Friday, September 28, 2012

Still Celebrating But Someone Ate The Cake!

Well, it's been a wonderful week of celebration but like all good things it does have to come to an end! The celebrating, I mean, not the blog! I hope you've enjoyed yourself meeting my friends - unusual characters that they are. I have decided that today, I'm going to do something a little different in the way of a Giveaway to finish off the celebrating. On Tuesday, I listed some new releases that I thought you would enjoy. Well, today's giveaway is the winner's choice of any book on that list. Not sure which books were listed? Feel free to peruse them by clicking on the caption beneath the picture to the left or check out the buy link pics at the end of this post.

Suddenly, a very tall man saunters into the room. He's got broad shoulders, trim waist, golden curls brushing the collar of a black silk shirt of which the sleeves are rolled part way to his elbows showing off strong arms and large hands in which he carries a plate with something yummy looking on it. 

Amy:  Christian, what are you doing here? Where did you get that cheesecake?

The man slides into a nearby chair and crosses his long legs clad in soft gray leather pants. He wiggles his black-booted foot and smiles. Oh, my what a gorgeous smile he has. 

Christian:  I thought I'd drop by and wish you happy whatever this celebration is about and the cheesecake ...

He takes another big bite and winks a sky blue eye at me. 

Christian:  Well, the cheesecake was out on the counter in the kitchen. I thought you'd want me to sample it. It's very good, by the way. 

He scoops another bite onto his fork and looks at it.

Christian:  Is that raspberry?

He quickly closes his full lips around the tines of the fork, slides the morsel into his mouth, sucking the confection off the fork as he withdraws it. He savors it happily.

Amy:  Christian Delos, that cheesecake was supposed to be for my guests.  And yes, it's raspberry.  Did you leave any?

Christian shrugs his broad shoulders and grins guiltily.

Christian:  Ooops.  I think there's one piece left. Oh, come on now, Miss Amy, you know how I love cheesecake and Serena is so busy these days with her ... ugh ... antique shop that she hasn't made me one lately. Oh ... how I wish she still had a bakery.

He scrapes the remaining confection from the plate and licks the fork clean. My attention is glued to that mouth and tongue. He places the fork on the plate and sets it down on a nearby table.  He grins at me and clasps his hands together while resting his elbows on the chair arms.

Christian:  So ... what are we celebrating?

Amy:  Celebrating? Oh, my blog was one year old this week. I was just telling my guests that I am going to give away one of the books on the New Release list that I posted on Tuesday to one lucky commenter.

Christian sits up in his chair, his interest piqued, and rubs his hands together.

Christian:  Is my story that you wrote, THE HEART NEVER FORGETS, about my beautiful Alicia Courtland falling in love with me during World War II, among those listed?

Amy:  [sigh]  No, it's not. I am beginning to wonder about it though. I submitted it almost four months ago. Surely, they would have told me yes or no by now. Wouldn't you think?

Christian:  Well, my dear, I could pay them a visit and with a little mind control, I could have them eating out of your hand.  Shall I?

Amy:  Shhhh ... you know you're not supposed to talk about such things in front of us ...

I lower my voice so only he can hear which I really don't need to do because his hearing is very acute.

Amy:  Us ... Humans!

Christian glances about at your eager faces and with a twinkle in his sky blue eyes, he winks at me.

Christian:  Right. I forgot. Please, don't tell Serena I slipped. You know how self-righteous she gets about the rules. So ... you don't want me to pay a visit to these editor people?

I can't help but smile at this adorable and 0h, so sexy man. I'm also very tempted to allow him to do just what he has offered but I know that wouldn't be playing fair and I do wish to get published on my own merit not with the help of a - well, I'll just say that the man is like ... well, a god.

Amy:  No, I don't. Don't you worry your handsome golden head, Christian, I will someway, somehow, make sure everyone knows your wonderful albeit strange love story. If need be ... I'll publish it right here. 

Christian rises from his chair, picks up his empty plate and brushes a sweet kiss against the top of my head.

Christian:  It will happen, Miss Amy, it will happen. Our story is very old and it's willing to wait. Now ... I'm going to get myself that last piece of cheesecake. 

With that said, the gorgeous tall man saunters off toward the kitchen. I can't help but check out his backside as he goes.

Amy:  Oh my gosh, the last piece!  Christian!

I sigh woefully.

