Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Three Little Words: Hot, Hot, Hot

Yes. "Three Little Lies" is this week's feature, so head on over to Romance: B(u)y the Book to read my review and author Liz Carlyle's AuthorView.

While you're there, Bellas -- Oh, please do listen to me on this one -- check out this week's Old Flame, "Hot Water," by Kathryn Jordan.

If you buy one book this summer for the sheer pleasure of it, I recommend "Hot Water." It is unbelievable.

After she checked us out here last week, Kathryn wrote to tell me she was amazed. She'd never seen him before, but Eduardo Verastegui is William, the hero of the novel.

Come visit with Kathryn when she GuestBlogs July 20. Believe you me, if you read "Hot Water" before she gets here, you'll have puhlenty to chat about with her.

Julia Quinn "2nd Epilogues" Contest Winners!!!

Maria Acevedo Nearon * MaryKate * Kathy Fadel
Lindsay Hoffman * Terri Wyman * Kimberly Brandt

Brittney Hale * Ruth Kamb * Jeannie Sena * Kim Cagle

Congrats, Bellas! Your prize will come soon from HarperCollins/Avon. Thanks to all who entered. New contests coming up soon!


Rach said...

Yet another mighty fine yummy kind of guy =). Now, off to read some more ;-).

Julie in Ohio said...

There is just something about a guy in a worn t-shirt and dusty jeans...tight,dusty jeans.

Julie in Ohio said...

There are not enough hours in a day for all of this "homework" that I need to do. *sigh*
But as a dutiful student, I will push on. *g*

"Hot Water" sounds really intriguing. After reading your review of the book, I went to the Kathryn's website. Wow. This woman has been had such an adventurous life. I can't wait to get this book.

amy kennedy said...

Tight, bulgy, dusty jeans.

I have always admired the name Eduardo...

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

What have our worlds come to if we've got a snaxy pic of Eduardo (not wet, I'll grant you) but all we can talk about is our cats and kids over at the last post?

I'm tired. I want a nice bowl of pumpkin.

Rach said...

Now why do I feel as if that comment is a mild reprimand for me? =)

I guess the problem is I live in my dream world for only small bits of time and then reality unfortuantely intrudes. Snaxy man and then, bam!, your sister lets the demon dog out of the house and you have to chase her down.

See, short lived fantasy. Maybe if he were wet...mmmmmmmmm.

Julie in Ohio said...

Sorry, Michelle...but it was cute story.

However, I did mention his nice tight dusty jeans...but I will add that nice big belt buckle. What do you suppose that's covering up?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

No reprimand intended. I'm just feeling the need to be entertained again. Selfish of me, isn't it? Feel free to talk about kids, dogs, cats, husbands as you will. In fact, I was just thinking how we haven't had a good discussion about why we love our husbands lately. Too many pics of wet men, maybe? I always try to give the Bellas what they want, but sometimes I don't quite hit it.

Me? I think I need to step away from the computer for a few minutes. Been here all day. Did something weird to my Outlook setup and can't get it straightened out. Major stress.

Also had a total "so wish I hadn't written that" day earlier. Why oh why must we second-guess ourselves? I mean, one minute I feel like i've got it all going on, the next? Total incompetent.

I think I need to read a little romance while my kids are busy playing. They haven't screamed in a couple hours. I should have a good ten-fifteen minutes.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Really, again. I'm very sorry if I sounded as though I was smacking you down.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Do you think it's an over-compensation issue? I don't know about the whole belt buckle thing, but it looks good on him. Wh0 introduced us to him? Was she a regular Bella?

Rach said...

I feel bad for you work at home moms trapped inside with your little darlin's no that summer is here.

Okay, why I love my hubby. I'm always *majorly* stressed out during the last week of school. It is sheer utter chaos and Hell all rolled into one. So, the last day of school, he comes home with flowers, tells me to go upstairs and rest while he takes care of the girls and gets dinner on the table. Then, he cooked, set a romantic table and cleaned up the kitchen. =) It's nice to have a guy who hasn't lost the romance after seven years of marriage.

BTW, Michelle, is your's back in town yet?

Oh, and Manda, I think Michelle may be in need of some limmericks ;-).

Rach said...

