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Sassy. Sexy. Saucy.

Yeah! March is national sauce month.

What is a sauce holiday?

I don’t have a clue, so I researched this holiday on the Internet and couldn’t find its origin. There are several articles, stating this holiday does exist, so I’m going to roll with it.

Celebrating any holiday is never a bad thing. Right?

To commemorate this saucy holiday, I’m sharing my authentic, sassy tomato sauce recipe.

I’m also sharing links to some sassy, sexy, and saucy romance novels.

Roll up a chair, check out this easy-to-make sauce, so you can celebrate Sauce Month.

This sauce pairs extremely well with laughter, family and friends, pasta, meatballs, bread—anything that welcomes the delicious sweetness of tomatoes, the nutty savouriness of roasted garlic, aromatic olive oil, and delicate sweet-savory basil.

Three important things to remember when making this sauce, and any Italian fare.

  1. Italian cuisine is simple and rustic, using fresh ingredients.
  2. Every time someone calls jar sauce, Italian tomato sauce, an Italian Angel eats a slice of Devil’s Food cake and goes over to the dark sauce. If that doesn’t worry you, then any time you are tempted to use jar sauce, a hot-alpha-book-hero will lose a quart of testosterone and his washboard abs will disappear.
  3. Always cook with L O V E.

Selena’s Sassy Sexy Authentic Tomato Sauce

 

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INGREDIENTS:

I usually use fresh tomatoes for this recipe, however since it’s not summer in this part of the world, we will use canned tomatoes.

Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (good quality)
4 large (16 oz.) can San Marzano Plum Tomatoes (or any other good quality plum tomatoes)
1 small can of good quality tomato paste
1 head of roasted garlic, mashed until smooth
1 whole carrot, peeled, (leave it whole)
1 cup Fresh Basil, washed, dried and chopped
1/3 cup of beef or vegetable stock (Or you can use dry wine that you would drink. Never ever use cooking wine, it’s just not good.)
Sea salt to taste
A few flakes of chili pepper flakes (more if you like it spicy, you be the judge)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put tomatoes into a food processor and whiz them through, this will make a thicker sauce – or – You can use a food mill, which will take the seeds out and make for a smoother, more liquid consistency sauce. Your choice. Set aside.
  2. In a heavy bottom pot, coat the bottom of pot with olive oil and heat on medium-high.
  3. Once the oil is heated add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and roasted garlic.
  4. Turn up heat to high, stir well and rapidly so the bottom doesn’t stick, for about 2 – 3 minutes. Then turn heat down to MEDIUM-HIGH.
  5. Stir in: stock (or wine if you are using wine), baking soda, and the carrot. Then turn the heat on LOW. 
  6. Cook, semi-covered for two hours, stirring every 15 minutes.
  7. After an hour of cooking season with salt and chili peppers. Taste it, so you know whether or not to add more salt. Also at this point, remove the whole carrot. The carrots adds a bit of sweetness to cut down on acidity.
  8. You want the liquid to evaporate. Keep simmering for the two hours (or more), depending on how thick you prefer the sauce.
  9. Remove from heat and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  10. Add the fresh, chopped basil, and 4 TBSP of olive oil and stir.
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SEXY, SAUCY, SASSY ROMANCES

(click on image to take you to teasers and excerpt of my romance novels)

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MORE SEXY, SASSY & SAUCY NOVELS TO CHECK OUT

Donna June Cooper

DB Darlene Kennison

Rosanna Leo

Sophie H. Morgan

Barbara Meyers

Lauren Smith

Melanie Burt Stanford

 

TAMED by Emma Chase PLUS a giveaway

Please welcome New York Times Best Selling author, EMMA CHASE as she introduces you to the newly released TAMED, (Book 3 in the Tangled Series).

Her publisher is also giving away a paperback copy of TANGLED (detail below).

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Blurb:

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: girl meets player, they fall in love, player changes his ways.

It’s a good story. But it’s not our story. Ours is a lot more colorful.

When I met Dee, I knew right away that she was special. When she met me, she thought I was anything but special—I was exactly like every other guy who’d screwed her over and let her down. It took some time to convince her otherwise, but it turns out I can make a convincing argument when sex is at stake.

You might know where this story’s headed. But the best part isn’t where we ended up.

It’s how we got there.

Excerpt:

She puts on the helmet, but doesn’t climb on the Ducati right away. She stands on the sidewalk, hands on her hips, looking thoughtfully at it. “What would you say if I said I wanted to drive your motorcycle to the party?”

“I’d say you’re shit out of luck. I don’t ride bitch.”

She knocks me upside the head—but my helmet softens the blow. “Then let me take it for a ride myself. Just around the block.”

“I . . .don’t think so.”

She pouts.

I sigh. “Have you ever driven a motorcycle before?”

“No, but I’ve always wanted to.”

