quarta-feira, 21 de fevereiro de 2018

Desde a primeira vez

Há convites de amigas queridas que são tão adoráveis e fofos e doces que a gente diz sim antes de ouvir a proposta até o final, não é mesmo? 
Tipo: Vamos comer uma sobremesa de chocolate bem engordiet?
ou 
Vamos tomar uns drinks daqueles bem bacanões?
ou
Vamos escrever um livro em conjunto só falando de segunda chance?
Minha resposta? Sim para todas as alternativas acima!



A fera Vânia Nunes juntou as gatas feras Betinha Bezerra e Bárbara Biazioli comigo nesse projeto tão feliz de romances light bem açucarados e deliciosos e delicados cujo tema central era 'segunda chance'. Bem, para quem já esteve aqui, não é novidade como esse tem me encanta - The Prince of Pemberley fala muito de leaps of faith.
Não combinamos nada, foi tudo às escuras e... tantas coincidências nos contos! Realmente, escrito nas estrelas!

Aqui eu achei o tema muito interessante porque nunca tinha escrito nada que o casal já saísse do coração partido - pelo menos na minha cabeça... Assim nasceram Tom e Cota, dois adoráveis profissionais da área da saúde - ele médico endocrinologista e ela musicoterapeuta - que trabalham no mesmo lugar e apesar de ouvirem falar um do outro, precisam de um temporal de verão para se conhecerem. Daí, se apaixonam e fazem pactos que são quebrados e precisam de mais duas chuvas de verão para conseguir fazer o final feliz ser uma possibilidade real.

Sabe o que me acompanhou? Essa pérola do Skank.
amo!

Tenho que dizer que é um luxo participar de mais esse projeto gracinha, levo muita fé nesse ano... Aguarde!...



Olhe a sinopse oficial da Editora Bezz - com quem já tive a grata experiência de fazer 'Querida Jane Austen, uma homenagem'.

Pela primeira vez, a Editora Bezz reúne três autoras bestseller Amazon e encanta com histórias de fazer suspirar…
A Segunda Chance sempre é mais doce.

>> E agora, Sr. Alz?, de Elizabeth Bezerra
A música sempre esteve presente na vida de Elisa e ter suas canções entoadas por uma multidão era o seu objetivo. Isso fez com que ela tomasse por garantido o amor dos que a cercavam: o seu pai, sua avó e Jack, e partisse, com planos de nunca mais voltar. 
Quando oito anos depois, ela se vê obrigada a voltar à pequena cidade de Hope para cuidar de sua avó doente, sem a fama, sem o pai e sem o único homem que já amou, Elisa se depara com uma verdade que esteve diante de seus olhos todo esse tempo: há música nos pequenos gestos de amor.

>> Bentô Emocional, de Moira Bianchi
Acaso ou controle? Equilíbio na bagunça ou organização como numa marmita bentô? Coincidência ou sincronicidade?
Durante uma chuva de verão no Rio de Janeiro, Tom, médico, se apaixonou à luz de velas; Cota, musicoterapeuta, deixou-se encantar pela ideia de moldar-se a um homem tão diferente daqueles com quem costumava sair.
Porém, amar nem sempre é simples, pactos nem sempre são mantidos, alguns espaços vazios levam tempo a serem preenchidos. Impulsionada por uma desilusão amorosa, Cota cria um aplicativo de celular para unir pessoas através da música, mas é a chuva de verão que encaixa Tom na sua vida de novo.

>> Esculpida em seu Coração, de Barbara Biazioli
Kate tinha o plano perfeito para o futuro. Para Michael, qualquer coisa ao seu lado seria maravilhoso. Diferente dela, ele não se imaginava num banco de aula da faculdade nos próximos anos. Sua arte o chamava e Kate era especial o suficiente para aceitá-lo como era.
No entanto, dias antes de seu plano tornar-se realidade, Kate sente a decepção corroer-lhe a alma e não dá chance a Michael de se explicar.
Dez anos depois, Paris é o palco de seu reencontro. Sem terem como se evitar por questões de trabalho, eles terão de superar o mal-entendido. Mas como deter tamanho sentimento, esculpido para durar para sempre?



