Carolee – My writing is usually cute and funny, so I wanted to venture into the dark side as a sort of challenge.
Carolee – It still came out kind of cute, I think. I can’t help it. But I’d like to write more stories about demon hunters or vampire slayers one day, though I’m sure they’ll be funny and cute too.
Carolee – Yes, I love their style, mostly because it looks historical. I actually still have a couple of Goth outfits which I used to wear when I was younger.
Carolee – Yes! I think gothic hamsters are even scarier than regular hamsters, and I’d like to have a scary pet so it could double as a guard-dog… guard-hamster? My other pet would be an Italian greyhound, and they’re not very scary, so the gothic hamster will have its work cut out for it.
Carolee – Definitely. This is why I’ve stayed away from Scotland for so many years. It’s probably still out there among the trees… Though maybe it’s left its lair and is hiding somewhere in the shadows, watching us right now…
Carolee –Dameon is a vampire who is depressed and thinks he has nothing to live for, but of course he’s immortal so he has no choice but to live on. I think he may have had a tragic love affair that made him very solitary. But one day, he hires a maid to clean his house, and he starts to fall for her. Of course, she doesn’t believe that he’s a vampire even though he tells her so. She thinks he’s just a goth with a big imagination. He’s also a little kinky…
Carolee – I really liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I generally like movies where vampires are the bad guys, but I also liked the Twilight series.
Carolee – I like a good Bloody Mary, so this one seems appropriate:
6 ounces of quality vodka (approx. 6 fingers of spirits. hehee.); 6 ounces of tomato juice; 6 ounces of beet juice; 3 fresh lemons, juice of; 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce; 12 drops of Tobasco sauce; 1 teaspoon celery salt; 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish; ice.
The “fingers” are made of purple carrots!
You can get all the detailed instructions at http://www.boredpanda.com/bloody-mary-halloween-cocktail/
Carolee – I’d like to dress up as a pirate because it’s pretty much the coolest costume ever, in my opinion. You can accessorize it with a sword or an eye patch or a pirate hat. It gives you lots of options.
Thank you so much for having me! A pleasure to hang out on your blog, as always :
Never judge a book by its cover they say, which is kind of hard with a cover like this one! I also know if it’s got Carolee Croft’s name on it it’s going to be certain things. Her other books are well crafted ‘shorts’ and this is no exception. Liv Fairhaven needs a job and she’s not remotely fazed by her new employer’s strange habits, or his sleeping arrangements–a coffin. She might think them a little unusual but he couldn’t possibly be a vampire, could he? Dameon is indeed a Lord of Darkness. However, Carolee Croft’s wonderful touches of humour make him a truly loveable one. This book may be a break from her historicals, she still creates a compelling, at times funny, world and believable, completely fleshed out characters in a short space. I loved every page of this book and whether or not you’re a fan of paranormals, I’m sure you will too.
BLURB. Liv Fairhaven is intrigued by working for a man who calls himself Dameon, Lord of Darkness. He says he is a vampire, but he seems just an ‘adorkable’ guy. When she realizes that Dameon really does have supernatural powers, it is too late to back out as she is seduced by his dominant personality.
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Jerrie Alexander – Suspense
Susan Arden -Erotic
Katya Armock – Paranormal erotic
Faith Ashlin -M/M
Carol Balawyder -Contemporary Women’s Fiction.
Susanne Bellamy -Contemporary
Christy Birmingham- poetry
Christine Elaine Black- Historical
Willa Blair -Scottish
Incy Black -Suspense
Shannen Brady Paranormal Suspense
E.E. Carter Historical Romance
Felicity Cates – Erotic
Catherine Cavendish -Horror
Noelle Clark – Romance
Kevin Cooper -life
Carolee Croft – Erotic Historical Romance
Sally Cronin, health, children’s adult
Sandra Dailey -Contemporary
Scarlett Dawn YA Paranormal
Michael Dellert – Medieval Fantasy
Charley Descoteax -M/M
Adrienne deWolfe -Historical
Zen DiPietro – Fantasy/Sc-fi
Aimee Duffy – Contemporary. Erotic.
Susana Ellis – Historical
Steve Emmett -Horror
Mike Evers – Fantasy
Christoph Fischer – Historical Fiction
C.P. Foster – Paranormal
Nancy Fraser Contemporary
Tina Frisco. Children’s New Age, Vampires
Kate Furnivall -Historical Fiction
Claire Gem- paranormal
Madelyn Hill -Historical Romance.
