Thursday, May 23, 2013
Why? My guess is because Sonic makes theirs, yeah using some canned ingredients, but they mix it fresh. And that makes the difference. I was combing through some recipes and found an old family favorite, which tastes almost exactly like the mix from Sonic.
So, it's a Thirsty Thursday ~ Drink Edition today!
What you need:
12 oz can of Sprite - do NOT sub 7-up or any other brand. Sprite or nothing!
3 lime wedges
1/4 cup Cherry juice (I like Juicy Juice, but choose your fave)
1 cherry (this is optional, the drink will taste good without it)
Crushed Ice, to taste
I like crushed ice and I like it a lot...so, I fill my glass just over half-way with ice, then pour the Sprite in. Add the lime wedges and then add in the Cherry juice. Toss the cherry into the top. For a little extra lime-kapow, I will squeeze one of the limes rather than just plopping it in. Drink up and feel the refreshment! The above makes 1 16 oz drink.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Kristina: What do you wear when you're writing?
KM: First off thanks so much for having me here Kristina. Now oh fun starting with a sexy question with a very un-sexy answer. I wear my usual uniform of a cami with a long sleeved tee on top and if it’s short sleeved I have my trusty cardigan to go over that because I am always cold. As for bottoms, I wear one of my many pair of yoga pant that have never seen a downward dog or a sun salutation.
Kristina: My yoga pants protest when I try those positions, too. So we stick with ...um...other exercise options. When was the last time you argued with one of your characters? And were you caught by a real person?
KM: I argue with my characters all the time. They are quite vocal and always surprise me with their actions. But then I argue with myself as I know they all come from me so I often get mad at myself for allowing them to wander so freely. Thankfully most of these things are done in the quiet confines of my head. I’ve learned early on to just have these discussions quietly. Though I have been known to lose control at night. I’m a notorious sleep talker.
Kristina: When my husband and I first got married, I used to wake him up all the time. Now, he just gives me an elbow jab and (apparently) I stop sleep-talking. How do you keep gremlins – like your family – out of your office/writing habitat?
KM: I still have trouble with this one. My office is my laptop and it goes where I go. The only designated space I have is in my bedroom and I can only keep the family out of there for so long.
Kristina: Have you ever taken your frustrations with the Real World out on your characters?
KM: I’m so sorry but this one I cannot confirm or deny. I can only send you to the disclaimer at the beginning of both my books and all my books to come. I will give a bit of advice though to family and friends of writers: use caution as everything is fodder for story.
Kristina: I call foul...fess up, it's good for the soul! lol If you could be one character from this book, who would it be? And why?
KM: I have to say Samara but only during certain parts of Seduction’s Canvas and if you read Seduction’s Canvas and meet Mark Thorn you’ll definitely know why and know which parts. *teaser alert* LOL
Excerpt from SEDUCTION’S CANVAS:
"I want to paint you" Artist Samara Leighton had wanted to say those words to the sexy motorcycle rider ever since she first laid eyes on him nearly a year ago.
"Honey, you don't have enough paint to cover me." Security specialist Mark Thorn didn't mean to come off hard. As a matter of fact, he wanted nothing more than to let the tempting artist do whatever she wanted to him and then some.
Samara knew this was her only chance to live out her long-standing fantasy and she wasn't going to let it slip through her fingers. She had little time before her show was done and the pressure of her family legacy meant finally living out life under the umbrella of the Leighton name and its responsibilities.
There would be no more lazy museum afternoons or evenings spent lost in the magic of color and her canvases. And definitely no time spent holding tight to the muscular form of her dark rider while the horrors of her past and her cares drifted further away with each mile of road they covered.
SEDUCTION’S CANVAS can be ordered at AMAZON and Barnes & Noble
Thank you so much for having me here. I can be found on my website at:
www.kwana.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/KmJacksonAuthor
And on Twitter : https://twitter.com/kwanawrites
My pleasure, KM, thanks for having a little fun with us today!
About K.M. Jackson
A native New Yorker, K.M. Jackson had two dreams for what she wanted to be when she “grew up”: 1. a fashion designer and 2. a writer.
