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Happy Wednesday and welcome to my book hook! This week’s hook is from Behind the Mask a romance suspense that is part of the Office Seduction box set…

“How did you know what to order me?” Keegan asked.

Jolene shrugged. “I took a guess from what I learned during our encounter.”

Arching an eyebrow, he laughed. “This is should be interesting. I’ve never seen great sex translated into food.

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Blurb:

Keegan Ames takes a pro-bono job helping a non-profit design a family nature reserve. A quick week of feel good work. Or so he thinks.

Jolene Rawmen’s dream is about to come true. A family nature reserve named after the foster mother who changed Jolene’s life and gave her hope as a child.

The masquerade ball is a fund raiser. Jolene goes hoping to secure the remaining donations needed for the reserve. As Cinderella, she finds Prince Charming. Who is anything but a story book prince. He opens a new world for Jolene. A world of amazing sex. A world Jolene isn’t prepared to delve in.

Besides coming to terms with the sex games Keegan has introduced her to, she must fight to save her dream, stop a serial killer, and try not to fall in love with Prince Charming.

The Office Seduction box set is available at Amazon…here’s the link…

Behind The Mask

Thanks for stopping by and please make sure to check out all the other great hook…

Happy Hooking 🙂

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Tasty and Thirsty Thursday

Welcome 😉 It’s been a crazy busy week… Behind the Mask part of the Office Seduction box set went live Tuesday. Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy!

Jolene has one goal… to create a family nature reserve in honor of her foster mother.

Keegan has one goal…have Jolene as his Cinderella submissive…

To achieve these goals they have to survive a serial killer who has one goal…to kill them.

Behind the Mask part of the Office Seduction Box set.

Now on to the tasty and thirsty part of the this post… Jolene loves brownies. She’s a self proclaimed brownie expert. Here is her favorite brownie recipe – she calls them an Orgasm in your Mouth 

What you need:

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup nuts
  • peppermint vodka
  • coconut vodka

Mix the brownie per the directions substituting the vodka for the water. Bake as instructed…And per delight in your mouth

And for this week’s thirsty, it’s a My Kind of Brownie Martini 🙂

  • 3 tablespoons chocolate cream liqueur
  • 2 tablespoons peppermint vodka
  • 2 tablespoons cake flavored vodka
  • 2 tablespoons coconut vodka
  • 2 tablespoons whip cream vodka
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry brownie cake mix (such as Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge)
  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup

 

  1. Mix chocolate liqueur, peppermint, cake, coconut, whip cream vodka, brownie cake mix, and chocolate syrup in the shaker with ice. Shake for about 30 seconds.
  2. Dip rim of glass in chocolate syrup. Strain drink into glass. Top drink with whipped cream and candy as desired

 

 

 

 

Mindset Monday

It’s been a big week and I have another coming up…
Last week was the release of book 2 of my young adult fantasy…. So shiny…so pretty… The Warrior Queen

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This week is the release of Behind the Mask…soo shiny…soo steamy

 

It’s so easy to get ‘caught-up’ in the release stuff that you …well I…don’t write.

I mean there are facebook take overs, there is Instagram, there is Amazon and GoodReads…the list goes on of the things that you need to do to promote your book.

 

 

And I don’t want to write. I just want to bask in the ‘I’ve-made-it-let-eat-my-calorie-free-doughnuts’ (I do think doughnuts are calorie free on release day). And after all the nerve/anxiety ‘stuff’, I’m not sure I want to submit another book.
So I need fit amped up promo stuff into my already overwhelming schedule. I need to look at my ‘goals’ and decide what is going to shift – for at least a few weeks – to allow the promo to step up.
There’s laundry. Clean clothes is that really a necessary thing? Yes. It’s one of my big things. Have to have clean clothes.
There’s grocery shopping. Yes we need to eat (the discovery of food prep has saved my butt so many times).
What usually takes the hit is housecleaning… I can live with a dust for a week.

When looking over your schedule what get’s cut to make room?

