It’s My Book Birthday! Kissing the Frogman is Alive!

book cupcakesIt’s my first new release in three years!  Kissing the Frogman, along with my previously released stories, is now available at Amazon and all of my books will soon be available at other online retailers as well.
For those of you who don’t know, I drafted Kissing the Frogman and Ballantine’s Day back in 2010.  For years, while my life was in flux, they languished on a portable hard drive.  This year, I pulled them out, dusted them off and thought it would be a good idea to finish them.

I learned a great deal about myself and my writing through the editing process.

Lessons Learned

Released September 21, 2008 by Sapphire Blue Publishing

I learned that I’m not the same person who wrote those drafts five years ago.  As I read through my editor’s comments, I realized I had changed much more than I thought.  My writing voice has changed.  In Kissing the Frogman, the heroine is a wounded character.  She suffers from PTSD due to a kidnapping that happened while she was a new recruit for the CIA.  She never finished her training and didn’t have time to become the kickass heroine my editor expected because she was too busy getting counseling and physical therapy for the torture she’d been put through.  When she was kidnapped again, she didn’t immediately start fighting back as my editor had expected of a Lisa Pietsch heroine – she relived all her previous trauma and was very much like a deer in the headlights.

john locke, donovan creedMy hero suffered from his own version of PTSD.  Having lost an entire team in a special operation gone bad, Brian’s survivor guilt would claw at him when life got too cushy.  If he wasn’t constantly riding an adrenaline rush, his mind would torture him whenever he laid down to sleep.  PTSD is a very real problem for people who have seen combat as well as those who haven’t.  Had I explored that issue and my characters’ particular responses to it, the story would have been very dark indeed.  It wasn’t my intention to delve into it five years ago, but I wanted to this year.  My characters, like myself, had acquired a bit more depth and I had to hold back from writing much more of it than originally intended.

lecarre, a perfect spyMy editor also expected a lot more romance and sexual tension.  That wasn’t a pervasive theme here.  If you’ve read any of my books, you know that I don’t write romance or sex.  I prefer to read and watch action and suspense – and that’s what I want to write.  For years, I’d been trying to grow into writing romance.  I’d read books on writing it and I’d try to read romance novels but none of it lit a spark.  I was swimming against the tide.  What I have been reading these past five years is espionage and thrillers.  John LeCarre fascinates me with the way he takes the reader into the minds of his characters.  Ian Fleming thrills me with the way he keeps the action flowing.  John Locke amuses me as his characters kill in such deliciously creative ways and yet have the snarky, witty banter I love.

So what have I learned in finally completing Kissing the Frogman?

  • My voice has changed and I’m good with that.
  • I don’t want to write romance.
  • I enjoy writing the darker sides of my characters.
  • I prefer writing body counts over orgasms.
  • I still love writing action.
  • My heart is in pulp fiction.

These are things you’ll begin to see more of in my work.  I’ve been holding back and I think it really is time I stop doing that.  I’ll enjoy writing and do much more of it if I allow myself the freedom to explore the themes that intrigue me.

Though Frozen Hell wasn’t well read and went relatively unnoticed, the opening chapter of that story will always be my favorite.  Why?  Because for a few moments, readers walked in the shoes of a serial killer and had no idea until it was too late.

Don’t expect to see a lot of serial killers or any of that police procedural stuff coming from me anytime soon, but you can expect to see action, snarky dialogue, suspense, and anti-heroes.

And if you’re afraid of the dark, bring a flashlight.

I’m back.


Task Force 125 Lost Chapters: Jason’s Cosmic Sandwich

Kissing the Frogman’s Chapter 4 is Missing

If you read Kissing the Frogman, you’ll find Chapter 4 was edited out.  My editor (see Love Note below) felt it didn’t move the story along.

Jason is in Kissing the Frogman (Task Force 125 Book #5) and, in addition to showing Brian’s frustration at becoming a “Sleeper Agent”, I wanted to show a little of how Jason was dealing with the transition.  Enter the Cosmic Sandwich…

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Jason had been in Delta Force prior to being recruited into the CIA’s Special Activities Division.  He’d seen action all over the world and had been taken prisoner by certain enemies of the state a time or two (Classified).  He’s a bona fide badass and can take on an armed compound full of men with a knife and live to tell the tale.  He’s always super fit and can lift large SUVs if given the right motivation.  His expertise is in weapons.  No matter what weapon it is, whether it has a blade, projectile, or blunt end, he knows it forward, backward and sideways and he can kill you with it.

But Jason has a Zen side.  He’s not a womanizer, like Brian.  He enjoys drinking, sometimes to excess, but not often.  Jason’s joy in life is his sandwiches.  Yes, his version of pruning a Bonsai Tree is building epic Club Sandwiches.

