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What happens when a Genie, a P.I. & a Socialite walk onto a blog?

Answer:

You get pulled into a world filled with humor, suspense, romance, love, magic, adventure, sexy-times and a whole lot more.

 

Please welcome friends and fellow romance authors; Sophie H. Morgan, DB Kennison, and Melanie Stanford to my blog as they brought along their fabulous novels, introducing you to a sexy, flirtatious Genie, mystery and heart-pounding, suspense-filled thrills, and romance for a party-planning socialite.

 

SOPHIE

He’s a Genie. She’s a mortal.

He’s a flirt. She’s definitely-certainly-absolutely done with charming men.

What happens when this Playboy runs across the one woman who doesn’t fall under his spell?

Magic of course.

Hailey has been given the chance of her career. All she has to do is plan and execute the perfect society wedding and she’ll get the promotion she’s been working towards. Too bad the groom is her ex-boyfriend.

Ryder hates seeing a damsel in distress and with a little genie magic is determined to make the sexy Miss Hailey have a little bit of fun. All she has to do is follow his lead and she’ll get everything she’s ever wished for.

Purchase HIS COMMAND here.
Check out Sophie H. Morgan’s website here.
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DB

Addiction, greed, envy, lust… They say every person has a dark side. All it takes to set it off is the right trigger.

With the woman who tried to kill her behind bars, private investigator Randi Lassiter is still suffering the effects of post-traumatic stress nearly a year later. And just as she and her cop boyfriend, Jon Bricksen, have finally settled into the routine of a happy couple, someone in town is murdered and the news threatens to send her down the rabbit hole again.

What Randi needs now is a case to focus on. When a missing person case waltzes into her office, Randi embraces the chance like the lone life preserver on a sinking ship.

Unfortunately, the client is her ex-husband, Stuart, and the missing person is the woman he’s now married to—her former best friend.

Randi’s decision to help the man she’s sworn to loathe for all eternity is so out of character that Jon questions not only her judgment but her mental health as well. To make matters worse, Randi begins to keep secrets from him, the kind that could ruin a relationship.

When Stuart is suddenly arrested for murder, Randi stubbornly stands by her ex and tries to clear his name, despite the evidence Jon has against him. Now pitted against one another, not only is the couple’s love tested but their survival against the dark side of a killer.

Purchase THE DARK SIDE here.
Check out DB Kennison’s website here.
Click here to follow DB Kennison on Facebook.

 

 

MELANIEPlanning a party is easy, falling in love is hard.

No longer content to be a Los Angeles socialite, Elizabeth Elliot starts her own party planning business: Excessively Diverted, making dreams come true one party at a time. She even knows how to handle those unruly party guests, like Antonio Reyes, the man who drank too much, insulted the décor, and didn’t know the difference between crudités and canapés. The nerve.

So when this same Tony Reyes demands she plan his daughter’s Sweet Sixteen, Elizabeth refuses, no matter how many dollar signs are attached to his name. That is until Elizabeth discovers her new business is in trouble. She must suck up her pride and work with Tony, despite how much she hates the man.

As Elizabeth gets to know Tony and his daughter, her clear-cut hatred starts to get muddled with feelings—the kind that could screw up the job, and her life, completely. She must decide whether risking her heart is worth it… but who has time for all that when there’s a party to be planned?

Purchase CLASH here.
Check out Melanie Stanford’s website here.
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Jewel & The Billionaire Dream Man – A Romance Parody

Welcome to the Mid Summer Night’s Dream Man Blog Hop.

Enter for your chance to win a $75 gift card (to an e-book retailer of your choice), gift certificates, autographed paperback books, e-books and other goodies, along with hopping from blog to blog and enjoying the variety of fun mid summer night’s dream man blog posts.

The Link to participate in the hop listed below along with the banner. 

PLUS – I am giving away extra prizes on this blog. (Details below.)

