Tinsel Sugarplum shares Christmas Trees recipe.

Highway Cafe Christmas blog 2017

Hi my name is Tinsel Sugarplum. Welcome to our party in the big red barn. Hope you got your dancing shoes on!

My favorite song to dance to is Rock around the Christmas Tree. I listen to that song all year long.

At this time of the year it’s our tradition to have pot luck at the party. I’m a gluten-free elf and I’m not a very good cook, but I love dessert. Here is my recipe for Gluten-Free One Bite Brownie Christmas Trees.

Enjoy.

Gluten-Free One Bite Brownie Christmas Trees  
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Ingredients

  • 12 – gluten free one bite brownies
  • 12 large strawberries
  • green icing
  • Smarties

Directions

Place a strawberry on each of the brownies. Put the green icing into a piping bag or a zip-lock bag with the corner cut off One bite brownie chrstmas tree #2and the leaf piping tool* on it. Pipe the icing like branches like the picture. Then use different colored smarties as the decorations on the tree. Enjoy.

Don’t forget to visit all the other elves on the blog tour and enter their draw for prizes. my draw is at the bottom.

December 4
Holland Rae – https://hollandrae.com/
Susanne Matthews – https://mhsusannematthews.wordpress.com/
Sorchia DuBois – www.sorchiadubois.com
Mariah Lynne –
December 5
Tena Stetler – http://www.tenastetler.com/category/my-say-what-blog/
Maureen Bonatch – http://www.maureenbonatch.com/blog/
Peggy Jaeger – https://peggyjaeger.com/
Barbara Burke – https://barbaraburkeauthor.wordpress.com/
December 6
Kelly Kalmanson – http://kkweil.blogspot.com
M.S. Spencer – http://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com
Hywela Lyn – www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com
Reggi Allder – https://reggiallder.blogspot.com/
December 7
Denyse Bridger – http://www.fantasypages.ca
Clair de Lune – https://clairdelunebooks.co.uk/
Karen Blake-Hall – https://kaydenclaremont.wordpress.com/
Casi McLean – http://casimclean.com/a-christmas-to-remember/
December 8
Darlene Fredette – http://findingthewritewords.blogspot.com
Daryl Devore – http://daryldevore.blogspot.ca
Gini Rifkin – http://ginirifkin.blogspot.com
Linda Carroll-Bradd – http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com

My Giveaway: Sign up for my newsletter at  http://www.kaydenclaremont.com

and one lucky winners will win a  $10 Amazon Gift Card. Will be drawn on December 11, 2017.

My new book Heaven’s Watcher is being released on January 8, 2018.

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Blurb: Leather-wearing, motorcycle riding PI Heaven Vaughan is working undercover in a Las Vegas casino for the DA. She must find the evidence to convict the casino boss of ordering her brother killed, but the tall, dark, sex-on-a-stick head of security is constantly watching her. Just knowing he’s got his monitors focused on her makes her hot, and she can’t help but make sure he has something as equally arousing to look at.

Straight-arrow Darius Turner has one job—to safeguard the people in the casino. The feisty redhead dominating his viewing pleasure is playing havoc with his duties and with his libido. All he wants is to take her up on her teasing invitations, but he can’t let her get too close. If Heaven discovers his true identity, there’ll be hell to pay.

Preorder will be available soon.

 

 

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Featured author – Award Winning Author – A.K. Smith

Today I’m featuring Award Winning Author – 2017 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner

author A.K. Smith and her book A Deep Thing.

Don’t for get to enter to win a Kindle. Link at end of blog.

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Blurb: Dive into A Deep Thing
A Deep Thing by A.K. Smith is a high concept thriller–think The Da Vinci Code of the deep–that grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let go. A roller coaster ride of romance, suspense, mystery and intrigue,  this page-turner surprises at every turn and offers a stunning ending you’ll never suspect.  M. Baron- Author of Stumble Stones: A novel

What was her husband hiding in the jungles of Mexico?  A.K. Smith

Rocked by her husband’s tragic death, Kendall Jackson strives to put her life back together. But Ryder, her nineteen-year-old stepson, is bitter and wants nothing to do with her. And she can’t keep the grief at bay. Sometimes, it’s so strong, she wonders if life is worth living. A call from a cave diver in Mexico gives her hope of mending the relationship with her stepson. Before his death, her husband arranged a diving expedition as a birthday gift for his son. Kendall persuades Ryder to honor his father’s last wish.

