Friday, November 30, 2012

Ivy B at the Last Day of the BP Blog Tour

Hello Sweet Bees

It's Friday and I'm running late...of course. I'm off to work soon so this will just be a quick post to let you all know where the Breathless Press Blog Tour is landing today, the last day of our Blog Tour. Today we are at...

So, please stop on by for a chance to win some prizes and have a gander at just a few books Breathless Press has to offer you.

And once again giant squishy thank-yous to Goddess Fish and Breathless Press. The Blog Tour out of nowhere was a lot of fun!

Until next time,

Ivy B getting her second cup of coffee


Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ivy B Back on the BP Blog Tour

Hello Sweet Bees

And greetings to you on this snowy Thursday. Well, it's snowing where I am. Not a lot, but enough to remind us that winter is near and that means Christmas is coming. Am I ready? Ha! Ha! Ha!

That would be a big no. Now that I've completed Nanowritmo 2012 (yea me!) it's time for me to put on my Santa hat and get in the Christmas groove. I usually start with getting my Christmas cards out and then work on decorating, but this year I was so wrapped up in Nano, that the time to write out cards just didn't happen. There is however, a tree in our living room with lights half on it and half on the floor...I should probably get that in order before I do anything else. 

So why though, for the half lit tree? Well, you see I'm a genius, or so I thought. I love Christmas trees, but I really don't like putting light on them and so for the last couple of years, I've managed to put away my tree with the lights still on it. Christmas seasons comes, I haul the tree upstairs, pull down the branches and I'm halfway to Christmas. But this year, when I brought up the tree and plugged in the lights, my annoyance rose to the surface immediately as I observed that the middle strand of lights had decided to not join in the fun this year...The Middle Strand!

I life is rough. Anyway, I need to re-strand the whole thing but because I loath the lighting portion of tree time I've been procrastinating in a major way, like right now for instance. I didn't have to write a long blog post to let you know that today, the Breathless Press Blog Tour is stopping by at

But if I leave the computer, the tree will ensnare me, quite literally which is one reason I keep putting it off. The twisty branches are scratchy and always get caught in my sweater...again...I know my life is fraught with Christmas peril....poor Ivy.

Ok, Ok, I'll quit my whining and go be festive and decorate. You in the mean time, should please stop by and say hello to Tawania and if you haven't done so already at another tour stop, check out the great Breathless Press Books this weeks Blog Tour.

A big thank-you to Tawania for hosting us today and another thank-you to BP and Goddess Fish for setting it up.

Until tomorrow Sweet Bees,

Ivy B getting caught up in the Christmas spirit


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Ivy B on Blog Tour Break


Hello and Happy Wednesday Sweet Bees

Well, today the Breathless Press Blog Tour is taking a wee break. We were scheduled to make a stop at

but it appears that Alyson, who runs the site, is very sick and was unable to host us today. Poor thing. I hope she'll be up and at them soon.

So instead, as my coffee works it's way through my system and my hands slowly come to life, let's talk about "BIIIIIIIRRRRDMAN!"

"What?" You ask.
 "Who?" You ask.
 And if know what or who I am talking about you may asking "Why on this day would you want to talk about a Hanna Barbera Cartoon about a superhero who's kind of like Hawkman from the DC comic universe, but is a lot less cool?"

I'll tell you why because last year my brother gave my husband a suitcase full of DVDs (and that's not a metaphor or an exaggeration, he really did give him a suitcase full of DVDs). Amongst this suitcase collection were a few movies, but mainly the abundant haul in his suitcase contained full seasons of TV's series including all 6 seasons of the George Reeves Superman Series. It's pretty sweet, if you can handle the Lois that comes in on season two...I miss first season Lois.  Anyway in this particular Superman series, Superman doesn't mess around. He's not like Smallville Superman who has to weigh all his punching maneuvers against his moral code and then have a long discussion about trust or honesty with Lana or Lex. No, George Reeves's Superman was all about business. If there was a wall to break through and a guy to punch beyond the wall, he got the job done. He just walked in a did it. Boom! Lights out evil doers! Time to save Lois and oh...of course Jimmy. Jimmy why, in so many episodes, do I find you bound in some way? It's almost as if you like to be tied up...Sweetness.

