Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!!






Ooooooooo.....grrrrr........argggggg........it's the Halloween blog post. Are you quivering in your shoes?  What do you mean the picture doesn't instill fear? It's cute, you say. Well, I never. It's a ghosts. Ghosts are scary. Yes Casper was cute. All right, this ghost is cute.

Do you want something scary?

Get ready for some monster action.


Here it comes.....





arggggg......

What? Still not scary? But I count six monsters. Boy, you are a tough crowd.

Okay another one....

How about a puppy being eaten alive? Scary, right.


Shaking yet?

Not scary? I really am scratching my head here. I mean the puppy is being eaten by a pumpkin. It's horrible.

It's cute? You guys sure have a weird sense of horror.



What?

That's scary? You think?

Hmmm....I suppose you're right *very big grin*


Now that I have your attention, I'll like to direct you over to the Dark Side DownUnder blog for the Halloween Birthday Bash. There's prizes to be won. Just leave a comment.




Have a wickedly fun Halloween!!!

~yia~




Sunday, 30 October 2011

Super Sunday

"The best way out is always through."~ Robert Frost


We have cuteness this week. Everyone say Awwww....






Have a fantastic week.

~yia~


Saturday, 29 October 2011

Stunning Saturday

We continue with book covers this week.... with It Must Be Lurrrvvv....


Angels are falling in love...





 


The lords and ladies are falling in love...


 So why can't vampires and demons....



Favourites:  Born of Ashes and Avenger's Angel. I love the simplicity of Heart of the Druid Laird.

How about you?

~yia~


Thursday, 27 October 2011

Some fun...



I love these 'How They Should Have Ended'. Blogger though thought I wanted to post when I was putting in a title in. So if you get this twice, sorry.



Youtube link



I've also been coming across some very funny pics in Facebook. So will share with you out on the blogosphere.

Go ahead, make my day..... (you know I couldn't resist. It was there, I had to walk on through *grin*)


Hope you got a little bit of a smile.

~yia~


Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Writing Buddy Wednesday - Topaz trio




Fiona Gregory is my critique partner of a few years now. A warm, down-to-earth person, she has a wicked sense of humour, and is a huge dog lover.

I've been so thankful for her support and friendship. She gives great feedback, which always makes my stories flow better. She is a Bootcamper, a DarkSider, and is the conference co-ordinator for the Diamonds Are Forever conference in 2012. She's a great one to have on your side.

Fi writes futuristic stories, but also has written some contemporary romance ones such as her story Seize the Man which is in the Topaz Anthology. She's also had her work published in the Little Gems Anthologies - Turquoise 2009.





Maggie Mundy is a SARA gal and DarkSider. She writes paranormal fiction and fantasy. I've been lucky enough to read some bits of her work, and the woman is going to go places. Bubbly, full of mischief and fun, Maggie is a great person to have around. You should see her dress up for RWAus' cocktail parties - the last two costumes being Serena from Underworld and Charlie Chaplin.

She is also giving me some great feedback on my fantasy novel.

Her story Sea and Vines in the Topaz Anthology is a contemporary romance, and it was her first publication.



Bronwyn with her idol, Anna Campbell
Bronwyn Stuart is a SARA gal and works on Team Hearts Talk. She writes historical  romances, and has dabbled in writing some contemporary stories. too. She's a hoot, but also let's you know how it is.  Bron is Bron, and I can't imagine her being any other way.

We have been very proud at SARA and she has been finalling in competition circuit this year.


Her story, Million Dollar Dreams, in the Topaz Anthology  is a contemporary romance, and was her first publication.

