Friday, December 19, 2014

Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Warm Winter!




Are you ready for Christmas? Are you going nuts with shopping, baking, sending Christmas cards and everything else the season entails?

Relax and enjoy some of the sights of the season.


What would Christmas be without cookies? 


I love Christmas lights! Here's some from my city.



I love angels!


These poinsettias are placed on the boulevard between the east and west lanes on a main street downtown. They really light up the night!


And my dog Lou is always ready for Christmas!

You can always relax with a good book, and this Christmas I hope you'll choose one of mine.


Bridget Grant is back in Paradise. Paradise, North Dakota, that is.

She’s swallowed her pride and moved back to her hometown with her daughter after her divorce and the loss of her catering company. Now she’s trying to navigate the strained relationships she’d left behind – including her first love, Jack Davison.

Jack never forgot Bridget, or the day she left town – and him. When Bridget caters a lunch at Jack’s tourist ranch, old flames reignite. They have more in common than ever – Jack’s also a single parent. Though they both try to keep things casual, Bridget, Jack and their girls are starting to look a lot like a family.

But Bridget’s only planning to stay in Paradise until she’s saved enough to relaunch her business. Jack’s invested too much in his ranch to leave. And with their daughters involved both have a lot more at stake than heartbreak. How can they risk falling in love?

To read an excerpt please check out FIRST AND AGAIN on my website.

I'm giving away an ecopy of FIRST AND AGAIN to one commenter who tells me what she/he is doing to get ready for Christmas this year. Or you can tell me what your favorite Christmas cookie is! The prize will be rewarded by December 24, 2014 so speak now!

Don't forget to enter the Bloghop-wide draw for a $75 Amazon gift card. (See the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post). One entry per person please. Draw will be made on December 23 using Random.org and posted on www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

#HolidayRecipe with Kim Iverson Headlee, Author of LIBERTY


Jam-filled Crescent Rolls

Ingredients:
1 tube of pre-cut crescent roll dough
Your favorite jam(s)
Melted butter (optional)

Instructions:
Preheat oven as directed on the package for the type of baking sheet or pan you plan to use.
Open tube and unroll each triangle.

Spread a small amount of jam across the base of the triangle, no more than halfway toward the point. This is the tricky part, because the jam can ooze out and burn during baking.

Roll the triangle loosely and place on baking sheet. Brush with a little melted butter (optional).

Repeat for the remaining triangles, leaving at least 2 inches between crescents.
Bake as directed on the package, and do not over-bake!
Cool before serving. The jam can get very hot.


TITLE – Liberty, second edition
SERIES – N/A
AUTHOR – Kim Iverson Headlee
GENRE – Historical Romance
PUBLICATION DATE – December 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 462 pages/118K words
PUBLISHER – Pendragon Cove Press
COVER DESIGNER – Natasha Brown




“When the legend becomes fact,
print the legend.”





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SYNOPSIS
They hailed her “Liberty,” but she was free only to obey—or die.

Betrayed by her father and sold as payment of a Roman tax debt to fight in Londinium’s arena, gladiatrix-slave Rhyddes feels like a wild beast in a gilded cage. Celtic warrior blood flows in her veins, but Roman masters own her body. She clings to her vow that no man shall claim her soul, though Marcus Calpurnius Aquila, son of the Roman governor, makes her yearn for a love she believes impossible.

Groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps and trapped in a politically advantageous betrothal, Aquila prefers the purity of combat on the amphitheater sands to the sinister intrigues of imperial politics, and the raw power and athletic grace of the flame-haired Libertas to the adoring deference of Rome’s noblewomen.

When a plot to overthrow Caesar ensnares them as pawns in the dark design, Aquila must choose between the Celtic slave who has won his heart and the empire to which they both owe allegiance. Trusting no man and knowing the opposite of obedience is death, the only liberty offered to any slave, Rhyddes must embrace her arena name—and the love of a man willing to sacrifice everything to forge a future with her.


BUY & TBR LINKS
AMAZON KINDLE: US – UK  – CA – AU
NOOK – INKTERA – ITUNES – KOBO – SCRIBD – SMASHWORDS

Paperback edition forthcoming!

EXCERPT

The warrior-woman looked heavier by at least two stone, but Rhyddes pinned her chest with her knee. She dropped the pitchfork and grasped her dagger, yanking it free. Grabbing a fistful of limed hair, she wrestled the woman’s head to one side to expose her neck.

