Badurday- July 14, 2012- Jeremy Northam

I watched The Net this week and again fell in love with the bad boy all over again. Jeremy Northam plays the seductively evil villain in this movie and it was one of the first movies I ever saw him in. And, as usual, even way back then, I fell for the bad guy. I kept hoping for redemption for him. Alas, it was not to be.

I also turned in the first edits this week on The Gambler’s Brother which is due out in October. Jeremy was the inspiration for the hero in The Gambler. That story is the first in a series of three books, so Mr. Northam has been on my mind this week. The Gambler is available now at my publisher as well as other outlets.

Enjoy this montage of Jeremy’s film roles from You-tube.

Badurday- March 10, 2012- New Cover and Inspiration

I got my cover for my April 15, 2012 release called The Gambler. It’s book one in a trilogy with books two and three to be released in six month increments. All three of them will be out by April 2013 and they are published by Desert Breeze Publishing- the company with the best covers ever. The hero in this story was inspired by Jeremy Northam. He’s super sexy and I adore him in all his incarnations. I’m posting the cover as well as some Jeremy photos for your perusal.

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Moonday’s Heroic Hunks in History: Celebration Day!

I’d like to officially announce the impending publication of His Obsession, a Georgian Regency historical novel, by Siren BookStrand in March, 2012. Thank you to all my Sizzling Sisters at Southern Sizzle Romance for giving me the hard push I needed to submit my completed manuscripts to publishers.

To celebrate the upcoming publication of His Obsession, Moonday’s Heroic Hunks in History salutes the gentlemen of Miss Jane Austen’s movie adaptations. Miss Austen’s books were made into movies in 1995-1996. Pride & Prejudice (1995) featured the gorgeous Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy. Emma (1996) starred Jeremy Northam as Mr. Knightly and Ewan McGregor as Frank Churchill. Hugh Grant played Edward Ferrars and Alan Rickman was Colonel Christopher Brandon in Sense and Sensibility.

  BTW, my Writer’s Vineyard (http://thewritersvineyard.com/) post today features an exclusive interview with Miss Jane Austen. Miss Austen will discuss the craft and business of writing romance. BTW, you can check out the blurb and excerpt for His Obsession at http://ritabay.com/montclair-chronicles/his-obsession/ or click the Montclair Chronicles Tab on this Menu, then select His Obsession.

Next Week, a salute to some paranormal characters whose series begins their new season next Monday.  RitaBay

A Philosophical Debate for Wetsday

Some of you have the mistaken idea that I am frivolous, only interested in posting pictures of attractive, usually British, actors in wet swimsuits. Well, darlings, that’s not completely accurate. It is one of my favorite activities, but I am a much more complex person than that.

Why, just this week, a friend and I were having a philosophical discussion about the relative merits of several cinematographic versions of the works of Jane Austen. It was a rousing, spirited debate, with each of us holding fast to our standards yet being respectful of the others’ viewpoint.

See, I say Jonny Lee Miller has the best bod of all the movie Mr. Knightlys, while she insists on her preference for Jeremy Northam. I’m afraid that this comes down to a basic difference in our belief system, and we shall have to agree to respectfully disagree.

(But how anyone can watch JLM’s shouting-at-Emma scene and not fantasize about having an argument — and making up — with him is beyond me.)

But to be fair, I am willing to consider opposing viewpoints. So here, in honor of my friend Sophie, is your Wetsday guest, her ultimate Mr. Knightly, Jeremy Northam!

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Badurday- September 24, 2011- Montage of Thirteen

I’m still brain dead from the work week and the writing sprints I’ve been doing each night (added 12,000 + words to the WIP this week), so I decided to just do a montage of some of the pictures I use for inspiration for the heroes in my books who all have an element of badness that needs a heroine to tame.  Here’s lucky number 13- 13 photos, that is.

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Badurday- September 10, 2011- ENTANGLED

Today we take a bit of a break from Badurday so I can tell you all about a cool anthology that comes out on Monday. Some of my friends have written stories with a Halloween theme and the proceeds for the book are going to be donated for breast cancer research. Here’s some info on it- oh, and at the end, I rewarded you for reading all this with a picture of the man I used as the inspiration for my new book that will be coming out in April 2012.  It’s called The Gambler and is the first in a series of three to be released over the space of a year by Desert Breeze Publishing.   

Ghosts, vampires, demons, and more! Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal short stories from authors Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Edie Ramer, Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, and Michelle Miles, plus a Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan.

 Stacia Kane contributed the foreword. Formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan.

 All proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

 Q: Tell us about Entangled.

A: Entangled includes ten suspense-filled paranormal stories from authors Lori Brighton, Michelle Diener, Cynthia Eden, Jennifer Estep, Misty Evans, Nancy Haddock, Liz Kreger, Dale Mayer, Michelle Miles, and Edie Ramer, plus a brand new Seven Deadly Sins novella by Allison Brennan. Stacia Kane contributed the foreword and the book’s formatting and cover art were also donated to the project by Lori Devoti and Laura Morrigan. All proceeds from the sale of Entangled will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF).

 Q: Are the stories connected?

A: The anthology has a Halloween theme, so the stories all have Halloween elements in them.

