Friday, September 26, 2008

The Highs and Lows of Technology

The Highs

I've grown to love all of the new technology that is available to us. I have an iPod, which I use to listen to music and watch favorite TV shows. I can actually carry an episode around with me and watch it. When I was a kid, there was no way you could do that. Unless, of course, you wanted to carry a VCR and TV set with you as well.

Yesterday, my sister sent me a Kindle for my birthday. She knows that I love to read, but that I also don't like to have so many books lying around. I LOVE IT!!!!!

My first purchase: Surgeon Prince, Ordinary Wife by Melanie Milburne. I swear I read the first chapter faster than I have ever read a chapter before. Plus, the writing was great. Loved the h/h first meet!

There are alot more things you can do with a Kindle and I will try to get to that later . . .

And even though I have been on for a couple of months, I started twittering this week.

I learned about twitter from Alison Kent years ago but never started following until I learned David Hewlett (techy geek of Stargate: Atlantis) was on twitter. The man is hilarious. So if you want to laugh from time to time, pick him up on Twitter.

Even Harlequin is on Twitter.

Now The Lows

Well, there's really only one. Because of Twitter, I learned of the demise of SG:A. :-( And the last episode finished filming over a week ago.

What will replace Atlantis? Not sure, but I will let you know. It will live on for me on my iPod.

BKB :-)

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Little Slovakian, Anyone?

Did I mention I live in a great neighborhood? A nice cul de sac, walking distance from the school, etc. I was talking with one of my neighbors this morning and she mentioned that she will be having 5 friends from Slovakia staying with them this week.

Slovakia? My first response: Ohhhh, material for a book. I know, bad me.

I do have an idea brewing for a character from the Czech Republic.

I guess I will have to go introduce myself.

BKB :-)

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Another Congrats . . .

To Another Critique partner: Alison Pion.

She made the finals of the From the Heart Romance Writers Golden Gateway contest for her historical The Lady Thief.

Way to Go, Alison!

I am hoping this will mean that the group will kick some butt in this year's Golden Heart competition.

BKB :-)

Friday, September 12, 2008


Well, I submitted my entry for the Mills&Boon Feel the Heat competition today.

The title: Tamed by the Brazilian
Word Count: 4727 words

Off to keep working on the book. Okay, maybe not today. I need to clean my office.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Okay, So I Lied . . .

A few days ago I posted that I was using Rodrigo Santoro (pictured below) as my inspiration for Kleber Silva in my current WIP.

Well, I lied. Just a teensy bit. I need Kleber to have a slight comedic side. A side that can compete with a woman who likes to banter. So I added a little bit of John Sheppard/Joe Flanigan (pictured below).

So if you can picture a blend of the geeky guy from Love, Actually and Col. John Sheppard from Stargate: Atlantis, then you know my character, Kleber Silva.

BKB :-)

Saturday, September 6, 2008

She Did It!

Congratulations to one of my esteemed critique partners and fellow SF junkie, Jessica Darago. She is one of the finalists in the latest American Title contest! Info here.

Her manuscript is titled The Serpent's Tooth and it is stunning.

I, along with alot of other people will be rooting for you!

BKB :-)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

First Chapter -- Done!

Well, the first chapter of my Modern Heat entry is done and is in the hands of my esteemed editor (i.e. my husband) and my critique partners. It came in at 4,301 words. I have a title, but I am still vetting through others for input.

But, for fun, here's my inspiration(s):

Kleber Silva aka Rodrigo Santoro

Emmeline Delaney aka Rachel Wiesz

Having fun keeping these two in trouble. On to Chapter Two, and Three, and Four. . .

BKB :-)

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

And They're Off . . .

My two little munchkins started school today (Kyle, 1st grade; Jacob, Preschool).

I miss them already. Time really does fly when you are raising children.

BKB :-)