Summer lovin’ Music

Hey hey everyone. Hope you have a great week! It’s warm…I’m talking seriously warm – when it gets into the upper 80’s kissing the 90’s in my part of Michigan things have gotten serious…It’s beach time!!!!!

And love is in the air in the summer – people are out enjoying the weather. The beach. Bonfires. Maybe a few drinks…

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And how can you NOT fall in love – because it’s In the Air Tonight – this is covered by VonLichten ft. Jessica Carvo (and was played on Lucifer and everyone knows Lucifer can rock love)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PqQAHeUFkys

In the Moment also does a good cover – (but no Lucifer and well that’s a thing)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azeh1ZbxWwI

To stick with the Lucifer theme and summer love – I fell in love with the devil by Avril Lavigne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISgaQcScFQE

 

Because not every summer love works out – Hurt Again by Julia Michaels

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vydc0xi46dM

 

What would summer love be without Grease????

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZW0DfsCzfq4

What are some of your favorite summer lovin’ songs? Drinks? Beach time activities?

Monday Mayhem oh I mean Monday Motivation…

What’s the saying about if you don’t keep moving you will grow moss? Well, I’ve been moving at breakneck speed. Sadly, it hasn’t been on the writing front  ☹ This has been an awful year for keeping life out of the driver’s seat of my bus.

But I’ve  wrestled by way back into the seat… And I have some plans on ways to keep control.

1st – I’m using Heartbreathings 3Q  –  a goal setting system just for writers. I spent some time enjoy the evening and going through the steps (this is a more than a one-night thing) but I honestly started the month with a solid plan and I rocked it!!!!

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2nd – I’m doing a Book in a Month by Victoria Lynn Schmidt – I’m on track. While I’m making adjustment to make the system work for me, I’m keeping pace with the daily pace. I’m planning on doing a monthly recap of my adventure – what work, what didn’t. The main difference is I’m NOT writing it as I do the daily exercises. I’m writing just on the story I was already working on. I’m using it as an intense plotting and plan on writing the story in August. It’s a romance suspense set in the professional video game playing world.

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3rd – I’m part of 2 reader events this month – Christmas in July and Fun in the sun. Check them out all the great books and enter to win some amazing prizes.

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While I’m only one week in, things are moving forward. I’ve had hiccups. My blood sugar rocketed pass Pluto – to the point my meter wouldn’t read it. So that whipped me out for 2 days.

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So I’ve decided to plunge myself into the Keto diet. While I get most of my recipes from the internet, I do like to have a starting point so I picked up … Eat This Not That ! The first recipe that I’ll be show casing this Thursday on Tasty and Thirsty is Eggs baked in cream with prosciutto, parmesan and basil.

So as we’ve made it to the mid-year mark, have you made any changes?

Tunes Tuesday

Hi everyone welcome to Tunes Tuesday. This week’s song is off the playlist for…

lastsong of the siren

cover by: Glowing Moon Designs

Blurb…

Tobia is second in command of The Daughters of Chaos (a bike club of sirens).

Malcom is Poseidon’s top enforcer.

Mer and Sirens are sworn enemies.

They break all the rules by becoming lovers and having a son. The Siren’s want to use their son’s life blood to break Poseidon’s curse banning them from the ocean. The Mer want to kill their son so the curse can’t be broken. It will take everything Tobia and Malcom have to keep their son safe.

The opening scene…

Malcom stared at the photo. Anger quickly twisted into rage constricting his airway making it impossible to breath. His vision narrowed entirely on the picture on the table. His heart slammed against his ribs with such force it won’t have surprised him if he broke out of his ribs and flopped on the table.

“I know she’s a looker but remember she’s the enemy.” Delvin’s thick voice jarred him back to the small office.

Malcom tried to form words but his brain was still too consumed with questions about the photo to assist his tongue.

“The sirens kidnapped a couple of mer again.” Delvin shook his head. “When will the young realize that this isn’t a game.”

“What about this?” Malcom bit out. His breathing still restricted. Every few hundred years or so the siren managed snare a couple of the young mer testing the boundaries. Poseidon sent in a tack force and retrieved them. Malcom was above that.

