Thursday, June 27, 2013

Thursday Thoughts

I met with my critique partners Sandy James and Nan Reinhardt yesterday. It was so nice to see them and have the chance to talk and brainstorm in a relaxed atmosphere of Sandy's new house, which is quite lovely! I was having issues with the revisions to Unrivaled, and they helped confirm my reasons for changes I wanted to make to the story.

By the's a first look at the cover!

Sure, we can discuss storylines in emails, but there's nothing quite like a face to face conversation--especially with other writers. I guess it's like any other occupation in that the people who understand your dilemmas best are those who also face them on a daily basis.

And yes, there was originally a hunk pic here. Sorry!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Tasty Tuesday Margarita!

After paying out a fortune to get four trees cut down in my yard and along the driveway yesterday, I need tequila more than ever. Therefore, I have consulted Webtender for this recipe. Interestingly enough, I actually have all of those ingredients on hand. *:D big grin
I even have the fancy glasses!



1 1/2 oz Tequila
1/2 oz Triple sec
1 oz Lime juice

Mixing instructions:

Rub rim of cocktail glass with lime juice, dip rim in salt. Shake all ingredients with ice, strain into the salt-rimmed glass, and serve!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Release Day for Undeniable!

Undeniable is now live! 

Extraordinary talent, undeniable love…
Following the discovery of his fetish, rock guitarist Joey Manzetti’s girlfriend leaves him, taking their child. When his neighbor, nurse Tracy Richards is assaulted by her date, Joey comes to her rescue. Sick of dealing with abusive guys, Tracy swears off men.

When Joey learns that the child he loved isn’t his, Tracy is supportive, and as their friendship grows, so does the sexual attraction. However, fearing another failed relationship, Tracy refuses to acknowledge Joey’s romantic overtures. She inspires him like no other, but can his kinky secret assist him in the quest for her love?  All Romance Ebooks

Let's celebrate!!!!!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tasty Tuesday Spinach Pasta Alfredo!

Since I currently have an abundance of spinach and basil, I've been trying to come up with new ways to use them. I love spinach Alfredo pizza, but in an effort to steer clear of the carbs, I thought I'd try making something similar with Dreamfields pasta, which is supposed to have a lower glycemic index. This is what I came up with.

Spinach Pasta Alfredo

1 (15oz) jar Alfredo sauce
2 cups (loosely packed)  fresh spinach leaves, coarsely chopped
8-10 fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup sliced black olives
2 cups penne pasta, cooked and drained
2 cups mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Italian seasoning

Place cooked pasta in a greased 9 or 10 inch baking dish. Heat sauce in medium sauce pan. Add spinach and basil leaves and cook until the leaves are wilted. Pour over pasta, toss until coated. Top with black olives, mozzarella cheese, and Parmesan cheese. Sprinkle lightly with Italian seasoning. Bake about 10 minutes in a 400 degree oven until cheese melts and browns slightly. You could add mushrooms if you like, but I didn't have any when I made this. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tasty Tuesday Banana Bread Bars!

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I spotted this recipe for Banana Bread Bars with Brown Butter Frosting on Facebook, shared it on my wall, and pinned it to Pinterest. I tried making them, but decided they were actually better without the frosting. Still incredibly good. Since I'm feeling lazy today, here's the link to the recipe...

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tasty Tuesday Olive Caper Vodka Pasta!

Looking for a single-serving meal that's quick and easy and incredibly good? Ever wonder what you could do with those amazing spicy olive medleys on your supermarket's olive bar? Next time you're at the grocery, get some of those olives, along with a jar of capers, a box of penne pasta, and a jar of vodka pasta sauce. You won't be sorry. I had to search Google images for a picture of something similar because by the time I'd eaten a few bites and decided this would be a great Tuesday recipe, I didn't want to stop and get my camera.
Yeah. It was that good.

Olive Caper Vodka Pasta

1 cup (dry) penne pasta, cooked and drained
Olive oil (If you have any flavored oils--garlic or Tuscan, etc--now's the time to use them)
1/4 cup assorted sliced olives
1 tbsp capers
1/2 cup vodka pasta sauce (I used Gia Russa's Alla Vodka)
Parmesan cheese
Black pepper

Cook pasta according to package directions while you're slicing (and pitting, if necessary) the olives. Drain the pasta and set aside. Add the olives and capers to the empty saucepan along with a drizzle of olive oil and cook until they're sizzling nicely. Add the sauce and cook until heated through. Add the drained pasta and stir. Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper and Parmesan cheese, serve and enjoy!