Saturday, November 22, 2014

Author Interview-Mary Frame

What inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve been a voracious reader since I was a child, but other than some crappy, angsty poetry as a teen, I didn’t do much writing until my late twenties. I think I must have been going through a quarter life crisis, and wanted some form of escapism or a creative outlet. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. Which was a good thing, because I was really, really bad when I first started writing, and realizing that just made me want to work harder and improve those skills. One of my favorite things about writing is that no matter how far I’ve come, there’s always more to learn and more ways to push myself.

Who are your favorite romance characters (besides your own?)
Right now, I’m totally in love with Claire and Jamie from the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I read the first book many years ago, and had to watch the Starz series when it was on. I love that Claire is a strong, smart heroine and Jamie is totally masculine, and yet has some unexpected attributes that make him sweeter than you might realize at first.
Tell me what inspired this story.

The storyline for Imperfectly Criminal came to me when I was writing the first novel, Imperfect Chemistry. Freya—who is the main character in Imperfectly Criminal—was a side character in Imperfect Chemistry. I really fell in love with her quirky humor and her open friendliness with Lucy (the main character in the first novel, who while very intelligent, is seriously lacking in social skills). I had an idea about Freya and a potential love interest, and it grew from there. 

What is one of your favorite romantic locales?
Well, I live very close to Lake Tahoe, and I don’t think you can get more classically romantic than the most beautiful lake in the world. However, I think you can find romance pretty much anywhere. It is what you make of it. I met my husband at a skeezy dive-bar, and while I would never ascribe romance to a place sticky with spilt beer and smelly with too many sweaty bodies, romance happened, nonetheless ;)

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers? 
Both Imperfect Chemistry and Imperfectly Criminal are available in both ebook and paperback format. They are both stand-alone novels, but feature mutual characters. I love writing books that make people laugh, and creating characters that have unique voices. I also LOVE hearing from readers, so please don’t be shy and drop me a line! 

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

All Dressed Up & Somewhere to Go

Wardrobe Tips for Dancing

While Latin dances are inherently sexy, you can still look hot without straying too far outside your comfort zone.  Remember that unlike other dress-up places like the office, you’re going to be moving.
If you’re going to dance on a regular basis or are taking lessons, dance shoes are a worthwhile investment, especially considering the expense of a turned ankle or a wrecked knee.  Dance shoes are designed for comfort and easy movement. If the idea of dancing on spiky heels makes you anxious, look for shoes with a Cuban heel.
Dresses vs Pants
Either is fine—pants or leggings paired with a sparkly top can be as sexy as a slinky dress.  If the club is new to you, check the dress code before you slip into your favorite jeans.  Whatever you decide, your clothes should allow you to move easily.  As Joan Rivers once said, “Just because it zips doesn’t mean it fits.”
I favor sparkly bracelets that are either elastic or chain link so they lay flat on my wrist, they catch the light when I style without smacking my partner. Crystal or rhinestone earrings are also a must for me.  While many of the mall shops have plenty of bling, also look for vintage pieces at estate sales or even hidden in your own dresser drawer.  My vintage pearl drops—paired with a gold leaf bracelet from my mom—are a classy combination.  

Whatever you choose for your ensemble-- remember that you’re never fully dressed without a smile!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Invitation to Dance

In celebration of my latest release, Package Deal, the next series of posts will be all about dancing.

The biggest mistake people make about dancing is that they talk themselves out of it and stay home. They believe the dance floor is the exclusive realm of the “beautiful people”. As a plus-size 40-something gal, I’ve danced in Country and Latin clubs and I’ve seen people of all ages, shapes and sizes out on the dance floor from college students to grandparents.

I can hear the protests. “But I don’t know how.” The good news is that the more clubs offer free dance lessons, usually an hour lesson followed by open dancing. Club lessons are a good way to test the waters without investing in a lesson package.  Also, some studios have monthly dance socials open to the public with a brief lesson followed by dancing.  One savvy studio kept a full contingent of dance instructors on hand for their Saturday night socials—giving beginners an opportunity to practice with experienced dancers. As you can imagine this event was particularly popular with the ladies.

Plus dancing is a great way to meet people from all walks of life.  A couple of friends of mine make it a point to check out the local Salsa hot spots whenever they travel.  They recently went on Salsa-themed cruise and swear they’ll never go back to the midnight buffet and shuffle board routine again.
Hope to see you on the dance floor!