The Pict bucked and twisted, trying to break Rhyddes’s grip. ’Twas not much different than wrestling a fever-mad calf.

Rhyddes’s deft slice ended the threat.

Blood spurted from the woman’s neck in sickening pulses.

Rhyddes stood, panting, her stomach churning with the magnitude of what she’d done. ’Twas no suffering animal she’d killed—and it could have been her lying there, pumping her lifeblood into the mud.

Bile seared her throat, making her gag. Pain lanced her stomach. Bent double, she retched out the remains of her morning meal, spattering the corpse.

After spitting out the last bitter mouthful and wiping her lips with the back of her hand, she drew a deep breath and straightened. As she turned a slow circle, her senses taking in the sights and sounds and stench of the devastation surrounding her, she wished she had not prevailed.

The news grew worse as she sprinted toward the lodge.

Of her seven brothers, the Picts had left Ian and Gwydion dead, her father and Owen wounded, the lodge and three outbuildings torched. She ran a fingertip over the crusted blood of her scratch, and she couldn’t suppress a surge of guilt.

Mayhap, she thought through the blinding tears as she ran to help what was left of her family, ’twould have been better had she died in the Pict’s stead.

The surviving raiders were galloping toward the tree line with half the cattle. The remaining stock lay stiffening in the fields, already attracting carrion birds.

Three days later, the disaster attracted scavengers of an altogether different sort.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

#HolidayRecipe from Author Tina Gayle

Tina Gayle is my guest today and she's sharing another holiday recipe. Tina, how about sharing your recipe for Lemon Curd with us?

Lemon Curd

6 Tbs unsalted butter--softened at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
2 large egg yolks
2/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1 tsp. grated lemon zest

Beat butter and sugar with an electric mixer about 2 minutes. Slowly add the eggs and yolks. Beat for 1 minute. Mix in the lemon juice. The mixture will look curdled, but don't worry...

In a medium, heavy-based saucepan, cook the mixture over low heat until it looks smooth. (The curdled appearance disappears as the butter melts) Increase the heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens. Be patient, this takes about 15 minutes. When you dip a spoon into the mixture and draw your finger (careful, it's hot) down the middle of the back of the spoon it will leave a path. Or, if you're like me and cook with a thermometer, it will read 170 degrees. DO NOT let the mixture boil.

Remove from heat and stir in the zest. Transfer to a bowl and press plastic wrap on the surface to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in refrigerator. The curd will continue to thicken as it cools.

Covered tightly this will keep in the fridge for a week and about 2 months in the freezer.

I like this cold with vanilla wafers.


Here's a blurb and an excerpt from Tina Gayle:

Executives' Wives' Club series

Four women...
One fatal car wreck...
Everyone's lives changed...

EWC1 -- "The Unwilling Widow"

Jennifer Larson, having lost her husband, friends and the perfect life she’d had planned, now faces the biggest challenge of her life, moving into an unplanned future. While the rest of the Executive Wife Club is still wallowing in the past, Jen is tempted into the future by a sexy chiropractor, Hagan Chaney.

But does he really love her or is he only after her money?

Excerpt -

Jen gathered her strength and followed Hagan through the house. The easy flow of his long limbs showed incredible grace for a big man. So tempting, yet, she couldn’t pursue him. Not now, not with everyone watching her, they expected her to act like a grieving widow. If she didn’t, they’d forever brand her as an unloving wife.

She hated the farce, but she had no choice. No one knew her marriage had turned into a sham long before Craig died.

A few minutes later, she walked outside and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, with the showing done, she could return Hagan to his office. She locked the front door and stored the key in the lockbox. Spinning on her heels, she faced Hagan.

At the end of the porch, one foot already positioned on the first step with a hand out to assist her, he waited. “So, Jen, since we’re done for today, why don’t we meet tomorrow night for dinner?”

Jen edged backward and her butt hit the closed door. The urge to run away from his undeniable magnetism, and the problems he’d cause, sent her mind into a tail spin.

What in the hell should I do now?

About the Author

Tina Gayle was born in Texas, the place of her heart and where most of her family still lives. The youngest of four daughters, she grew up a dreamer.

She worked for years in the business world doing a variety of accounting jobs. Then when her two sons were little, Tina decided to go back to school to get a degree in MIS. She only used this degree a few years before deciding to follow her passion for writing romance.

Married twenty-five years, she and her husband love to travel and can’t wait for Mike to retire so they can do it more.

