Saturday, May 05, 2007

Spying in High Heels by Gemma Halliday

I heard the BEST news today! My friend Gemma Halliday's double RITA nominated novel, Spying in High Heels, is in development for a television series on the USA Network!!! It’s currently one of five new shows being developed for their fall 2007/2008 season.

Spying in High Heels follows shoe designer Maddie Springer, who in an effort to track down her missing boyfriend, realizes that her knack for fashion also serves another purpose: it makes her a great detective. Maddie's uniquely female perspective helps her pick up clues, using her designer's eye to discern tell tale shapes, colors and patterns, among other things. Along with her best friend Dana, an out-of-work actress, Maddie decides to open a detective agency operating out of her stepfather's hair salon.

Not all shows in development make it to the air, but this one should! If you want to see Maddie and Ramirez on the small screen, write to the USA Network and tell them you heard about SPYING IN HIGH HEELS and can’t wait to watch it. Or, if you’ve read the book and liked it, tell them that, too! Contact the programming department at the USA Network:feedback@usanetwork.com

In the meantime, read up on Gemma's books, including Undercover in High Heels & Killer in High Heels.

Oasis of My Heart by Tara S Nichols

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Oasis of My Heart

by Tara S Nichols

Release Date May 25th 2007

Sadie Davies is running away for the second time in her life. The first time she wanted stardom. This time she is running from it. Intending to keep a low profile she sets up for a solitary life, but with sexy, know-it-all, neighbour Dustin Reed she finds it rather difficult. Moving in next door to playboy Dustin Reed wasn’t Sadie Davies idea of keeping a low profile. With ex-manager Horace Bigelow hunting her down the last thing Sadie wants is a distraction. Now she has to decide whether to let this lady-killer into her life for fear of attracting a real killer.
Available May 25th from Cobblestone Press!

Friday, May 04, 2007

One Wicked Winter - Cassidy Kent

One Wicked Winter is now available!

It's a three novella anthology...

Published By: Amber Quill Press
Release Date: April 2007
Written as: Cassidy Kent

A sexy first date, an unexpected encounter, and a torrid reunion. Three smoldering stories of reckless passion stoke the fires of one very wicked winter…

Dear John

In her last year of high school, Dane Harley, a foster kid with no direction, met John Stratton, a Pittsburgh rich kid with a penchant for trouble. She visits him a decade after disappearing from his life, only to discover he’s moved on. Their subsequent affair speaks of the torrent of passion and love that still binds them.

Santa’s Helper

CEO Noel grants a boy’s Christmas wish by escorting sexy single mother Maura around Manhattan on Christmas Eve. The spark between them is immediate, but the distance between Park Avenue and the Jersey suburbs is immense. Are their worlds too dissimilar to merge or can they bridge the distance with love?

What Lies in Winter

Workaholic Hayley vacations in the mountains and meets author, Nicholas. He might be a solitary beast but Hayley is hell-bent on disrupting his peaceful balance. A blizzard makes them share quarters and their fiery personalities melt the ice caps off the mountains.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Thirteen Favorites


Aka... 13 I Wish I Owned

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    Starry Night - Vincent Van Gogh



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    Starlight over the Rhone - VVG



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    Michelangelo's David



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    Race Horses - Edgar Degas
    I tried to copy this one in an oil painting class once. The colors are amazing. And also amazingly hard to duplicate!



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    Improvisation 7 - William Kandinsky
    Another I copied in a painting class.



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    Northern Lights - Sydney Lawrence



    Moving on to a few more recent works... (Unfortunately, after finding some of my favorites by the artists on the Artique LTD site, I realized I can't link to the images. You can search for the first word in titles and find them -- except "drum" makes it easiest for Barbara Lavallee's.)


  7. Sheridan River Sunset - David Rosenthal
    http://www.artiqueltd.com
    The colors in this one are so lovely.


  8. As We Drum, We Are One - Barbara Lavallee
    http://www.artiqueltd.com


  9. Alive with Light - Byron Birdsall
    http://www.artiqueltd.com


  10. Quality Time - Fred Machetanz
    http://www.artiqueltd.com


  11. Lake Tahoe - Lila Spence (http://www.originalpaintingsbylila.com)
    http://tinyurl.com/3ymnbw


  12. Arizona Desert - Lila Spence
    http://tinyurl.com/22u3sr


  13. Southwest Relections - Lila Spence
    http://tinyurl.com/2hj9lo



Links to other Thursday Thirteens!
The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!

Kule Linker

Click on horses....
http://svt.se/hogafflahage/hogafflaHage_site/Kor/hestekor.swf

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket I found that link below while looking for horse images....
http://www.shannonleighstables.com/ANIMATED-HORSES

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Reno Nevada Travel Links

http://www.visitrenotahoe.com/
One stop travel guide for what is up in Reno, Nevada and Lake Tahoe.


