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 2011.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, September 18, 2009
Birthday Roast for Teri Wilson
Thank God it’s Friday! And it’s party time at The Author Roast and Toast! Welcome fellow bloggers! We are cooking up a special treat for Teri Wilson. Today just happens to be release day for Once Upon a Collar. And if that isn’t reason enough to celebrate, there’s more. It’s Teri’s birthday…and the party sizzles! But before we call this brave spitfire out to be grilled at the stake, here’s a little about our victim.
Teri loves God, dogs, romance and cute shoes. She is the author of four published romance novels and a Bible Study Guide for animal lovers. Her on-going chick lit series, Chihuahuas are Better than Facelifts, won the Pet Sitters International Humor Award last year and is currently in its 12th installment. Her first full-length inspirational
romance, Cup of Joe, releases in December of this year. And her novella, Once Upon a Collar, is being serialized by White Rose Publishing and is available to readers
for free on the White Rose Yahoo group.
She is the author of the Hoofbeats & Heartstrings series of romance novels from The Wild Rose Press which celebrate love, miracles and the beauty of horses. A portion of the proceeds from all the Hoofbeats & Heartstrings books go directly to help horses in need at Saddlebred Horse Rescue.
Once Upon a Collar will be serialized one chapter a week on the White Rose Yahoo Group and then it will no longer be available
To read more about Teri and her other books, visit her website at:
Once Upon a Collar
Whenever Emilie Bonner meets a man, she can’t help but imagine what he would look like on top of a wedding cake. Since she spends most of her waking hours designing wedding cake toppers, it’s somewhat of an occupational hazard.
Somewhere along the way--perhaps after the first two hundred or so--hand-crafted bridegrooms, Emilie begins to doubt she’ll ever find her own happily-ever-after. Then, after a mysterious encounter with a woman who could be an angel, Emilie meets a handsome stranger at the dog park. At first, it seems as though Matt, with his big dopey dog and irrepressible charm, is the Prince Charming she’s been waiting
for. Not only is he a sweetheart, but he’d look great on top of a wedding cake.
Soon, however, she discovers something about him that changes everything and leaves
her wondering…does God believe in fairy tales?
“Would you care for some company?”
Butterflies take flight in the pit of my stomach until I realize that no, God is not answering me in an audible fashion. Rather, someone is addressing me right here in the dog park. A man, if the deep voice is any indication. A man who is, apparently, not intimidated by outrageously large dogs.
Bright sunlight assaults my vision as my eyelids flutter open. I can’t see the stranger belonging to the manly inflection, only a dark shadow backlit by rays of glittering sunshine.
“I’m sorry to disturb you. I just thought you might enjoy some company.” The shadow gestures to the slightly smaller shadow next to him. “I figured we big dog people need to stick together.”
Big dog people? But I thought I was the only one, as in big dog person. Singular. I shift on the bench and squint at the smaller shadow. When the bright spots clouding my vision finally clear, I see a panting dog staring back at me. A very large, panting dog. Not a St. Bernard, but the next best thing.
“A Newfoundland!” I squeal, unable to contain my enthusiasm at finally finding a suitable buddy for Bernard. “I can’t believe it. You have a Newfoundland.”
I offer my hand, palm up, to the shaggy black dog for an introductory sniff. The Newfie responds with a long swipe of his tongue across my knuckles.
“Bear, didn’t anyone tell you it’s not nice to go around kissing strangers?”
At last, I tear my gaze from the Newfie and get my first glimpse of his owner. And, oh my, his shadow didn’t do him justice. Mr. Big Dog has soulful blue eyes and short, thick hair the exact same color as Annabelle’s chocolate ganache. I must say, it’s every bit as mouthwatering as a hair color. I am momentarily rendered dumbstruck, so I blurt out the first thing that enters my head. “Oh, it’s no bother. I don’t mind being kissed. I rather like it.”
Almost before the words leave my mouth, a burning sensation settles in my cheeks. I did not just say that. I cringe as Mr. Big Dog laughs, his sea-blue eyes dancing with humor. Ugh. Maybe I did say it.
The lights flicker once, then twice. Then all go dark in the Cinderella castle where Teri is being grilled. But then a beautiful birthday cake appears in a kaleidoscope of candles. The audience gasps as the cake explodes and Teri Wilson pops out. Oliver rushes to her, kisses her on the cheek and presents her with a bouquet of white roses. The hostesses along with Cuddles and Junior gather around and croak out a verse of Happy Birthday. Then Oliver ties Teri to the stake. With a wicked wink, he gives the go ahead for Junior and Cuddles to steal one of Teri’s cute shoes. And with Oliver egging them on, the mischievous unicorn and dog are off and running.
Come on, Teri. So you believe in fairy tales and the happily ever after, do you? We’ll see about that. Let’s crank up the heat and get this party rolling. You can’t go too far with only one shoe. And if you don’t get it back by time the bell in the tower gongs, you’ll turn into a pumpkin. Fear not, it’s all in fun. You signed the contract, promising to keep your sense of humor for seven hours straight, chat with the bloggers and give a copy of Once Upon a Collar to one lucky blogger at the end of the day. No, too late to change your mind. It’s time to sizzle! And now fellow bloggers, here is the question you must answer for Teri in order to be put in the contest. Leave a comment and Teri will choose a winner. Ready, set, go!
Remember, if Teri doesn’t get her shoe back by the end of the roast, she’ll turn into a pumpkin, putting an end to her fairy tale and her chance for a happily ever after. So here’s the million dollar question:
Where in the twenty-four room Cinderella castle did Cuddles and Junior hide Teri’s cute shoe?
Put your best foot forward, fellow bloggers! Good luck!
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