{Cover Reveal} RIDE A FALLING STAR by D'Ann Lindun

    Today I have a cover reveal for Ride A Falling Star, by the wonderful author, D’Ann Lindun. Today’s cover is gorgeous! Leave her a little note to let her know what you think . . .

       

Title: Ride A Falling Star
Author:
D’Ann Lindun
Genre: Contemporary, Western, Suspense Romance
Release Date: August 2013

When Las Vegas showgirl Ava Demassi accidently witnesses a murder, she runs. The killer, a man she dated a few times, gives chase and she dives into the first moving vehicle she spots—a cowboy’s pickup!

Levi Callahan is celebrating with friends after winning the saddle bronc division of the National Finals Rodeo. He is leaving Vegas, headed toward his next rodeo, when a gorgeous blonde dives into his truck, shots ringing out all around her. Because his fiancé was stalked and murdered after the local police refused to help her, he won’t turn his back on a woman in distress.

As they cross three states, evading a crazed hit-man, can Levi save Ava?

Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there’s just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending. D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, nine ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!

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Release Day Promo: DESIGNS OF DESIRE by Tempe O’Riley

Title: Designs of Desire 
Author:
Tempeste O’Riley 
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press 
Series: Desires Entwined, #1
Release Date: July 29th 2013
Genre: M/M Erotic Contemporary Romance 
Length: 200 pgs 
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Artist James Bryant has forearm crutches in every color from rainbow for fun to sleek black for business. He even has a pair with more paint splatters than metal. After his family’s rejection and abuse from a man he thought loved him, James only just gets through the day by painting. He lives in constant fear that he’s not worthy of anything, let alone love.

As CEO of his company, Carrington Enterprises, Seth Burns is a take-charge kind of guy, and he is instantly smitten by the artist helping with his newest project. When he witnesses James suffer a panic attack, a protective instinct he never knew he had kicks in. He truly believes nothing is unobtainable—including James—if he’s willing to put in the time and effort.

James is shy and confused by Seth’s interest in him as a person. With Seth’s support, can he work through his fears to finally find the true love he deserves, or will someone finally land the crushing blow he won’t survive?

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Meatless Monday: Grilled Mexican Pizza

Welcome to another Meatless Monday. Today I’m sharing a variation of a “taco” or Mexican pizza that is very customizable, delicious, and nutritious. I hope you enjoy these recipes and take a chance on a new dining experience.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil, plus more for brushing grill
  • 2 large Portabella mushroom caps, stems and gills removed (I use D’Lightful as they have 100% vitamin D each)
  • 1 ear fresh corn, shucked
  • 1 cup refried beans (check label to make sure they are vegetarian)
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (2%)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese (2%)
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mexican Four Cheese blend (2%)
  • 1 cup salsa (we prefer Pace Medium)
  • 2 green onions / scallions
  • Cilantro for garnish

Directions:

  1. Spray grill with PAM Olive Oil and preheat to medium
  2. Brush mushrooms and corn with Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Grill 4 – 5 minutes (there should be visible grill marks on corn). Turn occasionally.
  3. Slice mushroom caps thinly. Using a large knife, cut kernels off cob in long swipes.
  4. Spread refried beans and salsa evenly over crust as the “sauce”. Top with mushrooms, corn, cheese, scallions, and tomatoes.
  5. Place pizza on grill and cook about 7 minutes, or until bottom of crust is crisp and has nice grill marks.
  6. Sprinkle shredded/chopped cilantro on pizza, cut, and serve!

Optional: Serve with such individualized toppings as shredded lettuce, jalapeños, sour cream, avocado / guacamole

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Copper Girl by Jennifer Allis Provost Book Trailer Blitz

Title: Copper Girl
Author: Jennifer Allis Provost
Series: Copper Legacy
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Spence City
Release Date: June 25 2013

Sara had always been careful.

She never spoke of magic, never associated with those suspected of handling magic, never thought of magic, and never, ever, let anyone see her mark. After all, the last thing she wanted was to end up missing, like her father and brother.

Then, a silver elf pushed his way into Sara’s dream, and her life became anything but ordinary.

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CHAPTER ONE, Part I

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

My office, like most modern offices, cranked the air conditioning down to Arctic proportions during the summer months. Consequently, we workers arrived in the morning dressed in sandals and sleeveless tops, donned heavy sweaters upon reaching our desks, and ended up shivering by noon. Ironically, when our workday ended we were hit by a wall of oppressive heat the moment we stepped outside the main doors. No, this wasn’t a flawed system in the slightest.

That day, I wasn’t having it. I had the grand idea of spending my lunch hour outside, away from the icy wind stiffening my fingers and chilling my neck. After I unwound myself from the afghan I kept in my desk (and only used in the summer months), I gathered up my lunch and my phone and headed out for an impromptu picnic in my car.