Downtown Reno

http://www.renoriver.org/
Riverwalk - Site from the downtown merchants along the Truckee River.

http://www.automuseum.org/
The National Automobile Museum


Lake Tahoe

http://www.zephyrcove.com/
Zephyr Cove Resort (Tahoe) - Outdoor recreation, camping, RV accomodations, vacation packages, and more.

http://www.diamondpeak.com/
Diamond Peak Ski Resort - Incline Village, NV

http://www.gotahoenorth.com/index.php
Information about North Lake Tahoe

http://www.riverranchlodge.com/home
River Ranch Lodge (on the Truckee River near Tahoe) - opened in 1888 as the Deer Park Inn


Shows

http://www.bestmagicshow.com/
Kalin & Jinger (Magic Shows)

http://magic.pioneercenter.com/
Magic Underground @ Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts


Outdoor Recreation

http://www.ndow.org/
Nevada Department of Wildlife - Get a license, register your boat, etc...

http://www.wildsierra.com
Sierra Adventures


Transporation

http://www.rtcwashoe.com/transportation/
RTC (Public Transporation)

Casinos

http://www.atlantiscasino.com/reno/index.asp
Atlantis (a few miles from downtown - one of the full service casinos)

http://www.boomtownreno.com/
Boomtown (Verdi, NV - 10 miles toward California on I-80) - They have an RV resort, truck stop, hotel, restaurants, gaming and an arcade. They have mini golf, one of those 3D motion theatres, an old-fashioned carousel and other rides in their arcade.

http://www.calnevaresort.com/
CalNeva - Stateline, NV facilities up at Lake Tahoe.

http://www.circusreno.com/
Circus Circus - Downtown Reno - Circus acts and arcade. Gaming. Accomodations.

http://www.clubcalneva.com/
Club CalNeva - Downtown Reno.

http://www.crystalbaycasino.com/
Crystal Bay Casino - on the northshore of Lake Tahoe in (you guessed it) Crystal Bay, NV.

http://www.eldoradoreno.com/casino/
Eldorado - Downtown Reno

http://www.fitzgeraldsreno.com/content/home/default.asp
Fitzgeralds - Downtown Reno

http://www.grandsierraresort.com/
Grand Sierra Resort - Downtown Reno (on the Truckee River)

Science Fiction Romance Online

Science Fiction Romance Online
http://www.specromonline.com/index.cfm?pg=1
They have a variety of informative articles, links, submission guidelines, interviews with authors, editors and others in the industry, as well as more.

Searcing for Extra-Terrestrials

Kepler Mission: A Search for Terrestrial Planets
http://www.kepler.arc.nasa.gov/index.html
An NASA site with a lot of information.

Alien Earths Online
http://www.alienearths.org/index.php
Developed in part by NASA. This has some fun activities like a game where you can create your own star system.

National Institute for Discovery Science
http://www.nidsci.org/index.html
NIDS is a science institute that treats researching UFOs as science. Some articles are a bit too much for those who don’t read math and physics. You won't find little green men on these pages, just a honest look at the question... are we alone?

NASA Links

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/lib/aptree.html

Kepler Mission: A Search for Terrestrial Planets
http://www.kepler.arc.nasa.gov/index.html
Another NASA site with a lot of information.

NASA Earth Observatory
http://www.doi.gov/octc/holland.htmlhttp://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/
A great website with a wonderful layout. The site is full of images, features and news on a variety of topics such as – the atmosphere, weather, oceans, land, life, energy and the list goes on. And, of course, NASA is the leader in providing views of Earth from outer space.

Make sure to visit the web pages called NASA's Visible Earth.

How on Earth was this Image Made? Is a web page with interesting images and descriptions of what Earth looks like from outer space. I learned that the line between day and night is called a "terminator".

National Space Science Data Center
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/
There are tons of images of the solar system, and more.

Heart of Denver Romance Writers

Heart of Denver Romance Writers
http://www.hodrw.com/

This Romance Writers of America chapter has close to 200 articles full of writing tips. RWA.

TheFreeDictionary.com

TheFreeDictionary.com
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/

One of those extensive hyperlinked dictionaries. This one has a lot of information. Search for "spacecraft propulsion" or "wormhole" or "romance novel" and you’ll find all kinds of information, and links to outside pages. Within FreeDictionary there are a variety of options like an encyclopedia.

Free:
Dictionary / Thesaurus

Computing Dictionary
Medical Dictionary
Legal Dictionary
Financial Dictionary
Acronyms
Idioms
Columbia Encyclopedia
Wikipedia Encyclopedia

Fourmilab

Fourmilab
http://www.fourmilab.ch/

A Swiss site maintained by John Walker, one of the people who wrote AutoCAD. His personal interests swing toward astronomy, so you can find some great pages like an "Earth and Moon Viewer". I found it interesting to see what Earth looks like at night, with clouds, and on some of the images you can pan and by using your back button can get a rotation effect going.

