Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year! A sneak peek and what's to come!


Happy New Years Eve! Today, I thought I would show you what is coming in the new year! Of course this is just a quick sneak peek. There will be more to show.

Kalkin Raferty, Alpha of the Raferty pack, has spent his life protecting his family and pack from outside threats. He believes his time for finding a mate has passed. Who would want an old Alpha wolf?
A chance meeting puts Kalkin face to face with his destiny and now he can’t get the blonde-haired, hazel-eyed woman out of his mind. His wolf is poised to claim her, but with danger lurking around every corner, is he willing to risk everything to have her?

Available 1-9-18 (Quick shout out to Stuart Reardon and Golden Czermak) 
Buy Links:
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Google-Books: http://bit.ly/2inHKR3


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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Tasty Holiday Treats from Celia

Happy Holidays, Dear Readers!


I’m sitting here nursing a wicked cold and a soothing hot toddy. The former is annoying, of course, ::cough, cough:: ::achoo!!:: but the latter — the delicious toddy — has inspired today’s blog post. Read on my dears, for two tasty treats. Sláinte! :-)

Holiday Treats

“our

Spritz Cookies

Recipe compliments of my mother. Requires cookie press.

3/4 cup regular sugar (some recipes call for “powdered”, but mom swears by regular!)
1 cup margarine, or butter, or shortening (mom uses shortening; I use butter. Both are delish.)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
2. In a bowl, mix together margarine (or butter or shortening), sugar, vanilla, egg until fairly fluffy.
3. Stir in flour, salt, baking powder.
4. Optional: separate dough into bowls, add food dye of your choosing (see photo).
5. Fill cookie press; press dough onto ungreased cookie sheets.
6. Bake for 12 - 15 minutes.
7. Remove from sheet and cool on cookie rack.
8. Eat. All. The. Cookies!

Irish Hot Toddy

Recipe compliments of my Irish grandmother

1 cup hot water
1 tea bag or loose tea, any flavor you enjoy (we use tea bags; chamomile is my fav.)
1 ounce Irish Whiskey
1 lemon slice or wedge (we use 1/4 - 1/2 lemon in wedges, juice only)
1 - 2 tsp honey

1. Boil water.
2. Place tea in hot water to steep.
3. Add whisky, lemon, and honey.
4. Stir, sip, and enjoy!

Wishing you a Happy New Year, Dear Readers, and see you back here on January 30th!

xo,
Celia


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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Turkey and Dressing and Broken Cookies ... Oh My!

Whew! The craziness is over. The main event has come and gone. Hopefully your holiday was enjoyable and as stress free as possible.

Now it's time to bask in the afterglow of the craziness, to sit back and enjoy those gifts, and (possibly) find another use for that leftover turkey.

To help you along, I thought I'd offer up my favorite turkey recycle ... Turkey Chalupa!

Ingredients:

1 bag of original Frito corn chips
2-3 cups of leftover, shredded turkey
1 can cream of celery or cream of chicken soup
1 large (16 oz) container of sour cream
3 tablespoons chopped jalapeno peppers
1 tablespoon jalapeno juice (if using bottled peppers) or 1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 cups shredded cheese of choice (I prefer the mixed cheddar)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly butter the bottom of a 13 x 9 baking dish
Crush corn chips and spread across bottom of pan
Top with shredded turkey
Mix together soup, sour cream, peppers, juice/hot sauce and spread over turkey
Top with shredded cheese
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbling
Allow to sit 10 minutes before serving

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If you try out the recipe, I hope you enjoy it. I'm off to our annual Boxing Day family leftover buffet! Then, it's back to writing. I hope to have my next Decadent novella complete by the new year. Hint: it's an ultra steamy story of risk and reward!

Until the new year, stay happy, stay healthy, stay well read.