“Yeah. The retrieval team took this.” Delvin reached across the table and picked up the picture. It took every ounce of self-control Malcom had to remain seated and not lunge at the man ripping the photo from him. “It would seem it kid is her son.” Delvin shook his head. “Never in the history of time has a siren had a male child.” Delvin look at him. “You need to confirm the kid is hers. Not just some drop off. And if it you need to bring him back to Atlantis.” He shoved the picture back.

Malcom didn’t need to confirm the kid was hers. He dropped his eyes to the photo. To the little boy – a prefect blend of Tobia and him.

It’s Been Awhile by Staind

 

Playlist Tuesday

I’m on the home stretch for The Last Song of the Siren…hopefully, I’ll be done with it this week. So I thought I’d share another song from the Siren playlist.

lastsong of the siren

She’s second in command of The Daughters of Chaos (a bike club of sirens). He’s Poseidon’s top enforcer. They are meant to be enemies. Instead they have a son. The Siren’s want to use his life blood to break Poseidon’s curse. The Mer want to kill him so the curse can’t be broken. It will take everything Tobia and Malcom have to keep their son safe.
This is the theme song.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4R7ZuiG5PE

Have a great day everyone!

Can’t keep a good man down…

Welcome to Tune Tuesday – This week is from my upcoming release -Mission: Stay Alive – And this is just a ‘hint’ of the cover. Trust me the rest is just as yummy as this peek 🙂

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No matter how bad things get Colven always has a sense of humor and NEVER admits defeat – So his ‘theme’ song is Almost Down

Here’s a snippet…

A hard blow to his stomach revived him. Struggling to get air in his lungs, he blinked trying to bring the room into focus.

“Nice of you to wake up and join us.”

“A bucket of cold water is effective also,” he stated meeting his brother’s glare. “And if you throw it just right you can make it look like I pissed myself.”

Gunther leaned against a table. A pistol next to him. The left side of his face twitched. Making the corner of his mouth dance as his eye continuously blinked.

“Are you winking at me, brother?” He knew his brother’s twitching was the result of nerve damage received during a fight when they were kids. Gunther had challenged some older boy’s claim on the distribution of food to the holding cabins. The boy had beaten Gunther so badly he hadn’t been able to move from the bed for over a week.  His condition had been so severe their mother had slowed down her drinking to take of him.

A weaker child would have died. Gunther survived and killed the boys three weeks later.

“I’ll find her. I’ll fuck her repeatedly in front of you. Then I’ll slowly kill her in front of you.”

“You know we should have these family reunions more often.” He looked over Gunther’s shoulder. Pinned to the wall was the map just like their mother had said. “Only next time, it’s your turn to be tied and beat up.”

They hadn’t found Aries or Gunther would already have her stripped and displayed.

“So you think sometime around the old world’s Christmas? I’ll supply the ropes and chairs. You bring your favorite torture toys.”

“Always the smart ass.” Gunther pulled on the beads woven into his massive beard. A sign he was thinking. While his brother wasn’t dumb, keeping his temper from clouding his judgement and ruling his actions had always been a problem. And Colven knew the madder Gunther became the more irrational he’d become. So irrational, he’d probably untie Colven just so they could fight. Of course, it could back-fire and his brother would beat him to death while he was tied to the chair.

“Is it true you’re such a jackass these days because your dick fell off a couple of years back?” Colven never played it safe.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday Tunes

Hello everyone!
This week’s Tuesday’s Tunes are brought to you by Charlie. This is one of his favorite songs.
I can’t even begin to say how many many many times, I’ve listen to this song. Anyway here is the blurb….
lastsong of the siren
She’s second in command of The Daughters of Chaos (a bike club of sirens). He’s Poseidon’s top enforcer. They are meant to be enemies. Instead they have a son. The Siren’s want to use his life blood to break Poseidon’s curse. The Mer want to kill him so the curse can’t be broken. It will take everything Tobia and Malcom have to keep their son safe.
 
Here is the snippet…
For the first time in Tobia’s life fear coursed through her veins. Her heart stuttered as her brain screamed in panic.
This was it. This was the day she’d die. Forcing air into her lungs, she drew her hook knives. Humming the siren’s death song, she ran to greet the mer who were going to kill her.
 
And here is the song…
Legends Never Die by Against The Current (We are big Troll Hunters fan so this is what he watches – repeatedly)
 
What song(s) are you listening to right now?

Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

Sooooo I had the dreaded you-are-getting-old check-up this week. It would seem that I’m the edge of developing some health issues. The doctor is going to monitor me (mainly my blood sugar) and it strongly suggested that work on my eating habits.

Okay, I can do this. First, let me say that my Monday motivation doughnut is NOT leaving nor is my Fri-yay muffin but the things in between are getting switched up. Oh and there will still be vodka – limited but it will be here.

This week’s recipes are on my to try list – over this weekend. They are both healthy and complaint with the Whole30 diet.

Soooo what will be in my glass this Fri-yay? Not vodka….hibiscus tea 🙂

NOTE: Both of these recipes are taken from the January/February  2019 issue of Clean Eating. I have made NO changes. Also the pictures are from the internet.

So for Fri-yay I’ll be sipping on this…

What I’m using (this makes 2):

1 hibiscus tea bag

3/4 cup coconut water or to taste

1/2 chopped pineapple (I’m using fresh but it doesn’t say so…. I’ll report back)

 

2 tsp ginger (I’m wondering about raspberries – I like raspberries better than ginger – just saying)

sparkling water – to taste (again, I’m thinking flavor here)

What I’m going to do:

  1. Brew tea.
  2. In a blender add tea, coconut water, pineapple, ginger (maybe raspberries), and a pinch of salt. Then I’m going to blend it until they become one.
  3. Pour in 2 ice filled glasses and top with sparkling water.

Now on to Saturday night’s dinner – Cauliflower topped Shepherd’s pie. Now I love shepherd’s pie. I like cauliflower – so I’m thinking this should be a home run. The recipe says lamb or beef can be used. I’m using beef, just because I’ve never had lamb and lamb isn’t available at my grocery store…

Cauliflower topped shepherd’s pie

What I’m using:

Topping

1 small head cauliflower – cut into small pieces

1 small celery root (I’ve had this – let the fun begin)

6 cloves of garlic (yeah!!!! I love me some garlic)

3 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper

3 tbs chopped parsley

4-6 unsweetened almond milk

Filling:

3 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion (honestly, I’ll likely add some to the topping. I love onion and garlic)

2 large carrots (this will probably morph into a turnip, I’m not a big carrot lover)

2 large stalks celery

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp dried rosemary (will use fresh from my window garden(

1 1/2 lb ground beef

2 tbsp unsalted tomato paste

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

What I’m going to do:

  1. make the topping: Preheat oven to 425. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Toss cauliflower, celery root, garlic cloves with 1 tbsp oil, salt, and pepper. Roast about 30 minutes or until veggies are very tender.
  2. Squeeze garlic our of peels and place in food processor (I’ll most likely roast the garlic for the pie because is anything better than roasted garlic???) add roasted veggies, parsley, and 2 tbsp oil. Puree until smooth – add milk 1 tsp at a time until desired thinness.
  3. Reduce oven to 375.
  4. Make filling: in skillet – heat oil and add onion, carrots (or in my case turnips) celery and cook until veggies are tender about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Cook meat add tomato paste, broth, and veggies. Bring to boil, stir, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes until thickened.
  6. spoon topping over filling in skillet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I’ll you know next week how this adventure healthy eating is going. Any favorite healthy takes on favs that you would like to share???

Tequila, please

While this scene won’t be in the book…I thought I’d share it because the song is on the playlist. Tequila is by Dan + Shay (the link to the you-tube video is at the end of the post)

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Tobia dropped the kick-stand of the Suzuki GSX R750. The sun had just started its descent. Her stomach rolled. The thought of what she had to do filled her with disgust. But she was a siren. Seducing men to their death was sort of what her kind did.

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Tobia’s bike

She walked into the room scanning the room for her target. He was bent over a pool table.  Worn jeans hugging his ass which if hadn’t belonged to a mer, she’d be admiring. Mother had wanted the blood from a high ranking mer for her experiments. She blamed their continued failure on the fact they were using weak mers. If they could get one of Poseidon’s high-ranking enforcers, then they would be able to break the curse and return to the sea. And if the rumors were true, there was no enforcer better than the one whose ass she was staring at.

