Monthly Archives: May 2013

Going to BEA? Check out Harlequin/Cosmo Red Hot Reads Hour on Friday, May 31st

BEA New York is this week! An exciting trade show for all working girls in the book biz. It’s open to the public on Saturday, June 1st…

If you’re in the trade and you’ll be at the BEA on Friday, May 31st, be sure to stop by the HARLEQUIN booth 1238 EARLY around 9 a.m. on Friday and pick up your FREE ticket for the Harlequin signing later that day.

It’s the HARLEQUIN COSMO RED HOT READS Hour from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. with fab author SYLVIA DAY.

CLICK HERE for all the info!!

Can’t wait…I hear they’re streaming live from the BEA this week…I believe Harlequin will be part of that stream on Friday. More info to come…

Here’s the RED HOT Temp Cover for my Cosmo Red Hot Read: NAKED SUSHI!!

Temp Cover for "Naked Sushi"

Temp Cover for “Naked Sushi”

Amateur spy PEPPER O’MALLEY gets more than she bargained for when she discovers her sleazy boss is hiding corporate secrets.

She gets fired.

Was it her fault she got caught in the copy room with her pants down with a hunky thief?

The only way Pepper can get her job back is to become a naked sushi model and spy on her ex-boss.

She’s thrown into a world of corporate espionage she never imagined…

NAKED SUSHI is available for pre-order on Amazon!


Job Interview Questions for Your Romance Novel Heroine

Is your romance novel heroine qualified for the job?

Did you interview her before you started writing? I don’t mean where she went to school, what her favorite color is, etc. but whether or not she’s qualified for the job as a romance novel heroine.

For example, does she have the skills needed to perform her job: Can she shoot a Glock if you’re writing an FBI agent? Lace up a corset if she’s interviewing for the job as a Victorian lady’s maid?

Or she may be overqualified for the job. For example, she can type faster than you or she has aspirations to leave the romance novel field and get a literary gig.

How long has she been out of work?

Romance novel jobs are hard to get and if it’s been decades since she slipped between the pages of a novel, you might want to reconsider. On the other hand, experience between the sheets is important for every romance heroine.

A typical interview could go like this:

Miss Jones, I’m writing a novel that takes place during the Regency Period. Are you a fan of Jane Austen?

Miss Jones: Jane who? I’m so into Lady Gaga. Love her sunglasses.

Next candidate…

Miss Smith, my upcoming novella, NAKED SUSHI, novel is about a computer whiz kid

"Naked Sushi"  cover coming soon. I thought this illo had a "Bond Girl" feel to it.

“Naked Sushi” cover coming soon. I thought this illo had a “Bond Girl” feel to it.

who wants to become an FBI agent. She must be physically active to catch the bad guys. Can you drop and do twenty?

Miss Smith: the only thing I dropped was twenty pounds to get this interview.

Let’s try again. Next up is Ms. von Rittenhaus.

Ms. von Rittenhaus, I need a romance novel heroine who sleeps all day and bites all night. Can you list your qualifications to be the vamp queen in my new urban fantasy novel?

Ms. von Rittenhaus: Honey, I can snooze and cruise with the best of them. I’ve hit every vamp bar from here to Tampa and let me tell you, no one gets her fangs on better than Lulu.

Super. When can you start?

Ms. von Rittenhaus: Tonight. As soon as the sun goes down. (Pause). You haven’t mentioned a benefits package.

What do you mean?

Ms. von Rittenhaus: Do I get overtime pay for night work? And how about a 401K? I’m not getting any younger and in this economy a girl, I mean vamp, has to look out for herself. What about my e-rights? And health benefits? What if I chip a fang and I have to see a dentist between chapters?

Jeez…Romance heroines…you can’t write with them and you can’t write without them.

Next time when we’ll interview the romance novel hero and see if he’s up for the job.

The Berlin Diary of Lady Eve Marlowe — Mother’s Day Tribute

Happy Mother’s Day…a special day for all moms!

I was reminded of a video I made about the prequel to Cleopatra’s Perfume–my sexy WWII spy story–about the heroine’s life as a cabaret dancer in Weimar Berlin in 1928. Lady Eve Marlowe wasn’t always the wife of a titled British nobleman.

She was a working girl in Berlin.

A dancer. A girl often down on her luck in a city filled with the wild and crazy times of pre-war Berlin.

But the storm was coming for anyone who could see it, as witnessed through Eve’s eyes.

Especially when she meets the mother of a murdered dancer in the theatre where Eve worked. Frau Mueller touched her life deeply.

So on this Mother’s Day, here is that video of a time gone by during the Jazz Age…and a tribute to mothers everywhere.


Forewords – The Books Before The Buzz | RT Book Reviews

From RT Book Reviews site:

() () With our column, Forewords, we let readers know the latest book news about some of the web team\’s most-anticipated upcoming releases across the genres — just as the projects are announced!

via Forewords – The Books Before The Buzz | RT Book Reviews.


This is so cool!! Click on the link above to go to RT Book Reviews, then scroll down to DOWNLOAD AND GO and you’ll see NAKED SUSHI mentioned under Contemporary Romance.

Thank you for the mention, RT!


Mr. Selfridge and the Working Girl

A working girl needs a killer wardrobe, though in my upcoming Cosmo Hot Reads from Harlequin, NAKED SUSHI, Pepper O’Malley, my heroine, wears only yellow pom pom chrysanthemums and a banana leaf for her gig as a sushi model.

Lucky girl.

But most of us with 9 to 5 jobs have to plan what we’re going to wear each day. Casual …or sexy heels and skirt? Jeans and a tee? Whatever your choice, we have much to choose from in our local department store or boutique.

It wasn’t always that way.

I’ve been watching Mr. Selfridge on about the American who opened up Selfridge’s department store in London in 1909. He believed the emancipated woman was the future, not a thorn in his side. In a recent episode, the employees stage an all-nighter to decorate the windows at Selfridge’s to show their support for the suffragettes, not alienate them.

Oh, what fun! The beautiful store windows alone make it worth watching, but the interesting facts about how department stores have changed over the past 100 years is fascinating. And how he changed the life of the working girl.

Did you know that before Selfridge’s

Ready-to-wear didn’t exist; a lady came in for fittings, then her garments were made. Selfridge’s believed that would change and predicted mass production of clothes.

Cosmetics were sold under the counter so as not to offend a lady’s delicate nature. Mr. Selfridge wanted to bring lip rouge in from the cold so women could embrace makeup, not shun it.
Harry Selfridge made shopping an event for working girls, not a chore. He displayed a small plane in his store and even had the famed ballerina Anna Pavlova dance for his customers.


Photo by Jina Bacarr

Photo by Jina Bacarr

Perfume was sold at the front of the store to mask the smell of horse manure clinging to the customers’ shoes. Mr. Selfridge wanted working girls everywhere to enjoy the scent of a lovely lavender while they shopped.

So the next time you go shopping at your local department store, stop at the perfume counter at the front of the store and enjoy a splash of your favorite fragrance.

You have Mr. Selfridge to thank for that.

Click here to see a wonderful array of photos and pix from Selfridge’s.

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