Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Upcoming Release: Snowbound: Saved by a Vampire

In the next few weeks, Changeling Press with release the Snowbounds, a new series of hot flashes (short stories). I've written one about a woman stranded in the snow and a to-die-for vampire. Here's a little taste:

Sandra huddled in the corner of the abandoned cabin, wrapping the moth eaten blankets even tighter around herself. Why the fuck hadn’t she believed her brother when he insisted it was going to snow? She knew how quickly a blizzard could come up around here, but she’d ignored his warnings.

Now she was lost and her only shelter was a rickety cabin that barely kept out the wind. Unless a miracle occurred, she wouldn’t live long enough for him to say “I told you so.”

Snow swirled through the chinks in the wall, forming a white blanket on the floor. Sandra’s eyes started to drift closed. She shook herself awake. If she went to sleep now, she would never wake up. She needed to get up, move around, stave off hypothermia as best she could.

As she forced her nearly frozen limbs to move, she heard something outside the door. Please God let it be a rescue party.

The door swung open. The flickering light of her flashlight allowed her to see the outline of a tall man. Her heart hammered.

He stepped further into the light, and her breath caught. Long, mocha-colored hair, flowed across his shoulder and down to the middle of his back. His eyes were deep brown, almost black, his skin nearly as pale as the snow that covered his tall black boots. His tight pants showed off powerful thighs and a trim waist. Suddenly she felt warmer than she had since the storm began.

He smiled, a wicked upturn of his lips. Then she saw them, Fangs.

I'll let you know as soon as Snowbound: Saved By A Vampire is available!

When Work Affects Yours Mind

I'm a list maker and usually I have a list when I'm at the grocery store but I only needed five things the other morning so I thought I could just remember them all. I found myself rushing around the store reciting the list in my head: ziti, ricotta, mozarella, tylenol, vibrator batteries. After saying this in my head about 10 times it struck me that other people would likely have just thought AAA batteries and that it was a good thing I wasn't muttering the list out loud as I've been known to do :)

Monday, January 28, 2008

More Recipe Posts

My favorite hobby is cooking and baking so I'm going to be sharing more of what I make with you. You can also see some recipes at my old blog, Passionate Kitchen. I'm no longer updating it, but the content will remain up for now.

An Afternoon for Cake

The last few weekends have been cold and dreary and our family has spent far too much time indoors trying to think of something exciting to do. This week I decided to be proactive and I invited some friends and their families over for afternoon cake and coffee. I have a friend who grew up in Bavaria and when he shared with me that it is traditional there to have cake and coffee every afternoon, I fell in love with that tradition. I mean what is not to like about a daily piece of cake. And with several grownups and a bevy of little girls in our house, I was able to bake a cake and resist the temptation to eat it all ourselves. So we had a delightful if chaotic afternoon with plenty of kids, friends, and caffeine.

I am not a risk taker by nature but for some reason I always end up trying new recipes when I invite people over. And yesterday's cake was no exception. Fortunately it turned out wonderfully, moist and delicious with a rich chocolatey icing that melted in your mouth. I wish I'd taken a picture but we cut into it too quickly. Here are the recipes I used:

Moist Devil's Food Cake
Quick Chocolate Frosting

Monday, January 7, 2008

Cover for A Persistent Attraction

Hi everyone! I've been taking some time off to enjoy the holidays with my family but now I'm gearing up for the release of A Persistent Attraction, Book 2 in the Regency Intrigue series. I'm so in love with the cover! Vanessa Hawthorne did a wonderful job capturing the spirit of the book.

I'm going to be doing a contest and countdown to the February 12th release right here. More info to come on that.

Read more about A Persistent Attraction here.