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Blog Bash Day 4 with Denise Robbins + Giveaway

Aug 4, 2011

Congratulations JoJo on your blog anniversary!

Thanks for letting me be a part of the celebration. I noticed you have a HOTTIE of the Month topic on your blog so I thought I would share with you a HOTTIE that I enjoy. Well, I, uh don’t exactly get to enjoy him. But he is great eye candy. I’m talking Gerard Butler. I mean seriously, what woman wouldn’t want to do this man. He looks great in a tux or a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, not to mention bare chested. [fanning myself with my hand]

OH! I love how when he smiles his lips quirk up on one side. It’s his signature grin. It’s almost as if he’s keeping a secret from the rest of the world when he smiles.

Do you think I could convince him to be the model for my next novel, PHISH NET STALKINGS? He is Scottish and has worn a skirt before so perhaps adding a pair of fishnets beneath a leather skirt would be no big deal. Hm. [finger to lips] Note to self. . . ask Gerard if he will model for me.

Yup, Gerard Butler can be my hero any time.

Since we’re talking fantasies here, let’s talk fantasy dinner with a HOTTIE. I don’t know what you all think, but any guy can take a woman out for dinner and let someone else make the meal. A REAL man who wants to impress me would make dinner for me. Oh, yeah! That’s right, I want to see a man in the kitchen chopping up vegetables, prepping his meat [wriggle eyebrows], and then serving me dessert. Unless, of course, he’s dessert. Uh, oops! Did I give too much information there? [shrug] A girl has got to have her fantasies.

So what would this fantasy man make for our dinner?

Very glad you asked. Let’s start with cocktails. This could go any number of ways. Let’s start with what I don’t want. No diet anything. Ew! Ick! And real men do not drink diet. No Coors Light or Bud Light. If we’re drinking beer, which is just fine by me then let’s drink the hearty stuff like a Guinness.

I’m not much of a wine drinker, but oh! Offer me champagne, but not any champagne, it has to be Veuve Cliquot and I am his for the taking. Ladies, if you have not had this champagne I highly suggest you try it, especially with strawberries in the champagne. You get that extra little treat at the end of the empty glass. Yum!

Since it is summer and we are talking cocktails, my favorite cocktail for a summer evening is a margarita. Here’s the recipe for the Perfect Margarita. It is absolutely perfect! Trust me on this. It’s the perfect blend of salt, sugar, and tequila.

The Perfect Margarita
  • 2 oz. Gold Tequila (I use Patron Gold)
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau (I use Patron Citronage - Orange Liquor)
  • 1/2 oz Grand Marnier
  • 1/2 oz Orange Juice (no pulp) and this is the secret to the “perfect” recipe
  • 1 oz. Rose’s Sweetened Lime Juice
  • 4 oz. Lemate’s Sweet & Sour Mix
    Put in pitcher and add some ice. This will only fill pitcher about 1/4 of the way so quadruple this recipe if you want enough to share. [GRIN]
On with our dream date! Here’s where you have to give the dream guy a break, after all he is a man. Men grill. They like fire and smoke, and meat. I’m perfectly happy to let a man grill me up a good filet mignon or even steak tips. But, if a guy wants to impress me and have some fun on this date let’s see him grill up some chicken wings.

I can tell by those wide eyes and opened mouth you didn’t see that coming. [shrug] What can I say? I love chicken wings.

Now let me explain this to you. You cannot eat chicken wings with a knife and fork. Well, you could, but seriously, who does that? Wings are meant to be eaten with your fingers. Yeah, you’re going to get messy, but that’s part of the plan. Note: Forget the napkins inside the house while you go sit out by the pool or on the deck at a candle lit table where you can enjoy a gorgeous sunset.

While you’re eating those chicken wings, the guy sitting across the table from you is watching you. He’s watching you bite into that spicy meat. Oh! I forgot to mention that they can’t be boring, plain wings. They have to be sweet and spicy just like my date. Where was I? Oh, yeah, eating wings with your fingers.