Amy:  Sorry about the cheesecake, my dears. It was supposed to be for my guests not for that cheesecake eating hunk, Christian Delos. 

I shake my head.

Well, I guess you'll just have settle, instead, with your choice of any one book listed on the NEW RELEASE TUESDAY list.

So now, I'm curious ... what's your favorite confection?

Comment and leave an EMAIL ADDRESS and you will entered for a chance to win YOUR CHOICE of one of the books in ebook format listed on the last NEW RELEASE TUESDAY post. 
This Giveaway will be OPEN TO EVERYONE - International included (void where prohibited, of course).
This Giveaway will run until 2PM EDT Sunday, September 30, 2012 at which time ONE LUCKY COMMENTER will be chosen at random, notified by mail and announced on a special post. That winner will be able to choose one book from the list of new releases - all of which are listed below.

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! Thanks for joining in the fun!
Thanks so much for visiting me this past year and I hope you will continue to visit in the future and enjoy whatever craziness I come with during the week.  It's because of you that I'm still here and not going anywhere - yet, anyway.  : )

Happy Reading Everyone!  xoxo



Elizabeth H. said...

Hi Amy! Hello Christan!! My favorite confection is pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top! Happy Blogoversary!! Just here for moral support....and Christian, of course :)

Amy Valentini said...

Hi Elizabeth,
Isn't Christian a little devil? I love him and not just because I created him - even if he does eat all the cheesecake.

Pumpkin Pie & whipped cream - I'm with you there. I could eat it anytime throughout the year but it's hard to come by. Thank goodness it's getting to be that time again. : )

Thanks for coming by. xoxo

Beebs said...

Hi Amy, hello Christian!

I'm a huge fan of anything chocolate, I think my favourite confection is probably Black Forest Gateau, although Bailey's Cheesecake is a very close second. :) Thanks for another great giveaway, fingers crossed you'll hear back from the publishers soon.


erin said...

Thanks for a great post and giveaway! I *luv* turtle cheesecake :)


gamistress66 said...

for shame on him for eating all the desert -- he does like to live a little dangerously though doesn't he, getting between us ladies & the sweets ;) I don't really have a specific fave but rather get in the mood for certain things (cake vs cookie vs ice cream vs candy) at different times. Though chocolate is often good no matter the form. :)

congrats on the 1 year celebration :)

gamistress66 said...

gamistress66 (at) aol (dot) com

(got distracted w/ thoughts of chocolate ;) & forgot to leave the email)

Dalila G. said...

Hi Christian & Amy!! *waving*

Great week, lots of fun, thanks Amy and a big congrats again on your anniversary!! ((hugs))

My favorite dessert is without a doubt a LEMON CUPCAKE.....I will do almost ANYTHING for one! LOL!!
Especially if it has a lemony filling with extra lemon icing on top.

Thank you for the giveaway Amy!


Amy Valentini said...

Ooooh, so many yummy sounding confections - how I wish we could share some tastes.

Thanks for coming by and I hope you like Christian, he is a fave of mine. Good Luck on the Giveaway.
Y'all have made my time on the blog worthwhile. I luvs y'all!!!

Jaye Shields said...

I'd eat out cake out of Mr. Christian's hand ;)

Pollie the Pug said...

Hi Amy! Hi Christian! Amy, however do you keep him under wraps! Well, I know it's still September but I keep on thinking how perfect a piece of divinity would be . . . Soon my dear, soon. leyhlaw@gmaildotcom. Thank you Amy! Love this blog!!

Jeanne M said...

Hi Amy!

Important things first! It's time to revolt! We need to start a mail-in campaign to these publishers to let them know we're tired of waiting for The Heart Never Forgets to be published! Okay, I know that the saying is "mother knows best" but sometimes it actually a man, like Christian, who gives the best advice! After all what publisher could stand up to his reasoning!

After all he knows the very best confection is cherry covered cheesecake with a crust made out of Zeiwback for the crust and of course it must be homemade and baked in my very own oven! (Or at least that's what my husband says!).

Jeanne M said...

Amy -

Oh no! I did (or rather didn't) do it again!

My email address is"


Amy Valentini said...