So, yes, brought forth from the magic suitcase were a few live action TV series, but most of them were cartoon TV series which was/is totally cool. I like cartoons. Some of them a great deal. One of my favourties is Samuri Jack. Wow. Talk about a guy who doesn't mess around, plus the animation is incredible and the backgrounds are gorgeous. However some of cartoons are...well...I'm a very visual person and if I don't like the character design, if it's creepy or just plain awful, I have trouble watching it. Cheesy dialogue is painful too and cartoons with laugh tracks?  Gah...just chuck me under a bus now! It would hurt less! So, for example I just...I just can't watch Johnny Quest. It's too...stilted and often makes no sense and when the writers wanted to take a smoke break or go work on their great American novel, the scene will be filled with the whacky antics of Bandit (a dog) entertaining Johnny and Haji while Dr. Quest and his shirtless friend Rex something or other take off in shark infested waters to hunt down the evil jelly fish enslavers...or whatever. Actually, what's really funny about Johnny Quest is that my husband, if he's tired, can't get through an episode. He's says that the show is like a cup of warm milk. If he's having trouble sleeping, his remedy is often a cup of Johnny. He'll put on an episode and 9 times out of 10, he'll wake up with the menu on.  I'm usually writhing in "good gravy this is the worst show ever" agony to find anything soothing about Johnny Quest and his whacky gang of sidekicks.

Wow...I've strayed....back to "Birdman". Last evening, my husband was partaking of an episode or two of this ridiculous show about a man who has wings, who wears a mustard coloured cowl, is solar powered and hangs out with a blue, squawking eagle named Avenger who often glares at Birdman as though he would like to no longer be his faithful sidekick, but would rather rip Birdman's flesh from his bones and bring it home to his wife as a gift; a wife he ever gets to see,who is raising his children, or eaglests, he'll never know because he's stuck being Birdman's lackie.

Birdman's powers, are all "solar" related in some way. He can shoot solar powered rays or bullets or fireballs from his hands and melt things or patch things up or blow things up and apprently, his solar power can break the impact of mind control! I know eh? Shocking! Even Mentok the Mind Taker was baffled at this turn of events! When Birdman, uses his solar power rays to helps save Avenger from it's mental grip, Mentok actually looks at the screen and says "Birdman's solar rays have broken through my mind powers, but how?" And when Avenger rescues Birdman for the evil grips of Mentok's Mind Control, by carrying Birdman to great heights to be near the sun and recharge his solar engery, the mind power is broken and again you get NO explantion! None! It's just how it is.

So, when we had finished watching the episode, I turned to my husband we had this conversation:

Me: "So, Birdman's solar powers can stop mind control?"
S: "Apprently."
Me: "But how?"
S: "Well...if someone is using mind control on you, solar power can stop it."
Me: "Ok, but how?"
S: "I just told you. When you apply solar power to mind control, it stops it."

I don't think he knows either...Sigh...I guess it's one of the mysteries of the cartoon universe that will never be least for me anyway. I'm sure there are forums filled with explanations as to how this mind control can be defeated by solar powers.

So, I'm leaving you now. Don't be sad. The blog tour should be back on tomorrow and I'll return with another fantastic and terribly interesting post to go with Thursday's blog tour day. 

Until tomorrow,

Ivy B finishing off her Nanonovel and wondering if you will take the time to find out how mind powers can be defeated by solar powers.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ivy B On Day Two of the BP Blog Tour

Good morning Sweet Bees

Wow...I really should have done this last night...when I was awake. I stayed up WAY TOO LATE last night watching "Angel" on DVD (gotta love a brooding vampire)and I slept in later than I should of and now I'm running late. I've got to get my butt to work so this will be just a quick post to say that today the Breathless Press Blog Tour rolls into these fine blogs...

