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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

A Note from Danielle for July ‘12 « Danielle Steel

A Note from Danielle for July ‘12 « Danielle Steel



As you know, I love Danielle Steel - so I thought I would share with you a note from her from her website

http://www.daniellesteel.com 

Your all that I need!

1 Bottle Red Wine (Merlot or Cab Sav)
1 Plate of soft cheeses, shaved ham, mixed wild olives, oysters - either fresh or smoked, crackers and dip of choice.
1 blue pen
1 thick notepad
1 comfy lounge
1 imagination

Writing is a gift and I treat it like a friend has come to visit and we are having a lovely conversation over some Delicious wine and food.

Tara needs you! We all need you!

First time authors are all in the same boat, hoping that their novel sells, and they make enough money to keep writing as a career. But without people like you to buy our books, we wont be able to continue. So if you love to read as much as I do go into a bookshop and buy something new. Give someone you haven't herd of a go...we all have a story to tell we just need someone to read it!

http://www.golddiggernovel.com

Fifty Shades of Grey and Fifty Shades Darker... whats your take????

The hype around these books is phenomenal. On hearing all the talk I decided to join the 50 shades train and see what all the fuss is about.

 Firstly I would just like to know how they intend to make a movie out of such a controversial topic. BDSM is not something you see aired on the big screen. Not since porn used to be played in Seedy Movie Houses in The States and Europe have we even herd about such a thing being made into a movie. It will suck is my opinion - it will be full of innuendos and bullshit. Also they will ruin everyone's idea of what The Christian Grey looks like. I find it laughable that so many find this book amazing, when most of the women reading it wouldn't have a clue as to what sort of stuff would go on in a red room of pain nor would they partake in such hedonistic things. Don't get me wrong some parts of the torrid sex story would probable appeal to some women but most of it would be unspoken. It makes me wonder how many truly suppressed women and men are out their desperate to try these things but to shy to put their hands up. Also it makes me think are we all just sickos looking to partake in acts like these to get off. How many women can say they read this book and wan t to try those things. HAs it always been mainstream but noone ever talks so we just dont know.
Anyway so I read the first one and I have to say as a budding novelist she did a pretty good job with her first book. I had moments where I thought it was cringe worthy especially all the references to her inner goddess and I found it very far fetched to think that Ana was a virgin. I mean come on a 21 year old virgin just happens to slip and fall onto a  full blown BDSM maniac who cant get enough of her. The obsession is something I resonate with, I liked the way he was enamored with her but how the hell would a virgin want to take part or be into such things so early on in her sexual awakening??? AS IF IS WHAT I KEPT THINKING.

Also the way the author wrote was a bit distressing to me, nothing wrong with it (the story line) but every now and again she will throw in a huge word, that even I didn't know the meaning too just to make it interesting I suspect or sound like she was a literary writer but really making it hard to follow. I mean she writes one way and then throws you off by changing it up and throwing in random words... I found it annoying. But then who am I too judge. This author has made millions all with her ideas and I really commend her. She is very lucky to have created such a huge hype around her books.


Here are some mixed reviews from Goodreads  about book number two that I am just about to start...



Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R rated it 5 of 5 stars false  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All BDSM Lovers!
Recommended to Elena R a.k.a. Lunies R by: Laurielu Bona Fide Reflections
Astounishing, heartfelt addicting series.


I can’t even form the words to express how I felt about this novel. It’s just downright Alluring.The Hero himself is just powerful and so full of a dark tortured soul.He captivates me,on so many different levels. Without him this novel wouldn’t have been the same.

Every part of me wants to scream “BEST BOOK EVER” although I say that about many books I love.My only exception on this book is, That It “IS”. I’ve read so many BDSM novels and besides Megan Hart’s novels, no one can touch EL James! What a remarkable writer. She sure knows how to show us readers you can have your cake and eat it too.

For every positive thought,Christian Grey has,Anastasia Steele was there to bring him back to reality and prove with every powerful gene in her body to show this man."There is such thing as love,and caring” . Don’t get me wrong,I found the Heroine painfully annoying at times.She just couldn’t leave well enough alone.Ana t asked so many questions,that lead her and Christian to arguing and fighting all the time. Which was,okay a few times,just because I loved Mr.Grey’s sentiment of his “Twitching Palm”. It’s very Hot and Erotic what the man can do with his hand *blushing* Lolz! My most favorite parts to the story that I looked forward to the most were, their e-mails.They had me giggling like a schoolgirl from my younger years.It was just too cute,from there bickering, bantering to their little inside jokes.Just ADORABLE!

