Thursday, February 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, Nick!

Today's my boy's 13th birthday. And while I'd love to post Then/Now photos, I know that's verboten in the teen's world so I'll stifle the urge. But I will tell you he's a great kid: clever, smart, charming. And no matter how old or how tall he gets, or how deep his voice gets, he's still my baby boy.

And because I'm dang proud of myself, I'll share the recipe for his birthday cake this year: Banana Split Bundt Cake

1/2 c butter, softened
1-1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
2 c flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
3 large ripe bananas
1/2 c milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 c semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c maraschino cherries
Caramels, melted (or caramel sundae syrup)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour large bundt pan. Sift together flour, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside. In a separate large mixing bowl, beat sugar and butter until creamy. Add eggs, beating after each addition. Add bananas, milk, and vanilla. Beat until well mixed. Slowly add flour mixture in increments. Toss in chocolate chips and cherries, beat on medium-high speed until well blended. Pour into bundt pan.

Bake for 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing cake from pan. When cake is completely cooled, drizzle melted caramels over the cake.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Really Cool March Online Workshop at Dunes & Dreams RWA


Dunes & Dreams RWA Chapter 215 (from Eastern Long Island) present their March 2010 Online Workshop.

Cost: $10 D&D members, $25 all others. Payable in US funds only.

March 1 through March 29:

Past Life Regression for the Writer’s Soul: A New Approach to Character Creation with Dawna Richard

Blurb: Have you ever had the feeling that you have been to a certain place or time or experienced reoccurring dreams? Have you had a lifelong phobia that you have no explanation for? This could be an indication that you have lived before. Whether you are interested in exploring the possibility of a past life or you are just looking for that next story idea, this class is for you. Learn a little about yourself and unleash a plethora of new ideas along the way. Through past life regression/self meditation techniques, you will have the chance to explore the workings of your mind and gain the tools to uncover a story and characters waiting to be written.

Bio: Dawna Richard is a founder and lead investigator of California Paranormal Research and Enlightenment. She has more than 15 years’ experience with reading Tarot, past life regression, and paranormal research.

She lives in sunny California with her husband, son, and three dogs. When she’s not working or investigating haunted locals, you can find her pursuing her goal of becoming a published author under the name Kylie Dawn.

For a more indepth description or bio visit her website at


DATE: March 1 – March 29

Registration deadline is February 26th.

PLACE: Dunes & Dreams RWA FORUM (Not a yahoo loop)

Registrants will receive a login password to the workshop forum several days before the workshop begins to allow ample time to become familiar with the forum or to notify the coordinators if you have trouble logging in.

COST: $10 Dunes & Dreams RWA Members/ $25 all others (US funds only – paypal or checks)

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY: No registration fees will be refunded. All payments for a workshop must be received by the registration cut off date. Payments received after the cut-off date can be applied to a future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

If a workshop is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances, such as instructor inability to teach class, registration fees will be applied to a future workshop of the applicant's choosing.

Hope to see you in class!

Registration form and more information:

Friday, February 19, 2010

Commercial Quote of the Day

New commercial I just saw for the ShoeDini, narrated by Gilbert Gottfried (the item is self-explanatory in the quote):

"It's not just a shoehorn; it's a shoehorn on a stick."

Yeah, that pretty much covers it.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Greetings From Vermont

It's Presidents Week. And anyone who knows my hubby knows what that means. Time for the annual family ski trek. Me, I hung up my skis a few years ago. Between my herniated discs and my osteoporosis, I thought I was pushing my luck to continue the sport. So once I got both kids up and running where they could keep up with Dad, I officially retired from the slopes. (The Boy now outskis his father, a source of tremendous embarrassment to my poor dh's ego.)

For me, these trips are about the condo. I'm happy wherever we go, provided I have Internet access, an endless supply of coffee, and time to write. This morning, I made the boys blueberry banana pancakes and shuffled them out the door. Now, I'll sit back with my never-empty coffee mug, my trusty laptop, and a magnificent view of the slopes of Pico Mountain (near Killington).

My one drawback? My Girl couldn't make the trip this year due to her class schedule. But I'll stay in touch with her via Facebook, AIM, and cell texting. Ain't modern teknologee a wunnerful thang?

Sunday, February 14, 2010

It's Official

I just got the email from my editor at The Wild Rose Press. Kismet's Salvation is officially contracted. Happy Valentine's Day to me (and my loyal readers!) 2010 is clearly Katherine Brandon's big year. Stay tuned as details develop on this exciting story and all the other "Timeless tales where love prevails!"

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New Release Date

My alter-ego, Katherine Brandon, is having a real streak of writing luck these days. The second book in her Kismet series, Kismet's Revenge (see the cover below) got its release date from The Wild Rose Press. Lucien and Marisa will be hitting the shelves on August 13, 2010 (one week before my birthday).

How cool is that?

For more info on Katherine and her stories, be sure to check out her website at!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Contract's On It's Way!

I got the email an hour ago that my prolific alter-ego Katherine Brandon's going to have another sale to celebrate soon. Kismet's Salvation, Book III of the Kismet series is about to be contracted with The Wild Rose Press. Want to hear the blurb?

Lydia Winchester's plain features and bookish personality have doomed her to spinsterhood in Victorian London. Her true interests lie in a far-off, exotic land she's determined to reach in order to right a terrible wrong.

Armand St. Clair's only loyalty belongs to the sea. When a little mouse of an Englishwoman saves him from the gallows, he feels honor-bound to accede to her brother's request and escort her to Hong Kong. But treachery and danger sail with them on the high seas.

In a mystic empire, Lydia will face the evils of greed, opium, and betrayal to find her true self: a woman of incredible honor, courage, and determination. A woman destined to love the one man who gave her his protection and his name when she needed them most.

Armand and Lydia hold a very special place in my heart and I'm thrilled to be able to share their story with the world. I hope you'll enjoy reading this book when it finally hits the shelves! Somewhere, the goddess of fate is clearly smiling on me.