I started a new book last week… I know and here I didn’t want to write…It’s called Loyalty. It’s along the Urban fiction lines. Here is the elevator pitch…

It’s a question of Loyalty. Does Layla give it the man who she had loved since high school but the street has made into a stranger? Or does she give to the new man who holds her broken and damaged heart?
I also pitched 2…yes ((2)) VA jobs.

Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

Easter is this Sunday…A major family gathering for many. So this week on T&T Thursday I’m going to share two of my favorites to bring. And of course they both have vodka in them because nothing says a family gathering like vodka.

For thirsty, a jelly bean martini… This is a sweet drink and it’s fun. If you aren’t celebrating Easter when you are serving it, I’ve used gummy fish or skittles. Any hard candy would work. Play with it. Make is supper fun and please let me know what you used.

Jelly Bean Martini

2 parts cotton candy vodka

1 part orange liqueur (Or any flavor you love)

jelly beans.

Mix vodka and liqueur over ice. Put 5 to 6 jelly beans in the glass and pour martini on top.

 

Spring Vodka Cake

This cake is super yummy. Warning: it’s a more ‘work’ than my usual recipe.

What you need:

  • Yellow cake mix
  • Raspberry Vodka
  • Lemon Vodka
  • coconut vodka
  • 2 drops yellow food coloring
  • 2 drops orange food coloring
  • 2 drops green food coloring
  • 1 can Lemon Custard Filling (or if you want you can make your own)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 9-inch pans.
  2. In a large bowl, mix cake per directions substituting the raspberry vodka for half of the water.  Divide batter into 3 bowls.
  3. In the first bowl, yellow food coloring; pour into prepared pan. In the second bowl, stir in orange food coloring; pour into second prepared pan. In the last bowl, stir in  green food coloring; pour into third prepared pan.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake layer comes out clean. While cake is warm pour 1/2 cup of vodka over each layer. The yellow layer lemon vodka. The coconut vodka over the green layer. And the raspberry vodka over the orange layer.
  5. Assemble the cake: stack the layers together with the Lemon Filling in between the layers. Refrigerate until serving.

I don’t frost this cake but of course you can. As with any recipe make your own.

 

Friday Read

Welcome to Friday Read… I have to admit that this had turned into more than a Friday read for me. This is book ((4)) and it sounds so amazing, I downloaded books 1, 2, 3 AND 4… so it’s weekend read. 🙂

 

Blurb

She had love, it left her.

He knew love and lost it.

Neither thought their heart could open again until they found each other.

One night in her bar was all it took for him to fall hard.

One song on his stage was all she needed to say yes.

Fate brought them together, but will it tear them apart?

Part four of five.

Other Books:

Rock and Roll Country

(Jesse’s Girl Part 1)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28497231-rock-and-roll-country

Purchase Links:

Amazon Universal: http://getbook.at/Jessies-Girl-PT1

 

Seeking Country

(Jesse’s Girl Part 2)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29987038-seeking-country

Purchase Link:

Universal Buy Link:  https://books2read.com/u/mdKq9W

 

Claiming Country (Jesse’s Girl, #3)

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33296375-claiming-country

Purchase Link:

Amazon Universal: https://books2read.com/u/31g6Ga

Author Bio

Kandice is…

…a serial lover of all things pink, a self-proclaimed chocoholic, home-schooling mother, and wannabe yogi.

Her debut erotica novel is Run to You, the first in the series Run.

Kandi’s love of storytelling can be traced back to her fourth-grade year when a history lesson on Native Americans became too unimaginative for her liking.  She took it upon herself to liven things up by creating a story that was based on half-truths about a self-named Indian Princess. Kandice is in fact of Native American heritage (her great-grandmother was a full-blooded Cherokee) and in her own mind a princess, so you can see where her inspiration came from.  Her story was a huge hit with friends, and an author was born.

Kandice was born and raised in rural Arkansas, where she currently lives with her husband and three children. Though, if you ask her she’ll confirm that her soul is lost somewhere on the west coast waiting for the day that her body can re-join it.

