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Blog Bash Day 21 with PJ Schnyder + Giveaway

Aug 29, 2011

What makes a guy hot in my eyes? Physique, gorgeous eyes and a sensual mouth, these are all good things. And many know I've got a weakness for a man who makes a uniform look good. I do look for that little something extra. Something that gives the man an identity, that takes him from good-looking to magnetic.

Meet Ian Daviau, fitness model and consultant.

Yes, my friends, Ian is insanely hot. He's also a great guy and well-balanced person. He's real.

You can find him on Facebook.

If he doesn't put you in the mind of fitness and healthy living, well...maybe this next recipe will warm you up to the idea. This is one of my favorite salads to make when friends ask me to make Thai food for them.
Thai Nam Tok Salad

2 lbs. meat (beef steak or pork )
salt and pepper
3 to 4 shallots
3 to 4 stalks spring onion
4 to 6 limes
2 Tbsp fish sauce or to taste
1 tsp dried Thai chili flakes
1/2 cup roasted, ground rice (see below)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

Roasted, Ground Rice:
Take 1 cup uncooked Jasmine rice and add to a small pan.
Roast over low-medium heat until aromatic and golden brown.
Remove and place in food processor or well-cleaned coffee grinder. Process until rough ground - just a couple of bursts. Do not process until it becomes powder.

Nam Tok Salad:
Liberally prep meat with salt and pepper. Grill beef or pork steak to medium rare. Note: with pork, it should be cooked through but still very tender and juicy. Hint of pink is not going to kill you.

Let rest.

Finely slice shallots and green onions. Toss in a large bowl with plenty of space for salad tossing.

Add juice of at least 4 limes. Set others aside for possible taste later. Add fish sauce and dried Thai chili flakes.
Note: could use Italian red chili flakes, but the taste won't be quite the same.

Thinly slice meat against the grain and add to bowl. Add juices from slicing meat into the bowl also. (This is important!)

Toss meat with all juices, spring onions and shallots. Taste. Add additional lime juice and fish sauce to taste.

Roughly chop cilantro leaves. Add cilantro and mint leaves to bowl. Toss again. Taste again.

Once salad is to taste, add roasted, ground rice. Toss thoroughly. Transfer to serving platter. Serve.


Well now, my friend Ian looks a bit predatory in that second pic, doesn't he? He puts me in the mind of my latest release, Hunting Kat from Carina Press.

Hunting Kat

As a mercenary, Kat Darah doesn’t have to pass for a normal human. On the edge of the solar system, she’s just another biped. Most of the time.Nearing the end of his military tour, Lt. Christopher Rygard debates the idea of hanging up his uniform for good. Looking for answers at the bottom of a glass of scotch, he meets Kat. One shared night of mutual desire seems harmless. But when their tryst is interrupted by attackers hunting Rygard, Kat must reveal her other form, the predator beneath the human fa├žade.Together they embark on a dangerous mission—a race against time to meet the enemy’s demands, while trying to deny the passion between them. Rygard is faced with a terrible choice in the face of duty: Report the existence of a human turned shape-shifter. Or forget he ever met her.

You can purchase Hunting Kat in eBook format at the following locations:

Carina Press

You can purchase Hunting Kat in Audio book format at the following location:

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*~* Giveaway *~*

I'm giving away an ecopy of Hunting Kat,
 a signed cover flat and an exclusive
 Ian Daviau bookmark (signed by Ian!)
 to one person who answers the question:

Where the heck did summer go? O.o

(Open to International entries)

*** Giveaway ends tomorrow night 8-30 at midnight, winner named here

Don't forget to check out the
above, for all the giveaways, and ways to enter
to win prizes all week and all month

25 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Anonymous,  August 29, 2011 at 9:33 AM  

Great Contest

Anne August 29, 2011 at 9:54 AM  

It's still summer here even though we were in the upper 60's yesterday, we've got 90 degree days coming by the end of the week. They even used those exact words (Summer is still here) last night on the news.

Chrisbails August 29, 2011 at 10:32 AM  

Great contest. I would have to say that my favorite part of a guy is his eyes. I love any color of eyes, especially blue or grey eyes. I work at a hotel and see attractive guys all the time. I have one guy that comes almost every week for the past four months. he has a prettiest grey eyes i have ever see. Damon from Vampire Diaries has the best eyes ever. Then the next thing is the backside(butt). I love it when you see a guy and he is as good looking walking towards you as walking away.

Victoria August 29, 2011 at 11:19 AM  

You mean there is a time called Summer? Time all just seems to flow together for me.