The previous novel left off with a gut wrenching cliffhanger,and I just thought,"how is there a second novel? What could possibly re-kindle their relationship?” I honestly thought their was no turning back with these two. I was so wrong. I enjoyed this novel even more then I did the first one. Christians secrets will leave your mind reeling with all sorts of thoughts. The man has my heart at hello. I love his undying,unconditional love he has for Ana.My heart is still sore,I just can’t stop thinking about,”what’s gonna happen next? and If Christian can really,no longer look at Ana as his Submissive,could this really work?” I sure do hope so,because there is no one else that can fill Grey’s shoes or Ana’s in the way they can complete one another. I still have my doubts.So I’m hoping for the best.This novel also ended with a cliffhanger. I can hardly wait to read how everything plays out from here.

BTW! I didn’t mention how HOT this series is did I? Well that’s because,no matter how many sex scenes,and my most favorite, SPANKINGS! LOL! Can’t overbear the main story plot of this novel.For the first time ever,I enjoyed a series and put all sexual mind thoughts aside.Which is a first for me =P Oh would you look at that,I have a first too! Ahahahaha..... All in all the series is a must-read for all BDSM Lovers out there who like their side of kink and love story too!


Stacia ~ mistress of mediocrity rated it 2 of 5 stars false
Shelves: adult
I liked the second half of the book fine, but the first half felt like a continuing repeat of the initial book.

Still hating the inner goddess thing. It's like Ana's talking to another version of herself in her head.

Getting tired of all the smirks. Does Christian make any other facial expression?

These books are a bit warped, but I have less of an issue reading about warped than I do reading about repetitive behaviors and inner goddesses. I like reading about people with issues, apparently. Maybe I have issues, so I feel more normal when people are more screwed up than I am.

The book title was a bit misleading. The only thing "darker" were the stalker issues with Jack, Leila and Mrs. Robinson. If anything, Christian and Ana became quite a bit fluffier (okay, maybe not that extreme, but they sure didn't get darker, especially not in the bedroom).

The steam level was decent, but nothing way out there, so I'd think it appropriate for those who don't want too much hardcore sex. The emails were still cute, but not as frequent. I think the relationship was wayyyy too rushed, but whatever.(less)

Warning: Spoilers abound!!

Actual rating: 1.5 stars

Honestly, I didn’t read this whole thing; I skimmed most of it and I still managed to get the gist of it. At least I saved myself the torture of reading about Ana’s constant inner monologue. I have to say that my review of the first book still largely stands.

It’s ironic how someone with a name like Steele can’t stand her ground. At the end of the first book, Ana finally sees some sense and leaves Christian. Surprise surprise, that doesn’t last long and she’s back for some more. Seriously, it’s only been 4 days, 4 FUCKING DAYS *facepalm*

My god, she was annoying in this one. I have to praise the fact that this book is consistent on one thing…how god damn confused and insecure she is. “I want you, Christian…I’m mad at you…I love you…I don’t know…will this be enough for him?…I can’t do all those things for you… take me back into the playroom.” Repeat process for 300+ pages and well, you have your next bestseller.

And that’s only a start – it doesn’t even include how insecure she gets every time Mrs Robinson or Christian’s ex-subs are mentioned. She wants answers and true to his style, he avoids it with sex. She defies him, he gets angry and they have sex. Sex.sex.sex.sex.sex.in the elevator-on a desk-on the piano-on a boat-on the pool table-on every imaginable surface.sex.sex.sex.sex.sex. No, just no!!! You can’t skip on content by filling it with clumsy and repetitive sex scenes.

Then there’s Christian *eye twitches*


I will let you know how I go.......


Monday, 30 July 2012

'The poor women is forty-seven, twenty-three years older than her second husband. I know for a fact that he, Martin Muffet, has never seen her without make-up. Her pillow slips are a disgrace; they are covered in pan-stick and mascara.'
Exert from Adrian Mole : The Wilderness Years.
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Sunday, 29 July 2012

My List!

I really need to complete my typing. Ally in Disguise has been shoved out of the way for over a week and I feel really guilty. But the Olympics started today and I love the Olympics, so not really sure what I should do. I also have 101 things I should be doing instead. Maybe I should start a list.....

In no particular order or importance is taken into consideration....

1. writing
2. reading
3. cleaning my room
4. promoting Gold Digger
5. washing
6. folding
7. scrubbing the bathroom
8. watching all my backed up movies on foxtel (you might be asking yourself how this is something I have to do. Watching movies is part of the writing process for me as is reading books. Rom Coms actually class as research)
9. Spending time with friends and family
10. organize the photos for my book
11. update all my social medias
12. research for my new book
13. think about cover options
14. answer 1091 emails
15. write more blog posts]
16. eat
17. sleep
18. bathe
19. listen to music for inspiration for my next book Kitty La La
20. relax


He's just immune to my charms...and I'm like how......?



