Can’t keep a good man down…

Welcome to Tune Tuesday – This week is from my upcoming release -Mission: Stay Alive – And this is just a ‘hint’ of the cover. Trust me the rest is just as yummy as this peek 🙂

cover peek

 

No matter how bad things get Colven always has a sense of humor and NEVER admits defeat – So his ‘theme’ song is Almost Down

Here’s a snippet…

A hard blow to his stomach revived him. Struggling to get air in his lungs, he blinked trying to bring the room into focus.

“Nice of you to wake up and join us.”

“A bucket of cold water is effective also,” he stated meeting his brother’s glare. “And if you throw it just right you can make it look like I pissed myself.”

Gunther leaned against a table. A pistol next to him. The left side of his face twitched. Making the corner of his mouth dance as his eye continuously blinked.

“Are you winking at me, brother?” He knew his brother’s twitching was the result of nerve damage received during a fight when they were kids. Gunther had challenged some older boy’s claim on the distribution of food to the holding cabins. The boy had beaten Gunther so badly he hadn’t been able to move from the bed for over a week.  His condition had been so severe their mother had slowed down her drinking to take of him.

A weaker child would have died. Gunther survived and killed the boys three weeks later.

“I’ll find her. I’ll fuck her repeatedly in front of you. Then I’ll slowly kill her in front of you.”

“You know we should have these family reunions more often.” He looked over Gunther’s shoulder. Pinned to the wall was the map just like their mother had said. “Only next time, it’s your turn to be tied and beat up.”

They hadn’t found Aries or Gunther would already have her stripped and displayed.

“So you think sometime around the old world’s Christmas? I’ll supply the ropes and chairs. You bring your favorite torture toys.”

“Always the smart ass.” Gunther pulled on the beads woven into his massive beard. A sign he was thinking. While his brother wasn’t dumb, keeping his temper from clouding his judgement and ruling his actions had always been a problem. And Colven knew the madder Gunther became the more irrational he’d become. So irrational, he’d probably untie Colven just so they could fight. Of course, it could back-fire and his brother would beat him to death while he was tied to the chair.

“Is it true you’re such a jackass these days because your dick fell off a couple of years back?” Colven never played it safe.

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Tuesday Tunes

Hello everyone!
This week’s Tuesday’s Tunes are brought to you by Charlie. This is one of his favorite songs.
I can’t even begin to say how many many many times, I’ve listen to this song. Anyway here is the blurb….
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She’s second in command of The Daughters of Chaos (a bike club of sirens). He’s Poseidon’s top enforcer. They are meant to be enemies. Instead they have a son. The Siren’s want to use his life blood to break Poseidon’s curse. The Mer want to kill him so the curse can’t be broken. It will take everything Tobia and Malcom have to keep their son safe.
 
Here is the snippet…
For the first time in Tobia’s life fear coursed through her veins. Her heart stuttered as her brain screamed in panic.
This was it. This was the day she’d die. Forcing air into her lungs, she drew her hook knives. Humming the siren’s death song, she ran to greet the mer who were going to kill her.
 
And here is the song…
Legends Never Die by Against The Current (We are big Troll Hunters fan so this is what he watches – repeatedly)
 
What song(s) are you listening to right now?

Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

Sooooo I had the dreaded you-are-getting-old check-up this week. It would seem that I’m the edge of developing some health issues. The doctor is going to monitor me (mainly my blood sugar) and it strongly suggested that work on my eating habits.

Okay, I can do this. First, let me say that my Monday motivation doughnut is NOT leaving nor is my Fri-yay muffin but the things in between are getting switched up. Oh and there will still be vodka – limited but it will be here.

This week’s recipes are on my to try list – over this weekend. They are both healthy and complaint with the Whole30 diet.

Soooo what will be in my glass this Fri-yay? Not vodka….hibiscus tea 🙂

NOTE: Both of these recipes are taken from the January/February  2019 issue of Clean Eating. I have made NO changes. Also the pictures are from the internet.

So for Fri-yay I’ll be sipping on this…

What I’m using (this makes 2):

1 hibiscus tea bag

3/4 cup coconut water or to taste

1/2 chopped pineapple (I’m using fresh but it doesn’t say so…. I’ll report back)

 

2 tsp ginger (I’m wondering about raspberries – I like raspberries better than ginger – just saying)

sparkling water – to taste (again, I’m thinking flavor here)

What I’m going to do:

  1. Brew tea.
  2. In a blender add tea, coconut water, pineapple, ginger (maybe raspberries), and a pinch of salt. Then I’m going to blend it until they become one.
  3. Pour in 2 ice filled glasses and top with sparkling water.

