Happy Easter!!!!!

Love you all and I wish you a Happy Easter. May all the angels watch over you. Here's a slice of my Easter bun and Easter cheese cake.

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Honey glazed love rolls :)

It's my birthday and I thought of baking something special, you know how much I love experimenting in the kitchen. This time I baked some pastry cheese rolls (I used feta for the filling) and, la piece de resistance, is that immediately after you take them out of the oven, you sprinkle on them a mixture of warmed honey and vanilla powder.

This warm syrup will moisten the crust and transform the pastry in an incredible and original desert. I highly recommend it :). Love you, my friends, thank you for your birthday wishes.
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A buck for a Romance

I must be honest and admit that I suffer for my books. If I were to look at the bright side, I could talk about the good reviews, for they outnumber the bad ones, but I won't. I'll talk about the kicks in the butt that an author must silently take, every now and then. In my case, most of them are about the length of my books. Yes, I love writing short fiction, so what can I do? I have brilliant authors that inspired and seduced me into trying this path, like Chekhov, Asimov, Poe, Twain, Ray Bradbury, Maupassant, hell even Breakfast at Tiffany's was a novella.
What I am trying to say is, you don't have to write three hundred pages to win a reader's heart. I don't know if I've managed to win a reader's heart so far, but I shall never stop trying. And to you lovely readers out there, don't rush in dismissing a book because of its length, because there is a great chance it could be The One :). Another sensitive subject is that about the price of a book. Now, I must confess I love a bargain, who doesn't? But considering the fact that, for every copy that Amazon sells with 0,99$, the author gets 0.17$, one must admit that a writer has but very little chance to make a living out of it. My point is, be kind to your favorite author, support his work with an honest review, share around a link here and there, and, if possible, don't kick his butt because he missed a coma :).
Well, because my Regency romance, A lot of pride and some prejudice, is 0.99$ again, I thought of gathering here, to your consideration, a few other titles, that might tempt you - all of them are short fiction at 0.99$. Just click them :).

The creepy Victorians

I plan writing a Victorian romance and I am currently researching, like a maniac, anything relating to the Victorian era (1837 -1901). I must confess, there is a lot of disturbing crap behind all that opulence. As a preliminary conclusion, being a woman, or a servant or even worse, a woman servant..kinda sucked. Excuse my lack of civility, but all that reverential nonsense, that seems so charming in nowadays literature or movies, is a thin crust that covers a lot of putrid truths which plagued that particular moment in time. I have posted below a few examples, so well captured by the commercial adds of that era. WTH!!!!Mothers were actually giving their kids opium to ease their colics.

Yes, the girl in black is dead
And to completely creep you out, I must mention the post-mortem photos, that Victorians used to take of their departed loved ones. They had a special mechanism that would support the corpse of the loved one, in various positions so that they could be present at the last family photo.

Polar pain in the butt

I can't stand it anymore!!!After days of hibernating inside, this morning we woke up hoping that the weather might allow us a most needed escape to the civilized worlds...But alasss!!! The car wouldn't start. It's -15 C (7 F) outside, it's so cold that my eyelids stuck together. This polar wave is beyond hateful...I hope you are all well and warm.

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The Intelligent Designer - or how science accepts the idea of a Creator

The horsehead Nebula
Before going to sleep, I love taking my laptop to bed and I watch documentaries about the universe. I am hooked on them. Recently I've run into an astounding scientific documentary about the Big Bang and the origins of life.
I must have watched it like 5 times. I must confess, it really changed my perception on everything. Science has actually reached the conclusion that BEFORE the Big Bang...there must have been an Intelligent Designer outside space and time.
I am not a fanatical religious person, I've never been, I don't even go to church that much, but I've always been a believer in a higher power. To have that confirmed by actual science, I find it INCREDIBLE. Science has finally admitted that, for Life to have appeared on it own as a matter of chance, is a probability of 10 to the 164th power (we're talking of a chance in trillions and trillions...10000000000000000000000000000000000 etc..). Leaving religion aside now...doesn't that make you cry? Don't you feel just a little bit less lonely?Anyway I've attached here the documentary, take some time and watch it, believe me, it's worth it. It's not about religion, it's about science.


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