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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Book Bash with TALINA PERKINS Giveaway #12

With our Christmas Book Bash coming to an end, it's my turn to share a little something with everyone. But first, I'd like to say thank you. This year has been a wonderful experience for me as a debut author and it wouldn't have been possible without all of you wonderful readers who enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing. 

I'd also like to extend a warm heartfelt thank you to each and every author that made this holiday giveaway possible. I'm blessed with great readers and wonderful friends! Thank you! 

Though I'm bringing up the end of our book bash with the last post, this don't mean the giveaways are over! Each author's giveaway will be open and ready for you to enter for a while yet. Wouldn't want anyone to miss out on the fun. ;)

Now for the sweet treats! About five months ago my daughter found this delicious dessert and begged to make it. Now I'm not admitting to any kind of M&M addiction, but if you suffer from this, you might want to make this recipe right away! It has a way of soothing the urge to M&M binge. :)

Thick and Chewy M&M Cookie Bars
Poorly taken photo of our dish. *blush*

Yield: 1 9x1 3 pan Prep Time: 1 5 min Cook Time: 30 min Total Time: 45 min

These cookies are soft, chewy, and chocked full of M&M's!

2 1 /8 cups flour
1 /2 tsp salt
1 /2 tsp baking soda
1 2 Tbsp butter (1 1 /2 sticks), melted and cooled slightly
1 cup brown sugar
1 /2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
2 tsps vanilla extract
1 1 2oz bag M&M's, divided


Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Adjust the oven rack to lower-middle position. Grease a 9x1 3 pan and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, and baking soda and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk the melted butter and sugars until combined. Add the egg, egg yolk, and vanilla and mix well.

Using a rubber spatula, fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture until just combined; do not over mix. Fold in 1 cup of M&M's and turn the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with the spatula. Sprinkle remaining M&M's on top and press in slightly.

Bake 25-30 minutes, until the top of the bars is light golden brown, slightly firm to the touch, and edges start pulling away from sides of pan. Cool completely before cutting. Enjoy!

I've heard through the grapevine that Santa LOVES this option to cookies. Just sayin'!
Be whisked away to Mexico in Sunset for Three as Mia sets an erotic plan of seduction in motion that leads her former Recon Marine bosses into a dangerous position between protecting her from a vengeful drug lord and following their heart's desires. The stakes are high and and they have only one erotic night on a deserted beach to claim her as theirs, but can Marc and Colt keep Mia safe while exploring their passions? 

You can grab a copy Sunrise for Three: Amazon

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Thank you all so much for joining in the merry making and for helping so much in sharing our book bash. Be sure to mark your calendars for next years which will be even BIGGER! :D

If you missed someone's post, I've added the list below with the names linked.

From all of our homes to yours, we wish you a wonderful and blessed holiday filled with laughter and love. Merry Christmas!

December 16th
Roz Lee
Em Petrova
Samantha Holt
Mina Carter

December 17th
JoAnne Kenrick
Ava Branson
Belinda Boring
Jan Springer

December 18
Gracen Miller
Rhonda Lee Carver
Caridad Pineiro
Talina Perkins (you are here :))

Christmas Book Bash with CARIDAD PINEIRO Giveaway #11

Please help me welcome romance
author Caridad Piñeiro as our eleventh giveaway!

Thank you so much to Talina for having this fabulous Christmas bash!  It’s so much fun to be with you here today to share a little bit about my holidays and my new release, Stay the Night.

My signature dish for Christmas is a Cuban-style citrus-marinated roast pork. We, because it is a family affair to cook this dish, start preparing it the night before after a trip to Union City, New Jersey to pick up some Cuban staples and the pork leg.

I normally feed anywhere from 15 to 25 people on Christmas Eve, so I need a really really big pork leg (pork shoulder/picnic ham/pernil). I normally get a piece of pork that weighs around 25 pounds, but you can buy a much smaller piece and adjust the cooking times (more on that later).

