So, it’s official! I’ve finished the revisions on the second book in the Rules of Scoundrel’s series–One Good Earl Deserves A Lover, Cross’s book, and there’s an official release date — January 29, 2013. I’m so SO excited about this book — I knew when I met Cross and Pippa in A Rogue By Any Other Name that they were going to be an incredibly fun couple to write, but I had no idea how much I would end up loving them both…together and separately. Cross is a beautifully tortured hero, possibly the Scoundrel with the most emotionally devastating past. And Pippa…well she’s the only woman I could really imagine being able to save him and his brilliant mind.
I also can’t help but tell you that the cover for the book I am affectionately calling Earl is the most beautiful romance cover I’ve ever seen, and I cannot wait to reveal it to you, along with the first line of the book, when I get permission from my publisher! For now, I thought I’d give you some pictures of my real-life inspiration for Cross–ginger-haired model, Johnny Harrington (even though Cross doesn’t have a beard).
Now, of course, I’m on to Temple’s story — Temple who is the opposite of quiet, perfect, cerebral Cross. Temple is all physical–massive, brutally intense and wickedly sexual. He’s raising the already-high summer temperatures here in Brooklyn! More to come on that book, as well, including the reveal of the title…but for now, one teaser of inspiration for my broken-nosed, bare-knuckle boxer:
And the required morning-after shot…His & Her Grace, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, looking gorgeous.
I’m signing off…back to regularly scheduled blogging on Monday!
I’ll not lie…I was hoping for some pics of Harry & Pippa partying down on the Monarchy flickr page…but i’ll take the scraps. Kate looks flawless, of course.
Second kiss…slightly better…
And I’m off to the subway!
Harry & Pippa need to show them how it’s done!
Here it comes!!!!!
There will be SMOOCHING!
Counting down! 2:25 to the kiss!
London bookies are apparently laying odds on the length of the kiss. 7-4 that it’s between 5 and 8 seconds.
The whole time the camera panned over the congregation, I wondered who was wearing the long, spiky hat that could put someone’s eye out.
Of course, it was Posh.
Queen gets home. If she’s anything like my mom, she’s worried that there isn’t enough food for all the guests.
Harry is apparently planning “a survivors’ breakfast” tomorrow morning.
In case there was any doubt, I’m confirming it right now; Harry is a romance novel hero.
Prince Harry is goofing off with the flower girls like a total charmer…
He’s a rake I cannot WAIT to see reformed!
Apparently what Harry said to William when Kate was approaching–with a grin: “wait til you see her.”
Harry is such a rake. He’s the best character in the bunch.
I love them.
They look so happy!
Fairy tales for the win.
Kate curtsies to the Queen. A little phoned in, I think.
Ok…are Kate & Will making out back there?
So much for pouring rain.
Take that, weather.
“Every wedding is a royal wedding, for we are subjects of the King of Creation.” Nicely said.
When you’re 5th & 6th in line for the crown, apparently fashion isn’t entirely top of mind.
Awww…cherubs singing again!
I’m now feeling like I have lost out by not seeing the official ceremony making the Will the Duke of Cambridge. Silly private ceremonies between grandmother and grandchild.
Professional lipreader Tina Lannin tells the Press Association that Prince William cracked a joke to his future father-in-law at the altar, telling him: “We were supposed to have just a small family affair.”
LOL. Prince. Charming.
Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire. –St. Catherine of Siena
FAB first line of the sermon. Way to go, Rev!
Also, James Middleton may try for seriousness, but it’s difficult to accept his gravitas when his tie is completely off kilter.
Could this be more fairy tale-esque?
When it’s time for the hymns, I can’t help but think of Eddie Izzard’s bit about “something phenomenally dreary about Christian singing.”
“Those whom God has joined, let no man put asunder.”
They pledge their mutual troth. Kate holds it together way better than I do.
Kate’s wearing the Cambridge Tiara…a message in two ways.
1) It was a gift from the Queen to Princess Di on her wedding day.