Emily Guido -Paranormal
Nikki Dee Houston – Erotic
Sara Hubbard YA. NA
Jane Hunt. Paranormal Romance Romantic Suspense
Mishka Jenkins. Paranormal, fantasy, historical
Iyana Jenna M/M
Elaine Jeremiah -Contemporary Romance
Eric Johnson – Cooking and short stories
The Kabrini Message. Marie Carhart on behalf of the late J.R. Egles. Sci-fi
Julia Kavan- horror
D G Kaye -memoirs
Paul Kennedy – Visionary
Anne Lange -Erotic
Rhonda Laurel -Contemporary Romance
A.J Locke – Paranormal
Kate L. Mary -New Adult
Renea Mason -Paranormal erotic
Jess Michaels -Historical erotic
Carole Ann Moleti -Fantasy/Paranormal
Erin Moore – Paranormal
Freya Pickard – Fantasy
Ian Probert -Kids.
Lindsay J. Pryor – Paranormal
John Quinn – Poetry
Erin S Riley – Viking Romance/Saga
Jane Risdon -suspense, mystery, paranormal
Tracey Rogers -Contemporary
Addie Jo Ryleigh Historical Romance
Peter Romilly – Eco
L.D Rose – paranormal, urban fanstasy
Aurelia B Rowl-Contemporary
Eva Scott Contemporary
J.M, Stewart Contemporary
Sharon Struth – Romance
Milly Taiden – Paranormal erotic
Lindsay Townsend – Contemporary Suspense, Historical Suspense
Elyzabeth M. Valey. erotic
Antonia Van Zandt – Erotic
Ellis Vidler -Suspense
Caroline Warfield -Historical
Anna Wells – Erotic
Tracey A Wood – Paranormal.
Aubrey Wynne – Romance
“How do you define love, Brittany?”
An impossible question. No wonder she shrugged and a strange, I’m-trying- my-damndest-to-think, sound came from the back of her throat? Mort shrugged. “There’s a hundred different kinds of it. Instant love now, is that lust?”
“There’s couples still together years after that arrow strikes. Then there’s what starts out as an obstacle course, so you might not see what’s under your nose, might think this is not the person for you. But that person, by ways too complicated, too tortuous, too twisted to explain, becomes that very one you will never find another of, who you will perish without. The very things about them you think you hate will, by degrees and inches, turn your head, make you look, will worm their canker’s way into your heart, weave into the fabric of your soul. You have no choice but to admit this is the person for you. And you will never walk away because that road is dust, ashes and every lousy thing under the sun that will break you into a thousand pieces if you do. Twisted paths. Brittany. That you’re still here means you’re somewhere on the journey.”
I am so excited to be here with you and The Dudes Shehanne.. I have never had a family member quite so small.. But I have to say you have me converted. Can you let me know where to find the talking kind and do you provide training?
I have often asked myself this question and I finally realised it shaped who I am today both positively and negatively. I loved the whole experience from the travelling on planes and ships, to meeting new people and immersing myself in new cultures. Even at a very young age of three or four it gave me a confidence with meeting people, particular adults and I absorbed every moment like a sponge.
That has stayed with me as my husband I have travelled and lived around the world ,but I have to admit that there comes a point when you feel you need to return to your roots.
There is a downside to this constant moving every two to three years, especially as a child, as you leave friends behind. In those days you knew that you would never see them again unlike to day with modern technology. It could be tough learning a new language and trying to fit in at a new school but again, I do think that it gave me a resilience that stood me in good stead in my career and future relationships.
I would say too, that because there were frequent changes as a child and teenager that I find it hard not to get itchy feet after a couple of years. Hence I may have been a little hasty when I announced to the world that this was our last move!
We were in our mid 30s, no children and living in a complex with others of a similar age. They were so welcoming and we had some very good parties at the weekend…I mean ones that you either cannot remember or cannot talk about! Thankfully some of those that we met in 1985 – 1987 are still friends with us today. My husband was working but I was not allowed to without an appropriate visa. This meant that I would take full advantage of the pool as well as retail therapy.. I was fascinated by the food in the shops and variety as well as the discount malls which did not exist in the UK. David was travelling a great deal and racking up the free air miles. This meant we could take full advantage of living in the US for the two years. I would fly off on a Friday and meet up with David wherever he might be in the States and fly back on Mondays.. We got to see a great deal of the country including Hawaii. Now I could live there in a Mumu and a few pearls around my neck.
