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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Seems Like The Perfect Time For....



A little bite of my vampire story!!


BLURB:
Sandy’s perception of reality is taking one serious ass-kicking. Two stunningly handsome vampires come to her aide, boldly announce she is their blood mate and send her soaring on waves of orgasmic delight with every touch. It’s a lot for a gal to process in two days! 

Tony and Rick weren’t looking for a third, but when the spunky, courageous, sexy-as-hell human woman needs blood, their bodies and souls instantly recognize Sandy as their perfect match. Now they just need to convince her to embrace all they have to offer.

EXCERPT
The Lady's Not A Vamp
Copyright Tessie Bradford, 2010


Sandy rubbed her eyes and rolled over to face the back of the couch. The first thing to register was the lack of a headache and a settled stomach. The next was her pebbled nipples and the gentle pulsing of her clit. Images of a gorgeous man coming to her rescue, bringing her home, promising to make her feel better floated through her mind. Wow, what a dream! She stretched her legs and snuggled her hip more deeply into the cushions. She thought she heard a quiet groan from somewhere across the room, but that was impossible, she lived alone. A tiny itch caused her to rub her ass cheek slowly as she delighted in finally feeling like her old self again. 

“Oh come on, give a guy a break.”

Sandy jerked around so fast she had to brace her arm on the floor to keep from tumbling flat on her face. After fumbling around to regain a sitting position, she stared at Rick, who sat across the room.

“I thought you were a dream.”

“Nope, I’m very real, but thanks for the compliment.” His smile lit up his face. “Are you feeling better?”

“As a matter of fact, yes, I am. How can that be?”

“Sandy, what I’m about to say is going to sound crazy, but please try and hear me out, okay?” He laid his hands on the arms of the recliner and slowly crossed his legs. It was obvious he was trying to affect a casual pose, which immediately caused her concern.

“I’m listening,” she replied hesitantly.

“The man you danced with at the bar isn’t human.”

Wow, at least he’d warned her first. Sandy quickly scanned the room, disappointed to see her purse with her cell phone inside, over by the front door. It would be quite impossible to get past Rick from where she was sitting. Humoring him for the moment seemed the best course of action while trying to figure out a plan B. “May I ask what he is then?”

“A vampire and a law breaker, but I promise he will be brought to justice.”

Sandy briefly studied Rick’s expression, so calm but also serious, then did the only thing that came to mind. She burst out laughing. Of course the most beautiful, compassionate man she’d ever had the pleasure of meeting was as nutty as a fruitcake!

“A criminal vampire as opposed to the model citizen kind, huh? Leave it to me to attract a bad one. Is his crime dancing me to the point of illness?”

“He took your blood without permission.”

Sandy ran both her hands along her neck. “Without leaving any teeth marks too. I appreciate that.”

“He healed them, of course.”

“Riiight.” She nodded her head in agreement and slowly stood. “This is certainly a very plausible explanation for me not feeling well. Thanks for clearing everything up. I suppose I should call the police and make a full report?”

“I am the police.”

And it keeps getting better, she thought, desperately choking back another round of giggles.

“Then I leave the situation in your capable hands. Be sure and let me know how it all turns out, okay?” She took a few steps and motioned toward the front door.

“We most certainly will.”

Sandy audibly gasped at the man now standing in the kitchen doorway. Shockingly, he actually fit her idea of what a vampire might look like. Long, jet-black, perfectly straight hair hung loose over his shoulders to fall below his armpits. His full-length leather coat hung open, revealing a black shirt stretched tight across his chest and worn blue jeans riding low on his hips, clinging to his muscular thighs. Even from across the room, she was mesmerized by his ice-blue eyes and sharp facial features. When he winked at her rakishly, a shiver of lust skittered along her skin. He looked bad and oh so good all at the same time.

“Who the hell are you?”

“Cassandra Morley, meet Tony DeLucia, my partner.”

Have a great weekend and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
Tessie
www.tessiebradford.com

Seems Like The Perfect Time For...




A little bite of my vampire story!!


