Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Skinny Fruit!! It's Really Good!

Looking for lo-cal canned fruit? I love pineapple and so I picked up a can of Skinny Fruits to try out. It is sweetened with Splenda instead of sugar.

I give this product 5 stars.  The pineapple was delicious. You couldn't tell it didn't have sugar in it. Overall, the pineapple was melt-in-your-mouth good! They have other Skinny Fruits.  I'm thinking there was grapefruit and also a blend of tropical fruit. I didn't look for peaches but I'd love to try those in a peach cobbler.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Monday's Meet The Author: Kelly Boyce

Kelly Boyce's writing career began at age seven when she realized the stories swirling around in her head could be put down on paper. Since then, she has never given up on her dream of being published. Her writing career has taken her down many strange paths, from wielding a broadsword, to being featured in the documentary Who's Afraid of Happy Endings?, profiling the romance writing industry. After placing in several contests, she sold her first book to Carina Press in 2010. When not writing and despite possessing what may be one of the world's worst senses of direction, she loves to travel and hopes to touch down everywhere in the world at least once. 
 

 
It’s raining men, so what kind of men? Oohhh...how to pick. Well definitely a cowboy. I've been hooked on cowboys since I saw my first Clint Eastwood spaghetti western. But Knights and Soldiers are running a very close second. And don't even get me started on men in kilts...
 
What movie best describes your life?  Must Love Dogs. It was one of the first things I said to my husband when we started dating. My own dog had passed away 6 months before and I knew eventually I would be getting another one once I got over losing Coop. So I told him straight out - 'You've gotta love dogs, because we're always going to have one.' Guess he knew a deal-breaker when he heard one because he didn't flinch, although he's still adjusting to the big, goofy golden retriever who sheds furballs all over our house. 

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be? Can I be Indiana Jones? I know he's a guy, but that man knows his way around an adventure! 

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do tonight?  Have dinner with my family - parents, brother & sister, respective spouses, nieces and nephews and my husband and stepson. Dinner with my family is like a three ring circus mated with the Comedy Channel. If I'm going to die tomorrow, I'm going down laughing.
 
What barnyard animal is your favorite? I love horses. I'm also partial to the pig. I blame Charlotte's Web for this. 

You have wished upon a star, what did you wish for?  Every time I wish on a star I wish for the same thing - health, happiness and prosperity for my family and myself. I WANT to wish for a big fat publishing contract, or enough royalties to allow me to quit my day job and write full time, but I'm afraid if I get all selfish with my wishes I'll conjur up bad mojo and not get anything.  

What do you love about writing?  I love telling stories. I love crafting characters and discovering what their damage is and how I'm going to help them work through it and get to something better. Maybe I should have been a psychiatrist instead, but then I'd still have to deal with the voices in my head and who wants a crazy shrink?



Kelly Boyce
The Outlaw Bride - Available Now!
Carina PressFacebook: Kelly Boyce, Author Twitter: @KellyLBoyce Website: www.kellyboyce.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving by richard_dupont123
Thanksgiving, a photo by richard_dupont123 on Flickr.
Hope everyone has a safe and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday's Meet The Author: Susan Edwards


Native American/Western romance writer Susan Edwards is the author of the popular “White” Series.  She was nominated for Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for Western Historical and Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award.   Susan lives in Central California with her husband, a houseful of cats, including two rescue kittens.  Two new puppies joined her home recently.  Her other passions include gardening.  Come Spring, she plans to break ground and begin work on a  26 foot Medicine Wheel Garden she designed.  You can follow her progress on her website.  Susan also loves to knit and join her husband for hikes in the hills when it isn’t too hot outside

It’s raining men, so what kind of men? An energizer bunman.  One that keeps going, and going and going….

