Ireland, Day 3…or 4?

Now I thought driving in my hometown was crazy, but Dublin takes the cake. Luckily my family enjoys each other and even a stressful situation turned into great fun.

Basically, we got directions – printed, mapped out directions, mind you – to a place called Clontarf. The goal was to visit the Bram Stoker’s Dracula attraction. Why? Because Bram Stoker was born here in the 1800’s and I just love the adaptation of his book about Count Dragul. So anyway, we followed the directions to a tee and still ended up driving for hours with no success. There are no frickin’ street signs here, except every now and again.
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Belgium Day 3

Okay, I am officially hooked on fresh french and sourdough bed. In fact, it’s so good it reminds me of home (S.F.). I had dinner at a place called DePost the other night and it was SO good. They took a simple salad, added fresh sliced apples, kiwi and strawberries, some baked cinnamon apples, HUGE shrimp, and all kinds of veggies and put a light ginger viniagrette on it. I was in straight up heaven! But the portion was so big I had to take it back to the hotel with me. The next night (tonight, in fact) I went to a place called Flora for dinner. I walked in and asked if they could fix me a dish for ‘take away’ (they don’t call it take out). They said no problem. But when the guy gave me a menu, I asked for some help because the menu was all in Dutch. He just kept saying, in perfect English, well just look up at the menu on the board.
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Belgium Day 1

Hi ya’ll, I’ve been traveling/moving/not-sleeping/plane hopping/running for the gate/running for the train, etc for more than 18 hours so I apologize in advance if this post doesn’t make any sense or starts to ramble ;D

I made it to Amsterdam by the skin of my teeth! What was I thinking booking a flight that connected through Chicago with only a 1 hour window? I must have been sleepwalking when I booked the flight because EVERYONE knows you can’t get into or out of Chicago on time. Duh!

Needless to say when I landed in Chicago I had to literally run for my connection to Amsterdam – which happened to be the ONLY flight to Amsterdam. And I made it…just as they were closing the airplane door. However, the flight crew was excellent and wonderfully attentive. The flight was non-eventful and devoid of any turbulence, bumps or any other vomit inducing moments.

The train ride from Amsterdam to Belgium was somewhat interesting in that none of it was unfamiliar. There were simple brick homes, apartment buildings, green pastures with lots of horses, cows and sheep (which we do see in Colorado just about anywhere but the city of Denver proper. Well, except for the green part. Colorado is DRY and BROWN most of the year). And graffiti. Even in the middle of a pasture with nothing but a single room itty bitty shack surrounded by cattle, there was graffiti. And surprisingly, it looked just like the stuff we have at home, down to the colors and style of writing.
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Belgium, Here I Come (xPost)

Well, I’m heading out of town again for work. Only this time I’m going to Belgium. I’ve never been there and I’m a bit nervous. See, to get there you can either fly into Brussels then make your way to the train station to get to the city I’m traveling to. Or you can fly into Amsterdam, get the train that’s located (thankfully) in the airport, then travel by train from the Netherlands to Belgium…which means crossing borders.

While I don’t look forward to the travel, I do look forward to reaching the destination. Wish I were going for something other than work. But then again, there’s CHOCOLATE!!! Belgian chocolate!

Leaving on Saturday – be back in a couple of weeks ;D I’ll have to have a contest to see who I send the goodies to when I get back!

Book Signing!

I had my first ever in life, real, honest to goodness book signing yesterday! It was a hoot! Fellow EC author and friend, Lise Fuller, put the whole shindig together (she’s fabulous, ya’ll!) I also met Cobblestone Press author, Diana Bold, who joined us in creating all kinds of mayhem.

We got together at Beth Anne’s Book Corner in Colorado Springs. I tell you, the independent book stores really have our backs. They simply love for authors to come and hang out at the shops and talk to the patrons. And eat lemon cake…and german chocolate cake. Even the lady from the Baskin Robins ice cream store next door came over bearing goodies.

We even met a guy who makes, yes MAKES by hand, chain mail armor. We got some really good pictures, too. I’ll post ’em here…as soon as I figure out how to get them off the camera!

