Tuesday, 20 November 2012

The Next Big Thing

Wendy Soliman (visit her here), author of Compromising the Marquess, has invited me to take part in a blog event entitled THE NEXT BIG THING  - a series of questions and answers about what’s happening next in my writing life.

What is the title of your book?
A Matter of Propriety and Parasites. This is the second book in my Dark Matter series and since it hasn't been released yet, I'll put up the cover of book 1 since this gives you a good feel for the series

How did you come by the idea?
Well, I love reading and writing historical romance, but when it comes to TV and movies, my first love is Science Fiction, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I combined my two loves :) There's no single event that sparked the idea for this series, it was more like a conflagration of characters and stories that grew inside my head. 

I like characters that are deep, intense and conflicted, and the force driving this story is the past of my hero and heroine and how it has dominated their lives without them even being aware of it. I can't tell the big secret here without giving everything away, but if anything, my characters sparked the story because, as always, the idea started with them and the story grew with them.

What genre does your book fall under?
Steampunk romance

What is the one-sentence blurb synopsis for your book?
Propriety is even more vital when demons walk amongst us

Will your book be self-published or traditional?
I've decided to self publish the Dark Matters series. I like that this gives me the freedom to take this series exactly where I envisaged it would go from the very first word

What others books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, which I absolutely love. Because her world is also created within the strict confines of Victorian England and because of the paranormal element

What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
For the sake of propriety, our heroine, Lily, has to marry. But will she choose the dashing Scottish rogue, Greyston Adair, or the arrogant and powerful Kelan McAllister who reminds her of an avenging angel? Will the choice even be hers?

My thanks to Wendy Soliman for inviting me to take part in this blog even

Sunday, 11 November 2012

SkyFall: Return of the "Real" James Bond

The plot from the last James Bond is still a blur in my head, I never understood it and I barely recall it. Too complex and perhaps too clever for me. Yes, we still had all the action and the gorgeous Daniel Craig, but the James Bond *sparkle* was missing for me.

Bring in SkyFall and Hello! to James Bond. You came back to us.

We have the egomaniac villain with one very simple goal, not quite world domination but hey, it worked for me.
We have giant man-eating reptiles in a pit
We have James Bond spreading his charms across no less than three beautiful women. He's also had a life-changing experience and loosened up a bit without losing any of the mysterious brooding you just gotta love.
The gadgets were missing ("We don't do exploding pens anymore") but Q is a cute, geeky Tech-Whizz-Kid who makes up for this in leaps and bounds.

And I was particularly tickled by how far we'd regressed into the past by the ending...

Spoiler Alert (highlight text below to read)
Out with the glass and chrome offices and in with the wood-paneled library-style male domain office.
Out with the female M and in with a very interesting Irish rebel male M
Out with the male assistant and in with the sexy Miss Moneypenny who has already fallen foul to James Bond's charms.

Yeah, not very politically correct, but come on folks! This is James Bond!