Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Special Guest - Tina Gayle


Okay, Tina, let's first talk about the setting for your book.

Sure thing, set in Denton, Texas. It's spring which is my favorite time of year. The days are warming up and the nights are a little cool.

Why Texas?

I grow up in Texas and went for a time to the University of North Texas which is in Denton. Love the area and wanted to create a story there. Linda's son is attending the university.

What makes Texas unique?

Now this question could take all day to answer. I love the cowboys, though Vaughn is not a cowboy, but his father is the classic Texan. Vaughn is a nerd living in a world that he enjoys but one his family doesn't understand.

Vaughn, however, drives a truck and enjoys the land. He is in my way of thinking a new age cowboy.

Okay this week, I've been blogging about Goal, Motivation and Conflict. Tell us about Linda's? 


She's a widow, who is just beginning to get back into the dating game. Her life has completely changed. She no longer has young children or a husband. For the first time in her life, she is free to do what she wants.

Her goal is to have some fun.
Her motivation is to let go of the past and explore a new future for herself.
Her conflict is that she is falling back into old patterns and is worried about making the same mistakes again.



All right let's have the Blurb for Youthful Temptations


A widow with two grown children, Linda Clayton is ready to let loose and have some fun. Jilted at a party, she met a younger man, Vaughn Reagan.  He tempts with an active imagination and allures her into his life by tempting her with seductive games.

Vaughn thrilled to find a woman who doesn’t want children.  He offers Linda a job so he can spend his days with her.  Now, if he could only convince her to forget their age difference and enjoy the nights in his arm.


Sounds interesting and here's the links.

To Tina's website - www.tinagayle.net
blog - www.tinagayle.blogspot.com

To Purchase
www.smashwords.com

www.barnesandnoble.com

Thanks Tina for stopping by. I wish you the best of luck with your book.

Anita
www.anitaphilmar.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Goals


Want to have that beautiful house in the country?

Have a high power job?

We all have goals we want to achieve. The same is true of the characters we read about. If those goals match our readers then it's another element to draw them into the story.

Remember - the goal, the motivation and the conflict in which a character faces are the three elements every story should have.

Anita
www.anitaphilmar.com

Friday, September 23, 2011

Monday, September 19, 2011

Monday's Challenge

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Enjoy the creativity of the human mind,



Anita
www.anitaphilmar.com

Friday, September 16, 2011

Brendan Fraser - Friday's Beef Cake




More than just an actor, Brendan has traveled the world and is an accomplished amateur photographer.

Check out his website to learn more at

http://www.brendanfraser.com/

I, like other women, love him in "George of the Jungle".


Have a great day full of fun-loving sex.

Anita

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Just Enjoying the View


Some times, it's nice to just sit back and enjoy the wonders of the world.

Have a great Monday,

Anita
www.anitaphilmar.com

Thursday, September 8, 2011

The Beast in the Woods


Now, I know this animal is hard to see, but if you were trying to describe it, what would you say?

Try it without giving it a name.

A hairy beast on four legs, that had eyes that glowed. (sorry the fantasy side of my writing is breaking through.)

Anita
www.anitaphilmar.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mother of Computers. (FFP)

Thursdays is my flash from my past posts.

Grace Hopper may not have the beauty of Audrey Hepburn, but she is a woman who revealutionized the computer world.

Born in New York, NY on December 9, 1906,

Grace Brewster Murray graduated from Vassar and Yale. She worked as an educator at Vassar until 1943.

After resigning her post with Vassar, she joined the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service). Assigned to the Bureau of Ordnance Computation Project at Harvard University, she was the third person to be assigned to the research group.

With the need to understand computer language, she jumped right in and started learning how to program the computer. She also wrote a manual to outline the fundamental operating principles of computing machines.

With no children and her marriaged over, Grace devoted herself to work and held down several jobs in the military, private industry and academe.

She held the title of Admiral Hopper and was one of the first software engineers in the computing world.

A credit to women everywhere, she was most proud of her service to her country. She died in January 7, 1992 and is buried in Arlington.

Information gained from.

http://www.sdsc.edu/ScienceWomen/hopper.html

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Finding The Beauty

Now, when writing about the setting of a story, writers tried to tell it from a character's point of view.

This can either be favorable to the place being described or not.

What would you say about the setting above?