So, although this chapter didn’t seem to move the story along, I still feel it is important for readers to get to know my characters a little better with every book.

Maybe you’ll grow to see them as I do someday.  Maybe not.

Regardless, here’s Chapter 4 and the Cosmic Sandwich.

Chapter 4

Jason pulled up a chair on the shady side of the dining table on deck and placed a china plate stacked high with a huge club sandwich on the placemat.  He sat in front of the sandwich and eyed it lustfully, first from one side, then the other.  He placed a linen napkin on his lap and prepared to dig in.

He looked up to find the source of a snapping sound repeating in the background.  A meal like this didn’t deserve distractions.

Brian paced back and forth along the deck, snapping his fingers as he walked, his mind completely focused on other matters.

Jason adjusted in his chair.  He took his meals just as seriously as he took his job and training, and he didn’t often tolerate interruptions during any of those things.  He eyed Brian.  “Dude, what’s with the snap and twitch?”

Brian stopped in his tracks and looked up at Jason briefly before continuing his pacing.  “Hey, Jase.”

“Bri, I’m serious, man.”  He motioned toward the sandwich as if it were a new car.  “I’ve got me a sammich here, a sammmm-mich, that I’m about to make sweet culinary love to, but I can’t do that because you’re distracting me with the twitchy, twitchy shake.  A sandwich like this,” he pointed with both index fingers at the six-inch tall sandwich, loaded with turkey, ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and enough bacon to choke Jimmy Dean, “deserves my full attention.  What’s going on with you, bro?”  He pushed the sandwich away and waited for Brian to say something.

Brian eyed the sandwich and then looked up at Jason.  “Yeah, that’s a nice sandwich, man.  Carry on.”  Jason had been putting on more muscle lately.  He probably topped out at about two-twenty now on his five-eight frame and didn’t look a point over five percent bodyfat.  “You need to get laid.”

“No shit, bro.  But we don’t all have your gift with the ladies.  Besides, Mick says “women weaken legs”.  So what’s your problem?”

Brian caught the Rocky reference and couldn’t help but play along, despite his heavy mind.  “I’m a demolition man.”

Jason nodded.  Brian never missed the action movie references even when he was dead serious about something.  “Fact.”  He hovered his right hand over the sandwich as though it were a crystal ball and chose a triangular quarter slice.  “Touche.”  He picked it up and eyed Brian.  “You’re one of the best in the world.  Tell me something I don’t know.”  He closed his eyes, raised the sandwich to his lips and took a hearty bite.

Brian’s pacing continued.  “It’s been months since I’ve blown anything up.  Working as security backup for Sarah and Jay is too slow for my tastes.”

Jason gently set the remaining piece of sandwich on the plate, raised a forefinger at Brian as he finished chewing and swallowed.  “You’re preaching to the choir, brother.  That damned Jay is so on the ball that he catches all the action before it ever escalates to the point where we get in on it.  That limey bastard has all the fun.”  He grabbed the piece of sandwich with renewed gusto and took another huge bite.

“I gotta scratch the itch, man.”

Jason shook his head vigorously from side to side as he bit again swallowed the last bite.  “We’re in a tourist resort in a foreign country.  I may just be an Army grunt, but I do know you can’t blow shit up here, dude.  The minute you get skitchy, we’ll have local, national, and Moroccan military police so far up our asses Uncle Sam won’t ever let us see any action again, and that is if we ever get out of the Moroccan prison.  I’ve been watching Locked Up Abroad and I don’t want to go to prison here.  No sandwiches.”

“I know.  I know.”

“Go work out.  Let off some steam.  Pick things up and put them down.  Hit the heavy bag or something.  That’s what I do.”

“Screw it.”  Brian grabbed his jacket from the back of one of the dining chairs.  “I’m going to the Minzah for a drink.”

“Okay, man.  Enjoy.  Me and Sammy here are going to finish our afternoon delight.”  Jason smiled at the remaining three quarters of his sandwich.  “Hello, luscious!”

Holidays Aren’t Always Easy as Pie

It wasn’t so long ago I was living in the barrio with no car, no job, no family, neighbors smoking pot on my doorstep and bonda music playing all night.

And it was the holidays.

I avoided Christmas trees because they reminded me of everything I didn’t have – I couldn’t even afford a tiny one of my own and if I saw one I broke down into a puddle of tears.

Some thoughts as we enter the holiday season …

It is important to remember that not everyone is surrounded by large wonderful families. Some of us have problems during the holidays and sometimes are overcome with great sadness when we remember the loved ones who are not with us. And, many people have no one to spend these times with and are besieged by loneliness.

We all need caring, loving thoughts right now.

Be grateful for whatever you have.

Be kind.

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Kissing the Frogman and a Panic Attack

OK, maybe not a panic attack but certainly a great deal of angst over the upcoming release of Kissing the Frogman.

