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Blog Bash Day 9 with Laurie Hunsaker

Aug 11, 2011

My favorite recipe for cake is for some weird reason called a
Tom Selleck Cake

 No, it won't look like *that* once you're done ;)

But it will be full of sweet chocolatey carmely goodness-

The recipe is easy peasy and yumtastic!

1 box of German Chocolate cake mix
1 tub of Cool Whip (I like the 12oz)
3 Heath Bars
1 jar of Smucker's caramel topping
1 can of sweetened condensed milk

-Bake the cake according to the directions on the box-but use either an oblong or rectangular cake pan
-Remove cake from oven, but leave it in the pan to cool
-Use a clean drinking straw, and make approx 80 holes in the cake by poking the straw into the cooled cake
-slowly pour the can of sweetened condensed milk over the cake. Use a spoon or spatula to spread it carefully.
-Slowly pour the whole jar of caramel topping and spread as well.
-Spread the Cool Whip on top.
-sprinkle chopped pecans on top of the Cool Whip
-Take the 3 Heath (or Skore) bars and while still in the wrappers, use a butter knife to break them up-crumble and sprinkle on top of the cake
-Refrigerate over night for best results

Okay, my 'W' is

What was the first romance novel you remember reading?

When I was 13 I went camping with the family and I hated it. We camped a lot, and I was so over the "fun" of camping. We were at Eagle Lake, NV and someone had set up a small bookshelf crammed full with worn paperbacks. Well, one of the park rangers must've been a romance fan, because there was a whole shelf dedicated to them. I read for 3 days straight. The first book I remember reading was called The Angel and the Prince by Laurel O'Donnell. It's kind of bodice-rippery, but it had a great heroine. So, now I want to know: What was your first?

The Angel and the Prince
by Laurel O'Donnell

In this exciting medieval romance, the French lady knight known as the Angel of Death wages a battle of wills and desires against her dreaded enemy — the English warrior known as the Prince of Darkness.

Ryen De Bouriez is a French warrior, dedicated to protecting her country against the hated English. In place of glittering ball gowns, she wears shining armor. Instead of practicing the gentler arts, she wields a sword. Those who whisper her name in fear and awe call her the Angel of Death.

Bryce Princeton is the Prince of Darkness, an English knight sent by his king to find and destroy their most hated adversary — the Angel of Death. Little does he know that his enemy is no man at all, but a beautiful woman who will challenge his heart and honor at every turn.

Forced to choose between love and honor, the Angel and the Prince wage a battle of wills that challenges everything they have ever believed in.

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25 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

jfort357 August 11, 2011 at 8:29 AM  

My first romance novel I read was One Good Man by Alison Kent. It was in the Harlequin Blaze series. Harlequin is what got me hooked on romance!! ;-)

Luv the Tom Selleck cake!!! ;-) Looks delightful!!! Luv the detailed chest hair!!! LOL!! ;-)

Maria (pronounced Mariah) August 11, 2011 at 9:08 AM  
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Maria (pronounced Mariah) August 11, 2011 at 9:13 AM  

My first real romance was Sherillyn Kenyons Fantasy Lover.

The Tom Selleck Cake is too funny!

PS...Laurie, I loved Highland Destiny

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Pamk August 11, 2011 at 9:26 AM  

sounds like a yummy cake and I can't remember the name of the book but it would have to be an old harlequin passed down from my grandmother.
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Michelle Bledsoe August 11, 2011 at 9:39 AM  

Both the cake and the man are YUMMILICOUS....
I think the first romance book I remember reading was The Austrailian by Diana Palmer. I am pretty sure that was the name of it. My grandmother and her sisters got me hooked on romance books. I thank them everyday for introducing me to them.

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Victoria August 11, 2011 at 10:42 AM  

First that cake sounds sinful :).
I'm sure I read other books but the one that sticks is THE BASTARD by John Jakes. I was 14 for the bi-centennial. I loved that series.

michele August 11, 2011 at 11:20 AM  

Love the cake!!!!

