Sunday, April 30, 2006

More Pink Heart Members and their Hero's

Today we welcome a reader and a writer to The Pink Heart Society - Our very first reader (well, that's not entirely true - aren't we all readers??) - and unpublished writer is the lovely Amanda who gave us David Boreanez for our Hero Database earlier - for which we thank her muchly...

And next up is our very own Kate Hardy, author of Medical and Modern Extra romances whose book The Cinderella Project is out now in the UK. To follow are some of Kate's nominations (which interestingly enough overlap with some of Kate Walker's...)...


Both ladies are fans of Rufus Sewell from A Knight's Tale, a recent hilarious production of The Taming Of The Shrew and in the cinemas now with Tristan and Isolde... Quite often the bad guy it has to be said but wow, those eyes! He could be bad anytime he wants really...



From Kate Hardy we have Antonio Banderas with roles in films as diverse as Assassins, Zorro and as the voice of Puss In Boots in Shrek 2... Ooh, and do we love this pic or what?? Apparantly there's a story behind Kate's, erm, interest too. Maybe Julie will pop over and tell us...

And I really can't believe I hadn't thought of this one before - thanks for the reminder Kate and Ally - Of course, it's David Duchovny, mostly known for his work on The X-Files (which I watched avidly for all NINE seasons...) and Evolution (tres funny!)
A very deserving nomination for the Hero Database methinks...

And don't you love it when you get introduced to a new one??? I know I do! So thanks again to Kate for introducing Keith Urban, who from what I can tell is a country singer? Maybe Kate will pop in and tell us some more about him.... I know I want to know now...

The database is growing by the day and I'm doing my best to keep up to it, promise. It's a tough job...

Am also gonna do my absolute best-est to try and get some more of the links and articles added to the Society pages as soon as I can!

Friday, April 28, 2006

More Pink Heart-ers!!! And Hero Interpretation day...

I'm ecstatic to be able to welcome two more members to The Pink Heart Society so I hope you'll go visit the truly fabulous Kate Walker who as anyone who loves category romance will know writes truly, truly gorgeous hero's for the Modern/Presents line!
And another new member in the form of Nell Dixon who is a newly published romance writer and did a fabulous job of defending category romance recently on Romancing The Blog. WELCOME LADIES!!!

And now, lets have a look see if any of these hero's have been working for you, creatively speaking... Pick one of the three below and give him a name and a storyline and tell us all about him in your comments box version of a book back blurb... Can't wait to see the differnt pov's we have for each pic... lol... And it's just for fun... (less than 10k per comment would be good...)


From the lovely Natasha we have Martin Henderson of Bride and Prejudice... Also available on the Hero Database sans beard... So does this pic do it for you? Is this a potential hero?? What does he tell you when he looks at you with those baby blues???



Ooh... maybe this one is telling you a story... From the island I call home we have Colin Farrell... Is he as much of a bad boy in your mini-story as he is in real life??? Does the reputation of the men in these pics in real life influence the way that you would write them???


And having mentioned him already I just had to add a picture of ER's Goran Visnijc. What a guy. And so intense and brooding and wounded and... all those other lovely heroic qualities in his role as Dr. Kovac. So does this pic do it for you? Tell us about your hero...

Anything goes (so long as its clean enough to put in a comments box - LOL) - Med, Tender, Comedy, Sci-fi, Paranormal... tell us which guy you're basing him on and give us a quick blurb of your story...

And tomorrow we have more hero pics courtesy of the lovely
Kate Hardy. How on earth did I manage to miss David Duchovney this long???

Thursday, April 27, 2006

New Pink Heart-er and more pics

I am nerdier than 11% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out! Just had to try this when I saw it at Kate Hardy's blog... because I've spent so much time on the net of late that I was beginning to wonder...

Anyhoo... A BIG WELCOME to a new Pink Heart Society member in the shape of new Historical's writer Michelle Styles. Michelle is writing exciting new Roman-era set novels and her first Gladiator's Honour is on my tbr shelf as we speak... It's my treat for when I next get a break... And Michelle has been kind enough to make two nominations for our Hero Database. A woman of excellent taste obviously. If you would like a little pink hear for your blog/website just yell and we'll add your link to the Society's homepage to show that you love category romance as much as we do!!!



