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R.L. Griffin resides in the Atlanta area with some cool dudes: her husband, son and two dogs. She was born and raised in the South. She attended Georgia Southern University and moved to Washington, D.C. to intern in the United States Senate during the impeachment trial. Falling in love with the city, she went to law school at American University, Washington College of Law. By A Thread is R.L.’s second book, but is the first in a series of books.
I spent a great many of my formative years living in Europe. Though I was still too young to truly appreciate everything I experienced, there were a few things that stayed with me. Because I was so impressionable, I think my adult life has been most influenced by the various cuisines I was able to sample.
Our childhood memories are often our fondest. I can’t seem to remember with any clarity walking through Westminster Abbey, seeing the Mona Lisa or gazing at the Cysteine Chapel, I do remember some things- the top of the Eiffel Tower, chipping away at the Berlin Wall, the Holland Cheese Mills and the food.
Many of my memories have been lost to age, but I still remember our tour of Rome. I hadn’t quite reached my teenage years at the time. After our visit to the Coliseum, we decided lunch was in order. We chose a small restaurant with a patio view of the Coliseum. I have always had a love for noodles and cheese, so I settled on a tortellini salad dish. Of all the memories of my childhood and all the different foods I tried, that dish has stayed with me the most. The flavors, the colors, the fragrance, it is all as clear to me now as it was then. I have tried many, many times to recreate this recipe, but without a name for the dish and only a child’s memory, I have never quite come close. Until now.
Frozen Cheese Tortellini
1 Green Bell Pepper halved
Sweet, Tangy Mini Peppers
Cook tortellini over medium heat. While water warms to a boil, clean and quarter peppers.
I use garden fresh sweet, tangy mini peppers to replicate the colors of this dish. Use two each of brightly colored red, yellow and orange peppers. Quarter these peppers and chop together in a blender.
Quarter one half of a green bell pepper and chop in a blender as well. Don’t strain the juice!
The tortellini is ready when it floats to the top for about two minutes. You want it just on this side of al’dente. Strain cooked tortellini and let it cool for about five minutes, then run cool water over it. Pour it in a bowl.
Use a rubber spatula to fold chopped peppers into the tortellini.
One of the things I remember most about this dish was asking my mom what the “skin leaf things” were. I chose to use artichoke hearts canned in seasoned olive oil. If you have ever worked with fresh artichoke, you can appreciate the ease of this particular step. I do not strain the hearts. I allow a bit of the seasoned olive oil to drip into the bowl for added flavor. I peel the leaves from the stump and fold them directly into the salad. Discard the stump.
Fold at least a half cup of Catalina dressing into the salad. Many recipes I’ve seen call for Cesar dressing, but the flavor is just off to me. Catalina gives the salad just the right amount of tang and complements the peppers nicely.
Sprinkle a three cheese crumble over the top- For this recipe I used Monterey, Colby and Cheddar. I honestly believe the original recipe used a combination of three cheeses in curd form. Unfortunately, good, un-waxey curd is hard to come by where I live, so I substituted.
Cover and chill for at least an hour. I like to make it ahead and chill overnight, allowing the juice from the peppers to soak in to the tortellini. The picture really does not do the dish justice. The colors are vibrant and the fragrance is mouthwatering.
Lisa’s lifelong love of writing, coupled with her ability to weave together and intricate and compelling story has led to the release of her New Adult paranormal romance trilogy,the Hanaford Park series (Eve Of Samhain, Pleasures Untold, Faythe Reclaimed).
In her role as a busy stay-at-home and self proclaimed “cheer mom,” on any given day Lisa wears a number of different hats. From taxi driver to chef,nurse to seamstress, laundry woman to enforcer, and, of course, writer, Lisa manages to keep everything together while caring for her husband and three children. The few spare moments left in her day are usually spent reading or writing, and if she’s really lucky, possibly even catching up on some much needed sleep. Lisa and her family currently reside in Tracy, California.
Lisa is represented by the fabulous Brittany Booker of the Booker/Albert agency, and has two projects on submission and a third in the works.
