I've got a major project due tomorrow, so I'm not going to spend much time here today. However, I felt I needed to post an update on Helena and Mike's wedding, since some folks have been asking about how it went. In short, it went--no pun intended--like a charm. A lucky charm. No fisticuffs, only joy and love and a great celebration.
Of course, there's a reason for that. Apparently, the Wedding Gods were watching out for Helena and Mike because, and you will not believe this, all three of the catty pit vipers (Ann, Amy, and Mrs. Jerk) and their significant others were not in attendance. As it turned out, Ann's daughter Neela from a dalliance prior to her commitment to The Jerk went into labor the morning of the impending nuptials and delivered a healthy baby boy just before the wedding. I'm pretty sure the new grandma euphoria clouded any thoughts of throwing on her finery to attend her friend's wedding. Of course, The Jerk stayed with her, mainly because attending the wedding with his current wife instead of his ex-wife that he is now dating while separated from her would probably upset Ann, and, as I have divulged in earlier posts, an angry Ann is, indeed, not something you want to behold.
Amy also felt the need to forego the wedding in light of the fact she had become a great-aunt, although she also had the excuse that she had jury duty. Yep, you got it. Amy got selected for jury duty just before the wedding. She wasn't thrilled, although Ed thinks it's great because he's all about doing one's civic duty. He's even taken off work a few days to watch the trial, which, ironically, is a case about a wife who attempted to kill her philandering husband by hiring her nail technician to burn down their house while he was in the midst of some really intense philandering...in their marital bed, no less. He and his paramour survived and the nail tech, afraid of being discovered and taking full blame, outed the wife to the police. Ed, from what I understand, is totally fascinated by this case. Amy, on the other hand, is bored to tears because she's already decided that the wife was just trying to scare them both, and, even if she wasn't, Amy said, she was totally justified in what she did. I still don't get how she can think this, but it's not my case nor my worry. Good luck, Mr. Defense Attorney, in dealing with that jury member.
Mrs. Jerk, from what I understand, would have attended, but she is going through some trauma right now and wanted to limit public exposure. Apparently, she was having sex with some married guy and the house caught on fire. She barely escaped with her lover and her perky breasts intact, and now there's this trial thing about it. Go figure.
Well, I need to sign off for now. Big project calling. I hope your spring is going spectacularly. Happy Reading!
Most people know Concord as the birthplace of the American Revolutionary War, a spot the British marched on when they left Boston to quell those pesky Minutemen. The town is proud of its history, and Wright's Tavern, where the British refreshed themselves on that fateful day, still stands.
We had brunch recently at the Colonial Inn, another landmark dating from 1716, found in the center of Concord.
But Concord is also home to many famous American writers. Louisa May Alcott was one. Here's her home (Orchard House), which is now a museum.
The Wayside is another Concord museum which was, in turn, a home for the Alcotts, Hawthorne and Margaret Sidney, who wrote the Five Little Peppers series. Has anyone but me read them?
Doris Kearns Goodwin lives in Concord today, as do other contemporary writers.
The brunch was delish!
I’m adding a border, but when I did it, I realized I need to cut back more grass. The white bricks behind the lavender against the fence is to keep the dogs from going on at each other as much beneath the fence. It worked to begin with. My puppies thought the brick wall I had at my old house was up for a while. I ran out of pavers, so when I have a chance, I’ll go back in and get more.
So I’m getting the rights back to Deadly Liaisons, and I’m working on getting it ready to publish. I need a new cover, so still working on finding the right picture, and almost done with edits.
Off to talk to the CPA about the taxes!
Brina is torn between hating the Viking who has rescued her, and knowing that his kin had killed her grandfather in an age old tale of fighting between their people, and loving the man who took her under his protection, and the wolf cub she insisted on rescuing.
Now, Gunnolf must make a choice: wed the lass as her father has insisted and restore her father’s position as chief of his clan when he’s not sure her father is trustworthy, hoping he can obtain a peace between his people and hers, or leave well enough alone and stay with the MacNeill Clan, his family for the past ten years. The problem is one sweet Highland lass that makes him want a woman—this woman—to warm his bed and have his bairns and to protect and cherish, when having a wife was the furthest notion from his mind…until one prediction changed his whole life.
So for now, preorders are up at:
I will have it at the other sites as soon as I can. And it will also be in print.
Have a great day!
