Monday, January 30, 2017

#Recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Broccoli and Cheese

1 package (10 oz) frozen broccoli in cheese flavored sauce
2 teaspoons butter or margarine
6 eggs, slightly beaten

Prepare broccoli and cheese sauce following direction on the package. Melt butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Slightly beat eggs and add to butter in skillet. When eggs begin to set, add broccoli and cheese sauce. Cook for about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Serve hot with fruit and toast for a great breakfast! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight: Some Kind of Magic by @MaryAnnMarlowe #NewRelease Jan 31 @KensingtonBooks


SOME KIND OF MAGIC
Marlowe makes a name for herself in this hilarious and sexy debut, the first in a planned series. It’s filled with frisky sex scenes set to the backdrop of rock music, and Marlowe makes the chemistry scientific and literal in this fun read. --Booklist

Biochemist Eden Sinclair has no idea that the scent she spritzed on herself before leaving the lab is designed to enhance pheromones. Or that the cute, grungy-looking guy she meets at a gig that evening is Adam Copeland. As in the Adam Copeland international rock god and object of lust for a million women. Make that a million and one. By the time she learns the truth, she s already spent the (amazing, incredible) night in his bed.

Suddenly Eden, who’s more accustomed to being set up on disastrous dates by her mom, is going out with a gorgeous celebrity who loves how down-to-earth and honest she is. But for once, Eden isn’t being honest. She can’t bear to reveal that this overpowering attraction could be nothing more than seduction by science. And the only way to know how Adam truly feels is to ditch the perfume—and risk being ditched in turn.

Excerpt:

Adam leaned in and asked, “So what do you do? Are you a musician, too?”
 “Actually, no. I’m a biochemist.  My company’s developing a perfume.”
“What’s it like?”
I scooted over. “I’m wearing it. Can you smell it?”
He met me halfway, eyes dilating black. I knew I shouldn’t be flirting. He didn’t appear to meet a single one of my criteria and, in fact, actively ticked boxes from the “deal-breaker” list. I didn’t want to lead him on only to have to give him the heave-ho in the next thirty minutes.
He lifted my wrist up to smell the fragrance Thanh had given me. “Mmm. That’s nice.”
Then he brushed his lips across my skin, and an electric current shot up every nerve in my arm. I drew my hand back, shrugging off the shiver that hit me like an aftershock.
“And you? What do you do?”
He laughed and scratched the back of his neck. “Well, I’m a musician.”
I blinked back my disappointment.
On my list of suitable professions for my prospective mate, musician wasn’t at the absolute bottom.  There were plenty more embarrassing or unstable career choices.  I wouldn’t date plumbers or proctologists for obvious reasons.  Salesmen either because, well, I didn’t like salesmen, but also because their financial situation might be uncertain.  Plus they tended to travel.  My ideal guy, I’d decided, would be an architect. 
I had nothing against musicians.  On the contrary, I loved them.  I’d supported my brother in his career, but the lifestyle was too precarious for my peace of mind.  Even the most talented had a hard time making ends meet.  Traveling and selling merchandise became a necessity. 
Unfortunately, all the doctors, lawyers, and architects I encountered were usually not interested in jean-clad, concert T-shirt wearing me. This train of thought brought me around to the realization I’d judged Adam for dressing exactly the same way.
Micah saved me from sticking my foot in my mouth when he appeared at our side.
“Adam! I’m glad to see you here. I see you’ve met my sister.” He turned to me. “Eden, do you mind if I steal him for a few?”
Adam threw me a glance. “Will you be here when I get back?”
The jolt of butterflies this simple question gave me came wholly unexpected. “I’ll be here. I’m leaving when Micah does.”
He flashed a crooked smile at me, and I traced his lips with my eyes. He was going to be trouble.

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Thanks for stopping by!!! Learn more about Mary Ann and her books at maryannmarlowe.com




Friday, January 27, 2017

Why Did I Just Type That? #MFRWauthor Blog Challenge

This week's challenge is about common writing mistakes. I make plenty of mistakes. Sometimes big errors in storytelling that require deleting and rewriting chapters. But for this post I will say the one most annoying mistake I make is typing the wrong word.

Yes, the wrong word as in the sentence is supposed to be:

She strolled along the street, trying to act as if she didn't have a care in the world.

But what I typed is: 

She strolled along the storm, trying to act as if she didn't have a care in the world.

Using this as an example, I totally was thinking "street" when I was typing. But it's like there was a disconnect in my brain and my fingers typed "storm" instead. Most of the time, I catch the errors but there have been times when I didn't. Not until someone else caught it and I felt big-time embarrassed.

