Nov 19, 2017

Arched Cabins || Steel Frame and Termite Free

I first learned about this tiny house on youtube when I saw this lady {{video below}} showing her arched cabin to a friend. They’re calling this a tiny house but honestly I’m not seeing “tiny.” These arched homes are spacious and roomy with high ceilings, an element that truly gives the impression of space.

You can imagine the size inside as you see these workers on the top level.
   



And the location is incredible! Look at that view. 





 
The interior isn't styled to my preference, but you can sense its spaciousness.


The upstairs loft is probably cozy warm

I love the open floor plan.


Get more information on these affordable homes at http://archedcabins.com, a family owned and operated small business based in Cypress Texas, just outside of Houston.

From the builder: Arched Cabins prides ourselves on having designed an efficient, cost effective, durable, attractive, and easy-to-build structure with multiple uses. Arched Cabins can be used for workshops, offices, animal shelters, vacation homes, RV shelters, retirement homes, hunting lodges, student housing, tiny houses, tiny houses on wheels, granny pods/man caves/she sheds, and many other uses!

The beauty of an Arched Cabin is in part due to our very fast build times, and also because each one is an empty canvas waiting on you to finish it to suit your personality and needs!

Our Arched Cabins Build Team employs skilled professionals to complete your exterior rough-in and put together your new Arched Cabin kit in 3-14 days. If you're looking for a DIY solution, you've also come to the right place. Every Arched Cabin kit purchased comes with a build manual and a direct line to our company's build team, who can answer any questions you have about building your own Arched Cabin!


Nov 4, 2017

Jacqueline Diamond on Medical Romance

What’s a Medical Romance, Anyway?

I had no idea what medical romances were when I started writing them.

The medical field has always interested me, perhaps because my father was a doctor. My own encounters with medicine, aside from routine checkups, came when my husband and I had trouble conceiving. I’m happy to report that our efforts resulted in two wonderful boys.

That was the situation in the 1980s when I began writing romances for Harlequin. A popular theme was the secret baby story. Typical storyline: after the hero disappears or enlists in the military, the heroine discovers she’s pregnant. With no way to reach him (no cell phone! No email!), she raises the baby alone, facing rejection by the townspeople. When he unexpectedly returns, drama ensues.

My challenge was to find credible, engaging twists that fit into our contemporary world. I had fun with ideas like a mix-up at the sperm bank (Designer Genes) and an egg donor who discovers she’s the nanny to her own triplets (Yours, Mine and Ours).

Along the way, I encountered a subgenre called the medical romance. These are stories of people falling in love in a medical setting such as a hospital or clinic. They can be doctors, nurses, technicians, surrogate mothers, even police who interact with medical personnel.

I decided babies and doctors were a natural combination for a series set in a fictional medical center remodeled to focus on fertility and maternity care. I live in California, one of the few places in the world where fertility treatments and practices such as surrogacy and embryo adoption aren’t restricted, so this opened intriguing story possibilities.

A new law to protect abandoned babies by offering safe havens in hospitals and fire stations got me thinking. What if a news report confused the name of my hospital, Safe Harbor Medical Center, with save havens, leading to a sudden influx of surrendered babies? How would this impact the hospital? How would the story unfold?

Book number one, The Would-Be Mommy, began a journey for me that grew to include 17 Safe Harbor Medical romances. Currently I’m writing a spin-off mystery series, including The Case of The Surly Surrogate. The Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries feature young, widowed obstetrician Eric Darcy, who helps solve crimes that affect his patients, such as when someone murders the father of a surrogate’s baby-to-be. Note: each book in the series can be read separately.

I enjoy doing research that draws on my experience as an Associated Press reporter and on my contacts in the medical and law enforcement fields. Mostly, I love writing tales of people forming families and redeeming their past mistakes.

Where better to find drama and healing than in a medical center?

