Friday, February 02, 2007

Film on Friday - The Abduction Club

Today at the Pink Heart Society our very own Natasha Oakley brings us a swashbuckling romantic comedy called
'The Abduction Club'.




I owe my discovery of 'The Abduction Club' to Historical author and fellow Romantic Novelists' Association 'Romance Prize' nominee Nicola Cornick. Since Nicola's books are auto-buys for me I take a recommendation from her very seriously. So it was I picked up the DVD in WHSmith's.

She's absolutely right. This film is pure fun and leaves you with the slightly worrying conviction that what you really want in life is a handsome nobleman to whisk you away on his horse.

'The Abduction Club' is set in 1780 and is based on factual events. Irish law in the late 1700s dictated that only the eldest son could inherit his father's estate. (A very silly idea which I'm sure did absolutely nothing for sibling relationships.)


Younger sons were left with the choice of either becoming a priest or a soldier - unless they married an heiress. With this in mind they, very enterprisingly I feel, formed themselves into the Abduction Club.

Lots were drawn to determine which member got the next attempt to gain himself a wealthy wife. Byrne, played be Daniel Lapaine, sets out to kidnap Catherine, played by Alice Evans, the eldest of the two Kennedy sisters.


Bryne (Lapaine) is a little ... erm ... too confident of his success and he's careless in his 'preparation' (the club prefers it if the girls are willing) and the bungled abduction is very, very funny.

Not only is Catherine (Evans) not inclined to accept Bryne (Lapaine), his friend Strang, played by Matthew Rhys, kidnaps the younger Kennedy sister. Anne, played by Sophia Myles, is only 17 and club rules state abductees must be at least 18. When Bryne and Strang refuse to return the girls immediately they're both expelled from the club.

For decades the Abduction Club has operated on the 'knife edge of the law', tolerated because of their honourable intentions and chivalrous behaviour towards their 'victims'. With the abduction of Anne (Myles) everything changes.

Mr Power, a scheming landowner, fully intends to marry Anne himself but his rescue of the Kennedy girls is foiled when Anne decides she doesn't want to be rescued. (Sensible girl.)

Unable to leave her sister to her fate, Catherine (Evans) has to follow. Now, particularly since a British soldier was wounded in the attempted rescue, Bryne and Strang are wanted by the law and on the run with the girls.

Not only do the boys have to win the hearts of the Kennedy sisters they also have to escape the gallows.

There are so many moments I love in this movie. Sophia Myles, in particular, is brilliant.



Matthew Turner reviewing for ViewLondon.co.uk says:
The result is an entertaining, if undeniably silly slice of pure Mills & Boon, plucky heroines, heaving bodices and all.

Which probably says it all. :)

The Abduction Club is a really fun way to spend 96 minutes.

Matthew Turner is a silly man who doesn't realise bodices can't heave - it's the bosoms inside them that do the heaving. Yet even he liked it!!

At the risk of getting slapped by Nicola Cornick who I'm sure would give it a 10/10, I've decided to give 'The Abduction Club' a Pink Heart fuzzy rating of 9 out 10. See what you think!

With love
Natasha





Natasha's newest release, 'Crowned: An Ordinary Girl', is available in store in both the United Kingdom and North America from mid February and online at eharlequin now.

Read an excerpt here.

You can check to see how Natasha is getting on with her life, her diet and the misbehaving daughter of her current hero at her Blog.

And, throughout February, Natasha is blogging on eharlequin.com. Come and play by clicking here.

Thursday Talk-time with Erica Orloff

LOVE AT FIRST BITE

I grew up watching the Creature Feature. For those outside Manhattan, the Creature Feature was aired on a local New York City station, and on Sunday mornings they showed back-to-back monster flicks. Frankenstein Created Woman had my little sister shrieking with nightmares for weeks. And then of course, there was Dracula. It was love at first bite.

When I was fourteen, my aunt took me to see the great Frank Langella play Dracula on Broadway. We had third-row seats, and when he stood at the edge of the stage, mesmerizing the audience, I thought I might actually get bitten . . . or at least swoon. My best friend and I stared at him in the Playbill for weeks.

