Do you have something to celebrate? Whether it's a Birthday, New Release, or something else

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Check out Oliver's rules and find out how to be 'Roasted and 'Toasted'
Do you have something to celebrate? Whether it's a Birthday, New Release, or something else - Book your Celebration Roasting Bash now ! BUT FIRST PLEASE READ OLIVER'S RULES !
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We don't do reviews or interviews. just virtual parties to promote your book!

As many of you may know, our beloved sister hostess Sharon Donovan, tragically passed away on 11th April 2012. We who knew her, loved her, and were inspired by her courage and determination to face head on whatever life threw at her. When she could no longer see to paint she turned to writing and showed her amazing talent in the Inspirational Romance and Romantic Suspense genres, and her story 'Charade Of Hearts' was awarded the coveted Predators and Editors Award in January last year.

This Blog was a source of great delight to her, she was one of the founder hostesses and she contributed to the fun and silliness in her own original way, and was kind enough to let her unique creation, the hunky butler 'Oliver' join us for our Friday romp and prepare 'virtual breakfast' for the guests on the following morning. It's beyond hard to have to go on without her, but we know that she would have been the first to insist that 'the show must go on.' She is, and will always be with us in spirit.
Sharon, dear friend, we will never forget you.
The Author Roast and Toast is part of the legacy you left us. Let's raise a Toast to you as well as all our guests.

Friday, April 18, 2014

A period ball to celebrate Ute Carbone's 'All things returned' and a Givaway

The hostesses, dressed to kill in beautiful period gowns are so excited about Ute's virtual party, She asked to go back in time. The scene is a mansion on Rincon Hill and the setting is beautiful.

The ballroom has an oak floor polished to a high sheen, a chandelier winks above. A string quartet plays.  

Champagne punch is the drink for today. In a crystal punch bowl, of course. Here’s a lovely one from chef Emeril  and he's kindly given us the recipe:


1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup superfine sugar

½ cup grand marnier
½ cup triple sec
½ cup cognac
½ cup fresh orange juice
2 bottles chilled dry champagne
Orange slices, lemon slices and fresh strawberries
Combine liquers, juices and sugar until sugar is dissolved
Add Champagne and combine until mixed
Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour
Put into punch bowl and garnish with lemon slices, orange slices and strawberries.

The tables in the great dining hall groan beneath a wonderful array of food.

The Anton and Lenora series Ute explained when the party was being organised,   is all about sea faring folk and so the menu is mainly from the sea, with a taste of San Francisco.

Oysters on the half shell to start, followed by fabulous bouillibasse of shellfish in a tomato broth.
The main dish is a frutti del mare—a mix of seafood over pasta or, for those who don’t care for seafood, there are other options, including roasted chicken.

Desert is a beautiful Lemon Crème Cake.

A hush falls as Ute walks in  on Oliver's arm, looking absolutely exquisite in a beautiful ball gown like this one from the  Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Oliver is also dressed for the occasion. All the males in the room turn to look at Ute as she makes her entrance, and the women gasp in admiration.

On a table near by is a stack of Ute's books.

 Ute is giving away a set of books 1 and 2 in this series to one lucky visitor, so don't forget to leave a comment with your email address to  be in the draw. Without more ado let us welcome Ute Carbone and find out more about  
'All Things Returned'.

Anton pulled off his cravat for the second time. “Foolish speck of clothing—like to choke the life out of a man.”

He fumbled with it until I took the scrap of silk and tied it around his neck, sealing my action with a kiss. 

“You should try wearing a corset.”

“I think we should pull off all of these confounded garments and run about like babes in Eden,” he said, nuzzling my neck.

I dearly would have liked to take his suggestion. “We have to attend. For our own sakes and for Edward’s.”

Anton knew well enough attendance at the mayor’s ball was not an opportunity we could squander. In the year since we’d been in San Francisco, Edward, my brother, Anton, and Frederick Earnhart, a  solicitor and good friend of Edward’s, formed a partnership. They planned to ship timber from Seattle, 
where it was plentiful, to San Francisco, where it was needed to support the city’s growth. To that end, 
they bought and repaired a clipper ship called the Sea Spray.The ship was even now sitting at anchor in 
the bay waiting for Anton to take command of her inaugural voyage north. They would set sail on the 
morning tide.]

Anton shrugged into his coat. “The sooner we go the sooner we shall get home.”

