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I thought this week it would be fun for the Divas to pick any one of their books and cast it for a new Hollywood blockbuster. (Can you imagine the casting couch!!) We get to say who we’d like to star in the movie, and then YOU GUYS get to say who YOU’D cast.

What do you think? (Yes, this has been inspired by the Oscars. Yes, I saw Neil Patrick Harris in his tighty whities. Hee hee hee)

Okay, I’m going to kick the week off with MY movie (and I reckon most of you will be surprised with the book I’ve picked). Ready?

Dark Destiny (aka Death, the Vamp and his Brother)

The tagline…

When it comes down to love or duty, pick a side—and pray your heart survives. 

The synopsis…

Death exists for one purpose and one purpose only: to sever the life-threads of the living. She does her job with pride and an unwavering commitment. Nothing ruffles her. Until she encounters Patrick Watkins.

The Australian lifeguard pushes all her buttons—and makes her tailbone itch like crazy. And when her tailbone itches, it means trouble is brewing. Big trouble.

As far as Patrick’s concerned, everything Death tells him is a load of bull. But what if she’s right? How is he expected to save mankind from the worst fate of all—the Apocalypse? Especially when all he can think about is how quickly he’s falling in love with the most feared Horseman of them all…

The poster…

The cast…

Patrick

chris-hemsworth-4Chris Hemsworth. For two reasons. One, he’s a bloody hot Aussie who can do simmering rage and relaxed humour (Patrick through and through) and two…err…see reason one. *grin*

Ven

Ven is Patrick’s OLDER brother, but because he was turned to a vampire quite a few years ago, he now looks like Patrick’s younger brother…and it would make sense to cast Chris Hemsworth’s younger brother as his older (albeit immortal…ish) one. See? Sound logic?

Death (aka Fred)

Death, the Grim Reaper, the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse…call her what you will, but she tends to call herself Fred. And the only person I can see playing her with the right level of devilish fun and yet menacing danger is Scarlett Johansson (with pitch black hair).e3c687f15d84498ecd73514d208beb86

Pestilence

Gotta be Joseph Gordon-Levitt. In sleazy, whiney mode. Perfect.

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Now… it’s your turn. Who would you cast in Dark Destiny (or, what other book of mine would you make into a movie and who would you cast?) Go…

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Anybody hungry?

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I hope so, because I’ve made reservation. We are having…

DINNER AT EIGHT.

Yeah, okay, so I’m being silly. But I can’t help it. I’m so excited to let you know that the third book in the Sunday Night Dinner Club series has now released.

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And…it’s on sale for the next two weeks.

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Dinner at Eight:

Sunday Night Dinner Club, Book 3

It’s been eighteen months since Ava Torres last saw her best friend, Jared Thurston. In that time she’s been married, separated and gone all the way to hell and back as a wife. She keeps her emotional scars buried deep beneath the surface, loath to let the world know they exist.

Jared had no choice but to leave Sydney. The alternative meant staying and watching the woman he secretly loved marry another man. Now it’s time to go home and pick up the pieces of his broken heart.

Ava is both thrilled and thrown by Jared’s unexpected return. While seeing him brings true happiness for the first time in months, it also presents a new batch of problems. Jared won’t let Ava hide from her pain any longer, nor will he let her hide from him. He’s determined to show her that true love doesn’t just exist in fairy tales. If Ava is willing to fight for it, together they can find their very own happy ever after.

Warning: Please don’t go thinking this is your regular fairy tale. No one under the age of 18 should be reading the tale of this ridiculously sexy Prince Charming.

(This book is the third in the Sunday Night Dinner Club series. Although each book stands alone, they can be better enjoyed read in order. )

You can get your copy now at:

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Don’t forget the first two books in series:

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Happy reading,

Jess

Hard and Fast

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That’s the title of the panel on which Jess and I are going to sit at the Australian Romance Readers Convention. And who better than the two of us to talk smut–I mean erotic romance :).arrc2015_banner_dark_200x200

Fantasy vs reality—how realistic do you want your erotic romance?

Historical romance writers know a common criticism of their work is that they write historical lite, i.e. books that don’t always conform to the historical letter of the law. Can the same be said about erotic romance? Do erotic romance writers, particularly writing in the bdsm, or LGBTQ genres, write lifestyle lite? Does that matter? Do readers care? Do readers prefer not to read about some of the more realistic aspects of particular lifestyles?

What about the dreaded ‘real life’? How much fantasy do you want in your erotic romance? Are kids, paying the mortgage or the other mundane aspects of relationships between romantic partners out of bounds?

Join us as we pick the brains of some of Australia’s best known erotic romance writers as they let us know just how erotic the supermarket can be.

Sounds interesting huh? How much reality do you like in your erotic romance? Can’t wait to discuss this! Other speakers on the panel are Tracey O’Hara and Shona Husk, so it promises to be a great chat.

