Thursday, November 29, 2012

Thursday Thirteen - 13 things you probably don't want to know...

Welcome to the Thursday Thirteen for November 29th, 2012

Here are thirteen things you probably don't want to know about my dog:


1. Although he is a purebreed (PBGV), he is always mistaken for a mutt. (Is that a cross between a basset hound and a schnauzer?)

2. Because of his preposterously short legs, he needs to use steps to get on the bed; but when my daughter's chihuahua was able to leap up with ease, his pride wouldn't let him use the steps anymore. Now he spends 5-10 minutes trying to jump up before he finally makes it (or my husband gives in and puts him on the bed).

3. His favourite foods: Shoes & panties

4. He gets carsick unless he rides in the front seat, which means on a road-trip, I'm in the back

5. The volume of his bark/howl rivals that of a jet engine but with the pleasantness of nails on a chalkboard.

6. He watches television, especially enjoying procedurals, but he does not like American Horror Story.

7. He desperately wants to talk. He will sit and stare at us and converse at length in baby talk and occasionally cluck like a chicken.

8. He was the inspiration for the dog Amadeus in Pulse and Prejudice - the only character in any of my books based on someone in my life. (Click here for an excerpt starring Amadeus.)

9. He knows he is not supposed to bark at people when they come over, and he tries so hard to obey by finding something with which to muffle himself - which results in slightly muffled barking.

10. His colours are black and gold, so he is naturally a Saints fan.

11. He has 2 speeds: On and Off

12. It only took him about 20 minutes to learn how to ring a bell when he wants to go out.

13. In case you hadn't guessed, he LOVES to pose for pictures.



The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Hump Day Hook #5 (Rated R excerpt)


Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for November 28, 2012!

With this blog hop, each author posts one paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see. Then, it would be really cool if you could visit all the writers participating and comment on their paragraph!


This sensual paragraph is from my current work in progress, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, the sequel to Pulse and Prejudice, the vampire adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story.  This scene takes place just after the first Hump Day Hook I posted.

By request, this is a hotter scene than usual, although it does take place in the snow!
(This excerpt is intended for a mature audience. Reader discretion is advised.)

 

Darcy pulled at her skirts and brought the hem to her knees.  He reached his hand up between her cold thighs to the hot core that drew him in.  She gasped against his mouth as he touched her there, but he wasted little time in freeing himself from his trousers and thrusting deep within her. Afterwards he held her face in his hands, stroking her cheeks with his thumbs as he kissed her beatific face.  His thoughts of his good fortune in finding and winning this woman were disrupted when he realized that, even in their current state of dishabille, she was stuffing snow down his back.  He reacted dramatically, rolling up to shake out the snow; and Elizabeth took advantage of his distraction to make her laughing escape. 

“Madam, you use your wiles and allures to seduce me and gain an advantage!”



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Monday, November 26, 2012

Giveaway & New 5-Star Review of All My Tomorrows on Indie Jane

Check out Indie Jane this week for a new 5-star review of All My Tomorrows AND a chance to win a paperback or an eBook! Be sure and enter this week! Click Here

All My Tomorrows is losing the ratings war.

For headwriter Alice McGillicutty, the past year has had enough drama. Her mother passed away, her last relationship ended in disaster, and now poor ratings are catapulting her long-running soap opera toward cancellation. For comfort and creative inspiration, she begins reading The Edge of Darkness, an old melodramatic paperback she found among her mother’s belongings.

When scandal rips Hollywood bad boy Peter Walsingham off the tabloids and into her studio, Alice doubts the small screen is big enough for his ego – or his entourage. In their battle of pride and prejudice, will Peter’s vanity and arrogance compel Alice to write him out of her script, or can she find a role for him in All My Tomorrows?

This contemporary romance not only follows Alice and Peter as they wrestle with misunderstandings, pride, and prejudices, but also the trials and travails of Alexandra, the heroine of the absurdist novel ‘The Edge of Darkness.’ Full chapters of the book-within-the-book are included as Alice reads and allows that story to influence her own.

Though the plot of the primary novel is vaguely reminiscent of Pride and Prejudice, Peter and Alice are no Darcy and Elizabeth but fully-formed characters from the twenty-first century.


Find more information, reviews, and excerpts on my website:  www.colettesaucier.com


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday #SixSunday



for November 25th, 2012.


This week I offer an excerpt from my contemporary romance, All My Tomorrows.