Your date is sitting across the table from you watching you eat the chicken wings. He’s watching you lick your lips in an attempt to get all the spice and sauce off your lips. If he’s good, he reaches across the table and runs his thumb across your lip, touching that one spot you missed then licking his thumb. He’s watching you slide that chicken wing in your mouth and take off the meat. When you lick your fingers, he starts to fidget in his chair. You have his full attention. He takes your hand in his and one by one kisses the tips of your fingers, licking them, sucking them, all while his eyes never leave yours.

Yes! He wants you. And now you’re just as hot and bothered as he is. Thank goodness you forgot those napkins.

Here’s my recipe for

Sweet and Spicy Chicken Wings
  • 3 tablespoons Turbinado sugar
  • 3 tablespoons sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Mexican chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients. Brush the meat with olive oil and liberally sprinkle with the rub. Allow the wings to rest for about a half hour before cooking. Mmm. Finger lickin’ good!

If you actually make it to the dessert portion of the meal, which I highly doubt, then go for something light like cheesecake topped with those champagne strawberries I mentioned above.

At this point in the fantasy, we, uh, hopefully retire to a bedroom. . .or not. Perhaps, my dream hero takes me inside where we snuggle up in front of a fireplace and he reads to me.


HA! Go with me here. How many of you think every man should read a romance novel? Come on, raise your hands! Every man could learn a good deal about us women just by reading one romance novel.

See, I knew you would agree.  But honestly, I don’t want my fantasy date to just read to me. YAWN! I want him to read a love scene and play act it out. Voila! Fantasy!
One of my favorite romance novels that I know for a fact works for a man (don’t ask me how [WINK]) is Linda Howard’s ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN. I dare you to read it. It’s romantic-suspense, which is what I love and write and it’s HOT!

Now that I have shared with you my hottie and at least a portion of a fantasy date, let’s talk about you all.

What is your fantasy date?

By the way, if you leave a fantasy here,
no matter how brief, you will be entered
in a chance to

win a copy of any one of my novels.

You might even want to share it with your fantasy man. [WINK]

Happy blogoversary, Jodie!

*** Giveaway ends Tonight 8-4 at midnight, winner named here tomorrow

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

23 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Michelle Bledsoe August 4, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

Hi Denise and JoJo.
My fantasy date is really simple. I would love for my man to spread a blanket in the backyard at dusk and lay with me to watch the sun set and the stars rise. A glass of wine and a snack plate with nature as our musical accompaniment would be lovely.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

joanie murray August 4, 2011 at 10:26 AM  

Hmm... I would have to say horseback riding on the beach (he must be able to keep up with me though)and then stumbling upon a Polynesion style hut complete with a yummy Pinot Grigio, chocolate and Michael Buble. White satin sheets and an ocean breeze...

Robin K August 4, 2011 at 10:33 AM  

BIG HUGS!!! Hey Denise and Jojo! I am not entering cause I have all your darn wonderful books. I am anxiously awaiting number 5 :)

My fantasy date would be on a beach, with a cool breeze, good food and a book. WAIT! I mean my husband *giggles*

Anne August 4, 2011 at 10:40 AM  

I love the title Phish Net Stalkings. Punny or play on word titles always catch my eye.

My fantasy date would be quite simple. Something he did all the work for and that's casual. Staying at home, phone off, just us, a good meal he makes or brings in, but not too filling, a yummy dessert to share on the sofa with nice music on leading to...

Denise August 4, 2011 at 11:05 AM  

Wow! Love all these fantasy dates.

Victoria August 4, 2011 at 11:12 AM  

My fantasy date is real simple. We just have a nice light plate on the patio with the fire burning and a cool breeze blowing. Can't forget a nice glass of Malbec too.


Shaiha August 4, 2011 at 11:26 AM  

My fantasy date would be a walk along the beach during a storm with lightening and then back to the hotel where there is a huge garden tub & candles to heat things back up.

Danielle Gorman August 4, 2011 at 11:49 AM  

My fantasy date would be dinner during sunset on the beach or lakefront.

Danielle @Ramblings From This Chick

Maria (pronounced Mariah) August 4, 2011 at 12:18 PM  

I'll take a night (or day) with Gerald Butler...just don't tell my husband!

