Sunday, December 18, 2016

Central Florida Book & Author Expo 1.28.17

My first Book and Author Expo where I will be set up!

Sooooo Excited!!!!

I'll have books to buy, goodies to give away and a drawing!!

When I know my booth number, I will pass it on!!

Read Lots & Stay Spicy!!

C  ~
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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gearing up for 2017



Never mind Thanksgiving and Christmas, Although I still have a LOT of shopping to do ๐Ÿ˜œLOL.

I'm gearing up for 2017 and what it will mean to me as an author!

My newsletter is almost finished and ready to go out for December.
I've decided to release one quarterly and will have an added goodie ๐Ÿ˜‰for those who sign up for my newsletter ๐Ÿ˜€ hehehe. So keep a look out for me promoting it.

My first event where I will be setting up is January 28th, 2017 in The Villages, FL.

And that's not all! at this time, I'm planning on 3 more events. One of course is the RWA conference here in Orlando July 26-29th.

I have my two short stories into my publisher and am working on two stories for The Capian Shifters.

Woooo Hooooo, I'm PSYCHED!!
And I'm loving these dang emoji's I can add now ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ˜ธHahahahaha.

Stay Safe, Have a great Sunday, Read Lots & Stay Spicy!!

C  ~
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Friday, November 25, 2016

Fun Drink Friday ~ Rummy Cider



Good Morning Black Friday shoppers and not,

Here's a little goodie to help you when you arrive back at home from all that chaos! 

I, on the other hand, do not step a toe off my property on Black Friday unless it's an emergency!

Nope, I worked to many of them in my--ahem, younger years when I worked retail.
Had my full I did.

So Happy Fun Drink Friday!

Drink responsibly and Stay Spicy!!

C  ~
                

Friday, November 11, 2016

Fun Drink Friday ~ Chai Toddy


Happy Fun drink Friday my friends!!

As I post this I am getting ready for a weekend away with some of my RWA chapter mates from The Sunshine State Romance Authors.
We are heading off to a writers retreat for some writer high ginks, bonding and plenty of writing!

By the way, I really have to try this drink! I love Chai!! When I do, I'll be sure to pass my thoughts on!

A BIG THANK YOU to all the Vets out there!! Thank you for your service!!

Have a great weekend, drink responsibly and Stay Spicy!!

C  ~
              




Sunday, November 6, 2016

Simon & Schuster now has my Books!





You can now find all my stories published by Torridbooks 
at Simon & Schuster, YAY!!

Of course my books can always be found at:

&

Have a great Sunday!!

Read Lots & Stay Spicy!!

C  ~
               


Friday, November 4, 2016

Fun Drink Friday ~ Spiced Cider w/ Captain Morgan




1.25 Oz. Captian's Original Spiced Rum

6 Oz. Apple Cider


Add Captain's and apple cider together in mug over ice or 
in a hot mug.

Serves 1

From our friends at: Captain Morgan


Drink Responsibly and Stay Spicy!

C  ~




Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Leftover Halloween Candy Desserts

                                                                                                  bakedbree.com
Not sure what to do with all that left over Halloween Candy.
Try out this website I found called Buzzfeed.
Tons of Recipes!!
Eat well and Stay Spicy!!
C  ~

Yes, please. Get the recipe here.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Zombie Antidote - Happy Halloween!



INGREDIENTS

Number of Servings 

  • 1.25  oz.
    Smirnoff® Coconut
  • 0.5  oz.
    blue curaรงao
  • 0.25  oz.
    pineapple juice
  • HOW TO MIX

    1. Mix SMIRNOFF® Coconut Flavored Vodka, blue curacao and pineapple juice in an ice filled mixing glass.
    2. Serve in a syringe or a glass 
    Recipe Courtesy of: Smirnoff



Sunday, October 30, 2016

Interesting Facts about All Hallow's Eve & Haloween


Happy All Hallow's Eve to everyone.

Here are some interesting facts about All Hallow's Eve and Halloween.

The origin of the word “witch” means “wise woman.” It was derived from the Old English word wicce.

Samhainophobia is the fear of Halloween

Instead of just saying “trick-or-treat,” you used to have to dance.

Halloween is known by various names, including All Hallows’ Eve, Witches Night, Lamswool Snap-Apple Night, Samhain and Summer’s End.

 Costumes are worn because people believed the line between the living and the dead was blurred. They put on masks so the spirits wouldn’t recognize them

Halloween has been celebrated for more than 6,000 years


Read Lots and Stay Spicy!

C  ~

Friday, October 28, 2016

Fun Drink Friday - Zombie

Check out the "Zombie"

Just in time for Halloween and a great drink.

