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Tomorrow, February 1st, Harlequin will release a number of category titles. Among them is Egyptian author Olivia Gates‘s To Tempt a Sheikh. (Available at eHarlequin, both as a print and as an electronic book)

Born of the desert. Bound to the throne.

He rescued hostage Talia Burke from his royal family’s rival tribe and swept her into his strong embrace. But Prince Harres Aal Shalaan soon discovered there was more to the brave beauty than he knew. Talia held information vital to protecting his beloved kingdom…and she had every reason not to trust him.

Marooned together at a desert oasis, Talia couldn’t resist Harres. Yet even as his sizzling seduction entranced her, his loyalty to his family and country would always make them enemies. Falling for the sheikh would be her heart’s greatest mistake…but she feared it was already too late….


I asked this question on Twitter. The question wasn’t actually as random as it seems, it’s just that we had some friends come over with their children, and after seeing the baby eating solids like pasta, bread etc, yet she was also being breast-fed, it made me wonder. I guess I always figured that once a child was eating grown-up foods, the mother would start the process of weaning them off the breast.

I’m aware that breast is best for a child, and that the WHO recommend breast-feeding up till the age of two “and beyond”, but nobody seems to have a handle of what “beyond” means. Should women be breast-feeding 3 year olds, four year olds, five, six, seven year olds?

Anyway, here were some of the responses: (more…)

Richard Keys and Andy Gray

There’s a sexism storm brewing over these shores at the moment.

It started earlier on in the week, when two well-known, and well-respected TV sports presenters slagged off a female line referee, questioning her ability to do the job.

Here’s an excerpt from the Daily Mail (hateful newspaper) on the story.

Sky Sports presenters Andy Gray and Richard Keys are at the centre of a sexism row after they questioned whether a female assistant referee knew the offside rule during a Premier League match.
The commentators, who apparently believed their microphones were switched off, were recorded making disparaging remarks about Sian Massey, 25, before Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Wolves on Saturday.

They also criticised West Ham vice-chairman and Apprentice star Karren Brady, who had written about sexism in a newspaper column on Saturday.

Commenting on Ms Massey, Mr Keys said: ‘Somebody better get down there and explain offside to her.’
Mr Gray, a former Scotland striker, replied: ‘Can you believe that? A female linesman. Women don’t know the offside rule.’
Mr Keys replied: ‘Course they don’t. I can guarantee you there will be a big one today. Kenny (Liverpool manager Dalglish) will go potty. This isn’t the first time, is it? Didn’t we have one before?’
Later in the exchange, Mr Keys said: ‘The game’s gone mad. Did you hear charming Karren Brady this morning complaining about sexism? Do me a favour, love.’

Since this conversation took place, Andy Gray has been sacked by his employers for gross misconduct, after this video of him making sexual suggestions to a female co-presenter surfaced:

One of my commenters, Karla, pointed me in the direction of this epic ranty review of Sarah Mayberry’s Amorous Liaisons.

The blogger, Zosia, starts:

There should be a law forbidding people from writing books or making movies about ballet unless they are or were ballet dancers, because it’s always so badly screwed up. I should have liked this book – it featured ballet and Paris, two of my favourite things – but I very nearly went completely insane instead.

Apparently Zosia worked backstage at the Sidney Dance Company for some of their productions, hence her annoyance at the inaccuracies in the book.

Zosia writes: (more…)

I recommended The Time Traveller’s Wife (Sorry, I can’t bear to spell Traveller the way Niffenegger spelt it) to a tweeter the other day, and of course I told her how amazing it was. As it happens, she’d already tried reading it, and just couldn’t get into it.

I know exactly what she means. The first 100 pages or so of the book were incredibly dull, and I recall starting TTTW, and leaving it for months, for this very reason. Had I not persevered with it, I would have missed out on the most amazing book. I think I must have gone to the doctors or somewhere else where I was forced to read more of the book.

My way of handling slow burner books these days is to skim read at least 50% of said book. I call this my Fifty Per Cent Skim Read Rule. This way, if the book still sucks by the time I’m halfway through it, I can then throw it onto the DNF pile, knowing that I gave it my best shot.

How do you deal with your potential DNF books?

Sarah Mayberry has the rather amazing talent of writing category romance books that read like epic love stories. Even her Blaze bks are fab!

I wrote that on Twitter, and it’s absolutely true.

I’ve just finished reading yet another Sarah Mayberry Blaze title, and I don’t know how she does it. It was simply delicious.

Here’s my blurb for Amorous Liaisons:

Amorous Liaisons is about Maddy, a prima ballerina who finds herself at a crossroads in her life when injury threatens to end her career permanently. Her dance company are forced to retire her due to a cruciate ligament injury, leaving Maddy utterly devastated.

Maddy’s whole life has revolved around dancing, and suddenly she finds herself at sea without anything to hold onto, so she makes the decision to go and see her best friend Max, who’s always been there for her.

