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Here I am, baring my soul on the Saucy Wenches’ Book Club Neither saucy nor wench are words I would normally apply to myself, but I greatly admire Nanny Ogg, who I’m sure was the sauciest of wenches when she was younger, so I was honoured to be allowed to tag along for the day.

In which we have the final stop on the Crimson Outlaw blog tour and I talk about things like ‘can anyone write a book’ and ‘what fascinates you about writing LGBTQ romance.’


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Because I’m not very good with either maths or remembering things ;) Today I am on the Book Reviews and More blog, talking about the musical soundtrack of The Crimson Outlaw - what I found when I went looking for the evidence for what a culture sounds like.

http://www.bookreviewsandmorebykathy.com/2013/08/15/3360/

I’m also talking about why this book set in Transylvania has no vampires in it at all ;)


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I almost forgot to add a link to this. It’s the first day of my blog tour! And today I am on the Cup o’Porn blog here

http://cupoporn.net/2013/08/12/mix-it-up-monday-with-alex-beecroft/

talking about The Crimson Outlaw – where I got the idea, why it sounds more like a fairy tale than a historical – but also talking about my writing environment and habits, my favourite quote and the first ever book I wrote.

I’ve been trying to comment over there to thank the people who have commented to it, but the site just doesn’t seem to be acknowledging my comments. I write something, press ‘Reply’ and then it just disappears. So I’m sorry if you commented over there and I seemed to ignore you. I’m grateful really, I just can’t get through!


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Congratulations to Andrea, who aced the Blessed Isle blog tour quiz and has won either the two books of the Under the Hill series, or another two books of her choice. I’m just waiting to see what she’ll have :)

Thank you again to everyone who hosted me. It was an odd way to start the new year – with no time for reflection, but straight into things. On the other hand, what could be better than starting the new year with a new release? I only wish I could be sure I’ll continue the way I started.

I was at the Samhain Cafe “Thank God it’s not the Holidays any more” party last night, and we were talking about the depression that comes when you put away your Christmas lights – specifically how to combat this. I said I had decided to put up “Not Christmas but still darkest depths of winter” lights of some sort, and then went away wondering what to do about it.

A long time ago, when we were a little more flush, and were living in an entirely different house, DH and I bought one of these http://www.dphotoexpert.com/2008/02/20/using-a-low-cost-ikea-spotlight-for-studio-effect/

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and never got around to putting it up or even taking it out of the box. Well, I can gladly report that it was a matter of a couple of hours to remember it, find it and drill supports for it into one of the bookshelves. So now we have a golden fern-like pattern projected onto the wall just over the fireplace, making the entire room feel as if it’s the cool hollow under a tree canopy, where summer sunlight is filtering through the leaves.

I tried to take photos, but my camera is automatic and insisted on using the flash, which washed it completely out. But it does, it really does, do the same job of reminding me that there is light and colour in the world, don’t despair, that the Christmas tree lights do, but without being bad luck after 12th night :) Obviously I knew it would come in handy one day.


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I’ve always felt I was eminently qualified for the position of absent minded professor, and now I can’t remember whether it’s day 3 or 4 of the Blessed Isle tour. I do remember that I’m over here on the Scarf Princess’s blog, talking about why there’s nothing wrong with a man being a bit effeminate if that’s the way he rolls, though it probably takes more bravery and strength of character than it does to be ‘masculine’.

http://wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/book-tour-for-blessed-isle-by-alex.html

 


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Today I’m at Elisa Rolle’s http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/1862471.html although in the event of Livejournal being down, which it seems to be very often at the moment, I’m also on her mirror account at Dreamwidth http://reviews-and-ramblings.dreamwidth.org/3415887.html

And I have another beautiful review to mention today. This one from On Top Down Under makes me feel that special authorial glow you get when someone really seems to have got what you were trying to say :)
There were so many things that I loved about Blessed Isle….I was transfixed to my Kindle throughout the whole book.


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Gosh, this is unlike me, I’m blogging twice in one day! Here I am also at the Cup o Porn blog, asking “what’s in a name?”

http://cupoporn.net/2013/01/01/tuesday-tangent-with-alex-beecroft


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I’m slightly confused, since people on Twitter seem to be saying that Blessed Isle is out already. I thought it came out on the 31st. However, what I’m not confused about is that I’m doing a blog tour to launch the book, and that starts tomorrow:

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Stops for this tour:

December 31, 2012Book Reviews and More by Kathy
January 1, 2013Cup O’ Porn
January 1, 2013The Jeep Diva
January 2, 2013Pants Off Reviews
January 2, 2013Elisa Rolle
January 4, 2013The Pen & Muse

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Do come along if you’re interested. I’ve written posts that run from ‘alone together on a deserted island – is it such a good thing?’ to ‘why the heck did you call him Garnet?’ and answer many other questions you never wanted to ask in between ;) I’m also running a tour giveaway, the winner of which can have any book they please from my backlist. Fun times! I’ve never done a blog tour before, but I think it should be great.


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