Sunday, December 23, 2007

What would you like this year for Christmas?... [New Release – Mr. & Mrs Foster]


…Recovering something precious which you thought you had lost forever…or…finding a sexy hunk with eyes only for you on your doorstep?

Why not try both for starters?

I’m proud to present my new release – a toast warm holiday tale, great for those cold winter nights!

Redemption has never felt so sweet…

The past: Dane and Alyssa Foster had a loving marriage but the requirements of Dane’s consultancy business force them into a nomadic lifestyle. Each year would see them in a different city, building a new life, until the time would come for them to move again and start from scratch. Alyssa, desiring with all her heart to have a family and build some semblance of a career as an architect, was tired of all the instability and vows to put a stop to the madness by settling in Dallas, Texas. Dane, on the other hand, driven by secret fears of his own, insists on moving to Seattle for his next contract job. But when tempers rise and wills clash, lives get torn asunder.

The Present: Now Dane has moved out with plans to move far away, putting thousands of miles between him and Alyssa. But it takes a two month long separation for him to realize just what he has lost. As the season of good cheer dawns and regret fills his heart, he is back to claim his love and show her just how much he’s missed her. This day, one question fills his mind: will his one and only love find it in her heart to forgive him? As far as he’s concerned, he has only one desire—and he won’t take no for an answer because he knows he’ll never leave Alyssa again, even if she asks him to. Not before he kisses her under the mistletoe or…while bathed in the smoldering romance of a winter fire.


Excerpt:


“She looked at him as though he had just sprouted a humungous hairy mole on the tip of his nose.

Whatever the reason for him being where he was right now, every word he had just uttered sounded like a big, fat mountain of bull crap to her. And she made sure she’d pass the message on to him without having to say a word.

The nerve of the bastard!

His reaction to her dress down gave her a twinge of satisfaction.

There you go, squirm if you can, was her unholy thought.

In fact, in that moment, she’d say he looked more than slightly uncomfortable. And yes, just a tiny pinch…vulnerable.

She almost felt guilty for acting so…rude. Almost.

This was too strange for words, but nonetheless, words did keep tumbling from her lips.

“Well, as you can see I’m doing fine. Is there anything else you need from me?”
Damn. She sounded like an indignant, pouting child.

“Alyssa…”

“You did decide you wanted to move to Seattle and go forward with a separation so I don’t see what else we have to say to each other. If you haven’t noticed, this loose end seems to be already tied up, or whatever else you want to call it.”

She almost shut the door in his face but something in his eyes stopped her.

“Please, may I come in? I won’t be long and it’s cold out here.”

Was he begging?

Every breath he took ended in a cloud of frost exhaling his mouth. She looked at his damp hair and visibly shivering hands and the vision tugged at her traitorous heartstrings.

No, don’t let him set foot through that door.

“Alright. I was just finishing some cleaning up. Come on in and take a seat. I’ll make us some coffee while you tell me whatever it is you want to say.”

There was that pouting tone again. She really had to stop acting like an idiot around him.

Around her husband.

Her devastatingly handsome husband.

Soon to be devastatingly handsome ex-husband.”



~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short. Download @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=11
"Mr. & Mrs. Foster"--A toasty warm holiday tale--just released!!! More info at: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=37

Saturday, December 22, 2007

I am.


In this age of frantic connectivity, we live in a small world, yet fragmented nonetheless. In the technological sense, we are networked up to our eyeballs, yet within ourselves we often trudge on in isolation…dealing with our little hurts, challenges and concerns. We share things but only in part—wishing to keep a share of our innermost thoughts hidden away, for privacy cannot be completely relinquished, even with our loved ones.

Why so philosophical, you may ask? As some of you know, I am presently spending the holidays visiting with my family in Europe (the Mediterranean island of Malta, to be precise). My regular blogs have somewhat taken the back seat but I wanted to assure everyone that I’m still very much alive :-D. Last week, in fact, I had a birthday. Yet another day to remind me of the fast passage of time and perhaps for this reason, I wanted to spend my morning touring the Hypogeum - an underground architectural wonder—a necropolis—sculpted by a lost civilization into the limestone rock some four and a half millennia ago. I needed proof that identity can survive the ravages of time, that in some ways, when we create, we can live on through our work.


The place is a burial site, an area where the prehistoric people could lay to rest their dead and honor them. The Sleeping Lady (pictured to the right as lying in a sort of emulation of peaceful death or trance) was placed as a central figure amongst the slew of decomposing bodies. The latter would be all thrown in one mountainous heap, yet still wearing or holding their individual treasures as if their family wanted to retain their identity even in death. I could clearly imagine a burial ceremony taking place as I walked down the stone steps to the lower levels of the site and stood looking at one of the most impressive rooms: the Holy of Holies (picture above). The circular patterns painted in the now faded red ochre on the walls of some chambers seem to be an ode to the continuity of life and the vivid life blood that courses through our veins.

