October 16 2018 Romance Writers Weekly

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If you haven’t already, visit Leslie Hachtel’s blog for some of her favorite fall happenings!

This week’s Romance Writers Weekly Blog Post is from me Fiona Riplee.

Pumpkin Spice is in full swing right about now. It’s a crazy fall phenomenon that I look forward to every year. What are other crazy autumn activities that you look forward to?  

 

My pumpkin spice obsession. Pumpkin Spice everything.

 I love it. It’s a romance of a different sort!

I love it. It’s a romance of a different sort!

 

 ohhhh.

ohhhh.

Last year I found pumpkin spice English muffins. I went to town on that one.

 

Occasionally, I have the random thought that one day I’ll be over that craze, but it hasn’t happened, yet. I feel like Bubba on Forrest Gump listing all the ways to make something that is pumpkin spice.

 

One of my favorite desserts to make is my double layer pumpkin cheesecake. I make it at least once every year. I know others aren’t as crazy about it as me, but I can’t resist. I must have a pumpkin gene that gets activated every autumn. I have to get my pumpkin spice donut, latte, cookies, muffin and bread. Of course, there are the scented candles that make the entire house smell like I should eat it. Now you know my secret eating problem.

 

Confess… tell me your fall obsession.

Hop over to Brenda Margriet to see what she enjoy’s this time of year.

October 09 2018 Romance Writers Weekly

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Romance Weekly is back and it is full-swing fall where I’m at. This week’s question is from the wonderful A.S. Fenichel. She wants us to tell everyone about our latest novel and/or what we’re working on. Bonus points for sharing what we love about our genre.  

 

 Ice cream on the beach sounds nice.

Ice cream on the beach sounds nice.

I’ve started a new paranormal series, Sunkissed Magic Romance, which has the setting of a beach boardwalk with a bunch of shops. The series will include stand-alone novels in this setting that all have something to do with the supernatural. 

My current work in progress is Sweetest Mix. Robert West is an ice cream shop owner who doesn’t believe in magic or anything outside the realm of reality. Yet, he falls for New Age shop owner Bella who is a real witch with ghost attachment issues.

Robert asks Bella to be the last committee leader for the boardwalk’s year-end party thinking things will go smoothly, but little does he know there is nothing matter-of-fact when it comes to magic, ghosts, or love. Especially, when Rob’s ex brings her own form of magic between him and Bella.

 

Because I love bonus points…

 Magic can come in handy.

Magic can come in handy.

I love writing paranormal romance because I feel like we get too many doses of real life and it all seems bad. At least with paranormal, there can be a little bit of magic to lighten things up. I love coming up with the people in my supernatural worlds because I can give them some extra magic power or supernatural element and it’s fun to discover the secret. Maybe there is something out there after all that can make things better or let us have a little bit of revenge.

 Hop on over to Jenna Da Sie’s blog to find out what she’s working on. See ya soon!

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September 25 2018 Romance Writers Weekly

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Another week of Romance Writers Weekly. Author Jenna Da Sie, posed this week’s question and it is a yummy one.

When you host a dinner party or just a get together what is your favorite appetizer to make? Share some recipes.

 

Ah… parties are the best. We don’t have enough of them lately.

 Food. Delicious Food.

Food. Delicious Food.

For a long time, our favorite appetizer for parties was cream cheese sausage stuffed jalapeños wrapped in bacon. A Fat Loaded Dream!  Haha! The first year we made them we used fresh jalapeños from our garden and those suckers were hot! We made two versions one with regular sausage, the other with hot sausage. The second was smoking! But nothing was left after the party was over.

A curious appetizer we’ve enjoyed recently is a dish that my hubby had on a business trip to Spain. I don’t know the name, but it tastes wonderful. Some might wrinkle their nose because the main ingredient is sardines, but if you like fish or are adventuresome, I suggest trying it. So, this is how we make it. I’m sure there are many combinations that can be created.

We use French bread that’s smaller in diameter than regular bread, more bite sized. I cut the bread into one-half inch slices and butter and toast them in the oven. I cut just enough for how many sardines I have in the can. After the bread is toasted, I spread each slice with goat cheese, top with a sardine, and a tomato slice salt and peppered. Then I toast or warm them again for about five minutes. Just enough to heat up the fish and tomatoes. Then eat! They are scrumptious. We’ve tried the flavored sardines, Mediterranean olive oil, jalapeño, and tomato. All are good. The jalapeño flavor is our favorite because of the little spicy kick.

I hope you enjoy them!

Hop onto A.S. Fenichel’s blog for her favs! See ya next time.

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