Thursday, September 03, 2009

Feature Review: "Loves Me, Loves Me Knot," By Heidi Betts

By Becke Davis, RBTB Contributing Editor

“BDSK: Bondage, Domination, Submission . . . Knitting?”

Okay, I’ll admit it: I don’t knit. I can just about manage chopsticks; you would have thought it was a similar skill set, but apparently not. I can sew on a button, I’ve done some needlepoint and even made a quilt. Knitting? No knack.

But this lack of ability hasn’t stopped me from enjoying the current craze of “knit-lit” romances, starting with last summer’s “Tangled Up in Love” from Heidi Betts. Now I’m totally jazzed about Betts’ delightfully twisted new yarn, “Loves Me, Loves Me Knot.”

Jenna Langan’s future looked rosy when she and Gage Marshall tied the knot, but it didn’t take long to unravel when he suddenly nixed their plans for a family. Divorced for a year and a half, she misses her brown-eyed, built-like-an-oak ex, misses the no-restraints sex, and has all but given up on ever having a baby.

Knocking out Gage – who happens to be a cop – and tying him to the bedposts might not be the most politically correct way to get herself pregnant, but Jenna is desperate. The mango margaritas she drinks with her knitting friends on girls’ night out are strong enough to make that sorta’ wrong seem right. Gage isn’t likely to complain, because what guy would say no to hot bondage, right?

Gage is more pissed off than unwilling when Jenna refuses to untie the silky boas that restrain him. He’s all for a night of sensual thrust-and-retreat, but no way in hell will he be her sperm donor. And if anyone’s going to be tied up, it should be his sexy ex-wife. He decides to play along – but this time, by his rules.

Heidi Betts makes love seem like a complex knitting pattern, and knitting seem like foreplay. She can make you laugh and gasp at the antics of her heroine, but you never forget these are people who love each other. Even when they behave badly, Heidi has you rooting for her characters to work out their problems and earn their happily ever after.

The next book in Heidi’s knaughty-and-knotty “Chicks with Sticks” trilogy, “Knock Me for a Loop,” is out February 2010. Pack up your knitting and brace yourself for a wild ride when you --

Buy the book!

Hang with Heidi online at HeidiBetts.com, w/ her alter ego, the delightfully naughty Mistress Heidi really nice pals at WIPs and Chains, and with her smart n fun Knit Wit friends at Must Love Yarn.
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100 comments:

Becke Davis said...

Am I the first one here? I wouldn't want to take the fuzzy pink handcuffs from one of Heidi's dungeon friends, so pretend I'm invisible.

Heidi Betts said...

I'm here, Becke--good morning & thank-you for the lovely review of LOVES ME. It had me LOL...& I already know all the details of the story. *vbg*

Like you, I won't lay claim to the Fuzzy Pink Handcuffs, since I've got a copious supply of my own...but the next poster may have to wrestle them away from Laura J., who claimed them already over at The Dungeon. LOL I am looking forward to chatting with everyone again today, tho...even if there's more drooling & lusting over Dwayne. }:-<

Becke Davis said...

Good morning, Heidi! It's gorgeous in Cincinnati today.

Since it's just us at the moment and, for now anyway, we're on our best behavior, let me ask you a few questions about your books and your writing process.

With this three book story-arc, did you plan everything out from the beginning? Or did you have a rough idea where the series was going to go and just run with it?

Also, what are you working on now?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Buongiorno, Bellas! Welcome back, Heidi, great to see you here again, and thanks for the honorary pair of fuzzy pink handcuffs yesterday from Mistress Heidi!

So I guess that means there's still today's pair of FPHCs to be 'won.' :)

Becke, thanks for this wonderful feature on LMLMK! When you handed this in, I couldn't stop laughing at the knitting turns of phrase. And I think you've definitely got most of us salivating for a little Gage. I mean, he's hot to begin with. But when Heidi told us yesterday that she based him on Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock? Yeah. We're SO there.

And I want to add that this cover's one of the best I've seen. It totally evokes the sexy nature of the book, but says the book's more than that; it's about two people who love each other, and have some fun stuff going on between them on the way to -- once they get to -- HEA.

Becke Davis said...

My first thought when I saw the cover was, why does he have his shirt on? But then after reading about his complex tattoo, I figured they didn't want to have to deal with illustrating that.

And, I have to say, one of my FAVORITE bits was when Gage reveals the details of when and how he got the tattoo, and what is hidden in it. I wanted to mention that in the review, but I'm trying not to give too much away.

And, yes, pity Michelle -- I had to revise this several times because I -- ahem! -- went slightly overboard with the knitting references. Plus I pulled some from the book. And after I looked up common knitting terms, well, let's just say I think Michelle was ready to come after me with knitting needles!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Not for nuthin, but you just might wanna head over to TwoNerdyHistoryGirls.com this morning, read the post and "give into temptation" by clicking on that very fine word. I'm still sighing and blushing. Who'da thought those nerdy girls had it in'm.