I left my house Saturday morning with a big, heavy box full of card decks, book marks and, of course, books, including bunches of copies of CARINIAN’S SEEKER, WILD WINTER and FERAL FASCINATION. When I got home, I carried only 4 books into the house. Sold out of Carinian’s Seeker (no surprise there, boy I love that book) and almost all the others.

Not bad for a first book signing! I hope all the others (which have yet to be scheduled, heh-heh) go just as well.

Pictures coming…and no laughing at my chipmunk cheeks!

TJ

Thanks much!

Thank you to everyone who commented on the Dynamic Trio blog (www.dynamicthree.com/blog) in regard to the Prostitute of Integrity topic. You guys RAWK! All the comments were well stated, made sense and/or, were funny as hell!

Please be sure to visit us again – today we’ve got an interview up with one of the characters from Ashlyn Chase’s QUIVERING THIGHS. So, uhem, come check her out. Warning: This heroine’s got some attitude…which is right up my alley ;D

TJ
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WILD WINTER, Ellora’s Cave ~ Now In Print
HATSEPT HEAT, V.C.O.E. Bk 3, Samhain Publishing ~ July 2008
JAGUAR’S RULE, Pocket Books Anthology ~ Feb 2009

IT’S UP!!

SERATI’S FLAME, Book 2 in the Vampire Council of Ethics series, is up for pre-order at Amazon!

Serati's FlameSamhain Publishing
Genre: Vampire / Paranormal
Series: Vampire Council of Ethics (V.C.O.E.) – Book Two; Previous Book: Carinian’s Seeker
ISBN (eBook): 978-1599988092
Release Date: June 2008

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For two Seekers of justice, hunting rogues is dangerous business. But not as dangerous as their yearning for each other.

There’s a rogue on the loose, and the Vampire Council of Ethics has just the man for the job. Alaan Serati, along with his team of elite fighters, is a Seeker for the V.C.O.E. The lethal vampire law enforcement assassin is also the most eligible bachelor of Clan Serati. His job: Take out the rogue vampire who killed his mate years ago. But working with a fellow Seeker quickly becomes a pain in his backside. How is he supposed to accomplish the mission if he can’t keep his mind or his hands off of his fellow officer?

For more years than she wants to remember, Tameth Serati-Cole has worked almost every day, side by side, with the gruff and gorgeous Alaan. It’s been hell considering the special bond between them, something rarely developed between mates. But Alaan doesn’t really want her. He’s still pining away for the woman taken from him years ago. So when he declares his need to bond with her, this lady Seeker ain’t biting…even if she’s wanted to since the day they met.

Reviews

Serati’s Flame is the second book in T.J. Michael’s Vampire Council series. It is hard to believe but it is even better than the first. The struggles that Alaan faces while trying to maintain his distance from Tamath when they are forced to work as a team make for some intriguing reading. Tamath is great as a female lead. Independent and focused, she has longed for Alaan for years but he can’t see past his lust for revenge to realize that she is the one for him. The title is very apt due to the highly flammable interactions between Alaan and Tamath. Whether they are fighting or ripping off each others clothes it is hot, hot, hot! This story has a great plot filled with action balanced by sizzling sex scenes makes for one great read. Tamath and Alaan are well suited to each other with their Alpha personalities clashing to make for a highly exciting ride. Their biting comments to one another make for a humorous read as well. What more do you need, humor, hot men, vampires, and a strong alpha female? Nothing! This book fills all those needs.
5 Hearts @ Fallen Angel Reviews, Hayley

This fantastic story is just as good and dangerously exciting as its predecessor. This plot will fulfill your gratification for scorching, hot sexual encounters all while satisfying your hunger for non-stop action. Alaan and Tamath are the perfect mates for each other – both are persistent, strong-minded and have alpha-type personalities. These combinations make for some electrifying interactions between the couple both in sexual and combat arenas. Readers, you will not be disappointed with this flaming novel. I, for one, am eagerly looking forward to Ms. Michael next wildly, thrilling book within the Vampire Council of Ethics series.
5 Hearts, Sensuality Rating: Explicit @ The Romance Studio, Contessa

Doofus!

Hey everyone,

I’m blogging today over at the Dynamic Trio blog about one of the goofiest things I’ve done in awhile. Hope on over and visit the “I Can’t Believe I Did It” post. Be prepared to laugh. Geesh!

Slip into the dark side of your fantasy..