Wednesday, April 15, 2015

JM Madden Gave Me A Book Hangover

I LOVE JM Madden
She's the queen of Military Romance. 

I LOVE her Lost and Found series.
Hot heroes and amazing stories.

I'm first in line to pre-order anything she produces.

BUT...
I'm mad at her right now.

Last night I thought I'd read a couple chapters to relax in bed before lights out.

So I opened my Kindle to the latest book in the Lost and Found series
Embattled SEAL.


When Harper Preston finds himself flat in a hospital bed after a botched op, he’s okay with dealing with the fallout. If he dies, he’s lived well past his expiration date. The only people that will notice his passing are the guys he works with at Lost and Found Investigative Service. 

Then his estranged wife arrives. 

Cat Preston is thankful and horrified when she’s called to her husband’s side. He’s been shot. Again. But now that she’s found him she’s going to make the most of the opportunity. If it were up to Harper, she would be out of his life completely because he thinks it's the best thing for the family. 

With a little SEAL abduction (for his own good of course) maybe she can convince him otherwise...

The book is AWESOME!!!!

I didn't stop reading until 3am!
I didn't even take a potty break!

Now I'm suffering a major Book Hangover.
My eyes are all buggy and my brain is fried with need to read more!

Please, PLEASE... pick up this book...
I got mine on Amazon.
Pick up all of the books in the Lost and Found series for that matter.

When you sit down to read, make sure you have a snack and a bottle of water handy.
Use the bathroom before opening the cover.
Put a friend or loved one on guard duty, a bomb could go off and you wouldn't know.

I GUARENTEE you won't be able to put it down once you start.


Check out the books on Goodreads

Thanks for another sleepless night JM Madden. 
It was worth it.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tasty Tuesday - The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

I looked forward to making cookies at my best friend's house. Her mom used Oleo. I loved the smell of it.  The recipe was an old family recipe. I think those are the best kind! Tried and true!

Mom Carlyon passed away last year and took the recipe with her. I've spent some time in the kitchen being a mad scientist to figure out the actual recipe. My family never once complained about being "forced" into taste testing. The JV Baseball team didn't mind one bit getting the left overs.

Alas... I cracked the code. Mom was certainly with me as I made this last batch. Time to share. Can you smell them?
Ingredients
3 cup Unsifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Baking soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Regular Crisco
3/4 cup Granulated sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar; firmly packed
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 large Eggs – room temp
1 cup Walnuts or pecans; chopped (I smash mine into a rough powder)
1-2 cups Chocolate chips
2 cups chopped Dates
Top of Form
Bottom of Form
Preparation
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a small bowl; set aside.
Combine butter, sugars, and vanilla extract in a large bowl; beat until creamy.
Beat in eggs.
Gradually add flour mixture; blending well.
Stir in Nestle Semi-Sweet Real Chocolate Morsesl, dates and nuts.
Drop by rounded teaspoonsfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets. I like to actually roll the dough into balls. I also used parchment paper lined cookie sheets. If the dough isn't firm, chill it in the fridge for a 30 min.

Bakes at 375 degrees F. for 8-10 minutes.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Interview with Erotic Romance Author Chloe Thurlow

Welcome to this stop on the Blog Tour for Katie In Love, 
the new release from erotic romance author Chloe Thurlow.


Chloe Thurlow is an amazing blogger with her short, dynamic and sometimes controversal essays. When she's not working on her blogs she's writing steamy erotic romance. Chloe is super busy these days with a new release and a huge blog tour. We are super lucky to have her stop by today!  

Thanks for joining us today, Chloe. This book, Katie is Love is brilliantly written. Is this your first book? How many books have you prior?
Katie in Love is my 6th novel, but it is the first I have self-published and the first time I feel as if my blood, sweat and very soul appears pressed between the pages.

You put alot of work into the book and it shows. It's obvious you LOVE to write. How naughty do you get with your writing?  Are we talking just suggestion or downright bondage?
Erotica is a literary genre, so that blend of suggestion and the explicit should be nuanced. Sex should evolve from plot and all my books are always from the female point of view. 

