Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas & See You In the New Year!

Colette (right) and her daughters celebrating a Saints Christmas

Wishing you all a warm and wonderful holiday season!

My blogging will be suspended for the holidays, but you can catch up on all my existing posts for Six Sentence Sunday, the Thursday 13, and the Hump Day Hook.

Be sure to check back here on January 1st, 2013, for a HUGE announcement that you won't want to miss!


Thanks to all my readers for the wonderful success of  Pulse and Prejudice and All My Tomorrows this year. I look forward to entertaining and intriguing you in 2013!

Ever yours,
Colette






Sunday, December 23, 2012

Santa Six Sentence Sunday

http://www.sixsunday.com/for December 23rd, 2012


Merry Christmas, everyone!

The following is from one of the more lighthearted scenes from Pulse and Prejudice, the paranormal adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, which tells the story of Mr. Darcy, vampire. It takes place immediately after last week's Six Sentence Sunday, when Darcy spied Elizabeth at the theatre in London.

The pup Amadeus is the only character in the novel drawn from someone in my real life, my darling, extremely annoying PBGV. OK, so maybe I am using this as an excuse to post this adorable picture of him with Santa, but can you blame me?

If you would like to read the full scene, click here for the special excerpt posted for his birthday (with more photos!).



Naughty or nice?
Darcy did not recognize the sound of rapid claws on parquet, which rang out when the butler opened the door at Calmet House; and he stood in perfect astonishment as a short, wiry ragamuffin of a dog barreled around the staircase and slid to a quivering stop at their feet.

"Amadeus!" proclaimed the Comtesse, at which point the animal immediately began barking in a loud and impassioned bale at the strangers before him. Darcy at first recoiled then felt foolish and composed himself. "Amadeus—être tranquille!"

Indeed, the dog appeared to understand, as the ear-splitting noise ceased and he sat on his rump, his white wiry tail sweeping semi-circles on the floor behind him. Darcy gaped in disbelief as the Comtesse de Calmet bent down to the animal and allowed him to lick her chin as she smiled and whispered odd French phrases.

"What manner of beast is this?" asked Fitzwilliam, a laugh in his voice. "He looks like a cross between a beagle and a...bristle brush."




 
http://www.colettesaucier.com/pulse-and-prejudice/
Available now in print and eBook.  Please find more information, reviews, and excerpts at  www.pulseandprejudice.com.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Thursday Thirteen for the End of the World


Tomorrow is December 21st, 2012, and marks the end of the current Mayan calendar. Many have speculated that on this date, it will be the end of the world as we know it.




Hence, I present 13 things I would want to do before the end of the world. Please leave comments - I would love to hear some of yours!

1. Go to Australia and Antarctica. One of my goals is to visit all of the continents, and these are the only two I have left.

2. Have a romantic dinner with my husband at Victoria and Albert's Restaurant.

3. See the Grand Canyon from a hot air balloon.

4. Go to India and get a hug from Mātā Amṛtānandamayī Devī, the "hugging Saint."


5. Say confession at the Vatican and be absolved by a Cardinal (end of the world - better cover all my bases!)

6. As long as I am in Italy, drive as fast as I can on the Autostrada in a convertible.

7. Have birthday cake. Since I won't be having any more birthdays...

8. See the Saints win the Superbowl. Oh wait! That already happened! I can die happy. Maybe I'll just punch Roger Goodell instead.


9. Eat as much lobster as possible with lots of lemon butter sauce.

10. Take a trip on psychedelic mushrooms.

11. Have dinner with my three daughters at our favourite restaurant in Little Italy. Or maybe my favourite trattoria in Italy! We can drive from Rome to Florence on the Autostrada in a convertible together!


12. Finish writing this #$%*!! sequel to Pulse and Prejudice!

13. The last day before the end of the world, I would want to stay in bed making love with my husband all day. On psychedelic mushrooms.





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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hump Day Hook #8


Welcome to the Hump Day Hook Hop for 12/19/12!

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 excerpt 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.  Because Pulse and Prejudice tells the story of Mr. Darcy, the plot follows him to London after leaving Elizabeth the day after the Netherfield ball; and much of it involves his relationship with his cousin Colonel Fitzwilliam.

