Tasty Summer Reads Blog Hop

Thanks so much to the lovely Lindsay J. Pryor who nominated me to take part in this blog hop.  Apparently each author invites others to answer 5 particular questions, talk about their latest release or WIP and a provide a tasty recipe that ties into it.

I’m not sure how safe it is to ask me for a recipe, but here goes with the questions!

I don’t have a current release (yet!)…but my current WIP is:

…currently nicknamed Courting Scandal, a short Regency set novella which I’m hoping will wing its way to the publisher by the end of August for approval or not!  It’s set in 1810 and involves art and a huge gamble – and that’s all I’m saying.

1. When writing are you a snacker?  If so, sweet or salty?

Yes!  Sweet!  When writing I will clear the house of anything involving chocolate.  Not only does it keep my strength up, the sugar is obviously good for my writing brain.  Obviously…

2. Are you an outliner or someone who flies by the seat of their pants? Are they real pants or jammies??

Generally I would say I’m an outliner, but it doesn’t always follow that I outline all my stories.  Some of them just jump out of nowhere, and I fly by the seat of my pants until it’s done!  And that would be telling.

3. When cooking or baking, do you follow the recipe exactly or wing it??

As the gene required to be able to cook well – and not only that want to cook at all – obviously passed me by, when I do cook it’s normally by following the recipe.  It’s the Mum who wings it.

4. What is next for you after this book?

For this particular heroine I’m already plotting and have written the first chapter for the sequel involving her sister.  This will be a full length novel, tentative finish date around the end of the year.  I also have lots of ideas in development, mostly historical but now also an idea for a Spanish-set modern.

5. Last Question…on a level of one being slightly naughty to ten being whoo whoo steamy, where does your book land???

Hmm, my own personal opinion – but I would say at the moment it more than slightly naughty!  The hero would probably prefer whoo whoo steamy, but that’s why I’m in the driving seat, honey.

Summer Recipe

Yikes, this is the scary part – I really do not do cooking, ever.  Frankly neither would my heroine – she has servants.  Am I allowed food suggestions to read along to in good time when I hope you guys will have this book in your hot little hands?

Think of the hero and the heroine sharing an ice at Gunther’s in London.

If he was to be a flavour it would be dark chocolate, caramel and a hint of walunt.  The heroine on the other hand would be a light and fresh flavour, like a lemon sorbet – as she has an almighty kick too!

Now if any of you are clever enough to make ice-cream you have some flavours to try!  ;-)

As I’ve just done a mammoth tag, I’m not sure who to pass this onto – so if I can identify any victims writers in the meantime, I’ll add them on.

Awarded and Tagged

The lovely Lidian, has presented me with the equally lovely I Love Your Blog award!  Woo hoo 😀

I love her blog too!  Actually I’ve found so many I love lately, I’m way past due to updating my Blogroll.

Anyhoo, I am now supposed to further award this to at least 7 blogs I love.  It’s a little tricky as so many of you whose blogs I love have already been awarded.  Hmm, let’s see:

Foster Me Up

Robin’s Woods

History’s Mysteries

From A Yellow House in England

Mum’s Gotta dot com

A Changing Life

A Postcard A Day

and of course, everyone else, ‘cos I love all your blogs really.  Feel free to take the award.  I will try and get round to letting you all know as soon as I can…

The rules, however, are that you:

Link to at least 7 other blogs you love.
Link to the person who gave you the award.
And let the 7 other bloggers know what’s up!

Plus, last but not least, the lovely Jean has tagged me.  I’m being a little naughty here, as it’s a questions about you tag, and am directing everyone back to some answers I did a while ago.  Hope that’s ok!  If anyone else wants to take up Jean’s original tag, please pop over and visit.

Top 5 Hottest Blogs

I have been nominated by Rhonda (thanks again!) for this one, so now get to give my own nominations:

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1. Simply choose five blogs you want to be included in your “top five list”.
2. Give a short line or explanation why you put them on your list. One explanation for each blog.
3. Now tag as many blogs as you want. You can also tag those blogs you have listed in your TOP FIVE….you can also put your own blog in your list if you want
4. For those who have been tagged, you can also vote for a blog that was been nominated already (besides, this is what this meme is intended for, to know how many bloggers will nominate your blog)
5. Submit you TOP FIVE HOTTEST BLOG ENTRY here. Submitted blogs will be the only one to be included in the tally
6. Remember: Submissions of entries starts from MARCH 1 2008 to MARCH 25 2008 and top five hottest blog winners will be announced on MARCH 29 2008
7. Enjoy listing your top five!!!