It’s been 3 years since I released my last story, Stealing Liberties, and before that, it had been 2 years.  My life has changed completely in the past five years.  I’m not the same person who wrote The Path to Freedom.  I’ve grown, but I haven’t written a whole lot.  Thus the panic.


You may be wondering what kind of writer takes that long between novellas when authors like Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse) and Lee Child (Jack Reacher) at least put out a full length novel every year.

Well, I’ll tell you…

I’m no Charlaine Harris or Lee Child but DAMN I love their work!

Did I mention how well I do with deadlines?


(That’s not really how it works, usually something that seems minor goes overlooked and then it turns into a full blown crisis at the 11th hour, a la Ballantine’s Day.)  

And then I’m like…

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So right now, when everyone else is baking pies and cookies, I’m checking my manuscript and counting the hours on my fingers and toes to see if I can submit one last version before it goes out to readers because maybe, just maybe, the few words I add to it may make the difference between “OMG this sucks!” and “Yeah, that was worth a dollar.”

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Kissing the Frogman will be released on December 1st.

God, I hope it doesn’t suck.

Impostor syndrome (also spelled imposter syndrome, also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a term coined in the 1970s by psychologists and researchers to informally describe people who are unable to internalize their accomplishments. Despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be. Notably, impostor syndrome is particularly common among high-achieving women,[1] although some studies indicate that both genders may be affected in equal numbers.[2]


Kissing the Frogman (Task Force 125 Book #5) Coming December 1

kissing the frogman, lisa pietsch, task force 125, book 5Jennifer Santiago can spot a special forces adrenaline junkie from miles away and knows the score. They’re great for a hook-up but lousy in the long-term relationship department. Lucky for her she was on the rebound and one of those junkies just walked into the casino.

Brian Allen had seen combat all around the world as a Navy SEAL and a paramilitary operations officer in the CIA’s Special Activities Division. When his team is given a cushy assignment as backup in Morocco, he quells the itch for action by taking a night to relax with a beautiful distraction. When she proved even more distracting, he was happy to take the Director’s call – until he realized his big distraction was the Director’s daughter.

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I’m Living the Dream – Becoming a Digital Nomad #DDLM

I’ve always wanted to be a digital nomad, a modern day gypsy exploring America’s beautiful places in the comfort of a home on wheels.

There were lots of objections over the years:

“We don’t have the money to buy an RV.”

“There’s not enough space to live in an RV.”

“You have kids.  You need to give them a home and stability.”

Yada, yada, yada…the list goes on.  Sometimes it was others saying it and sometimes it was that niggling voice of doubt in my head.

We’ll, I’m not a fully fledged Digital Nomad yet, but I’m getting there.  I’m also disproving all those previous statements.

I still don’t have enough money to buy an RV (yet).

digital nomad, rv lifestyle, unschooling, lifestyle designI am skilled though.  My partner (life & business) and I dreamed up something completely out of the box.  We’re calling it the Dia de los Muertos Tour and, what we’ve done is created social media packages for sponsors who buy in for a nominal fee.  We weren’t greedy – we made the fee just enough to cover our expenses – renting an RV, paying for gas, and campground fees.  You see, the biggest struggle for most brands is coming up with new and original social media content, whether it be photos, articles, or videos.  Most of them appreciate the opportunity to purchase a package of content made specifically for their brand.

RVs are just tiny houses on wheels.

We make the space work.  We have a family of four – two adults and two kids, but we also have one dog with special needs (she has 3 legs), two cats, and a turtle.  digital nomad, rv lifestyle, unschooling, lifestyle designThe largest RV we can rent is 30″.  Believe it or not, it works out just fine.  Each trip is an exercise in minimalism.  We bring only what we need: bedding & linnen, clothes, kitchen supplies (especially a coffee maker), food, toiletries, and our electronic devices.  We have quite a few electronic devices.  We each have laptops and tablets, and my partner and I both have phones.  We have special challenges when it comes to everyone plugging in or charging, but the RV we have for this trip has built in USB sockets in the electrical outlets (nice touch).  So we get away from all the accoutrements of life in a house and enjoy some uncluttered minimalism.

Home is where the heart is and stability comes from people, not things.

We do have kids and, God willing, that won’t change.  They’re 11 and 7.  That’s right, they’re still young and I’m taking them on a 2-week road trip during the school year!  You see, I want to give my children more than stability.  I want to give them the world.  They’re both ridiculously smart and I knew, from an early age, that their education would be largely in my hands.  Public schools don’t know what to do with my kids.  Private schools will just prepare them to become a job.  digital nomad, rv lifestyle, unschooling, lifestyle designNo, I wanted my kids to have the freedom to explore every interest and experience every opportunity I could make available to them so I decided to unschool them.  No curriculum, just fearless exploration of anything and everything that interests them.  And my part?  I facilitate their exploration.  They’re both building YouTube channels where they stream video game play.  Before you start poo-pooing video games, Minecraft taught a 6 year old multiplication and Space Engineers taught a 10 year old physics.  Last month, they had the opportunity to tour Europe with their father and grandparents.  This month, they’re going to see Carlsbad Caverns and the Grand Canyon.  We still aren’t rich, but we can give them experiences they’ll grow from and memories that will last a lifetime.