Ute Carbone Biography

Ute (who pronounces her name Oooh-tah) Carbone is an award winning author of women’s fiction, comedy, and romance. She and her husband live in New Hampshire, where she spends her days walking, eating chocolate and dreaming up stories.

Books and Stories by Ute Carbone:

For more about Ute and her books, Please Visit:

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Friday, April 11, 2014

It's the Crime of the Century with Jo-Anne Myers!

It's a glorious day for another Author Roast and Toast with Jo-Anne Myers, and we're going to have an exhilarating and exhausting day filled with fun and adventure. The meeting spot is her favorite Ma and Pa restaurant in her town of Logan, rightly named The M & M family diner. There the hostesses meet Jo-Anne and stuff their faces with unlimited flapjacks, ham, bacon, eggs, biscuits and gravy and cinnamon coffee cake - washing everything down with juices, coffee, teas, milk and hot cocoa.

From there, everyone piles into limousines for the short scenic ride to neighboring Vinton County, population, 13,435, and named after the 19th century U.S. congressman Samuel Finley Vinton. The county is abundant with deer, bobcats and coyotes, and is known for staying true to its hometown Appalachian traditions. Parades that run straight down Main Street and small-town festivals filled with fun for the entire family are as much a part of the life here as pizza parlors and ice cream shops that also deliver a hot meal. Fine dining and good, old-fashioned country cooking, are easy to find in these Appalachian foothills.

The tour begins at the Wayne National Forest where everyone fishes for lunch and is entertained by a local bluegrass band. While the chef prepares the catfish and blue gill they caught in the lake, along with salads, breads, homemade ice cream and all the keg beer one can drink, the hostesses visit the local historical attractions. Mt. Olive Bridge, erected in 1875 by Civil War veteran George Washington Pilcher, is one of five covered bridges the beautiful area of rolling hills offers. A hike to the Hope Furnace tour is next, one of 46 iron furnaces in the area known as the hanging rocking iron region which extended from northern Kentucky to Logan, Ohio.

Returning to the lake for a relaxing meal, the hostesses find Kenny G in full swing, who breaks from playing to beg Jo-Anne for an autograph and a photo. Her guests tell comical stories about her, like the time she accidently bought two of the same blouse at different stores or how she gets her work schedule wrong and shows up on her day off. Afterward, is an afternoon of rock rappelling and horseback riding. For the faint of heart, Vinton County also offers bird watching and Hummingbird feeding at the local Visitor Center.

One mile farther, is Lookout Rock. Legend has it a group of men coming to Moonville were surrounded by a pack of wolves. The men built a fire and took refuge on Lookout Rock all night, fearing attack. The Atkinson Fire Tower is next. Constructed in 1929, this fire lookout station is 1000 feet tall and gives a person a spectacular view of the surrounding hills. The last stop on the tour is the Lake Hope-Zaleski ceremonial mounds. More than 25 burial sites have been discovered in the Lake Hope-Zaleski area. They are believed to be erected by the prehistoric Adena people between 900BC and 200AD. The largest is 14 feet high and 80 feet in diameter at the base.

Exhausted, everyone returns to Ravenswood Castle, a medieval inspired Inn. They are greeted by eager staff members who whisk them off to our suites, each with an adjoining master bath. After a nice long soak in a hot tub scented with bath oils, they each enjoy a massage, manicure, pedicure and facial.

Jo-Anne dresses in a Dolce & Gabanna red beaded ankle-length gown with matching jacket, knowing the male guests will be sporting designer tuxedos by Emillio Pucci. She and the hostesses are lured into the massive dining room by the delectable aroma of baked ham and pineapples. Homegrown vegetables, breads and desserts, including cheesecake, pies, German chocolate cake with coconut and almond frosting, await them. The room is lavishly adorned with antique armor and other medieval décor, and stuffed deer, boar and bear heads stare down at them from the walls.

The gloved, uniformed servers dutifully stand by, waiting on their beck and call. White taper candles brighten the room and the soft sultry sounds of world-renowned Harrison Harp Orchestra play in the background. Each of the guests toast Jo-Anne with compliments of her great writing and painting abilities.

Drinks and coffee are served on the patio where the sensual sounds of pianist Evgeny Kissin cut through the cool air. After a quick change into jeans and boots, the hostesses accompany Jo-Anne for an evening stroll through the abandoned town of Moonville, a railroad station and loading place for timber and other products. Moonville is famous for two things: the Tunnel and the Moonville Ghost.

