Badurday- January 14, 2012- Montage

Found this video and even though I think this chick that made it must be much younger than me based on her top five, I agree that most of the men she has chosen are amazing and special. Alas, most of her top five are probably young enough to be my much younger brothers. AND she can’t spell Colin’s name, but she picked some good pics of him, so we’ll forgive her that sin. I enjoyed the video even though she left out some of my favorites. I hope you like it.

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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Moonday’s Heroic Hunk in History: Henry VIII Tudor & Anne Boleyn

Henry in his Prime

     King Henry VIII Tudor during the Anne Boleyn years is Moonday’s Heroic Hunk in History. Henry quickly became infatuated with Anne when she returned to Court from France and was named Lady in Waiting to the Queen (Have we heard this story before?). Unlike her naughty sister Mary, Anne was reported by the Archduchess Margaret of Austria to be “presentable and so pleasant.” Having royal mistresses Bessie Blount and her sister Mary who had been cast off with little provision as models, Anne determined that the same fate would not be hers.
     Anne played hard to get for about five years until she convinced Henry to obtain an annulment to marry her, even if it meant a break with the Roman Catholic Church. Although Henry had been awarded the title “Defender of the Faith” by Pope Leo X for writing the Assertio Septem Sacramentorum (“In Defense of the Seven Sacraments”) in response to a treatise by Martin Luther, separation from the Catholic Church had several benefits.
     Henry and Anne married on 25 January 1533. It was not until May of that year that Cranmer granted Henry and Catherine’s divorce. Katherine steadfastly denied that she had ever consummated her marriage to Arthur, and asserted that Henry “knew the truth of it.” Five days later, Cranmer declared Henry and Anne’s secret marriage valid. The Pope excommunicated Henry who assumed leadership of the Church in England. Unlike his miserly father, Henry had spent money liberally. Henry dissolved the Churches and monasteries, kept most of the assets himself, and granted properties to his supporters. In 1530 the Abbot of Whitby wrote: “The King’s Grace is ruled by one common stewed whore, Anne Boleyn, who makes all the spirituality to be beggared, and the temporality also.” The English people preferred Queen Katherine and called Anne “The Great Whore.”
     Anne was crowned Queen of England in June, 1533. On 7 September, she gave birth to the Princess Elizabeth (Unfortunately for her, another daughter for Henry). After three miscarriages by 1536, Henry—despairing of having a son by Anne—began courting Jane Seymour. (Made even easier by Katherine’s convenient death.)
     On 2 May of 1536, Anne was arrested for treason and sent to the Tower of London, where she was tried before a jury and found guilty on 15 May. Her crime? She was charged with adultery, treason (that’s adultery when your husband is the King), and incest with her brother George. Her real crime? Failure to deliver a healthy son for Henry and pissing off Thomas Cranmer over government policy. One of the men confessed under torture while the others proclaimed their innocence until their execution. Multiple inconsistencies in the trial that supported Anne’s innocence were ignored.
     Anne was exhausted—almost ready to die. She wrote shortly before her execution: “O Death, rock me asleep, bring me to quiet rest, let pass my weary guiltless ghost out of my careful breast.” On May 19th, Anne was beheaded on Tower Green with a sword—the King had graciously allowed beheading instead of burning at the stake which was the actual penalty. Anthony Kingston, the Tower Constable, quoted Anne on the morning of her death, “I hear I shall not die afore noon, and I am very sorry therefore, for I thought to be dead by this time and past my pain.’ I told her it should be no pain, it was so little. And then she said, ‘I heard say the executioner was very good, and I have a little neck.’” Her body lay where it fell until a worker placed her head and body in an arrow chest and buried her in St. Peter ad Vinicula in an unmarked grave. Anne was one of England’s most influential Queens but her daughter Elizabeth would become one of England’s greatest monarchs.   Compare the portraits of the real Tudors with the pics of Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Henry VIII and Natalie Dormer from the Tudors. Next week, more Tudors. RitaVF

Moonday’s Heroic Hunk in History: Young Henry VIII


     Henry Tudor of the Six Wives fame is Moonday’s Heroic Hunk in History. Born in 1491 in Greenwich Palace, as the second son of Henry VII he was not expected to inherit and consequently his early childhood is lost to history. 

     He attended the wedding of Arthur, Prince of Wales to Catherine of Aragon in November 1501.  Within five months of the marriage, the always sickly Arthur died. Despite Arthur’s post-wedding night brag (“been in Spain”), Catherine claimed that the marriage had not been consummated. After obtaining a papal dispensation, England and Spain signed a treaty allowing Catherine (who had been born in 1485) to marry Prince Henry.
     In the years that followed, squabbling between the monarchs of Spain and England left Catherine impoverished, forced to hock her possessions to maintain herself and her household. The English King was having buyer’s remorse and had taken steps to back out of the betrothal. When Henry VII died in 1509, his 17-year-old son became Henry VIII, decided that he liked Catherine and married her within months. He also executed his father’s most productive and hated tax collectors, Edmund Dudley and Sir Richard Empson who had helped his father amass his fortune.
     Henry, unlike our historical image, resembled his handsome grandfather (Edward IV)—tall (six feet) with red-gold hair and beard . Henry was athletic (a big-time tennis player) and loved to hunt and joust. SO very different from his dour father.
     A Venetian diplomat described the 25-year-old Henry in a dispatch: “His Majesty is the handsomest potentate I ever set eyes on; above the usual height, with an extremely fine calf to his leg, his complexion very fair and bright, auburn hair combed straight and short, in the French fashion, and a round face so very beautiful that it would become a pretty woman, his throat being rather long and thick…. He speaks French, English and Latin, and a little Italian, plays well on the lute and harpsichord, sings from book at sight, draws the bow with greater strength than any man in England and jousts marvelously…. a most accomplished Prince.” 

