Saturday, December 23, 2006

Seasonal Greetings

Merry Christmas, everyone! I'm off to visit relatives now, so no posts for a few day. Hope Santa brings you everything you wished for...

Madelynne xxx

Friday, December 22, 2006

Lust Bites Xmas Competition

Starting today we're running a prize draw over at Lust Bites (follow link below) to win this super pile of books, including Dark Designs by yours truly. All you need to do is leave a comment, it can be as simple as "mistletoe" or "gimme porn" or a full scale "you guys are great, etc." So go take part. The competition is running until the 6th Jan '07.

Sniffle! Wish I could enter!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Scarlet Awards

Yipeedy, skippity! Please excuse the mad dancing. I'm currently on cloud nine as I've just scoped the Best Male-Male Sex Scene award in Scarlet magazines erotic fiction awards. The extract is even printed in one of the nice eye-catching purple boxes. Check it out...

Right, off to do more dancing. My children think their mammy has gone mad!

Monday, December 18, 2006

Lust Bites bit

Hey, I'm blogging about Bad Boys over at Lust Bites today. Follow the link below to head over there and join the discussion.

Christmas Party Report

Yesterday I went off to Manchester for a day of gossiping and festive cheer at the Lust Bites Christmas party. Hee, I've been to Manchester several times but they appear to have completely rebuilt the station as a shopping mall since my last visit, which was a bit of a surprise. Luckily, Wendy (Portia da Costa) was easy to spot, and I've met Tilly (Mathilde Madden) before.
So, off we went to Via Fossa in Canal Street, which I loved. I want to transplant it to my home town, although I'll spare you my raptures about the toilet doors! Anyway, much fun was had especially when I managed to acquire us some in-house entertainment in the form of a good-looking, if slightly inebriated young man :-D. The one shame was that we only got to see Nikki Magennis for five minutes. Next time... I can't wait.

Oh, and I nearly forgot. Wendy brought us chocolates!!! Very yummy chocolates. Isn't she a star! She also took photos which you can see on her blog, or over at Lust Bites.

Recently watched: Cowboy Bebop Vol 6 & Torchwood.
Currently listening to: Moi dix Mois, & HYDE.
Currently reading: Nothing at the moment.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Bleeding Eyes...

I've accomplished a whole heap of nothing today. Instead, in addition to nursing a sick child, I've spend the day downloading piccies and reading fanfic - most of it truly appalling. Why, you might ask, am I indulging in this particularly pointless excercise? Simple - escapism, and it occassionally makes me laugh. Also, I worked my socks off during the early part of the week getting the AGW2 proposal done and sent off, so I deserve some downtime. Thursday, I was so tired it felt as though my eyes had been sandpapered. Today I still feel fried.

Still, I have achieved one useful thing today. I've come up with a title for my demon novella. I find titles really difficult, so I'm quite pleased about this one.

I'm giving myself tomorrow off too, and going to meet fellow Black Lace authors, Portia da Costa, Mathilde Madden and Nikki Magennis, for a festive gathering. Should be a scream. Watch out Manchester, here we come!

Other news - Anais Nohant left a lovely comment about Dark Designs on MySpace, and also wrote about it in her blog. Seems I inspired her to check out the local comic store! Thank you, Anais, for your kind words. To read about her adventure click here and check out the entries for December 8th & 9th.

Recently watched: Various Dirge of Cerebus cut-scenes.
Currently listening to: Moi dix Mois, & HYDE.
Currently reading: You really don't want to know.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


We're talking crushes over at Lust Bites today. So, here's a few more pictures of two of mine...

Now, get yourselves over there, join in the fun, and name names.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A few more cuties

Other than trying to beat my AGW2 proposal into submission, I've achieved pretty much zilch today, so to cheer myself up I thought I'd post some more boys *coff* anime boys *coff* video game sprites *sorry* *coff*

Sephiroth Iason Mink
Benten Hwoarang
Oh, yeah, and not forgetting my current obsession,

(and yes, he does qualify!)And before anyone points out that they're all blonde/red-heads, I couldn't find any decent piccies of my dark haired faves.

Friday, December 08, 2006


New notebook day today. Yes, I go through alot of notebooks. Probably why I bought two this time, one lilac and one blue, both with handfinished silk covers. Yes, I have expensive tastes in notebooks, but their scrumminess is an incentive to write.

Blue one is destined to be AGW2 notebook 2, while the lilac will be accomadating a new project, tada... I've finally got my act together and made a start on that paranormal novella I've been banging on about.

I'm still working out the details but my editor is happy with the basic plot, so example text for that required asap. It's a demon/demon hunter tale for anyone interested in my nonsense, which is as much as I'm prepared to say at the moment. Although, I do have images picked out for my main characters, both of them men, despite one of the character definitely being a woman in the story. Hehe, that's got you wondering, hasn't it... I might be persuaded to post piccies in the future.

Right now, I'm off to do some relaxing. It is Friday evening, you know!

Recently watched: Young & Dangerous 4
Currently listening to: Neighbours annoying house alarm for the fourth day running.
Currently reading: MR James

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Lust Bites

Hey, fellow Black Lace author, Nikki Magennis, has set up a group blog for Black Lace/Cheek authors called Lust Bites. Drop by and let us know what you'd like to see us discussion over there.

Lust Bites this way...

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

My editor - isn't he cute - is blogging over at romancebytheblog today, so be sure to stop by and check it out, and don't forget the fascinating discussion going on in the comments section.

Today, has been a marginal improvement on yesterday. I've started rewriting the synopsis. Mostly this involves culling all the necessary detail, and removing the bits where it says: And now they have sex. Still a long way to go.

Right, off to do some soaking and thinking.

Oh, and did I mention the car died!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Hateful Synopsis

Today is rubbish. Word count is rubbish. Synopsis is.... ah, well to simply say it's rubbish would be understating the problem. It may contain the correct number of words but none of them are good words.

Currently, said synopsis reduces what I hope will be an emotional rollercoaster of a ride and a great book to a whole heap of nothingness. The problem, I suspect, is that there are no easy plot points eg. they dig in spot X and find the treasure, as everything revolves around the characters, their angst and personal dilemmas.

I'm beginning to think I should shoehorn in a bit of mystery, just so I have something to write about in the synopsis :=)

And to make things worse, I can't concentrate on anything else while this is hanging over my head..errrrggghhhh! Need to make progress of shorts with deadlines in January, and outline paranormal novella beyond crow-feathers, sharp knife, bike and blond.

Recently watched: Torchwood, & other half playing Dirge or Cerberus
Currently listening to: Churning dishwasher.
Currently reading: A totally dire synopsis.

Friday, December 01, 2006

New Review.

I've a smile on my face today. I've had a lovely review of Dark Designs from Ashley Lister over at ERWA, and I got a mention in the CREAM review too.

To read the Dark Designs review click here.

Meanwhile the outline/synopsis for AGW2 is coming along nicely. It all started falling into place when I started concentrating on the inter-character relationships, and what they actually want. Simple really.

Also pleased because while I had an ending I wasn't 100% about it. It was a little too out of character, then another writer reminded me that leopards don't change their spots and it convinced me that it was just wrong. It involved timeline problems too. Anyway, now I have a much better, in character ending.

Recently watched: The State Within (Yummy & intelligent. What more can I ask?)
Currently listening to: Characters squabbling in my head.
Currently reading: Re-reading Beyond Innocence by Emma Holly.