Since she was one of the few who still had full siren powers it was decided she’d be the one to go. She walked over to the bar. Her skin prickled from the heat of the human men hungry gaze. Let them try. She didn’t usually didn’t even have to consider trouble. No one was brave enough to challenge one of the Daughters of Chaos. Tonight, she wore nothing that would mark her as one of the Daughters of Chaos. Tonight, she was a biker pass through. Tonight, she was looking for a simple hook-up – one that would ultimately lead to the mer’s death.

Accessing the crowd, she decided there wasn’t anyone she couldn’t handle.

Her eyes wandered back to the mer shooting pool. Human. She could handle any human.

“Two tequila shots.” She put a hundred-dollar bill on the bar. “Keep them coming until there is only eighty-five left. And keep the rest for yourself.” She let a slight hum tinge her words so the bartender wouldn’t question her request.

A wide goofy smile greeted her as he poured the tequila. Human men were so easy to manipulate how her sisters found them attractive she had no idea. She picked up the glasses and put her best ‘you-want-me-to-take-you-to-a-lab-and-torture-you’ smile. Who was she kidding?  If this enforcer was all rumors made him out to be, she’d be lucky to be alive to greet the sun in the morning.

A gray cotton shirt strained at the seams to contain his biceps.

He guided the pool stick with an ease that underplayed the power behind the shot. The balls raced across the green felt. Yup, a badass.

“What kind of shot did you buy me?” He asked without looking at her.

A cocky badass. Typical mer.

“What makes think I’m the sharing type?”

He looked at her for the first time. His swirling aqua eyes dancing with humor.  Nothing about him reflected human, he was hundred percent mer. A strong nose and jawline, paired with lips made for kissing, no wonder women lined the wall watching him and now glaring at her.

Moving around the pool table, he closed the space between them. Instead of his scent making her sick, electrical pulses of desire moved through her resting in her pussy.

He leaned in close. “I am the sharing type. So, what are you drinking?”

Shit. The only thing she wanted to do was take him to the hotel and screw him. This was bad, so bad. She needed to sing. She needed to get him under her spell now. She needed to knock him out.

Instead, she moaned, “Tequila.”

 

It’s a Monday…

Today is a Monday – completely! After 10 days off from school because he was sick the 7 year-old return. WOO-Hoo!!! I don’t know who was more excited. But that meant – lunch had to be packed – take-home folder had to be found – everyone had to get dressed (we went from pj’s to lounge clothes back to pj’s). It was brutal!

I have edits waiting in my inbox for this… the cover is soooooo amazing, I hope I can a story to do it justice.

(ARC review) – To Know a Killer – spine tingling suspenseful romance
WOW! Talk about suspenseful with twists and turns no one could predict!

 

I need to write new words, because this needs book 2 done.

 

I also need to some serious revisions to my writing projections. My shoulder isn’t going to improve anytime soon. 😦 Major bummer. My card for the week is a positive one for this task. I’m offering free readings on my Tasarla blog. If you are interested, hop on over and drop me comment.

The Emperor – the main focus is organization and practical focus.

 

And because we are having a Monday all over the place, I decide to get paczki. Because paczki makes everything better.

 

 

 

 

 

We had crazy weather the last 3 days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So how’s your day going?

 

Tasty and Thirsty Thursday

Welcome! This week’s tasty and thirsty is inspired by my love for Christmas lights. I’m blogging about it over on Romancing the Genres

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These are my top 2 recipes for when we head out to go light seeing – Over the Top hot cocoa and hot cocoa cookies.

The over the top hot cocoa is even more incredible when spiked with Kahula, candy cane vodka, or raspberry vodka.

Over the top hot cocoa

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What you need
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
What you do:
Add sugar and cocoa to food processor. Pulse until well-mixed. (Or, combine ingredients in large bowl and whisk until well mixed.) Add salt,  and cornstarch; pulse until mixed. Add powdered milk; process for 20-30 seconds until well mixed. Transfer mix to bowl and stir in chocolate chips. Store in airtight container.

To make:
Fill 1/3 to 1/2 of mug with cocoa mix. Add 1 cup hot water or milk and stir until mix is dissolved.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 cup butter – soften
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup over the top hot cocoa (or your favorite)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmellows

 

Preheat over to 350
Cream butter and sugar until creamy. Add the hot cocoa. Mix until blended.
Add in eggs and mix. Mix in flour and baking soda.
Stir in chocolat chips.
Drop rounded tablespoon on pan and bake
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My cookie helper

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?