What movie best describes your life? Sound of Music—Life is one hill after another

If you could be any fictional character, who would you be? Samantha in betwitched  so I could twitch my nose and my housework would be done.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do tonight?
I’d wish upon a star (question below) and wish for enough time to finish all my knitting projects and  to be able to use ALL my stash of yarn.  That should give me a good hundred years!

What barnyard animal is your favorite?  Barn cat.  I could come and go at will and protect the rats from evil alley cats.  (I have rats as pets)

You have wished upon a star, what did you wish for?  See question above.

What do you love about writing?
I love the creative freedom of creating my own worlds, telling the stories in my heart and knowing that I can, through my writing, reach people who get so much enjoyment from the worlds that I and other writers create.  I also love the fact that I can work from home, with my pups and kits and cats keeping me company.

You can buy Susan's books at www.Carinapress.com
You can visit Susan at her website:  http://www.susanedwards.com/

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Celebrating A Little Success Today

My novella, Almost an Outlaw, is on the Most Popular list at Carina Press today.  To celebrate, I'm posting a photo of Cole Younger back during the time when he and my hero, Austin, would have been riding together during the Civil War.  Love outlaws!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Monday's Meet the Author: Georgie Lee

A dedicated history and film buff, Georgie Lee loves combining her passion for Hollywood, history and storytelling through romantic fiction. She began writing professionally at a small TV station in San Diego before moving to Los Angeles to work in the interesting but strange world of the entertainment industry.
Her traditional Regency, Lady’s Wager and her contemporary novella Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion are both available from Ellora’s Cave Blush. Labor Relations, a contemporary romance of Hollywood is currently available from Avalon Books. A Little Legal Luck, a contemporary novella is available from The Wild Rose Press. Look for her ancient Roman novella from Carina Press and her novel of love in the golden age of Hollywood from Avalon Books in 2012.
When not writing, Georgie enjoys reading non-fiction history and watching any movie with a costume and an accent. Please visit  www.georgie-lee.com for more information about Georgie and her novels.

Now, find out some fun things about Georgie, who wishes she had a "title".  

1)  It’s raining men, so what kind of men?
 It’s raining rich Regency lords with a smattering of Victorian and Edwardian gentlemen.

2)  What movie best describes your life?  
  Gone With the Wind because after all, tomorrow is another day. And frankly, some days I just don’t give a damn.

 3) If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?
Princess Leia. She has Han Solo, a title and The Force. What more could a woman ask for?

5) What barnyard animal is your favorite?  Bacon followed a close second by steak.

6) You have wished upon a star, what did you wish for?  
 A title. I keep hoping the family genealogist will find one for me but so far, my ancestors were all peasants.

7) What do you love about writing? Not having to get dressed to go to work, or fight traffic.


Check out Georgie's books at:

Lady’s Wager and Rock ‘n’ Roll Reunion   http://www.jasminejade.com/m-365-georgie-lee.aspx

Hope everyone has a tolerable Monday! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday 11/13: Lady Silver



My god, she’s going to take it off. The sheer anticipation almost overwhelmed him. His gaze locked on her. In the past, he had lovers who disposed of their clothing in front of him, but never had that moment been as exciting as this one. It was like all his dreams were about to be exposed. He clenched the neck of the wine bottle as the hood fell from her head.

Check out other author's snippets at www.sixsunday.com or on Twitter #sixsunday.  Thanks for stopping by!   Come back tomorrow to meet author, Georgie Lee.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sweet Saturday Sample: Lady Silver

This Saturday's sample is from my current WIP, Lady Silver, the story of a female spy and a soldier set in New Orleans in 1814.  The current sample is from a scene in Jesse's POV. This is the first time he has been in a lighted room with the heroine and he is dying to see her face.