From the campus of Western Maryland College to the woods of Camp David and the caves of the Yucatán, Kendall and Ryder take a journey to discover what her husband worked so hard to hide, and to protect his treasured secrets from falling into the wrong hands. The choices they make will decide their fate and the future of others. Will they risk everything for the truth?A Deep Thing by A.K. Smith

Short Excerpt:

Harvey next to her, Kendall, sat cross-legged on the bed, staring at her laptop. A glass of white wine, sat untouched on the bedside table. She put her iPod in, selected Jason Mraz and turned it up loud.

She turned off the Wi-Fi. Her mind was battling thoughts of hackers and computer surveillance.

She held the unusual memory stick in her hand before plugging it into the side of her computer. Black rubber surrounded the stick like the rubber on an underwater camera. Here goes. She watched it upload. Let’s see what this is all about.

Ten documents labeled by date flashed on her computer screen. Six documents dated years before Tim and Kendall met; the other four ranged from the beginning of their relationship to one dated three days before Tim died.

Inhaling deeply, she touched her mouse, pulling down to the right and clicking without hesitation on the last icon, a video file. She squeezed her eyes to hold back tears as Tim’s face filled the screen. The background was the upstairs office over the garage. She hit play.

“This message is for my wife. Kendall, if you’re watching this video, I’m so sorry not to be with you. Obviously, something happened to me for you to be hearing this. I know life’s been hard for you. I’m sorry, my love, I’m sorry I kept a secret from you, but I’ve been sworn to secrecy to protect a division of the US government. I hoped they will share this video with you. I can’t disclose the details about my job, but it’s not important to us. Something I did, not who I am. You know who I am, Kendall, you’re the only one who really knew me.” She wiped the tears running off her chin.

“Stay close with Ryder, he’s not your blood, but he is a part of me and I want him in your life. UWMA, Kendall, UWMA I love you, Lambie.”

Her brows furrowed as tears ran down her face and her open mouth. She gasped for air. A division of the US government? Some type of CIA agent? The badge said Navy. UWMA. Was this truly happening?

Book Trailer:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVkF60bSFzA

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Author Bio

A.K. Smith is the author of debut novel, “A Deep Thing. She loves all things jungly, beachy and mysterious. Her goal is to write thrillers, suspense, and romance, which have A.K. Smith 3 the power to make you stay up late, to reach the ending.

A new scuba diver, she counts diving in a cenote (underwater caves in the Yucatan) and surviving– one of her biggest achievements. Mexico has a special place in her heart; it’s where she escaped after walking out on Corporate America and where she fell in love on a sailboat. She is a graduate of Shippensburg University (BA) and has a Master of Arts from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She treasures her family, friends, and kindness. Check out her website at www.aksmithauthor.com or find her on Twitter, and Facebook.

Author Links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Thing-K-Smith-ebook/dp/B01MG3FOXS

Facebook: A.K. Smith https://www.facebook.com/aksmithauthor

Twitter ID @aksmithbook https://twitter.com/aksmithbook

Instagram: https://instagram.com/aksmithbook/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/aksmithbook/

Blog http://www.wordstravelfilm.com/

Website http://www.aksmithauthor.com/index.html

Goodreads author page https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32670737-a-deep-thing

Featured Author – Tena Stetler

Today I’m featuring Tena Stetler and her book A Demon’s Witch.

Best selling author, Tena Stetler, uses her over-active imagination to spin tales of paranormal romance/suspense and cozy mysteries. Her spicy romances spin the adventures of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. From demons to faeries and witches to vampires her intriguing characters take roads less traveled to draw you into exciting tales that  engage the imagination and warm the heart.

Tena’s Inspiration for A Demon’s Witch:

A Demon’s Witch was my debut novel and has remained close to my heart. A Demon’s a-demons-witchWitch hit the market and garnered best seller status. It earned The Romantic Reviews Readers Choice 2016 Nominee in the paranormal romance category.   I love talking about this story.

The ideas begin to percolate as I sat in a beauty salon listening to the chatter from other customers. One woman swore she’d been approached by a vampire want-to-be.

This got me to thinking, which is scary in and of itself. What if the hairdresser was an alpha male, Demon Overlord of the Western Hemisphere that owned a multi-species salon in Washington DC? Enter a powerful witch, whose beauty caught the eye of the demon on a rainy day when she rushed into his salon. Now, unbeknownst to him, she is not any ordinary witch, but the little sister of the demon’s enforcer. Now you have a romance with unbelievable complications.

The story became a series, but the other planned books in the series took a strange turn when the majority of readers and reviewers clamored for the enforcer, Tristian’s story to be next in line. I’d never considered writing a book on the witch’s brother, the demon’s enforcer. But after mulling it over for several months and publishing three unrelated books,

I am excited to announce A Warlock’s Secrets (Tristian’s story) is awaiting cover art and will be published spring 2017. So please watch for it!