Social Links:

Emailkmyoungbooks@gmail.com

Websitehttp://kandicemichelleyoung.com/

Pinteresthttp://www.pinterest.com/kmyoungbooks/

Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kandicemichelleyoung

Facebook Author Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/authorkandicemichelleyoung

Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/authorkmyoung

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/user/show/34858688-kandice-young

Instagramhttps://instagram.com/kmyoungbooks

Tasty and Thirsty Thursday

Happy Thursday… Today is mostly about Tasty and I’m offering recipes for the left over Irish Cream (yeah, I know who has  leftover Irish Cream? NO ONE – go buy some more).

I love Irish Cream… and not just during the ST. Patrick season. Last week, I shared Irish Cream chocolate cake (and how can that not be amazing?)

This week I offer two tasty treats for you…cookies and pancakes.

These cookies are amazing. Because, let’s be real everyone loves cookies and Irish Cream so this is like the prefect match…sort of like…

Heaven on Earth Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 6 ounces (1 scant cup) granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces (approximately 1 cup) packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Irish cream liquor,
  • 16 ounces (approximately 3 1/4 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces white chocolate chips

What you do:

  1. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together.
  3. In a mixing bowl with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugars on high speed. Add the eggs on low speed, followed by the Irish cream. Then slowly add the flour mixture. Add the white chocolate chips.
  4. Use a small scoop to portion out the cookies. Chill for 15 minutes, then bake for 13-15 minutes.

 

These pancakes are great for a brunch…soooo yummy

What you need:

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon Irish cream liquor
  • 1 3/4 cup cake flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons butter for cooking pancakes and to garnish
  • Maple syrup, for serving

What you do:

 

Whisk butter, sugar, salt, and egg in medium bowl. Whisk in milk and Irish cream liquor until combined. Add flour and baking powder to the bowl, then stir until just about smooth (see note).

Heat 1 tablespoon butter in large nonstick skillet until melted over medium-low heat. Scoop as many 1/4 cup portions of batter into pan as will fit without crowding, then gently spread out into a disc shape. When bubbles appear on the surface, flip the pancakes over and continue to cook until done, about 1-2 minutes more. Repeat with remaining batter (see note). Serve warm with butter and syrup.

 

And for thirsty…coffee infused vodka (here’s the link to video on how to make infused vodka). with Irish Cream.

 

Monday Mindset

I hate the cold….hate it really hard. So I’m happy to give up an hour if it means I can wear sandals, not run my car for 30 minutes before leaving, not shoveling, and there is SUN!!! Michigan is very gray in the winter. With the warmer weather – has been in the 40’s – for the last several days, I’m breaking out the cotton candy pink fingernail polish, the always purple mascara, and planting seeds for herbs. While summer is my favorite season, spring is my second.
It’s filled with happy spring flowers….

Yummy foods….

Homemade Strawberry jam

And butterflies…

Career mindset –
I’m starting an instagram account. My eye is twitching just thinking about it. The focus of my inst gram will be my Thursday thirsty and tasty.
I need to have Dragon Queen (this will be under the nice me) done and in ready to submit format by the end of April.
I need Mistress of the Shifters (this is me…lots of steamy sex, suspense, and hot shifters) done and ready to submit by the end of this month.
To be honest the VA thing is just floating in the water sipping on a vodka martini. I’m hoping to move that to a more focus position this week.
Are there any season you look forward? And why?

Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

Welcome on this first day of March. It’s been a crazy crazy week so I’m in need of some thirsty. The ‘nice’ me is doing a Facebook hop – here is the link if you want to participate (over 49 authors doing give aways and sharing their amazing books) –

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Enough of the commercial 😉 let’s get to the important stuff….For today’s thirsty, I’m going to share my Between The Seasons. And some serious comfort food – Over the top Ziti bake.

Between The Seasons

 

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Not winter…not spring

This is the only layered drink I make. This one came out prefect…that’s not always the case. I call this Between the Seasons because March is winter nor is it spring here in Michigan.

The ‘spring’ layer is strawberry – the hint of what is to come.