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult series. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her novels through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.
Rainey Daniels has been keeping a secret since she left her hometown, three years ago. The death of a friend’s father, though, has her questioning whether or not running away from her past is what’s best for her future. Add sexy Chris Baker in the mix and she’s even more unsure. After all, life is short.
Baker is an all-around good guy with a great sense of humor struggling to keep his new bar afloat. And he always thought Rainey was hot, even when she carried a few extra pounds in high school. Hell, he thinks she’s too skinny now. He knows she’s hiding something, too, but when he pushes the issue, she pushes him away. He tries not to care; she only wants a summer fling, right? But when her life is threatened, he realizes he may just be in love with her… and then he learns her secret.
Can they find love together before it’s too late?
Anticipated Release: August 1st!
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I am shamelessly addicted to Sister Wives and Polygamy USA. I am also a regular visitor to the Darger’s family blog. Why? Morbid Curiosity.
I grew up in the deep South with traditional- monogamous- Southern values. While I don’t openly, or even privately practice Christian beliefs, the idea of “celestial unions” and “plural marriages” has always been somewhat abhorrent to me. Not so much because I believe what the New Testament preaches, but because I simply cannot wrap my head around a teaching that states in order to gain favor with God, you must have multiple wives. Now, I know there is more to it than that, but when you take out all the fluff, the pomp and circumstance, that’s pretty much what those teachings boil down to.
Last night, I was catching up on my recordings of Polygamy USA. The father of one family was reading scripture to his children, most of which were female. In one particular passage he read (and this is the abridged version) that women who do not follow these tenants-plural marriage- can expect their daughters to walk the streets as common harlots. Seriously! Watch the video!
Up until this particular episode, I found Polygamy USA to be a more palatable look at plural marriage than that freak show they call Sister Wives. There is a clear divide between the residents of CP and the disgusting pedophile that is Warren Jeffs and his band of diluted followers. The community is run by a group of people instead of a “divine prophet”. Another difference is the marriage process. In Centennial Park, it is the women who choose their husband. They are believed to receive some divine inspiration that reveals to them the name of the man God intends for them. They are also forbidden to marry until they are 18. When the woman reveals her inspiration, she and the man are given two weeks to get to know each other before they are married. Existing wives don’t have a say in it.
So what really pissed me off about this episode? Aside from the whole harlots business, there was another scene where that same man took one of his wives out for dinner to celebrate her birthday. Earlier, they held a table discussion about their finances- or lack thereof, in which the husband informed the two none working wives that one of them would need to go back to work. It is during this rare one-on-one date that the husband, who is supposed to be the sole provider for his family according to the tenants of his faith, says “Its your party, you can cry if you want to. But you can’t have whatever you want because your going to have to go back to work to help pay the bills.”
Everybody say it with me now- Ass. Hole. Not only is it her birthday, but it is one of only two nights a year she actually gets to get out of the house and away from their horde of children for a little one-on-one time with her husband. My heart breaks for her. She should feel special and loved on this day. Instead, she has even more responsibility heaped on her and in the most callous way possible.
So here is what it boils down to. These women are taught from as early as they can understand the spoken word that their place is to serve a husband divined to them by God. Their sole responsibility is to have as many children as their body can produce, provide nurturing care for not just her children, but those of her sister wives, and to remain chaste and virtuous. In exchange, the husband God has chosen for her will provide for all her worldly needs and she is guaranteed a place in Heaven (watch the first video again). This belief system just screams failure to me, a fact highlighted by this very episode.
These women are not encouraged to further their educations or to become productive members of society. They are taught to be wives and breeders with the hopes that they will be taken care of by their husband. I have three children myself. My husband has ONE wife (that aint gonna change either.) We have two incomes. Though we don’t struggle to make ends meet, one bad month could change all of that. This man has three wives and something like 18 children. Only him and one other wife work full time jobs. Most of their children are still in diapers. Thankfully, mine have all grown out of that costly phase, but you can just imagine the expense involved with providing for that many children. 32 loads of laundry A WEEK. I haven’t done 32 loads of laundry in a month.