Living the dream

You may think all of this is completely ridiculous and horribly difficult, but it really isn’t.  My partner and I make up 63% of Tequila Aficionado Media.  digital nomad, rv lifestyle, unschooling, lifestyle design, tequila aficionadoWe appreciate agave spirits like wine enthusiasts appreciate wines.  Our sponsors for this trip are tequilas and mezcals.  Despite what the ill-informed might assume, this isn’t Parents Gone Wild.  We’re calling this the Dia de los Muertos Tour and we’ll be working hard throughout the trip to produce great content for our sponsors.  We’re simply taking products to some spectacular places, sharing them with people we meet and posting our progress on our extensive social networks.  Eventually, we hope to do the same with other products as well.

Wealth would be great, but we’re still rich.

digital nomad, rv lifestyle, unschooling, lifestyle designThe time we spend with those we love, the memories we carry for a lifetime, the learning that comes from meeting new people and seeing new places, these are the things that make us rich.  Sure, I could always use more money, but I’d rather be a digital nomad, a modern day gypsy, working on my schedule in places that bring me joy as I explore America’s beautiful places with my family, in the comfort of a home on wheels.  For the next two weeks, I’m living the dream.  

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Happily Ever Afterthoughts

Lexi Post, Happily Ever AfterthoughtsI just love the name of Lexi Post’s blog: Happily Ever After Thoughts.  It makes for a wonderful play on words since the meaning can change so easily with the removal of one space: Happily Ever Afterthoughts.

Both will get you to the same conclusion today though –

I recently did an interview with Lexi so please pop over (even if it’s an afterthought) and check it out today.  Leave comments – even mean ones are OK if you feel you must.

Click here to check out the interview now.

Check out Lexi’s latest release, Masque, at

About Masque:

Rena Mills plans to turn an abandoned abbey into a haunted bed-and-breakfast to prove she can be successful without her ex-fiancé. What she finds inside is Synn MacAllistair, the distinguished, self-proclaimed Ghost Keeper. Her dreams soon fill with sexual cravings for him. But are they dreams?

Synn, born in 1828, is determined to free the souls of the resident spirits, blaming himself for bringing the Red Death that killed them. When Rena steps into the old Pleasure Palace, he’s sure he can take her through the after-midnight Pleasure Rooms and stoke her passion to complete the Masque so the souls can cross over. Her innocent fire makes him crave more, but it’s far too late for him.

As Rena begins her erotic journey, her heart becomes more involved with every sensual caress until she discovers by completing the Masque she would lose her ghosts. Synn’s betrayal wars with her compassion for her ghostly friends. Torn, she must make a choice between her financial security and freeing seventy-three trapped souls. Either way, she could lose her Synn.


Michael Stokes Sunday

I’m just gonna leave this right here.  I know.  You’re welcome.

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Michael also collects vintage photography.  Published by Taschen, My Buddy features his vintage WWII photo collection of soldiers.

Need a question answered?  Email Michael, and he will get back to you as soon as is possible.

Hot Latinos: Ruben Cortada

ruben cortada, hot guys, hot latinos, telenovelas, lisa pietschNatural de Cuba (nació en La Habana en 1985), Rubén Cortada ha sabido ganarse al público como modelo y, desde 2011, como actro. De hecho, en 2007, fue elegido por los internautas de como el ‘mejor modelo masculino’ del año. Entre sus trabajos más importantes, destaca haber sido imagen de Roberto Verino, El Corte Inglés, Jean Paul Gaultier, Guess!, Julipet y Custo.

Como actor, en su currículum figuran sus trabajos en las series de televisión ‘Bandolera’ (2011), ‘El tiempo entre costuras’ (2013) y ‘El príncipe’ (2014).

You didn’t even notice that was in Spanish, did you?

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Hot Latinos: William Levy @willevy

In keeping with my Telenovela theme this week, I just started watching a new telenovela called Triunfo del Amor.  It stars the delightfully photogenic Cubano, William Levy, and the bad guy is a very bad woman.  I won’t spoil the story for you.  If you want to check it out, it’s playing on TV now, and available from the first episode on Hulu and YouTube.