When I wrote my first novel, Spanish Disco, no vampires were involved. But fifteen or so books later, I released Urban Legend, which was re-released in trade as Twice Bitten, and I finally got to write about vampires. And then the new Nocturne line came along and my first release, Blood Son, has . . . what else? Vampires!

So what is it about those sexy, dark, deadly men of the night that rock my world?

Well, in the immortal words of my favorite transvestite comedian, Eddie Izzard, history is much about “Cake or death.” Vampires have a slightly different slogan, “Love or death.” In Spanish Disco, with nary a vampire in sight, my heroine is angry at the world. Her older, wiser best friend tells her that she’s simply angry at the gods. At life. People leave us. Lovers fall away. They depart us—one way or the other. Through betrayal or break-up, or even in a happily ever after, one day through death.

But a vampire lover cheats all that. There is no death. They don’t leave. They are immortal and seductive forever. Or at least until they get a stake through the heart.

At least that’s my take on the vampire.

What do you think it is about the immortal blood-suckers that we find so erotic and irresistible?

Erica's Silhouette Nocturne, Blood Son is available in North America from today!

Erica is a multi-published author who has written for Red Dress Ink, Mira, and Bombshell as well. The girl gets around ;).

For more about her fabulous books, check out her website!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Writers' Wednesday with Paula Roe

Our latest newbie is new Aussie Desire signee, and former Contest Diva, Paula Roe. Give her a big Pink Heart Society welcome!!!

About Paula

I’m British-born, Aussie bred, living west of Sydney, where it gets too hot in summer and never cold enough in winter. In my former, paid (non-writing) life, I was an assistant/secretary/PA, office manager, theme park hostess, software trainer and aerobics instructor. I've also done heaps of work with Romance Writers of Australia and am currently one of their contest judges and editor for Hearts Talk, their monthly mag.

Joining RWAustralia in 1994 was the best thing I ever did for my writing career, as was entering contests (86 to date... I am known in certain circles as The Contest Slut). It all paid off when I got The Email on my fourth full manuscript on 7th September 2006 1.19am...

The Road to Publication

Where can I possibly begin? I could go waaaaay back and mention the absolute adoration for my hard back collection of Enid Blyton books at age seven. My obsession with Elynne Mitchell's Silver Brumby series at age ten. Or discovering romance the explicit way at twelve with Johanna Lindsey's "Captive Bride". (I will forever love our librarian, Mrs Jackson, for either her blind ignorance or dogged devotion of the genre... whichever is applicable )

After buying up all Johanna Lindsey's back list (some would say obsessively so), I started on others who are now legends in the genre - Shirlee Busbee, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Judith McNaught, Jude Deveraux. My first love has always been a rollicking good historical romance! (which is why I am so looking forward to Anna Campbell's "Claiming the Courtesan" - it's written in the traditional style with an ultra-alpha male... whoooo hooo!)

Okay, fastforward quite a few years, during which time I'd gone through a few jobs but always tinkering with stories, trying to hone my craft. They say it takes an average of 10 years to get published, and I can fully attest to that! So when I joined RWAustralia in 1994 it was like throwing a liferaft to a floundering swimmer. I had two (appalling) novels behind me, had started on a third and began entering it in contests. And kept right on entering with anything I'd written, all the while writing, writing, meeting with fellow writers at conferences and workshops and always reading and reading some more. And then I discovered Silhouette Books... category novels I had previously frowned upon simply because they weren't historicals and they were short (ah, poor misguided me!)

My first rejection was in 1991 from Temptation. It was a one page tick-a-box, with all sorts of interesting things like "did the conflict seem real and not contrived?" and "were the love scenes believable?" (a no and a yes on those :)

I've had a rejections over the past 15 years I've been seriously pursuing writing, although not as many as you'd think. And after 15 years of what seemed like getting two steps forward (contest wins) and one step back (another rejection), I stuck with it because I started to believe in my writing. It's not arrogance or thinking you're up yourself (as we Aussies would say!) It's a deep, unwavering belief that you're writing something that will tap into reader's emotions, something that will sing to them. Because I still remember, as a 12 year old, finishing "Captive Bride" with a sigh and realizing: "I want readers to feel about my writing how I've just felt with that book."

