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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