Nah, the belt buckle is merely an adornment =). I don't remember who introduced us, but I'm grateful *grin*!

Julie in Ohio said...

I don't know who did it but let me add my THANKS in there.

He does have that cowboy thing going on. Who doesn't love a ruff 'n tuff cowboy?

Don't worry about the apology, Michelle. I know I can get carried away sometimes when it comes to talking about my kids. I often need a good smack down. *g*

I don't know what you said that made you second guess yourself but if it was said here I didn't notice anything amiss and if it wasn't said to us then it doesn't really matter anyway, right? So it's all good. Don't worry, be happy! *G* :o)

Rach said...

Oh, yeah, meant to comment on that one. I haven't read anything remiss, Michelle. Don't sweat it. Really!

Julie in Ohio said...

Why I love my husband; an essay by Julie

My husband is not the romantic type (anymore). He isn't thoughful (often). He doesn't do those little things that make you say "ah" (mores the pity). He say the right things at the right times (sob). He doesn't initiate the kisses (I usually force them on him).
My husband is the rough and tough type. He is the most handsome man I've ever seen (yes, that includes Mr. Snaxy) He is there when I need him. He will grumble about it but he never lets me down. When he does do those little romantic things, like bring home flowers or cook dinner, it makes them all the more special. He does make sure we have everything that we need. And the biggest reason I love my husband is HE'S MINE.

See what you started. Now all of my responses will be in essay form. *g*

Julie in Ohio said...

correction: He DOESN'T say the right things at the right times.

Vivi Anna said...

If I had a husband this would be why I loved him so..

Because he always puts me first.

He worships me and my body on a daily basis, sometimes more than once

He cooks for me

He helps out around the house when I ask him, without grumbling about it

He leaves me alone when I'm working or when I don't feel like talking

He understands my affinity to run aroudn the house and cry when I get a new book deal, and he thinks it's adorable

He likes that I never ask him what he's thinking, because I just dont' care

He does all these things willingly because he knows that I love giving BJ's and he'll never go more than a week without getting some!

Rach said...

Too funny, Vivi! Hope you find him, he sounds divine =).

Rach said...

Okay, I just finished OTWTTW and it was WONDERFUL!!!! Yay!

Just waiting for the rest of ya'll to finish so we can chat =).

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

OK. So now I'm laughing and crying at the same time.

Vivi: When you find your husband, he and mine will have lots of things to talk about.

Rach and JulieO: I love your husbands. And I mean that in a purely platonic "he's cool cause he's yours" way.

My husband's out of town til tomorrow nite. I think I'm hormone-y. And over-tired.

OK. Ahem. Why I Love My Husband.

I love my husband because he's romantic when I remind him to be. Because he forgets everything -- and I. mean. everything. -- but keeps trying. Because he equates coming home right from work every night and bringing home a paycheck with love. Because he laughs and groans at my columns and blogs even when they're at his expense, or have really snaxy guys in them. Because he's crazy about our kids and thinks being a dad is the greates thing that ever happened to him. Because he got really sick of hearing me talk about Nathan Kamp, the first snaxy guy I've ever talked about to him.

I was in a meeting recently with my new supervisor and he seemed a little chagrined when I told him we talk about our husbands here. I was a little nervous, so I never corrected his impression, which must have been that we bash the poor guys.

I don't remember our ever doing it. I remember our calling them our heroes, the loves of our lives, the guys who got us over our painful love experiences.

Isn't that cool? We go, girls!

Kati said...

Woohoo! I won, I won, I won!!!

Yay! Thanks Michelle (I knew all the sucking up would are beautiful AND smart!), Julie Q and Harper Collins! I'm thrilled!

Kati said...

Vivi - Clearly your not-husband and my not-husband are out playing golf! :-)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Well, I gotta say that smarmy sucking up does help my ego. :) But I did it the very scientific way: everybody's email got written on a separate slip of paper, tossed around in the bakery bag (empty and not sticky), then I pulled out ten with my eyes closed.

I was hoping the usual subjects would all win, but, alas, it was not in the plans of the Blog Gods and Goddesses.

But, enjoy., says Michelle, grumbling because she has to pay for the downloads if she wants to read them...