So first up from Michelle is James Purefoy who I first saw on the BBC production of Rome where he played a bad guy... But played it very well it has to be said! I can understand Michelle's interest completely! What do you guys think???


And Michelle's other nominee is Christian Bale, recently of the Batman Begins movie, but who first came to my attention playing Laurie in the remake of Little Women. He does have the look of a hero it must be said...

And you know, the guys you see as potential hero role models are but a nomination away...


Sean Patrick Flanery who 'grew up' as the Young Indiana Jones on our TV screens and was, to me, just the most romantic of hero types in an episode of Stargate SG1, where I find several potential hero's each season... And isn't this a lovely pic???


And last but most certainly not least, Matthew Fox of Lost. Which, thank heavens, returns to the screens here next week. Can't wait!!! It's one of those series that just gets under your skin I find. And leaving us with the shaft... well... nuff said!!!

More potential hero's to come and yet more added to the Hero Database page... And I'm off back to my revisions in the cave where my cold has developed into flu. Darn it!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

More hero's and a Modx hero...

Well, I'm trying very hard to work my way through my revisions. Aren't I a good girl??? AND I've yanked my bad arm from last year legging my brother onto my horse yesterday (my horse who then tried to, erm, unseat him shall we say...) AND I'm getting a cold... It's obviously too cold and damp in the writing cave.

So here are some more men to keep me warm in there...

Barry Watson from Seventh Heaven, who I found while searching for someone else. This kinda mistake every time I can learn to live with... And there are also some great shots of him with slightly longer hair for anyone who may have a longer haired hero in mind! Just yell and we shall supply them... This one's pretty darn good though...

And this one I had to give you two pics of because I used him for my book The Wedding Surprise and anyone who has read it will know that my hero, Aiden Flynn, had a beard at the beginning and was a tad 'unkept' so I had to show you the before and after pics.

This is Eoin Bailey, and he was in Band of Brothers (what a great show!) and recently he was Abbey's love interest in ER... Bring him back I say! Though, Dr. Kovac is quite yummy too. Whatever that girl's perfume is, I want a pint of it!!!

This fine looking broody chap is Billy Crudup who I recently discovered in the wonderful wartime drama, Charlotte Gray. If you get a chance do see this movie, it's very lovely and made me cry at the end... And he was truly lovely in it, French accent and all...

And that brings us to our first potential Modx hero... Those who may be faint of heart look away NOW...


Remember that nice James Penfold some of you were so taken with earlier?? Well, ahem, not just a pretty face apparantly...

And wait til you see that Raoul Bova one tomorrow... (fanning face rapidly... did it just get warmer here in the cave???)

All chaps duly being inducted into The Pink Heart Society's rapidly growing Hero Database... may you find great inspiration with the click of a mouse...

Monday, April 24, 2006

More potential Hero's...

Man, some of you guys are impatient... I'm getting through all your men as quick as I can - honest I am.

Ooh and for fun, I thought on Friday we could have a 'tell the hero's story' day... Lets see what we can all come up with...

For Donna who will give me no peace at all until I get to this guy... Jamie Bamber - another one I knew very little about until forced to google him. A British actor, currently in Battlestar Galactica, the series, but formerly of shows such as Peak Practice and Hornblower... And apparently (so Donna tells me) the man has a body...

Another one from Ally - this time it's Raoul Bova and again, barring the fact that he models and acts some, I know very little about him. Beyond the fact that both he and James Penfold have to go onto a Modx potential hero's blog page at some stage cos... well cos... (flaps hand in front of face) - wait til you see...

Josh Duhamel of Las Vegas (as suggested by Lis) - and little did I know til I searched him - also of Win A Date With Tad Hamilton - Hands up who'd like to win a date with Josh??? And this si a great pic, another one thats bound to have a heroine facing him and a story going on... It's all about getting the imagination going after all!

And that brings me neatly to another Josh, Josh Lucas of Sweet Home Alabama, Stealth and the soon to be released New Poseiden Adventure film... A more down and dirty, cheeky faced, stunningly blue eyed version of Matthew McConaghey and you have to see him in uniform in Stealth, really you do.

Anymore for me gals, have I missed one? Who do you want to see on our Hero Database???

