Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day. It is a day to recognize and remember those who have died while serving their country. On this day, many graves will be decorated with flags and flowers as a way to honor those who have given their lives to protect our freedom. Memorial Day serves as a reminder of the high price of that freedom. The sacrifices our military members make is awe-inspiring, as are the sacrifices of their families. To all current and former service members and their families:
In honor of Mother’s Day this Sunday, my publisher Secret Cravings Publishing/Sweet Cravings Publishing is having a sale this weekend. May 10-12 all ebooks in the store are 25% off! All you have to do is use coupon code Mothers25.
I’m so excited that both of my sweet paranormal romances are on sale! If you’ve been thinking about reading one (or both) of them, now’s the perfect time to do it.
Sailing through the Minch, fey princess Tara enjoys her last taste freedom before facing her betrothal to an Irish prince—a man she doesn’t love and has no interest in marrying. The smooth voyage takes an abrupt turn for the worse when a group of ornery Blue Men of the Minch appear and brew up a storm. Tara has no choice but to give into their whims when she is swept overboard.
Caeden, a fey cursed to live as a Blue Man, can’t believe he is seeing the grown version of his childhood best friend. He hopes she’ll be the one to break his curse and allow him to return to life on land. Tara sees the fey man trapped inside the blue exterior, but is she his one true love and the key to breaking the curse? Or will Caeden live as a Blue Man of the Minch forever?
Victor Nicolescu wants only two things: blood to sate his hunger and a woman to love him for eternity. The blood is easy—his butler donates to Victor’s personal blood bank on a regular basis. Sometimes, however, Victor has an undeniable craving for fresh blood. His most recent craving leads him straight to Claudia Reyes, a gorgeous psychiatrist who doesn’t believe in the existence of vampires. His bite transforms her into one of the mythical immortals and forces her to leave behind everything familiar. Victor longs to help her adjust to her new life as a creature of the night, but her anger at his choice to transform her threatens to destroy their chance for love. When the night of the full moon rolls around, however, Claudia discovers he desperately needs her help to overcome a part of him even he never knew existed.
By now I’m sure you all know that I am a research junkie. On occasion, my research into a topic will go off on a tangent and lead me to unusual, interesting, or just plain bizarre trivia I might otherwise have missed. A quick Google search on Frito Pie today took me on one of those tangents. I was looking to see how many different ways of preparing the dish I could find, but one of the search results was for an article called “The 50 Fattiest Foods in the States.” Frito Pie is listed as New Mexico’s fattiest food, but my curiosity got the better of me and I checked out Indiana’s entry.
I never would have guessed that Indiana’s fattiest food is the fried-brain sandwich. Until today, I didn’t even know such a thing existed. I wish I still didn’t. To me a fried-brain sandwich sounds positively disgusting, but apparently enough people love them for the Hilltop Inn in Evansville to be famous for serving them.
The result of today’s information gathering adventure has left me wondering just how many other tidbits I’ve missed about my home state over the years. Hopefully the next bit of trivia I pick up will be more on par with the world’s largest ball of paint.
Yes, in addition to being a research junkie, I’m also a bit of a geek. For that reason, I’m celebrating Star Wars Day. What is that, you ask? It’s simple, really. One of the most well-known and often quoted lines from Star Wars is “May the Force be with you.” So what do Star Wars fans and geeks like me do? Change the wording a bit to suit our needs each May. So to you readers I say:
May the fourth be with you.