I say this, cause it's in the vein of those Sat AM Dungeon treats Mistress Heidi offers, only from a time gone by. And, probably a little more, em, naughty. If you can imagine that from Lorretta Chase and Susan Holloway Scott.

Becke Davis said...

I'll pop over there right now - BRB!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Not at all, Becke. But I thought the cover implies a committed relationship, a sexy Saturday morning in the kitchen... know wha'm saying?

of course, this is long before kids come along.

Becke Davis said...

Holy History Nerds, Batman -- you might have warned me to put down my tea cup before clicking "temptation." Zounds!

Becke Davis said...

Now that I've calmed down . . . yes, the cover does have a sexy-but-cuddly feel to it, doesn't it? Very nice!

Heidi Betts said...

Good morning again, Becke & Michelle. (And anyone else who pops in over the next couple hours.) I am back from working toward my buns of steel in hopes that I might one day justify a bun of cinnamon. :-p

Loved the great chuckle from the history site, btw. Esp. the caption!

Thank you so much for the compliments on the cover of LOVES ME. I had very little to do with it, of course, but SMP is gifted with cover art & I feel very, very luck to have gotten this one *&* the one for KNOCK ME FOR A LOOP in February. I was moderately disappointed the guy is wearing a tee, too, Becke, but you're right about the tattoo just being *too much* to attempt. As was my repeated suggestion that they just bring in Dwayne & take some pics of him. ;-)

On the actual serious writing questions *snicker*, because all the books in this series are so closely linked, with events in one playing into the next, I plotted them all out in the very beginning. Not every detail, but enough about the characters & storylines that I knew how they were going to be woven together. Then, of course, I had to elaborate & make sure I kept everything straight from one story to the next. :-)

And at the moment, I'm working on my first paranormal romance for Kensington Brava. Wrapping my mind around vampires after doing only straight contemp for a while is giving me a few fits & starts, but I think it's finally starting to come together. Oh, & after a brief hiatus from Silhouette Desire, I'm in the plotting stages of my first new book for them--the last book in an upcoming continuity series set in Colorado. It's going to be fun!

debbie haupt said...

Michelle, what would your mother say!!!

Wow that was an "eye opener" guess they made them bigger back then huh. Or maybe he was the porn star of their era.

Thanks Becke for the great review now I have yet another book to get, but hey this is the month to read right.

Heidi, your books look great, can't wait to get my hands on a copy.

Okay now back to reading
Ciao Bellas

Becke Davis said...

Heidi, you've made me curious about your vampire book -- I'm definitely going to read that one. Do you have a timeline on the Silhouette Desire? Another one I want to read!

Becke Davis said...

Debbie - I'm snorting at the idea of a period porn star, but I guess they might have had them. Michelle is the history maven here, I'm sure she'll have some insights about porn stars of the past!

debbie haupt said...

Well if that's what she studied then I can see where she'd like history Becke.
What about it Michelle, did you study porn in the Regency and Victorian periods, and if so what do they call that degree
;-)

Paula R said...

Hey Becke, love the review of the books. I really need to get to a bookstore fast.

Hey Mistress Heidi, I see we picked up where we left off last night. Did anybody go to sleep, besides me?

Well, I am awake now, so I might be able to keep up with everyone here...did Michelle finally translate what Rosie said? I was close last night, but I never figured out what chickens did...I am all ears...

Heidi, you have to reveal the story behind the naked knitting. I promise I won't tell anyone else...I am gonna get the book anyway...I will try to pick up Dwayne and tie him up for you...I will even hand deliver him...can't you see how desperate I am?

Okay, I will read what everyone said just in case you already answered some of my questions...

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Jeanne (AKA The Duchesse) said...

My, my, my you all are up to it AGAIN over here! Such Naughty Girls.

And OH MY GOODNESS on that nerdy history gals page. Ymmmmmmmm.

Grins,

Becke Davis said...

Paula (*yawning*) -- Well, I got some sleep anyway. Glad you came back -- these all-night parties are fun, aren't they?

Paula R said...

I have to pop over to that history site as well...I don't have anything in my hands or mouth, so my computer is safe...I hope they have a DO NOT OPEN AT WORK sign, if what I am reading here says what I think it's saying.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

'morning, Paula! Rosie kind of did, but it's pretty much like "when pigs fly," it's "When chickens pi**" (because, apparently, chickens don't, em, tinkle). OK. urinate. There, I'm a big girl. I can write the C word, but I can't write the P word, apparently. Not that P word, becke, stop it.