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  1. Webduck from iPentimento. Finds time to write 2 excellent blogs and is an amazing blogfriend.
  2. Jams from The Poor Mouth. One of the first bloggers that I encountered, always has such a brilliant mix of interesting things to read on his blog – plus he’s a Romfordian 😉
  3. Claire from A Little Piece of Me. What can I say, I’m thoroughly addicted!
  4. Melissa from Grossly Unimaginative. I love her words, her humour, am addicted to her blog too, yet still cannot manage to spell her blog name 😆
  5. Stine from Mother’s Got a Dot Com. Another blogger I encountered early on. Has a brilliant mix of photos and posts and is now running her own blog empire with 2 blogs.

Anyone wanting to join in is very welcome too! Plus it’s hard for me to pick just a few of the blogs I like, so if you’re in my blogroll I love you too 😉 Plus anyone I visit regularly, we’ll have to see about getting you on there if you aren’t already.

It’s Meme Time – Friends Edition

I am a tad behind this week, so without further ado,  Rhonda has tagged me for the following, which I’m calling the Friend meme :smile:

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“Your friend is your need answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger,
and you seek him for peace.
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not me “nay” in­
your own mind, nor do you withhold the “ay”.
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires,
all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber is clearer from me plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of his own mystery is not love
but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.
And let your best be for your friend.
lf he must know the ebb of your tide,
let him know the flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter,
and sharing of pleasures.
Far in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.”

– Walt Whitman – LEAVES OFF GRASS

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I’m tagging Webduck, Stine and Melissa and sending it back to the lovely Rhonda as she gave me an award at the same time *hugs*

This is my new and thoroughly undeserved award:

I’d like to pass this one onto some new blogfriends: Jean and Heather at Geek Mom Mashup.

I will be catching up over the next few days with my first EntreCard meme and a Desktop meme, so keep your eyes peeled I’ll get to ’em!

I’m a Rockin’ Girl Blogger!

Woo hoo! Stine has very kindly given me this award, saying:

‘Alison and Eleanorblog, because of it’s beautiful, beautiful pictures of Rockin’ British castles, manors and churches, and for the humour as well!’

Thanks Stine, I really appreciate it, and have much more to post about with never any shortage of castles! Of course, you’re welcome back anytime. :smile:

Now, my 5 awards go to:

  • Melissa, at Grossly Unimaginative because her blog always makes me smile (with her, people, not about her!)
  • Kathryn at Art Blog as her paintings and her taste in music are always rockin’.
  • Susan at Reading, Ranting and Raving… as I love reading her wry take on the world of writers. Oh and her romantic short story wasn’t bad the other day either. 😉
  • Webduck at Pentimento, a lovely friendly blogger with a beautiful garden, and a collection of great historical photos, oh and looks great as a furry animal. (You’ll just have to look at her blog to see what I mean…)
  • Alianore at Edward II, a fabulous history blog! I have to keep in with Eleanor’s relatives you know!

There are many reasons I like to visit these bloggers, and many other blogs I read besides, but congratulations you 5!

Eight Things About Me

I’ve been tagged again dagnammit! This time by the lovely Marjie on her shiny new blog.

Ok, you asked for it…no falling asleep on your keyboards people!

These are the Rules: Each person posts the rules before their list, then they list 8 things about themselves. At the end of the post, that person tags and links to 8 other people and then visits those peoples’ sites and comments letting them know that they have been tagged, and to come read the post, so they know what they have to do.

  1. I have travelled in many parts of the world, on planes, trains, buses and cars. But, if you put me on a boat I will vomit on you. Fact – I am possibly the most sea-sick person in the world.
  2. I never leave the house without a book in my bag. Sometimes two. Addicted, me?
  3. The sound of Jazz music makes me feel murderous. Make a note of that, people.
  4. I’m fascinated with and collect historical information, but I have never taken an exam in the subject.
  5. I have a pierced nose. Yes, it is very painful to have done, and anyone who says it isn’t is lying.
  6. I love Pride and Prejudice, the book and the 1995 TV version. I could read/watch it every day for the rest of my life and still enjoy it. Don’t mention the dreadful film with Keira Knightley please…I may hiss loudly.
  7. Many people think I’m Eleanor… 😉
  8. I hardly ever tag people, so I’m not going to tag 8 people for this. Not that I mind, you understand. I can just never think of people to do it.