BLURB:

Sandy’s perception of reality is taking one serious ass-kicking. 

Two stunningly handsome vampires come to her aide, boldly announce she is their blood mate and send her soaring on waves of orgasmic delight with every touch. It’s a lot for a gal to process in two days!  


Tony and Rick weren’t looking for a third, but when the spunky, courageous, sexy-as-hell human woman needs blood, their bodies and souls instantly recognize Sandy as their perfect match. Now they just need to convince her to embrace all they have to offer.


EXCERPT


The Lady's Not A Vamp

Copyright Tessie Bradford, 2010


Sandy rubbed her eyes and rolled over to face the back of the couch. The first thing to register was the lack of a headache and a settled stomach. The next was her pebbled nipples and the gentle pulsing of her clit. Images of a gorgeous man coming to her rescue, bringing her home, promising to make her feel better floated through her mind. Wow, what a dream! 

She stretched her legs and snuggled her hip more deeply into the cushions. She thought she heard a quiet groan from somewhere across the room, but that was impossible, she lived alone. A tiny itch caused her to rub her ass cheek slowly as she delighted in finally feeling like her old self again.  


“Oh come on, give a guy a break.” 


Sandy jerked around so fast she had to brace her arm on the floor to keep from tumbling flat on her face. After fumbling around to regain a sitting position, she stared at Rick, who sat across the room. 


“I thought you were a dream.” 

“Nope, I’m very real, but thanks for the compliment.” His smile lit up his face. “Are you feeling better?” 

“As a matter of fact, yes, I am. How can that be?” 

“Sandy, what I’m about to say is going to sound crazy, but please try and hear me out, okay?” He laid his hands on the arms of the recliner and slowly crossed his legs. It was obvious he was trying to affect a casual pose, which immediately caused her concern. 

“I’m listening,” she replied hesitantly.
“The man you danced with at the bar isn’t human.”

Wow, at least he’d warned her first. Sandy quickly scanned the room, disappointed to see her purse with her cell phone inside, over by the front door. It would be quite impossible to get past Rick from where she was sitting. Humoring him for the moment seemed the best course of action while trying to figure out 
a plan B. “May I ask what he is then?” 

“A vampire and a law breaker, but I promise he will be brought to justice.”

Sandy briefly studied Rick’s expression, so calm but also serious, then did the only thing that came to mind. She burst out laughing. Of course the most beautiful, compassionate man she’d ever had the pleasure of meeting was as nutty as a fruitcake!

“A criminal vampire as opposed to the model citizen kind, huh? Leave it to me to attract a bad one. Is his crime dancing me to the point of illness?”

“He took your blood without permission.”
Sandy ran both her hands along her neck. “Without leaving any teeth marks too. I appreciate that.” 

“He healed them, of course.”

“Riiight.” She nodded her head in agreement and slowly stood. “This is certainly a very plausible explanation for me not feeling well. Thanks for clearing everything up. I suppose I should call the police and make a full report?”

“I am the police.” 

And it keeps getting better, she thought, desperately choking back another round of giggles.
“Then I leave the situation in your capable hands. Be sure and let me know how it all turns out, okay?”
 She took a few steps and motioned toward the front door. 

“We most certainly will.” 

Sandy audibly gasped at the man now standing in the kitchen doorway. Shockingly, he actually fit her idea of what a vampire might look like. Long, jet-black, perfectly straight hair hung loose over his shoulders to fall below his armpits. His full-length leather coat hung open, revealing a black shirt stretched tight across his chest and worn blue jeans riding low on his hips, clinging to his muscular thighs. Even from across the room, she was mesmerized by his ice-blue eyes and sharp facial features. When he winked at her rakishly, a shiver of lust skittered along her skin. He looked bad and oh so good all at the same time. 

“Who the hell are you?” 

“Cassandra Morley, meet Tony DeLucia, my partner.”


Have a great weekend 
and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
scheduled
3:32:00 PMby Tessie Bradford

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Nano is like a sleek rocket car dipped in personal lubricant...


