Saturday, January 21, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight: To Tempt an Heiress by @SusannaMCraig from @LyricalPress #HistoricalRom

To Tempt an Heiress
Great story, great romance, and beautifully done all the way around.”—RT Book Reviews (4 stars)

After her beloved father dies, Tempest Holderin wants nothing more than to fulfill his wish to free the slaves on their Antiguan sugar plantation. But the now wealthy woman finds herself pursued by a pack of unsavory suitors with other plans for her inheritance. To keep her from danger, her dearest friend arranges a most unconventional solution: have Tempest kidnapped and taken to safety.

Captain Andrew Corrvan has a reputation as a ruthless, money-hungry blackguard—but those on his ship know differently. He is driven by only one thing: the quest to avenge his father’s death on the high seas. Until he agrees to abduct a headstrong heiress…

If traveling for weeks—without a chaperone—isn’t enough to ruin Tempest, the desire she feels for her dark and dangerously attractive captor will do the rest. The storm brewing between them will only gather strength when they reach England, where past and present perils threaten to tear them apart—even more so than their own stubborn hearts…

 Excerpt:
Reflected sunlight limned her profile: the gentle curve of her jaw, the translucence of her skin, the sunrise shimmer of her hair. Hers was a pale, radiant beauty, like an eggshell held up to a candle’s flame, or a spider’s web touched with dew at dawn. Fragile.
Without conscious thought, his left hand rose, his fingertips eager to trace the highlighted features of her face. But before he reached her, she turned slightly to face him. Her close-cropped curls made her wide eyes look even larger. As her gaze locked with his, he was reminded that the true beauty of delicate things sometimes lay in their unexpected strength.
Tempest.
He could not be sure which he named—the woman, or the storm-clouded depths of her eyes. In this moment, they were one and the same.
Her throat worked. “I suppose I haven’t much choice, have I?”
“No.”
And with that monosyllable he condemned himself to spending an eternity at sea with her. Forty days, give or take.
And forty nights.



You can find out more about Susanna's book at www.susannacraig.com 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

#MFRWauthor TV Binges Fun Until It's Over

I don't know that I have ever binged watch a TV series in one sitting, but I have watched a season over a couple of days. The last one I did was Mozart in the Jungle. If you have Amazon Prime, I recommend this series. It is so much fun. The trouble is the episodes are 30 minutes so you can watch a whole season within a day or so.

On the plus side, most shows seem so much better when I stream them in or watch them on DVD rather than on TV with commercials. This seems especially true of the Walking Dead when there are no commercial breaks.

I think what is bad is when you get to the end of a season and that's it. You have to wait for a new season or maybe there's not a new season, which is even worse if you really like the show. I'm thinking about a series I watched on Prime called Jericho and it was so good. But there are only a couple of season of it. It does having something of an ending, but I would have loved to have seen more episodes of it.  

Here are some series that I have enjoyed and you might like to binge them

Supernatural  11 season so far and you need to start at the beginning to follow Sam and Dean's journey.  

The Walking Dead  6 seasons so far. Awesome characters and it isn't really about zombies. 

Mozart in the Jungle  3 seasons. About life as a musician in an orchestra. Sophisticated and fun to watch. 

Almost Human  British series about a vampire, werewolf and a ghost living together. Enjoyed it.

I'm always looking for an interesting series. If you have a recommendation, leave it in the comments. 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Heating Up the Chicken: Recipe for Rotel and Broccoli Casserole

Gather up your ingredients:

1 twenty-ounce package of broccoli
1 can of Rot-Tel tomatoes
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup flour
1/2 pound of cheese

Need: a large baking dish, saucepan

Cook broccoli, drain and arrange in bottom of baking dish.
Mix soup and flour together in saucepan, low heat. Add can of Ro-Tel and cook to a boil. Reduce heat and add cheese. Stir until cheese is melted.
Pour sauce over broccoli and lightly stir.
Bake 350 for about 30 minutes.

Great side dish!

Saturday, January 14, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight: Star Survivor by Veronica Scott aka @vscottheauthor #RomSciFi


Star Survivor

“5 Stars! A fast-paced, action-adventure tale that you'll want to read in one sitting--or stay up late reading far into the night.”

The survivors of a terrible wreck meet again—but this time only one can survive.

The long-awaited, standalone  sequel to The Wreck of the Nebula Dream…
They survived an iconic spaceship wreck together. She never expected to see him again … especially not armed to kill her.
       Twilka Zabour is an interstellar celebrity. She built on her notoriety as a carefree Socialite who survived the terrible wreck of the Nebula Dream, and launched a successful design house. But now the man who gave meaning to her life, then left her, is back–this time for the worst of reasons. Will he kill her … or help her survive?
        D’nvannae Brother Khevan survived the Nebula Dream in the company of a lovely, warm woman, only to be pulled away from her, back into his solitary life in the service of the Red Lady.  Now Twilka’s within his reach again–for all the wrong reasons. Khevan will do everything within his power to discover why Twilka has been targeted for assassination, and to save her.
         But Khevan is not Twilka’s only pursuer. Will allies Nick and Mara Jameson arrive in time to aid the couple, or will Khevan and Twilka’s ingenuity be all that stands between them and death?