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Enough about me.  Let’s talk about that hot Latino, William Levy, shall we?

triunfo del amor, telenovela, william levy, Destilando Amor, TV Y Novelas Magazine, soap operas, spanish, hot latinosWilliam Levy was born on August 29, 1980, in Cojimar, Cuba. He left Cuba at the age of 14, moving to Miami by 15, and later became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. He currently resides between Mexico City and Miami, FL.  As an avid baseball fan when he was younger, he had dreams of playing major league baseball, but very soon had the opportunity to act and model, a career which has allowed him to travel to other countries to participate in runway shows and photo shoots. He studied acting in both Miami and L.A., where he moved to begin his acting career.

triunfo del amor, telenovela, william levy, Destilando Amor, TV Y Novelas Magazine, soap operas, spanish, hot latinosFrom the age of 22, this “hot, hot, hot cuban hunk”, as he was called in the gossip news when he was on “Dancing With The Stars”, began doing bit parts in Miami, for Univisión. One of these parts was a series on Telemundo about Hispanic teenagers growing up in the United States, Los Teens. He also began his modeling career, which led him to be hired in 2002 for two of the reality shows produced by Telemundo: Isla de la Tentación(Isle of Temptation) and Protagonistas de Novela 2(Soap Stars).triunfo del amor, telenovela, william levy, Destilando Amor, TV Y Novelas Magazine, soap operas, spanish, hot latinos

In 2003, while appearing in Protagonistas, Levy met Mexican-American actress Elizabeth Gutiérrez, and began an 8-year relationship with her. Their son, Christopher Alexander, was born in 2006, and their daughter, Kailey Alexandra, was born in 2010. In May of 2011, the couple announced the end of their relationship.

triunfo del amor, telenovela, william levy, Destilando Amor, TV Y Novelas Magazine, soap operas, spanish, hot latinosIn 2005 he starred in a play performed in San Juan, Puerto Rico, called La Nena Tiene Tumbao (The Girl Has Moves). He then moved on to Spanish-language soaps on Univisión: Olvidarte Jamás (Forget You Never), Mi Vida Eres tú (You Are My Life) and Acorralada (Cornered).

triunfo del amor, telenovela, william levy, Destilando Amor, TV Y Novelas Magazine, soap operas, spanish, hot latinosLevy’s breakthrough Mexican soap operas on Televisa, were Pasión (2007) and Cuidado con el Ángel (Watch Out for the Angel) (2008), which first boadcast in June of 2008 in Mexico, and in the U.S. in September of that year. It is reported that this soap averaged 45.7 million viewers per evening.

triunfo del amor, telenovela, william levy, Destilando Amor, TV Y Novelas Magazine, soap operas, spanish, hot latinosFrom as early as 2006, People en Español had a special interest in Levy, whose name appeared on their list of “Los 20 solteros más sexys” (The 20 sexiest bachelors). For two years, 2008 and 2009, he was named by this magazine as one of “Los 50 más bellos” (the 50 best looking). In 2009, and again in 2011, he was listed as one of “Los 25 hombres más guapos” (The 25 handsomest men). Levy’s face appeared on their 15th Anniversary cover in 2011, where he’s called “El hombre más sexy” (The sexiest man).

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Because of his very obvious sex appeal, there have been rumors that he was romantically involved with co-stars. The first was Maité Perroni (Cuidado con el Ángel), an affair that was denied by both actors. In 2010, he again co-starred with Maité in another soap called Triunfo del Amor (Triumph of Love), and these two actors also co-hosted the 25th Hispanic Heritage Awards gala on September 15, 2011. In 2011, Levy was reported to have played a role in the divorce of Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony, when he was her love interest in her music video “I’m Into You”, from her album “Love?” ~Bio Courtesy of

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Butterscotch Martini Girls Blab Inappropriate #Boobblab

bmg, #boobblab, butterscotch martini girls, blab, book blab, boob blabYou may have missed last week’s “Worst Dates Ever” Blab by the Butterscotch Martini Girls, but you can still catch this week’s Blab tonight!

Click here to subscribe to the Blab so you can watch the replay if you miss it live!

We’re hoping to make weekly, Wednesday evening Blabs a regular thing in Butterscotch Martini world.  Every week, we’ll have a different topic, but you can be pretty sure (about 90%) that, whatever it is, it’ll be pretty damned inappropriate.  (Which should be a given since Tina Gerow made a slip and called it a “Boob Blab” instead of a “Book Blab” and we’ve all just sort of stuck with the “Boob Blab” title.  She explains it all here. If you want to have a little fun with it, feel free to tweet the hashtag! #BOOBBLAB)

If Wednesday doesn’t work for you (maybe you have Bible Study or something) you can always catch a replay which we’ll try to repost at the Butterscotch Martini Girl website as soon as possible.  We have a dedicated page just for our Blabs here.