The old saying 
'show me a beautiful women, and i'll show you a guy who's sick of fucking her'
and I think whoever made that up was right!
Humans are fickle and we crave new, more and now. Someone that captured us at first might not hold the same luster two years down the track, due to many and varied reasons. None of which mean that she is any less attractive to a gaggle of men she is yet to meet and charm. 
I'm not sure if I necessarily believe in there being one soul mate for anyone person. I believe that people require different people at different times of their lives, thus making there many different possibilities and options for everyone.
Also people (normal? average, possessing a brain in their heads) require many things in life, none of which deem looks (i mean super hot, above average looks although it can be a bonus) to be more that 10% (my guess) of overall requirement to make a relationship to actually work.....
Also their is the added bonus;'s of wrong timing, living compatibility, and lets not forget they may in fact just be a complete weirdo......

What do your prefer?

Would you prefer to type on a computer or are you addicted to your typewriter?
I would love to own an old typewriter, especially one as pretty as this. If I had one I would type on it all the time. the sound of the keys clicking out the words is very soothing.......

This is how we do it!

We think of an idea, write it down and expand, expand, expand!

Sir, Calm down! Your making the other passengers shit themselves.....

When people come into your life without warning and throw your life around like it needs a good shake up (it actually does) it can be kind of hard to handle. You thought you where okay, on the right track, living your life. But your not and you didn't even realize. Suddenly your thinking different, acting different, you know who you are and your aware of yourself for what feels like the first time in your life. It's not like they changed you, molded you. It's like for the first time you realize that Your interested in so much, want to achieve everything and be who you always knew you where. This can in turn make it difficult for the people in your life to accept. Some people hate change and want people to stay the same for 20 years, forever!!!!
BUT PEOPLE ARE COMPLEX BEINGS EVER EVOLVING, CHANGING IF THEY WANT TO. sOME STAY THE SAME, BUT i'M NOT ONE OF THEM.

Not suitable for people under the age of 15 years of age. It nudity, sex scenes and adult themes!

Bridgette Roberts is on a mission to snare a millionaire all of her own! She fucks and shops her way through life and doesn't care who she hurts -

Friday, 27 July 2012

An old English Library....


Iv'e always dreamed I'd have a library at my house, like in movies and books where they have this wonderful place to go and choose a book to read, curl up by the fire and drift away into the story...... 
I can dream cant I?


Thursday, 26 July 2012

Tea and Reading.....


You know how you have that problem.....

Well, I do too!
The one where your trying to write everything down that's in your head , but there just aren't enough hours in a day. That and the fact that my hand would get really tired and sore - because if you haven't herd before, I do all my writing by hand - (with a pen and paper) and then type it up. Yes even my blog posts. I am way more creative that way. I have tried to type up things straight out of my head and have gained a greater understanding of how people can get writers block. Its a bit stifling. I find that I loose my flow and don't know where I'm headed with my thoughts. Its all so regimented when you type. When I write it flows and I can get add things in and draw arrows with new ideas and circle things I need to go back too...that and the fact that I find it soothing to smell the ink on the paper.....

Are you behaving yourself?

Do you ever get that feeling when you look at someone and you know they are thinking about something naughty!
That cheeky little grin, the sparkle in their eye....it gives them away. Your'e not too sure what their thinking but it must be good and I really want to know. I love that!

The same energy.....

I love spending time with people that have the same energy as me. It makes me feel alive!
Discussing random yet equally interesting subjects that make me think and wonder and inquire.

I love.......EVERYTHING!



Tuesday, 24 July 2012

What happens when you finish a novel???


Especially if its a really good one. The kind of book you hate putting down. When you know you'll miss the characters, but are glad they got their ending!



Pistol Egg Fryer

Pistol-Egg-Fryer

I'm having trouble describing what I'm looking at.....

the perils of winter....

Ok im sick of winter now......I want it to be over. Colds, flu's and a bullshit array of sicknesses have plagued me and my friends and family and I have to say im not loving it! Sty's in eyes, common colds ingrown hairs, nits and yes swine flu have been hanging around like we owe them something and im fing over it! Bring on the hot balmy days that make me feel happy and well....
I need that!
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pain or pleasure?

I can mistake pleasure for pain sometimes.... its very easy to do!
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I love to pretend I am outraged by things when secretly I love them or it!
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Monday, 23 July 2012

All we need to start it is some speakers.......




