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Monday, December 8th, 2014
Music Monday: 08-DEC-2014

There’s so much crazy in the world today, I think something funny is in order. I’ve been laughing over this particular music video for a week now, so thought I would share :)

Enjoy!
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Link to ‘Foil‘ by Weird Al Yankovic


Tuesday, November 18th, 2014
Music Monday: 18-NOV-2014

Taking you WAY back to the 80’s! I remember skating my backside off to this song while dreaming that someone would pick me to dance in the movie, Breakin’ Two – Electric Boogaloo.

This is the original song, by the original artist, George Kranz.
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Click HERE if the video box isn’t visible

And if you have no idea what Breakin’ Two Electric Boogaloo is, here you go :)

Monday, November 10th, 2014
Music Monday: 10-Nov-2014

Unless you have yet to see the movie, Despicable Me 2, I don’t think this song needs any introduction at all. It makes me just want to jump around and smile and twirl and laugh until I pass out! So if you’re in a sour mood, or if your day sucks, take a look. I dare you *teehee*.

So click here to enjoy Happy by Pharrell Williams or use the video embedded below. Enjoy!
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Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Music Monday: 03-Nov-2014

The week has flown by and it’s already Tuesday! A bit slow getting my music up, but I think you’ll enjoy this pick.

As most of you know, I write a series called the Vampire Council of Ethics. One of my favorite villains in vampiredom is the character, Akasha, played by Aliyah alongside Stewart Townsend. In tribute to one of the bands who made the music for Queen of the Damned so freaking awesome my picK this week is: Cold by Static-X, whose lead singer passed away this weekend.

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Enjoy and get your rock-and-roll on while you watch Queen of the Damned again. It never gets old!

Cold by StaticX

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014
Music Monday: 27-Oct-2014

Was watching YouTube while laid up with a icky cold over the weekend. I absolutely love Yanis Marshall so I had to watch a few of his vids. He’s an amazing choreographer. And as a feminist, I think that anyone should be able to dance in heels if they want to, minus labels or judgment. When Yanis was asked, “Why do you dance in heels?” His answer was, “Well, why not? My mother has forty pairs of heels so I learned to dance in them. It’s hard, and sometimes you fall on your *bleep*.” Enjoy. The man has some serious moves! YanisMarshall

I’ve included the video here, but if it doesn’t appear for you, click this link of Yanis Marshall dancing to Ride by Ciara to view the video.
 

Monday, October 20th, 2014
Music Monday: 20-Oct-2014

I’m in an interesting mood today. Feeling somewhat cranky and romantic at the same time. Now how one does that is still beyond me *smile*, but it’s no less true. And since I’m feeling all romantic-y (I know it’s not a word, but you get me) I’ve watched a few romantic-y movies this weekend. So here’s my Music Monday pick. Recognize it?

I’ve embedded the video from YouTube, but if it doesn’t display, please use this link:
Link to TJ’s Music Monday pick


Monday, October 13th, 2014
Music Monday: 10-Oct-14

It’s Monday!

And today I have a real oldie-but-goodie song on my mind. This morning I was talking with someone and they asked how I was doing. My response was, “I’m fine. I’m…giddy!” Picture in your mind, Inara Sera from Firefly/Serenity snapping at Captain Tight Pants (Mal Reynolds) at the beginning of the movie, Serenity…and you have ME!

Yep, that’s my mood – snarky and sarcastic with a genuine smile :)

Happy Monday!

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I’ve embedded video of the song from Serenity in this blog post, but if it’s not showing, here’s a link:

Theme Song from Serenity/Firefly
 

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Chocolaty Goodness

In case you don’t subscribe, I’d like to share this recipe that was in my recent newsletter (view entire newsletter HERE). If I were to link this to any of my books, I’d say this is something that Shinju in Hatsept Heat, Vampire Council of Ethics Bk 3, would make. She’s a professional and classically trained chef who dreams of one day having her own restaurant. She ends up revamping (pun intended ;D) the kitchens at the Northern Territory Headquarters of the Vampire Council in Montana…after becoming a Serati warrior, of course. And yes, she cooks for her man in the book. It makes for some interesting, uh, dessert.

I’m not a big raspberry fan, but this looks so good I want to see if I can get my daughter (she’s a pastry chef) to make this. Enjoy!

Heavenly Chocolate Raspberry Bundt

Ingredients
1 cup melted butter
2 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups flour
3/4 cup cocoa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling
12 ounces cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups fresh raspberries

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Grease a bundt or tube pan.
  3. Make filling by creaming together, cream cheese with sugar and vanilla.
  4. Mix in chocolate chips and set aside.
  5. For cake, sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
  6. Beat eggs and gradually add the sugar and beat until the mixture is thick and pale yellow.
  7. Beat in melted butter, then milk, water and vanilla.
  8. Gradually add in the flour mixture and mix well.
  9. Spread half the batter into the prepared pan.
  10. Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese filling evenly over the batter.
  11. Sprinkle raspberries over the top.
  12. Cover with remaining batter.
  13. Bake at 375 degrees for about 1 1/4 hours.

*all credit given to Food.com – original recipe here

 

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
Authors After Dark FREE!

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I’m sponsoring a GIVEAWAY for an Authors After Dark 2014 Registration, for the August 6-10th convention in Charlotte, NC featuring New York Time and USA Today bestselling author, Alexandra Ivy.

Two ways to enter! Send a message on Facebook, or comment at my website on the AAD Giveaway blog post. Just say “I wanna go to AAD 2014!”. Do it in both places and you’re entered twice!

If you win, to receive your registration simply Book It! Send It! Get It! **

  • Book It! — Book your room at the fabulous Westin Hotel in Charlotte, NC, a 4-star swanky property. Be sure to ask for the Authors After Dark special rate.
  • Send It! — Send the hotel confirmation to me privately.
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Entries Open: June 18th to noon, Sunday, June 22.

Winner Announced: Sunday, June 22nd at 6:00pm Eastern Time.

In addition, I’ll take you out to breakfast, lunch or dinner during your stay in Charlotte. And *drum roll please* we’re giving away 5-10 registrations for AAD 2015 with Master of Ceremonies Sherrilyn Kenyon, too… but you have to be present to win. And there’s over $4k in freebie books this year, plus over $5k in prizes being given away.

** Winner responsible for hotels fees and airfare.

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
How ’bout them Broncos

Okay people, I am reeling after the Super Bowl! Just…gah!

While it’s true that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I’m not originally from here. In fact, I spent more time in Colorado than I have in the PNW. So, yep, after my hometown team (the 49ers), I’m a Broncos fan.

The game started out strange, yes? The first order of weirdness was a funky coin toss by none other than the legendary (and sometimes goofy) Joe Nameth. Next came the snap that sailed past Peyton Manning’s head and resulted in the Seahawks getting the first score.

And it went downhill from there. If you watched the game, what were the highlights (or lowlights, as it were) for you? Gotta say one thing – Peyton Manning is a class act.

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Slideshow – Peyton Manning after the Super Bowl