Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for September, 2009

Those are fellow Harlequin author Candy Havens’ words on her blog on Monday about her new BLAZE cover for “Take Me If You Dare” (Feb 2010).    It’s wild, it’s sexy–and yes, it’s got a half-naked guy on the cover with a gal who is definitely in control.

Check out Candy’s cover:  The heroine is in a dominant position with her hand on his knee.  But he’s not taking it lying down, as you’ll see when you check out her blog.   Very appealing and very cool.  You just know this couple is going to be volleying for position in a win-win situation.

Which makes me ponder the question: do you notice the body positions of the hero/heroine on the cover?  If so, does that influence your buying decision?  Any turn-ons or turn-offs re: book covers?  I’d like to know your opinion.

And don’t forget to check out Candy’s website for info on “Take Me If You Dare,” her workshops and her contest.

Best,

Jina

Subscribe        Bookmark and Share

February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai
“She embraced the way of the warrior. Two swords. Two loves.”

Read Full Post »

Sometimes you meet a person–these days it’s more likely to be online–and you just know they’re going to rise to the top.

Such a person for me was Shobhan Bantwal, the author of “The Sari Shop Widow,” a fascinating novel set in a bustling and colorful neighborhood called Little India.” (Borders blurb).  

We took an online PR class together when her first book was coming out (“The Dowry Bride“) and she was so eager to learn about the book business and how it works.  She was the one of the hardest working members of the class.

All her efforts have paid off.   She’s the author of three novels from Kensington and today– 

She’s blogging at the True Romance Blog with Sue Grimshaw at Borders about how she started writing and her latest release.  Be sure to read Shoban’s blog and check out Sue Grimshaw’s video introducing her. 

Way to go, Shobhan!

Best,

Jina

 

Subscribe        Bookmark and Share

February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai
“She embraced the way of the warrior. Two swords. Two loves.”

Read Full Post »

Backstory: I never dreamed when I wrote The Japanese Art of Sex: How to tease, seduce and pleasure the samurai in your bedroom, I would be speaking about geisha and performing Japanese dance at La Biennale in Venice, Italy, the oldest and most prestigious cultural arts festival in the world.  I also had the opportunity to sign copies of my Harlequin Spice novel, The Blonde Geisha, in Italian: Passioni di una Geisha.  Come to Venice with me as I explore the city in my video series: Jina’s Excellent Adventure in Venice, Italy.   

Today’s Venice Video Episode: Pizza

I have always believed the most immediate way the intrepid traveler can experience the history of a city is to eat its food.  Venice is no exception.  Among its many charming restaurants, imagine enjoying your repast sitting in a replica of an eighteenth century Venetian chair, fresh bouquets of flowers everywhere, wrought-iron chandeliers overhead and marble floors under your feet. 

You can dine on scampi in a sauce of green peppercorns at such a ristorante, knowing that Thomas Mann or Ernest Hemingway supped there (Hemingway is said to have ordered a five-pound tin of Beluga caviar at Harry’s Bar).  Or enjoy the tempting smells of tomato and basil filling your senses, the bubbling cheeses, the perfect pillows of hand-made pasta. 

Venice offers the traveler everything from the familiar (spaghetti with clams) to the exotic (pheasant), but after my speech and performance at La Biennale, I wanted pizza.  No twenty toppings and gooey extra cheese for me.  Real, authentic, perfect-crust pizza the way I remembered it from previous trips to Italy.

My Harlequin editor in Italy, Alessandra Bazardi, and I scoured the city’s narrow streets and canals, over bridges and through tiny squares, looking for pizza.  Darkness covered the city, making our search for pizza difficult, but I swear the gourmand ghosts of Venice’s past urged us on. 

Somewhere, we knew, we’d find a pizza place open.

Around midnight, we spotted a lively outdoor restaurant ablaze with lights.  And pizza.  As you’ll see in my video, I enjoyed a fabulous pizza at Acqua Pazza on the Campo Sant’Angelo.  

Delizioso!

Subscribe       Bookmark and Share

February 2010: meet The Blonde Samurai 
“She embraced the way of the warrior.  Two swords.  Two loves.”

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: