Thursday, July 25, 2013

Learn to Write Sexy

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Stephanie Plum

The Stephanie Plum books - are they romances? Here's what Goodreads has to say: "Stephanie Plum is a bounty hunter with attitude. In Stephanie's opinion, toxic waste, rabid drivers, armed schizophrenics, and August heat, humidity, and hydrocarbons are all part of the great adventure of living in Jersey. She's a product of blue-collar Trenton, where houses are attached and narrow, cars are American, windows are clean, and dinner is served at six.

Out of work and out of money, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, Stephanie blackmails her bail bondsman cousin, Vinnie, into giving her a try as an apprehension agent. And that’s only the beginning of series that will set her on the trail of fugitives. Stephanie will have to sharpen her sleuthing skills, because she's got many a mystery to solve."    
  I'm currently reading number 19 in the series: "After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie’s bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton’s premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it’s on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape . . . or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive. Since the hospital staff’s lips seem to be tighter than the security, and it’s hard for Stephanie to blend in to assisted living, Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur goes in undercover. But when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital, Stephanie is forced into working side by side with Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, in order to crack the case.

The real problem is, no Cubbin also means no way to pay the rent. Desperate for money—or maybe just desperate—Stephanie accepts a secondary job guarding her secretive and mouthwatering mentor Ranger from a deadly Special Forces adversary. While Stephanie is notorious for finding trouble, she may have found a little more than she bargained for this time around. Then again—a little food poisoning, some threatening notes, and a bridesmaid’s dress with an excess of taffeta never killed anyone . . . or did they? If Stephanie Plum wants to bring in a paycheck, she’ll have to remember: No guts, no glory. . . ."

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The "Before" Trilogy

"Before Sunrise" was my very favourite movie of 1995. For those of you who missed it, here is a blurb:

American tourist Jesse and French student Celine meet by chance on the train from Budapest to Vienna. Sensing that they are developing a connection, Jesse asks Celine to spend the day with him in Vienna, and she agrees. Passing the time before his scheduled flight the next morning. How do two perfect strangers connect so intimately over the course of a single day? What is that special thing that bonds two people so strongly? As their bond turns to love, what will happen to them the next morning when Jesse flies away? Written by

My favourite quote from the movie was this: "Sometimes I dream about being a good father and a good husband. And sometimes it feels really close. But then other times it seems silly like it would ruin my whole life. And it's not just a fear of commitment or that I'm incapable of caring or loving because... I can. It's just that, if I'm totally honest with myself I think I'd rather die knowing that I was really good at something. That I had excelled in some way than that I'd just been in a nice, caring relationship."

Nine years later came "Before Sunset". While not as original as its predecessor, it was still quirky and told a lot of home truths, e.g., "What is love, if it's not respect, trust, admiration? And I felt all those things. So cut to the present tense: I feel like I'm running a small nursery with somebody I used to date."

Now it's nine years later again, and I can't wait to see "Before Midnight". It made a brief appearance in the big movie complexes, and now it's leaving the art cinemas. Hope we make it!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Hunger Games Trilogy

I've just finished re-reading the Hunger Games trilogy, this time concentrating on the romance plot. Yet again, I found it... wanting.


It's just that I believe she belongs with the hurricane, the whirlwind, the passionate one. She may think she needs warmth. But the Girl On Fire craves heat.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Celebrate With Me!

I've just heard that my short story ‘A Love Seat’ placed number 1 over all in the RWNZ Chapter Short Story Contest. To celebrate, I'd like to give away something to all you wonderful people. So, please comment on this blog and tell me what your favourite Eve Summers title is, and next month I'll select a winner of a $10 Amazon gift voucher.