Saturday, January 11, 2014

The drink for bad girls

Is there any better combination than a sexy guy and the perfect martini? Even better if that guy is handsome, charming, fictional and creates a martini and names it after you. Bonus? You aren't a good girl who does everything right. You're a double agent who gets to travel the world, do naughty things and look great while doing them.

James Bond's famous “shaken not stirred” martini, The Vesper Martini, is named after Vesper Lynd, a character first introduced in Ian Fleming's 1953 novel Casino Royale. Despite her poor treatment of him, coming in the form of her being a double agent who assisted in his kidnapping, he continues to think about her. Super-secret badass spies have a weakness for smart, tricky women. If you’re a up for a good time, watch Casino Royale and its sequel, Quantum of Solace, back to back.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Bold Moves, early download available now at Totally Bound

Orderly and predictable describes Eva Marie’s life, until she accepts the dare of a Brazilian soccer player with wicked moves and a notorious reputation.

The last thing Eva Marie needs right now, just as her event planning business is getting off the ground, is a man. Especially a sought after bachelor with a reputation for no-strings-attached, serial dating.

Famous Brazilian soccer player Davi Ferreira likes his games and women fast and flashy. Handsome and fit, he’s never met a woman he couldn’t quickly and easily charm into his bed. Until Eva Marie. When the opportunity to participate in her event, ‘The Ultimate Bachelor’ promises to give him one final chance to escape the friend zone, he eagerly accepts.

Thanks to a popular DC blog, people in Washington are watching the live stream featuring Eva Marie’s event. Cameras cover everything, including Eva and Davi’s ultra-sexy kiss. The steamy exchange sparks a firestorm of tweets that force Eva and Davi to settle a question posed by web viewers—was the sizzling kiss a promotional stunt or the real thing?

Bold Moves is the 4th story in the Invitations series. Get it today from Totally Bound.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

10 Best things to do when you visit a new city

This list was first featured in the UK' s awesome online celebrity magazine, Female First. If you haven't already checked it out, after reading this, head straight over. 

1. Use social media before you leave. You might be surprised to find a friend who lives there or will be visiting at the same time.

2. Find the used and rare books bookstore. Supporting independent booksellers.

3. Visit historical sites. Learn!

4. Ask the locals where to get the best lunch. Best food, best price.

5. Take that lunch to a local park. People watching is always the best entertainment.

6. Takes snaps of random things. You’ll best surprised how fun they are to show friends.

7. Hunt down resale shops. Better than a tourist shops, you’ll get unique items that reflect the city.

8. Check the newspaper for free festivals or concerts.

9. Check the library for events. A great way to meet authors and hear them read.

10. Check museums for films. Many museums run film festivals featuring the best in foreign films.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Pumpkin Bread, baking day recipe

Those of who follow me on Facebook, know I do a lot of baking and that about once a month I have Baking Day. My best friend and I get together, open a bottle (or two) of wine and bake. Sometimes we try new recipes, sometimes we make favorites. The pumpkin bread recipe below is a long standing favorite of mine and perfect for this time of year.

Pumpkin Bread 

Grease and flour 2 bread loaf pans.
Preheat oven to 350.

Dry ingredients:

  • 31/3 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Wet ingredients:
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
Place dry ingredients into medium bowl, blend and set aside.
Place wet ingredients into large bowl and blend well.
Gradually add dry ingredients, beating until smooth.
Place in pans and bake for about 50 minutes. Done when toothpick comes out clean.

Top with cream cheese frosting or powdered sugar if preferred.