Friday, June 13, 2008

Le's Get This Wicked Party STARTED

Regina Carlysle says...

First off, let me say thanks for joining us in this wicked journey. Our blog promises to be a lot of fun and we're kicking off a week-long bash with sassy chatter and lots of prizes so come by, kick off those heels (because we KNOW you want to), grab a bottle of bubbly and we'll celebrate together!

We'd like to start out telling you about the Wicked Writers we love and why we indulge in wicked writing ourselves. As for me, I never cared too much about The Rancher's Secret Baby or The Millionaire Shiek's Bride, yada, yada, type books. My passion for romance started with The Flame and The Flower by the late, wonderful Kathleen Woodiwiss. I still have my copy of the book and though the pages are worn and yellow, I wouldn't be able to part with it. I've read it a million times. Years ago, a bookseller friend started introducing me to other authors and finally she said...hey, you like em HOT, don't you? Hell, yeah, was my response so she quickly fixed me up with the hottest work available at the time. I quickly fell in love with Susan Johnson. OMG...Hazzard Black and the subsequent stories about his kids swept me away. HOT HOT HOT. Then I moved on to her Russian princes. My love affair with her work continues to this day. The woman rocks!

Then, I truly crossed over to the DARK SIDE and began reading my all time favorite erotic romance author, Robin Shone. The Lover, Gabriel's Woman, and The Lady's Tutor held me breathless. She weaves an eroticism into her work that, in my view, is without equal. I would truly like to be her when I grow up.

As for my own writing career, I wrote HOT when it wasn't all that fashionable to do so. I was continually told to "tone it down" is historical and the sex is rather RAW for historical work so thanks but no thanks. That was sixteen years ago and now look at ME...I'm FASHIONABLE. Who'd a thunk it!!! My erotic work is published by Ellora's Cave and no one tells me I'm not in style anymore. YAY!!!

Today, in honor of our official launch, I'm giving away a download of my newest Ellora's Cave release, Tempting Tess. Entering is simple. Leave a comment and tell us who is YOUR favorite HOT author and WHY. I'll draw names tomorrow morning and let everyone know who WON!

Anne Rainey says...

There are so many authors out there and I never know what to say when someone asks me, “Who influenced you to start writing?” This time, however, I know exactly what to say. Authors who can write a hot story and make you leap to the computer to search out their backlist. Oh, yeah, I can sink my teeth into that topic!

The first wickedly delicious stories I ever read were in the Red Sage Secrets Volumes. I happened across one at a bookstore, not sure which volume it was, nine maybe. Anyway, I picked it up and brought it home. Holy smokes! I remember looking around my shoulder as I read it to make sure no one was peeking at the words on the paper. I was afraid I’d be caught reading. LOL Of course, after I finished it, I tucked it beside my bed—where I now have a rather large stack of only the hottest, most delicious stories ever—and went to the computer to search out more Volumes. I slowly read their entire catalogue. Yes, I fully admit I’m a fan! Another author who really is in a class of her own, Jaid Black. I read One Dark Night and I think I blushed. And learned a thing or two. That was my first trip into the exciting genre of erotic romantic suspense. Why don’t more authors write that type of story? I mean, you get this intriguing plot and great sex. What more does a reader need, right? A few others that have left me breathless: Lora Leigh, Shannon McKenna, S. L. Carpenter, and now I’m adding our very own Regina Carlysle to that list. Have you read Tempting Tess? You really should. Wowzers!

How did these authors influence my own writing? Well, I wanted more and I wanted it now. So, instead of waiting around for someone else to write it for me, I decided to try to write my own hot story. There was a lot of stopping and starting at first, sometimes I’d just practice writing love scenes, other times I’d attempt to write erotic poetry to stimulate my creative muse (and no that is NOT a metaphor, lol). Those first tries will always be precious to me, even if they are total crap. I think you have to write some crap to learn to write well. Even now when I read I’m mentally taking notes on how to improve. My ultimate goal is to some day have my own erotic stories in among someone’s ‘bedside pile of spicy books’. :-)

Kelley Nyrae says...

Let me start out by saying I'm so excited about this blog! Anne, Regina and I have been anxiously awaiting today so we can get this party started! I'm so psyched to share a blog with these two ladies. They're fantastic writers and also very close friends of mine.

So, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I've loved writing since I was a child. It wasn't until about 3.5 years ago that I started reading romance and once I did I knew they are what I was meant to write. I haven't looked back since. My first book came out this past January and I already have three on the schedule to come out next year. I'm a happily married mom of two beautiful little girls, one four years old and the other six months old. I'm sure you can imagine that with two little ones I have no real writing schedule but I do try and make time to write every day. I'm published with Parker Publishing, Tease Publishing, and Red Rose Publishing. So far I only write contemporary romance but do plan to try my hand at a vampire paranormal if I can every find the time :)

Today we're talking about the WICKED writers who inspired us. I have quite a list but I'll try and narrow it down for today, LOL.

First is Lori Foster. LOVE her books. Her characters are always very family oriented which I love. Plus she can write a sexy alpha like nobody’s business. She not only inspires me as a writer but also a person. She's very active with her local animal shelter as well as her local battered women's shelter. She throws the reader author get together every year and all the proceeds are donated to a charity and the troops.

Another author who inspires me is Toni Blake. She has an amazing ability to make me connect to her characters on a deep emotional level. I always fall in love with her heroes. They’re usually tragic but so darn sexy you can't help but want them.

Last I'm going to say Erin McCarthy. The woman can make me laugh out loud like no other author I've encountered. Her wit amazes me each time I pick up one of her books.
When I describe my own writing I always say it’s sexy, heartfelt, with a little bit of laughter thrown in. I guess that's why I like these three authors so much. Each brings some of the aspects I try to add into my own writing.

That's all from me for today. I’ll be offering prizes later in the week so be sure to check back. :)
Enjoy the wickedness....


J.K. Coi said...

Congratulations ladies! I'm excited for you and glad to be the first comment!

My favourite wicked writers are Toni Blake and Emma Holly and I'm lovin' JR Ward for those uber-alphas!

Have lots of fun with your new home here and I'll be sure to visit often!

Laura J. said...

Hi Anne, Regina and Kelley! Long time no see Kelley and Anne!!!

Okay-for Regina's question, for HOT I've just discovered fairly recently Cathryn Fox's books and I'm trying to catch up. She adds just enough funny as well and that is something I like in my books. Ohhhh and I love Janice Maynard's books too (as well as her Elizabeth Scott stories). Anne, your writing style kind of reminds me of hers.

Congrats on the launch of Wicked Writers and I can't wait to talk to you all more!

(And Anne and Kelley, have you talked Regina into coming to the Get Together next year?)

Regina Carlysle said...

Hey J.K.'re our FIRST!!! YAY. I looove Emma Holly. Her work is soooo hot. Sometimes I get frustrated by some of the covers they put on her work. Remember the one where the cover guy had this short white hair and a VAMPIRE CAPE??? HOLY CRAP. It had me in stitches but the book was GREAT.

And I'm a BDB fan from the very beginning. Love J.R. Ward. She rocks!

Anny Cook said...

Heh. Congratulations, lady. Regina, I already have and read the book so don't plop me in your drawing!

Hot authors? Amarinda Jones, Cindy Pape, Brynn Paulin, Lauren Dane, NJ Walters, Lora Leigh, Shiloh Walker, Jaid Black...

Regina Carlysle said...

Hi Laura! Damn I was sooo jealous that I didn't get to go to Lori Foster's deal. I've been hearing about it from Anne and Kell. Umm...did you ladies get a little ROWDY???? HMMM???? I must go next year.

Oh, I loooove funny stuff. Sandra Hill has me in stitches with her time-traveling, hunky vikings and her red hot cajuns. I'm going to have to check out some of the writers you mentioned. Haven't read them yet. Sooo many hot writers, so little time.


Regina Carlysle said...

Hi Anny! Glad you came by. I'd like to mention YOU are also one of my favorite HOT HOT authors!!! I also love the others you mentioned. Ellora's Cave has some major talent, I think!!!!

For those of you who don't know ANNY MUST check out her work. She ROCKS THE HOUSE!

Oh, and Amarinda Jones and Cindy Pape...the list keeps going like the damn energizer bunny. HEH.

Beth Trissel said...

Congrats gals! Enjoying this. Looks to be a fun and informative blog.

Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks for coming by, Beth!!! How's the writing going, darlin?


Barb said...