Nancy



Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas from Jennifer Kacey and all of the Decadent Divas



Decadently Yours,
Jennifer Kacey


http://www.jenniferkacey.com/books.html


Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her miniman in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

My Top Five Holiday Movies


I want to wish all of you a very Happy Holidays! I love this time of year—the baking, the presents, the music and fun. One of the things I do every Christmas season is watch the seasonal movies and shows. We all have our favorites, but these are 5 that I watch every year.
 
 

1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. This is the movie that kicks off the holiday season for me. I still laugh, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.

2. Scrooge. I watch at last three versions every year. My favorite is the Albert Finney one from 1970. I also love the Muppet’s Christmas Carol and the Alastair Sim version from 1951. (I also try and fit Billy Murray’s Scrooged in there too.)
 

3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 animated version). I’ve been watching it my entire life and still love it.

4. A Charlie Brown Christmas. This 1965 animated story still makes me smile and brings me hope.

5. Arthur Christmas. This movie is only a few years old, but I love it because it counters the cynicism that has run rampant in a lot of newer holiday movies.

Here are five more, because five just isn’t enough: Frosty the Snowman, Little Woman, Love Actually, It’s a Wonderful Life, and The Man Who Invented Christmas (2017).
 




And if you’re looking for a new book, you might want to check out Endless Chase, the final book in the Dalakis Passion vampire series.

Since the night her parents were brutally murdered, Katya Markova has been driven by a dark quest for vengeance. When her search for the killers leads her to the heart of Transylvania and the ancestral home of the Dalakis, she hopes to finally take her revenge and put her horrific memories and the souls of her parents to rest. Then she meets the mesmerizing Chase Deveraux, and his intensely passionate touch threatens to weaken her resolve as she surrenders to his sensual promise.

With his life in disarray, Chase has retreated to the remote castle of the Dalakis clan to sort things out in isolation, but instead is inexplicably drawn to the mysterious Katya. Instantly spellbound by her tough warrior exterior and compelling beauty, Chase finds that Katya captivates him like no other woman has before—until he learns of her dark intent and is torn between his own needs and those of his family.

Because Katya is enmeshed in a world of lies and deceptions, and has brought that world to the Dalakis doorstep. As their unquenchable passion spirals to incredible sensual heights, Chase and Katya will be forced to make a choice, one that could destroy the Dalakis clan for all time or unite the desperate young lovers for eternity…

This is a revised edition of a previous published book.
 

BUY LINKS:

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/762837
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/endless-chase-nj-walters/1019316284?ean=2940158952852
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/endless-chase-1

 
N.J. Walters is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
                   

Visit me at:
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

The Holidays When You Aren't Quite Into It



It's that time of year again. The time of peace, happiness, Christmas carols, and egg nog. However, it's also that time of year for crowded stores, endless sweets, and empty bank accounts.

Normally I'm not a scrooge. In fact I'm quite the opposite. I usually love Christmas! Everything about Christmas would make me happy. It's always been my favorite time of year. Unfortunately this year I'm just not feeling it.

My girls are now teenagers so the beautiful fantasy of Santa Clause has now disappeared which means a lot of the "magic" of this time of year has dissipated as well. I miss the lists for Santa, the kids writing letters to him, and yes I even miss that damn Elf on a Shelf. It makes my heart sad to see all the pictures of everyone's Elf and ours is tucked away somewhere. Poor Nicky.

As many mothers of teenagers know that the gift requests have also gone from easy toy lists with tons of items to requests of game systems that cost a whopping $300 and that's before the game to actually play! And when you have three teenagers all requesting big ticket items it definitely hurts the wallet. I know they don't have to have everything they ask for but I've always been one to go big or go home on Christmas so that's what we try to do but now instead of seeing tons of gifts under the tree there's only 4 or 5 per teen since everything they want is so pricey. Just takes away the illusion a bit for me.

My husband and I did manage to go take a 'just us' trip up to Opryland Hotel for an evening. It was beautiful BUT also crowded with most people not knowing where they were trying to walk to but all in all it was a nice getaway.