The civilization that built this magnificent sanctuary is no more. They disappeared into the night, never to be heard or seen again on our islands. Nobody knows what happened to these people. From what I learned, however, they were a community of peaceful farmers who revered nature and respected it. They were close and worked together to create the Hypogeum, their life goal which took several generations to complete. In a sense, these people were “networked”, living as one, thinking as one. They knew their limitations and respected the environment they lived in. Like many of us, they believed that death would bring on some sort of journey into a utopian afterlife.

I like to think of this civilization as a people who sought their identity and found their dream place on this little island, at least for a time. They had no computers, no technology. They built their magnificent temples and sanctuaries using stone and antler, bull and goat horns. In this sense, they were as one, striving for a common goal. They did not need the Internet to feel grounded, connected.

Today, the Internet is considered—and is—a wonderful thing. But has it truly “linked” us? I do not mean in the business or superficial sense, but in the true, individual relationship sense. Also—has it helped us remain grounded in who we are (the “id”, not the “ego”) or has our sense of self become scattered and as disjointed as the world around us?

As I stood in the semi-darkness of the muted artificial lighting, I thought about me—the “I”, the “id”. I thought about what I was and who I have become. I thought about what I wanted to accomplish and who I wanted to be. I realized that I am many things, a complicated, shifting puzzle constructed from the experience of 37 years. The pieces of this puzzle keep increasing and the shapes are continuously evolving. Yet I remain me—myself, swimming in this murky ocean along with everyone else. I could get lost in this great big world, yet I have always insisted on remaining firmly grounded to my roots. My love of my native country has not wavered over the years I’ve been away, but I have in my heart a place for many loves—my husband, my family, my childhood home, my chosen home. Professionally and in many other ways, I strayed for a time, in search of an identity outside of myself, trying the “other” thing, fooling myself that what was given to me to build and cherish was not sufficient. I did not “honor” myself, as the old civilization I wrote about here did.

I now know better. As a child, I dreamt of being a writer, I grew up wanting to be a writer…when I became a lawyer I wondered what it would feel like to be a writer. Now I am truly and simply, a writer. I have a voice, and I have an identity, both as an artist and person. My loves and my “id” transcend time and geography. I treasure the “id” of awareness, of individuality—the part of me that tells me that I matter in my own microcosm and that I have a place in the macrocosm surrounding it. I am not more important. I, like you, am simply important.

Yet life is fleeting and many may feel it’s quite worthless. There are moments when doubt hits me. So I make it a point to remind myself, when I ever am in the doldrums: I am of Malta. I am of America. But most importantly, I am.


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short. Download @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=11
"Mr. & Mrs. Foster"--A toasty warm holiday tale--just released!!! More info at: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=37

Sunday, December 02, 2007

#3 on the A.A. bestseller list...

Dear friends,

During the month of November I was promoting my book which Aphrodite's Apples was offering at a 10% discount. Thanks to your enthusiastic response, I have just discovered that "Mile High to Heaven" has risen to the #3 position on the bestseller list...something which I consider a great achievement especially considering that this is my debut novel.

I'm stunned and elated! I cannot adequately express my gratitude for your loyal readership; and I look forward to giving you many more stories from which you can draw positive emotions and inspiration.

So the purpose of this message is simply to say...THANK YOU!

And for those of you who haven't...please join my Yahoo Group for news and updates on my writing adventures (link below) :-)

Warm Regards,

~ Angela
PS - Presently, "Mile High to Heaven" is available for download at the price of $2.99


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=11

Friday, November 30, 2007

New review in - I'm positively smug!


Wow! BrandyWine from Enchanting Reviews was so kind as to read my book and give me this smashing review. Now I know one of the reasons why I love writing so much! If all my readers would feel this way when they finish reading my books, I'll officially become the happiest woman alive :-D

"Olivia Marsden, thirty-two, on the way to her sisters wedding.
Slightly overweight by modern standards, almost Amazon like, yet warm and loving, and needing a man who would see the real woman inside.

Cole Evans, her sister’s soon-to-be brother in law, obsessed since the engagement party, now has his chance to make Olivia his and his only. He is quietly domineering and never overbearing and needs a woman like her to complete him.

At a bed and breakfast in Atlanta, GA, a day before the wedding, Cole proves to Olivia that she is his, and his only. Will these two continue this unexpected yet steamy path to love, or will Olivia’s sister, Fi, ruin everything?

