September 25 2018 Romance Writers Weekly



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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September 18 2018 Romance Writers Weekly



Hi Everyone, Welcome back for Romance Weekly. This week’s question comes from myself, Fiona Riplee.

You’ve probably come from the lovely Jenna Da Sie’s blog site. If not, be sure to check it out when you’re done here!

I’ve started a new paranormal series that takes place by the beach. So far, in my current work in progress many events take place during the day and maybe I’ve neglected the evening hours. Makes me wonder do you prefer day or evening outings? These could be for a fun date or just hanging out with family or friends. What’s your pleasure?


Soaking up the sun.

Soaking up the sun.

I would have to say this topic preference depends on my mood and various factors like the weather and time of year.

Obviously, I’ve been writing about day trips in my current work in progress because the setting is near a beach with close boardwalk shops. I can write about things I would enjoy in that setting, like shopping, walks on the beach, boat outings, getting coffee, and relaxing with friends or the hubby. When it’s warm and sunny there are so many things that are fun. A younger me really enjoyed amusement parks or finding a state park and hiking a trail. Now, with a four-year-old we can add stuff like going to the zoo or Children’s Museum, or putt putt boogie which is my son’s version of Paw Patrol mixed with Putt Putt golf. We also enjoy going to a movie which can be either a day or nighttime event.

Dancing and having fun.

Dancing and having fun.

Before the kiddo, nights were our preference for events, but now we are just too tired by the time 9 pm rolls around. (At least I am.) We used to enjoy going out for drinks with a group of friends, eating good food – or junky bar food, dancing, and socializing. Hubby and I had a standing Friday night movie date that was our go to. For a few years, we had Rock Band parties where we’d get a bunch of friends over, have some drinks, and play Rock Band until 12 am. That was a blast. Now we occasionally have a game night where we do the same but with board games.

It’s okay my preference has shifted from night to day. The important part is to have fun with my peeps whenever the event.

Brenda Margriet is up next. Follow the link to find out if she likes day or night activities. Catch ya next time!

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July 26 2016 Romance Weekly



Welcome back for another week of Romance Weekly, the Tuesday blog hop where your favorite authors tell all ... about their writing, of course!

We can start off the hop with my post, and at the beginning and end of the entry will be a link to visit the the next author participating in the hop. Hope you learn some juicy secrets. 

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This week's topic is from the wonderful Leslie Hachtel. She knows a writer who sets her writing-time mood with candles and music that suit her characters. Do you do anything special to put you in the right frame of mind to sit down and create?

Marc Stevens is before me in the hop. Find out how he answered Leslie's question when you are finished here. 

Here's my take on the question:

For a romance author, my mood lighting is unromantic, but my ritual keeps me writing and focused. When I need to set the atmosphere, I open my writing notebook and any notes I have on where I've left off in my current work in progress.

I used to light scented candles and took the time to enjoy a good cup of coffee, perhaps sneak in a little meditation time. I still do these activities especially if I have extra time, but those rituals were really becoming a distraction. I'd sit with my coffee and candle scents and get so relaxed time would slip by and before I knew it I had some other tasks that needed to be done. There my work in progress would sit ‘un-worked’ on.

Now, my writing office is filled with the scent of cherry wood from the new writing table my husband made for me. Coffee is a good friend in the morning to help wake me up as well as meditation which I’m trying to do more often. But, I don't need those items before getting started. If my start time is 10 PM, I don't want coffee unless I intend to pull an all-nighter.

So, I've trained myself that when the notebook is open and the pen is in my hand it's time to get busy. It's good for me to have this ritual. I don’t have to rely on mood to help my characters talk to me or vice versa.

I don't always maintain such dedication. Distractions abound everywhere, but it helps set the mood by re-reading notes or the last piece I wrote starring my current characters. 

I can't wait to find out what the other authors of Romance Weekly do to set the mood for their writing. Read on to find out more from author, Brenda Margriet. 

See you next week!!