Constructed in the mid-1800s, the 100 yard Tunnel is the most isolated, desolate stretch of track on the B&O from St. Louis, Missouri to Parkersburg, West Virginia. Sound travels well in the tunnel, and when one of hostesses whisper from one end, their voice is heard all the way to the other side.

Spooky things have occurred at Moonville, but none compare to the story of the Moonville Ghost. A long time ago, a train supposedly struck a brakeman on a rainy, cold night. The man was drunk and swayed into the path of the oncoming locomotive. Folks claiming to have seen the ghost, say the lantern of the brakeman glimmers and waves as if to stop that train.

Holding tight to their lanterns, the hostesses dare one anther to walk the entire distance of the eerie dark tunnel, but only Jo-Anne is brave enough to complete the creepy task.

Afterward, everyone returns to the castle for the limousine ride back into town, but the fun doesn't end there. Everyone hits the bars into the wee hours of the morning, playing quarters, a drinking game with Tequila and Jack Daniels.

When dawn breaks, the hostesses wish one another farewell and go their separate ways to prepare for Jo-Anne's next roast and toast.

The Crime of the Century:

The residents of Rolling Hills, a hamlet in southeastern Ohio, were horrified when the dismembered bodies of two missing teens were pulled from the local river. Multiply suspects surfaced, but only one was railroaded, Richard Allan Lloyd, a known nudist and hothead.

What began as an evening stroll turned into what found only in horror films, and dubbed ‘the crime of the century’.  18 year old Babette, a voluptuous beauty contestant and horsewoman, and her 19 year old boyfriend Shane Shoemaker, a jealous and possessive unemployed printer, were last seen crossing a trestle bridge. Within fourteen days, their mutilated torsos and severed heads and limbs were unearthed, suggesting satanic cult activity.

With an investigation smeared with contradicting statements, and a botched crime scene, investigators built a flimsy case against Richard Lloyd. The three-week trial was based on police corruption and ineptitude, fairytale theories, and forensic mishandling.
This heinous crime shattered the sense of security for Rolling Hills, destroyed two families, and forever scarred the town. This story is a detailed account of finding justice for Babette and Shane, and of one man’s perseverance to gain his freedom from death row.

Excerpt: The Disappearance

            October 4, 1982, started out as an ordinary autumn evening, for this mined-out Appalachian region in southeastern Ohio. The sticky summer was gone. The ground was blanketed with gold and red leaves, and the last full moon before All Hallows’ Eve, was complete. A cosmic cycle said to stir passions in some, anger and rage in others.

“Beggars’ Night,” was just around the corner. Homes were elaborately decorated with Paper-Mache witches and goblins, as carved pumpkins of all sizes sat on porches and in yards, made even creepier with lit candles.

            Yes, it would have been an average evening, if not for two unnerving events. First, the arrival of the notorious motorcycle gang, The Devil's Disciples. The group frequented The Home Tavern, a sordid bar on the corner of Gallagher and Motherwell. According to police reports, having a thirst for alcohol, the bikers and their sweaty, leather-clad women produced numerous problems while in town. Calls from residents, concerning fistfights and disorderly conduct, flooded the police station. Locals reported spotting some members of the gang roaming the streets as the reports of vandalism kept the police busy.

            Originally the Depot Hotel, The Home Tavern, sat directly across the street from a twenty-five acre “infamous” cornfield. A common place for knife-fights, pot parties, and hanky panky from all ages. Running through the cornfield was the murky and meandering Hocking River.

            The second incident, involved sex, lies, lust, and murder as gunfire emanated from the opposite end of the cornfield. The sounds of shots echoing from the nearby cornfield was such a common sound that it caused them little concern.

            What shortly followed was a frantic search for two missing sweethearts, 19-year-old Shane Shoemaker, and 18-year-old Babette Lloyd. Chief White immediately posted an announcement in that day’s newspaper, stating the “public was invited” Lt. Phillipes was put in charge of that search party.

            The meeting sight was the old Kroger building on Round Street, near the home of Shane Shoemaker. At 4 pm., despite being a chilly and windy day, sixty to seventy people showed up for the search. Among the crowd, were Babette’s mother and stepfather, Nancy and Richard Lloyd, the local news team, deputy sheriffs, city police, and officers from the Masonville Vocational School.

