Happy Tuesday and thanks for coming to our hop. This week’s challenge comes from the incredible 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?
Craft shows! You know, those dastardly events they hold every autumn to make you buy their gorgeous, one-of-a-kind items that you cannot possibly live without. This weekend, for example, we went to one where I had to have a hand carved wooden trivet, a small piece of stained glass and a beautiful liquid silver bracelet. Seriously, I had no choice. And, there’s another one next weekend. Can’t wait!
Sweaters! I definitely prefer summer to winter, but autumn is such a nice break between the two. There is nothing cozier than snuggling into a warm sweater and sipping on a cup of hot tea. While reading a book, of course.
And Halloween! I love Halloween! I look forward to the kids in their costumes knocking on the door, and eating the leftover candy until my teeth ache. I love the scary movies and the paranormal atmosphere. And ghost stories. And the full moon in October promising all kinds of “hide under the covers” things.
I am not a huge pumpkin fan, but I do love driving around and seeing all the leaves explode with color. So beautiful.
I will definitely miss autumn next year. Florida’s idea of the fall is most people’s idea of summer. But that’s okay. I still bet they’ll have craft shows.
Now, let’s pop over to the wonderful Fiona Riplee and find out what she’s looking forward to…
Hello and welcome! We are so glad you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing A.S. Fenichel:
Tell us about your latest novel and/or what you’re working on. Bonus points for sharing what you love about your genre.
My latest novel is actually a novella, part of an anthology entitled “Grave Importance”. Eight other authors and I explore the various ways medical students in the 1800’s must supply cadavers or lose their place in the medical academy. Think “Jack the Ripper” meets medical science. It’s due out December 10th and it was so much fun to work on!
My WIP (work-in-progress) is the second book in the “Morocco” series called “Tied to Morocco”. It is Catherine’s story. She has come home to England believing the love of her life, Tazim, is dead. Instead, he has been imprisoned by a villain who then forced Catherine to marry him instead. But Tazim, who is convinced Catherine betrayed him, wants revenge. When he reappears, can they rekindle their love? Or will the shadow of Morocco darken their future together?
I love writing history set in exotic places. I truly enjoy every minute of the research and when I immerse myself in the story and the characters, I am there with them. I can ‘visit’ anywhere in the world at any time and ‘experience’ life in a totally different way. And yes, people did actually exist without cell phones.
In my stories, life is very different and I find it very exciting. People were more patient; they had no choice. And the customs and manners are fascinating. I think sometimes I was born a few centuries too late. So, I have to go back in history in my books.
Come share the adventures!
Now let’s hop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet and check out what she’s working on:
Happy Tuesday and welcome to the hop! So glad you’re here! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing Dani Jace:
Tis the season for craft fairs. Do you do any crafting, if so what? If not, what’s the favorite thing that you’ve purchased at a craft fair or just a fair?
I love craft fairs. Every year I can’t wait until autumn when there is one after another. I go to practically every one. I make jewelry, so it’s one of the ways I get new ideas. And I sew. Again creative inspiration. But, more than that, there are so many beautiful things on display to see. In fact, my house boasts gorgeous stained glass (a skill I have never attempted) and ‘animals’ welded from all kinds of metal parts. I have hangings and wind chimes, all wonderful acquisitions. In fact, two of my favorite fairs are coming up in October and they can’t come soon enough. Which is a problem, since we’re moving in January and I really shouldn’t buy more things. But who can resist?
My other favorite is the Renaissance Fair. It was there, a few years ago, I got the idea for “Jester’s Dance”. One of the jesters performing happens to be the first American in history to be named an official jester of a European castle. He was generous enough to share his experiences and some wonderful information, which I incorporated into my book. And I, of course, love the idea of actually ‘experiencing’ life in those times long past.
I am hoping there will be as many chances to go to craft fairs next year, in my new home in Florida.
Now, let’s pop over to see what the incredible Jenna Da Sie likes about fairs…
Hello and welcome. As always, we are so glad you’ve joined us for our hop. This week’s challenge comes for the amazing Jenna Da Sie:
When you host a dinner party or just a get together what is your favorite appetizer to make? Share some recipes.