10-15 navel oranges
10 lemons
10 limes
6-8 Seville (aka Sour) Oranges
6 pink grapefruit
10-20 gloves of finely chopped garlic
Ground cumin
bay leaves
Pork leg/shoulder/picnic ham

Juice all the above citrus into a large pot. We use one of those large buckets in which your grocery store deli get its potato salad, etc. Drop by and ask them for one! Ours is only used for the Christmas Eve pork.
The citrus mix should be sour, but with a strong hit of sweet (the navel oranges and grapefruit really help with that). You should have enough citrus juice to fully cover your piece of pork. Once you’ve tasted the sweet/sour mix, then add 3 to 4 bay leaves, about a half cup of garlic (less for a smaller piece of pork) and about 1/4 cup of cumin. Mix this all up.

Take your piece of pork and make multiple slits in it so that the marinade can penetrate into the meat. Place the pork leg in the citrus juice, cover and refrigerate. You’re probably wondering how I keep that big a bucket cold? Put the bucket in one of those big party tubs, place it in your garage (which should be slightly colder anyway) and fill the tub with ice. It should be icy cold in the morning unless you are in a really hot environment in which case you will need to keep on adding ice to keep the meat cold.

In the morning (around 6 a.m. or so) pre-heat the oven to 425. Remove the pork from the citrus and place it in a large roasting dish. Keep some of the citrus juice, bay leaves and garlic for use as a marinade. Discard the rest. Ladle about 1 to 2 cups over the pork and then stick the pork into the oven for one hour at 425. For a small piece of pork, cut down this initial high temp roast accordingly. For ten pounds make it around 30 minutes, anything smaller than that no more than about 15 minutes.
Do not baste the pork during this high heat roast.

When the high heat roast time is up, baste the pork and lower the oven temp to 325. Then cook until the meat pulls away from the bone in the leg and is starting to fall off. Marinate every half an hour during the cooking process. For a 25 pound pork leg, I will cook it for about 8 to 9 hours. The pork will turn this beautiful mahogany brown and just melt in your mouth.

For smaller pieces of pork, adjust the cooking times. A 10 pound picnic ham may take only about 4 or so hours. The key is to keep on basting and cooking at a low temp to keep the meat juicy.

If the pork begins to brown too much, just cover with aluminum and keep on cooking until the meat is fork tender.

I hope you’ll try my family’s roast pork recipe one day and I hope you all have a lovely Christmas.
As I mentioned, my latest release is Stay the Night, a sexy story about Navy Seal Rafe Castillo who is coming home after spending months away from his wife.  They’ve been married for five years, but have spent more time apart than together.  In that time, Elena, Rafe’s wife, has grown and changed and Rafe is afraid that he’s been left behind.

Stay the Night is a touching, emotional and very sexy story about how a husband and wife take a chance during one night to see if their love is strong enough to keep them together for the future.

You can purchase Stay the Night at the following retailers:
Amazon | Nook
Kobo | iBooks
All Romance

Thanks again to Talina for letting me visit with her and I hope you all have a fabulous holiday!  To help make your holidays a little better, I’ve got a giveaway for you!  Leave a comment about one of your favorite holiday traditions for a chance to win a $10 gift card and an e-copy of the Take a Chance box set.

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Thank you for being here today Caridad, and thank you, readers, for stopping by! Please share this giveaway with your friends! Send them over so they can get a chance at awesome prizes.  :) Stop back in at 10 a.m. for our next last giveaway! 

Christmas Book Bash with RHONDA LEE CARVER Giveaway #10

Please help me welcome romance
author Rhonda Lee Carver as our tenth guest author and giveaway!

As I was writing my holiday novella and my creative juices were flowing, I invented a new recipe for my family. They loved it! I’m sharing it with all of you...