             Attorney Jack Jones was also present. He now represented the Shoemaker family, who were out of town. He used this time to tighten the noose around the stepfather’s neck.

 What took place within a few hours became legendary for the close nit community.

            At 5:45 pm., Chief White used his walkie-talkie, to radio Lt. Phillipes, who stayed at the command post with Richard and Nancy. Only a few short words were needed.

“We found something, but we don’t know what it is,” said the chief.

            What searchers found . . . was unthinkable.

            Just 150 yards north of the railroad trestle spanning the Bottle Neck River, Sheriff Reynolds and one of his deputies reported “something entangled in debris,” near their small boat.
            The officers initially said they believed the object was an animal carcass. Once it was dislodged and floated down stream, they realized it was human. Both torsos were reportedly snagged against brush along the riverbank. Both torsos were nude and so badly decomposed, officers said they were unable to determine their sex.

            The remains were pulled to shore and coroner Rausch was summoned to the riverbank. Many searchers, upon leaving the crime scene, were overheard by reporters asking one another “Are the authorities looking for one killer or two?”

            After his initial examination of the bodies, the coroner said he was unable to rule on the cause of death. What he did say, was that if one man committed both murders, it was “during a great rage” and by someone with something “very personal” against one, or both, of the victims.

            The discovery of the bodies shocked and silenced the group of volunteers. Some remained silent, while others were seen conversing in hushed tones, telling reporters they “expected the search to turn up nothing.”
            When officers carried a body bag from the river, Lt. Phillipes approached Nancy and Richard, who he described as “the quiet couple.” He claimed Richard calmly asked, “Is it them?”
            Lt. Phillipes reluctantly admitted it was two individuals. He claimed Richard then asked, “Are they all chopped up?”

            Phillipes said he was shocked by that comment. He claimed when he asked Richard why he would ask such a thing, he said Richard claimed to be psychic. Phillipes said he was taken back by the man’s “strange statements and unemotional attitude” of the discovery of two murder victims. He said Richard then suggested officers should search the adjoining cornfield.

Note: All names have been changed to protect the innocent and guilty.

JoAnne’s books along with her original canvas paintings, can be found at:
Contact JoAnne:
Website: Books and Paintings by JoAnne

Order your copy of “The Crime of the Century” by JoAnne Myers HERE

Other books by JoAnne:
Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery
Wicked Intentions-a paranormal/mystery anthology
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between

Upcoming Releases:
Loves, Myths, and Monsters- a fantasy anthology available April 24
Twisted Love-a biography true crime anthology available in May
Flagitious-a detective/mystery novella anthology

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Friday, April 4, 2014

4th April Jo-Anne Myers visits a castle with a spooky history

 Jo-Anne decides to fly herself, her immediate family, and the precocious hostesses of the Author Roast and Toast to Romania, for a celebration at the infamous Bram Castle for the Roast and Toast of Jo-Anne's detective/mystery book, Murder Most Foul. This will be a befitting setting for a delectable and suspense filled read.

It is spring and the weather is at a comfortable 76 degrees. Jo-Anne and her ensemble are met at the airport by the limousine drivers, who are all tall, dark, and dangerously handsome. They waste no time and are whisked away to begin our memorable day of partying, and adventure seeking.

They begin their journey hiking into the Bucegi Mountains, where wind and rain have turned the natural formations into spectacular figures such as The Sphinx, named for its sphinx-like appearance, and Babele, meaning rock “shaped like an old woman’, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country.From there, they proceed to the Voronet Monastery, a medieval monastery in the Romanian village of Voronet. constructed by Stephen the Great in 1488 in less than four month to commemorate the victory at Battle of Vaslui. 

From there, they journey to the Sarmizegetusa sanctuaries; a circular structure of stones and are entertained by, folkloric dance groups wearing Romanian traditional costumes. Then, they are off to The Holy Trinity Cathedral, the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Sibiu and of Metropolitan of Transylvania, and are mesmerized at the raw beauty of its exterior design and interior fixtures, and paintings. Thinking they could not view anything greater, they are happily mistaken, when the limousine pulls up to the Sighisoara Clock Tower, built in the late 14th century. Their next stop is the Valul Miresel, a 50 m high waterfall, which derived its name from the legend of a bride who fell from the rocks on her wedding day. Her veil remained hanging; people stopped the party and mourned her and in that place was formed Valul Miresei Waterfall (Bride's Veil Waterfall). Here, Anne Marie modestly slips into her one-piece bathing suit, while some of the “wild bunch” skinny-dip. That cool refreshing activity wets their appetite for the shin-dig for the main event at the Castle.
Once they arrive at Bram Castle, employees roll out the red carpet for them as Oliver supervises every detail. 
The party room is decorated in Jo-Anne's favorite colors of pinks, blues, and lavenders. 

