Five Cool Facts About #Roses

rosesI love roses! My mom planted them in our gardens. My hubby sends me a bouquet now and then, like these beauties for our 17th wedding anniversary yesterday! Roses are special and sweet. I feel the same way about my writing time. I can never get enough. Here are five cool facts about roses:

– Shakespeare referred to roses in his written works more than fifty times.

– Black roses don’t exist. Near black rose bushes have dark red or purple blooms.

– The oldest fossil of a rose petal, found in Florissant, Colorado, dates back 35 million years.

– 4,000+ songs have been penned about roses.

– The world’s biggest rosebush was planted in 1885 and grows in Tombstone, Arizona; its trunk is close to twelve feet around. The bush covers 9,000 square feet!

Essences that boost #sensuality and #romance

I love writing hot romance outdoors because nature awakens all the senses. This week it’s been all about the flowers, especially purple lilacs. I did some fancy Googleing and discovered that lilac essence is reported to boost your sense of sensuality and act as an aphrodisiac. Yes! We have a lilac bush and a tree in our yard. So that’s why hubs is looking so dang fine on this sunny Friday night.🙂 Other scents said to up the romance factor are jasmine, sandalwood, vanilla and patchouli, so stock up because the lilacs won’t bloom forever.

Lovely lilacs boost romance

Lovely lilacs boost romance

#Romance #ebook #readers, this is the most delicious baked #cheese #recipe = nibble + #read!

Image courtesy of Rob Wiltshire at

Image courtesy of Rob Wiltshire at

You’ve cleared the house of noisy distractions and you’re ready to hibernate. Your plan? Grab a cozy blanket, sink into a comfy corner of the couch, and read a saucy romance novel. Here’s a quick and easy recipe that’s savory, filling, and easy to make = keep reading through the hot bits without breaking for dinner!


1 ready made 8 oz wheel of brie cheese

Honey Dijon mustard

Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls, 8 oz

1 egg, beaten

Sweet chutney


Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Find the seam of the crescent rolls and unroll the dough on a lightly floured surface, then form it into two equal rectangular sections. Seal the perforations by pinching together. Place the wheel of brie in the center of one of the two rectangular sections. Brush a thin layer of honey Dijon mustard over the exposed rind of the brie wheel. Place the other section of dough on top of the brie wheel so the wheel is sandwiched between the sheets of dough. Press the dough up and around the wheel so it’s completely covered and you can’t see any rind. Make sure the dough is sealed around the wheel. Smooth out any lumpy spots. You can use a bit of excess dough to make small dough decorations on the top (little round dots or shaped leaves). Clean your brush, then brush the wheel with an egg wash made from a beaten egg. Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and bake in a 375 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown. Let it sit for ten minutes before serving with your favorite plain crackers (I like the cute crunchy mini-toasts or round table water crackers) and a generous blob of sweet chutney.

Happy nibbling!

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I #love #romance #books #breakfast #quiche #recipe

Book lovers search for ways to build time into their jam packed schedules to read or write. For moi, less time preparing breakfast in the morning means more time to write my next steamy romance novel. Here’s a tasty quiche recipe that’s simple; plus, the leftovers are handy, just warm them in the microwave oven at 80% power.


005Spray a glass 9×13 dish with non-stick cooking spray then line the bottom of the dish with soda crackers.

Drain a can or jar of asparagus bits and pieces or tips, whatever you prefer. Spread them evenly over the crackers. Do the same thing with a can of sliced mushroom pieces and stems. Brianne, the MC in my steamy romance novel THE MAUSOLEUM ROAD AFFAIR @SwoonRomance dislikes mushrooms, so if you do, too, you can omit them or substitute with some chopped red onion or bacon bits.Quiche 001

Pile on grated old cheddar cheese, use LOTS so the crackers, asparagus and mushrooms are covered.

Mix 2 1/4 cups of milk with 6 large or extra large eggs. Pour over the other ingredients in the dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or three hours if you’re in a hurry).

Bake uncovered in a 350 degrees oven for 45 minutes or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out with no egg on its blade.

Happy reading and writing!

#Romantic mulled white #wine #recipe

848What’s romantic and jolly? You and your lover unwinding with mugs of steaming mulled wine by the fireplace.

Here’s a delicious recipe that my hubby and I enjoy amid the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season.


1 ¾ cups Sauvignon Blanc

¾ cup peach juice

2 ¼ tsp honey

1 ½ inch slice of fresh ginger

One-eighth tsp ground cinnamon

2 lemon slices

Combine all ingredients in a small pot and warm on the lowest setting, stirring to dissolve the honey. Bring to a simmer and cook for two minutes. Don’t let the wine boil! Remove and dispose of the lemon and ginger slices. Pour wine into two mugs.