Category Archives: In the News and Guest Posts

Holiday Traditions

on December 29, 2016

HAPPY DECEMBER EVERYONE!

Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I love all the excitement of the season and the anticipation of getting to spend time with my family. The chaos of organizing my insanely large family can get daunting at times, but it is so well worth all the effort when my house is overflowing with cocktails, food, great conversation, and laughter.

Family is the center of our Christmas season. This includes the family I was born and married into, as well as the one I chose through friendship. It’s a tradition for everyone to come to my house at Christmas, and when I say everyone, I mean everyone, from both sets of parents to all siblings and children on both sides. It is mass chaos with twenty-four people under one roof. Thank God, my in-laws live close by so not everyone has to sleep on air mattresses.

For me, planning starts weeks in advance with menus, activities, cocktails, and gifts. It is a tradition in my house to give each kiddo pajamas to wear for Christmas Eve.

When the time comes for everyone to arrive, I am ready to celebrate. We spend our time together eating and playing games. On Christmas Eve, my family and I attend Christmas Eve service at our church and then come home and open one present. That night, we also have butter beer (I found a recipe on the internet that rocks), make s’mores, and say goodbye to our elf on the shelf, Pie (like apple pie).

Christmas morning is brimming with activity. I wake up super early, usually around 5 a.m. and start cooking. Yes, I am that lady who sees something on Food Network and finds a way to make it at home. Every year I pick a breakfast dish I found and recreate it for everyone. Then I start the preparations for what my family has named the “untraditional Christmas dinner.” Some of the items on my menu are Lobster thermador, garlic crostini, potatoes au gratin, mushroom and tarragon rice, honey carrots, and garlic and Servecchio asparagus. It is safe to say that by the end of the day, everyone is stuffed.

As you can see, food, family, and chaos are the center of our Christmas holiday. Without one of them, it wouldn’t be the perfect Christmas.

In 2017 readers will find the second two books in Sienna’s Rules of Engagement series, RULE MASTER, due out March 7, and RULE CHANGER on sale July 11.

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the link to the original post on Scandalicous: http://www.scandaliciousbookreviews.com/family-traditions-with-sienna-snow/

Fun and Games Mad-Libs style – Love Libs

on November 29, 2016

Everyone loves games and Mad-Libs gives a tribute to the days before handheld electronics.  Take a crack at this fun game I created for Heros and Heartbreakers:

 

Here’s how to play: Fill out the list below with the appropriate (or totally inappropriate) noun, verb, adjective, or name. Complete the Love Lib by selecting the word from your list that corresponds with the bolded direction in the parentheses, and let hilarity ensue! Share your results by copying and pasting the list/Love Lib—that might make filling it out a little easier, too!—down in the comments, and/or tag us on Twitter with the funniest snippets at @heroesnhearts or share the whole story by tagging us on Facebook.

Adjective:
Female name:
Noun:
Noun:
Noun:
Male name:
Verb:
Verb:
Noun:
Noun:
Same male name:
Same female name:
Noun:
Noun:
Noun:
Noun:
Verb:
Noun:
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Adjective:
Same female name:
Same male name:

To the ­­­(adjective) world, (female name) is a take charge business (noun), but in private, she’s a submissive. She wants two things, to feel  a (noun) against her (noun) and to be dominated by (Male name). She’s waited two years to (verb) with him and tonight she’d get her chance to (verb) the sweet kiss of his (noun) and see if he is the true (noun) she desires.

From the moment, (same male name) set eyes on (same female name) from across the (noun), he knew she was his. He saw beneath her controlled (noun) to the (noun) underneath. He’ll have one chance to prove he is the (noun) strong enough to (verb) her into submission, to give her what her (noun) desires or risk losing her to another (noun).

Tonight, two (adjective) rivals, (same female name) and (same male name) would learn who is the true Master and who is the slave.

 

 

Here is the original post: http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2016/11/love-libs-2-fill-in-the-blank

Debut author Sienna Snow turns the billionaire trope inside out

on November 16, 2016

This past week, I was featured on the USA Today HEA Blog. Here is my post from November 14, 2016.

 

 

When you envision a romance novel’s billionaire tech tycoon, who comes to mind? A tall, dark and handsome gentleman? How about a petite, ultra-smart and sexy Indian female? No? Well, get ready, because in my debut novel, Rule Breaker, that’s exactly what you get.

In many of today’s romances, males lead the pack of billionaires. The goal of my writing is to take the standard trope where the rich, brooding billionaire introduces the naive, young girl to a lifestyle she never knew about, and initially feared, and change it to where the women fully understand and accept themselves and their desires.

I come from a very conservative Indian-American background, where until recently, men and women had strict roles. Females were to marry and raise families and males were to provide for their families. I was fortunate to have parents who pushed me to achieve my education and a mother who believed I could accomplish anything I set my mind on.

The three heroines of the Rule Breaker series are well educated, confident and know what they want in and out of the bedroom. Hailing from diverse cultural circumstances, they have two traits in common: their over-the-top intelligence and their unwavering friendship and devotion to each other. They represent the world we live in: diverse, unique and beautiful.

Arya Rey (Rule Breaker) is a brilliant, Indian-American software developer, whose dedication and attention to detail give her the ability to control every aspect of her technology domain. Milla Castra (Rule Master) is an Italian-born finance genius, who runs not only one but two multinational organizations. Last, but not least, Carmen Dane (Rule Changer) is a New England socialite by night and mergers-and-acquisitions powerbroker by day. There isn’t a deal she can’t negotiate.

By portraying more smart and successful women (who sometimes are even more successful than their male love interests), the story can achieve greater balance and allows the reader to focus on the honest romance kindling between a couple without the distraction of an uneven playing field.

When someone picks up any of my books, I want them to enjoy a fun, fast-paced ride through the world of international espionage, technology and finance with an atypical love story at the center.

 

Here is the link to the original post: http://happyeverafter.usatoday.com/2016/11/14/sienna-snow-rule-breaker-billionaire-trope/