Monday, February 9, 2015

Chick Lit Valentine's Blog Hop!


5 Ways My RomCom Heroine Lisa Flyte
is like the Disney Princess Belle
From Beauty and the Beast


                                                  



(Yes, I actually have an entire set of matryoshkas, or Russian nesting dolls, from Disney's Beauty and the Beast.)


                                                                                                                  


5. Though both Belle and Lisa each meets and falls for the hero in the story, the goal of neither woman is to find a man. Each meets her guy on the course of another adventure. Belle must find her father, and Lisa must find her backbone. Neither is waiting for her prince to come...

4. Both Belle and Lisa are needed by their heroes for very specific reasons. The Beast never expects Belle to come wandering into the castle, but when she does, he realizes that she might be just the person to break the curse. Jack is knocked for a loop when Lisa chases him up a mountain, but once she barges into his life, he realizes that she's perfect as the undercover test-dummy for his new line of idiot-proof adventure gear.


3. Each woman, Belle and Lisa, marches to her own bongo beat and is, therefore, a bit out of step with 
everyone else. All the townspeople think Belle, though pretty, is a bit strange with her goofy father and her nose always in a book.  And Lisa? Well, many reader reviewsand very good ones, to bootmention that Lisa takes quirky to whole new level. The words "totally insane" may have come up a time or two. But hey, Lisa and her book have 68 reviews on Amazon with an average of 4.5, so I guess more people than just Billy Joel can "...enjoy some madness for a while."

2. Both Belle and Lisa befriend a motley gang of zany die-hard companions who stand tough when the going gets rough.
 Belle is taken care of by all the animated furniture, cutlery, and bric-a-brac in the enchanted castle. Lisa befriends her wacky neighbors, a bunch of stray animals, and the gang at the rec center where she works.

1. In the end, it is the heroine who saves the hero. Belle finally breaks the curse of The Beast. Lisa...well, I'm not going to give that one away. Mmmrrh...


Things that make me go Mmmmmmmm!
Open to US residents only. To enter to win this amazing Congratulations Sprite 24 Gift Box from Fairytale Brownies you must answer my question in comments and you must also leave your email address with your answer so we know how to contact you if you win! Question: If you could have matryoshkas depicting the characters from any story, which story would you choose & who would be the biggest outermost doll & who would be the tiniest innermost doll? Enter to win by answering in Comments below! You can enter to win the brownies up to 17 times - once at each stop along the Blog Hop! 
A winner will be announced on Tuesday, February 17.





Hear Ye, Hear Ye! 
Keep on hoppin' to all the stops in
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Check out the Blogs of these Amazing Chick Lit Authors for 17 more chances to enter to win the brownies!


Emerson, Erin (Hosted by Hello Precious Bliss.) http://hellopreciousbliss.com/?p=2743
Farrell, Jamie http://wp.me/p3Beox-Wb
Williams, Samantha K. http://skwills.com/blog/


Happy Valentine's Day!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday, December 22, 2014

Romantic Comedy Sale and Moist Turkey Tip for the Holidays!

Can daring adventures with a 
cynical adrenaline junkie help a daydreaming city girl find the courage to live life out loud?

My Award Winning 
Romantic Comedy
99 cents December 27!

Available Now on Amazon
Kindle and Paperback


Cover Illustrator & Designer




And now...
the hero and heroine of 
Miss Adventure, Jack and Lisa,
step out of the novel to discuss how to guarantee a 
Moist Turkey for the Holidays!

“I can't believe you actually cooked for your family on Thanksgiving!” Lisa squeals. “You are seriously the bravest person I know. Jumping out of planes is nothing compared to this!”

Jack laughs. “Lisa, it wasn't a big deal.”

“WHAT?!” Lisa demands. “Of course it's a big deal! Do you realize that if the turkey had come out DRY everyone in your family would be talking about it for the next FORTY YEARS? 'Oh, no. We have to go to great-great grandpa Jack's? Isn't he the one who made the dry turkey that one time?'”

“Lisa, I've cooked a turkey before. I just always cook it upside down. That way it never comes out dry. All the juices from the dark meat seep down into the white meat, and the whole thing comes out moist and succulent and delicious.” He kisses her on the nose. “Thus I am saved from family banishment.”