Tena’s contact links:

Website: http://www.tenastetler.com

Blog: http://www.tenastetler.com/my-blog

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/tenastetler.author

Twitter Page: www.twitter.com/TenaStetler

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14187532.Tena_Stetler

The Wild Rose Press: http://catalog.thewildrosepress.com/1264_tena-stetler

Amazon:  www.amazon.com/author/tenastetler

Newsletter: Sign up on web page www.tenastetler.com

Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/tenastetler

For a chance to win an amazon $5.00 GC or a e-book of A Witch’s Journey please sign up for my newsletter at  http://www.tenastetler.com and Like my facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/tenastetler.author.

I hope you enjoy my blurb and peek into A Demon’s Witch.

Keeping a lid on all the paranormal beings inhabiting Washington D.C., is a daunting job. Bruce, a six hundred year old demon and the Territory Overlord of the Western Hemisphere, keeps his finger on the pulse of DC’s power players through the activities at his highly successful Wycked Hair Salon. His movie star good looks and body builder physique keeps his dance card full and the rumor mills running.  Within these walls, his anonymity is safe, mostly.

Bruce’s world spins out of control when Angelique, a pint size, gorgeous witch, with an attitude breezes through the doors of his salon. She is the younger sister of Tristian, Bruce’s long time trusted enforcer, whose professional skills are second to none. Tristian is furious at the relationship between Bruce and Angelique, a dangerous situation, but something darker threatens them all. Will undeniable attraction between demon and witch tear their worlds apart?

Excerpt:

At two in the morning he awoke feeling her restlessness, listening he heard her soft sobs. He pulled on his black silk lounge pants and grabbed the robe from the foot of his bed. Padding silently in his bare feet down the hall, he paused at her bedroom door just as her anguished scream filled the room. He was at the side of her bed a second later. Gathering her onto his lap, he held her unyielding body to his until her flailing limbs quieted and her troubled violet eyes opened. Cognizant of where she was now and with whom, she flung her arms around his neck and clung tight as shivers racked her slight frame.

Megan came running from the other wing of the house where the staff lived during the week. “Is everything all right?” She peeked inside Angie’s bedroom door.

“Just a nightmare, nothing to worry about. She’s awake now.

“Oh no my Lord,” Megan said in a low frantic whisper.

“Don’t call me that,” he growled, his amber eyes tinged with orange glowed in the dark room.

“Sorry. There’s something dark and dangerous chasing that one.” She nodded in Angie’s direction. “It’s not of this world.”

He lowered his voice and spoke kindly. “Go back to bed, I’ve got this handled.” He paused for a beat exhaling slowly. “For now.”

Buy Link: AMAZON  http://amzn.com/1509203087

Highway Cafe Christmas Blog Tour

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On December 5, 6, 7…
The elves are on the loose at the North Pole!
We’re spreading the Christmas spirit with recipes, crafts, stories, and lots of giveaways!

Hi everyone. I’m Taleisin Elafir, one of Santa’s elves.

I work at the North Pole and I have the most important job for Santa. I taking care of the reindeer, Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blixen and of course the king himself, Rudolph.

I make sure they play fairly while playing reindeer games. We don’t want a repeat of— well you know. The flying reindeer have such fragile egos.

While I’m working, I love to listen to Lady Antebellum, ‘Baby it’s Cold Outside.’ All the reindeer love this music too, well except Rudolph. He like the old Christmas songs sung by Frank Sinatra, so I mix them up to keep everyone happy.

I’ll be giving away a pair of beautiful hand-crafted earrings to my Secret Santa Krafty Kelly. Her job at the North Pole is wrapping presents in a creative, decorative way. But beware, because you might find tricky surprises in that wrapping…I love being crafty in a devious way, too and will be  giving away a pair of hand-crafted earrings to  one lucky person who leave a comment on this page!

I eat Christmas cookies and drink eggnog, as I feed the reindeer carrots.  Here is the recipe that Mrs. Clause makes especially for me.

Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate

Yield: 3 to 4 dozen

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 10 min

Ingredients:

6 cups sweetened shredded coconut flakes
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.

In a large bowl, stir together the coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla until well combined.

Use a small spoon to scoop out roughly 3 Tablespoons of the mixture to form small mounds, spaced about 2 inches apart on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Bake for 12 to 18 minutes until the tops are golden brown and the macaroons are your desired level of crispiness.

Come and visit with my other elves.

