My New Guilty Pleasure – Flapjacks

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I’ve never really liked the pancakes mixes you buy in the store. As a result, I haven’t eaten many pancakes. Normally I’m more of a french toast person. Pancakes were more of a treat when I ate out for breakfast at a restaurant. When I was writing Midnight Kiss, I had the Seever children love flapjacks.

That got me thinking that in the 1860s there was no such thing as a pancake mix. And everything tastes better homemade. So I decided to give pancakes another chance.

I thought the pancake recipe would be difficult, but it is super easy. I like to eat bacon with my pancakes and fry them in bacon grease for added flavor. I put real maple syrup on top and yum. Now that’s what a pancake is supposed to taste like.

Interested in the recipe? Click on over to my guest post on Killer Crafts and Crafty Killers.

WARNING: THEY ARE ADDICTING

Just for fun here is an excerpt from Midnight Kiss:
Midnight Kiss-CoverMatt saw April lingering in the doorway. He waved her into the room. 

“Since when did you wear your hat indoors?” he asked his brother. 

“What?” His eyes narrowed, but he took off his gray derby hat. “Oh.”

Matt cursed silently. He wished April wasn’t wearing her black dress today. It made her look like a servant, and not how he had wanted to introduce her to his brother. 

“April, this is my brother Boyd. Boyd, this is my nanny April.” 

April did a small curtsy “Nice to meet you, Mr. Seever.” 

“Ma’am,” Boyd replied. He quickly switched his attention back to his brother. “I have work to do. I want to run over the proposal one more time and make sure all the numbers are correct.” 

“I understand. I’ll see you at the bank.”

Boyd headed out of the room, walking past April as if she didn’t exist. Caroline had endured such treatment from his brother. Matt had hoped he’d be warmer with April. The war was over. Had all that bloodshed not changed anything?

April bristled, her posture stiffening, but she did not say a word.

Matt heard the door slam shut. Good riddance. “Don’t let him bother you, Miss April,” he said. “Come sit and eat. Your flapjacks are delicious.”

“Oh, he didn’t bother me, sir.” 

Matt pointed to the empty chair on the end of the table. Where Caroline used to sit. “Please sit down.” 

April hesitated. “You-you want me to join you?” 

“Yes, of course.”

Author Spotlight: Elle Rush – Drama Queen

It is my pleasure to have Elle Rush on my blog today. We’re actually doing a blog swap. So you can check out my interview on her site:  www.ellerush.com.

Hi, Haley. Thanks for having me over to visit.

You’re very welcome. I can’t wait to learn about your latest release.

Here’s a question for you?  Do you like magic tricks?  Are you the type of person who applauds and says “wow, that was cool?” or are you the person who wants to know the secret behind how the trick was performed?

I had a beginner magic set when I was little. It wasn’t for me, but I love to watch the tricks on TV.

When it comes to magic, I’m the first kind of person. I don’t care how you entertain me, just that you do. You did psychically guess which card I picked and there actually was a white rabbit hiding in your hat. I’m good with that. But when it comes to movies and television shows, I’m all about what happens behind the camera. I watch all the special features and I even did the general set tour at Universal Studios. (I would have shelled out for the big one but I couldn’t talk my sister into it.) I’ve even been an extra. It’s no wonder I decided to set a series in Hollywood.

One of the really fun parts was creating my own show. I came up with a Game of Thrones /Spartacus cross I called “Olympus.” Mostly, I picked it for the togas. “Drama Queen” is the second book in my Hollywood to Olympus series and it was released yesterday.

I think it is awesome you came up with your own show. I’ll be sure to check out “Olympus.” Hollywood is always an intriguing setting for a romance.

Blurb:

LSB Cover Art Template for PhotoShopLayla Andrews isn’t really a bitch – she just plays one on television. For the last eighteen months, she’s acted like one in real life too while she was forced to serve probation for something she didn’t do. Now the Queen of Olympus has done her time and she’s ready to start living again … but she’s forgotten how.

 

Russ Vukovick, the show’s fight coordinator, had been attracted to Layla since the first time he saw her. Recently he’s caught glimpses of a new side of her – one that makes her irresistible. But as he gets closer to her, he also sees more of what she hides beneath the mask she wears.

 

As Layla and Russ try to navigate their new relationship, families, danger and secrets work against them at every turn. Can they find a true happily-ever-after when they are surrounded by lies?

 

Links:

Buy it from my publisher Liquid Silver Books  (MOBI version for Kindle, EPUB for Kobo and iTunes), or get it directly from  Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, Barnes and Noble/Nook, ARe

Bio:

Elle Rush is a Canadian romance author from Winnipeg, Manitoba. When she’s not travelling, she’s hard at work writing her contemporary romance eBooks which are set all over the world. Elle earned a degree in Spanish and French, barely passed German, and is starting to learn Italian and Filipino. She has flunked poetry in every language she’s ever taken. She also has mild addictions to tea, cookbooks and the sci-fi channel. Follow her at www.ellerush.com or on her Twitter account @elle_rush.