I'm trying to get more in the mood for Christmas as it gets closer but at the same time each day there's something new that I forgot or need to make along with keeping up the house and keeping the teenagers alive. Combine all of that with the day job and I'm just drained of all holiday spirit. Although I'm trying to hide that from my kids.



However, I did manage to add a couple new books to my TBR list. Like I need anymore. But I'm really looking forward to these. Links below....

The Woman in the Window  by A. Finn -- Really looking forward to some down time so I can actually read this. It doesn't release until January 2nd but it's available for pre-order.

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen -- Releasing on January 9th but is available for pre-order. 

The English Wife by Lauren Willig -- I haven't read a historical story in quite some time but this one I'm going to have to. It seems to interesting to pass up.  -- Releasing on January 9th but is available for pre-order.

I know I'm sure I'm driving you nuts since the books mentioned above are all pre-orders so here ya go...

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty -- I can't pass up a book with that title. Just can't. Plus, love her! Available now!


I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season!! Send some cheer and joy my way while you're at it. ;-)

Hugs,
Amber

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

What were they thinking?

Recently, my hubby and I were walking through the mall when something caught my eye and made me snicker. Walking toward us was a woman, probably late fifties, wearing a loose pink half top and jeans, which, okay, isn’t so bad I suppose…if she’d been wearing a bra. I know how cumbersome bras are and I will admit I go without one as often as I can. Nothing like feeling the cool air on your boobies and having the freedom to let it all just hang out. But…this woman’s breasts were long and saggy and came only about an inch from the hem of the shirt. As she’s walking past us, those saggy boobies are swaying too and fro. Woman power!! Yeah!! Yet I couldn’t help but snicker. I can’t help but sing the song, ‘Do your boobs hang low, do they wiggle to and fro’ to myself.
Years ago my hubby was driving down a not so safe area of the city. It's not unusual to see a hooker sway up to a car then slip inside. At the same time, you have a store being robbed at knifepoint two blocks down. Anyway. Hubby was driving along, came to a stop at a red light and casually glances to his left and what does he see? An old wrinkled woman, whip up her baggy shirt and flash him her oversized hanging to her knees boobs. He was traumatized. LOL I love teasing him about it still. It’s funny to watch his face turn read, or see him shutter.
I know, I know. As long as the person is comfortable with their body or themselves, it shouldn’t matter what they wear or how they look. But lord, sometimes it just makes you want to chuckle.  Like what the hell is up with kids wearing their underwear over their clothes? How is that right? There is a reason they are called “underwear” But no, they think they're cool strutting along wearing jeans with boxer shorts or tight-whities over their pants. Or wearing a lacy white bra over a dark t-shirt. I could be in the worst mood, wanna bite someone’s head off yet when I see something like that, I can’t help but snicker. I suppose I should thank them for lifting their mood. Now wouldn’t that be a riot. “Excuse me young man. I would just like to say thank you for making me chuckle when I was in the most foul mood..”  Oh and don’t get me started on seeing guys walking around with their jeans hanging past their butt cheeks showing off their grungy underwear. All I want to do to them is walk up behind them and yank those shorts up so high they sing soprano for a year.  When my middle son was young he thought he was cool wearing his pants past his butt. I got tired of telling him to pull up his pants, so I decided one day to give him a piece of his own medicine. I yanked my pants past my waist, let them hang down all baggy, letting my bright pink panties showing over top. He was repulsed. “Now you know how I feel.” I warned him that every time I saw his pants below his waist, I would do the same, and next time I may even wear a thong. I won!!! From that day on, he wore his shirts, long and baggy, covering his low riding pants. Okay, maybe I didn’t completely win, but he is now a very snappy dresser.

