Mindset Monday

It’s my anniversary week…. 35 years with the same man.  It’s a serious  commitment to make that many years. Times have been hard, near impossible and times have been good but mostly times have been just life. Not everyday can be amazing. And I’ve met several people who say their marriage/relationship ended because the romance was gone.

Well sweetie let me tell you something. There is NO romance in doing dishes when you are six months pregnant your feet are the size of footballs because you have toxicemiy, you’ve lost 12 pounds in the last month because you are puking non-stop. BUT there is commitment. Not just to each other but to the relationship it’s self.

It is this type of commitment that is needed if you are truly going to achieve your dreams. Dreams aren’t always calorie free doughnuts and endless vodka. They require commitment. ALL. THE. TIME.

As I am regrouping from a publishers closing, a family earthquake, and redefining our household structure, I need commitment. If I don’t have the same commitment to my dream that I have to marriage it would succeed.

Cool planners

Awesome vision boards

Goal worksheets

Are all tools to make the commitment easier, more focused but they will not accomplish the dream.

 

I’m also looking for idea for a fun different way to celebrate our anniversary. Any suggestions???

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Friday Read

I had the chance to beta-read this week’s feature read…and it was amazing. Melissa Litwiller did an awesome job developing the plot and gifting us with characters that we will carry with us long after we are done reading the book.

Dee is her main character and has a lot to deal with. BUT don’t worry, Melissa created a wonderful supporting cast in Sheila, Ruth, and Jackson.

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Have you ever had the same dream, repeatedly, never knowing exactly why? Twenty-one-year-old Dee Fosco has, and she can no longer ignore it, or the voice that has spoken to her since she was a little girl.

The novel, Viper, tells the story of a girl growing up in the isolated hills of Kentucky, with her deeply depressed mother. The beat-up trailer they now live in is cramped and full of the memories of the past, and Dee’s mother, who is getting through life with numerous medications, is in constant grief over her failed marriage. She is a religious person who doesn’t take well to Dee’s constant plagues of dreams and visions. Her ability to take on the emotions of others – her mother’s being the most draining – keeps Dee suspended in a state of distress. Though she feels alone, there is always someone with her – a guide who speaks to her – giving comfort when she feels alone.

Her dream involves a family – happy and well adjusted, something Dee wasn’t used to in her own life. She watches as the mother and father cherished the boy and girl, laughing, playing, and loving one another.

Then one night, she sees these happy images change and now there is only a father and son in the little cabin. Over time, the boy turns into a man, tortured with demons that have been forever working to change him. Her guide reveals images of this place, Viper, Kentucky, and though she is warned of the danger that is imminent, she is pulled to go to Viper, if not for the sake of this mystery man’s soul – then for her own.

Make your kindle happy…go and down it. Viper

Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

Ever have extra margarita mix and wonder what to do with it?

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No drinks today… but I do love a margrita

Me either but I do have some awesome recipes using margarita mix. These recipes can be made using the mix with tequila or without. Depending on your crowd.

These are some of my favorite recipes for summer time. And they are great for a Cinco de Mayo party, or a pool party. I just made all of them to take up to a family pool party. Besides the pudding shots, I ruled 😊

First let’s talk cake.  For last Saturday’s cake, I used a strawberry cake  mix. I sliced a container of strawberries sprinkled with a little sugar and then added some margarita mix. I also added some of the mix to the whip cream. Yup, I was the dessert hero ;-P

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Margarita Mix Cake

What you need:

1 box cake  (anything but white because of the egg white thing that you think will taste good with margarita mix)

Margarita Mix – Classic or flavored

Eggs

Oil

Optional:

Fruit

Whip cream

More margarita mix

lime

Let’s do this:

Make cake mix per instructions using the mix for the water. I prefer to bake mine in a bunt pan but a regular cake pan will work.

Bake as directed.

Taking it to the next level:

Slice, lightly mash whatever fruit you are using and add about 1/3 cup of the mix and the juice of 1 lime.

To amp up the overall flavor stir in about ½ of the mix to a container of whip cream.

OHHHH SOOO GOOD

 

Everyone wants to be healthy… so let’s make that taste oh so much better with margaritia

Margarita Fruit Dip

What you need:

8 oz cream cheese – at room temp

1 cup margarita mix

Lime

½ cup sugar

Fruit for dipping or a spoon for eating it with 😊

Let’s do it:

In a mixing bowl combine cream cheese, sugar, and mix until smooth. Squeeze the juice of lime into the dip and rind of one half. Mix and refrigerate for an hour.

