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Blog Bash Day 16 with Stephanie Julian + Giveaway

Aug 22, 2011

Happy Blogoversary JoJo!! 
Hope you celebrate many, many more.

So… who do I pick as my hottie? Can I have two? Considering I’m working on a ménage right now, I’m taking liberties and picking two partners for this dance.

First up, Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold. Love the band. Have seen them three times already and I’m going for four this Friday. Take a good look at this picture. Can’t stop looking, can you? There’s just something about the man that draws you in. Even with the tats mostly covered, he screams bad ass and I’m good with that. So much so that I used him as the physical model for Tivr, the Etruscan God of the Moon in my Lucani Lovers and Forgotten Goddesses series. That attitude is all Tivr. Is it any wonder Cat’s had a crush on the man since she was a child?

Next up, Matt Tuck, lead singer for Bullet For My Valentine. Bullet ranks right up there with A7X as my favorite band and they’re on the same tour I’m seeing Friday. Can you say Heaven? Love their music and Matt is absolutely gorgeous. And Welsh. I love listening to him speak almost as much as I love listening to him sing. I’ve also used Matt as a physical model for a character, but you haven’t met Leo yet. You will soon, though he’s still a child. Eventually he’ll grow up to be a tattooed, kick-ass guitar player. And hopefully you’ll follow along to see why he’s giving you that look.

For my Forgot-About-Read

I’d like to introduce you to Kathleen Nance’s Olympus series: The Trickster, The Warrior and The Seeker. These books, featuring Greek deities, manage to hold a place in my heart long after other paranormal romances have faded from memory. Why? Because Nance tells such intricate stories with ease and the romance sizzles off the page. I still hope she’d return to this series one day.

The Trickster
Olympus Series

Long after she'd given up on his return, Matthew Mark Hennessy strolled back into Joy Taylor's life, bolder than Hermes when he'd stolen Apollo's cattle. But Joy was no longer the girl who had so easily trusted him with her heart. An aspiring chef, she had no intention of being distracted by the fireworks the magician sparked in her. But with a kiss silkier than her custard cream, he melted away her defenses. And she knew the master showman had performed the greatest trick of all: setting her heart afire.

The Warrior
Olympus Series

For centuries, Cupid had been getting all the credit, But now Zeus and Hera had decided to put their matchmaking skills to the test. Yet teaching a self-reliant woman and a descendent of Ares—the god of war—to love was nothing short of a Herculean task.

The Seeker
Olympus Series

Stuck with her sister's two sets of teenage twins and a magic show about to go on tour, Dia Trelawny needed help fast. Her irresponsible sibling had disappeared as inexplicably as a rabbit in a hat, but Dia had learned of a man who specialized in finding missing persons, no matter how lost.

I cheated for the recipe. I found this on the Tootsie Roll site. I’ve not made this but really, how can you go wrong with brownies and Junior Mints? 
Junior Mint Parfait:
Yum, yum & double yum!!!

4 to 6 parfait glasses or tall glass tumblers, electric mixer.

Ingredients for Parfait:
1 box brownie mix (19.8 oz. box)
2 cups chocolate sauce
1 pint of premium vanilla ice cream, softened 10 minutes in refrigerator
2 boxes of Junior Mints (1.84 oz. boxes)

Ingredients for the Whipped Cream Topping:
1 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Make the Brownies:
Prepare and bake the brownies as directed on the box.
Cool completely and cut into eighteen 2-inch squares.

Make the Whipped Cream Topping:
In a medium mixing bowl using electric mixer, combine the cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside for assembly.

Assemble the Parfait:
Place a brownie square in the bottom of a parfait glass or tumbler.
Sprinkle 2 or 3 Junior Mints on top of the brownie.
Place a small scoop of ice cream on top of the mints.
Pour a small ribbon of chocolate sauce on top of the ice cream.
Sprinkle 2 or 3 Junior Mints on top of the sauce.
Repeat the process until you reach the top of the parfait glass. Garnish with whipped cream and Junior Mints.

Makes 6 parfaits.

*~* GIVEAWAY *~*
2 Winners!!!

ebook of 
Grace in Moonlight  

Kaisie Giliati is the lucani king’s best tracker. He’s used to hunting and capturing his prey with little resistance. He’s also old enough to know exactly what he wants, and the feisty redhead who stirs him like no other is at the top of his list. Too bad she’s the enemy and seemingly impervious to his charms.

Grace Bellasario has a target on her back, two children to protect from their evil father and she’s in love for the first time in her life. With a man who should hate her—a man she has no business craving. But does she ever. Grace doesn’t have a chance in hell of shaking Kaisie off her tail. Now he just needs to keep her alive to live happily ever after…

print of 
What a Goddess Wants

IN HIS ARMS, HER MAGIC POWERS ARE ON THE RISE... Tessa, Etruscan Goddess of the Dawn, is losing her powers and now there's an Underworld god determined to run her down. She needs a hero and fast, because only sexual energy can give her power. So she seeks out Caligo, whose sexual prowess is legendary...

Caligo is a fabled Cimmerian warrior determined to stay away from spoiled goddesses who trample hearts after they've had their fun. But there's something irresistibly hot and inviting about Tessa and he knows he's her only change to escape the encroaching darkness...

TO WIN: Tell us what your favorite treat to make is?