Warning: this is your brain on Nano! Being fast isn't always smart. Be cautious and practice sound judgement before you hit the afterburner.


I’m having one of those weeks that offers so much. I have to be choosy about where I spend my energy and time when I really just want to run away and get lost in a corn maze!


Its fall break from school and I have kids at my house all day and sometimes all night for so-called slumber parties, which are just squealing, retina burning game marathons that hold me at the threshold of REM sleep. 


We have zombie movies, pizza and popcorn on hand in case they wander out of the room seeking entertainment—or a snack of human brains!

I’m also planning a mini-Nano challenge for the month of November. You know Nano, it’s the sprint to the finish line, uber self-discipline, take no prisoners, make-mine-a-double-shot-espresso, balls to the walls, puffed-up sense of accomplish challenge where writers complete a 50k manuscript in 30 days.

I’m not exactly doing that.

I know myself too well. I’ll drive myself nuts, get coffeed-up and flame out 1/3 of the way from the finish line. I’m taking a shorter, softer approach to Nano. I’m aiming for a single short story of about 20k and I’m going for quality over quantity. I’m going to try a couple of new things, a slightly different “writing voice”, and a writing partner.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog I’m really looking forward to collaborating with the very talented and lovely Amber Skyze. I’m going to spend the next few days doing a little plotting and planning so the first story rolls on greased wheels like a sleek turbo jet rocket car, dipped in personal lubricant and strapped to the railroad tracks.

I wish! We shall see… Actually, I’m really excited about this. I’m excited about the collaborating part—not so much the greased turbo rocket car. That fantasy will have to wait.

Have you ever done Nano, or challenged yourself with a writing goal? If you have I’d love to hear about your experience.

XXOO Kat




Monday, October 24, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Is it Saturday already?


Usually I'm not so good in the mornings...

So please bear with me here.  I have a question to ask all my friends...it's important, so listen up.  You could win a free book.  Since the end of year holiday season is already upon us, I want to know what YOUR favorite holiday is.  Leave a comment telling what it is, then send me an e-mail explaining.  If I like your explanation, I will toss your name into the hat for a copy of Nothing but Sex.  If I don't?  Well, I'll still toss you into the hat, but I'll fold your entry up into a tiny scrap of paper so you won't be as easy to find.  LOL!


Seriously, I am totally into the holidays.  Not because of all the hype and the commercial junk...but because of the depth of meaning most of them carry for me.   I want to know what your favorite holiday is, and I would love to hear about your family or personal traditions.


If you want to leave the full explanation here to share with everyone, great...just send me an e-mail telling me you entered on the blog.  fran.lee.romance@gmail.com

The contest will run until next Saturday...then I will let you all know the winner.


Hugs!

Fran Lee

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Doing The Happy Dance!!

Isn't this beautiful!!!???
Once again, Resplendence Publishing has blessed me with a cover that far surpasses what I'd pictured in my mind while filling out the cover art request form! I have no idea how they do it, but I love 'em for it!!!
Sensations releases on November 9th.
Blurb:

Vivian Walcourt is completely out of her conservative, sheltered element when she finds herself at an ultra-exclusive adult club. Her free spirited best friend may think she’s in love with one of the owners, but Vivian doesn’t believe in whirlwind courtships.

Paul Landis never imagined the woman who has haunted his dreams for years would walk into his club with his partner’s fiancĂ©. More beautiful than ever, unattached, and worked into a heightened state of horny by the evening’s entertainment, he sweeps her away to experience the very special pleasures found behind the closed doors of Sensations.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Tessie

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Celebrating a finished WIP


(I posted this video just because its such an interesting scene. It’s perfect for the Halloween season and I love the soundtrack to Frances Ford Coppola’s, Dracula.)

October’s been a busy month and I can’t believe how fast it’s flying by.

