Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September's Coming Attractions!

    by Anna Sugden

    Phew! Now that we're beginning to recover from Jeanne's awesome launch party ... Zach and the hockey hunks are offering restoratifs and massages ... well, Zach is busy with me, but you can help yourself to one of the others ... it's time to celebrate a new month in the Lair.

    A great way to kick off that celebration will be to rush out and buy Jeanne Adam's Deadly Little Secrets - available from September 7th - and Tawny Weber's Riding the Waves - available now!

    Or you can click on the cover links here, which will take you straight to Amazon!

    And, if that's not enough, here's a tempting taster of the fabulous guests who will be dropping by the Lair this month.

    We kick off the month on September 2 with RITA winner Molly O'Keefe (www.molly-okeefe.com), who will be talking about her favorite musician and giving us the scoop on her Superromance trilogy, The Notorious O'Neills, starting with The Temptation of Savannah O'Neill!

    On September 3rd, Aunty Cindy hosts paranormal romance author Kendra Leigh Castle,(www.kendraleighcastle.com) who will talk about her new release from Harlequin Nocturne, Renegade Angel. She'll also be happy to answer questions about her other shape-shifter books, and about the new furry beastie in her life.

    A Lair favourite returns on the 6th when Jo Davis (www.jodavis.net)talks with Suz about her newest erotic spy romance, I Spy A Naughty Game, the second in Jo's seriously sexy SHADO Agency series. And the pair will have a hint or two about the next firefighter book and something new coming from our friend Jo.

    On 7th September, Foanna hosts debut Australian author Christina Phillips (www.christinaphillips.com) who will talk about Forbidden, a smoking hot romance between a Roman aristocrat and a Druid priestess!

    Another Lair favourite Nicola Cornick www.nicolacornick.co.uk) joins us on the 16th September, to talk about Whisper of Scandal, the first book in her new series.

    MJ Fredrick, yet another Lair favourite, returns to the Lair on 19th September to celebrate the September 6 launch of her latest book, Sunrise Over Texas, from Carina Press, the story of a woman struggling to hold her family together, a man who lost everything and the struggles the two of them endure in the new land...and with a new love.

    Addison Fox (www.addisonfox.com)is back to bring us another of her sexy Zodiac Warriors in Warrior Avenged. This exciting new series is only book two of her Warriors of the Zodiac series with plenty more paranormal Zodiac Warriors to come. Check out what has Suz so hot....really....about this new book.

    Popular thriller writer Shane Gericke (www.shanegericke.com)joins us on September 24th. Keep an eye out for his new book, Torn Apart!

    Rounding off the month on 27th September with another Lair favourite, Miranda Neville (www.mirandneville.com) who will pop by to tell us about the second book in her Burgundy Club series, The Dangerous Viscount.

    And, don't forget Anna Campbell is running a fantabulous contest - she is giving away TWO Change of Season Reading Packs in her latest website contest. Each AWESOME pack will include signed copies of My Reckless Surrender by Anna Campbell, Sweetest Little Sin by Christine Wells, His Mistress for a Million by Trish Morey, The Greek's Convenient Mistress by Annie West, Dark Deceiver by Pamela Palmer, and either Does She Dare? or Risque Business by Tawny Weber. Just email Anna on anna@annacampbell.info and tell her one other book by each of these authors (the website links are on her contest page to make it easy) to go into the draw. For more information, please visit Anna's contest page. http://www.annacampbell.info/contest.html

    So, with September starting, schools back in business and autumn just around the corner, tell me what are you most looking forward to this month? Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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Working down a diamond mine

And the late, great Robert Newton Calvert is back

Jazz Age Lawn Party

Fall trend #1: Army jacket

What makes the Internet worthwhile II

    A little while ago the The Wellcome Library announced the launch of a digitisation project, to provide free, online access to its collections, including archives and papers from Nobel prize-winning scientists Francis Crick, Fred Sanger and Peter Medawar.

    Content will include 1400 books on genetics and heredity published between 1850 and 1990, along with important archives including the papers of Francis Crick and his original drawings of the proposed structure of DNA.

