Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sundae With Nuts - Sharon Struth

September 21, 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!) Sharon Struth!

Sundae with the Nut Sharon Struth

1. What language, when heard spoken, makes you frisky? (like Jamie Lee Curtis in A Fish called Wanda)
Like Jamie Lee Curtis, I might be a sucker for them all. Including brogues (Outlander is killing me!) My husband speaks German, enough to converse, and one day he said to me in his always gentle and sweet voice “Was machst du, meine Liebe?” (What are you doing, my dear?”).  I knew “Liebe” was a term of endearment so I DID NOT respond with “What does it look like I’m doing?” See, an accent goes a long way? Also, it’s sad to me that the German language is perceived as so harsh when it’s the person delivering the words that makes any language shine.

2. Do you believe in love at first sight?
At one point in my life, I’d have said no. And I’m not just saying this to score points with my husband, but the instant I saw him, I knew he was special and felt connected to him. After one date, I knew he was the guy for me.

3.Most romantic or sexiest destination out there.
This isn’t a “real” destination, but I find a snowy winter night with the fireplace lit, a great movie playing and my sweetie at my side pleases me on so many levels. I just realized that in Share the Moon, the book opens in the fall, but the love builds during some of the worst snow seen in Northwest New England in decades. It gives the characters a chance to keep each other warm, right?

And last but now least.

4.Favorite ice cream flavor.
Chocolate. When I was growing up and my family went out to get ice cream, my sister would pour over the flavors as if it were going to be the last time she’d ever get a cone. I’d read them all too…and every single time, order chocolate.

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Ah, but your romantic destination is a real place, Miss Sharon! And yes, I would have totally agreed with you. There was nothing better when my husband and I started dating when we lived in Ireland than a bottle of red, turf burning in the fireplace, and cold lashing outside - sometimes snow, but rarely in Ireland. We used to cuddle on the couch all the time. Now with 2 young boys in a small house, we liken ourselves to crazy during the winter months. Honestly. So that's the last thing I would think of these days. LOL

The majority of my Nuts believe in love at first sight, just like you Miss Sharon. I'm a skeptic and a scientist by nature, so how did I end up writing romance? 

And yes, I'm half German, and the German language and people are beautiful. Especially Bavaria where I've spent a good deal of time!

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Miss Sharon Struth has an heartfelt contemporary romance out at the moment, called Share the Moon. Not only an awesome title, but a great story. Iv'e read it and loved it!! Available in both print and digital.

Enjoy Share the Moon's book trailer here!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Brynna Curry

September 14th, 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.

The s'mores have all danced as a Nut, and have now earned the right to jig as a S'more. 

So without further ado...

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Brynna Curry

Layering the truth like chocolate, marshmallows and grahams

1.I love anime. Inuyasha, Dragonball Z, Witchhunter Robin, Trigun and Sailor Moon are my favorites. My daughter Kayla and I think the ending themes for Inuyasha are so lovely in fact, that I bought the music and googled the lyrics to the songs online so we could learn them. I can sing four of the seven songs in Japanese and get the words right, if not the intonation. I’m not entirely sure what the words mean, but the heart is in the music. Music is universal. 

2.From 7th grade onward, I had a 99% all black wardrobe. The remaining garments were either red, blue or purple. This style choice garnered a rather undesirable nickname from the mean girls…the undertaker. 

3.From the time I was a baby, my father, a band director, pushed music on me. Fortunately for me, I loved music and absorbed everything he said like a sponge. By the time I was in eighth grade, I could play trumpet, flute, piccolo, French horn, marching French horn (it’s entirely different), saxophone, drums, and a little piano. Not only that, but I played well enough to medal in trumpet (my favorite) and flute during sectionals.  Because I spent so much time watching practices, I picked up the majorette and flag routines. More than once I had to trade in itchy wool for a glittery costume to stand in for a sick majorette or color guard. I was in the band  until my senior year, when I decided to do something different and quit band to solo in the choir.  I loved singing. I still do. I was really good. Probably not so much anymore. No one hears me sing now except the walls, Kayla, and the steering wheel. 

4.My first manuscript was both wonderful and terrible. It’s about the spirit of an evil man that torments a family for generations, time travel and love that endures. I knew it was terrible. I never tried to publish it. It served a purpose though and allowed me to escape a bad time in my life. One day, I’ll rewrite it and see if I can make it shine. For now, it’s in a locked file, buried where no one will ever see it. 

