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Feb 25, 2010

Ok, some of you know that i was off monday from work due to the weather. ya ice.....i hate ice. But i do have to say it was very beautiful outside! So i took some pictures monday morning and some monday eveing (only a few evening), and thought i would share some of Missouri's weather with you!The pictures def. do not do it justice, cause it was amazingly beautiful outside, but this is what i could get. I do appologize there are many pics, but i couldn't decide which ones i liked the best. So i am sharing.......a few ;0) Hope you have a warm cup of Jo....*hehe* get it ya ok sorry. Warm cup of coffee, tea, or just something warm. cause man these pics might make you chilly.......

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Interview with Stephanie Julian

Feb 22, 2010

Stephanie Julian
" Kiss of Moonlight " 

JJBC~Do you read any reviews on your books?
SJ~ I read all the reviews of my books. Sometimes the less-than-complimentary ones can be hard to read but I’ve only gotten a few of those so far. The good ones are gratifying. I first breathe a sigh of relief then I start to smile. Always in that order.

JJBC~Do you read your own books after they make it to final print?
SJ~Sometimes I have to.  My Magical Seduction and Lucani Lovers series are all set in the same world (contemporary but they share a mythology) so sometimes I have to reread certain books just to remind myself of what I’d set up for the future. And sometimes I fall in love with my guys all over again and can’t stop reading.

JJBC~Do you have a favorite book /series?
SJ~JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Lora Leigh’s Breed Series. Nalini Singh’s Psy/Shifter books and Virginia Kantra’s Children of the Sea. Louisa Burton’s Hidden Grotto and Eileen Wilks Lupi. Shana Abe’s Drakons, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series (the first six books, after that they were hit or miss for me), Cherry Adair’s T-FLAC (though I haven’t read the paranormals, go figure), Tara Janzen’s Crazy series (Superman is still my man), Karen Marie Moning’s Highlanders, JD Robb’s In Death series, Judi Fennell’s Mer series, Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files (God, I love Harry), Suz Brockmann’s Troubleshooters and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunters and Lords of Avalon series.
Can you tell I like series? There’s not enough room to list the Harlequin/Silhouette series I’ve loved over the years, although I will pimp Maggie Shayne’s Wings in the Night series.

JJBC~ I luv the Black Dagger Brothers, and KM's Highlanders! *sigh* i can never get enough Highlanders!!

JJBC~Did you always want to be a writer?
SJ~Yes, from the time I could read, I knew that’s what I wanted to do.

JJBC~How old were you when you began to write?
SJ~Early teens. I wanted to be Stephen King or Robyn Donald, one of the first Harlequin writers whose name I remember looking for on the shelves. I would write during study halls and lunch when I wasn’t reading Kathleen Woodiwiss or Bertrice Small behind my biology book.

JJBC~Is writing your full time job?
SJ~Yes, actually it’s always been. When I left college with an English degree, I started to write for a daily newspaper and I still do on a freelance basis. When I had my first son, I left to freelance.

JJBC~What’s a typical writing day for you like?
SJ~I roll out of bed at 7 a.m., wave bye-bye to my guys, clean out my email and by 8 a.m., I’m sitting in front of the computer writing (or doing interviews J)  or updating my website. I write until 10:30 if it’s a run day (every other day is a run day). If not, I write till 11:30 or 12 then take an hour for lunch, which  always includes a few games of solitaire before I get back to work and write until my sons get home from school. Sometimes I actually get another two hours in after that, if the music isn’t thumping too loudly.

JJBC~Do you set a daily writing goal?
SJ~Yes. I try for at least 2000 words a day, though I’m working on increasing that number.

 JJBC~When and where do you like to write?
SJ~All day long in my office. I’ve got my bulletin board for inspiration, the walls are a bright red and I’ve always got Junior Mints on my desk.

JJBC~Are there any processes you use when writing? Do you keep journals, sticky notes, chicken scratch on the back of receipts?
SJ~I don’t have a journal but I do have files on my computer with folders for each of the books I’m working on. And I always have note cards with me so I can write thoughts.