    Okay we will have to wait a while for this. Users will be able to access the repository in September 2012 but it is good to see that such work being made public. For me Sanger is possibly the greatest living Briton.Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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Monday, August 30, 2010

LAUNCH PARTY!!!!!! Deadly Little Secrets is coming in September!

    By Jeanne Adams

    So, maybe I'm jumping the gun a bit but....

    DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS is headed for a store near you SEPTEMBER 7th!!

    And now that I have your attention by putting in something from TWILIGHT (A September calendar page, so it DOES apply!), I'll tell you about DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS.....

    I love this book. It was fun to write and even more fun to surprise people (my editor included!) with the twists and turns. The book is about cold cases and art fraud, friendship and danger. How's that for vague? Ha!

    It was interesting to research the book, discover how people smuggle paintings and how often, something happens and fabulous art ends up in a yard sale bin, or a library, or hanging on the wall of a little old lady in Poughkeepsie, who has no idea the painting is "real."

    (That's one of my favorite paintings by John Singer Sargent over there on the left, by the way. No, quit looking at Robert Pattinson, the painting is over THERE....nevermind.)

    Based on some very cool stories about just that sort of thing - lost art - and some other bits here and there, I created a cold case of art fraud for Ana Burton, brilliant, in-the-doghouse CIA agent who screwed up enough to get stuck on cold case duty. Rumor has it her data was wrong, and some of her team got killed. she's not only stuck, she thinks she DID screw up, and if she did, she'll never be the same.

    Then there's her opposite number, Gates Bromley. I researched security for high-profile individuals. Who has a body guard and why would you want one? What do they do? How does it work?

    So Gates is in charge of security for billionaire art collector, Dav Gianikopolis. After reading about several high-net-worth security mavins, I created Gates. He's at points Dav's partner in business as well, so he's not your average beefy thug, although he's pretty darn delicious, I must say!

    At first, he and Ana clash, but within hours of meeting with her about the nine-years-cold-case of art fraud, Gates is shot at, and so is Ana.

    Someone wants that cold case to stay buried in the stacks, and they'll stoop to murder to insure it.

    (cue suspensful music....)

    And that's the story of DEADLY LITTLE SECRETS!

    Bwah-ha-ha-ha! Sort of. There's a lot more, and a lot of very, very twisty bits. The one overwhelming statement everyone's made is...."WHOA, I didn't see THAT coming!"

    Heh-heh-heh. That's just the way I like it.

    Just before the book comes out, the publishing house sends it out for reviews. (This will make you crazy if you let it and it nearly gave me a case of the hives on this one.)

    With great thankfulness, I received my third 4.5 star review and a TOP PICK from Romantic Times magazine.

    To say that it made my day is a gross understatement. I squealed, I bounced up and down in my office chair. I emailed EVERYONE, then I called everyone: my hubby, the Banditas, my family, people I barely know.
    Seriously, I was stoked.

    So, between the LAUNCH and a good review, THAT calls for a CELEBRATION! SVEN!!! Bring a round of drinks.

    Demetrius! Paolo! Hockey Hunks! Bring on the party hats and streamers! Implore the Goddess Sangria to bless our gathering 'cause

    We are havin' a LAUNCH PARTY!!!!!

    Let's get out the paint, the wall sized canvas and Paint the TOWN!!!! Grab a drink and a brush and a color and let's GO!!!

    (BTW, That's another Sargent over there on the left...)

    And if you want to be briefly serious, tell me:

    Who your favorite artist is...

    What's your favorite research topic...(besides men, and sex...)

    What your favorite color is....

    And if you've ever kept a secret so well that no one EVER knew.... Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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If only we had leaders like this...

    It looks like KCNA runs an "On this day" item This is from 27 August 1975...

    "President Kim Il Sung gave field guidance to a cooperative farm in Anju City, South Phyongan Province.

    On a snow-covered field he talked with a soldier-turned sub-workteam head about corn farming for a while. He asked the sub-workteam head about the way of transplanting the maximum number of humus-pot-grown corn seedlings per phyong (3.954 sq. yds).

    With a poor knowledge of corn farming, he could not properly answer to the question.
    Finding him at a loss for an answer, the President leveled snow piled up between furrows. He then taught the sub-workteam head a new method of planting the prescribed number of bunches of seedlings perphyong, drawing it on the snow.

