Into the Unknown #MFRWHook

Hey Hey everyone! Welcome to this week’s hook…

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Now I know I when I signed up I had siren biker and merman enforcer… and that was going to be my hook BUT then I got this cover… AND I just had to hook for it 🙂

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Earth was invaded in 2587.  What followed was a war which united all countries in a common goal to defeat the invaders and save their homes. For over a hundred years the war lasted, until all the resources on Earth were depleted.  Then the nightmare began….

 The crew of the Jolly Roger, does it best to stay off the grid, unless it means they can steal something the Neuf – the ruling fraction – really wants or needs.

They take a simple job. A grab and run. But it turns out to be far more landing them in direct fire of the Neuf.

In order to survive, they must find out who the Neuf imposter is. But once they do, will they be able to kill him or her?

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The bright red beams of the lasers fired from both sides cut through the gas. The cords snapped as the Jolly Roger left the shelter of the cave. Flynn coughed and squinted against the harsh sunlight. 

“We’re screwed,”  Rakrin whispered.

Flynn turned following the man’s gaze. A brazen hound twice the size of the one that chased him through the jungle sat perched on the ledge. It growled acid drool dropping from its jowls. The sizzling of metal being eaten by acid filled the air.

“What slave outpost has two hell hounds?”  Spinning around on the hatch, Flynn groaned as the beast snarled and jumped on the ship.  He reached for his last grenade, lifting his shirt. 

  “I know you think you’re the stud of the galaxy but I don’t think flashing some skin is going to work here.”  Rakrin aimed the laser pistol. 

“Wait.”  Flynn cut a tiny slash on his ribs and began rubbing the small rough grenade across the gash.

Rakrin arched an eyebrow.  “You realize they go crazy at the scent of blood.”

“Yup.” 

The hound moved toward them, red eyes glowing.  It started yapping with excitement at the smell of blood.  Rakrin cursed as a glob of droll landed on his shirt instantly eating away the material.

The ship jerked, the weight of the beast prohibiting it from taking off.  Flynn waved the blood covered object in the air.  The sounds of the yaps became more like whines as the beast excitement grew. 

The Imposter will be available the end of February.

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Mindset Monday

Commit – my word for the year – 2019

Busy vs fruitful – my focus for the year – 2019.

This year has been rough! My shoulder is still painful (a combination of tendinitis and being frozen) has really thrown my mojo into another galaxy. So I’m really struggling not to throw in the towel. I know I still have most of the year but I still just want to sit and eat doughnuts basking in the muck of self-pity.

But I can’t afford new clothes nor the doughnut bill sooooo it’s forward march. So while a lot of what I planned on starting with the new year has remained undone (mainly my youtube channel), I have done some stuff.

I’m also doing card reading every Monday on my Tasarla blog so if you are interested in that just on over. I’m doing yes or no future questions this week.

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I started a new story – here’s sneak peak at the heroine – Tobia.

Tobia’s left eye twitched. First Wren and now – she couldn’t even. She threw the hook knife in the general direction of where she knew Malcom hid. Why the fuck was he here? Well, it didn’t matter, he had to leave. She’d give him choice – alive or dead. And given her morning, the alive thing was being generous.

Malcom stepped into view. He leaned against the door frame.  His broad chest and shoulders pulled the cotton material of his dark blue shirt tight. A smirk curled the corners of his mouth. And what a mouth. Her nipples tightened at the memory of his kisses.

“Hi, Tobia. Good to see you.”

I tried a new planner (I know I know but seriously finding planner peace is like finding a calorie free doughnut). It’s My Brilliant Writing Planner. It’s an extensive planner. I plan on posting a youtube walk through, a review, and why it didn’t work for me later this week so I’ll have that link next week. This week’s spread is cute snowmen (it’s sooooo cold here) and the bossbabe sticker kit from Monsterstick Co  for my business planner.

Also my side hustle of self-care products is in full swing. We made coffee foot scrub and shower grenades last week. Soap is on the docket for this week. A February launch is still the target.

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So what is on your mindset this Monday?

 

Tasty and Thirsty Thursday

Welcome! This week’s tasty and thirsty is inspired by my love for Christmas lights. I’m blogging about it over on Romancing the Genres

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These are my top 2 recipes for when we head out to go light seeing – Over the Top hot cocoa and hot cocoa cookies.

The over the top hot cocoa is even more incredible when spiked with Kahula, candy cane vodka, or raspberry vodka.

