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October 17, 2007 at 10:39 am (Uncategorized)

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Blog Hopping Happiness

October 15, 2007 at 9:14 pm (Books of Interest, Cool Web Stuff, not Romances) (, , , )

I will be the first to admit it–I don’t read many blogs.

I don’t have the time.  I write on a laptop which isn’t connected to the ‘net and when I do get on-line I usually have a “to do” list in front of me.

But tonight I had some time to kill between cutting my husband’s hair and waiting for Heroes to finish recording, so I checked out Rebecca James’ blog–she always has something interesting to read.   I spent a few minutes catching up on her blog and decided to check out the people on her blogroll.

I struck gold with the first click:  A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing.  Needless to say I read some of his posts and they struck a chord.

I’m debating a rather major decision about my career and his posts were enlightening.

If you’re a writer, check out that blog.  It’s worth the time.


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October 2, 2007 at 5:36 pm (Half Moon Rising, Margo Lukas Books, romance, Romance Books) (, , , , , )

I’ve added a new 2000 word short story to my page menu– Half Moon Origins: The Witch’s Spellboook  Check it out–the heroine isn’t your usual girl–she’s an elderly witch!  Hey, romance doesn’t end when you’re a senior citzen 🙂

Here’ the intro paragraphs.

Village of Lucia, Spain; 1485 

      The moonlight glowed too dimly through the cottage window.  The thick wax seal remained an undecipherable blur to the old witch, her eyes clouded by years spent toiling in the garden.

       While the stranger loomed over her small table, Isabel DeLagado caressed the wax ridges and let her fingertips prove the truth of the package’s sender.

      Surprise jolted her frail frame.  “The seal of the Alpha King himself?” 

     Carlos, her companion, protectively laid his gnarled hand on her shoulder, mistaking her awe for fear.  Her lover’s struggle to bring his frame to full height filled her with sadness.  Alas, any defense Carlos mustered against the stranger would have been useless.  Utterly useless.   READ THE STORY’S END.

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New Blogging Day at Beyond the Veil & A Knight In Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux

September 26, 2007 at 5:39 pm (About Margo, Books of Interest) (, , , , )

..or Beyond the Evil as my hubby calls it…

While I was subbing for SJ on Fridays, I am now a “real” member and will be posting every other Wednesday.  I started the 19th and my next day will be October 3.

Last week I blogged about “What Was the 1st Paranormal Romance Published?”.  There was lots of good feedback and it looked like the winner was June Lund Shiplett’s Journey to Yesterday in 1979.

A few comments mentioned Jude Deveraux’s A Knight In Shining Armor and–lo and behold–guess what book I found in my shelves????

Wow! I read it in 4 hours and couldn’t get my nose out of that book.  (and this is WHILE I was watching the “HEROS” premier.

***SPOILER ALERT****  Don’t read the rest of the post if you haven’t read the book yet.

Okay, the heroine, Douglass, was a little on the whiny, get-a-spine side…but she got stronger as the story went along.

 The hero, Nicholas, was Alpha to the core…but he redeemed himself in the last twenty pages or so.

What really interested me was the structure of the story and the ending.  I don’t want to post a spoiler, but I’m not sure an editor would let an author end a story like that now-a-days.

There real hero–the man who made love to Douglass and who was the real knight in shining armor–spends the last thirty years of his life alone in the 15th century and dies without love!!  Yes, there was the whole “my soul” will find “your soul” but I didn’t get the euphoric happy ending that I like.

But the story was good and it’s staying on my “keeper shelf”.


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Unusual Vampire Movie: Perfect Creature

September 13, 2007 at 10:15 am (Movies)

Silus (Dougray Scott)Over at Vampire Wire (a great blog to check out if you are into Vampire/Paranormal based entertainment in any media form), I found a link to a review of the New Zealand film, Perfect Creature at the site Digitally Obsessed.

 I bopped over to Netflix and put it at the top of our list (gotta share with the hubby).  I wasn’t sure what to expect from the reviews I found there, but the DO review made it seem like something new and interesting.

Perfect Creature is NOT a glossy, rock-n-roll vampire flick.  It had a dark, gritty realism meshed with sci-fi that was very nicely designed and produced.  One of its producers compared it to Blade Runner at one level and I agree that it had that same feel.

It is more of a sci-fi film than horror, and it reminded me of the new “historical” urban fantasy novels that we are seeing in the paranormal romance genre.  Emma Holly’s new “Demon World” books popped into my head as I watched the world of Perfect Creature.

It is not a romance film, but there is an element of romance there (There’s a scene where the heroine, Lily (Saffron Burrows), runs her fingers through Silus’ hair–yum).  In a longer film, I think they could have explored this more, but the arc of the hero’s growth was still satisfying.