I learned this phrase from my husband's grandmother. When becke and the rest of us were at RWA, all dressedup in our evening finery for the RITA awards, Rosie and i were chatting about something and looked at each other and said the same phrase in Italian, the Chickens one. Bonded for life in such a classy way. My bad, cause I have a way of dragging down everyone around me. So careful if you keep hanging here, much as I'd love you to, it can't be great for your rep. :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Well, debbie, it's an advanced degree, highly specialized, a PhD, BiAW. (Big in All Ways)

You know, I think Loretta and Susan would be the ones to ask the question about Regency and Victorian porn stars. I know the naughty post cards were popular in the Vic or was it Ed pd. Not sure bout the Regency. But there must have been popular models at the very least, right? We need to ask them...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Heidi, I've ended up breaking my rule of never talking about other authors while featuring one. I apologize. I got very carried away by that engraving. This is a hard/fast rule of mine,and I'm really embarrassed. I'm sorry!

Becke Davis said...

Hey, Jeanne, great to see you here! And can I just point out that I have been behaving, sort of -- Michelle is the bad influence today!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Heidi, why did you decide on vamps as your para central characters?

And, I SO was not disappointed w/the T! I thought that cover was incredibly sexy! I kept it on my kitchen counter for days. OK, not just cause I'm messy, but because it really stood out from other covers.

Becke Davis said...

Paula - Yes, I recommend clicking "temptation" when you are free to exclaim without spewing beverages all over your computer.

Becke Davis said...

Heidi - Good luck with the buns of steel. I'd settle for the buns of a smaller person. I've been good so far with my tea-and-oatmeal breakfast, but notice I'm not writing this from the treadmill.

debbie haupt said...

Jeanne, don't you believe for one tiny minute that Becke isn't in her true form here. She needs no influence to be nauty.

Right bellas

Becke Davis said...

Yeah, about Michelle's story (Rosie, Nationals, Rita Award finery -- and, BTW, if I had smaller feet I would have stolen Michelle's cute shoes right off of hers). Can I say that it was bad enough when Michelle and Rosie starting speaking Italian and snorting hysterically, But when Monica Burns joined in, I'm surprised they didn't kick us out of the place. Oh wait -- that's already happened to Michelle and me.

debbie haupt said...

Oh Oh Becke, are you letting cats outa the bag I want to hear about you guys getting kicked out of places, did it involve nudity, language, drinking or all of the above?

I think this place just went from Bawdy to OUT OF CONTROL!!

I love it!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

I'd like to report there were 19-year-old footmen involved. but I can't, cause there weren't. But the 'kicked out' part did occur at 2am after martinis and sex talk.

Paula R said...

OMG, they really let it all hang out over there, huh? I always wondered about things like that when I read Victorian Lit. I mean seriously, who didn't wonder about Heathcliff and Rochester?

Thanks for the explanation Michelle. At least I was right about the chicken.

You guys are too funny! Becke, I have this sneaky feeling that you can hold your own when it comes to being naughty. Which one of the Becke's do you let out to show the naughty side, Martin or Davis? Maybe next year, I will try to catch up with you guys at RWATN. You all sound like so much fun.

Heidi, I am really jonseing (sp?) for your books now.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Your Grace! So lovely to have your presence among us. Always a pleasure to have a duchess in the pink.

Becke Davis said...

Actually, we were kicked out of two different places, but, hand to heart, we were on our best behavior. It's just that when the two of us start talking, we always lose the conversational "off" switch. Lights will go off, places will close, and finally security guards will, ever so politely, as if we would mind leaving!

Becke Davis said...

Debbie and Paula - Moi? Naughty? You must be thinking of Becke Martin. You can't take that chick anywhere.

And since we're throwing out hot links, I'm a fan of Heidi's Sexy Saturdays over at WIPS and Chains. Check out this one:

http://www.heidibetts.com/wipsandchains/?p=7579

Becke Davis said...

This was another hottie Heidi mentioned as a Gage possible:

http://www.heidibetts.com/wipsandchains/?p=7322

(I love Jason Statham in the Transporter movies)

Heidi Betts said...

*sigh* I can't take you girls anywhere. 8-0

Hi, Debbie! Thanks for popping in. You'll have to let me know what you think of Gage & Jenna...if you can wade thru all the historical porn talk to get to them. *vbg*

Paula~ I tottered off to bed shortly after you did, but I don't think we missed anything...esp. since we can just pick up again today. :-D And the naked knitting story is kind of a long one, I'm not sure I have the energy. LOL If you remind me closer to the release of KNOCK, tho, that would make a *great* post for WIPs & MLY!