Over the top hot cocoa

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What you need
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3 cups nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
What you do:
Add sugar and cocoa to food processor. Pulse until well-mixed. (Or, combine ingredients in large bowl and whisk until well mixed.) Add salt,  and cornstarch; pulse until mixed. Add powdered milk; process for 20-30 seconds until well mixed. Transfer mix to bowl and stir in chocolate chips. Store in airtight container.

To make:
Fill 1/3 to 1/2 of mug with cocoa mix. Add 1 cup hot water or milk and stir until mix is dissolved.

Hot Cocoa Cookies

What you need:

  • 1 cup butter – soften
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup over the top hot cocoa (or your favorite)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup marshmellows

 

Preheat over to 350
Cream butter and sugar until creamy. Add the hot cocoa. Mix until blended.
Add in eggs and mix. Mix in flour and baking soda.
Stir in chocolat chips.
Drop rounded tablespoon on pan and bake
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My cookie helper

What are some of your favorite Christmas traditions?

Friday Read

This week’s Friday read is by one of fav authors… Rebecca Zanetti.

Hidden is book 1 in her new series Deep Ops. To say I loved it is sort of like saying I like doughnuts. I want to hang out is Pippa, seriously. She’s funny, spunky, and a great cook. She’s my kind of girl!

And Mal is the prefect combo of dark tortured hero. Which is the hardest hero for me to get behind. They usually aren’t my jam butttttttt Mal, well, he’s the one.

I read Hidden in less then 3 days, my daughter in 1. It’s that good!

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Hide. That’s all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she’s off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo . . .

Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he’s been set up . . .
 
Fight. Someone’s gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa’s fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock . . .
Check out Hidden

Tasty and Thirsty

Welcome!

This Thursday I’m all about the Christmas joy! I’m over on Viviana’s blog chatting about the tricks to putting together a Christmas cookie tray…Cookie Tray Secrets

If Christmas is a time to forgo calories for read on…

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Look Mr. Penguin is sooo excited and so am I. A buttery Christmas makes me smile – every time! I mean there is whip cream…there is butterscotch ice cream drizzle…there is vodka, coffee liquor, and Irish cream… the things that makes Christmas 🙂

Buttery Christmas

1 part coffee liquor

2 parts whip cream vodka

2 parts Irish Cream

3 parts butterscotch schnapps

Whip cream

Butterscotch ice cream topping

Mix together with ice.  Strain into a glass. Add whip cream and drizzle ice cream topping over top.

Enjoy!

And to keep with our butterscotch theme…pancakes. This is the schnapps free family friendly… that is featured in my sweet Christmas romance – The Christmas Reunion – but if you are an adult only household…booze these baby’s up. SOOOO good 😉

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What you need….

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tablespoon fine salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, or to taste
  • 1/3 cup butterscotch chips
  • cooking spray

What you do….

  1. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Mix buttermilk, butter, egg, and vanilla extract together in a bowl. Add to flour mixture; stir until just combined. Fold butterscotch chips into batter; allow to rest 5 minutes.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat; coat with cooking spray. Pour in 1/3 cup batter; spread with the back of a spoon into a circle just over 1/4-inch thick. Cook until edges are set; 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes more.

Enjoy!

What are some of your favorite Christmas time only food and drinks?

Mindset Monday

It’s December. How the heck did that happen??? Besides all the holiday stuff, I need to really nail down 2019.

I have a vision board to make.

A time capsule journal to set up.

Figure out my writing schedule.

My yearly budget.

Yikes! I need doughnuts… lots and lots of doughnuts.

And while I’m focusing on 2019 yet I need to stay planted in 2018.  I have set up 2019 personal journal. I’ve picked my focus word and personal growth goal.

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I feel I have become very fragmented over the years so this year is all about connecting those pieces (last year was defining who I was and I do believe that I did. I have a much clearer picture of who I am. I just need to connect these roles. Find a balance of sorts. Now I have no false ideas that I will have an equal balance. Life or at least my life doesn’t work like that).

My word last year was complete. I’m the overlord of unfinish projects. I did do better which led me to this year’s word. Commit. Not only do I need to commit to projects but also for the roles I have claimed for me. I can’t waffle every other day on if I really want to run a Virtual Administrative Assistant business. I need to commit.

