Monday, March 27, 2017

Please Welcome Claire Marti

I have a special post today. Grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and meet the lovely and talented Claire Marti.
She has a new book out with the Wild Rose Press and I'm so happy she stopped by for a visit.

Welcome Claire,

Thanks for sitting in the hot seat.

First lets talk about you as a writer.

How did you do in English as a kid?

English was always my favorite subject and I got straight A’s.. I was either outside playing with the boys or indoors with my nose buried in a book.

Who is the biggest influence on your writing?

When I was younger I was obsessed with Ernest Hemingway and Ayn Rand. When I found Nora Roberts, I fell in love. Her stories transport me and I return to them again and again. Her characters interaction, banter, and humor get me every time.

I know exactly what you're talking about. there is that one author that sparks the creativity.

Does working to deadline inspire or annoy you?

Both. Having a deadline helps me a great deal because it enables me to plan my writing time in a more structured manner. On the other hand, I stress out over the deadline too. Double-edged sword.

How do you deal with writer's block?

Yoga and nature. I’m a yoga teacher so, I know the benefits of mindful movement and breathing to clear both physical and mental blocks. If I’m totally stuck, I’ll head outside for a walk with my dog Josie.

I've tried hot yoga here in my town. I love that you connect your body and mind. Last year I joined a crossfit box and they totally merge that hardcore crossfit routine with yoga.

Are your books or characters based anyone you know, or events in your own life?

Confession: the ex-fiancĂ© in SECOND CHANCE IN LAGUNA is partially based on my ex-fiancĂ©. He was a serial cheater hiding behind the cloak of Mr. Perfect. It wasn’t hard to express the emotions Sophie feels upon learning of his betrayal.

Yikes, well hopefully in the book the serial cheater gets his due. lol

So now we want to get a little personal.

Do you have a favorite quote?

“When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something's suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful.” By Barbara Bloom. I’m a breast cancer survivor and this quote helps when the scars feel overwhelming at times. I’m also a big believer in the tough times making you stronger.

That's awesome. When I wear my pink ribbon, I will wear it for you too. Our family knows the frightening reality of breast cancer.

What is your favorite drink?

Red, red, wine.
That reminds me of UB40. I love this song.

Are you fun to go on vacation with?
Absolutely. I love to travel and am lucky enough to have started traveling at a young age. My dad Is French so I’ve spent a great deal of time in France and spent my junior year in college in Paris. I’m happiest exploring new places or returning to beloved locales. I prefer to eat, drink, and walk my way through new cities and countries and experience the culture as opposed to a following a set itinerary.

I love to vacation too but recently discovered I am no good on a cruise ship.

What makes you cry?
Any type of abuse or harm to animals. I cannot comprehend how anyone could hurt an animal for any reason. I’m the person who was always bringing home the strays and have three adopted furry children.

Finally, what makes you laugh?
Luckily, I’m easily entertained so, comedy in many forms fits the bill for me. Movies, books, my crazy cats, my friends…you name it. I also laugh at myself a lot because I’m a bit of a geek.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.

Where can we find you?

On facebook: @ClaireMartiAuthor
On Twitter: @clairepmarti

And where can we find Second Chance in Laguna?

Amazon   The Wild Rose Press   Barnes and Noble

Kobo   Ibooks


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Learning a lesson the hard way

OMG, so I have always has this issue with boat sickness. And I've had it for years. sometimes it's pretty severe, other times, I function almost normal...almost. I haven't been without symptoms since I was a pre-teen.
So in a not so lucky small portion of people, we get boat sick from just about anything.
You can learn more about MdDS here.
 I don't take elevators, walk on unstable things like docks, trampolines, or even pillows on the floor because it will make me a little sick. Flying in an airplane, staying in a high rise hotel (like RT in Houston several years ago) I'm a mess for weeks to months. Now here is the brilliant part of my story. Okay my not so brilliant moment. In my stupid thinking, I wanted to take a cruise. so I booked a short little late winter trip for my family.

UGH, NEVER again. Why oh why did I think I could do this. So we sailed March 6 and returned March 10, but not me. I'm still on the f#%@ing boat! at least my brain thinks it is. It's like I can't get off the ride. So next time I decide to try something that I know, because I really did know this wasn't going to go well, I'm going to remember this miserable time in my life.

So yep, another lesson I had to learn the hard way.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Soda Pop cupcakes

If you are in a hurry for a quick treat, try soda pop cupcakes. all you need is a boxed cake mix and a can of soda. some of my favorite combinations are a yellow cake with a sprite, a chocolate cake with a Dr. Pepper and a chocolate fudge cake mix with a Cherry coke.