And then lay back, shut your eyes and feel the music......


Before you start making those sorts of demands.....

You should really follow these simple guidelines.......

1. Always keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times when it is in motion.

2. There is no 2...refer to 1.

I'm just looking for a good night......

I was meant to type this last Friday and I found it scribbled on a piece of paper next to my laptop and I decided to make it a post anyway and add on a bit more like a before meets after blog post!

BEFORE.....(NO I'M NOT YELLING JUST EMPHASIZING)
No Hassles, no expectations...just see what happens. Eat, laugh, drink, dance. I cant wait for this Saturday night it is going to be so much fun. I'm planning to go with the flow. I have mapped out the night in my head, but in my experience it never goes that way, so I have to think about it in reverse......


AFTER
I had an unexpectedly fabulous night...... thanks too a few people - you know who you are!!!!!
 I love surprises, especially nice ones and spent the night giggling and talking the truth with talented people!



did you block me on facebook~ now you must die!

I went out on Saturday night and herd this song! It is epic!
The dancefloor at Swingin Safari was kickin it all night to the awesome beats of two talented DJ's as I celebrated one of my best friend Rhea's 21st Birthday. What an awesome night!
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fight for your right revisited~ Beastie Boys

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never be daunted!

Jaymay
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I believe in Reading!


Friday, 20 July 2012

Mad Hatter Hat

My awesome best friend Jodie made me this mad hatter hat for me for a party I am attending tomorrow night for my other best friend Rhea's 21st birthday and party.
After dragging jodie around the gold coast for two weeks trying to find a hat to go with my beautiful dress I was in despair. I tried on so many but we both agreed they where all a bit wrong. Jodie kept saying make your own, somehow I thought it would look dodgy and kept saying no....at my wits end and ready to give up and go hatless jodie said she was going to make one and see how it turned out. She started grabbing household items including a dvd disk and a container from my draw and superglued them together. She then ripped a black tshirt up and hot glue gunned it all on with the help of two black headbands I had laying around and the feathery bit is an old fascinator of Jodies she had that she pulled appart. We then hot glue gunned the whole thing onto another headband so I could wear it.......
And that's how you make a cute mad hatter top hat!
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All wine bottles should have these on them!


I totally think all bottles should have cool pictures on them! It would be fantastic!

Joy's thief


Thursday, 19 July 2012

Vintage Typewriter....



My first experience with a typewriter was when I used to visit my dad for holidays. He had two black and white ones that I would sit at and bang all the letters pretending I was writing some wonderful story but really it was a jumble of letters numbers and full stops. As an adult I haven't had the opportunity to write anything on a typewrite but I am trying to find a wonderful old vintage one like in this picture to call my own.

Keep Smiling - Keep Shining!

Some days you should just never get out of bed! Today was one of those days, so I indulged myself and went back to bed at 9:15am and read a book all day, in between answering text messages, phone calls and eating. I didn't sleep but I feel very rested. I am even going to go to bed early tonight, which is totally unheard of for me to prepare for a huge party I'm attending this weekend.

Sometimes you need to step back from life and take a breath!


(An exert from my day on Monday)

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Raspberry Champagne Cocktail

Raspberry Champagne Cocktail



Fresh raspberries macerated in crème de cassis and then bathed in chilled Champagne, with just a hint of grenadine for extra flavor, make this a sumptuous and eye-catching aperitif for a special meal.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz. fresh raspberries
  • 3 Tbs. crème de cassis
  • 1 bottle (750ml) dry Champagne, chilled
  • 4 to 6 tsp. grenadine syrup (optional)

Directions:

Put the raspberries in a small bowl, add the crème de cassis and let macerate for at least 30 minutes.

Divide the raspberries among 6 Champagne flutes and pour in the well-chilled Champagne. Add grenadine to taste and serve immediately. Serves 6.



Paris!


My French obsession continues with this twilight picture of the Eiffel Tower!

Monday, 16 July 2012



Sunday, 15 July 2012

baby cage, 1937 (old photos of London)


Just do it! Stop Procrastinating!

For F's sake - there is nothing worse than someone who procrastinates for too long...it drives me crazy! People that say okay come on lets go and then spends the next half hour fluffing around the house gathering wallets, keys, random bits of unimportant shit. They get a drink out of the fridge, wander around aimlessly and then say okay lets go...and then a whole other list of things take place until I am beside myself....
FUCK just go for fuckssssssssssake!

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Signs......



Do you believe in signs? Do you think if something happens its for a reason........

My Reading Obsession!


More Typing.......

I have 17 pages of editing changes to type up tonight for Ally in Disguise....yes its Saturday night and your asking yourself why I am at home when I could be out doing something utterly fabulous.