Monday night I finished writing a 90-page romance that I started working on the first week of September with the intention of writing a 24 page Quickie…

The plan changed as I wrote, the characters immediately took me in some surprising directions. From one day to the next I had no idea where they would take me. I just had to have faith they would lead the way, and type. The story quickly morphed into something that really surprised me. It’s a little different from the content I usually write. It’s more sensual romance than erotic romance. I didn’t do that by design the character’s time period and personal ethics demanded realistic behavior.

I enjoyed writing this way and I wanted to challenge myself. There’s a contemporary romance with an affair from the past embedded within it and a switch between first and third person POV. This story has ancestor ghosts, a strong sense of fate and a journey of souls across seventy years of history to the present. Its actually two romances in one with a happy ending for the contemporary couple.

I know this is self-serving to say, but I blubbered as I wrote this story because bits and pieces of it felt so real.  Having this set of characters speak to me and share personal things, felt like a privilege. Finishing the story and pulling away from the creation phase was a bit sad. My mind is scattered today. I’m really hoping this type of character connection happens again.

Aside from all my WIPs that need to be finished, I have a new project to jump into and I know it will be fun. Its something I’ve wanted to try for a long time—co-authoring. The lovely Amber Skyze and I are going to collaborate on a set of short stories. She came up with an idea I loved and several big synchronicities quickly followed that pointed the way for me to say, “Yes” to this project in a big way. I’m looking forward to clearing the decks and making way for this collaboration. Amber is a good influence on me, not only does she have great ideas, I’m also hoping her speed and excellent work ethic rubs off on me! (I’m so slow…lol)

XXOO Kat

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Am I Becoming a Cougar? Nah....


Mmmmm..well....maybe....

I have discovered a marked preference for younger men...probably because the men my age are all too doddering and elderly to even know what to do with a female. LOL!  And younger men seem to find me...like I am a younger-guy-magnet or something.  Now, don't get me wrong...I certainly don't mind having younger men drooling after me.  I just wish these younger men were not all on Facebook, and all of them weren't looking for a hot romance author thinking she is some sort of love goddess or somethin'...


Sheesh!  Tonight I had a 27 year old from Nairobi asking me if he come see me when he visits the US later this year. NO!  NOT!  No frickin' way, kid...I can handle a guy maybe 20 years my junior...but one less than half my age is just out of the question.  BTW...what was the question? I tend to ramble.  Oh! Yeah!  Younger men.

I even changed my Facebook photo from the one I had taken at age 19 (because I figured I'd had about enough of these babes-in-arms asking if I was married and if I was lookin')...and I put on one that I took that night, making faces into my mirror for just the right expression.  No makeup.  Hair stick straight.  Bifocals firmly plastered over my face.  But did that deter the little snips?


No.  They seemed to like me older than younger.  No accounting for taste, I suppose.  I have to give them credit...they have guts to start schmoozing up to a woman old enough to be their mom...or their grandmom. Anyway, after totally discouraging the great majority of them, I just stopped bothering to answer them, and started deleting them from my friends list on Facebook.  Figured that would stop the little buggers.


Nope.  At a recent romance convention, I found myself once again having to dodge, bob, and weave.  And this guy was up close and personal. LOL!  Of course, I just let him play and then told him to go jump in a lake. The more I think back, I should've dragged the littler bugger upstairs for a go-round, but I didn't.  I am a lady, after all. Not a tart. (I heard that...)

Anyway, despite my timidity and aversion to getting involved with guys half my age, I finally decided...what the heck?  Don't knock it if you haven't tried it.  I found that I will certainly never knock it again. 


Anyway, I still don't think I have achieved full cougar status. But I'm workin' on it. 


Oh...you have no idea what a cougar is?  Well, read my book, Nothing but Sex.  That ought to explain it.


You have a wonderful day!

Hugs!

