Tuesday, October 20, 2015

What are *lizzie starr's Halloween Favorites?

If you've made your way here past blogger's defenses, congratulations. And if you're here for a second time because the first time there was nothing here...thank you for trying again! Whether it was gremlins or ghosts, something spooky stopped my original post.

And now.... a real, renewed blog post.


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Okay, *lizzie's favorites. To be truthful, Halloween isn't one of my favorite times. But, that doesn't mean I don't have favorites. Like chocolate. What's a candy oriented holiday without chocolate? 

But, I can do without chocolate. (Oh my goodness--did I just say that?)

What I can't do without during the Halloween season is a viewing...or two...of Hocus Pocus!

Okay, I'll admit it. I don't have to wait for the crisp air and red leaves of fall to watch this movie. It's one of my all time, use the lines in everyday conversations, favorite movies. These witches can do no wrong. Oh, wait. They can. That's what makes them the Sanderson sisters.

I love this song, too. Pretty much by any artist. But Winnie, she does it best. (Hey, did you know my hero in Keltic Flight, participates in an amateur strip contest to this song?)

Happy Halloween!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

#AReBlast First day of summer discounts!

All Romance eBooks is having a Summer Blast to celebrate the first day of summer. Hey, that's today!

Over 23,000 books--including mine--are on sale for 25% off. Well, not all my books. Not By Keltic Design or Dead Lily Blooms. It's difficult to give 25% off free.

It doesn't matter where you'll be reading this summer, you'll need some good books! Stop by the sale and complete a series, find something new from a favorite author or, most fun of all, discover a tale brand new to you that will become a favorite!

And if my books fit into one of those categories--thank you

Happy Reading!


Monday, April 20, 2015

Candy Guy--The Blurb

Candy Guy is in trouble. Winning a design contest will prove his abilities as a chocolatier, but creativity eludes him. An enchanting intruder invades Trace’s workspace. She may be real, or she might be a dream. It doesn’t matter. Desire consumes him at her lingering touch and the deep chocolate flavor of her kiss.

Deleesi hopes to end the ancient fey curse haunting her family, but the handsome wisher defies her sleep-inducing magic. Something in this human calls to her soul, and, unbelievably, to her heart. The sensual distraction proves impossible to ignore, even while granting his unspoken wish.

By the end of the rainy afternoon, Trace has his inspiration. But will he ever again see the tiny woman who captivated his heart and became his muse?

Available soon!
(Watch this space...)

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tax Relief--#AREBLAST

If you're in the United States, today's the day. For taxes. (Mine have been done for quite a while--thank goodness!) Did you survive?

For romance readers it's also...

All of my books are 25% off at All Romance E Books for today only! Click on the banner to be taken to *lizzie starr's page at ARe. 

Happy book hunting and of course, happy reading!

**If you're here for the Authors In Bloom blog, just click here.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Authors in Bloom in the Stars

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Welcome to starrwords, the blogging home of author *lizzie starr. I'm so glad you're joining us on this blog hop. As you hop from blog to blog you'll find gardening tips, recipes, and contests. It's not any different here. 

My main gardening tip--let someone else do the hard work. Just enjoy the beauty. Now, I don't mind getting my hands dirty, and the results are well worth the effort. But if all I had to do was wander, look, touch, dream, and inhale, I'd be delighted. 

Nature has a fascination with the star shape, just like I do. Although... most of the earthly star shapes aren't really the shape of an actual blazing, gaseous star, are they? 

 From wildflowers to cultivated lilies to cacti and succulents, those marvelous star shapes are everywhere.

Even in cooking. I'm not a fan of star anise, but the star fruit--that's a different story. In fact, I'll bet some star fruit would make a tasty addition and some delightful decoration to the following simple salad.

Awesome Apple Salad

4 apples cored and diced
1/3 cup orange juice
1 1/2 cup grapes-cut in half
2 large cans mandarin oranges-drained

Mix everything together gently. Chill and serve.

I have a giveaway, too. Let me know your favorite star shaped item--whether natural or man made--along with your email in the comments section below for a chance to win your choice of either a double strand, stretchy, spring flower bracelet or your pick of any download from the starr library. And hey, if you sign up for my newsletter and let me know that in your comment, your name will be entered not twice, but three times! Already get News from the Starr? Let me know and you'll get those three entries. Sounds like a deal to me! 

I know you're excited to visit more authors in the hop and increase your odds of winning our Grand Prize, so just click below for the list of blogs. 

Thanks for visiting! 
I hope to see you again, soon!

*lizzie always made up games and stories to keep her company. So, a cunning witch lived in Grampa’s weather research station and was only held at bay by waving a certain weed. An ancient road grader morphed into a boat carrying wild adventurers to islands filled with fierce lions and dangerous cannibals, which really looked a lot like sheep. Now, filled with fantasy, love, and romance with a sparkling twist, the stories of her imagination swirl their way into the mundane world. When *lizzie must return to a more routine life, she’s *the Lunch Lady* at a private school. Author and lunch lady~~what a combination!


