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When Holiday Photos Go Wrong

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My family and I spent the last week on a holiday at the Gold Coast (for all you American readers, think Orlando with less Aligators). We had a wonderful time. My husband and I promised each other it would be a completely work-free trip and, with the exception of the odd two minute phone call or quick peek at Twitter, it was. Our girls had an absolute ball. We went to all the major theme parks, took a deep-sea whale-watching cruise, ate way too much, explored rain forests, lazed around the resort pool, swam every day and relaxed in the ajoining spa.

I think we took over a hundred photos. Here are some of the best (and by best, I mean, worst *grin*)

This is a photo of my husband and my eldest daughter, Peanut, riding her very first rollercoaster. Yes. It is. Well, it would be, if I’d clicked earlier.

This is NOT a photo of either of my daughters.

Neither is this. They were both ON the ride, but apparently in the stealth seats.

This is a photo of the tiger in mid jump, catching the chicken wings thrown by the two brave guys in khaki. Honest.

This is a photo of my husband.

As is this. Sexy bastard, isn’t he?

This is me and Peanut on a rollercoaster together. Or at least, it should be. We never made it into frame as you can see.

This is a Southern Humpback whale surfacing during our whale watching cruise. Or a fish farting underwater. I can’t really tell.

A smiling dolphin about to be stroked by the Demon Princess. Trust me on this, ‘k?

Me and the Demon Princess waiting to enter Dreamworld. Can you see how excited we are?

And last, but not least…

My husband and I. And some other people. And a rollercoaster. Ahhh, good times captured in digital perfection.

Don’t you just love holiday photos? Hee hee hee.

Playing with new toys

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Not sure if I mentioned here that Mr.C bought me an iPad and I’ve spent weeks learning how to use it. Well I just discovered a new app. It lets me blog from the iPad! How cool is that! Oh, and you’ll be pleased to know you guys get my virgin post. 🙂 Let’s see if this works.

We’ve got other new toys in the Cahill household. If you follow me on twitter or Facebook you may have seen some pix of the much anticipated pizza oven being built in our backyard. Well today was the big cementing day. We’ve already done quite a bit but today it was the dome’s turn.

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So what do you think? Of course it’s not done yet but we’re getting there and Mr.C informs me that we’ll be ready to fire it up in two weeks! I can already taste the yummy homemade pizza, not to mention the roast I’m planning to try cooking in there.

Rhian Cahill
www.rhiancahill.com

Kids and technology

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Mr Dee and I have been involved in a long standing argument about Mr 11 and Mr 8.

See, years ago, I told them that when they get money (for presents or for pocket money) instead of spending it on any old thing, they should put it away and save it for something special. Which they did. It’s taken Mr 11 a while to come to terms with not spending impulsively, but he’s been doing pretty well of late.

Mr 8 clicked on to the idea immediately, and since he was four, he’s been saving for a Boeing 747. (He’s always wanted to be a pilot.)

When he was about six, he told us if he carries on saving every year, he reckons by the time he’s 55 he’ll be able to buy his plane. Although we found his plan too adorable for words, we finally told Mr 8 that if he were ever to become a commercial pilot, he won’t actually have to buy his own plane. He’ll fly one of the airlines’ 747s. Both surprised and delighted, Mr 8 immediately came up with a better goal. Save enough to buy an iPad. Mr 11 loved that idea.

I was fine with it – it was the kids’ money after all. Mr Dee was not. He’s of the strong belief that kids shouldn’t have such expensive toys. We argued for a long time.

As luck would have it, just after the iPad3 launched, both boys had saved enough money to buy themselves each one. And then the discussions began in earnest, with the kids joining in and putting forward their cases quite passionately. It took a while, but Mr Dee finally came around. The boys – to their great joy and delight – got their iPads.

But we did put restrictions on them. The iPads aren’t allowed to leave the house. The time spent playing games is limited. They have to use the iPads to read and not just to play. (This was my stipulation.)  Of course the boys agreed.

Not a week later, I was away at conference, and Mr 11 was sleeping over at a friend. Thus began a series of text messages that I just had to blog about:

Mr 11: Mom, can I take my iPad to my friend tonight, as it has my book in it so if I don’t take it I can’t read, and if I lose it I know where it is because it’ll be at my friend. So can I take it pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee?