So, the next time you see someone dressed ridiculously, or someone with their boobies hanging out, casually walk up to them and just say thank you. You’ll have them wondering for hours. LOL

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Happy Holidays from One Very Lucky Girl

Wow, what a year this has been! It started with a trip in February to San Antonio for Wild Wicked Weekend, where I not only had the opportunity to connect with a great group of readers but also a wonderful and supportive group of writers, of which there are too many to mention (I did get to see our fearless leader of this blog, Jennifer Kacey. Yay!).

May brought two milestones. My book Catering to His Desires was published, and my first book, Catering to His Needs, hit No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 2 in the U.S. on Amazon in the Erotic Romance category. I can't begin to tell you how exciting it all was, since I was attending the RT Booklovers Convention at the time, and the feedback I got was tremendous. I met so many wonderful people at RT and had a chance to spend time with some of my favorite writers, including Sierra Cartwright, Annabel Joseph, Becca Jameson, Elizabeth Safleur, Kris Michaels, Christie Adams and Cecilia Tan, among others.

In June I went to the Space Coast Book Lovers Con, in lovely Cocoa Beach, Florida. After RT, it was nice to be with a smaller group and meet new friends, including Kerry Adrienne and LK Shaw.

July found me in Charlotte, NC, at a Dark and Seductive Affair, with a wonderful collection of deliciously dark erotic romance writers. It was some of the best fun I've had this year, in the presence of writers Sue Lyndon, Renee Rose, Alta Hensley, Livia Grant, Jennifer Bene, LK Shaw, Arden Aoide, to name a few; the organizers from the After Dark Booklovers Blog, and an enthusiastic group of readers.

In August, I was at BDSM Writers Con, another wonderful time with interesting people teaching about the BDSM lifestyle. Our keynote speaker was Lynda Aicher, another favorite writer of mine.


September found me in Portland, Oregon, where I got to see my sister's new house and was able to sign at the Passion in Portland event. My travels ended in October at the Shameless Book Con, which I attended as a reader. I mostly hung out with Janet Rodman and Margie Hager, two of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet, and had the opportunity to fangirl over Tiffany Reisz, Jenna Jacob, Susan Stoker, Stacey Kennedy, Skye Warren,  Lexi Blake and Annabel Joseph.

Needless to say, it was an exciting year. It comes to a close with me spending time with family and close friends for good food and lots of laughs. My publisher put both my ebooks on sale as an added Christmas present for the season.

I wish you all good health, joy and happiness this holiday and for the New Year. We writers couldn't do what we love without your support. Thank you!

Come visit me on my website to learn more about me and my books and if you’d like, to sign up for my newsletter. I am a caterer myself and love to talk about food, so not only will I share news about my books and authors I like, I will share recipes and tips on food. Please join me at  www.roseccarole.com. I will also be posting my schedule for next year. Maybe we will be able to meet at an event.

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Last Minute Crazy Gift Ideas

Christmas is one of my favorite times of year. The lights, the cookies, the ugly holiday sweaters, the senseless gag gifts all make me giddy with excitement. If you're still searching for that one special gift to give someone, behold some gems I found...

 
How many times have you wanted to leave a note on the monster truck that has parked diagonally, taking up 3 spaces? Here ya go! Little messages of joy just waiting to be spread around.

If your SO happens to be the asshat who parks like that, you may want to consider buying them this book:


Trust me, more people need this book than you think. They don't teach this stuff on Sesame Street. 

Both of these winners are available here:

http://heavy.com/gifts/2017/11/top-best-funny-gag-gifts-christmas-ideas-men-women-kids/



Need to buy a present for a crazy cat lady, er, cat lover? Here's something I bet they don't have. (Hint: It can be useful for dieters as well.)




If you're anything like me, you roll your eyes and mutter "For fucks sake" at least 150 times a day. Chances are you have a friend who feels the same when they're at work (perhaps regarding their boss), only they can't actually verbalize the words out loud. Or, they're so close to the breaking edge of verbalizing those works out loud that they're in danger of getting fired. This mug will help them to remember paychecks come in handy every 2 weeks.