“Well, I’ve always wanted to fly, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna strap on a squirrel suit and skydive from the god damn Empire State Building.”

She steps closer, and rubs her placating hands up my chest. “Come on, please? I’ll be really careful and grateful. Really grateful. Like . . .deviantly, let you handcuff me to the bed, kind of grateful.”

Forget the national broadcast system—this is the test. Am I going to stick to my man-guns, keep my pride, and protect my cherished vehicle from almost certain carnage? Or, am I going to be ruled by my dick and swayed by the promise of kinky, have-Dee-at-my-mercy-all-night-long, sex?

No contest.

“Riding bitch, it is.”

Selena’s Review 

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Thank you, Emma and your publisher for sending me the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

TAMED is the third book in the Tangled series, and although this is a standalone book, I would highly recommend readers dive into Tangled first, it will make reading TAMED that much more enjoyable.

For readers who have read Tangled, this book gives you another point of view to Kate and Drew’s love story.

TAMED is Matthew Fisher and Delores (Dee) Warren’s book, following the same timeline as Tangled and told in Matthew’s point of view.

Matthew is also a hump and dump man-whore, although not to the same extent as Drew. Matthew’s philosophy on love, marriage and life is tamer, less cynical and poignant.

Matthew is his own man in this book, even though he is crude at times (in one particular scene, he did the man-let’s-gross-a-woman-out-thing and I wanted to smack him), he isn’t as mocking and sarcastic as Drew. Matthew doesn’t pull a lot of dick-head moves. The reason I am comparing Matthew and Drew is that I want to point out in this review that Matthew’s voice is different from Drew’s, which is a good thing. Emma Chase does a great job in creating different hero’s and heroine’s with their own distinct voice.

Dee is a fun character and I liked that she wasn’t the stereotypical brainiac. She’s a rocket science, with a sexy, fun and naughty side who enjoyed torturing Drew with her quick wit (some of my favorite exchanges). Dee is strong, self-reliant and a loyal friend, and in this book we learn that Dee also has some anxiety when it comes to relationships and love, as does Matthew. Both of them are struggling with the same issues when it comes to taking the giant leap into a long term relationship.

The development of their friendship harbors no major conflicts, and no deep dark secrets or twists that tear them apart, but there is a wall that both have erected with fears, insecurities that they will have to work through to get to their own happy ending.

TAMED has all the elements of an Emma Chase romance; humor, witty dialogue, steam, spicy scenes and a love story that will endear you to the couple.

If a reader has read Holy Frigging Matrimony, they will know all about Matthew and Dee’s ending, however, TAMED is still enjoyable as Matthew and Dee’s journey from casual acquaintance to friends-with-major benefits to love is filled with cuteness, sweetness and guaranteed to make you smile from the first page until the last.

About Emma Chase:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABy day, Emma Chase is a devoted wife and mother who resides in a small, rural town in New Jersey. By night she toils away the hours bringing her colorful characters and their endless antics to life. She has a long standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.

Emma is an avid reader. Before her children were born she was known to consume whole books in a single day. Writing has also always been a passion and with the 2013 release of her debut romantic comedy, Tangled, the ability to now call herself an author is nothing less than a dream come true.

 

GIVEAWAY

To enter for your chance to win a paperback copy of TANGLED simply add a comment.

Good luck in the draw!

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Inside an Asylum with Denise Agnew

Please join me in welcoming the multi-talented, award winning author, Denise Agnewas she talks about her trilogy which take place in an asylum.

Denise is also giving away a paperback of one of her books. (Contest details below.)

Selena: Thank you for joining me, Denise. Let’s get right to the heart of this interview and your biggest quirk (okay, maybe not a quirk for you, but anyone who loves spooky movies is quirky to me).

I know you love scary movies. Is there a movie that makes your goosebumps sprout goosebumps?

Denise: Glad to be here, Selena, and isn’t your comment about quirks is a little bit of the pot calling the kettle? 🙂

Movies don’t generally scare me, but I will admit that the trailers for The Exorcist still make hairs on my body stand up. The two spooky movies I found the scariest weren’t horror movies. Seven and Silence of The Lambs were extremely disturbing in that scary way. Two of my favorite classic horror movies are The Exorcist and The Shining. Slasher flicks mostly bore me. Okay, exception to that would be the Scream franchise. I love the way those movies don’t take themselves too seriously.

Selena: You’re an eclectic writer; historical, suspense, paranormal, sexy stories with hot heroes and strong heroines, holiday themed stories and even sexily sweet stories. What makes the Asylum trilogy unique, compared to your other books?

1Denise: These books are definitely romances, just as all my stories, but I threw in the kitchen sink with this trilogy. I was trying to do a lot of things in three books.