PLEASE NOTE:

This following blog post is a parody and is not intended to mock any genre, or piece of literature. I love the romance genre, the authors and most especially the fabulous readers who motivate me to keep on spinning romantic stories—even parodies. The following short-short-story of Jewel Devereaux and her search for the perfect dream man is intended for entertainment purposes only.

WARNING: ADULT CONTENT

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Going out for burrito’s with a hot cop!

“I’m payin’ and if you even open your mouth to argue with me, I’m gonna be forced to find a way to stop you from speaking.” — Kristy Wyatt’s favorite quote by Mitch Lawson (hero) from Law Man—Dream Man Series by Kristen Ashley.

This week we are going out to dinner with Mitch, Mara, Billy and Billie as they venture out on on their first outing for delicious burrito’s.

As Mitch said in the quote above, we can’t argue about who’s paying, which is not a problem, since we physically can’t go out to dinner with him…such a shame. However, I am offering up my version of a burrito for this Tasty Tuesday’s recipe (recipe below).

GIVEAWAY: Don’t miss out on the fabulous prizes Kristen Ashley is gifting to five lucky readers (details below).

WARNING: The discussion on this blog post and quotes from the book are of an explicit nature intended for adult audience only.

Review by Heidi Wiley

LAW MANMara Hanover never had any intention of telling her hot detective neighbor Mitch Lawson that she’s been in love with him for the past four years, but when a family crisis arises she has no choice but to turn to the man that knows the system and finds her dream man will do most anything to help her.

Law Man is the third release in the Dream Man series. This book had a different tone than the previous novels in the series.

Not only did Law Man center on the hot romance between Mara and Mitch, it also touched on the heartache endured by some in today’s society.

I loved how Kristen Ashley developed Mitch’s calm, caring attitude which made him as attractive as his looks, smarts and toughness. Mara’s willingness to give everything she had for her cousin’s children’s best interest was as heartwarming as the story it’s wrapped in.

Kristen Ashley writes this novel not only based on two lovers, but a circle of life that includes two adorable children that any reader will fall in love with.

As always, Kristen Ashley’s characters’ passion for one another is sexy hot, intense and makes us all wish our neighbors were as sexy as Detective Mitch Lawson.

I highly recommend Law Man and give it 5 Stars.

Heidi’s favorite quote: “You could cover up that nightie with a snowsuit, sweetheart, but you in my living room wearin’ nothing but that nightie is burned on my brain in a way that I like a fuckuva lot. So all I’m gonna see is you in that fuckin’ nightie no matter what you put on over it.”

“That’s insane,” I snapped.

“You’re not a guy,” he replied.

Gitte’s favorite: “I’ll go gentle, baby,” he whispered against my lips. “I promise. You’ll always be safe with me.”
“Mitch,” I breathed.
His soulful eyes held mine captive as he repeated firmly, “Always.”

“Never believed in this shit, but now, I’m thinkin’ I fell in love with the promise of you the first time I saw you.”

Kelly Bennett’s: Mitch talking to Mara: “Since I have your attention, baby, and I see you beatin’ your retreat, I want you to take this with you when you slide back into that cocoon. Straight up, Mara, I want you in my bed. And when you’re in my bed, I’m gonna be in you. And while I’m movin’ inside you, I’m gonna make you come with your long, fuckin’ legs wrapped around my back, when my hands are finally on that fantastic fuckin, ass of yours, your tongue’s in my mouth and you’re kissin’ me as only you can kiss me. I know you got a way of twistin’ shit so it’s fucked up in your brain so I’m hopin’ if I’m direct about just what I want from you, it might penetrate and you might keep it straight long enough to give us both what we’ve been wantin’ for a long fuckin’ time.”

Pat Fordyce’s: Mitch talking to the kids, Billy & Billie. “Donuts are a Sunday breakfast when you got nothin’ to do but watch cartoons. Oatmeal is a before school breakfast, when you gotta activate your brain.”