First romance book that I can remember was a Penny Jordan book.

Anne August 11, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

I think it was actually a basic Harlequin, but the one I remember reading was a bodice ripper. I don't remember the title, but the heroine had red hair wih green eyes who married Lord Alexander Trevelyan. Some conflict comes in because her brother is an undercover spy but Alex thinks he's her lover.

Na August 11, 2011 at 12:30 PM  

The first romance novel that I read and which hooked me into the genre is The Masquerade by Brenda Joyce. She is still one of my favourite romance authors. Prior I may have read some category romances but it was sporadic.


Ann Simon August 11, 2011 at 1:46 PM  

Nine Coaches Waiting by Daphne DeMaurier -- I was always over-intellectualized.

BLHmistress August 11, 2011 at 1:53 PM  

My first-- ?? ohhh you mean romance novel ;) sorry I'm in that frame of mind today- my first romance novel was Savage Ecstasy by Janielle Taylor (first series I got hopeless hooked on) I blame her for my series addiction :).

HighlandHussy August 11, 2011 at 3:12 PM  

LOL! I hope you guys get a chance to make the Tom Selleck Cake (btw, I *still* don't know why it's called that!)

I am loving all the fun books...I'm searching them now over on goodreads.

Thank you Maria! I am thrilled that you loved Highland Destiny so much :D

Carol L. August 11, 2011 at 3:53 PM  

Wow Laura, that recipe sounds delicious and you can bet I'll be making it soon. Thanks for sharing.
My first, it had to be a Nora Roberts trilogy called The Three Sisters I believe. It was an amazing read though.Thanks for a look back at Tom Selleck, he's still such a handsome man. :)
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

Danielle West August 11, 2011 at 5:59 PM  

I just started reading romance books two years ago *gasp* and I stumbled upon this addiction after my impulse buy of DIVINE BY MISTAKE by P.C. Cast. After that, I couldn't get enough of this genre and my wallet will tell you this is no hobby!

Andrea August 11, 2011 at 7:19 PM  

Love the Tom Selleck cake!


Jen B. August 11, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

I haven't been reading romance very long. My first romance novel was a Sherrilyn Kenyon. I think it was a Dark Hunter novel. Love the Tom Selleck cake!

June M. August 11, 2011 at 10:16 PM  

My first romance novel that I remember reading was a teen Avon book called WAITING GAMES. I think I was like 9 or 10. Then I got into VC Andrews books. It was many years until I became addicted to romance novels like I am today.
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Amy August 11, 2011 at 11:10 PM  

I believe one of the first romance (though it wasn't purely romance) novels I read was one of Lurlene McDaniel's books. I also read some Love Stories series books during my teen years.

GFC follower: Amy

annalisa August 11, 2011 at 11:37 PM  

The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss is one of the first romance novels I remember reading. That book got me hooked on romance books and I haven't stopped since. :)

The Tom Selleck cake sounds tasty!


Anonymous,  August 11, 2011 at 11:50 PM  

The first romance that I read was Love a Dark Rider. Great cake! Sounds yummy.


HighlandHussy August 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM  

I think it ate my comments...grrr... I'll try again!

HighlandHussy August 12, 2011 at 1:02 PM  

Carol: I should have posted him in his swim trunks! Lol

Maria August 13, 2011 at 9:57 AM  

I have been a reading for a very long time. lol So, the first romance I remember is probably not my first, but it was called Remember me by Cheryl Lanham. It's a YA book that has stuck with me through the years. I still own it and still love it!

marybelle August 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

Too many years have passed for me to remember my first romance read. Some were cheesy back then, but fun to read.


Scooter72 October 11, 2011 at 7:29 PM  

Can't wait to try the Tom Selleck cake husband was told he is a Tom look alike least when he wears his cowboy hat :-)
My first romance book was Captive Bride - Johanna Lindsey - then her next book A Pirate's Love ...been reading ever since and that was about 34 years ago!

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