Dougray Scott as the hero, Silus, did an excellent job making the sexy vamp appear “other”.  He also protrayed the fact that his vampire, Silus, was different than the others.  If you like Dougray Scott–check him out in this film.  Great eyes, ladies.

The villan, Edgar, played by Leo Gregory, had believable motiviations and was both sexy and creepy.  Even though there was gore, I could watch it because Edgar was a compelling character.

The ending was a bit abrupt and it introduced a character we had never met–and as fiction writers we know that is a big “no no”.  Still Silus did grow and you ended with a good feeling (though a bit confused on the details).  Perfect Creature was worth watching.  I do think paranormal romance readers may enjoy it more than hard-core horror fans.

I’d vote for a sequel, but one in which Silus gets to discover what a little hot human loving can do for a vampire! 

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Paranormal Lifespan and the Romance: Immortal vs. Mortal

September 6, 2007 at 11:50 pm (About Margo, Romance Books)

Hey, it’s an important question!  There IS a difference.

I’m blogging more about it at Beyond the Veil today.  Come over and check it out.


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2007 Chase the Dream Writers Contest! Enter this Contest!

September 5, 2007 at 10:19 am (Cool Web Stuff, Romance Books, Things that are Fun)

Stand up and take notice on this one! The 2007 Chase the Dream contest is up and running. Sponsored by romance authors Leigh Michaels and Rachelle Chase this is a great chance to get your work in front of published authors, agents, and editors.

Both these ladies are smart and professional and will treat you and your entries with respect. Here are the official contest rules. One of the great things about this contest is that even if you aren’t chosen as a weekly finalist, you may have a chance for a free critique from Leigh Michaels. Do not pass up this chance!

Here are the agents and editors they have lined up so far: Paula Eykelhof, Elaine English, and Cheryl Ferguson.

Wonder why I’m so gung-ho on this contest? I won this contest last year with my first 1000 words of HALF MOON RISING and that win led directly to my contract with Samhain.

Please check out the contest site when you have a chance. It has all the important info. You won’t regret it.


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Thursday Thirteen: 13 Things I Got Done Today :)

August 23, 2007 at 4:14 pm (About Margo, Thursday Thirteen)

WordPress ate my list 😦

So…here’s #14.  Blew off TT for the millionth time this summer and had a bowl of the quirky salsa soup I created with the left over salsa I canned.

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I Got Rid of My Zits :)

August 4, 2007 at 3:53 pm (About Margo)

I started doing this really, really simple “thing” that finally cleared up my mid-life acne!  And it was so simple I just have to tell someone other than my sisters and mom.

Now, I didn’t have terrible acne all over my face — just on my T-zone.  I had a cluster of ugly pimples that just kept reappearing on my chin and leaving icky red spots when they finally dried up.  Of course, another ugly white pimple would appear somewhere new on my chin at that point. Yuck.

First, I blamed my writing. “Why?” You ask. Because every time I paused to think I rested my chin in my hand. I bet a lot of my fellow writers do the same.  So, I made a real effort to stop that habit.

Didn’t matter. Still had zits on my chin and my nose was starting to have some, too.

Bought a new “adult” skin care line of cleansers, toners, and moisturizers for oily skin.  No change.  Plus now, skin by my eyes was getting flaky and too dry.

Tried that expensive acne treatment that is sold via 30-minute television ads.  At first it seemed to work for a week.  Things cleared up for awhile and then the white pimples got worse, showing up big and ugly…but lasting only a day or two rather than a week or so.  Pushed that to the back of the medicine cabinet.  (I should have guessed since this stuff was given to me by my sister who received it from her sister-in-law).

So in desperation I just started using water and vinegar.  Step 1: Wash with warm water and a washcloth.  Step 2: If I do see any red spots that look like they might become zits, I put some white vinegar on a cotton-ball rub it on my T-zone.  If I wear any eye make-up I’ve been removing it with a dab of olive oil on a cotton-ball.

I’ve been clear of big, ugly white blemishes for about a month.  Hope it stays this way 🙂

Just had to share something cheap and simple in this world of chemical overload.


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A Five Rose Review!

July 14, 2007 at 11:54 pm (Half Moon Rising, Margo Lukas Books, Romance Books)

Okay, I’ve been a good girl and not “googled” for any reviews for a few weeks.  But tonight I had some time and I found a new review for Half Moon Rising at My Book Cravings.

Robin S. has this to say in her review:

“Here’s a keeper for you.  If you are anything like me, you like romances, paranormal and a contemporary setting.  You will find love, laughter, and a whodunit all in one.”

 And later she mentions she’d like to see Mario have his own story.  I’m so glad to hear that because as I work on Roz and Sebastian’s novella story, I’m planning Mario’s novel length story.

Robin’s kind words are a great motivator as I work on their stories.

Okay, I just have to go watch the end of SNL.

Hope everyone is staying cool.  The heat has returned here and I am so thankful for air conditioning 🙂


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