Paranormal elements are foremost. What if evil grew in a place and over the decades it became larger and no one understood it or where it originated? After that you have social the elements with regard to each era and the horrifying challenges each heroine encounters that have as much to do with the times they live in, and are as much a part of the stories as the paranormal elements.

The heroine in the first novel is overcoming odds that don’t seem possible to overcome, and in the second novel I wanted to build the sense of dread that must have existed at the time when World War I was raging and the Spanish flu was decimating the world.

In the third book I drew in some of the craziness I see infecting the world in the present day and the fear I see overwhelming people. I don’t mind bringing up ignorance, bullying, prejudice and the many ways people display it.  In each book I’m illustrating that every era has its challenges, and that no one era has the be all or end all on difficulties. I loved putting the characters through these challenges while I watched them fall in love.

Selena: What is your go-to snack while in deep writing mode?

Denise: Yogurt. Easy to snarf down!

Selena: Another quirk that I know about you, is that you love Halloween. I know, I know, pot calling kettle…but seriously, why do people love Halloween? I’ll have to delve into that for another blog. So tell us, what is it about this holiday that intrigues you?

Denise: It’s steeped in the pagan and the mysterious and paranormal. It has always called to me on a deep level.  I’m a paranormal investigator and that time of the year seems to be an excellent time to explore the unknown. It has always been my favorite holiday, and I have so many fond memories of it. Every October I spend a ton of time watching all my favorite spooky movies and sometimes even writing a spooky story. Fall is my favorite time of the year.

Selena: What I love most about your writing is that you are always creating outside the box, especially with this trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though you know I’m not a fan of spooky things, but this wasn’t spooky or eerie at all…okay, some parts were edge of the seat worthy, but they were so well done and I was totally immersed in the romances in each book.

During your research for the Asylum trilogy, was there anything interesting that happened during the research, or something you discovered that left you speechless.

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Denise:
Thank you, I know it’s not your type of reading, which makes the fact that you enjoyed them that much sweeter.

Researching the past always means I’ll learn something intriguing. I love history. When I researched World War I and the Spanish flu for the second book, it surprised me how deeply affected I was by the suffering people endured in that era. It makes a lot of what most people complain about today pale in comparison. It makes me tremendously grateful for all I have and how wonderful my life really is.

Selena: If you could go back in time and have lunch with Edgar Allan Poe, what one question are you burning to ask him?

Denise: I’d ask him if he every wanted to stop writing and just chuck it all into the garbage. I love his work, and I figure he was delightfully twisted, as so many writers are. 🙂

Selena: We are twisted, but in a good crazy way that makes sense to us and to our readers.

Tell us something nobody knows about you?

Denise: This is something that a few people know about me. I’m an empath but didn’t really figure that out and accept it until about ten years ago. It’s very helpful in some ways and a pain in the ass on other days. I learn more about being an empath every day.

Selena: If you had your own talk show, which three guests would you like to have on, and why?

Denise: Oooohhhh…very good question. I’d probably interview Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Linda Howard. Dean Koontz because he’s one of my favorite writers, he’s funny, and I like how he took control of his publishing career and didn’t allow the publishing world to take control of him. Stephen King because I loved his book On Writing. Linda Howard because I’ve enjoyed many of her books, and she’s also a very funny lady.

Selena: If you could assign a soundtrack to the Asylum trilogy what would it be?

3Denise: I actually have a soundtrack made up which consists of a lot of different music that fits sections of the book. All of it is scary/gloomy/creepy or romantic, depending on the individual book. I assign certain songs as “love themes” or “love scene” type music as well. I used some music from Woman In Black for example, as well as Fernando Velazquez’s Shiver soundtrack. But I also used some James Newton Howard music, When A Stranger Calls soundtrack and a whole host of other stuff.

Selena: If you could assign a soundtrack to your life, what would it be?

Denise: That’s a super hard question. It would probably be a huge soundtrack made out of 70’s, 80’s  music and a ton of classical music from different eras in time. I love music from a lot of different time periods, so it would be a mixed bag. Top Gun soundtrack, Elton John music, and even disco. Hey, I’m dating myself.

About Denise Agnew:

Denise A. Agnew is the author of over 57 novels. Romantic Times Book Reviews calls her romantic suspense novels “top-notch,” and she’s received their coveted TOP PICK rating. Denise has written paranormal, romantic comedy, contemporary, historical, erotic romance, and romantic suspense. Archaeology and archery have crept into her work, and travels through England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales have added to a lifetime of story ideas. A paranormal investigator, Denise looks forward to exploring the unknown.

Amazon links for the Asylum Trilogy:

Shadows Wait

Shadows Rise

Shadows Fall 

Trilogy Bundle

Contest:

Answer the following question in the comment section of this blog and your name will be entered into a draw to win a Paperback copy of one of Denise’s books.

“If you could assign a soundtrack to your life, what would it be?”