BTW. Vivi. Your husband-to-be is gonna be a most happy feller, he just doesn't know it yet. :)

Rach said...

Congrats, Marykate! How wonderful--you're gonna love 'em! =) Oh, and you and Vivi have me LOL!

Michelle, all our men are fantabulous (even the "not-husbands"), and if they weren't, we would have to stage an intervention =). I know it sounds cheesey, but I fall a little more in love with the hubby every day. Everytime I see him with the girlies I just melt.

It seems to me a lot of people today forget that marriage is not that being "in love" feeling all the time, but instead daily life and all that goes with it. It's not often pretty, but I wouldn't trade those moments for anything.

AS for the hormone-iness, well, lay in a large supply of chocolate and go read that TM book we're all so jealous you have ;o).

Kristi Cook said...

Why I love my husband...because he'll take the girls to the park and spend all day riding bikes, playing mini-golf, eating snowcones, just so I can have the day at home to write. He'll also take the girls to ballet class on Saturdays so I can stay home and write. And because if I need bookmarks, fliers, shelf-talkers, or *any* other printed materials, I just email him my file, and a week or so later, he comes home with boxes and boxes of 'em for me (he owns a commerical printing company--a definite perk and points in his favor!). And because he's never EVER read a romance novel, but he's read ALL of mine in manuscript form and tells me they're terrific! And 'cause he bought me the cool Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Racing jersey that I'm wearing right now. Oh, and because he doesn't mind that I have pictures of hunky guys all over my office (and as my screensaver!). It's 'work-related' I claim, and he buys it!

Kati said...

Well either way, I appreciate it, Michelle and I can't wait to get them. You're very sweet!

I'm going to pick up OTWTTW probably this weekend. I have a whole list of books I'm picking up, including Linda Howard's new one, and also Susan Donovan's new one. I love her stuff!

What's everyone else gonna read this weekend?

Rach said...

I just finished Laura Lee Ghurke's (sp?) SHE'S NO PRINCESS--an awesome read, and have a TBR pile a mile high. I'm not sure what's next. Maybe Lucy Monroe's THE REAL DEAL. My sister and aunt LOVED it.

Mostly I'm on the road traveling to my niece's one year b-day party. Should be fun =).

Kati said...

I adored SHE'S NO PRINCESS! I love Laura Lee Gurkhe. She's literally never let me down. And I adore the Moore brothers.

I read THE REAL DEAL some time ago. It wasn't to my taste, but I think it's because I'm not crazy about Monroe's "voice." I don't really get it. Kind of like MaryJanice Davidson, I feel like I'm stupid when I read her stuff. Like I'm missing a joke or something. But I know lots and lots of people who loved THE REAL DEAL. Let us know how you liked it!

Julie in Ohio said...

WOO HOO!! I'm so happy for all of you winners.
I feel not resentment or bitterness. Nope.
I (sniff) know that (sniff,sniff) they are (sob) going to (wail) a good home.

Serious note: I know that you all will enjoy the epis and I really am happy for you. :o)

And like Michelle, I am going to go a buy it like any REAL fan would do. *G*

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Your essays are really cheering me up, Bellas.

I'll tell you what I'm reading right now. I'm reading Susan Donovan's and love it! I think it may be my fave of hers, right up there with Knock Me Off My Feet. I dont' like to hear her compared with J Crusie, because I think Donovans got a warm voice all her own. Plus, It' my bugaboo: I never compare two writers.

And, OH! Susan Donovan's gonna be GuestBlogging just as soon as I remember to set up the date! Where's my head.

I'm actually reading Lucy Monroe's next novel called "Take Me," from the Tempt/Touch Me trilogy. Believe me, I'll never forget to inform you guys of trilogy status again! :) I havent read the other one you're talking about, but I really liked her Ready/Willing/Able. She'll be GuestBlogging with us in the Fall.

Of course, I'm reading the new T. Medeiros, loving it. She's all lined up for feature/AuthorView and GuestBlog, too.

I'm thinking of picking up "Once Upon a Bed" for a re-read, but I don't know if I'll have time. It was all I could do not to pick up every JQ you guys talked about yesterday. :)

But doesn't this convo just go to show that we all have particular tastes and sometimes agree to disagree about what is a good romance?