*** Giveaway ends tomorrow night 8-23 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

24 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

felinewyvern August 22, 2011 at 12:19 PM  

My favourite treat to make is a big cheat - vanilla ice cream with fresh ground black pepper on top :D

However if I'm in the mood to wait a bit I love baking fairy cakes (with less sugar and a dash of vanilla essence)and colouring the mix in two or three colours before baking, just for fun :D

Anne August 22, 2011 at 12:54 PM  

Hot fudge ice cream sundaes. Hmmm, I've never tried black peper on vanilla ice cream, I'll have to give it a try. I also like brownies, the fudgey kind. Hot fudge sundaes, fudgy brownies, yes there's a pattern!

Victoria August 22, 2011 at 1:28 PM  

My favorite treat to make is fudge. I make over 30 pounds at Christmas time every year because everyone loves it. I make 6 different flavors - most people like the milk chocolate orange the best. I never eat any because I eat the mess while making it :).


elaing8 August 22, 2011 at 2:01 PM  

My favorite treat to make are these magic bars.I got the recipe from the Eagle brand web site.Its graham cracker crumb crust then you top it with chocolate chips,coconut,craisins,walnuts and marshmallows add the eagle brand to stick it all together and bake.They are awesome :)
(could you lease only enter me for What A Goddess wants.thank you)

Kasumi August 22, 2011 at 2:39 PM  

For me it is my aunt cake. She gave me her recipe many years ago and it's great! ;D

Thanks for the international chance!


Anonymous,  August 22, 2011 at 3:06 PM  

I love ice cream a lot but you really don't have to make that so to make something I am sucker for homemade brownies and homemade chocolate chip cookies, my mother makes a killer cheese cake and also heavenly hash. I just love sweets, I like to eat sweet why I am reading thats always double the pleasure in my book.

Na August 22, 2011 at 4:06 PM  

This may sound odd but it's quite tasty and very easy to make. I like to eat taro ice cream with small bread rolls. I just slather the ice cream on the bread and voila, tasty treat!

Grace in Moonlight sounds wonderful.


AmyS. August 22, 2011 at 5:18 PM  

My favorite treat to make is cookies. I like all kinds and enjoy making them.

truebloodfan AT

Jen B. August 22, 2011 at 6:09 PM  

Favorite treat is a tough question. I am eating chocolate chips as I type this. I do love desert so I have quite a few:
Double chocolate cheesecake (it's super dense and chocolatey, you can only eat a really small slice at a time)
Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce (I splurge on good Whiskey for this, double yum)
Rum Cracker Torte (the name isn't much but the flavor mix is mind blowing)
Frosting Shots (these are my kid's favorites, obviously the non-adult version!)
Thanks for the giveaway.

jfort357 August 22, 2011 at 6:54 PM  

My fav treat to make is homemade double fudge brownies!!!! I serve it warm with ice cream on top, drizzled with carmel & crushed pecans!!! Simply SINFUL!!!! YUMMM!!!! ;-)


xander_316 August 22, 2011 at 7:08 PM  

my fav treat is Cinnamon Sugar Pull-Apart Bread - awesome, here is the link of where i got it from



Anonymous,  August 22, 2011 at 8:20 PM  

My favorite treats to make are brownies and fundge. They are so easy to make and everybody loves them!


Michelle Bledsoe August 22, 2011 at 8:48 PM  

My favorite treat to make is cream cheese chocolate chip cookies. They are so moist and chocolaty. Some times I will put 3 different kinds of chocolate in them. Served warm with a glass of cold milk makes everything alright.

koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

Pamk August 22, 2011 at 9:17 PM  

love to make brownies. fun to make and eat lol
scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

June M. August 22, 2011 at 10:24 PM  

I love making fresh baked brownies, and adding little mini choco chips or some other kind of chip to them before baking. I have passed on my love for baking to my 17 year old neice. This year, we may try to make some fudge at Christmas time.
June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Linda August 23, 2011 at 12:03 AM  

I've recently become quite addicted to blueberry muffins! I found a wonderful & easy recipe (wonderfully easy?!) that takes just a jiffy to whip up.

The aroma that permeates the whole house is enough to leave me happy the rest of the day w/out even eating one.

Amy August 23, 2011 at 12:55 AM  

My favorite treat to make is a good ol fudge brownie. They are simple and easy to make and they are so yummy.


Mary Preston August 23, 2011 at 3:52 AM  

I love to make (& EAT) chocolate squares. Too divine!!


Stephanie Julian August 23, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

you ladies are totally making me crave chocolate. then again, that's not unusual.

Ilona, pepper on vanilla ice cream? seriously? I'm intrigued.

Tore923 August 23, 2011 at 11:25 AM  

My favorite treat to make is hot fudge sundaes. Please enter me in contest.

Texas Book Lover August 23, 2011 at 2:34 PM  

I have two...

1. Homeade icecream (varied flavors depending on my kids moods).

2. Freshly cut up strawberries with freshly whipped cream!

Both are so yummy!

mmafsmith at gmail dot com

Pepper on ice cream - I like both but together...really?

Anonymous,  August 23, 2011 at 5:25 PM  

My favorite treat is hmmmm hard to choose it's pretty much anything with chocolate like hot out the oven homeade chocolate chunk brownies! yummm Although I really like the hotness from Avenged sevenfold I love them and I would settle for him to be my treat anyday! :) Hope the concert (I know it will be with the two awesome bands) rocks!


Chelsea B.,  August 23, 2011 at 5:30 PM  

I have to be honest here-- I can't cook a bloomin' thing, haha! ;-) I try, I really do, but.... Yeah. It just doesn't happen. Love to eat, though! :-)

I would love to be entered for What A Goddess Wants, please!


JoAnna August 23, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

I have to say my favorite treat isn't really a dessert. I love this taco salad/dip my step mother used to make. It involves no cooking so it is even better!

beckerjo at verizon dot net

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