Sunday, May 25, 2014

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Tera Shanley

May 25th, 2014

So, what's this one all about? Well I'll tell you! We have to list four truths about ourselves. The fifth "fact", we will make up, and you, the guests, have to guess which one is untrue.

So without further ado....

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Tera Shanley

Layering the truth like chocolate, marshmallows and grahams

1. I sang with Garth Brooks.

2.I’m a deadeye with a rifle, or more specifically a 30.06 or a .270 I’ve nicknamed Camoline.

3. I started playing guitar to impress a boy, ended up loving it, and song writing became the beginning of my writing career.

4. I sat on a toothpick when I was 16, and the tip of it took almost 11 months to travel through my leg, and come out of my knee.

5. I dated two brothers, both of whom I held long term relationships with.

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Hoowee Miss Tera! Short and sweet and all kinds of stuff squeezed in between (those lines). Sometimes it only takes one string of words for our imaginations to start gunning. 
#1 If you did, girlfriend, you could be the next Monica from Friends. Remember her in the Bruce Springsteen video when he pulled her up on stage? Did you do a duet? Was it at a concert? See, my own shimmies fill in the details.
#2 My hubby would be impressed! He's all into guns, while I've only shot a pee-shooter once in my life. Target, a floating beer can in the river. Um, shouldn't I have started on something easier?
#3 Aw, the things we do for young love. I play guitar too! But I haven't now for two years - I gave my beauty to our 16-year-old babysitter when we left Australia because I knew it would mean more in her life than it did in mine. But that guitar has been bagged and dragged all over the world. A bit sad to let it go...but it was time to pass the torch to another youngin' with big dreams. Plus, I can't sing worth a shit.
#4 Now, Miss Tera, how was that toothpick standin' up on end for you to sit on it that way? I reckon there must have been a boy with a super crush on you trying to get your attention. Of course, that backfired miserably for him. LOL
#5 Aw jaysus, Miss Tera, I knew you were a family gal, but didn't peg you for a brother-lubber (But hey, there are lots of romances out there with brothers, maybe it is a secret fantasy of ours?)

SO...go on— guess!!! Which one do you think Miss Tera is blowin' out of her (beep).

Wow, I should cut back on the wine.

Hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. Miss Tera Shanley's latest release, An Unwilling Husband, is getting rave reviews. Historical + western = one of my favorites! Sexy cowboy for dessert anyone? 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Calisa Rhose

May 18th, 2014

So, what's this one all about? Well I'll tell you! We have to list four truths about ourselves. The fifth "fact", we will make up, and you, the guests, have to guess which one is untrue.

So without further ado....

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Calisa Rhose

Layering the truth like chocolate, marshmallows and grahams

Hi Cd! It’s great to return to play another fun game with you and your readers! I adore s’mores, but I love sundaes more!
Here are my facts:

1. Size doesn’t matter. I’m terrified of spiders, any size, or shape. As long as I can remember... If it has eight legs I’ve been known to do desperate things. Once I undressed in mixed company simply because my sister said, “Look at ’im crawl” and pointed at my back. I go into a blind panic and like the Joe Nichols song (only without the Tequila), “Spiders Make Her Clothes Come Off”.

2. At sixteen I trained to be a pro barrel racer, then ditched on my big chance, instead, choosing to stay a summer with my mother. She was furious when she learned what I’d passed on.

3. I have a twin named Tina. She’s beautiful with black hair like our mom and blue eyes. I’ve met strangers who have called me Tina, so, though we’ve never met, I know she’s been near at times. My parents never spoke of her to me, except once when I was eighteen. That’s when I discovered her and asked Mom about her.

4. My husband had to literally drag my into the chapel when we got married 30 years ago. It was three months before I turned 21 and I had sworn never to marry before then. Less than twenty-one was too young to die.

5. I self-published my first book at ten years old when self-publishing was unheard of. It was a huge thrill to actually see kids reading my book and enjoying it. That planted the writing bug in me I think. I was in my early forties when I decided I’d be published traditionally before I turned fifty—and just five years later, at forty-eight, I did just that.

