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Mega #Research Trip: Day 4 – Rambles in #HydePark, #Mayfair, and #NottingHill

I totally lucked out on this Mega Research Trip of 2015. My friend and fellow author, Emma Jameson, was also in London doing some research of her own (She’s got two AMAZING cozy mystery series. I can’t recommend them enough). We were able to hang out and combine our research adventures.

First stop: Hyde Park. One of my favorite places in London. You will no doubt recognize the name from a couple of my books. Morgan gets into it with a vampire in Hyde Park in the second Sunwalker Saga novel, Kissed by FireThe park also makes an appearance in my contemporary romance series, Notting Hill Diaries.

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Hyde Park in the morning.
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The fabulous Emma Jameson lounging in Hyde Park.

 

 

 

 

 

Our next stop was Mayfair. One of Emma’s series is set largely in Mayfair, so this was a natural for our agenda.

See that ridiculously shiny car below? That was just meandering through the streets so of course I had to snap a pic. Good thing I did. It inspired a scene in the upcoming Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood novel, Deathwalker.

I also found some great pics of the inspiration for the mysterious basement apartment in Kissing Frogs(If you’ve read it, you know what I mean!)

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This uber cool car makes an appearance in the upcoming Witchblood novel, Deathwalker.
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The mysterious basement flat from Kissing Frogs. I used to walk by such flats every day on my way to work in Mayfair.
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The mysterious basement flat.
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Grosvenor Square near the American Embassy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A church in Mayfair.
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The Mayfair – a pub near my old office. We just had to pop in for a pint!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, we had to skip over to Notting Hill for some research. With Kissing Mr. Darcy coming up this fall, I knew I needed more fodder. I certainly got it! From the quirky shops to the pastel houses, everything was so inspirational. I can’t wait to add all kinds of fun things to the book. Including some flirtations with handsome gentlemen. ;-)

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A typical row of houses in Notting Hill. Much as I imagine Kate’s flat to be in Kissing Frogs.
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Chloe, however, is a more colorful sort. She lives in one of these. Painted purple, naturally.
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Of course we HAD to take a picture in front of this sign!
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One of the many cute little shops.
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We had to stop here for refreshment.
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More Notting Hill Goodness.
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A Notting Hill pub that will most definitely appear in the books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was certainly a busy day! Next up: More adventures in London. AND stay tuned for Prague!

 

 

Mega #Research Trip: Day 3 – Of #Architecture, #Mermen, and the #Beatles

I’ve fallen totally behind on posting pics of my European Adventure. Where were we? Oh, yes. Liverpool! (You can find pics of my first day in Liverpool HERE.)

The architecture is amazeballs. That’s all I can say. A lot of Victorian era buildings. Lots of fun wrought iron work and bas relief work and whatnot. I was snapping photos constantly!

My favorite is the one of the mermen. It makes me think I should include those in the Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood series. What do you think?

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Mermen!
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Love the Celtic knotwork.
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Something so fun about these lamps. Makes me think of steampunk goodness!
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And, of course, the British know how to build a gorgeous church building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This World War II memorial plaque gave me all sorts of feels. I mostly took it to show my grandfather (who was a soldier during the war), but I thought some of you might find it interesting. Yeah, total history geek here. Will I work it into a book? Maybe so.

WWII memorial plaque.
WWII memorial plaque.

 

 

 

 

The Cavern Club was a great deal of fun. It will DEFINITELY be appearing in a book. For those who aren’t Beatles fans, this is the first place they played. Loads of other famous people have played there, too. I was there on St. Patrick’s Day of all things! The booze was flowing, the music was excellent, and the atmosphere was perfect for supernatural hijinx.

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Me and some dude. LOL

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Cavern Club

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool is definitely on my list of favorite places in the UK. And it will definitely be the setting of a future novel. Or two. ;-)

Next up: I’m back to London for shenanigans with my friend and fellow author, Emma Jameson.

Of #ComicConPortland

I would have never thought ComicCon would be the sort of place where a geeky author like myself could hang out and talk books with geeky readers. What was I thinking? (Apparently, I wasn’t.) But my friend and fellow author, Miranda Mayer, convinced me it was perfect. She was right!

I had a blast. Met so many amazing people—readers, writers, artists, cosplayers. Sold a few books. Gave out loads of bookmarks. And let’s just say I am now addicted to ComicCon. In fact I’m totally gutted I can’t attend Rose City ComicCon this year (Or Emerald City, or Vancouver FanExpo) because of other commitments, but…there are other things on the horizon. Stay tuned!

A few images from the Con:

Best Ursula ever.
Best Ursula ever.
I met concept artist John Gallgher. Awesome guy. Find him here: http://uncannyknack.com/
I met concept artist John Gallgher. Awesome guy. Find him here: http://uncannyknack.com/
Xena and Gabrielle showed up. Rock on, ladies!
Xena and Gabrielle showed up. Rock on, ladies!
My favorite cosplay of the day: Hello Kitty Gears of War. Total badassery.
My favorite cosplay of the day: Hello Kitty Gears of War. Total badassery.
Our friendly neighborhood sci-fi speed dating maven.
Our friendly neighborhood sci-fi speed dating maven. She was fabulous. She got a “10” for awesome.

Supernatural Saturday. And Stuff.

I haven’t done a Supernatural Saturday in AGES. Seriously, over a year. So rather than bore you with my ranting about whatever supernatural creature is on my mind, I’m giving you this:

3195402a102037433b241316647lYou’re welcome.

You know I only do this because I love you, right? ;)

If you enjoyed that, you should come follow me on Tumblr. That’s another thing I joined ages ago but didn’t do anything with. I am now randomly posting things that make no sense. They’re just things I like. For instance, delicious Regency gentlemen. And amusing memes.

(I’m also on Pinterest if you don’t mind your feed being cluttered with pins of chocolate cake and hot British men.)

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If you’re wondering what I’m up to, I’m writing like mad trying to get the next thing out and into your hot little hands. Right now I’m working on two books at a time. I’m at the 55% mark for A Rage of Angels (Think Firefly meets CSI with a splash of romance and Ancient Aliens) and almost 70% on my hilarious new contemporary romcom (Think London, coffee, cupcakes, and Tom Hiddleston… mostly because I just like Tom Hiddleston.)

More eye candy. Just because.

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Happy Saturday!

 

Magic & Mayhem Release Party TODAY! #giveaways #paranormalromance

Party

 

Join in the fun TODAY at 4pm Pacific (7pm Eastern). Three hours of games, giveaways, and random shenanigans to celebrate the release of my book, Kissed by Ice, and Tara West’s hilarious paranormal romantic comedy, Divine and Dateless.

Here’s the LINK. Stop on by and say “Heyyyy!”

And The Winner Is….

Roxy Boroughs

Thanks to everyone who stopped by for a visit and to let Norah Wilson and myself know who you think is the perfect (and sexy) hero. Got a lot of votes for Daniel Craig. :-)

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Cowboys and Aliens

Bet that made you smile. I know it did me! :-) (By the way, if you want that screensaver, click on the pic and you can get a shiny new one all to yourself.)

A big congrats to Roxy for winning the Norah Wilson giveaway. SQUEE! Roxy, please email me at shealunaria@yahoo.com and let me know you prize selection (as listed on the post here). Please also include your physical address if you’re choosing paperback, or your preferred email address if ebook.

Hope you all have a wonderful week.