stila make-up palette giveaway!

As we all know, quality makeup is often worth the price but not always easy to afford. Luckily for us, Amber from daydreaming beauty if hosting a giveaway for an awesome eyeshadow palette!

Isn't she a cutie? (hint: the answer is yes!)

And the best part is that the giveaway is open to anyone IN THE WHOLE WORLD! Yes, dear international readers, there's finally a giveaway that you can enter too. Ha! 

I love stila products and this pallette looks amazeballs, so scoot on down through the descriptions and then enter at the bottom! Good luck, everyone! 

A gorgeous, palette with 10 shades of Stila's award-winning eye shadow formula that can be worn wet or dry.

Instinct - Light baby pink with pink & white shimmer
Desire - Soft, creamy mid-tone pink
Impulse - Pale lavender with lavender shimmer
Wonder - Mid-tone flesh pink with shimmer
Glance - Intense violet with shimmer
Spontaneous - Soft beige-gold with shimmer
Improvise - Deep plum with pink sparkle
Whim - Soft warm reddish-brown with shimmer
Catalyst - Black with pink sparkle
Captivate - Mid-tone purple-brown with golden pearl


The Nail Files: Boho Chic

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This weekend marks my hetero-life-partner's Dirty Thirty. For months, her amazing boyfriend has been planning a massive party and I'm so excited that I have to resist the temptation to run around my living room while flailing my arms like a kid all hopped up on pixie sticks. The theme is boho-chic, as my HLP looooooves her some hippie-chic-ness, so in honour of her (and her party) I knew that I'd have to come up with an awesome mani. 

When I think of boho chic, two people come to mind: Stevie Nicks and Nicole Richie. Since I have a serious case of potty mouth, I naturally gravitate more towards Ms. Richie and because she's presently getting some flock flack for wearing an accessory with feathers, I was reminded of a technique that I've been meaning to try. So, I combined the new technique with a tried-and-true favourite and it ended up looking bitch'in (see, I told you that I can be potty-esque).

What I Used:

The Tutorial I Followed:

The End Result:

After going through The Nailsaurus's tutorial, I got to work. Starting with my feature fingers, I did one coat of I'm Not Lion and then layered the feathers on top. Now, the Nail-tually talented Nailsaurus stated that you should put 3 coats of Seche Vite BEFORE doing your final trim and let me tell you, that's sound advice. I didn't do it for my right thumb and it's still all jaggedy after FIVE coats of SV. You've been warned, haha!

For the other fingers, I started with two coats of Creative Fantasy and then did a gradient to black, using a makeup sponge. For a pictoral I did of how to get a great gradient, click here.

I'm torn between wearing one of two dresses to the shin-dig so this mani will work with either, which is good because I won't have much time on Saturday to do them. 

And the lovely Janie from Fortune Favors The Brave came up with the utterly brilliant idea to create a Pinterest board for The Nail Files. You can follow either Janie or myself to see them, and that way, if you miss a week or are just looking for some inspiration, you can see all of the pictures there! Like a LIBRARY OF NAIL FILES, which is freaking awesome because it's a combination of my two most favourite things: nails and books. So yeah, like I said, Janie really is a freaking genius.

Can't wait to see what you're all rocking this week!


(Mana)Tea for Two

As I have previous discussed, multiple times, I have a penchant for somewhat ridiculous things. Whether it's fashion or home décor, I believe that everything in my life should be as fun and funny as possible. 

Enter, my latest acquisition: The Manatea

Yes, my lovelies, The Manatea (or Philip, as I call him) is not only a well-constructed tea ball, but also an animal AND a pun ALL AT ONCE, which triples his amazingness and I just about died from an awesomeness overload when I saw him on ModCloth

I mean, just look at Philip hanging out! He's hilarious!

As soon as Philip arrived, I knew that I had made a solid purchase because he makes me smile whenever I see him, to the degree that I have decided to keep him in the front row of the cupboard so I can giggle every time I need a dish or cup because how can you not laugh when you see his cute little face and arms peeking out from atop whatever mug he's hanging out in? 

Why hello there, haha!!

But for reals, Philip is the bomb and also reminds me a bit of a house hippo, which only makes me love him more because unlike the house hippo, Philip actually exists. 

So now I have an awesome way to drink my loose, Creamy Earl Grey tea, and I seriously couldn't be more psyched about it. Yay for fun things!!