As part of my yearly budget I’m going to focus on minimalist life style (not I’m not going hard core – let’s be real. I need books. They are a part of me) for 2019. I did Dave Ramsey last year (I may do a recap… I’m on the fence for this). But as a kick-off I’m planning a no spend month for January and I’m reading…. 31 days of living well and spending zero by Ruch Soukup.  Guess what day 1 is all about? COMMIT.

So what am doing to end 2018 with a bang??? Edits for A Witch’s Curse, promo The Christmas Reunion and baking. I’m doing a blog post on Thursday about the secrets for the prefect cookie tray. I’m also doing Christmas crafts with my 7 year-old. Check out my Instagram Lyncee_shillard for overload cuteness.

I’d love to hear what you working on for the present and future…what’s your mindset?

Tasty and Thirsty Thursday

Happy last Thursday of November!

Today’s Tasty comes from The Great Grilled Cheese book (Amazon).

I’m a fairly brave eater but some of these sammies are over the edge for me and others are just to much work. I love to cook but to be honest I don’t want to spend 3 hours making a grilled cheese.  By this I mean I’m not making a beef roast just for a grilled cheese, I’ll be overjoyed to use the leftover after I’ve eaten it with mash potatoes, green beans, and garlic cheese rolls. 🙂

Eric Greenspan includes a lot of extra recipes (corn bread, strawberry jam, even how to make your own american cheese!). My two favorite pineapple-jalapeno relish (which goes on the big island) and apricot-caper spread (for the champ).

I have only made two of the grilled chesse from this book (no pics because they ‘somehow’ were deleted off my phone after my 7 year-old was playing with it. He swears he didn’t hid them in that small garabage in the corner

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Johnny Apple Cheese was good. I have an apple chuntey recipe that I perfer but overall it was a good fall sammie. I served it with a roasted veggie salad with a apple vingarette.

For the salad (sorry, have to get the book for the sammie)

What you need:

  • 2 cups fresh brussel sprouts, ends cut off and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 small head of purple cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1 small head of green cauliflower cut into small florets
  • 1 cup butternut squash cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup fresh purple pearl onions peeled and sliced in halves
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups organic mixed greens

What you do:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place all vegetables, olive oil, salt and pepper into a large zip-top bag.
  3. Seal and shake gently until vegetables are evenly coated in oil and spices.
  4. Pour contents of bag on a large baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes or until veggies are golden brown.
  5. Allow veggies to cool for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring balsamic vinegar and honey to a boil.
  7. Once it boils, turn the heat down and allow to simmer for about ten minutes, mixing frequently, until it thickens.
  8. Remove from heat.
  9. Place an even layer of mixed greens on a large serving platter.
  10. Place roasted veggies over the top of mixed greens

For the apple vinaigrette

What you need:

  • 1cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • 1cup cider vinegar
  • 1cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1cup apple juice
  • fresh basil leaves
  • teaspoons honey
  • 3teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1teaspoon ground black pepper

What you do:

Combine parsley, vinegar, olive oil, apple juice, basil, honey, salt, mustard and pepper in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Serve over salad.

Grown-up butter hot cocoa

We love this drink but it’s super rich so we only have it on ‘special’ mornings, like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Winter break. Joliegh makes the schnapps free verison of this recipe in The Christmas Reunion – my swee Christmas romance. Check it out here

What you need:

4 c. milk (preferably whole)
3/4 c. white chocolate chips
1/2 c. butterscotch chips
1 tbsp. melted butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup butterscoth schnapps
whipped cream, for garnish (optional)
Gold sprinkles, for garnish (optional)
butterscotch syrup, for garnish (optional)
What you do:
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring milk to a simmer. Turn off heat, then add white chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, melted butter and vanilla. Stir until white chocolate and butterscotch chips have melted. Remove from heat. Stir in butterscoth schnapps.
  2. Carefully pour hot cocoa into mugs.Top with whipped cream and sprinkles then drizzle with butterscotch syrup. Serve.

Enjoy your week!

#MFRWhooks: The secret is out…

Hey Hey!  Welcome to MRFW Hooks!

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This week I’m hooking from my SWEET Christmas romance!  There are NO…

Steamy love scenes

Dead bodies

Vodka!!!!

But there are animals, a cute 7 year old , and good food (recipes included)!

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Blurb:

Five years ago, Joleigh Nelson turned her back on the only man she’d ever love to save her father and unborn son’s lives. Now that man may be the only one who can save her home, the New Forks animal reserve.

Spencer Thompkin has spent the last five years in an emotional wasteland.  Unable to let anyone in after Joleigh disappeared without a word.