Recipe Courtesy of: Midnight Mixologist


Need the Zombie Antidote??

Check back Monday October 31st 

Drink Responsibly & Stay Spicy!!

C  ~

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Butterscotch Bananas & Rum with Vanilla Ice Cream

Photo by  Con Poulos


INGREDIENTS

  1. 1/2cup pecans
  2. 1/2cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  3. 1cup dark brown sugar
  4. 1/4teaspoon ground cinnamon
  5. 6bananas, peeled and sliced on the diagonal
  6. 1/4cup dark rum
  7. 2pints vanilla ice cream

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  1. Spread the pecans on a rimmed baking sheet and toast, 
  2. tossing occasionally, until fragrant, 5 to 6 minutes; 
  3. roughly chop.
  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 
  2. Add the sugar and cinnamon and cook, whisking occasionally, 
  3. until smooth, 4 to 5 minutes.
  1. Gently stir in the bananas. Remove from heat and add the rum. 
  2. Using a match, carefully ignite the mixture and wait until the
  3. flame goes out. Stir in the pecans.
  1. Serve the bananas and sauce over the ice cream.


By Kate Merker
  • Serves
  • 8
  • Hands-On Time
  • Total Time
NUTRITIONAL INFORMATIONPer Serving
  • Calories
  • 475 calories
  • Calories
  • 45% calories from fat
  • Fat
  • 24 g
  • Cholesterol
  • 59 mg
  • Sodium
  • 66 mg
  • Protein
  • 4 g
  • Carbohydrate
  • 64 g
  • Sugar
  • 52 g
  • Fiber
  • 3 g
  • December 2008

Recipe Courtesy of: Real Simple

                                   

Check out Fun Drink Friday to see a cocktail that would go well with 
this dessert...according to me 

Eat well, Read lots and Stay Spicy!!

C  ~

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ending of -- The Great Fence Debacle!!


So we are DONE with the Great Fence Debacle!!

They came out and fixed the fence FINALLY!!

And of course I finally had a call from someone at the local home improvement store after sending that email to their corporate office. DUH right, like the next day!

The home improvement store has even offered to credit my account for the four months of craziness I've had to go through.

Maybe because they had to see what I've been going through. When the fence people where supposed to come out and fix the fence on a date they stipulated and even confirmed through the home improvement store...
Guess what ...
They cancelled. Ha no kidding, see what I've been going through home improvement store peeps!
So the manager was not happy and was immediately on the phone with them.

They were out the next day, as well as the home improvement store install manager and I can tell you, NOT HAPPY with them.

I guess we'll see how much longer they are a vendor of the home improvement store.

The guy that came out to fix the fence, couldn't believe he was the 4th from the company to visit my property to fix their mistakes!

I'm like dude, seriously, you are!

So DONE, END, COMPLETE!

YAY!!!!


On a side note -- Sorry I haven't been posting or been online in more than a month. I've had a lot going on with my day job.
I traveled the first part of September and the last part, and the first part of October. 
Oiiii, It was all good though!! Took a major class and exam call the the HCCP (Housing Credit Certified Professional). It's a national certification for LIHTC (Low Income Housing Tax Credit).

Then we had our yearly managers meeting. It was awesome!!

Now my team and I are bating down the hatches as we have auditors coming out this week and at the end of November we have Compliance audits.
We came together in February 2016 to pull this community out of trouble, and while there's still some rough waters, we have shown since then what we can do and how we've met the goals set for 2016. 
(Everyone from owners to Managing company CEO's are VERY happy with our progress!)
It's not easy being cheesy!!
Love my team!! Hard workers one and all.


Read lots and stay spicy my friends!!

C  ~
            

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The Great Fence Debacle - Part 3!



So, The fence installer who was supposed to 'fix' my fence 'finally', "CANCELLED"
Yeppers, you read that right..."CANCELLED"

If you've read parts 1 and 2, you know I've been going through this since June 28, 2016.

This time the excuse was...

'Ah well you know, we have to look for lines so we don't bother any lines and the guy who does that can't do it today and you know because of where it is with the sidewalk and ah, you know with the hurricane coming in, we can ah do it next week."

OK, FACTS--

Fact 1.  My fence is no where near any lines.
Fact 2. My fence is no where near any sidewalks.
Fact 3. It was two days before the hurricane came in.

I'm like Ahhh, No.

I have to be in Orlando for a week long meeting next week.

The guy...' Ah, ok, I can pencil you in tentatively for 10.17.16.'

EXCUSE ME!! TENTATIVELY?? WTF??