The story that finally sold was my fourth complete and was originally titled "The Wife He Never Knew." It had a love/hate relationship with editors: in 2000 Mills & Boon Presents rejected the partial and in 2001 and 2002 Silhouette Desire rejected the full... twice. So after major rewrites, I pitched it to Kim Young of Presents at RWAustralia's Melbourne conference in 2005. While I waited for a response, I entered RWA´s Opening Chapter comp and won with it (how much do I LOVE RWA comps???!!!!) Final judge Mary-Theresa Hussey loved the "energy" of the story and told me to submit it to one of her editors at Desire, Demetria Lucas. At the time it was also a finalist in the Emerald and placed second in our QLS contest. I emailed Mary-Theresa Hussey to let her know one of her other edtiors - Patience Smith -was reading it as the Emerald final judge.

Then it placed first in the Dixie First Chapter... but I had no request for further work.

So three months later, after a productive day with my crit partner Deb (who told me to stop dithering and get my finger out), I emailed Demetria to enquire on my ms status. She replied on the 29th August, thanked me for being patient and said she'd sent it to her senior editor to get her thoughts. Demetria said: "FYI - I loved your book and passed it along with strong recommendations. I hope the Sr. Ed. likes it as much as I do." I was thrilled but cautious and settled in for another four week wait.

So on Thursday, 7th September, I woke with the conviction of getting my son off to kindy after he´d been home two days straight with a stomach bug. It's 7.30, we're trying to work out why there's no sound on the Dino Attack game at Lego.com and my emails came filtering in. The little ghostly boxes pop up... one, from ROMAUS, one from the Exec loop, one from my walking partner, one from Lucas, Demetria.... hang on! Did it say "great news!"???

Wrestling for control of the mouse, I opened Outlook and stared in disbelief at the email: "Great news!!!! Desire would like to make an offer on The Wife He Never Knew. Is there a number where I can reach you to chat?"

"They want to buy my book." No response from Cooper, who's glaring at the screen, demanding Dino Attack miraculously appear. "What?" says my mum distractedly, wandering past the office door. "They want to buy my book... THEY WANT TO BUY MY BOOK!!"" By now, Cooper's got the gist that something's up and looks at me cautiously as I dissolve into a fit of maniacal laughter. After I stop, I explain that mummy has sold her book to a company that will put a cover on it and sell it in book stores. Still not impressed, I add hopefully, "and I'll get money for it." To which he brightens and says, "Oh, can I have some, then?" Ah, the simplicity of youth. He only got excited when I promised to buy him a toy (he gets a toy, mummy gets a contract ). I got to keep my title and will know the release date after my revisions are accepted and man, it feels soooo good to finally say those three magical words, "editor", "revisions" and "contract"!

Even though it was written before Silhouette changed their Desire guidelines, ironically it has all the hooks the new guidelines are seeking - secret baby, amnesia, lovers reunited, evil stepmother . The story started out as a cathartic exercise but eventually I really wanted to tell the story because it had some very valid emotions in it: betrayal, redemption, growth and change. When I first started, I had no idea Ally, the heroine, would morph into such a strong character: I initially had her reactions as too weak and wishywashy which made the hero, Finn, come across too forceful. There was also a lot of things that Ally reacted to, instead of being proactive about. Also, there were initially three more characters in the book - Ally's best friend, her mother and her grandmother. Even though I loved writing them in, I eventually realised they took the focus away from the hero and heroine and made it seem as if the situation controlled them, not the other way around. So I cut those scenes, which tightened the writing and brought out more of Ally and Finn´s personalities and conflict.

And truly, if it weren't for both the Opening Chapter and Emerald contests, my book wouldn't have found a home with Desire (well, I hope it would have eventually, but certainly not as quickly! It was already a triple reject...).