Pinky Twinkleton, Serendipity Sparkles, Candy Cane, Twinkle Bright, Bob, Puddle, Sugarplum Silverfluff, Granny VanElfington, Goth, Sparkle, Annie, Lindy Lou, Taleisin Elafir, Krafty Kelly, Frangelica Tinselbaubles, and Kandy Kane will all be there, and we’d love for you to join us!

Just click on the links below to follow our fun tour!

http://www.findingthewritewords.blogspot.com/
http://www.tenastetler.com/my-blog/
https://barbaraburkeauthor.wordpress.com/
www.writerknapsack.com
http://msspencertalespinner.blogspot.com/
http://www.maureenbonatch.com/blog/
http://nancyfraser.ca/wordpress/?page_id=2148
http://www.sorchiadubois.com/
http://www.carolhenry.org/
www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com
http://casimclean.com/casis-christmas-…cal-mystery-tour/
https://kaydenclaremont.wordpress.com/
http://mariahlynneauthor.blogspot.com/
http://kkweil.blogspot.com
http://www.clairdelunebooks.co.uk/
http://blog.lindacarroll-bradd.com (participating on Dec 6 only)

My new book for the holiday season, Tartan Temptation.

With his throne on the line, Brodie Murdock needs to secure his kingdom by taking a bride. When the only woman he’s ever wanted, Cora Siegfried, steps right into his path, hetartantemptation_w10679_300knows the legends are true. She is his destiny. But will she agree?

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 TWRP: http://bit.ly/2dVptbU

 Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2ezR6Ig

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Joys of the Season Blog Hop

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Joys of the Season

I am a history buff. I’m lucky enough to have a pioneer village just a few miles from me. For two weekend in December they celebrate Christmas in the Village. At each of the buildings, they have a different traditional Christmas celebration for the 1850 – 1880’s.

At one house, they have a traditional German Christmas Eve. They depict Christmas eve with a fir tree, called Tannenbaum which is usually put up and decorated with real candles, glass balls or straw ornaments and sweets. A star or an angel tops the tree and beneath the tree, a nativity scene might be set up and the homemade presents next to it.

The aroma of baking fills the house, including gingerbread hearts, sugar-roasted almonds, cookies, and stollen.

At the English house, they depict Christmas day, with the homemade presents under the Christmas tree. There are no candles on this tree. On the table were dishes of Christmas pudding with brandy sauce, mulled wine and mincemeat pies.

They also did a demonstration of how to make your own Christmas crackers, which are paper rolled into tubes with small toys or puzzles in them. To start the meal, you would break these open.

At the Scottish house, they depicted New Years, or Hogmanay.  The tradition is you return everything you have borrowed, you sweep the bad luck out the door just before midnight, then form a circle and sing ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

To ensure good luck for the house, the ‘first foot’ over the door should be male, dark haired and should bring gifts such coal, shortbread, salt, black bun and whisky.

They served shortbread cookies and mead, or mulled wine.

I love celebrating Christmas with such wonderful traditions and we go as a family every year.

We are giving away prizes to two randomly selected winners: 1) an ebook bundle, including books in various genres by various authors participating in the hop (see the list of books at the bottom of this page); or 2) a $50 Amazon gift card. Please visit the main hop page here to see a list of books included in the bundle.

Enter now for your chance to win!

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Participating Authors

  1. Anna Durand Spunk & Hunks
  2. Kayden Claremont
  3. Tricia Schneider
  4. Patricia Kiyono’s blog
  5. KyAnn Waters Blog
  6. Beth Caudill Blog
  1. Tena Stetler
  2. DeeDee Lane
  3. Connie’s Blog
  4. Mary Morgan’s Blog
  5. Casi’s Christmas Magic
  6. M.S. Spencer

My story Timeless Passion is based on the Hogmanay celebration at the Scottish house.

Blacksmith Dougal MacBride walks into his home after a long day and finds strangers TimelessPassion_w9565_750celebrating Hogmanay when it’s just days before Christmas. Confused beyond belief and incredibly aroused by the curvaceous bundle in front of his hearth, he is torn between the need to return to his time or remain in the present with the woman who may be his soul mate.

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Cover Reveal: EYE OF THE PHARAOH by Nancy Frasier

EYE OF THE PHARAOH.  Will an unexpected trip to 1920s Egypt be their downfall or, will23-eye-of-the-pharaoh-2 an ancient guardian keep them safe?

Blurb:

Publicist Teri Hunter has her hands full promoting Professor Joshua Cain and his new non-fiction book, The Pharaoh’s Mummy. She’s not convinced it’s even possible to turn this absent-minded, modern-day, Indiana Jones into a best-selling author.

