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Someone asked me the other day what was the first romance book I ever read. That’s a tough question, I’m not sure my memory is that good.

What does surprise me though, is that I clearly remember reading CS Lewis, Enid Blyton, and Edward Stratemeyer as a young girl. Secret Seven, Famous Five, Narnia, and Nancy Drew….I loved stories that fired my imagination, and I was too little to ‘fall in love’. Perhaps that’s why I love mysteries or suspense in the romances I write.

As far as romance reading goes, I definitely remember reading many, many Mills and Boon books—I loved Penny Jordan. Then came my historical phase, Outlander and the Catherine Cookson stories where life was tough and unfair, and then of course I loved Georgette Heyer.

I got to meet Australian author Jennifer Kloester at the RWNZ conference this month. She gave me a signed copy of her biography of Georgette Heyer and I’m just starting to read about Georgette’s incredible life.

 

 

I love stepping into a real persons life and world. Biographies are some of my favourite reading.

Whose biography would you love to read? What book has stayed with you the most and why?

I am such a Nathan Fillion fan!!!!! I think he is so sexy and funny. I loved him in FireFly and Castle.

So when I saw this youtube clip of Nathan in his kilt I had to share (excuse the sub-titles).  A SCOT FOR CHRISTMAS is coming out on 31 October and I pictured Nathan in a kilt as I wrote the novella. Thanks for putting on the kilt to feed my imagination! Not that it needed much feeding….if only the shirt had come off too!

Who would you like to see dressed in a kilt? I was thinking Huge Jackman…

 

Brandy1yearoldYou may or may not know that I have a lovely Cavoodle named Brandy. She’s now 15 months old and she needs a play mate.

She’s quite an active wee girl and loves her long morning walks but when I try to write she’s at me the whole time. When I sit at my desk to work she will sit quietly underneath it, but I do most of my writing using a lap desk as it’s better for my neck and shoulders. When I’m sitting on my bed or on the sofa writing, she believes it’s time to play.

I have been taking her to doggie day care two days a week and she loves it there with the other dogs. Then, when I was visiting with my Dad in Canada, they have two dogs and I saw the friendship and thought Brandy needs a brother.

I live in the country and we have a huge section and it would be really fun for her to have a little friend. I’ve found a black and white male Cavoodle and I pick him up on 26 August. He will be 18 weeks old when I get to collect him, and I need a name for him.

I googled the top 50 male dog names and there are quite a few I like. So many in fact, I can’t pick one. What do you think the little puppy’s name should be? He’s a Cavoodle too, and black and white.

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I shall select one person who leaves a comment with a name suggestion either here or on my Facebook page, as a winner and they will win an autographed copy of WORTH ANY PRICE by Lisa Kleypas.

Open internationally, closes on August 26th 2015. You can enter as many times as you’d like either in the comments below or on my Facebook post.