Without the anonymous encouragement of contest judges, I wouldn't have kept on improving my writing. The good judges gave praise and critique where it was due, made me think about plot, characterisation and pace (which helped me tighten and revise) and the not-so-good judges provided me with a thick skin and an "I'll show you!" attitude .

My advice for writers seeking publication? Stick with it. Sometime in 2004 I seriously considered a compromise. I thought if I couldn't get in the door with Harlequin, then I would build my name (as so many authors do) by getting published with a small press. There I could gather a readership and then try the "big names" further down the track. Because although I've only had five rejections, I could feel that I just wasn't hitting the right note with Harlequin editors. When The Wife was rejected the second time in 2004 by Desire (the line I desperately wanted to write for) I didn't know what they wanted, especially when I'd put so much of my heart into it. But after some more revisions (tedious things but such a goldmine!) and my success in the Emerald, I got to eat my words!

The funny thing is, I've just read an article by Melissa James about committing emotional suicide and my Lord, that speaks to me on so many levels! If you aren't prepared to open up a vein and bleed all over your page (metaphorically speaking) then maybe it's time to rethink what you really want to write. It may be that you're not suited to where you're targeting, or even the genre as a whole. Take a good look at your contest crit sheets, your rejection letters, talk with your writing partner or crit group. And learn from them all. It may take longer than your five-year plan, heck, it may turn out you're sending your kids to high school by the time you make it. But I promise you, you'll be a much better writer by the end of it.

Paula's first book, Silhouette Desire THE FORGOTTEN MARRIAGE has an as yet unknown release date. She'll be letting us know the minute she does!!! And for more fun and games she has been contracted to write one of six books in a miniseries written by Australian and New Zealand authors. Go Paula!!!

Read more about Paula's writing at her website: www.paularoe.com

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Temptation Tuesday :: Internet Playground

This week, Jenna Bayley-Burke confesses her biggest temptation -- the internet!

I'll admit, I spend more time online than I should. Not that I have much free time, what with the writing and the husband and the dog and the kids and the volunteering and the...what was I making excuses for again?

I can't help myself. I'll log on just to check my email on the off chance my editor might have decided to drop a three book deal in my inbox (ha!), and before I know it naptime is over, the kids need a snack, the dog needs out, and I've found the snarkiest website devoted to book reviews ever!

Let's blame eHarlequin, shall we? Before I found eHarlequin to guide me on my journey from writer to author, I checked email and used the internet to get driving directions. Then I found an entire community of people with stories buzzing through their brains like hornets at a barbeque. It was like the mother ship calling me home!

Next came Romance Divas, another romance writers portal. Absolute Write, NaNoWriMo, CataRomance... though nothing compared to eHarlequin until The Pink Heart Society opened it's arms wide. I love category romance, it fits with my short attention span.

Now, I even talked my husband into ditching dial up so I could use the internet faster. It's how I research my books (look for my FinDaBoo report on point and click characterization coming soon), how I keep up on trends in the market, and how I procrastinate.

Blogging is my favorite procrastination activity. It's like having a cup of coffee with a girlfriend. Fine for the first half hour, but then, unless you brought Krispy Kreme, it's time to get home and get some work done. Forums are a tough one. You can get in and out with the information of the day in a quick five minutes...but then you want to check what's happening in a new thread and the next thing you know...you missed lunch. What about articles, free reads, travel sites, recipe searches, and searching out pictures of your secret crush? Not to mention using Google to find out what websites your name comes up on.

At least I'm not wasting my time playing internet games. (Sudoku anyone?) Now that I've paved the way, I think it's time we all confess. Where is your favorite place to hang out on the web?



Jenna's latest book is her January Australian Sexy Sensation release, Just One Spark. To find out more, you can visit her website, blog, or reading group, We Call It Research.

Male on Monday...Clive Owen

Today's nominee for the Pink Heart Society Hall of Fame is, Clive Owen.

