Showing posts from November, 2011


Turkey. And Not the One on your Thanksgiving Table Either

If you have been following along so far on my Turkish Delights Trilogy Tour, you know a few things about me.
1. I own a brewery 2. I’ve lived overseas
My husband is an auto exec and most of the major companies have huge overseas interests. As a young family, we took the plunge, left Ann Arbor, Michigan in early 1998 with a 5-year-old, 3-year-old and bun-in-the-oven in tow, headed for Hiroshima Japan. From there we dragged a 7-year-old, 5-year-old and 1.5-year-old to Istanbul, Turkey.

We had a brief American interlude in Overland Park Kansas. During that one single year of Extreme Surburbia (curing me of a need for THAT scene ever again) we were faced with a choice: Sao Paulo, Brazil or Istanbul. This was a very serious decision as you might imagine. The kids were small, I wasn’t working other than, you know, the 24/7 under appreciated drudge work done by so many of us. Brazil was a “compound living/armed guard and driver” sort of ar…

Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent 5 Stars! AND Giveaway!!!

Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent cleans and removes stains from your laundry with the power of Oxygen Bleach Destainer and Deodorizer. Powdered Laundry Detergent is safe and effective at ALL temperatures on whites, permanent press, bright colors, pastels, prints, and delicates in hard or soft water. (Not suitable for Silk or Wool) Tropical Traditions Powdered Laundry Detergent is non-toxic, environmentally safe and contains no phosphates. Powdered Laundry Detergent cleans and safely bleaches your clothes with the added power of Oxygen Bleach De-stainer and Deodorizer. With our Laundry Detergent there are no harmful by-products upon decomposition. Powdered Laundry Detergent dissolves as completely as liquid detergents and rinses away completely leaving no residue in your clothes. Powdered Laundry Detergent costs less to use than commercial liquid detergents and costs no more to use than commercial powdered household laundry detergents. Powdered Laundry Detergent contains no…

Toni's Review of Sleepy Willow's Bonded Soul by Dicey Grenor ***4 Stars***

Ever since vampirism became illegal, the undead have been hunted to near-extinction. So Willow has to watch her back to make sure no one finds out what she is. And that’s not easy considering she’s a vampire with narcolepsy. Predator can become prey at any moment, especially with the skillful Vampire Extermination Team (VET) on the job.

Hoping to blend in with the nightlife, Willow takes advantage of being an animated corpse by performing for necrophiliacs at premiere fetish club Hades. Here, she discovers colleagues with other supernatural secrets. She’s also unexpectedly drawn to Remi, her most loyal fan, despite his deviant sexual nature and personality disorder. But succumbing to her lust is not a good idea since her maistre vampire forbids it.

Now Willow has to outsmart VET agents, escape bounty hunters, and find a cure for narcolepsy…or vampirism. And she’s got to break the bond with her Maistre, no matter how powerful and unrelenting he is.

Most importantly, can she stay awake lo…

Research and Realism in the Romance World… JL Oiler

Research and Realism in the Romance World… JL Oiler

I am one of those readers who devour books that I enjoy. There is nothing like climbing into a story regardless of sub genre and being able to connect with the characters. However, I can’t help but notice that with the increase of availability of reads due to the e-book revolution, that a great number of authors fail to truly think or research the topics/genres they write. I truly believe to grab the author that a story requires elements of realism regardless whether you write paranormal, BDSM, historic, Sci-Fi, or any other of the zillion sub genres out there. Honestly if you’re going to give me a story about Rodeo then you should research the topic. Learn as much as possible so you’re not just blowing smoke. Believe me readers can peg a fake. It only takes a few careless mistakes to have it all come crashing around you. The same could be said about locations. If you select a real setting, you should at least checkout a map. Nothi…

Christmas Angel Ornament or Pins by KYM

Christmas Angel Ornament or Pins

A few years ago a close friend designed these Angels and then kindly taught me how she made them. I use to attend craft shows, and they were always well received. Then I was in a car accident that left me spending 3 years in rehab. A good friend of mine last Christmas asked if I would make her a few for gifts. I wasnt sure I could, but with my "I can do it" attitude, I sat down to try. It may have taken me longer, but finishing that first Angel was a real triumph for me ! So, this year I started at the beginning of fall making these Angels on my "good days". They are made with lots of love, and they have given me alot of enjoyment. From the people that have ordered them, or I have gifted to..they all exclaim that they are nicer then the photos. They really sparkle, and I hope you will love them for years to come ! 
I have some of her angels, and they are just fab! ~Deb R.
I gave these as Christmas gifts last year, and everyone LOVE them…

5 Stars for The Shoppe Of Spells!!!!! 2nd Edition!

When is a whole more than the sum of its parts? 

When it has ties to the quaint little town of Ruthorford, GA, as Morgan Briscoe discovers when a cryptic message threatens to change her life forever. 

Morgan’s relatively normal life is turned on its ear when she learns not only that she is adopted, but her birth parents are dead and she now holds half-interest in a business with their ward, Dorian Drake. Dorian is running The Shoppe of Spells and despite his riveting good looks, he can barely conceal his hostility toward his new partner. 

Morgan discovers that she is more than she seems and together she and Dorian have the ability to control a portal to another dimension. 