To realistically be able to support a family of that size, all three of the wives would need to have some form of gainful employment, which totally blows the whole “husband provides” tenant right out of the water. I am all for live and let live. What I do not agree with is using a religious belief or some book written by a man to justify choices or to encourage decision making. Reality dictates that the more mouths there are to feed, the more money is required to feed said mouths. What bothers me the most is that these children don’t know any different. They are sheltered away in these little communities and are rarely, if ever, shown a different way of life. It isn’t until they become adults and experience the reality that they start to realize this might not have been the best idea.
I don’t think polygamy should be illegal anymore than I think gay marriage should be. People have a right to live how they want to live. But I don’t think I should have to pay for their decisions. If you want to have multiple wives (or husbands for that matter-which is a topic for another day) then so be it….consenting adults and all that… But put some laws in place that protect children AND tax payers. Children from polygamist relationships should have to have the same education as monogamous children. They should be taught all aspects of society from an economical (not religious) standpoint and be afforded choices and options. Laws should be put into place preventing plural unions from gaining access to welfare. If you make your bed, you have to lay in it. Translation– If your religious beliefs dictate that you should have as many children as humanly possible, you should support those children without burdening tax payers. If common sense can’t prevail, you are not entitled to aide.
To date, the only public polygamist family I have seen that seems to be “doing it right” is the Darger family. Their appearances have been minimal so my opinion is subject to change. But from what I’ve read on their family blog and seen on t.v., they seem to be fully living by their tenants while allowing their children to experience different view points without the “benefit” of brainwashing. As far as Kody Brown and his “Kodettes”- some SWB love for ya there– they are little more than ironic comedy to me. They have abandoned their beliefs in exchange for fame and fortune. I won’t even bother quoting anything that’s come out of their mouths and don’t waste a minute reading their blogs, posts and tweets. I do however find a great deal of enjoyment visiting Sister Wives Blog. Their commentary on all things Kody Brown provides for hours of entertainment. There is also some interesting info and links on the blog about polygamy in general and some of the high profile polygamists and communities, so check them out.
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Desires of a Dark Lord by Jae Lynne Davies is expected to be released this Friday, June 7th. BUT!! I got my hot little hands on an ARC and…..HOLY DEMON HOTNESS!!! Jae was kind enough to supply us with an excerpt from this deliciously intoxicating read and is also giving away an eBook copy to one lucky reader. And because I am such a Jae fan girl, I am also going to hook you up with an eBook copy of my two favorite Davies titles- Mythic and Blood Moon. But first!! Here’s a little something something about Desires of a Dark Lord
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Ordered to claim the soul of a particular human woman, rare incubus demon, Ronan accepts the challenge with the promise of power and freedom.
He meets his target—curvaceous attorney, Ginevra Gimes and vows to deliver her every desire so long as she promises her soul in return. But when the two connect on a level neither one expects, Ginevra and Ronan succumb to mutual passion.
While an undeniable bond exists between them, can he surrender her to another or will he risk eternal slavery to claim her for himself
The elusive depths of Ronan’s eyes glistened with concealed intent. “My species thrives on sex and seduction, Ginevra. We crave it, thrive on it for nourishment, strength, satisfaction. Humans tend to cooperate with any desire when my kind is involved. Even now, as much as you resist, you want to give in. With my assistance, my den master is guaranteed success. I’m insurance. The ultimate weapon.”
He said it directly, but there was an unmistakable swell of pride to it as well, power. Ronan stood a force to be reckoned with, and he chafed at the chains holding him. It didn’t matter what other feelings he had about the matter. She was a means to an end.
She pushed the thought away. “You still haven’t narrowed down the specifics. How do you acquire my soul?”
He laughed wickedly. “Simple. I bed you three times. After our third time together, your soul is transported to hell and will be at Braddock’s command. Then he’ll grant my freedom.”