Fran Lee

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Don't Always Hate To Shop

Went shopping last night with my daughter. First we went to Toys R Us. My granddaughter turns 3 the end of this month, and is the only wee one on our Christmas list. I refuse to enter a toy store after mid-October, so we were shopping for both occasions.
The moment we walked through the door, my 22 year old WAS a 3 year old!! She squealed, had to pick up and touch everything that caught her eye, and when I disagreed with a selection, she whined! In her excitement, she knocked things off at least three shelves and she begged for her own set of Squinkies and Barbie hair extensions. By the time we got to the checkout we were laughing hysterically.
We left there and walked down to Halloween USA to get a new decoration for our front door. When we walked in, I immediately picked up a creepy hanging skeleton, then I scurried over to the various severed body parts. She disagreed with my selection, and I whined! We moved on to the makeup section and I wanted to buy new bloody slash prosthetics and she reminded me that my co-workers forbade me to gross them out at this year's Halloween Luncheon, and I whined!! We were again laughing so hard by the time we got to the checkout that people were staring.
We had a riot!!
Have a great weekend everyone~
Tessie

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Would Shakespeare by any other name smell as sweet?


It’s autumn and that means your local movie theater is shoveling Oscar bait into the churning waters of entertainment to see who bites.

The Oscar race officially gets down and dirty Christmas day with each major studio releasing some sort of somber prestige film to bring us down on what should be a joyful day. Several years ago we had five—count them five Nazi-Holocaust themed films to choose from on Christmas day at our local multiplex. I’m not making a political statement here but maybe that’s too many Nazis in our Christmas stockings? Spreading the serious movies out a little during the year is probably a better idea.

Take a deep breath. This year we get Shakespeare. This autumn several major studios are testing the waters a wee bit early with tried and true Oscar bait—Shakespearian material played by respected actors. I’m fully on board with this idea and two new movies slated to open soon look very interesting.

The first movie is a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s political tragedy “Coriolanus” directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes, due for limited release December 2. A bearded and beefy Gerard Butler also stars as Fiennes’ nemesis Tullus (now do I have your attention?)

The movie was filmed on location in Serbia and Fiennes has reportedly stayed true to Shakespearian language and storylines yet successfully transformed a tale of ancient Rome into a present day military tragedy.  As you’ll see in the movie trailer, Fiennes looks a lot like Voldemort with a nose but he’s so intelligent and talented I’m going to overlook that shortcoming.

In case you’re interested in this kind of stuff, and I always am, the trailer music is by Groove Addicts-the Beast at the Door.
 The second movie is “Anonymous” which puts forth the perennial theory that William Shakespeare was a fraud and didn’t author any of “Shakespeare’s” plays or sonnets.

This time the new suspect is the 17th Earl of Oxford. The Earl is dragged into the spotlight as the true author of the world’s most famous plays. A soulful eyed Rhys Ifans plays the part of the mature Earl of Oxford and gorgeous Jamie Campbell Bower plays the dashing, young Earl. Gifted Shakespearian actor and professional Shakespeare-basher Sir Derek Jacobi provides the prologue.

“Anonymous” looks like a big, rich historical dessert fashioned along the lines of “Amadeus”. The cast, costumes and setting are stunning. If you go to the website the original movie soundtrack is one of the most pleasing I’ve heard in a long while (the haunting music in the movie trailer is performed by Radiohead-“Everything in its Place”.)

“Anonymous” is due in theaters October 28th and I can’t wait to see it. Regardless of where you stand on the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays there’s certainly something here to spark your interest or encourage debate. This movie looks like a great adult day out with a long discussion afterward over a cup of coffee or a beer.

Vanessa Redgrave stars in both films. She must be the new Shakespearian go-to-girl. 

This is the link to the “Anonymous” website its full of interesting and very interactive stuff:

XXOO Kat

PS. I hope you caught a glimpse of  last night's big, beautiful harvest moon.