Mile High to Heaven is a quick peak into the lives of those who do not feel perfect yet truly are. It shows that given the right amount of attention and love, anyone can and will shine. I was thoroughly captivated and unfortunately depressed when the ending came. I wanted so much more from Angela Guillame and her book Mile High To Heaven."

Rating - 4 Enchantments

Note: Enchanting Reviews are in the process of redoing their website so this review is not up yet. However, I've been given express permission by the owners to post it here.

Thank you, BrandyWine! I'm feeling smug indeed...

I also wish to jot down a reminder that today will be the last chance to get a copy of "Mile High to Heaven" at a 10% discount. You can find and download it at the Aphrodite's Apples site. There are more fantastic reviews posted on the publisher site!

~ Angela





~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=11

Thursday, November 29, 2007

ONE DAY LEFT!


Hello everyone :-)

Just wanted to let everyone know that this is the last day…

Yes - only ONE day left to purchase "Mile High to Heaven at 10% off, so if you haven't done so already, hurry up and get yourself a copy!

To celebrate the launching of their new and improved website, Aphrodite's Apples are offering all their titles at a 10% discount during the month of November.

To download your copy of "Mile High to Heaven", go here.

And while you're there, make sure to check out the cool reviews that readers are posting about this hot tale.

So don't let yourself freeze with cold this winter - light your inner fire with a good, blazing, sensual read. My hero and heroine, Cole and Olivia, are waiting for you.

Warmest wishes,

~ Angela

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~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=11

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Romance Studio

That's right - I'm blogging at The Romance Studio today. Click here to read the full blog!

hugs & cheers,

~ Angela


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=11

Friday, November 02, 2007

Character Inspiration

When I’m building my characters, I like to have a “live” specimen to refer to—and conducting this particular part of book research is quite fun to me. I do the same when I’m reading a book: I imagine the characters and as I read on, if the book is good, they become more real and vivid in my mind. Sometimes I’m disappointed because no matter how hard I try, I never manage to like the characters and the things they do or think, so I never quite manage to put a face to them. Making something "real" from the words of a book, I believe, is an intimate process that connects the reader to those words. Hence, for me, intelligent, four dimensional character building is absolutely essential if I’m to consider the book a “keeper”.

For “Mile High to Heaven”, I did some research before deciding what Cole and Olivia should look like—and the discovery of a serious looking Ioan Gruffold and a rare, soap and water Mia Tyler came closest to the images evoked in my imagination :-D.

Here’s what a friend did for me as a little gift one day last week during a chat loop. The lady is a member of my Yahoo Group and she’s talented and kind – thanks Jaycee!!! What do you think? Don’t they look good together in this picture?





~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

A Halloween Gift

While we have all been celebrating Samhain, my publisher, Aphrodite's Apples Press, has been busy working on updating their website. The result is up and running today and it's fantastic!

To say "thank you" for your business and as a special Halloween gift, all A.A. titles are being offered at 10% off - including Mile High to Heaven! There is also a place where customers can post a review of each book.

If you have not yet snagged your copy of Mile High to Heaven, now's your chance to get it at a cool discount! Here's the link:

http://www.aphroditesapples.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4&products_id=11

I would appreciate it if you could post your comments on the story at the above link. Your feedback is important to me.

How much more could we ask for on a magical Halloween night than to curl up on the couch with a sizzling read, bathed in the light of scented candles and a glass of good wine on the side table?

Happy Halloween!


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

CHAT NOW!!!! JOIN LITERARY NYMPHS CHAT

Join me and author Anastasia Amor tonight at 8:00pm EST at Literary Nymphs Chat for a chat loop - we'll be talking about Mile High to Heaven, posting excerpts and my inspiration for this saucy piece of short fiction. Mile High to Heaven unfolds the nuances of every woman's fantasy and I'd like to tell you about it.

You'll get inside Cole and Olivia's mind -- my hero and heroine -- and follow their breathtaking journey to physical and emotional fulfilment.

Anastasia Amor will be discussing her new release "A Corpse for Cozumel"


Hope to see you there tonight!



~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Back in the swing of things...


I know I've disappeared for a while but I had good reason. I needed a break. So I went cruising to Grand Cayman and Mexico. It was a blast! In these countries I saw iguanas, turtles, Mayan ruins, lots of rum and rum cake, beautiful green waters, live crabs crossing the highway, chickens roaming free in the city, and I also learned a couple of Mayan words. See the picture to the left? That's my DH with a proud specimen of the Cozumel police. There's a very interesting and quite hilarious background story to it--but perhaps it's better not to publish it in such a public forum. I may get in trouble! For now it will remain my and DH's private joke. I'm sure we'll be laughing about it in the years to come.

Memories. Nothing like them to make life rich in meaning. Which is why I love to travel so much, see different cultures and people--to create memories I will never forget. Something to share with family and friends. And it's also all great inspiration for my books, of course! The descriptions of all the people I meet, the places I see, will find a cozy spot right in the back of my mind, to be retrieved for future reference and use where appropriate.