I'm also thrilled that spring is finally here, or appears to be so. Yeah, so cool weather is predicted, but overall the temps are warmer and my outlook is sunnier. Plus, I'm writing more. I hadn't been tapping at the keys much until the last few days because of work and all that it entails, but now I'm on a roll. I'm about halfway through my latest WIP and it feels great. There's nothing like writing in the spring to make one feel content.
Unfortunately, my latest includes pieces of my real life. As you can guess, my friend Ann is kind of a strong presence, and she's sort of ended up in my latest book. By accident, of course. I don't name her, and she's not a main character. There's a remotely psychotic chick who is a really good friend of the heroine who makes her life undeniably miserable without even trying, and she's completely oblivious to the damage she does. However, this character serves a larger purpose--the heroine of the story meets the love of her life at her wedding. So, it's worth the struggle with the fictional Ann's issues.
I rarely include people from real life, but Ann is too strong of a inspiration to ignore. Have you ever dealt with someone like this? Someone who is a complete disaster, and you can't seem to look away? That's probably what I will be doing this afternoon at Helena's wedding...looking away from Ann and her drama to the couple who's actually getting married. To their credit, they're taking it all in stride. Like Helena says...whatever happens, happens. I'm just glad the menu includes green beer.
Happy St. Paddy's Day!
Yeah, yeah, I know, there are no offers on the table. No interest really. Just a company that has a directory of rights owners in case a movie or TV producer was interested.
But I’m a writer, so I have a really great imagination. And there the first 21 wolf books are up on the screen. Dream away. But hey, I’ve never been asked to even include my name in the directory, so it’s a start, right?
Head back out of the clouds, and with the storms we’re having we’ve had lots of them, and back to the book.
Have a great day!
Jenna Ives has the typical problem that affects a lot of modern authors — multiple personality disorder. She writes for several publishers under a variety of names, but mostly the reason is to keep her poor sainted mother (who used to read sweet Barbara Cartland romances) from having a heart attack over how sexy modern romances have become! And Jenna certainly DOES write sexy… Visit her at: www.jennaives.com
Highlander Unbroken is up for pre-order now at Amazon and is scheduled to release May 10!
Torture has driven Neacal MacDonald to the brink of madness.
As the new chief of the MacDonald clan, Neacal will do whatever it takes to make his late father proud and to help his clan thrive. But whispers of his madness abound and many in his clan turn traitor, wanting MacDonald of Sleat to lead them instead. Conflict ignites between the bitter rivals when Sleat garners the help of the man who tortured Neacal in the past.
Can one woman's song pull him back and begin to heal his soul?
Everything has been ripped from Anna Douglas except her angelic voice and the will to survive. When she meets Neacal MacDonald, she recognizes something familiar in him—stark loneliness and pain. His past could be even more tragic and tarnished than hers. No one must learn her true identity or about the brutish man claiming she is his wife, for he will stop at nothing to reclaim her. Though Neacal vowed to never trust a woman again, he cannot resist the secrets in Anna's eyes or her spellbinding song, which threatens to break down the icy walls surrounding his tormented heart.
I thought I would share some of the photos of the place which inspired the story's setting... Castle Tioram on Loch Moidart on the rugged west coast of Scotland. One of the MacDonald strongholds.
|View from behind the castle.|
|View from the front of the castle.|
|Detail of one of the exterior walls.|
A fan and friend, Jan, sent this to me of her cat, Merlin and he’s all into jaguars. Isn’t he cute?
Oh, oh, oh, I found my bear patterns! I had put them in a special place so they wouldn’t get lost. Naturally. I had looked in the decorative boxes full of decorative stuff several times, but had no place to put the decorator pieces until a shelf is repaired that was damaged in the move. I finally began to remove the items just in case the patterns were in the bottom of the boxes, and yes!!! They were. So once I set my sewing machine up, I’m back in business!
Or so I thought. The electric cord for the cabinet wouldn’t reach the outlet, had to find an extension cord. Found the foot pedal. Couldn’t find the power cord to the sewing machine. After some searching through all the cords I found that I have no idea what they go to, I found it! My sewing machine is so old I was afraid I couldn’t order a new one. But I had looked and I saw where someone said they had ordered one because they had moved and they couldn’t find their cord. Then found it. Sound familiar? At least I didn’t order it. And then it wouldn’t reach the outlet and had to find another extension cord. :)
So I’m back in business!
Have a great weekend!
But that's not what you came here for, is it? You came here for something exciting, and, finally, I have something exciting to talk about. Wanna hear?
