What’s beneath that kilt?

Oh Jamie Fraser. I love you so. You epitomize the romance hero. (Don’t tell Oscar.)

The truth is, in my mind Jamie is Gerard Butler, the way he was back in the day, when he was Jamie’s age – mid-twenties.

Gerard Butler

There it is!

But the new Jamie is not bad. I can accept Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser. He may be a little too pretty, but he’s appealing. He has promise, a great voice, he’s sweet, he’s sexy, so I’ll suspend disbelief for the moment.

The new Jamie.

The new Jamie.

I’ve waited years for someone to bring Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon, to life. It’s not a book that would translate well to the big screen, but it works as a series. Starz surprised me. They’ve made some smart moves. They hired my favorite director, Ron Moore, oh he of Battlestar Galactica fame. Ah those Sharons… The casting is terrific. I have pretty much zero complaints. The feel of 18th Century Scotland is spot on. The dialogue may be a tad stilted, especially Claire’s expletive- Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ – but I think this little problem will work itself out over time.

If you have a subscription to Starz and you’re an Outlander fan, you won’t be disappointed. Totally worth your time.

A Couple Days Off.

Sorry.  I’m still not back in the swing of things – I’ve missed you and I’m pretty dang sure I’ll find a new normal.  I’m taking the next day or two off to get a few things done.  However, by the time you read this Daughters of Persephone, Book One Exile, will be FREE!  And Daughters of Persephone, Book Two Return, will be available!  (I hope!)  Go for it!

Click on the above titles for the links.  (As of this post still waiting for Book Two to go live.)

The Lady Ennat, has been sent by her mother to Resistance Commander, Karna Aram for protection. She is a Blood decoy. Her role is to protect her sister Aja, the Thousand Year Empress. She must draw the bulk of the Coalition forces away from the Resistance fighters. From the beginning she’s known she may not live to see tomorrow, yet despite her misgivings she finds herself drawn to Commander Aram.  

Karna Aram wanted the woman from the moment she set foot on his supply depot, but nobody touches a Princess of the Blood. He resists his bone deep desire until Ennat challenges him to pick up a sword and spar with her. All bets are off.  Karna has a different kind of sword play in mind.

When the Ennat and her sister, Aja, are reunited, they know the Coalition is coming after them.  They must risk all to save their devoted fighters and the men they love.



Books and Movies.

While I’m working on my photos — sorry to make you wait but downloads and sizing are taking some time — I wondered if you’d be interested in some thoughts on books and movies.

Because I did have plenty of time to watch movies on our overseas flights and I managed to read a couple books during the trip- one an okay read, one I would have considered a parody of a romance novel if I hadn’t already known the author was quite serious about her work.  She makes that clear in her Note to Readers.

First a movie – The Hunger Games.  I must admit I didn’t watch it until the flight because I’d been so disappointed in the book.  The best thing about the book were the characters.  Not the writing, not the plot.  The plot reminded me far too much of Battle Royale, which was quite disturbing, and I was extremely annoyed by the inclusion of werewolves.  If the author had left out the werewolves I might have forgiven her the derivative nature of her story.

However, I love Jennifer Lawrence, and I knew if anyone could bring Katniss to life it would be her and yes she did.  She nailed the part.  She moved me to tears so many times.  The other characters were equally perfect.  It’s a well-cast film, a well acted film and the director manages to flesh out the story in a way the author of the book could not.

My only issue was the damn werewolves, which once again I could have done without.

The Hunger Games – two big thumbs up.

On to books.

Last year at this time, I read Winter Woman, by Jenna Kernan.  The writing was earnest, the voice true.  The story was beautiful, sweet yet suspenseful, well-rounded and fully realized.  Winter Woman was about as perfect as a romance (Western Historical) can get.  Both my husband and I read it and neither of us could put it down.

Before we left for Wales, I picked up a couple books that had been highly recommended– one another Western Historical, the other a time-travel romance.  Because I don’t have great things to say about either book I’d rather not mention the authors.  Neither book is new.  The Western Historical was first released in 1997, the time travel romance (which I picked up because I can’t think of any genre more engrossing than a good time travel romance) was first released in 1995.

The Historical Romance gets a C only because the writing style wasn’t bad.  Unfortunately the overuse of plot devices became so, well, overused, I got bored and skipped from the middle of the book all the way to the end.  Boring:  I don’t think there was a natural disaster, a deliberately set fire, a kidnapping, an animal attack, illness, snakebite, or encounter with brigands, rustlers,  or horse thieves the author didn’t include.  It seemed as if she threw in everything plus the kitchen sink.  And no sex until the very end.  Pity because she was a decent writer.

The Time Travel Romance.  A big fat bust.  DNF after 50 pages.  Talk about massive info dumps and Deus Ex Machina.  I’m not sure I’ve ever read a book that managed to take both to such extremes.  TSTL physician (yeah, right) heroine from the future is transported into the midst of a Viking battle, magically understands Old Norse and accepts her situation with nary a qualm.  Equally TSTL Viking hero thinks she’s cute  as a bug’s ear and magically understands her snarky American English colloquialisms.

In the middle of a fight for their very lives these two characters manage to find the time for a humorous conversation about orgasms and the female erogenous zones.  Neither knows the other’s name. Once again, uh, yeah, right.  As I said, this book was so awful I would have thought it a joke if it hadn’t been for the author’s note.

Note to readers:  The word orgasm (Neo-Latin and Greek) was first used to describe a sexual response between the years 1640-1650.  It was not in vogue back in the days of the Viking incursions into the British Isles.

Most very excellent news!

I am a Jamie Fraser lover.  There are some amazing romance heroes out there, like Marc Chastain from Kill and Tell, Gray Roulliard from After the Night, KMM’s Highlanders and Fae – but nobody beats Jamie.  He’s the quintessential romance hero, hands down, especially in the first book, Outlander.  (I never believed he’d marry that blond skanky bitch in a later book– not my Jamie.  I don’t care how lonely, he would nay hae done it!)

The news:  Ronald D. Moore, the brains behind the new BSG (Battlestar Galactica about which I am passionate) is adapting Outlander for television.  Oh yes!  Yes!  Yes!  This is orgasmic news!

Read the story here!

BSG had maybe a single less than stellar season, but for the most part the writing was first class and the character always rocked.  Some episodes were absolute perfection and many others came close.

Now… just cast Jamie with care.  Please.  The actor must live and breathe Jamie Fraser.