What the hell is a Butterscotch Martini Girl?

bmg, #boobblab, butterscotch martini girls, blab, book blab, boob blabThe Butterscotch Martini Girls started as a critique group in October 2004.  We’ve recently changed our focus to become a promo group (cooperatively promoting each other). We’re still a tight knit group of broads who enjoy the occasional drink now and then (and make a fuss about it when we have time) but mostly we write.  We write in all genres and create quite a cross section of fiction!  Tina Gerow describes how the Butterscotch Martini Girls came about here.


Beans to Bread Cookbook: Baking Ezekiel Bread At Home

The jelly donuts you see here are made with beans and sugar-free jelly.  That’s right, I turned beans into jelly donuts.  No joke.  #Truestory

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I did more than that though.  I turned sprouted beans into high-protein, low-glycemic, delicious bread, bagels, hot dog rolls, hamburger buns, pizza crusts, pita bread, flatbread, crackers, Cinnabon style rolls, and, yes, even jelly donuts!

Baking Ezekiel Bread At Home

I’ve spent the past couple years perfecting my Ezekiel style bread recipes at home with my bread machine and finally created a book of recipes I feel are worthy of sharing.

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Hot Latinos: Christian de la Fuente @iamdelafuente

Yesterday I wrote about My Deep Dark Secreto – Telenovelas and focused mainly on the language immersion and storytelling benefits.  Today, I’d like to start talking about some of the actors in them.  This first one is one I hope will cross over to take leading roles in American TV and movies soon.

Some of you may or may not remember the 2001 Formula 1 movie “Driven” starring Sylvester Stallone and a then relatively unknown Chilean, Christian de la Fuente.  Sadly, Driven didn’t get a great deal of play or very good reviews but it was Stallone, had fast cars and hot guys and I was very happy with it.  If you’re a fan of action movies, check it out.

You can stream Driven at Amazon Instant Video here or on Vudu here.

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I mentioned Destilando Amor yesterday.  It was a huge hit with telenovela audiences.  In fact, it was such a hit, they remade the story years later as Quiero Amarte, only with coffee country as the setting (and Nescafe had it’s own part in the show).


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That one, also a favorite of mine, starred buff Chilean Air Force pilot and actor Christian de la Fuente.  devious maids, quiero amarte, telenovela, hot latinos, christian de la fuente, driven, stallone, hot guys, formula one, chile, air force, pilot, actorUnfortunately you can’t get this one on Hulu right now, but you can catch it on YouTube.  Christian de la Fuente can also be found on Devious Maids (another favorite of mine) as well as in a new movie. devious maids, quiero amarte, telenovela, hot latinos, christian de la fuente, driven, stallone, hot guys, formula one, chile, air force, pilot, actor

Cristián de la Fuente was born on March 10, 1974 in Santiago, Chile. He is an actor and producer, known for Valiant Love (2012), Quiero amarte (2013) and Wild Heart (2009). He has been married to Angelica Castro since January 5, 2002. They have one child. ~ Biography courtesy of IMDB.

Christian de la Fuente was a big hit on Dancing With The Stars:

He’s not so bad on the beach either:

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My Deep Dark Secreto – Telenovelas

William Levy, TV Y Novelas Magazine, destilando amor, telenovelas, soap operas, spanish, hot latinosHere’s something you may not know about Lisa Pietsch: I love Telenovelas.

That’s right.  French-Canadian girl from Maine with the German last name loves Spanish soap operas.

It started in Montana.  I’d just left the U.S. Air Force and was finishing up my BA.  I needed some electives and, always a fan of foreign languages and speaking French, Russian and a few others, I decided to take Spanish.  Early on in the class, I knew I needed a way to reinforce what I was learning, so I cruised the spanish programming on Directv after school and found a telenovela that fit my timetable, Locura de Amor.  locura de amor, William Levy, TV Y Novelas Magazine, destilando amor, telenovelas, soap operas, spanish, hot latinosIt’s actually a little creepy if you think about it since a high school student and her teacher hook up – que scandalo! – but the language was simple and I managed to follow it.  From then on, I was hooked on the over-the-top dramas.

There are lots of things to love about the telenovela format.  The stories have a limited run so there’s always an end in sight, the end is always a Happily Ever After, and – my favorite – the bad guy(s) always go out in a suitably over-the-top dramatic manner.  These things make them predictable and formulaic, so Destilando Amor, Tequila Aficionado, telenovela, tequila, William Levy, TV Y Novelas Magazine, destilando amor, telenovelas, soap operas, spanish, hot latinosthe real challenge is for the writers is to add enough twists so the seasoned telenovela viewer is on the edge of their seat wondering how the next beat in the story will happen.  You’ll hear a lot of “Ay Dios Mio!  How will he get out of this so he can save her in time?”  Because we know he’s going to live, we know he’s a hero, and we know they’re going to be together for a happily ever after.  That’s just how telenovelas work.

