Diana Belchase

Carey Baldwin Confesses!

Sometimes a book or an author comes along that is really special.  Carey Baldwin is just such an author, and her new book Confession is just such a book.

Each line of Confession is beautifully crafted.  Whether the heroine is confronting the hero, or being threatened by a patient in her office, you feel every heartbeat, every nervous tremor that the heroine tries to conceal.  You feel her loneliness, her desire to do the right thing, her indecision, and her bravery.

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Can you tell that I loved this book? And isn’t that cover terrific?

Carey is as interesting as her characters.  She’s a mild-mannered physician (still practicing full time) who happens to write edgy romantic thrillers. What’s a nice girl like Carey doing writing scare-you-silly thrillers? She says: “When you’re a former clinical psychologist, writing about psychopaths comes naturally, and when you’re a hopeless romantic…, well, you do the math!”

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Do You Love Half-Naked Men?

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The girls here in the lagoon know I’m a bit more conservative than most of them.  Gorgeous guys on book covers are not what make me personally tick.  Still, this gorgeous cover for Gwen Hernandez’s newly released Blind Fury, really has me thinking.  Do I really need to be that shy about my heroes best physical assets?

For Valentines Day a year ago, we were asked to contribute a photo of a hot hunky guy that was half-dressed.  We needed to reveal why this “character” was a hero and put the photo we felt matched that hero the best up on the blog.  This is what I posted:

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“What may you ask is my husband’s feet doing in the midst of all these jaw-droppingly gorgeous guys.  Well, the call to action was a half-dressed man, wasn’t it?  My DH is my hero for so many reasons, but…
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Mary Hart Perry Swims with the Mermaids!

I want to introduce you to one of my favorite authors — Mary Hart Perry, who is also known as Kathryn Johnson.  She writes lovely fiction in all genres, but lately has been writing these wonderful historicals with just the right amount of mystery and romance woven in.

The thing about her work is that she does the research.  These are real people, with historically correct situtations — that she has embellished, or theorized upon.  They range from Shakespeare to the daughters of Queen Victoria — and a sterner mamma you will never encounter.

Here is an interview we did about the first book in her most recent series about Queen Victoria’s daughters.  The third book of which just released a few days ago.

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I love the bravery of her characters — especially her heroines.  They stretch the rules to utter breaking points, but always do so in a completely believable way.  If you’re like…
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New Year, New Perspectives, with Jane Porter

port_6364_06rwaJane Porter takes my breath away.  Not only does she write the most fantastic fiction — characters that are so real you remember them years later and wonder how they’re doing — but she extends the raw, vibrant honesty of her writing into her real life.

Jane shared with me her philosophy about how surfing is like life and how to manage low tide, navigate the swells and undercurrents, and ride the ultimate perfect wave into a better future.  I can honestly say, her advice changed my life.  Considering I can barely swim, that’s saying a lot!  She is an incredible mentor and in this interview,  she will share her perspectives on having a better new year with you, too.

 

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Here is a blurb from Jane Porter’s The Good Wife that has already been optioned for a TV show.  Enjoy!  (To…
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Why I hate Gravity

Gravity is the latest in a string of spectacular films by two of my favorite actors, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.  The cinematography is incredible and well worth seeing in 3-D.  My husband enjoyed it so much, that after seeing it by himself, he dragged me to the movies to see it with him a second time.  He knew how much I love everything to do with space travel — enough for the International Space Station to feature prominently in my third book.

So, before you start hurling things at me, why did I hate the film so much?

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Well, without trying to reveal the entire plot (SPOILER ALERT) the film is about a female physician/astronaut (Bullock) who, for some reason I couldn’t figure out, was installing a part on an orbiting telescope.  Things go terribly wrong and Bullock and Clooney end up in trouble in space.  The problem is that NASA-trained astronaut, Bullock, completely…
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Samhain Author Candice Gilmer and Editor Holly Atkinson Visit the Lagoon

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This time it’s the men who get their own fairy godmother in Candice Gilmer’s UnderHisNose72webnew book Under His Nose in her Guys and Godmothers series.