Dr. Cain’s PhDs in archaeology and art history have prepared him for almost anything on the lecture circuit and among ancient ruins. He’s just not sure about a book tour…or the sexy publicist sent to monitor his every professional move.

When an odd request falls in their laps while in New Orleans, Josh and Teri find themselves transported to 1920’s Egypt where they must resolve an ancient curse in order to be sent home. Will the dangers facing them hinder their success and threaten their very lives? Or will help from an ancient guardian keep them on-track and safe?

Excerpt:

 Wake up. Kick ass. Repeat.

Teri Hunter mouthed the motivational phrase she’d chosen for her personal mantra as she stepped across the threshold into the dark and musty storeroom.

A dim light shone from a glass-enclosed workroom in the far corner. Taking a tentative step forward, she faltered when the floorboards creaked beneath her feet. Something fast and furry brushed against her ankle. A shiver ran down her back, yet she fought the urge to retreat.

 Do one thing every day that scares you.

This was obviously today’s obstacle. Were it not for her professional commitments and intricately organized schedule, she’d have no doubt bolted for the door and returned to the safety and illumination of the main building.

 ‘Sorry, but the storage area doesn’t have overhead lighting. Preservation of the antiquities. You understand.’ The dean’s words echoed in her head. To make matters worse, what little outside light there was had become nearly non-existent due to an impending thunderstorm.

Drawing a deep breath, she took a second step and then a third, winding her way past a half-dozen crates, some open, some not. To her left she heard a rustling of paper; to her right the distinct sound of footsteps.

Her apprehension grew, the hair on her forearms stood at attention. She’d barely made it halfway across the room before bumping into something large and solid. Reaching out, she laid her hand against the oversized object. Slowly, she raised her head and came face to face with the painted mask of an Egyptian noble. The chipped finish gave the death mask a deranged look.

“You come here often, big boy?”

Buy Links: Available soon

Fun Fact:  The idea for Eye of the Pharaoh came about following a trip to the Field Museum in Chicago. For the longest time afterward, I couldn’t get the images of ancient Egypt out of my head. Then, out of the blue, I received a gift from a relative who had passed…a gorgeous necklace fashioned like an Egyptian collar. The late relative had no way of knowing about my recent fascination with Egypt so I took it as a sign. There was obviously a story inside me begging to come out.

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Author Bio:

Like most authors, Nancy Fraser began writing at an early age, usually on the walls and with crayons or, heaven forbid, permanent markers. Her love of writing often made her the English teacher’s pet, which, of course, resulted in a whole lot of teasing. Still, it was worth it.

Published in multiple genres, Nancy currently writes for four publishers. She has published twenty-two books in both full-length and novella format. Nancy will release her 25th book in early 2017. She is currently working on her next Rock and Roll novella and two other equally exciting projects.

When not writing (which is almost never), Nancy dotes on her five wonderful grandchildren and looks forward to traveling and reading when time permits. Nancy lives in Atlantic Canada where she enjoys the relaxed pace and colorful people.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.nancyfraser.ca

Blog: http://nancyfraser.ca/wordpress/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/nfraserauthor  @nfraserauthor

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7206382.Nancy_Fraser

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B004AOL61Y

 

Desiree Holt interviews Brady Calhoun of BLITZED

Brady Calhoun is a star football player for the Tampa Bay Rough Riders. He may be a ladies BLITZEDman but he’s always stayed out of trouble…until trouble finds him and he becomes everyone’s scandal sheet target.  Amy Lavalle is a star writer for Today doing articles on high profile people. She was a hot commodity in the business…until the magazine got a new owner and he wanted her to toss out her scruples. For both of them, the best thing is to head out of town to someplace no one will find them. What a coincidence they end up in side by side cottages at a seaside Florida town. Neither is looking for a hookup but they didn’t count on the mind-blowing electricity crackling between them. And they only know each other’s first names! When a sprained ankle has them setting up housekeeping together, the flame burns even hotter. Until Brody’s agent arrives for a visit, spots Amy as a reporter, and is convinced she hunted Brady down for a story. Will Brady and Amy find a way to get past this and hold onto each other

We managed to snag Brady today for a quick interview between his daily run on the beach and his efforts to stay out of trouble with Amy. The latter doesn’t seem to be happening.

Question: Brady, I think everyone would like to know first of all how this scandal blew up the way it did.

Brady: You can chalk it up to my stupidity. Really. “Shakes head.” This isn’t me. I focus on my team and playing the best I can. I guess I’ve been kind of a ladies man, and this time managed to hook up with the wrong female.

