Sunday, September 16, 2012

Indulgent Blog Hop: Book Giveaway, and a Cake to Indulge in!!!

Dear Readers,

since I'm part of the big anniversary Indulgent Blog Hop, hosted by the awesome book review site Guilty Indulgence, I am giving away three copies of "Bound to the Prince", "Virgin Dancer" or "House of Pleasure" (your choice) today, in any e-book format. To enter, please share the link to this blog on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+ - just use the buttons below this post, and leave a comment with your e-mail and which book you'd like. Good Luck!

Visit Ndulgent Bloggers by clicking on the logo. There is also a list of all the sites participating in the hop at the end of this post, so make sure to check them out. Aditionally, Ndulgent Bloggers are hosting a GRAND PRIZE of $100 GF from WINNER'S CHOICE of Barnes & Noble or Amazon - you can enter to win below.

The Indulgent Bloggers also asked the participating authors to write about something they love to indulge in. Now this is a topic I love! ;-) Well, apart from reading books or watching my favorite tv-series/period dramas on TV (especially if they contain Benedict Cumberbatch or Alexander Skarsgard), I love baking cake - and naturally, eating it afterwards. *lol*

Today I'd like to share the recipe of a very popular German sheet cake called "Fanta Cake" with you. Yes, it's actually made with Fanta, and it's delicious. I swear everyone loves it! It has such a fresh, light taste (although it's not "light" at all if we're mentioning calories). And the best thing is, it's very easy to bake, and it's almost impossible to do something wrong - which is like chicken soup for the soul if you, like me, burned a lot of cakes before, or if your planned cheesecake turned out a wobbly, yellow mass even your cat didn't like to eat. Now here's the recipe:

Fanta Cake (Fantakuchen) - A Popular German Cake


4 eggs
2 cups sugar (if possible, try use vanilla sugar)
3 cups flour
1 cup oil (Sunflower is best. Any "light oil" like vegetable oil. Please don't use any of the "olive" oils beca)
orange, flavour
1 1/2 cups fanta orange (or other orange soda)
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon vanilla (you don't need this if you used vanilla sugar, but if you REALLY like vanilla a lot, go ahead and ad)
1 can sliced peaches, drained
1 cup sour cream
1 cup whipped cream
1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar


1. For the cake: mix together the eggs, sugar, vanilla and oil. Add flour and then Fanta and mix well. At the end, mix in the baking soda then turn immediately into an ungreased 9 X 13 inch pan (use baking paper). Bake at 180°C (~350°F) for 30-45 minutes (time can vary depending on the oven) until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool.
2. For icing: Whip cream until stiff and then fold in the soured cream and powdered sugar and "Whip it". Cut peaches into tiny pieces with a mixer and mix them carefully (using a spoon) with the whipped cream, then top the cake with the icing mass. Serve chilled. Shortly before serving, sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon.


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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Wonderful Reads of the Month (September Issue)

Check out author Eri Nelson's wonderful book magazine, "Supporting Authors One Read At A Time" - Wonderful Reads of the Month. It features lots of information about writers and new releases, and it's free! The September issue is now online.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

New Feature: Favorite Blogger of the Month!

Dear Readers,

As a reader who loves romance of all genres, I am addicted to the many awesome book blogs I found on the internet. When I started to publish my own books, I sent my work to bloggers and began to correspond with them. I found that they are not only crazy about books, but also invest a considerable amount of love, time and effort to keep their blogs going (most of them without any financial gain). They read and review books, publish interviews, author spotlights and giveaways and are very helpful when it comes to bringing writers and readers closer together. Readers love to hear something personal about their favorite authors, and we writers enjoy nothing more than comments from book lovers who enjoyed our work. 

This is why I decided to start a new feature: The Favorite Blogger of the Month. We read so much about authors, I think it's about time that we also learn something about the bloggers. Starting this month, I'll interview the people who are responsible (in a good way ;-)) for some of the best and most informative blogs out there. Many of them will also be a part of the first Indie Romance Convention 2013, so I hope they'll tell us a bit about their plans for this event (I am very happy to be one of the attending authors). My Favorite Blogger of September is my friend Laurie Garrison, owner of Bitten by Paranormal Romance. Welcome to my blog, Laurie! 

Please tell us about yourself and your blog.  
I have a wonderful husband, one daughter, three cats, two dogs, three rabbits and a host of all kinds of birds and squirrels I feed in my back yard. I love baking and trying new recipes. I’m an animal lover that won’t buy any products tested on animals. I also love playing video games. The Sims PC games are my favorite but I love Need for Speed, so I love getting on my Ps3 and playing race games with all of my friends.