Hi again, Jeanne! :-D

Michelle~ Think nothing of it. After all, I was feeling kind of sluggish this morning, then hit "temptation" &--whoa!--wide awake now! *snicker* And the next time you have Loretta & Susan as guests, you can just do a lot of talking about me to even things out. LOL

I'm so glad the LOVES ME cover had such an impact on you. I adored it the minute I saw it, but then, I tend to be biased about these things. *g* But I agree that it's *sooo* sexy & suggestive, while having a bit of a sweet, cozy feel to it at the same time.

And as for the vamps...well, this would be part of my usual habit of getting myself into trouble. I know a lot of authors specialize in what they write...all a particular historical period or all romantic suspense...but I'm mildly schizophrenic, so I want to do it ALL, preferably RIGHT NOW. LOL I have all kinds of ideas & even tho I "specialize" in contemp, there are vamps & werewolves & dragons (oh, my!) wandering around in my head, too. So I had this really great vamp idea a few years back & put together a proposal, but nobody seemed interested. Then just a couple months ago, out of the blue, my agent sold it for me. I was no prepared! It is not what I thought I'd be working on next! But I'm still really excited about getting the chance to to finally write this story...not to mention write for Brava, which I've always secretly wanted to do. ;-)

Becke~ To the best of my knowledge, the first vamp book will be October 2010 & the first new Desire December 2010.

Heidi Betts said...

He he. Well, Paula, that's what I'm here for...to get you all lathered up, the let you loose on the bookstores. ;-)

Okay, Becke, you found a couple of the good ones, but THIS is the one that had all the Darlings salivating for days. It wasn't posted on Saturday, but is what we in The Dungeon like to call mid-week "blatant beefcake":

http://www.heidibetts.com/wipsandchains/?p=7295

P.S. My Word Verification for this post is--I kid you not--ummish. Which is exactly what this hunk is...umm, umm.

Heidi Betts said...

Oh, & I just can't help myself. If you wanna see something cute, bop on over to WIPs today to check out my newest bundle of joy:

http://www.heidibetts.com/wipsandchains/

Heidi Betts said...

Btw, Becke, LOVE the "BDSK" thing at the top of today's post. Wish I'd thought of that!

Becke Davis said...

Oh lordy, lord, Heidi - I'd missed that midweek post (I'm always sure to peek at your blog on Saturdays). If Michelle's temptation hadn't woken me up, this one certainly did. Tall, dark and dangerously hunky doesn't begin to cover it!

Paula R said...

Heidi, did you just have coffee or are you still revved from the peak to the historical gent? It is so hard to keep up with you.

I hope I remember the naked knitting around the time the next book releases...I will have to mention it a little each day, as a reminder for myself of course...maybe you will break down and give me bits and pieces of the story...maybe you should make it a part of a miniblog each day...can you tell I really want to know the story? Hahahaha...you guys bring out the party animal in me...it has been a long time since I let myself go...

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Becke Davis said...

The BDSK just seemed to fit . . . but, what would I know about that? It's not like I read those BDSM books, right? (It's that Becke Martin again -- corrupting influence!)

Becke Davis said...

I've been trying not to get caught up in the discussion of naked knitting. SOMEONE has to behave around here!

Monica Burns said...

I'm with Becke on that cover. I LOVE that it's all clothes on. Things left to the imagination can often be a lot sexier!!

Heidi, I've read a couple of your books and enjoyed them (Christmas in his Royal Bed - totally Alpha hero)

As for snorting, Becke. I never snort, I sniff. I looovvve the smell of spicy, musk after shave on a man, and that guy who was listening to me read that night in the bar smelled yummy as recall. Even though I couldn't see him. *grin*

Becke Davis said...

HEIDI! I LOVE your kitten story! What a darling! I think you'll have to include that story in a future book.


We got most of our pets when the kids were little so as the kids went to college, our pets began to die. In the past two years our dog and two of the cats died, so now I only have one fat orange cat (and a bunch of raccoons, but that's another story).

We rescued one of our cats when our neighbors noticed a trail of bloody pawprints in the snow leading under their cement steps. This cat had found her way under the step and given birth to a kitten there.

The kitten had frostbite and needed surgery, but friends of ours rescued her and kept her. We kept the Mama cat, who was always a little strange after that. She lived 17 more years, though, so she had a good run.

debbie haupt said...

Um well if we want someone around here to behave Becke I guess we'll have to invite some one who will, so far I only see misbehavin here.

Becke Davis said...

I'm with you on the good-smelling guys, Monica! When my husband left this a.m. with a kiss good-bye, I commented on the yumminess of his his aftershave. He laughed and said, "You always say that when I wear this one, why do you think I wear it so often?"

It was a Lagerfeld fragrance, I'll have to make sure to put more of it in his Christmas stocking. (I know it's months away but his birthday is past.)

What about the rest of you? After shave or au naturel on your guys?

Becke Davis said...

Debbie - I blame it on Heidi's book. She put naughty ideas in my head.

debbie haupt said...