Queen of the Night Reviews

Christine Young Romance Writer


Once again, a big thank-yous to Goddess Fish and Breathless Press for the Blog Tour for myself and a few other Breathless Press writers. 

And that is all for me for the mo. Time's a tickin'.

Until tomorrow, 

Ivy B hopping into her busy Tuesday,


Monday, November 26, 2012

Ivy B at the start of the blog tour!

Good Monday to you Sweet Bees

Did you all have a nice weekend? Mine weekend was quite busy and productive. Well...Saturday wasn't terribly productive, unless you count taking a over an hour to curl your hair only to have it fall out of its curl within another hour because your hair is too straight, productive. So, why the time spent on my hair? It was my husband's office Christmas party on Saturday night. It was a lot of fun. I live in fairly small town so no matter where I go, chances are good that I will know someone. And I did. Not only does the sister of a friend of mine work with my husband (and she did last year a different job...and I saw her at that Christmas party too...should I be worried?? ;] ) but her husband was the DJ and he sold me our car. Small town connections amuse me.

Anyhoo, I LOVE to dance and I'm not saying I'm awesome, but I have it on good authority that I'm awesome. A few people told my husband that. He even offered me to one of his co-workers, but she's already in a relationship with another lass and so had to pass me up. Poor thing. But back to me and my awesome dancing...the only problem with going out once a year to dance and rock out full tilt for over 2 and half hours with reckless abandon and all the rhythm of an overcharged jellyfish is that you pay for it later. Well, I do anyway. The party was 2 days ago and I'm still sore. Shoulders, neck, calves...but it was worth it. Plus, I showed everyone there that I meant business when I put my no longer curled hair up in a pony tail and kicked my shoes off! I believe I said to my friend's sister...

"I've got my hair up and my shoes off. I ain't kidding around! I am ready to throw down with you people bee-atch."  Did I mention I'd had almost a full bottle of wine?

So, all this rambling about my one night of dancing like a mad fool has almost left me forgetting about my point which is that today is a start of the Breathless Press Blog tour that I'm very happy to be a part of. The first two stops on the tour for our gang are....


And so I'd like to thank

And Breathless Press for setting this up! Hopefully it will be a great way to bring people over to the Ivy side. I can always use more Sweet Bees. So, stop on by the tour spots. I believe if you hit them all, you'll be entered in a contest for a gift card from Breathless Press.

And to wrap up this blog entry, which was much longer than I had intended, Sunday, when I was not hobbling around the house, I managed to do a character interview for the Breathless Press Blog, do another wee post for a fellow Breathless Press Author and play catch up on my Nano 2012 story. I was two days behind so that's 3300 words to do, but I managed. If you're interested in reading something TOTALLY RIDICULOUS and not spicy, check out my Nano story page.

With that, I'm going to buzz off.

Until tomorrow,

Ivy B feeling a little bit silly today


Friday, November 23, 2012

Ivy B suddenly part of a blog tour...

which is very nice my Sweet Bees, don't get me wrong, but I didn't have a clue that Breathless Press was kindly setting up a blog tour for The Fifth Story.

Anyway, now that I have a blog tour coming up, I thought I'd write a quick post, letting you know where I'll be promoting The Fifth Story next week.

November 26: The Divas of Desire
November 26: Reviews by Molly
November 27: Queen of the Night Reviews
November 27: Christine Young Romance Writer
November 28: SnifferWalk
November 29: Wicked Readings By Tawania
November 30: My Reading Obsession
November 30: Tamaria Soana

And it's not just my book that is part of this tour. These Breathless Press books and authors will also be on the tour next week.

To Catch a Fox: Wilder Wood, Book 1 by Raven McAllan

The Hero Sandwich by Karyn Gerrard and Gayl Taylor

Freaky Flashes – Anthology by Lee Brazil, Hank Edwards, Havan Fellows, Raven McAllan, Dianne Hartsock, Doris O’Connor, S.J. Thomas, Jamieson Wolf

So, please be sure to check out this blog tour next week that was set up by Goddess Fish Promotions and Kim Sutton at Breathless Press.