    Hmm I wonder if said sub-workteam head learned a lot more about agriculture at a gulag or the North Korean equivalent...Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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Carla Bruni "prostitute" slur by Iranian press

    Carla Bruni, the wife of the French president, has been attacked by the Iranian press for was attacked after she signed a petition calling for the release of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani.

    An Iranian newspaper, Kayhan, which unsurprisingly is under control of the government, called Mrs Bruni-Sarkozy and also the actres Isabelle Adjani who is campaigning for Ashtina’s release, “prostitutes” in an editorial, while Iranian state television accused the former supermodel of “immorality”.

    Hmm and sentencing a person to death by stoning is moral? The Iranian regime certainly has its priorities screwed (statement of the blindingly obvious part 3,779)Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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A new source of antibiotics?

    The Telegraph reports that frog skins are possibly an excellent source of new antibiotics. Apparently scientists have long known that the skin of frogs contains plenty of powerful antibiotic. They haven’t been exploited so far as the substances are also often poisonous to humans.

    However, a team at the United Arab Emirates University have worked out a way of modifying the chemicals to remove their harmful side-effects.

    The team has already identified 100 new antibiotics including one that could fight the hospital superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.

    Frog skin is an excellent potential source of such antibiotic agents," said Dr Michael Conlon, a biochemist at the university in Abu Dhabi. "They've been around 300 million years, so they've had plenty of time to learn how to defend themselves against disease-causing microbes in the environment.”

    Dr Conlon and colleagues have discovered a way to tweak their molecular structure, making them less toxic to human cells but more powerful germ killers. Similarly, the scientists also discovered other tweaks that enabled the frog skin secretions to shrug off attack by destructive enzymes in the blood.

    The result was antibiotics that last longer in the bloodstream and are more likely to be effective as infection fighters, Conlon noted.
    The antibiotic substances work in an unusual way that makes it very difficult for disease-causing microbes to develop resistance,

    The scientists are currently screening skin secretions from more than 6,000 species of frogs for antibiotic activity. So far, they have purified and determined the chemical structure of barely 200, One substance isolated from the skin secretions of the Foothill Yellow-legged Frog — a species once common in California and Oregon but now facing extinction — shows promise for killing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria. MRSA is a "superbug," infamous for causing deadly outbreaks of infection among hospitalised patients.

    The skin of the mink frog, likewise, contains secretions that show promise for fighting "Iraqibacter," caused by multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumanni.

    Well there you have it. Hopefully the secretions will give rise o powerful new drugs that will replace the antibiotics that have been rendered relatively useless because of bacterial resistance. The problem is that a lot of the frogs are either rare or facing extinction.

    Here’s a good argument for conservation (How many potential drugs have we lost because of our destruction of the environment) Still I wonder how easy it will be to synthesise the chemicals rather than use the original sources…Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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Sunday, August 29, 2010

Curmudgeon Rant

    by Jo Robertson

    Normally, I’m a happy, cheerful person. I rarely wake up grumpy (unless I’m sick) and I’m generally given to optimistic greetings and lots of pleasant chatter.

    Sadly, I live with two men who stumble from bed with a hangover kind of cloud hovering around their heads.

    Grumpy, grumpy, grumpy. And neither one drinks!

    I’ve learned not to speak to them until it’s nearly noon. Neither drinks coffee so I don’t even have that luxury to magically transform them into something approaching normal.

    Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m a half-empty sort of gal. A realist, a skeptic, a cynic, a doubter of the highest order. But grumpy? No way, no how.

    What about you? Cheery or grumpy in the mornings? Do you face each day with a little skip of joy or do such persons, quite frankly, make you sick to your stomach?

    Do you need your pickmeup whatever before you're fit to talk to anyone? Or do you leap out of bed ready to meet the world?
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ICE Cold Bandit Booty!!

    by suzanne

    The winner of a signed copy of the cozy mystery, SCOOPED TO KILL by Wendy Watson, is fichen1! Congrats Fedora!!!

