Monday, December 29, 2008

The important stuff

So, I was aimlessly cruising the blogosphere when I happened on an addictive little app called Wordle. You enter a bunch of text, say, a journal entry, the back-cover copy of your latest book, your shopping list, or just a list of pressing things on your mind (I just looked over those pictures of Jared and Jensen below and that totally made a list of its own) ... where was I?

Oh yeah--the Wordle I created for my YA series. Is this fun or what? (Click on it to see the large version.)


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The "Straight" PETE video

So here's the "straight" video for FOR THE LOVE OF PETE. Note the lovely male model we found! I have no idea who he is, but I feel he does personify my hero who is known as "Lips of Sin" for about half the book:

So what do you think? Silly video starring my brother-in-law, Charles (who works for Borders gift cards! YAY, CHARLES!) or mysterious male model video? If I was as technically ept as Diana I'd post one of those nifty poll thingys. But since I'm not, we'll just have to settle for voting in the comments box.

Elizabeth Hoyt
Sometimes also known as
Julia Harper

Friday, December 12, 2008

Tu-re-lu-re-lu Pat-a-pat-a-pan

Do you hum along with the holiday music in the malls? I do. It's probably the only thing that saves my sanity as I'm shoved through throngs of shoppers on the edge of panic. The great thing about Christmas carols is you usually know the melody and most of the words, unlike Kanye West's latest offering.

I don't like ALL Christmas songs. "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire" puts me to sleep. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"? Meh. The whip cracks in "Sleigh Ride" make me cringe, and "White Christmas" always sounds racist to me. "Feliz Navidad" is frustrating, because I can never seem to sing past the first line. And I can't hear "don we now our gay apparel" without envisioning assless chaps.

How about you? What's your favorite carol? Do you chime in at the top of your lungs, or are you tone-challenged?

This year, my musician husband has been off the road for the month of December, so our house has been filled with more music than usual. In fact, we've put together a holiday CD to send out as our Christmas card.

So here's a gift from my family to yours, "The Coventry Carol," orchestrated and played in a traditional medieval style by my husband, Richard, and sung by my daughter, Brynna, and myself:

Click here to hear or download Coventry_Carol.mp3

And okay, I'll play. Here's my donation to the beefcake gallery:

It's surprising how few images there are of our favorite hunks in Santa garb. I guess it's not easy to be sexy in a bulky red coat with fluffy white fur!

Sarah McKerrigan...
Stories to keep you up all night!
LADY DANGER - Riding to the rescue April 2006
CAPTIVE HEART - Coming for you October 2006
KNIGHT'S PRIZE - Stealing your heart April 2007
DANGER'S KISS - Flirting with trouble May 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

As Long As We're Voting. . .

Got no beef with all the beefcake posted here, but in an effort to continue this educational drift, (and to avoid doing what I should be doing, namely working on my next oeuvre) and to make sure my fave gets mentioned, here's a shout out to the underknown Ben Browder of sadly cancelled Farscape.

As you can see, he also looks good fully clothed.

Not to mention in full John Crichton regalia with Claudia Brown as his love and soul-mate Aeryn Sun.

Sigh. Nothing like leather...

I know most of you probably never heard of them, but these are two of the most romantic characters ever created. Every romance reader should check them out on DVD.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Supernaturally delicious

In hopes of continuing Diana's education on hot men who may have escaped her attention, today I would like to present the Winchester brothers from the CW's SUPERNATURAL. The show follows Dean (as played by Jensen Ackles*) and Sam (as played by Jared Padalecki**) as they travel across the United States fighting the things that go bump in the night.

Sam and Dean can be summed up in two words:


That's HOTNESS. If we want to put it together.

Plus, SUPERNATURAL gets bonus marks for actually being an AWESOME show now in its fourth, and so far, BEST season.

Bask in the pretty.............


and JARED....

Yes. They will do very nicely, thank you.

You're welcome, Diana! We're here to help!!


* Jensen is the mental image I used of Quinn, the hero of my book LADY & THE VAMP. Raowrrr!!
** Jared would be perfect as my frequently appearing werewolf, Barkley, in several of my vampire books. Grrrr-owwlll!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008


No, really, it's different than the first one!

And Bonus Content for Diana's continuing education:

That's DANIEL CRAIG, Diana!

It's all about the scroll-down, baby.

Julia Harper

Monday, December 01, 2008


So, in the middle of the night a terrible thought occurred to me. Not only has Diana Holquist admitted publicly to not knowing who HUGH JACKMAN is (see post below), but in the process she's revealed that she's missed some of the great cinema of the last few years. How, for instance, could she've seen X-MEN 1, 2, or 3 without finding out who Hugh is? She couldn't've.

Oh, Diana!

Therefore, I've put together a little primer for Diana. Diana? Are you reading this? Pay close attention:

One of Hugh's early works was of course in the iconoclastic PAPERBACK HERO in which Hugh plays a truckdriver who writes romance novels. Really.

Hugh continued with his realist portrayal of Every Man with SWORDFISH in which he played a computer expert. In a towel.

What? Don't all the computer nerds you know look like Hugh?

Then Hugh made s stunning artistic choice by taking the role of Wolverine in X-MEN.

Note the subtle use of body oil to highlight Hugh's impressive biceps!

In between various X-MEN Hugh played the title role in VAN HELSING. While not a critical success, VAN HELSING did include Hugh's now signature scene in which all his clothes are torn off except for a wee bit fabric around his loins. Rhoar! Unfortunately I couldn't find a photo of his signature scene from VAN HELSING, so we'll just have to make do with a fully-clothed Hugh:

Currently, Hugh is starring in AUSTRALIA, which I haven't seen. But judging from this pic I found Hugh rides a horsey and has a really big whip!

Also, I believe Nicole Kidman stars in the movie. Whatever. What inquiring minds really want to know is this: will Hugh have his signature scene in AUSTRALIA?

Elizabeth Hoyt