Better grab yourself a coffee because this is horribly addictive.
I have a bit of a reputation for having a YouTube addiction - which I obviously deny - but this is Temptation Tuesday so, naturally, I have a responsibility to pull you away from what you should be doing.
BUT, if you earn your living writing stories you can just about argue it's 'research'. I do. You never do know from where a story will spring. :)
This first one is a David Mitchell and Robert Webb sketch and is a MUST view for any author who has ever been asked, 'have you ever thought about writing a sheikh/cowboy/millionaire/lost baby/royal book?' We don't know how lucky we are!
Next up is something very writerly. Whilst I deny the YouTube addiction, I will confess to having one for Sky Arts 'The Book Show'.
Here's what it says about itself on its website:
Hosted by writer and presenter Mariella Frostrup, The Book Show has returned for a second series, and this time it's bigger and better than ever before, featuring a selection of today's top authors, and books from classics to comics. A selection of authors reveal their current favourite bedtime reading; some of the country's top booksellers reveal their picks for book clubs; a number of publishing insiders, from agents to editors and jacket designers reveal the tricks of the trade and the best ways of getting work published, and there's a competition to win books donated by the guests - the book that they confess they wish they had written themselves...
What's more the programme posts all its interviews on YouTube. So that should keep you busy!
This being M&B's Centenary year (Mills & Boon being the UK brand name for Harlequin) Penny Jordan (Presents/Modern) and Roger aka Gill Sanderson (Medicals) were asked to appear.
So this is them:
I'm slightly irritated they were asked as a pair and they don't merit a photograph on The Book Show website (which is usual), but on the whole it's fine.
If we liked them the Book Show suggests we read:
And then they visited the Richmond editorial offices.
You've got to admit I'm being very writerly on a Temptation Tuesday day!
Better stop that straight away. So, here is my current favourite fan video of Elizabeth Gaskill's 'North and South'. Oh, okay, I like looking at Richard Armitage. But, just look at that kiss at the end. We'll count that video as inspiration shall we?
Then, if you're an aspiring romance writer I think you'll find everything you need here:
Better stop here before blogger decides it just can't cope!
You can find out more about it if she gets round to updating her website and you can hear her moan about her sheikhs, dying people carrier, broken boiler, broken sofa and other assorted disasters by visiting her blog.
Her contribution to the Niroli series, 'The Tycoon's Princess Bride', is available here and nominated by Romantic Times Magazine for Best Presents of 2007