Friday, March 28

A Man of Romance

Meet Stefan Andreas Schwarze. This 6'3 gym buff of German Descent is a model for Romance.

He's modeled from Regency rakes, cowboy daddies, vikings warriors, highland lords and vampires. Stefan stars in over a hundred Romance Covers from Harlequin Intrigue, Silhouette to Berkley. Yup, pretty flexible look right?

I think my favorite look for him is one with where he's in a suit. He looks powerful and regal in a suit. I wouldn't mind him dressed up a Regency Lord!

Picture from Stefan's site.

Tuesday, March 25

100 Books in 25 years

Two years ago, I picked up a book in BookSale Greenhills entitled Wind Walker. I wanted to read something, anything interesting. I was currently reading Young Adults and Fantasy. Wind Walker was a big step. It was Romance, History, Action and Adventure all in one. I found it funny, warm and romantic.

It had appeal. Weeks later, at another Booksale tour, I found Silver Wing. now, I have over three dozen Cassie Edwards Books.

I began to understand her style. I did some research and found out that she focused on Native American Romances. She has three non-NAm but still in the Historical Romance category.

Some may find the Edwards Style redundant. There must always a strong-willed Caucasian girl and a Native American Chieftain (or son of the Chieftain). It's love at first sight. The conflict comes outside the relationship. It can be the father of the girl, the ex-suitor, the towns people or nature. They pull through it and ends up in a wedding or if the wed early on in the story, a child.
The chieftain's Archetype is always a Gentleman Savage. He is viewed by society as a savage, uneducated heathen but he is actually more chivalrous than the people who view him. The heroine is strong in will but weak in body. She usually falls under tomboy or ingenue. Both characters are internally good. They love each other and just can't stop kissing. (Yup, Romance demands it!) Yes, some find it mushy but Edwards adds history and Native American culture into the story. Each story actually has its own flavor.

After publishing a Historical Romance book, her publisher asked her to write Native American Romance. Since then, she concentrated on various tribes, researching the background, customs and history. After publishing her first few American Indian Books, Edwards' grandfather told her that she had a full-blooded Cheyenne Grandmother.

Savage Skies, released in August 2007, is her 100th book. What I admire about Edwards is that she started writing at age 45. Goes to show that age isn't a barrier in writing. After 25 years of writing, she still holds her audience captivated.

Monday, March 24

Healthy Snacks; Banana Cake

Need a good not-too-fatty snack? You can eat this snack any time of the day and the best thing about it is: it's guiltless! So Easy! Takes half an hour with oven time!


(Makes one big loaf of 10 slices or 2 little loaves of 6 slices)

2 eggs
2 and 3/4 Cups Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda
1 tsp. Baking Powder
1 and 1/2 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Butter (You can use low-fat butter or 1/3 cup oil)
Dash of Cinnamon
2 tsp. Vanilla Extract (You can replace this with anything you like. Almond or Lemon Extract)
5 Bananas (If you are from the Phil, use Lakatan. Cavendish lacks taste)

First and foremost, Pre-heat oven.
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs whites until frothy but not yet stiff. Add yolk, Sugar, Butter and Vanilla Extract. Chop us the banana and add into the mixture. When its is all well mixed, add flour slowly then Baking Powder and Baking Soda. Add Cinnamon.
Lightly greased a pan or glass pyrex. Rectangular ones are the best. The batter would be an inch or two thick. Even it out.
If you want, you can put chocolate or nuts or raisins on the top. I put grated chocolate, Walnuts, Oats a bit or raisin and a bit of everything on mine!
Put in the oven. 380 degrees. Depending on the climate/temperature. It would take 15 to 25 minutes.
I'm from a tropical country so it's very warm here. It took 20 minutes only.

Slice and Eat!
Store in an air-tight container or store in a Refrigerator.

Monday, March 17

I'm reading!

Yeah... right!
This is Aki's cat.

Friday, March 14

Black Dagger Brotherhood

My hand at Men's Fashion in a FanArt.

Monday, March 10

To Pan

This entry is dedicated to Pan, our newest cat that stayed only for 2 weeks.

Pan came to us no larger than my palm. He grew two inches then got sick. We nursed him to health. He was so playful last night. Loves to be under your clothes! Yup, he makes a lot of meowings until you give him your finger to bite or put him under your shirt. Then, this morning, we woke to see him stiff and dead.
Cradle Death Syndrome.

I'll miss you, little Pan!

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