5.I’m a girly girl. I love to shop. I’m obsessed with shoes. I have tons of them. I never leave the house without being dressed to the nines. 

Thanks for inviting me to be here today!  Okay, readers, can you spot the fake? It’s so fake it’s my antithesis.  Good luck.

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Oh, and they'll need it! My breakdown:
#1 I've never really been into anime but know loads of friends that are. It's definitely a genre that I should at least investigate. It's huge, and it's passing me by. Especially after what Miss Brynna has to say about it. Sounds like a world in itself! And how this be the fake with such intimate detail? Well, Brynna is a successful writer. Keep that in mind with your guessing!
#2 LOL, I went through a blank punk stage, too! And I still wear a lot of black. So very Jolie-esque. Without the figure, of course. And the boobs. And the money. And without Brad Pitt. 
#3 Hey, I played the trumpet too! I was a huge band geek. Not saying that you were...of course! :-)
#4 Okay, this one is for the Curry fans out there. Someone must know if this was her first book or not. Bang it in, girls!
#5 Really?? Could this be the antithesis? It's so hard to know when we only get to chat with our friends in a virtual environment. As much as I'd love a cuppa tea with Miss Brynna, I've never had the pleasure to see her walk up in a pair of Jimmy Choo's.

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Today, the S'mores is part of Miss Brynna's Elemental Magic tour. Let's get it on!

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About the Author:  Brynna Curry was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line. After living all over the southern states, she finally landed in North Alabama where she lives with her husband and their three children. Growing up, books fueled her dreams and imagination, ultimately becoming her salvation during the hardest times in her life.Writing is her passion, but she enjoys the fun of sharing those stories with others by reviewing books and working in publicity.
When she isn’t writing or promoting, she’s often found haunting the library for new books to read or just spending an quiet evening at home with Jackie watching old westerns on TV. Although her wizards, shifters and vampires are as real to her as anyone, she insists love is the truest magic and with it every day is another wonderful adventure.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Sarah Hegger

September 7th, 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.

The s'mores have all danced as a Nut, and have now earned the right to jig as a S'more. 

So without further ado....

S'more Sundae With Nuts - Sarah Hegger

Layering the truth like chocolate, marshmallows and grahams

Oh, yay, I’m a s’more! Okay five facts about me, one of which is a blatant, no hold barred, not even going to blush LIE. If you’re the first reader to get it, I’ll give you your choice of either of my released books – The Bride Gift or my newly released, Sweet Bea. You can check them both out on MY WEBSITE and take your pick. Please be sure to leave me a way to get hold of you next to your guess.

Let the layering begin:

1. I love to give my own interpretation to a fancy dress theme. I went to an Arabian Nights party dressed as a Saudi oil sheik and a James Bond party as a Russian border guard in thigh high boots.

2. An ex-boyfriend used to say I ate like a bird, half my body weight every day. I once ate an entire 18-inch pizza without giving a bite to anyone else.

3. I come from the Welsh Edwards line, but the family name is only half the truth, because we are related under the blanket as the bastard line of the Earl of Durham.

4. My husband sucks at special dates, I mean really sucks. He forgot my birthday, or remembered it wrong seven years in a row. Even my brother in law gave up on reminding him.

5. In my acting days, I was doing a travel program called “Wish you Were Here” and was charged by an enraged black rhino when our jeep got between him and his cows.

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      Okay, go on then - give it a go! Guess away! And hurry now, because the first one to get it right gets a free copy of one of her books. I haven't read The Bride Gift yet, but I have read Sweet Bea and absolutely loved it! I'm a bit of a historical romance nut. 

      So here goes my analysis! 
      1 I love that you added a picture and I invite any s'mores in the future to do the same. It just adds a bit more fun to the day, I reckon. Now, whether this is the falsehood or not? Boyo, this one would be my guess, but I could be completely wrong. It happens all the time. 
      2 I used to be able to eat that way when I was a young 20-something and riding my bike everywhere and rock climbing and all this shit. Now I'm over 40 and if I look at a pizza it adds to my belly muffin 2 inches. But girl, if you tell me that you can still eat like that now and not gain a kilo...well, I might just have to put a hit out on you. LOL
      3 Nothing wrong in being a bastard. IMHO
      4 I can totally believe this because my asshat husband does the same shit.
      5 Whether this is true or not, I'm just impressed you were an actor! Can I have your autograph? 

Sarah is a gem and one of those authors that gives everything 100% on everything, including a great story for her readers. Do pick up a copy of Sweet Bea because I adored it so much.