Saturday, December 29, 2007

Rounding Up 2007

Amanda is having a terrific end to 2007 - the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice has nominated her debut book You Had Me at Halo as Best Contemporary Paranormal Romance for 2007. Congratulations Amanda!!

And Sara's debut YA, The Second Virginity of Suzy Green, is one of Chicklish top reads of 2007 - huge congrats, Sara!!

The weather is hotter than ever here - on Boxing Day it hit 110F and even with the air con going full blast it was an effort to do much more than collapse on the sofa. But at least it feels like Australia now - up until recently it was very much like England in October!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

...and the Turkey's Thawing Out...

Just because we live in Sunny Oz where Christmas Day temps can hit 100 degrees, doesn't mean we'd do anything so sensible as have a seafood barbie on the big day. Oh-my-goddess-no. It's hot turkey with stuffing and all the trimmings, and mini plum puds for afters (even though none of us are lovers of plum pudding my dear husband insists, so he has the puds and the rest of us gorge ourselves on chocolate for the rest of the day!)

A few years ago I was very adventrous and ordered a turkey stuffed with a chicken which in turn was supposed to be stuffed with some other type of poultry from the local butcher. It looked like a huge disgusting maggot and although it tasted very yummy I've never quite got over the trauma of that sight.

So now I get a frozen turkey from Woolworths, one that doesn't have legs but has lots of breasty bits (because none of us ever eat the legs but we all love the breast) and it's currently defrosting in the bottom of the fridge. Only three sleeps to go!!

And I just want to say what a lucky girl I am, because I won a prize the other day over at the fantastico Shelley's party bash! It's From the Deep anthology and I can't wait to dive in *ha ha!*

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Christmas is Coming

I think I've finally done all my Christmas shopping (apart from the last minute veggies - including the obligatory half dozen sprouts my husband insists on having on his plate Christmas Day. No idea why, nasty disgusting little things!!)

I hit the local mall at 8 am this morning but unfortunately it seemed half the town had the same idea. I hate crowds. Anyway I got the ham and pickles and then went looking for Harry Potter goodies for my two little nieces, who are Totally Into Harry Potter!!

Annoyingly, there doesn't seem to be much HP merchandise about. I did find a great online store last night with lots of HP pressies, but it's based in Melbourne which isn't much good for me and I'm not trusting the post to deliver any parcels in time for Christmas.

Since Santa is bringing them the DVDs, I ended up with a trolley load of stationery items. Luckily they both love reading, and I've yet to find any book lover who doesn't also adore stationery items!!

And in other news, the talented Amanda Ashby has just won the Chicklit Club's Pink Thong Award for Best New Character (Australian) for You Had Me at Halo! Woo-hoo Amanda!

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Win Brilliantly Cool Books for Christmas!!!

Amanda Ashby and Sara Hantz, two of my CPs and fellow Witches, are holding a joint Christmas competition on their blogs and MySpace pages for a lucky reader to win copies of their debut books, Amanda's You Had Me at Halo, and Sara's The Second Virginity of Suzy Green.

All you need to do is hop on over and leave a comment. Easy-peasy! Good luck!!

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Becaue it's all about MeME

Shelley tagged me so here we go - and don't forget to pop over to Shelley's blog and join in her fabulous birthday bash all this month, with lots of brilliant author guests and prizes up for grabs!

Two Men I’d Love to Date if I Were Single (and they were single):

1. Clive Owen (I mean duh. This is a no brainer, right?!?!)
2. David Tennant (Tardis optional)

I Am Wearing Right Now…

1. Long Black Pants
2. Long sleeved scarlet top (it's cold and rainy today - I can't believe it!!)

Two Things I Would Want in a Relationship:

1. laughter
2. hot sex okay these are totally pinched from Shelley's meme, but on the other hand what's not to love about these things???

Two of My Favorite Things to do:

1. reading & writing
2. eating & drinking (and quite often I indulge in at least three of these activies simultaneously!)

Two Things I Want Very Badly At the Moment:

1. A fabulous agent
2. A fantastic book contract!!!

Two things I did recently:

1. wrapped up loads of Christmas pressies
2. did this meme!!!

Two things I ate today:

1. Pat's delicious boozy Christmas cake!!!
2. A takeaway Dome latte. It's a wonder I don't look like one with the amount I consume in any given week... oh wait on second thoughts I do kind of resemble a squat little polystyrene cup...

Two people I most recently talked to:

1. Daughters (both - while doing Christmas shopping)
2. Son (to wish him luck with his exam today - last day of school today, what are they THINKING???)

Two things I’m doing tomorrow:

1. MORE Christmas shopping *sigh*
2. Cleaning the house from top to toe... ha ha! Gotcha. As if!!

2 longest car rides:

1. from SE London the the Isle of Angelsey.
2. from Perth to Margaret River WA

Two Favorite Holidays:
1. Love the Christmas holidays
2. And Easter - since my dh generally gets some time off work then too

Two Favorite Beverages:

1. Coffee (but ONLY from ... well yes you guessed it!!!)
2. Wine (sans the pineapple juice I mean how could ANYone drink wine with pineapple juice, I ask you??)

Two Things about me, things you may not have known:

1. I have a worrying latte addiction, and the fact it does my health no good whatsoever isn't much of a deterrent!
2. I also have a weakness for Lindt white chocolate balls. Mmmmm!

Two places I have lived:

1. UK
2. Australia

Two of my Favorite Foods:

1. pizza (I'm a cheap date)
2. roast beef and Yorkshire pudding

Two Places I’d rather be right now:

1. Somewhere warm and romantic with my husband!
2. Catching up on all the gossip over Earl Grey and cream cakes with my lovely sis-in-law.

4 people I think will respond:

1. Sara Hantz
2. Amanda Ashby
3. Monica Cole
4. Philllipa Ashley

Dare ya!Now, here’s what you’re supposed to do…copy this and put your own answers in place of mine and post it to your blog!

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Time for a Drool

A couple of weeks ago I watched Children of Men and it hit me. Clive Owen is hot. I don't know why I haven't noticed before, but I'm obviously a slow learner where these things are concerned!!! (yeah right...)

So as it's been a while since I posted pics, I thought I'd indulge myself. Yumm. Unfortunately I couldn't find any nekkid ones, but these ones are pretty good. Especially the last one (which I posted first but blogger being blogger put at the bottom!!)

So enamoured am I of the divine Clive that I've even nominated him over at the Trashinista site, for something very exciting concerning Phillipa Ashley!!

OMG. How gorgeous is this one... sigh...!