Have fun guessing which of these facts is NOT true. I even made our hostess guess. LOL I’ll give an ecopy of Risk Factors to one commenter just for guessing, right or wrong. Oh, and of course I’ll share the truth with you later. Thanks for having me back, Cd! What fun this is. :-)

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It's always a pleasure, Miss Calisa! So which one ISN'T true??? Hey, she's giving away a free book so might as well take a guess!!

#1 I laughed! Not for your arachnophobia, because sister, I'm with you on that one. Especially when I lived in Australia where 4 of the most venomous spiders inhabit. But I got a great visual of you stripping down in a whirlwind of clothes and screaming! 
#2 Aw, am envious that you are so talented as to do barrel racing as I'm a horsie myself. But it made my heart melt just a wee bit to know you did it to spend time with your mum.
#3 Another heartbreaker! How did you discover your twin? What a great story. Tell us more! Unlike every other girl in this world, I never wanted a twin. In fact, I told my mum she could stop having kids after me, and ended up with four sisters. 
#5 Very impressive Miss Calisa, another author meant to be!

Find Calisa on her cyber ranch or on Google +Calisa Rhose 
Find Risk Factors (her second book) at fine ebook distributors as it’s re-released to them in the next few weeks. You can get it now at one of these:

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Elise Cyr

May 11, 2014

Welcome to another saucy episode of SUNDAE WITH NUTS where I have asked my fellow authors to join me for the day for a bit of fun and a laugh. We are romance writers after all!

Without further ado, I am most pleased to introduce the lovely and talented (and very brave!) Elise Cyr!

Sundae with the Nut Elise Cyr

1.Favorite knickers: cotton, lace, silk or errr…leather?
Cotton undies are usually my go-to, but when I want to feel pretty, pretty sexy, or both, lace does the trick.

2.Who is your fantasy male or female? Or both?
Just one? Jason Statham, Viggo Mortensen, Robert Downey Jr., and though I normally don’t go for blonds, I could watch Jude Law brush his teeth all day.

Not sure if this is the sexiest one of him or not, but I love the books behind him!

3.What language, when heard spoken, makes you frisky? (like Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish called Wanda)
A British accent does the trick every time (see Statham and Law above).

4.What vehicle, abode, beach, construction site or other locale did you lose your virginity.
A bed and breakfast in the mountains. While I did eventually marry the man in question, let’s just say our romantic hike the next day was not the best decision.

5.Do you believe in love at first sight?
Yes. If it happened to me, it can happen to anyone. It’s staying in love that’s the tricky part.

6.If you become a best-selling author and sell your movie rights, what will be the first thing you do when you hear? Other than contact Cd Brennan and offer to share with her, of course.
I think I’ll probably stare dumbly into the screen of my phone or computer for a good long while, then tell my husband he’s taking me out to a fancy dinner—the kind with linen napkins, a sommelier, and a dress code.

7.Who was your first crush?
I watched a lot of TV and movies growing up, so I would have to say Sean Connery from early James Bond films and Tom Selleck from Magnum, PI. Both are meh to me now, but at the time I was a bit of a fan girl.

8.I wanted to be a helicopter pilot and a cowgirl when I grew up (still do). What did you want to grow up to be when you were a little girl?
This is going to sound lame, but I’ve always wanted to be a writer. The library was my favorite place to go growing up, and while it has taken time for me to actually admit to my dream and improve my craft, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

9.Most romantic or sexiest destination out there.
I’ve never had a honeymoon, so I can’t speak to Hawaii or the Caribbean. But this past summer, my husband and I went to Ibiza, Spain. It’s this island in the Mediterranean, with beautiful beaches, all the tapas and cava you can ask for, and an ancient walled city that overlooks the sea. We had a fantastic time.

And last but not least.

10.Favorite ice cream flavor.
Chocolate peanut butter. Not peanut butter cup. Chocolate ice cream with ripples of creamy peanut butter. Because the ice cream is cold, the peanut butter’s texture firms up until you take a bite and it melts in your mouth. So good!