I first discovered Mr Owen in a film a friend lent me saying I HAD to watch it. It also starred Angelina Jolie who isn't one of my favourite people. So I baulked. I made excuses. But Mary bugged me soooo much I just had to take the damn thing, stick it in my DVD player and get it over with.

The film was called Beyond Borders, and if you haven’t seen it – DO IT NOW! And make sure you have a box of tissues at the ready. In that movie Clive Owen is strong, vulnerable, sexy, dark, and utterly beguiling. I mean look into those beautiful green eyes and tell me you're not moved? Needless to say I fell madly and deeply in love ;).

Being backwards, I then went and found a number of his other films. He is fabulously brooding in Gosford Park, which also gave me the pleasure of watching Jeremy Northam, another favourite of mine. He is edgy and desperate and the best thing about Closer, with Julia Roberts, Natalie Portman and Jude Law. Though the movie is at best uncomfortable, he and Ms Portman have one heck of a sexy scene in the back room of a strip club. He was nominated for an Oscar for the role.

If you feel like a Clive Owen fest, some of his roles are as a misguided husband on the edge of a nervous breakdown in the forgettable Derailed with Jennifer Aniston; as a croupier in the equally forgettable film, aptly entitled Croupier; as a mysterious bank robber in Inside Man; as a reluctant rebel in a dystopian society in the most recent film Children of Men; as Sir Walter Raleigh opposite Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth I in the upcoming film Golden Age which I can’t wait to see! And the title character in King Arthur alongside Keira Knightly.

His voice is like melted dark chocolate: deep, delicious and devastating. I’m certain that led to his part in the fabulous graphic novel adaptation of Sin City in which he featured as noir antihero Dwight McCarthy.

In real life Owen was born in Coventry, West Midlands, England, the fourth of five brothers. At the age of three, his father (a country and western singer) left the family. Owen was raised by his mother and his step-father. While initially opposed to drama school, he changed his mind in 1984, after a long and fruitless period of searching for work. Owen graduated from RADA in 1987 in a class including both Ralph Fiennes and Jane Horrocks. After graduation, he won a position at the Young Vic, performing in several William Shakespeare plays.

In an incident he later described as "very schmaltzy," he met his future wife Sarah-Jane Fenton while they were performing the title roles of Romeo and Juliet. They married in 1995, and have two daughters, Hannah and Eve. Everybody say ‘Aaaawwwwwww.’

An interesting tidbit: Clive is well known to many Americans as the star in a series of eight minute short films/advertorials for BMW. Directed y the likes of Guy Ritchie, Ang Lee sand Tony Scott, Clive starred as “The Driver” in each film which highlighted the performance aspects of various BMW automobiles. The Discs were given to new BMW owners in 2001 and 2002 and later sold for huge amounts on ebay. Isn't that cool? I for one wanna see them!

He is tall, dark, handsome, and has a voice I could just close my eyes and listen to for ever and a day. Is it something about the English accent that does it for me? Perhaps. Or perhaps it’s just Clive.

Ally's latest book, Harlequin Romance Meant-To-Be Mother is available now in North America and the United Kingdom.

For more about the book, with blurbs, excerpts and behind the scenes info and pics, check out her website.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Spotlight Sunday on Linda Conrad


This week at The Pink Heart Society we are very excited to bring you award winning author Linda Conrad whose novels have been translated into sixteen languages and are sold in over twenty-two countries!!!

About Linda:

Growing up in south Florida, Linda made up stories and read everything she could get her hands on. After college, she taught first grade in Miami and tried to give the children as much love for the written word as she’d always felt. When her own true-life hero came along and whisked her away to five cities in seven years, Linda became a sales assistant, a quality control supervisor, a ninety-unit apartment manager and finally a stockbroker and Certified Financial Planner in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

When her mother's illness brought her to Southern California, Linda and her sister told stories to her as she couldn't read anymore. And before she died, her mother told her to stick to telling them... Thankfully she did and she has since written for both Silhouette Desire and Silhouette Intimate Moments/Romantic Suspense. Linda's novels have been translated into over a dozen languages and sold in twenty-two countries. She has received numerous awards for her work, including being a finalist in the Book Buyers Best and winning both the prestigious Maggie and the Reviewer's Choice Award!!!