Lisa pushes him back, holding him at arm's length. “Wait. What? What do you mean you cook it upside down?”

Jack shrugs. “Just cook a turkey like you normally would, but put the turkey in the roasting pan breast side down. The whole thing cooks up so moist that when it's done, the leg bones just slide right out.”

“So...no drumsticks?”

“Right,” Jack confirms. “No drumsticks, because the meat is so moist they just fall apart.”

“Okay...” Lisa says, trying to wrap her head around the idea. “But if you cook it upside down then there's also no golden turkey glistening on the platter just waiting to be carved.”

“True,” Jack concedes. “If marching into the dining room carrying an amazing looking turkey on a platter is paramount to you, you will be disappointed. But, if you are up for carving the turkey in the kitchen and marching out with a platter of delectable turkey meat, then cook the bird upside down.”

Suddenly Lisa's eyes widen. “Oh no! What about the crisp, delicious turkey skin?”

“Relax,” Jack says, reaching out to touch a wayward lock of her hair. “It's still there, just not as much of the crispy stuff.”

Lisa eyes him suspiciously. “What about stuffing?”

“You can totally stuff the turkey. Hold the bird straight up as you stuff it. When you lay it in the pan breast side down, some stuffing will tumble out, which will turn out to be the crunchier stuffing. Or, you can use the skin flaps and tie it off or sew it up so some of the stuffing doesn't dribble out. Either way, when the turkey is done cooking, the stuffing in the bird will be there, also moist and delicious.”

Lisa shakes her head. “It can't be that easy to guarantee a moist turkey every time. You just cook it upside down? It can't be that easy.”

Jack smiles. “Most things are a lot easier when you stop worrying what your family will think of you and just look at things from a different perspective. In this case, upside down.”


Happy Holidays, Everyone!

I Welcome All Comments & Questions!







Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Cover Reveal and Tip for Moist Turkey!



My Award Winning 
Romantic Comedy
Relaunched!

Available Now on Amazon

NEW COVER

NEW TITLE

NEW AUTHOR NAME 

Cover Illustrator & Designer



Same book...different look

                                     
                                                                                                                   


                                                                                                                     Miss Adventure used to be...




And now...
the hero and heroine of 
Miss Adventure, Jack and Lisa,
step out of the novel to discuss how to guarantee a 
Moist Turkey on Thanksgiving!



“I can't believe you actually cooked for your family on Thanksgiving!” Lisa squeals. “You are seriously the bravest person I know. Jumping out of planes is nothing compared to this!”

Jack laughs. “Lisa, it wasn't a big deal.”

“WHAT?!” Lisa demands. “Of course it's a big deal! Do you realize that if the turkey had come out DRY everyone in your family would be talking about it for the next FORTY YEARS? 'Oh, no. We have to go to great-great grandpa Jack's? Isn't he the one who made the dry turkey that one time?'”

“Lisa, I've cooked a turkey before. I just always cook it upside down. That way it never comes out dry. All the juices from the dark meat seep down into the white meat, and the whole thing comes out moist and succulent and delicious.” He kisses her on the nose. “Thus I am saved from family banishment.”

Lisa pushes him back, holding him at arm's length. “Wait. What? What do you mean you cook it upside down?”

Jack shrugs. “Just cook a turkey like you normally would, but put the turkey in the roasting pan breast side down. The whole thing cooks up so moist that when it's done, the leg bones just slide right out.”

“So...no drumsticks?”

“Right,” Jack confirms. “No drumsticks, because the meat is so moist they just fall apart.”

“Okay...” Lisa says, trying to wrap her head around the idea. “But if you cook it upside down then there's also no golden turkey glistening on the platter just waiting to be carved.”

“True,” Jack concedes. “If marching into the dining room carrying an amazing looking turkey on a platter is paramount to you, you will be disappointed. But, if you are up for carving the turkey in the kitchen and marching out with a platter of delectable turkey meat, then cook the bird upside down.”

Suddenly Lisa's eyes widen. “Oh no! What about the crisp, delicious turkey skin?”