Chicken Mistletoe


Sun dried tomatoes in oil (drained, reserving 2 T. oil)
2t. garlic
1-pound chicken tenderloins
1 cup half & half
1 cup shredded mozzarella
Salt & pepper to taste
Penne Pasta

Whipping it up:
In a large skillet, put in reserved oil, sun dried tomatoes and garlic. Cook for 1 minute. Take out tomatoes and chop into smaller pieces. Put chicken in pan and cook until brown on each side. In the meantime, start cooking pasta as directed on the box. Once chicken is brown, add in half & half, tomatoes, mozzarella, salt & pepper and cook on medium, stirring occasionally, until chicken is cooked through. It might seem too thick, but you’ll add pasta water soon.

Once the pasta is tender, drain, reserving about 2 cups of the cooking water. Pour the reserved water into the pan with chicken. Stir well and cook for a few minutes. Then add pasta in with the chicken and stir. Sprinkle parsley on top.


Under The Mistletoe

You can get your copy at:

Alex wants more from Santa than a lump of coal...
Dreading the holiday, Alex is grumpy and down on her luck. Another year alone–another year that her parents will needle her about her single status. Stopping in Vegas for a little fun before she’s forced to face her family solo, she hopes for a big win but didn’t expect it to be wrapped in worn jeans, flannel and a cowboy hat.

Jax is having a bad day. A bad month. But when he wins big his holiday cheer improves. And who better to celebrate with than the lovely lady who caught his eye at the slot machine.

Alex isn’t looking for a holiday romance, but she does have a solution to her problems. Jax would make a perfect boyfriend—even if she must pay him. Money well spent to keep her parents off of her back for the week.

Santa has a plan. The gift Alex and Jax find other the tree is more than cash for services.

Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time. Connect with her at Website, Facebook and Twitter

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Thank you for being here today Rhonda! Huge thank you, readers, for stopping by! Please share this giveaway with your friends! Send them over so they can get a chance at awesome prizes.  :) Stop back in at 9 a.m. for our next guest author and giveaway!

Christmas Book Bash with GRACEN MILLER Giveaway #9

Please help me welcome romance
author Gracen Miller as our ninth guest author and giveaway!

Gracen is sharing a deicious cookie recipe with us. After you snag this little treat for your growing stack of recipes, scroll down for an excerpt for Rockin' the Heart due out January 2015 and enter for a chance at Gracen's awesome giveaway! Happy holidays!

Easy Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup of peanut butter (crunch or creamy, your choice)
1 cup of sugar
1 egg

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix ingredients, dip out with a tablespoon, roll into small balls, place on cookie sheets, and use fork tines to flatten the balls. Or in the holiday season, use cookie cutters to make holiday shapes. Cook at 350 for 20-30 minutes or until a toothpick doesn’t show any debris. Note: Cookies should still be gooey soft when they’re removed from the oven.

Rockin' the Heart
Rockin’ the Heart releases
January 23rd:
Barnes & Noble | Amazon 
If music nourishes the soul…

Loved by millions, but shunned by blood, Heath “Fang” Fangor has led his band, Hot Wired, to the top while others have fallen by the wayside. He devoted his life to music, and from that devotion harvested a new family—his band mates and fans.

A man can desire nothing else…or can he?

Living in the shadow of her brother’s fame sucks! Sam Collins is desperate to have what she wants—a simple and uncomplicated life. She’s no stranger to scandals and how they work. Now that she’s inadvertently dragged Fang into the center of her latest gossip, could the scandal she created in her quest for freedom have gone too far?

Amid stardom the heart stages a new melody…

Fang has more fame and fortune than he will ever need, but none of that matters if he can’t have the woman of his dreams. Years have been wasted waiting for the right moment to approach the woman his heart desires above all others. There’s just one major problem...she’s his best friend’s sister. To have her, he will have to risk it all.