Readers love to hear the story behind the story. What inspired you to write your latest book? Is anything in the book based on someone you know or events in your own life?
Mmm. I met a man. I was bored with my job. I broke my finger falling on the ice in East London.  I had been making notes and thinking about who I was, where I was going, what I wanted. I put all these thoughts into a big pot, sprinkled in some hot chilli erotica and stirred in a pinch of art, philosophy and politics to create a romance that would resonate with women and with our times.  

Hmm... sounds like a tasty dish.  How do you come up with your characters’ names? 
The name Katie for Katie in Love dropped in my head like a leaf falling from the trees – Katie sound a bit like Chloe, of course, but that's just a coincidence. Tom is based on someone I know and love. I stole his personality, kindness and intellect to create Dr Bridge.  Tom and Katie are very different: the seeds of attraction and conflict.

Those seeds of attraction & conflict make a book too good to put down. We appoligize to readers in advance if they suffer a book hangover from staying up all night reading. A good book is like a movie, except the reader sees the film in her head. If you could have any movie star take on a leading role, who would it be?
Emily Blunt would play Katie all the way to the Oscars in Katie in Love. Felicity Jones was born to play Bella in my first novel, The Secret Life of Girls.

LOVE Emily Blunt!!!  Now back to writing, you are amazing but every author travels a journey. What would you say were the hardest scenes to write for you?
My earlier novels were personal growth, coming of age stories, and linear. There is an easy A to B to C structure. Katie in Love is a romance with reflection, regret, misunderstandings and envy (Katie for Tom's ex-girlfriend, a French cellist named Marie-France). Scenes where Katie is going through changes were complex and needed to be subtle. I tried to make the reader feel for Katie and identify with the pain of change. When Katie sees Marie-France performing in concert, her feelings are so sharp I wanted to prick the readers tear ducts into for a little sob of sympathy and empathy.

I think you handled the complexity with beauty and grace. Periodically a writer has to come up for air and visit real life. What is the strangest thing you’ve experienced while working on a story?
Two strange things happened: the first, when I started writing the book, I saw a woman jump from the Albert Bridge in Chelsea. She was swept away on the strong current.  I learned later that she died and was reminded that all things are impermanent. 
OMG!!! I can see how that can make one take a moment to remember the constant flow of life.
Another time, I was drinking cava with a girlfriend named Lizzie Woodham in a bar in Wardour Street. We saw two people I am sure were strangers, a woman in a gold dress and a man with a huge moustache, first dancing and then having sex  in a dark booth in the corner of the bar. The girl reminded me of me when I was younger.

Lordy, I might have to ask you what you were like "back in the day". We could have fun swapping stories over a glass or four of vino. That will have to be saved for another day. Say, I like the simplicity of your book title. How did you come up with it?
My other books all have the word GIRL in the title. Katie in Love is a romance, and Katie is a woman, not a girl. I thought: mmm, I need the word LOVE. Now, who is the book really about? Katie. So, there it was: Katie in Love.

Readers will for sure love Katie in Love! Do you have anything you would like to say to your peeps in cyberland?
Yes, please buy my book. It changed my life and it may change yours, too
xx - Chloe

Chloe Thurlow's WEBSITE

Before you leave, folks want to know some fun stuff. 
What is your:
Favorite drink: cava, same grapes as champagne, less fizzy, smoother and less alcohol content so you can drink more.
Favorite candy: dark chocolate.
Favorite food: pizza and ice cream. One day I will write the Pizza, Ice Cream and Cava Diet.
Favorite article of clothing or jewelry: shoes, dangly earrings, skirts short enough to embarrass my Mother.
Favorite place to read: in bed.
What place would you want to visit some day: the Great Wall of China, the only man made structure (except for the US highways) that can be seen from the moon; at least that's what they say and I would like to find out for myself.

Thank you Chloe Thurlow for visiting today. 
Be sure to check out her new book, Katie in Love and enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. Visit the other stops on the tour for more fun.


BLURB
Katie Boyd has nothing in common with Tom Bridge, the volunteer doctor she meets at a party – except in bed she finds a passion to match her own. Tom is intense, puzzling, a man who cares about others and compels Katie to question her own life drifting through the hip clubs and London party scene.