“Relax,” Jack says, reaching out to touch a wayward lock of her hair. “It's still there, just not as much of the crispy stuff.”

Lisa eyes him suspiciously. “What about stuffing?”

“You can totally stuff the turkey. Hold the bird straight up as you stuff it. When you lay it in the pan breast side down, some stuffing will tumble out, which will turn out to be the crunchier stuffing. Or, you can use the skin flaps and tie it off or sew it up so some of the stuffing doesn't dribble out. Either way, when the turkey is done cooking, the stuffing in the bird will be there, also moist and delicious.”

Lisa shakes her head. “It can't be that easy to guarantee a moist turkey every time. You just cook it upside down? It can't be that easy.”

Jack smiles. “Most things are a lot easier when you stop worrying what your family will think of you and just look at things from a different perspective. In this case, upside down.”


Happy Holidays, Everyone!

I Welcome All Comments & Questions!






Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Cover Reveal & Anti-Dry Turkey Tip!

My Award Winning Romantic Comedy 
Republished on Dec. 2

NEW COVER

NEW TITLE

NEW AUTHOR NAME 



Cover Illustrator & Designer



Same book...different look

                                       

                                                                                                                 Miss Adventure was formerly...




And now...
the hero and heroine of 
Miss Adventure, Jack and Lisa,
step out of the novel to discuss how one can guarantee a 
Succulently Moist Turkey
on Thanksgiving!



“I can't believe you actually cooked for your family on Thanksgiving!” Lisa squeals. “You are seriously the bravest person I know. Jumping out of planes is nothing compared to this!”

Jack laughs. “Lisa, it wasn't a big deal.”

“WHAT?!” Lisa demands. “Of course it's a big deal! Do you realize that if the turkey had come out DRY everyone in your family would be talking about it for the next FORTY YEARS? 'Oh, no. We have to go to great-great grandpa Jack's? Isn't he the one who made the dry turkey that one time?'”

“Lisa, I've cooked a turkey before. I just always cook it upside down. That way it never comes out dry. All the juices from the dark meat seep down into the white meat, and the whole thing comes out moist and succulent and delicious.” He kisses her on the nose. “Thus I am saved from family banishment.”

Lisa pushes him back, holding him at arm's length. “Wait. What? What do you mean you cook it upside down?”

Jack shrugs. “Just cook a turkey like you normally would, but put the turkey in the roasting pan breast side down. The whole thing cooks up so moist that when it's done, the leg bones just slide right out.”

“So...no drumsticks?”

“Right,” Jack confirms. “No drumsticks, because the meat is so moist they just fall apart.”

“Okay...” Lisa says, trying to wrap her head around the idea. “But if you cook it upside down then there's also no golden turkey glistening on the platter just waiting to be carved.”

“True,” Jack concedes. “If marching into the dining room carrying an amazing looking turkey on a platter is paramount to you, you will be disappointed. But, if you are up for carving the turkey in the kitchen and marching out with a platter of delectable turkey meat, then cook the bird upside down.”

Suddenly Lisa's eyes widen. “Oh no! What about the crisp, delicious turkey skin?”

“Relax,” Jack says, reaching out to touch a wayward lock of her hair. “It's still there, just not as much of the crispy stuff.”

Lisa eyes him suspiciously. “What about stuffing?”

“You can totally stuff the turkey. Hold the bird straight up as you stuff it. When you lay it in the pan breast side down, some stuffing will tumble out, which will turn out to be the crunchier stuffing. Or, you can use the skin flaps and tie it off or sew it up so some of the stuffing doesn't dribble out. Either way, when the turkey is done cooking, the stuffing in the bird will be there, also moist and delicious.”

Lisa shakes her head. “It can't be that easy to guarantee a moist turkey every time. You just cook it upside down? It can't be that easy.”

Jack smiles. “Most things are a lot easier when you stop worrying what your family will think of you and just look at things from a different perspective. In this case, upside down.”


Happy Holidays, Everyone!

I Welcome All Comments & Questions!





Monday, July 28, 2014

Cosmopolitan Chick Lit Box Set - 99 cents!