2) Kate’s about to become the Duchess of Cambridge
WIN!!!! – DYING!!!!
(I might be crying.)
WIll & Harry return…this is the BEST TV EVER.
Holy cow. She’s gorgeous.
Will marries up.
Pippa is stunning. Middleton genes are top notch.
Holy cow. That dress is gorgeous.
She’s doing really well. I would be yakking on my dad. Honestly.
The queen is super spry, y’all, she hauled ass out of that car.
Good luck seeing a coronation, Charles.
Camilla, I judge you. Not for the whole mistress thing. But for this two-tone pleated coat.
“There’s nothing like a bus of royals.” – Meredith Viera
St. Andrews, “hottest university for marriage in the country.”
And teenaged girls the world over download the #standrewscommonapp
Seriously snappy, boys. Well done.
Westminster is looking AWESOME. Way to clean up, abbey.
Raise your hand if you wish Sir Elton were wearing a hat.
Good morning! Kettle’s on, as is hat!
I’m headed to bed, but I’ll be up bright and early at 4:45am, ready to liveblog all Royal Wedding fabulousness! See you then! xoxo
I know I’ve been remiss in blogging recently and I’m sorry, y’all…suffice to say, Juliana is keeping me very busy (is that a valid enough reason for leaving you hanging?)!
So…I don’t really have time to blog today, as I’ve got a goal to reach by tomorrow…but I did think you might like to see a list of the music that is helping me keep the words coming these days. I’m linking to the songs wherever I can find them…but I encourage you to buy the mp3s (also linked) if you like them. Singer/songwriters need the love!
Also, I’m starting a new Pandora station at MacLeanMusic, where I’ll add songs that inspire me as I find them. Pandora’s part of the Music Genome Project, which is super duper awesome–it processes the songs/artists you like, and then introduces you to new songs/artists you might like. I love it. A lot. Friend me there, and we can share tunes!
Every time I watch an episode of The West Wing, I think I find my favorite line from the whole show. But, the romance reader/writer/lover knows that there’s only one answer to this question.
It’s in the second season, during the episode titled “17 People.” This is a fantastic episode–one that shows the incredible talent of Richard Schiff (who plays the curmudgeonly, patriotic Toby Ziegler)–in which, among other things: Toby is made the 17th Person to discover that President Bartlet has MS; Ainsley Hayes (my favorite Republican on television) reveals that she is a Smithie; and Sam & Ainsley have a fantastic argument about the need (or lack thereof) for the Equal Rights Amendment.
But the very best moment in the whole show is when Donna and Josh peel off from the rest of the group, and she confesses that she came to work for the White House not (as he’s always believed) when her boyfriend dumped her, but when she dumped him–because the tool stopped to have a drink with friends on the way to pick her up from the hospital after she had been in a car accident:
Josh gets superior (as he does), and says:
“I’m just saying that if you were in an accident, I wouldn’t stop for a beer.”
“If you were in an accident I wouldn’t stop for red lights.”
ok. le sigh.
But if that weren’t enough, here’s the kicker. The audience knows in that moment (if they didn’t already) that Josh and Donna are destined to be. But the stellar writing staff of the show doesn’t give in to what I am certain was an overwhelming desire to just-get-them-together-already-and-have-them-make-out. They go another five seasons before we get the smooch we want here in season two.
And OMG it’s worth it.
And that is just one of the many reasons why I think The West Wing is the greatest thing that has ever been on television.
I just discovered this awesome easter egg in The West Wing…then discovered that someone awesome has created an entire website as an homage to Gail the Goldfish!
Gail first appeared on The West Wing early on in Season 1…Since that episode, Gail has become more than a prop on a set, she’s become the focus of private jokes between the West Wing production team and eagle eyed fans of the show. In most episodes her bowl contains some object that alludes to the plot, and this web page catalogues as many of these as possible.
For the record, I noticed Gail’s special decor in Six Meetings Before Lunch, which is about panda bears and the national zoo. Gail gets two in her bowl!
I am now through being a West Wing nerd. For today.
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