Selena’s favorite: Mitch Lawson is a hero that will melt any reader’s heart, especially when he is talking to the children as in the following two quotes I chose as my favorites:

“You sleep okay, sweetie?” Mitch asked.
“Miss my teddy,” Billie replied.
Personally, I thought Detective Mitch Lawson was far superior to a tiny pink teddy bear but I wasn’t six years old.

Mitch nodded. “Right. What I mean is, I didn’t fall in love with you all as a whole. I fell in love with each of you because of who you are. I don’t care about you because you come with Mara. I care about you because you’re a good kid. You’re smart. You’re loyal. And you love and look out for your sister and Mara. I know grown men who do not have a character as fine as yours. Those are the reasons I love you. There are different reasons I love Billie. And there are different reasons I love Mara. Today, what we had together was good. But the feelings I feel for you aren’t feelings I have to have in order to have Mara. They’re feelings you earned. Now, you with me?”

“I love you, Bud,” he whispered to Billy and two more tears escaped.

“I love you too, Mitch,” Billy whispered back, and my breath hitched and both males’ eyes came to me.

I waved my wineglass at them and murmured, “Don’t mind me. Have your moment.”

Mitch leaned back, letting Billy go and grinning at me. “Men don’t have moments.”

“You do,” I returned. “I’m witnessing one.”

“This isn’t a moment, honey, it’s a meeting of the minds,” Mitch contradicted me.

SELENA’S VERSION OF LAW MAN’s BURRITO’S

BURRITO

Ingredients:

Makes Two Burrito’s

6 ounces of cooked chicken breast, shredded

2 large spinach tortilla shells (gluten-free tortilla shells work as well)

½ roasted sweet red pepper, cut in strips

½ roasted sweet yellow pepper, cut in strips

½ cup plain Greek Yogurt

½ cup salsa

½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese

½ cup sharp cheddar cheese

Olive oil

Directions:

Preheat oven 350 F

Lay parchment paper (or you can use a non-stick spray) on a baking sheet.

In a bowl add and mix together: Greek yogurt and salsa.

In another bowl add: shredded cooked chicken and roasted peppers and half of both cheeses.

Lay tortilla shell flat and in the center add equal amounts of the chicken mixture to each shell, then top off equal amounts of the Greek yogurt/salsa mixture.

Fold shells and lightly spray each one with olive oil.

Top with the remaining cheese and some salsa.

Bake for 20 – 25 minutes (until cheese is melted).

All dressed up and ready to go

Optional: Mash an avocado to use as a topping, adding a mixture of low-fat sour cream and Greek Yogurt and black olives.

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KRISTEN ASHLEY’S GIVEAWAY

Ultimate Prize Winner to include:

  • Signed copies of Own the Wind and Fire Inside
  • Forever Swag Bag – Canvas tote bag to celebrate 10th Anniversary of Forever – Full of Forever books
  • $15 gift card to BN or Amazon
  • Rock Chick Bumper Sticker
  • Print copies of Rock Chick, Rock Chick Rescue and Rock Chick Redemption
  • 2nd Place – Signed copies of Own the Wind and Fire Inside
  • 3rd place – Signed copy of Fire Inside
  • 4th place – e-copy of Fire Inside
  • 5th place – ecopy of Fire Inside

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From Beefcake to Carrot Cake

Welcome to Tasty Tuesday, where this we week go from hunka-hunka-hot-Beefcake in the form of another Kristen Ashley alpha hero (Brock also known as Slim from WILD MAN) to a delicious hunk of Carrot Cake (recipe below).

WARNING: This blog post is for adults only. Some of the language in the quotes may offend some, as it is explicit. If this is a problem for anyone, then you can scroll right down to the carrot cake recipe, if not, sit back and enjoy Heidi and the other gals thoughts on Brock (also known as Slim) from WILD MAN by Kristen Ashley.

