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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Love, Lies and Mai Tais

Welcome to Friday Fragments with Nona!
First up, congratulations to Tiffany N. York, whose name was selected among all our followers to receive a copy of An Affair Across Times Square by Rachell, Bombshell by Danica and Uncollared by me. Congratulations, Tiffany, and thanks to everyone who follows our blog, whether you're a new follower or an "old timer.
Check back here next Wednesday, because The Divas of Desire will be taking part in the Hot in Handcuffs giveaway blog hop sponsored by Under the Covers. The hop lasts from October 10th through the 15th. There are many participants and a lot of great prizes will be offered.  More details next week!
Last week when out to dinner with my family, I enjoyed a luscious lemon drop martini. I've got to confess, I'm a real sucker for those "girly" drinks.  I've even tried making a few at home, with not such great success.
The characters in my short story, Irresistible Impulse, enjoy the occasional fruity cocktail themselves. When Tania and Latisha both reluctantly show up at a speed dating event, they discover they're far more interested in each other than any of the men there. The women retire to the lounge for conversation and a couple of Mai Tais.
     They found a table in the cocktail lounge and ordered a couple of drinks that Tania insisted on paying for. As they chatted and laughed Latisha again felt that sensation vibrate through her body, that combination of nerves and sexual longing. She was light-headed with anticipation and weak with fear.
     Of course, the alcohol didn’t help. But as Tania shared some funny stories about her experiences working with the public, all Latisha could think about was leaning forward and pressing her lips to Tania’s pink mouth.
     Don’t go there.
At this point, Tania's already in love with Latisha, but Tisha's haunted by memories of an old romance. Will she lie to herself about her feelings for Tania?
Love is a mystery. According to Wikipedia, there's a bit of a mystery as to who actually created the first Mai Tai. Victor J. Bergeron (The Trader Vic) claimed to have invented it at his Oakland, California restaurant in 1944. Two friends from Tahiti were the first to be served and one of them upon tasting it declared "Maita'i roa ae!" Meaning "very good" or "the best". Thus the name Mai Tai.
Controversy rears its ugly head with the contention of Don the Beachcomber (Trader Vic's rival) that he created the first Mai Tai at his Hollywood bar back in 1933. Apparently, though, the two recipes are quite different and taste very different, too.
Well, just how does one make a Mai Tai? Here are the IBA (International Bartenders Association) specified ingredients:
8 parts white rum
4 parts dark rum
3 parts orange curaçao
3 parts Orgeat syrup (almond flavored syrup)
2 parts fresh lime juice

Shake the ingredients except the dark rum together with ice. Serve on the rocks in a highball glass.  Float the dark rum on top of the drink and garnish with a pineapple spear and lime peel. Serve with a straw and enjoy!
Mai Tais gained popularity in the 1950s and 60s.  I can imagine Don Draper of Mad Men indulging in one at a Tiki bar or an informal barbecue.
For more about the Mai Tai, go here
You can see a Trader Vic Mai Tai being made here

Ordinarily, Tania Talcott wouldn't be caught dead at a speed dating event, but she lost a stupid bet. Checking out the slim pickings, she's convinced the evening will be a total bust--until a classy, sensual, African American woman enters the room. A woman Tania met briefly once before and never forgot.

Latisha Hobbs is only attending this event to support her young cousin, who's ready to start dating again. Latisha's heart has been on ice for quite some time. But she finds herself immediately--and strongly--enticed by the friendly overtures of a vivacious redhead. Or are they more than friendly?

Fueled by an irresistible impulse, Tania wastes no time getting to know the beautiful woman. Latisha is drawn to Tania as well, but memories of an unhappy love affair make her reluctant to act. These two opposites definitely attract, but will their differences be too much to overcome?

Irresistible Impulse is available at:

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

(And don’t forget to check back for Six Sentence Sunday.)

Nona Raines
Hot Contemporary Romance
Edgy ~ Emotional ~ Erotic

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