Sunday, July 31, 2005
And in the awesome news department, I just heard that a member of RWNZ won the Golden Heart for Short Contemporary. Go KARINA!!!!
Friday, July 29, 2005
While I'm gone, I'd like to leave you with this question - what's a dealbreaker for you with an author, something that would make you never pick up one of their books again? I read a lot of series' and for me, the dealbreaker is usually the death of one of the main characters. I'm not talking about a secondary character but a powerful central character built up over several books. It would be like JD Robb killing off Roarke, Laurell K Hamilton destroying Jean Claude, or Sherrilyn Kenyon doing the same to Ash. (No times three!!!)
This dealbreaking act was done by the author of a mystery series I used to love. It felt like the killing was simply a plot device-the series was lagging so she used it for shock value. As far as I was concerned, it was a betrayal plain and simple - betrayal of the characters she'd created and betrayal of her readers. I haven't picked up another one of her books since and I really doubt I ever will. Because what if she makes me care for another character like she did the first one, and then she does the same thing all over again?
Thursday, July 28, 2005
- Revisions to Secrets in the Marriage Bed completed. Check.
- Desire proposal finalized and sent in. Check.
- Dust-bunny colony uprooted from apartment. Check (!)
- Blog kept (relatively) regularly updated. Check.
- Visited post office two thousand times. Check.
- Did not catch bouquet at wedding. Check.
- Overcame chocolate addiction. Um…
- Lost at basketball against six year olds. Check.
- Read Publishers Lunch notice of
sale three million times. Check. Berkley
- Broke at least one electronic appliance in apartment. Check.
P.S. Only two days to go until I’m on a jetplane!
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
If you are, how about answering this question - if you could be any animal in the world, what would you be? Me, I think I'd like to be able to fly, so I'd be a bird - maybe a raptor. (No jokes about birdbrains please.) :)
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
Monday, July 25, 2005
So, what authors/books test your self-control, make you burn dinner, forget about the fact that you have to get up for work the next day, and generally take you on such an amazing fictional journey that you forgive them for all that as soon as you open the first page?
Sunday, July 24, 2005
Nalini: Moshi, moshi. [Phone greeting in Japanese]
Friend: Hi, I have a question about some words I don’t understand.
Friend: What do ‘la’ and ‘de’ mean?
Nalini: [Insert puzzled silence] Um, I don’t think those words exist in English.
Friend: Oh, it’s not English, it’s French.
Nalini: [Pondering why she’s suddenly been credited with fluency in the French language] Well…I only studied about a semester of French when I was thirteen.
Friend: Oh, really? You don’t speak French? [Extreme surprise]
Nalini: Er, no.
Note: This friend has known me for two years, during which time I have never spoken French in her presence, nor have I ever hinted that I might be hiding such skills for some nefarious reason of my own. And yet...
Friday, July 22, 2005
I thought I'd begin by introducing Arjun Rampal, who fits neatly into the tall, dark and gorgeous category. He recently played the most delectable husband any woman could have in Tehzeeb (the name of the heroine).
Have I whetted your appetite yet?
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Let’s talk about alpha men. Why? Because they’re fun to talk about. I love writing and reading about alpha men. To me, they make the perfect romantic hero because they’re just so…alpha! These men aren’t pc, aren’t wishy-washy and definitely aren’t going to stand around thinking when they should be doing something. They're also hard to control, incredibly stubborn at times and occassionally threaten to drive the heroine to violence.
One of my favorite alpha males comes out of
In terms of the tv adaptation of the book (the BBC one), I think Colin Firth did a brilliant job of portraying an arrogant alpha male who we all end up falling in love with. If you watch that adaptation, you'll notice that Mr. Darcy doesn’t actually say much about his feelings to
So, who are some of your favorite alpha heroes?
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
I am suffering from a severe case of blog guilt. Since my blog is fairly new, this is the first time I’ve been hit with it. Three days and no entry—will I be thrown out of the blogsphere? In my defense, we just had a three day weekend and I was actually working very hard through most of it on revisions to Secrets in the Marriage Bed.
I have a question for those of you who are writers—do you like doing revisions? Me, I don’t mind, so long as I agree with the revisions. I find it interesting thinking of how to change just a fraction of the story without altering the whole, or if the whole has to be altered, thinking of how to do it without losing the soul of the story. It engages a totally different section of my brain than the one that spills out the first draft, during which process I’m usually not thinking so much as simply doing.
Friday, July 15, 2005
Here's what you have to do to win a signed copy of the fabulous Craving Beauty and (in honor of the fact that I'm resident in Japan) a pair of decorative chopsticks to put in your hair (or even eat with if you want!) - Send me an email through the email address listed on my website, telling me the answer to this question: In the excerpt from the book posted on the website, what kind of sheets are on the bed that Hira is sitting on?
And to help me sort our your entries from spam, please put Craving Beauty Competition in the subject line of your email. Happy hunting.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Tuesday, July 12, 2005
Monday, July 11, 2005
What a weekend! First, I had the news about Slave to Sensation, and then yesterday, I attended the wedding of one of my best friends in
I also learnt an interesting Japanese custom. Instead of throwing the bouquet, the bride held it in her hands and then ribbons were trailed out from it to all the single women in the room. Each woman held one of the ribbons and then on the count of three, all the women pulled gently. Only one ribbon remained attached to the bouquet and that’s the person who got the bouquet. It was lots of fun and perhaps a little more civilized than the traditional throw and grab. ;)
Saturday, July 09, 2005
Nalini Singh's futuristic paranormal SLAVE TO SENSATION, about a young woman born to a race without emotions and her encounter with a group of sensual changelings, and a second untitled book, to Cindy Hwang at Berkley, in a nice deal, at auction, by Nephele Tempest of The Knight Agency.
I'm so excited that I can barely breathe, so please excuse any incoherence. :) And let's celebrate!!
Thursday, July 07, 2005
Any other opinions on Monster? What else has everyone been watching lately?
Wednesday, July 06, 2005
Tuesday, July 05, 2005
A couple of weeks ago, I read Kathleen Kane's This Time For Keeps. I've read my share of time-travel romances but I'd rank this among one of the best. I was hooked in the first few pages - when the heroine died via an accidental 'bowling ball' incident - I kid you not. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read.
However, my favorite time-travel book of all time is Jude Deveraux's Remembrance. There's just something about the story of lovers who are literally one soul split in two, curses and the power of true love that gets me every time. It's probably why I love The Princess Bride as well, though I've only ever seen the movie.
"This is true love. Do you think it happens everyday?"
Wesley from The Princess Bride
Monday, July 04, 2005
For my first interesting fact, I'd like to note that 2feet tall children are really, really scary. I was mobbed by about a thousand of them (okay, maybe more like 35) earlier today and let me tell you, they could've taken me. Easy. So what apparently 'harmless' thing scares you?