Max has been in love with Maddy for the longest time, but was forced to let her go after her dancing career really took off. Maddy, unaware of his feelings for her turns up on his doorstep, looking for a safe harbour.

Max tries to stick to friendship, but he soon discovers that his feelings for Maddy are still as strong as they ever were. Maddy in the mean time is disconcerted to find that she’s looking at her best friend in a less-than-platonic way these days. She doesn’t have a great track record with romantic entanglements, which is why she is frightened to take their relationship any further, in case it damages their friendship, irrevocably.

Soon, things heat up between the two friends, leaving both uncertain about what the future holds for them as a couple.

Mayberry’s ability to drag emotion from this reader is incomparable, especially when I think about the kind of books she’s writing. Who knew that a Blaze book could make me cry like a baby? (more…)

I didn’t really understand the whoopin’ and the cheering, but his words were truly inspirational. He rightly paid homage to those who lost their lives, and honoured those involved in saving lives.

And Michelle Obama was just as effective in her role as The First Lady. Caring and genuine, and not afraid to reach out and give comfort to those in need. She’s such a great role model.

Sarah Palin can only dream of having so much grace and dignity under such difficult circumstances.

An E-Publisher Behaving Badly tale? It sure feels like old times.

Anyway, does anybody know much about Decadent Publishing? Do any of you guys write for them? Buy their books, even? Never heard of them myself, until now at least.

According to this rather disgruntled reviewer, DP (I’m trying not to smirk like a two year old at those initials) have allegedly been looking for the reviewer’s personal details as revenge for writing a less-than-glowing review of a book written by one of their authors, a Miss Graylin Fox.

The reviewer writes:

The stupidity of some authors who can’t take a review *ahem* Graylin Fox *ahem*, and must prove, ‘oh, I’m so great’ by running to Twitter and sniping at us has never failed to astound us. You are not the first. We highly doubt you will be the last. We chalk up your attitude to being a newbie and not being able to take criticism.

So it seems we have another Jamaica Layne on our hands eh? (more…)

Yes, I’m beyond giddy! It feels like I’ve waited for this book forever!

Stay tuned, I’ll be giving away two of ’em…

Come With Your Book Recs!

Friday, January 7, 2011
Posted in: Book Buys of The Week, book talk

Soooo, I got £200 worth of Amazon vouchers for Christmas, I know I’m still boycotting them, but what are you gonna do when you get given their vouchers as gifts?

Anyway, I can’t be arsed trolling round RomanceLand to see what books you guys are reading, so I’m hoping some of you will help me out by recommending some books for me to spend my greens on.

I think I’m fairly easy to please, however, I have some books I wont read:

I don’t want any vampire/wolfie recs – Nothing has changed as far as reading them, I’m burnt out on them and staying that way for the foreseeable.

No BDSM shit either. Being a borderline feminist, anything that involves another woman wearing a collar or being ‘pleasurably spanked’ is enough to make me eat my own face.

No hystericals, unless they’re by Kleypas/Sarah McCarty/ Elizabeth Hoyt. Actually, scratch that, American hystericals are fine.

No SEAL books. They tend to bore me stiff more often than not.

Other than the above, I’m easy.

So, what books would you guys like to recommend for me and my £200?

Hey Nora Roberts…

Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Posted in: Authors MIA

Where are you? I miss seeing your name around RomanceLand…

Come back soon please?

Yours sincerely

Karen Scott

Pete Postlethwaite OBE, was one of those actors who didn’t merely act, he became the person he was portraying in every way.
In my opinion, he was totally underrated and it seems a shame that we will only honour him and eulogise over his acting abilities, now that he is no longer with us.

He was one of those actors who brought a certain gravitas to every scene he was in, and his presence gave credence to whatever movie he appeared in, whether it was the rather brilliant In The Name of The Father, or the less than stellar (in my opinion of course) The Lost World: Jurassic Park.

He was no Brad Pitt, however his rather odd looks were very much a part of what I loved about him. That and of course the fact that he was a lovely northern bloke.

I mourn the fact that he was rarely ever the leading man in the roles that he chose to play, yet his presence often seemed to propel the leading actors he worked with, into giving much-improved performances. Sean Bean, I’m looking at you.

He has appeared in an amazing number of great films, but some of the films he can be credited with, include the following:

When Saturday Comes
Brassed Off
The Shipping News
The Omen
The Constant Gardener
The Town
The Usual Suspects
Clash of The Titans
Romeo and Juliet

Here at KKB Central, we’re truly gutted that such a fine actor has been taken from us so soon. Cancer has a lot to answer for.

Pete Postlethwaite, I, and millions of movie-goers all over the world, salute you.

Happy New year To You All!

Saturday, January 1, 2011
Posted in: Happy New Year

We hope that you and yours have a fabulous 2011!