Now on to Saturday night’s dinner – Cauliflower topped Shepherd’s pie. Now I love shepherd’s pie. I like cauliflower – so I’m thinking this should be a home run. The recipe says lamb or beef can be used. I’m using beef, just because I’ve never had lamb and lamb isn’t available at my grocery store…

Cauliflower topped shepherd’s pie

What I’m using:

Topping

1 small head cauliflower – cut into small pieces

1 small celery root (I’ve had this – let the fun begin)

6 cloves of garlic (yeah!!!! I love me some garlic)

3 tbsp olive oil

salt and pepper

3 tbs chopped parsley

4-6 unsweetened almond milk

Filling:

3 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion (honestly, I’ll likely add some to the topping. I love onion and garlic)

2 large carrots (this will probably morph into a turnip, I’m not a big carrot lover)

2 large stalks celery

3 cloves garlic

1 tsp dried rosemary (will use fresh from my window garden(

1 1/2 lb ground beef

2 tbsp unsalted tomato paste

1 cup low-sodium beef broth

What I’m going to do:

  1. make the topping: Preheat oven to 425. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Toss cauliflower, celery root, garlic cloves with 1 tbsp oil, salt, and pepper. Roast about 30 minutes or until veggies are very tender.
  2. Squeeze garlic our of peels and place in food processor (I’ll most likely roast the garlic for the pie because is anything better than roasted garlic???) add roasted veggies, parsley, and 2 tbsp oil. Puree until smooth – add milk 1 tsp at a time until desired thinness.
  3. Reduce oven to 375.
  4. Make filling: in skillet – heat oil and add onion, carrots (or in my case turnips) celery and cook until veggies are tender about 6 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.
  5. Cook meat add tomato paste, broth, and veggies. Bring to boil, stir, and simmer 3 to 5 minutes until thickened.
  6. spoon topping over filling in skillet. Bake 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

I’ll you know next week how this adventure healthy eating is going. Any favorite healthy takes on favs that you would like to share???

Tequila, please

While this scene won’t be in the book…I thought I’d share it because the song is on the playlist. Tequila is by Dan + Shay (the link to the you-tube video is at the end of the post)

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Tobia dropped the kick-stand of the Suzuki GSX R750. The sun had just started its descent. Her stomach rolled. The thought of what she had to do filled her with disgust. But she was a siren. Seducing men to their death was sort of what her kind did.

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Tobia’s bike

She walked into the room scanning the room for her target. He was bent over a pool table.  Worn jeans hugging his ass which if hadn’t belonged to a mer, she’d be admiring. Mother had wanted the blood from a high ranking mer for her experiments. She blamed their continued failure on the fact they were using weak mers. If they could get one of Poseidon’s high-ranking enforcers, then they would be able to break the curse and return to the sea. And if the rumors were true, there was no enforcer better than the one whose ass she was staring at.

Since she was one of the few who still had full siren powers it was decided she’d be the one to go. She walked over to the bar. Her skin prickled from the heat of the human men hungry gaze. Let them try. She didn’t usually didn’t even have to consider trouble. No one was brave enough to challenge one of the Daughters of Chaos. Tonight, she wore nothing that would mark her as one of the Daughters of Chaos. Tonight, she was a biker pass through. Tonight, she was looking for a simple hook-up – one that would ultimately lead to the mer’s death.

Accessing the crowd, she decided there wasn’t anyone she couldn’t handle.

Her eyes wandered back to the mer shooting pool. Human. She could handle any human.

“Two tequila shots.” She put a hundred-dollar bill on the bar. “Keep them coming until there is only eighty-five left. And keep the rest for yourself.” She let a slight hum tinge her words so the bartender wouldn’t question her request.

A wide goofy smile greeted her as he poured the tequila. Human men were so easy to manipulate how her sisters found them attractive she had no idea. She picked up the glasses and put her best ‘you-want-me-to-take-you-to-a-lab-and-torture-you’ smile. Who was she kidding?  If this enforcer was all rumors made him out to be, she’d be lucky to be alive to greet the sun in the morning.

A gray cotton shirt strained at the seams to contain his biceps.