JJBC~Do you prefer to write on a computer, typewriter, or paper and pen?
SJ~Computer, although I take research notes by hand then input them into the computer. That gives me time to process the info and roll it over in my head a few times to see how I’m going to use that piece of info in my story.

JJBC~What is the hardest / easiest part of writing for you?
SJ~Starting is the easiest. I almost always have an opening scene in my head. The hardest? Knowing when it’s time to wrap up the story. I mean, I know what the ending is, it’s just getting myself to say, okay, that’s enough.

JJBC~What’s the best thing about being an author?
SJ~Getting to play with my imaginary friends all day.

JJBC~How long did you write before you became a published author?
SJ~I started writing for publication right after my second son was born. I remember sitting at my computer at night with him in his carrier, rocking him with my foot as I wrote. That was 1995 and I sold my first book in 2002.

JJBC~Who’s your favorite hero/heroine?
SJ~My own? Ooh, tough choice between Cam from SEDUCED & ENSNARED and Kyle from KISS OF MOONLIGHT. They’re both Alphas and I love them for that. I typically have physical models for my characters, just because I do, but Cam and Kyle don’t. I just have this image in my head and that’s who they are.
Not my own? Butch and Vishous. Hands down.

JJBC~I do Love Vishous, but Rehevenge is my Fav!!

JJBC~What are you reading at the moment?
SJ~Lauren Dane’s COMING UNDONE. Next up, Lora Leigh’s MÉNAGE A MAGIC.

JJBC~What made you want to be a romance writer?
SJ~Because I love romance. I love happily ever after. There really was never a choice for me.

JJBC~What fed your interest in writing about Werewolves?
SJ~I always go back to “The Wolf Man” with Lon Chaney Jr. I saw that when I was five years old and I remember being fascinated by this guy who became a monster, only he wasn’t a monster. He was a victim of circumstance. Then of course, there’s “An American Werewolf in London,” “The Howling” and “The Company of Wolves.” I loved Kelley Armstrong’s BITTEN and I was always Team Richard from the Anita Blake series.

JJBC~Is there a question you have always wanted to be asked in an interview? If so how would you answer it?
SJ~Can’t think of one. Honestly.

JJBC~Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
SJ~You have to make writing a priority, even if you can only manage to fit in 15 minutes a day. Put it on your calendar. Don’t say you’re going to and never get around to it. It has to be a priority.

JJBC~Is there anything else you would like to share with your followers today?
SJ~Thanks for enjoying my stories and I hope I can continue to write stories that touch the readers. 

JJBC~Can you tell us a little bit about Kiss of Moonlight?

Kiss of Moonlight
Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, the last thing she expects to find is a sanctuary from her demons or steaming hot sex. Everything about him screams danger. But appearances can be deceiving. The tender possessiveness of his touch, the hunger in his eyes, the scorching sensuality of his kiss—all of it sears him into her soul and brands her as his for life.
But otherworldly forces are afoot and death hovers…
Etruscan werewolf Kyle is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate who could be placed in danger because of him. Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. When Tamra, battered but not broken, stumbles into his world and tumbles into his bed, she captures his heart. And nothing—not kidnappers or visions of his possible death—will keep him from her.

JJBC~How did you come up with the idea for this series? From a dream, from watching tv, while reading another book?
SJ~KISS OF MOONLIGHT came about because I wanted to write werewolves. I love them, always have. And when I started to think about werewolves, the idea of the lone wolf was first and foremost. When I started to write the book, Kyle was as clear as day in my head from the very beginning. I heard his voice, saw his voice and knew everything about the man.

JJBC~Did you have to do any type of research before writing this Kiss of Moonlight?
SJ~I’m a research hound. I love research. I’m always looking for more research books to read and new websites to explore. I read a lot about the Roman legion for this particular book. And I read several non-fiction werewolf books, just to see what the traditions have been through the years.

JJBC~Who’s your favorite character and why?
SJ~Well, Kyle, of course, because he’s just so damn gorgeous and loving and strong and… because he’s Kyle. He knows what he wants, he goes after it and he won’t let anything hurt those he loves.
Then there’s Cat. You’ll be seeing more of Cat.