Anyway - I'm presently battling with some pesky cold germs. Caught cold from DH who caught it from our freezing cabin room on the ship. I'm getting better so start expecting my regular blogs soon :-).

Also - please don't forget to take part in the Halloween contest - click here to read the details. Time is running out!

This Wednesday I will also be chatting at Literary Nymphs, so hope you'll join me and Anastasia Amor there for some laughs.


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Sanctified and Enthralled


After "Mile High to Heaven" was released by Aphrodite’s Apples, I determined that I would read books by all their authors. Aphrodite’s Apples were the first to believe in me, so why should I not believe in them? Whichever way life takes me, I will always be grateful for their faith, and there will be a special place in my heart reserved for this wonderful publisher.

So far I’ve only read Kayleigh Jamison’s “Lead her to Heaven” (which I enjoyed) but this blog is not about that particular book.

One of the other fabulous AA authors is Katrina Strauss. Kitty, as we call her, is dedicated, helpful, and always the consummate professional. I will miss her as AA’s marketing guru. However, I look forward to reading lots more of her work and getting to know her as an author and person. Because I have found that Kitty is a talented writer, very talented indeed.

I bought a copy of “Sanctified” at first because it was a short read and I did not have enough time to dedicate to a long book that week. The book was released by Red Rose Publishing, not by AA, but I wanted to support Kitty so it did not matter. I had been reading great reviews about it and I was very much intrigued to see for myself.

“Sanctified” is the story of two people who reach out to each other in the most surprising, and at times the most surreal, of ways. I was thoroughly immersed in the detailed descriptions of the stifling, low-rent apartment and the background story of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I also love how the hero finds his salvation, his “sweet mother Mary”, in the heroine, and how she, in turn, finds hers in the irresistible urge to become his beacon of hope. He finds renewed joy in living and she learns that past hurts can be let go and happiness is indeed attainable. The two characters are more than likeable and Diego is downright hot! You will root for this pair. You want them to be happy. In the pages of this book, we also find several other little stories interweaving with the main one (Moira's breakup with her boyfriend, Diego's traumatic war experiences, the bittersweet tale of Our Lady of Guadalupe) -- but perhaps the most engrossing and meaningful are the myriad ones tattooed on Diego’s very skin.

Moira has been burned by love and Diego carries the scars of war, literally and figuratively. Thanks to an unbearably hot day and a malfunctioning A/C, these two wounded hearts are given the opportunity to connect and their lives thereafter are changed forever. When he was a child, Diego’s Abuela would always tell him that “the Lord worked in mysterious ways”. In “Sanctified”, we learn just how much.

“Sanctified” is quite possibly the best piece of short romantic fiction I have ever read in my lifetime. And I’ve read many, many stories—long, short and all lengths in between. Above all else, this is a story of rebirth and hope through intimacy and love. Yes, Katrina Strauss manages to pack all this fire in 28 emotionally charged pages. Her writing is at intervals raw and sophisticated and the result is unadulterated chemistry, explosive sensuality and beautiful imagery. This is what I call pure genius and honest-to-God talent. Way to go, Kitty!

You MUST download a copy of this book -- I believe it's worth much more than the price of $1.99 because it gave me so much pleasure to read. I promise you'll be just as enthralled as I was. Despite its name, this is not a religious book, but I guarantee it will take you straight to heaven with its sizzling sensuality :-D.

To purchase "Sanctified", please go here.


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Four Angels for "Mile High to Heaven"

Missy at Fallen Angel Reviews loved it!

"This was the first Aphrodite’s Apples that I have read, and it was a very hot read. I liked the way that Angela Guillaume spent so much time going into the background of her characters. By the time that they actually met I knew them inside and out, and I understood why they felt the way that they did. The natural attraction between them was hot and the chemistry between them was blistering as the scenes sizzled. This was a great book, and I’ll be checking out more of the Aphrodite’s Apples’ books."

Read the full review here.

Have a great Sunday!

~ Angela


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Mile High to Heaven does it again!

In a review from Crystal on MySpace my book received 4.5 Hearts!

Here's what she says about it:

"Mile High To Heaven is an erotic story through and through. Sure there is romance but just a touch as the story is filled with sexual activity almost from the get-go. Ms. Guillaume pens every woman's fantasy come true; meeting the man you think you can not have, then making love every chance you get."

She also deems "Mile High to Heaven"--"a very spicy read that I would recommend to get your juices flowin".

