Saturday, August 31, 2013

Ivy B Over At Breathless Press

Hello and good Saturday to you Sweet Bees

If you can believe it's the last day of August than you probably own a calendar or two like I do. However, to me, it doesn't feel like the last day and of August and I'm having a little trouble wrapping my head around the fact that in just a few days my daughter will be starting grade 7!

Good gravy, that's not scary at all...

Ok, so the point of this blog entry is to let you know that today I'm over on my publisher's blog.

Here's the link for you.

Interview with Me, Ivy Bateman on the Breathless Press Blog

And so, I hope you'll scoot on over and check answers to questions I answered a while back and don't  remember all that clearly. So actually...when you're done, if you could come back here and let me know what I said or comment on just how witty I am, that'd be great.

Yes, yes...I could use the link and go over myself, but I've got a bathroom to paint. We're going with the colour "Chillin". I feel it's a good choice for the bathroom since in the winter months I usually feel very Chill, in it.

I'm off, but until next time,

Ivy B hoping you have a lovely last long weekend of summer and I will be back next week, hopefully with good news regarding a recent submission and an update on that ol' pipe dream list I created over 6 months ago.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Ivy B chatting with Raven McAllan, an author who is always in season.

Hello Sweet Bees

Hmmm...perhaps that's not the best title. I was trying to imply or say or what have you that an author like Raven never goes out of style. You can read any of her books, any time of the year without having to worry about being caught wearing white after Labour Day. However, I think the title of this post may steer towards saying that Raven can be hunted at any time of the year.

But I digress.

And I'll get on with it. Today, Raven is here with a very interesting post. It is about reading certain kinds of books at certain times of the year. Take it away Raven.


A Book for all Seasons?

I had a conversation with a friend a few days ago. We were talking about books set in a certain season, and whether you were only inclined to read them in that season.

She was of the mind that in the winter, she'd light the fire, close the curtains and read a book set in a snowy cold climate. I wondered why not summer and sun to warm her up. My friend was adamant she read warm books in the warm months and cold in the cold. It suited her.

Okay, well why not?

Myself I realize I don't have those limitations, I read whatever I feel like whenever I want to. Sometimes I enjoy reading about hot summer sun when I'm curled up in front of the fire, or imagining my heroine kicking piles of crispy (or in Scotland more likey soggy) autumn leaves as she walks through a misty forest. Or sat on a sunbed with the heat warming my skin and reading of a cold winter's day. It all depends on my mood.

But then I had a thought. What about Christmas?

Because of course your Christmas weather depends on where you live. So therein lies a dilemma for those of us who have a book for all seasons. Where do you slot a Christmas story? I put this question to my friend who paused and nibbled her lip. "Ah."

Yes, ah. Does that mean if you live in the southern hemisphere you like your Christmas books set on a beach with a barbeque, and in the north set inside in front of the fire? It sort of messes with the clear-cut lines doesn't it? As an author I've decided that I'll write books that whatever time of the year they're set, you don't have to only read them then.

 Last winter I had two books set around the Christmas season. One Regency; The Perfect Gift, and one contemporary; Deck Mac Hall. Yes they were both set in the run up to Christmas day, yes they both had cold weather in them, but no, they weren't specifically just about the season. They were about love and life and happy ever afters.

And I reckon we can read HEA's anytime and anywhere we want.

What do you think?

Happy Reading,

Love R x


Yes, I too am curious about what you think? I personally don't worry about if the season I'm living in fits the season of the book. However, I will only watch Christmas themed movies at Christmas time...

Be sure to find Raven at her blog Raven's Ramblings

Thank-you to Raven for stopping by and for all of you who stopped by, 

Ivy B awaiting your views on this thought provoking post!


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ivy B Wondering Who?

 Hello my Sweet Bees

It it's a glorious Sunday in my neck of the woods and soon I will get out and enjoy it, but not before I let you know that today I'm over at fellow Breathless Press author Raven McAllan's Blog. So, join me there and then come back here.

Or finish reading this blog and then go over there. It's really up to you. I'm just happy you stopped by.

Those of you who are fans of Doctor Who do not need to be told that today is a pretty exciting day. The big reveal, the huge announcement, the unveiling of the man who will fill a much coveted role! Who, my bees, who is the next Doctor?

I have been wondering a lot and as big a fan as I am of the show, I'm not overly concerned about whom they cast. The creators of the show have great insticts and their casting choices for all the roles on the show are usually spot on. I fairly certain that whomever they have chosen to replace Matt Smith, he will be marvelous and although we will feel terribly sad as Matt bursts into a mass of regeneration engery, by the end of the episode, we will have accepted the new Doctor.

Or at least I will. I don't want to assume that everyone out there will feel the same way.

And I wish I could write more, but it's Sunday morning and my coffee is taking longer to wake me up than usual. So I will be wandering off now in search of more coffee.

Until next time,

Ivy B wondering if any of the readers of this blog are also wondering who?