Although Peter has seen Alice McGillicutty from a distance, this is the first time they meet, and he doesn't get off on the right foot when he flounces into her office addressing her as "Mrs."




“It’s you,” Peter said, frozen in the doorway.
“Not if you are looking for Mrs. McGillicutty. Why would you presume I am married?”
“I – well…with a name like McGillicutty, I assumed…”
“So you assume every female McGillicutty emerges from the womb married?”
The shock from recognition fell away as his face relaxed, and he said, “No, of course not; I apologize if I offended you, Miss McGillicutty.”



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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thursday Thirteen for Thanksgiving

Since this Thursday Thirteen falls on Thanksgiving, I expect most people will be spending time with their families and football instead of reading blog posts!

So here are 13 things I think of about Thanksgivings past...

1. Table - Thanksgiving was always one of those rare occasions when we went all out with setting the table with cloths, centerpieces, crystal, and china.

2. Handwashing - Alas, after dinner, I always had to handwash all that crystal and china! And I wouldn't let anyone else do it - better I be the one to break something!

3. Ambrosia salad - Any salad that includes whipped cream and marshmallows works for me!

4. Native Americans - Those people we invited over for dinner before taking all of their land in exchange for small pox and alcoholism.

5. Kick - The wide-left field goal kick that allowed the Saints to beat the Cowboys on Thanksgiving day 2010.

6. Sauce - Cranberry. I always want to get creative with the cranberry sauce, trying out different recipes using fresh cranberries. My family wants no part of it. They all want that canned, jellied tube of cranberry sauce with the ridges. One year we picked up my, shall we say, befuddled grandmother from the nursing home to spend Thanksgiving with us. All she ate was the cranberry sauce. I think she had 2 cans of it.

7. Giblets - Yeah...Don't forget to take the giblets out of the turkey before roasting. Trust me on this.

8. Indicator - OK, so that might be something of a stretch, but I have to say it: That little pop-up indicator that's supposed to tell you when the turkey is ready? Useless. I'll have a turkey that should take 4 or 5 hours to cook. 90 minutes in - POP! That little red stick comes out to taunt me.

9. Vacations - Because my husband and kids had time off, we sometimes used Thanksgiving week for a family vacation. The first time we went to Disney World was on Thanksgiving, so we had hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner in the Most Magical Place On Earth.

10. Italy - See #9 above. One year, my daughter and I toured Italy for 2 weeks, and we were in Florence on Thanksgiving day. I think we ate dinner at a favourite trattoria of mine. I had gnocchi with ham and peas in a cream sauce.

11. November - It seems like as long as I can remember, Thanksgiving has fallen on a Thursday in November... (OK, OK, that's a cheap one; but I am having a lot of trouble coming up with something for another "N.")

12. Games - Yes, Thanksgiving is a day for being thankful that we can stuff ourselves silly, but it is also a day for football!  When not traveling on Thanksgiving, after the ten minutes it usually takes to gobble down a dinner it took hours to prepare, we want to spend the rest of the day feeling full and miserable in front of the TV watching football.

13. Snow - The SECOND greatest Thanksgiving day game (see #5 for the greatest): The 1993 Cowboys vs. Dolphins in this freak snowstorm. It was not only hilarious to watch, but to top it off, the Cowboys lost!





The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others’ comments. It’s easy, and fun! Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Hump Day Hook #4


Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for November 21, 2012!

With this blog hop, each author posts one paragraph from a WIP or finished book for all to see. Then, it would be really cool if you could visit all the writers participating and comment on their paragraph!


This paragraph is from my current work in progress, Dearest Bloodiest Elizabeth, the sequel to Pulse and Prejudice, the vampire adaptation of Jane Austen's classic love story, and occurs two months after the Darcys wedding as Elizabeth attempts to adjust to marriage to a vampire.



Elizabeth awoke the next morning and rolled over and placed her hand on the cold emptiness beside her.  She had fallen asleep in her husband’s arms after a night of passion and pleasure, only to awaken unclothed and alone.  Again. She knew this should not bother her, this most benign affectation of his condition.  After all, most husbands and wives did not share a bed.  Indeed, her husband’s bed lay on the other side of the door adjoining their chambers, although she knew he did not spend his nights there either.  Unreasonable as she knew it to be, Elizabeth wished that once – just once – she might wake up in her husband’s arms.



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