Mr Munro and I had a very fun cruise. We started in Singapore, which is such a great place to visit. Singapore has everything—great shopping, history, delicious food and it’s very safe, even walking around quite late at night. From Singapore, our cruise took us to Thailand, Vietnam, Bali, Darwin, Port Douglas and Sydney. I’d never visited Vietnam or Bali before and thoroughly enjoyed the days we spent there. I was also new to Darwin and enjoyed our visit, but there’s no way I could live there. Darwin is way too hot for my liking.
This is a reclining Buddha in Thailand. It was huge and too big to fit in one photo. The marks on its face that look a bit like acne are actually pieces of gold leaf. Those who visit press pieces of gold leaf on the buddha’s face for good luck and to honor his teachings. I always like seeing the Buddha statues because they look so serene.
Today I’m visiting Mia Downing where I’m talking about frost fairs, Christmas and Mistress of Merrivale. This was a fun post to write, so I hope you enjoy it. I’m also giving away a copy of The Spurned Viscountess. Here’s the link to Mia Downing’s blog.
Check out the Bewitching Book Tours Hot Holiday giveaway! I’m giving away a download of The Bottom Line, and there are lots of other great prizes to win including a Kindle Fire. Complete the rafflecopter below to enter the draw.
Life is a little hectic for me at present, so I’m going to take a blogging break for the rest of November. I’ll be catching up on writing stuff and spending a few weeks in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Bali and Australia. See you in December!
I’m combining my usual Tuesday Teaser with a Hot Halloween Heroes Giveaway hop. The Hot Halloween Heroes giveaway hop is sponsored by Felicity Heaton and Indie Romance Books and will run from October 29th to November 3rd 2013.
CONTEST: One person will win a $10 Amazon Gift Certificate and one person will win a print copy of Assassin. This contest is open to International entries. Full details below.
Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
~ Grab your current read
~ Open to a random page
~ Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
~ BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
~ Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
My hot hero today is Leo Mitchell from Assassin. He’s very pretty to look at but possesses a strength of character and goodness that gives him an extra oomph in the hero stakes. He’s also a leopard shifter and has strong ties with his four brothers and the community—another bonus I think. He’s kind to Gina, an awkward teenager with a crush on him, and when it comes to the heroine Isabella, he’s determined, intelligent and very loving. Leo Mitchell is worthy of the title Hot Halloween Hero.
“I like to do my own hunting.” Leo’s flat tone told her she’d messed up big time—if she hadn’t figured it out already.
Feline shifter Leo Mitchell is the pretty brother who attracts women with ease, but he’s turned picky. He suspects the mystery blonde hanging around Middlemarch is the one for him. If only he could grab the elusive female and seduce her. Oh yeah. He craves some hot, sinful lovin’ with the lady in black leather.
Assassin Isabella Black has harbored a huge crush on hunky Leo for ages. Because the timing sucked she’s watched him from afar, praying another woman won’t snatch the hottie away before she’s free to stake a claim.
Finally the pair meet. Isabella offers her naked body but Leo counteracts with a cup of tea. Seems Leo likes to call the shots when it comes to sex. A day later they’re finally dancing horizontally. It’s smokin’ hot, steamy, delicious—everything she’s ever wanted. Isabella is ecstatic until another assassin threatens to ruin her happiness. It’s life or death now. One wrong move and her secrets will destroy the Mitchells along with everything that has become dear to her…including Leo.
Geneva “Neva” Ross doesn’t want to die. But now that she’s been turned into a werewolf against her will, she’ll do anything to protect her family and friends…even if that means taking her own life.
After witnessing Neva’s leap from a high ledge, Travis Williamson—a Changeling with a dark past—uses his powers to save her life. He feels a connection to the strong-willed woman whose eyes flash that familiar Changeling green. While Neva is hospitalized, Travis risks everything to kidnap her, knowing the approaching full moon will put everyone in jeopardy.
Bickering constantly to hide their growing attraction, Travis and Neva run from the authorities…and from Neva’s sinister sire, Meredith de la Ronde. Meredith delights in creating new shape-shifters and compelling them to do her dark bidding; now Neva must join Meredith’s murderous wolf pack…or die.
Intensely suspenseful with deliciously sexy twists, this paranormal romance—the first in (the title of series)—intertwines sensual passion with an epic, thrilling battle between good and evil.
Dani Harper is a former newspaper editor whose passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing paranormal fiction. A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she recently ventured south with her husband, Ron, to rural Washington to be closer to their grown children and to live the country life (Goats and chickens and pugs, oh my!).
Dani is the author of the shapeshifter series Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn. She’s currently signed with Montlake Romance for two brand new series – STORM WARRIOR kicks off the Grim Series this August and FIRST BITE launches the Dark Wolf series in October of this year.
This recipe is the tastiest dish I’ve had in ages and is my new favorite way to cook pumpkin. Even though this is a vegetarian dish, I dare meat-eaters to say they don’t enjoy this pumpkin and cranberry tagine.
