Thanks, But No Thanks

by Jo Robertson Since Thanksgiving just passed and families and friends often comment on the things they’re thankful for during the year, I thought it’d be fun to share our “thanks” and “no thanks” for the year’s happenings. First of all, a great big wahooooo thanks for Johnny Depp. Honestly, did you ever think when he was in “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “21 Jump Street” that he’d also be capable of such a variety of acting roles as “Sweeney Todd” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”? No thanks to Angelina Jolie. Okay, okay, she’s apparently a fine actor, philantropist
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The Book or the Film?

by Anna Sugden There has been a lot of controversy lately with the new Bond film ‘Quantum of Solace’ (where do they get these titles?!). For those of you unaware of the issues troubling Bond fans, it’s all to do with the last two (Daniel Craig) movies. You see, they go back to the beginning and tell the story of how Bond developed into the character we know today. The purists believe that this is the only way to see Bond and that this is as close to the James Bond of the Ian Fleming books as we’ve seen, since
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Seduced by the dark side

by Suzanne Welsh For the past year I’ve had a cell phone. Yes, me, the lone hold out in my town where people upgrade electronic devices like changing shoes, broke down and bought my first cell phone. To give you a little past history of why this was so monumental, let me take you back to an age when cell phones were nothing more than a glint in Ray Bradbury’s eyes as he wrote his first Star Trek screenplay. As a young teen I loved talking on the phone. It was the social network of our time. The phone hung
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Giving Thanks

by Susan Seyfarth Today is Thanksgiving, that unique American holiday in which we gather our loved ones together, cook all day, then stuff ourselves with copious amounts of food. Often we’ll squeeze in a few (or ten or twelve) hours of TV, be it a football game (American football, of course, not soccer), the Thansgiving Day Parade coverage (I’m a Macy’s girl myself) or the first viewing of Miracle on 34th Street for the season. What?? You’ve never seen Miracle on 34th Street? Are you busy right now? Because it’s on at my house. But while we do love our
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A Brief Lull

by Nancy Northcott Before we start today’s blog, please join the entire lair in wishing our friends Maria and Marisa at RNTV a very happy birthday! We’re all grateful for the wonderful promotion they give our genre. If you get a chance, pop over there and give them birthday greetings. And now back to our regularly scheduled program . . . Tomorrow is, in the United States, Thanksgiving Day, a time for friends and family to gather, take time out from the usual rush of life, and reflect on the good things in our lives. It’s generally a day of
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Home is Where the … Weather Is!

A few days ago I left balmy Southern California, where it was a sunny 72 degrees, to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with family in Buffalo, New York, where it’s currently, OMG, 29 degrees. Does the thermometer really go down that far? Apparently so. There’s snow on the ground here. It’s cold, my friends! I packed warm clothing but I must confess, there is absolutely nothing in my wardrobe that could possibly withstand the level of chill I feel when I walk outside my father-in-law’s house. It is down-to-the-bone frigid and it makes me wonder why anyone would live here when
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Lions–Archetypes for Romantic Heroes?

By KJ Howe Magnetic eyes, a powerful roar, and the ability to leave females weak in the knees…lions have a lot in common with romantic heroes. I became fascinated with lions during my recent trips to Kenya and South Africa. Our guide spent hours scouring the grasslands searching for evidence that the lions had been nearby. And we found two males resting after gorging on a wildebeest. It wasn’t until later that I discovered these similarities between male lions and heroes: Both skyrocket women’s heart rates to well over 200—in this case, the lion wins hands down. I was twenty
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Bandita Booty Galore!

by Anna Sugden Just been to the supermarket and picked up my Cadbury’s prizes – the lady on the till probably thought I had a serious chocolate problem! I have two lots of prizes to give out. First, for outstanding creativity in Collective Nouns. It was a very tough decision! So many great ideas. Thank you all for playing. But, I had to pick some prize winners so, *drum roll* the Cadbury’s goes to: Pat Cochran Cas 2 AJS Ms Hellion And a special bonus to Keira’s daughter, if she emails me her Barbie and bunny collective nouns. Second, a
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As TIme Goes By…

By Donna MacMeans Can you believe it’s almost Thanksgiving? Where has the year gone? Suddenly it’s cold and I’m thinking about baking cookies, buying Christmas cards, and buying a 2009 calendar. Of course you can’t buy just one calendar. There’s the big month at a glance calendar that hangs in the kitchen with all the family events, birthdays, medical appts., exercise classes, etc. There’s my personal month-at-a-glance dayrunner calendar to track writing events, accounting classes, aerobic classes, etc. Then there’s my smaller weekly calendar that I use to track writing progress. These are all paper calendars – which I admit
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Bandit Booty

Thanks to everyone who posted on my Birthday Blog. The winner of a copy of Not Without Her Family and a choice of one of Tawny’s books is… Gannon!! Congratulations, Gannon! Please send me your information at beth@bethandrews.net (let me know which of Tawny’s books you want – Double Dare, Does She Dare or Risque Business) and I’ll get your books out to you asap! Thanks again to everyone for stopping by 🙂

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