Rach said...

LOL Julie! =) If you have any questions on how to download the epis, let me know and I'll try to help you =).

Marykate, I'll let you know what I think of the book. I too adored the Moore brothers--they were wonderful. I found LLG first with GUILTY PLEASURES and I picked it up because I liked the title and the cover art. How silly is that??

Julie in Ohio said...

Vivi- If you close your eyes, click you pretty heels thrice.
Cross your fingers cause men
are worse then mice..

That response is from my darling husband. See even he can admit that your guy is a dream. But hey, good luck with the hunt.

Kati said...

OOOH Michelle! Awesome news about Susan Donovan, I seriously love her!

I never thought of her as being like J. Cruisie. I think Jenny has such a specific voice, but Susan's is different.

She writes extremely sensual romances, with lots of tension and seriously hot sex. She's a master of characterization and does such a great job of being true to her characters and making them seem really genuine.

Huh, Cruisie, hmm? I don't agree with that at all. I love Jenny's writing, but I've never compared the two.

Rach said...

You know, Michelle, you're onto something. We all definitely have different tastes, we all agree to disagree, and we are all very civil and polite in our disagreement. Again, one of the reasons I love this blog so much (Polyana strikes yet again...)

word ver: bkykdxkz--could there be any more k's??

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Honest to god, Rach. What is up with these epic word vers?

Yeah, I'm really proud of the tone we set here. You guys make it happen.

So, I just wrote and lost a post, but it was basically this: Loved SNP by Gurhke. I totally dig the stuffy duke/aristocrat/attache hero who gets his cravat loosened. And I wanted to be the heroine cause she's such a free spirit.

The same friend who turned me on to Gurhke intro'd me to downloads and Ellora's. Ah, the instant grat. What? My husband travels a lot, is all I'm sayin!

JulieO: too funny husband. Did you show him Vivi's post? Did he get "that look?"

Kristin, excellent essay, excellent man. Can you write off that research? Like, if we all buy Eduardo's albums, should we save the receipts?

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle, no I didn't show him the post. I was trying to come up with some witty response but was getting nothing. He walked up and was looking over my shoulder so I gave him a synopsis.

He's not very smooth but he's all mine. :o)

Anonymous said...

Holy Cow, is he HOTTTT!! Whew... Can't top *my* Gerry (Butler), but he's a close second with Nathan Kamp! Better wipe my drool off before my husband sees me! LOL!

Manda Collins said...

Man, I missed a lot this afternoon. Mean old work.
Here's a synopsis of my comments:

1. Sorry I wasn't there to limerick in your time of need, Michelle. Tomorrow I promise...

2. I was having a "wish I hadn't written that" moment earlier today too--must be full moon or something.

3. Rach, chasing a pet who doesn't want to be caught is awful. I wish someone would invent a butterfly net for cats and dogs.

4. Congrats all you winners!

6. You guys have some sweet hubbies:) And Vivi, if you can find a guy matching that description let me know if he has any brothers.

7. Eduardo is indeed one hot item.

8. Wasn't OTWTTW good, you guys?

Night night!

Word ver: kdaxhsx

Stacy~ said...

Congrats winners! What a fabulous prize!

Oh Eduardo is better than a shot of caffeine! Yummy ;)

I picked up 2 Harlequin Presents with Nathan on the cover, one is by one of my faves, Lucy Monroe. Not to get too serious, but lately some of her HP's have had some pretty serious themes, usually around women's health issues. I love her for bringing this subjects to light because I know women who have some of these issues. Everyone has their fave authors, and she's one of mine, and also one of the nicest most generous people you'll ever meet.

Sigh on the hubbies. I think mine is lost and refuses to ask for!

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Stacy. Eventually they do a circle. It does take longer but they always get to where they need to be.

Julie in Ohio said...

I am almost done with OTWTTW. I have brought it to work with me so I can finish it at lunch.
Am I the last one to finish?

Kati said...

No Julie - I haven't even picked it up yet. I have a crazy week and tomorrow's payday. So at lunch I'll toddle on down to Barnes and Noble and pick up probably about $50 worth of romance. Yay!

I'm planning on vegging by the pool and reading this weekend!