Friday, March 13, 2015

Chocolate, Story Time and Newsletters

Last week a great writer friend, Sherri Shackleford, handed me a special piece of chocolate she'd saved from a box of gourmet chocolates. Now, the sharing of chocolate between authors isn't that big of a deal. Chocolate is a significant part of life's blood for many of us.

What made this particular treat special is that it reminded her of the chocolate on the cover of my next short story release.

Candy Guy and the Chocolate Brownie

Candy Guy is the first short story from The Keltic Multiverse, the worlds discovered and explored in The Double Keltic Triad, and Children of the Keltic Triad series. Serieses? What's the plural of series? (It's...duh, series.) Anyway, this is the tale of a man who is both a chocolate maker and a chocolatier. Distinction? Well, a chocolate maker makes chocolate from the cacao beans and a chocolatier makes confections from the chocolate.

But that's not important now.

I'd share the blurb with you, but I haven't written it yet. I find those so much more difficult than writing the story. For now I'll just tell you that this fantasy romance short story blends the human world with that of the fey as smooth as chocolate melts on your tongue.

And the cover? The first reveal will be in the premier issue of News From The Starr. So, please sign up using the contact form on the right. This newsletter will arrive in your email occasionally. I don't allow or condone spam or unauthorized sharing of information, so don't worry about that. Of course you can unsubscribe at any time. (yes, I know. Many of you have signed up for the newsletter and have seen nothing. That will change. Promise. ) I'll be sharing news, tidbits, contests...oh, who knows what!

Candy Guy and the Chocolate Brownie will be released mid-April. Stay tuned.

Need something to read before then? Click on the pic below (ha, click on the pic.) to visit the Starr Library. There's even a couple of free reads there for you.

Candy Guy likes deep, rich, dark chocolate. I'm a milk chocolate kinda girl. What type of chocolate do you like best?

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gifts of Love--An Addictive Reads Event

Welcome to Gifts of Love, the Addictive Reads Valentine Blog Hop.

For this hop the challenge is to list the best five gifts received--or given--for Valentine's day. I will admit to being a bit of a grinch on this day, so I've thought long and hard. And I'm still...ambivalent. So, since I write romance, and my characters are much better with romantic gestures, I thought I'd share a few of those gifts of love--even though none of these moments happen on Valentine's day.
A traditional gift--Chocolate. In the second book of the Double Keltic Triad, Fires of a Keltic Moon, Lara travels through time to ancient Scotland. Like time travelers aren't supposed to do, she takes a part of the modern world back with her--a bag of chocolates. Of course, Iain discovers the treat, and his own sweet tooth. Sharing something you love is an excellent gift.
A song. Picking the perfect song to represent your relationship, the joy of your wedding, the enduring affection through difficult times--I won't argue with that. Even though some of my relationship songs are a bit off beat. (The Pina Colada song for our honeymoon? Really?) Better than that, in one of my works in progress, Toccata and Fugue, Jeffrey is a cellist torn between his love of both classical music and cello rock. One thing he doesn't question is how he feels about Sapphire. So, he composes, and plays, special music just for her. Ah, now that's dreamy.
Creating a special moment. Those memorable moments don't have to include rose petals in a scented bath or the flicker of candlelight or the lazy drift of gauze curtains in a soft breeze. Sometimes you don't even need to step that far out of the ordinary. In By Keltic Design, Jaye prepares a meal for Allyn, and creates an amazing tablescape. In Birds Do It!, Garr and Birdie visit an antique fair and find a glass macaw to commemorate the day. Now, in Blue Keltic Moon, Gowthaman does create a romantic moment at a desert oasis, complete with those drifty curtains and tiny fairy musicians playing in the trees. But it's not the moment...it's the person you're with that's important.
I love dancing. In my work in progress, Ryder's Heart, Vianna doesn't know how to dance, well, how to slow dance to a country tune. Ryder, of course, teaches her. And not in public at the bar, but at home, to music only they can hear. Aw, I'm getting all...aw. For a totally different dance moment, in Keltic Flight, Korin dances only for Nanceen. In the bar this time. On amateur strip night. This dance makes me grin.

 Flowers should be given at any and all times. So there. This best gift of love doesn't come from one of my books, but rather from my day job. For the past couple of years there's been a fund raiser that fills the halls (and sometimes my walk-in refrigerator) with rose bouquets. Last year, one of the pre-kindergarten classes gave me a rose. I still have that rose, dried and hanging next to the calendar over my desk. Simply thinking about how proud those precious young ones were to hand me a flower makes me smile. 

And isn't that good feeling what gifts of love are all about?

Find out about the Addictive Reads prizes for this blog hop by visiting our event site here. Follow the links below to visit all the blogs to increase your chances of winning. 

And if you leave me a comment and mention the best flowers you've ever received, I'll enter you in a drawing for a flowery stretchy bracelet. 

May all your Valentine wishes come true!