Monday Mindset

I hate the cold….hate it really hard. So I’m happy to give up an hour if it means I can wear sandals, not run my car for 30 minutes before leaving, not shoveling, and there is SUN!!! Michigan is very gray in the winter. With the warmer weather – has been in the 40’s – for the last several days, I’m breaking out the cotton candy pink fingernail polish, the always purple mascara, and planting seeds for herbs. While summer is my favorite season, spring is my second.
It’s filled with happy spring flowers….

Yummy foods….

Homemade Strawberry jam

And butterflies…

Career mindset –
I’m starting an instagram account. My eye is twitching just thinking about it. The focus of my inst gram will be my Thursday thirsty and tasty.
I need to have Dragon Queen (this will be under the nice me) done and in ready to submit format by the end of April.
I need Mistress of the Shifters (this is me…lots of steamy sex, suspense, and hot shifters) done and ready to submit by the end of this month.
To be honest the VA thing is just floating in the water sipping on a vodka martini. I’m hoping to move that to a more focus position this week.
Are there any season you look forward? And why?


Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

Welcome on this first day of March. It’s been a crazy crazy week so I’m in need of some thirsty. The ‘nice’ me is doing a Facebook hop – here is the link if you want to participate (over 49 authors doing give aways and sharing their amazing books) –

fb hop

Enough of the commercial 😉 let’s get to the important stuff….For today’s thirsty, I’m going to share my Between The Seasons. And some serious comfort food – Over the top Ziti bake.

Between The Seasons



Not winter…not spring

This is the only layered drink I make. This one came out prefect…that’s not always the case. I call this Between the Seasons because March is winter nor is it spring here in Michigan.

The ‘spring’ layer is strawberry – the hint of what is to come.

The ‘winter’ layer (that sort of looks yellow in the picture) is the reminder of winter – which isn’t totally gone.

Winter layer –

1 part whip cream vodka

1 part coconut rum

1 part citrus vodka

Mix and pour into the glass.

Spring Layer

1 part strawberry simple sugar

2 parts strawberry vodka ( I like homemade infused strawberry vodka …. not crazy about the pre flavored one)

Pour spring layer gently over a spoon. Add ice and enjoy remembering winter and thinking ahead.


March is a giant hiccup of warm and cold. Sometimes, I get dizzy from the bouncing temperature. So on a day of lumpy rain, I love to make Over the Top Ziti Bake.

1 box of ziti noodle
.5 lb of sweet Italian sausage
1 lb of chicken mozzarella basil sausage
1 package of pepperoni
24 Italian meatballs
1 large jar of favorite spaghetti sauce
1 cup Italian dressing
1 small onion diced
1 small green pepper diced
1 16 oz ricotta cheese
1 16 oz Italian cheese blend
1 12 oz package of mozzarella basil and garlic cheese
Garlic, rosemary, thyme to taste

1. In crockpot place all the meat and spaghetti sauce. Cook on low for 6 hours
One hour before eating…
2. Place the box of ziti noodles in a large pot of boiling water cook for 15 minutes. Drain
Preheat oven to 350
3. Pour dressing over the warm noodles and stir.
4. Add noodles to meat mixture and pour into an oven proof pan.
5. Mix in onion, pepper, and cheeses.
Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.





Let’s Journal Wednesday

It’s the last day of February so I thought I’d share with you my March time capsule (I covered ideas on how to set up a time capsule journal in January) journal spread. As I’ve said before there is no right or wrong way to journaling. Or to set up a topic specific journal.


Nothing everything will be used on the monthly spread. Some will go on the weekly summaries

One of the key things I try to do when I make my spread is to include stickers/clippings of things I know I want to do or see or make during the month.


Before the ink

But I also want to leave some areas to fill in as the month goes on. For the events, food, and drinks I highlight, I make sure to add the date when we went, ate it, or drank it.


The butterfly is for the butterfly garden I’m taking Charlie to.

If you keep a time capsule journal, I’d love to hear how you do it.


Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

First of all happy…Margarita_Day

In honor of this great holiday today’s Tasty and Thirsty Thursday recipes will feature tequila 🙂

First let’s take of the thirsty… I love margarita’s but I’m not a big fan of the store mixes so I started making my own infused tequila. I had several failures. The tequila didn’t ‘absorb’ the flavor of the fruit. The fruit would knock you on your butt…

Then I used strawberries I had left over from shortcake. The tequila took on an amazing strawberry flavor. The difference?







To Make Infused Tequila…


fruit of your choice (Blackberry is my fav but blood orange is a close second)





Crush the fruit with sugar on it. Let stand for an hour or so. Squeeze in  the juice of a lime (if you’re a zesty person…zest the lime.)

Mix fruit and tequila together in a sealable jar.

Give it 5 to 7 days to mingle. Then pour and enjoy.

And for the Tasty….it’s one of fav pot luck recipes. I love love love this dish. It’s easy to throw together. Makes a ton. And is super yummy…

What you need:

1 cup red onion
1 minced jalapeno
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1 roasted chicken, boned, skin discarded and shredded
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
5 ounces mozzarella, grated
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes, for garnish

What you do:
Mix the red onion, jalapeno, red bell pepper, chicken, sea salt, ground black pepper, chopped garlic, cilantro leaves, and tequila in large bag. Let it hang out for a couple of hours. No more than 4.

