Breakfast of Champions

Wild Blueberry Smoothie

Delicious and filling, this smoothie satisfies me until lunch. Try it!


1 cup wild blueberries, frozen (do not thaw)
¾ cup vanilla flavored almond milk, unsweetened
¼ cup non-fat Greek yogurt
½ cup organic baby kale
1 tablespoon black Chia seeds

Put all ingredients in a blender (I have a Bullet-type blender) and blend until smooth.

Nutritional Information:
Calories – 227
Carbs – 36
Fat – 5
Protein – 15
Sodium – 207
Sugar – 21

You can cut the sodium count to 147 by substituting 2% regular milk for the almond milk; however, that increases the total calories to 296 and the sugar to 30. It's all about trade-offs.


Graduation Gift Suggestions

My niece is graduating from high school in just a couple of weeks. I intend to give her cash (what graduate doesn't light up at the sight of money?), but I also want to give her some sort of little memento. A keepsake that will remind her of how proud I am of her.

If you have a high-schooler in your life who's graduating, here are some inexpensive gift suggestions I found on Amazon:






Love As It Should Be Written

I am so pleased with the great reviews Reclaim My Heart is receiving!

One of my favorites can be found over at Indie Review Tracker where Karin Cox calls the book, "Love as it should be written."

The book has high reviews over at Amazon too. Pop over there and have a look.

And BigAl, owner of Books and Pals review blog, called Reclaim My Heart, "Fasano's best book yet!"

I am over-the-moon happy!

That's all for today. I just wanted to share my joy.

Oh, I'd better let you know that the book is available for:

Kindle US        Kindle UK    Kindle CA     Nook         Kobo       iBooks

Now available in paperback!

In the United States      In the United Kingdom     In Canada

Introducing Karen Rose Smith

Good morning! Today, I welcome author Karen Rose Smith to my blog. Her book, HER SISTER, is a wonderful women's fiction novel that combines romance and mystery entwined with the emotional complications of a family in crisis. I hope you'll look for Karen's book.


When I wrote HER SISTER, I knew it was a departure from the type of book I usually write.  It's women's fiction with romance and mystery.  But is it really so different? One element that has always characterized my books is family relationships.  Whether I'm writing the ultimate romance or adding a mystery or suspense plot, family trumps all.

There are many reasons for that.  Although I was an only child, my extended family was large.  My parents and I lived with my grandfather and aunt until I was five and then my parents built a house next door.  I ran between the houses as if they were both "home."  On summer mornings I can remember my aunt singing while she made breakfast.  When I was home sick from school, I stayed with my aunt and my grandfather until my parents returned home.

My paternal grandfather's house was located on a corner lot.  My neighborhood friends and I had the run of both properties to skate around, to ride bikes around, to pretend and imagine and create scenarios that we brought to life, whether it was a western script or simply a family one.  Sundays were usually spent with relatives at my grandfather's house next door.  Decades-old elms cascaded over park benches where my aunts and uncles would sit and talk.  My dad had nine brothers and sisters, so someone was always coming and going, bringing food, cooking food, laughing and enjoying a glass of wine.  My favorite cousin became a confidante as we grew older into teenage crushes, discussed favorite music and even wrote a script together.

On my mom's side of the family, I had seven aunts and uncles.  They were scattered a bit more so I didn't see them as often.  But every Friday evening my parents and I would drive to my maternal grandparents' house to pick up fresh food my grandmother had purchased for my mom at the farmers' market.  They lived in a row house across the alley from the market.  My grandfather's barber shop was on the first floor.  The living room was on the second floor but we hardly ever used it because around the huge dining room table was where all the conversation swirled.  On those Sundays we weren't visiting with family next door, we drove to my maternal grandparents' house for supper.  This was life.  Everyone was connected.

I've lost my parents and all of my aunts and uncles.  With those losses, memories become even more precious.  In HER SISTER, I drew on memories of my uncle's farm where my dad and another uncle worked, too, raising tobacco.  I remember going out into the tobacco field with them on a flatbed trailer being pulled by a tractor.  I helped push the tobacco leaves onto lathes before they were hung in the barn.  I can still remember the sun on my face, the smells of harvesting, the enjoyment of feeling free on that farm.  In HER SISTER, this was Amanda's background.  One summer she shared it with Max when they fell in love.

So to write this book, I analyzed what happened when a family fell apart because their three-year-old was abducted.  Then I imagined what could happen as they found their way back to each other in the midst of another crisis.

After writing for twenty years, last year I sold a mystery series.  I found the genre fit perfectly and I love the challenge of devising puzzle pieces that fit together to weave a story.  So in HER SISTER, I decided to combine everything I like best about writing--an emotional plot with romance and mystery.
Author Karen Rose Smith

I hope you enjoy it, too.

©2013 Karen Rose Smith

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HER SISTER on Amazon

Karen Rose Smith's romance website
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Giveaway #2

Gaele Hince, owner of I Am—Indeed has organized a HUGE book launch and cover reveal for Reclaim My Heart. Gaele has pulled together 50 bloggers from all over the internet and they'll be helping me launch my new romance. I am astounded by what she has been able to do for me. Wow! Kudos to you, Gaele! You are the Queen of Book Launching! I truly appreciate all your hard work.

People! If you want to join in the fun…

Giveaway #1

BigAl's Books and Pals book review site is graciously hosting
 a giveaway to help me launch my new book – Reclaim My Heart. 
Prizes up for grabs: Amazon gift cards and backlist ebooks.
 Enter for a chance to win!