Teremos evento no Rio já que a Bienal será em SP esse ano, piadas, brindes, fofocas, segredos, beijos, abraços.
Já, já aviso tudinho!

bj



terça-feira, 20 de fevereiro de 2018

Winter is here, Olympic style

I should be finishing and polishing 
but instead I'm obsessing about Winter Olympics' ice skaters 
who chose Pride and Prejudice for their theme...
update: I found the video for the lovely lovely dance

Joti being all Mr. Darcy about it on Twitter...
the Pride and Prejudice outfit... Sooo lovely!
their short dance outfit

my Instagram and Fb stories feed
At least, my Darcy and Lizzy have a song...

I know, Mr. Tilney, this story was supposed to be about you, it'll be. Promise...

sexta-feira, 16 de fevereiro de 2018

I'm not eating dessert this week

hey, there.
If you were expecting a new chapter for 9 ways to live Pride and Prejudiciously, I'm sorry. It's still in the oven, this is yet another babbling post, but a good one. Promise.
It comes from another Sex and the City pearl, now a Samantha quote.

'I'm not eating dessert this week.'

fanpop
She meant food, sweets; but I took it far.
Difficult times here in Rio de Janeiro and you know what? I'm putting myself through detox - not only nutritional, but mostly spiritual.

A few weeks ago, a good friend told me about a great guru, but I hadn't read anything until now. Check this out:

His name is Prem Baba from Awaken Love movement, and he said stuff in crispy clear words here in this post : Life is supposed to be simple: one only has to find balance.


He asks: Do you deal the same way with happiness and sadness? You should.
Mental equanimity is the capacity to keep calm in any situation, no matter if during difficult times or in the middle of great victories. Of course, for that there's a road to travel.
He says the answer is in the capacity to restart and be able to renovate your vows with self-realization constantly.
Renovate and restart, like nature does, 
means do not dwell on what's transitory: 
emotions, thoughts, feelings - either good or bad. 
Imagine you are the sky where 
white fluffy clouds or heavy dark ones can pass. 
One cannot take either as the absolute truth.
Life is ciclical, one time we're surfing a big wave others we're down a valley. What we need is the ability to keep calm while passing throught the valley preparing to ride up again.
Distress attacks you through comparison and desire, that's how it drags down your conscience. You only need a sligh distraction and you go down.


That's me... I do get distracted and let myself get sucked down a drain of comparisons and empty desire and bad vibes and urgh! I avoid that, I swear, but sometimes we're not as strong as we should and could or would want to be...

So, this is where the detox promise comes in: avoid the temptations, focus on seeing myself as the sky and let the clouds pass me by.

Tks a bunch, Prem Baba.
monster gif

quarta-feira, 14 de fevereiro de 2018

Happy Valentines, 2018!

Happy, happy day!

Here in Brasil we celebrate in June 'lover's day' which is exclusively for couples - also a day to find a date. But Valentines - that we don't have - is much bigger, right? It's for any loved ones, friends, family and lovers. 
This year I timed two book releases to Valentines and would love to have a new chapter of the story I'm posting here, but it's not ready yet.

In Portuguese, it's the last volume of my first series - Princesas Possíveis. This romance is (freely) inspired by Sleeping Beauty.

In English, it's the second edition of my first book - Friendship of a special kind.

Here in the blog, 9 ways to live Pride and Prejudiciously, is arriving in a pivoting point. There are important information in this chapter, Bertha has been attacting too much attention with her trips...

So far we´ve had 3 trips, 3 alternative lives she experienced.
- Apron strings (crafts, modern)
- Dressed to kill (fashion, modern)
- Big fish, difficult catch (reality TV, modern)

The 4th will be a Regency mashup for P&P and Northanger Abbey and that is where I keep looping on the plot. As I see it, fanfic is the product of great intimacy with canon, that's why I think myself capable of writing P&P inspired stories. But meddling with Austen's Tilney and Moreland... Oh!

Anyway, it'll be lovely and hot and filled with sigficant bits of plot on the biggest story, Bertha's quest.

I'm sorry it's not ready today, but the chapter will worth the wait.

Happy Valentines, everyone!

domingo, 11 de fevereiro de 2018

We always believe the worst criticisms about us. Why?

I heard Carrie Bradshaw wonder about that in a SatC rerun, and it hit me hard. It's true, I always believe my worst critics even though they often are 1 to 50 - or less. Why is that?

There must be some convoluted psychiatric study about this behaviour, I'm no psychologist expert.

Book releases, as this Valentines, make me specially vulnerable to mean words.
With me, the funny thing is that a fully bad critic don't stick in my memory, I tend to see 'an agenda' behind it - like when my Portuguese version for '45 days in Europe with Mr. Darcy', someone posted a one star review simply saying 'it's not all that'. 