At one time, I was a bit worried about it. So I asked a writer friend, who put out like four or five books a year, if she ever typed a totally different word from what she intended to type. She said she definitely did. That made me feel better. Plus I heard other writers mention it since then, and just last week when I was having lunch with a writer friend who said she wished she didn't type the wrong word. 

I was like "Join the club, honey!"

This is a blog hop but I can't get the linky tool to work. So you can check out the other posts in this blog hop at MFRW Blog

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Happy Wendesday! My Best List for Writers on @DelilahDevlin's Blog Today

Hope you are having a great Wednesday! Only more day until Friday. Check out my recommendations for writers on New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author & Freelance Editor Delilah Devlin. Her tag line: Get in bed with Delilah. Everyone else has! I love it!



Monday, January 23, 2017

A Few Great Reasons to Visit Your Library #MondayBlogs

Here are my 5 reasons why you should go to the library:

1. It is still a quiet place. It will give your nerves a rest.

2. You can improve yourself.  Just browse around and see what you can learn, even from the exhibits.

3. You can get great bargains on used books for sale and donated magazines are often free.

4. Check out the special activities offered by the library. You may make some new friends!

5.  You can save $$$. Borrow and return faithfully.  Plus remember your library when you are ready to get rid of some books or movies and best of all, your tax dollars are put to good use when they support a library.


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 

Thanks for stopping by today! Stay warm, dear friends! 

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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Thanks for stopping by my blog!!! 

Monday, January 9, 2017

#NewRelease Week Meet Natalie on Discover Yourself: The Heroine's Story #MondayMuse @brendawhitesid2 blog

I'm a guest on Brenda Whiteside's Muse Monday. My post is about the heroine in Everything His Heart Desires and how the book became her journey.

Discover Yourself: THE HEROINE'S STORY by Patricia Preston: MUSE MONDAY Please enjoy my guest blogger, Patrician Preston. Welcome, Patricia! When I started working on Everything His Heart ...

#NewRelease Week Meet Natalie at WildWomenAuthors: Paging Dr .Heartbreaker

I'm over at Wild Women Authors where Natalie, the heroine in this week's new release, is being interviewed. Join us at Wild Women Authors




Saturday, January 7, 2017

#SaturdaySpotlight: America's Next Reality Star by Laura Heffernan aka @LH_Writes

AMERICA’S NEXT REALITY STAR

“Smart, witty, funny and really freaking good.”~
          Kerry Lonsdale, WSJ and Amazon best-selling author of Everything We Keep

SEEKING THE SMART ONE...

Twenty-four-year-old Jen Reid had her life in good shape: an okay job, a tiny-cute Seattle apartment, and a great boyfriend almost ready to get serious. In a flash, it all came apart. Single, unemployed, and holding an eviction notice, who has time to remember trying out for a reality show? Then the call comes, and Jen sees her chance to start over—by spending her summer on national TV.

Luckily The Fishbowl is all about puzzles and games, the kind of thing Jen would love even if she wasn’t desperate. The cast checks all the boxes: cheerful, quirky Birdie speaks in hashtags; vicious Ariana knows just how to pout for the cameras and corn-fed “J-dawg” plays the cartoon villain of the house. Then there’s Justin, the green-eyed law student who always seems a breath away from kissing her. Is their attraction real, or a trick to get him closer to the $250,000 grand prize? Romance or showmance, suddenly Jen has a lot more to lose than a summer . . .

Excerpt:
Five hours, eleven shopping bags, one makeover, and a couple hundred dollars later, I transferred my purchases from shopping bags to my suitcase.
            I’d gotten some new jeans (no visible logos!), shorts, two swimsuits, a cover-up, several T-shirts and tank tops, a glittery green evening gown, and workout clothes. I’d spent more than I could afford, but almost a grand less than if I’d paid retail. Plus, the clothes were an investment in my future. I’d also begged a lot of makeup samples off the salesgirl at Sephora, telling her I was going on TV. That saved me close to a hundred bucks.
            Looking good boosted my confidence. Confidence would make people want to vote for me. I needed votes if I wanted to win. And I was going to win.

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Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check out Laura's website at www.lauraheffernan.com
And you can follow her on Twitter @LH_Writes. She's always got something going on....


Friday, January 6, 2017

#MFRWauthor Blog Challenge: A Few Favorite Things When It Snows

Today, down South, we are having our first snow of the season and I am enjoying looking at it from my windows. Such a pretty sight but I am thankful that I don't have to be out in my car today. When it snows in the South, the roads are treacherous.

So here are my favorite things when it snows:

Being at home where it is warm inside.

Lighting candles. Today I lit up a bunch of tea candles. I love candles as they seem to make a room warmer and cozier.