What I hadn’t considered was that the office runs the air conditioning so cold because it was, well, hot outside. Very hot, in fact. So hot that the cheese was melting in my sandwich and the lettuce looked like something that had washed ashore months, maybe even years, ago. I was parked in the shade and had taken down my car’s convertible top, but I still couldn’t manage to get comfortable. I’d already shed my sandals and cardigan, which left me wearing my sundress and…

Dare I?

I glanced around the parking lot of Real Estate Evaluation Services, the ‘go-to firm for all your commercial real estate needs’, according to the brochures. No one, human or drone, was taking a noontime stroll, and, by virtue of my being on the far side of the lot, no cars were near mine. Most of my coworkers didn’t even have cars, so the lot was rarely more than half-full. What was more, from where I sat, I couldn’t even see the office.

I dared.

I took a deep breath and channeled my inner wild woman, then leaned the seat back and slipped off my panties. Removing that small bit of cotton made an incredible difference, and the heat became somewhat bearable. Enjoyable, even. Was that a breeze?

Ignoring my decrepit sandwich, I fully reclined the seat, set the alarm on my phone, and closed my eyes. A nap. Now that would make today bearable.

***

Suddenly, he is there.

Here.

Kissing me, holding me.

I know I’m dreaming, because he’s perfect. His lips are soft but insistent, his hands gentle. I glide my fingers across his back, feeling thick cords of muscle, before sinking my fingers into his hair. It’s superfine, like cobwebs, and when I crack an eyelid, I learn that it’s silver. Not gray or white, but the elegant hue of antique candlesticks and fine flatware. Cool.

I squeeze my eyes shut again, not wanting the dream to end any sooner than it has to. He kisses me once more, and I can’t help melting against him. His hand travels up my leg, up past my hip… shit! No panties!

I try twisting away, but he already knows. I feel his mouth stretch into a smile, and he moves to nuzzle my neck. "What’s your name?" he murmurs.

"Sara," I reply. "Yours?"

"Micah." By now, his hands have traveled to my waist, and he slides one around to stroke the small of my back. "Why did you summon me, Sara?"

"I didn’t," I protest. "I don’t know how." I would say more, but he nibbles a trail from my neck to my shoulder, and pushes my dress to the side. As for me, I let him.

Micah raises his head, and I get a good look at him for the first time. His eyes are large and dark gray, like thunderheads, his features chiseled into warm caramel skin, and his unruly mop of silver hair seems to float around his head. He wears an odd, buff-colored leather shirt, made all the odder in this heat, and matching leather pants and boots. Boots?

"You did summon me," he insists. "My Sara, you must tell me why."

"Does it matter?" I ask. I pull him back to me, kissing him with all the passion I’ve never felt with anyone during my waking hours. Micah kisses me back, fingers deftly unbuttoning my dress while his other hand rubs my lower back. I’ve never felt so free, so alive as I do in Micah’s embrace, and I have no intention of rushing this. None at all.

Jennifer Allis Provos
t is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, a parrot, two cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.
 
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Meatless Monday: Veggie Bowties with Asparagus, Baby Bellas, and Marinara Sauce

Welcome to another Meatless Monday. Today I have a yummy pasta dish inspired by Gina, from SkinnyTaste. I changed up the type of pasta and cheese to meet my kids’ approval. They have a recent obsession for pastas that have 1/2 or full servings of vegetables already in the pasta.

Veggie Bowties with Asparagus, Baby Bellas, and Marinara Sauce:

veggie bowties                    asparagus-spears
[pullquote align=”right” textalign=”left” width=”30%”]Servings: 4
Calories: 283.2
Total Fat: 3.7 g
Total Carbs: 51.3 g
Fiber: 4.9 g
Protein: 13.2[/pullquote]

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz pasta (we used Barilla Veggie Farfalle—also known as Bowties)
  • 1 bunch thin asparagus, tough ends removed
  • 6 oz Baby Bellas, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade marinara sauce (recipe below)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, Romano, and Asiago cheese (we use the Kraft blend)
  • Crushed Red Pepper to taste
  • Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb and pepper to taste

Directions:

Boil about 4 inches of water in a large pot, when boiling add asparagus and cook about 2 to 3 minutes, or until tender crisp. Drain and chop into small bite sized pieces.

Quickly sauté sliced bellas in PAM (olive oil kind).

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil (you can use the same pot from the asparagus not to dirty too many dishes). Cook pasta according to package directions for al dente.

While pasta is cooking, in a medium saucepan heat 1-1/2 cups marinara sauce. Drain pasta and RESERVE a cup of the pasta water.