Wow what a place. Dudes.. Stop getting excited….a mumu is a dress.
I was always a story teller (I think my mother called them fibs!) I would create scenarios in my head from about the age of five and then act them out. This did result in some escapades which I later committed to paper. I was quite fond of verse and by 16 was writing songs but then things took a back seat to work and life. I began writing short stories when we lived in the States and had more time on my hands and they accumulated until my 40s when I began to get serious about it.
I probably would say my years on radio are the ones that stand out for me. Loved the whole presenting, music, guests buzz and I would do again in a heartbeat. I keep threatening to do a podcast and it is something that is definitely on the agenda. But I have so much on the agenda that I have to cram in over the next 30 or so years (I am an optimist) that I might have to prioritise. Learning the Argentinian Tango was high on the list five year’s ago but my right knee is on strike and I may have to take that off the list.. But never say never!
I think it is a fairly even mix as I tend to have two books on the go at the same time or four! I like swapping between non-fiction which is a different style of writing across to fiction that I can be more imaginative about. I find non-fiction requires a more serious approach and does not quite offer the same opportunities for humour.. The body and its organs require the upmost respect.. I do however allow myself a little more latitude in non-health books.. With fiction the world is your oyster and depending on the genre of course, you can be as fanciful as you like.
You have a point there.. Trouble is, I have not really had an up close and personal relationship with hamsters. Now I have met you, I can see this is very remiss of me. Sam would have liked you as he was not a hunter but a lover.
He collected stray kittens and was very gentle. It is perhaps something I can rectify in the next volume of Tales from the Garden.. You will need to send me some photographs so I can write a story around you.. Perhaps a formal pose or two and one being a little more natural but I am afraid you might have to leave the bubbles behind…I would of course find a title to the story befitting your status in blogland.
This is entirely possible as they love carrots for exactly the reason I recommend them for humans. It makes them see better in the dark and I would think that was a benefit for rabbits and hamsters alike. The other benefits are that you can wear the feathery foliage attached to new carrots as decorations for your hats.
I would need to know how much Hamstah actually eats in the day
I would suggest that he does a workout for 30 minutes before eating three times a day.. Only half a carrot, half a gem lettuce and some grapes.. Red ones as they are better for him. And as a treat some nuts and seeds before bed.
(What he must do is stop ferreting around in his human’s porridge oats when she is not looking!)
Writing is not a hobby, it is serious work that requires a great deal of time, research, effort and emotional and mental strength. These days there are the additional elements of self-publishing which is the most common route to being an author. Writing might be a solitary occupation but it should never be isolated. You need people who will support, encourage and give you constructive criticism.
First and foremost.. Read, read, read. Especially your chosen genre. Read the best and the most successful and then when you write bring something new to the game. Don’t expect to have a hit right away but stick with it and learn to love and respect your talent. Finally build a platform of other writers who will see you through the sticky times.. And there will be some. But there is nothing better in the world than seeing your first book in print or as an ebook available around the world.. Or your second, third or more. Go for it.
My next collection of short stories has just been released. What’s in a Name is based on letters of the alphabet, with each letter having two stories one male and one female.. Multi-genre with murder, mystery, romance, revenge and any other emotional entanglement I could find..
I have three more books planned for this year.. Another Tales from the Garden.. A combined business and personal people management manual (there are many parallels at work and home).. And a non-fiction book that is nearly finished on modern life and how to survive it.
Apart from that… Just keep blogging, reading amazing posts and books and sharing other authors and their work. Dream job.
And Dudes.. Your reputation proceeded you and they were all lies.. You are delightful and perspicacious… A rare combination…keep eating the carrots.
There are names that have been passed down through thousands of years which have powerful and deep-rooted meaning to their bearers. Other names have been adopted from other languages, cultures and from the big screen. They all have one thing in common. They are with us from birth until the grave and they are how we are known to everyone that we meet.
There are classical names such as Adam, David and Sarah that will grace millions of babies in the future. There are also names that parents have invented or borrowed from places or events in their lives which may last just one lifetime or may become the classic names of tomorrow.
Whatever the name there is always a story behind it. In What’s in a Name? – Volume One, twenty men and women face danger, love, loss, romance, fear, revenge and rebirth as they move through their lives.
Anne changes her name because of associations with her childhood, Brian carries the mark of ancient man, Jane discovers that her life is about to take a very different direction, and what is Isobel’s secret?