Aww Becke, that was sweet. It's good to know that the guys we picked out so long ago still value us.

I like natural scents like a really good soap. Not so much on bottled scents though.

Becke Davis said...

I agree, Debbie, and I credit my long and happy marriage to my love of romance novels! Nothing like fresh ideas to keep your marriage interesting!

Becke Davis said...

Well, plus I did pick a sweetie.

Paula R said...

Becke Davis, you made it to the first stage...admitting that you have a problem...lol...

I like the natural "soap" scent on a man, but I haven't had much to compare to, so that could probably change in the future.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Becke Davis said...

Paula - reading these books will help choose the right guy. Think of romance novels as instruction manuals! Although you may not want to try some of the things Heidi's heroines get up to.

Okay, who's trying to be funny? My word verification is -- I kid you not -- "horni."

Paula R said...

See Becke, everybody knows what is on your mind...even random word verification programs.

You know, I do look at some romance novels as instruction manuals. Some I use for things not to and others I use to learn some ideas of what to do.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Heidi Betts said...

He he. Well, I have to warn you that Laura J. sent that pic & also laid pretty firm claim to him right from the get-go, so you can look, admire, drool...but be careful if you try to touch, she may snap your fingers. :-P

Paula~ Wanna know a secret? I'm *always* like this. Seriously, people ask me all the time if I've been drinking because they think I'm just "a little too happy." But I hardly ever drink alcohol, & even when I do, one drink pretty much puts me to sleep. I'm a cheap date, sad but true.

And you'll get your naked knitting story...someday. He really did give me the idea for that scene in TANGLED, tho...in a roundabout way. LOL

Hi, Monica! Thanks so much for dropping by to chat. And thanks for the kind words about my books. Yes, Desire is all about the Alpha heroes these days. LOL My *most* Alpha to date, tho, is Linc in the REAL MEN LAST ALL NIGHT antho...he really pushed the envelope for me, but I figured anyone who'd be picking the book up for Lori Foster, Lora Leigh, & Chey McCray could handle it. ;-)

I'm with you guys on a man who smells good. There's a scene in KNOCK ME FOR A LOOP all about Zack's aftershave, & when you get a whiff of a good-smellin' guy, you just want to lean in & *inhale* him. :-D

Becke~ That is such a sweet rescue story! I just feel horrible for all the homeless animals out there, wandering around trying to take care of themselves. I'd take them all in if I could. The last thing I need is another cat, but since I am a certified Cat Lady, I guess there's always room for one more. :-P I'll have to run a poll soon at WIPs to come up with a real name for "Little Miss Interstate." (Who, now that she's feeling better, is quickly becoming "Little Miss Independent." LOL)

I think Blogger has a sense of humor with those word verifications. ;-)

Monica Burns said...

I adore Laugerfeld!!! But my allergies keep the DH from putting it on. *sigh* I get congested with just one whiff. He soap, which I buy at Merz Apothecary, is sandalwood and bergamot rolled in together

http://www.merzapothecary.com/

Becke Davis said...

Ooh, Monica, sandalwood and bergamot -- I bet that smells wonderful!

Heidi, as if I didn't have enough reasons to want to read Zack and Grace's story, now you've given me one more!

And, I know this is too simple, but your black cat sounds like a "Lucky" to me. "Blackie" makes me think of Clark Gable's role in the movie "San Francisco," an oldie but goodie.

Tonya Kappes said...

Becke thanks for having Heidi back today. It is a real treat reading her upbeat voice. I can't wait for Knock me for a Loop. Unlike Becke, I do knit and it cracks me up that Heidi can come up with all these funny situations!

Heidi Betts said...

Guess I'm an old-fashioned gal when it comes to manly scents...I go weak in the knees for Brut, Stetson, Aspen, Obsession. Of course, those are the oldies but goodies I'm used to & because sniffing too many samples makes my allergies to haywire, I don't spend a lot of time smelling out new ones.

Ha ha, Becke, I'm such a tease. ;-p I've been toying with the idea of calling her Tiara because of the beauty pageant-ish "Little Miss Interstate" moniker & she's also turning into quite the little princess. Soooo fastidious. Of course, I already had a Princess, so we can't repeat.

So, Tonya, did I get all the knitting stuff right in the books? I'm a knitter myself, but I'm not the most prolific or knowledgeable knitter in the world, so I tried to double check my details with my mom. ;-)

And wait till you see how I worked the knitting into KNOCK. I really wanted to make sure each story was unique & not simply the same old or the same as the previous title, so in each one the knitting plays a key role in a different way. It was a hoot working it into Zack & Grace's story, & I can't wait to see if readers are as surprised & amused as I think they're going to be. :-D

Becke Davis said...

