Wednesday, May 12, 2010

AAD: I'm going, are you?

Registration is STILL OPEN for the Authors After Dark Romance Unlimited weekend!

Join your master of ceremonies, Jacquelyn Frank, along with the AAD bloggers and a slew of award winning best selling authors for a weekend of amazing reads, free books and goodies galore. The AAD RU is the ONLY convention out there designed FOR readers, BY authors to not break your bank and give you that oh so precious face time with some of your favorite and new favorite authors.

Registration is $140 and INCLUDES 5 MEALS! That's right! No paying extra for meals OR ALCOHOL! You read right, this year we are offering FREE ALCOHOL (Wine and mixed Drinks) courtesy of participating authors, groups and publishers through the entire event! Can't find that at ANY other convention!

What can you expect at this con? Panels designed for reader participation, mini events chock full of goodies and insider info, parties filled with gifts and free books and two evening events sure to keep you smiling! This year we will have a Games night with everything from Romance Pictionary to The Mystical Mavens gypsy tent where you can get free fortune telling! Our Masquerade Ball this year will be a Theme of Literary Characters, and you could win a 50$ gift Certificate to BN or Borders for best costume!

You can expect panels for all sorts of subjects in romance INCLUDING the ONLY GLBT track for panels in mainstream romance cons! Progressive? No, but we open our doors to all!

And BOOKS! This year you can expect TONS of book giveaways from Kensington, Ballentine, Dorchester, Tease Publishing, Changeling Press, MLR Press, and many more! The publishers are being very generous this year. You do not wanna miss out!

Other goodies? Door prizes from some of the best in the business including Jacquelyn Frank, Joey W Hill, Susan Sizemore and more! How about parties galore and tons of premium promo giveaways!?

And did we mention the BOOK SIGNING? 3 hours on Saturday where you can get your favorite books signed and pick up others from some of your new favorites! And guess what? There's a Wine and Sign snack party going on during as well!

For those authors and aspiring authors attending, we haven't forgotten about you either! We have a few panels on writing craft, AND will be offering Editor appointments Friday and Saturday, from editors from such houses as Kensington, Ballentine, Tease Publishing, Phaze, MLR Press, Samhain and several others. This is the perfect event to get yourself in front of editors looking for YOU!

See something for everyone? And best of all it WON'T BREAK YOUR BANK TO ATTEND!

Now, the details:

When: Sept. 16-19 2010, Harmon Meadow Holiday Inn, Secaucus NJ
Registration: $140 includes 5 meals
Rooms: $109 a night, double occupancy
FREE shuttle to and from Newark Airport AND Secaucus Junction Train station

Attending Authors:

*Spots still open for the Authors... but only until JUNE 28th 2010. Contact Stella Via the WEBSITE to be included on the author list!*

Editors attending:

  • Alicia Condon, Kensington Books
  • Kate Collins, Ballentine
  • Tonya Nagle, Tease Publishing LLC
  • Kat Lively, Phaze Books
  • Kris Jacen, MLR Press

So what are you waiting for? Space is limited to 200 people this year. (And if we hit that, then next year will be Bigger and longer!) So get your registration in today! To Register, simply visit our website: AAD Romance Unlimited and click on register. Any questions or if your a publisher would like to work with us this year, contact Stella at

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

This Week: In Diana's Head

For a change of pace, something different.

A collection of summer punch recipes. Thanks to
For those hot summer months coming... Enjoy!

Orange Cream Milk Punch


  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • 2 pints orange sherbet
  • 1 (16 ounce) can lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
  • 1 quart cold milk


  1. Place the ice cream and sherbet in a punch bowl. Pour in the milk and lemon-lime soda. Stir gently and serve immediately. 


Orange Dream Punch


  • 1/2 gallon orange sherbet
  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale


  1. Place sherbet and frozen orange juice concentrate in a punch bowl. Allow to thaw for 10 to 15 minutes. Stir in ginger ale.


Kool Ade Punch


  • 1 (4.6 ounce) package cherry flavored sweetened soft drink mix
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can unsweetened pineapple juice
  • 1 liter lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage
  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1 (6 ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed


  1. In a punch bowl prepare drink mix according to package instructions. Stir in pineapple juice and lemon-lime soda. Mix in the concentrated orange juice and lemonade. Refrigerate until ready to serve.



