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The Italian Crock Pot

Not to be confused with the Italian crack pot. It’s a good thing I proofread this before hitting pubish as I had accidentally typed crack pot. Although I have met my share of crack pots, and yes some of them were Italian. However, blogging about crack pots would totally change the theme of this blog post.

The Crock Pot is a writer’s best friend. It’s like having a chef in the kitchen after you’ve instructed it what to do. I’m going to share an Italian crock pot recipe (below), but first wanted to chat about how my mom’s cooking lessons relates to my writing journey.

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How Being Homeless Inspired a Beautiful Novel

Please welcome, Michael J. Sullivan  as he shares his personal journey that inspired his novel, Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness.

At the end of Michael’s post, I have written my review of Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness.

It’s a poignant, memorable and inspirational read.

I highly recommend this book for all ages. This book would make a great family read as it opens the lines of communication for a good discussion, especially for book clubs.

By Michael J. Sullivan

I remember vividly when I came close to my breaking point. My unwashed hair was grimy and my clothes smelled from having been worn for three straight weeks. I buried my unshaven face into my jacket as I stepped onto the E train, clinging to my green garbage bag of belongings. It was holiday time and the train was packed but it was my home at night during the winter of 1983-84. I was exhausted from walking so much, searching for a job. A seat opened up between two passengers and I sat down. A well-dressed woman gave me “the look.”

And I wrote.

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Do You Like a Little Danger with Your Romance?

Please join me in welcoming, award-winning, bestselling novelist, Tina Donahue, as she shares her thoughts on writing, introduces us to her two new releases, and holding a contest on this blog (details of contest below).

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Author, Denise Tompkins’ Love Affair….

Please welcome Denise Tompkins. Denise is married to the love of her life, however she is also madly in love with something else . To find out what this is, please read on.

Denise is also sharing a spicy excerpt from her new release, Legacy and is running a contest where two lucky winners will be chosen. For contest details please read below.

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MAGICAL SEX & A Contest — Come meet Beverly Rae

Welcome, Beverly and thank you for sharing some Magical Sex with us and hosting a contest for one lucky blog commentator to win a book (contest details below).

Selena: Magical Sex is an intriguing title, how did you come up with it?

Beverly: Funny you should ask. One night my hubby and I were watching television and someone on the show mentioned how “last night’s sex was simply magical”. I started thinking how some people say “our sex is magical”. What if it really was? Then, as usual, my thoughts went wild and my new Magical Sisters trilogy was born.

Selena: Any interesting tidbits you’d like to share when researching your book?

Beverly: I write paranormals which means I don’t really do much “research” like, say, historical writers do. I do have a lot of fun learning about different supernatural events and creatures. However, I believe a writer doesn’t have to follow the accepted rules of the supernatural. For instance, in Magical Sex, my succubus heroine isn’t an evil female demon out to suck men dry. Instead, she’s a very likable young woman who has a rather unique problem to overcome.  Continue reading

Welcome Cat Johnson — A Sexy Cowboy, A Cookie Recipe & A Prize

Please join me in welcoming, fellow Samhain author, the award winning, Cat Johnson.

Cat is joining us for a chat, offering a wonderful prize to one lucky blog commenter, posting an excerpt of HOOKED and sharing a Cowboy Cookie Recipe.

Studs in Spurs and Cookies—delicious visuals. 🙂

Now available for pre-order on Amazon.

Prize:  To celebrate the September 13th e-Release of HOOKED (Studs in Spurs Book 4) Cat is giving away a download of RIDE (Studs in Spurs, Book 3) to one lucky blog commenter.

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Newbie Blogger – Please be gentle. The Blogging Goddess isn’t finished with me yet.

Welcome to my blog, I’ll be updating this blog (probably about once per week) with discussions on books, interviews (authors, editors, reviewers, anybody who will talk to me 🙂 ), recipes and much more.

I’ve been tinkering around, trying to figure this thing out, I think I got it. I’m sure if I did screw up, someone out there will let me know. That strike out thing is interesting, I’ve seen it on other blogs, no idea what it means, so I won’t use it. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. I tend to press buttons and tinker with things I’m not supposed to at times.

For the first blog, I guess should post a short bio about myself, but in all honesty, that is one of the hardest things I’m asked to do. I do have a bio on my website, www.selenarobins.com and I tend to use that one when asked to submit a bio. I like to call it time management.

A few tidbits about me, not listed on my site’s bio:

I learned to play the accordian at an early age. Hey, I’m Italian, it’s a right of passage. I wasn’t that good at it. However, I did enjoy practicing at home and driving my older siblings crazy with my attempts at Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I also took Highland Dance classes. I bet you’re wondering why a little Italian girl took Highland dancing? I’m first generation Canadian, I was born in Canada, while my parents and siblings all immigrated from Italy. Hence, why my brothers convinced me I was found on their doorstep, but that’s another story.

My parents wanted to assimilate with the Canadian culture. My dad at the time smoked cigarettes (Export A). On the package was a picture of a woman, wearing a Scottish tam and my parents watched Don Messer’s Jubilee to learn the language. After I was born, they associated these things with the Canadian culture, so when I was old enough, they enrolled me in Highland Dancing.

I didn’t learn to speak English until I was six years old, sometimes this can still effect me, as I think in one language and things come out in English in an awkward way. “English wasn’t my first language,” is what I say. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I used to be quite the daredevil. Broken knee, wore a full leg cast (downhill skiing), shattered my radial head in my left arm (roller-blading), broken toe (fell down the stairs while multi-tasking, some will say, I can be a klutz, I don’t agree…well, not 100%).

My husband has recently stated that he’d love to start a blog called, “Things my wife says and does.” I’m not concerned, he doesn’t even like to write emails. Funny guy. He makes me laugh, I make him laugh. I love to cook, he loves to eat what I cook. I also like to make him blush, like when I publicly state, he has given me my happy-ever-after that I love to write and read about in romance novels.

Okay, enough about me………

 To kick off the Holiday Season and my first blog, I’m going to have a draw.

Comment on the blog, or ask me a question (anything goes…….well, almost anything) and I’ll enter your name for a chance to win 1 of three 3 Gift Certificates to My Bookstore and More. Draw ends, December 23rd.

P.S. I’ll be posting some recipes later on this blog.