Ignorance is Bliss - Sometimes

For the last year I’ve been dealing with well, a high risk pregnancy, a new baby and other stuff. During that time one of my publishers fell apart and I was oblivious. Now I’m not one to bad mouth a publisher, but enough is enough.
Aspen Mountain Press has failed to provide me with royalty statements for the last year. I’ve received exactly 2 checks since October 2010 and both were under $15 for seven books. I’m sorry, but even if my books weren’t selling on their site, they are on the third party vendor sites.
As of today most of the third party sites have taken down books from Aspen Mountain and their home site seems to be unavailable due to maintenance. Yeah right. I’m hoping this is the demise of them so I can finally get my rights back and self-publish my seven books.
I have made several attempts to contact the publisher via, email, phone, snail mail and certified letters. Said publisher has ignored all attempts.
So this blog today is to request that if any readers want to purchase my Aspen Mountain books – PLEASE DON’T. Wait until the end of the year and you’ll be able to get them for cheaper when I self-publish them!
The moral of this story is to stay current with your publishers and make sure you’re getting statements and the money owed. I wish I wasn’t so oblivious and discovered this far too late in the game. Maybe I wouldn’t be battling to get my rights back.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Need 7 Sassy Tails? TALES?

What happens when 7 women get together for wine and giggles...and a sex toy party?
YOU get stories at 99 cents from a group who did just that!
To the left is my story, A LONG TIME COMIN' about a woman who is not going to wait any longer for her man to decide the time is right NOW for them to make love--or part forever.


Saturday, October 8, 2011

Win a PRINT book or e-book of your choice! Oktoberfest is here!


Want to win one of my print books?
(Or would you prefer one of my e-books?)
Check out my blog and you could win your choice of any one of my books.  It's heading for the holiday season, and I am feeling particularly giveaway-minded. LOL!

Just got back from a week at Romanticon, and I had so much fun, I just had to share...so if you don't have a particular print book of mine, and want to enter the contest, please do.  All entrants will win a prize...unfortunately, there is only one print book available.
The contest is easy.  And it ends at midnight on Halloween...so get going and have fun!

Hugs!
Fran

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Lets Talk Scary Movies



I realize that with DVDs, On Demand, DVRs, Netflix etc, one can watch almost any movie at any time, but I positively love the plethora of shiver inducing films and programs on my cable channels during the month of October. Bring on the vamps, ghosts, witches, zombies, monsters and slashers!!

Being prone to nightmares at any time of year, it’s extremely weird that I enjoy watching scary stuff, but I do. With my heart pounding, a pillow clutched at the ready to cover my eyes, and the little voice in my head screaming, “turn the channel”, I can be glued to the TV for hours.

Watching in the comfort of my own home allows the experience to be interactive. Along with gasping, flinching, and crying out in surprise, I’m able to shout out, offering my much needed advice to the players on the screen; “Don’t go in there.”, “Run!”, “Oh, you did not just leave the knife on the kitchen counter.”, “Seriously, in the basement without a flashlight?”!!!!

Horror films have the highest amount of too-stupid-to live characters of any genre, don’t they? I guess it makes sense, though. Slashers would be out of a job if there weren’t vacuous young adults cavorting together in all states of undress while not paying attention to creepy shit going on around them! Zombies are slow movers; it really helps them when people wander into the cemeteries at night. Werewolves appreciate lovers taking long walks under the full moon, and evil spirits rely on amateurs whipping out the Ouija board!

Here are some of my favorite movies:


Dracula – the Frank Langella version. He can suck anything of mine he wants to!
Rob Zombie’s remake of Halloween.
The Exorcist
Night of the Living Dead – the original.
Rawhead Rex - rarely plays on TV but well worth a rent.
The Blair Witch Project – full of stupid, but the last two minutes still freak me out hard.
Pumpkinhead
The Shining
Aliens
The Sixth Sense
The Amityville Horror
Poltergeist
Predator

And here are some I cannot watch again or never finished watching:


Pet Cemetery
A Nightmare on Elm Street – all installments!
Saw – all installments!
The Cell



What movies cause you to sleep with the lights on??


Have a great weekend~

Tessie


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

George Harrison "Living in the Material World"



If you have HBO lucky you! I don’t have HBO, I cancelled it a while ago because I was watching so little television and the movies HBO offered just weren’t my thing. I thought it wasn’t smart to pay for something I wasn’t using. But as soon as I turned my back HBO popped up with gems like “Game Of Thrones” and now this clincher Martin Scorsese’s documentary on the life of George Harrison “Living in the Material World”, which premiers tonight. Dear god, why did I cancel HBO!

