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All About Joan Kayse

I live near Louisville, Kentucky a place known for its famous horse race, the departure point for the great explorers Lewis and Clark, a famous baseball bat and orthopaedic nurses whose greatest passion is writing. No children, at least of the conventional sort but I have two baby cats, Cricket Marie and Grayson the Monkey cat. They are a mess but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. While I haven’t met my Prince Charming yet, I firmly believe he could be just around the corner.

Um, excuse me while I go check around the corner.

At the risk of sounding cliché, I have been writing stories all my life. My first story was written in fifth grade when I composed a dramatic piece about a picture of a lavender flower. Mrs. Pierce had no idea what she started with her weekly creative writing exercises when she asked me to come to the front of the class to tell my tale. But I still remember the pride and excitement I felt at having my story recognized.

My early success did not end there. In eighth grade I once again dazzled the educational world with my gripping adaptation of "The Little Match Girl". I concede that the world was not quite ready for the, ahem, brilliance of "The Little Flashlight Girl" but I persevered.

I began pursuing publication in 2001. My three completed Roman Historical manuscripts have received many accolades including a final in the 2006 RWA Golden Heart where I met the other crazy people, er the other Banditas of this blog. Currently, I’m hard at work on a new and exciting paranormal series based on Irish mythology. Not surprising since Ireland is my spiritual and genetic home. And believe me, driving in Ireland you become spiritual real quick!

I’ve told you about me, now tell us about you! Join us daily as we talk about life, love and the pursuit of happiness be it chocolate or great books.


Joan's Fun Facts

Did you know?  I'm a multiple ribbon winner at the Kentucky State Fair! Cakes and cookies are my specialty resulting in over 100 ribbons including a Cake Sweepstakes! Cake that's won the most? Chocolate Chip Cake.

I've been to Ireland five times! I have an Express Scone card :D

I love my baby cats!



Holiday Cookies? Or My Whisk Can Beat Your Whisk.

Passive Aggressive title aside, this post is an early homage to the ubiquitous Christmas cookie. I got the idea after watching Food Network’s Holiday Bake Off championship last night. The first two rounds involved making classic Christmas cookies. Not cakes. Not candy. Cookies. And all modesty aside? I could have baked those people under the oven. I know a lot of them were trying to impress the judges with “fresh” new flavor combos but really it’s in the execution. The eliminated contestant admitted she never baked cookies just cakes. She didn’t even have a recipe for one and she MADE
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She Said….

“This just doesn’t seem right.” The three BB’s spared him a glance over their shoulders as they dragged Paolo by the wrist down the fifth hall from the left. Crazy women, Paolo grumbled to himself. Didn’t they know The Lair was like one of those magical mazes? You could be in here for years before you find the right portal. Cassondra had insisted on that layer of protection and it was only by the grace of Suz who liked her margharita’s fresh and frozen that all the cabana boys and gladiators had GPS bands on their wrists.   “We have
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He Said….

  “What the?” Paolo put a hand to his chest.  He breathed out a sigh of relief at the three BB’s who had snuck up on him. “Oh, sorry. Ya’ll startled me. Can I get you a refreshing beverage?” It was after curfew. Nobody was supposed to still be in The Lair. Those gladiators would have some explaining to do. Not that he was brave enough to do it. He focused back on the BB’s ” No? What was I doing listening at the door? What door? There are lots of doors in The Lair.” “Shite on a stick!” Paolo gave a nervous laugh. “You’re right. That was
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