A large table filled with fresh fruits, and Cozonac; locally baked sweet bread with raisens, braided and sprinkled with sugar. Further, into the castle, Romania rock bands, Iris, and Vama, take turns keeping Jo-Anne and her guests on the dance floor. They choose between red and whites wine, before mingling and exploring the castle.

Local chefs have prepared the feast, consisting of Frigariu; a Kebab-skewer with onions, bacon, sausages, and bell peppers, and Mititei; grilled ground meat rolls flavored with garlic, black pepper, coriander, anise, and served with mustard, both meats cooked on an outdoor grill. From inside, wafts the smell of Schnitzel; a boneless meat, thinned and coated with flour, beaten eggs and bread crumbs and then fried golden brown.
When they tire of dancing,they play hide-n-seek with the now tipsy guests. They run from room to room, hiding behind antique furniture and velvet draperies. They knew where Lyn was at all times; those feet were a dead giveaway. The other Hostesses appear a bit shell shocked by all the activities Jo-Anne planned. They just can’t keep up with her. And what’s with the one who keeps groaning, “my precious,” at her cell phone? Another one keeps asking when do we eat? One appears a bit slow, and one hates to mention it, but they are all a bit odd.

Jo-Anne leads her guests down to the dining room where she sits at the head of the table, the hostesses fight over the seats closest to her.  The hostess with the overly large assets yells out, “sit down you idiots.” While the Romanian President toasts Jo-Anne from the opposite side of the table. During dinner, they are all mesmerized by the lush voice of Alexandra Stan, a native singer and model, who is accompanied by pianist Lera Auerbach.
After dinner,they congregate in the parlor for desserts of amandine-a Romanian chocolate sponge cake filled with almond crème and drizzled with chocolate glaze, Crème anglaise; a vanilla custard, placinte Crete; various fruit pies, and Paczki, deep fried pieces of dough shaped into flattened spheres and filled with sweet centers called confiture.

They partake of food, wine, and plum brandy, until the wee hours of the
morning, at which time Jo-Anne and her family enter the limousines for the return trip to the airport. Her day of glamour and exhilarating fun is no more…but what a hell of a time they all had.
She glances back to see if Oliver has helped the hostesses. AJ, Lilly, Lyn, Mac, Melissa and Mary have all passed out from the wine and will need to be assisted home, Jo-Anne hears this happens often… 

So, without more ado, let's find out more about

When two dismembered torsos wash up on the banks of the local river in the small industrial town of Pleasant Valley, residents are horrified. Between contradicting statements, police ineptitude, lust, lies, manipulation, incest, the motorcycle gang The Devil’s Disciples, crooked cops, and a botched crime scene, everyone becomes a suspect.

The young beautiful Jackie Reeves, a registered nurse, believes the killer is a man from her past. She contacts the dangerously handsome FBI Agent Walker Harmon. An arrest is made, but Harmon and Jackie believe an innocent man is being railroaded by local cops. Determined to find the truth, before anymore killings, Agent Harmon and Jackie are forced to run a gauntlet of deep trouble and turmoil, which marks them for death.

Other books by JoAnne:

Wicked Intentions-a paranormal/mystery anthology
The Crime of the Century-a biography true crime
Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between

Upcoming Releases:

Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology available in April
Twisted Love-a biography true crime anthology available in May

Flagitious-a detective/mystery novella anthology

Author Bio:

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dogs Jasmine and Scooter, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My books along with my original canvas paintings, can be found at:

Buy links: “Murder Most Foul,” in EPub, HTML, PDF

For Paperback:

Respectfully Yours,
JoAnne Myers-Author of Murder Most Foul,- Wicked Intentions,- Loves', Myths', and Monsters',- The Crime of the Century,- Twisted Love, and Flagitious.

To win a copy of Jo-Anne's book, all you have to do is just leave a comment and your e-mail address.
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