When Tom returns to his post in a Sri Lanka orphanage, Katie isn’t sure if their passion was lit by its brevity, or if love, unexpected and not entirely wanted, has edged its way into her life. Should she go back to being who she always was? Or follow Tom into the unknown?

Katie in Love is a compelling erotic-romance that will grip readers as they follow Katie’s journey to an ending they may have expected – but not in the way they expected it.

Brilliantly written and coolly self-aware, Chloe Thurlow was described by KM Dylan on Amazon as “…the Ana├»s Nin of our times.” With Katie in Love  – her sixth novel – Thurlow reveals a writer at the height of her powers.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tasty Tuesday - Chocolate Chip Cookie Facts

Grandma said the quickest way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

My best friend's mom made the best cookies in the world. Unfortunately she took the recipe to the grave. I miss Mom Carlyon and her cookies. Cooking and baking is actually a science and I've narrowed the recipe to one of two.  The cookies of one recipe spread out too much so we have to eat these up before I can try the second recipe. 


So enjoy a cookie and some trivia about chocolate chip cookies.


  • Ruth and Kenneth Wakefield sold the Toll House Inn in 1966 and the new owners turned the building into a nightclub. In 1970, the Saccone family bought the building and restored it to its original 1700s Cape Code style. On New Year’s Eve, 1984, the Toll House burned to the ground and was never rebuilt. The site, the birthplace of the first chocolate chip cookie, is marked with a sign and is now home to an ice cream shop.
  • There are 7 billion chocolate chip cookies eaten in the United States every year, with about 50% of those homemade cookies.
  • Nabisco’s “Chips Ahoy” Chocolate Chip cookies are the second highest selling cookie in the United States. Oreos hold the number 1 slot.
  • The Chocolate Chip Cookie is the official state cookie of both Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania “state cookie” status was proposed in 1996 by 4th Grade students at Caln Elementary school. Previously, the officially named state cookie of Pennsylvania had been tied up in a legislative battle between the Nazareth sugar cookie and the oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
  • The world’s largest cookie was a chocolate chip cookie, made by the Immaculate Baking Company on May 17, 2003 in Flat Rock, North Carolina. It was 40,000 pounds and 102 feet in diameter. The giant cookie was broken up and sold in commemorative boxes, raising $20,000 for the Folk Artists Foundation Museum. The record was officially recognized by Guinness World Records in 2008. Previously, the record for the world’s biggest cookie was also a chocolate chip cookie, an 81 foot diameter cookie made by New Zealand’s Cookie Time Company in 1996.
  • If it wasn’t for airplay on The Betty Crocker Cooking School of the Air, the Wakefield chocolate crunch recipe may not have risen to fame quite so quickly. Betty Crocker is not and has never been a real person. The radio program that launched the chocolate chip cookie to legendary status was voiced and scripted by home economist Marjorie Child Husted, who was also responsible for inventing the Betty Crocker brand character.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Flirting Tips

Flirting is a subtle and not too serious aspect of romance. It is a basic instinct to want to charm the other sex.   However, flirting isn’t only for singles; just because you are in a committed relationship doesn’t mean you need to stop flirting with your honey.  Flash an unexpected smile at him and watch his eyes begin to twinkle as he smiles back.  Flirting can be fun and sexy.


Here are a few tips:

Body Language
  • Throw sidelong glances frequently
  • Prolonged eye contact -Eye contact is very essential at the time of flirting. It shows that you are confident about yourself.
  • Arched eyebrows
  • Winking
  • Touch your neck or hair after looking at him
  • Smiling - A smile not only breaks the ice and makes the atmosphere easy going, but also improves your face value.
  • Licking of lips
  • Touching the lips or teeth with tongue
  • Any form of touching
Conversation
  • Laughter
  • Whispering
  • Personal questions, everyone likes to talk about themselves
  • Singling someone out in a group for conversation and questions


However if you are single and you flirt, keep in mind that flirting should indicate your interest in getting to know someone.   Flirting is designed to make the person you're flirting with feel attractive and special, not intimidated. The most important tip on flirting is BE YOURSELF.