One of my recent favorites was Destilando Amor.  It’s the usual story with the usual suspects but it’s centered on the tequila industry.  Thus the title “Distilling Love”.  I wrote about it for Tequila Aficionado here. 

In my next blog, I’ll begin sharing some of my favorites – and the hot guys in them – of course!  Stay tuned for the Hot Latinos!

Hot Guys with Guns: Luke Evans

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This week’s Hot Guy with Guns is Welsh actor, Luke Evans.  You may have fallen in love with him when he played a Musketeer, a Greek God, or perhaps Dracula.  Whatever your preference – he’s covered it!

 luke evans, hot guys with guns“Welsh actor Luke Evans was born in Pontypool, Wales but grew up in Aberbargoed, South Wales. At the age of 17, he moved to Cardiff where he studied with established vocal coach Louise Ryan. In 1997 Luke attended the London Studio Center, graduating in 2000.

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From 2000 to 2008 Luke starred in a number of London’s West End productions. In 2008 he landed his most significant role, playing Vincent in the play Small Change (2008).

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At the age of 30, Evans auditioned for and won his first movie role. He starred as the Greek god Apollo in Clash of the Titans (2010).

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The same year he appeared in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll as Clive Richards.

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Soon after, Evans began starring in big productions with leading roles in films such as Tamara Drewe (2010), The Three Musketeers (2011), and The Raven (2012).

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He recently appeared in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) and also played the lead role in Dracula Untold (2014).”  ~ Courtesy of Luke Evans Online

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Feel like bingewatching Luke Evans?  Let me help.

Year Film Role
2003 Taboo Billy
2009 Don’t Press Benjamin’s Buttons Benjamin’s Father
2010 Cowards and Monsters Paul
2010 Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll Clive Richards
2010 Clash of the Titans Apollo
2010 Robin Hood Sheriff’s Thug
2010 Tamara Drewe Andy Cobb
2011 Blitz DI Craig Stokes
2011 The Three Musketeers Aramis
2011 Immortals Zeus
2011 Flutter Adrian
2012 Ashes Crewcut
2012 The Raven Inspector Emmett Fields
2012 No One Lives Driver
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Girion, Lord of Dale
2013 Fast & Furious 6 Owen Shaw[19]
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Bard / Girion, Lord of Dale
2013 The Great Train Robbery Bruce Reynolds
2014 Dracula Untold Vlad III Țepeș/Dracula
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Bard
2015 High Rise


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Luke Evans as Owen Shaw



Meet Owen’s Brother

Luke Evans Montage Video


In Case You Missed the “Worst Dates Ever” Butterscotch Martini Girls’ Blab

In case you missed our Worst Dates Ever Blab tonight, you can get the highlights from my tweets below or click on the link in any of them to watch the replay in all it’s butterscotch covered glory.

Truth is Stranger Than Fiction & Readers Won’t Believe It #Truestory

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I never claimed to be a good girl.

#Truestory Today, I’m mything up some debunks over at the Butterscotch Martini Girls’ Blog.

Doing what, you say?

That’s right.  I’ve been reading book reviews where reviewers find parts of my stories completely unbelievable.

Now normally, an author would say to herself “I really need to work on my world building here so people can suspend reality when they read”.

But what the hell do you say when the parts they’re claiming are complete myth are actually based on the author’s own experience?

Nope.  Be a good author.  Sit down and shut up.

But we all know I’m not that good.  Click here to read some of the true stories I’ve inserted into the Task Force 125 series.

Hot Guys with Guns: Antonio Sabato Jr

SabatoFATALESAntonio Sabato Jr. once overlooked Time Square from a 90-foot billboard dressed only in his Calvin Klein underwear.  The iconic fashion designer hired the actor to be the company’s first celebrity model since Mark Wahlberg and it was shot by famed photographer, Herb Ritts.  That combination caused a sensation when the photos appeared in every magazine and hundreds of billboards throughout the world.

Since then, Antonio has had a long and varied career which recently included guest-starring roles on ABC’s, Castle, ABC Family’s Baby Daddy, as well as on Bones and Hot In Cleveland. Antonio Sabato WebHe was seen this fall in Investigation Discovery’s Heartbreakers, FX’s The League and you can now tune in every weekday to see him host his own syndicated renovation show, Fix It & Finish It.  The half hour program takes viewers around the country to find homes, cabins, RV’s and even tree houses that need a makeover both inside and out.  Antonio and his team of contractors and designers go in and do their magic all in one day with renovation results that astound and that also change lives.


Whilst shooting Fix It and Finish It, Antonio was asked to join the cast of Dancing With The Stars (19) – an offer he couldn’t refuse – so he has been demolishing houses by day and dancing with pro-partner, Cheryl Burke by night.  He has managed to keep up  a hectic schedule and delight fans of both shows with his dancing and handy, household hints.