Want to find out more about the convention? Check out the registration information at ARRAs website

Hope to see you there,

Sami

 

 

The Divas Take Over The Australian Romance Readers Convention

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arrc2015_banner_dark_200x200Yes, yes we are.

All four of us Divas are not only signing books at the Australian Romance Readers Convention in Canberra from May 6-8, but we’re also speaking on a variety of panels. Cause we are bloody awesome.

I’m speaking on the Rockin’ Our World panel which looks at rockstar romances and Out of the Closet, a panel about GLBT romances and the issues faced by the characters in them.

Rockin’ Our World

Hot, sensitive and unyielding, rockstars are the wild men (and women) of the contemporary romance scene. For many people their first object of adoration was long haired guy with the mic belting out stories of love, lust, and heartbreak, or the silent and mysterious type strumming his bass. It’s no surprise that rock stars have become such a popular addition to romance readers shelves.

Rockstars can rock a stage, and the readers! Join Lexxie Couper, Nalini Singh, Kylie Scott and Eden Summers as they share their entry point into the rock lifestyle, sources of inspiration, and how they turn a character’s band into a family unit to spawn multiple storylines. What’s next in their series, who do they love reading, and what rock star they would like to rock their world?

Out of the Closet

The panel will explore how queer romances are safe spaces to read and learn about difference and how being able to identify with a queer character in fiction breaks down barriers. We will also discuss the rising popularity of queer romance and its significant similarities with other genre romance. We will be looking at the whole spectrum of queer romance—m/m, f/f, bisexual, trans*, genderqueer, etc. Delegates will leave the session knowing that queer romance is accessible to all.

Bring your pens—there will be book recs!

I’m going to let the rest of the Divas share info about their panels (cause I’m nice like that), but for now I’d like to invite you all to come see us at ARRC. Trust me, this is one fun, friendly convention.

Lexx

Love Is……. Part 3

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Love is so many things to me that I’d need more than one blog post to list them all. 🙂 I’ve got a couple of quotes to share but I thought I’d also share one of my own thoughts on love.

 

Love is…….wanting to strangle your guy and kiss him at the same time. (talk about a complete mind fuck)

 

Now that I’ve shared that piece of insanity……

 

Even the wisest men make fools of themselves about women, and even the most foolish of women are wise about men. – Theodor Reik

 

Marriage is like arthritis. You have to learn to live with it. – Unknown

 

Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch it, and it darts away. – Dorothy Parker

 

Rhian

www.rhiancahill.com

Love Is Part 2

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So I have to come up with my favorite love quote? How can I pick one? I couldn’t so I decided to make it a TOP FIVE LIST, yay! Because I haven’t done one in a while. So here goes

1. I started with music, because to me music is always so evocative, especially when you’re listening to a true master poet like Bob Dylan:

When the evening shadows and the stars appear
And there is no one there to dry your tears
I could hold you for a million years
To make you feel my love.

Too Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan

Seriously one of the most touching songs ever written. Those words say love to me.

2. BUT so does something quirky like this:

“We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness—and call it love—true love.”
Robert Fulghum, True Love

3. AND something that rings so completely true, like this:

Love doesn’t make the world go ’round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile

Franklin P Jones

4. Let’s not forget about self-love either. No, I don’t mean that kind :). I mean the love of self, the most important love affair of our lives. It’s probably ironic that one of my favorite of these types of quotes comes from a woman who you wouldn’t immediately imagine had a strong sense of self, but these words tell the real story:

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.”
― Marilyn Munroe

5. You know I love movies, right? It’s soooo hard to pick my favorite love quote from a movie. In fact it probably deserves another list but I won’t go on with that now. Instead I’ll pick the most poignant, meaningful, heart-felt quote I can think of.

Nobody puts Baby in a corner

Johnny Castle – Dirty Dancing

What? What? That’s totally cool. He’s standing up to her dad, defending her, bringing her from the shadows into the light because only he understands how brightly she can shine, and he’s letting everyone know with his passion how much he loves her. And all in only 6 words, none of which are the word ‘love’. I likes it :).

So what’s your favorite love quote from a book, movie, song, or even from your grandma. Tell us!

Cheers,

Sami

Love Is…

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tumblr_n7cbt2X7tW1rxs1r1o1_500Being the week leading up to Valentines Day, I figured it might be fun to see how many awesome quotes about love we can collect.

I’m going to start the ball rolling with my favourite. I have no idea who the author of the quote is, but I like their style.

Stop waiting for Prince Charming. Get up and find him. The poor idiot may be stuck in a tree or something.”

Add your favourite quote about love to the list in the comments. Who knows…one person may get a surprise present on Valentines Day (hee hee hee)

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