Rach said...

Julie, what do you do? Just curious... =)

Rach said...

Oh, and JulieQ if you are still hanging around somewhere, I just wanted to let you know that I too count stairs (all stairs) as I climb them. I can't seem to stop myself!

Julie in Ohio said...

HA,HA, you mean other than play you guys all day, Rach? (shh that's just between us. ok?)

I do insurance and patient billing for various doctors. All of those nice medical bills you receive, I have the dubious honor of saying pay up. Yeah, not a fun job. I spend my days fighting with insurances and patients. :o(
It pays the bills. *shrug*

I am more than half way through OTWTTW and I can say with all honesty "Little Gregory is all grown up". I am on edge until lunch time.

Rach said...

Oh, poor Julie! No wonder you hang out with us--we're much more fun than grumpy people =).

You're gonna love the end of the book! =)

Julie in Ohio said...

And now you know the rest of the story. :o)

Mary Kate's not going to be done until Monday. Is that when I can start blabbering? :o)
Like Lucy, I need a plan. *g*

I have mentioned my patience deficiency, right? *g*

amy kennedy said...

Rach, I count stairs too--man, I really missed out yesterday. Can I still say why I love my husband?

One Example: I spring my 6 year old nephew and 5 year old niece on him, tell him they're spending the night and then when I take them home I'm watching them and their 2 year old sister for an hour or two and he has to fend for himself...and he went along with all of it.

Not a begrudge in sight.

I think he's happy to be able to come home to an empty house after work.

All you guys had me laughing and sighing.

Kati said...

Julie - If the weather holds, I'll be done by Saturday night. You can blabber then! I'll be online!

Michelle - Maybe you should just set up a OTWTTW blabber blog for the weekend so the gushing may commence!

I'm gonna read OTWTTW on Saturday, but then Sunday I've got read Linda Howard's COVER OF NIGHT. I just love her! Because Nora's new one comes out the following week, so I've got to be ready to read that!

My name is MaryKate, and I'm a BOOK ADDICT.

Rach said...

Michelle, I like Marykate's idea of a OTWTTW blabber blog. I just wish I was going to be around Saturday to participate. =( I'm on my way to my niece's b-day party in Northern Va. But, I can check in when I get home =).

Julie in Ohio said...

Well Sunday is no good for me because that is when my little town is doing their fireworks and we have a little party at my house because they get shot off at my backyard. Convenient, yes. Troublesome, yet.
But because I am addicted I will probably be checking in, on and off. I'm sure someone will need a refill throughout the day. *g*

Michele Hauf said...

Ah, what a way to start the day. By staring at that picture of Mr. Nummy. Mr. McDreamy? I think so. ;-) Thanks, Michelle!
I'm stealing the pic. I may need to stare at him later this afternoon for inspiration.

Julie in Ohio said...

Alright, which one of you jinxed my computer?

Completely true story:

I left work early today because I wasn't feeling up to par. A stomach flu has been going through the office. I did bring some work home with me. (back story: my DH and I share a desk. When one needs his/her computer we just switch hard drives.) My computer was working fine. I hadn't been working at home for a while so we just left DH up. Well, today I go to boot mine up so I can work and guess what? You got it. Nothing. I don't know if I goofed up some wires or not but it just isn't working.

My guess is that all this talk about crashing computers scare the components right out of it.

Rach said...

Yikes, Julie! Good luck with it. Hopefully it's just operator error and not a dead machine. (Not that I'm suggesting anything about your technological know-how, or anything.)

Lucy Monroe said...

Wow,'s sure hopping on here these days. Just as it should be. :) I hope you are enjoying Jared and Calantha's story. Of the three in that series, it's my favorite. But you can probably see's that over the top emotion stuff. I find it addictive. LOL Ijust hope readers feel the same.

I'm working to a desperately needed one week extension on my WIP's deadline. But once this book is turned in, if nothing else mega crazy goes with family, I'll be on a regular full time work sched again. And can play a little more online. Happy sigh.

We just got some really good news about a family issue with one of our kids, so life is definitely looking up. Well, actually several bits of good news, so I'm in a mega good mood.

