Mega #Research Trip: Day 4 – Rambles in #HydePark, #Mayfair, and #NottingHill

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Thanks, Shea! I had a wonderful time in London and some much of it was thanks to you!

Originally posted on Shéa MacLeod, Author - More Than Magic:

I totally lucked out on this Mega Research Trip of 2015. My friend and fellow author, Emma Jameson, was also in London doing some research of her own (She’s got two AMAZING cozy mystery series. I can’t recommend them enough). We were able to hang out and combine our research adventures.

First stop: Hyde Park. One of my favorite places in London. You will no doubt recognize the name from a couple of my books. Morgan gets into it with a vampire in Hyde Park in the second Sunwalker Saga novel, Kissed by FireThe park also makes an appearance in my contemporary romance series, Notting Hill Diaries.

DSCF1334 Hyde Park in the morning.

DSCF1335 The fabulous Emma Jameson lounging in Hyde Park.

Our next stop was Mayfair. One of Emma’s series is set largely in Mayfair, so this was a natural for our agenda.

See that ridiculously shiny…

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Who’s That Meowing In The Tree?

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I’ve heard the term “catbird” but never realized they actually sounded like cats.

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Gray Catbird

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Gray Catbird

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I thought there was a kitty cat stuck in the tree, but that bird definitely tricked me.     :)

Interesting Fact: Their calls include the catlike meow call that gives them their name. Gray Catbirds are able to recognize their own eggs making them less susceptible to brood parasites such as the Brown-headed Cowbird.( http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/557/overview/Gray_Catbird.aspx )

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iBooks and the Apple Store

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IBooks 1Did you know my books are available in the iBooks store? If you use an iPhone to read, please know you can download my mysteries directly from your iTunes app.

Here’s the role call, from newest to first:

Black & Blue (Lord & Lady Hetheridge #4)

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Marriage Can Be Murder (Dr. Benjamin Bones #1)

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Something Blue (Lord & Lady Hetheridge #3)

Something Blue 2015

Blue Murder (Lord & Lady Hetheridge #2)

Blue Murder 2015

Ice Blue (Lord & Lady Hetheridge #1)

Ice Blue 2015

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Spellwalker Release Party and #Giveaway! #Books #Romance #Paranormal

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For my friends and readers who enjoy paranormal romance, my dear friend Shéa MacLeod is doing a Facebook release party with prizes tomorrow. Read her post for details.

Originally posted on Shéa MacLeod, Author - More Than Magic:

Come for the cupcakes, stay for the fun! Tomorrow is the official Spellwalker Release Party.

Join me over on Facebook for games, prizes, guest authors, and more! Get started early with the Grand Prize Giveaway. This is what it looks like:

Get started early with the Grand Prize Giveaway. This is what it looks like:

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This is what’s in it:

Goodie Bag (including swag from myself and other others plus a Kissed by Darkness purse charm and a bobble witch pen)

Signed copy of Kissed by Darkness

Shéa MacLeod mug with sample of Starbucks coffee

PLUS (not pictured) a signed paranormal romance from author Tara West AND an ebook from urban fantasy author Lauren Stewart.

Be sure and enter NOW!

Lots of other giveaways on the day so don’t forget! 6pm – 8pm Pacific Time on Facebook.09

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Cornwall

Divorce Can Be Deadly (Dr. Benjamin Bones Mysteries #2) is what I am writing today. It’s too soon to share any of it. For me, talking specifics about a book before it’s at least half through is dangerous. It’s like trying to bake a cake by peering into the oven every minute or so, and leaving the door open for long stretches so everyone in the neighborhood can have a look, poke the center, etc. Chances are, it’s not going to rise, or it will look funny when it does.

But I can share some Cornwall pictures, so here are a few. The Cornish granite and those windswept trees, deformed by the full force of the Atlantic headwinds, will figure in the book for sure. Possibly one of the tine mines, like Wheal Coates, as well.

Cornish granite.

Cornish granite.

"Windswept tree and the Cheesewring - geograph.org.uk - 92456" by James Miller. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Windswept_tree_and_the_Cheesewring_-_geograph.org.uk_-_92456.jpg#/media/File:Windswept_tree_and_the_Cheesewring_-_geograph.org.uk_-_92456.jpg

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Wheal Coates. a former tin mine.

Wheal Coates. a former tin mine.

Take Me Away | Skagen

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Sharing some gorgeous travel pictures of Denmark from the blog, Adventures of Lexie. Enjoy.

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The next place on my list is Skagen, Denmark. This absolutely enchanting seaside town is nearly the northernmost point in Denmark, so it fits beautifully into the mold of the perfect chilly seaside retreat for me. Being of half Danish descent (the other half is Italian, but I’ll get into that another time), I’ve always been determined to learn as much as possible about Denmark, and the beautiful towns and sights inside it’s borders. Skagen is the first of many Danish cities that I dream of exploring, and I’m sure I will post about many more here on this blog, but Skagen is where this look into adventuring in Denmark is going to begin.

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The first thing I dream of seeing in Skagen (pronounced Skay-en, in case you were wondering) is Grenen. Grenen is a long sandbar, located north of the actual town of Skagen. At first…

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More London Pictures

Okay, here are a few more pictures from London. One of the more interesting areas we visited was Neal’s Yard, a small alley that is quirky, artsy, and very pretty. Definitely worth a look if you’re in the Seven Dials/Covent Garden area. I toyed briefly with the idea of killing off some future person there (that’s the mind of a mystery writer) but decided against it. However, as I spent a brief, miserable time in St. Katharine Docks, I expect someone may die there in my next Hetheridge book, Blue Blooded.

Some of the prettiness in Neal's Yard.

Some of the prettiness in Neal’s Yard.

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Above is Green Park. It was chilly to me that day (we bought scarves early on) but as you can see, lots of people were out and about, soaking up the sunshine, despite the brisk wind. A few were even sitting rather stubbornly in striped deck chairs, completely bundled up in coat, scarf, and hat, but enjoying the fresh air and sun all the same.

Buckingham Palace gates.

Buckingham Palace gates.

Another one of my photo pics again, rather improperly framed, but I was too excited to take good perfectly proportioned snapshots. (Is that an excuse?) Next time I’ll do better.

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There’s a super close up so you can enjoy all the heraldic detail. For more about the Royal Parks in London, go here. Hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I’ll be spending it writing (as I should) but I’ll be back on Monday.

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