Blogroll Tag with The Author Collaborative Network

Does my energy seem busy to you? Maybe excited? If you said yes, you are right. H.M. Clarke and I recently put together a wonderful group on Goodreads called The Author Collaborative Network, where authors come together to support one another.

If you are an author and would like to join us, please get in touch with me on Goodreads. We’d love to have you. Today’s blogroll tag is part of The Author Collaborative Network, a.k.a. ACN or the Network.

How do we play blogroll tag?  One of us asks a question, the person who is asked the question answers it, and then asks a new question of the next person, and so on until it stops.  If it stops.  Who says it has to?  Not me.  🙂

Fellow Network member Melissa Barker-Simpson, author of several wonderful books including her new release Hands of Evil: Morgan and Fairchild Series (Volume 2), asked me this question. To see the question that H.M. Clarke asked Melissa Barker-Simpson, click here.


“What do you think paranormal romance novels like The Dreaming and Desert Sunrise contribute to the world?”

Well, Melissa, I think that books like The Dreaming and Desert Sunrise potentially contribute a lot to the world. For one, they help people with paranormal abilities to understand some of the ways those abilities can work to improve the quality of their own lives; they also offer a realistic view of how to use those abilities.

In addition to those reasons, romance novels likes the ones I’ve published also offer uplifting entertainment and raise the bar for what people can offer one another in real life romance.  As a bonus, if the stories put the reader in a good mood, that’s good for them and everyone around them.

Now, I get to ask my question. I chose Hiram Crespo. You can read Hiram’s answer by clicking here. Hiram, will you share three books that inspired or influenced you to write your book Epicurean philosophy?

As always, thank you for reading.


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What Lucy Thinks About Haus of Pizza (Palm Desert, CA)

What Lucy Thinks About

What Lucy Thinks About Haus of Pizza (Palm Desert, CA)
By Lucy Shannon*

This post is dedicated to my lovely blogger friend Sherri, because she is lucky enough to live closer to Haus of Pizza than I am.

I’ll start with my rating, because there isn’t any point in having you wait for it. I give Haus of Pizza 5 out of 5 stars. They have definitely earned it.

Picture this: you walk into a pizza restaurant when it’s a blazing 120 degrees Fahrenheit outside, and you are met by a nice cool dining room that smells like heaven. See? Good stuff, from the minute you walk through the door.

I’ve been frequenting Haus of Pizza for years now, which means their quality is consistent. That’s another tough one to pull off. Suppliers change, staff changes, and so on, but the quality doesn’t.

Before I give you the mouth-watering details of what makes Haus of Pizza amazing, let me tell you how to find them:

Phone number: (760) 340-9040.
Their address is 72-795 Hwy. 111, in the city of Palm Desert.
Website is:
Hours: 11 am to 9 pm, Monday through Saturday and 5 pm to 9 pm on Sundays.

Now, let me ask you, do you expect their pizza to be the best item on the menu? I didn’t when I first started eating there, but now I know that they named their restaurant exactly the right way. Their pizza is among the best I have ever tasted. The crust is an amazing sourdough. The sauce is perfectly seasoned and proportioned. Best of all, their cheese is excellent! The cheese is the right thickness, the right texture, and the flavor is incredible.

All of their toppings are top-notch. I can say this because I’ve eaten all of them over the years. The meatballs, pepperoni, and sausages are particularly good. I’ve eaten the vegetarian pizza when I was in the mood for it, too. I was not disappointed with the mushroom, olive, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes they topped it with.

Don’t be afraid to order a small. The pizza is filling.

But what if you’re not in the mood for pizza? I know that happens, at least for some people. We all know someone who can live on pizza, don’t we? Well, the rest of us are well taken care of if we order the hot sandwiches, a pasta dinner, or even a side order.

Favorites: Hot meatball and cheese. The bread is crusty, the meatballs melt in your mouth and burst with flavor, their great sauce is poured on, and their fabulous cheese…it’s tough to order anything else.
Joelle’s Delight is my personal favorite. It’s named for the founder’s granddaughter, who is one of the duo who make the Palm Desert location as good as it is. When she was a little girl, she asked for the combination of eggplant, meatballs, and cheese served hot on crusty bread. I’m so glad they listened.

Outstanding Side Orders

When the food is this good, you look for ways to make the most out of each visit. For me, that meant ordering side orders so I could sample more of the menu. Remember, I needed to tear myself away from the pizza and Joelle’s Delight. Try ordering the ravioli (which comes with beef or cheese, so be sure to tell them which one you want) with garlic bread and a small order of pizza bread, and 2 meatballs or sausages as a sampler menu. You will not leave hungry.

All the Pasta Dinners You Could Ask For

Dinner comes with soup or salad, and garlic bread. Be sure to tell them you want marinara sauce if you don’t want meat in your sauce. You can’t choose wrong, but I will tell you that the ravioli, manicotti, and panzerotti are worth a special trip all by themselves. If you haven’t heard of panzerotti, it is described on their menu as pizza dough filled with seasoned meats and cheese deep fried, and covered with meat sauce. They only serve this one on Wednesday or Thursday, so plan accordingly.

Haus of pizza serves a dessert, but try as I might, I have not ever had room after dinner to try the cheesecake.

Haus of Pizza serves all the usual beverages, along with beer, and wine.

I hope you enjoyed your virtual trip through Haus of Pizza. I’d love to hear what you think of it if you’ve been there.

*Lucy Shannon is a character in my Natural Gifts series of uplifting paranormal romances.  You meet her in The Dreaming (Natural Gifts Book 1).  She is a restaurant critic with a column and the main character’s best friend.  Lucy Shannon will be falling in love this September in her own book, Desert Sunrise (Natural Gifts Book 2).  Haus of Pizza is a real restaurant and if you’re in the area, you must give it a try.

As always, thank you for reading.


Pretty Poster From The Dreaming

If you’d like to win a copy of “The Dreaming”, or “Keep it Simple:Permission to Illuminate Your Life Easily, Effortlessly, & Joyfully” & have Joe ask a question for you in The Dreaming, follow the instructions at the end of my interview with C.V. Larkin.

Happy Memorial Day to all.

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Seven Questions with a Supernatural Scribbler Interview and Giveaway

The lovely C.V. Larkin has interviewed me on her website.

Click on over and find out what she asked and what I answered. There is a giveaway. If you’ve wanted a copy of “The Dreaming”, and you don’t have one yet, or would like to give a copy to someone else, you could win it with this contest. The winner will also get to ask Joe to answer one question of their choosing in The Dreaming. How awesome is that?

Happy reading, and happy Friday!