Field of Cloth of Gold

      In 1511, Catherine gave birth to their first child, a son named Henry after his father. The infant died two months later—the first of a long line of unsuccessful pregnancies that ended in miscarriage or infant death with only a daughter, Mary who was born in 1516, to survive. Catherine was considered a model wife—well-educated, well-connected, and skilled in household matters (She even sewed and mended Henry’s shirts.) She participated in the business of the Court and Henry called himself her “Knight of the Loyal Heart.”            

Jonathan Rhys Meyers


Henry soon strayed, however. In 1514, he commenced an affair with one of Catherine’s ladies-in-waiting—Bessie Blount who was 13 or 14 years old at the time. The affair lasted until 1519 when Bessie delivered Henry’s bastard , Henry Fitzroy who was created the Duke of Richmond and Somerset. About this time, Mary Boleyn (Anne Boleyn’s sister) came on the scene as one of Catherine’s ladies-in-waiting.

Meyers as Henry VIII in The Tudors


In 1514, Henry engaged successfully in a war with France which ended in the Anglo-French treaty of 1514. In a spirit of the bond of friendship, Henry and King Francis I met outside Calais in June of 1520 in what is now called the “Field of Cloth of Gold,” a meeting famous for its extravagance and pageantry. 

     Henry has piqued the imagination of generations. He has been a popular subject for plays and movies such as The Tudors in which he was portrayed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Next week, Henry and Anne.   RitaVF


Since our guest seems to  have fallen through again and it IS Wednesday, thought I’d jump in and post a wet man.  Nothing else to say but – enjoy! 

Tomorrow we will have Danica Avet and  her story about the “one that got away”- read that as  the one that “done her wrong”- I know, it sounds like a country song! Tune in tomorrow (yep, pun intended).

EDITED TO BRAG- LOL:  New Halloween anthology I have a story in came out today. The Anthology is called “Halloween Dances with the Dead” and my story is called “The True Believers”  I love the cover- check it out.

Back Cover- there I am!

The Sizzlers Welcome Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Ok, not like our recent guests. I mean, no, he didn’t do a personal interview with us. But I am quite sure that if he knew how much we luuurrrvve him, he would have. Somehow we managed to get ahead of ourselves with the posts, and we ended up this morning without a special guest.

But SFCatty pointed out that we have gotten a lot of hits when we run pix of Jonathan, and y’all know I am never against a little bit of British historical-epic actor eye candy. So sit back, get yourself a nice cold mojito, and enjoy one of our favorite videos:

Badurday- June 26, 2010- The Tudors Edition

In honor of the end of The Tudors series, I have chosen our Bad-urday boy this week to be Jonathan Rhys Meyers.  Now, I actually chose him a couple of weeks ago when I was watching Bend it like Beckham where he plays Joe, the girls’ soccer coach but he got bumped first by Billy Burke and then by Frank Sinatra when I was in New York.  But it worked out all right as here we are with the end of the series and we have our King Henry VIII.  AND it is World Cup month and he was in a soccer movie, so it worked out there, too.  Our bad boy also played the assassin of Michael Collins in the film of the same name with Liam Neeson and Alan Rickman. Love that movie.  He was in August Rush, which is a cool little movie.  He wasn’t a bad boy in it but he was sexy as hell. Have not seen Loss of Sexual Innocence which he is in- may have to rent that one.  And for the breeches crowd, he was in Vanity Fair as well.

Henry VIII was the baddest boy ever.  In real life, he was an ogre but he was very handsome in his early years. 

Here are some more great shots: Remember the old song by Eartha Kitt “C’mon a my house?”  C’mon, man, c’mon!

Editing Will Make You Crazy


Editing. It is what we must all agreed to be a necessary evil. I am deep in the midst of a massive edit of my Historical ms, and it makes me nuts.

See, I got some crits back from a contest that said I was using too many “ings” and “lys” (gerunds and adverbs, if you listen to sfcatty). So I went through and edited them all out. I was ruthless. Totally without any ruth when it came to ings and lys. So I sent my lovely (argh, adverb! strike that!) nice new edited ms to another contest, expecting it to score higher, now that it wasn’t getting dinged for having ings and lys.

But I scored LOWER. All that work, no more ings and lys, just to lower my grade? Whassupwiddat?  Didn’t anyone notice the stellar lack of ings and lys?

You know what? I don’t think so. I think sometimes you get a judge who has an ing/ly fetish. Sometimes you get a judge who has kittens if you change POV more than once in a chapter. Sometimes you get one (sorry, sfcatty) who doesn’t know basic vocab for the genre you wrote.  And sometimes you don’t. Luck of the draw.

And so now I am going back through, editing not for ings and lys, not for headhops, or anything like that, but for what I (that would be me, the author, remember me?) wants this book to say. And maybe no one will ever read it.

Or maybe it will get published one day. Even with an ing and a ly here and there.

But the important thing is the inspiration. Here is today’s:

Yummy Tudor Hotness

Yummy Tudor Hotness!

Coming Soon to a Blog Near You!

I am interviewing the wonderful Cheryl Smith, who has just signed a two book deal for her Courtesan series. You guys know I am a sucker for a British guy, and Cheryl will be telling us all about the Duke who features in her first book, plus insider info about getting an agent, getting noticed and getting “THE CALL”!

I’ll be posting the interview soon, but in the meantime check out Cheryl’s blog at ( or just click her name in our blogroll).

And in honor of Cheryl’s hero, let’s have a British Army  3-Way Eye Candy!


That’s  a very young Jonathan Rhys Meyers from the Tudors, plus James Purefoy and Rhys Ifans — three more reasons I love Britain!

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