He guided the pool stick with an ease that underplayed the power behind the shot. The balls raced across the green felt. Yup, a badass.

“What kind of shot did you buy me?” He asked without looking at her.

A cocky badass. Typical mer.

“What makes think I’m the sharing type?”

He looked at her for the first time. His swirling aqua eyes dancing with humor.  Nothing about him reflected human, he was hundred percent mer. A strong nose and jawline, paired with lips made for kissing, no wonder women lined the wall watching him and now glaring at her.

Moving around the pool table, he closed the space between them. Instead of his scent making her sick, electrical pulses of desire moved through her resting in her pussy.

He leaned in close. “I am the sharing type. So, what are you drinking?”

Shit. The only thing she wanted to do was take him to the hotel and screw him. This was bad, so bad. She needed to sing. She needed to get him under her spell now. She needed to knock him out.

Instead, she moaned, “Tequila.”

 

It’s a Monday…

Today is a Monday – completely! After 10 days off from school because he was sick the 7 year-old return. WOO-Hoo!!! I don’t know who was more excited. But that meant – lunch had to be packed – take-home folder had to be found – everyone had to get dressed (we went from pj’s to lounge clothes back to pj’s). It was brutal!

I have edits waiting in my inbox for this… the cover is soooooo amazing, I hope I can a story to do it justice.

(ARC review) – To Know a Killer – spine tingling suspenseful romance
WOW! Talk about suspenseful with twists and turns no one could predict!

 

I need to write new words, because this needs book 2 done.

 

I also need to some serious revisions to my writing projections. My shoulder isn’t going to improve anytime soon. 😦 Major bummer. My card for the week is a positive one for this task. I’m offering free readings on my Tasarla blog. If you are interested, hop on over and drop me comment.

The Emperor – the main focus is organization and practical focus.

 

And because we are having a Monday all over the place, I decide to get paczki. Because paczki makes everything better.

 

 

 

 

 

We had crazy weather the last 3 days!

 

 

 

 

 

 

So how’s your day going?

 

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?

Thirsty and Tasty Thursday

 

Hey Hey! Welcome to this week’s Thirsty and Tasty Thursday. While this week’s vodka magic isn’t seasonal…it’s soooooo yummy!

I made the cheesecake this weekend. I needed a break from apple and pumpkin – I like them but I’ve got an entire month left. This cheesecake features not one, not two BUT THREE kinds of vodka…

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What you need…

For the Crust

  • 1 1/2 C of coconut cookie crumbs
  • 1/2 C shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 5 Tbsp butter, melted

For the Filling

  • 3 8oz. packages cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 C cherry vodka
  • 1/4 C coconut vodka (or coconut water)
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla exact
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt

For the Whipped Cream Topping

  • 1 C heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp unflavored gelatin
  • 4 tsp whip cream vodka
  • 1/2 C unsweetened coconut flakes, toasted

1 Can Cherry pie filling

What’s you are going to do…

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line the outside of a 9 inch springform pan with aluminum foil (to catch any dripping butter).
  2. In a medium bowl, add the cookie crumbs, coconut, 2 tbsp sugar and melted butter. Mix well until the crumbs are completely moistened. Transfer the crumb mixture to the prepared pan and press evenly along the bottom and halfway up the sides of the pan. Bake for 12-14 minutes until the crust is set and slightly toasted. Let sit on a wire rack to cool slightly while preparing the filling.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees.
  4. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Mix in the eggs one at a time until incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  5. Mix in the sugar, vodkas, cornstarch, vanilla, and salt. Mix well, about an additional minute.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared crust and bake at 325 degrees for 60-75 minutes, depending on your oven. Mine took exactly 1 hour. The center will still be jiggly (think jello shots) but should not be liquid. Turn the oven off and keep the cheesecake in the oven with the door CLOSED for 1.5 hours. Then crack the oven door and let it cool in the oven with the door cracked for another hour and then remove from the oven and cool to room temperature on a wire rack. Once the cheesecake is room temperature, let it chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. To make the topping, add the gelatin and vodka to a small sauce pan and stir to combine. Heat the gelatin over medium-low heat until the gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool while preparing the whipped cream – DO NOT LET IT SET.**
  8. In a large bowl, use a handheld mixer to whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar together until soft peeks form. Mix in the gelatin and whip until firm peaks form. Evenly spread the whipped cream over the top of the cheesecake and top with the toasted coconut and pie filling for garnish. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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.

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.