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What’s my goodie?
In honor of my recent Victorian release Loving Leonardo, I’m offering a Love waits in Unexpected Places mug of Victorian inspired goodies — a reproduction chatelaine magnifying glass, two cards of Art Nouveau reproduction buttons, a small porcelain Victorian reproduction trinket box from the Victorian Company, and of course, chocolate!
Making gifts for the Holidays? Try these!
Basil and Garlic Vinegar
- High quality wine vinegar, red or white
- 4 or 5 small peeled garlic cloves
- Fresh basil sprigs
In a nice clean and sterile wine bottle, place basil and garlic. Fill with vinegar and cork.
The flavors become stronger over time
Dessert Bread in a Jar
Makes a dozen banana gift breads but any similar recipe will do, even a cake mix! (Cooking times may vary)
- 1 softened stick of butter or ¾ cup shortening
- 2 2/3 cups sugar
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups mashed bananas
- 2/3 cup water
- 3 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2/3 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
You’ll also need:
- 12 jelly-size (250 ml) canning jars
- Optional funnel
- A cookie sheet to set the jars on while they bake.
Preheat oven to 325 º, liberally grease the insides of the canning jars. Vegetable oil is fine.
In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Mash bananas. Beat in eggs, bananas, and water. Sift together flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add to banana mixture. Mix only long enough to moisten dry ingredients. Gently fold in nuts. Fill jars half full. Place jars directly on rack in oven. Bake for 45 minutes.
I saw Martha Stewart once wrap the exposed top part of similar treats in brown craft paper and tied prettily with raffia and an ornament.
Rose Anderson – Love Waits in Unexpected Places
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Books by Rose
Hermes Online – A CataNetwork Sensual Reads Reviewer’s Choice Winner 2011
Imagine if you will a story begun in the halls of Mount Olympus long before this modern tale was conceived. It was a time when the god Hermes flew on his winged sandals and carried messages from the gods to the mortals below. And between that time and this, couriers became postmen and handwritten letters became bytes. It is said the gods still speak to those who listen…
Left bruised and brokenhearted after a cruel breakup, Vivienne Bennet finds herself mired in a world of self-doubt. To her surprise, she receives an email that challenges her to rediscover the sensual woman she once was. Together Vivienne and the enigmatic man known only as S embark upon the world of anonymous Internet communication where suggestive emails lead to erotic chat, where cybersex leads to Skype, and C2C sends both into the arms of a love they’d believed lost forever.
Allow me to pay homage to the goddess you are. Let me begin at your little feet. Feel me lightly kiss, and yes, you will feel me bite ever so slightly, for the need to devour you is great.
Dreamscape – A haunting, a murder, a mystery, a reader’s puzzle, and a love story that transcends time.
Unable to deny his own translucence, Dr. Jason Bowen determines his lack of physical substance could only mean one thing — he’s a ghost. Murdered more than a century before, Jason haunts his house and ponders the treachery that took his life. When Lanie O’Keefe arrives with plans to renovate her newly purchased Victorian mansion, Jason learns, ghost or not, he’s still very much a man. Jason soon discovers he can travel through Lanie’s dreams and finds himself reliving the days before his murder with Lanie by his side. It took one hundred and twenty years for love to find them, but there’s that insurmountable little matter of Jason being dead.
Best Ah Ha Moment:
Resisting the overpowering urge to touch her again, he closed his eyes instead and whispered, “Dream, sweetheart. Show me where you go each night.” And, just as he projected himself from room to room, the energy of his spirit plied her synapses…and to his complete and utter surprise, he fell into her dream.
Loving Leonardo – An unusual polyamorous, Victorian love story with a touch of interactive art history
Bound by limits dictated by society, Art Historian Nicolas Halstead lived a guarded life until a tempest in the form of Elenora Schwaab blew into his world. At first Nicolas can’t decide if the audacious American is simply mad or plotting blackmail for not only does she declare knowledge of his homosexuality, she offers him a marriage proposal.
After Ellie tells him of a previously unknown work of Leonardo da Vinci, a book of erotic love poems and sketches dedicated to the artist’s long-time lover Salai, Nicolas joins her in a race to save the book from destruction. Along the way they encounter Historian Luca Franco and discover a comfortable compatibility that comes to redefine their long-held notions of love. The trio embarks on an adventure of sensual discovery, intrigue, and danger. Little do they know Leonardo da Vinci’s book is far more than meets the eye.
Best Love at First Sight:
When in the presence of true beauty, my mind often imagines the person unclothed as the artists of the ages might have seen him. Sitting at my table was a statue carved in marble by Gian Lorenzo Bernini; an artist known for his remarkable ability to capture the essence of a narrative moment. And I found Luca Franco to be exactly that — a moment indelibly captured in time — a moment of meeting the mind could revisit in its entirety.
From every angle, he was beautifully made: black-haired, of medium build, and physically fit. He possessed a warm hue to his skin, his lineage no doubt stamped centuries past by the darker Moors or Turks. In startling contrast, and quite handsomely framed by black lashes, he had striking eyes the color one might see in a shadow falling across snow — not quite sky blue nor exactly steel gray, but a blending of the two in gradated rings.
The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo – Based upon a very real modern day sighting of the Wisconsin Wolf Man
What does an immortal Native American shaman do when the grave he’s sworn to watch over for all eternity disappears under urban development? His purpose of guarding his wife’s burial mound gone, Ashkewheteasu seeks to end his immortal existence. In his despair, he assumes the form of a wolf and steps in front of a moving car and into the life of Dr. Olivia “Livie” Rosalini. The veterinarian saves the animal’s life, and in the process saves the man within. Unbeknownst to Livie, the dog she’s taken into her home and grows to love is a magical being seeking to win her heart as a man. While Ash is learning a new world filled with new love, friendship, and happiness, an old menace makes plans to steal it all away; just as he had 3000 years before.
Best Slapstick by an Ancient Shaman:
Knowing he had to resume his wolf form at Livie’s home, he took a deep breath and shifted, but his inebriated mind was not concentrating and he ended up with a raven’s head atop his man’s body. He tried again. Forgetting that he still wore clothes, he found himself a small bird, pinned and struggling under the heavy garments that had fallen to the ground in a heap. He shifted into a feathered snake before taking the form of a mouse and working his way out of a sleeve.
The movement caught the attention of an owl on its nightly hunting foray. Just as it was about to swoop low on silent wings, intent on nabbing the large field mouse, a naked man with a mouse tail and whiskers appeared. The owl, clearly startled, flew off into the night. Laughing, Ash raised his arms and yelled after it, “This is not your night, my brotherrrr!”
Tail and whiskers absorbed into his changing form and once again bare skin grew feathers. He shifted into a raven — a six-foot-tall raven. Laughing at himself, he made his body small and flew fast to Livie’s home, albeit not in a straight line.