USA Today bestselling author Jacqueline Diamond has sold more than 100 medical romances, romantic comedies, Regency romances and mysteries. A former Associated Press reporter and TV columnist, Jackie is best known for her 17-book Safe Harbor Medical romance series, beginning with The Would-Be Mommy. She currently writes a spin-off series, the Safe Harbor Medical Mysteries, including The Case of the Surly Surrogate.


The Would-Be Mommy

Babies, babies, everywhere! When journalist Ian Martin stirs up trouble with his story about a hospital welcoming abandoned babies, the roguish reporter accidentally ignites a firestorm around public relations director Jennifer Serra. Now she faces losing her heart to a baby she can’t keep, and losing her job because of a scandalous secret. To help her, Ian must choose between his ambitions and his heart. Cataromance.com called this a “brilliantly moving story.”

Oct 25, 2017

Tiny House Infatuation: The Cousin Cabana

I have stumbled across the perfect tiny house. It’s hard to believe this stylish cabana house is only 610 square feet.  I guess it’s true, smart use of floor plan makes all the difference. Though I’m not certain there’s a bedroom. I found the builder’s website and there wasn’t a photograph of a bedroom there, either.  Perhaps they simply didn’t show it for privacy’s sake. 


                                         


Also, they claim it’s only 480 square feet. I absolutely love the sleek, efficient lines of this postmodernist structure and its vast windows. If I were to show examples to a potential builder, this would be the first house with the only caveat “add a bedroom.”

The bathroom is spacious, the windows let in lots of natural light and spectacular access to the view, wherever you decide to build. The exterior is as beautiful as the interior, and blends so beautifully with a green environment. I love the patio area and the fact that it “steps up” adding to the set-apart feeling of privacy from any neighbors (if there were) and the way the roof line, with its recessed lighting,has uninterrupted flow from inside to outside. 






A new favorite! Visit the builder's website:

Oct 11, 2017

Guest Author Mike Garzillo on Gothic romances

Gothic romances have a long history of popularity followed by dismissal. Every October, ghost stories haunt theaters but only because of Halloween. Meanwhile, the paperback Gothics of the 1960s and 1970s remain known for their retro covers more than their stories. Gothic romances have an enviable history and deserve more respect. That’s why October should be Gothic romance month. 

They have every element that makes romances great plus supernatural peril, mysterious attractions, brooding heroes and the empowered heroines that define the genre. Not the modern version of paranormals, shape shifters or dragons; I mean humans interacting with ghosts in a Gothic mansion. The sex is puritan by today’s standards, and the hero always finds the heroine. It’s all he’s usually good for. 

Strong women drive the pacing of Gothic romances and maintain the willing suspension of disbelief because beautiful, smart young women can be invincible. Anything is possible. Romance readers who have said they don’t like Gothics blame the simplicity. That wouldn’t be true if they read The Picture of Dorian Gray or Wuthering Heights.

My editor believes stories are rarely criticized for being too much. They disappoint when they’re too little. Gothic romances showcase grand perils including the conflict between good and evil, especially among doomed couples. The setting is a powerful character in Gothics because it’s usually good and evil. For example, I lived in San Francisco for fifteen years. It’s a great setting for Gothic romances because it’s believable, which is the opportunity for heightened drama. Faint voices in dark alleys and whispers in the fog are Gothic dialog.
   
October celebrates ghost stories. Maybe it should be Write A Gothic Romance Month, especially if you live in, near, or love San Francisco. It’s an inspiring setting for any story but perfect for Gothics. First, buy a used 1960s or 1970s Gothic romance paperback and read it in public. It will remind you of why you fell in love with romances and may inspire you to write a Gothic romance set in San Francisco.     

Mike Garzillo secretly read Gothic romances in junior high, the way his friends stashed Playboy. He still reads Gothic romance paperbacks in public more than anyone he knows.

Visit his website at www.sfgothicromance.com for more information on Emerald Eyes, releasing Fall 2018