Recipe Tuesday

I don’t know if this is any good or not. I just saw it posted on Facebook and you know me and cream cheese, I think it is good anytime. So I think we should all give this one a try.

Cheesecake Crescent Rolls  cheesecakecrescentrolls

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of Pillsbury Crescent rolls
  • 2 (8oz each) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • cinnamon
  • sugar

Unroll and spread 1 of the cans of crescent rolls on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish (or 8 x 8 if you want to cut the recipe in half). Combine softened cream cheese, 1 cup sugar, and vanilla. Spread over crescent roll layer. Unroll and layer remaining crescent rolls over cream cheese layer. Melt your butter and spread over top of crescent rolls. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon and sugar.

Bake for 20-30 minutes in 350 degree oven until bubbly and slightly browned. Drizzle with a little honey if you like. Let cool a bit, slice and eat.

Guest Author Monday

Please give a heart welcome to today’s guest author — Linda McLaughlin

Why I Love the Regency Era

First, my thanks to Leanne for hosting me on her blog today. Happy Monday!

Regency romance is still popular with readers, I’m happy to say, since I have just released a reissue of Lady Elinor’s Escape. Here are some of the reasons I love this period.

  1. The Clothing. The high-waisted gowns are both simple and elegant and look relatively comfortable, unlike the tightly corseted styles of the Victorian period. No bustles, no crinolines, and not as many ruffles. The colors are more restrained also, in part because the aniline dyes hadn’t been invented yet, so manufacturers were still limited to natural ingredients. The gentlemen’s suits were also elegant without the frills and bright colors of the Georgians, but not as drab as requisite black suit of the Victorian period. And wigs and powdered hair were thankfully out of style, except for footmen and the legal profession.
    When I went on a Regency tour some years ago, we all got to dress up in Empire-style gowns and dance at the Bath Assembly Rooms. It was a lovely experience.
  2. The Architecture. Late Georgian architecture (often called Federal style in the US) is also classic and elegant, owing its inspiration to the classical world of the Greeks and Romans, with attention paid to symmetry and proportion. I find the style both beautiful and soothing, without the clutter and fussiness favored by the Victorians.
  3. The manners and witty banter. Many Regency novels fall into the “comedy of manners” category, in the style of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. This makes the books just plain fun to read.

What is your favorite period or setting for romance and why?

LadyElinor'sEscape_300x200-AReLady Elinor’s Escape
by Linda McLaughlin
Sweet Regency Romance 

Lady Elinor Ashworth always longed for adventure, but when she runs away from her abusive aunt, she finds more than she bargained for. Elinor fears her aunt who is irrational and dangerous, threatening Elinor and anyone she associates with. When she encounters an inquisitive gentleman, she accepts his help, but fearing for his safety, hides her identity by pretending to be a seamstress. She resists his every attempt to draw her out, all the while fighting her attraction to him.

There are too many women in barrister Stephen Chaplin’s life, but he has never been able to turn his back on a damsel in distress. The younger son of a baronet is a rescuer of troubled females, an unusual vocation fueled guilt over his failure to save the woman he loved from her brutal husband. He cannot help falling in love with his secretive seamstress, but to his dismay, the truth of her background reveals Stephen as the ineligible party.

Lady Elinor’s Escape is now available at Amazon,  All Romance eBooks and Barnes and Noble. Coming soon to other retailers.

To celebrate the reissue of Lady Elinor’s Escape, I’m giving away a $10.00 gift certificate of the winner’s choice: Amazon, BN, Starbucks, etc. Winner will be notified on May 6. There are several ways to enter.

1) Leave a comment here. If you are commenting anonymously, please leave an email address so I can find you if you win!

2) Friend me at Goodreads or Shelfari. (I will friend you back)

3) Join my YahooGroups announcement list.

Linda McLaughlin aka Lyndi Lamont

Here’s a little about me:

LadyLinda2Linda McLaughlin grew up with a love of history fostered by her paternal grandmother and an incurable case of wanderlust inherited from her father. She has traveled extensively within the United States and has visited Mexico, Canada, & Australia. A lifelong dream came true with a trip to England where she was able to combine sightseeing and theater with research for her novels. A native of Pittsburgh, she now lives in Southern California with her husband.

Her first book was Worth The Risk by Lyn O’Farrell. Now Linda writes historical and Regency romance. She loves transporting her readers into the past where her characters learn that, in the journey of life, love is the sweetest reward.