My debut novel is now part of an International Box Set of Three Romantic Comedies!
Fancy getting away from it all this summer? The chick lit tour bus is about to depart! Calling at:


* Los Angeles, USA, to stumble into some outdoor adventures in She Likes It Tough by Geralyn Corcillo
* Sydney, Australia for a harbour tour and a trip to the beach in Mr. Right and Other Mongrels by Monique McDonell
* London, England to enjoy Pimms, strawberries and cream and, of course, tennis in After Wimbledon by Jennifer Gilby Roberts.

Of course, it's not all about the scenery! There's plenty of time for falling in love, tackling some big challenges and finding the courage to go after what you want. Our three tour guides are pretty tough women - even if they don't know it themselves. So come enjoy the ride while they deal with mothers, media, and men in this international chick lit boxed set.











Friday, May 9, 2014

Sweet, Soothing...with a Surprise Twist!


To Love Twice...Mrmmrrh!


by Heather McCoubrey

You know the feeling...after a long, tough day, you just want to sink into a hot, sudsy bath, sipping an icy drink and popping chocolates into your mouth, letting them melt on your tongue. Mmmrrh...such is the delectable, relaxing feeling you get reading To Love Twice by Heather McCoubrey. Kate Walker lives through strife and tragedy, staying strong and resilient for the sake of her new-born daughter. Five years later, life is good but challenging - Kate kicks butt at her demanding, yet rewarding, job as she works to make a happy home for herself and her daughter Mary. Life has settled down...but is that all there is? Kate has decided to be satisfied with creating happiness for others.


In walks Edward.


Does Edward fly in on a vine, saving Kate from certain death? No. Does Edward spy her across a chandelier-spangled ballroom and sweep her across the dance floor? No. Does Edward come riding up on a stallion through the fog? No.


Edward is a nice guy. And McCoubrey makes that just so damn irresistible. McCoubrey has already so vividly fleshed out Kate's character that when Edward appears, it is crystal clear just how much Kate needs...him.



But wait. It gets better!



Edward is fantasy fulfillment for Kate, yes. But even better? Kate is exactly what Edward craves in his life...a secret life that McCoubrey reveals layer by layer.



Throughout the book, McCoubrey uses metaphors of delectable food to echo the development of the relationship. The pair eat dinner together quite a bit, snatching whatever time together they can in their busy, disparate lives, and their dinners are amazing and so beautifully described. And that is how their bond develops – as the time out of their lives, delicious moments when they can just savor one another...Their love comes softly, but it is impossible not to want this happiness for them both.



Then...BAM!!!



The surprise twist at the end is PERFECT! Tense, suspenseful, deeply engaging...and even though it is a surprise, it is grounded in the story so artfully. You never see it coming, but once it does, it all makes perfect sense. McCoubrey gets daring with her choices at the end, and it WORKS!




To Love Twice is a sweet, soothing read. It is emotionally compelling and relaxing for the soul. Mmmrrh...


✭✭✭✭✭

After enjoying To Love Twice, I got in touch with Heather, and we soon became author buddies, celebrating each other's triumphs, commiserating over disappointments, venting our frustrations, and giggling over shared delight. And I so enjoy Heather's blog - she helps me relax with her musings on life and inspires me to find balance and time to write in my hectic life as an indie author!



And yes, I'll admit it, Heather is a Patriots fan - - - a Patriots fan!!! I, as you know, am a die hard fan of The New York Giants, but still, we like each other :) A lot more than Tom Brady likes Eli Manning, that's for sure! And guess what? Heather and I both have Pennsylvania in common! I grew up there, and Heather lives there now her husband, two children, Rex the chihuahua, and Fatty the goldfish.

But you don't have to go all the way to Pennsylvania!
You can find Heather McCoubrey on:



I cannot wait for Heather's next novel, Back to December! After surviving an abusive childhood, Anna Blackhurst is finally ready to tentatively step into life, and into the world of Cooper Reed. But when her mother is in a terrible accident, Anna feels herself getting sucked back into the nightmare relationship that defined her childhood. Cooper is there for her, but is Anna strong enough to feel worthy of his love? Will she ever break free from the chains of torment that have been holding her down her whole life? Anna has to find the courage to love herself if she and Cooper are to have any chance of loving each other. 



Heather McCoubrey's June Release...