Full review at: http://bookreviewsbycrystal.blogspot.com

Granted, Crystal would have wanted a touch more romance and less sex - but hey, I assured her that this was intended to be a short, erotic read that will make your pulse race and toes curl. She definitely agreed this steamy e-book does just that. Nonetheless, I promised Crystal a much heftier dose of romance in my next book :-D.

Please go ahead and download a copy here.

And then, of course, don't forget to enter my and Anastasia Amor's Halloween contest to win $25 in YUMMY Swiss Colony chocolate!

Erotically yours,


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Not a disease?


I thought to share this with you all because if you have a child who was diagnosed as suffering from ADD or ADHD, then you would want to watch this video. I remember when my stepson was diagnosed, my husband fought tooth and nail to stop him being given medication. Thankfully, he managed to convince the rest of the family to hold off administering the pills. Today, the boy is a healthy, happy and bright young adolescent. The problem at the time of diagnosis was that he didn't pay attention -- and that's because he was bored and too bright to bother!!! So don't let them fool you into drugging up your child--not because a teacher or a doctor says he or she has just such a "disease". Dr. Szasz (photograph by Jeffrey A. Schaler) gives here a candid speech about the meaning of disease. He mentions how women in the past used to be diagnosed with "hysteria" (said to be caused by a "wandering womb") when they strayed from domestic "bliss", rebelled against their husbands, or for any other nonsensical reason deemed objectionable in a male dominated world. Has anyone read Robin Schone's "Scandalous Lovers"? I believe this issue has been mentioned in a historical romance novel or two, particularly Victorian era novels, but in Schone's book it takes center stage.

When you watch this video, make sure not to miss the quip about "spring fever" :-).

Just in case you're wondering who Dr. Szasz is--the man himself is professor emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York. He criticizes the stronghold that modern medicine has on society. This is from Wikipedia:

"Thomas Stephen Szasz (pronounced /sas/; born April 15, 1920 in Budapest, Hungary) is a psychiatrist and academic. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the State University of New York Health Science Center in Syracuse, New York. He is a prominent figure in the antipsychiatry movement, a well-known social critic of the moral and scientific foundations of psychiatry, and of the social control aims of medicine in modern society, as well as of scientism. He is well known for his books, The Myth of Mental Illness (1960) and The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement which set out some of the arguments with which he is most associated.

His views on special treatment follow from classical liberal roots which are based on the principles that each person has the right to bodily and mental self-ownership and the right to be free from violence from others, although he criticized the "free world" as well as the Communist states for its use of psychiatry and "drogophobia". He believes that suicide, the practice of medicine, use and sale of drugs and sexual relations should be private, contractual, and outside of state jurisdiction."


Ok, so before I bore you to death, here's the video...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ahmadinejad does Columbia and...The Bard?


Iranian president and intellectual Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (picture courtesy of AP, Steven Chernin) spoke at Columbia University today amidst myriad protests and animated controversy. Not that this has anything with romance books or romance book authors such as yours truly--but it has a lot to do with love and hate, tolerance and intolerance. And people like us do concern ourselves with love, don't we? It's what we do - and I'm not being sarcastic here :-)

So back to the issue--The question many are asking is: Should the Iranian top dog have been invited at all?

Unfortunately, of several articles I've read so far, I have heard nobody ask the one true question I'm dying to hear the answer to--Why was he invited at all? Was it to prove that he is truly a "petty and cruel dictator" as Ahmadinejad has been labeled? Or was it to see if we could change his opinions about certain things, such as his apparent shocking beliefs that the Holocaust was nothing but a "myth" and that Israel should be "wiped out the map"? Would we hope by his visit that he would be made to see that executing women for adultery or gays for being gays an abominable act? Or yet again, was it so we could accuse this tough guy face to face? Finally, is this heart to heart with Ahmadinejad meant to make us feel better, to think that the West is so much more civilized in its deportment and actions towards the rest of the world?

Columbia University's president came on strong, perhaps some may say too strong. Some would postulate he was unprofessional. Others would remark that he was clearly angry and upset, because his people have been through much, and he had get the monkey off his back and throw it on the table. Unmitigated emotion can be a heck of a thing to deal with, I do know, so I sympathize with such feeling. Perhaps his invitation extended to the Iranian premier was one borne out of sheer masochism...he just wanted to see for himself what kind of a man this is. For it is granted, Ahmadinejad's stupefying and unashamedly ersatz allegations about the Holocaust are not meant to make the Jews, or anybody else, happy.

The sad part is--we, or anyone else for that matter, won't ever change Ahmadinejad's mind. He is what he is and he definitely has his ideas and policies--abhorrent as they may be. But then, he's not alone in this milieu. I, for one, am not writing this to make any judgements, either on Abadinejad or on anybody else, even as a woman who cries when her sisters are so persecuted in other parts of the world. I also cry when I see pedophiles released to mingle with society, or when a guilty man goes free. I cry when an innocent man is executed and I cry when a woman or child is raped and tortured for no reason but to satisfy lust, greed, or some other self-serving interest. I certainly cry when a human rights violation or any other social injustice is condoned by a government. I believe that would implicate most governments in this world, so there you have it.

