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Scotland, sheep and my next book

The second book in my Penhallow Dynasty series, The Laird Takes a Bride, takes place in Scotland. So, yes, there are sheep. Toward the end of the story, sheep play a small and (if I may say so) delightful role. I imagine them looking rather like this.

Painting by Seren Bell: "Hardwick Ewes."

“Hardwick Ewes” by Seren Bell; more about her here. This image was posted on Twitter by Helen Warlow.

You can preorder the Kindle edition of The Laird Takes a Bride here. It’ll be available on August 29, 2017. (More info about other formats coming soon.)

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Bow wow for these doggy portraits!

Saw on Twitter how the Humane Society of Utah creates “photo-booth” portraits of their adoptable dogs. Which is so brilliant and so artful and, most importantly, really successful. Have to share a few of them with you.

A "photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah."Photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah.

"Photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah.

"Photo-booth" portrait of a dog up for adoption at the Humane Society of Utah.

These photos via Animal Life and Beautiful Pictures on Twitter; also themindcircle.com

More about the Humane Society of Utah here.

 

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The Museum of Broken Relationships

I was fascinated to read an article about the Museum of Broken Relationships, which houses “artifacts from failed unions, most of them mundane under ordinary circumstances. A single stiletto heel. A wine opener. A worn old Snoopy doll. But when isolated in a glass case or hanging on a white wall and accompanied by a caption, the objects become imbued with heartache or regret. Or freedom.” As an avid museum-goer, I’d love to visit.

A photograph taken at the Museum of Broken Relationships: visitors looking at a display of "brokenship" artifacts.

via the Museum of Broken Relationships

Of course, one of the great joys in my profession is to ensure that no matter what obstacles my protagonists encounter, all will end well. Hmmmm. Maybe they should stock some romance novels in the gift shop . . . ?

More about the “brokenships” museum here.

 

 

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Some beautiful images from Pride & Prejudice

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice plays a small role in You May Kiss the Brideso I was especially delighted to come across these images from the Folio Society’s recently published edition of P & P. Aren’t they spectacular?

An illustration of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy dancing, by Anna and Elena Balbusso. From Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (The Folio Society)

An illustration of Elizabeth Bennet being confronted by Lady Catherine, by Anna and Elena Balbusso. From Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (The Folio Society)An illustration of Elizabeth Bennet looking at a portrait of Mr. Darcy, by Anna and Elena Balbusso. From Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (The Folio Society)

 

The artists are Anna and Elena Balbusso. More here.

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It was a dark and stormy night . . .

Although I don’t write gothic romance, I’ve certainly read it, and I adore this evocative image. Are these steps ones you’d want to go up . . . or hastily down, and away?

Gothic-style illustration of an old manor house by Wildred Jenkins; via Helen Warlow on Twitter

Illustration by Wildred Jenkins; via Helen Warlow on Twitter

 

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Whale swimming beneath the moon

Having recently gone whale-watching, and having the incredible good luck to actually see some whales — magnificent! — I loved coming across this beautiful image. It’s kind of like a memento.

Illustration: WHALE SWIMMING BENEATH THE MOON by Richard Cartwright, via Helen Warlow on Twitter

“Whale Swimming Beneath the Moon” by Richard Cartwright. Via Helen Warlow on Twitter.

More about the artist Richard Cartwright here.

 

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Still life with cats

This photo seems implausible. How could you get five cats to pose this way? (Which is why I included the tag “wow.”) But isn’t it wonderful?

Lisa Berne, author of historical romance, admires a surrealistically realistic photo of five charmingly grouped cats.

via the Cult Cat on Twitter

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The Other Side of Infinity

Yesterday we drove through a hailstorm, which gave way to sleet and then lightly falling snow, to a planetarium to watch “Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity,” a mind-bending program narrated by Liam Neeson.

One of the creators, Andrew J. S. Hamilton, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Colorado, has said about the program: “What if you could take people through a wormhole the way Einstein’s equations said it would be? And what if you could bring art and science together in a way that compromised neither?”

It was indeed an awe-inspiring — and giddy! — thrill ride. Yet we were glad when the lights went up and there we were, still in our seats, still in Spokane, still safe and sound on beautiful planet Earth.

Speculative image of a black hole via Slate.com, from an article called "The Other Side of Infinity" by Phil Plait

Image via Slate.com

More about “Black Holes” here.

 

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