Tonya - You must be a lot more coordinated than I am! What is it with knitting and romance writing, anyway? So many of my writer friends are knitters, too!

Becke Davis said...

Heidi - Tiara is such a cute name! You should get her a blingy collar suitable for a beauty queen.

You know you're torturing us, don't you? It's MONTHS till Zach and Grace's story comes out!

It's funny you should mention the old classic colognes. My kids used to get Brut for their dad a lot, and I still kind of like it. My husband picked up a sample size bottle of British Sterling recently -- feeling nostalgic,I guess -- and I was surprised how good it smelled.

Now my very first boyfriend -- that would have been Jade East. Are any of you old enough to remember that one?

My husband likes Polo, Eau Sauvage and Aramis. I've been introducing him to some new ones recently, too.

Jane said...

Wow, that's an awesome review, Becke.

Becke Davis said...

Hi Jane - thanks for joining us!

Laura J. said...

I was getting pretty worried there that I was going to have to break out my whip and fend off the hordes of woman trying to grab Al. He is MINE!!!!!! Thanks Heidi for warning them.

Becke-that was such a fun review. I loved it. Makes me want to read the book all over again. Have you ever considered writing blurbs for books? I think you would be great.

And what Becke said about including the cat rescue story in a book. How cute would that be heroine to meet the hero while she's running down the interstate to rescue a poor kitty?

Instead of thinking in months til Knock is released, I prefer to think in days. Only 151 to go.

Becke Davis said...

Oh, that's a great story idea, Laura! I love animal rescue stories, especially when it leads to romance!

Thanks for the compliment, Laura -- you didn't see how many revisions the review went through. I kind of overdid it on the knitting references/cliches the first couple drafts. I about drove Michelle crazy until she whipped me into shape!

Heidi Betts said...

Becke~ Knitting is very relaxing & in a lot of cases is something don't need a lot of brain power to do. I don't mean that in a bad way, so nobody come at me with sharpened needles! LOL I love to sit & watch a movie while I knit; it's a nice way to decompress after a day of having a zillion characters & plots & bits of dialogue flying around in my head. Of course, I also like to think of it as a lot of knitters being fans of romance novels, cuz we know a good thing when we find it. ;-)

Hi, Jane! Thanks for joining us! I agree, it was a great, very cute review. I told you all those knitting puns/terms could be addictive.

Hi again, Laura! Yes, I knew you'd want me all to give them fair warning Al was strictly hands-off. And do you think if I wrote the I-80 cat rescue into a story folks would actually believe it? They'd probably think, "Yeah, right, that's just a little over the top. Who'd actually do something like that?" Um...me? LOL Of course, I have also run into the road to save my own dog from getting hit & *stood* in the middle of the road until neighbors got home to keep their dog from getting hit. Sigh, the things we do for animals. :-)

Becke Davis said...

Aw, Laura, no sharing at all? You've got to sleep sometime . . .

Heidi - when I first got my nerve up to try fiction (instead of non-fiction, which has been my bread-and-butter for nearly 20 years), I went to a Jenny Crusie convention. One of the first things that struck me was how many women had knitting in their laps during the workshops. I wondered if it was a secret requirement or something!

Princess Bumblebee said...

Hey, Bellas! Thought I posted earlier and I come back to try again and what are you talking about? Porn stars and in teh Regency era, no less, hehe. I am shawked, I tell you!
Becke, Jason Statham in anything, actually, preferrably without anything on, hehe, is great for me. When I visited my brother in L.A. i was exhausted after beign up since like 2:30 that morning and was half asleep. All it took was one preview of him in his latest movie, his voice, that is, and I jumped and was like 'OMG!" lol. My brother thought it was hilarious.
Good job reviewing the book, by the way!
Congrats on your book, Heidi and they sound fabulous! And if you wanna help more animals, I just recieved my stuff from the animal rescue sight. Anything you buy form the Greater Good Store, an online store, goes to help feed and care for animals in need. They have pretty much everything!
And I'm with you on that. I would probably get hit tryign to save my pets, too, hehe!

Heidi Betts said...

*snork* Sorry, Becke, you're out of luck there. When Laura's sleeping is the worst time to try to get Al away from her...she's all spread out on top of him or he's tied to the bedposts... :-P

That's so funny about women knitting at workshops. I don't think I'd be comfortable doing that; I wouldn't want to give the impression I wasn't paying 100% attention to the speaker. But while watching TV or movies, traveling, in hotel rooms...oh, yeah.

Hi again, Princess! I love the Animal Rescue Site & Greater Good. I click every single day. Also for animals & the environment over at Care2.com. They're part of my morning ritual. ;-)

Becke Davis said...

