Friday, 29 March 2013

It's Sunshine Awards Time!

The Sunshine Award is a lovely sunny flower that bloggers give to other “bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere”.

Thanks so much to
Ally Shields and Jerrie Alexander - the  fabulous bloggers who passed the award to me. 

As with most awards, the Sunshine Award comes with a few simple rules:

(1) Thank the person who gave you the award in your blog post.
(2) Do the Q&A below
(3) Pass on the award to 10-12 deserving and inspiring bloggers, inform them and link to their blogs.

Here are my answers to the questions:

Favourite Colour: Red. It's the colour of my car, my favourite football team and it's a positive, rich colour.

Favourite Animal: Mimi, my 17 year old Tortoiseshell cat. She's affectionate, purrs every time you look at her and, if I'm not feeling well, she'll even delay her meal to make sure I'm OK.
Favourite Number: This changes so I can't really say I have one.

Favourite Non-alcoholic Drink: Cranberry juice probably, although the fresh orange juice I had in Israel tops everything

Facebook or Twitter: Twitter, I think, although I'm not wild about either of them.

Your Passion: Writing (no surprises there then!)

Giving or getting presents: Giving - as long as I've got it right!

Favourite Day: When my publisher says, 'yes'!

Favourite Flowers: Red roses and carnatians. It's that red thing again! 


Finally, these are the 12 fantastic bloggers I'm tagging for this award (Now, I'm off to tell them, so maybe they'll have posts up in a day or two. If not, at least you can look  around some terrific sites!):

Sara Hubbard

Rhonda Laurel 

Barb Han 

Ute Carbone 

Brinda Berry 

J. M. Stewart

Julia Kavan

Susan Roebuck

Sue Swift/Suz deMello

Alyssa Turner

Shehanne Moore 

Jennifer James

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

'Haunted' Portraits

My latest novella, The Second Wife, features a haunted portrait of the first Mrs Marchant - Emily. It frightens the life out of Chrissie, her successor.

When researching some material for guest promotional blogs, I came across a quite extraordinary idea.

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It seems you can now buy portraits that metamorphose from perfectly normal attractive photographs or paintings, into something grotesque, skeletal, ghostland/or demonic, right before your eyes..

 They are marketed as being perfect for Halloween - or any time of the year if you live in a haunted house. Apparently there are no mechanical or electrical bits to worry about. You just hang them and then watch what happens...

It's certainly a novel way to redecorate - and maybe a radical gift idea for that horror loving friend who has everything.

I can (kind of) see them on the wall of an old, creaking house but am not at all sure about the concept when applied to a modern three bedroomed semi in leafy suburbia.

Mind you, if you want to be the star of the show, you can always order a customised ghost portrait - featuring yourself:

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If that's not daring enough for you, remember the portraits that used to move around in the Harry Potter books and films? Always thought it would be fun to own one?

Try these: