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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Club Botticelli

Yeah, yeah I know I missed last week's blog. There is a perfect excuse. I had jury duty... very heavy weight hanging over my head. Yes, I believe in doing my civic duty. I've served on several trials in the past and always do my best to be open-minded and honest. This time however past experiences prevented me from accepted. Nope, can't get into the details except to say driving under the influence in any circumstances is breaking the law. There is no excuse for it and you should go to jail. And that's my Point of View.
Moving on to happy news. The first book of my Club Botticelli series, Ordering Olivia, will be released tomorrow at Total E-Bound. Yay!! I'm so excited to see this book come out. There's nothing better than see something you envisioned from idea to completion come true. It's really perfect since I'm in the middle of writing the fifth and last book of the series. Wow, I can't believe the ride is almost over and I'm having so much fun with it.
Never fear as I've sold the third book in the Erotic Escapes series, Snared in Siberia, to Ellora's Cave. Yes, this is the book formally known as Bonded in Lake Baikal. I'll fill you in more later when I have release details and cover art.
There's more coming up this month, so to be a surprise & others I'm waiting on the info to share.
So that's it for this week news. Hope everyone has a great week & be sure to let me know what you think of Ordering Olivia.
Kudos,
Allie

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New Releases and stuff

Tease Me In Tunisia is finally out at Ellora's Cave! This is the first of my Erotic Escapes series. Yay! Love writing this series, it's such a blast researching all these fun and exciting places. My bookcase has more than three shelves filled from end to end with travel books, World Heritage Site books, unforgettable places, once in a lifetime trips and lost lands. There really is something exotic and erotic about places and people so different from our own. You learn about their history, religion, culture and (yummy) food.
Tunisia is an amazing place, filled with culture, history and yep food. Here's some little known facts about this amazing city and people. There's the Amphitheater of ElJem. This amazing piece of history is from the 3rd century and can seat over 60,000 people. It's now part of the World Heritage Site conservation efforts due to its construction and as a example of Roman imperial ego.
Dougga is a ruin northern part of the country. It's been preserved because UNESCO believes it's one of the best preserved small town in North Africa. Dougga’s size, its well-preserved monuments and its rich with history make it exceptional. Amongst the most famous monuments at the site are a Punic-Libyan mausoleum, the capitol, the theatre, and the temples of Saturn.
I'll stop going on about this amazing city, but before I do three more drops of info. Hannibal's elephants were supposed to have traveled through the city.  Last but not least the medina of Tunis. This is where the main mosque of Tunis, Zitouna, is located. Zitouna means olive tree, and comes from the mosque's founder and Koran teacher. The amazing building was erected in ninth century. The last piece of amazement is Carthage, one of the most famous historic sites of the Roman Empire.

Makes you want to grab your passport, leave your kids and head for the nearest airport. Auhhh, one of these days I'll make my way there along with every other place I'm writing about. I'll take plenty of pictures, some with me and some without me in them.

For those way too interested in my deadlines, yep I finished both books. The fourth book of the Club Botticelli series is done and in the hands on my editor. Book three in the Erotic Escapes in completed and sitting patiently in my EC editor's in-box. It was a freaky time and no I didn't hit the exact date, but I did get it in before the weekend was up.

My next project is the last (hooray...sniff sniff) book of my Club B series. Romancing Recee I'm both excited and reluctant to finish. I can't wait to see how it ends then again I don't want to say goodbye to my girls, Olivia, Emma, Briley, Trinity, and Recee. They've kept me laughing, screaming and almost in tears several times. Who knows maybe someone will pop out at me to keep the series going. I love writing romance because you never know what's or who's going to happen. 

On a personal level...is summer over yet? The kids are out of school, it's been raining for weeks and one of us might not make it through the summer alive. I get it though, it's flipping hot out there. If I was their age I sure as hell wouldn't want to be stuck out there. There's too many things to do inside with nice cold A/C. Forget the summer and shove me straight into winter.

That's it for this week. I need to write, beat some kids and get a tan. Not to mention figure out a costume for a roaring twenties party for Romanticon. I'm thinking Greta Garbo with a little Katherine Hepburn thrown in. Maybe a pair of silk lounging pants, bolo jacket, slicked down hair, cigarette holder and plenty of pearls.

If anyone has better ideas feel free to e-mail me. Until next week...

Kudos,
Allie

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday America!!

This is a perfect holiday. No presents required, but vast amounts of food is mandatory. Hello, what can be better?
Okay, serious thought here for a minute. I know what this date represents to Americans all over the world. This is the birthday of the United States of America. The country that represents democracy to most of the world. Countless men and women have died to ensure we have the many freedoms we enjoy today. I am thankful for are military people for standing up for my rights. For ensuring I never worry about bombs or secret police attacking me in the middle of the night. They are the reason we enjoy our freedom of speech and many other rights we take for granted.
And now that you know where I stand on military support I'll move on to my love of a holiday that involves massive quantities of food and no crowded mall shopping. Love, love, love it.
So I'm am celebrating this wonderful day with my amazing friends. Nothing like getting together with like-minded insane writing companions to celebrate freedom of speech. We write romance for women. Very adult romance. I cannot imagine being able to write what I do without the constitution that protects me.
Getting together with my friends always an experience in insanity. We drink, we eat, we talk...too much and as always we plot new books. This time we came up with something new, fun and linked. I can't share the idea until we hand the final version to our amazing editor. As soon as they let me open my big mouth, I'll spill all the details.
I guess that's it for this week, people. I need to get back writing. So many books so little time. Until next week, people.

Kudos,
Allie