Me: You are a big fat brat for even asking. But…if dad said yes, then yes, But…only IF. PS – if you lose or break your iPad I don’t want to hear about it. Okaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay?

Mr 11: Dad said to ask you. NOW, get off your ass and type 3 letters in this order, Y-E-S. Easy. Now you try.

Me. Hmmmm. I’m trying, but my autocorrect keeps changing the word to no.

Mr 11: Then make them capitals and put spaces in between. Like this: Y E S

Me: N O. Damn, see that darn autocorrect.

Mr 11: Please mom

Me: Yes

Mr 11: So I can bring my iPad?

Me: You can take the iPad. Treat it like gold.

Mr 11: YAY!

Me: Ahem. What about: “thanks mom. I love you”?

Mr 11: Thank dad, love you.

Mr 11: Damn autocorrect

Mr 11: Dad

Mr 11: F*** that autocorrect.

Me: MISTER!

Next time I’m gonna have to argue against the damn iPad!

Jess

Erica’s Blog Tour Stop 2

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So the day has finally arrived. Erica’s Choice is available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Woohoo! And here at the Divas, it’s the second stop on Erica’s big release week blog tour. PRIZES to be won people, so read on:

Sami’s Big Comeback Blog Tour: instructions

There aren’t many instructions because this will be as easy as pie. All you need to do is follow my five stop blog tour (locations at the end of the post), where I’ll be showcasing a little slice of the book each time. Follow the excerpt trail, answer one simple question about the excerpt in a comment, and each comment will go in the draw to win the grand prize of a $25 gift voucher to spend on any book you want at the Samhain store, a copy of Erica’s Choice AND an ebook from my backlist. I’ll also choose two more winners at random from all the comments received, and they will win a copy of Erica’s Choice as well. Comment on as many of the five posts as you like–this will increase your chances of winning (but your name will only be counted once per post). All individual names from each post will go in the draw. If you want to go backward, Excerpt 1 is here.

Erica’s Choice: Blurb

High school teacher Erica Shannon isn’t a one-night stand kind of girl. Pair that with an aversion to relationships, and she’s resigned to no love life at all. Then one horrifying discovery propels her off her take-no-risks path, and into the arms of the stars of her midnight fantasies.

When his friend and fellow firefighter threatens to make a move on Erica, Corey figures he’d better get over the notion that she’s way out of his league—fast—before he has to get in line.

Griff never thought he’d get the chance to introduce Corey to the combustible delights of multi-partner play, until he senses the sheer volume of sexual energy surging beneath Erica’s repressed exterior.

A blazing night of passion has unexpected consequences. Corey is surprised to discover the woman of his dreams, and that he doesn’t mind sharing her—or himself—with Griff. But Griff finds his heart pulled down a romantic path he vowed he’d never venture again.

Erica? She’s got a problem on her hands. Hold two, hardwired-to-rescue firemen at arm’s length—and away from her heart—until she’s fought and won a battle that may well destroy her

 

Erica’s Blog Tour Excerpt 2

“Erica.” Corey tried for a soothing tone. “I think you’re a stunner.”

“But you also think I’m frigid, is that it?”

Corey could have sworn there was a smirk in Griff’s voice. “I never said that.”

“You’re just a bit…daunting.” Her eyes narrowed, and Corey hurried to fix the damage. “I mean to me. A bit. Because you seem really smart, and probably date doctors or lawyers, blokes with degrees, instead of guys like me.”

Guys who barely finished high school and had to take the aptitude test twice before they’d let him become a fiery. Corey figured his verbal fumbling was only highlighting the notion he wasn’t as intelligent as her or the men she was probably used to hanging out with. His heart felt heavy as he finished. “I thought you might tell me to take a walk.”

Her anger seethed in the silence for a few moments during which Corey was certain he’d blown it completely. Why did Griff have to open his big mouth?

