Saturday, November 30, 2013

My Secret Saturday Under the Pajamas

Want another glimpse into My Secret Saturday?  As writers, there is always so much talk about what we wear at home. Lingerie? Yeah, sure. But, if it's winter time, I can promise you my pajamas may come from Victoria's Secret (you know I used to work there?), but they're warm!

Now for my secret. What's under the pajamas? I'm a Scooby-Doo girl! When people ask, nope I don't have any tattoos, but I always joke that if I did ... I'd end up with a Scooby-Doo on my shoulder. While I love pop culture maybe not that much. 

What would you like to share?

Louisa Bacio

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Friday, November 29, 2013

5 Holiday Leftovers Made New

One of the best parts of holiday leftovers is easy-to-cook, ready-made meals afterward. No, I’m not taking turkey sandwiches or soup, which is good, too, but some diverse offerings such as ham fried rice and potato pancakes.

5) Turkey Pot Pie – Make sure to reserve some gravy and shred the turkey. Buy a refrigerated dough, and gather all those leftover veggies – carrots, peas and sliced potatoes, and bake until golden.

4) Fried Rice with Ham – Want something totally different? A Honeybaked ham offers some delicious flavors for homemade fried rice. Similar to the pot pie, feel free to throw in extra peas and carrots.

3) Potato Pancakes – I know, rarely are there leftover mashed potatoes. But if you made 10 pounds, odds are you’ll have some. Add a bit of breadcrumbs, shape them into flat pancakes and pan-fry them until golden.

2) Yam Biscuits – I looked this one up to feature those extra yams hanging around. If they are not cooked, consider making sweet potato fries. Must be done crispy, and pair with ranch dressing. For the biscuits recipe, check out Home Cooking. (

1) Split Pea with Ham Soup – Mmm, especially when it’s cold outside. There’s nothing like a thick, filling soup to warm you up.

Tell me: Got a favorite recipe made from holiday leftovers? Please share. Which of these sound good enough to try out?

Until next time,

Louisa Bacio

Saturday, November 23, 2013

My Secret Saturday Reveal

Welcome to the premiere of My Secret Saturday. As you can see, I'm flying solo, but hopefully, I'll have more people sign up as the event continues. Have a secret, inside tidbit or maybe a glimpse into your work-in-progress you'd like to reveal? Join up on the linky below. 

Now for my secret!

I love silly, funky socks! Imagine a lift of the pant leg, and wow -- a hidden insight!

Under the jeans of Louisa Bacio

What would you like to share?

Louisa Bacio

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Show Your Joe Commercial

Ready to get in the holiday spirit? Looking for a little jingle in your bells? Ah, I’ve got quite the commercial to put you in the … mood.

Credit my 6-year-old daughter for calling this one to my attention while watching a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel. After getting over my initial shock, I had to rewind it and watch it, again.

I promise, “Jingle Bells” will be going through your mind, and you’ll probably have to view it more than once:

 Seasons greetings!

Update: Guess the commercial is garnering a bit of controversy. Here's a link to a Yahoo story on the issue.

Kmart Offends and Delights with Controversial Underwear Ad

 Louisa Bacio

** And a special thank you to Tara Lain, for the idea of highlighting funny videos!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Severed Colours Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to this stop of the Dawna Raver’s Scavenger Hunt. Today happens to be release day of her new novel Severed Colours. Many congrats to Dawna.

This happens to be my first foray with an author’s scavenger hunt, and the new ways to spread the word of a release. Seems like quite a bit of fun. What do you think? Can an author do without a blog tour these days?  

Severed Colours
Colour Wielders #2
Dawna Raver
Published:  Nov. 18, 2013
Word Count:  109,000
Romantic Urban Fantasy
Content Warning: Erotic sexual material and language
Recommended Age:  18+ 

The epic continues…

Quinn Sinclair trusted Arik Morgaine until he betrayed her. Scared and alone, she finds herself delivered into the hands of the evil Morgana le Fay. When Quinn discovers Morgana's plans are beyond demented and seriously depraved—making life with the Changeling seem like a day at the beach—she wonders if death is a better option?

Arik Morgaine vowed he'd save Quinn no matter the price. When his well thought out plans go terribly awry, a desperate and heartbroken Arik is forced to beg the cruel Triarchia for help.  Unwilling to go on without his Älskling, he answers a question that irrevocably alter their lives.

Can Arik and Quinn find a way back to each other, or will the price of saving her rip them apart forever?

About the Author:
Dawna Raver

Dawna Raver is an author of erotic romance, romantic urban fantasy. When she's not spending time in her fantasy world, Dawna loves football, reading, and pretending she's a top chef in the kitchen. Oh, and fawning over her dogs and husband, sometimes in that order.

Exclusive Scavenger Hunt Excerpt:

"Zaira!" Arik yelled, standing outside Quinn's _______ in Conifer. Thank the Gods Quinn wasn't here to see the state of her property. The land was once again battle scarred. But the state of the royal sibling's home was in ruins. But the property was the least of Arik's problems. Buildings could be rebuilt. Lands could be _________.
Broken hearts weren't so easily mended.
"Arik Morgaine! Why do you ______ me again? Do you fancy me your beck and call girl? You risk much by coming here. Morgana will note your absence."
"Quinn thinks I've ________ her. The pain in her eyes…. I—I can't do this."
"Arik Morgaine, it is too late to turn the tide now. The lot is cast. You must stay the course."
"What if she can't _______ me? What if—?"
"Stand and be the man you are." Zaira crossed her arms over her chest, her opal eyes narrowed as she looked down at him. "Would you rather the Princess enter the Fading Times? For that is the alternative.”
Arik forced himself to his feet sans his ______ swagger.  "Call the quest completed," Arik implored. "Let me take her home to the Magykal Realm."
"You know that is impossible. Once the quest is set only _______ lifts its prohibitions."
"I know who carries the __________ Valknut," he said, playing his one trump card.
"Do you now?" Zaira lifted her perfect white-blonde brows.
"Aibrenne." Arik ______ his chin and pinioned Zaira with a _________ stare. "And what's more, I think you've known all along, haven't you?"
"I will not deny your assertion." Zaira's voice was cool and unaffected as if they discussed the color of the sky. "Admittedly, I gambled. One that ______ to return the bargained for rewards.
Arik ground his teeth together. "Why does it seem like I'm the only one who cares about what's at _____? Screw this! I'm taking Quinn out of there, and I'll ______ it out myself."
"Arik Morgaine! You will do no such thing. Either you stay and follow the Princess into the Marbh Chamber, or you watch her die. Choose now!"
Arik clawed both hands through his hair. "You don't understand," Arik said, his voice a regretful whisper. "This is killing me. I—I can't be _______ her."
Zaira blinked rapidly as if she warred with some decision. "I told you both your _______ would not be an easy one. I will do what I can.
Arik leaned his head back and howled, letting out his rage, frustration and fear. His dark emotions manifested into _________ clouds and loud claps of thunder.
Zaira lifted her eyes heavenward as she ______ for his fit to pass. She shook her head in a chiding manner. Her ass-long braid shimmied with her ire much the way a dog's tail ________ when agitated. "It is about faith, Arik Morgaine."
"Fine, Emissary, I'll operate on faith." Arik unsheathed Magyk Slayer and planted it in the ground between himself and Zaira. "But make no _______," Arik said and glared down at her. "I swear to the Gods above and all we hold precious, if Quinn doesn't survive this, I will use the Magyk of Making to make the _______ of the Dubh War look like a stroll through a field of daisies on a summer day. Are we clear?"
With that, Arik shifted away.

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