When Cupid starts meddling and shooting arrows at helpless mortals, it’s up to fairy godmother Christy, to try and undo the damage. She wants her charge, Roark to fall in love with the girl of his dreams naturally, and under his own free will — not because he’s under Cupid’s arrow’s spell. Christy must help Roark realize that the girl of his dreams, his best friend since kindergarten, Stephanie, has been under his nose, all along.

All it takes is faith, trust, and fairy dust. A swift kick never hurts, either.

Candice will be giving away a copy of her e-book to someone who leaves a comment HERE or at the bottom of the screen (click on the title of the post to open the comment box).

Diana: I’m here today with the fantastic…
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Wild for Lori Wilde!

Lori Wilde is more than an author.  She’s become a mentor,cv_allout teacher, and friend to countless new writers.  She takes both her craft and her subject matter seriously — as you can see in this video — dealing with the problems of soldiers returning home from military service to the dilemmas of a runaway princess in the middle of horse cutting country (TX).

To celebrate being here, Lori is giving away 10  — that’s right TEN — copies of Love at First Sight, the first in her Cupid Texas series, to lucky readers who either leave a comment here or on my own site (leave comments in both places to be entered twice!).  To whet your appetite here is the blurb from Love at First Sight:

 

In the first in a dazzling new series, Lori Wilde welcomes us to Cupid, Texas, where every wish for love comes true . . .

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Boston: Be Not Afraid

By Diana Belchase

Boston.

The city’s name used to conjure up such happy images.  Following the 1776 patriotic trail as a child.

An extended weekend as teenager with my mother – buying craft stamps at Faneuil Hall that are still in the original plastic packaging, too precious in memory for me to ever use.  Strolling the cobbled streets as a newlywed with my husband.

While, not from Boston, in a way I’ve grown up there.

Now, like the date, 9/11, Boston and the marathon will have different meanings.  It seems our lives are dotted with words and events that now mean something else.  Oklahoma City.  The Atlanta Olympics.  Places and events of joy, now shadowed by anger, tragedy, and sadness.

Terrorists think they scored a victory on Monday – but they’re wrong.

We Americans are a different breed.  We still talk about the atrocities that incited war two hundred years ago because these were the catalysts that formed our nation, defined us as a people, and motivated us to higher…
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No Giraffe at National Zoo; Should there be a Giraffe in Your Book?

By Diana Belchase

This weekend, spring arrived and my husband and I decided to ramble.  The sun shone, the flowers were starting to bloom, and birds twittered like eager children.

First, we discovered a new Dim Sum restaurant.  There is something wonderful about Dim Sum.  Noisy carts roll around the restaurant floor.  The treats are always the same, but you go back to old favorites because each bite is exquisite perfection.

We stumbled on the zoo while exploring the roads that led through Rock Creek Park.  I love this time of year – the trees are no longer grimly forbidding; they begin to bud out, with limbs cloaked in a green or burgundy haze.  Bikers, joggers, and families come out to bask in the warmth.  When we saw the zoo entrance we thought, what a lovely day to spend with the animals.

The first exhibit contained a Lion, his regal ombre brown mane contrasted against the sinewy golden hues of his coat.  He expressed his displeasure by emitting a loud,…
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A New Rose in the Literary Garden: Kim Boykin

Kim Boykin is absolutely delightful.  She writes the way she lives — deeply and passionately.  In today’s video she talks about her life as a Southern Woman, her mother’s beauty shop, her roses, and her wonderful new book:  The Wisdom of Hair.  As Kim says, “As women we believe, if we can change our hair, we can change our lives.”  I couldn’t agree more.  Kim Boykin cover

Kim understands the special relationship between a woman and her stylist so much, that she’s giving away THREE SETS OF BOOKS!  Each one contains a book for the reader, and another to give to her (or his) stylist!  Answer the question in a comment below in order to be entered to win.  

Here is a link to the book trailer:  The Wisdom of Hair or find out more about Kim’s book here.

So, what do you think? …
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