Then abruptly, Erica spoke, her words coming out in a staccato rhythm. “The last man I dated was a history professor. His name was Doug. We dated for over two years. We had plenty to talk about, but he was hardly interested in touching me. I want someone who’s interested in touching me.”

Corey was so stunned by the idea that Erica’s ex-boyfriend hadn’t been all over her every minute of every day that he didn’t speak for a moment. Into the silence, Griff’s laugh danced. His voice was warm and raspy. “I think you can stop looking, Red.”

Corey watched in astonishment as Griff reached up and smoothed a hand over Erica’s hair. It was a gesture filled with surprising affection, with tacit apology for his frankness. It was also a liberty taken that Corey was amazed Erica allowed. But she didn’t upbraid Griff or wrench away. Instead she closed her eyes on a sigh, as though his touch contented her, made her…

No way. No way is Griff turning her on.

Question: How long did Erica date Doug?

I’ll announce the winner at the end of the weekend on my blog (www.samilee.com). But don’t forget to leave your email address so I can contact you direct. Other stops on the tour are:

Sami Lee: http://www.samilee.com/wordpress/?page_id=25

Down Under Divas: https://downunderdivas.wordpress.com/

Daydrmz: http://daydrmzzz.blogspot.com.au/

International Heat: http://internationalheat.wordpress.com/

Smutketeers: http://www.smutketeers.com/

Good luck!

Sami

Lookie Lookie

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

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This is my Sarah and David. I swear that guy looks like Jensen Ackles. What do you think?

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You are cordially invited to the wedding of the year

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Can I Borrow Lexxie’s Muppet Flail?

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I have no idea how to embed a video on here, but I am flailing. I am I am.

I’m stoked to announce that I have signed another book contract. I’m now an author who has ‘publishers’ plural, which is something I couldn’t even imagine a year or two ago. Yes, I have had a book accepted by Ellora’s Cave Publishing. Heels clicking (click click).

I will tell you more about this book as the weeks pass, but for now I can say the book is a hot MF story set in Australia and it is called JUST ONE TASTE. It’s your run of the mill, average Aussie male meets rich American heiress who mistakes him for a male prostitute. Yes, yes, a run of the mill storyline that one :).

Once I have a blurb and/or a cover, I’m certainly going to be posting those right here. All indications are that JUST ONE TASTE will be out by the end of the year. After three years of ‘release drought’ to say I’m excited to be having three books release in the second half of 2012 is an understatement.

Go me!

Sami

The Countdown to Another Foreign Affair…

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…So it’s only nine days to go until Misplaced Cowboy is released. That means you’ve got NINE chances to get in the draw to win an awesome release celebration prize.

What’s the prize? A packet of Tim Tams, a beautiful glossy “Outback” magazine that illustrates the life of an Aussie stockman in vivid colour, PLUS a copy of Misplaced Princess, the first book in the Foreign Affairs series AAAAND a beautiful 1.7 carat opal from the Australian Outback.
How do you go in the draw for such a prize?
Easy. Every day for the next nine, my writer-in-crime Mari Carr and I will post a single sentence from Misplaced Cowboy somewhere on our sites. Collect all EIGHTEEN, email them to me in the order you think is correct by Tuesday 14th and you’re in the draw.
On Wednesday 15th August, the winner’s name will be announced here on my blog and on Mari’s.
Easy peasy.
Ready? The first sentence is hiding somewhere on our sites now. Here’s the link to Mari’s site. And here’s the link to mine. Go looking. There’s EIGHTEEN sentences to be found….
Good luck 🙂

The Next Best Thing Challenge – Day 4

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Lucky last. 🙂

Here’s how it works:

  • Answer the 10 questions below
  • Spread the fun and tag other writers to participate.

1. What is the title of your book / WIP?

Spin The Bottle – available September 25.

2. Where did the idea for this book come from?

The idea came from a brainstorming session with Lexxie when we first decided to write a series together. All four books in the Party Games series were ‘plotted’ as much as two pantsers can plot way back in 2011. The first three books are out now and you can find all the info HERE!

3. What genre would your book fall under?

Contemporary erotic romance.

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, that’s a tough one. I think I’d go with Liv Tyler for Lil but I have no clue who to cast as Mac.