How you describe it tells a lot about who you are.


Anita
www.anitaphilmar.com

Monday, September 5, 2011

Special Guest - Natasha Blackthorne

Seeing as I'm discussing scenery this month, I asked Natasha to tell about the place where her story takes place. 


Here's what she had to say.

The inspiration for Grey’s Lady came after I had read deeply about the era. Philadelphia in this time is the Athens of America. It is a city filled with beautiful houses hidden behind garden walls and bricked sidewalks lined with shade trees. It is also a city known for its elegant ladies. It is a sophisticated city, very different in mood from the commercial New York City and the still quite Puritan Boston.

At the same time, the New England merchants and their world appealed to me. I was fascinated by the stories of the men who earned their fortunes at sea privateering and then spawned the legacies that would create our rising national commerce.

I read another book on the hidden world of Philadelphia and the sexual power exchange between men and women. A very unique world, different from what is often thought of in this time in the United States. A world where upper class gentlemen took mistresses from among the lower classes. A secret world of clandestine meetings in disorderly houses and inns and bedchambers when husbands were away.

So the idea came to me, through the character of Grey, to have one of these staid, business-minded merchants from the north come and fall in love with one of these beautiful, beguiling women from the lower class in Philadelphia. And through Grey, I saw Beth. I saw first that moment in the booksellers when he first saw her. I saw how she boldly approached him and how it made him react.

And then little by little I saw why she did what she did. My story began to develop with an unconventional, seductive heroine and a different sort of Cinderella story at its core. I enjoy the themes of self-protection, surrender and rescue and I enjoyed exploring them in this story. As often is asked in these types of stories, who really rescues who?

The sequel to Grey’s Lady is titled White Lace and Promises and is scheduled for release Dec 26, 2011.


Blurb-

Flouting the moral standards of Jeffersonian America, temptress Beth McConnell lets no man touch her heart. Her motto is love them once and leave them burning.

But when she boldly seduces Grey Sexton, a self-controlled merchant prince from New York, she finds herself too fascinated by his ice-over-fire nature to stay away. His possessive determination to own her, body and soul, threatens to expose her secret erotic life to public shame.

But Beth will only surrender her love to a man she can trust. And Grey's materialistic approach to relationships leaves her little reason to believe he can ever give her what she truly needs.

For these two cynical yet lonely people, can deep sexual intimacy work a miracle and lead to the opening of their hearts?

Excerpt -

Impulse seized her and she caught hold of his lapels. “Kiss me.”

He leaned closer. Heavens, anyone could come along and catch them. Oh the risk… But her breath quickened and her nipples stiffened, straining against her stays. She closed her eyes, tilted her head up. Waited.

And waited.

“How many men since me?” He laid his large hand at the base of her throat and a thrill went chasing through her. “Look me in the eye.”

Her lids fluttered open and his gaze pierced into her with such intensity she gasped. “It has only been two weeks.”

“Answer me, Beth.”

Another thrill trembled through her. Fear or anticipation? She couldn’t say. “None.”

Now, tell us a like about you Natasha.


I have always been a daydreamer who told myself stories of love and romance set in other times and places for my own pleasure. Eventually my story worlds became so real, they demanded to be brought out of my imagination and onto the page. It gives me great joy to finally share them with you. I hope you enjoy my story world.

I am married to my own hero and we share our life with a very quirky calico cat. I hold a BA in History and I especially enjoy studying social history and biography and this is where most of my story ideas come from. I like to know my characters from the bones outward, the air they breathe, the food they eat, the thoughts and social movements and morals that were influencing them in their times.

I also enjoy reading psychology and sociology and literature. I enjoy music from many different genres.  

I write emotional, evocative, Erotic Historical Romance from the Georgian and Regency Eras, set in both England and America. Whether they are bold or shy, my heroines' strong desires and deep emotions drive the plot—and drive their heroes to the point of no return.  

You can usually find me hard at work researching and writing my next story.

http://natashablackthorne.blogspot.com/

Twitter:  @Nblackthorne

Book Trailers:  http://www.youtube.com/user/Natashasromancevideo



Okay, everyone be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a $15 Amazon.com gift certificate. Also follow the tour and continuing to leave comments increases your chances of winning. 