So this man who spoke at Columbia today will remain hated by many and revered by others, depending on what side of the fence one is located. Women and gays will still be executed unflinchingly and without remorse in the country of Iran and the world will still revolve around the sun. Perhaps this is the most horrifying part about the entire, sorry mess that is the world we live in.

So how do we wiggle ourselves out of this quandary? How do we bring peace and love into this world? Iran is not all about horror and injustice. Iran is not just its government or sundry representatives. Iran is a country with real people, real intellectuals, artists, laborers and housewives. I have recently edited the amazing work on Genetics written by an Iranian lady from San Francisco, a Ph.D. with way more brains than some would attribute to someone coming from an allegedly "uncivilized" country. I, for one, will never make such an unwarranted assumption. I am always attempting to look at people as individuals and do not judge them based on their provenance or the current government ruling their nation. I recently went to Europe and confirmed the anti-American sentiment there (not anti-American administration, mind you--simply anti-American). A while back, I spoke to a relative of mine who loves to call all Middle Eastern people "terrorists" and all black people "scary" because they are "too dark" (may I add that my own husband happens to be African American and Native, a fact of which such esteemed relative is starkly aware). Again, such intolerance. Such hate. And this is also what gets me: no matter how a head of state rules a country or what one's opinion--good or bad--of such governance is, this is not meant to be a gauge by which to measure the virtue or nobility of a whole people or country. We hear all the time that differences and opposites are what make the world go round but then, I'm pretty sure, someone is lying.

So basically, are we to keep pointing the finger? Are we to blame countries, individuals or governments? Are we entitled to oppress others ruthlessly to save ourselves? Is social injustice a problem only others are experiencing and we are just detached observers? Would we, in reverse, allow others to poke at us and bring out our worst? Or are we to simply look in the mirror and behold that which looks back at us? In the end, would we be prepared to take it all on ourselves to fight, truly fight, for a better day? Is it our job to do so and if so, would we do it in cooperation with all the other citizens of the world or is a small group of people entitled to take the law in their hands and run with it?

Ultimately, human rights should be cherished EVERYWHERE and by EVERYONE. This is what the world is supposed to be like.

I find myself somewhere in limbo on this issue--I'm certain and adamant as to the ideal that human rights are a thing to be cherished and respected under the law in all corners of the world; but dreaded cynicism nudges at me when I ponder the implications of guardianship and enforcement of such rights. I long for days when the world lives in peace, love, and understanding of each others' differences but I like to think I am not so obtuse as to outrightly assume that the arthritic ailments ravaging the globe are always somebody else's fault. We assign blame, so then we may feel better when we hurt others. To this end, I would have to, in some deluded fashion, convince myself that I'm perfect and everybody else is in the wrong. This is a far too common malaise these days and when I catch myself half suffering from it, I strive to retreat in my shell and dwell on my shame. I certainly wouldn't boast about such a shortcoming or discuss it over tea and cookies or even, God forbid, announce it in a press conference as if it is some kind of laudable accomplishment. We like to revel in the terrible faults of others so we can feel more worthy. Truth is, we are all actors in this game--no matter which nation we hail from--and the world is our ever more recalcitrant stage. Yes folks, here's the newsflash--The Bard had it right all along. Kudos to you, William!

It would be so much more preferable if we all could in earnest prove ourselves to be above the pettiness and cruelty of others. If everybody did their part...well, that would be something, wouldn't it? However, I don't think I'll live long enough to see the pigs fly. The most I can do is continue spouting my empty rhetoric and provide miniscule but certain proof of my dogged openmindedness as a bona fide world citizen, hoping it will put a positive dent in the general scheme of things--and also that it will make me look cooler, of course :-).

Here's what it boils down to. I think to myself sometimes--when was the last time I hurt another with my tongue or my deeds? In truth, for Machiavellian, hoarding politicians (likely by clever, calculated design), as well as for us mere mortals (normally, not due to a choice of our own), universal love may sadly be just a chimera; and alas, I fear, a day of unadulterated, lasting peace will most probably never come, at least not in my lifetime. Don't get me wrong: I'm not so jaded as to think that we cannot give the world a more deserving treatment and transform it into a more exemplary abode for the lot of us--my point is rather that I don't believe we're going about performing this thorny task in quite the right way.

Apologies for the gloomy post - just wanted to share my thoughts with you. Promise to dish out something more stomachable next time :-).