Pour into large oven proof pan. Stir in cream cheese and lemon juice.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Add cheeses and return to oven for another 10 minutes. Roll in flour shells.



Dream On… Dream journals

This week we are starting a new type of journal and one of my favorites. A dream journal. Dreams are mysterious. Some are funny…some are scary…some are gross…but they always spark something inside us.


A dream journal is ideal for you if you want to see recurrent patterns in dreams, recall important aspects needing interpretation, or improve your dream recall more generally. Ultimately, it should be a fun exercise and one that helps you to make sense of your subconscious world

There are a number of theories about why we dream, but no one knows for sure which idea is right, or whether each is right to some degree.

A dream journal can be a memory-jogger and an incredible source of insight into your inner world. Or just fun. I use mine for a lot of different reasons…writing sparks, to understand something going in my life, and also to understand why I do some of the things I do (yeah sometimes there is no understanding that….hahaha)

To record every night requires some self-discipline but once you’re in the habit of keeping one, it’s likely to be one that stays…and it’s easier than exercise and almost as much fun as eating doughnuts.

Today I’m just going to encourage everyone to determine a few things before we actually start talking about dreams, recording them, and interpreting them.
Decide where you want to keep your dream journal. Some want it located next to their bed so they can journal when they wake up. Most of the time I record my dreams and possible interpretation while drinking my morning coffee. So I keep it with my coffee cup.
Next week we’ll look at some different dream journals, I’ve used over time. But determining the purpose of your dream journal will be key in deciding what type of journal will best meet your needs.

Remember there is no right or wrong journal… this is the one I’m currently using. If this doesn’t say creepy dream not sure what does 🙂

Dream Vs Goal


Dream vs Goal… what do you have?

Everyone has been told to ‘dream big.’ And heard the slogan…Dream big and go far.
Well, how does one get those dreams to grow legs? Get them to move from their spot on the couch…watching Living Below Zero (my new addiction)…and eating doughnuts? To give them confidence when they are too meek to hit the submit button.

Me and my dreams have listened to the motivational speakers. Read the books. Watch the YouTube channels. Bought the T-shirt and wore it out. Still my dreams remained firmly planted on the couch.
I set goals. With incentives. But still my dreams continued to gorge themselves on doughnuts and watch Living Below Zero. I’d cheer and say how great it was going to be…just press the submit button. All I heard was ‘not going to happen loser.’

I was such a failure. My dreams hated me. They were like a stubborn child refusing to pick up a toy.

Finally, this year I have discovered the way to get legs on my dreams. Now they are out working for their keep. (Granted, we still watch Living Below Zero).

I have 3 new book covers….

I have a request for a full…I’m saving more the 2 months of this year than all over last year….

My dreams are now goals…And that my mindset. Dreams are fluffy things with unicorns and dragons. (BTW, I’m starting dream journals this Wednesday)

My goals are what I’m focused on. I hope all your dreams develop wings and soar.

Valentine Love

Because it’s Valentines…and I’m a romance writer…and I love to give stuff away. I’m offering five prizes…

A ten dollar Amazon gift card…

For the last month, I’ve discussed time capsule journals and turning a gift book into a journal…and I KNOW you want one 🙂 So here’s your chance to win both plus stickers.



AND…. I have a ‘nice’ me. The nice me writes sweet romances and fantasy. The story belonging to this amazing cover is being released at the end of this month. I’m offering 2 copies.
The lines between good and evil have faded. The night of the gryphon has begun. The decisions of five will determine the fate of all.



The Hollow King

My pretty pretty new cover!

The Hollow King

Thought by most to be a simple child’s chant…

A king of no kingdom
Who walks among the living yet is void of all but breathe
He will be known as the Hollow King and will yield the Spector.
The Warrior Queen with compassion will fuel the Hope
The one who walks on two legs but has the soul of an animal will guide the Spector’s magic.
Together they will use the Spector of Hope to rid the land of evil.

Until creatures most thought to be make-believe start to hunt at night… Freed by Ovezara, a sorceress of what seems to be unlimited power.

Queen Taraly dying father’s command is to visit Grandmother June and learn what must be done to stop them.

King Crenshaw has lost his kingdom to the Ovezara and vows to have revenge.

Sancha returns from a hunting trip to find his father’s body torn to shreds by an evil so dark people refuse to acknowledge it.

The three unite to find the fabled Spector of Hope. As their quest starts to unfold, they realize that the line between good and evil is often blurred. What they believed to good is twisted. Can they locate the Spector of Hope in time to restore good and save all from the evil Ovezara unleashes?


Just leave me a comment…and I’ll post the lucky winners on Saturday.


The ‘f’ words…

This week’s Mindset Monday is all about the ‘f’ words… Focus and Finish. I have issues with both of them. There are sooooo many shiny things…soooo many trails to be explored and who can’t jump down the rabbit hole?
These two words are so important so lacking in my life.