Hello Regina, Anne, and Kelley!

This is going to be a really great place to visit. As for wicked writers I love...Shayla Black, Lora Leigh, Maya Banks are three that really get me going. They can write some really hot stories. There are a host of others, too, that I thoroughly enjoy. Too numerous to name.

I so enjoy the three of you also. So keep your sexy stories coming. And you don't have to include me in the drawing either. I have Tempting Tess and loved it.

Anne Rainey said...

Hey All!
I love reading all the comments! Thanks for stopping by. Lets party! Woot!

Wendi said...

Great blog, ladies!! I'm not sure I can pick a favorite erotic author. Regina, you know I LOVE everything you write! Wooo hooo, keep it coming! (But don't put me in the drawing - you know I grabbed TT as soon as it was released.) :)

I also love Emma Wildes' books. She has a beautiful voice, and she writes a lot of erotic historicals, too. I read HQ Blaze when I can. My favorite Blaze of all time is Private Confessions by Lori Borrill. It was her first Blaze and hotter than most of them. Lately, I've been trying a lot of new authors, and I've found several that I really like.

Enjoy the big day, ladies! The blog and avatars are gorgeous!

Wendi Darlin

Regina Carlysle said...

BAAAARRRRBBB!!! Hey, GF! Glad you made it to the par-tay. Come by tomorrow and see what Kell's giving away. We're going to run contests all week. Many chances to WIN!


Regina Carlysle said...

Hi my sweet Wendi Darlin! First, I've gotta say I love Hired Hands, your Wild Rose Press release and Cowboy Games, from Siren, too. You are on a roll!!!

Lord, I haven't read a Blaze in a long time. Looks like I need to pick some up.

Barb said...

Hey Regina,
Some of those Blaze's are hot. Try Shameless by Tori Carrington. It will surprise you, I think.

Regina Carlysle said...

You think, Barb? Okay. I'll pick up Tori and Lori Borrill (who Wendi mentioned). I haven't read one in years. Honestly? I'm so damn hooked on Ellora's Cave stuff right now. My TBR pile is enormous and I'm thinking...GAWD, I'll NEVER catch up PLUS my own deadlines. There's never enough time, it seems. I miiisssss reading!

Jen said...

Hey Ladies, congratulations on the new blog! Hmmm.... favorite writers. Well I discovered Lacey Alexander. Lord yall, she can write some hot love scenes. There's also Janice Maynard/Elizabeth Scott, Lora Leigh, JR Ward, and Jacquelyn Frank. Anne got me hooked on Jaid Black's One Dark Night. Joey W. Hill's Nature of Desire series is big time smokin' if you like BDSM. Anne and Kelley can write them a pretty smokin' love scene too. Regina, I'm sorry but I haven't had a chance to read your work yet but you can bet I will. I remember reading The Flame And The Flower years ago.

I've got the Get Together dates on my calendar for next year. I missed it way too much this year.

Laura J. said...

Shameless was awesosme!!! Oh Wow! I can't wait to read Gage's story. Now if I can remmember when Tony told me it was coming out...Nov/Dec sometime like that.

Actually Anne and I were being good at our end of the table. It was the other end of the table that was being a bit loud and rowdy (notice I didn't say which end of the table Kelley was at! *g*)

Regina Carlysle said...

OMG...I can't believe I forgot to mention another all time favorite. Desiree Holt. I'm a huge fangirl. She's also one of my very best friends and I devour everything she writes. You must check her out at Ellora's Cave and Total E Bound. Yummmmy!

She's also a fellow Texan which makes her ACES in my book!

Kelley Nyrae said...

Okay I always feel like I'm late for everything online since I live on the West Coast. Everyone gets to party while I'm still sleeping!

Glad to see so many people have stopped by! Loving these replies.

JK, isn't Toni great? LOVE her books.

Laura-Regina has to come next year. I already can't wait. I had so much fun. The singing Saturday night was a blast!

Jen- Thanks for the compliment!! I so wish you had been there this year.

Regina Carlysle said...

Glad to see you're up and ready to party, Kelley. Ummm did I hear you guys were told to "hold it down"???? I would soooo have loved to have seen your faces. SNICKER.

Kelley Nyrae said...

Yeah we got a little loud, Regina. The hotel didn't provide any entertainment so we thought we would :)


mamasand2 said...

