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May 30, 2012
After 2 years of Wicked Wednesday, I am finally bidding farewell. But do not worry, all my men are still available to see in the Wicked Wednesday archives.
I am going to be changing format on my blog to freshen things up a bit.
Don’t worry you can still get your fix for hot guys on Man Candy Monday. That’s right, I’m changing dates and my temptatious, sizzling men will be available to catch every Monday, along with other blog hoppers joining in the fun.
Going out on a high note, I am showcasing some of my best men that just rocked my world.
Ian — Smoldering hot –
Enrique — Crazy, sexy, cool –
Dwayne — Always will be my Rock –
Chris — Definitly my God of Thunder –
Vin — I would hop on and ride off anywhere with this guy –
Tyrese — Looking at him is like eating the best chocolate in the world, so delicious and yummy –
Which one do you love the most?
May 28, 2012
It’s Memorial Day Weekend. Time to break out that barbeque, kick back and get yourself the perfect drink.
A few weeks ago I hit the local hotel lounge with a girlfriend and was totally excited to see mojitos offered as the current seasonal special. They had mango and two other fruit flavors. I can’t recall what because I wanted the mango one baaaad. It was delicious. A combination of sweet and slightly tart with slices of chilled mango to top it off. It’s to die for.
I was curious about how to make a good mojito, so I headed over to YouTube. Got to love that place. You can find anything.
There are plenty of mojito videos to choose from. It was fun watching them and noting the slight differences in the ways the drink was made.
And by the way, I learned a new word–muddler. You can tell how often I mix drinks. I had never heard of a muddler, a kind of stick that you use in this case to mix and twist the mint in the mojito.
The romantic suspense author in me wondered what kind of murder weapon it would make. LOL!
Still, in search of the mango mojito, I finally found one that seemed reminiscent to the drink I had in the hotel lounge. Check this recipe out.
Doesn’t this look delicious? And don’t you just love that color? The hotel is going to take the mango mojito off the menu in a month. No worries. I’m going to make my own during the hot summer months. Yum!
May 25, 2012
It’s Fancy Friday, which means I get to post on whatever catches my fancy. This week there were three events I wanted to touch on. One a bit of living history. Two others, the passing of living legends.
On May 17th, Donna Summer passed away from cancer. I remember her as being pretty big in the ’70s and then in the ’80s she came out with her own album. Yup, I got it. And I recall playing it on the stereo. We’re talking vinyl record here, so yes, I’m dating myself. But, boy, did she have a powerful voice. She was an awesome inspiration for women of color, for all women. She died too young, but she lives on in the songs she left behind.
Three days later, Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees was also lost to cancer. The Bee Gees were a huge music force when I was growing up. I recall the dances in the gym and dancing to the disco tunes. It was a time of John Travolta, Disco Fever, the Hustle, and bell bottoms. For me, at least, the Bee Gees are a symbol of that time period.
As history ended, it also unfolded. On May 21st, an annular eclipse took place. In Japan, for some parts it was 932 years since they were able to see this type of eclipse. In the Tokyo region it was 173 years. I had completely forgotten about it until some of my students metnioned it. I went out to pick up the solar glasses that they strongly urged people to wear to prevent damage to the eyes. So on Saturday, two days before the eclipse, my youngest son and I went in search of the solar glasses. They were supposed to be available at the bookstores. Each bookstore we went to was sold out. Even the 100 yen store was sold out. What to do…?
I turned to Amazon Japan. I love this place. Seriously. They never fail me. I sat on a bench outside the bookstore and got online with my iPhone. Sure enough, Amazon had some solar glasses. I ordered four–one for each of my sons and myself–and paid a little extra to have them delivered the next day. Did I mention that this was Saturday, two days before the eclipse? Yes, cutting it to the wire is my specialty. The glasses arrived on time Sunday.
Monday morning, my oldest left early to cross Tokyo to see the eclipse with his classmates. My second, didn’t have morning baseball practice, so he went to school to catch it with his friends. As for my youngest, the school had sent out a mail telling us parents that we could come to the school to see the event with our child. So a little after 7am I went with my youngest to the school and hung out in the playground trying to catch glimpses of the ring.
Unfortunately the weather was pretty cloudy, but around 7:30 we had a clearing of the clouds that allowed for some great visibility. With the glasses you could see that the sun was blocked except for a ring that lined the outer edge. Without the glasses, it just looked like the sun covered by clouds. You will get extraordinary pictures if you look online. But here are a few photos of this amazing event.