Pamk August 29, 2011 at 11:36 AM  

at my house and everywhere we've went this year. It's still in the 90's at my house. and I am so ready for fall. If it will just hurry up and get here.
You book sounds great.

ilona August 29, 2011 at 1:13 PM  

You mean there really is such a season as summer? I thought it was a myth as we haven't had a decent one in Wales for years :(

Kasumi August 29, 2011 at 2:20 PM  

I know it: in the South of Spain, I saw it in the tv. I live in the North and the Sun didn't pass the mountains. My worst "Summer" ever :(

Thanks for the international chance.


DANIELA August 29, 2011 at 2:23 PM  

I’m in Mexico and technically IT IS still summer… guess someone forgot to tell “the rain” and “the cold”, hehe
Book sounds very interesting…, soplease enter me in the contest.

dany7578 at hotmail dot com

Na August 29, 2011 at 3:32 PM  

I've been wondering the same thing myself. Summer came later for us here, it was a dreary July but then the sunshine came to play in August. I believe my summer went to spending time outdoors, barbecuing and the seasonal clean-up where the family throws away junk and other stuff we don't need.

Cambonified {at} yahoo {dot} com

Michelle Bledsoe August 29, 2011 at 4:43 PM  

Weather wise it's still summer here in the South, but I know what you mean. Most kids are already into their second or third week of school. They really don't have summer vacations anymore. Here they have about 9 weeks for summer.
Thanks for the fabulous giveaway.
koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

June M. August 29, 2011 at 5:30 PM  

That is a very good question. I can't believe that the first 8 months will be over in a few days! Before we know it, it will be winter, snowing and the holidays. And I don't even want to think about shopping for presents and all that crap LOL. But right now where I am, Kentucky, it is still pretty warm. High 80's and sometimes 90's.

I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds great. Please enter me in the contest.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

xander_316 August 29, 2011 at 6:53 PM  

Being in the southern hemisphere it is starting to get nice and walm now - bring on summer!!!


Jolene and Family August 29, 2011 at 7:34 PM  

We just moved from California to the Seattle area and though I mostly grew up in Seattle I was nervous leaving behind my heat and sunshine but am happy to say we have had some nice summer days. On the negative we have an older hous wiht no a/c so I feel like I am in a sauna as soon as the sun does come out :)


Maria (pronounced Mariah) August 29, 2011 at 8:30 PM  

The kids may be back in school but here in Texas is still feels like summer with temps in the 100s. I didn't get any time off so it never really felt like summer to me. Sad but true!

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

kissablesweet1 August 29, 2011 at 8:35 PM  
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kissablesweet1 August 29, 2011 at 8:37 PM  

Summer was swallowed by all the incredible things that happened in the last three months. Some good, some bad and some just because. I miss summer already. Perhaps mother nature will see fit to extend the warm temps since we dealt with the other stuff.

macladie25 AT Yahoo Dot Com

JoAnna August 29, 2011 at 8:51 PM  

I wish I knew where the summer went. The last 4 weeks have been a blur from attending RomCon and then AAD the next weekend. And then spending 2 weeks on vacation with the family, August has been a blur. Worst part is I'll blink my eyes and it will be Christmas.

beckerjo at verizon dot net

Jen B. August 29, 2011 at 9:38 PM  

I am so glad it's over. It has been an uphevel the whole summer. I need my schedule back!

Amy August 29, 2011 at 9:46 PM  

I have no idea where the summer went. I felt like it was too short! I wanted more vacation time, but it was only a mere week for me.


BLHmistress August 29, 2011 at 10:21 PM  

I was wondering that myself, seemed like just yesterday - just hoping we don't get a bad winter :(


Anonymous,  August 29, 2011 at 10:48 PM  

Beats me! I've been wondering the same thing... summer was just way to short this year.


Denise Z August 30, 2011 at 12:03 AM  

Thank you for the awesome giveaway opportunity. I would really love to read Hunting Kat and it is definitely on my wishlist. My summer - just up and sped by - I don't want to go to the store and see the dreaded Christmas displays that are put out earlier and earlier every year and just think it is only four months until the new year. Work has been crazy and causes one day to run into another - I have not even had a chance to play yet :) so I will enjoy a good book and blog and appreciate the joy of a good giveaway fun.


Tore August 30, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

Thanks for the contest. I don't think summer is over yet. I think we still have some more hot days coming.

leisa August 30, 2011 at 12:09 PM  

It seems that Summer turns into Winter Fall or Spring..I miss that...Thanks for the chance to

Chiang Mai holiday January 12, 2012 at 2:50 AM  

I'll be sure to try this out, thank you very much.

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