Hot cocoa. I haven't had a chance to make hot cocoa yet but I plan to this afternoon as the temperature dips into the teens. Brrrr!

Microfiber throws. I love to bundle up under soft throws. Microfiber is my favorite because they are so soft and not heavy but do keep you warm.

Recliner. Okay, so it just goes to say that if you are going to bundle up, a recliner is a good place to do so.

Books and movies. My favorite activity when its snowing is either read or watch a movie. Forget shoveling snow or being outside at all. I'd rather have all the above things listed, along with books and movies for entertainment.

I hope you have a great Friday and enjoy your favorite things whatever they may be!



Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Warm Up with Some History and a Recipe for Hot Chocolate

With an Artic chill heading our way after today, it's a good time for hot cocoa!

Hot cocoa or hot chocolate as we say in the South dates back the ancient Mayans and Aztecs. It was nothing like the hot cocoa we have today. Milk was not used and it was served cold with a blend of wine and chili peppers. EWWW!

Chocolate was brought to Europe in the 1500's and in the 1600's chocolate houses, much like coffee houses, were found throughout England. The most fashionable chocolate house was White's, which opened in 1693. Later, like many chocolate houses, White's became a gentlemen's club and still exists today.

Besides being enjoyed as a drink by the aristocracy (cocoa was very expensive), it was used to treat various stomach disorders, liver disease, and fevers. In France, chocolate was used to "fight fits of anger and bad moods". I think it is still used for that by women everywhere!

Cocoa progressed through the decades and some of the historic names associated with hot cocoa are present today. In 1842, John Cadbury is selling 16 types of drinking cocoa. 1879 milk chocolate is invented in Switzerland using powdered milk invented by Nestle. In 1926, Hershey introduces Hershey syrup, 1935 Carnation comes up with instant hot cocoa and in the 1950's Swiss Miss produces packets of hot cocoa for airline passengers.

Hot cocoa has become a well-loved comfort food. What is better on a cold winter night than a cup of hot cocoa? And, this is definitely the week to enjoy it as the deep freeze continues. Here are my recommendations:

Instant chocolate mix:

I give Land of Lakes five stars! It is the best instant hot cocoa mix that I have used. Great rich chocolate taste. It is an expensive brand, compared to Nestle or Swiss Miss. But the flavor, which doesn't taste instant at all, is worth it.

A simple delicious recipe for making hot cocoa yourself and cheaply, too:

1/3 cup dry milk
1 tsp cocoa
1 tsp sugar
Add 1 cup of hot water. Stir and enjoy!
(you can also mix with cold water and heat in microwave)
This hot cocoa will have a creamy milk taste, more chocolaty and less sweet than the store-bought mixes.

Regardless of how you prepare it, I hope you enjoy a hot cup tonight!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

#SundaySnippet~Brett Meets Pharaoh, Nana's Thug Cat!


The snippet this Sunday is from Everything His Heart Desires and it features the hero, Dr. Brett Harris, and his first run-in with Pharaoh, Nana's thug cat. I have to admit Nana and Pharaoh were such fun to write. Brett has just arrived at the Castle House where Natalie, the heroine, is staying with her aristocratic grandmother, who hates doctors.  

Clara left him in the parlor, where he shifted his weight from one foot to another. He thought of taking a seat, but he wasn’t certain about the antique furniture. Maybe you weren’t supposed to touch it. He kept his hands in his pockets.
The sofa and chairs were covered in dark green brocade and had short curved legs. At his height, if he sat in one of the chairs, it would be awkward. Like practically sitting on the floor.
He decided to remain standing. He checked out the paintings of the Layton ancestors. Then he looked at his reflection in the pier mirror. Not bad. He strode over to the fireplace and studied the amazing clock on the mantel. The case featured oak leaves and acorns carved in the mahogany wood.
He caught a movement in his peripheral vision and glanced at the floor just in time to see something black with a white stripe down its back shoot under the center table. He gave a start, his first thought being that a skunk was in the house.
Then it appeared again, coming to a halt between the table and the sofa. He saw it was a muscular cat with a solid black face and gold eyes.
“Hey, kitty,” Brett said in the high-pitched tone you always used for pets and babies. “Man, I thought you were a skunk. Huh.”
The cat immediately arched its spine and let out a hiss. Brett backed away. “Nice kitty.” He eased to the other side of the center table, where he thought he was safe. 
The next thing he knew the cat was on top of the center table.The big cat crouched on the table and peered around a centerpiece of silk roses. Staring at Brett, it let out a low guttural yowl. Was that thug cat for “You wanna step outside, asshole?”

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Wishing everyone the best in 2017!