Linda gives workshops for fellow writers and loves giving back. She is happily living in south Florida and the best things in her life are writing emotional love stories and hearing from readers.


Spotlight Interview:

Where do you get the inspiration for your books from?

I’m just a natural storyteller who comes from a long line of Irish women who weave interesting tales. In fact, I have more stories and books in me than
I can possibly write in one lifetime. I love being able to move people.
For me, there’s nothing better than bringing joy or feel-good tears into
a reader’s life.

What makes you mad?

I’ve reached an age where very little makes me mad. Getting angry is just a waste of energy. People’s actions can still make me sad at times, though.

What’s the most romantic thing that has ever happened to you?

When my husband asked me to marry him, I told him okay…but I definitely reserved the right to renegotiate on our twentieth anniversary. I thought I’d keep him on his toes. Over the years I forgot all about my smart remark. But he didn’t. At our twenty-year anniversary he insisted that we design new rings and renew our vows. No more hesitation! Believe me, I had no smart remarks on that day. I was speechless – and so in love I could only nod and kiss him like we had the rest of our lives!

What characteristics in a hero makes you drool?

I’ve been thinking a lot about heroes lately. I’ve written many men characters who have a special place in my heart. But I think when it comes to the basics, I just love a hero who is tender-hearted and has a sense of humor. Give me a guy who can both laugh and cry and I’m in heaven.

If you weren’t a writer what would you be?

I did have another life once. I was a stockbroker and specialized in financial planning for retirees. It was a wonderful and fulfilling career, but now I could never give up telling the stories in my heart.
What do you do to relax and wind down?

When I lived in southern California, I relaxed by driving my Miata during club runs up into the mountains and in autocross races. Here in south Florida I relax by going with my family out on the ocean in our boat. We swim on the sandbars and find funky dockside restaurants for lunch! Of course in both places there is always SHOPPING!

How do you get out of a writing rut?

I’m not sure what a ‘writing rut’ means. If you mean days when I can’t face the page and feel I’ll never write again, I usually try to get some exercise and then read, read, read! If a ‘writing rut’ means getting bored with the subject of my last few books, that never happens to me. People ask me sometimes about changing genres, but that’s not what it’s about for me. To me every book is special no matter what genre -- and I just love pushing the envelope with both my characters and my plots.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?

I’m happy almost anywhere. But I’m living now in the place where I grew up. It feels like home – usually.

Who would you most like to give a hug to for a fabulous book you’ve read?

I suppose I would say Janet Evanovitch for her Stephanie Plum books. Those books have seen me through operations, exasperating and interminable plane rides, and times when I needed desperately to escape. But neither she nor I are very big on hugging.

What music do you listen to when writing?

On occasion I will find music that puts me in the mood for the setting of my work in progress. But I don’t write to music. I’m too far off in the point of view of my characters when I write to pay a bit of attention to my surroundings.

Tell us a secret nobody knows about you?

If I tell, then it’s no longer a secret, right? But one thing few people know is that I’m a closet Nascar fan. Just gotta love that Tony Stewart and Kevin Harvick! Talk about your heroes…

What was your most embarrassing moment?

I’ve had so many of them that I’ve had to wipe them out of my memory banks or by now I would’ve locked myself in my house with a red face and never come out again!

What have you had to celebrate in the last year?

Many things. First and foremost that my husband got a clean bill of health after a cancer scare. But also that the first two books in my Night Guardian series both received a 4 ½ star Top Pick rating from Romantic Times Bookclub. This series is both emotionally intense and a little paranormal and I’m celebrating that readers enjoy what I do.

What’s beside your computer when you’re writing?

Notes on characters and research. Oh, and my trusty thesaurus! Nothing fun or unusual I’m afraid.

If you could kiss anyone in the world who would it be?