Rach...hope you like THE REAL DEAL. That's a major personal fave because the hero is so like dh. Didn't realize it until the book was done, but once I did...I ask you, could it be anything but a fave book for me? LOL

Though MaryKate, I can so understand not getting into a particular author's voice. It happens to me sometimes on a highly recommended story and I almost feel guilty. Which is silly, I know. There are too many great books out there for any of us to enjoy everyone's voice. :)

Thanks, Stacy! You're always so supportive! I love the fact that you enjoy the more serious stuff in my books. My ed at Kensinton and I were talking about how sometimes I delve into issues that aren't your typical romance, but it's what I need to write. So, I'm uber blessed to have editors that are okay with that.

Hugs to all and a happy day besides!

Lucy :)

Rach said...

Hi Lucy, long time no see here! =) I'm about half way through THE REAL DEAL and I have to say I'm enjoying it =). I, like Stacy, like the way you delve into those sticky issues. And, I'm so glad you got good family news today. What a wonderful thing to have happen so close to a long weekend. Celebrations in order?

Julie in Ohio said...

Oh, pa-leeze.

Wasn't it you and your darling sister trying to help me get a picture up by my name? I got hung up on the word "upload".
I will have to put my DH on that task. Just another reason that I love him. He is much more techy than I . *g*
I believe the words that best describe me are "lost cause". :o)

However, guess who finished that wonderful, wonderful book we call OTWTTW? (Which I can thank my computer issues for.) OOO doggie was that one excellent book.
How long do we have to wait for another JQ book?
She takes the meaning of "patience is a virture" to a whole new level. :o) I mean that in the best of ways.

Rach said...

Only a year to wait for the next one, Jules. Only one stinkin' eternity of a year! Grrrrrrr.

On a brighter note, your computer obviously fritzed out on purpose so you could finish the book *g* =). Wasn't it wonderful?? And, where do you suppose our loverly Michelle is today?


Kati said...

Hi Lucy - Jeez, I'm blushing, I had no idea you posted here. I hope I didn't insult you. I like my feet with mayo, by the way. :-)

MaryKate slinks off...

Lucy Monroe said...

Hey, Rach...I'm glad you're enjoying it. :) You know my favorite scene? The one where he traps her in the bed. It is so quintesentially them, you know?

LOL so did not put your foot in your mouth. Honest. I made sure I responded to your comment *because* I didn't want you thinking it bothered me. I truly don't get every author's voice either and I'm really good friends with some of the authors I don't always get. LOL Now, if you'd said you hated my characters, I'd have cried a river. Since I love them so much and they are so real to me. LOL

Hugs to all,

Rach said...

Yes, the bed-trapping scene is something else *grin*! =) I'll have to let you know what I think when I've finished it.

Stacy~ said...

Okay, I'm a bonehead. I was all set to read OTWTTW when I noticed I still have It's In His Kiss in my tbr pile. I'm thinking I'm gonna be doing a JQ double read this weekend. Hmmm, maybe that's not such a bad thing after all...

I decided to start Lucy's book cuz I wanted to find out what happens with Therese and Claudio (aka Nathan cover hottie). Hey Lucy :) My friend Sandy has had problems with the condition Therese has for years - the pain, the surgeries, etc. It's been rather dehabilitating in a lot of ways, and I don't think people really understand her health issues. I'll let you decide if you wish to mention exactly what it is I'm talking about. My heart is going out to Therese big time. I think I want to hurt Claudio, and not in a good way. But I know you will change my mind and make me fall in love with him - you always do LOL.

Oh and yes, bed-trapping is very good stuff ;)

Sorry to hear about your computer woes Julie. It seems to be going around. One of my co-workers had her crash and burn on her. Hope it's all better soon.

It's almost Friday!!!

Julie in Ohio said...

Thanks, all, for the sympathies. Luckily I still have DHs that I can confiscate. I'm sure he didn't really want to be on anyways. *g*

Stacy- I would tell you that it didn't matter whether you read IIHK before OTWTTW but in IIHK is really the first time you see Gregory all grown up. It's a good precursor to his book. And a weekend of JQ is definitely something to celebrate.

Lucy- bed-trapping? What am I missing?

Rach- Didn't Michelle's hubby come home today? I know where I'd be. *g*