Are you a fan of fools?

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Whether you’re joining me from Brenda Margriet’s blog post or starting your blog hop here, welcome.

This week’s topic comes from the delightful Jenna Da Sie – April 1st has just passed. Do you play or have you played an April Fool’s joke?

The short answer is: This year? No. Ever? Probably, though I can’t remember one.

I’m not a big fan of the “holiday.” I’ve always been a big fan of laughing with people and not at them. April Fools Day jokes seem to have escalated into pranks, and giving human nature, which seems to take everything to the extreme, I have to wonder how many people get hurt, physically and emotionally, on April 1st by someone whose excuse is “It was just a joke.”

I can do without a day to celebrate and encourage that.

I don’t usually take such a serious tone here on my blog, but this one resonated with me.

Sorry.

So, is Jenna Da Sie fooling around? Find out as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: http://jennadasie.com

 

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If you give a man a cookie.

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Whether you’re joining me from A.S. Fenichel’s blog post or starting your blog hop here, welcome.

Today’s topic comes from the delightful Jenna Da Sie – Would You Rather Cooking Edition: 1) Cut out butter forever or sugar? 2) Have a normal size oven that heats inconsistently or have a toaster oven that bakes everything perfectly? 3) Make something beautiful that tastes terrible or make something ugly that tastes great? 4) Forget to preheat oven or forget to bring ingredients to room temperature. 5) Have to measure ingredients by eye or have to guess how long things have been in the oven? 6) Win a national baking award or create a recipe that gets handed down for generations? 7) Mix everything by hand or wash all dishes by hand.

Well, as the bulk of my cooking experience is centered around the creation of cookies, consider this my Would You Rather Cookie Edition.

1. Would you rather cut out butter forever or sugar?

Okay, cookies are basically butter and sugar, so we’re talking about half the ingredients. Also, being from Wisconsin, I almost have to side with real butter. But a cookie without sugar? Ugh. Looking at all the alternatives, I would probably be making my cookies with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter (even though I really can.)

2) Would you rather have a normal size oven that heats inconsistently or have a toaster oven that bakes everything perfectly?

Well, I’d have to bake them in fours or sixes instead of a dozen to the pan, taking twice as long, but I usually try to sample one from each batch because . . . warm, fresh from the over cookies are the best. So 2 to 3 times the samples = win. And unevenly baked cookies can be gross.

3) Would you rather make something beautiful that tastes terrible or make something ugly that tastes great?

Even the ugliest cookie is beautiful. No contest.

4) Would you rather forget to preheat oven or forget to bring ingredients to room temperature.

No, no, no, no, no. Cookies have to go into a hot oven. the dough can come out of the freezer, but that oven has to be hot.

5) Would you rather have to measure ingredients by eye or have to guess how long things have been in the oven?

Tough one. I use Siri on my phone to time cookies to perfection, and I am sure my eye is a lousy measuring device, but I’d rather have cookies with too much sugar than have them come out burned.

6) Would you rather win a national baking award or create a recipe that gets handed down for generations?

Cookies are a personal experience for me, so I really have no interest in awards or creating recipes for others. What I’d really rather have is a recipe that is so good it has been handed down for generations.

7) Would you rather mix everything by hand or wash all dishes by hand. 

Here is where my age will show. I have stirred up batches of cookie dough by hand, and by the end my hands hurt. On the other hand, nothing makes my hands feel better than soaking them in warm water.  (Lots of hands in this paragraph. My editor would kill me.) Anyway, bring on the dishes.

So, there are my answers. To find out what’s cooking in Leslie Hachtel’s kitchen, check out her blog post as the Romance Writer’s Weekly blog hop continues at: https://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/

And also check out her wonderful historical romance, The Defiant Bride:

The Defiant Bride by [Hachtel, Leslie]

I resolve…

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Whether you’re joining me from Leslie Hachtel’s blog  or starting your blog hop here, welcome.

Leslie is also giving us today’s topic: Let’s talk about your New Years’ Resolutions.

I’m not the kind that makes really hard New Years resolutions. I’ve tried and usually failed, instead I try to set some goals to strive toward. My goals for this year include:

  1. Re-branding. Look for a new look to my website, social media, and Amazon pages.
  2. Advertise and grow my readership. I’m going to put a little more effort into getting the word out: “Hey, I write stuff.”
  3. Lose weight. (On the list every year. usually a fail, because I like to eat and hate to exercise.)
  4. Write, write, write, or, yeah, and write.

Anyway, goals are set, full steam ahead.

Now check out what Brenda Margriet resolved as the Romance Writers weekly blog hope continues here: http://www.brendamargriet.com/blog

And check out Brenda’s amazing new novel, No Life But This: Click here to read an excerpt.

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Give me a little sugar.