I'm like, what ever man, yo do know you've made me miss another day of being in the office right?  For crying out loud!!

So I sent The Home Improvement Store who hired them, an email today.

This 4 month long ordeal, I'm DONE with!
Done, stick a fork in me done! Ding, ding, ding.(That's the buzzer going off) 

I also let the know that while I've kept their name out of it so far, I have no problem with posting the dumb shit they have put me through for these past 4 months between them and their installer.

Because of Facts --

Fact 1. They had a crew who didn't know what the hell they were doing.
Fact 2. They had the 'same' crew come out and 'fix' most of the original issues.
Fact. 3 Someone either with the home improvement store or the installer 'changed' the actual footage of where my fence was supposed to end.
Fact 3. When another 'man' came out to fix the mistakes from crew 1, he refused to move the fence to where it should be unless I or the home improvement store paid for it.

Fact 4. Yes, I have ALL the proof!

So, let's see what happens. 

Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Fun Drink Friday - Dark and Stormy




As Hurricane Matthew comes closer to my home here in Florida, I figured I'd get this up now as I'll probably lose power sometime Early Friday.

Stay Safe and Drink Responsibly

C ~

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fun Drink Friday - Bahama Mama - Applebee's Adventure

Applebee's Bahama Mama

So, I have been away on the road all week.
Seminar and exam for a certification.

A good friend and I went to Applebee's one night and I had my first, Yes, my FIRST Bahama Mama! LOL.

It was so good, this is what happened...

Yep, GONE. 

Did I forget to mention, it was buy one get one.

I love the fruity cocktails! 
Oh and the steak was delicious as well!

Nice and relaxed to study, study, study LOL.

No driving, it was such a short distance, less than a one minute walk, we walked. Neither of us will have a drink and drive.

So Drink Responsibly and Stay Spicy!!

C ~


Friday, September 23, 2016

Fun Drink Friday - Tropical Autumn


Finally Fall has arrived!! However, in Florida it's still hot an humid so I think this drink fits in nicely.

Drink responsibly and remember

Read Lots and Stay Spicy!
           
C ~



Recipe and photo courtesy from our friends at: Midnight Mixologist

Sunday, September 18, 2016

7 Days Early for my SSRA meeting LOL



Talk about running early for a meeting.

7 Days Early!!

It takes me about an hour and twenty minutes to get to my monthly RWA chapter meeting with the Sunshine State Romance Authors.

Some may ask, couldn't you find one closer?  Well yes. But SSRA is AWESOME!! 

So I made really good time driving had twenty minutes to play with the phone, stare at the birds, people driving by. It's all good.

I look at my clock and it's ten minutes to ten and I start thinking...ok. everyone usually starts arriving by now. 

Couple minutes later, I'm like, what, did I come down on the wrong day?

Grab cell phone and get on line to SSRA's website ... YEP! 

next meeting flashing 7 Days ... hours ... minutes. 

Sigh. Really...pull up my calendar. Yep next week. 

I have no idea why I thought it was this week? All calendars point at next week. (I've done this before) I even had my nails done for our mermaid theme. lol. So for two weeks I've been thinking it's on the 17th. 
The Fabulous Jen Knab at Capillo Salon in Mount Dora, FL.

I'm like ok, whatever, I scoot over to my grandmother's and she's like, you're early. I look at her calendar. YEP...next Saturday. LOL. 
So my Ma and I spent the day together. 

It all works out!!

So just so I'm sure ... the next Sunshine State Romance Authors chapter meeting is on Saturday September 24, 2016 at the Homosassa Library in Homosassa, Florida. (In case anyone wold like to attend. 10 AM our general meeting and then our workshop.

For more info go visit the website: 



Read Lots and Stay Spicy!!

C ~

Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Great Fence Debacle - Take 2



So, if you tuned into the first part, you know that Hubs and I had a fence installed with a major home improvement store (Which at this time shall still remain nameless). 

Well the company I got, they sub-contract out to install their merchandise, has installers who obviously do not know what in the heck they are doing. (As you saw from the first set of photos).

So, they send the same 'crew; out to "fix" their mistakes.
OMG...hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!

I'm not sure if I wanted to laugh hysterically like a mad psycho woman or fall down crying!!

All these idiots did was create more issues!!

To 'fix' the 6 inch gap in my fence...they created a...crap all I can call it is a double freaking fence!
here you decide...

Before...


After...

RIGHT!! Are you seeing what I am!
SERIOUSLY??

Then we have these...


Still going on. They never fixed them!!

On the phone I go again!!

Grrrrrrr  Aarrrrrrrrgggg!!

So, read lots & Stay Spicy!!

C  ~