Other credits include TNT’s, Rizzoli & Isles, CBS’s, CSI: New York and NCIS, ABC’s comedy Scrubs and Ugly Betty. He also played Heather Locklear’s abusive ex-husband in a six-episode arc on Melrose Place and appeared on Charmed, Ally McBeal and The Help. He had his own reality series, My Antonio, for VH1. He won NBC’s Celebrity Circus where he performed nearly impossible “Cirque du Soleil-esque” acts then followed that up with a win on Fox’s diving special, Stars In Danger in 2014.


Antonio was seen in in Little Women, Big Cars II, director Penelope Spheeris’ comedy Balls to the Wall and he had a cameo role in the Farrelly brothers hit film, The Three Stooges.  Antonio played the lead role as serial killer Henry Lee Lucas in the indie feature Drifter: The Henry Lee Lucas Story, for which he won Best Actor at The 2009 Beverly Hills Film Festival and he starred opposite Mark Wahlberg and Lou Diamond Phillips in The Big Hit.


His big break came when he was cast in the infamous Janet Jackson video “Love Will Never Do Without You,” shot by Herb Ritts. Everything started, however, when Antonio joined the cast of ABC’s General Hospital in the spring of 1992.  The show jumped from seventh to third in the daytime Nielsen ratings. That same year, Antonio landed a coveted spot in People Magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People” issue.  Antonio reprised his famed General Hospital character, Jagger Cates on SoapNet’s Night Shift  and also starred on the popular CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful playing a role created specifically for him.

Growing up in Rome, Antonio’s first language is Italian and he didn’t learn to speak English until he moved to Beverly Hills in 1984 with his mom and sister.He is a fitness and auto-racing enthusiast, and an accomplished author (No Excuses: Workout for Life). He is an avid tweeter with over 800,000 followers.  Antonio currently resides in Los Angeles where he enjoys spending time with his wife, Cheryl and children, Jack, Mina, and toddler son Antonio Kamakana.

Biography courtesy of the Antonio Sabato Jr Official Website.

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And now for the dirty bit…

Bingewatch: The Walking Dead, Season 5 #TWD

I find that my writing is surprisingly productive when I use a modified pomodoro technique. I write until I stall, then I watch a little TV. I’ve logged an impressive word count for myself utilizing this method over the weekend.

andrew lincoln, norman reedus, walking dead, #TWDI’m currently watching The Walking Dead, season 5. When my darling companion asked me why I’d watch such a gruesome show, I had to stop and think about it.

I don’t watch it for the blood and guts, though there is an abundance of that. I watch it for the characters, the hooks, and cliffhangers. You see, I recently read Alexandra Sokolov’s Screenwriting Tips for Authors and it made complete sense to me. I always try to write stories that play out like movies so watching action/adventure like The Walking Dead is great research.

The characters each have their own arcs and the show explores them. Every episode begins with a hook and ends with a cliffhanger. The scenes are structured well.

Most importantly, and something I connect with most, is that what might have been right for a character in season 1 may not be right for them in season 5.

The zombies may provide the danger and ticking clocks, but the characters drive this story.

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Don’t Ruin My Story with Your Logic #amwriting

15don't ruin my story with your logic, castle, #amwritingI edit in layers after I write a first draft.  The first draft is all about the story.  After that, I start editing for character quirks, dialogue, emotion and, with my particular stories, I need to edit for logistical details.

Today’s conundrum:

What yacht style could accommodate divers and their gear as well as get one quickly from Tangiers to Bizerte?  How long would it take to get there?  What would be its top cruising speed?  How much fuel would it need?  Would it need to refuel?  

I found myself sitting at my desk, saying something that I’ve heard Richard Castle say before:

“Don’t ruin my story with your logic”

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Rest assured, the research has been done, nautical miles, mileage and fuel capacity have been calculated and the story is back on track!

Kissing the Frogman will be longer than initially anticipated, but it will be delivered on time via and other online booksellers:

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Kissing the Frogman

Jennifer Santiago can spot a special forces adrenaline junkie from miles away and knows the score. They’re great for a hook-up but lousy in the long-term relationship department. Lucky for her she was on the rebound and one of those junkies just walked into the casino.

amazonBrian Allen had seen combat all around the world as a Navy SEAL and a paramilitary operations officer in the CIA’s Special Activities Division. When his team is given a cushy assignment as backup in Morocco, he quells the itch for action by taking a night to relax with a beautiful distraction. When she proved even more distracting, he was happy to take the Director’s call – until he realized his big distraction was the Director’s daughter.

Coming soon to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, iTunes, All Romance eBooks and Smashwords.