Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm taking the day off to celebrate and I hope you are too!

No matter where you are or who you are with or without, there is always something to be grateful for.

Look for the good and you will see it.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Last Call For Cookies!

Last Call For Cookies!

The time to enter your cookie recipes is NOW! Entries accepted through Midnight EST tonight!

Remember you can win a signed copy of Tres Leches Cupcakes by Josi Kilpack.

Tomorrow I start baking!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cookies and Tres Leches Cupcake Giveaway

Part I: The Giveaway

So, I'm a little behind on promoting Josi Kilpack's Tres Leches Cupcakes, the latest in the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series. But that's because I was busy reading it and trying to figure out a cool way to give away a signed-by-the-author copy.

Yes, I said giveaway and signed-by-the-author.

Well, I'm not much of a cupcake girl, (which would be more appropriate for the book) but I love to bake cookies and I'm not to particular on which kind. (Although, I get more excited if there's chocolate involved and less if there's fruit.) Cookies are fast and take less effort than cupcakes. Plus it's holiday season and I want to bake cookies like mad!

So, how do you get in on such a sweet deal?

Send me your favorite cookie recipe by November 15th (that's next Thursday) and I will announce my favorite recipe and winner on December 13th. (I've got to have time to bake them!) This gives me time to mail it to you just in time for the holidays.

You may submit the cookie entries in the comment section here, the e-mail address above, AI if you're a member or message me on FB. There! You have four ways to send it and no excuses!

Go ahead and hit send and hopefully soon I'll be sending you Tres Leches.

Part II: Review

Sadie's on the run from her stalker and doing undercover work for the archaeology police in Santa Fe, NM. She's making new friends, new enemies, and gathering new recipes.

I'm so impressed with Josi's ability to keep coming up with twists and turns and quagmires for Sadie to fall into. At the same time she creates a total believeable reality and keeps the research so accurate. And she does it in such a short amount of time! Plus then there's all the recipes. Oy. Respect.

The only thing I can say about this is: Could you please send Sadie home in the next book? The romantic in me wants her home with Pete.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

WIP Blog Hop - I Got Tagged!

So, a wonderful author, Connie Sokol, tagged me in a WIP (that's Work In Progress) blog hop. So, here's what I'm querying. I picked it because it's a complete manuscript. SITMOL is only half done and I think needs a new title as it's taken an interesting turn. Anyways, here's the lowdown and see which 5 authors I tagged below:
What is the working title of your book?
Fallen Angel
Where did the idea come from for the book?
This story is the backstory of how Desdemona's parents met and fell in love. (Desdemona was my Italian alter ego when I sang and rowed a gondola in Las Vegas)

What genre does your book fall under?
Contemporary Sweet Romance 

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
I am stumped on this one. Mostly because I don't think anyone looks all that Italian. But I'd love Catherine Zeta Jones to play the mother Francesca!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
  Okay, so I cheated, but this is 100 words.
In Fallen Angel, Antonio does not believe in love at first sight, until he sees her fall into a street in Milan and get hit by a motorcycle. Compelled to know who Renatta is and if she can return his affection, he becomes her hospital volunteer only to learn that the accident erased her memory. The to love is further obstructed by her tyrannical mother, her opera career, Renatta’s fiancĂ© (Marcello), and Antonio’s lower social status. If he fails, Renatta will wed Marcello and sentence Antonio to a lifetime of loneliness, for love at first sight never happens twice.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
I am querying but if it doesn't pan out, I'll go the self pub route.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A long time. Close to two years I think. And then I've been editing for more than another year.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?
ME, Italy, opera.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
So this would be way fun to film cause you'd have to be in Italy and who doesn't want to be in Italy! It's a clean little romance. The characters have to redefine their ideas of love and what makes a family. And is love worth giving up everything for?
Thanks for taking a minute to be interested in my latest writing progress! Okay, taggees--you're up!