Hi Anne, Regina, and Kelley! This looks like a fantastic fun week.
Major Congrats on your blog.

There have been too many authors that I have loved to count. The early Elizabeth Lowell and Linda Howard books were vey sensual and evocative.
Shannon KcKenna would be on my 'auto buy' list if not for her "Bad Boy's" fluff books. I buy all her other books.

But the one who inroduced me to erotic romance and is still my #1 auto buy is Lora Leigh. The first book I read by her was "Marly's Choice". WOWZA. I was hooked not only on her but on a new type of books. And a whole new world of great authors.


Kelley Nyrae said...

I looove Lora Leigh's SEAL book. SO HAWT!

lrhubble said...

congrats on the blog. :-)

I love Lora Leigh and Maya Banks is another really great author who writes hot books. :-)


Cathy M said...

My favorite wicked author became Lora Leigh when I discovered her menage storylines years ago. Talk about wicked! Her stories melt my glasses, lol.

Kelley Nyrae said...

I'm reading my first Maya Banks book right now. Very HOT. I love it.

Melt your glass hot? I love it, LOL.

Regina Carlysle said...

I'm dying to read Maya Banks. I've heard lots of good things about her work.

Oh and I feel like a complete dumbass...I loooove Kelley and Anne's work, too. If you haven't read them, you MUST.

Desirée Lee said...

I didn't start reading romance until about a year and a half to two years ago. Now, I am trying to make up for lost time.

There are too many good authors out there! I could spend all day on a list of all the authors I like!

Carpe Noctem,

Desirée Lee
Putting the Romance Back in Necromancy

Cindy said...

Hey Ladies,I am loving your
blog. ,I have several fav. Authors,It's really hard to narrow it down but one would be Lora Leigh, I just love how all her hero's are such agressive men. One other is Anne Rainey, I bought her e book Forbidden Friut & loved it,she has a way of writing that just pulls you in & makes you feel like your there.
Thanks ,Cindy

lrhubble said...


The first book of Maya's I read was Colters' Woman (very, very hot) and she got me hooked on her with just the excerpts for this one. :-)


Molly Daniels said...

Hurray, ladies:) This blog looks fun!

My fav hot authors would be Anny Cook, Amarinda Jones, Barbara Huffert, Brynn Paulin, and Bronwyn Green. I have other favs as well, but these ladies are smoking hot!

I also got the romance reading bug from Flame and the Flower:)

Joy of Joyfully Reviewed said...

You just started reading romance 3 1/2 years ago???? You have lots to catch up on. So so glad to have met you and Anne Rainey at Lori Foster's event this past week. I hope I didn't bite too hard(lol). Congrat's on the blog opening and GIMMEEE MORE BOOKS!!!!

Kelley Nyrae said...

Okay, seems I pulled an oopsie. When we did this blog I was thinking wicked authors as authors we like not just HOT authors. For my list of really HOT authors I'd have to say Lora Leigh, Lacey Alexander, and of course, Regina!

Kelley Nyrae said...

Naw, you didn't bite me too hard, Joy.

Anonymous said...

Love the logo, ladies. Favorite authors for me would be Lora Leigh and Shelly Laurenston to just name 2.

Lindsey said...

Congrats on the new blog, ladies. Love your avatars!

I'm on the Toni Blake bandwagon, of course, and I've recently been enjoying Sydney Croft's super heroes.

Kelley, it was great meeting you at the Get Together!

Judith Rochelle said...

First of all, this is a smokin' got blog site. You ladies should pour yourselves mega champagne and toast each other until midnight.My alter ego, Desiree Holt, wanted to come here with me today but I have ehr chaine to the keyboard so maybe next time. And Regina, thanks for the compliment. I take it as great praise coming from the author of Tempting Tess, which si getting rave reviews.
Okay, fave hot authors? too many to list. Koey Hill and Shiloh Walker were the two who originally inspired me, along with Rhyannon Byrd. But the list has grown so: Cindy Pape, sweet Regina, Anhy Cook, Anne and kelley (both of you), Sarah McCarty, Toni Blake, Carol Lynne, Brynn Paulin...Ohmigod, I could go on and on.
I'll be checking out this blog on a regular basis. You ladies are smokin' hot.

Kelley Nyrae said...