This is my picture taken without the solar glasses on. Can’t say it looks like an eclipse, but trust me, when those glasses were on it was the real thing.
My son taking in the view:
May 23, 2012
What! Elena chose Stephan over Damon!
Seriously, I would take Damon anyday of the week (of course in real life she chose him too — Elena and Damon are real life g & b)
Still a girl can dream. I so would dig his love bite.
I could look at “Smolderholder” all day:)
Rumor has it, he is begging for the Fifty Shades of Grey role…He is sexy as hell and I would watch it just to see him. LOL
May 21, 2012
Is that the reason for some of the mischief they get up to?
Or do they do it to drive us crazy? For instance, how can a tame, docile, quiet cat decide it’s a good idea to wait until 2AM to park itself outside your bedroom window and mate—or sing—one or the other?
Why do they scratch a perfectly good couch leg to shreds when you’ve yelled at them time and time again?
Why do they chew up a favorite sweater?
Why do they squirrel away your socks when they know you just pulled them from the dryer?
They certainly don’t listen when you call to them, do they?
Stubborn things. They never met my cat shifter to know what she got into did they?
Perhaps they act this way because they fear something?
Are they on guard about something?
Or are they just trying to drive their owners crazy?
Or is it something more sinister?
*peers at docile looking feline*
Are they out to get you?
There is that one cat that likes to steal things you know….
I don’t know if they’re quite as angelic as they’d like us to believe.
This kind of suspicious behavior informs many of the stories you’ll find with Dark Things II: Cat Crimes.
Dark Things II: Cat Crimes
A collection of tales featuring feline mayhem, murder and dastardly deeds. Vampire cats. Scoundrel cats. Daring cats. Killer cats. Cats you don’t want in your worst nightmares and cats you might want on your side against evil. Authors include Mary V. Welk, Patty G. Henderson, Patricia Harrington, Jim Silvestri, Ken Goldman, Shanna Germain, Anna Sykora and dozens more. Intro by Robert W. Walker. All proceeds from sales go to several cat sanctuaries across the USA. Enjoy over twenty-one “cat tales” and support a cat charity!
All proceeds from the sale of our anthology will go to Cat House on The Kings, a no-kill cat sanctuary in California.
And the blurb for my story “What Sekhmet Keeps”
by J.D. Revezzo
Betrayed by a false lover, cat shifter priestess Onfalia Mau lost her lioness soul and freedom to her lover’s treachery and Sekhmet’s wrath. Now, after three thousand years, Donquar has returned with one thing in mind: to steal the goddess’s scepter. Onfalia knows that to do so means to unleash Sekhmet’s unholy, bloody Slaughter on the world and she’ll stop at nothing to foil Donquar’s plans.
Yeah, sometimes being catlike can get you in trouble. *teehee*
Take a peek inside and see if you don’t agree….maybe the butler didn’t do it. Maybe the cat did it!
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About J.D. Revezzo:
J.D. Revezzo has long been in love with writing, a love built by devouring everything from the Arthurian legends, to the works of Michael Moorcock, and the classics. Her short fiction has been published in Dark Things II: Cat Crimes, The Scribing Ibis, Eternal Haunted Summer, Twisted Dreams Magazine and Luna Station Quarterly.
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May 18, 2012
I ran across this video, which is a compilation of clips of people doing some amazing, death-defying stunts or simply demonstrating phenomenal althletic abilities. I am completely awe struck by what some people are willing to do for the ultimate risk. At least I assume in some cases it’s about pushing themeselves to the limit, to taking the maximum risk, to getting that one-of-a-kind high.
I’m a total arm chair jock. The closest I’m going to get to rock climbing, extreme skiing or human flying is on my Wii machine. Video simulation is the most stimulation my heart can take. Honestly, when you think about it, it’s rather fascinating to realize how differently people are wired. I can’t imagine wanting to throw myself off a building, but there are people that consider that a major thrill.
On the other hand, I have no problem living vicariously through my characters. I’m happy to make them strong and fearless. They can risk life and limb and do things that I would never consider in real life. That’s the fun of writing and creating fiction. I can do all sorts of wonderful things and be any kind of cool, talented human being. Any risks are done on the written page, and well, frankly, since I’m the writer at least I know how it’s going to turn out.