Please visit Bronwyn at her website.


~~~
Keep an eye out for these names.
Ladies, I'm looking forward to reading more from you all.

~yia~

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Tuesday Tunes: KISS


This came over the radio as I was driving yesterday. Definitely a bopper and one to put the volume up!

I have been lucky enough to see KISS twice in concert. Once with makeup and outdoors, and once indoors and without makeup. Sound quality was much better indoors, but seeing them with makeup was so cool.

So here's a little bit of KISS....doo roo roo roo roo roo roo...




Youtube link


~yia~


Monday, 24 October 2011

Childhood memories


Da-na-na-na....

Doo-doo-doorooroo.

Yes, the Muppets are back!  A new movie is coming soon. I had a little giggle when watching the trailer.

Ah, the Muppets - childhood memories of watching them on TV. Gotta love that Miss Piggy.

I think this is a good way to start the week.




Youtube link


~yia~

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Super Sunday

"Writing, to me, is simply thinking through my fingers."
~  Isaac Asimov





This had been doing the loop on Facebook. It cracked me up and I had to share here. Procrastination, what's that?


Hope you have a great week!

~yia~


Saturday, 22 October 2011

Stunning Saturday

More book covers this week....

The warriors...






The power men...



 
The jeans dudes....


The skins....



What? Is this another 'raining men' post. Well look at that. It must be?

I was a little distracted.....
Favourite:  Memories of Ice..gotta love an ancient warrior.

~yia~

Friday, 21 October 2011

Remember to think Pink!



I was reminded today during my run-around day to think pink. I saw two Italian ladies selling Pink Ribbon Day stuff at my local shopping centre. Of course I headed straight for them. A pen and a cookie cutter set later I was on my way.

For a moment I counted my blessings that my parents are still here (both having gone through different types of cancers), and that three of my friends have gone through breast cancer in the last four years. They are Pink Ladies. Alison has been on my blog. If you missed her story, you can find it here.

I like to help in some small way. You see I'm a charity sl..., um, giver. Unfortunately the calls from charites still come when my income has been greatly reduced due to the CFS saga and not being able to have the full time job I used to. Always disappointing for me.

But there is a way you can support charities for free. There are couple of Click websites that if you click the button it goes toward getting mammograms for women who can't afford them. Not every country is lucky like in Australia where Medicare subsidises. So please if you can, go click.

They work because there are sponsors who are on the site, who provide the money for each click.


Here is The Breast Cancer Site and Breast Cancer.org.


Of course if you want to buy merchandise, there are a number of Aussie charities you can get it from. These places also accepts online donations. So if you are looking for a present, why not think pink?

Pink Ribbon Day (Cancer Council)
Pink Ribbon Shop National Breast Cancer Foundation
McGrath Foundation
Breast Cancer Network Australia




~yia~


Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Writing Buddy Wednesday - Christina Phillips


Christina Phillips is a historical romance writer whose stories contain erotic and paranormal elements. Her history deals is with the Roman occupation of what is now known as the British Isles, and features druid characters. The richness of the period is conveyed through the eyes of the characters, as is the attitude.

 Christina debuted with two paranormal novelettes back in 2009, which are a steamy steamy read. Foretaste of Forever and Touch of A Demon.

Then the Forbidden series came to fruition. The two books that have been released so far are Forbidden and Captive. Don't you just love the covers?

Fellow DarkSider, Christina is one of the loveliest people you could ever meet, and I was lucky enough after a couple of years online to meet her at RWAus' Sydney Conference last year. She is sweet and one of my biggest supporters on this blog. She also took over The Last Word column I did for Hearts Talk for a little while and we had some fun with the LOL images.


I have read Forbidden but as yet, poor Captive is waiting on my TBR pile on my beside table. Yep, you know it's up in the queue when it reaches there. :)


Captive was released earlier this year. Here is the blurb:


She is a prisoner of her sworn enemy - and her own desire...

Having lost her faith when Roman invaders destroyed life as she knew it, Morwyn took a vow of celibacy to spite her goddess. But before she can join up with the rebels, she's captured by a Gaul mercenary whose animal charms and chiseled body will test her conviction... and make it harder to kill him.

Bren, pledged to the true Briton king, has spent three years undercover in the Roman Legion. So when his own unit attacks and brutalizes a fiery Celtic beauty, he saves her the only way he can - by claiming her as his prisoner. But unlike his men, Bren would never take the woman by force, no matter how obviously she burns for his touch.

As they near Roman headquarters, Morwyn resolves to honor her vow of celibacy - but if the Gaul were to ravage her, could she be blamed for enjoying his body? With just a hint of seduction, sooner or later the Gaul will succumb to his exquisite captive...

You can find Christina on her website (where you'll find extracts of her work - must be over 18 to read), and on her blog.







If you want a hot read, or ones with ancient time periods, check out Christina's work.

~yia~


Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Halloween blog bash


Halloween is fast approaching and the DarkSiders turn 1. Can you believe it has almost been a year?
Of course, there will be a halloween party blog bash with a grand prize and two runner-up prizes.


There will be prizes from Keri Arthur, Christina Phillips, Kylie Griffin, Alexis Fleming, Shona Husk, and much much more....

So remember to come along to the Dark Side DownUnder on Halloween.

~yia~




Greeks - we love to dance

There's a saying we have at Greek weddings and dances - that the dance floor is never enough. It looks like a street is not enough in this case.






This the Greek Ottawa community promoting the Greek Festival. Did the music get you wanting to dance?

Opa!

~yia~

Monday, 17 October 2011

Avengers Trailer


Yes, The Avengers trailer has been released. It's been directed by Joss Whedon (all hail!) so I'm doubly excited.

I so love the comic book films.




Youtube link

~yia~

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Super Sunday



"Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry."
~ Bill Cosby


If you haven't seen it around, there is a picture book called 'Go the F*ck to Sleep'. I think it captures the exhaustion of parents very well.

Now, in honour of that, this week I was told about two different people reading it.

One is Noni Hazelhurst, a favourite on Aussie TV, who was once a PlaySchool presenter. And the other is Samuel L Jackson (though not the whole story). Two totally different styles. So I decided this week, to put them both on my blog.



Youtube link






Youtube link


LOL!! Oh, Noni's especially cracks me up. Picking myself off the floor now.

Have a great week.

~yia~

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Stunning Saturday

More covers this week, but this time, it's raining men....


The warriors....






The angels.... love those crimson tipped wings.


The naked backs...& tatts!

  

The torsos...




What was I saying? Oh, yes, my favourite. The High Druid of Shannara artisticly and um...I have to study the rest. I'll get back to you on that *wink*.

~yia~
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