookStrand author is our guest today. She writes both erotica and Mainstream. As Michele Zurlo, she owns the blog called The Steam Room where I  have been a guest in the past. She also is hosting an awesome event for Valentine’s week.  She has a lot of other authors discussing romance and other Valentine’s Day topics. She’ll attach a list of those writers to the end of this interview along with her discussion of the event. 

As Debora Ryan, she write mainstream novels for Book Strand Publishers.  She’s here today in an interview for her new book to be released in the next four to six weeks or so. It’s called Crimes of the Heart.  Please welcome her to the blog today.


When Leah is caught embezzling, will blackmail lead her to love or destruction?

Ever since an accident killed her parents and left her older sister with life-altering injuries, Leah Keenan’s life hasn’t been her own.  The insurmountable medical bills force her to desperate action.  The company she works for is large.  Nobody would notice if she skimmed a few thousand here and there to pay outstanding bills.

The complications Will Dannaker brings are more than Leah needs in her life.  Posing as a management intern, he is placed in her care.  He isn’t an intern; he’s a fraud specialist working undercover at his father’s company.  When Will’s charm fails to penetrate Leah’s shields, he resorts to blackmail to make her go out with him.

As things grow serious between them, the embezzling spirals out of control.  Six million dollars are missing—far more than Leah took—and all the evidence Will gathered points to Leah.  Everything blows up when she is arrested, and Will is forced to fight his family to prove his love to Leah.

Jillian: Your book, Crimes of the Heart, seems to be a romantic suspense. Is this your first in this genre or do you have others?

Debora: Funny, I never thought of it as romantic suspense. I thought of it more as crime fiction, but there are definitely elements of suspense throughout. Tomorrow Cries could also be considered romantic suspense. I like complex, layered stories where the conflicts are both internal and external.

Jillian: Your heroine, Leah, is in a bad situation. Can you tell us a little about it?

Debora: Leah is operating on a lingering sense of survivor’s guilt stemming from a tragic accident that took her parents and left her sister unable to care for herself. Her fatal flaw is that she tries to shoulder this responsibility alone. She confides in nobody, not even her best friend who would be more than willing to help her. Leah probably thinks of her situation as penance.

Jillian: Writing a heroine that commits a crime is scary. Do you think Leah’s criminal behavior will cause readers to not like her? If not, tell us why.

Debora: I sat on this story forever because I wasn’t sure how to approach building her relationship with Will. Love is messy and imperfect, and so are my heroines. Leah’s situation is very delicate because taking her relationship with Will too far would cause him to commit an unforgivable crime. Both of my characters commit crimes. Leah embezzles to pay for her sister’s expensive medical care. Will blackmails Leah because he really wants to go out with her. The difficult part for me was in walking that line between making the characters interesting and sympathetic while showcasing their faults and the ways in which those faults nearly ruin their relationship.

Jillian:  Your hero, Will, is working undercover. What’s his back story?

Debora: Will is a fraud investigator. He left home and turned his back on the family business to prove he could be something other than the man his father wanted him to be. At his mother’s request, he returns home to find out who embezzled six million dollars from the company. Hint: There are multiple embezzlers working for Will’s father.

Jillian: When does this book come out and where can we be looking for it?.

Debora: This will be available from BookStrand most likely in late February/early March. You can check my website at for updates

JIllian: My theme for Saturdays here on the Southern Sizzle blog is Bad Boys. Who is your favorite bad boy of film or television?

Debora: Captain Jack Harkness from Torchwood (played by the handsome John Barrowman). I like that he’s a bad boy fighting for the side of good, and he never passes up the chance to flirt with anyone, male or female. He has no shame and he doesn’t know the meaning of fear.

Jillian:  I adore him as well. He’s amazing and hot!!! And oh, so bad! 

Jillian: You write also under the name of Michele Zurlo- Tell us about The Steam Room and your Valentines event.

Debora: The Steam Room is my website where I feature a new author each week. I research each person that I interview to tailor the interviews to them. I’ve come to know a great many interesting people this way. The week before Valentine’s Day, I’m changing things up a bit. I’ll be posting a new blog entry every day that features different authors and readers telling us about love and romance. Here is the blurb and the schedule for that week:

Cynics refer to Valentine’s Day as a Hallmark Holliday, something created to market cards, candy and flowers.  Romantics don’t care where it came from or why it’s become such an important holiday, we’re just happy there’s a universal day set aside to celebrate and honor romance.  Those of us in the romance industry—whether we’re writers or readers—find a way to stretch this sentiment so that it touches our everyday lives. 

For some of us, reading romance provides an escape from our daily stressors.  For others, it lets us enjoy romantic encounters and relationships that will never be our reality.  We love our Significant Others, but real relationships are seldom about the romance.  Between work and family demands, we often have little energy left for even small romantic gestures. Romance is a habit. Once we fall out of that habit, it’s difficult to pick up again. Even so, that doesn’t mean the love dies. Romance novels fill a need we don’t often have time to fill for ourselves.

Still, Valentine’s Day is our day.  While we bring love and romance into our everyday lives, we still want to celebrate the actual holiday.  This year, I will be doing nothing special.  Monday is swim practice for my kids. After work, I’ll pick them up, feed them dinner, help with homework, take them to practice, and fall into my bed seconds after I kiss them goodnight. I’m pinning my hopes on the weekend before.

Romantic Monday, February 7: Jenika Snow, Tonya Ramagos, CR Moss, Berengaria Brown

Happy Endings Tuesday, February 8: Stephanie Cage, Julia Rachel Barrett, D. Renee Bagby, Jami Davenport, Michele Zurlo

Love is…Wednesday, February 9: ZA Maxfield, Karenna Colcroft, Tina Donahue, Lynne Roberts

Rediscover Life Thursday, February 10: Missy Martine, Jillian Chantal

Magical Journeys Friday, February 11: Melissa Bradley, Laura Tolomei, KR Beiley, Debora Ryan

The Lighter Side of Love Saturday, February 12: Daisy Harris, Rachel Clark

The Poetry of Love Sunday, February 13: Erin M. Leaf, Larion Wills, Frances Pauli

Please stop by each day and share your thoughts.

Wishing you lots of steam!

Michele Zurlo

AND here is Michele/Debora’s bad boy!


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