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 red onions, thickly sliced
3cm piece fresh root ginger, grated
500g/1lb 2oz pumpkin or squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into large chunks
1/2 teaspoon each cinnamon,
1 teaspoon each of coriander, cumin and harissa paste
1 tablespoon clear honey
700g/24 ounces bottle tomato passata
50g/2 ounces dried cranberries
400g/14 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1. Heat the oil in a tagine or just use an ordinary pot.
2. Add the onions and lightly fry.
3. Add the cinnamon, coriander, cumin, harissa paste and ginger plus the pumpkin.
4. Add the honey, passata and cranberries.
5. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the pumpkin is tender.
6. Add the chickpeas about 15 minutes into the cooking.
7. If the dish is too thick add a little water.
8. Garnish with parsley or fresh coriander and serve with couscous or rice.
1. Passata is like a liquid tomato puree. When I don’t have any to hand I use two cans of chopped tomatoes and this works just as well.
2. The recipe doesn’t use salt or pepper and you don’t need it. This dish is full of tasty flavor.
3. The recipe calls for dried cranberries but next time I make this I might try some frozen cranberries instead.
4. The photo doesn’t do the dish justice. I took it quite late at night and my photos weren’t as good as I’d hoped.
Welcome to My Sexy Saturday, a fun blog hop. Here are the details: every Saturday, published and unpublished authors will be sharing 7 words, sentences, or paragraphs from a work-in-progress or an already published story.
My snippet this week comes from The Spurned Viscountess, a historical romance. Rosalind has an arranged marriage with Lucien, Viscount Hastings, and unfortunately Lucien isn’t interested in her. Rosalind is determined to grab security and have babies, so she isn’t going easy on poor Lucien. Something weird is happening at the castle and Rosalind is investigating. Lucien just happens to get in her way and she seizes the chance to further her cause. Just quietly, he doesn’t stand a chance!
MY SEXY SATURDAY:
Rosalind screwed up her face in a frown as she heard Hastings whistle to Oberon through the door. The black whickered softly in return. What was she going to say? What was she going to do? She imagined Hastings standing on the other side of the door. Excitement shot through her veins, despite her predicament.
The hinge creaked when the door opened. Rosalind watched with a combination of trepidation and anticipation. The gap widened to reveal Hastings’s shiny black boots, his mud-splattered stockings and breeches. Her eyes rose to his gray shirt and black jacket. Her mouth dried, her pulse pounding with expectancy, excitement. She swallowed and lifted her gaze to loose black hair and his…mouth. Finally, she met his astonished eyes.
Speak, she thought frantically. Quick before he asks what you are doing here. Distract. Attack. Something. Anything.
“You’re back,” she cried and planted a kiss on his beguiling lips.
He tensed. In shock or astonishment, Rosalind wasn’t sure but ceased to care. His lips were as soft as a baby’s skin. Her hands curled into his shoulders and she leaned into him, enjoying the play of hard muscles and the earthy masculine scent of him.
“What are you doing?” he demanded finally, pulling away enough to glare at her.
“I’m pleased to see you.” A stupid half-wit would sense his bewilderment. But along with confusion lay shocked enjoyment. And that, decided Rosalind, was a good thing.
Cursed with the sight and rumors of witchcraft, Rosalind’s only chance at an ordinary life is marriage to Lucien, Viscount Hastings. She doesn’t expect love, only security and children of her own. Determined to go through with the wedding, she allows nothing she encounters at the gloomy Castle St. Clare to dissuade her.
Recently returned from the Continent, Lucien has no time for the English mouse his family has arranged for him to marry–not when he’s plotting to avenge the murder of his beloved Francesca. He has no intention of bedding Rosalind, not even to sire an heir.
Though spurned by her bridegroom, Rosalind turns to him for protection when she is plagued by mysterious accidents and haunted by terrifying visions. Forced to keep Rosalind close–and tempted into passionate kisses–Lucien soon finds himself in danger of falling in love with his own wife…
Today I’m turning back the clock and making a return trip to Alaska. I loved Alaska. It reminded me of a frontier town – how I imagine America used to be before it became settled. The scenery is gorgeous, the towns few and far between and the locals are friendly, especially if you’re a female. Ladies, if you’re looking for a husband there are lots of single men in Alaska!
We spent about two weeks in Alaska. We traveled down to the Kenai Peninsula then up to Denali National Park and up as far as Fairbanks. We also did a cruise down the coast to take in some of the towns only accessible via water.
I have memories of HUGE mosquitoes (laughingly referred to as the state bird) and long, long days. In Fairbanks, hubby and friends played golf at midnight because it never got dark.
Along the way, we stopped at towns that were dots on the map and full of friendly locals. From memory wet T-shirt competitions were very popular in the pubs.
Here are a selection of photos:
This is Bear Glacier. I love the blue ice. Very pretty.
Ketchikan, Alaska. This town is only accessible by boat.
A salmon fishing contest in Anchorage.
A determined angler with his prize, Anchorage.
Hyder, a small town near the border with Canada.
Bears, near Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Not far from Alaskan border.
Mr Munro and I hope to make a return trip one day. It’s a beautiful spot.
Have you ever visited Alaska? Have the desire to visit?