Enjoy!!!!

I made my last batch of Margarita chicken in my instan-pot because I like being part of the cool kids club but you make in the oven or crock-pot. I’ve done it all three ways and it’s just as yummy either way.

Margarita Chicken

What you need:

3 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast

2 cups margarita mix (more if you are instan-pot or crock pot it…then it’s 3 cups)

1 sliced lime

1 sliced lemon

Sea salt (to your taste)

Let’s do this:

Place chicken in a shallow dish, season with sea salt. Pour margarita mix over chicken. Arrange lime and lemon over the pieces. Cook for about 45 minutes – depending on the size of your chicken pieces.

#MFRWHooks…Taking a leap… off a short cliff

Hello everyone and thanks for stopping by (waving like a crazy woman chasing a bus full of doughnuts).

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This week has been super exciting for me, I’m doing a cover reveal give away click here for details and a chance to win.

This week I’m sharing from in my soon to be released paranormal – The Shifter’s Queen, book 1 in the Blue Star Legacy.

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Love this!!!

Horror filled him as her intention registered. He cursed, as he rushed to close the distance between them. Quetin had been clear, Emma needed to be alive. 

His stomach rolled as he watched the leopard glided through the air and fall from sight. He stood on the overhang, looking down at the dark pool of water. The moss was spongy under the pads of his paws as he waited for her broken body to surface. But the pond’s surface remained smooth.

Jackson snarled and flicked his tail as he considered jumping in after her. Impatiently, he paced along the outcropping, trying to locate a path down. He lifted his nose to sniff the air for her scent. When he could locate neither a path nor her smell, the growl changed to curses as Jackson shifted back to human form. 

“Son-of-a-bitch.” He ran both hands through his cropped hair. Again, he surveyed the surface of the pool. In the star light, Jackson’s reflection stared back at him, taunting him, mocking him for his failure.

For the series blur check out my facebook page – Romance wtih a Bang.

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Mindset Monday

It’s a day…

Extreme heat warnings for three ((3)) days!!! I have bad asthma so this means three days in my bedroom (the only airconditioned room). One would think I’d get a lot of writing done… NOPE. I don’t have a television in my bedroom so then I must had done a lot reading right??? Five pages.

So what does one do in a bedroom for three days? Play on the internet. Try to win the airship race on Cookie Jam. Think about writing… decide there isn’t enough oxygen in my lungs, so I should play some more Cookie Jam.

Finally, I realized that I needed to stop letting my inability to breath keep me doing what needed to be done.

In reality we all have excuses/reasons we can’t do something. Some are real like my asthma while others are not so much like I really need a bacon doughnut.  Although, most days the need for a bacon doughnut outweighs my lack of oxygen.

It’s hard to work when you don’t feel good, can’t breathe, don’t have a doughnut or the world is being difficult. And writing is work. I have to write regardless just like I’d have to do any other job. People (especially my family) like to think that writing a book is a 3 hour deal. Then I should be able to make them dinner.

Like with most jobs, unless you do it then you don’t understand it – I mean truly understand it. And because I do have to work regardless, I’m so thankful it’s something I like.

And just like the weather, I have a hot July coming up…

A cover reveal for this ….

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The 3rd book in my young adult fantasy – here are the first two.

My full length Red Riding Hood, PI – tween will be released. Here is the free novella

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So no time to play Cookie Jam…it’s bonding with the key board!

Mindset Monday

It’s been awhile…again. I’ve been working through some stuff both personal and professionally. Trying to find the balance. Answers to life questions like is it okay to have doughnuts with a chocolate martini??? I’ve decided it is…

I love to write but it’s a hard business. One of my publishers closed. Major bummer. Luckily, they were very professional and returned rights with covers. But it still put a major hiccup in my business plan for the year and into 2019 (I had three books scheduled for 2019 with them.)

The life questions…

Do I submit to a new a publisher?

Do I venture into the land of self-pub? It’s expensive but my main hesitation is promo. I hate promo. And I have a very small circle to count on sales from there.

So, what did I do?

I started a new side hustle…that…requires I put myself way out there.  I have a passion for journaling…so I’ve decided to share that on a more focused bases. I’ve posted some random journaling things here. But last Wednesday, I did my first journaling seminar. It went really well…all positive feedback. I’m working on a website that I’ll share when it’s up and running.