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Miss Elise, you are one of the true romantics having lost your V to the man you married. And how swoony! A B&B out in the mountains. It must have been planned, thought out, designed in some way by your hubby to make it as memorable as possible. Sigh. That's lovely. You weren't sore the next day, were you? LOL but I loved that you went out hiking. Nothing like a bit of fresh air to make you frisky again.

And boyo, never apologize for aspiring to be a writer. Because that shows that you followed your dream. I still wonder about missing out on mine, even at 42 years old, two kids, one dog, and one husband who isn't around much. I used to have a huge adventurous spirit and that's all been sucked out of me these days. But I love my boys, so I won't complain too much.

And hey! I never had a honeymoon either. Where would you go now, Miss Elise, if you could do over? Where would I go??? Somewhere beautiful and romantic but not with too much to do or I would feel guilty for spending time with my hubby in a sudsy tub with candles. And dammit, HE would learn the art of massage! (He just pinches now LOL)

Elise Cyr’s medieval romance Siege of the Heart is now available. You can follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, or check out her blog. or on Google +Elise Cyr 

I LOVE LOVE medieval romances, and Siege of the Heart is on top of my TBR list!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Gemma Brocato

May 4th, 2014

So, what's this one all about? Well I'll tell you! We have to list four truths about ourselves. The fifth "fact", we will make up, and you, the guests, have to guess which one is untrue.

So without further ado....

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Gemma Brocato

Layering the truth like chocolate, marshmallows and grahams

1) I’m addicted to reality TV. I adore the Real Housewives of every city, although my favorite is Orange County, especially Tamra Barney. She’s witty and sassy and I’d like to be her when I’m all grown up. Jemima George’s boss in Cooking Up Love is based on Tamra (with a little of the Countess thrown in), and some of my best lines have been adapted from things she’s said in the confessional segments of the show.

2) I have a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa. I earned it way back when they’d give anyone a degree. But I have never drawn a single schematic nor run anything close to a calculation on load capacity or concrete co-efficients. To this day, my dad considers it money down the drain (but he’s okay with it, because he’s proud of where I ended up).  

3) I was a marketing professional in the world of shopping centers for ten years. Every day was different and I truly looked forward to going to work. It was dangerous work, though. My favorite merchants had my sizes and shoe preferences memorized and knew I walked the mall daily with a credit card in my pocket. Those folks sounded a lot like buskers at a carnival when I passed their stores.

4) At a Christmas party one year, a psychic told me when we were first introduced she saw shoes. My friends swear they hadn’t told her I’d just bought three new pairs two days earlier. I’m still not sure I believe them. I have plans to use my obsession with shoes in my next series, Romancing the Vine.

5) I could give Pollyanna a run for her money in the ‘keeping it positive’ category. In fact, my co-workers used to accuse me of putting my Pollyanna hat on any time a project looked like it might miss the deadline. I don’t see any reason to embrace negativity. It isn’t easy to be positive all the time but it is better to look on the bright side and find a way to get the job done. That was important when faced with tricky plot points and that dreaded spot called The Middle in Cooking Up Love.

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Okay, so which one is the falsehood? I'm not even going to hazard a guess as I don't want to sway anyone's decision. Although, I can't say I would have taken Miss Gemma for a reality TV addict on #1! LOL, but my gawd, the stories you could get out of those episodes. 
#2 VERY impressed, whether you used it or not, still had to do the study, girl! 
#3 How do I get a job doing that???
#4 interests me to no end. My husband, of all people, believes in psychics more than I do. He went to one after his father's funeral back in Australia. I've only gone to one - in Dublin, when I lived there, and it was so vague, I could have read anything from it! But some folk swear by a good one, and return often to have their futures foretold. How do you feel about psychics??? Any good stories out there?
#5 Is the easiest for me to believe, because Miss Gemma is an absolute star. I've never met a more supportive, wonderful colleague and author, and one I am grateful to call a friend, even though we've never met. :-)

So give it your best shot! Miss Gemma's, HEARTS IN HARMONY releases tomorrow. Let's get the buzz going for her here, shall we?! 

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