What really get to me are the good reviews with silightly spiteful innuendos. Those are imprinted in my mind and somehow are poweful enough to erase the praises.

Thankfully, my Instagram account is filled with those iceberg drawings of what success is made of because there are times I feel like giving up. Who doesn't?

Today I found this one:

primer magazine
To me, it says a lot. Resisting the ups and downs of our emotional journey, having intelligence to find wisdom in bad criticism to improve our game, finding strength to feed our resilience -  for all that we need to turn our backs to the crowd sometimes. Stay strong and move along.

I'm in one of these moments right now.

See ya.


segunda-feira, 5 de fevereiro de 2018

A productive Sunday

hello,
I used yesterday as a computer free day and as I lazily played couch potato, I got to watch two great movies on TV - something very extraoedinary in our cable TV here in Brazil. More, both had a lot to do with the fanfic I've been posting, 9 ways to live Pride and Prejudiciously.

First I caught 'The Edge of Tomorrow' on its first 5min. I confess that Mr. Cruise is not an actor that compels me to watch movies. After the Cientology stuff, funny marriage and super exposed child and blah-blah-blah his image is a little weird to me. But I was here, the movie was there...
Turns out it's a hardcore 'Groundhog day' - and I looooove Groundhog day. 
The idea of having second chances is very appealing to me, testing new approaches and sideways, having an upper hand... Twenty minutes into the movie, the aliens were nothing to me, I was enthalled in twists the plot used to let us know the guy had done that before. I did like it.

Then, after lunch with family and Carnival hopping - we're in full season here in Rio - I caught 'Split' again in its first minutes. Like most everyone, I loved 'Sixth sense' and was very frustrated with 'Signs' and 'Unbreakable', enough to avoid watching 'The village'. But, it was on, I was on the couch... Well, it's not bad and the ending doesn't suck. 

As it finished, I found myself thinking that both movies could be connected to my WIP because Bertha takes her tea to 'live' different lives and try to make things better. Of course I won't compose a P&P fanfic uniting aliens to psycopaths or any of those but... The plot twists are very eloquent.



And, the irony of it, this week the groundhog appeared to predict the end of winter.
huh!

sexta-feira, 2 de fevereiro de 2018

9 ways to live Pride and Prejudiciously - chapter 6

Hello, hello.

February is here and with it, Valentines and Carnival here in Rio. It's a very fertile time for flirting and loving and dating... Ah, I smell great times ahead!

Maybe because I'm so happy with my 1st book's 2nd edition: Friendship of a Special Kind is about to be released again in a revised and extended version. Still thinking if one of these new scenes should come here to the blog... maybe.

Anyway, in Belladama tea world, Bertha is calling attention everywhere. I mean it!

Let´s get to it in a short but very meaningful chapter.

Nine ways to live Pride and Prejudiciously
WIP, modern (mostly), adult (you know me...), fun, fluff, heart healing stuff.
read chapter 5 PART II
or START from CHAPTER 1

CHAPTER 6
Heaven can't wait

        ‘Carlota.’

A thin voice drifted towards her like sea breeze in the summer.

‘Carlota…’

Her mind was so immersed in peaceful slumber; it was difficult to concentrate.

‘Carlota!’ A grumble and the voice got a little louder. ‘Tarnation! Answer me, girl!’

Lottie’s conscience was still engulfed in her after lunch nap, but somehow she heard her late grandmother perfectly. ‘Grandmamma!’

‘Carlota, what have you done, child?’

‘Huh?’

‘Yeens don’t fool me, say it.’

‘Oh, gradmamma! It’s so good to be close again… How are you doing? How can you reach me when I didn’t have the tea?’

‘Carlota, that purdy girl has horse sense. Why did you choose her to give the tea?’

‘Shit.’

‘Oh, yes.’ The old woman’s voice chuckled and coughed. ‘She’s fixin’ her way with our stuff.’

‘Damn… I thought Bertha could mess it all up, but she was kinda weird. Lost in life, you know? Seemed to be banging around like a ball in a pinball machine.’

‘Don’t get me bowed up, Carlota. You talk to her.

‘She won't answer my calls, gradmamma!... I try to phone her all the time and-’

‘Carlota!’ The old witch bristled. ‘This is out of kilter! Solve this!’


tenor

next chapter will be a travel back in time,
prepare your cuppa!