Some of the sweetmeats, Bella’s aunt might have had served from her kitchen in George Square.
Monthly Archives: February 2015
Round Robin Bucket List
I’ve now visited the Taj Mahal twice. The first time was over thirty years ago – how can this have happened? – and it was far more relaxed than the recent trip in early 2015. Notwithstanding the increase in security measures and the huge press of people, it is one of the most amazing structures of the modern world. So, it’s in my bucket.
http://goo.gl/4LWt1H Mariah’s Marriage UK
http://goo.gl/JjY907 Mariah’s Marriage US
http://goo.gl/P3lmzk Bella’s Betrothal UK
http://goo.gl/7mh8FI Bella’s Betrothal US
Fiona McGier http://www.fionamcgier.com/
Marci Baun http://www.marcibaun.com/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Victoria Chatham http://victoriachatham.webs.com/
Anne Stenhouse https://annestenhousenovelist.wordpress.com/
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
A.J. Maguire http://ajmaguire.wordpress.com/
Rachael Kosnski http://rachaelkosinski.weebly.com
Geeta Kakade http://geetakakade.blogspot.com/
Kay Sisk http://kaysisk.blogspot.com
Connie Vines http://connievines.blogspot.com/
Judith Copek http://lynx-sis.blogspot.com/
Rhobin Courtright http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com/
Christine Campbell Fascinating I Am
Christine Campbell, novelist, Women’s Contemporary fiction is the first Fascinating I Am subject of 2015. welcome to Novels Now, Christine.
First of all, I have to say, “What a heading to live up to!” I doubt if ‘fascinating’ is an adjective often used of me — but I like it!
Fascinating Fact One:
I don’t have a favourite colour, book, song, child or grandchild.
Just as I love different colours for different reasons because they are all different, so it is with books, songs, my children, and my grandchildren. I think it is amazing how love stretches and deepens. When stretched, it doesn’t get thinner so it can go further. It just grows and makes it possible to love more.
Fascinating Fact Two:
When I was approaching forty, I decided I’d like to trace my birth father. The only thing I knew about him was his name because it was on my birth certificate.
We only met once, so I didn’t recognise him when I found him.
All those years ago, he saw me, but, since I was only ten days old and asleep at the time, I missed the opportunity to see him.
The best thing to come out of it was, when I found him, I also discovered I had a half brother and three half sisters. I feel very close to the oldest of the sisters, and our brother, in particular. Once again, love grew and made room in my heart to fall in love with them too. Things didn’t go so well with the other two sisters, as they resented my ‘intrusion’ into their lives and rejected the sisterly love I offered.
I have been able to draw on the methods I used to find my father in some of my writing. Especially in Family Matters, my first published novel.
Fascinating Fact Three:
There is a theme that recurs in some of my novels, related to the search for my father, and that is my fascination with missing people, tracing people, and finding people.
I have five published novels.
Having always loved books and reading, it is a tremendous thrill to have my own books there on my bookshelf alongside some of my favourites. (Still don’t have A favourite! )
Fascinating Fact Four:
I am 26 years old.
I know, I know, my oldest child is well into his forties, and I have ten grandchildren, but, in my heart, I’m 26 years old.
I don’t intend getting any older, no matter what age I look, no matter the walking frame, the poor hearing, the poor eyesight, the poor health. I am rich in so many other ways.
At a cuddly 4’11’, I’m also tall, slim and beautiful.
Fascinating Fact Five:
I am totally addicted to chocolate.
So there you have it: fascinating is still not an adjective you’ll probably want to use to describe me 🙂
Christine is the author of five novels: Family Matters, Making it Home, Flying Free, Here at the Gate and her latest release,
Searching For summer is the first novel in The Reluctant Detective Series.
Mirabelle’s daughter, Summer, disappears one Friday night, and Mirabelle would dearly love to rewind that day and live it differently. Instead, she is left not knowing if Summer is alive or dead, went of her own accord or was taken against her will.
Casting all other concerns aside – food, sleep, work, relationships – in her desperate need to find the answers, she takes to the streets of Edinburgh in search of Summer.