I started reading again after Twilight came out. It wasn’t long before I hit authors like Sherrilyn Kenyon and J.R Ward. After that I started up a blog just to keep my reviews. My blog is a modest compared to a lot of others but I want to keep the paranormal romance first and far most, so that the PNR authors have a place to show themselves.

Which genres do you read in private? What are your most favorite books of all time?  
Anything I read is wide open so everyone can see. My top favorites are, Pleasures of the Night by Nina Bangs, Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Grave Sins by Jenna MacLanie, Thief Anitra by Lynn McLeod, Blackmailed by Annmarie McKenna and Wickedest Witch by Eve Langlais

With all those books being offered to you, you surely must be a bit picky about what you read. What intrigues you most in a story? Are you influenced by a good blurb or cover?  
ROFL. I wish I could be picky the sad fact is I take what the reviewers won’t take, or if I don’t have enough reviewers I’ll take almost anything. Reason is I hate to have an author miss out on being featured on my blog, even if I don’t like the book because I know someone will. The surprising fact is, I end up likening a lot of them, but if I would have read the blurb or any reviews beforehand I would have passed the book up. Sometimes I think people can be too picky and miss out on something wonderful because it’s hard to give you the whole take on a book in just a few words in a blurb.

What intrigues me the most is how the romance is carried out! I am a sucker for a couple that can come together against all odds, fall in love and have a HEA. It’s amazing but some authors can’t do this they, either focus more on the story or action and lose focus on the romance.

No, covers and blurbs doesn’t influence me one bit. I do like some covers better than others but I have never bought a book just for a cover.

How on earth do you find the time to manage such a busy blog besides your job and family life?
Let’s just say some things goes undone LOL. I have been lucky over the last month though because I have had an inflow of some wonderful reviewers that are enjoying reviewing, so I getting a bit of free time, yay me!! But I it’s just a little, I still don’t have enough to play my video games. I think my Ps3 friends things I dropped off the face of the earth, as a matter of fact, one even messaged me asking if I did. LOL.

Be honest: Is it easy or difficult dealing with us writers? I know that we can be an unorganized, sensitive lot sometimes. (You don't need to tell names …)
Over the last four years, I have only had to deal with two authors. One was fine after I took off her review. The other well that was a different story she pissed me off so bad that I wrote a post on my blog about it. Yea, no one calls my reviewer the devil and gets by with it, even if she was referring to all reviewers being the devil. But the thing was that woman was all over all of the blogs causing problems. Other than that all of my authors are wonderful, they’ll work with me in any way that I need them. Heck some will even come up with a post for me at the last minute. So, I feel very fortunate to have my great list of authors that comes to my blog all the time.

You will be hosting the first Indie Romance Convention next year! Please tell us how this awesome idea originated, what you expect from the event and how readers can attend.
How it originated is rather a long story because this is something that I had been toying with for years. My thing was I didn’t think I could pull the authors, so I kept pushing it back until this year. I did write a long post on the Indie Romance Convention blog about how I came about the idea so everyone is more than welcome to read it.

The 2013 convention is going to be on a small scale because I want to get a feel of what these authors needs are. Yes, I have and will always say Indie authors are different and they need to have their needs met. I am someone who is going to meet those needs and make this an event every year where they feel comfortable to come get the help they need and spread the help and be able to meet their readers in a different level that they never could before.

The registration opens on October 1, 2012 which is now less than a month away. All readers have to do is go to the blog and click on register and go from there. But this will be changing in the coming months because we will be moving soon to As soon as the designer is done, things will be moved but the blog will stay up and if you plan on attending please join the blog because this will be a good way to learn about authors you don’t know.

Just for fun - some quickies:

Favorite movie: Weekend at Bernie’s 1 and 2
Favorite TV series: Big Bang Theory and Once Upon a Time
Favorite singer/band: Stephen Tyler/ Areosmith
Most beautiful male celebrity: I always liked the guy that played Aries on Xena, Kevin Smith, his accident was very unfortunate.
Sexiest fictional hero ever: Devereux, from The Vampire Shrink by Linda Hilburn
Best fictional villain ever: I can’t recall the name of the villain but I remember the book he was crazy. Deadly Heat by Cynthia Eden, I have never run across a villain like him.
Best fictional heroine ever: Cin Craven from Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclaine. Her hero Michel would be my second pick of the sexiest fictional.
Your secret beauty tip: This is so not my department LOL.
Your secret favorite cooking/baking recipe: (full recipe or maybe online link)
I have so many, it’s would be hard to choose. So I’ll just pick the one I am stuck on baking at this time, even my daughter loves this.
This bread is really good hot and it’s great using it the next morning as French toast.