After graduating from high school, she pursued her first dream and studied fashion design at New York’s FIT. She then spent ten years designing for various New York houses. But after years of juggling the oh-so-glam world of mid-market fashion along with being a mother of twins, K.M. took the leap of faith and decided to pursue her other long-held dream of being a writer.
She currently lives in a suburb of New York with her husband, teen twins, and her precocious terrier named Jack who keeps her on her toes. You can find her most days on her blog at www.kwana.com
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Written primarily because I've had the Mamma Mia soundtrack stuck in my head for...oh, the past 48 hours. No reason. Haven't watched the movie or listened to the soundtrack in ages. It's just there. In my head like the earworm it is. Dancing Queen is fading into Money, Money, Money as I write this. And, being the kind soul I am, I'm sharing. bwahahahaha! Without further ado, here's the latest 3 on Thursday: Favorite Earworm Edition!
3. (and not just because it's in my head right now) Honey Honey ~ Mamma Mia: I was too young to get ABBA the first time around, so in my head, it's never a cover. The movie version is the one I hear. What I like about this song is the end, when she is standing on the balcony and her voice gets softer...and you know, she's not thinking about a love affair. What she wants is to put a face to a person who has been missing from her life for a long time. Play the clip below, you know you want to:
2. Magic ~ The Cars: This is probably one of my favorite 80s songs...although, again, too young to remember it the first time around. It doesn't hurt that RadioMan is a HUGE Cars fan, but there is just something fun and young and summery about this song. So when winter days get too long or work gets a little boring, I crank up this song and things immediately start to look better.
1. Whenever, Wherever ~ Shakira: Okay, you guys got me. I'm a pop girl. If I'm not listening to country, it's pop, and I'm good with that. I love the beat of this one - my feet start tapping and pretty soon I'm be-bopping around the house. I just can't sit still when Shakira comes on...and here's your clip:
There you have it: my 3 favorite earworms...now, spill, which songs always make you get up and dance (so sing along with that hairbrush-microphone), even if they do get stuck in your head...for just a little while?
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Hiya, readers! It's my pleasure to welcome my friend Jenna Jaxon to the blog today ~ Jenna's sharing an excerpt from her latest Betrothal (isn't that a yummy cover?!?) and answering my
Kristina: What do you wear when you're writing?
Jenna: Right now I’m wearing one of my hubby’s oversized tee shirts. But I’ve been known to wear everything from work attire, to pajamas, to sexy lingerie (for inspiration purposes LOL) It really depends on where I am and how the mood strikes me. But I will say, I do enjoy writing in lingerie. Gives me that fun “naughty” feeling. ;p
Kristina: *snorfle* Inspirational purposes, indeed... When was the last time you argued with one of your characters? And were you caught by a real person?
Jenna: I tend to not argue with them much--it does no good because I usually let them have their way. LOL One of the few times was actually with Betrothal. Thomas kept wanting to be more snarky and I kept trying to pull him back. The result is that he’s snarky as hell in this book to the point some readers don’t like him. I’m hoping that will improve in the next book.
Kristina: I actually like a bit of snark...looking forward to those bits! How do you keep gremlins – like your family – out of your office/writing habitat?
Jenna: It doesn’t happen. They come in willy nilly, turn on the TV and make themselves comfortable no matter how much I scream. I sometimes stay late at my day job, just to get the uninterrupted time I need. But shhhh. They don’t know that’s what I’m doing there. ;D
Kristina: Have you ever taken your frustrations with the Real World out on your characters?
Jenna: Never. That’s what families are for. LOL My characters are extensions of myself in some ways. I definitely don’t want to beat up on myself!
Kristina: bahaha! Have to admit, when the WIPs are swimming along, I *do* get a little snippy with the family. :( If you could be one character from this book, who would it be? And why?
Jenna: Alyse--hands down. I’m as much in love with Geoffrey as she is. He’s my KISA (knight in shining armor) and if I could ride off into the sunset with him, I’d do it in a heartbeat. He’s the perfect hero so I’d absolutely want to be his heroine.
Blurb for Betrothal:
Lady Alyse de Courcy has fallen in love with Lord Braeton, a nobleman in King Edward III’s court and a man to whom she has barely spoken. Fate, however, has decreed her betrothal to his best friend, Sir Geoffrey Longford—a handsome and imposing knight, yet hardly the man she wants to wed.