Sunday, April 23, 2006

All in the name of research

Well ladies, I have to say I'm finding filling this Hero Database *very* educational...

There are potential hero's out there I'd never even met before and thanks to all your suggestions there is many a plot-a-brewin! The only real problem I had with some of these new guys is there were just too many pics to choose from... But please, please, keep em coming my way... especially now I'm into the revision cave... I could do with something nice to look at...

Today's nominees as suggested by you guys:



Ally Blake's guy James Penfold... I'm sure Ally will pop by at some stage and tell us all about him and what he's famous for... I personally think he wouldn't need to do anything much... And this is a great potential hero pic... very pensive, very sensual... So very definately about to say something...



James Marsters who, as we all know, played Spike in Buffy and Angel. Now in the series he had 'unusual' hair... which I found a tad offputting - but he did have a great character to play and has websites galore devoted to him so he's definatelty deserving of a place in our database. And this is not too shabby a pic either...

Heath Ledger (In A Knights Tale mode, especially for Lis) - And can I just say, I could have spent hours picking out a pic for this guy. Really I could. But I settled for that smile... You just know there's a heroine to his right getting the full benefit of it, don't you??? I hate her.

Michael Vartan of Alias and was it Never Been Kissed? Oh my, the kiss at the end of that film... And he has that great voice, and the ability to jump from dark to nice. And... well... I have the perfect heroine for him... Thanks to our Natasha Oakley for this pic...

And oh my oh my oh my do I have some great ones still to come - Watch this space...

Saturday, April 22, 2006

See what you've all gone and done?

Well... we've had such a good response to my call for hero's that I've had no choice but to get the Pink Heart Society it's own pages... Including the rapidly growing Hero Database where everyone can 'shop' for their new hero... Who gets to go in there is entirely up to all you guys... Hee hee...

And to add to the excitement my very good friend Natasha Oakley has started a blog too... Now who else can I corrupt...

Todays inductees into the Hero Database are suggested by all you guys... so it's all YOUR fault...




David Boreanaz - Of Angel and Buffy Fame... How could we not have him in the database.... And wow does he sell a white sweater or what???



And Sean Bean - Which is a bit timely really as he's about to hit our screens over here again with the rather dashing role of Sharpe. I swear, no-one else but him could play that role now...




Jeremy Northam - Now I have to confess I really didn't get what Natasha and Ally were talking about with this guy... But then I found this pic... Now I get it!



And finally for today - Michael Wetherley - Of Dark Angel and more recently NCIS - I will confess I wasn't much of a fan when he was in Dark Angel because he stood been Alec and Max but in NCIS he's much nicer and one heck of a lot funnier... Why-oh-why did they have to kill of that work mate of his before things got good??? And he just has the best jawline, and really good hair... and there's something about a hero with glasses...

Okay... so that's today's nominations for the Hero Database... keep em coming gals...

Oh, and remember I said I could feel revisions in my future with Baby Makes Three??? I may have to just go out and get a set of tarot cards... Cos apparently I can see the future! And the future is HERE...

Friday, April 21, 2006

Which all brings us back to The Pink Heart Society

Remember this little guy???

For the uninitiated, back in January we came up with The Pink Heart Society, the past posts of which you can find here. The aim of our little unoffical club was to bring together supporters of category romance, and for the fun of it, we started the Pink Heart Hall Of Fame, where we took in movies, shipper-shows and the like that backed up our love of all things that supported category romance. We love category romance, right??? And we're not afraid to say it! So, if you want a little pink dancing heart to show your support on your blog or on your website, just send me your e-mail addy and I'll wing one across to you... I'm even going to dedicate a page to it on the website this month (just as soon as I do my updates - which are woefully overdue!)

Thing is, we never quite got round to adding the Hero Category of the Hall Of Fame. We kinda played with it in February, but never got round to the inductees... So, ladies, you wanna help me put together a Hero Data-base for all of our use??? Mmm??? You put the names forward and I'll do my utmost to add at least one a day to induct... I know, it's a tough job, but someones gotta do it... Man, the things I do for my art...

So, so far this month we have;



Jensen Ackles from Supernatural fame...





Nathan Fillion from Firefly/Serenity and now Slither...




Kyle Chandler from Early Edition...



And Hugh Jackman from just about every film you can think of...