I love George Harrison. Since the time I was little bitty girl he was my favorite Beatle. There was something very earthy and soulful about George’s face. All the Beatles have amazingly expressive faces. Paul McCartney’s brows floated upward in almost impossibly surprised arches, but George’s eyes pulled downward and his heavy brows seemed to reflect an older more serious soul that clearly felt the weight of the world and I was attracted to that.

I have two older sisters, ten and sixteen years older than me. By the time I was old enough to notice, their Beatle worship was well under way. My sister Christy had a little shrine in her corner of the “girls’ bedroom” where she lit candles and incense, chanted, mediated with prayer beads and drove our parents nuts. The central altarpiece of the shrine was a black and white poster of George Harrison riding a horse through the woods. I loved staring at the poster. I had a favorite book filled with N C Wyeth illustrations that I also loved looking at, and I remember thinking George Harrison was a mythical person, like the medieval knights N C Wyeth illustrated. I’m not sure when I put it together that Harrison was also the man singing and playing guitar.

“Living in the Material World” looks like it’s going to be something special. Martin Scorsese’s rock documentaries are wonderful. “No Direction Home” about Bob Dylan and “Shine a Light,” about the Rolling Stones, are must see documentaries for any fan of rock and roll. “Living in the Material World” was made with the full cooperation and blessing of Harrison’s widow Olivia, who also wrote the excellent coffee table size biography “Living in the Material World”. (Ssshh… My husband who’s a big George Harrison fan doesn’t read this blog, so please don’t tell him I just bought the last copy of “Living in the Material World” at our local Barnes & Noble and hid it for Christmas.)
Harrison’s son Dhani (who looks eerily like his dad) said the documentary was emotionally hard to watch because it felt like seeing his father’s life flash before his eyes, including the most painful moments. He suggests viewers “Plan on making an evening of it and don’t plan on going out afterward.” I’m sure it’s good advice to anyone who’s emotionally invested in George Harrison.

Part one of “Living in the Material World” premieres tonight on HBO.  Enjoy.

This is the link to the official website of “Living in the Material World”

Do you have a favorite George Harrison or Beatle song, or a favorite Beatle memory?

XXOO Kat

October


Yesterday on my blog I talked about cutting ties. In life sometimes we have to cycle things much like the seasons. October is in full swing now and while I’ll miss the summer I do enjoy a lot of things about this month.
The fall foliage in New England is just gorgeous. The brilliant colors of the leaves before they fall; reds, gold, and orange brings awe to me every year. October brings hot apple cider, doughnuts, apple picking and let’s not forget Halloween.
Up until eight years ago every October my mom, aunt, cousin and our kids would go apple picking every year. Watching the kids climb ladders or reach with little hands for the precious fruit was always rewarding as a mother. They’d pick out their pumpkins on the way out, not before going on a hay ride, ride the ponies and visit the haunted house. The orchard we went to every year had hundreds of vendors and the adults would come home with lots of goodies.
Then there’s Halloween. The DH decorates the outside of the house and has creepy stuff to scare the kids when they arrive for their treats. There have been a few years where some kids went running back to their parents without their treats.
That’s what I like about October. How about you?

Monday, October 3, 2011

The Girl with Laryngitis, the Wave and the Smile!

Who? Me. As you read this today, I wing my way home with Desiree Holt, Allie Standifer, and Brenna Zinn, all on same plane from Romanticon, EC's annual conference.
Yes, I was the one who waved and smiled, but did not talk. Couldn't. A WILD case of sinus and laryngitis (brought home from Barcelona and Sorrento?) shut my mouth. (And my doc set me up with STUFF so that, no, I was not contagious.  Just mute!)
Maybe a good thing!!!!
At left?
The Boqueria off Las Rambla in central Barcelona!  Jamon, anyone? Iberico ham, cured to a melt-in-your mouth savory delight. 
Expensive? As you can see from the signs, ABsolutely!