Saturday, August 13, 2011

New Video

I made a video for my homepage on Smashwords, now that I've made my book available on all ebook formats. Hope you enjoy it!

Thanks.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Film Inspirations BACK IN TIME TO CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD FUN

THE THIN MAN TRAILER

Myrna Loy and William Powell In THE THIN MAN


The Trailer has some fun with past and present, like A ROGUE A PIRATE AND A DRY MARTINI. Watch Nick Charles talk to William Powell in his earlier detective role as Philo Vance.

Enjoy.

A DRY MARTINI






HERE'S THE FABULOUS CHINA SEAS TRAILER- A PIRATE








AND ONE MORE: ROBIN HOOD -- A ROGUE






THESE WERE MY INSPIRATIONS FOR MY BOOK

Friday, March 11, 2011

VaVhoom!!!!


Jean Harlow and Clark Gable
An Always Fashionable Pair

I've added links to two Revamp vintage clothes sites because seeing them reminded me how important costumes are in A ROGUE, A PIRATE AND A DRY MARTINI. It's only when our heroine does her face Thirties style, with dark lips and arched brows, and slips into a svelte Thirties evening gown that her adventures begin. By the end of the story, her new clothes are part of the provocative, daring, dishy fun of being a real live Thirties Dame. The faded ripped jeans and tee shirts are chic and comfortable, but don't add much to her VaVhoom factor, and she happily doffs them for chic chiffon with matching hat. 

I love old style clothes, always have. The dress on the book cover was bought in a fabulous boutique in Greenwich Village called COUNTDOWN. I still have it and still love it. Simple, elegant and very sexy.

Fashion is essential to human society. There has never been a lost tribe of aborigines anywhere that didn't have a fashion of dressing, however scanty or odd. 




Jean Harlow showing us how to do it

Style does literally embody an era. Fashion today seems to me to come in two versions.

The Street Version I call 'Il Vagabond'; jeans that are indestructible for any wild activity or environment, worn with loose, gaily decorated delicately feminine blouses on top, and the most deliriously impractical shoes possible. Vagabonds.


Version two: Post modern modernist fashion girl. This falls into the category of 'please God don't let me be normal' style. It's full of typical style genres, but all askew with no ornamentation in an effort to make the look seem fresh and not hackneyed.


I'm all for bringing back the naughty dressing up like a girl for maximum boy attention. Girls today take their clothes off energetically with heedless abandon, but put them back on like they're having a nervous breakdown.

Try a trip to an era more secure and articulate when it came to dressing. Be Ginger and swirl around for a day like a screwball. Vive La Difference!



Sunday, January 2, 2011

Tuxedo

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


I love New Year's Eve. Its wild and joyous revelry is the perfect antidote to the deeply spiritual, earthy warmth of Christmas. I'm a big fan of glitz, slick, satin and silk. The tuxedo is to my mind the most perfect fashion invention, ever. For men, absolute heaven; every man's looks and cool are infinitely upgraded to divine by a tux. Leaves me breathless, always. For women, chic, elegant and sporty sexy. A woman in a tux always looks right anywhere. So for me, a holiday that includes a tux, champagne, dancing, music, with auld lang syne for our lost past and friends and exuberant good wishes for the new year always followed by a big LONG PASSIONATE KISS has no downside...until the New Year's Day hangover. But that is so easily cured by Eggs Benedict and plenty of water, with the scent of your perfume and his cologne still lingering and the urge to laughter still fresh, that New Year's day is holiday in itself.


I rest my case - Tuxedo magic