 

My Sexy Saturday: Alpha Wolf’s Voodoo

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This week is all about my sexy howl.  And you all know what we mean…don’t you?

It’s all about the shifters this week. Those sexy beings that howl in the night. Or in the day when necessary. Shifters are downright sexy and if you have one, we want to see them.

Those of you who know me probably didn’t think I had a wolf shifter story in the works. I do and I’m actually editing the first draft now. Of course, it is a historical romance shifter story, and guess what? It takes place on a steamer. Now it is starting to sound more like me, right? I thought so.

I had a hard time coming up with a title for this story. It is subject to change, but right now the tentative title is Alpha Wolf’s Voodoo and it is the first novella in the Bayou Pack series.

Here are seven sentences for your reading pleasure.

Violet was different. He could send her out to the parlor and spend time with a more eager woman, but the idea repulsed him. No other woman would do for today. Violet had him more stirred up than any woman he had ever been with. As his mother pointed out all the time, he could fill a whole pack with his past lovers. Those women filled his sexual need, but he remained empty and lonely.

He had gone to Marie Laveau for a reading because he no longer sought women to fill a night of pleasure; he wanted a woman he could wake up to every morning.

I encourage you to hop over to the My Sexy Saturday website and see the other author’s participating in this week’s howl worthy edition.

Ingredients for the Perfect Picnic?

It is summertime which means it is picnic season! Unfortunately, we currently have a wildfire burning near the valley so the smoke does not make an outdoor picnic too enjoyable right now. I hope you have better picnic conditions where you are.

So besides good weather what makes for the perfect picnic?

Hop over to Loralie Hall’s website to read the rest of picnic edition blog post. You can also enter my giveaway and learn more about Wild and Tender Care.

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My Sexy Saturday – Wild and Tender Care Excerpt #3

MSS_button 250x250It is Saturday again which means it is time for another excerpt. This will be my last excerpt from Wild and Tender Care for a while. The funny thing is they keep getting shorter and shorter.

This one is only 7 words!

Dr. Steere tells Miss Page:  “You’re the rose in this dusty town.”

I hope you enjoyed my excerpt. Yes, it was short and sweet. Now you have plenty of time to  to check out the other blogs participating in this week’s My Sexy Saturday hop.

Random Fact: Tabaco vs. Tobacco

Sometimes typos can teach you something!

I’m sure your probably know what tobacco is. I won’t go into that or how bad it is for your health. It was socially acceptable in the 1800s and many of my male characters smoke.

Do you know what Tabaco is?

I’ll give you a hint. It is geography related. It is a place.

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I didn’t even realize Tabaco was a word until Microsoft Word said so, and well you can’t go wrong with Microsoft, right? *cue the laughter*

It turns out that Tabaco is a city in the province of Albay in the Philippines. It is one of the three component cities of the province, along with Legazpi City and Ligao City.

According to the 2010 census Tabaco City has a population of 125,083 people.

There is your quick geography lesson today. Did you learn a random fact recently? Please feel free to share in the comments below. I love random facts!

Write Tip Wednesday: Making the Villain Human

Welcome to another installment of Write Tip Wednesday! Today I’m discussing villains.

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There is something to be said for insane people, but most villains are human and therefore have both negative and positive qualities. Something that can make a book better is if the reader can understand and relate to the villain.

I’m a big western fan. When I decide to waste time watching TV it will most likely be the western channel. Recently I watched The Jayhawkers staring Fess Parker. It is set before the Civil War and tells the story of Luke Darcy  who envisioned himself as a charismatic leader of a new independent Republic of Kansas. He is actually the villain in this story, and was very, very likable which made his fall at the end all the more gripping.

The hero in The Jayhawkers is played by Fess Parker. He made a deal to get paroled out of prison if he brought Luke Darcy in to stand trial and hang. The two men have quite a history. Luke Darcy actually stole away Fess Parker’s wife.

Okay enough rambling. Back to the lesson. One way to make the villain human is to actually write scenes in their point of view. What better way to explain their motivations, their hopes, fears, and dreams etc.

If you don’t want to write scenes from their pov then you still need to convey in your story that they are complex. All too often I read stories where the villains just don’t like the hero and are out to get them. Why? There has to be some history there. Is it an ongoing family feud? In a writing class I took several years ago the teacher said that if you have a really nasty villain have them do something nice when you first introduce them for the reader for example have the guy pet sit for his elderly neighbor’s cat while she is in the hospital. The main thing is just show that they are not 100% evil. Having a complex villain can really improve the story and sometimes it can even make the story.

Do you have any advice on what makes a villain human? Please feel free to share your thoughts on the subject!