So how does a beefcake (and I’m talking drool-worthy-bad-ass-but-oh-so-damn-sexy beefcake) connect with carrot cake?

Tessa (the heroine in WILD MAN) is a baker…correction an awesome baker; pies, cakes, cookies, cupcakes, cheesecake. I was hankering for some fresh baked goods while reading this book. Good thing fantasizing about the aromatic and delicious sounding treats have zero calories.

I don’t have Tessa’s exact carrot cake recipe, so you’re stuck with my version. I’m pretty sure she would approve of this recipe.

I’m also certain that Brock/Slim would gladly lick the icing, slowly, and with purpose, taking his time, expertly swirling his tongue and hitting the sweet spot…off the icing spoon of course.

What were YOU all thinking, eh?

You can share your thoughts in the comment section. Right now please join me in welcoming, reviewer Heidi Wiley as she shares her thoughts about WILD MAN.

Plus, the Sassy-Kick-Assy-Dessert-Lovin’ bunch are back to chime in with their favorite quotes from the book.

REVIEW OF WILD MAN by HEIDI WILEY

WILD MAN is the second installment in the Dream Man Series.

Author Kristen Ashley has succeeded in building a story around two people that already had a beginning, but tied in circumstances of the past that could tear apart their future.

I immediately liked Tessa.  She is strong, sweet and has a willingness to forgive without being walked on. Brock is quick tempered but dedicated to his woman, his job and his family and will do anything to protect and take care of them.

There are authors who shy away from including children or young adults into their storylines and if they do, they’re at times only mentioned in passing. Kristen Ashley not only includes them, she gives each of them their own unique voice and personality that fits perfectly into the narrative of the main characters lives.

The author surrounds this couple with plenty of challenges; a rocky beginning, conflicted family issues, a crazy ex-husband and an even a crazier ex-wife, drug dealers and snicker doodles, but still manages to incorporate a scorching  sexy romance and bring it all together for a great read.

Highly recommend 5 stars

Heidi’s Favorite Quote:

“You ever,” he dipped his face close, mouth and eyes still smiling, “ever lock onto your control while we’re enjoyin’ each other, I’ll know one thing.  And that is, I’m not doin’ it right.”

Oh my.

“Brock–” I whispered but stopped when his face dipped even closer.

Favorite quotes from some of the members from the Sassy, Classy, Kick-Assy Group

SSSFrom Ladybug (who by the way has claimed Brock/Slim as her absolute favorite. We all have a favorite, mine is still Tack, so I have stepped aside and given Ladybug full access to Slim, although, Tess may have something to say about this.)

For all those who think we treat these characters as real people…we don’t really. Reading books in this genre provides great fantasy escapism, and it’s a shitload of fun discussing these books with these gals.

Moving on to Ladybug’s favorite quotes:

“Tess, I learned somethin’ early about you.  You are the only woman I know who doesn’t need words.  Everything you do speaks for you and it never lies.  Just your hand on me, babe, says it all.”

One of Ladybug’s favorite exchanges between Slim and Tess is when Slim drinks straight from the milk carton.

Tess said, “Um… well, now that we’re on that subject, it’s somewhat unhygienic for you to drink out of the milk jug.”

“Babe, I had my tongue in your mouth for ten minutes this morning.  How’s that any different?”

Pat Fordyce’s fave: “No one calls me Brock, they call me Slim.”

“But you aren’t slim!” Tess said.

Luci Cassar’s fave: “You wanna tell me, sweetness, how dessert for seventeen people translates into seven pies and two cakes?” Brock asked.

“Babe, you think I found the women of my dreams at 45 years old and I’m gonna let anything happen to her, think again. That’s a long fuckin’ time to wait for what you want. I waited. I found it. I’m pullin’ out all the stops to take care of it.”

Kelly Bennett’s:  Slim said, “I can’t make any promises about where this is gonna go but what I can do is give you me, keep you safe while you walk on the wild side and work my ass off to do what I can so this never goes bad for you.”