     The candles sputtered and she rose to tend to them. Gently, she tilted each pillar candle and the liquid wax flowed away from the wick. The flames brightened and flickered. Their light caught in the prisms of her gold necklace and jeweled mask. Frustrated, he tapped his thighs. “Is that mask comfortable?” he blurted out like a curious schoolboy.
            She turned from her task to peer at him from behind the mask. Her lips twitched as if she were struggling to keep her face straight. She lost the battle. Her laughter settled into a stunning smile that created deep dimples in her cheeks. “The mask is very comfortable.”
            He decided to be direct. “I wish you would remove it,” he said. “I would like to see your face.”
            “I told you it is a plain face.”
            “I don’t think there is anything plain about you, Lady Silver.”

Check out samples from other writers at  http://bit.ly/uE7UvV You may find some new writers you love.  I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday's Meet the Author: Wendy Soliman

Today's guest is Wendy Soliman. She is a British author, now dividing her time between Andorra and the west coast of Florida. She shares her life with her husband Andre and a rescued dog of indeterminate pedigree. She writes historical and contemporary romance under her full name and, as W. Soliman, marine crime mysteries and contemporary fiction. 

Check out Wendy's answers to some fun questions:

It’s raining men, so what kind of men?
Well now, let’s see. Hmm, Sean Connery as James Bond, Sean Bean as Sharpe, (what is it about men in uniforms?). Am I being too predictable here? Okay then, how about Glenn Fry from The Eagles? Pauses to fan herself.
 I’m as susceptible to a hunky body and handsome face as the next girl but, truth to tell, it’s intelligence in a man that really turns me on. Perhaps that’s why Andre and I have been together for 26 years. He’s a smart-arse and a bit of a hunk but someone had to make the ultimate sacrifice and marry him.
If you could be a fictional character, who would you be?
Lydia Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. She liked men in uniform too, remember. Seems to me she had a better time of it that her more conventional sisters, flirting, flouting the rules, ignoring any advice she didn’t want to hear and generally doing precisely as she pleased.  And her big sisters married well, so she’d be looked after when the good times came to an end.
If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do tonight?
Steal a march on the grim reaper. I hate being predictable, so rather than sitting about, bemoaning my lot, waiting for him to get round to me, I’d eat something exceedingly enjoyable, fattening and bad for me, (well, it wouldn’t be a time for calorie counting, would it?), drink myself insensible and…and then have another drink. Cheers!
You have wished upon a star, what did you wish for?
If I tell you, it won’t come true, will it? Oh, all right, since you asked so nicely, I don’t mind admitting that I didn’t think about world peace, eradicating famine or curing fatal illnesses. What does that say about me? No, don’t tell me. Anyway, I asked to be ten pounds lighter, twenty years younger and have more success as an author.
Hang on, that’s three wishes. Oh well…
What do you love about writing?
Escapism. Creation is at my fingertips and all the characters I give birth to have to dance to my tune. Oh, the power! I’m currently conducting a one-woman campaign against sizism. I don’t know a woman who doesn’t agonise over her shape and yet nearly all the books I read feature heroines of perfect proportions. Life just ain’t like that I wanted to write about someone that ordinary women could relate to.

Downsizing  has an overweight heroine who feels invisible in a room full of people because no one can see the warm, intelligent person lurking beneath all that bulk. No one except local heartthrob Noah Fenwick, that is. But even he lets Maxine down, proving to her that fat girls aren’t supposed to have fun.
Read the first chapter of Downsizing by W. Soliman on my websitehttp://www.wsoliman.com and let me know what you think of Maxine.
Downsizing by W. Soliman. Available as an e-book from Musa Publishing $4.99 Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/tDzp4U
Thanks for having me here, Pat. It’s been a blast, (I think!).
Wendy

Sunday, November 6, 2011

How to Cook the Perfect Frozen Biscuit

Frozen biscuits are hard to cook. Maybe I should say they are hard for me to cook. I'm talking about the kind you buy in the bag at the supermarket like Pillsbury Frozen Buttermilk Biscuits. I'm sure many of you make homemade biscuits but not me. I need something faster and less messy. Now, a frozen biscuit is great for slicing and sticking a piece of ham or sausage in the middle. (I don't know how, but my cholesterol is normal.)