Mix the can of soda with the boxed cake mix. it is a little bubbly/foamy as you stir it together, but it quickly settles into a nice batter.

muffin tins sprayed with cooking spray work better than paper liners for these treats.

bake according to the cake mix box.

voila! easy treats.

Monday, December 12, 2016

White Chocolate popcorn

A super easy treat for movie night, neighbor gifts or just munching on when you want something sweet and a little salty.

You'll need (and yes, these are my supplies on my counter)

Microwave popcorn. the buttery type works best. I always by the Movie Theater Butter
Vanilla almond bark (this is candy coating that tastes like white chocolate
waxed paper

Pop the corn, pour into a large bowl.
melt two squares of almond bark.
drizzle the melted chocolate over the popcorn and gently stir to coat.

pour onto wax paper, spread it out in a single layer so the chocolate can set.

Once set, (about 15 minutes if your kitchen isn't too warm) mine is always cold so it sets up quickly.
voila, easy, fancy popcorn.
I'll be taking this to my family Christmas party.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dark Man is now on Pre-Order

Blood Slaves Book Three
Vance is determined to discover the secrets hidden in The Catacombs, an exclusive all-male fetish club. Someone there was the last person to see his ex-lover alive and he intends to seek revenge for the brutal murder. Once in, he meets Tac, the owner of the club. He’s secretive and hot as hell. The BDSM sex is unlike anything Vance has experienced. Tac is becoming an obsession and keeping him from the truth.Nothing can endanger the vampires’ existence.
Theron, known in the club as Tac, will destroy any who try. He is dominant and dangerous—in total control of his world. He lives only for sex and blood. He has never been emotionally involved with anyone. Now, a human has slipped into his life and under his skin, making him want more than meaningless sex with blood slaves. But Theron will never allow a mere mortal to bring him to his knees.
Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of smoking-hot men engaged in multiple-partner sex and bondage.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Repost - Christmas Thin Mint Cookies

I know I've shared this one with you before, but it's the easiest cookie recipe it deserves a repeat.
My boys wouldn't think if was Christmas if we didn't have a plastic container in the fridge filled with thin mint cookies.

Supplies: Ritz crackers
chocolate candy coating/Chocolate bark
peppermint extract
cotton balls

Melt the chocolate. I usually use my crockpot on low until it's melted, then turn to warm to keep the chocolate melted.

Dip a cracker in the melted chocolate until
covered. I use a fork s
o I can tap off the excess chocolate on the inside edge of the crockpot.

Place chocolate covered cracker on wax paper.

once the chocolate has set on the crackers, stack them in a plastic/Tupperware container between layers of wax paper. I use an empty gallon ice cream bucket.

Tip the peppermint extract into a cotton ball to wet. Just a few drops per cotton ball. Every couple of layers of cookies, place a peppermint cotton ball.

Store cookies in the air tight container in a cool place. After 24 hours of soaking up the peppermint extract, they are ready to eat. they taste just like a thin mint cookie.

Happy Holidays

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Joys of the Season Blog Hop

Merry Christmas and welcome to the Joys of the Seasons Blog Hop. Today I thought I’d share a little holiday trivia with you.

First, did you know that there is actually buzz on the internet that now claims the Coca Cola company is responsible for the look of Santa because of their iconic Christmas campaigns. However, Santa has evolved from books, artists and historians into what we know of Santa today.

Did you know ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’ was a poem we almost never read. Clement Clarke Moore wrote the poem for his family in 1922, but thought it too beneath his talents for publication. Even after a close family friend submitted it to the Sentinel newspaper and it was published anonymously, Moore denied penning the hugely popular story. But after fifteen years, his children finally convinced him to claim the beloved poem.

Finally, you know Dancer and Prancer, Comet…you know the song. But did you know Rudolph started out at as a commercial promotion for Montgomery Ward in 1939. Children visiting the store to see Santa were given a booklet about Rudolph. However, Rudolph didn’t become a superstar until his story was set to music.

Okay and a bonus piece of trivia. Christmas is my favorite holiday. I love Christmas music, holiday lights, heart-warming decorations all over my house…and I LOVE to bake. Stop back by my blog this Holiday seasons as I post some of my favorite, super easy recipes. One of my publishers, The Wild Rose Press offers a free cookbook each year. I’ve contributed recipes every year. You can download your copy HERE.

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