Grettel Ballestero’s: “Don´t you see? I’d walk through fire if you were what I was walking to.”

Scarlett’s:  Tess talking to Elvira (By the way, Elvira appears throughout the series in each book. She’s as sassy as they come and says whatever is on her mind, no filter…kind of like the Sassy Chicks here.)

“When a woman means something to him, he takes care of her. He told me this and I believe him. I mean something to him. I don’t know what you’ve heard or who this Hawk guy is but I know who Brock is to me. Now I’d love to have cosmos with you and the girls. But I won’t listen to anyone trash talking Brock because he also means something to me and only he and I know what’s going on between us and all that other shit, well, Elvira, it just doesn’t matter.”

Selena Robins’ faves: “Darlin’,” Brock said. “The last time I walked into a mall was two presidents ago.”

I stared at him in shock. Then I asked, “Is that even possible?”

“I got a dick and I was single so, yeah, it’s possible.”

Tess said, “When my phone rang at the bakery, this usually meant someone wanted to order a birthday cake. When Brock’s rang at the Station, this usually meant someone had a cap busted in their ass. My job was WAY better.”

CARROT ZUCCHINI CAKE

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Ingredients

3 eggs

4 egg whites

1 cup white sugar

1 cup brown sugar

1-1/3 cups vegetable oil

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground allspice

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 teaspoon salt

2 cups finely shredded carrots

2 cups finely shredded zucchini

1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts

FROSTING:

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup butter, softened

5 cups confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Whole or chopped pecans or walnuts for garnish, optional

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F

In a large bowl beat eggs, egg whites and sugar until frothy.

Gradually beat in oil.

In a separate bowl combine: dry ingredients.

Add all dry ingredients (except the carrots and zucchini and nuts, keep them on the side for now) to the frothy mixture.

Beat for 5 minutes.

Stir in carrots, zucchini and nuts.

Pour into three greased 9-in. round baking pans.

Bake at 350° for about 35 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched.

Cool 5 minutes before removing from pans.

Cool thoroughly on a wire rack.

Directions for Frosting:

Add cream cheese and butter in a large bowl.

Beat until smooth.

Add sugar and vanilla.

Continue beating until sugar is dissolved.

Spread between the layers and over the top and sides of the cake.

Garnish with whole or chopped nuts if desired.

For another Tasty Tuesday Recipe, please click here to stop by Nancy Lauzon’s blog as she shares a recipe for Crock Pot Lasagna

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Book Review Monday – A FEW DEAD MEN – Plus a Contest

Like most authors, I’m also an avid reader of many genres and I’m dedicating Monday’s as a day to celebrate other author’s books that I’ve enjoyed. Please feel free to add your own suggestions, as I’m always looking for another good book to read.

This week, I’m reviewing, A FEW DEAD MEN by Nancy Lauzon, author of the Chick Dick Mysteries.

You’ll also have a chance to win either a copy of A FEW DEAD MEN or another Chick Dick Mystery of your choice (details below).

MY REVIEW:

If you’re a fan of murder mysteries and dark comedies with enough twists to keep you in suspense until the last page, then I highly recommend you step into the world of Nancy Lauzon’s, A FEW DEAD MEN, A Chick Dick Mystery.

The dialogue is witty and the plot is smart and fast paced with a splash of unexpected love. The main protagonist, Darcy is a perfect balance of vulnerability and intelligence that makes her relatable and loveable. Each of the secondary characters all play an integral part in the book. The relationship between Darcy and her best friend Gio will give you plenty of laugh-out-loud moments with their amateur sleuthing and relationships with their perspective families.

The developing relationship between Darcy and her new boss, Smith, will have you rooting for them both.

As for the murder mystery, just when you thought you have it all figured out, an unpredictable twist will surprise you.

A FEW DEAD MEN has all the elements you expect in a Chick Dick Mystery, plus more.

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