JJBC~Are any of your characters created from people in your life?
SJ~Most of my heroes don’t talk very much. That trait comes directly from my husband. There are bits and pieces of people I know in my stories but not complete characters.

JJBC~Did the overall book turn out like your original idea of the story?
SJ~I can honestly say yes.

JJBC~Can you tell us a little bit about the characters?
SJ~Kyle is tall, dark and handsome, lethal, loving and steady as a rock. He’s the guy you want at your back and in your bed.
Tamra is damaged but she’s a fighter. She’s stronger than she thinks she is and she knows what she wants.

JJBC~Can you tell us a little bit about when and where the story takes place?
SJ~The story is contemporary and takes place in Reading, Pennsylvania, which happens to be my hometown. Write what you know.

JJBC~Do you have any idea how many book are going to be in this series?
SJ~Nope, no idea. I’m just going to keep writing.

JJBC~YAY!!! thats what i wanna hear!!! ;0)~  

JJBC~Do you have a favorite scene?
SJ~ Damn, I have to think about that one. The first one that springs to mind is Tam and Kyle’s first meeting, when he’s in his pelt and realizes that this is someone special to him and he just sits my her side.

JJBC~Was there any part of this book that was harder for you to write than the others? 
SJ~Anything to do with Tam’s attack before the book starts. 

JJBC~Can you give us a hint of what to expect in the next book? 
SJ~Moonlight Ménage will be released March 3 from Ellora’s Cave. If you read Kiss of Moonlight, you already met Tira, Nic and Duke.

Moonlight Ménage
Coming 3-3-2010
For eight years, Etruscan witch Tira Belludi has longed to give herself, body and soul, to the two shifter men who hold her heart. But visions of death and fears for her sanity have forced her to keep her distance.
Nic Rocca and Duke Ducati are brothers in everything but blood and partners who have each other’s backs. They share a home, a job and had planned to share their life with Tira between them…until the night she saw their future and built a fortress around her heart.
Now danger and death stalk Nic and Duke. And Tira must make a choice—grab love while she has the chance or watch Nic die from afar and lose Duke forever.

My Bonus Question:
JJBC~If you could be trapped in any series/book which would it be and why?
SJ~I’ve always wanted to be Beauty from Beauty and the Beast. But I’d never leave the Beast

Thank you Stephanie for giving us a glimpse into your world!
you can read my review here
Who I think should Play Kyle in the movies

You can also find Stephanie :


Kiss of Moonlight By: Stephanie Julian

first in the Lucani Lovers series
Published By: Ellora's Cave
E-Book Format

Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, the last thing she expects to find is a sanctuary from her demons or steaming hot sex. Everything about him screams danger. But appearances can be deceiving. The tender possessiveness of his touch, the hunger in his eyes, the scorching sensuality of his kiss—all of it sears him into her soul and brands her as his for life.

But otherworldly forces are afoot and death hovers…

Etruscan werewolf Kyle is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate who could be placed in danger because of him. Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. When Tamra, battered but not broken, stumbles into his world and tumbles into his bed, she captures his heart. And nothing—not kidnappers or visions of his possible death—will keep him from her.

