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Tuesday Tales: Writing Dice

Welcome to Tuesday Tales, a weekly blog featuring diverse authors who post excerpts from their works in progress based on word and picture prompts. We’re a book hungry troop that enjoys reading as much as you do. Today our word prompt is dice. My excerpt is from one of my books in progress, Hannah’s Haint, a vintage paranormal romance set in a small town in the 1950s. Please visit the other fabulous authors at Tuesday Tales.

Hannah savored the cherry from her Tom Collins and unscrewed the cap from the bottle of suntan lotion. “It’s been a while. You’d better squirt some more on your back, too, Meg.”

Her friend was sucking on ice chips. “Hand it over when you’re done then.” A slight pout formed on her bottom lip as she studied her watch. “It’s after one. I thought Bryan would be back by now.”

“He’ll show up soon.” She gave the small copper bottle to her friend. “I’ll run over to the tiki hut and get us another drink. Same kind?”

“Yeah, and get a bag of chips. We don’t want to get smashed before that nice lunch my husband promised us. I knew we should’ve stopped for breakfast along the way.” Meg dove a hand into her pocketbook.

Hannah stopped her. “My treat this time.” She drew some money from her billfold before standing and slipping into lilac sandals.

Photo by Alicia, copyright 2014

When she returned a few minutes later with the drinks and a bag of potato chips, she was surprised by the sight of Meg flashing her ring finger at two good looking young men. Her friend caught her gaze, looked a question, and Hannah responded with a stern shake of the head.

“Sorry, boys,” Meg drawled. “No dice. My friend and I aren’t looking for company today.”

Once they had sauntered off with good humored reluctance, Hannah lowered herself onto the blanket and grinned. “Can’t leave you alone for a minute, can I?”

Meg reached for the snack and drink. “They’re harmless. College boys skipping off from classes. Neither of them suited your fancy, eh?”

She shrugged. “Not really. You know I’m not interested in pursuing the opposite sex right now.”

“I know. I know. Work on your mind. You and my Bryan, two peas in a pod in that sense. I wonder though…”

The sweet sour nectar trickled down her throat. “About what?”

“Is someone else on your mind, Hannah? A tall, dark, and handsome ex-soldier maybe?”

Her pulse skipped a beat. “If you mean Nate Larkin, the man hasn’t crossed my mind all morning.”

I hope you enjoyed the snippet based on the word prompt dice. Thanks for stopping by. Please visit the other fabulous authors at Tuesday Tales.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Vintage Friday: Tom Collins 1952

gFor an after dinner cocktail, gin held the honor as one of the top spirits in the 1950s. Martinis, gimlets, and Tom Collins were all the rage in that decade of renewed optimism and prosperity. Interest in retro drinks has revived as we look back in time with nostalgia and a sense of longing for simpler experiences. Made with gin, simple syrup, and lime juice, gimlets are light and refreshing. Martinis are rather strong and seem the height of sophistication. I’m still waiting for my friend Karen to make me one of her famous dirty martinis. The Tom Collins has a special place in my memory because my mother sometimes served it to treasured guests. The concoction heralds back to the 19th century when similar drinks were served to the in-crowd in fashionable London public houses.

In 1874 a zany hoax game spread like wildfire in the eastern United States and did much to increase the popularity of the cocktail. People would go around asking, “Have you seen Tom Collins?” The point was to trick the recipient of the hoax into acting out and showing himself in the worst possible light. Remind you of today’s demented reality shows? False sightings of Tom Collins sprang up everywhere, and Tom was always purported to be just around the corner.

TOM COLLINS

Ingredients:
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup (one part water, one part sugar mixed)
2 ounces gin
Club soda
Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions:
In an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake the lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin. Strain into a Collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

If you were to have a summertime cocktail, what would you choose?

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Cocktail Saturday: Tom Collins

Gin was the go to spirit in the 1950s when martinis, gimlets, and Tom Collins were all the rage. Those retro drinks are seeing a big comeback right now in the second decade of the 21st century. Gimlet is one of my favorites– so refreshing. Martinis seem ultra strong to me, but they’re also the height of sophistication. I’m still waiting for my friend Karen to make me one of her famous dirty martinis. Tom Collins have a special place in my heart because they were a favorite cocktail of my mother. She used to make them for guests.

TOM COLLINS

Ingredients:
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup (mix one part water and one part sugar)
2 ounces gin
Club soda
Maraschino cherry for garnish

Directions:
In an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake the lemon juice, simple syrup, and gin. Strain into a collins glass filled with fresh ice. Top with club soda, and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

More: http://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=tom%20collins

http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=6221&forum=10

http://www.in-the-spirit.co.uk/50sClassicCocktails.html

Cheers & happy reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

 

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