The answer is slightly complex and has parts ~
 Firstly its raining, and cold outside and inside it is toasty and warm.
 Secondly I am going to a massive party next Saturday night where I will be no doubt consuming copious amounts of cocktails and I like to limit my alcohol intake to once a fortnight. Wherein I more often than not get sloshed and do some crazy or random thing.
Thirdly I have to finish reading the book I started a week ago because I just bought 50 Shades of Grey and I never start a story without finishing what I have started......no matter how much I want to!!!!
Lastly I have a tonne of work to do (typing and reading) and I have been putting it off for days.



W. Somerset Maugham


Friday, 13 July 2012

Lifes a circus!

I ventured out in the rain tonight to attend Burton's Circus in Tweed Heads. The torrential rain should have been enough to keep me away but I decided to brave the weather! BIG mistake! Huge!!!
I arrived and realized I would have to cross a mote with no bridge to reach my destination. Which  I soon would find out was a sludge pit with mats atop, pretending the be havens from the squelching mini rivers oozing through the entrance to 'the circus'. If fact the real circus was happening outside, the guests the performers as they waded through the brown stenching bog that claimed to be a field. Children screamed and scampered up mothers legs trying to escape the quicksand like mud, shoes sinking into the ground possible lost forever, mud flicking up onto peoples clothes as they paraded around like monkeys trying to walk on two legs, arms flailing trying to escape. Once at the entrance a smaller tent had been erected so patrons could purchase tickets, knee deep in mud, I waded to the front, tickets in hand and entered the Circus! Dry seats awaited, shoes off, mud caked on my feet began to dry and crust as the ringmaster called the audience to attention.
Mud forgotten the first act began with a women in a G-string and bikini top starts pole dancing! Every father, teenage boy and grandfather held there breath and wondered why they had grumbled when wives, mothers and kids had propositioned a trip to the circus. I sit agog and wondered if I misunderstood and "Circus" stood for titty bar. My best friend and I sat through about 6 different dance routines by about three women all dressed in 'nothing' doing provocative dances. Some mesmerizing others just a bit risque for the crowd of impressionable kids and dads whose thick middle aged wives seethed about circuses not being what they used to, all about the animals, even though they where the ones who had lobbied to get animals out of circuses.
I for one thought it was entertaining watching the crowds reaction as well as gauging my own and Jodie's

The animals consisting of two rather beautiful Macaws, two lamas, a baby pony, two other horses, a camel and a bull where received with cheers, the usual clown who wasn't that funny, more clowns please. And a guy who knew how to work a whip, tightrope, and a lasso with ease, and then so high flyer guy who was pretty buff and that's about it. Worth the free tickets got and entertaining to say the least.....

Lets just say the trip back to the car was as above....



Thursday, 12 July 2012

dirty bass


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Wednesday, 11 July 2012


Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Who am I?

I Love Love spending time with my friends and family - thats the most important thing to me!
Then I have two favourite things- Writing and Music!

I really enjoy writing, ok I love it! I am currently writing my fourth novel, mostly in the Contemporary Romance genre, although it could also be called Chic Lit, but that's a whole other story. I am lucky enough to be publishing my first novel - Gold Digger which is available for pre order at http://www.golddiggernovel.com/ 
I also write a Blog for fun - Writing in Heels, which cheekily explains my way through writing my books, researching, and some other random stuff thrown in for fun.

I love music, its another passion of mine. I really like alot of different types, depending on my mood! I spend hours literally lost in music land jumping from one song to the next. I can listen to 80's Hip Hop or Top 20, Rhea's heatfelt acoustic tunes or The XX's Heart Skipped a Beat and Afrika Bambatta Soul Sonic Force is all time! 

After that, I love anything to do with being outdoors, learning new things, cooking, farmers markets, trying new foods. Passion, people that constantly surprise me and people that have substance, the smell of mens Burberry cologne, laughing, sleeping and funny people. Apple Martini's, Vodka rasberries and White Wine, Canadian Club and Coke, red wine ..ok all alcohol lol! I love collect old things of interest like typewriters and record players/
To sum up, I am a Writer. Dreamer.Lover. Friend. Pedicure addict. Gourmet Food connoisseur. Phenomenal Monopoly player and 80's music enthusiast. 


