Totally Hot, Totally Shirtless – Alexander Skarsgard

If you got here via my facebook page or twitter you know I am obsessed with Alexander Skarsgard.  It occurred to me that I should be blogging him so here he is the man I like to think of as the Nordic God of Sex (I did take that from an article I read, just saying) in all of his shirtless glory, Alexander Skarsgard

Hanging with Mr. Cooper

For quite some time Bradley Cooper was my celebrity crush (read obsession here) then along came Magic Mike and sent me into a whirlwind of men, Channing of course, Joe Manganiello who led me to True Blood and Alexander Skarsgard but today Bradley Cooper’s latest movie The Words comes out so I’m going to put aside the new and return to a tried and true favorite, Bradley Cooper.  Love the Hangover movies, A-Team was awesome, Limitless, and had had had to love him in Valentine’s Day.  So here’s a little Cooper EyeCandy.  Enjoy our day hanging with Mr. Coope

Jillian Chantal Shares Surf Break

Hey readers my friend and favorite author has dropped by to tell us about her new release Surf Break.   Jillian loves to hear from readers and writers so leave a comment, ask a question , or just say hi.  Welcome Jillian.

Thanks for having me here today, Darlene. I appreciate the invite to come by and yak about my new release. This one is a short story called Surf Break.  I was inspired to write it by my favorite burger joint on the beach in my hometown. It’s an awesome place to eat- good food and shirts and shoes are NOT required. Most of the diners are surfers and locals. We flop in there in our naked feet or in flip flops. Bathing suits are almost required although they won’t turn you away if you have on a three-piece suit. They may look at you askance, but they’ll let you eat.

Anyway, the story centers on Juliette who used to be a professional surfer but gave up the lifestyle when she got a divorce. She became a literature professor at the local college.  After several years living in town, she decides to return to the beach for the summer. To help defray the cost of having a rental cottage on the beach, she takes a job at a burger joint.

One of the customers, Pete, happens to be a hot cop who wears khaki shorts and polo shirts to work. After all, it is warm on the beach, right? Can he help it if he looks so sexy in those shorts?

Juliette can’t keep her eyes off him but having been burned by her former husband, she keeps her distance until the day Pete rescues her from an intruder in her home. Then all bets are off.

Thanks again to my hostess, Darlene, for letting me pop in.

Blurb: Her past life as a professional surfer comes back to the fore when Juliette Mackey spends her summer break surfing the Gulf of Mexico. She left the pro-circuit when her former husband broke her heart. Returning to her beach roots, she signs on to work part time at a local burger joint to have the funds to rent a cottage on the shore. While working there, she meets a local cop named Pete Schwartz who is determined to let the world know about her surfing skills and force the younger crowd to acknowledge her gifts.

Attracted to Pete but wary of risking her heart again, Juliette resists Pete’s advances and wants no part of his plans to have her display her surf skills. It’s a battle of wills that Pete is determined to win. More importantly, he’s on a mission to break the wall Juliette has built around her heart.

Book Trailer:  Click here to see the Surf Break book trailer.

Buy link: Click Here to get your copy of Surf Break

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Happy Birthday Alexander Skarsgard