Ask An Astronomer

Curious About Astronomy? Ask An Astronomer
http://curious.astro.cornell.edu/index.php

Cornell University's website is chock full of information from those in the know. I used their service once and e-mailed in a question. The answer I got from one of their astronomy students helped me visualize an astronomy student and ask a question. Within a few weeks someone got back to me and gave me an answer I found very useful in my writing a scene in Starlit Destiny (http://www.newconceptspublishing.com/starlitdestiny.htm). Of course, you'll find a lot of questions on the site that other people have asked.

Charlotte Dillon's Resources for Romance Writers

http://www.charlottedillon.com/WritingRomance.html

An extensive general website with resources for romance writers.

An Atlas of the Universe

http://www.atlasoftheuniverse.com/
This website has a lot of information, and much written on a level useful for those of us who are non-scientific. This web page is designed to give everyone an idea of what our universe actually looks like.

My favorite page is "A Map of the Milky Way" which is the best image I've found that shows what the Milky Way Galaxy probably looks like from overhead.

Monday, April 30, 2007

The Darkside of the Earth

Planets aren't always "full" against the backdrop of space. At least some space travelers will approach planets when they are showing their "darkside". NASA's Galileo mission took this picture of the Earth, and the Moon.

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Image Credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Galileo Project, NASA
http://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/photo_gallery/photogallery-earthmoon.html

Views From Low Orbit

Here is an interesting view of the Earth's atmosphere during sunset from a position in low orbit. Venus can be seen just over the glow of the atmosphere. The Space Shuttle Discovery's crew snapped this shot when they were flying over Earth during mission STS-30.


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Image Credit: STS-30 Crew, NASA
More information can be found on the http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap990619.html


A corresponding picture of sunrise from low orbit over Earth. The Space Shuttle's crew snapped this shot when they were flying over Earth during mission STS-47.


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Image Credit: STS-47 Crew, NASA
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap951117.html


Moonset Over Earth

I found the view of the different layers of a planet's atmosphere in this picture to be interesting. The Space Shuttle's crew snapped this shot of the moon when they were flying over Earth during mission STS-35.

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Image Credit: STS-35 Crew, NASA
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap020921.html



http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/lib/aptree.html
NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day - Main Page

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html
Archives of NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Aurora From Low Orbit

What does a planet look like when a space ship is either orbiting, or coming in for a landing? Thanks to NASA, we know. The Space Shuttle Discovery's crew snapped this shot of the Southern Lights when they were flying over Earth during mission STS-39.


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Here is a beautiful picture of the aurora (in this case the Southern Lights) from low orbit. You can see the constellation Orion in the background. The Space Shuttle's crew snapped this shot when they were flying over Earth during mission STS-59.


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http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/lib/aptree.html
NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day - Main Page

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/archivepix.html
Archives of NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

I Feel Lucky! Oh So Lucky!

Yesterday I got most of the way through the ordering process to buy Corel Paint Shop Pro Photo XI but I didn't know my street address zip code. I've never used it. Not Ever. But, Amazon.com won't send software to a PO Box. My failing memory made me lucky! Over night the price for PSP went down an extra $10. Add to that a $30 rebate and the total price is now only $39.99. Good deal! Woo.

And this all means that I was able to buy Bernadette Gardner's Infinite Worlds for less than a quarter. The $10 I saved paid for her book.

Starry Night


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Originally uploaded by Bob West.
This is an interesting starry night. Love it.

I like the focal point.

The colors are fabulous.

And, I think it is interesting that only some of the stars are reflecting in the water.

Frazy

http://www.frazy.com
A "review" site for music, movies and books for extreme users. What's an extreme user? Giggles. What I'd call this site is a extremely great way to get some Amazon.com referral money. (And not the $3.00 I've earned in the last 10 years -- yes, I've been a Amazon.com shopper for 10 years now.)

http://www.frazy.com/user/annaleeblysse
For authors with print books to promote, you can add your own book with a handful of tags and it'll provide some more exposure. The site is looking new enough that tagging is wide open. There is a rating system where you can paste reviews. I suppose the best way to get more exposure is to rate other books, movies and music.

http://www.frazy.com/profile/annaleeblysse
This site may provide a little exposure, but at the very least you can get a free link back to your Web site. They have a method of creating reciprocal links where users are posting comments on sites like myspace.com.

Example:

frazy.comfrazy.comfrazy.com
powered by frazy.com

That's how I found frazy.com. With enough people doing this, they will surely increase their weight with search engines, so it won't hurt to get a profile up here.