Question: Wrong in what way?

Brady: I didn’t know she was nuts. I mean, when I told her it was time to move on, she broke into my house and wrecked it, then did the same to hers. And told people it was my fault. Can you believe it?

Question: I guess a lot of people do. Chuckles Otherwise you wouldn’t be hiding out of town until it blows over.

Brady: Right. I’d just like people to know that’s not who I am. I enjoy women but I also respect them.

Question: So if you’re supposed to stay away from women until this blows over, what’s this I hear about you hooking up with the cute female in the cottage next to yours?

Brady: “big smile” Amy’s really special. She’s smart and savvy and doesn’t take crap from anyone. “Another grin” Especially me.

Question: How did you meet? I mean, some people are next door neighbors for years and never even say hello.

Brady: Believe it or not, I was coming back from a jog on the beach and nearly passed out on her steps from dehydration. Who ever thought forgetting a bottle of water would have such lucky results?

Question: So where do you see this going?

Brady: I think speculating would be a very bad idea here. I want to respect Amy’s privacy as she respects mine. Whatever happens, happens.

Question: Wow! Playing it close to the vest. Right?

Brady: Trying to be sensible. Football season is coming up and training camp opens pretty soon. That has to be my focus.

Question: So you’re saying this won’t go anywhere?

Brady: I’m not saying that at all. In fact, I’m not saying a thing.

Question: But you’re in a very romantic situation here, side by side cottages on the beach, on the shores of Estero Bay, in a typical Florida beach town. What could be more romantic?

Brady: “rakes fingers through hair” I promised myself I wouldn’t get into anything like that topic. I can’t seem to keep my foot out of my mouth. “Grins”

Question: What I’m getting here is that you’re playing all of this close to the chest. Can you give us any kind of hint as to what’s in your future?

Brady: A winning season for the Rough Riders, I hope. What happens with Amy? “winks” Don’t know about that. Like I said, I’m keeping that playbook closed to anyone’s eyes.

Question: A lot of ladies are going to be mighty disappointed if you take yourself off the market.

Brady: “grins” Next question?

Question: Okay, okay. I see I’m not going to get anything else out of you. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Fort Myers Beach. And good luck with the season.

Want to find out what happens with Brady’s scandal? What happens between him and Amy? What the Big Black Moment is that nearly destroys both for him? Pick up your copy of Blitzed today and find out.

https://www.amazon.com/Game-Love-Blitzed-Kindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B01F4HBDG8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1468328570&sr=1-1&keywords=Blitzed+Desiree+Holt

Desiree will select five winners from the comments who will receive a free copy of her book and a $5 Amazon gift card.

About Desiree

A multi-published, award winning, Amazon and USA Today best-selling author, Desiree

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Holt has produced more than 200 titles and won many awards. She has received an EPIC E-Book Award, the Holt Medallion and many others including Author After Dark’s Author of the Year. She has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in The Village Voice, The Daily Beast, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The London Daily Mail. She lives in Florida with her cats who insist they help her write her books, and is addicted to football.

“Get out the ice water and fan…Desiree Holt delivers smoking hot alpha heroes and red hot romances.” Lea Franczak, USA Today Happy Ever After blog

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Summer Treats & Reads – Kayden Style

 

TWRP Summer blog hop

Blog – Summer Treats and Reads

What is your best memory of Summer?

I loved sitting on the grass under a tree. The only thing I needed was a cool drink and great book.

We’d make fruit juice slushies in the freezer then scoop them into a cup and sit down for a wonderful afternoon.

Here’s my idea of a summer treat — adult style.

White Sangria Slushie

1 cup dry white wine – preferably Sauvignon Blanc

1 ½ oz brandy

1 ½ oz simple syrup

½ oz fresh lemon juice

1 cup frozen peach slices

Mint sprig

Short straws

Place wine, brandy, simple syrup, and lemon juice in an airtight container and freeze for at least 6 hours and up to 3 days.

Place 2 wine glasses in freezer for at least 30 minutes.

Pour drink mixture and frozen peaches into blender. Blend till smooth. Divide into glasses by spoon. Garnish with mint sprig and short straws.

Makes 2 servings.

Simple Syrup

Combine equal parts sugar and boiling water, stir to dissolve and store in fridge until chilled.

Food & Drink Summer 2016

My recommendation for a great summer read is RED HOT.

Blurb: Treena Stanton, artistic coordinator of Sierra’s Cowboy Theme Park, wants to exact perf5.000x8.000.inddrevenge on Clayton Wagner. She had a crush on him in school, but he never acknowledged her existence. Revenge is sweet but not as sweet as the pleasure of his touch.

