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My Spies, Lies & Naked Thighs Spice novel is being released today in Italy in a three-in-one book set with Lori Foster and Amanda McIntryre!
 
 
I’ve always loved trains and the mystery and adventure of the Orient Express. Even James Bond got it on with a beautiful Russian spy aboard the train to Istanbul in From Russia with Love.
 
When I wanted my heroine in my erotic spy thriller, Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs (Bionda Vendetta in Italian), to take control of the situation with a sexy man she perceived to be a dangerous terrorist, she went one step further than 007: she tied him up and performed delicious torture on him (including oral sex) on the night train to Paris:
 
He attempts to rip apart his restraints, arching and groaning and gritting his teeth.
 
“You can avoid further frustration if you tell me what I want to know.” I smooth his dark hair back from his sweating brow, avoiding touching his eye patch, knowing he’s anticipating me ripping it off. I don’t, adding to his tension. “Who do you work for?”
 
“I told you. I work alone.”
 
“I don’t believe you.” I slide my hand between his legs, feeling him. “Maybe this will loosen your tongue because I have no intention of loosening the rope around your cock.” This elicits a distinct erotic charge in him that jolts him. He thrusts into my hand, struggling madly to free himself, his shoulders heaving in his attempt to escape from captivity.
 
“You’ll get no information from me,” he snorts.
 
“Won’t I? I know the Russian had money,” I persist, knowing I have to give him a convincing story. “I want my share.”
 
He closes his eyes. I see his exhaustion. He’s not giving up as easily as I first believed. It’s not easy on me either. I exist in a situation of emotional and sexual intensity in which I’m deeply implicated, yet I can do nothing to satisfy my own needs. This is no lovers’ game, but a tug-of-war involving the intense energy of ritual and passionate SM where one of us will lose.
 
The question is: Which one?
 
I also made a short 30-second promo for Spies, Lies and Naked Thighs in both English and Italian.
 
Enjoy!

ENGLISH

 
 ITALIAN
 
 
 
 

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On November 11th, we celebrate our veterans. But mothers are also veterans of war. Here is a story about such a mother written by Lady Eve Marlowe, the heroine in my novel, Cleopatra’s Perfume.

Before Lady Eve married a member of the British peerage, she was a cabaret dancer in Berlin in the late 1920s during the wild days of the Weimar Republic.

The scene in what I call a “story vid” (story video) takes place after one of the girls in the show is murdered and Eve goes to visit her mother.

Happy Veterans Day!

 

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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:  Venice bookstores and gelati shops. 

I love bookstores.  There’s something magical about finding that intriguing tome that transports you to another time, another place and you’re there.  With him.  That special man… 

And what is more magical than Venice? 

I have no doubt everyone in Venice reads.  I saw a different bookstore on every corner filled with romances, mysteries and travel books.  I’m pleased to say Venetians are also reading my Harlequin Spice novels, which have all been translated into Italian, including Passioni di una geisha (I did a booksigning after my speech at La Biennale).  

As any Venetian lady will tell you, when you find that special man, I mean, book, you want to get between the sheets and enjoy every moment.  And if it’s a hot summer day, you’ll need a creamy scoop of gelato or Italian ice cream to cool you (and him) off.  

I swear Venice has as many gelati shops as it has bookstores.  In this Venice video, we’ll explore the bookstores (you’ll see a first edition of “The Picture of Dorian Gray”)  and the gelati shops…including my favorite ice cream shop, il Tovaro.   Buon Appetito!   

 

Coming up in my next Venice Video: Venice street scenes and performers

 

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

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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:  Piazza di San Marco St. Mark’s Square) and Gondolas

Napoleon likened the Piazza di San Marco or St. Mark’s Square to being the best drawing room in Europe, while others have called it everything from a fantastic stage set to a vast museum.  No doubt the piazza is the most famous Venice landmark known for its pigeons and tourists. 

I remember one cold winter trip I took to Venice when the whole city seemed to be enveloped in a misty fog until the arrival of Carneval, carnival.  Then the piazza came alive with the living, vibrant colors and exquisite beauty of the costumed figures in masks and dominos appearing like ghosts from out of the past…

What you’re about to see in my video is Venice on a June day when the summer heat sucked the moisture out of the air, but not the tourists.  You’ll see the square packed with people all vying for position with their cameras.  A grand sight. 

Then we’ll check out the gondolas. I didn’t have time to take a gondola ride on this trip, but you’ll get an idea of the wild craziness that goes on around the gondola station.   Next time I’ll hop on a gondola and get the shot for you.  Promesso.  

Coming up in my next Venice Video: Venice bookstores and gelati shops

 

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

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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:  I take you on a tour of my room at the Hotel Saturnia

 


 

I so enjoyed the Hotel Saturnia.  The elegant room with its own frig, built-in plasma TV and shower in the bath that cascades out of the ceiling like a waterfall.  (You’ll see it in the video).  I had a lovely view of the courtyard and in the mornings I could hear the church bells and the birds singing in tandem.  Charming

The food was outstanding.  Every morning until 10:30 a.m. they have a buffet breakfast  included with the room that features delicious, fluffy scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, croissants, rolls, fresh fruit, cakes, orange juice and coffee.  You need such hearty fare to get you going because in Venice you walk everywhere.  

The hotel staff speaks English and is committed to making your stay comfortable.  Housekeeping is there when you need them and everyone always has a smile and “Buongiorno” for you everywhere you go in the hotel.  I highly recommend Hotel Saturnia and intend to return… 

 

Coming up in my next Venice video: I take you on a personal tour of the elegant Hotel Saturnia  

 

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

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Lady Eve Marlowe has left Berlin and returned to her home.  I hope you enjoyed her month-long adventures in the city of Weimar Berlin in 1928. 

For Lady Marlowe, it was as if those days came alive again as I hope they did for you.  She has assured me she will return from time to time with more recollections of her fascinating life.  

Before she left, she was kind enough to assist me in making a book trailer (“You mean like the film trailers?  I’d be delighted…) about her adventures in Cleopatra’s Perfume”  during World War II in London, Cairo and Berlin.  

We shot the video and picked out a charming piece of music called “Paris” by Dan Graham.  When we looked at the final cut, Lady Eve turned to me and said, “It’s lovely, Jina, but so many great films during the Second World War were shot in black and white.” 

“You mean like Casablanca?” I asked, remembering the dramatic lighting and emotional tension so beautifully filmed by Michael Curtiz. 

Lady Eve nodded.  “What if we produced two videos–one in color and one in black and white?” 

And that’s what we did.  Here are two versions of the book trailer for Cleopatra’s Perfume:  one in color


  

And one in black and white.

 

Which do you prefer?

 

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

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