Thursday, September 11, 2014

My First Celebrity Crushes

Malcolm from The Best Laid Plans is a sexy rocker, though not necessarily a celebrity. But that’s okay because there are plenty out there to fall for. Good, bad, or just because we didn’t know any better, our first celebrity crushes can say a lot about us. Here are my first four.

4. Jack T. Colton from Romancing The Stone.

It’s not even that I think he’s that hot. But there’s something about Jack T. Colton that captivated me. He was mysterious, heroic – when he wasn’t being a thieving little magpie – and he rescued Joan Wilder when she needed it. Sure, it wasn’t all butterflies and daffodils, but he was *exciting* and that was what counted. In fact, Romancing The Stone is probably the reason I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.


I saw it and thought that that is what writers did! If you haven’t seen that 80’s classic, GTFO of here and watch it!

3. Johnny Castle from Dirty Dancing.
He was the bad boy who needed rescuing. He was a DANCER.

He had creative insults for the douche Robby. Helping him and hooking up with Johnny made Baby reclaim her name, stand up to her sister, become a woman, grow up, AND she learned to dance! BOOM! FRANCIS IS WOMAN! I thought that was a pretty perfect experience when I saw the movie for the first time when I was fifteen. Maybe it was really that I wanted to BE Baby, and less that I wanted to BE WITH Johnny. Maybe it was both. :)

2. The Goblin King, Jareth from Labyrinth.

I mean, nobody puts Baby in the corner, but Jareth had that sexy contact juggling thing – AND he sang to Sarah. (I am well aware that Swayze had a song on the Dirty Dancing Soundtrack. But he didn’t sing it TO Baby, which was probably a good thing to mitigate my already raging crush). And he wasn’t BOWIE in riding pants – I mean, um, BOOTS.

1. And here’s where everyone is going to laugh at me so hard that their vaginas turn into outies. Because my very first celebrity crush? Dick Van Dyke from Mary Poppins.

I WAS 4 YEARS OLD! Give a kid a break! It wasn’t a sexual crush, I was too little. But I remember thinking he had a very nice smile and he seemed like he’d be a good time. He made things come to life!

He had cartoon friends! Plus, he had an outrageous accent. And he sang and danced and we all know how I feel about men who are musical. ;)

Who were your first celebrity crushes?

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Interview with Emmie Mears!

Hello darlings! Here's an interview with the delightful Emmie Mears!

Lookit her gorgeous cover!

Now on with the show!

1. If you could save the life of one literary character, who would it be and why?


I would save Fred Weasley. He and George are more than twins or brothers; they’re best friends. I can’t imagine being without my best friend, and I was utterly heartbroken at Fred’s death. He and George should have lived together to a ripe old age full of fart jokes and extendable ears.

*Tam's note* Apparently, after Fred died, George was never able to produce a Patronus charm again. :'(

2. QUICK! Recommend three songs that have captured your heart!

Catherine MacLellan’s There You Are (the perfect song of the quiet places of love)

Florence and the Machine’s Shake It Out (appropriate for the current stage of my life)

Dubtronics’ The Only Girl on Earth (adorable and sexy trip hop)

3. What's your favourite scar on your body and why?

I have a perfectly round scar on my left calf that I got by impaling my leg on a fence in Poland. It happened the week I moved to Poland, and it took ages to heal. It was also the one time I’ve ever seen my own fat cells.

4. What's something you wish people knew about your writing?

That I actually have a tiny speck of dust housing the entire Who population, and I have learned to make sense of their YOPs to tell tales.

5. Is your MC inspired by anyone?

She’s inspired in some ways by both Bridget Jones (though she’s not quite as much of a mess) and Peter Parker. We pitched the book as Bridget Jones meets Spider-Man, and both of those characters share some traits with Gwen.

Mildly hapless Edinburgh accountant Gwenllian Maule is surviving. She’s got a boyfriend, a rescued pet bird and a flatmate to share rent. Gwen’s biggest challenges: stretching her last twenty quid until payday and not antagonizing her terrifying boss.

Then Gwen mistakenly drinks a mysterious beverage that gives her heightened senses, accelerated healing powers and astonishing strength. All of which come in handy the night she rescues her activist neighbour from a beat-down by political thugs.

Now Gwen must figure out what else the serum has done to her body, who else is interested and how her boss is involved. Finally—and most mysteriously—she must uncover how this whole debacle is connected to the looming referendum on Scottish independence.

Gwen’s hunt for answers will test her superpowers and endanger her family, her friends—even her country.

Emmie Mears was born in Austin, Texas, where the Lone Star state promptly spat her out at the tender age of three months. After a childhood spent mostly in Alaska, Oregon, and Montana, she became a proper vagabond and spent most of her time at university devising ways to leave the country.Except for an ill-fated space opera she attempted at age nine, most of Emmie’s childhood was spent reading books instead of writing them. Growing up she yearned to see girls in books doing awesome things, and struggled to find stories in her beloved fantasy genre that showed female heroes saving people and hunting things. Mid-way through high school, she decided the best way to see those stories was to write them herself. She now scribbles her way through the fantasy genre, most loving to pen stories about flawed characters and gritty situations lightened with the occasional quirky humor.

Emmie now lives in her eighth US state, still yearning for a return to Scotland. She inhabits a cozy domicile outside DC with two felines who think they're lions and tigers.

You can preorder THE MASKED SONGBIRD here (! Released in a box set, you get four great paranormal and urban fantasy books for less than $4!

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Monday, June 23, 2014

New Cover Reveal - The Forgotten Fairytales

I loved the old cover, but the new one is gorgeous!

Check it out!

Here is a write up:
The Forgotten Fairytales (Forgotten Fairytales, #1)

Once upon a time, seventeen-year-old Norah Hart believed in the lure of fairy tales and happily ever afters. That was before she was forced to live in a fairy tale nightmare.

A psychotic, couture-clad, shoe obsessed Princess.
A not-so-charming, alcoholic Prince.
A hot Big Bad Wolf that she absolutely cannot fall for—no matter how well he kisses.

If Norah had known she’d be attending a boarding school for the nut job reincarnations of fairy tale characters, she would have insisted on going to Moscow with her father. But getting out isn’t as easy as she thought. Especially once Norah realizes she, too, is a storybook character. An Unknown. The first one in history. Soon Norah learns she has the ability to rewrite the stories, putting everyone’s Happily Ever After in jeopardy. Some princesses will do whatever it takes to protect their endings. Even if it means betraying the one closest to you.