Sunday, April 15, 2012

The History of Coffee - Keurig Giveaway

In honor of the Keurig giveaway, I thought I should write something coffee related.  Okay, I have always associated coffee with South America, so I was a bit surprised to find out it originated in Ethiopia sometime around the 9th century.

Yep, that’s right, as the legend of Kaldi, the goatherd goes.  It is said he discovered coffee after noticing his goats, upon eating berries from a certain tree, became so energetic they didn’t want to sleep at night.

The Arabs were the first to cultivate and trade coffee...Sorry Starbucks, but they invented the first coffee house.  Coffee was a great addiction to replace the alcohol their newly found religion forbid them to drink.  Not only did they drink coffee and engage in conversation, but they also listened to music, watched performers, played chess and kept current on the news of the day.  In fact, they quickly became such an important center for the exchange of information that the coffee houses were often referred to as ‘Schools of the Wise.’

At some point the Arabs tried to maintain a monopoly in the early years of the coffee trade.  But, unlike oil, coffee is a plant and can be grown in many places, which is exactly what happen...The Europeans took their business elsewhere, but not before local clergy condemned it, calling the beverage the ‘bitter invention of Satan’.   You know it had to be something good if the clergy condemned it, because in the 17th century the clergy condemned everything good...Alcohol, dancing, sex...including sex with your spouse.  Eventually Pope Clement VIII tried the beverage himself and approved its consumption.

In the mid-1600's, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, a location later called New York by the British.  Though coffee houses rapidly began to appear, tea continued to be the favored drink in the New World until 1773 when the colonists revolted against a heavy tax on tea imposed by King George.  The revolt, known as the Boston Tea Party, would forever change the American drinking preference to coffee. 

So, the next time you have a cup of coffee don’t forget to do a toast to the Arabs for their monopoly which helped to spread coffee growing across the world by other countries, King George III, who taxed the crap out of tea, leading Americans to find a replacement, and Kaldi the goatherd, who was willing to have what the goats were having.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Cupid Painted Blind Free on Amazon Giveaway

  Cupid Painted Blind is free on Amazon today.  To celebrate we are doing a fabulous giveaway.  All you have to do is Join the event on Facebook and enter the rafflecopter.

Cupid Painted Blind
Sweet Little Lies by Liz Schulte
The day Femi caught her first bounty she knew this was it; she found her place in the Abyss. However, one mistake, one act of kindness, one beautifully whispered lie could cost her everything--even her life.

Autumn’s Call by Lisa Rayns
When Autumn realizes death is chasing her, she runs only to be stalled by an unresolved ghost. Is he there to help her? Or does he want retribution for his murder?

Tell a Soul by Olivia Hardin
He’s the dependable one. The strong and steadfast one. Still, there’s one woman who has always turned his firm resolve on end. Langston is surprised beyond... belief to find Kristana again, and this time without a husband. Has fate finally given them the chance to be together? Kristana can’t escape her intense attraction for the strange giant Langston, but the murmuring voices in her head are threatening to drive her mad. Can she find a way to trade one torment for another and thereby find true love?

The Siren Sarina by C.G. Powell
Being a siren is not all that it is cracked up to be, especially when you play with the gods. Sarina, like all good sirens, has a penance for sex and not with just anyone. This time her prey is Ares the god of war and lover to Aphrodite. Not that Sarina minds stepping on the goddess of loves toes, but when Ares gifts her with the powers of a god, Zeus can’t help but to intervene.

Fool Moon by Cait Lavendar
All Jack saw when he looked at Carlie was perfection until she ripped out a man's throat. Confused by the pull she had on his heart, he is left with the choice to chase after the love of his life or to be left howling at the Fool Moon.

When Opportunity Haunts by Stephanie Nelson
With and eternity as the Angel of Death before him, not much could get under Dorian Hade's skin-that was until he met Gwen Sparks. She shuts down all of his advances and insists they are just friends. Dorian takes matters into his own hands and tricks Gwen into a romantic weekend away from her ex-boyfriend at a haunted bed and breakfast.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Hunter Moon Review

 Hunter Moon (Lupine Moon Series) by Cait Lavender

Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires.

While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her. Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing heart and everything she ever loved.
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Interview with Cait Lavender interview

I know you get a lot of questions asking why you started writing and is it something you have always done, but that crap is boring, so I came up with my own questions that are completely irrelevant as to why you write.