There’s all kinds of kisses. I’m not much into air kisses, but I’ve done my share and will again. Sometimes it’s fun to be so girlie. Then there’s baby kissing. I just love that one. We have a toddler in our family now and she is a pure joy to kiss! But when it comes to romantic kissing, there is only one that turns me on and I suspect he will until the day I die.

What are you working on now?

I have two projects that have captured my attention at the moment. One is a proposal for another series for Silhouette Romantic Suspense – set in Texas. The other project is a new single title idea I’ve been working on. Set in Miami, it’ll be hot and also be a romantic suspense with a little paranormal thrown in to really set it on fire. I miss working on my Night Guardians, but there are so many stories to tell!


Linda's latest release is part of her Night Guardian Series - Shadow Hunter is out in North America and Canada now and is available to order online at eharlequin and Amazon!!

It is swiftly followed by an eharlequin online read called Shadow Lies in February and don't forget to look out for the other titles in the series later this year!!!

To learn more why not visit Linda's website or her Myspace...

Thanks Linda!!!!!


Diary Note:

Linda is conducting a week-long author Q&A event on eharlequin.com from January 29th to February 2 entitled: Does Your Villain Scare You? She'll be discussing favorite villains and their roles in a story, and what it takes to make a good villain. She'll also be giving prizes and some tricks she has learned. The O&A link will be found by going to the Silhouette Series page

January Hamper! Free Book Giveaway

Welcome to the first Pink Heart Society Hamper for 2007. And it's a doozy!!! Books, books and more books. Not like we don't all have teetering to be read piles already ;). But we are in just that kind of mood that we want to make yours bigger!



In order to win the following free, signed books, as sent to your by the lovely Pink Heart Society authors listed, tell us before midnight today:

Which movie star / rock star were you certain you would marry when you grew up? Who was your teen idol?

To give you a head start, Ally was absolutely going to marry River Phoenix, to the point where she practiced her married name signature. That long hair, the angst, the love of animals, how could a sixteen year old girl not love him? Sigh...

Jenna on the other hand was, and by all accounts still is, in love with Justin Timberlake. So much so that her Hubba Bubba will NOT alolow his CDs to be played on car trips.

Natasha’s favourite was Michael Praed in 'Robin of Sherwood'. Funnily enough he later went on to read some of those Harlequin audio books.

At the risk of being laughed at, Nic admitted she was head over heels for Brit popstar Rick Astley. Did they ever really prove that he wasn't Kylie Minogue's real singing voice speeded up? ;)

And the lovely Trish? The one she rearranged her life for, who the entire world stopped for once a week... and who she dreamed a very long and happily ever after about was Richard Dean Anderson as MacGuyver...

Does it make you wonder if these are personality types that have shown up in our heroes time and again? Please no!!!

JANUARY HAMPER BOOKS

MEANT-TO-BE MOTHER by Ally Blake
MR IMPERFECT by Karina Bliss
THE NANNY AND THE SHEIKH by Barbara McMahon

FALLING FOR THE FRENCHMAN by Claire Baxter (debut book!)
BLOOD SON by Erica Orloff

THE MILLIONAIRE'S SEDUCTIVE REVENGE by Maxine Sullivan

MAKING PROMISES by Michelle Monkou

NOT QUITE A LADY by Louise Allen

MOONLIGHT AND MISTLETOE by Louise Allen

SHADOW HUNTER by Linda Conrad

SHADOW SURRENDER by Linda Conrad

The lovely Leena Hyatt of the Tote Bag fame has donated:

THE SHIEKH’S GUARDED HEART – Liz Fielding (Harlequin Romance)
MERELY PLAYERS – Kathleen E. Kovach (Heartsong Presents)
TO LOVE AGAIN – Janet Lee Barton (Heartsong Presents)
SUBMISSION – Tori Carrington (Harlequin Blaze)
HIS E-MAIL ORDER WIFE – Kristi Gold (Silhouette Desire)
THE CARIDES PREGNANCY – Kim Lawrence (Harlequin Presents)



Hugs and kisses,

Ally, Jenna, Natasha, Nicola and Trish

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