 Q: Are they all one genre?

A: All the stories paranormal, but some are heavier on suspense, while others have more romance. We even have a young adult story by Jennifer Estep that’s related to herMythosAcademyseries.

 Q: How did you all come up with the decision to do this book? Who initiated it and how did you all get together?

A: Edie Ramer and Misty Evans wanted to do a collaboration together, and over three or four emails earlier this year, they decided to do a paranormal anthology of short stories and have the proceeds go to breast cancer. They invited authors whose books they read and enjoyed, and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

 Q: Tell us more about the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

A: BCRF-funded research has helped save lives and improved the quality of care and rate of survival for tens of thousands of breast cancer patients in the past decade. Their research has revealed that the “cure” is a mosaic made up of as many approaches to diagnosing, treating, preventing and surviving as there are different types of breast cancer. The anthology is also a mosaic made up of many stories donated for this worthwhile cause.

 Q: Is there a time limit on purchasing Entangled so the proceeds go to the BCRF?

A: Entangled will available for at least a year and all proceeds will go to BCRF, no matter when it’s purchased. After a year, if it’s still selling well, we’ll keep it available, and again, all proceeds will go to BCRF.

 Q: How much will the ebook cost?

A: Entangled will be discounted to $2.99 during September and October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. After that the price will go up to $3.99. For stories of this caliber, it’s a fantastic deal at either price.

 Q: Can people donate to the cause even if they can’t or don’t want to purchase Entangled?

A: Absolutely. Go to  http://www.bcrfcure.org to make a donation in your name, or in the name of someone you know who’s been touched by breast cancer.

Stories include:

HALLOWEEN FROST by USA Today bestselling author Jennifer Estep (author of theMythosAcademy, Elemental Assassin, and Bigtime series) — It’s Halloween atMythosAcademy, but Gwen Frost and her friends are in for more tricks than treats when they run into a mythological monster intent on killing them.

 THE FAT CAT by Edie Ramer (author of Cattitude, Galaxy Girls) — In a battle for the souls of seven women, a wizard has the god of war on his side; all the witch has is a fat, black cat.

 MEDIUM RARE by Nancy Haddock (author of the Oldest City Vampire trilogy) —What’s spooking the spirits ofSt. Augustine? As the witching hour of Halloween approaches, ghost seer Colleen Cotton must team with a by-the-book paranormal investigator to locate the one ghost who can save the city’s specters. If she fails, her own great grandfather’s spirit may be lost forever.

 SWEET DEMON by Misty Evans (author of the Witches Anonymous series) —When Chicago’s vampire king insists Kali Sweet join his empire, the vengeance demon must rely on her ex – the half-human, half-chaos demon who left her at the altar three hundred years ago – in order to escape the vamp’s clutches.

 SIAN’S SOLUTION by Dale Meyer (author of the Psychic Visions series) — When a vampire discovers the human man she loves has been captured and hung in a blood farm, she goes against her own kind and risks everything to save him.

 A BIT OF BITE by Cynthia Eden (author of NEVER CRY WOLF and ANGEL OF DARKNESS) — A killer is stalking the streets of Crossroads, Mississippi, and it’s up to Sheriff Ava Dushaine to stop him. But when suspicion falls on werewolf alpha Julian Kasey—Ava’s ex-lover and the man who still haunts her dreams—Ava knows that she’ll either have to prove his innocence…or watch the whole town go up in flames.

 SINFULLY SWEET by Michelle Miles (author of the Coffee House series) — When Chloe bakes a little magic into her pastries, she attracts the attention of Edward, the sexy half-demon, half-witch, who’s come to warn her those who murdered her sister are now after her.

 A NIGHT OF FOREVER by Lori Brighton (author of A Night of Secrets and To Seduce an Earl) — Who is Aidan Callaghan? Mary Ellen James is intent on uncovering the truth about the mysterious man, but as she soon finds out, some things are best left buried in the past.

 FEEL THE MAGIC by Liz Kreger (author of the Part of Tomorrow series) — Jenna Carmichael’s magical attempt to rectify Jessica Manfield’s birth identity takes an unexpected turn when the past comes back to haunt her.

 BREAKING OUT by Michelle Diener (author of the Tudor-set historical suspense novel In A Treacherous Court) — Imprisoned in a secret facility, powerful telekinetic Kelli Barrack and two other ‘special’ inmates grab a chance to escape, only to confront their worst nightmares on the outside.

 GHOSTLY JUSTICE, an all-new Seven Deadly Sins novella by New York Times bestselling author Allison Brennan (author of the Seven Deadly Sins series) — Demon hunters Moira O’Donnell and Rafe Cooper are dragged into the dangerous world of nocturnal predators to find “Ghostly Justice” for a virgin sacrificed to an ancient blood demon.

Here’s your bad boy of the day- I’d like to run my hands across that chest and through that hair!!

Badurday- June 25, 2011- A Retrospective

I’m being lazy today and I apologize. I’ve been working like a demon on getting my manuscript ready to pitch at RWA National as well as trying to get stuff done for the day job so it’ll run smoothly without me, so today, you get a retrospective of some of the past bad boys, as well as one new one.

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