The ‘winter’ layer (that sort of looks yellow in the picture) is the reminder of winter – which isn’t totally gone.

Winter layer –

1 part whip cream vodka

1 part coconut rum

1 part citrus vodka

Mix and pour into the glass.

Spring Layer

1 part strawberry simple sugar

2 parts strawberry vodka ( I like homemade infused strawberry vodka …. not crazy about the pre flavored one)

Pour spring layer gently over a spoon. Add ice and enjoy remembering winter and thinking ahead.

 

March is a giant hiccup of warm and cold. Sometimes, I get dizzy from the bouncing temperature. So on a day of lumpy rain, I love to make Over the Top Ziti Bake.

1 box of ziti noodle
.5 lb of sweet Italian sausage
1 lb of chicken mozzarella basil sausage
1 package of pepperoni
24 Italian meatballs
1 large jar of favorite spaghetti sauce
1 cup Italian dressing
1 small onion diced
1 small green pepper diced
1 16 oz ricotta cheese
1 16 oz Italian cheese blend
1 12 oz package of mozzarella basil and garlic cheese
Garlic, rosemary, thyme to taste

1. In crockpot place all the meat and spaghetti sauce. Cook on low for 6 hours
One hour before eating…
2. Place the box of ziti noodles in a large pot of boiling water cook for 15 minutes. Drain
Preheat oven to 350
3. Pour dressing over the warm noodles and stir.
4. Add noodles to meat mixture and pour into an oven proof pan.
5. Mix in onion, pepper, and cheeses.
Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.

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Let’s Journal Wednesday

It’s the last day of February so I thought I’d share with you my March time capsule (I covered ideas on how to set up a time capsule journal in January) journal spread. As I’ve said before there is no right or wrong way to journaling. Or to set up a topic specific journal.

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Nothing everything will be used on the monthly spread. Some will go on the weekly summaries

One of the key things I try to do when I make my spread is to include stickers/clippings of things I know I want to do or see or make during the month.

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Before the ink

But I also want to leave some areas to fill in as the month goes on. For the events, food, and drinks I highlight, I make sure to add the date when we went, ate it, or drank it.

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The butterfly is for the butterfly garden I’m taking Charlie to.

If you keep a time capsule journal, I’d love to hear how you do it.

 

Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

First of all happy…Margarita_Day

In honor of this great holiday today’s Tasty and Thirsty Thursday recipes will feature tequila 🙂

First let’s take of the thirsty… I love margarita’s but I’m not a big fan of the store mixes so I started making my own infused tequila. I had several failures. The tequila didn’t ‘absorb’ the flavor of the fruit. The fruit would knock you on your butt…

Then I used strawberries I had left over from shortcake. The tequila took on an amazing strawberry flavor. The difference?

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Sugar!!!

 

 

 

 

To Make Infused Tequila…

Tequila

fruit of your choice (Blackberry is my fav but blood orange is a close second)

sugar

Lime

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Crush the fruit with sugar on it. Let stand for an hour or so. Squeeze in  the juice of a lime (if you’re a zesty person…zest the lime.)

Mix fruit and tequila together in a sealable jar.

Give it 5 to 7 days to mingle. Then pour and enjoy.

And for the Tasty….it’s one of fav pot luck recipes. I love love love this dish. It’s easy to throw together. Makes a ton. And is super yummy…

What you need:

1 cup red onion
1 minced jalapeno
1/2 cup sliced red bell pepper
1 roasted chicken, boned, skin discarded and shredded
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves, plus more for garnish
4 tablespoons grated Parmesan, plus more for garnish
5 ounces mozzarella, grated
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup tequila
1/4 cup diced Roma tomatoes, for garnish

What you do:
Mix the red onion, jalapeno, red bell pepper, chicken, sea salt, ground black pepper, chopped garlic, cilantro leaves, and tequila in large bag. Let it hang out for a couple of hours. No more than 4.

Pour into large oven proof pan. Stir in cream cheese and lemon juice.

Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Add cheeses and return to oven for another 10 minutes. Roll in flour shells.