~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Thursday, September 20, 2007

"Mile High to Heaven" gets a 4.5 from Euro Reviews!


I googled my name today and found that Euro Reviews has reviewed my book and given it 4.5 Euro flags! Yay!!! What a lovely surprise :-D. Can you believe that I'm jumping up and down with joy right now?

Karen, the reviewer, said some fantastic things about Mile High to Heaven and I wish to express my gratitude to her. Here are some of her words:

My favorite quote of Angela Guillaume’s in Mile High to Heaven: “A wedding brought them together. A wedding now sealed their fates and molded their destinies.” The characters are realistic, the read was enjoyable, sometimes humorous. This read was sexy, lighthearted and fun. Download your copy today.


Karen gave "Mile High to Heaven" a 2.5 (Erotic plus) heat rating.

CLICK HERE to read the full review.

To purchase a copy of "Mile High to Heaven", please go here.

Thanks again, Karen! I really do appreciate the kudos.


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

He told us to "leave Britney alone"

Yes folks, this is the #1 video on YouTube right now. Teary eyed Chris Crocker is passionately, vehemently telling us--in between sobs and sighs--to leave Britney be because, and I quote, "she is human". And guess what? I think I do agree with Chris, perhaps not in mode of delivery but in concept. We need to leave Britney Spears alone and move on. How about pondering some real issues for a change? I don't know...perhaps world poverty, world peace, providing for our children's future or having mindblowing sex with our significant other. Anything will do. Surely there must be something a little more important--and definitely more fun--to think about.



~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

September 11 -- Let us never forget...and then let's love each other!

What happened in NYC six years ago was a terrible thing. Too horrific to imagine. Sometimes I wonder - what if I were there? what if a family member or a friend happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time? I remember my dad browsing Harrods in London about 30 minutes before the place was blown up! Is that some stroke of luck, do you think?

Personally, it also makes me think of so many other horrors and wars that have happened or still exist in the world.

~ About 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus exterminated in the Rwandan Civil War in 1994.

~ Hundreds of thousands of people raped and murdered as a result of the conflict in Darfur, Sudan since 2002.

~ The Soviet invasion in Afghanistan in the late 70s-80s resulting in genocide.

~ The murder and exile of the Tibetans at the hands of the Chinese between the 1960s and 1980s.

~ The genocidal campaign against the Kurds by the Iraqis in the 1980s under Saddam Hussein.

~ Hundreds of thousands of civilians killed in the current war in Iraq.

~ Tens of thousands of American soldiers lose their life or physical/ mental health in the current war in Iraq.

So many others to list - it would take me forever...

No, it's impossible to forget any of these horrible events or even to fathom why they even happen, especially in today's age. Why is there so much evil and hate in this world?

Many, including I, keep wondering this. Others prefer to move on. Each and every day, good hearted and determined people want to make the world a better place. In India, Amma gives people the unique gift of a hug and a smile. This is her way of giving hope and thousands flock to her on a given day. Read more about this remarkable lady at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/08/22/hugging.guru/

Back on our shores, the rebuilding in NYC is going on as we speak. Ground zero will once more flourish into a place of pride, a place where many lost their lives but also a place where others have found hope and purpose. The 10 year project is being chronicled on the website quoted below and I think it's pretty cool as the webcam refreshes every minute and you can see what's going on each day.

http://www.projectrebirth.com/

So remember all of this so you can stay hopeful, be kind to others and express desire for an Earth full of peace and love. Let's create a better place to live in. Perhaps we can't control what goes on in the world, at least not on a grand scale. But what we can do is our little part to live as compassionately as we can.

~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

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Sunday, September 09, 2007

WOMEN IN ART

Throughout history, women have been a muse and inspiration in many artistic endeavors. We are all well acquainted with Da Vinci's Mona Lisa and Botticelli's Venus and how much art historians have strived to decipher the enigmatic message of these works from the great masters. However, both artists of great and lesser renown have left a much bigger legacy than many could ever imagine -- from their depictions of aristocratic pride, to mythological figures, to luscious temptresses, to religious icons or apple cheeked peasant girls, artists have always paid homage to the female in all its possible representations. This video looks at the beauty of women from the eyes of the painters and sculptors throughout the ages - and in my opinion the images convey not merely outer beauty, but also an inner spirit which endures over time. I hope you enjoy watching this video as much as I did and that as women we will forever fight to live up to this image :-)



~ Angela


~ Angela Guillaume ~
"Breathtaking Sensual Romance"
Website: http://www.angelaguillaume.com
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/angelaguillaume
Yahoo Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/breathtakingromance/
Blog: http://angelaguillaume.blogspot.com
"Mile High to Heaven"--Xtra hot!!!--Contemporary short available now @ Aphrodite's Apples.
To read more about it, visit: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Thursday, September 06, 2007

DEATH OF A LEGEND

Tenor Luciano Pavarotti died early this morning in his Modena home at age 71 after fighting a year long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was a legend in his own right.

