Friday, February 24, 2012

Five Cup Review & On Sale!

Danielle at Coffee Time Reviews gives Sweet Sunshine Cookbook 5/5 Coffee Cups!
"Sweet Sunshine Cookbook is most definitely a book I will be turning to time and again. Not only will I go to it to read the many decadent and delicious sounding recipes, but for the stories alone."
Read Full Review HERE



My New Release, Heart of Steele is officially releasing March 2nd. 
Here's a special treat for  you! 
You can buy it now at Coffee Time Bookstore for 30% off
I'm not sure how long it will be available at this low price, so visit HERE today!



Thursday, February 23, 2012

Romantic Tear Jerkers


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Thirteen Romantic Movies that Made Me Cry....
Be sure to click on the Fav Scene link!
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1- The Notebook
Poor boy (Ryan Gosling) and rich girl (Rachel McAdams) fall in love during a hazy Southern summer in the 1930s. Fifty years later, an elderly man reads their story to a woman with Alzheimer's in a nursing home. Please fetch the tissues.....
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FAV SCENE: The famous “kiss in the rain” scene

FAV LINE: Young Noah: So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.




2-Ghost
This supernatural romance in which a murdered husband becomes a ghost to protect his widow most likely spurred an increase in pottery class enrollment and put The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" back onto the charts.Photobucket
FAV SCENE
Molly and Sam at the Pottery Wheel
FAV LINE: Molly: I love you. Sam: Ditto.

3-Love Story
Love Story uses the time-honored trope of rich boy and poor girl falling in love, and then being forced to question if they can come to terms with their differences. The two must defy his family’s high expectations in an attempt to prove that love conquers all.

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FAV SCENE  FAV LINE: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”

4-Up
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FAV SCENE 
FAV LINE: “Thanks for the adventure. Now go have a new one”

5-Breakfast at Tiffany's
Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly, a seemingly sophisticated society girl who bonds with Paul, a struggling writer in her building. But appearances are not always what they seem, and Paul is soon enmeshed in Holly's world of mobsters, Hollywood agents, and estranged husbands..
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FAV LINE: “Promise me one thing... Don’t take me home until I’m drunk...very drunk indeed.”








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6-Gone With the Wind
Set against a backdrop of the Civil War and the South's period of reconstruction, Gone With the Wind brought Margaret Mitchell's famous novel about Scarlett O'Hara, Rhett Butler, and the plantation called Tara to the silver screen.

FAV SCENE(s)  FAV LINE: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”


7-The Way We Were
Politically active, Jewish Katie (Barbra Streisand) reunites with apolitical, non-Jewish Hubbell (Robert Redford), whom she knew in college, at the end of World War II. Despite their differences, the two fall in love marry. Over time, however, Katie becomes incensed by Hubbell's increasingly lackadaisical attitude towards his job and politics. Her activism causes friction in his budding screenwriting career, and the two drift apart. Only years later do they finally realize they were at their best when they were together.
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FAV SCENE(s) 


FAV LINE: “When you love someone, from Roosevelt to me, you go deaf, dumb, and blind.”

8-Pretty Woman
Just your typical man hires hooker, hooker has a heart of gold, man transforms hooker into a "lady," man and hooker fall in love story.
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FAV SCENE
FAV LINE: “I'm gonna treat you so nice, you're never gonna let me go.”


9-Brokeback Mountain
The heartbreaking tale of two cowboys who fall in love while herding sheep on Brokeback Mountain but are stifled by the confines of 1960's societal norms. Just try not to cry when Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) looks out the window at the mountains in the distance, clutching Jack Twist’s (Jake Gyllenhaal) shirt, and says "Jack, I swear..."
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FAV SCENE(s)

Great video depicting the essence of the movie. 
FAV LINE: “I wish I knew how to quit you.”


10-Jerry Maguire
This Tom Cruise classic had us at "Hello." It's educational; too—did you know the human head weighs eight pounds?
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FAV SCENE   FAV LINE: “Show me the money!”