My dream date would be just a simple dinner out of the house and not at a fast food joint without my daughters followed by a movie and ice cream (it is Texas and 110 degrees afterall). It has been so long since we were out without our girls I sereriously can't remember the last time!

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

michele August 4, 2011 at 12:45 PM  

Mine would be a picnic. He picks me up in a convertible, picnic basket filled with unbelievable food and desserts in the backseat. He drives us to our desination by a lake. Spreads the blanket and proceeds to feed me that yummy food... yeah that would be nice :)

jfort357 August 4, 2011 at 12:55 PM  

My fantasy date would be with Channing Tatum!!! He's HOT!!! ;-) A nice walk on the beach in the rain....hands intwined...kissing....among other things!!! ;-) I luv the rain, incase you haven't noticed!!!!


Andrea August 4, 2011 at 1:09 PM  

My fantasy date would be sitting on a deck at the beach watching the sunrise. Of course it would be with my man.


Jessica (Peace Love Books) August 4, 2011 at 3:35 PM  

Gerard Butler is pretty awesome, but I'd have to say my dream date would be with Jake Gyllenhaal. What we'd do? hmmmm, maybe stay in, have a nice dinner, then watch some movies. I wouldn't want to go out and have other people throwing themselves at my man, I'd want him all to myself ;)

Thanks for the giveaway!!

Pauline B Jones August 4, 2011 at 6:58 PM  

My fantasy date is with my guy, married to him for 36 years and wouldn't want a date with anyone else! It would be a picnic. In the mountains (previously cleared of all bears!) with fresh caught trout cooked over a fire and sodas chilled in the creek.

Already have your books, so don't worry about entering me!

Jacqueline Seewald August 4, 2011 at 7:14 PM  

Hi, Denise,

Fantasy date for me would be sitting at a sidewalk cafe in Paris with my husband sharing a romantic French dinner.

dkchristi August 4, 2011 at 7:17 PM  

My fantasy date and I board his corporate jet to St. Thomas where we board our chartered yacht. We sail to small island just before the moon rises and dine by candlelight on the deck, caressed by the Caribbean breeze. After dinner, we leave our clothes on deck for a quick dip in the sea, surrounded by phosphorescence as a cloud crosses the full moon. Diamonds sparkle in the see as we splash. We climb back aboard, shower together and retire to the double hammock, swaying with the swells and the lovemaking, sealed by the kiss of starlight and washed in moonbeams. www.dkchristicom author of Ghost Orchid & more

xander_316 August 4, 2011 at 7:56 PM  

My husband and I are thrill seekers
so our fantasy date would be at a theme park :)

Anonymous,  August 4, 2011 at 9:39 PM  

Gerard Butler is soo HOT! He'd be my fantasy date too! And I don't care what we do as long as he's mine!

Jen B. August 4, 2011 at 9:54 PM  

My fantasy date is very simple. Me, my husband, money is no object, no food restrictions and no having to make plans for a babysitter or a dog sitter. Oh heaven!

marybelle August 5, 2011 at 1:38 AM  

My fantasy date would be to be treated like a princess. Just loved & pampered.


JoJo August 5, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

Thank you Denise for sharing your steamy dream date with us! and thank you everyone who shared your dream date!!

My dream date would of course be with my husband. And the redneck i am, we would be in the back of my truck, backed up to our lake. Sitting together fishing, drinking some Beer (hubs), wine (me) and noone else around. just some alone US time :0)

Now on to the winner!

Victoria - vsloboda@..............

Congrats, please send me an email to jojoATjojosbookcornerDOTcom with what you won in the subject, and all your info including which book you would like.

Thanks again Denise and everyone for helping me celebrate! Don't forget to check out all my other giveaways going on, on the Follower / blogoversary giveaway tab at the top!


Pamk August 7, 2011 at 10:44 PM  

a private dinner at a gorgeous resort in my own private cabana and a pool where we could go skinny dipping
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

Denise August 8, 2011 at 8:21 AM  

Thanks, Jodie for having me.

Victoria, Congratulations on winning the giveaway. I will email you for more information and get it in the mail.


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