The Nail Files: Shiny Leopard Spots

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Lately, I've seen a lot of Pins with two feature fingers that aren't the same so this week, I thought I'd try it out myself.

Spoiler Alert: It turned out awesome! Ha!

What I Used:

To start, I did two coats of Gumdrop on every finger but my pointer. 

With a medium dotting tool, I did some random spots with Felicity and then layered I'm Not Lion overtop. When they were dry, I added the black outline with a small dotting tool.

For the pointer finger, I did one coat of Felicity, one coat of Vivien, and then one coat of Paris

If you're not into the leopard spots, I think that this mani would totally still work if you just repeated the glitter feature as the teal and gold combo just screams sassy summer nights. Ha!

Can't wait to see what you're all rocking!


Mad Props for Fresh

I have a confession, people: This is what I look like when it's time to eat healthy food.

Okay, so I may not make that face every time I eat a bowl of broccoli but I think we can all admit that most good-for-your-body food isn't the tastiest (probably because there's no butter, just sayin'). However, there's a restaurant chain in Toronto that proves how, with a little creativity, healthy food can be delicious (I know that this seems suspicious, but I swear I'm serious). Naturally, I'm referring to the one and only Fresh Restaurant (although technically there are three so it's more like Fresh restaurantS but that didn't sound as good, ha!).

When I lived in Toronto, I was around the corner from Fresh on Queen and went there all the time. Seriously. Their spring rolls, pre-made sandwiches, and various rice bowls were legit diet staples of mine. 

I added the starbursts because they accurately represent how I feel while eating Fresh's spring rolls. Also, the dipping sauce is the boooooomb. I can almost taste all of the yummy noodles smooshed into their giant crispy wrappers...mmmmm...

One of the reasons, in my opinion, that Fresh makes such great food is because they've managed to find the perfect combination of interesting seasoning and spices, which jam-packs each dish with amazing flavours without being so spicy that I have to stuff three pieces of cornbread in my mouth just to make the burning stop. Not that I would really mind having to eat three pieces of Fresh's cornbread because it's awesome, but you know what I mean. Plus, if you eat-in, you get to sit in these neat little tables and the water they serve is already infused with lemons, which comes in a cool little carafe (I really appreciate little details like this).

Anyway, a couple of weeks ago, I reached out to Fresh because of this new Mad Props series, as I've never had anything but amazing experiences in their restaurants (to be fair, I've eaten at all three of the locations, so I know what I'm talking about) and after a few exchanges with an utterly delightful member of Fresh corporate, I was reminded, yet again, about how great they are. This is a company who truly cares not only about their customers, but the bigger picture as well and that, ladies and gentlemen is a rarity nowadays. So, for always having friendly wait-staff, excellent food, and generally awesome customer service, I hereby award Fresh Restaurant(s) with a big bag of Mad Props.

If you're ever in the Toronto area and find yourself with a hankering for delicious, healthy, vegetarian and vegan food, then head on over to any three of their convenient locations to fill your belly. There's a Fresh on Bloor, a Fresh on Spadina, and a Fresh on Crawford, so if you're pretty much anywhere in the downtown core, you aren't too far from one. And, err, while you're there, order a set of spring rolls for me, will ya? Ha!

Bon appétite!


A Genetic Pre-Disposition for Boas, Bracelets, and Being Myself

Skype is a funny thing. It's really changed the game in terms of staying in touch because being able to see someone--their reactions, hair cut, physical changes--makes it easier to remain close. Another funny thing about Skype is that you get to see your own facial expressions, and some of them are just plain awful. Some, though, make me look so much like my Mum that it totally freaks me out. Now, I'm not saying that this is a bad thing but it's funny how there are things we do and characteristics we have that can sometimes be traced back to a parent or other relative. 

So when my Mum sent me this article about my great-grandmother, I had a good laugh as I went through it because there are a few of my own "unique" characteristics that I apparently inherited from her. I've read articles about my great-grandmother before, because she was kind of a BFD back in the 20s and 30s in France (and most of Europe), but the articles were usually about one specific topic and didn't include much about her personality. This one, though, was more of an overview and I was surprised with how much we seem to have in common.