Shameless plug alert: Know someone who's an avid romance reader? This romantic comedy is on sale for $.99 for the whole month of December. No joke. (Why yes, it is my book.)




And last but not least, for the person who has everything:




HAPPY HOLIDAYS!


Visit my website tiffanynyorkauthor.com for more info on my romances. 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Good Days by Jennifer Kacey

I got the flu the week of Thanksgiving. It has lingered like a bad relative for weeks. But what has been so nice is every once in a while I'll have a day that I feel pretty good. Don't wake up feeling like I have a branding iron in my throat. Can function like a normal person at work instead of being a zombie reduced to grunts and pointing at stuff I need.
Then the next day I'm right back to awful and zombie land. SOOOO sucks!

So starting today I'm taking a few days off to spend with my boyfriend to celebrate our birthday! And I've decided to NOT be sick for any of it. WISH me luck!

Moral of the story?
Don't get the flu. Ever. :)

This now concludes the Decadent Diva's public service message for this flu season.


Decadently Yours,
Jennifer Kacey


http://www.jenniferkacey.com/books.html


Jennifer Kacey is a writer, mother, and business owner living with her miniman in Texas. She sings in the shower, plays piano in her dreams, and has to have a different color of nail polish every week. The best advice she’s ever been given? Find the real you and never settle for anything less.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Joy To His World by Clare Dargin- It's Almost Christmas And Everything Would Be Perfect But A Crazy Dom Is After His Subs #HolidayRomance #BDSM #Menage


Excerpt

“I went to Love Play’s mansion today to drop off the paperwork for the party and…” she said in between sobs. “This horrible man was there.”

“Dueño,” she said as Chris took his place back at the table. “When Nate and I went by to give the info to the Love Play rep at the mansion, we ran into Gavner.”

“Go on,” Chris said, his body tensing.

“And he said something,” Nate said.

“Like what?”

“Ummm…he mentioned…he said Jilly and I would make a great pair of subs, and he hinted that he was going to make that happen soon.”

“Dammit!” Chris said, storming over to the phone. “I’m going to kick his ass!” 

“And if you go over there now, you’ll get into trouble over nothing.” 

“He’s threatening my family. And I won’t have it.” 

“Please calm down, Dueño,” Jilly said. “We’re fine. We’re with you.”

Nate wrapped his arms around them both. Their dual embrace soothed him. His boiling rage mellowed to waves of frustration. 

“I can’t let him go around harassing you,” Chris said as the frustration ran out of him.

“Go to Vander’s office tomorrow and talk to him,” Nate whispered in his ear. “File a complaint. Maybe that will stop him.”

“We’re not going to that party, not while he’s here,” Chris said. 

“We can’t not go. It’s who we are. We don’t give in to this sort of thing,” Nate said.

“It doesn’t matter. I’m not giving that ass the chance to get near you.”

“Yes, Dueño,” Nate and Jilly replied in unison.

He stormed out of the room, seeing red. First Nate and now Jilly. Gavner had gone too far, and he had to pay.

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Blurb

[Siren Menage Amour: Erotic Consensual BDSM Menage a Trois Paranormal Romantic Suspense, M/M/F, HEA]

Chris Spinell, Jilly Reimers, and Chris “Nate” Poole are happily married. Now living in a small town run by The Love Play Matchmaking Service, Chris Spinell hopes his family is safely away from the possible dangers that come from living in a big city.

Jilly and Nate cherish the life they have with Chris. They even love the fact that he is their Dom. BDSM gives them the structure and sense of belonging they’ve always wanted. However, life in Minaqua doesn’t give Chris the peace of mind he needs in order to quell his anxieties. The scars from his time in Afghanistan run so deep, Chris’s PTSD will not allow him to escape the fears that his family is at constant risk for harm.

When a stranger comes to town seeking to harm Jilly and Nate, Chris’s protective instincts are put to the test. Will he deal with this reasonably, or will he do whatever it takes to defend his family—including breaking a solemn oath?

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