Tag Archives: the guardian

Bradley Cooper & Lots of Excitement!

It’s a dreary Monday here, but we have with us today a man who is hot and humorous. Doesn’t get much better than that!

Today’s Guilty Pleasure is Bradley Cooper who is in almost everything lately. Bradley first caught my eye in ALIAS and apparently attended Villanova for a year before transferring some other school that shall not be named. LOL! I still haven’t seen THE A TEAM although it’s still on my list. Maybe over the summer weekends when I’ve got a little more time.

Hope you enjoyed today’s Guilty Pleasure!

Now for the excitement!

Contest Winner

The winner of Friday’s contest – Margaret Mallory’s THE GUARDIAN – is Sabina E. Please e-mail me your postal address so I can send out your prize.

Check out the cover for THE FIFTH KINGDOM!

Just got the cover for THE FIFTH KINGDOM, my July 11 romantic suspense release from Carina Press.

Live Video Event on May 18 with Donna Grant

Come join me and my fellow Danger Woman Writing Donna Grant for a live video event this Wednesday, May 18 at 9 p.m. EST. We’re going to preview the trailer for THE LOST, the very first book in my new SIN HUNTER series and talk about writing paranormals, our favorite kinds of heroes and lots of other fun stuff.

I’ll be giving away a $10 gift card, an autographed copy of STRONGER THAN SIN and a couple of cool reusable grocery bags so that you can help to protect the environment. You can either click here to join this 30 minute live video event this Wednesday or click on the widget below. Feel free to share the widget with your friends and let them share in the fun and prizes. You can also tweet or share this link: http://t.wbx.me/eemp7

Video Event Winners & a Contest for Margaret Mallory’s THE GUARDIAN!

I want to thank everyone who dropped by our very first video event! I so appreciate being able to meet you and hoped you liked the premiere of the trailer for THE LOST. It’s not live yet, so you’re the only ones who have gotten to see that gorgeous video, unless . . .

You pop in for our next video chat on Wednesday, May 18 at 9 p.m. I have a very special guest coming on, namely my Dangerous Women Writing friend and fellow author Donna Grant. Join us as we discuss writing dark paranormals, alpha heroes and lots of other fun stuff. We’ll have some more prizes for you, like a gift card, bags, shirts and other googies.

Now here are the lucky winners from the last video event! Please send me you mailing address so that I can get your prize out to you!

Karin – $10 Gift Card
Kym A – Autographed copy of SINS OF THE FLESH
JoAnna – Autographed Copy of SOLDIER’S SECRET CHILD
Kai – Caridad Environmentally friendly grocery bag & a lovely beaded bookmark
Cynthia (Artemis) – THE LOST T-shirt
Leanne G – Caridad Environmentally friendly grocery bag & a lovely beaded bookmark

THE GUARDIANWhew, now that we’re done with that! Today is FUN FRIDAY and I want to hear from you about your favorite kinds of heroes. Do you like military men? Highlanders? Vampires? Shapeshifters? Or do you prefer a more sensitive kind of guy?

Leave a comment on this blog post by 3 a.m. Saturday (want to give my CA folks some time to answer) for a chance to win an autographed copy of Margaret Mallory‘s THE GUARDIAN!

13 Places to Visit in New York City

With the Romance Writers Conference arriving in my hometown on June 28th, look for me to start offering up some tips on Eats, To dos and To Sees! Look for Countdown 2 #RWA11 starting on June 1 on Twitter and my Facebook Fan Page.

But today I’m sharing some other favorite places to visit in New York City. I work there every day and for the longest time really didn’t get to see this amazing city. Once I decided to become a “tourist”, I discovered lots of different little neighborhoods, restaurants and sights to see. It’s one of the reasons I set THE CALLING in Manhattan – to offer up views of all the unique neighborhoods.

So here goes!

When you think of New York you probably imagine there is a lot of hustle and bustle in the city that never sleeps. You’d be right, but tucked amongst all those skyscrapers are oases of green and calm. Here are some of my favorites.

    1. Tudor Greens
    2. Union Square Park
    3. Central Park
    4. Bryant Park

I’d list Gramercy Park in there, but unfortunately this park is open only to those who pay an annual fee and possess a key to enter. Ugh.

Next up – America’s story locations. Unless you’re a Native American, your ancestors came here from somewhere else and New York City is a vibrant part of that immigration story. So be sure to visit these locations to learn more about America’s famed melting pot and experience some of the flavor imparted on New York by its immigrant populations:

    5. Statue of Liberty
    6. Ellis Island
    7. Tenement Museum
    8. Museum at Eldridge Street
    9. Chinatown
    10. Little Italy

To experience the hustle and bustle, from both on the ground and above, these locations can’t be beat:

    11. Empire State Building
    12. Top of the Rock
    13. Times Square

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s Thursday 13. If you’ve been to New York City, take a moment to share some of your favorite places to visit.

Tomorrow, look for the winners of the prizes from last week’s live video event, news on the next live video event and a chance to win an autographed copy of Margaret Mallory‘s THE GUARDIAN!

Thoughtful Thursday – Dying and Paying Taxes

taxesI think you know that old saying that goes: There are only two things you have to do – die and pay taxes.

Unfortunately, it seems that the paying taxes part only applies to you and me while some people are able to make “careless mistakes”.

Case in point — Our new Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner who said he hadn’t paid some taxes on time due to “careless mistakes.” According to an article in The Guardian, after a 2006 audit Geithner paid arrears on his 2003 and 2004 returns, but not immediately on his 2001 and 2002 returns. Apparently the three year statute of limitations had run on those. He did eventually pay them — after his nomination to the post.

Hmm . . . Does that mean that if he hadn’t been nominated he wouldn’t have paid them? What do you think?

I recall the IRS sending letters to my daughter when a math error meant she owed them like 5 dollars. The letter came with all kinds of dire warnings about what would be done if the 5 dollars and interest wasn’t paid on time.

So how is it some people get away with not paying thousands? Do you wonder how this happens?

Let me know what you think about the U.S. tax system or your own tax situation if you are not in the U.S. I know that many of you in other countries pay even higher taxes.