Until I pop on Monday to say hello,

Ivy B getting back to her Nano Story


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Ivy B Tagging Linda Kage

Hello and Happy Wednesday to you my Sweet Bees

This will be a quick entry partly because I meant to write it last night and I forgot and now I'm in a hurry because I'm sitting in my robe and I need to get out the door in about a half hour AND I've only had half a cup of coffee and coffee helps the brain bits think and my hands go, which is a process that takes about 2 cups of coffee AND this post really isn't about me!

Last Wednesday I played "The Next Big Thing" and as I mentioned in my post I tagged the wonderful author Linda Kage to be my victim, I mean, to play tag with me. So, be sure to be good little Sweet Bees and buzz on over to Linda's blog to find out about one of her Works in Progress "Cry".

And that is all for me today. I'm off to finish my coffee and then go drink more coffee with a friend when I meet her for breakfast. I should probably get dressed though...they may not let me into the diner if I'm still wearing my oh so dashing fuzzy and sheddy red robe paired with flannel jammie bottoms with snowmen running rampant on them. However, they may not care. Many people around here have  penchant for leaving their homes on purpose in their pj bottoms and Ugs.  I could rant, but I'll just let that statement hang there.

Until next time, 

Ivy B wishing all her American Sweet Bee's a very Happy Thanksgiving!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Ivy B the "Next Big Thing"?

Hello and Good Wednesday to you, My Sweet Bees

It's hard to believe that we're almost at mid-November. A year ago at this time, I was working on my line edits for my first eBook, Breathless Press release. That book, Between the Lines, was released in January 2012. And now, here I am, less than a year later, talking about what will be my third eBook to come to internet shelves this year. It's really been a great year for me, writing wise.

Now, going around author blogs these days is a little questionnaire, called, "The Next Big Thing". The object is to answer questions about a work in progress. Now, I'm not sure if my next eBook fits that bill, (I shouldn't be negative! Yes! It will be! So there!) but I was tagged by fellow Breathless Press Author, Gayl Taylor and decided it would be fun to participate it. Be sure to check out Gayl's "The Next Big Thing" from last week on her blog "She Dreams."

So, here you answers for "The Next Big Thing".

What is the working title of your book?

Baby, You're Cold Inside (and I'm not so much working on it as I am in the editing stage).

Where did the idea come from for the book?

My husband actually helped me come up with it. Breathless Press put a call out for Christmas stories, or holiday stories, and I said yes even though I didn't have an idea and it was 9 days until they needed the stories in! 

What genre does your book fall under?

Paramormal Erotica I suppose would be the best description. 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie?

Maybe Lily Sinclair, my female lead character, could be played by Maggie Gyllenhaal or Anne Hathaway...someone who would have a lot of fun playing a really cold, successful and powerful woman. For my male lead character, perhaps if Tom Hiddleston or Michael Fassbender are free, either of them would be lovely as Phillip. 

What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?

Just because you're cold doesn't mean you can't make things hot.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

My publisher for this book, like my other 2 eBooks, is Breathless Press.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

Once I got cracking, 4 days.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

I'm afraid I really don't know...I honestly haven't read any sexy Christmas tales. However, in December, quite a few Breathless Press authors will be releasing holiday inspried, saucy Christmas tales so after December, I'll be better equipped to answer this question. :)

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I didn't have a book on the go and was in want of a project so the inspiration was really "Why not?"

What else about your book might interest the reader?

This book is based, loosely, on A Christmas Carol. If readers are fans of that holiday favorite, they may enjoy comparing the two. And even if they aren't, that's ok too! My version has a whole lot more sauce and a lot less guilt.

And there you have it, answers to "The Next Big Thing" regarding my work in progress. Now...who should I tag...ah yes...I tag Linda Kage!