11-Dirty Dancing
"Nobody puts Baby in a corner." Really, that's all that needs to be said about this 80's classic that made Americans crazy for Swayze.
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FAV SCENE
FAV LINE: “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”







12-Titanic
With five simple words—"I'll never let go, Jack"—our hearts will go on forever when it comes to the story of Jack, Rose, and the ship that was supposed to be unsinkable.
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FAV SCENE: I have to show the video here. 
FAV LINE: “I’m the king of the world!” 
13-The Bridges of Madison County
A lonely housewife (Meryl Streep) has a passionate four-day affair with a National Geographic photographer (Clint Eastwood) in town to photograph those titular bridges.
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FAV SCENE: After Francesca's death, flashback of the pivotal rainy afternoon scene of Francesca Johnson's fateful, cross-roads decision to remain with her husband (although she partially turned the doorknob) instead of jumping out of the truck at a stoplight and joining lover- Robert Kincaid after their short four-day affair.

 FAV LINE: “When I think of why I make pictures, the reason that I can come up with just seems that I've been making my way here. It seems right now that all I've ever done in my life is making my way here to you.”



Chapter One Heart of Steele by Adelle Laudan
     It seems right now that all I’ve done in my life is make my way here to you.
     Kara pressed the book to her breasts and sighed. In her mind’s eye, she pictured the ruggedly handsome Clint Eastwood playing the part of Robert Kincaid in the film version of The Bridges of Madison County.
     If only men talked like this in real life.
     Her gaze travelled over row upon row of oak bookcases, each filled to capacity. An alcove sat under the stairs where, more often than not, a child sat in wide-eyed wonder of the book opened on his or her lap.          Every conceivable surface held books; they gracefully divided the room into sections. How she loved spending her lunch hours here, where books still quivered from recent use and radiated traces of the wonder prompted.
     “So what did you think of the passage I marked for you?” With two cups of tea in his weathered hands, Abe shuffled past boxes of unopened books. “Robert Waller sure has a way with words, don’t you think?”
Kara smiled. “I’ve heard so many different things about his writing. But you can’t dispute he has a gift for taking everyday issues and making them into intimate ones in the simplest of ways.”
     Abe set the cups down on a small card table wedged between their chairs. “I thought you’d like it.”
     She closed the book, returned it to the shelf beside her, and sipped from her tea. “Mmm, I love honey in my tea.”
     “I think you’re sweet enough without it.”
     Heat rushed to her cheeks. Abe’s handsome grandson, Noah, filled the doorway; his mouth was turned up in a devilish grin.
     “You’re a smooth talker, Noah.” Abe cleared a stack of books off of the chair beside his. “You’re just in time for tea.”





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Coming March 2nd to MuseItUp Publishing


Afterthought  **  I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with the reaction to the movie UP. I almost didn't include it because I thought everyone would think I'm silly. Now I know I am not alone in my  'sillyness'. lol

Monday, February 20, 2012

Excerpt & Recipe : Coming soon! Heart of Steele




Will true love conquer all, or will the rich and powerful Steele Empire destroy everything…
including their lives?
Heart of Steele
Coming this March 2nd to MuseItUp Publishing
Heart of Steele has been a labour of love of mine for over three years now, and I’m thrilled to finally share it with you all. This story takes place partially in a family owned bakery. I thought it would be fun to share a recipe from my book.
Here is the excerpt mentioning ‘Sugar Shack Maple Walnut Cheesecake.’


Chapter One

It seems right now that all I’ve done in my life is make my way here to you.

Kara pressed the book to her breasts and sighed. In her mind’s eye, she pictured the ruggedly handsome Clint Eastwood playing the part of Robert Kincaid in the film version of The Bridges of Madison County.

If only men talked like this in real life. Her gaze travelled over row upon row of oak bookcases, each filled to capacity. An alcove sat under the stairs where, more often than not, a child sat in wide-eyed wonder of the book opened on his or her lap. Every conceivable surface held books; they gracefully divided the room into sections. How she loved spending her lunch hours here, where books still quivered from recent use and radiated traces of the wonder prompted.

“So what did you think of the passage I marked for you?” With two cups of tea in his weathered hands, Abe shuffled past boxes of unopened books. “Robert Waller sure has a way with words, don’t you think?”

Kara smiled. “I’ve heard so many different things about his writing. But you can’t dispute he has a gift for taking everyday issues and making them into intimate ones in the simplest of ways.”

