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!

reb.jpg It is the end of days…

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

 

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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…
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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

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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

Book 2

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/

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Facebookhttp://www.facebook.com/kandicemichelleyoung

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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.