There was a time that I had a little series going named: I'm no Jane Austen, where I went through The Jane Austen Handbook and commented on whether or not I would have been successful in acting the way a Lady did, which included "How to Raise Your Children" and "Declining an Unwanted Marriage Proposal." So I thought it would be fun to do a similar thing with the article about my grand-grand-mère, but focusing more on our similarities. You know, with kind of a genetic-science-y hypothesis in mind about nature versus nurture (which is about as science-y as I can get, haha!).

Okay, here we go! (My thoughts are in purple).

ps. This article came from Vogueapedia, which has got to be one of the greatest hybrid names of all time. 


Photograph by Wladimir Rehbinder. Published in Vogue, September 15, 1923.
(First off, can we talk about this photo for a second? Hot day-am is Daisy ever working that camera! Err...I did not inherit this ability. Ha!)

In 1932, Vogue saluted the society darling Daisy Fellowes “for her eternal daring to be different (What an incredible way to be honored, eh? She must have seriously oozed originality, which I like to think that I do as well, although maybe not to the "oozing" level, ha!)[1] In a portrait by George Hoyningen-Huene, Daisy wore a black cotton evening gown with twin diamond rings and cuffs. A plump white feather boa graced one arm; a black one, the other (Ermegerd, I LOVE plump feather boas! And I have some! Lots of them! This is amazing!). Her boyish crop (I have a bob, too!) was sleek as a seal, one perfect ringlet at her temple (Okay, my hair has no such no curl but we're still off to a pretty good start, non?). She was, as the Vogue fashion editor Bettina Ballard later observed, “the most elegant and most talked-about woman in Paris.”[2] 

Fellowes’s reputation as a trendsetter was by then well established. The cotton dress for evening, the paired rings and cuffs—Daisy wore all her jewels in duplicate; “Why unbalance your hands and arms?”[3] she would say—were among her many innovations (I'm so all about symmetry that I can't even handle this statement). In 1927, Vogue pictured the soigné Daisy at a nightclub, wearing a long sequined dinner jacket (an early version of [[le smoking]]) over a Chanel frock (A sequined dinner jacket OVER Chanel? Oh yes, we are most certainly related. That's, like, my total dream outfit. Mostly because of the sequins, obviously). Fellowes is credited with their invention: She wore a matching sequined jacket with every dress, a bright green carnation popping from the buttonhole (You're welcome, women of the world. Also, there's nothing I love more than throwing a blazer over whatever I'm wearing. It's practically second nature, actually, which totally makes sense now. Add another to the nature column. Ha!).

Wherever Fellowes went, all eyes followed. “Everything she did was a grand entrance,” the designer Norman Norell recalled in 1963. “Even if she came down stairs it was somehow exciting (I'll admit that there have been times I've been known to make a grand entrance, although they're probably not as chic as I'd like to think, as I'm sure that running into a screen door doesn't count).”[4] At the Opéra, she stopped the show in an evening gown with a demure navy front and a scandalously low, crimson back (Classy in the front and a party in the back. Awesome). At the Ritz, diners climbed on chairs to get a glimpse of her Elsa Schiaparelli monkey-fur coat, embroidered in gold (Although I don't support real fur in fashion, I'm sure that if I had been around in the 20s, I would have been all about a monkey-fur coat with gold embroidery because it's weirdo-kitchy and that's awesome). In the 1930s, Fellowes personified Schiap’s look of “hard chic,” trim and elegant in a black cocktail suit with red lips for pockets. She was also one of the few that could carry off the designer’s more madcap expressions of fashion Surrealism—the shoe hat with a Shocking-pink heel (I would be ALL OVER THIS. A shoe. On my head. Yeah, that's freaking amazing. Where do I get me one of these?), the red-hot lobster dress (For the record, I have TWO lobster-themed accessories, which is probably two hundred percent more lobster-themed accessories than the average person owns. Who would have thought that my love for ridiculous rhinestoned animal accessories was actually genetic? This article is blowing my mind, people!).
Daisy was not content merely to bask in the spotlight. As with fashion, sex was a sport—and men, her eager quarry (Um, what? Okay, so this is where we start to differ, although I QUITE admire her stance, considering the times). Women feared her as much as admired her (Yikes, although it's also kind of cool). She was a voracious man-eater who once stole a beau from her own daughter, and who described being “on the scent” of a new conquest to a reporter: “It’s a thrilling feeling—like tasting absinthe for the first time. Soon the man asks, ‘When may I come to tea?’ Then I sharpen the knife. (Mind. Blown.)[5]
With her “studied simplicity”—Cecil Beaton’s words—Daisy took great pleasure in making her counterparts seem frivolously overdressed (Yup, there's nothing I love more than walking in somewhere and being the best-dressed person there (without looking like I tried too hard) so it looks like we're back on track, ha!). At the races, she appeared hatless, singularly chic amid a raft of flounces and bows. While other hostesses entertained in flowery tea gowns, she presided over her mirrored dining table (I have a mirrored side-cabinet and would freaking love a dining table as well. In fact, the more mirrored furniture I could have, the better) in leopard-print pajamas (I'm totally pro-animal print, in any situation, but hosting a party in pajamas is a level of ballsiness that I have yet to climb to, so well done there, grand-grand-mère *high five*). Night after night, as other women paraded their fripperies on the dance floor, she wore the same streamlined linen frocks, accessorized with, say, a lei of fresh daisies, exotic orchids, a collar of sapphire-blue coq feathers, and “barbaric jewels—handcuffs of emeralds, necklets of Indian stones, or conch shells of diamonds,”[6]as Beaton noted. (Oh yeah, I know all about the utter awesomeness of layering accessories that may or may not "work" together until it's so excessive that it doesn't even matter anymore. In fact, it's one of my favourite things to do even if I don't have plans to leave the house.) 
As a trend trailblazer from the Roaring Twenties on through the café-society thirties, Fellowes “launched more fashions,” the avant-gardist Jean Cocteau said, “than any other woman in the world (Of course, I don't consider myself to be a trend trailblazer in the slightest, but I do know what I like and don't really care about what others have to say, which leads me to believe that self-confidence may be a genetically-inherited trait).”[7] 