When Sir Geoffrey is bound in betrothal by his father, he could not have expected the beautiful stranger to win his heart the moment they meet. Nevertheless, the fascinating Lady Alyse has done exactly that, and his feelings for her only grow as he learns more of her gentle yet spirited nature. But Alyse’s infatuation with his friend casts doubt on whether she can ever return his regard and their wedding day is fast approaching…
Will he have time enough to win her love?
Excerpt for Betrothal:
“What do you require of me, Majesty?” Her mouth so dry she could taste sand, Alyse fought to speak in a normal tone. With a sigh of relief, she dropped into a deep curtsy, hiding her face in the folds of her skirt. If only she could remain bowed thus before His Majesty for the remainder of the evening.
King Edward laughed. “Obedience, Lady Alyse, as I require of all my subjects. As your father requires of his daughter.”
Her heart thumped wildly in her breast. That could mean but one thing.
“Rise, my lady.”
She did so on unsteady feet. “I am ready, as always, Your Majesty, to obey my father as I would you.”
Holy Mary, let it be Lord Braeton.
King Edward lifted an eyebrow toward Alyse. “A very pretty answer, my lady. And are you ready to accept your father’s decree for your betrothal? His messenger has today reached me with the contract, as I am to stand in his stead in this matter.”
Alyse took a deep breath and hoped her voice did not tremble. “Yea, Majesty, I will obey my father.”
King Edward nodded and leaned over to whisper something to Queen Phillipa, who sat beside him, heavy with their twelfth child.
Mere seconds before she learned her fate. She could scarce affect an indifferent pose before the court when inside every inch of her quivered with anticipation of the name. His name, pray God, on the king’s lips.
In her mind, she heard the word.
The king straightened, glanced at her then at the man by her side.
“What say you then, Sir Geoffrey? Does the lady not speak fair? I vow she will make you a proper wife and a dutiful one as well.”
Alyse turned, until that moment unaware that Geoffrey Longford stood beside her. Chills coursed down her body as the king’s words echoed in her mind. The sensation of falling backward assailed her, as though she rushed away from the tall man at her side even as his figure loomed larger and larger in her sight.
Not Lord Braeton.
Her numbed brain repeated the phrase, trying to comprehend that instead he would be her husband. Geoffrey Longford.
God have mercy on me, for by the look of him, this man will not.
Fearful, she cringed as her gaze climbed higher, over his chest, over his chin, finally resting on the dark blue eyes turned toward her.
Geoffrey returned her appraisal, his gaze sweeping her figure as a smile crept over his face. “Your Majesty.” He spoke to the king but his attention remained fixed on Alyse. “When my father told me of the betrothal contract before I left his home, I resolved to play the dutiful son. Now, however, I find I do not wish to act that role after all.” His eyes held hers as he paused.
Dear God, does he mean to renounce me here before the entire court?
Alyse stared at the man beside her, willing herself to remain upright, despite the waves of ice and fire alternating through her body.
“Now I find I would rather play the ardent lover.”
An amused murmur ran through the Hall at his words. Sir Geoffrey grinned, his eyes sparkling with humor and something more. Despite the uneven light, Alyse saw an unfathomable promise in their dark depths. She took a shaky breath and looked away.
All About Jenna:
Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance. Her historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012. Her contemporary works include Hog Wild, Almost Perfect, and 7 Days of Seduction. She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, is being published this summer as a series of three novellas. The first book, Betrothal, released on April 19th.
Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager. A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise. She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets. When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director. She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.
She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.
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More Books by Jenna Jaxon:
Only Scandal Will Do--Historical Romance
7 Days of Seduction--Contemporary Erotic Romance
Almost Perfect--Contemporary Erotic Romance
Hog Wild--Contemporary Erotic Romance
Heart of Deception--Historical Romance
Friday, May 10, 2013
Here's the blurb for Bachelor's Special:
Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, a family, and the love of an exceptional man. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.
Chet Castle is a businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved in any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.
Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: work as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking is a recipe for disaster…
Sounds yummy, right? Yeah, I think so, too. The book releases in May...here's how you can get your own copy:
Buy the Book:
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All About Christine:
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends.
Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmitic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.
A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.
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