Thanks Jrobe!

Lindsey- Isn't Toni the best?! LOVE her books.

Judith- Thanks for stopping by.

mamasand2 said...

I've read and loved the 3 books Anne has at Samhain, Especially Tasting Candy.WOWZA!

I also loved the 2 books I've read from Maya Banks and have two more of hers to read.

I only found the internet and got into ebooks about 6 months ago. I'm learning about all the great new authorsand their books as fast as I can.

I see that Anne is recommending Regina's Tempting Tess, so I will have to try that one too.


Toni Blake said...

Just stopping by to thank Kelley for listing me among her favorite authors : ) Kelley, you are about as sweet as they come : ) And my sincere thanks, too, for the other folks who said kind words about my books, both as Toni Blake AND Lacey Alexander, since I am indeed both of them ; ) Best wishes on a great blog : )

Unknown said...

Hi ladies! Great blog site.

It's always difficult to pic fav authors but if I had to pic just at this stage in my life I would have to say Derek Musgrave.

Have fun!


Regina Carlysle said...

WOW!!!! Just got home from helping my daughter with her father's day shopping and this place is hopping.

Judith...keep Desiree changed to the computer so we get MORE good stuff to read. MUAH!!!

Molly, you're the first one to comment on The Flame and The Flower. Wasn't she a wonderful writer? I also loved The Wolf and the Dove.

Hi Toni (Lacey)! I've been hearing Soooo much about your work today. Definitely going to pick up some titles...I'll ask Anne and Kell for some recommendations!!!

Unknown said...

I love books by Anny Cook, Cindy Spencer Pape, Sandra Cox and now a Texas sheila called Regina Carysle.

Regina Carlysle said...

Hey Amarinda! Thanks for stopping by and you know you're my favorite author from DOWN UNDER. I have Unbreakable on my reader and it's next on my list...can't WAIT to read it!!!


Jen said...

Regina, Lacey Alexander's books Voyeur and Seven Nights Of Sin are great reads. I don't think you'll be disappointed with either of them.

Kelley Nyrae said...

Lacey Alexander also has her City Heat series (I think that's the name but I could be wrong). The books are New Orleans (my fav of the three), Sin City and Key West. VERY hot. I think these books are with EC.

DawnM said...

My favorite hot author would be Lora Leigh.

Regina Carlysle said...

Thanks for the recommendation, Jen. Ooooh. Gonna go write these down.


Jeanine said...

Hi All

Congrats on the new blog, this looks great! My favorite Wicked Writers are Lori Leigh and Emma Holly. But I have discovered so many great writers since I got my ebook reader last fall, including Anne and Kelley, and Ann Jacobs, Sarah McCarty, Loreli James, Desiree Holt... Ok, I could go on forever..LOL

Greta said...

Hi Anne, Regina, and Kelley! Great website and blog. As for Hot authors - Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Lauren Dane, Jory Strong, Lara Adian are my absolute favorites.

I do have your books on my TBP list as soon as I get some extra money.

Donna Marie Rogers said...

Hey Regina great new blog! We have more in common than I knew. The first romance I ever read was KEW, but it was The Wolf & the Dove. And I'm a huge JR Ward fan! I have Lover Enshrined sitting here on my nightstand, but I have to get 6K words written a week before I can read a single word, so it looks like I won't be reading anything till Sept...LOL

I wasn't able to make Lori Foster's get together either (she's my fave author :-), but I did send a basket (it had teas and cookies, etc.). I also booked her to headline our conference last month, and she's just amazing. So down to earth and funny. I'd begged her to present her Alpha Dog workshop, which was such a
hit. :-)

Enjoy your new playground, ladies!

~Liza James

Shelly said...
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Shelly said...

Hi Everyone. Congrats on the blog. I have several favorite authors - Jaci Burton, Sarah McCarty, Lacey Alexander, Lauren Dane, Cheyenne McCray... just to name a few. I love to read so I'm always looking for new authors to read. :)

Kelley Nyrae said...

theFicster-Wow! Thanks for reading one of my books!

Shelly, Liza, Greta- Thanks for stopping by.

Regina Carlysle said...

Hi Liza!!
Glad you came by. Isn't our new pad HOT??? LOL..we DO have lots in common, don't we??? I loved her work.