So, who else should we induct to The Pink Heart Hall of Fame's hero listing??? I'll check back to see who else we had suggested in February and we'll just take it from there shall we....???

You have the power to make hero's ladies...

And for Sharon J....

Especially for Sharon J, who asked for the inspiration behind Sean O'Reilly in the pineapple book O'Reilly's Bride...

Meet Kyle Chandler, a hero casting from well before I even knew I was casting hero's... He was the lead in a TV Series called Early Edition, about a guy who got tomorrows edition of the paper today and had to try and avert catastrophies before they could happen. Kyle was yummy in this role... Trust me! So, this was the look I always had in mind when I first thought up Sean... I have a bit of a thing about tall, dark and handsome...

But a lot of Sean's personality, his wise cracks, his confidence, his over-all cheek and that gleam in the eyes, came from a film I discovered at the time called Animal Attraction... (released in the States as Someone Like You) with Hugh Jackman as the lead. He was a wise-ass director of a Tv Chat show and the role as hero of a romantic comedy and the Tv connection gave me the basic building blocks for Sean O'Reilly. Add this pic of Hugh looking a little darker and you have the troubled side of Sean, et voila!

Maybe Ally has the right idea with the whole combining hero's thing after all... (Don't tell her I said so will you???)

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Ally Blakes wish-list...

So, after much debate and some negotiation both on and offline I am reaching a compromise with Ally Blake about what she may *borrow* from the lovely Nathan Fillion for her hero....

She asked for his fringe... So here it is... And a rather lovely fringe it is too. Even Joss Wheden remarked that he thought that Nathan was a hair actor...

She asked for the twinkle in his eyes... so here it is... And can I just say that even the big screen doesn't do justice to how blue they are... Blue eyes and dark hair are a very lethal combination for ANY hero, n'est pas?

His crooked smile... okay... much as it kills me to let this one out on loan (cos I use it HEAPS) and have done since before I even knew they really could exist in real life... Here it is...

And his broad shoulders... sigh... every hero should have them... I think I'm doing remarkably well myself. And I really can't wait to see all this pieced together with bits of her Tom... Maybe she'll throw something together for us over at her blog???

The photo she requested I am also prepared to let her have on loan and I'm absolutely fine with that... hee hee... cos I have these...

And plenty more where they came from... Oh dear, there goes the potential stalker thing again....

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Sharing a hero? Should it be allowed??

And it's still a raging debate over at Ally Blake's place... Grrrr....

Not only has she now gone and told the world that it was ME who supplied all her photos of the hero worthy Nathan Fillion (therefore confirming my potential stalker-esque catagorization...) she has now confessed to having seen him in real life and forgetting about it!!!!!!

I ask you?! Does she sound worthy of him???

Now it's not that I doubt Ally's capabilities of producing one hell of a hero at the end of the day... I read all her books and have yet to find one of her hero's un-drool-worthy... But, I mean, has she given Nathan the time he deserves, the hours of dedicated study and respect for his work and the fact he's a genuinely all round good guy in real life?? (that still sounds stalker-ish doesn't it?) I just feel that with Tom (aka dancing boy) she has more opportunity for research (I'd never heard of him so it's obviously an Aussie thing)...

Which begs the question too of whether or not we would be encouraged or discouraged from enjoying a book if we knew who the authors had based their hero's on? If someone doesn't like dancing boy and they are put off by knowing Ally's Tom is based on him would they go ick? Can I do that to Ally and live with myself afterwards?? Should I share this lovely man with her or draw up rules over what attributes she may use? Ok... timeline wise, she may have seen him first, but she forgot!!! Whereas I've been hooked since day one. And not just by the fact he doesn't look like he was run over by a bus... He really is equally hero worthy in real life...

So the debate continues... I still think that voting dancing boy on Ally's blog would help me sleep better... What do you think guys??? And what attributes can one allow to be shared??? Keep it clean please....

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

In urgent need of YOUR HELP!!!!

Well, I've done my best to keep my secret adoration of Nathan Fillion under wraps but I'VE BEEN OUTTED!!!!

And now I need YOUR help dearest blog visitor...

Because my real life hero has been STOLEN by that wicked woman Ally Blake who is trying to cast him as hero in her new book!!!!!!!! SHE-MUST-BE-STOPPED!!!!