My first journal workshop…

5674.jpegI’ve also decided that I’m going to self-publish everything that was scheduled and I’m not going to submit anything new to publishers. I currently have a request from Source for my cozy suspense romance but if that falls through I’m going self-pubbed with that too.

Cami Lashly runs a small town bed and breakfast that specializes in yoga and connecting with nature. Her one goal is to find the secret to crispy kale chips and a smoothie that does taste like dredged swamp water instead she stumbles across a dead body. She’s more than happy to leave the investigating to the local police until she becomes prime suspect #1.

Here’s a teaser…

Death In the Blackberry Patch

“I didn’t come for the cookies.” Samuel kicked at the ground and glanced around.

Oh sweet nature. Here it comes. He’s going to ask me out. I’m going to have to say no. I like Samuel. A lot. But I couldn’t go out with him. I had the retreat plan for. I needed to make kale conform and be crispy. I was far to busy to go out on a date.

Licking my lips, I turned to face him. Must say no, I mentally chanted as I stared up into his smoky gray eyes.

He smiled. A crooked thing that made a dimple in his left cheek and contained magical powers because my mental no became yes.

“I’m not sure how to ask you this,” he started and released my arm. He stepped back and pushed a hand through his thick wavy blond hair.

He was so cute. I wondered where he was going to take me on our date. There was that new Italian restaurant Brezlyn had told me about.

“Think about it before answering.”

I smiled. He was nervous that I was going to say no. I should say no but who was I kidding. It was going to be yes.

Grinning and nodding, I chewed my lip. Wait until Brezlyn and aunt Lydia heard this. Samuel asked me out. Who needed to be auction off like a side of beef?

“Will you keep the alpacas?”

Apparently, I did. My jaw dropped, and I sucked in a mouth full of air – including some kind of bug.

All this swings me back to my focus word for the year. Complete. I need to complete things regardless of the hiccups.

I also during my absence, I started a young reader horror series. The introduction novella is FREE and can be downloaded here.

The Case of the Humming Trees - Red Riding Hood PI, #1 ebook by Tasarla Romaney

Let’s Read Friday

This week’s let’s read isn’t just a must read.  If you haven’t read this author before – it’s a binge read.

Rebecca Royce is not only an amazing writer. But she also is multi-genre writer.

Want shifters? She’s got them.

Dragons? She’s got them.

Dystonia? She’s got it.

But this week – I’m featuring her latest reverse harem book…Compassion Be Damned. An end of times reverse harem story. It’s the second to last in the series (this is where the binge reading comes in).

As with all the other books in this series (or any of Rebecca’s books) the characters are amazing. I have expected to see Krystal sit down next to me and eat my doughnut she was so life like. The world building draws you and your lost… so clear your calendar and gather your pillows…and start reading!

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Krystal has spent years locked in isolation, enduring torture day after day. It might drive a lesser woman mad. Her sudden freedom leads to a journey across the forbidding landscape. Unexpected allies appear, and new challenges block their path. Embracing every opportunity as a chance, Krystal must trust these five lost souls, her wild ability to heal, and most of all—herself.

They owe a debt they cannot pay…

Titus, Paden, Zeke, Ryland, and Jett spent years in bespelled servitude. Slaves to the unforgivable, they seek to atone for misdeeds beyond their power. Discovering a Sister alone in the woods, they pledge themselves to her service. Saving Krystal is more than a means to an end, though, as one by one she restores their hope, love, and faith. They will need all of their strength and hers. Loving her saved them, but losing her may save the world.

Compassion Be Damned is on Amazon

 

Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

This week I’m sharing one must have spring drink – lemonade with strawberry infused vodka. And the other is a little less common – Vodka fried chicken. It’s ohhhh sooo crispy but warning it’s a mess to make, which is why we don’t have it often.

A sure sign of late spring/early summer is lemonade. I love lemonade and only thing can make it better – vodka. I personally don’t ‘love’ the strawberry flavored vodka so I infuse my own.

Strawberry Infused Vodka

Remember the key to full flavored infused vodka is to crush the fruit and sprinkle with sugar. Let it sit for an hour or so.

1 pint strawberry – hulled and quartered and crushed

1/4 cup sugar

1 bottle vodka (I use either citrus or whip cream)

Mix strawberries together. Store in mason jars in the refrigerator. Good for 5 days.