The scene I have selected for today is a heated discussion between Darcy and Fitzwilliam. Those who have read Pulse and Prejudice may be surprised  by the changes in their relationship, which occur in the sequel....

   “We cannot pretend any longer," said Fitzwilliam.  You cannot deny your nature, what you are.  I wanted to believe – I convinced myself.”
   “It is not as you think!”  Darcy stood with such force that his heavy chair toppled over, and he turned his back on Fitzwilliam and stared out the window.  “That is not what I am.”
   “I noticed your lip has healed.  The moonlight I suppose.  You cannot deny what you are when it is plainly written on your face.”  Fitzwilliam reached again for the bottle and, as he splashed more brandy into the crystal, said, “If I were to call for pistols at dawn, would your wound fester all day until the moon came out?”
   “You assume you would win,” Darcy said.
   “I am in His Majesty’s army.  Perhaps I would like the opportunity to try.”




By the way, the concept of vampires being healed by moonlight was included in John Polidori's The Vampyre.

Love to know what you think! 



Thanks for stopping by! Hop on over to the other authors' sites for their hooks.

Next up: Paloma Beck

Click here for the list of all the participants to visit for this Hump Day Hook! 




Winner of my Jane Austen Birthday Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Jane Austen Birthday Bloghop, and thanks to Maria Grazia for coordinating the event.

Congratulations to the winner of my giveaway -  a copy of Pulse and Prejudice - Lúthien84!

If you did not win, don't despair! Pulse and Prejudice is still available in both print and eBook!

When the haughty and wealthy Fitzwilliam Darcy arrives in the rural county of Hertfordshire, he finds he cannot control his attraction to Elizabeth Bennet – a horrifying thought because, as she is too far below his social standing to ignite his heart, he fears she must appeal to the dark impulses he struggles to suppress.

Set against the vivid backdrop of historical Regency England, 'Pulse and Prejudice' follows the cursed Mr. Darcy as he strives to overcome both his love and his bloodlust for Miss Elizabeth Bennet. This compelling adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice' remains faithful to the original plot and style of the Jane Austen classic but tells Darcy’s story as he descends into the seedier side of London and introduces Elizabeth to a world of passion and the paranormal she never knew existed.
  

Winner selected by Random.org.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Happy Birthday, Jane Austen!

Miss Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775, in Hampshire, England. In honour of her 275th birthday, in conjunction with Maria Grazia's My Jane Austen Book Club, from December 16th through December 18th, we have a unique blog hop with the participants highlighting a favourite passage written by Miss Austen. Oh, and of course we have Giveaways! Please leave a comment below with your email address for my giveaway, your choice of an eBook or Print copy of Pulse and Prejudice, and be sure to continue on this special birthday blog hop!

The passage I have selected is from Pride and Prejudice; however, for some reason, it is omitted from most adaptations. Mrs. Gardiner may be my favourite Austenian character, as she and Mr. Gardiner must be the most sensible people in the entire Austen universe! In this excerpt, Miss Elizabeth Bennet - en route to Kent - visits with her aunt and uncle in London. Gracious hosts that they are, they take her to the theatre. (Below this excerpt, you can read my take on the same scene but from Mr. Darcy's point of view.)

I found this passage particularly amusing because Elizabeth and Mrs. Gardiner talk throughout the duration of the play (gossiping about Mr. Wickham and Miss King and discussing that fateful trip North); but in one of the annotated additions I read, I found that was common at the time. With her sage advice, Mrs. Gardiner truly is the mother Elizabeth never had, and - unlike Lydia Bennet, who believes the purpose of travel is to snare a husband - Elizabeth states that men are nothing compared to mountains. I hope you enjoy this snippet as much as I!

From Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

   It was a journey of only twenty-four miles, and they began it so early as to be in Gracechurch Street by noon. As they drove to Mr. Gardiner's door, Jane was at a drawing-room window watching their arrival; when they entered the passage she was there to welcome them, and Elizabeth, looking earnestly in her face, was pleased to see it healthful and lovely as ever. On the stairs were a troop of little boys and girls, whose eagerness for their cousin's appearance would not allow them to wait in the drawing-room, and whose shyness, as they had not seen her for a twelvemonth, prevented their coming lower. All was joy and kindness.
   The day passed most pleasantly away; the morning in bustle and shopping, and the evening at one of the theatres. Elizabeth then contrived to sit by her aunt. Their first object was her sister; and she was more grieved than astonished to hear, in reply to her minute inquiries, that though Jane always struggled to support her spirits, there were periods of dejection. It was reasonable, however, to hope that they would not continue long. Mrs. Gardiner gave her the particulars also of Miss Bingley's visit in Gracechurch Street, and repeated conversations occurring at different times between Jane and herself, which proved that the former had, from her heart, given up the acquaintance. Mrs. Gardiner then rallied her niece on Wickham's desertion, and complimented her on bearing it so well.
   “But my dear Elizabeth,” she added, “what sort of girl is Miss King? I should be sorry to think our friend mercenary.”
   “Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent motive? Where does discretion end, and avarice begin? Last Christmas you were afraid of his marrying me, because it would be imprudent; and now, because he is trying to get a girl with only ten thousand pounds, you want to find out that he is mercenary.”

Six Sentence Sunday

http://www.sixsunday.com/for December 16th, 2012


Happy birthday to Jane Austen! 

The following excerpt is from Pulse and Prejudice, the paranormal adaptation of the Jane Austen classic, which tells the story of Mr. Darcy, vampire.

I am cheating a bit with these six sentences, as they are from the excerpt I am using for the Jane Austen Birthday blog hop. Click here for the full excerpt plus the scene from Pride and Prejudice that inspired it. Be sure to leave a comment there for a chance to win a copy of Pulse and Prejudice.

In this scene, Darcy has an unexpected encounter when he goes to the theatre....
http://www.colettesaucier.com/pulse-and-prejudice/


They were settling in when, over the rumble of the crowd, Darcy heard a familiar trill of laughter. A lump formed in his throat; and for a moment, he could not breathe. He thought he sensed her presence; but peering over the balustrade, he told himself it could not be. The woman with her back to him resembled Elizabeth, but she stood with a man and woman of fashion whom he did not think would be of her acquaintance. She turned around, and his chest threatened to collapse:  Elizabeth - his Elizabeth - here, in London, in this theatre. How the fates conspired for his torment!

Available now in print and eBook.  Please find more information, reviews, and excerpts at  www.pulseandprejudice.com.

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Thursday Thirteen - Recipe! 13 Ingredients for Tunisian Couscous

Welcome to the Thursday Thirteen for December 13th, 2012!





This week, I offer a recipe of my own creation, which just happens to have 13 ingredients.  A few years ago (before all of the current turmoil), my daughter and I vacationed in Tunisia for a week, and I went absolutely mad for the couscous they prepared there. When I returned to the States, I went on a mission to recreate the couscous I had eaten there; and after multiple attempts, I finally got the flavour just right! Enjoy~

 

 

 

 

 

  Colette's Tunisian Couscous



  1. Olive oil
  2. 1 Onion, chopped into large pieces
  3. 6 chicken thighs
  4. 4 tbsp. Tomato paste
  5. 2 large potatoes
  6. 1 cup baby carrots
  7. 1 tbsp. harissa  (can substitute other chili paste or chili powder)
  8. ½ tbsp. cinnamon
  9. ½ tbsp. cumin
  10. ½ tbsp. paprika
  11. 1 tsp. salt
  12. 1 tsp. pepper
  13. 2 c. uncooked couscous (quick-cooking)

 In a large pot or Dutch oven, sauté onion in olive oil until slightly soft.  Add chicken thighs and brown on each side.  Add 1cup water and tomato paste.  Boil for 15 minutes.  Cut potatoes into large chunks.  Add potatoes, carrots, and 4 ½ cups water.  Add harissa and spices, and stir well.  Bring to a boil, then simmer 45 minutes until vegetable are tender.

Prepare couscous in a separate pot:  Bring to boil 1½ cups water mixed with 1 cup of sauce from the chicken and vegetables. Remove from heat and stir in couscous.  Cover for five minutes, then fluff with fork.

Place cooked couscous in a large serving dish.  Stir sauce from Dutch oven into couscous to desired consistency.  Arrange vegetables and chicken on top and serve.






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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