Enjoy these awesome people of 2011. They certainly deserve that title. All I can say is that it’s awesome they’re still alive.
May 14, 2012
Tooting my own horn here. Last Monday, I posted about my fabulous blog tour put on by Innovative Online Book Tours. It’s only just begun, but already I’ve gotten one fabulous review that just made my weekend. It ranked right up there with the luxury gifts I received from my kids for Mother’s Day. Okay, I’m kidding about the last part, though I did have a great day.
The blog Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy posted their review last Friday and it’s a total thumbs up.
Here is a bit of what reviewer, Lisa, had to say:
Shadow Visions is the second book in the Shadow Warriors series by Gabriella Hewitt. It is a wonderful original story that is refreshing to read. Ixa is spunky and funny, while Manuel is sexy and stern. A nice easy read that wraps up the story flawlessly. If you are looking for a book that has a story unlike any you have read but still gives you the happily ever after that we all want and love, this is the book for you.
You can read the entire review here.
If you haven’t checked out my Shadow Warrior series yet, jump on over to my Bookshelf page. Out of the Shadows kicks off the series. Shadow Visions takes you just that bit deeper into the world of Aztec mythology.
May 10, 2012
Today’s your day, Mom! I rarely indulge in cakes, especially cheesecake.At my age, this could be adangerous venture but I recently got a recipe form Kraft Foods that was off the chart amazing and I didn’t feel aweful about putting a spoonful of this delicious low-cal and “healthy” ( I say this b/c it has fresh fruit, whether it is healthy or not, I really don’t know) dessert.
Here is a sweet dish that is sure to put a smile on your face and make you feel like a kitchen goddess!
So go ahead
Share ‘em with your family (or indulge by yourself), then wait for the “all clear” that the kitchen is clean.
LAYERED STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE BOWL (courtesy KRaft News)
What You Need
3 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3 Tbsp. sugar2pkg.
(8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese, softened
1-1/2cups cold milk1pkg.
(3.4 oz.) JELL-O Vanilla Flavor Instant Pudding
2 cups thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, divided
2 cups frozen pound cake cubes (1 inch)
COMBINE berries and sugar. Refrigerate until ready to use. Beat Neufchatel in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually beat in milk. Add dry pudding mix; mix well. Blend in 1-1/2 cups COOL WHIP; spoon half into 2-1/2-qt. bowl.
TOP with cake, berries and remaining Neufchatel mixture. Refrigerate 4 hours.
MELT chocolate; drizzle over trifle. Top with remaining COOL WHIP.
1 square BAKER’S Semi-Sweet Chocolate
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May 8, 2012
THE ROCK! Totally ripped and delicious. He is one of my favorite Asian fusion dishes.
There is something about him and his witty talk and brillant smile with that cute dimple.
Rocking tattoo and bulging biceps are a nice touch, too.
Not only can the man pull off a pair of tight speedos complemented with a big gold belt
but he also looks fabulous in a tutu;)
There is no doubt he will be absoloutely adorable and gorgeous in his latest venture, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.
May 7, 2012
This month I will be traveling to places unknown and dropping by to say hi!
I hooked up with IO Innovative Tours to lead the way on this merry adventure.
I hope you will join me on this trip. I would love to take some old friends with me and make some new ones too.
I can’t wait to talk about my new book Shadow Visions and the Shadow Warrior series.
It should be lots of fun.
Want to know where we are going?
May 6th I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
May 7th A Soul Unsung
May 8th Killer Fiction
May 10th Ramblings of an Amateur Writer
May 11th Simply Ali
May 16th Bodice Rippers, Femme Fatales and Fantasy
May 18th Tea and Book Guest Blog
May 21st I Just Wanna Site Here and Read
May 25th Books Reviewed by Bunny
May 25th Sapphyria’s Steamy Book Reviews
May 29th Wonderland Reviews
May 29th Reviews by Molly
May 31st Adventures of a Frugal Mom
May 31st Good Choice Reading
June 5th Journey with Words
June 5th Understanding Shae’s Story
June 7th Ramblings from this Chick
June 7th Reviews by Molly Guest Blog
June 11th Storm Goddess Book Reviews
June 11th Wickedly Bookish
June 13th Miraculous
June 13th Fictional Candy
June 13th Adventures of a Frugal Mom
June 16th A Soul Unsung
June 16th Indie Writers Review
June 16th Wickedly Bookish