So my friend, Helena, is getting married for the 3rd time, which is, I'm sure, a charm. Although, given Helena's track record, maybe not. Helena and Mike are getting married on 3/17, the luckiest day of the year according to their ancestors, who were all Irish. They are getting married at 3:17 on the dot, too. However, that's about it. I think Mike wanted to go all the way with the "We're so lucky to have found each other" theme, but Helena convinced him to not go overboard with it. It promises to be a nice wedding, and one that, I'm sure, will be quite memorable.
Why, might you ask?
Because Helena is friends with Ann, Ann's Jerk, and Amy, Ann's sister who is now married to Ed, Ann's ex-fiance who left her at the altar for his current wife, and because she's invited the whole crew to her nuptials, that's why. I asked Helena if she'd told Mike about Ann's wedding disaster and the aftermath, and she said she had. His response? "There's no bad luck they can bring on us! Look, they're all happy now." Helena's gleeful take on the whole thing? "This is going to be effing fantastic! Wanna take bets on who swings first?" That's my friend, always looking for entertainment wherever she can get it.
And she might get it. Amy and Ann do talk, even though Amy stole Ed from right under her bridal nose, but everyone knows Ann is incredibly vengeful and holds grudges forever, and even though she's happy working on her "relationship" with The Jerk, she still has a score to settle with Amy.
If you read the Bridesmaid Sort Of posts from a while back, you might be wondering what happened after Ann and The Jerk's embrace. Well, it was kind of like that scene in An Officer and a Gentleman where Richard Gere carries Deborah Winger out of the factory, except Ann's a bit heavier than Deb and The Jerk is waaaaay older than Richard Gere, so it looked like too stumbling drunks half carrying each other out of a crowded bar. In short, though, Ann decided to give The Jerk another try, even though he's technically married to a new wife. He and Ann are "dating" until he and the current legal Mrs. Jerk work though their conscious uncoupling. I swear on Gwyneth Paltrow's pink Oscar de la Renta dress that I'm not kidding...they are consciously uncoupling like she did with Chris Martin, or at least doing their version of it. What it amounts to is that The Jerk is getting steady, um, attention from both Ann and Mrs. Jerk, and he's never been happier. Ann thinks she's going to win back her ex-hubby from the trophy hussy who stole him, so she's thrilled--to get The Jerk back and to get revenge on Mrs. Jerk. And Mrs. Jerk thinks she's going to convince her errant spouse that he's just having a mid-life crisis and wants to sow some seeds, which is, ironically, what Ann told him when he confessed he'd been sleeping with his dental hygienist, who became Mrs. Jerk, for six months. She thinks he'll come running back to her younger arms and fuller breasts, but Ann is giving her a run for her money, or rather for The Jerk's money.
So there you have it. Helena and Mike's wedding is going to be center stage to Ann and Amy's showdown, while Ed and The Jerk stand around sipping bad wine and comparing sisters. Hopefully, Helena and Mike will take it all in stride, and, if we're lucky, everything will go off splendidly.
I hope your spring is shaping up to be as exciting as mine promises to be. Happy Reading!
1306 - A week before Lady Rose Munro is to wed a neighboring laird, she is abducted on the road by a wicked and dangerously handsome stranger. Highland warrior, Malcolm Montgomery has been ordered by King Robert the Bruce to steal Rose and her son from the suspected traitor she is about to marry—gifting him with an ancient and much sought after dagger as payment. Rose shouldn’t trust her captor. Shouldn’t feel her body heat at his simple touch, or allow him to press his fervent lips to hers… Malcolm shouldn’t be seducing the woman he is sworn to protect. Shouldn’t desire her, for she’s not meant to be his… Succumbing to passion threatens them both, and falling in love is absolutely not an option.
1619 - When the infamous dagger is stolen from Highland chief, Dugald MacKerrick, he will do whatever it takes to reclaim it, even abduct the wife of the aristocratic thief, but what if his beautiful French hostage isn't who he thinks she is? Deep in the rugged Scottish Highlands, Dugald discovers not only is his captive, Camille Bouchard, more than he expected, so is the passion raging between them, threatening everything he thought mattered to him.
1816 - Maxwell White is the newest member of the Highland Knights, an elite mercenary group sworn to protect the Crown. His first assignment is to keep independent and spirited Aila MacKerrick safe from a madman determined to get his hands on a treasure she unwittingly possesses. But Aila isn’t going to simply allow some Highlander—as handsome as he might be—to capture her and whisk her away to an abandoned castle. She’ll fight to the death for her freedom...as soon as she rids herself of this pesky, insistent desire that makes her far more inclined to run into his arms than away from them....