My favorite appetizer is the simplest: chips and salsa. Guests love it because it keeps their hands busy and it is always delicious. But sometimes I get more adventurous. Deviled eggs are always a crowd pleaser and they’re very simple to make:
One egg per person.
Eggs (hard boiled)
Mustard (I like spicy brown)
Bacon bits; jalapeno
Hard boil the eggs by placing in a pan of enough cold water to cover them. Add a tablespoon of salt. This prevents the eggs from cracking during the cooking process (most of the time). Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to keep at a gentle boil, and cook for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water and chill for several hours in refrigerator.
Peel chilled eggs, cut in half and scoop out the yellow. Place egg whites on a plate and cooked yolks in a separate small bowl. With a fork, press the yolks into small pieces. Add one teaspoon of the mayonnaise and a small squirt of the mustard and blend. Keep adding small amounts of the mayo and mustard in the same proportion until mixture is creamy. Then equally distribute the mix into the egg whites. Top with bacon bits or jalapeno or both. Sprinkle with paprika. Chill until ready to serve.
Let’s pop over and see what the fabulous Jenna Da Sie likes to cook up.
Happy Tuesday and welcome to our hop. We are so glad you joined us! This week’s challenge comes from the marvelous Fiona Riplee:
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?
Day or evening? Hard choice. There are so many things I like about both. I thrive on sunshine and love to walk or bicycle or wander through the zoo on a nice day. Or perhaps there’s a craft fair to explore. And having a companion makes it that much better. Holding hands, sharing experience.
The night, though, is made for romance. It starts with the explosion of color as the sun prepares to go to sleep. Then everything softens. And when the darkness falls, candlelight is definitely the right lighting. A glass of wine as the stress of the day falls away and a nice dinner. After that, whatever the mood requires. Perhaps a stroll in the moonlight, a movie curled up together on the couch or …
Let’s pop over and see what the incredible A.S. Fenichel prefers…
|Hello and happy Tuesday. Welcome to the hop! This week’s challenge comes from the amazing A.S. Fenichel:
It’s my birthday. Yes, I know…it got messed up, but it’s still my birthday. I’m sure thousands of people were born on D-day and Pearl Harbor day. SO, either tell me where you were on 9-11 or tell me what you do to celebrate your birthday… Hey, if you feel frisky, tell us both.
First, happy birthday to the wonderful A.S. Fenichel.
9-11! I remember that day as if it were yesterday. I was getting ready to go to lunch with a friend of mine when she called me. “The world is on fire,” she said. “Turn on the TV.”
I drove to her house and we watched, unmoving, all day, more and more horrified as the events played out. Events like that change everything, both large and small. It alters your perspective and your priorities. At least, that’s what happened for me. On days like September 11, you can decide to live in fear of more terror or determine that this kind of thing never happens again. And that is what America did. We did not cower. We rose strong and re-defined ourselves as the country we are. A country to be proud of. A country that will never forget.
My birthday? Well, I was luckier. On my birthday in 1969, Neil Armstrong walked on the moon. I thought it was timed just to celebrate my special day, but I suppose it was bigger than that….
Every birthday is a day for celebration. Sometimes I forget how important it is to take the time to rejoice in every day.
So, again, happy birthday to the fabulous A.S. Fenichel. Now let’s pop over and read her birthday thoughts…
Welcome to our hop and happy Tuesday. This week’s challenge come from me…
Summer is coming to a close. What is your favorite part of autumn and why do you look forward to it every year?
The colors! I love when the trees turn to fire and there are shades of red and yellow and orange everywhere.
In January, we will be moving to Florida. The palm trees stay green all year and I doubt the other trees will look like they do in Tennessee in the fall. The good news: no more raking bags and bags of leaves. But I will miss the brilliant show.
The other thing I love about autumn is no more air conditioning. I can open the door and the windows and fill the house with fresh air. Just like in the springtime. And there are cool breezes that aren’t so heavy with humidity.
Autumn is a relief after the heat of summer (she says before she moves to a place that’s hot practically all the time). And though I will miss the trees dressed up in their finery, I know I will find things to love about my new home, too.
Now let’s jump over to the incredible Jenna Da Sie and see what her favorite part is…