When you wrote Shelby as a virgin, was she originally intended as a sacrifice?
Wow. Um...can’t say as she was. I basically wanted Shelby to be too busy struggling to operate her ranch to have had any significant relationships until Cash. Also, I kind of tried to imply that Shelby, since she’s Cash’s mate, was fated to be by herself until she met him.

 Moon seems to make its way into many of your titles, is this because you write werewolf novels or is it some underlying desire to dance naked under it?
While the main reason for the moon theme is the werewolf aspect, while it doesn’t force lupines to shift it does affect them in other ways you will learn about later, let’s be real, who doesn’t desire to dance naked under the moon?

 Tell us a little about Cash and your inspiration to write him, who is your muse?
I don’t have any specific man I’ve modeled Cash after, just a general idea of what kind of man I wanted him to be. He’s a throwback to the days when men were men, chivalrous, respectful, and knew how to treat a lady. I’ve always been of the mind that even though women should be equals with men, they should still treat us nicely! I do have a picture of a guy that is the closest I could find to my mental image of Cash (and if anyone knows who he is let me know and I’ll love you forever).


Do you get offended when people ask you if you grew-up on a farm?  I’m only asking because Shelby is a good ole cowgirl with a ranch and everything.  What made you want to write about a cowgirl and ranching life?
Hahaha, no I’m surprisingly hard to offend and that definitely wouldn’t do it. I actually haven’t grown up on a farm, but I do live on a ranch and raise cattle with my husband. I wrote about a cowgirl and ranching life because it’s what I know, what I’m familiar with and I love cowboy culture.

In this book we only get a glimpse of who werewolves are, will the sequels give us a better look into their world?
Definitely! I’m a huge tease, what can I say? I don’t like to show my hand right off the bat, but torture you all with little tidbits in a short here and sequels there. I’m also writing the first book in a new series based in the same world as Shelby’s, so there will be new characters mixed with some old friends and I’ll also keep revealing aspects of werewolf nature.

Shelby knows her way around a firearm, is this from your personal experience?   My poison is a G21 SF by Glock, what do you like to shoot?
I’ve got a Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm, Browning 20 gauge and a Ruger.357 but I pretty much like to shoot anything. I love target practice with my handguns but my favorite is skeet shooting.

Okay, back to Cash....It bothers me that you left him with a serious case of blue balls.  In Hunter Moon the sexual tension runs high throughout the book all the way to the cliffhanger at the end.  What do you have in store for Cash and Shelby in book two?
Well, without giving too much away, his balls will be a nice healthy shade of pink. There will not be any cliffhangers at the end, I promise, at least concerning Shelby and Cash. They won’t disappear though ;)

Where can readers pickup Hunter Moon? 
Hunter Moon is available on Smashwords, Barnes & Noble and Amazon and soon the paperback version will also be available on Amazon through Createspace.

What are you working on?
Like I said earlier, I’m working on Honor Born, the first book in a new series that is set in the same world as Hunter Moon but reveals the darker aspects of it, including evil witches and demon-possessed bloodthirsty vampires. You also get to meet Eli, a tall, dark and handsome knight who rides in on a metal and chrome horse.

My Review of Hunter Moon by Cait Lavender
Up front, I’m not really into cowboy stories or cliffhangers, of which this book has both.  I volunteered to read Hunter Moon before I knew that it was a cowgirl book or the ugly cover was chosen.  And it is a good thing I did, because with that said, I would have missed out on an incredible story.
You can’t help but love Shelby for who she is – A very strong willed woman who knows how to handle herself and handle a gun (I have to admire her for that).  Cash is the uber sexy male component of this adventure who Shelby cock blocks at every turn.  The sexual tension is way over the top and will leave you screaming “Will you just F&@K already!”  I couldn’t put Hunter Moon down and when I got to the end I wanted to throttle the writer for not having a proper ending, it seemed like the book just stops randomly.  But that might just me and my hatred of major cliffhangers. 
So, I’m giving Hunter Moon 5 of 5 Stars.  And if you are wondering why I’m still giving it 5 stars after all the things I didn’t like about it let me explain.  They are nothing compared to the fantastic story behind the ugly cover and I can’t wait for book 2 to come out.  Yeah...It was that good!!!

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