Strategic accounts manager, Clayton Wagner lost a bet and has to work the next twenty-four hours at his buddy’s theme park. But when his “boss for the day” with mouth-watering curves demands he wear a cowboy costume, all he can think about is finding out what’s under her petticoat. But when the truth is revealed about their past, will the sparks of passion fizzle or burst into Red Hot flames?

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Amazon: http://amzn.to/1OsCnGhKobo:  
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   Check out all the fabulous writers and their blogs
                          in the SUMMER BLOG HOP below!

 

1.

Sorchias Wild Rose Summer Treats Post | Visit blog

2.

RV Memory | Visit blog

3.

Tricia Schneider | Visit blog

4.

Anna Durands Spunk & Hunks | Visit blog

5.

Judy Ann Davis Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog

6.

Spicy Summer Treats with Mia Downing | Visit blog

7.

Linda Nightingale. . . Wordsmith | Visit blog

8.

Jana Richards – Journeys with Jana | Visit blog

9.

Summer Memories of books well read @ Peggy jaeger. com | Visit blog

10.

Summer on Cape Cod ~ Kathryn Knight books | Visit blog

11.

Summer Fun at the Beach, with Katie OSullivan | Visit blog

12.

I Believe Ill Go Canoeing – C. B. Clark | Visit blog

13.

Summertime Love is Sweeter with. . . Frozen Mango? @ Kimberly Keyes blog | Visit blog

14.

Wild Rose Summer Treats Blog Hop @ Brendas Blog | Visit blog

15.

Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog

16.

Midsummer Magic on the Isle of Skye! | Visit blog

17.

My Guilty Summer Treats from Lori Sizemore | Visit blog

18.

Wild Rose Press Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog

19.

Hywela Lyns post for the WRP Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog

20.

Wild Rose Press Summer Treats & Reads | Visit blog

21.

Camping is a Recipe for Summer Treats and Reads | Visit blog

22.

The Snarkology | Visit blog

23.

Summer Survival Tips @ Nitty Gritty Romance | Visit blog

24.

Wild Rose Press Summer Treats and Reads Blog Hop | Visit blog

25.

Nell Castle – Summer of the Sweat Lodge | Visit blog

26.

Myth, Magic & Wonder Susan Edwards, Breathing Life into the Past | Visit blog

27.

Romance with Spice, Sydney St. Claire | Visit blog

28.

Author Kat de Falla | Visit blog

29.

Anni Fife. Exciting new author of Steamy Romance with Irresistible Heroes | Visit blog

30.

Summer Vacation, Victorian-Style, AND a Giveaway | Visit blog

31.

Wildfires, Monsoons, and Mojitos – Author Susabelle Kelmer shares how she keeps cool in a climate that is on fire! | Visit blog

32.

Casi McLeans recipe for Hot Reads and Cool Treats | Visit blog

33.

Cool Summer Reads: Jeannie Halls Romantic Suspense Blog – Where Hearts Tremble From More Than Attraction | Visit blog

34.

Summer treat – Adult Slushie | Visit blog

35.

How to Rediscover the Magic of Bicycling | Visit blog

36.

Charlottes Tips on How to Stay Cool in HOT New York City | Visit blog

37.

Caryn McGill | Visit blog

38.

Hywela Lyns Inrerplanetary Summer | Visit blog


 

Review of HOT STUFF, I’M SURE, FOR KEEPS, ALL MINE

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BLURB: How does a klutzy slogan writer from a quiet Wisconsin Village who’s pushing thirty expect to meet the man of her dreams? Living with a long-tailed cat, a grandmother who bakes giant Snickerdoodles, and an autistic brother who “collects” neighborhood lawn ornaments, Katie has her hands full…until she opens the door to a “hot” rookie cop investigating a not-so-petty theft. Is it a major crime or an arrest of the heart?

REVIEW:

Hot Stuff is a cute story of falling in love, literally. C.J. Fosdick has handled an autistic brother with kindness, and love making this book a must read for everyone.

BUY LINKS:

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During the day, Megan surrounds herself with water lilies and goldfish in the ponds she creates. At night, memories of her lying ex-boyfriend are a reminder she can never again trust a man.

Jason embraces his career as paramedic firefighter, even though ugly experience declares his profession a greedy mistress. During quiet nights at the station, he wonders if this bachelor existence is all he’ll ever know.

Then Jason meets Megan and sparks fly, chased by flashes of anger when Jason, battling a raging apartment fire, stands up Megan on their first date. Is St. Valentine powerful enough to bring these two strong-willed people together?