“I’m going to give away my soul to sleep with you?” Ginevra stared at him, then burst out in a fit of harsh laughter. “Seriously? I mean, I know you’re an incubus, but you must have one hell of an ego if you believe something like that.”
Ronan went still. In the space of an indrawn breath, she was enveloped by his heat, that intense spice scent. Though most of the kitchen separated them, it felt as though his body was pressed against hers, his mouth covering every inch of her skin, her body writhing, begging for his touch and her soul screaming for him.
His powerful display was a ruthless takeover of her senses, and when he pulled it back, she was gripping the counter to remain upright. Her gaze snapped to his face, and she saw she’d insulted him in a way he’d never known.
“You doubt my ability, Ginevra? I’d bet my freedom that in another moment, I’d find the skin of your nipples puckered so tight, the mere touch of your clothing would be blissfully painful. Just like my mouth against that same hardened flesh, the heat of my breath, my tongue covering that very place, would make you scream in ecstasy. Care to test my theory?” he said with a flick of his tongue across his lower lip.
Ronan Brimstone was devastatingly handsome and he made her ache with a need so profound, some might kill for the release he could bring. But she wasn’t ready to pay the price for a fleeting moment of pleasure. But those lips…full lips she’d never grow tired of nibbling on. She shook her head free of fantasy. “You need to go, Ronan,” she said, catching her breath.
His expression softened. “I’m sorry, love. But I can’t leave until my task is complete.” Angered by her body’s betrayal, a fuse snapped deep inside, in a place where she didn’t know fear and gave the term toe-to-toe a literal meaning when she kicked the tip of his designer shoe with her flip flop.
“You should leave of your own accord before you grow tired of rejection, Ronan. Go back to your master and tell him to find another human. This one will fight you to the last breath. You. Will. Fail.”
She said it with an upward tilt of her chin and a determined gaze. In answer, his amused gaze swept her sparkling flip-flop and then he dipped his head, lips hovering dangerously close to hers.
“As I stated previously, I can’t leave. You spoke the words of your own free will and invited me in, which means I’m bonded to you until my task is complete. I will tempt you night, day and in your dreams, to a point that you’ll want me with such a maddening need, you’ll beg for my touch before the end.” He caressed her lower lip with his thumb. “I do enjoy a challenge almost as much as I enjoy sex. That said, consider yours…accepted.”
The Jack Ass Hero- every good book has one. You know- he’s the egotistical, self-serving….Jackass. He’s flawed in half a dozen ways and the hope string is holding on by a single thread. What separates the goods from the greats is how they are redeemed. Jae Lynne Davies is a master at Jackass Hero redemption. She writes characters you want to hate and then makes you fall head-over-heels in love with them. There’s none of that hokey pokey turn around business. Issues are faced head on. Real and raw. You’re not going to know how it ends until it does. You’re going to hate him, love him and hate him some more.
Ronan Brimstone is a special kind of Jackass Hero. Seriously, you’d have to buy an extra seat on the flight just to fit his ego. But he’s also got some major hang-ups. You see, Ronan is a rare incubus demon bound to service and trapped in hell. He wants out. He doesn’t care how he goes about it, he just wants out. When opportunity strikes, he’s more than willing to put his powers to work to get what he wants, even if it isn’t ‘exactly’ what he wants.
Enter Ginevra Gimes, the curvaceous family law attorney fighting to protect children. Her pure soul is Ronan’s chance.
Honesty is law in demon relations and Ronan makes no qualms about why he’s here. He needs her soul and she is going to give it to him of her own free will.
Or is she? Ginevra may have some of her own hang-ups, but she’s also a fighter. Strong willed, resilient and ready to go to bat for what she believes, Ginevra won’t go down without a damn good fight.
“Go back to your master and tell him to find another human. This one will fight you to the last breath. You. Will. Fail.”
And just like every Alpha demon in the world, Ronan sees it for what it is- a challenge. “Accepted.”