    Send me your snail-mail info in an e-mail @ swwelsh2001 AT yahoo DOT com (yes there are 2 w's in that addy) and I'll see that Wendy gets that book to you ASAP, before the ice cream melts, heheheSource URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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A year ago today.

What makes the internet utterly worthwhile I

    Much as I love the Poor Mouth it does not add much to the world’s knowledge (one or two photos aside perhaps). What really makes it utterly worthwhile is the vast amount of information and art being made available online.

    Today’s Independent carried an item about one such collection, the Prokudin-Gorskii Collection which has been made available by the Library of Congress. The above photo is from the collection is of the last Emir of Bukhara

    Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorsky, was one of the earliest pioneers of colour photography. His collection of stills from Russia – taken between 1909 and 1915 – provide us with an astonishingly saturated window into a past that is usually only ever seen through a black and white prism.

    For decades, the photographs remained hidden after they were purchased from his grandchildren by the US in 1948 and then stored in the archives of Washington's Library of Congress. But now, a century after Prokudin-Gorsky toured the length and breadth of the Russian Empire, his 1,900 photographs have been brought back to life and digitised for all to see.

    and the incredible amount of detail Prokudin-Gorsky was able to capture," said Helena Zinkham, the acting chief of prints and photographs at the Library of Congress. "He wasn't the only one using this technique at the time but he was one of the few that did it very well."

    Prokudin-Gorsky, a Russian noble and chemist who trained in St Petersburg, captured colour by using a camera that recorded three different exposures in succession on the same glass-plate negative. Each exposure, which would usually take anything between three and six seconds, was made with a different coloured filter in front of the lens: red, green and blue.

    The triple negatives would then be laid on top of one another and placed in a projector that created a single, full-colour composite.
    It is thought that Russia's first published colour portrait, taken by Prokudin-Gorsky

    The photos are truly amazing and giving us a window into a world that is gone. It’s not the race haters, the pornographers or the lunatic conspiracy theorists that make the internet worth the effort, it is availability of collections like this.Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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More end times protection

    Terrified by tsunamis or terrorism? Petrified by pole shift, pestilence or Planet X? If Anarchy gives you angst then US company Vivos may have the answer!

    With a helpful countdown to 21 December 2012 on the site it offers deliverance from disaster… but at a price (naturally!)

    According to the Independent Vivos has allegedly built 300,000sq ft of bunker space in the US and claims to have 5,000 Americans on its books. Though Europeans have traditionally been more reluctant to buy into the impending apocalypse, he believes the explosion in London's population of high-net-worth individuals has left the British market ripe for exploitation.

    Robert Vicino, the founder of Vivos, which is building a "survival network" of upscale underground bunkers across the United States, will travel to London this week to announce the opening of his firm's first nuclear-bomb-and-asteroid-proof property in Europe.

    It is understood that the bumker will be in a former military facility, though its exact location, like all Vivos bunkers, is secret (after all you can’t let the oiks in, can you?)

    All well and good but part ownership of one of the Vivos bunkers costs $50,000 (£32,000) per adult, and $25,000 for each child. Nonetheless, Vicino calims:

    "People have life insurance. We are selling something better: life assurance," he said. "Our places can survive a 50 megatonne blast 10 miles away; they can be submerged to a depth of 500ft, they can survive shockwaves, and electromagnetic pulses. They have medical facilities, libraries, security offices, gymnasiums, even prisons."

    Well it does sound rather better appointed than the former Government bunker at Kelvedon Hatch (now a tourist attraction) but to be honest I am not scared of nuclear war megatsunamis or big asteroids (as if a bunker would be safe from one of those!). If Vivos could vouchsafe against the great mutant star goat that is going to devour us like it devoured the planet Golgafrinchon then I would cheerfully part with my $50k!

    In the meantime I will stick to my towel and a book that says “Don’t Panic” in large friendly lettering!Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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Debt, Internal feuding and lawsuits? HAHAHAHAHA!

    I must admit that news of the BNP in trouble is music to y ears. Yesterday’s Independent carried an article which indicated that the party faces a financial and political crisis with crippling debts and an internal rebellion which could spell the end of the far-right group.

