Badurday Interruptus

Since Runere wrote about Writus Interruptus, I decided to name this post Badurday Interruptus.  Today we have a special guest, my friend and also a writer for Desert Breeze Publishing, Stephanie Burkhart, will be talking about her new release, a Christmas story set near the beaches of Normandy. Steph’s story is called Christmas in Bayeaux and is  published in an anthology by Victory Tales Press. This would be a great story to read as the holiday season is upon us.  I interviewed Steph and hope you enjoy her answers as well as the excerpt she provided.  If you miss me today, you can visit me here:  as I talk about my book  release on Tuesday.  But, first, you have to read about Noel and Aiden, Stephanie’s hero and heroine.

STEPH: Jillian, thank you so much for having me today.  Just a little about me: I was born and raised in Manchester, NH. When I was 18, this New England Patriot fan joined the US Army for a great adventure and spent 7 years overseas in Germany. I met a fair-haired California boy and we were married in Denmark in 1991. Now, the adventure over, I work for LAPD as a 911 Operator.

 JILLIAN: Why did you chose Bayeux as the setting for your story? 

STEPH:  We chose each other! –grin. I told Rebecca I wanted to do a Christmas story for her and I knew I was going to write it as a contemporary. That said, I hadn’t written a contemporary in about eight years. So I thought about it and Mona Risk came to mind. I absolutely LOVE Mona’s contemporaries. “To Love a Hero” was set in Belarus and “French Peril” was set in France.  I knew I wanted to go international with my contemporary.  I picked France because I always wanted to go to the Beaches of Normandy and Bayeux is the nearest city to the beaches.  In 1987, I visited a rural town in France on the German/French border and I brought a lot of that experience to the story. 

JILLIAN: Have you been to Bayeux?

STEPH: No, but I really want to go! I want to see the Beaches of Normandy. 

JILLIAN:  Do you speak French? 

STEPH:  I am almost “fluent!” –lol. I took 3 years high school French. My pronunciation is pretty good, and I understand a lot, but when I took my French tests in the military and for college credit, I was always about 2 points under what was required for passing. Very frustrating. 

JILLIAN: What gave you the idea for the Christmas story?

 STEPH: I wanted to branch out and write a Christmas story. Diane Craver, who I am a big fan of, mentioned writing a story for VTP (Victory Tales Press) and I said, “Hey, I wanna’ do that to.” 

JILLIAN: I notice you dedicated this story to your sister? Do you have other siblings?

STEPH: I love my sister very much, but she lives in NH and I don’t see her often. I miss her terribly.  I have a half-brother and a half-sister from my father’s second marriage, but again, distance keeps us apart. 

JILLIAN: Did your family ever host an exchange student?

STEPH: No. My aunt had a friend, Diane, who would host exchange students and I always thought that was cool. When Diane visited me in 1990, we went to Antwerp, Belgium to visit one of her previous exchange students.

 JILLIAN: How did you chose your characters’ names? 

STEPH: For my male hero, I wanted something contemporary and Aiden is contemporary to me.  I also need my names to “mesh” together and sound good.  For my female heroine, “Noel” was perfect because it captures the ambience of Christmas and France. 

JILLIAN: When you were stationed in Germany, did you take advantage of the short distance between places and travel a lot?

STEPH: Yes! I’ve been to Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Czechoslovakia (Before it separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia) Berlin, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland. I never made it to England, though and I really want to go there. 

JILLIAN: Anything you want to share about France or your love for travel? 

STEPH: France is a beautiful country with rich history. The Notre Dame is a amazing, The Louvre, Versailles, the countryside… I can’t say enough about it. 

JILLIAN: Where can we buy the book? 

STEPH: Here are the links: 

Amazon: (print) 

Ebook, Smashwords: 

Create Space, Print book: 

Victory Tales Press:

Here’s an excerpt: 

Noel was surprised to hear Aiden Seward’s voice over the phone. She had been an exchange student with his family years ago, and even back then, she had a crush on him, but she was young and he, while the same age, found her no more attractive than his sister, or so she thought. Now he was a man, tall and well built. His dark ebony hair fell in neat waves and curved against the nape of his neck. His sweet hazel eyes harbored such sadness, it almost broke her heart. She wanted to hold him, touch him, drive away those demons that haunted him, but she knew now was not the time. He had to be the one to reach out to her. He had not been so daring years ago. What could she expect from him now?

Noel also knew that men did not care to write letters, so when she left, she extracted a promise from him to exchange postcards. Surprisingly, he honored it. In fact, his last postcard hung on a corkboard in her kitchen next to the refrigerator.

They got into his rented car and Aiden drove off. “Which way?”

“Straight. St. Theresé isn’t far. I took the bus in.”

Thankfully, it had stopped snowing. Aiden and his family lived in Boston, Massachusetts. She was born in Bayeux. She was French to her bones, but when she stayed with Aiden’s family, she might have considered living in the States if he had expressed interest.

“Turn here,” she said. “Do you see the manor on the cliff?”