The problem I've had with frozen biscuits is the time it takes to cook them and that the bottom always gets done way too early. So the bottom of the biscuit is overcooked and hard before the rest of it gets done. Sometimes the top get done before the middle as well. This happened to me while using a regular cookie sheet or cake pan.  So, I tried a new approach. I used a iron griddle. I did preheat the oven so it was hot when I put the griddle and biscuit in the oven. I'm assuming the iron griddle takes longer to heat up because the top part of the biscuit was already baking when the bottom started to brown. When the biscuit was brown on top and appeared down, I took it out of the oven. I was pleased to find the bottom was evenly cooked and not hard, plus the center was done as well!  In fact, it looked like the biscuits they serve at Cracker Barrel.  You can't beat that!

Friday, November 4, 2011

Friday Fun

How do you like the pumpkin stack? I thought it was so cute that I took a photo of it. Of course, I love taking photos, especially in the fall. So, I'm planning on another road trip tomorrow, up the Natchez Trace to the area where my grandfather had a farm. I don't know that I can find the place because it has been gone for decades but it'll be a little adventure.  Also, can't wait to see Supernatural tonight. It's been a great season so far!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Bookshelf: The Black Hawk by Joanna Bourne

This week I'm featuring Joanna Bourne's new release, The Black Hawk. For those of you who are familiar with this series, this book is about Adrian Hawker.  In Joanna's words: "This book is about hard times and staying true to your ideas, hanging on and hoping and the triumph of love in the end. So even though the book takes place long ago and far away, it speak to what is going on right now." Wow, doesn't it sound like a terrific read!

Here are two reviews that Joanna sent me which will tell you more about the characters and the plot.

Black Hawk is a starred review at Publishers Weekly:

Bourne mixes heart-pounding mystery and romance in her spellbinding fourth Spymaster historical romantic thriller (after 2010’s The Forbidden Rose). From childhood, Adrian Hawker spied on France for England while Justine DeCabrillac gathered intelligence for the Police Sècrete. They were teens when they met in Paris in 1794, and as they grew up, their paths crossed often in a changing world. Sometimes they were on the same side, and sometimes they were opposed, but it was inevitable that they fall bittersweetly in love, knowing that any minute duty could take precedence over passion. Their tempestuous love affair unfolds in flashbacks, alternating with scenes from 1818 London, where somebody tries to kill Justine and frame Hawker, now head of the British Intelligence Service with as many enemies in England as in France. Just the right amount of intrigue makes this vivid romance a gripping page-turner.

Library Journal says

Attacked and badly wounded by an assassin's blade, former French spy Justine DeCabrillac ("Owl") struggles through the rain to the home of the only man she can depend on to save her, English agent Adrian Hawkhurst, her longtime adversary—and unforgettable lover. But Justine is not the only one in danger; the killer is out to bring down Hawk as well. And it will take all of their finely honed skills and wary, hard-won trust to unearth—and destroy—the elusive, brutal villain. Vivid, illuminating flashbacks fill in the missing years of our protagonists' bond, developing the passionate, deeply conflicted relationship between Justine and Hawk with unparalleled insight and craft. VERDICT Beautifully flawed, intensely human characters, a deadly puzzle, and a love that survives incredible odds combine to make this another emotionally riveting page-turner from Bourne (The Forbidden Rose), whose novels always deliver. Fans of historical romance will be all over this one.

The Black Hawk goes on sale today!  I also recommend The Forbidden Rose, the story where Adrian and Justine meet.  And The Spymaster's Lady is one of my all-time favorites.  You can visit Joanna at her website: http://www.joannabourne.com/

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Last Week for Color

This is definitely the last week of fall's bright and beautiful color. It happens far too quickly and is gone too soon.  The same could be said for life.

Stop by tomorrow for a feature on Joanna Bourne's new book, The Black Hawk!!