One that might be responsible for Rockin the Heart!
Chapter One

Heath was a rock star god. The tight lines fanning outward from his silver eyes classified him as a pissed off rock star god.
“Wanna tell me what you did this time to get the platinum treatment?” He indicated the jail cell, while ramming his fingers through his shaggy, jet-black hair.
Preferring to shrink into the shadows and avoid a confrontation with him, Sam took a deep breath and rose from the bench. She stepped away from the metal seat to draw closer to the bars dividing them.
She’d expected her brother, Jason—Jase—to ride to her rescue. Like always. Her foundation. Predictable. Dependable. Rattled by her sibling’s abandonment, she ogled the skull on Heath’s shirt, mortification overwhelming her.
If Heath was Jase’s replacement, then he’d been serious when he said ‘don’t call me the next time you’re arrested.’ She’d assumed he yelled that in anger. She was surprised he’d bothered to offer aid at all.
Gut hollow at her brother’s desertion, she cleared the ache out of her throat and asked, “Can’t you just bail me out and we’ll forget this ever happened?”
Knowing he wouldn’t go for that suggestion, Sam swallowed hard and shuffled her feet. Disappointing Jase was one thing, but letting Heath down was an entirely different matter. She’d crushed on the man since her tenth birthday when he’d given her a heart-shaped jewelry box. Didn’t matter he’d been too old for her at a mature fourteen. That infatuation hadn’t waned with age either, but only grown stronger. Not that he showed her a stitch of interest. To him, she was nothing more complicated than a kid sister.
His digits curled around one of the bars. The tattoo lettering on his left knuckles fit his current disposition—ired. On the other hand the letters H-O-T-W graced his knuckles. If read together, they spelled out the name of his band: Hot Wired.
“Not this time, Samantha.”
She cringed. The only time he broke out her full name was when he was upset or disappointed with her.
“You been drinking?”
“You know I haven’t.” Just shy of twenty-one, in her world getting liquor wasn’t an issue. Neither was alcohol her preferred drug of choice.
She rolled her eyes, the question too stupid to warrant a response.
“This type of publicity is bad news for the band.” She’d heard that one before. None of her recklessness damaged Hot Wired’s career. Not that she sought to hinder their mega stardom. She wasn’t that selfish, she just struggled with controlling her impulses on occasion.
Therapy failed to help. Yelling spawned further rebellion.
Living under the umbrella of the band’s fame grew tiresome. Her life should be her own, to live however she pleased. Weary of the media hounding her, she craved going back to a time when nobody knew her name. A normal life like when she’d been a kid.
She’d grown up on daydreams of the band making it to the big times. They won the lottery of recording deals, while Sam discovered stardom came at a high price. Along with that knowledge came the freebie of all lessons…fantasies were often better than reality. The last time she’d visited the mall without a trail of vipers eager to report her purchases she’d been fifteen.
Was it too much to ask to have a date the world didn’t scrutinize? Even the loss of her virginity made headline news. That act should’ve come with the expectation of privacy. Thanks to the tabloids, Jase almost burst a blood vessel over that exploitation.
Once she’d picked her nose in public on purpose because a rag-reporter stalked her. Scratched her butt on another occasion. Gave them something to write. Those were the photographs and articles that gave her incentive to laugh.
“The only reason they’re not pressing charges is because of Jase.”
“Thanks for the reminder.” Along with it came the reminder that her brother sent Heath instead of coming himself.
Despite the news-hounds, she got out of a lot of shit thanks to her brother’s identity. This incident would be all over the rags and Internet before morning.
‘Hot Wired’s drummer’s sister is at it again!’ They’d go on to paint her wild and immoral comportment.
Have at it you fucks. Can’t hurt me any more than you already have, but what about the band?
Distance from Hot Wired would aid all of them. She’d get her peace of mind back, and they’d be devoid of the rebel-rouser in their group.
She’d mentioned changing her last name and moving back to their Southern roots in the small Alabama town where she’d been born. Jase had gone bat-shit crazy at the suggestion and went on and on about how their parents would be rolling over in their grave at her abandoning the family name.
The name-change idea had been discarded. Swept under the rug like a dust bunny never to be spoken of again.
Torn between two worlds, Sam was suffocating. Living with someone she couldn’t have in a world where she didn’t belong.

Where you can stalk me—not really!—but I do love to meet and interact with readers:

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