Abe set the cups down on a small card table wedged between their chairs. “I thought you’d like it.”

She closed the book, returned it to the shelf beside her, and sipped from her tea. “Mmm, I love honey in my tea.”

“I think you’re sweet enough without it.”

Heat rushed to her cheeks. Abe’s handsome grandson, Noah, filled the doorway; his mouth was turned up in a devilish grin.

“You’re a smooth talker, Noah.” Abe cleared a stack of books off of the chair beside his. 


“You’re just in time for tea.”

“What, no desserts today?” He gaped at Kara.

Kara smiled again and retrieved a pastry box from under her chair. “You didn’t actually think I’d come empty-handed, did you?”

Noah’s grandfather stood between him and the box. “You keep your big mitts out of there until I get back with your tea.” He shook a finger in his face.

Noah put up his hands in surrender. “Yes, sir!”

Kara’s body seemed to have a mind of its own when it came to being left alone with Noah—her pulse raced and she started to sweat in the most inopportune places. Lately, he’d taken to dropping in more and more often during her lunch dates with Abe.

“What have you been reading today?” He leaned back in his chair, the thin fabric of his T-shirt pulling taut across his broad chest.

Her fingers itched to free his honey-blond hair from the confines of his ever-present pony tail. Unfortunately, every time he showed up, her mind turned to mush. “Um...” Unable to remember the author’s name, she pulled the book from the shelf.

Noah took the hardback from her. His fingers touched hers, sending a tingly sensation up her arm. Her breath hitched.

“Robert James Waller. Have you read any of his other work? A Thousand Country Roads is a good one.”

Kara shook her head, surprised he was so knowledgeable about a romance author.
“Here you go.” Abe handed his grandson a steaming mug and returned to his seat.
“Thanks, Gramps.”

Abe rubbed his hands together. He raised his bushy white brows in anticipation, as Kara opened the box. “Oh dear, you’ve really outdone yourself this time, Kara.”

She shrugged. “It’s just cheesecake.” From a bag hanging from her chair, she produced three small plates and plastic forks. “You’re my guinea pigs today. It’s a new recipe—Sugar Shack Maple Walnut Cheesecake. Made with genuine Ontario maple syrup.”

“How could anything with a name like that taste bad?” Noah used one finger to catch the maple syrup that dripped down the side of the box and licked it. “Mmm...”

Flustered, Kara coughed and turned her head, glancing at her watch. “Oh, my. Would you look at the time?” She fumbled with her purse, purposely avoiding Noah’s stare. She kissed Abe’s cheek. “I’ve got to run. We’ve got a big order for a shindig over at Steele Towers tomorrow night. Ada and Fred are pretty excited about it. It could mean regular business and a huge hike in profits for the bakery.”

She watched Abe and his grandson exchange a look. She couldn’t help but wonder what it meant.

“Impressive.” Abe took a square of cheesecake from the box without looking at her. “Thanks for the cheesecake.”

Kara’s brow creased. “Try to control your enthusiasm, boys.” She slung her purse over her shoulder. “You might want to save some of that for tomorrow. I doubt I’ll be able to get away.”

The two men grunted, their mouths full of cheesecake.

Kara shook her head as she left the bookstore. “Men!”

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Adelle Laudan Website 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Heart of Steele Cover Art Brag!

I am love-struck. The incredibly talented Delilah Stephans hit it out of the park with this cover.
Heart of Steele
Coming March 2nd
             to
MuseItUp Publishing

"Will true love conquer all, or will the rich and powerful Steele Empire destroy everything…including their lives?"

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Words to Live By


(Model is my Daughter)
Words to Live By
1-     WISDOM is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would have preferred to talk.

2-      If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?

3-      When alone, we have our thoughts to watch; when in family, our tempers; when in society, our tongues.

4-      Before you flare up at another’s faults, take time to count ten of your own.

5-      We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.

6-      SUCCESS in life comes not from holding a good hand... but in playing a poor hand well.

7-      When sorrow comes, we have no right to ask, “Why did this happen to me?” unless we ask the same question whenever joy comes our way.

8-      It’s not the size of the man in a fight that counts... It’s the size of the fight in a man.

9-      CONTENTMENT is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of what you already have.

10-   The chains of habit are usually too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.