Saturday, May 8, 2010



Look for these titles and more by your favorite authors!

An Angel's Choice

All Romance Ebooks

 It's Micah's last assignment, the one that would earn him his wings. He felt prepared for the challenge ahead of him this Christmas season—until he met her.

Karen had been a forgotten child, a loner, and refused to open herself to hurt. She'd been down that road more than once and very recently had been dealt a miserable hand, being stood up at the altar.

Could an angel on a mission have the answer to her frozen heart? Could the heart of a wounded child locked inside a grown woman bring a forever love together? Only the choice of an angel will make this a Christmas to remember, for both of them.


Aiza Clan Book 1: Trusting Delilah

Roman Aiza is the second born son of the Aiza clan. He also owns and operates a private security company and has an ongoing contract with one of Florida's most influential residents. He is patrolling at a party when he encounters a woman who will haunt him. A woman who at their first meeting, manages to walk right out of his hands when he follows her for trespassing. She manages to do this without giving Roman a single reason why she is in the depths of the house he is protecting. When he does finally locate her days later, his goal is to prove that his instincts are wrong. She is not the woman that all of his senses are clamoring for.

Yet when the daughter of Roman's largest and closest account is kidnapped and held for ransom, will they be able to build a trust between them? Or will their own secrets keep them apart?

Buy it now!


Aiza Clan Book 2: A Trust Earned

Selene Aiza is a very compassionate woman by nature, and fiercely protective of those she cares for. A renowned doctor with gentle patient skills, she prefers the wild country of western Oregon and the secluded hospital where she can help the people who truly need her assistance. And in the depths of those wooded wilds she can keep her secrets well hidden.

She is safe until the man she encounters by pure chance becomes the hospital's first choice as co-administrator. Her secrets and her very life fall into jeopardy, and only he can save her. He could also destroy her.

Buy it now!


Aiza Clan Book 3: Unbound Trust

Brooke Aiza has returned home after staying with her Aunt Jerry for more than a year to learn she's an aunt herself by her brother, and her sister is married! Overwhelmed by the changes taking place with her siblings, she begins to feel more than a familial affection for her new brother-in-law, and sees no escape except to put distance between them until she leaves for her parent's home.

Mitch isn't interested in any woman, content with his life. Mostly. Even his brother senses a restlessness building within him, but for what? Then when Mitch suffers a major accident, he and Brooke are all but confined to the same house, and he is left trying to remember why he didn't want anything to do with women. Because the more he sees of her, the more he needs her kiss.

The resurgance of an amulet into the sibling's lives changes everything, for the amulet can control them all. It will take two to destroy the evil stalking the Aiza family, and if Mitch refuses to face his feelings and Brooke can't overcome her hesitations to form a deeper trust, the opening of the gates of Hell could be the result.

Buy it now!


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

This Week: In Diana's Head

Yesterday was field trip day! Yep, I was a chaperone mom with the boy's 2nd grade class. Myself, and about eight or nine other parents toodled along behind busses, thankfully on country roads of 50MPH would have been a real drag, to get us all to the Sauer-Beckman Pioneer Farm in Fredericksburg. It's actually located between Johnson City and Fredricksburg. Beautiful country side, wildflowers, deer, and longhorns. And that was at the farm! There was also farm animals to check out.

Essentially this is a maintained turn of the century (1900's, not 2000 LOL) running farm. They live and educate on that farm as if it were 1895. No electricity. No running water. Gardening and canning, and a lot of things that were interesting. The kids got to check out the chicken coop and I know there were goats somewhere. LOL

There is also a small museum dedicated to Lyndon B. Johnson. In fact, if you hike (not far) to the rear of the farm, you can see LBJ's original homestead across the Pedernales River.

We were a little rushed so we didn't get to see the soap making, or the horseshoeing, but Ms. Beth was making a handmade sewn shirt on her crank Singer. Yep, you read that right. It was a cranked by hand sewing machine. There was also a Sears cataloge from 1908 on one of the tables.

If you ever get the chance to visit one of these living history locations, I highly recommend it. It's a fun trip for the family and can even be *gasp* highly educational. LOL