Find Tina Gayle everywhere

Home - www.tinagayle.net
Blog - www.tinagayle.blogspot.com
Twitter - https://twitter.com/#!/AuthorTinaGayle
Goodread - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1641826.Tina_Gayle
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/tina.gayle
Google + - https://plus.google.com
Linkin - http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tina-gayle/11/689/759

Sunday, December 7, 2014

#HolidayRecipe for a Quick and Easy Date Night Dinner

Author Anita Philmar is my guest today with a holiday recipe. Take it away Anita!

Choose your favorite wine. (Opening the bottle is something you can have your lover do.)

Make a quick dip of combining a mashed avocado with your favorite salsa. (Stir together and you are done.)

Open a bag of your favorite corn chips and you are ready to party.

Personally, I like to enjoy my wine and munch on the dip while I’m cooking the fajitas.

Now slice up
1 medium size onion
1 green pepper

Sauté in non-stick pan with two tablespoons of oil, add 12 medium size shrimp (Shelled and de-veined). Sprinkle with tablespoon of taco season (vary this to your taste), and cook until shrimp are done. Add some flour tortillas and dinner is served.

Now for desert – might I suggest you share a hot read, any of mine should put you in the mood.

Also if you are looking for other easy date night recipes – download for free Passionate Cooks
http://www.allromanceebooks.com//product-passionatecooks-944744-174.html

Have a great evening!

Here's Anita's current release. DEPUTY'S BRIDE is an erotic, historical western that is a stand-alone story with a satisfying HEA.


Texas Deputy Bo Kildare is looking for a special kind of lady, one that is willing to meet his special requirements. No sweet little virgin will do, he wants a woman who knows how to please a man, perhaps two.

 Recently widowed, Sarah Elizabeth Foster-LaFever has lived in the public eye for the last few years and wants out. Her reputation as Micah LaFever’s wife has left her penniless and without many viable options until Bo comes calling. Now, she believes she found the perfect man until her past rears its ugly head.

Can murder and corrupt dealings keep these two lovers from making it to the alter?

Excerpt: 

“God, when is he going to get here,” Sarah muttered and strolled to the free-standing, oval mirror in the corner. Critically, she examined her silk dressing gown’s high collar. Unable to breathe with every button running down the front of garment secured, she’d only connected a few at her waist. The dark red robe highlighted her creamy complexion and light blonde hair.

Through the open at the top, she viewed the curve of her breasts and the tight fit of her corset. The cream color almost matched her skin, creating the illusion that she was nude underneath. Tugging aside her wide skirt, she examined the long line of her legs. She’d opted to omit her bloomers. One, because with the fire raging in the fireplace, she was hot. Two, because she thought Mr. Kildare should get a glimpse of what he’d receive if he decided to make her his wife.

 Granted from what Madeline had told Sarah, the man wanted more than a dutiful wife. He sounded as if he were more like her deceased husband. Micah enjoyed playing extreme bedroom games.

 She frowned, thinking how much she’d missed sex in the last year. Not because she hadn’t had the chance to indulge. More because she hadn’t wanted to fall victim to the same power hungry crowd that Micah had belonged. She’d done enough for those bastards and she had no intentions of doing...  

Knuckles hammered against her door.

 Brushing a nervous hand over her hair, she offered up a silent prayer that everything would work out before she rushed back to the doorway. After a quick breath, she asked, “Who is it?”

 “Bo Kildare, I was sent by Madeline Cowden.”

A masculine tone rang from the other side.

 His voice alone sent shivers racing over her skin. She flipped back the lock and inched open the door. “Yes, she said you might be stopping by.”

Anita Philmar's Bio:

Anita Philmar likes to create stories that push the limit. A writer by day and a dreamer by night she wants her readers to see the world in a new way.

Influenced by sci-fi programs, she likes to develop places where anything can happen and where erotic moments come to life in a great read.

Naughty or Nice?
Read her books and decide.


I've done a holiday recipe exchange on Anita's blog. You can check out my recipe here. Thanks!

Monday, November 24, 2014

ANDROMEDA'S FALL by Abigail Owen releases December 10, 2014!

ANDROMEDA'S FALL (Shadowcast Nation #1) by Abigail Owen is releasing world-wide on December 10, 2014. But you can pre-order your print or ebook now!