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

Just when you think you know the rules, the game changes.

6. Is your book published or represented?

It’s out September 25 but you can pre-order it from AMAZON  or BARNES & NOBLE  now.

7. How long did it take you to write it?

If I added all the hours together probably a month of 9 to 5 days.

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?

The other three Party Games books. Pretty much any of my other contemporary books. 🙂

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

Lexxie Couper. We talked about writing together and then in an unrelated conversation with Mari Carr the idea of the Party Games series came to me. Once I told Lexx what I was thinking we rolled with it and never looked back.

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

Like the title implies, there’s a very risque game of spin the bottle. And before you ask if I’ve ever played the game the way it’s portrayed in the book, NO COMMENT! 🙂

Pre-order at AMAZON or BARNES & NOBLE

Rhian Cahill

www.rhiancahill.com

The Next Best Thing Challenge – Day 3

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So, Lexxie and Sami have begun this week’s trend at the Divas, and it’s up to me to continue The Next Best Thing Challenge

Here’s how it works:

  • Answer the 10 questions below
  • Spread the fun and tag other writers to participate.

Ready? Let’s begin!

1. What is the title of your book / WIP?

Colors Of Love

2. Where did the idea for this book come from?

It all started while I wrote See You In My Dreams. As soon as I realized that Nathan, the hero had two brothers, I knew they both had stories to tell as well.

Seth, Nathan’s younger brother, had a story that just wouldn’t stop teasing me. It begged to be explored and begged to be told. Long before I knew the ending of See You In My Dreams, I knew how Colors Of Love would end. It was working out the middle that was the tough part…until I met Kaz.

3. What genre would your book fall under?

Contemporary, red hot, GLBT,  menage a trois, male/male/female with just a hint of paranormal. (Yeah, this one may be a little tough to put in a box.)

4. Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Holy cow. Good question.

Um….um….um… I have no idea!

5. What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

I’m gonna go with the tagline on this one:

Their true colors are hidden…until one woman turns everything upside down.

6. Is your book published or represented?

Oh yeah, it’s published and available at your favorite ebookstore.

Not specific enough?

Ok, try Samhain Publishing, Nook or Kindle.

7. How long did it take you to write it?

The first three chapters? About two months. The rest of the book? Two weeks.

8. What other books in your genre would you compare it to?

Duh. That’s a no brainer. Jess Dee’s See You In My Dream. (Except that’s an M/F. This ones an M/M and an M/M/F.)

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?

This book was inspired by the characters themselves. Soon as I met them in See You In My Dreams, I knew they had a story.

10. Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

It features my favorite character of all. A gorgeous, damaged alpha hero who’ll tug on your heart strings and make you love him – even though he thinks he’s not worthy of that love.

The Blurb

Their true colors are hidden…until one woman turns everything upside down.

Speed, Book 2

Seth Pace, guitarist of the rock band Speed, is a born dreamer, and nothing stands in his way of making those dreams a reality. Except when it comes to band manager Luke Struthers. He’s everything Seth wants in a partner, but even after five years of perfectly explosive sex, Luke refuses to commit.

After a childhood ravaged by abuse, Luke knows he’s a potential danger to anyone foolish enough to love him. Seth is safer without him, but Luke has no idea how to cut him loose painlessly. Until he spots Seth’s kind of woman—pretty, smart, friendly. The plan: seduce her into a sexy threesome, then leave the two alone to fall in love. Problem solved.

A night of excitement with the two hottest men on the planet? Yeah, baby! Yet Kaz’s inborn ability to read auras tells her something isn’t right. It’s obvious Seth and Luke are madly in love, but subtle clues in Luke’s aura signal he’s up to something. She’s not sure what, but if she doesn’t do something quick, the two men she’s quickly come to adore will wind up without the happily ever after they both deserve.

Product Warnings: One man + one man + one woman = a whole lot of steamy two-way and three-way M/M & M/M/F sex, a hero or two to drool over, and a heroine who recognizes true love when she sees it.
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Read it.

You’ll love it.

Oh, and I’m tagging:

Maggie Nash, Selena Illyria, Lila Dubois and Jambrea Jones

😀

Jess

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