On a routine foreclosure of an animal reserve, he finds not only Joleigh but a son he never knew about.

Can he get over the feelings of betrayal and help Joleigh save her home – the animal reserve? Or will the heartless lawyer part of him prevail leaving Joleigh homeless and without her son?

A Christmas Reunion may not even be enough to save the animal reserve and restore their love.

HOOK:

Silence hung between them. She waited for the yelling, for Spencer’s angry words.

“You weren’t sure of what?” Spencer whispered and moved away from her. “That I’d want to be a part of my child’s life?”

She took a deep breath and lowered her hands. Tell him the truth, Spencer had always been a reasonable man. Rage twisted his face into a repulsive mask of hatred and she knew nothing she’d say would matter.

“Come in and have some coffee. We can talk everything over.” She muttered as tears brimmed her eyes. She couldn’t breathe. For some reason her lungs refused to allow air in.

“A little late for that offer, don’t you think? That would have been appropriate five years ago, but instead you chose to run.” Spencer crossed his arms. “There really isn’t anything to discuss. I’ll see you in court.”

“Don’t, Spencer. You’ll confuse him.” Joleigh moved toward the only man she had ever loved or wanted. “You’re too far away to be a weekend dad.”

“I have no intentions of being a weekend father.” He reached out and opened the door. “Good-bye, Joleigh. Don’t try to run this time, I’ll hunt you to the ends of the earth if need be. I will be a father to my son.” He turned to face her. Hatred filled his face. “And don’t worry, I’ll be as generous with visitation as you were with me for the first five years.”

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Mindset Monday

I’m struggling to find a pair of my yoga pants that fit me… Because Thanksgiving is hands down my favorite holiday.

It’s the first snowday of the year….and I have NO doughnuts… BUT I do have vodkak.

So the 7 year old has been home for a life because of Thanksgiving. But I still love the holiday…For several reasons:

  1. It’s a time to spend with your family and friends with no expectations – well besides there will be lots of food. No stressing if the gift will fit or will it be liked. Just food and in my case vodka.
  2. It’s a time that is focused on thankfulness and gratitude. Something that I think is often over looked in today’s world. Don’t get me wrong, I know there are is a lot of bad stuff going on. Stuff that breaks my heart, but I also know you need to remember the good.
  3. It’s a time to start looking ahead. What do I want 2019 to look like? I actually like this. I start thinking about my vision board. Determining my focus – personal, professional, and spiritually.

 

While it’s my favorite holiday, I know it begins a dark time for many. A time of loneness, a time of stress, a time of feeling unworthy, etc. I get all those feelings. Because while Thanksgiving is my favorite, Christmas is my least favorite. Always has been. No self-pity party but I have no good childhood memories of Christmas. As a young parent, I was always stressed about giving my children good memories of this holiday. Because you are suppose to love Christmas, right? If you don’t scary ghost are going to come and visit you or you will be a grinch of some sort.

 

Christmas has become less stressful for me, I still struggle. My Facebook feed is filled with friends enjoying Christmas movies, decorating, etc, and I’m not. And that’s okay. My daughter loves Christmas movies. She binge watches them for 3 months… And that’s okay. The biggest thing I’ve come to realize with Christmas is that I don’t need to love it to enjoy it. I can find things to enjoy … eggnog doughnuts and cranberry vodka martini’s… and let that be it.

So my mindset is to remember, I don’t have to watch Hallmark movies. I don’t have to decorate my house to look like Whoville.  But I can enjoy parts of the holiday – make it my own.

Cover Reveal!

INNOCENCE

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‘Don’t make promises you cannot keep!’

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 Blurb


Calvin Edwards has everything he could dream of running the family real-estate company back in London. But what was just a holiday up north, visiting his parents, turns into him talking a young pregnant woman from taking her life. Wishing desperately to help, Calvin befriends her, only fears he may be out of his depth. Just when he thinks he has it all under control, his past resurfaces, sending his life crashing.


Kacey is pregnant and her life has spiralled out of control. With nowhere left to go, she returns home in one last attempt to get help. only to have the door slammed in her face. At her wit’s end, she’s alone, scared, and helpless, until Calvin comes along. He becomes the only friend she’s had in years, offering her kindness, something she thought no longer existed in the world. Only her past is knocking at her door, mistakes she’d made and pain she’d buried have all come back to life!


Would either of them survive a truth lost with innocence?

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