Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#TastyTuesday - Brainstorming Recipes

Every fall my RWA chapter meets up for a brainstorming and writing retreat. From Thursday thru Sunday morning we are writing, laughing, eating and brainstorming fiends. The general rule at Brainstorming is this: what happens at brainstorming stays at brainstorming. Which is good because when you get 15 women together for an all girls weekend things can get...well, a little bit crazy.

Friday morning we woke up to all these seagulls on our dock. We're not sure why they chose our dock because we didn't feed them but for nearly the entire morning they sat facing south(ish) in little lines.

Saturday evening we were treated to a sky show - the lake and sky went pink and it was lovely.

Friday evening (I know, skipping around in time, this is how my brain works!) we deconstructed the movie The Proposal (you know, the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds movie). But before we could get to the real movie we learned one of our members (ahem! not me) watching the wrong proposal - a mob flick that...wasn't what she expected. I won't name any names...unless you ask me really nicely in the comments.

One of the girls brought along my favorite dip (I didn't get a picture, sorry, we'd worked really hard that day and were really hungry and...well, you get the gist) and that's my recipe for today. Here we go:

Scoop & Scarf (aka Scarf and Barf and Scoop and Sniff ... not because you'll get sick or smelly but because we kept forgetting the actual name):

1 package Cream Cheese (Philadelphia, use Philly...don't go generic)
1 8 ounce jar of salsa (or 8 ounces of your from-scratch salsa, you're choice)
1 8 ounce package of mild cheddar cheese, shredded
chopped black olives and tomatoes, to taste
1 bag of tortilla chips, again your choice my preference is Fritos Scoops


Allow the cream cheese to come to room temperature so you can manipulate it and then put the salsa and cream cheese in a bowl. Mix thoroughly. Spread the mixture in a 9X13 pan and then cover with shredded cheese. Sprinkle the chopped black olives and tomatoes over the top and serve. Voila! A great dip for football parties or family gatherings.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

I'm On Tour!

Hi, everyone! I'm on tour with Light My Fire (book 1 of my Rockers trilogy) for the next few days.. I'd like to send a quick shout-out to Bippity Boppity Book Tours who helped me set everything up - I'll be sharing some excerpts and fun stuff in a lot of different places and if you'd like to follow along, here's where I'll be:

September 29
Deal Sharing Aunt  Promo 
Stitch Read Cook  Promo / Excerpt 
Jacqueline Paige  Promo / Excerpt 
The Jeep Diva  Review
Harlie's Books   Review 
September 30
Let's Get Booked   Promo 
What I'm Reading  Promo / Excerpt
My Favorite Things  Promo / Excerpt
C.J. Baty  Promo / Excerpt 
I am, Indeed  Review 
October 1
Reviews by Crystal  Promo / Excerpt
Marie's Cozy Corner  Promo / Excerpt 
Tattooed Book Review  Promo / Excerpt 

Light My Fire
The Rockers Trilogy # 1
Kristina Knight 

Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 100 Pages
Release Date: 1 September, 2014
Heat Level:  4
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

#3onThursday: All About Bad Boys

I'm back with another 3 on Thursday and this time its a bad boy edition - primarily because I've been reading a LOT of bad boys lately. I'm not talking about the guys who treat women badly, who don't call, who dump their baggage on other people and never take responsibility for their lives. I'm talking about the bad boys who are also good men.

Bad boys are one of my favorite hero types to read (and write) here's why:

First, the wicked. Bad boys know just how to look at a women to make the heart race and the muscles clench. Y'all know what I mean. I'm not sure if its the twinkle that is always in the eye of a bad boy or the way he carries himself, but they just can't hide the wicked.

Second, they know what they want and go after it. Isn't that what we all want - to set out sights on a goal and go after it 100%? Bad boys do that - whether it's starting a business or surfing a rogue wave or riding the baddest bull on the PBR circuit...and if their sights are set on a woman. sigh Even better. One of my favorite parts of a book to write is the moment the hero (bad boy or other type) decides what he wants is the girl...it's just so exciting!

Third, bad boys don't (seem) care what anyone thinks. We're all guilty of caring a little too much, from time to time, about what someone else thinks of our actions and choices. It come with the territory of being human, I think. Bad boys don't seem to have that guilt, though, and as I mentioned before that singlemindedness when they are in the middle of a quest is quite sexy. I do think bad boys care, at least a smidge, what people think of them...but bad boys realize that what they want is more important than what anyone else thinks about what they want. And I think we could all use a little more of that, don't you?

Okay, your turn: what is it that you like about bad boys in romantic fiction - or in reality! Share in the comments!