Thank you so much Natasha for stopping by I look forward to reading your book,

Anita 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Beauty

This month I want to share some of the beautiful places there are to see in this world.

Hopefully, it will inspire you to look at the things in your own small corner of the world and appreciate their beauty.


Anita
www.anitaphilmar.com

Welcome My Guest - Rachel Leigh

Thank you, Rachel with visiting with us today.

I hear you have a new release with The Wild Rose Press.

Let's all read the blurb.

Kelly Hampton loved once...and lost. After two years of looking for Sean MacKenzie in other men--and failing miserably--she takes a vow of celibacy. No sex until she finds love. Then Sean strolls back into her bar, reigniting old flames. No one has come close to understanding or satisfying her like he did. Her body burns for the passion they once shared, but her heart still remembers the pain.

Sean escaped Jessop Hill and his father's fists in the middle of the night without a word--even to his love, Kelly--to protect his battered mother, but he never forgot the explosively erotic relationship he left behind. Now his father is dead and Sean is back for the only woman he's ever wanted. Their reunion is full of fire – but can sexual attraction and noble intentions overcome years of heartache or will Kelly walk away to protect her heart this time.

Now, for the interview questions.

1) Do you believe in love at first sight?

Not so much love as attraction – or maybe even intrigue. I think when we first see or speak to someone and we get that loop the loop in the belly, or pinch of heat at our cheeks, you can guarantee it’s because of something they’ve said that we like, or something they’ve done we agree with or they’ve looked at us in a way that makes us feel a million dollars!

Those are the things that set the sparks a-flying!

2) What was the best advice you were given about writing or life?

I’ll answer both!!

Writing – Give yourself permission to write a ‘crappy’ first draft.

Life – Rather than advice, it’s a quote that I try to remember and live my life with the words in mind:

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – Maya Angelou.

3) Do you celebrate when each book is published?

Absolutely!! It usually involves lots and lots of blogging in the day and then lots and lots of wine in the evening, lol! ; )

4) What are you currently working on?

My next novella which is about a British heroine starting a new life in Greece – here’s the blurb:

Michelle Hutton leaves everything behind and flies from the UK to Greece in search of a new beginning. Her first encounter is with a sexy, pro-bono lawyer with a body that could adorn the cover of Playgirl. When they talk, he tells her his sister has a restaurant that desperately needs a new chef. Sam Clarke seems too good to be true. And Michelle doesn’t trust men – or anyone else after being let down time and again by the people she loves. Including the parents she left behind. But damn, he’s hard to resist…

Sam Clarke is a busy man – a man on a mission to help women in jeopardy. Women running for their lives or trying to start new ones. So when a woman with hair like a sheet of gold and eyes bluer than ocean walks into the bar, asking for help, what is he’s supposed to do? The electricity between them is hotter than a live wire and Sam knows this woman could distract him from his work. He needs to stay away…yet time and again he goes back for more.

I am about half way through and hope it is ready for submission in a few weeks.

5) Tell us your favorite…

Movie? When a Man Loves A Woman, Dirty Dancing or Scent of A Woman

Time of Year? Summer – Love the heat and wearing vest tops (a rare treat in England!)

Song? Always On My Mind – Elvis Presley

Author: Desiree Holt, Marie Tuhart

Rachel’s latest release is available is “Coming Back” available from The Wild Rose Press, here’s the blurb and buy link:

Kelly Hampton loved once...and lost. After two years of looking for Sean McKenzie in other men--and failing miserably--she takes a vow of celibacy. No sex until she finds love. Then Sean strolls back into her bar, reigniting old flames. No one has come close to understanding or satisfying her like he did. Her body burns for the passion they once shared, but her heart still remembers the pain.

Sean escaped Jessop Hill and his father's fists in the middle of the night without a word--even to his love, Kelly--to protect his battered mother, but he never forgot the explosively erotic relationship he left behind. Now his father is dead and Sean is back for the only woman he's ever wanted. Their reunion is full of fire – but can sexual attraction and noble intentions overcome years of heartache or will Kelly walk away to protect her heart this time.

http://www.wilderroses.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=86&products_id=837


You can find Rachel here:

www.rachelleigh.co.uk
www.rachelleighromance.blogspot.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rachel-Leigh/266044849655

Thanks Rachel for stopping by and it sounds like you have a number of winners in the making.

Best of luck,

Anita