Reading romances is like watching a great romantic comedy on TCM or a period drama on PBS- yes, there is a formula as old as the hills but the formula is elevated to art in the hands of a good writer and cast. Each great romance writer has her own individual style, her favorite locale (Regency England, the Highlands of Scotland) and her own way of building characters and story. Some are time travel books, some have a mystery at the heart, some are intricate family dramas. It doesn’t hurt that every hero is absolutely gorgeous with not an ounce of extra flesh on his powerfully muscled body, has as a warm heart beating below his gruff exterior and a keen eye for the unusual woman. But what I like the most is that all of the heroines are clever, strong and fearless. And no matter their travails, they always come out on top. That was what I needed when I picked up Ms. Jeffries book and didn’t even know it. I needed a heroine who, faced with daunting odds, had lost faith in herself but through courage, tenacity and a great dollop of humor rallied to turn her situation around and find happiness.
“If all else perished and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”—― Emily Brontë, “Wuthering Heights”
The Bitten is the latest anthology from the authors at Raptor Retreat Press, collected by Brandon Hale.
Whether it’s erotic, horrific or simply bloody, there is an intimacy between the predator and his or her prey, and once bitten, both are never the same again. These 28 tales encompass our most primal fears and fantasies. Stories that are amusing, poignant, sexy or acerbic, the reader, once tempted, will want to return again and again.
This Vampire and Werewolf anthology contains stories by Trish Marie Dawson, Ana Oru’, Stephen Arseneault, George Wier, John Daulton, Jeanette Raleigh, Robert Thomas, Suzy Stewart Dubot, Randall Morris, Amelia Price (Jess Mountifield), Donna McNicol, John Peters, Randy Ingermanson, Corrie Fischer, Anna J. McIntyre, Lee Burton, Cleve Sylcox, Scott Langrel, Chris Ward, Elizabeth Jasper, WSMT3, Saxon Andrew, J R C Salter, James Rozoff, Alison Blake, Ben Cassidy, Billy Kring & K S Haigwood.
So, they’ve finally cracked it. Bletchley Park, the Second World War code-breaking site in Buckinghamshire, celebrates the completion of its one-year, £8 million Heritage Lottery-funded restoration project today with a visit from the Duchess of Cambridge.
You would never guess – well of course you wouldn’t – as you cross the main road from Bletchley railway station and pass a new housing development, that this small country estate housed thousands of wartime staff and the brains that broke, among many other things, the Enigma codes. Nobody knew about it until the first book about Bletchley came out in the Seventies. Nobody visited until a band of doughty local historians fought its demolition and opened it in 1994 (10 people turned up).
The 1980s time-warp of the London-Scotland sleeper train
Every time I go to Scotland, I want to take the Caledonian Sleeper, but don’t for one reason or another. These plans for upgrading sound irresistible, though.
Across Europe, sleeper trains seem more and more of a quaint anachronism, but the UK is overhauling an old and famous overnight route, writes Adrian Quine.
The overnight sleepers running between London and Scotland, are about to get a much needed facelift.
The Scottish Government announced this week it is jointly funding a £100m investment in new trains that promise a four-class service with a bar and bistro, sleeping pods, private cabins with beds, desks, wi-fi - even showers. Michelin-star chef Albert Roux is doing the catering.