She also writes sexy to erotic romance under the name Lyndi Lamont.

Thank you Linda for coming on my blog today. We wish you much success with your writing.

Sunday Sundaes

Today started out as a typical Sunday, except for the downpour of rain that woke me. I went to church, but instead of coming home for Sunday dinner at my parents I went with two other ladies to eat lunch and then we went to the opera to see Rossini’s Cinderella at the historic Tennessee Theater. It has been several years since I’ve been to the opera. The last time was to see Rossini’s The Barber of Seville which was performed at the historic Bijou Theater because the Tennessee was still being renovated.

Despite the rain and the wind, it was a lovely outing. We had lunch at the Tomato Head before walking the two blocks or so to the Theater. Our umbrellas took a beating against the gusts of wind, but we made it not too wet for the walk. What we didn’t expect to find was so many young girls dressed as Cinderella coming to the see the performance. And there was even a young man dressed as a knight who sat in our row. For the first time in the Knoxville Opera Company’s history they were allowing the audience (the little Cinderella’s and little prince’s) to come on stage after the performance to meet the cast. I know that had to be a treat for these children.

The opera was spectacular. I enjoyed it greatly. And in true Rossini fashion it was funny.

By the time we emerged from the theater the rain had stopped, the streets were almost dry. The air was still chilled, but we couldn’t complain. We even made it back to church before the evening service began.

All in all it was a very long day, but an enjoyable one for the last Sunday in April 2013. This year is moving along quickly.

Play Date Saturday

Well it is Saturday again and today I’m not really sure what I’ll be doing. There’s an alumni banquet this evening at my former high school where they will be honoring the classes of 1953 and 1963. My mom graduated in the later and is wanting to go. So I might be going with her. Or she may change her mind. She’s talked about wanting to go see The Big Wedding at the movies and we might end of going this afternoon. Who knows.

Of course whatever happens today I will be doing my normal Saturday chores of laundry, light house keeping, feeding my teenage son (a big task in itself) and maybe if my head clears up enough from sleeping until after 9 a.m. I might write a while. I’m still feeling the effects of being sick for a full week and going back to work this week, plus I keep thinking I’m trying to get a migraine on top of that (which may be why my head feels so funky).

Random Thoughts Friday

TGIF!!  I’m so looking forward to the weekend this week. I’m exhausted.

END OF SPRING 2013 SEMESTER!!!! Yeah!  Congratulations to all our first years who made it through. Take a bow. Congratulations to all the 2nd year Master students who will be graduating next month. Good luck in your career pursuits whether it be in taking a job or entering a Ph.D. program to finish your education.

 

What Are You Reading Thursday

I’m still reading Finger Lickin Fifteen.  And I wanted to talk about the character of Lula. She is probably the funniest character I’ve read. If not, she comes closest. Who wouldn’t want a secondary character in their book that is a former Ho gone straight. Who eats everything in sight, especially doughnuts or Cluck in a Bucket chicken whenever she gets nervous?  And let’s talk about Lula’s wardrobe preference. That in itself can be a giggle or two. Stretch spandex in ultra colors, sizes smaller than she should wear, yet she claims not to be fat. And you had better not call the woman fat or she’ll take you down.

I was reading the other night and laughing so hard I was crying. Lula got herself stuck half-in half-out of a Porsche car window. Stephanie tried to pull her from the outside. Stephanie tried to push her from the inside. Nothing worked. Lula was wedged in there good. So picture this if you will (boy do I sound like Estelle Getty’s from the Golden Girls) Lula wearing a marigold yellow spandex pant suit with a black Kevlar vest because she’s afraid of getting shot.  She looks like a big, bumble bee stuck in a car window. Did she get out you ask? Yes she did. But not from Stephanie’s help. No, Lula expelled gas for a full minute (thankfully Stephanie was outside the car by this point) and declared she’d been bloated, that was all, and she wiggled back into the car ready to go get some fried chicken from Cluck in a Bucket.

Scenes like this keep a reader turning the page and coming back for more. Have you read a book that makes you remember it long after you close it?

Rumor Has It Wednesday

Last week the Boston Marathon Bombing, then the Texas Wildfires. Now today 5 are reported killed by Illinois Mayor’s nephew. What is going on in the world?

Author Donna Wright may be getting a face lift on her Tennessee Love Series. I’ve heard talk of new covers for each of these books in the very near future. Exciting news. Stay tuned for confirmation and more information.

There is murmurings that The Good Luck Potion is very close to being available.