REVIEW:

Veronica Lynch has penned a lovely, sweet romance with a paramedic firefighter that I fell in love with. Great story.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Im-Sure-Candy-Hearts-Romance-ebook/dp/B019YJYPGC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1451777379&sr=8-1&keywords=i%27m+Sure+by+Beverly+Breton
The Wild Rose Press

http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=6631
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BLURB: Meghan Muldoon is at a crossroads: struggling to balance the demands of a high stress vocation as an advocate for victims of violence and her feelings for Keenan Rossi, a man who wants to make their relationship permanent.

On Valentine’s Day, a series of routine crises force Meg to question staying in a profession which fulfills her both professionally and spiritually–or devoting the rest of her life to the one person who completes her.

Which one is For Keeps?

REVIEW:

Can a woman with a high stress job as an advocate for victims of violence find love? Veronica Lynch has answered this question wonderfully.

BUY LINKS:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_176_145&products_id=6633

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For nearly a decade, Maggie has put the needs of her younger siblings ahead of her own. Now she’s willing to accept a marriage without passion in order to protect her brother, but fate has a wicked sense of humor. On the eve of her wedding, Maggie meets the man of her dreams.

When Shamus loses a bet, the penalty is a blind date. Shamus is prepared to endure a long, boring night; the last thing he expects is to find the woman who can bring his heart back to life.

But Maggie is keeping secrets–and her engagement is only one of them.

REVIEW:

Everyone now and again you read a book that touches your heart, and captures your soul. All Mine by Tamrie Foxtail is one of those books. This is the first time I’ve read Tamrie, but she is now on the top of my TBR pile. Brilliant story.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B01A9S4HQA

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Review of ONLY YOURS, OOH LA LA, 3 WISHES, NOT2NIGHT

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Everyone expects Rebecca Winston to marry her high school/college sweetheart, Garrett Langley. The problem is, the flame’s gone out on their romance. They’re still best of friends, but only friends. When Garrett’s father has a heart attack, his older brother Wyatt (an L.A. attorney) returns home for the first time in years. The attraction between Rebecca and Wyatt is immediate.

Can Rebecca expect her family and, especially, Garrett to understand that her desires have changed and turned toward Wyatt?

Can Wyatt get past the feeling that he’s poaching his younger brother’s girl?

REVIEW:

Only is an interesting story of expectations, family relations, and finding real love. Nancy Frazer is a talented writer and this book should be on your must read list.

BUY LINKS:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_176_145&products_id=6629

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Aspiring choreographer and dance teacher, Simon West is walking along the hall in the college where he teaches when he gets knocked over by klutzy, two left feet, accounting professor Veronica Cooke. Simon wants to get to know the beautiful woman who ran him down, but how will she react when she finds out his alter-ego is a super sexy cowboy at an upscale exotic dancing male revue and that he makes ends meet by taking off his clothes?

REVIEW:

Being a fan of the dancing shows on the TV, I loved this book. Doreen Alsen crafted a remarkable love story with a dancer and an accountant. I couldn’t put the book down and devoured it.

BUY LINKS:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=242_175_133&products_id=6628

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Valentine’s Day is chocolatier Chloe San Valentino’s favorite day of the year. Not only is it the busiest day in her candy shop, Caramelle de Chloe, but it’s also her birthday. Chloe’s got a birthday wish list for the perfect man she pulls out every year: he’d fall in love with her in a heartbeat, he’d be someone who cares about people, and he’d have one blue eye and one green eye, just like her. So far, Chloe’s fantasy man hasn’t materialized, despite the matchmaking efforts of her big, close-knit Italian family. But this year for her big 3-0 birthday, she just might get her three wishes.

REVIEW:

Peggy Jaeger is one of my favorite authors and she has delivered her best yet with 3 Wishes. If you’ve never read one of her books, you really should give yourself a treat.

BUY LINKS:

Amazon http://amzn.to/1NUT6m6

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When ARP warden Molly sees a light shining through the darkness of London on a cold winter’s night in the middle of the blitz she’s infuriated with the careless American who struck it. Doesn’t he know there’s a war on?

Guy’s just trying to find his way through a maze of unlit streets. He’s very sorry and Molly reluctantly forgives him. When he accompanies her on her nightly rounds the two learn about each other, themselves and whether it’s really possible to fall in love in only one night – especially when there’s no guarantee of tomorrow.

REVIEW:

I have never read a book by Barbara Burke before, but she is on the top of my TBR pile in the future. She has written a heart-warming story of two people falling in love during WWII. Loved it.

BUY LINKS:

The Wild Rose Press:

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