Princess - I agree about Jason Statham. I hear he's a little on the short side, like a lot of movie stars seem to be. But who cares? My husband has been studying those pictures of the 7'2" woman in Ripley's Believe It Or Not -- she's with a normal sized guy, and I could see my husband working out angles in his head. So I guess sometimes size really doesn't matter! *wink*

I support the League of Animal Welfare, a Cincinnati No-Kill Shelter. I think it's important for us to take responsibility for the welfare of those who can't help themselves, especially animals and children.

amy kennedy said...

Great review Becke, and man, does this book sound good. Can't wait to read it.

Becke Davis said...

Thanks so much, Amy! I wish I could say the review was a first draft, but not so. These books are really good -- I'm eager for book 3 to come out!

Becke Davis said...

Are you ready? We're about to announce the winner of the prize drawing for a copy of TANGLED UP IN LOVE, the first book in Heidi's Chicks with Sticks trilogy.

Drumroll, please . . .

debbie haupt said...

May we hear a drum roll please!!!!!!!

debbie haupt said...

Oh any don't miss me too much but I'm taking off work tomorrow and so I'll be talking to you all on Tuesday. Have a great Labor Day
I'm going to be reading , reading , reading for Cystic Fibrosis.

Becke Davis said...

The winner is . . . PAULA R!

Becke Davis said...

I'm falling behind today, Debbie -- thanks for the reminder!

debbie haupt said...

WTG Paula

and No Prob Becke

Laura J. said...

Hey, now I don't hear Al complaining.

I have heard several stories of animal lovers that would do just that, so I think it could actually work. Maybe not in your paranormal stories, but definitely a contemporary.

Princess Bumblebee said...

Congrats, Paula!
Lol, Becke, that's a tall woman. And Jason Statham is 5'11", so that's not too short!

Becke Davis said...

All Heidi needs is us on her case to write another book, but maybe when the paranormal is finished?

Becke Davis said...

Seriously, Princess? He's 5'11"? Just shows you shouldn't believe everything you hear. (Not that it stopped me from drooling!)

Rosie Murphy said...

Temptation indeed! GAW! Love me some Edoard-Henri Avril prints! Now that's my kind of arteest!

Hello,everyone! Becke fabulous review-must read the book! And I agree with Laura. You have a knack for writing book blurbs! You know I have dibs if mine ever get covers! ;-)

Heidi, you mentioned your Real Men antholgy. Becke and I were just discussing that last night. It is on my TBB list which will soon hit the top of my TBR pile along with LMLMK. Who can resist the Alpha hottie?

Michelle, what "c" word would that be, pray tell? ~wagging eyebrows~ Oh, and what better way to bond than through a a bit of rustic Italian wisdom? As you know there's plenty where that came from.

Monica! I can't believe you remember what the guy smelled like? I wouldn't know, I was too busy stuffing onion rings in my mouth.

Paula R said...

Hey everybody, I can't believe it...Becke are you serious? I won! My heart skipped a beat when I read my name...I scrolled looking for more Paula's on the board...that has happened to me before...I am so excited...I can't wait...Thank you, thank you, thank you...

Mistress Heidi, I won! This really made my day...I am doing cartwheels in my head...not a pretty sight when I do them for real.

Thank you all for the congrats...

I think that both Tiara and Lucky are great names for you kitty, Heidi.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Heidi Betts said...

Yay, congratulations, Paula! Anyone who gets that excited about one of my books definitely deserves to win. :-D Will you please e-mail me (contact form is at my website) with your full name & addy so I can get that in the mail to you?

Hi again, Amy!

Rosie~ REAL MEN was so much fun to be a part of. It let me stretch my wings story-wise, too, because I'd never done such an Alpha hero or such a sexy story.

I'm not sure I could name a pet Lucky cuz I'd always be thinking of that joke about the lost dog...missing a leg, an ear, an eye, a tail--answers to the name Lucky. Yeah, right! LOL

I do have one named Harley, tho...not for the motorcycle, but for Harlequin cuz he's got 4 black diamonds on his back, just like the Harlequin design. He's Harley Quinn. *g*

Becke Davis said...

Heidi - I always liked the Agatha Christie character named Harley Quin. Never thought of him in relation to Harlequin books!

Rosie - Great to see you, although you've had a corrupting influence on this group. For some reason I'd been thinking that anthology wasn't out yet. I had to rush over and order it last night!

Paula - Congratulations! You're in for a treat with Heidi's book, but I'll warn you -- you may have won the first book in the series, but once you've read it, you won't want to miss books 2 and 3!

Rosie Murphy said...

How fun to win the book! Congrats, Paula!

Corrupting? Who, Moi? Noooo! You just have this uncanny ability to summon my naughty demons, Becke. I blame you!

Heidi, I can imagine what it's like to write with three awesome authors! It's a dream of mine.

Becke Davis said...