11-   Keep your words soft and sweet. You never know when you’re going to have to eat them.

12-   HAPPINESS is living each day as though it were the first day of a marriage and the last day of a vacation.


13-   FRIENDS are those rare people who ask how you 
are—and then wait to hear the answer.


Beginning February 17th 'til February 21st Lora Richards will be participating in Random Act of Kindness Giveaway Hop Approx. 200 bloggers participating  with giveaways at every stop!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!


The most important things are the hardest to say, 
because words diminish them.
~Stephen King

If you're interested... 
Today at 5pm est, Lora Richards will be drawing for the winner of a gorgeous pair of Circle of Love earrings. All you have to do is join her Facebook Group to be entered. Good Luck! 

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Work In Progress


I thought I'd do something a little different and post an excerpt from my latest work in progress, tentatively titled, Knock, knock... BEWARE. 

Unedited excerpt:


A car horn blared behind her, jolting her in her seat just as the light turned yellow, then red. The irate driver behind her honked his horn and yelled out his window. “What the hell’s the matter with you? Shouldn’t you be baking cookies or something? Do everyone a favour and leave the big toys to the men.”
Becca sucked air through clenched teeth, reminding herself she wasn’t a cop on duty anymore, so roughing up the ignoramus wasn’t an option. She set her bike on its’ kickstand, counting to ten under her breath as she sauntered back to where the driver stared, wide-eyed at her.
“Listen lady, let’s not let things turn ugly. You just turn yourself around like a good girl.”
Becca reached his door and jerked it open wide. “Get out.”
“What? Are you nuts?” He chuckled. “Trust me, lady, you do not want me to get out of this car.”
Before the driver had a chance to react, Becca grabbed him by the front of his shirt and pulled him out of the car, throwing him belly-up on the hood, twisting his arm up behind his back. She leaned over him until her mouth was a mere whisper from his ear. “Listen asshole, you’re lucky I’m in a good mood. I suggest you learn some manners, and how to treat a lady before you open that fat trap of yours again.”
“What the hell do you think you’re doing?” He strained to turn his face toward a group of bystanders. “Someone call the cops, she’s f****ing crazy.”
Becca laughed, and so did most of the crowd. “What’s the matter? You don’t want to call the cops on a ‘little girl’ like me, do you?” She kept hold of his arm and pulled him upright, shoving him back in his car. “Now I suggest you take your sorry ass home and check your undies.” She slammed the door shut and strutted back to her bike while the crowd erupted in applause. Before she twist the throttle she turned to look back over her shoulder.
“Have a nice day.” She smiled sweetly and batted her eyelashes over the rim of her shades. The driver mopped his brow, his face beat red.
She rode away laughing. I bet he thinks twice the next time he’s pissed at a chick on a bike.

So, what do you think? I love the heroine Becca in this story. Don't let the humor fool you, Knock, knock... BEWARE!  is definitely not a comedy. *wink

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Adelle Laudan's Interview

I've been interviewed over at Romance Books R Us. Be sure to stop by and comment with your thoughts on Valentine's Day for a chance to win a surprise gift! I'm a Valentine's Day scrooge, are you? 
Romance Books R Us

Happy Groundhog Day!

Here it is again, Groundhog Day! Seems like we're just getting our first taste of winter here in Southern Ontario. Will the little critter see his shadow or not?  Lots of things to do for the entire week at the 56th Annual Wiarton Willie Festival   

Legend has it that on the morning of February 2nd if the groundhog sees its' shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it cannot see its' shadow, spring is on the way.
Do you think he'll see his shadow?  I wish he wouldn't, but I think he will.
I'll post the results as soon as Wiarton Willy makes his official appearance for 2012.


RESULTS
Shubencadie Sam  Nova Scotia's favourite furry friend DIDN'T see his shadow, promising East Coasters an EARLY SPRING!
Punxsutawney Phil  U.S. groundhog thinks there will be six more weeks of winter in store for the United States
Wiarton Willie It's good news for Ontario, Willie didn't see his shadow, either, so Canadians are 2 for 2 when it comes to an early Spring.
As you can see the results are varied between the States and Canada. Since I'm a Canadian, I'll gladly go with an early Spring... shhhhh, don't burst my bubble...