“That’s Mont St. Theresé.”

His lips parted just a little and his eyes filled with awe. “It’s beautiful.”

“Thank you. You can see Omaha Beach in the distance.”

“Do you have people staying there now?”

“I have one couple visiting from Austria. “

“Christmas is only two weeks away. I hope my visit isn’t inconvenient,” he said.

“Not at all. How long are you staying?”

“I don’t know. I haven’t gotten a return ticket yet.”

Check out the Story Teaser on You Tube: 

Goodie Time: Leave me a post and I’ll pick out two winners to receive an autographed postcard of the cover. Tell me your favorite Christmas story and I’ll pick a winner to receive a print copy of the Christmas Anthology. I’ll come back on 21 NOV to pick the winners.

JILLIAN: Thanks for being here, Stephanie. It was enjoyable. 


Badurday- April 17

Change of pace this week.  A singer that also acts.  I’m a bit in a funk and can’t really think of anything he was in that he was bad but he sure looks BAD HOT in this picture and that’s good enough to me for him to qualify for Badurday.   Not so rhetorical question: if you were Jesse’s Girl, would you stay with this unknown Jesse or would you say, “Uh, Jess, you know, I’m really digging on your friend, Rick and um, I think I’ll be going with him. Sorry, dude.”     I’m just saying

He’s adorable and can sing very well.  I actually have his Christmas album and it is a great listen, too.  Enjoy.  Rick Springfield.  What a grin.

EDITED TO ADD:  we hit out 1,000th comment today.  COOL!

Badurday- Close to Full Moon Edition

Today’s moon is a waxing gibbous, at 91% of full.  In honor of that, I have chosen a werewolf as the bad boy of the day.   When I was in elemetary school in the great state of Virginia, my sister and I would RUN everyday off the bus to our house to get there in time to watch what we thought was the most brilliant show on television.  When I grew up, this show came out on DVD and I asked for it for Christmas that year.  AND  It is so cheesy that I get lactose intolerant watching it.  So funny how things change, huh?  

Anyway, the sister love Barnabas, the vampire.  But for moi, there was no other man than Quentin Collins (sigh).  He was so rugged and handsome.  AND I wanted to be Daphne (Kate Jackson).  This show Dark Shadows was an integral part of my upbringing and made me love the Gothic genre. 

Our bad boy also played on Falcon Crest as Richard Channing.  He was evil to start with but mellowed as the show went on. 

Anyone ever watch him in Flamingo Road?  He was pretty bad there, too.

So without further ado, here is David Selby A/K/A Quentin Collins.

Quentin and Dapne

Badurday Feb 6, 2010

CIARAN HINDS is the actor of the week.  I really can’t think of him right now as anyone bad but I like him and so I can break my own rule about posting just bad boys here on Saturdays.   The first thing I remember seeing him in was Excalibur back in the dark ages when I was in college.   He is one of those actors that make you say, “oh yeah, that’s that guy. ”

  He was  Captain Wentworth in the 1995 version of Persuasion.  He was recently in a movie called Mrs Pettigrew Lives for a Day.   An absolute treat of a movie.  I bought several copies for Christmas gifts in 2008.  He was a ladies lingerie designer and he was just wonderful.  He had the best line of the movie when Mrs. Pettigrew asked him if he had been looking for her all night, he said, “I’ve been looking for you all my life.”   Shivers, indeed. Anyway, if you  haven’t seen it, rent it, buy it, steal it but WATCH it.

December 22, 2009 Sexy Santa

Thought I’d treat us to a Sexy Santa in honor of Christmas this week.  How’d you like this dude coming down the chimney?  

Bad-urady December 12, 2009

Here is a real bad dude.  He is a brilliant actor that has such a demon on his back.  It seems like he has it under control for now and I hope that lasts.  He is an incredible actor and even in the midst of all his addictions, he was still great in every role he ever played.  Such a natural charm.  Let’s hope he has whipped that demon into submission.

I chose him in honor of his new movie coming out on Dec 25-  Sherlock Holmes.  One of my favorite series of stories when I was growing up.  Sherlock Holmes and his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, helped to make me the anglophile I am today.  Was there ever anyone who could better evoke the sooty city of London at the turn of the last century?  I think not. 

Anyway, the movie comes out on Christmas and also features Mark Strong, one of our Badurday alums, as the bad guy (fitting, yeah?)  So, Here are two more shots of the man of the day:   

Dressed and undressed. NICE!

EDITED TO ADD:  See my personal blog for my thoughts on the movie:

My road to publishing a novel

Just got word last night that another of my short stories will be in an anthology to be published this fall- The anthology is called “Christmas in Outer Space” and my story is called “Christmas on Bethlehem Star” – I really am proud to have been chosen for this anthology because Sci Fi is really not my thing but I must be better at it than I thought. It IS a romance but it was weird basing it in outer space. I am thrilled that the editor called my story “delightful.”    That makes me happy.    I will post a link when the book is ready to order.

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