You can read the greater debate on her blog at eharlequin where she tries to tell everyone she feels guilty about trying to steal him. But do we believe her????

So, help me to save the potential love of my life and the hero of many books yet to come by visiting Ally's Blog and voting for THE OTHER GUY on my behalf... Think of the poor single Irish gal v's the happily married Aussie....


Help me out here gang.....

A break is as good as a rest

Sometimes, as writers we can just push ourselves too hard. Deadlines are of course, byt the very nature of the word, killers. They can be very motivating in one sense. I, for one, might have quit and become an alocholic for a while had it not been for the deadline I had on Baby Makes Three. But by setting ourselves tight schedules, like I have for this first year writing full time, we run a very high risk of burning out. And I have been coming darn close this last while...

In fairness, since I quit full time work at the end of September I have managed to complete three manuscripts, one to a new line, and am two thirds of the way through my first ST. But I have also critted three full manuscripts, worked with two friends to pitch a continuity series and took up doing this blog. So its not like I haven't done anything for the last six odd months...

It took this last few days off over Easter for me to catch my breath again. And I'm really glad I took that time. Because we all need time to refresh the batteries and wind down from one book before we pitch into another. At the start the main struggle is just finishing one. Getting from that initial outline to pulling it all together and making it through the difficult days to the words The End. That can be challenge enough. But then you have a tendency to forget what comes next...

For the lucky ones that sell their first book, the biggest challenge is the second one. And in many ways you can feel far more pressured on your second than you did on your first. Then there's what I loving coined The Pineapple Book (a phrase which is catching on... wonder if I'll make it into the Oxford English Dictionary one day??). It's the book that was the worst to write, felt like an uphill struggle the whole way, like giving birth to a pineapple, with that spiky top still on! And after all that, the thing that starts to worry you, is staying fresh with each new book... I have nightmares about this, I swear. I know I have phrases and descriptions I already repeat to one to the other. All part of my 'unique voice' my ever patient editor says. But I'm noticing them more and more these days. And in worrying about things like that I find I trip myself up more often and come to a depressingly grinding halt.

These last few days I have been outside more, thanks to the changing season, and I finally got to start taking my horse out each day. It's my down time. And although I knew I'd missed it, I hadn't realized just how much. It's my time to focus on nothing beyond my horse and the scenery around me. And it has helped immensely... Which is timely, as my Ed is back to work tomorrow and it's time to talk scheduling and Modern Extras. I would love to get this ST finished before the next Modx if I can but tomorrow will soon tell the tale time wise. And at the end of the day, I have to go with the paying gig... I guess thats a choice we all have to make at some time or another...

In the meantime, I found some more great pics of my hero to help me along with Fighting Fate. The beauty of having a photo of each 'mood' is that I can describe facial expressions better. They give me a reference point... Well, that's my excuse for trawling the internet anyways...

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Happy Easter Weekend

Hope everyone has a lovely Easter Weekend!!!! And eats way more chocolate than I'm allowed to...

Here, Easter signals the start of the holiday season, when Co. Fermanagh comes to life. It's a very rural county, think National Park with permanent residents. So in the winter the whole place goes to sleep. Animals come in off the land, boats come off the lakes, holiday centres take the odd school group. But basically the county goes back to nature. Then from Easter onwards things start to change! Some folks may be brave enough to holiday a little earlier in the season but really, it takes it to be Easter before the temperatures raise enough to make it bearable on the water. And it was the water that brought me here from Co. Antrim. Friends of mine would do watersports for a couple of weeks each July and I tagged along one year. A year or two after that and I found myself living here. And now I can't imagine being anywhere in a city again.

So I can completely understand why people head down here for their hols. Yesterday I went to Castle Archdale, where the Flying Boats where stationed in WWII, and the place was packed. Caravans, campers and camper vans as far as you could see. And people milling everywhere. It's a temporary community of sorts. But one that people tend to come back to year after year and I think that's lovely. I miss that from my own hols as a kid...Sigh... So thanks to all this renewed buzz of activity, I know I will soon be able to write outside, that soon the grass will green up and dry out so that the horses can go out and there'll be less yard work to do... and I can look at them while I write... Bring it on...