Thats all me - Tara x

Affected by strangers

I find it interesting when you get a message from someone that you don't even know and it affects you. What do I care what they think about me, how I write, conduct my life, promote my book and my blog.... do I care? Sort of, well its been playing on my mind a bit! Apparently I am in for it where my book is concerned. The amount of bad reviews from sadistic readers whose mission in life is to annihilate budding authors to the point of tears. These bully's purport that they are doing you a favor by criticizing your work, in turn making you more critical of yourself and your writing rendering the weak basically incapable of writing another word for fear of being criticized again. Is something I have to look forward to - um more like dread. Hopefully once published i have the good grace to receive the good with the bad and keep my chin up. At least i'm getting published, which is an achievement in itself.
From Wichita Falls in Texas to the golden beaches of California, and the bustling city of New York, we see Bridgette’s orchestrated rise from rags to riches, Angie’s pursuit to achieve her dreams of becoming a top reporter at The New York Times and Elizabeth’s extravagant existence as daughter to one of the richest men in America, and wife to Millionaire mogul Adam Pain. 

Bridgette longs for a life of luxury, and a man to provide it. She is discovered by Playboy, meets a producer and starts a relationship. Unsatisfied, she moves onto the owner of numerous law firms, and after Adam Pain, Elizabeth’s husband who she falls in love with. It ends badly, and she meets Grant yet another Millionaire, but  she resumes her affair with Adam. Elizabeth who is aware of Bridgette asks Adam to leave her, but it ends in humiliation, and she conspires to expose Bridgette to Grant, hoping that she would flee New York. She succeeds. But not for long, she winds up back in New York on the arm of an even richer man Paul. Is this her fairytail ending?

 Angie, Bridgette’s only childhood friend has dreamt of being a reporter for the New York Times for as long as she can remember and her dreams and hard work pays off. Years later she is assigned to report on a scandalous all - revealing exposé about Bridgette. Angie finds a woman who has stealthily clawed her way to the top, and accumulating a substantial fortune. Will she be the one to bring her down?

Elizabeth grows up in the lap of luxury! She finds the man of her dreams and marries him! Her life is perfect! Bridgette however has plans of her own and hijacks and trys to destroy her carefully built life. Elizabeth wont take this from anyone and trys to gain control of her life...the final straw  at having been named in the article, along with the revelation of Adam’s cheating, she files for divorce. Life definatly hasnt worked at like she planned!




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France!~

Symbols of France

Some French Phrases and words.....

Art nouveau: A style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries


Pronounced: too muh rhon foo
Translated: You drive me crazy! This is for that special person that you can't live with or without--again, it's all in how you say it.


Bon Anniversaire
Pronounced bohn ahn ee vehr sare, this is the most general French version of saying "Happy Birthday". You will see many greeting cards with these two words splashed across them, and among younger people this birthday phrase is most common. While this phrase is perfect for acquaintances, good friends can also use it with a warm tone of voice, making it just as friendly as the more formal version: joyeux anniversaire.
Au revoir
Au revoir (pronounced o reh vwah) is the most direct way to say goodbye. It is probably one of the first basic French words you will learn or have learned in French class. Au revoir is for both formal and informal situations, but is more common in formal ones. If you are ever unsure what to say, au revoir is always a safe bet.

Words of Love
FrenchPronunciationEnglish
copain(-e)copeh (copehn)boyfriend/girlfriend
fiancé(e)fee ahn sayfiance
époux (épouse)ay poo (ay pooz)spouse (male/female)
Nous nous marions!noo noo mah ree ohnWe're getting married!
Nous sommes fiancésnoo somz fee ahn sayWe're engaged!
tendres baiserstehn druh beh sayhugs and kisses
draguer une femmedrah gay oon fehmmto pick up a woman
Tu veux m'épouser?too veuh may poo sayDo you want to marry me?
faire une demande de mariagefair oon duh mahnd duh mah ree azheto propose

Monday, 9 July 2012

Reading - I cant stop!


What are you into.......

I found a really cool book that I'm going to buy.....
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Sunday, 8 July 2012

Whats your Story?

Have you ever thought about writing down whats in your head? Start a Diary, short story or even attempt the outlines of that novel you have been meaning to get down for years! Its what gets me through each day......

Book Nook!


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Saturday, 7 July 2012

Bacardi Cocktail




    • For the Grenadine simple syrup:
    • 1 cup fresh or bottled Pomegranate juice (I used Pom Wonderful which was wonderful!)
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 tsp vodka (this is optional but does help to preserve it longer. Will last about 2 weeks in the fridge without the vodka and about 2 months with. Not suggested if you will be using to make your children Shirley Temples!)
    • For the cocktail:
    • 3 jiggers Bacardi Rum
    • Juice from one fresh lime
    • 3 – 6 Tbsp Grenadine syrup depending on how sweet you want it to be.
    • Sparkling Mineral Water (optional)
    • Lime slices for garnish
    Preparation
    To Make the Grenadine:
    1. Combine the Pomegranate juice and sugar and heat until sugar is dissolved; remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate.
    2. Add the teaspoon of vodka if using.
    To make two Bacardi Cocktails:
    1. Fill 2 cocktail glasses with ice.
    2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
    3. Add the rum, lime juice and Grenadine to shaker, cover and shake 20-30 times to get thoroughly cold. Pour over ice in glasses.
    4. Add cold sparkling mineral water to top it off if desired.
    5. Garnished with a lime slice.