And while I will always have to explore the trails and peek into the rabbit holes, I also know if I’m going to get my VA business off the ground I need to restrict this. I need to…

If I want the writing career of my dreams, then I need to FINISH some of these books I have in my que.

For all you type A personalities none of this will make sense because you live those ‘f’ words easily. Since I’m a type ‘Y’ person- why is that squirrel in the tree? Why isn’t that doughnut in my stomach? Why is there a search for pink fuzzy socks being recommended for me? Most people are happy never knowing why but for those of us that struggle with the ‘f’ words, these and so many more ‘y’s cloud my day.
Time management is one of the 10 vision goals. This means replacing the ‘y’ words with ‘f’ words. How have I started to do this?

1. I set defined time blocks. Not I’ll write from 1 to 3. That is way to broad and way to much time for me. Now I write in my planner. 1 to 1:45 write on current WIP. 1:45 to 2 – find pics for blog post/wip or anything else I need. I give myself 15 minutes of ‘y’ time for every hour block. While all you ‘A’ people are WHAT!!!! Wasting 15 minutes. But my focus requires it.

2. There is no real trick for Finish besides willpower. I refuse to let myself start anything until the project I’m scheduled to work on is completed. I made a master writing list at the beginning of the year.
And when you Finish you get bright shiny covers like this….


Read it Friday

This Friday is a read it…

I’m reading the young adult series –  13 Treasure Trilogy by Michelle Harrison. I’m LOVING IT!! I post a review next week of the entire trilogy.

ALSO … a cover reveal.


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Cover Designer: Obsessed by Books Designs

Release date: 7th March


Cassidy Summers was my heart. Music was my soul.

When my big break came calling who would I choose? All I needed was three months to tour. Three months to Live my dream… How did I know that my soul would break my heart?

At seventeen, I was the luckiest girl around. Elliott Chase was my boyfriend and the lead singer of Soul Divider. How would I manage without him for three months…?

When a second chance at love comes around years later… can they let go of the broken promises and lies?

When secrets are staring him in the face; will Elliott do what he does best and run? After all, how do you find your soul when you no longer have a heart?


 Sienna Grant is a 39 year old romance writer. She’s married to her soulmate and is a mother to 3 children, two of which are all grown up.

When she’s not being a mother and wife, she loves to write and make up her own world but still loves a hint of realism.

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T & T

This week’s Thirsty and Tasty Thursday was a struggle for me… I have awesome things to share for Fat Tuesday and Valentines (which is going to lead to my yoga pants being tooooo tight).

So what recipes do I share??? Do we do Fat Tuesday drinks and Valentine yummy OR Fat Tuesday yummy and Valentine drinks. Let me tell you the struggle was real!

Anyway I decided to do Fat Tuesday yummy and Valentine drinks.

We always celebrate Fat Tuesday just because it’s fun and great food is involved. I make 3 pig pancakes and Cajun blood orange juice for breakfast and lunch varies depending on if I have to work. We always have a party where kids play games and eat. I make shrimp po-bois, loaded sideways grits (this is crock-pot dish so that is why its a dinner thing), and Cajun crab dip.

I also make a King’s Cake. However, I leave the plastic doll out. I know I can’t write a book without someone being killed in a horrible way but this idea creeps the crap out of me.

I don’t make my own batter, I use frozen bread dough that I let thaw and raise during the day. I’ve tried the biscuits in the tube but that doesn’t do it for me.

I let the kids sprinkle the cake with the colored sugar when it’s done.

kings cake

·         FILLING:

·         1 cup packed brown sugar

·         1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

·         2/3 cup chopped pecans

·         1/2 cup all-purpose flour

·         1/2 cup raisins

·         1/2 cup melted butter


·         FROSTING:

·         1 cup confectioners’ sugar

·         1 tablespoon water

Purple, green, and yellow colored sugar


1.    Filling: Combine the brown sugar, ground cinnamon, chopped pecans, 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup raisins. Pour 1/2 cup melted butter over the cinnamon mixture and mix until crumbly.

2.    Roll dough out into large rectangle (approximately 10×16 inches or so). Sprinkle the filling evenly over the dough and roll up like a jelly roll, beginning at the wide side. Bring the ends roll together to form oval shaped ring. Place ring on a prepared cookie sheet. With scissors make cuts 1/3 of the way through the rings at 1 inch intervals. Let rise in a warm spot until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.

3.    Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Frost while warm with the confectioners’ sugar blended with 1 to 2 tablespoons of water.

 And now for Valentine drink… I have one that I call TOO DRUNK FOR SEX and I was going to do that one but then I decided to share that for Martini Saturday on Facebook (be sure to check it out…it’s super yummy) but I decided to share my chocolate cherry martini. I don’t have a pic of it so I’m sharing an internet pic. I love love this drink. chocolate-covered-cherry-martini

I use crème de cocoa instead of Godiva because it’s cheaper and the Bailey’s is super creamy so I use Godiva is drinks it star not compete 🙂 I also use whip cream flavored vodka.

My verison…

2 parts Bailey’s

1 part Crème de Cocoa

1 part cherry flavored vodka

1/2 part whip cream flavored vodka

Mix and enjoy.