LOL! Jaye, I'd like to do more than eat out of Christian's hand! ; )

Hi Pollie and thank you for visiting. It's not easy to keep Christian under wraps since he's not much for hanging out in the daytime, unless there's cheesecake, but he loves to party come night fall. Divinity is heavenly - sorry, couldn't resist it. : )

Jeanne - from your lips to the publishers ears! I'm very tempted to allow Christian to work his magic on them but frankly, I'd hoped he had already. I haven't given up hope though. Thanks for your wonderful support.
Zeiwback for crust, huh? And here, I thought it was only good for teething babies. Christian's likely to show up outside your window one dark night if you've got fresh baked cheesecake. xoxo

Y'all are fabulous! Luv ya!

Amy Valentini said...

Christian Delos writes:


Hello Jeanne ...

Leah Weller said...

OMG! That was some sexy cheesecake eating there! Whewee!

I love Cherry Yum Yum. It's my all time favorite and I ask my mom to make me one each year for my birthday.

I am SO hoping you hear something soon. It's like waiting on pins and needles isn't it?


Maureen said...

Wow you made cheesecake WITH rasberry and didn't save me any?
Christian might not be so sexy after all. Did you make a No flour chocolate cake to? If so I hope you hid that one?!
I am very proud of you and "sense" you will receive that " your published" letter, very soon. Shall I pull out those taro cards? ;)
Love ya sis!

Jeanne M said...

Hi Amy -

Definately a very thick layer of cherries on the top of my cheescake!

Hum, Christian can show up outside my window anytime he wants! Just let me know when and I'll not only leave the window unlocked I'll be sure to rasie the sash!

bn100 said...

I'd say chocolate cheesecake.


Amy Valentini said...

Hi Leah, yes, the waiting is the worst. Cherry Yum Yum? What is that? I love the name. Careful, Christian might be paying you a visit as well.

Maureen, just the cheesecake. The holidays are coming so I'll be baking again. I'll have to lock the doors AND windows to keep Christian away from it all. No taro cards, they're gateways for bad things and I've already got enough ghosts and such hanging around. : )

Jeanne, Christian is licking his lips hearing about that Cherry-topped cheesecake.

Hi bn100 - chocolate cheesecake is always a yummy confection. I am a great lover of cheesecake and am more than willing to experiment with many different flavors. The one that Christian ate all by himself - only a man can do that and not worry about pounds - this cake was a White Chocolate Cheesecake with Rasberry filling. Trust me, it's delicious! Thanks for coming by. : )

Amy Valentini said...

Christian Delos writes:

Hey Miss Jeanne, if I promise not to ... ahem ... dine on anything other than Cherry Cheesecake, do you promise to 'invite' me in?

Hi Bn100, I do love chocolate cheesecake too. *wink*

Amy Valentini said...

Amy Conley writes: (she can't get in - again)

I loved this week's blogs and Christian, well let's just say, I wouldn't mind getting to know him a bit better. And it's ok if he ate my piece of cheesecake since that is one dessert I don't eat. (I know, it's sinful, isn't it?)

Congrats again on 1 great year!
Amy Conley

Johanna said...

Ohhh Dear!!!! Yummy Cake any time and from Christian's hands all the time.

lilyjoha(at)gmail dot com

Eli Yanti said...

avocado chocolate cake and coconut pudding :)

thanks for the giveaway

Amy Valentini said...

Avocado Chocolate Cake?? That's something new and different. : )

What do you think of that one, Christian?

Amy Valentini said...

Christian Delos writes:

I definitely like chocolate, not as much as my cousin Galen Beli perhaps but most of us do. I think I liked avocado when I used to eat ... ahem ... that kind of thing, I mean. Can you make it in a cheesecake, Eli? *wink*

Joannna, I'd gladly hand feed you cake. : )

Diane D - Florida said...

Hi Amy and Christian,

I loved your interview, and have now fallen for you Christian.

My favorite confections are Lemon Meringue Pie or Fresh Cream Sherry Trifle. Yummy!!

dpd333 (at) aol dot com

Dalila G. said...

Lots of yummy desserts!
I just LOVE sweets, I'm writing all these wonderful suggestions down. I'm on a mission to find the recipes and make them. LOL!!
The avacado-chocolate cake definitely has me wondering what that will taste like. Anything with cherries is also a must-have.
Thank you all for your **sweet** ideas!
Have a wonderful Sunday!!

Amy Valentini said...

I know Dalila, I'm doing the same thing. With the holidays just around the corner, I like to try new things and there have been some yummy suggestions - like Fresh Cream Sherry Trifle - that sound rich and dreamy!

Have a good one!