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D.G Kaye I
’m so excited to be here today, and looking forward to having Shey over to my blog. I had also asked Shey to bring one or two of you dudes over too. I’m sorry my home isn’t big enough to have you all over at one time, especially since you guys are always so nice to me. So no, I’m not optimistic about making a choice, I hate making decisions having to choose one. Please know, when I choose one, I love all you guys.
D G Kaye.
Please don’t throw things at me, or spread nasty rumours about me. I’ve chosen …………….. to escort Shey over to my place.
Aw c’mon guys, you aren’t neglected, so many love you. You just have ta learn that ya can’t always have the spotlight.
I began writing about my past when I was much younger. I kept a running journal to document incidents in my life to help me analyze things that happened, which became part of the searching for the whys. I decided to write books later in life when I realized there were many others who’ve encountered their own similar family dysfunctions, and hoped I could offer some insight by sharing my own experiences and lessons.
Lol, you guys crack me up! But you’re right. My first book, Conflicted Hearts and its sequel, P.S. I Forgive You are about my life growing up with an absentee, narcissistic mother. But I learned to overcome my painful past and chose to live my life as an optimist, always looking for the humour. I think part of my overcoming unhappiness had a lot to do with using retail therapy, lol. And once that addiction began, no matter how happy I became, I was still hooked on shopping . . .and shoes – I love shoes!
Couple that with my love for travel, and what did I get? A whole lotta suitcases and overweight luggage, causing a lotta travel predicaments.
I thought I’d share some of those funny stories for a change of pace. Now, ta answer to the last part of the question, I’ve never had any hamster dudes of my own, so I never thought of a book called, Have Hamsters, Will Travel. But with that being said, I think it’s a great book idea for Shey to write, or, even better, maybe that’s a book you dudes can write since you’ve been having so many writing issues, that could be your big break?
D G Kaye
I do love to travel, erm, I used to love the whole part of traveling, now with all my baggage woes and airline restrictions, I just prefer the part about when I actually get to my destination, hoping luggage is intact with me.
My favourite place in the whole world is Arizona. I just feel ‘home’ there, more so than I do in my own home. I love the beautiful mountains, the desert air, the cacti, and the history and many things there to see and do. It’s my piece of heaven.
Now, that’s a toughie. I have so many wonderful memories. But ever since my first time in Arizona, all those special moments being there are etched in my favourite memories and calling me to come back to make some more.
D G Kaye
Besides my passion for Arizona, and my second passion for cruising the Caribbean, my favourite country is Italy. I just love everything about that country, from the people, to the lifestyle, to the history. I’ve been there a few times and visited several cities and towns, but I never got to Capri or Sardenia, two islands that I’ve always had a desire to visit when I can manage to get back to Italy.
D G KAYE
I began writing little poems and note cards with pictures for loved ones when I was a child. As I grew into my teens, writing became my saviour – a place to put my thoughts and voice my opinions because I wasn’t permitted to express myself vocally.
I knew, in my twenties, I wanted to be a writer, but had no conception about how to go about it. Throughout the ensuing years (and some decades), I began writing seriously in my journals, and wrote a few articles for a Canadian health magazine. By the time I turned forty, I felt compelled to write my memoir, Conflicted Hearts, but felt held back to do so because my mother was still living and I couldn’t bear her reading my work. I finally got the nerve to start working on that book two years before her death and even more nerve to publish it before she died. After publishing that book, I couldn’t stop writing. And now here I am guesting with the dudes!
D G KAYE
No. Conflicted Hearts is done. It’s all wrapped up now in closure with P.S. I Forgive You. That very long chapter of my life is done. I’ve found my peace doing so.
I find my writing now going in the direction of where my life continues. My next book (which has been sadly neglected since autumn), is in rough shape, but is going to be about aging and wisdom, about how life, aging and illness can change relationships in marriage, and how I deal with the changes.
Thank you so much Shey, for having me over here today. And thank you little dudes! It has been a great pleasure to guest here, and to be able to share some of myself with you all. ❤
I’m a nonfiction memoir writer who writes about life, matters of the heart and women’s issues. I write to inspire others by sharing my stories about events I encountered, and the lessons that come along with them.
I love to laugh, and self-medicate with a daily dose of humor. When I’m not writing intimate memoirs, you’ll find me writing with humor in some of my other works and blog posts.
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