Mix with favorite lemonade or white wine.

 

Vodka Fried chicken

About 12 pieces of chicken

Flour seasoned with garlic and onion powder, basil, and rosemary

For batter:

1/2 cup    flour

1/2 cup    cornstarch

1 tsp    baking powder

1/2 cup    vodka

1/2 cup    ice cold water

What you do:

Dust chicken pieces with seasoned flour.  Cover and let hang out in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Heat oil in electric fryer to 350.

Whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, vodka, and water to form batter.

Dip 3 pieces of chicken in batter allowing excess to drip off and drop in hot oil

Fry for 10 minutes and remove to cooling rack.

Continue battering and frying the rest of the chicken in batches of 3

Return the first batch to the oil and fry another 10 minutes

Continue frying the remaining batches for the second time

Cool on draining rack

Enjoy with a glass of lemonade.

 

Pirates… magic…and a tiger…

Welcome!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed the book hooks so far 🙂 This week my hook comes from my paranormal pirate romance – Treasure Hunt…. There’s a female pirate, her tiger (who is capable of magic), and a hot treasure hunter…

 

Hook: 

DeLaney kept the wide wooden table between them. While she didn’t doubt either man’s loyalty, she also knew them to be what they were. Men of fortune. She forced her body to take a stance of ease and willed her hands to remain steady.

“Feel free to speak. You both know I welcome your counsel.”

“There are two things we need to bring to your attention.” Adaih moved so he stood against the wall and slid down so his weight rested on his heels. It always amazed DeLaney that a man of his size could find comfort in such a position. “Tell the Captain what you felt tonight, Blink.”

The short man hovered across the table from her. He ran a hand over his hairless skull. “I was in the bird’s nest. Something about the fog seemed unnatural.”

“It is Ghost Whisper Harbor,” DeLaney pointed out, but she knew Blink would never be put at unease by a few restless spirits.

“Yes, Captain. But it was more. Tonight’s fog carried the weight of evil.” He shifted and focused his purple eyes on DeLaney. “Something was hunting for you. That is why I sent Esmeralda into town looking for you.”

“I had a run-in with Falken. Before Esmeralda could dine on him, he disappeared.”

“He outran her?” Adaih asked.

“No.” DeLaney turned to meet his gaze. “He vanished into thin air.”

Blink made an odd noise which she knew to be a grunt of disgust. “He dabbles in things his mind is too small to understand and his spirit is too weak to resist.”

 

Blurb:

DeLaney Black Heart is the captain of The Gypsy Princess, the most feared pirate ship on the Cannequ seas, until recently. Her long standing enemy, Falken Sands, is making good on his threat to ruin her. She is in desperate need of a large bounty to soothe her crew and reclaim her title.

Raven Kinsley is a treasure hunter. He offers DeLaney the chance to redeem herself. Only their history is stopping DeLaney from jumping on the offer. Raven abandoned her a year earlier and disappeared.

Left with no other choice, DeLaney agrees to Raven’s commission. They begin their journey to claim the lost treasure of Midas, but soon trouble surrounds them. Raven and DeLaney combine forces to battle gryphons, the possessed Falken Sands, and other creatures.

DeLaney tries to convince herself what she feels for Raven is born out of battle, not love. Raven knows he loves DeLaney, but until an old enemy is beaten, he can’t make his claim on her heart.

As secrets are revealed, they realize this is more than a mere treasure hunt. It’s a battle for their lives.

Treasure Hunt is available on Amazon 

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You want to do WHATTTTT

Welcome to Book Hooks…

I’ve read books where the best hook is a character…just what the heck are they going to do next…In Behind the Mask with Jolene, I created a character that deals with the shadow of her mother, faces her insecurities, and is still willing to chase her dream. She’s complex yet simple. She’s my favorite character that I’ve ever created.

In Jolene’s words….To say she had a love life would be stretching the definition to a very gray area. She could count the lovers she’d had on one hand and have enough fingers left over to finger knit a scarf.

BUT then this happened!!!!

“Would you like to use my cell phone to call her? Tell her that you will be spending the night.” He reached for a strawberry. His eyes never left her as he dipped the lush red fruit into the bubbling chocolate. Her entire body shook with hunger as she opened her mouth and sucked the fruit in.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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