Searching along wynds snaking behind old buildings, through ancient doors and tiny spiral stairways, showing Summer’s photograph to everyone she meets in shops, museums and nightclubs, Mirabelle becomes a reluctant detective, gathering clues, trying to make sense of them in order to find her missing daughter.
Set in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland,
“Mirabelle loved living in Edinburgh: loved the atmosphere created by a city whose main shopping street looked across the road to a castle, Edinburgh Castle standing guard over Princes Street, its severe façade softened by the gardens skirting it, the gardens themselves cocooned from the bustle and noise, folded into their own tree-lined valley, with paths dipping into and out of its depths.
She knew the adage, Edinburgh was ‘all fur coat and nae knickers.’ She was well acquainted with its underbelly, its darker side, saw its dirty linen, but loved it anyway.”
Mirabelle leads us through the streets of Edinburgh, up hills and through wynds, into parks and garden, and hidden courtyards. We get to see Edinburgh and Mirabelle at their best and worst as Mirabelle searches for her daughter — and keeps finding other people.
Searching for Summer
Available to buy now
Wolf Hall, or throwing some light on the subject
A new blogger in historical romance, April Munday, says this about darkness and light.
Like many others I’m really enjoying watching Wolf Hall on the television, but I don’t want to write here about the wonderful acing, or the fantastic buildings, the amazing script or the many beautiful objects on show, although it has all those things. I want to write about the candles.
Most period drama would have you believe that houses in the past were as well-lit as they are today when the household gathered to talk or to eat or to do anything else at the end of the day. I think Cranford is probably the only one prior to Wolf Hall that showed people depending on candles for light after nightfall and gave the viewer an idea of what that means.
Wolf Hall has had two memorable, for me anyway, scenes showing candlelight. In one scene Cromwell’s sister-in-law is putting out candles in the room where he is sitting reading…
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That Dream Date
Harlequin Mills & Boon writers are describing their Dream Date here:
It’s the week leading up to Valentine’s and everybody in the romance world is well aware of it. If they aren’t overdosing on how to work the Fifty Shades thingy into any and every post, then there’s all the rest.
Red roses, lingerie, perfume – or perhaps we need to call it fragrance…
So what was my perfect date?
Curiously, it’s a question I find hard to answer. Less curiously, that’s no bad thing in my book. DH and I have been blessed by many a lovely evening.
One that came to mind recently, however, was created for our wedding anniversary by our daughter and her friend. Aged twelve or thirteen, they set up a dinner date at home. They cooked using ingredients bought by the ‘other’ mum and for which I have the Sainsbury’s bill. They poured us G&Ts which neither of us has ever favoured, but hey, they saw it on tv. They washed up.
In the midst of the ‘children’ years, it was sublime.
So, what was your dream date? What is your dream date? There might be a dislocation.
The essence of a book is sometimes captured in a few words.
MARIAH’S MARRIAGE While Tobias, Earl of Mellon begs Mariah not to quarrel, the reader knows there’s a promise of lots to come:
“Oh, Mariah, let us not quarrel. We will be married within the month. At least your papa’s house contains plenty of books. You may practise throwing them.” anne stenhouse
http://goo.gl/NxYxj5 Mariah’s Marriage UK
http://goo.gl/pASdjp Mariah’s Marriage amazon US
BELLA’S BETROTHAL Charles’s frustration over Bella’s intransigence is very clear in this short extract:
…a solitary figure ahead among some gorse and shrubs. Charles thought she made a beautiful picture in her riding habit with the exquisite hat Jenny Menzies wished to inherit. He thought the girl might get it sooner rather than later if he followed his instincts. At that precise moment, he wanted to shake Bella hard. Then he would lock her in the castle in Strath Menzies and hold her forever. anne stenhouse
http://goo.gl/5RBzIm Bella’s Betrothal UK
http://goo.gl/PKptQg Bella’s Betrothal US
Mills and Boon Masterclass
Mills and Boon are running a masterclass in Paradise Road on 28th February. Price is a hefty £195, but maybe if you live in London that looks like a snip.
Details are here:
I once attended one of their days in Newcastle and found it useful and fun. If you go do report back and tell us all.