So, there you have it. If anyone would like to take this on, please let me know and I will link to you. Hello? Are you listening…wake up!!! :mrgreen:

Kai’s 5 Question Tag

I was tagged a little while ago by the fabulous Kai – aka the Buzz Queen.

INSTRUCTIONS: Remove the blog in the top spot from the following list and bump everyone up one place. Then add your blog to the bottom slot, like so:

1. Holly’s Corner
2. Daddy Forever
3. The Ice Box
4. The Buzz Queen
5. Eleanorblog

Next select five people to tag:

1. Jams (as I owe you a tag 😈 )

I can only think of a couple of others. Anyone want to take this on for a free link?! Let me know.

Then answer the following questions:

What were you doing 10 years ago?

Ten years ago I was still living in London and had been working for the Met for 2 years. I was also heading towards my 21st birthday and had numerous celebrations planned.

What were you doing 1 year ago?

Oh, not one I want to remember. I was in moving house hell, moving swiftly on…

Five snacks you enjoy:

1. Pizza
2. Cadbury’s Creme Eggs
3. Salt and vinegar Pringles
4. Bacon rolls with brown sauce
5. Fish and chip shop chips (with salt and vinegar, ‘natch)

Five songs to which you know all the lyrics:

I can’t think of any specific ones I could pick out. I tend to know all the lyrics of the current albums I’m listening too, just only when they start to play and I sing along.

Five things you would do if you were a millionaire:

1. Buy a house or 2.
2. Help family and friends.
3. Start a business.
4. Start a charity for good causes.
5. Invest.

Five bad habits:

1. Forgetting to return phone calls, letters emails etc.
2. Eating copious amounts of chocolate.
3. Not putting things away and ending up with a pile of stuff to find a home for.
4. Not getting enough sleep during the week by…
5. Watching too much rubbish TV.

Five things you like doing:

1. Reading.
2. Listening to music.
3. Watching old black and white films.
4. Castle-ing.
5. Blogging.

Five things you would never wear again:

1. Anything neon.
2. Short skirts.
3. Coloured or white denim.
4. Large earrings.
5. That pair of heels I wore once and nearly bled to death.

Five favorite toys:

1. My Computer.
2. My MP3 player.
3. Digital Camera.
4. DVD Player.
5. LCD TV.

So I’ve finally done it Kai. Aren’t you glad you asked? :mrgreen:

18 and Life…or Music Anyway

Thanks to the evil tag monster, otherwise known as Jams from The Poor Mouth 😉 , today you get to hear about what was number one in the charts when I was 18.  (Only last week, you know.)

Apparently…in this meme you should:-

1. Go to www.popculturemadness.com
2. Pick the year you turned 18 (look to the side bar and there are tabs for Billboard number 1 hits for each decade)
3. Get yourself nostalgic over the songs of the year
4. Write something about how the song affected you
5. Pass it on to 5 more friends

Hmmm, well according to that site, in 1994 the number one was I’ll Make Love to You by Boyz II Men.  Sadly, not my style, but then none of the 90s songs were!  So I’m rebelling slightly and also checking the UK chart to see if it’s any better.

Nope, number one in the UK was Baby Come Back by Pato Banton.  (Who?)

Well, how the song affected me, well…’hey that’s cheesy, where’s the off button.’  Will that do?

I don’t think that anyone will thank me for a tag, as I’ve been over generous lately 😉 , so if you want to do it, let me know in my comments box.

I did like this though:

Freddie Mercury Tribute (10)- George Michael & Queen

Three Things I Love…

  1. Three things I love about my Significant Other are I can’t answer this one so…
  2. Three things I love in a friend are a sense of humour, shopping stamina and the ability to keep secrets.
  3. Three things I love in a book are a light writing style, engaging characters and originality.
  4. Three things I love in a movie are that they are not too long/too short, preferably historical and have great endings.
  5. Three things I love in a blog are good writing style, sense of humour and plenty of illustrations.
  6. Three things I love to talk about are Eleanor, history in general and books.
  7. Three things I love to do on vacations are visit all the local sights, take lots of photos and not think about work at all.
  8. Three things I love to eat are chocolate, Mexican food and Chinese food.
  9. Three things I love to happen in my life are sunny days, surprises and time to sit and think about nothing.
  10. Three things I love in 1 Million Love Messages are tagging Claire, Kathryn and Kai. Don’t worry about doing this if you can’t or have already. :smile:

Now leave me alone Chris 😛