Print book pre-order            Ebook pre-order

Here's a blurb:

Andromeda Reynolds is being hunted. After witnessing her mother’s violent death at the hands of a pack of wolf shifters, Andie has devoted her life to protecting her community of cougar shifters from a similar fate. But now, a greater threat lies within her own dare, and she must run. If she stays, Kyle Carstairs will force their mating, seeking the added political power their union would provide.

Andie would rather chew off her own foot than end up with Kyle. Though, knowing him, she won’t live long either way. Andie’s only hope of survival is to mate Jaxon Keller, the Alpha of the Keller Dare with which she is seeking asylum. But before she can get to him, Andie must first go through A.J., one of the Alpha’s Protectors.

What Andie doesn’t realize is that A.J. has secrets of his own. All Andie knows is that the incredibly frustrating shifter insists on challenging her story, her skills, her trust… and her heart.

Excerpt:

He glanced down at her. “You really are a tiny thing, aren’t you?”

Andie scowled. “Don’t let my size fool you. I can pack a wallop when I want to. Even with a broken arm.”

A.J. laughed. “I’m sure you can.”

Andie stared straight ahead, her mouth thinning. She hated being patronized. Men were so dense sometimes. They never took her seriously until she showed them exactly why they should.

Keeping her left arm protected, Andie suddenly dropped. One leg shot out and she spun low to the ground, sweeping A.J.’s feet out from under him. As he landed on his back, she was on top of him, her knee on his windpipe—not crushing, just sending a message.

Before she could gloat too much, though, she was flying through the air. Andie tucked into a back flip, landed on her feet, and then spun and launched herself backwards in a one-handed back handspring. A.J. had just gotten on his feet when her legs wrapped around his neck. She used her momentum to drop him back to the floor.

Andie rolled and ended up in a crouch close by. A.J. held up his hands in surrender. “All right, wildcat. You’ve proved yourself.”

Andie glared at him. “Don’t doubt me. And don’t insult my intelligence by pretending you just lost either,” she said in a severe voice, made harsher, perhaps, by the fact that she’d just realized exactly how incredible his blue eyes were. They were a vibrant color made even more interesting by the black ring that rimmed the irises. And she was more than irritated with herself for having noticed that at all.

He levered himself up off the floor. “Fair enough.”


The only thing that kept her from proving her point more—because she could tell he’d held back—was the small amount of respect she could see in his eyes. With a brusque nod, she followed him down the hall.

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Award-winning author, Abigail Owen was born in Greeley, Colorado, and raised in Austin, Texas. She now resides in Northern California with her husband and two adorable children who are the center of her universe.

Abigail grew up consuming books and exploring the world through her writing. A fourth generation graduate of Texas A&M University, she attempted to find a practical career related to her favorite pastime by earning a degree in English Rhetoric (Technical Writing). However, she swiftly discovered that writing without imagination is not nearly as fun as writing with it.


Winners at Jana's Birthday Book Giveaway



I've been busy writing and getting a book ready to submit since my birthday, and I've been
remiss in announcing the winners of my giveaway. In no particular order, here they are:

Mary McCoy - won a copy of OFF THE GRID by Karyn Good

bn100 - won a copy of FLAWLESS from Jana Richards

Fedora Chin - won a copy of SEEING THINGS from Jana Richards

Niki R. Bass - won an autographed print copy of ONLY ENCHANTING by Mary Balogh

Shelley Summers - won a copy of TURN IT UP by Inez Kelley

Mary McCoy - won a copy of MOVING ON by Annette Bower

Tina Myers - won a copy of A LONG WAY FROM EDEN by Jana Richards

Wendy Dusek - won a copy of FIRST AND AGAIN by Jana Richards (Wendy, please contact me!)

Brandi Dagwan - won a copy of HER BEST MAN by Jana Richards

Sherry Strode - won a copy of THERE GOES THE GROOM by Jana Richards

Shelley Summers - won a copy of ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID by Jana Richards

Tina Myers - won a copy of IRIS RAINBOW by Ilona Fridl

Mannouchka - won a copy of HOME FIRES by Jana Richards

Fedora Chin - won a copy of THE REGENCY STORYBOOK by Lesley-Anne McLeod

Nicole - won a copy of SPOOKY SOJOURN by Ashley Ladd

Brandi Dagwan - won a copy of TAKING COMMAND by KyAnn Waters and Grad Stone

bn100 - won a copy of THE BASTARD by Inez Kelley

Sherry Strode, Eleanor Harkins, and Nicki Bland each won their choice of a backlist novel from KyAnn Waters

