Archive for the 'Fancy Friday' Category
Friday, January 6th, 2012
The first time I experienced New Year’s in Japan, it was a bit of a shocker. I was invited to spend the holiday at a friend’s house. On New Year’s Eve we sat in the living room and watched TV. All evening long a parade of singers came out on NHK, Japan’s public broadcasting channel. It ended about a quarter to midnight and then the station switched to a famous temple where they were ringing a large bell, counting down to the new year. Where were the noisemakers? Where was the champagne?
New Year’s in Japan is like Christmas in … Read More »
Friday, December 16th, 2011
Animal pics always put a smile on my face. Some of the best video clips out there have to do with animal antics. It’s been a while since I’ve had a pet. I live in an apartment and we can’t have any, but oh the memories. There’s nothing like having a dog cuddle up to you, or give you the biggest, wettest kiss because he thinks you rock his world. Cats are a bit different. They’re absolutely adorable as kittens. Then they grow up and it’s a tug of war as to who’s boss. Cats also have the most amazing … Read More »
Friday, December 9th, 2011
The holidays are fast approaching. Got your shopping done? I’ve gotten a bit of this and a bit of that, but I’ve still got all those stockings fillers to find. Honestly, I love this season: the decorations, the carols, and the touch of magic in the air.
During the year, I don’t do a lot of baking. But come the holidays, I dig out my favorite recipes and give them a workout. Here is a Blueberry Crumble Coffeecake that is fabulous for that lazy morning when you want to relax and enjoy your coffee or tea. Or serve it when … Read More »
Friday, December 2nd, 2011
I want one of these. It’s not the most beautiful piece of furniture but it’s cool. I love the idea of turning my chair into a bookshelf. Talk about efficient use of space. I wonder how hard it is to sit on. Still, I think it’s an ingenious idea. I discovered this awesome hollow chair on The Awesomer, a website dedicated to find awesome stuff for its readers. Check out the other chairs in this post. They are unique, funky and charming. There’s bound to be one that catches your eye.
Interested in the environment and living in … Read More »
Thursday, November 24th, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving for those of you who are celebrating the holidays. Hope they are filled with good cheer, laughter and lots of delicious food!
You’ll notice I’ve gotten a face lift. How do you like the new improved me? I took out the borders for a wider look, one that I think is easier on the eyes. I still list all my events on the home page, but you’ll also find the latest blog, too. The bookshelf is sleeker and better laid out. You’ll notice I’ve got several Shadow Warrior books lined up and I can’t wait to reveal those … Read More »
Friday, November 18th, 2011
For the past two weeks I’ve been dipping my toe into the Twitter pool. I’ve been tweeting, following people and developing a nice following myself. I’m still feeling my way around this medium. I really like getting into mini conversations with people and through tweets I’ve discovered some really cool posts and websites.
First up, www.tudortutor.com. I don’t write historicals per se, but I read them. I love history, always have. I find European history to be fascinating, filled with intrigue, alliances, betrayals, heroism and cowardice. One of the largest figures to capture my mind was Henry the VIII. … Read More »
Friday, November 11th, 2011
If there is one thing I dread it is whipping up a fancy feast.
Seriously, I love the holidays, but they can get complicated and messy and I’m not talking about all the emotional issues (we know how that can get).
I am talking about a big messy kitchen and dining room table. I hate the clean up afterwards and the mess in between (albeit fun) can be tiring, and I have no intention of spending the next 2 hours after cooking to clearing the table, sweeping, and washing 2 loads of dishes.
So, this year, I have employed a … Read More »
Friday, November 4th, 2011
If you’ve been paying attention to my blog you know that I’m an avid reader of cozy mysteries. Love them and am always on the lookout for new ones to entertain me.
Kylie Logan’s Button Holed is the first in a new series for writer Casey Daniels also known as Miranda Bliss. Some of you may be familiar with Casey’s Pepper Martin series (which I’ve read) or with her Cooking Class mystery series written under the name Bliss (which I’m going to have to check out). While the Pepper Martin series has a slight paranormal angle to it, the Button … Read More »
Friday, October 21st, 2011
I am so happy to introduce Jeff Erdmann.
I’ve known Jeff for a few years now. He is a magnificent musician and teacher. Jeff is also the person that did the awesome music for my Out of the Shadows trailer.
Not only is Jeff talented, he is one of the sweetest people I know. He was recently interviewed on The Jazz Hour Show this past Saturday on WFTE.
Scroll down and click on the link to listen.
Jazz By The Hour: Jeff Erdmann Interview
Saturday 6:30PM to 7:30PM
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Friday, October 14th, 2011
There’s an interesting article over at the New York Daily News: Latina authors explore Santería and other Afro-Caribbean religions. For anyone who wants to read stories about Santería or who is in New York City and can attend a book signing/reading, click on the article above for more information.
When I decided to set my first book, Dark Waters, on Vieques, a tiny island off of Puerto Rico, I knew that I needed to include Santería in the storyline. In fact, my heroine Frankie’s aunt is not only a believer in this Afro-Caribbean religion, she is also a … Read More »