Return pasta back to the pot and toss with marinara, asparagus, bellas, grated cheese, salt and pepper and a 1/4 cup of the pasta water or as needed to loosen the sauce.

Divide between four bowls and top with fresh pepper and more grated cheese if desired.

*Note: If you want to dine using this on meat days, add some shrimp, small scallops, or small fish fillet for a great dish and a major protein punch.


Quick Marinara Sauce
Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes

Servings: 6 • Serving Size: 1/2 cup • Old Points: 1 pt • Points+: 1 pt
Calories: 51.5 • Fat: 0.8 • Carbs: 9.0 g • Fiber: 1.1 • Protein: 0.1 g

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2-3 large cloves garlic, smashed
  • 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes (I love Tuttorosso)
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • Salt and fresh pepper to taste

In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and saute until golden, careful not to burn. Add crushed tomatoes, salt, pepper, oregano, and bay leaf. Stir and reduce heat to low. Cover and let simmer about 15 – 20 minutes, add basil just before done.

Release Day Blitz: SAY WHEN by Tara West

Title: Say When 
Author: Tara West
 
Publisher: Shifting Sands Publishing 
Series: Something More, #1
Release Date: July 19th 2013
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance 
Length: 313 kb / 244 pgs 
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He told me to say when, but I can’t. Not with Andrés. It’s so hard to say anything when he’s trailing feather soft kisses down my neck, or when his touch sends hot currents of lust rippling across my skin.

Then there’s the way he smiles and offers soft words of encouragement when I’m creating art, almost like he believes I have talent.

He’s not like any guy I’ve ever met. Not like my ex-fiancée. Not like my father. He’s got me thinking that maybe we can have something more. More than just lust, degradation, and abuse.

And now I’m scared, because that means I’ll have to trust him with more than just my body, but with my heart, too.

Christina Duval

***Warning: this book contains graphic language, sex, and mature situations. Not intended for young adult readers.***

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{Virtual Book Blast} SHIFTY MAGIC by Judy Teel

Title: Shifty Magic 
Author:
Judy Teel 
Publisher: Golden Angel Press
Series: Dangerous Magic, #1
Release Date: May 21st 2013
Genre: YA, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery 
Length: 252 pages / 453 kb 
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…some people will do anything for revenge.

A tough PI struggles to track down a vengeful serial killer only to discover that the murderer holds the key to her secret magical heritage.

Book One in the YA13 paranormal/mystery series Dangerous Magic by Judy Teel. "Expect action, on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense, and the perfect touch of romance."

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4.5 Drops Review: STRANDED by Andrew Grey

    Hello and good morning everyone. Today I have not only another story for your every growing TBR piles, but one that is a bit of a deviation for the author! I’ve also got a great little excerpt to share, so make sure you check out all Andrew and his boys have to share.

 

Title: Sranded 
Author:
Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: July 15th 2013
Genre: M/M, Mystery/Suspense, Romance
Length: 204 pages
Source: Author in exchange for honest review
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Kendall Monroe is handcuffed to a car in the desert.

Is this life imitating art or art imitating life? The only thing he’s sure of is that the situation he finds himself in is a copy of a scene he filmed earlier, only this time, there is no director yelling “cut” and no crew to rescue him. Terrified for his life, Kendall takes comfort remembering happier times with his longtime lover, Johnny. He hasn’t seen Johnny in weeks since Johnny stayed behind to finish his latest best-selling novel.

As he attempts to survive scorching-hot days and freezing nights, Kendall tries to figure out who did this to him. Could it be Johnny, or the research assistant he suspects Johnny is having an affair with? Both options fill him with bitterness. Or is it a more likely suspect? Kendall has a stalker who sends him flowers and always seems to know where he is. But what does this stranger have to gain by leaving Kendall stranded in the middle of nowhere?

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CURVE MY APPETITE (1NS) by Melissa Kendall {Review/Excerpt/Giveaway}

Title: Curve My Appetite 
Author:
Melissa Kendall 
Series: 1 Night Stand 
Publisher: Decadent Publishing 
Release Date: March 15th 2013
Genre: Erotic, Contemporary, Romance
Length: 9,000 words 
Source: Author in exchange for honest review
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Sally Austens’ sexual experience is limited and unsatisfactory at best. Now, as she turns thirty, it looks like the relationship train has missed her stop. When a friend tells her about 1Night Stand and suggests it might just change her life, she’s skeptical but shoots for the stars when asking for her perfect date. Go big or go home, right?

Dean Martorino lives in the public eye. Surrounded on a daily basis by society’s idea of stunning beauty, he longs for a woman with curves he can get lost in. At the suggestion of his long-time friend and manager, Dean shares his secret with Madame Eve hoping she can find him a match to fill his arms and satisfy his desires.