Until about maybe a month ago I had never heard of Alexander Skarsgard.  Thought True Blood was just some dumb vampire show and slept with more normalcy.  Then along comes Channing Tatum and Magic Mike.  I went through a little Channing stage, but there was Joe Manganiello in Magic Mike and well, just dang have you seen the man?  So it was on to where to see Joe which led me to True Blood.  I watched what I could on “On Demand” it was kind of background noise waiting for the Werewolf Joe to show up.  Then I found HBOGO and started True Blood from the beginning and there was Eric, long hair, sarcastic, a barbarian Viking Warrior.  There were the great lines too, Like when he was worried about having blood in his hair, he was getting highlights after all.  Then there was Eric with amnesia and drunk on faerie blood.  You just had to love this man.  So after watching all 58 episodes of True Blood in 13 days (also carrying on with a full-time job and all of the other extra-curricular activities) I had to find out where else I could see Alexander Skarsgard the wonderful actor that played Eric.  I found Melancholia – Not enough Alexander but he was wonderful when he was there; I found Straw Dogs – A disturbing movie but Alexander was amazing, great acting.  I found Generation Kill – I’ve only watched the first three episodes so far don’t want to overindulge the way I did with True Blood.  But Alexander is incredible as Brad “Iceman” Colbert, he’s smart and he’s funny and he’s just amazing.  So after a month of indulging in my Alexander Skarsgard obsession it is his birthday and we must celebrate accordingly.  Please enjoy the slideshow of some of my favorite pictures including some of a very young Alexander.

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Loved Him Then, Love Him Now – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

This is another of those that’s a little bit different.  First love Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a child star.  Think Angels in the Outfield.  Then there he was an adolescent and into teen years in Third Rock From the Sun.  Then we had a delightful young man in the romantic lead in 500 Days of Summer.   Now he’s all grown up and being a hero in The Dark Knight Rises.  Oh my he is handsome.  Looking through his long list of credits there are Batman connections.  He was in 10 Things I Hate About You with Heath Ledger and in Inception with the Dark Knight’s very own Bain, Tom Hardy.  I’d also seen him recently in Stop/Loss with the very handsome Channing Tatum.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I’m thinking Child Star to SuperStar.

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Totally Hot, Totally Shirtless – The Magic Mike Edition

You had to know it was coming.  It recently occurred to me why this movie intrigues me so much, well besides the obvious.  Back in the mid to late 80’s there was a club here in Pensacola called 2001.  It was the hot, happening spot and every Thursday night, they had… you guessed it, male strippers.  It was just great fun.  From the snippets I’ve seen in the Magic Mike trailers it looks like that time recaptured.  So here for your viewing pleasure, the men of Magic Mike, Totally Hot and Totally Shirtless


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And it case you haven’t seen a trailer yet…..Watch it and tell me ladies are you a lawbreaker???

Musical Memories – Last Dance 1978

I really thought I had blogged this song already but apparently I didn’t so here is one of my most fond  Musical Memories.

It was the summer after 6th grade.  I was 12 I thought I knew everything and I was going off  to my first summer camp.  It was 4-H Summer camp at Camp Chatham near Savannah Georgia.  You know how you can look back at certain events in your life and know they changed your life this was one of those things.  Was it something that happened that was life changing?  No.  Was it something I learned or a life-long hobby that changed me? No.  Then what could it have been?  It was the people.  That summer I met lifelong friends.  The song  that always takes me to that place is  Last Dance by Donna Summer.

Every night they would have a dance.  I was 12 I don’t remember dancing a whole lot.  I do remember the last song they played every night was Last Dance.   That summer I met my friends, Leann, Tyrone (now Ed) and Chris.  When I started high school in the fall of 1979 they were all there.  They went to different elementary schools but we all ended up at the same high school.  There was also another boy whose name now escapes me but he was probably my first summer crush.  We drank Mello Yello together every night at the campfire (I think there was a campfire anyway) he ended up at a different high school and I didn’t see him again but those are fond memories.

So Donna Summer thanks for the memories they are very sweet and very special.


NEW RELEASE – Season of the Witch by Jillian Chantal

My favorite romance author Jillian Chantal has a new release out, Season Of The Witch you are so going to want to check out this story.  Here’s the fabulous cover.

And an excerpt:

He turned to her and she had to force herself from gasping at his beauty. He was most certainly not old. He looked at her with eyes the color of a glacier. She was immediately transported in her mind to Glacier Bay inAlaska, where she’d seen the calving of the ice into the ocean. His eyes pierced her soul. They seemed to see into the depths of her mind.

“Are you all right?” He peered at her. He spoke with what sounded like a Russian accent.