Barbara Barber - won a copy of THE EMPIRE by Elizabeth Lang

Mannouchka - won a copy of TRAILING KAIWULF by Kayelle Allen

Nicole - won a copy of THE REBELS  by Elizabeth Lang

Mina Gerhart - won a copy of THE EARL'S PECULIAR BURDEN by Lesley-Anne McLeod

Barbara Barber - won a copy of LOVELAND by Andrea Downing

Laurie Gommermann - won a copy of CAPTURED HEART by Heather McCollum

Tina Myers  - won a copy of THE HEART OF THE PHOENIX by Barbara Bettis

Linda Bass - won a copy of THE GOLDEN KEY CHRONICLES by A.J. Nuest

Dee Gattrell - won a copy of SAY NOTHING OF WHAT YOU SEE by Christy Effinger

Jana Leah - won a copy of SHIFT HAPPENS by J.C. McKenzie

J.C. McKenzie - won a copy of IMPROBABLE SOLUTION by Judith B. Glad

Maria Smith - won a copy of GHOST OF A CLUE by Debra Doggett

Victoria Zumbrum - won a copy of THE SHUCKER'S BOOKTIQUE by J.C. McKenzie

Phaedra Seabolt - won a copy of A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE by Annette Bower

Jean Patton - won a copy of THE GIRL MOST LIKELY by Jana Richards

Shelley Hammond - won a copy of SWEET AS SIN by Inez Kelley

Thank you to all the authors and readers who participated. You helped to make my birthday a real blast!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Karyn Good's New Romantic Suspense - OFF THE GRID

I'm very pleased to welcome my friend Karyn Good, who has a brand new romantic suspense. OFF THE GRID releases today from The Wild Rose Press. I've just finished this book and I can tell you it's fabulous!

In her own words, Karyn tells us about the inspiration for OFF THE GRID:

"Inspiration comes from all kinds of places and the idea behind this book is no different. It’s usually the characters that come to me first. Not this time. This time it was the setting. The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver is infamous for being Canada’s poorest urban postal code. The more I read and heard about the area the more the idea of using it as a setting for a novel dug in.

The idea of activist and Doctor Sophie Monroe and Family Law expert, Caleb Quinn, were born when the idea of bridging the gap between the rich and the poor first started worming its way inside."
Here's a blurb:

A committed doctor to Vancouver's inner city, nothing fazes Sophie Monroe—until a pregnant teenager shows up at her clinic on Christmas Eve requesting sanctuary and claiming the baby's father is one of the city's most influential businessmen. Sophie is in over her head and thankful when aid shows up in the form of an attorney who's a little too confident and a lot too sexy.

Family Law expert Caleb Quinn just wants a date, a chance to prove he isn't the elitist jerk Sophie assumes. Helping deliver a baby is not what he has in mind. But before long protecting a traumatized teenager and her son become his first priority. Even if saving them pits him against the baby's father, a childhood friend. A man who will do anything to keep his dark side private.

But justice never comes cheap. Will doing the right thing cost Sophie and Caleb their reputations? Or their lives?


And an excerpt:

Casual relationships weren’t her thing. Once she’d yearned for more. For the commitment other women scoffed at. Then she’d learned her lesson. It didn’t mean she didn’t crave family. She refused to ask about the woman from his office. It was none of her business. Neither was he. But renewed determination to resist him didn’t mean he wasn’t getting to her.

No soft music played. The dim lighting was courtesy of an unlit dingy hallway. The smell of antiseptic and desperation laced the air. It didn’t matter. Sophie wanted to meet his challenge. She didn’t want to dodge. Or object. She wanted to kiss the hell out of Caleb Quinn.

So she stepped back. “I can’t do this with you. I need to know I matter. That I’m the only name on your list.”

Caleb took her face in his warm hands. “Sophie, right now there is no one else but you.”

She wrapped her hands around his wrists and tugged them away. “But there’s a long line behind me and I’m choosing not to join the queue.”

“Don’t.” He refused to let go of her hands when she tried to release them, brought them up between them. “Don’t toss this aside.”

“I don’t do casual.”

“There won’t be anything casual about it.”




OFF THE GRID is available at The Wild Rose Press and Amazon.

Karyn Good can be found at:

Website: http://karyngood.com/blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KarynGoodAuthor

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/karyngood or @karyngood

Happy Release Day! Thank you for sharing your new book with me today, Karyn!