Regina Carlysle said...

Hey Greta!!!
Glad you stopped by to say HI.

Anne Rainey said...

Man, I go shopping with my mom and miss all the fun! Thank you all for stopping by.

Jen--I can't believe I forgot to mention Lacey Alexander! She writes some seriously hot stuff. And you TOTALLY need to be at the Get Together next year.

Laura J--We were being good! You're so right! LOL I'm an angel. I keep telling my husband that, but he's just not buying it. LOL

Cndy--Thanks for mentioning Forbidden Fruit. I'm so glad you liked that story. And I agree, love those Alpha males! :)

Judith R--I can't believe I forgot to mention Sarah McCarty. I just read her for the first time the other day. Running Wild is my first story to read of hers, now I'm searching out her backlist. She write the type of heroes and love scenes I crave for sure.

Joy--Woot! I'm so glad you stopped by. No, the bite wasn't too hard. LOL You rock, lady! I hope you'll be at RT next year, I plan to attend. My first time. I need people there that I know! hehe!

Sandie--Thanks for the compliments. I'm so excited about the release of Tasting Candy. Well, excited and nervous. LOL

Regina Carlysle said...

Hey theFickster!!!
I got my ereader at Christmas and I loooove it. I actually like it better than paper books. WAAAAY COOOL.

kimmyl said...

Congrats ladies. Love the blog by thw way. With such great authors here I know were going to have a good time. So Let's Party!!!!!

Regina Carlysle said...

We've had a busy party day, Kimmy!!! Soo much fun. So???? Who are your favorite HOTTERnHELL writers?

Ruth C. said...

Seems that this will be a very interesting blog site.

Congratulations, ladies.!!!!

I like Alexis Fleming, Cindy Pape and Sandra Hill among others - too many to name really.!!!!

Regina Carlysle said...

Hi Ruth, I love Sandra Hill, too. She's just a HOOT. Still haven't read T John's story and I'm just kicking myself over it.

Cindy Pape is one of my best friends and I have to agree, she is sooo good. I just love her. She's also a sweetie pie!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Shhhhh, Regina, you'll ruin my reputation as a curmudgeon. Thanks Judith, Ruth, and Regina. Hearing that someone enjoys your work--that just never gets old. Gives me a grin every time.

Nicole North said...

Congratulations on the beautiful, fun blog, ladies!! I enjoyed reading your posts. I too got hooked on the hot stuff because of Susan Johnson. ;-)
(fellow Red Sage author waving to Anne)

Regina Carlysle said...

Didn't you love her historical work??? Most of her stuff is contemporary these days but she has a real grasp of history and HOT??? Ooooh BABY!

escondita said...

Hey, all--I mostly lurk ( as it is,I spend more time on the computer than I should--according to my family!), but this looks like a fun group!

Favorite authors? Dang, too many to list! But I'll agree enthusiastically w/ JR Ward; also Feehan, Kenyon, Kresley Cole, Julia Quinn, Mary Balogh, Lisa Kleypas, Suzanne Brockmann...and many, many more. Hello, my name is Julia, and I'm an addict! *happy grin*

Hi, Anne!! *waves*

Julia/ aka escondita
*slinking back into the shadows*

Anonymous said...

I didn't get to comment yesterday so I'm doing it today. I am so glad to be here. I just love your new site.

Anne Rainey said...

Hey Nicole N.!! Thanks for stopping by! And Red Sage rox! :)

Julia--I'm glad you came over to play for a bit. I miss you're funny emails!

Unknown said...

Congratulations and good luck with the blog! I just wanted to say thanks for the reminder about Susan Johnson and Robin Shone. I haven't read them in a while, but they were some of the first HOT authors that I read. I also loved The Tutor. I have most of the books that both of them have written. This blogs look like it will be so much fun. I am adding it to my favorites.

Unknown said...

I certainly didn't mean to leave out some of my favorites that I started reading when I was first exposed to ebooks - Lora Leigh and Sarah McCarty. I also love Maya Banks books. There are others but those are the ones that first come to mind.

Regina Carlysle said...

YAY, Phyllis. We're so glad we're FAVORITES NOW!!! I just read the best interview with Robin Shone at Just Erotic Romance Reviews (their newsletter). I'll be talking about it later in the week. Verrrry interesting. I just love her work.