She shook her head as if to clear it. “I’m fine. Sorry, I was just gazing into my crystal ball. I’m still in a sort of trance. She hoped the lie wasn’t obvious.

“So, you are a seer then?”

“Do you need some help?”

He walked toward her. “I do. Have you heard about the recent cat killings?”

Again, she had to stop herself from gasping. This was exactly what she was trying to investigate on her own. “Yes. As a matter of fact, I have heard of these horrible ritualistic killings. In fact, when you came in, I was looking into my ball to see if I could see anything at all related to who may be behind it.”

He stepped closer until he was in her personal space. “What did you find?”

She took a step back, flustered by his masculinity and something that seemed vaguely feline. She tossed her head for clarity. “Nothing. I got nothing.”

“Hell. I need to get a lead on this. I was hoping you could help me.”

“I wish I could. I’m also trying to figure out who’s behind it. If it’s one person or an organization.”

“Why? Why are you involved?” He looked around the shop, “Do you think it’s witchcraft?”

“Uh-uh. Not necessarily. Just because my shop is called The Season of the Witch and I sell herbs and New Age items, doesn’t make me think everything is related to witchcraft.” She went behind the counter to get more distance from the man who was decidedly too disturbing to her senses. “And besides, wouldn’t it be a cliché for ritualistic killings of cats to be related to satanic worship?”

“No. I mean, why do you care? Why are you investigating?”

“I could ask you the same thing.” She leaned on the wooden top of the counter.

“I asked you first.” He winked and leaned in from his side of the counter until his nose was almost touching hers.


WOW Don’t you want to read more?  I do.  This fabulous story is available at

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We go through phases of weddings in our lives.  First we have the weddings of family members.  Older cousins and such.  Then it’s our friends.  Some of us have our own and some of us are the bridesmaids.  Then our friends kids start getting married and our own children.  Weddings are hopeful, a celebration of love and happiness.

What does this have to do with writing?  Weddings are difficult.  You want everything to be perfect.  Perfect dress, perfect flowers, the vows, the cake everything and well do we get anything perfect? Not usually.  Let someone just write it for you.  Tell them what you’d like and let someone script it.  Who better than a romance writer to script a happily ever after.

Next month my story Always a Bride will be part of a Still Moments Anthology.  You’ll have to read it to find out if Alex can find her happily ever after when shes always a bride but somehow still single.

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Alphabet Challenge – OH MY

So there’s this game going around where you are given a letter and you have to share a blog post including ten things that begin with that letter that you love.  My letter is O.  So let’s see what we can do.

1 – Olives  and the olive salad that goes on muffalettas.  Yum.

2 – Olivia  – My great-niece.  She is  the middle child of 5 and an amazing young lady very bright and very sweet.

3 – Oklahoma where the wind goes sweeping down the plain.  The song for this O.

4 – Orange slices.   The candy.  They were one of my mom’s favorites.  They always remind me of her now and that makes me happy.

5 – October – I love the fall.  It’s such a great time of year for sports.  World Series, Football and Basketball are going on Nascar is winding down and the weather is cool and crisp and there’s Halloween.

6 – Open Arms by Journey it was one of my Prom themes and it takes me back to the day when I was young and in love idealistic and hopeful.

7 – Oceans  Okay so I’ve only seen one.  The Atlantic but I like it.

8 – Online from the days of my very very slow dial up modem I have loved to be online.

9 – Oatmeal – It’s such a good breakfast, it’s healthy and filing and tasty.

10 – Oshikuru – One of our favorite episodes of 2 and a Half Men is when Charlie has to write the theme song for a kid’s show about a demon samurai his nephew Jake enlightens him they work hard on a revised song and Charlie being Charlie sells out.  So for your viewing pleasure here is one of my favorite O. Oshikuru

Want to play along leave me a comment telling me you want to play and I’ll give you a letter.

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