This wonderful author has agreed to play along and so be sure to visit Linda's Blog on Wednesday, November 21st and find out why one of her Works in Progress will be"The Next Big Thing".

Until next time,
Ivy B wondering if any of you are working on "The Next Big Thing."!


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Ivy B At Romance Lives Forever

Good morning My Sweet Bees

This entry will be short, sweet and to the point. Today I'm over at...

Join me there and meet Bryn, the heroine from my latest release, The Fifth Story.

Tomorrow come on back here as I've been tagged in "The Next Big Thing" and will be answering 10 questions about my work in progress, Baby, You're Cold Inside.

Until next time,
Ivy B hoping your November is treating you well


Sunday, November 4, 2012

Ivy B Having a Nano Adventure

Good morning Sweet Bees

I hope that all of you are having a lovely Sunday. In my neck of the woods it's a bit of a grim Sunday and I just had an argument with my daughter so not only am I feeling oppressed by the closeness of the dark clouds, I'm also feeling like "Mother of the Year!". Ha, Ha! Wonderful way to start a Sunday...

But, let's shake this mood off and get on with the happy.

I've a few things I'd like to chat about this morning, the first to do with the title of the blog posting. Yes, it's the time of year again, it's Nano Time. I'm participating this year and for fun I'm going to blog my writings. This will help me to feel like I'm doing something for someone because I actually work better when I think that maybe at least one person will read my work. I love to write, I really do, but I've never been the kind of writer that can write "just because" or "just for me". The funny thing is that I don't even need to know in the end if someone actually has read my work. It's just the idea that somebody might that helps keep my writing fires burning.

Ok, so here's a link for you  Ivy's Un-Spicy 2012 Nano Novel.

If you're in the mood for something a little weird and very, very silly, than this novel is for you. It's very much NOT in the erotic vein and so maybe has no place on this blog, but not only am I an erotic fiction writer, I also write pieces the whole family can enjoy.

I will be posting often on this page, so take a gander from time to time and dive into the weird side of Ivy...or weirder anyway...

So, in other topics, last Monday I was listening to Q, CBC  radio and Jian was chatting with...sigh...John Taylor of Duran Duran. I say...sigh...because this man do I put this without sounding super lame...When I was about 11 or 12 I developed a huge crush on Michael J. Fox. He was so adorable and cute and talented and Canadian; how could I not want to plaster my room with his pictures! And, although I still carry a torch for MJF, the crush was definitely, then as now, on the innocent side.

However, John Taylor (whose name, as it turns out, is actually Nigel Taylor), brought out the more "womanly" or let's face it, "sexual" crush like feelings that eventually a girl experiences. This monumental event happened one afternoon when I got home from school and flipped on Much Music. The movie 91/2 weeks had just come out and John Taylor had released a solo piece "I do what I do" for the soundtrack. In the video, he's sitting in a dark, smokey theatre, observing the antics of Kim and Mickey on the screen and while I was watching the video, boom - I felt odd. I'm not sure why John and why then. I'd been a Duran Duran fan for a a while and hadn't given him much thought, but perhaps it was the look on his face, or his voice...or the shadowy way he as being filmed...but whatever it was, this crush was very different than the one I had for MJF.

Now,  you may be thinking that "the feelings" had more to do with the scenes from 9 1/2 weeks shown in the video or Mickey, but believe me when I say blah. Mickey R has all the appeal for me as nails on a chalkboard and years later when I saw the movie, I was more appalled by the atrocious acting than turned on by the doings on screen. No, it was John all they way and so when I heard him on the radio, promoting his biographical novel, I giggled and clapped my hands, had a little trip to the past all while my husband grinned at me.

For my last topic, and it's brief so no worries. You'll be released to your Sunday very soon, I'll just say a quick, one day late,  Happy Birthday to the man who was my muse for Between the Lines. And that's all I'll say about that because if his stand up has any bit of truth in it, he would be mortified that I used him as a muse for that book.

Until next time,
Ivy B is wondering if you remember your first crush.