    The party has a deficit of at least £500,000 and could face up to 12 claims of unfair dismissal from workers who lost their jobs following the BNP's showing in the May elections.

    Lee Barnes, the party's senior legal adviser until he resigned this month, yesterday described the BNP as a "dead brand" and claimed it was "technically insolvent". The Electoral Commission confirmed the BNP's latest annual accounts, due last month, have not been submitted and it is still investigating the previous year's records after auditors refused to sign them off.

    Anti-extremist campaigners said the combination of financial difficulties and schism within the far right were proving a toxic combination for Mr Griffin, who earlier this month survived an attempt to force a leadership ballot. Sonia Gable, of the anti-fascist magazine Searchlight, said: "The BNP is in deep financial trouble, with debts it can never pay, and in the throes of its most serious internal political crisis since Nick Griffin became leader.

    One senior BNP figure claimed the scale of the deficit is closer to £600,000 and said the party cannot find a bank willing to re-finance its debt, which is also being increased by the cost of fighting legal actions against Unilever, after the BNP used an image of a Marmite jar in an election broadcast, and the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) over the party's alleged failure to change its constitution to allow non-white members.

    And so on and so forth… Any news of the Bastard Nazi Pondlife’s discomfiture is music to my ears. I wish the rabble a speedy journey to oblivion. That said it’s not the end of the story. The EDL seem to have chimed with the baser instincts of far too many and may rise further. In that case it’s interesting to see hw a few intelligent people can rouse the rabble. I wish the EDL a speedy journey to oblivion too,Source URL: http://yourrighthandthief.blogspot.com/2010/08/
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Paris Hilton arrested in Las Vegas on the rights of possession of cocaine

    Everyone knows that Paris Hilton is a cocaine addict, right? Well, now everyone knows. Paris Hilton was arrested last night for possession of cocaine. It was in Las Vegas, traveling in a car from a friend when the car was by the police in Las Vegas driven stopped. The police had warned that the car was a trail of smoke, "the name that people had the car speakers, I think it means.

    Found in possession of cocaine agents in Paris. Here's more from the AP (via HuffPo ): Paris Hilton Police arrested and charged with possession of cocaine on Friday night, after leaving the car was in Las Vegas in Las Vegas, authorities said. socialite reserved in was Detention Center Clark County early Saturday load of cocaine, a spokesman for the police in Las Vegas, said Marcus Martin. He was released before dawn on their own recognition. 29 - years, Hilton has been in a car driven by a friend when was arrested at 23:30 MDT Friday after suspected marijuana officers found smoke coming from him, told the Associated Press.


    I do not know how long it had taken place, nor any details about a possible date for the hearing. She said that the man was driving the vehicle on charges of driving has been arrested under the influence of drugs. He had no further details, including your name. not returned calls for comment Manager Hilton Saturday morning AP. His publicist, Dawn Miller, did not return an e-mail. The arrest came during a week when he was an attempted robbery at the home of the Hilton Los Angeles. The authorities say 31 years, Nathan Lee Parada a criminal charge Tuesday burlgary incident faces.

    The authorities said that only one person with two large knives in the window of the Hilton. It published a photo of arrests on Twitter and was described as "terrible". Hilton was arrested this summer after the World Cup game between Brazil and the Netherlands in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, on charges of possession of marijuana. The case was deleted after hearing at midnight.


    Hilton pleaded competition in 2007 for alcohol and dangerous driving was sentenced to 45 days in jail. After 23 days in jail, Paris Hilton said the United States TV host Larry King the experience caused him to reconsider the party's role in his life. He said he wanted "to help raise money for kids and for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. Although best known for his tabloid exploits and reality TV" The Simple Life ", has appeared Hilton in the films" Bottoms Up " "The Hottie & the Night" and "House of Wax."
    [From HuffPo] Yes, it was in Paris and released on charges of possession in South Africa. It was something incomplete in Corsica in July as well. We hope that This glue fees and Las Vegas can be any form of intervention Lindsay have Lohan-style? Probably not. In fact, as has the possession of cocaine is a crime to light? Chace Crawford, the book gets to him in a (UN informed- thrown) together, and in Paris the recognition of cocaine was free? WTF?.
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