If you're wondering why I named this post Giveaway #1,
it's because there will be a Giveaway #2 that begins tomorrow.
Check back here for more information.
Yes, you may enter BOTH! 

Introducing Author William L.K.

Meet William L.K., author of sci-fi, fantasy, and dystopian fiction. He's written a trilogy called The Stritonoly Chronicles. Think Dune meets George Lucas. The entire series cost less than $3. I saw your eyes go wide. That's right--less than $3. That's a great deal for great fiction.

Book 1, The Eye of the Storm - Dmitri, son of the Czar of Stritonoly, is driven insane by the forbidden poison of the slave-race Acidel and sets in motion a catastrophic chain of events. A terrifying and eternal force stalks the forest nearby as a storm of epic proportions gathers over the Citadel.  

This book is available on Amazon.

Book 2, Barok's Exodus - The story continues six years in the wake of the night of treachery and the greatest storm the planet of Stritonoly has ever witnessed. Princess Becki has grown in these years. She learns that her powers over the men that hold her captive may bring her what she has been waiting for, perhaps for longer than she realizes. As the story unfolds, the characters discover truths about themselves, some terrifying, others prophetic.

This book is available on Amazon.

Book 3, The Last Czar of Stritonoly - The prize of ultimate power on Stritonoly is at stake as Strito, with Princess Becki at his side, lays siege to the citadel. Barok emerges, transformed again and returns to the Citadel to make amends to his wife and to the Acidel - but their very existence hangs in the balance as Gunther unveils his terrible plan to destroy Strito's army.

Find this book on Amazon.

About the author - William L.K. lives in the suburbs of New York with his wife and two children. He began writing creatively as a teenager, and he has written and produced several successful plays and musicals in the NY area. He earned his B.A. and M.S. from Dowling College. He is a professional musician on the weekends and a full-time author during the week.

New Release! Reclaim My Heart

Now Available!

"Fasano's best book yet."

Reclaim My Heart

Sixteen years ago, Tyne Whitlock cut all ties to her past and left town under the shameful shadow of a teenage pregnancy. Now her fifteen-year-old son is in trouble with the law and she is desperate for help. But reaching out to high-powered attorney Lucas Silver Hawk will tear open the heart-wrenching past in ways Tyne never imagined.

Forced to return to the Delaware Indian community where Lucas was raised, Tyne and Lucas are tempted by the heated passion that consumed them as teens. Tyne rediscovers all the reasons she found this man irresistible, but there are scandalous secrets waiting to be revealed, disgraceful choices made in the past that cannot be denied. Love is a powerful force that could heal them both—if the truth doesn't rip them apart.

Find this book:

Coming soon to the iTunes iBook Store

The Single Daddy Club: Reece On Sale!


Who can resist a 99¢ sale? That's 77p in the UK.
A cup of coffee costs three times that, these days.

The Single Daddy Club: Reece

On sale through Monday. Grab your copy today!

What one reader said, "This is a great beach read."

New Release: Reclaim My Heart - Coming May 20th

Launch day is swiftly approaching. I'm so excited. Watch for:

Reclaim My Heart

Coming soon for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBooks, and in paperback!

I'm working with a fabulous designer on the final details of the cover. The book is being formatted as I type this. May 20th can't arrive fast enough for me.

A wonderful friend, Gaele, owner of I Am, Indeed is putting together a Release Event Blast for me. Readers and Blog Hosts will be eligible for prizes: free backlist books and gift certificates. Blog Hosts are also being offered a free review copy, if they would like one. If you would like to participate in the event, follow the link for all the details and sign up. The more the merrier!

Pandora's New Workout Station

I used one of Pandora's new Workout Stations this morning. My critique:

Billie Jean – perfect warm up
Another One Bites the Dust – a little too slow, but listened anyway
Maniac – walk, walk, walk
U Can't Touch This – perfect beats per minute for walking
Girls Just Want to have Fun – slow down, glute crunch (lol I pity anyone behind me!)
Foot Loose – walk/run/walk, squeeee!
Get Ready For This – great!
Hit Me With You Best Shot – was I singing? LOL
Eye of the Tiger – wasn't ready for a cool-down yet
Your Love – perfect finish

Two quick and easy miles! 80s Cardio is a Pandora Work Station that I know I'll listen to again and again. I enjoyed today's walk very much. Great job, Pandora!

Pulled Pork with Tart Barbecue Sauce

Today I made pulled pork sandwiches with a southern-style vinegar-based barbecue sauce. The result? Scrumptious!

I usually use a tomato-based sauce, but I wanted to try something different. Boy, was this different—deliciously so.

To cook the pork:

4 pound pork butt
1 large sweet onion (Vidalia), chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 ½ cups water
drizzle of olive oil, about a tablespoon (optional)

Place all ingredients into the crock pot and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or until the pork is tender and succulent. Remove the pork from the crock pot and let it cool in a large bowl for a bit. Shred the pork, using two forks. You can discard the cooking liquid, or if you're like me, you can save it, covered in the fridge, and use it in something else later on.

Carolina-style Barbecue Sauce

1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (more for an extra spicy result)
The above ingredients completed the recipe I found online, but this sauce was too tart for my palate, so I added:
1 tablespoon ketchup

Stir together all ingredients and heat in a pan long enough for the sugar to melt. Pour over pulled pork and serve on your favorite rolls. I used potato rolls. Very delicious!