Kiss Of Moonlight has made its own perfect fit into the shifter world! The first book of hopefully a very long running series!
Kyle is a tough, tattoo covered ,no non-sense  assasin for the Lucani King, who recently had an incedent while on a mission. He has never been the same since. He cares for his daughter cat, and does what he can to protect his family, and his people from any harm.
Cat, Kyles daughter is your average young girl......except for the fact that she is part Lucani and part witch. She does her best to get her dad to help her friend, their new neighbor Tamara.
Tamara, a girl who is running from her brutal past of being beatin and raped. She moves from one place to the next to try and hide. Her only friends are a young pup and wolf who show up on her door step with an open ear, and affection that lets tamara open up and get things out into the open without human hears around.
I have to say I truly enjoyed reading Kiss of Moonlight! I could not put it down. Stephanie Julian has done a wonderful job creating a world that sucks you in. My only just wasn't long enough!!!! I was already craving more before i got to the end! The world of the Etruscan werewolves , and Etruscan witches is kept secret from your averag human being. Until Tamara comes along.*sigh* What i wouldn't give to be in her shoes!
Stephanies creation of characters was perfect. I liked how the hero , and heroine are not your typical perfect couple. Kyle is a bit older than Tamara, and I think that is part of what helps in creating the relationship and bond they build. It does happen a little too fast for me, but then again the faster it happens the quicker the romance kicks in!The Romance / Sex scenes..........Stephanie hit the nail on the head. Not to much, not to little, but the love that grows between Kyle, and Tamara is unmistakable.
Throughout the story you get a glimpse into a few of the other characters. It adds to the story , but leaves you craving for more. Stephanie has done a wonderful job keeping you on the edge of your seat waiting to see what come next. And lucky us.........the next book Moonlight Menage comes out 3-3-2010
Visit Stephanie Julians Website and Blog



Feb 21, 2010 its Valentines / Dean's Day month, and i thought what better way to celebrate HOTTIE OF THE MONTH than with some yummy angels!!! So i won't waste any more time, cause lets face it.......angels....Y.U.M.M.M.M.M.M.M




Dean Day: Part 2

Feb 14, 2010

 "Pixie's Ponderings"

Welcome to Dean Day!

This is for those oh so happy Supernatural fans like me!!! We all like Valentines Day. But to make it even better it is now Officially Dean Day too!!! So sit back, enjoy the Dean Day Eye Candy, and i'll share my thoughts on Dean *sigh*

10 things i luv about Dean
1~ That oh so yummy smile.
you just can never get enough of it!!!

2~Deans hilarious sense of humor.
Oh some of his lines......(refer to the bottom)

3~ Dean, and his georgous car. I would so drive him....The car...i mean the car!!! ;0)

4~His brotherly love....awwwww

5~The Boyz great taste in alcohol!!!

6~*sigh* them abs.....gotta love the ABS!!!

7~The Butt, oh yes the boy has a nice behind!!!!

8~Dean is not afraid to cry, and has anyone ever looked so sexy when they cried!!!

9~ Dean and his guns....nuff said....HAWT

10~ and Last but not least. ummm ya...everything else!!!

Now some dean Quotes..........

Dean : You fudging touch me again, I'll fudging kill you!

Bela: Do you really think this is going to work?
Dean: Almost definitely not.

Henricksen: You think you're funny?
Dean: I think I'm adorable.

Dean: I'm not gonna die in a hospital where the nurses aren't even hot.

Dean: I like him. He says okie dokie. (ya...ok...I say this!!!)

Sam: So let me get this straight. You want to drive all the way to Cicero just to hook up with some random chick?
Dean: She was a yoga teacher. That was the bendiest weekend of my life!

3x06 Red Sky At Morning
Dean: A Hand of Glory? I think I got one of those at the end of my Thai massage last week.

Dean: (to Ruby) You wanna kill me, get in the line b*tch!

Dean: It's like we got a contract on us. You think it's 'cause we're so awesome? I think it's 'cause it's we're so awesome.

Uriel: You cut yourself a piece of Angel Food Cake...
Dean: Yeah? What does it matter to you? You're junkless down there right? Like a Ken Doll?

Molly: Oh thank GOD!
Dean: (smiles) Just call me Dean!

Sam: Dean, we are supposed to be looking for eyes.
Dean: I'm getting there..........

Dean: What a douchebag.
Sam: That's Jeb Dexter.
Dean: I don't even want to know how you know that.
Sam: He's famous, kind of.
Dean: For what, douchebaggery?

Dean: Oh, yeah. Life as an angel condom. That's real fun. I think I'll pass, thanks.

Sam: You still crazy?
Dean: Not any more than usual.

A Bit More Eye Candy

Now For A Few Dean Vidoes I Found

Dont forget to check out all the other awesome blogs that are celebrating Deans Day!!! ( coffee mug contest) (psst! she's holding a contest too!)


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