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Into the Darkness by [Devine, J.J.]

Whether you’re joining me from J. J. Devine’s blog post or starting your blog hop here, welcome.

Today’s topic comes from the wonderful J. J. – What is your favorite holiday cookie recipe?

Now I’m sure the idea behind this topic is to give you all some great cookie recipes you can bake, but I’m not much of a baker or cookie maker.

However, I do consider myself a top-notch cookie eater, and when it comes to Christmas cookies, I don’t hold back, and I pretty much love them all. (Thus the continuing New Years resolution to lose weight.)

But my all-time favorite, the one i only allow myself during the Christmas season, is the plain old Iced Sugar Cookie. (<– Okay, there’s a recipe linked. Don’t know if it’s the best, but it looks damn good to me.)

Anyway, I have these tempting me right now:

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I’m thinking breakfast…

Okay, while I add another couple of pounds to my middle section, head on over to Leslie Hachtel’s blog and check out her cookies as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at: https://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/

Also check out Leslie’s wonderful novel Once Upon A Tablecloth:

Once Upon a Tablecloth by [Hachtel, Leslie]

A Summer Fling

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Sand and Sin

Whether you’re joining me from Dani Jace’s blog post or starting your blog hop here, welcome.

Today’s topic comes from the wonderful Jenna Da Sie – Write a poem about summer ending.

I’ve never considered myself much of a poet, but this week’s topic inspired me to give it a try:

 

A summer fling

 

Long days, hot nights

A beach-side stroll in the pale moonlight

Stardust paints your perfect lips

Dare to take a skinny dip?

 

Feet sink in hot white sand

Your warm skin, my questing hand

You lay with me under the moon

Making love until we swoon

 

Your hand in mine, felt so secure

A relationship to build and nurture

Could it stay forever true?

Could there be a me and you?

 

The sun sets earlier each day

Not as much time to while away

As nights grow cold so does your heart

You ask me why we chose to start

 

That fight we had the other day

Was that what drove you far away?

I miss your touch, your smell, your taste

Was it truly all a waste?

 

You say it was a summer fling

Not true, not love, not anything

You only want to be my friend

Why did the summer have to end?

 

So, what do you think? Let me know in the comments down below.

Then check out what A.S. Fenichel wrote as the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop continues at:  http://asfenichel.com/blog

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Romance Writers Weekly – Organization, smorganization.

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Desperate Bride (Forever Brides) by [Fenichel, A.S.]

Today’s topic comes from the wonderful A.S. Fenichel – The year is half over! OMG! Tell us about how you organize your world? Do you keep a day planner? Do you use your phone? Is organization important to you or is your life in total chaos and you love it?

Now, I am not the most organized person in the world. I rarely make lists, and don’t have a daily planner. Hell, I rarely have a daily plan. It’s usually just a mental list of what I’d like to accomplish.

That said, I do have a shared Google Calendar that I share with my wife for the big, important events I don’t want to lose track of. But other than that, each day is kind of a crap shoot.

Maybe I can pick up some tips from the other bloggers today, so I’m heading over to Leslie Hachtel’s post, where the Romance Writer’s Blog hop continues: https://lesliehachtelwriter.wordpress.com/

And check out Leslie’s fun, sexy novel, Hannah’s War:

Hannah's War by [Hachtel, Leslie]

Romance Writers Weekly – The day I died

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If you’re starting your blog hop here, or just hopping over from A. S. Fenichel’s blog,  welcome.

Today’s topic comes from the wonderful Jenna Da Sie – Start from the end. You’re the ghost of Christmas future. Write about your life from your funeral to the present. How were you celebrated?

Grim, yet interesting.

I hope people will smile and laugh when they remember me. I know grief is part of the process but . . . ugh.

As an author, I hope my books will live on and continued to be read. And while I don’t have any deep-seated religious beliefs, I do hope there is something beyond.

I think my greatest worry is that I know I will die with so many unwritten stories and characters in my head. Or further stories of the characters I’ve already written about. What happens to them? Could heaven be a place where they all come to life? Where I can share a tankard of mead with Jord Thorson at an inn in Asgaard? Where I can take a seat on the bridge of the Starboard Mist with Rik and the crew to fly through space?

Hopefully I’ve got a little more time yet to write. There are a lot of stories rumbling around in my head.

I’m almost scared to hear what my buddy Marc Stevens has to say on this topic, but the next hop on the Romance Writers Weekly blog hop is his at: https://marcstevenserotica.wordpress.com/

And check out Marc’s fun Suburban Spies story in the Cherished Secrets anthology:

Cherished Secrets: Three Novellas of Hidden Truths, Steamy Passions, and Triumphant Love. by [Cordelia, Cici, Stevens, Marc, Valentine, Melinda]