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So there you have it, apparently there really is something to the whole nature versus nurture deal! For being born decades apart and having never met, my grand-grand-mère and I sure do seem to have a lot in common! And another INSANE similarity is that Daisy was a published author! AND she donated all of the proceeds to an orphanage. Très cool, if you ask me, on all counts. Très freaking cool. 

How about you? Do you take after a certain family member in a surprising way?


Book Club Friday: Dancing with Paris

Last week, my mind was blown when a woman working for Amazon emailed me with an offer for an ARC of DANCING WITH PARIS, which is one of my favourite author's latest novels. Naturally, I was all up in her grill five minutes after she sent the email and by the end of the day, I was the proud recipent of Juliette Sobanet's fourth novel. And like the previous two I've read (KISSED IN PARIS and SLEEPING WITH PARIS), this one did not disappoint because, just like a flaky croissant, DANCING WITH PARIS has lots of delectable layers and the well-written mystery component acts like a stick of semi-melted chocolate, turning what would usually be an above-average croissant into a pain au chocolat. And there really is nothing better than a pain au chocolat because, as we all know, chocolate makes everything awesome-r. 

To start with, DANCING WITH PARIS has a pretty cool premise: Claudia, a thirty-something and recently-pregnant woman travels back to one of her previous lives as Ruby, a twenty-five year old burlesque dancer in 1950s Paris. But that's not all, book clubbers, because not only does Claudia have to figure out the lesson she must learn in order to return back to her life in 2012, but she also has to solve a murder while avoiding being murdered herself. I know, she really does have her work cut out for her. Ha!

It's an ambitious plot, to say the least, and Juliette totally nails it. Her trademark descriptions have you can-canning in your seat as you flip through the pages and you can practically smell the butter that radiates out of the boulangeries that line the cobblestoned streets. There were sparkles, short dresses and ample cleavage all over the place and it made me want to stick a feather in my hair and find a piano to crawl seductively across while singing "Fever." Seriously. 

There are a few cool characters who help Claudia/Ruby along the way and they're all unique in their own right. However, my favourite would have to be Antoine, who has now joined the ranks of my Fictional Hottie lineup. And it's not just because he's French, although that helps (haha) but between his smoky grey eyes and determination to find his sister's killer, I had no choice but sashay on over to my oscillating fan because my body temperature was off-the-charts. Especially after one of the steamier love scenes that are scattered throughout the book. So really, DANCING WITH PARIS may be a more appropriate read for colder months, although don't let the hot flashes deter you from picking it up now. Just, you know, have some ice ready or something. Haha!

