Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Romance Writers Conference - Wellington

So excited! I've just booked my air tickets to Wellington, where this year's Romance Writers of New Zealand annual conference takes place. Yippee!

Quoting from their website: "We already have a fantastic line up of speakers confirmed for our 2013 conference, “A Capital Affair“, including award-winning romance author and popular teacher Shirley Jump, American agent Nalini Akolekar, Entangled editor Stacy Abrams and NYT & USA Today best selling and award-winning author Allison Brennan.

We are also bringing you the best in internationally acclaimed, home grown talent such as Nalini Singh and Catherine Robertson, who both represented New Zealand fiction at the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2012."

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Interview with Eve Summers

Eve Summers speaks about travelling the world and writing romance. See the interview on Laurie's Thoughts And Reviews here to find out:
  • Who Eve's favourite author is
  • What's under her bed
  • Her favourite restaurant

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Simple Sexy Food Recipe Photo Contest

Simple Sexy Food Recipe Photo Contest
(re-posted with permission, feel free to re-post yourselves)

Welcome to the Simple Sexy Food Recipe Photo Contest.
We are holding a recipe photo contest as part of the virtual tour. There is a list of recipes in the book - We supply the recipe, you prepare the aphrodisiac food and submit a picture of the finished recipe – for the contest. Keep in mind that the quality of the pictures will make a big difference in choosing the winner. Contact nikki @ to enter. We show the ingredients on Pinterest - now show us what you can do with the recipes.
For details about the Simple Sexy Food Virtual Tour, click here.  There are a few more openings on the tour if you are interested.

Any questions - contact


The Basic Rules
1 – Visit ‎ and pick 2 or 3 recipes that sound good. Email and we’ll send you the recipes.
2 – Prepare the recipe or recipes of your choice and take a picture. We suggest making the picture interesting – not just a serving on a plate on the table. Get creative and have fun with it.
3 – Once the picture is ready, go to the entry page and fill out the short form and upload your picture. If you have more than 1 picture, please enter each one individually. (Enter below.)
4 – The picture will be added to the contest board at  You can visit this page for samples of pictures from the book =
5 – Once your picture or pictures are posted to the board, be sure to subscribe to and encourage your friends and family to repin, like and comment on your picture.
6 – The picture with the most likes, repins and comments on February 28th will win. In the case of a tie, Aphrodite Media and Promo 101 will pick the winner from the pictures with the most likes, repins and comments.
7 – Most important – have fun!
9 - The Grand Prize (for the person with the most repins, likes and comments) is a 1 or 1 private consultation with Linda DeVillers who will offer  personalized recommendations about sexy, playful and sensual ways to include aphrodisiacs into your personal life. The winner will also receive an autographed copy of Simple Sexy Food and Love Skills - both by Linda DeVillers. The 5 runner ups will each receive a digital copy of Love Skills - a perennial best selling book by Linda DeVillers and currently in its 5th edition.
 Enter Here

A few simple sexy foods for you...

Spicy Tuna Sushi Rolls
Melon and Prosciutto Wraps
Marinated Mushrooms
Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes
Coconut Pumpkin Nut Bread
Baked Eggs over Creamy Leeks
Features egg, leek, sage
Herb Crêpes with Caviar
Fish Tacos
Lobster Tail and Watermelon Salad
Roasted Cornish Game Hen with Red Grapes
Chile Relleno Casserole
Curry with Shrimp, Clams, and Pineapple
Orange Beef Stir-Fry
Saffron Rice
Jamaican Chicken with Salsa
Walnut Torte with Whipped Cream
Forget-Me-Not Cookies
Cherries Jubilee Crêpes
Date and Oat Squares
Fresh Fruit with Honey–Lemon Sauce
Tropical Coconut Flan
Poached Pears with Raspberry Brandy Sauce
and Much more...

Enter Here



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Why I love Jane Porter

You already know I enjoy Jane Porter's books (see my review of Mrs Perfect and Easy On The Eyes). Now I have a good reason to love Jane Porter, the author: yesterday I received a free paper copy of Flirting With Forty, which Jane generously shipped all the way to New Zealand.

I love this book! All single moms should read it. All women approaching that significant birthday should reading. All women who enjoy an intelligent easy read should read it.

And I'm about to read it myself. Again. For like the tenth time. Jane Porter has that effect on readers....