Can Sally accept the beauty Dean sees in her long enough to curve his appetite or will they both go home hungry?

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains explicit sex scenes and/or situations and adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

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Close Encounters of the Wicked Kind Scavenger Hunt

Hello and welcome to my entry for the Close Encounters of the Wicked Kind Scavenger Hunt.

I’ve always love scavenger hunts and this one is super fun. All you have to do is read the excerpt on each site and find the answer to the Hunt question below. How easy right? To be entered for the site prize, don’t forget to also comment (do not answer the Hunt question in the comments!)

Now that we’ve got all that said, lol, let’s get to the fun! Below you will find an excerpt from Blood Bound. This scene snippet continues beyond what you will read and shows the inner working of both characters well. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing.

Enjoy!


a House Millar novel
Áine P Massie

Geas Publishing | NA Paranormal Romance

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Summary of Blood Bound


How many ways can a hearts true love be shared?

After poisoning, near death attacks, consummated passions, and possible insanity visit Anya, Nicholas, and Declán they embark on their future. Or at least they try to. Jealousy can be a pain, in more ways than one.

Can Anya protect her lovers, find peace within herself, and lead the House Millar? With her loves and guards, Nicholas and Declán, she sets out to do just that. If only life, eternal life, were that easy.

Come take a walk with our loving family and witness the strange turns and twists as life, love, and passions collide with greed, politics, and evil.

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“I have a sinking suspicion that you have no idea what got them all riled. Do you?” he asked gently. Louie looked gorgeous, of course, but his perfect features were marred with worry. It was sometimes hard to look into those divine pale ice-blue eyes though; they reminded me so much of Braden’s.

“No, no one would answer my questions.”

“Now that I understand what they were actually asking – still can’t believe they managed to keep it hidden this long – I’m not sure my previous counsel would be the same. But, I also know you, once given, you never back out of a promise,” Louie continued unhappily.

“I thought you supported Nicholas. Why are you unhappy?” Could he please get to the point?

“It wasn’t Nicholas I supported the other night. I was supporting you and what I thought would make you happy. I told you that. However, what you said about not being able to undo it is more accurate than you thought. This ritual and charm actually link you on a more fundamental level. In Nic’s case I’m not that worried. But, he wants to link you both with Declán. That’s really the part concerning us.” Louie reached out, taking my hand between his. He kept his eyes focused on our hands as he played with my fingers for a minute.

“Why is your worry for Declán? I mean, is it dangerous to him or something?” He had me scared. I wouldn’t do anything that would endanger Declán . . . Nicholas should know that!

“No. It’s not him that I fear for,” he explained. “It’s you, your heart and mind that worry me. I know how hard it was for you to lose Braden. Twice. But when Declán passes, if you have done what they are asking, it might literally kill you.” The pain in his voice was terrifying.

My mind chose then to shut down. I knew Louie was still talking, but I had no idea what he said. I couldn’t handle discussions of Declán’s eventual death right then. My mind kept replaying the life fading from Braden, over and over. (I may be a vampire but I never willingly killed a human, those that served Marcus notwithstanding.) But watching my husband die nearly killed me before, mentally anyway. Now Louie was suggesting that this bonding would make it even worse when Declán died? I barely maintained my hold on sanity most days as it was . . .

“ . . . Anya,” Louie snapped. I had a feeling he had been calling me, especially since he had a hold of my arms and was shaking me. “Anya?”

A rún?” Blinking and looking around I realized Louie was on his knees in front of me, that same look of panic etched into his face that was becoming all too familiar lately. He stopped shaking me but didn’t let go. He was staring into my eyes with such force I wanted to retreat from the power of his gaze. “I-I’m sorry.”

“Anya? Are you back with me now?” His hands were gripping my arms so tightly his fingers bit into my flesh, painfully.

“Um, ow,” I complained, pulling my arms out of his grip. “It’s bad enough when I draw my own blood, but come on, no one else gets to do that!”

Louie broke his focus and looked down at where he’d held me. His pale ice-blue eyes went wide. “Oh, God! I’m sorry.” He moved back, looking horrified. His fingers had gouged in pretty good.

Sadly, even though it hurt, I, as usual, found it mildly interesting and amusing. “Huh, guess even healthy I can bleed. Weird,” I murmured as I twisted my arms a little to inspect the wounds. “Good thing I heal fast, huh?”

Poor Louie did not find it amusing. “I am so, so sorry. I just panicked . . . I’ve been saying your name for a while now,” he said reverting to French in his panic and unease. He looked down at his own hands, not meeting my eyes as he spoke. “I can’t believe I did that,” he choked.

Gently I put my fingers under his chin to raise his eyes back to mine. “You’re a vampire, blood shouldn’t bother you. . .”

 


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