Unable to control their growing attraction, Morgan and Dorian dance around their desires and her burgeoning abilities, until danger forces them to face their destiny.

~~The Shoppe of Spells is the first in THE GATEKEEPER series.~~

Adopted and didn't know it..... Morgan finds out her biolo…


Hi all, been awhile since I posted, I've been pretty exhausted thanks to my new job.  I have not forgotten any of you though.  I am missing you all sooooo much!  I often come onto my blog while at work hoping to catch your comments :) I took a picture of myself this week to show you how I looked for work.  I am also going to answer a question that was posted by a fellow blogger about how I manage to get my reading done for reviews while working full-time and running a family.  I'm also going to give ya a makeup tip.  I figured I'd make up or some lost time lol.  

Question from Talina of Bookin It Reviews!!!How do you manage to read and would really help! ;-)Answer: 
 When I'm working I sometimes read during my lunch break while eating, in the evening between calls if it's a quiet night at work I am able to read a bit also.  Another way is after work while doing my housework I set my Kindle to read to me and I listen to it with headphones.  When I have ti…

Please Welcome Author Lacey Wolfe! Author of Amber's Muse

Lacey Wolfe
My advice to new writer’s.
I have been asked a few times if I had any advice for new writers. I scratched my head and wondered, why are you asking me? I am a brand spankin’ new author myself. Then I thought, maybe I do have some advice. This is all fresh in my head and maybe I just might have something useful to say.
The first thing I would say, forget the word aspiring if you’re using it. If you’re writing, then you’re a writer. Maybe you aspire to be published, but you aren’t for writing. Believe in yourself first and others will follow.
My next suggestion would be to get on twitter. At first I even thought authors would be sort of like celebs, stuck on themselves. Nope, wrong. They are super sweet and accepting. In fact, they want to congratulate you and see you succeed! Authors aren’t selfish and want all the glory for only themselves. The community on twitter is just awesome. If you’re having a bad day, there are surly five authors there to tell you they went through this…

Review for Amber's Muse

Sometimes it’s the person you least expect who can satisfy all your desires.

By day Amber’s a librarian, and by night she hides away writing erotic romance novels. She has just one problem—not enough sexual experience to pull from. A recent steamy dream leaves Amber wondering if her neighbor Jax might be just the guy who can help her. He seems almost perfect to use as a sexual guinea pig, especially since she doesn’t have to worry about falling in love with him.

Jax has lived next door to Amber for a year and has tried everything he can think of to get her to notice him, but it hasn’t worked. Until recently. When Amber approaches him asking for his help, he’s ready to jump on board. When he learns exactly what kind of help she needs, he’s definitely willing.

Becoming involved with someone like Jax simply isn’t an option for Amber. He barely works, can’t manage his money, and has no ambition in life. So why does he suddenly seem so right for her?

Content Warning: explicit sex


A New Beginning- First day of work after 12 years.

It's been 12 years since I last worked.  12 years since I last got up early in the morning and fixed myself up and put on business clothes, made myself a bagged lunch.  It was the first time I kissed my children and said "Have good day,"  on my way out the door and saying "see you after work," to my husband. I have to say it was quite surreal.  I had to tell myself over and over again that this wasn't just for one day but I would doing this often from now on.  I was sad not to be home to greet the kids but extremely happy to be making new friends and having conversations with other adults.
My first day started off with me climbing a ton of stairs and being greeted by a cheerful lady.  I was seriously out of breath but kept a smile plastered on because I was happy to be there.  The lady brought me to the training room, I took off my jacket and scarf while surveying the area.  Someone else had already set up their belongings at one of the desks.  The other Trai…

My Sinickerdoodle Cookie Recipe (Cinnamon Cookies)

Here is my Recipe for a Snickerdoodle Cookie  or as we call it Cinnamon Cookies.

2 Cups of Brown Sugar 1 Cup of Shortening 2 Eggs 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract 3 Cups of All Purpose Flour 1 tsp. Baking Soda Pinch of Salt  A little Cow's milk when mixing to keep it together.
Put everything into a bowl and mix it with your hands.  When everything sticks together. Roll little balls into a bowl of brown sugar and cinnamon. Place the cookies about 1/2 inch apart on a non-stick baking sheet or parchment.
Bake at 350F
for 6 to 8 minutes.
Makes about 2 to 3 dozen.  Depends on the size of your balls lol

My Review of Secret Santa by Kristine Cheney 5 STARS!!!!!

Holly Gordon’s estrangement from her family makes loneliness of the Christmas season hit close to home. Volunteering for the annual Ashton Falls Secret Santa Program is more than a comfort, it’s a blessing. Just knowing she’s able to help another hurting soul experience the joy of a heartfelt Christmas makes her own reality a tiny bit sweeter, that is, until Marcus Jenner ends up on her list.

Marcus Jenner is more than a bronze, muscled looker. This Chickasaw loner isn’t happy being placed on the town’s Secret Santa list. Suffering from the blow of a devastating loss, he has chosen to withdraw from living almost completely. For the life of him, he can’t figure why this pretty little blonde keeps bumping into him, calling him by name, and insisting on giving him presents. Unfortunately for Marcus, every time she does, a billowing cloud of havoc seems to ensue. Why can’t this uninvited vixen leave him alone?

They say time and fate have all of the answers. Holly, in all of her innocence, i…