Read more about this sad news here: http://music.msn.com/music/article.aspx?news=274370&GT1=7702

Pavarotti will always remind me of good times spent with my father listening to opera. My dad is something of an expert on the genre. When he had time in the weekends (or in my adult years, when I visited him), he would sit with me and spend a lazy afternoon listening to his favorite music, repeating the words of the tenors, the sopranos and the baritones, and then explaining them to me in plain Italian (or English). These are times I will always cherish in my life.

I've always been fascinated with the works of the great Italian composers, and Pavarotti's beautiful voice--as has Maria Callas' in the years after her death (who indeed can sing "Casta Diva" better than she?)--will stay with me for a long time.

Rest in peace, Luciano!

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

FLAMING REVIEW FOR MILE HIGH TO HEAVEN! :-)

WOW! That's all I have to say. I would like to share what my dear friend Anais just posted about Mile High to Heaven on her blog. Here's the link:

http://anaisnohant.blogspot.com/2007/09/angela-guillaumes-mile-high-to-heaven.html

This is my favorite part:

"In today’s world, most everyone has this protective force field around their hearts. We guard ourselves from falling or giving too much of our true selves because most likely, it’s going to be painful, absurd and most likely break that very heart you been hiding. Nevertheless, no matter how hard we try to prevent ourselves from feeling anything or conceal how vulnerable we are to its clutches, we ache to let go.

Love will never be perfect. Some say it’s a terrible affliction and others say it is the only absolute truth we will ever know.

Angela Guillaume’s Mile High to Heaven is a short story about two people who find each other and let themselves fall for one another in an uncommon way, exploring something lacking in this world…honesty. They take a chance on something that can be incredible…letting go of your heart and letting it fall where it may.

The by-product of this honesty is steamy and down right explosive sex. Angela Guillaume further expounds this story by showing how trust and abandoning fear can lead to all around goodness and a story ending we yearn for… the ahhh that makes us smile."

OK--so you may think that this lady's biased (being my friend and all) but if you knew Anais Nohant you would find that she is nothing if not honest and straightforward. If she doesn't like what you write, she will tell you--not in an insulting way, but she will let you know. That's what I like most about her and why I treasure her opinion. She happens to be a critique partner and constantly provides me with valuable insight that prompts me to be a better writer and give more of myself.

Thank you, Anais!

Monday, September 03, 2007

"Mile High to Heaven" out now

I wanted to let everyone know that my first contemporary short "Mile High to Heaven" is now available for purchase! Please visit my website at http://www.angelaguillaume.com/ to read an excerpt. A "book peek" video is attached below.

The book may be purchased directly from the Aphrodite's Apples website: http://www.aphroditesapples.com/mile_high.html

Here's a bit about the story:

Olivia Marsden enjoyed a fulfilling job with a top NYC publishing company, till the sacrifice of talent for the “bottom line” started to take a toll on her. She was tired of selling out and experiencing only superficial relationships with men. Now, her spoilt sister Fiona’s upcoming wedding is reminding her of just how lonely her life has become. All she had to look forward to was the daily grind and an evening at home with Italian takeout and an empty apartment, until one day, three weeks before the wedding, she received that strange phone call from the subject of her darkest, most secret fantasies...

Cole Evans is a high powered corporate lawyer with way too much on his plate. Six months ago he had spotted full figured Olivia Marsden at his brother’s engagement party and from then on, his mind was trained on one thing – possessing the lush temptress who haunted his dreams at night. All it would take is a good plan, an unusual proposal and a wedding as a backdrop to his game of seduction. In this game, there could be only one winner... their fierce passion for each other.

Thank you all for taking the time to check out my book and hope you enjoy reading it! Have a fantastic Labor Day!
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Friday, August 03, 2007

A big hello to everyone!

Ok Heather, thanks for this lil spot on the Web - sure appreciate it. Don't have much to say today - except that I am so swamped with work it's a wonder I even remember to breathe! Whoever said that thing about "idle hands" surely needs to be tarred and feathered :-D What I would give right now for an afternoon lying on the beach sipping a Coconut Rum cocktail and watching the scenery. Ah well...can't complain though. Things are going great especially as "Mile High to Heaven" is due for release VERY soon and who knows what will come out of this fantastic adventure. Thanks to everyone at Aphrodite's Apples for making it happen! It's been a wild ride that got me here but don't regret any minute of it. I look forward most of all to meeting other authors and readers and I hope that all will find my blog interesting and fun. Have a fantastic weekend, everyone - and glad to be part of the AA family!