So, if you like your romance with a side of mystery, are drawn to the Parisian way of life in the 1950s, and love books that make you want to drape a boa across your shoulders and shimmy across a stage, then DANCING WITH PARIS is the book for you! It will be released this upcoming Tuesday, on July 16th, so add it to your Goodreads list and pre-order it, people!

And if you'd like to get to know more about how DANCING WITH PARIS came about, Juliette was kind enough to stop by my blog yesterday for an interview, so click here to read it. You'll even get a look at the actor who inspired Antoine (and he's just even better-looking than I imagined).

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Oh, and if you're a nail-polish fanatic like me, make sure you check out The Nail Files linkup! It's where all the cool kids come to show off their manis and they're totally worth taking a peek at. Who knows, you may just find some inspirNAILtion. Hahaha!

The Nail Files: Oui, Oui, Kiwi!

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Earlier this week, I was inspired by Crystal's Strawberry Mani and wanted to do something fruity, so I went through my Pinterest board and found this!

Here's my version!
Thank you, Costco, for stocking Kiwis yesterday because it made my whole life to be able to take a picture of my kiwi mani in front of a massive display of the actual thing.

There was no tutorial, so I figured that I'd make one because I swear that it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be.

Kiwi Fruit:

Kiwi Tips:

See! Only seven steps and you too can have awesome kiwi nails! Ha!

Oh, and here's what I used:

Have an awesome weekend, everyone! And be sure to tell all your friends about The Nail Files because, just like Christopher Walken needs more cowbell, I NEED MORE NAILS! Haha! Can't wait to see what you all have posted this week! :)

And you know what's just as awesome as a fun mani? BOOKS!! So head on over to Heather or Katie's blog for Book Club Friday and check out what people have been reading! Yay!


Author Interview With Juliette Sobanet

Juliette Sobanet, the author of a set of sassy Parisian-themed contemporary romances has a new release, Dancing with Paris, that will be available on Tuesday, July 16th, but I was lucky enough to get an ARC (I'm spoiled like that sometimes) and after reading it in two sittings, I knew that a simple book review wouldn't be enough. You see, dear readers, over the last couple of years, I've read three of Juliette's novels and am now moderately obsessed with her (in a very PG kind of way, obviously) so I thought that it would be cool to do a little interview with Juliette before posting my review so that you can have an idea of how Dancing with Paris came together, thereby further reinforcing my demand thoughtful suggestion that you should read it. Ha! 

First up, here's Juliette's bio. You know, so you can be properly introduced.

Juliette Sobanet bio:

Juliette Sobanet earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A. from New York University in France, living and studying in both Lyon and Paris. She worked as a French professor before turning a new page in her career, penning romantic women’s fiction with a French twist. She is the author of Sleeping with Paris, Kissed in Paris, Midnight Train to Paris, Dancing with Paris, and the upcoming novel Honeymoon in Paris. Today she lives with her husband and two cats in San Diego, where she devotes her time to writing and dreaming about her next trip to France. You can find her on her website, Twitter, or Facebook.

And now that introductions are finished, on with the interview!

1. You’ve been a busy little beaver lately, how about giving everyone a summary about what you’ve been up to? 

Thanks so much for having me, Jennie! It’s true…I have been crazy busy! Last fall, I signed a four-book deal with Amazon’s Montlake Romance, and soon after, I was contracted to write a Kindle Serial for Montlake as well.  Needless to say, I have been writing like a mad-woman ever since.

My Kindle Serial novel, Midnight Train to Paris, released on April 30th and was my very first novel to come out in print! Holding that first print book in my hands was a dream come true, and I couldn’t be more grateful to be at this point in my writing career.

On on July 16th, I’ll be celebrating the release of my fourth novel, Dancing with Paris, along with the re-release of my first two books, Sleeping with Paris and Kissed in Paris! As if that weren’t enough Paris book excitement, I’ll be signing at the RWA Literacy Autographing at the Marriott Marquis in Atlanta on Wednesday, July 17th. It will be my very first book signing, and I am beyond excited!

2. Incredibly imagery is a trademark of yours and Dancing with Paris has just as much, if not more of it. The 50s cabaret scene is captured so perfectly, it’s almost like you were in the front row during a performance, taking notes. Now, we both know that you didn’t really travel back in time (or did you? Ha) so what kind of research did you do to make sure you got things picture perfect?