Excerpt:
“Twenty thousand on the red,” she said, having seen his bet and choosing the opposite. “I’ll spin.” She leaned over to spin the retro wheel, giving the room a full view of her cleavage, accented with perfume dust and temporary diamond-studded tattoos.
There was a growing silence around the table. She didn’t think the onlookers knew who he was—had been—to her. She was famous, her face appearing everywhere as the embodiment of her brand, but he was just a D’nvannae. In reality, Khevan could never be dismissed as “just” anything, could he? Tossing her hair, she raised her glass as the croupier proclaimed her win. “Again.”
“The lady wins again,” said the dealer.
“Your lucky night,” Khevan said, inclining his head to her slightly.
Lords, his voice was as deep and sensuous as ever. Twilka grabbed the table rail with her free hand. Did he know who she was? Of course he did, but the bastard was pretending not to recognize her. “Available for contract, I see.”
“Technically true, but traveling to an outlying temple for a required ritual,” he said. His handsome, tattooed face gave nothing away. “There would have to be an emergency for me to take a contract tonight.”
“Did you want to let the bet ride?” asked the croupier.
“No,” she said abruptly. “I don’t tempt fate too far any more. Cash me out.”

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Thanks for stopping by! You can find out more about Veronica and her fabulous sci-fi fantasy romantic adventures at  https://veronicascott.wordpress.com/

Friday, January 13, 2017

#GuestBlogging @TrevannRogers about Brett's leather jacket! #SexyDocs #NewRelease

I'm over at Trevann Rogers blog today as a guest on "Dress Up Dress Down" Friday where I'm talking about the hero in Everything His Heart Desires. Brett is a doctor but not one who likes to wear white lab coats. He much prefers his leather bomber jacket that goes well with his collection of muscle cars. Check out the post: http://www.trevannrogers.com/dress-up-dress-down-with-patricia-preston/



Here's hoping everyone has a happy and SAFE Friday the 13th! 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

#MFRWauthor Blog Challenge: Surviving Your Family

This week's blog challenge topic was how your family survives your writing. My first thought on this was how do writers survive their family? Right? You would not believe the writers I have known who have been discouraged and defeated by their families.

Mostly that applies to struggling writers who aren't taken seriously by selfish spouses/parents/children and even friends. I can think of five writers I know right off the top of my head who are no longer writing because of family demands. Like if they were trying to write something and the family member came to the door and said I'm hungry, they quit and had to go make food. Or they had to take someone someplace. Whatever. Then there are the jealous or smothering partners who don't want you to write, but love to play golf and do things they enjoy.

I've listened to hours of complaining by writers who feel guilty if they are writing rather than attending to every need of their family. They can't get a book finished. They just might as well give up. Well, it all comes down to standing up for yourself and your right to do something that makes you happy. Making your own demands for a change.


My cousins are very supportive of my writing. However, my son amuses me. I don't know that he has ever read anything I've written. I think he is proud of me. But once when I told him a reviewer said one of my books was "hot and sexy," he was like "I'm not okay with that."

It was so funny! Over the holidays I text his girlfriend a picture of a bare-chested guy in a Santa hat for fun and she text back that my son told her not to open it. God forbid that I'm one of the original Bad Moms.





Tuesday, January 10, 2017

#NewRelease Today EVERYTHING HIS HEART DESIRES



Everything His Heart Desires is my latest release from Kensington Lyrical Press. Part of the Love Heals All series Everything His Heart Desires is a witty, warm single-title contemporary. After a bombing in Kabul, photographer Natalie Layton returns to her hometown to reconnect with her family and create a new future for herself. The last thing she expected was to be reunited with Brett Harris, the "James Dean" of her senior class who always thought of her as an airhead. The unlikely duo is tasked with trying to help her haughty grandmother, who hates doctors, especially Dr. Harris, and as Natalie pieces her life back together, she finds herself falling for the one man she can never trust. Meanwhile, Natalie's grandmother (who was such an awesome character to write) is nobody's fool. Nana has a little scheme of her own. Also you may fall in love with her thug cat, Pharaoh. 

Brett, who is nicknamed Hot Rod because he collects and drives muscle cars from the 60's, was a character in the first Love Heals All title, One Week in Your Arms. He and the heroine in that book, Marla, are both members of the medical staff at Lafayette Falls Medical Center and long-time friends. Brett considers her like a sister. The next book, Not Through Loving You, features pediatrician Aaron Kendall, who is in both books. I'm working on Kayla's book now.

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