Maybe you should take up knitting, Rosie -- maybe's Heidi's enchanted yarn can make your dreams come true!

Rosie Murphy said...

You know, that might not be a bad idea. I need to find more ways to relax. One of my students informed me, today she could hook me up with "a little somthin" to help me calm down. >:-P
So, yeah, I'll look into knitting.

Becke Davis said...

No comment, on the grounds that it may incriminate me, yadda yadda.

Paula R said...

Becke, I never read a series without having all the books. I already made plans to pick up the second...I was gonna go to Walmart today, but plans change, so I will have to go check out my fav book haunts for tomorrow...so don't worry about that. I am going to have to check out her BL too.

Michelle, I would love to learn the explanation of the "c" word too...I got distracted by all the other going ons here to remember to ask last night.

Thank you guys again. I had a blast. I will swing by again later...going to my friends for dinner.

Peace and love,
Paula R.

Becke Davis said...

It has been fun, Paula, hasn't it? I'm sure you're going to enjoy Heidi's books.

Believe it or not, I've been working on story revisions in between visiting here. Didn't get any reading done today, but I did accomplish something.

Tomorrow it's back to garden writing. That's my day job, but you guys are so much more fun!!

(My word verification is "scutyra" - doesn't that sound a little obscene? Or is it just me?)

Rosie Murphy said...

I'm biting my tongue.

Heidi Betts said...

Becke~ I didn't knwo there was an Agatha Christie character named Harley Quin...how neat!

Rosie~ Ha! You'll appreciate this: My mom (a jr. high librarian) once had a student tell her to take the bug out of her a$$. She went out, bought a big, giant rubber bug & hung it over her desk. She didn't tell the students what it was for, but she told the other teachers that it was removed during her insect-ectomy. She also admitted she *was* being kind of a b*tch the day the student said that, so it reminded her not to get too uptight.

Well, everyone, it's getting late & things have gotten kind of quiet over here, so I'm assuming folks are beginning to wander toward their beds. Let me just say that it's been an absolute BLAST!!! Thank you so much for spending yesterday & today with me & for being so darn supportive of my "Chicks with Sticks"! I hope you all get a kick out of TANGLED & LOVES ME & KNOCK when if comes out in Feb. Please drop by The Dungeon...or MLY or Facebook or Twitter or *whatever* to let me know how you liked them. :-D

Happy reading!

Becke Davis said...

Heidi - Before I forget, here's a link to the Agatha Christie book:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Mysterious-Mr-Quin/Agatha-Christie/e/9780312981600/?itm=1&usri=1

It's kind of paranormal, so some people don't like it. Probably why I do!

It has been SOOO much fun hanging out with you yesterday and today. I'll be back to check out your Saturday hotties, and to see what you end up naming your cat!

I'm cracking up at the story about your mom -- I guess we can see where you get your sense of humor from. And I think Rosie and your mom would hit it off, too!

I can hardly wait to read Grace and Zack's story. Have a great weekend (Friday almost counts, doesn't it?) and thanks so much for visiting with us!

Leigh Duncan said...

Heidi! Sorry I'm so late in leaving a comment. I'm coordinator of Launching A Star & this is deadline week, so I'm up to my eyeballs in entries and judges. But I couldn't let your review pass by without letting you know how much I love your books! So witty and so much fun. I smile just thinking about them.

Becke Davis said...

Leigh - thank you so much for stopping by! I'll make sure Heidi sees your post. Have a great weekend!

Heidi Betts said...

Good morning again! I know I'm not officially supposed to be here, but Becke alerted me to a new post she thought I should check out & I'm *so* glad I did.

Hi, Leigh!!! Thank you so much for dropping in to say hi & for the fabulously kind words about my books. :-D I can't wait until your first book comes out with Silhouette so I get the chance to say the same. ;-)

Becke~ I know what you mean about sometimes liking the odd stuff best. I know there's one book on my Keeper shelf that everyone else seemed to hate, but I just loved, loved, loved it!

Oh, yeah, you'd love my mom. She's...unintentionally hilarious sometimes. She is known in The Dungeon these days as Madame Mommy Dearest, but no one believes me when I tell them she used to be in the convent. It's true, I swear--my mother the nun! LOL

Thank you SOOOO much Becke & Michelle both for hosting me & making the last two days so very much fun. I had a blast & will remember this for a long time to come! Hope we can do it again soon!

Thank you, too, to everyone who dropped by to keep me company & cheer on the "Chicks with Sticks." I hope to see you all at hanging out at WIPs & Chains! :-D

Happy reading!

Becke Davis said...

Heidi - now I'm dying to know what that book was. Thanks again for coming by and have a great Labor Day weekend!

Heidi Betts said...

E-mail me & I'll tell you. ;-)

Thank you again & enjoy your Labor Day weekend, too!