I wish I could’ve traveled back in time to 1950s Paris to research this book! Instead, I did a ton of research on what Paris was like in the 1950s—the clothing, the cars, and the jazz/cabaret scene.  I was lucky enough to take a research trip to Paris last fall, which helped tremendously! I retraced my main character’s steps to make sure my setting details were accurate and that I was truly capturing the sights, sounds, and smells of Paris. I also created a Pinterest board to give me a visual feel for 1950s Paris and for my characters. For the dancing part, I grew up dancing and performing, so my time on stage helped me create Ruby’s life at the cabaret club. (Of course my experiences as a ballerina were more PG rated than Ruby’s life at the cabaret club!). 

Here’s the link to my Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/juliettesobanet/dancing-with-paris/

1   3. Kissed in Paris and Dancing with Paris both have mystery intertwined with their steamy romances. Where did the inspiration for adding that extra element come from? (and how the heck did you get so good at it with Dancing? There were many times I was all: What the WHAT?”)

Thanks, Jennie! After writing my first novel, Sleeping with Paris, as a straight-up contemporary romance, I was ready to expand as a writer and bring in more exciting plot elements. Dancing with Paris was the first true mystery novel I’ve written, and it was not easy! After completing the first draft, I literally re-wrote every single scene in the novel to make the mystery more complex.  It was taxing, but it was so worth it. Now I can’t imagine writing a book without some sort of mystery weaved into the story!

4. Generally, I found that the characters in Dancing with Paris were edgier and darker than ones in your previous Paris novels. Was that a conscious decision or did it just happen?

It was definitely a conscious decision. I wanted to create characters who were a little rougher around the edges, a little scarier than those I’ve written in the past. Contrary to what readers may think based on my first two books, my own life is not all rainbows and croissants and romance! Of course, my life isn’t a murder mystery in 1950s Paris either, but I do have some darker inspiration from my own life to pull from when writing these flawed, darker characters.

5. If you had the chance to live in Paris in the 1950s or now, which time would you choose? Is there something major that sways you in one direction?

While I would love to visit Paris in the 1950s, I would still choose to live in present-day Paris. I love how much freedom women have now to follow our career dreams, and while Paris in the fifties sounds glamorous, the traditional male/female roles of the fifties don’t appeal to me. Ruby’s situation in Dancing with Paris demonstrates this on an extreme scale, but still, it’s something to consider before stepping on the time machine J

6. There’s no other way to say this: Antoine is arguably your foxiest male character ever. (Seriously. I love him.) Is there an actor/celebrity you envision him as? 

I am totally in love with Antoine too, and I’m so happy you asked this question! My inspiration for Antoine is an actor named Jean-Pierre Martins. He played opposite Marion Cotillard in the film, La Vie en Rose, and the minute I saw his dashing, handsome character, I knew he would make the perfect Antoine. Here’s a picture of him from my Pinterest board: http://pinterest.com/pin/414331234437595645/

7. And one final question for the other writers out there: would you share a bit of your creative process? What do you do when the inevitable writer’s block hits you square in the face? Or are you one of the lucky ones who manages to dodge its tricky sucker punches?

Lately, my creative process looks something like this:

An idea comes to me, sometimes totally out of the blue, sometimes inspired by events or people in my own life. I take a few weeks to develop the idea, fleshing out the characters’ goals, motivations and conflicts, the plot, and the story arc. Early on, I create a Pinterest board for the book to have visual inspiration for the setting and characters. After creating an outline, I get started on Chapter 1 and hope I won’t have to re-write it ten times!

I don’t normally have writer’s block per se….more like writer’s burn out. From December through April, I was writing two books on deadline, which meant I was at my computer seven days a week, non-stop. The trick to getting through the rough points was knowing what needed to happen in the next scene. I didn’t need to know the ending or the big picture. Just write the next scene, the next line, the next word.

And eat chocolate. Lots and lots of chocolate. 

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Soooo, how great were Juliette's answers, eh? Not only is she a fantastic writer but she has a great sense of humour, which basically reinforces my demand thoughtful suggestion that you need to log onto Amazon and buy her books. All of them. Seriously. Just do it. But if you're still unsure, remember to check back tomorrow so I can convince you with my review of Dancing with Paris! 

And if you want to connect with Juliette, here's all of her info!