Sleeping in is awesome! And that is all!
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Friday, 6 July 2012

I type with purpose!

Tonight is typing night....I have mixed feelings about it. There is a layer of respect for the writing, my writing and they story that unfolds as I type it up. But it is peppered with hate, for the hours I have ahead of me. The labor that goes into sitting over a computer trying to decipher my scribbles and crossing out.....


Wow, this is awkward and I really want you to leave, but I don't want to sound like a dick.....

Ummmmmm.... sorry you are a DICK!!!!!
The right thing to do after you've just had sex with someone (at night) unless you have a prior arrangement should always have you ask the said person if they would like to stay. (Even if you just want to roll over and go to sleep.) Just out of courtesy and being a decent human being considering all options like feelings and morals and not making someone feel used. Even if they say no, it's nice to be asked.......

Basic French Words



  • Oui/Non (whee/no) - yes/no
  • S'il vous plaît (see voo play) - Please
  • Parlez-vous anglais? (parlay vooz ong-glay) - Do you speak English?
  • Merci (mair-see) - Thank you
  • Voici (vwah-see) - Here is
  • Voilà (vwah-la)- There is
  • De rien (du-rhee-en) - You're welcome
  • Je ne comprends pas (zhe nhe comp-rehn pah) - I don't understand
  • J'ai besoin d'aide (zhay buh-swahn ded) - I need help
  • Excusez-moi (escoosay mwah) - Excuse me
  • Je ne sais pas (zhe-nhe say paw) - I don't know
  • Il y a (eel ee aw) - There is



Greetings

In France, a greeting is simply being polite. Greet shop owners when you walk into their boutiques, and make sure to say something on your way out as well.
  • Bonjour (bon zhoor) - Good morning
  • Bonsoir ( bon swar) - Good night/evening
  • Bon après-midi (bon ah-pray mee-dee) - Good afternoon
  • Madame (mah-dahm) - Miss (or Mrs. preceeded by a last name)
  • Monsieur (mihn-see-yuh) - Sir
  • Comment allez-vous?(co-mo-tah-lay-voo) - How are you?
  • Au revoir (o-rhe-vwa) - Good bye

Informal Greetings

These are not things you would say to someone you don't know, however these familiar phrases are something you'd use with your buddies or peers.
  • Salut (saw-loo) - Hi
  • Ça va? (saw-vaw) - How's it going?
  • Ça va bien (saw-vaw-bee-en) - I'm fine
Note: Salut and ça va are often used together as in, "Salut! Ça va?"

Question Words

While traveling, you may find it very helpful to have a good command of basic question words and phrases.
  • Combien? (comb-bee-en) - How much?
  • Où? (oo) - Where?
  • Quand? (kond) - When?
  • Quelle/Quel/Quelles/Quels? (kell) - What?
  • Pourquoi? (por-kwah) - Why?
  • Comment? (co mo) - How?

On the Go

Pair these words with 'Je vais', and you can tell someone (like the taxi cab driver), where you're trying to go.
  • à droite (ah la dwaht) - to the right or on the right
  • à gauche (ah go-sh) - to the left or on the left
  • au marché (oh mar-shay) - the market
  • au restaurant (oh rest-o-rahn) - to the restaurant
  • à la plage (ah lah plaj) - to the beach
  • à l'hôtel (ah low-tell) - to the hotel
  • l'aéroport (l'air-o-por) - airport
  • par avion (pahr ah-vee-ohn) - by plane
  • aux toilettes (oh twa-lett) - bathroom






http://french.lovetoknow.com/Basic_French_Words

I thought we had a rule about that!

But sometimes, even if you start out and try and set rules, it's hard to follow those rules.......

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Chic Lit discussion


I found a Blog post about Chic Lit that I found really interesting......I copied  it out for you to enjoy.....

Women Are Not Marshmallow Peeps, And Other Reasons There's No 'Chick Lit'


Here's an idea: If you're going to try to report on the fact that a couple of women who write books have tried to start a discussion of whether the mega-response to Jonathan Franzen's Freedom is symptomatic of a too-narrow view of interesting fiction, it might be a good idea to stay away from the formless and dismissive term "chick lit" in discussing them.
The way this started is that Jodi Picoult, who has sold many millions of books worldwide, pointed out on Twitter on August 16th that the rave for Franzen's book in The New York Timeswasn't exactly a giant surprise, and said, "Would love to see the NYT rave about authors who aren't white male literary darlings." She later added some specifics, pointing out that "if you're the NYT, for every Danticat/Diaz review, there are ten [Jonathan] Lethems and Franzens." You can read more about Picoult's position here. (Remember: NPR had a piece on this very thingjust recently.)
And then on Monday, novelist Jennifer Weiner tweeted, "Call for non-Franzen novels about love, identity, families, The Way We Live Now. I pick Anne Tyler's DIGGING TO AMERICA." She attached the wry hashtag "#franzenfreude," which she'd kicked off a few days earlier. Her entire approach, which had begun with a tweet about the president "succumb[ing] to Franzenfrenzy," hadn't been hateful or bitter — just sort of amused. And she wasn't alone: I mentioned on Monday that I, too, found the slathering of praise (such as "novel of the century" ten years into the century) rather odd, even without having any particular opinion about whether the book is good (as I still don't).
Weiner, who wrote the terrific and unexpected novel Good In Bed (which dares to suggest, among other things, that not all of a contemporary woman's personal problems can be solved with a makeover and a diet, try to contain your shock) all the way back in 2001 and has been writing fiction about women ever since, is blown off as a "chick-lit author" here and here, and in The Atlantic, while her books aren't exactly called "chick lit," it has to be pointed out that they (and Picoult's books) are "often referred to as 'chick lit.'" (We're not saying it's chick lit or anything ... we're just saying SOME HAVE SAID it is chick lit, y'know.)
It's a category we just don't even need anymore.
 
I've written before about how much I dislike it when people don't distinguish between popular women's fiction and the much narrower category of shoe fiction (by which I mean fiction disproportionately focused on the acquisition of designer shoes and bags and other yabba-dabba-doo that is inevitably described in nearly pornographic detail). But at this point, I think the only solution is to stay away from the term "chick lit" as much as humanly possible, because it's become a term that means "by and about women, and not something you need to take seriously, although we're not necessarily saying those things are connected, so it might be a giant coincidence."
Jennifer Weiner writes primarily about relationships between and among women. She writes about families, she writes about loss, she writes about loneliness, and she writes about a wide variety of other human emotions. The fact that she wrote a book called In Her Shoes doesn't mean she writes primarily about shoes. (Seriously, is that where this started?) That book is about family — just like, for instance, Jonathan Tropper's This Is Where I Leave You (a great book, by the way), which may or may not be a book written with greater skill, but which does not find itself assigned to a special genre as a result of being about a man, written by a man, and concerned with a man's thoughts and feelings and complicated family and romantic relationships.
Once we're calling Jennifer Weiner "chick lit," I don't know what "chick lit" is, and I don't think I'd like the answer if I did. Most of the definitions I've ever known are apparently too narrow. If "chick lit" means it's about young, independent single women looking for love (which was what I understood to be the earliest definition, when I first heard it back in the Bridget Jones era), Jennifer Weiner doesn't qualify. If it means it's about finding a guy in general, she doesn't qualify. If it means the book isn't serious, she doesn't qualify. If it means it's about the centrality of men to the lives of women, she doesn't qualify, since most of the most important relationships she's written about in her career are relationships between women (sisters, friends, mothers and daughters).
The term "chick lit," as I mentioned today on Twitter as I was composing this entry, increasingly makes me feel like I'm being compared to a marshmallow peep just for reading books by and about women. I know what romance novels are — I read some of them, I dislike many of them. I know what shoe fiction is, in my own experience — it's fine, but it's not very nourishing. There are subgenres within commercial women's fiction that are real and identifiable.
But I don't know what "chick lit" is anymore, except books that are understood to be aimed at women, written by women, and not important. And I can't get behind that.



I found it very interesting that the Author doesn't see the need for chic lit as though it is just some way down sub genre that isn't important and wouldn't be read. I disagree and think that all genres and sub genres have value and if an author chooses to categorize their book in this genre then they should be able to. I have started to think my books are chic lit novels which I once thought where romances....but on closer inspection and reviews of all genres with their explanation I found that they seemed to fit into this unwanted genre of Chic Lit.





http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2ubXJI/:vP82axsn:WNOkRsab/www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2010/08/25/129423107/women-who-read-are-not-marshmallow-peeps-and-other-humble-suggestions/

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