From the moment Ronan and Ginevra meet, the sparks literally fly off the pages. I kept thinking “train wreck!! Look away. No. Don’t look away. Gaaaaa” See, there’s a little catch to this bargain Ronan made with his den master. Once he secures her soul, she no longer belongs to Ronan. Is he willing to risk deeper imprisonment to keep her, or can he let her go, condemn her pure soul to hell so he can move up in the ranks?
I was turning pages as fast as my more poor abused Kindle could handle waiting to see how this one would end. Can Jae pull it off? Can she fix this mess they’re in? You’ll have to read Desires of a Dark Lord to find out!
There is also a fantastic post by Jae on Romancing the Book featuring a playlist and giveaway, so check it out!
Jae is offering up a copy of Desires of a Dark Lord on publication date. All you have to do to be entered to win is comment on this post!
And because I feel that the very best of things are meant to be shared, I am giving away my two favorite Jae Lynne Davies books- Mythic and Blood Moon. All you have to do to win this is like my Facebook page and follow me on Twitter, then come back here and comment JAE ROCKS!!! There is also a contest going on my Facebook page for a $5 Amazon gift card, so make sure you enter that!
Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a direct sales representative for a French wine importer. Beyond all that, she has always been a writer in some way shape or
A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home in Southern Maryland.
***GIVEAWAYS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE***
Savannah and Kayden’s relationship is full of passion; the chemistry between them is undeniable, but will their relationship be strong enough to withstand jealous exes and an unexpected tragedy that threatens to tear them apart.
After giving up on love, Savannah built a fortress around her heart; until Kayden storms into her life breaking through her resolve and the walls she built around her heart. Savannah took a huge leap of faith deciding to move from Los Angeles to Galveston Texas. She wants to be closer to Kayden and away from the insanity of L.A. Being the daughter of Country Music’s Hottest Duo and having a very public break up has made life in Los Angeles almost unbearable.
As soon as Savannah begins to feel like her life is finally piecing back together, men from her past come back into her life causing strain on her very new relationship with Kayden. Just when she thinks things cannot get any worse tragedy strikes; sending Savannah’s world crashing back down around her. Will her relationship with Kayden, be strong enough to with stand the new obstacles thrown at them? Or will it tear them apart forever?
Before you read Inescapable Desire, you MUST read Irresistible Desire. Make sure you have plenty of time because you are not going to want to put either one down until you’re finished. And please, do not throw your Kindle 😉
Inescapable Desire was an emotional roller-coaster. I fell in love with sexy country boy badass Kayden all over again. Any man willing to fight for his woman is definitely swoon worthy. Danielle Jamie’s story telling is so raw, so deep, that you experience it all for yourself. You’ll get mad, You’ll feel heartbroken. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll even blush.
The strength of Kayden and Savannah’s love is so absolute they can overcome anything. They will face a great deal of challenges in this book and at times I wondered how they would make it through.
There IS a huge, shocking cliff hanger at the end of Inescapable Desire (hence the warning about not throwing your Kindle) that will leave you reeling. Kayden’s POV completely broke my heart.
I will be sitting on pins and needles waiting to see what happens in the next book! A job well done Ms. Jamie!!!
My Interview with author Danielle Jamie
About the Book:
Where did the idea for this delightful little series come from?
I love country music and southern boys ha! So new I wanted to write a story combining the two. I’ve loved the name Savannah since I was pregnant for both daughters. Never used it so thought well now I get to! Same with Kayden lol.
I’ve always loved the State of Texas since I was a child, and wanted to write a story with a Sexy Oil Tycoon who had many layers to him. To everyone looking from the outside in they would see him as just one dimensional, but once you get to know him you see he’s really sweet and romantic. He just puts on this bad boy persona to protect himself.
With Savannah I wanted to write about a daughter to a country music duo who loves music, but not into the business herself. She has the talent to be but chose a different path in her life. I loved the idea of showing her with someone else and making us watch and root for her and Kayden to come together, not just rush it in beginning and not let fans connect or feel everything between them.
Are any of the characters based on real life people?
Savannah in looks and personality is based off of me, just a little taller, b/c I’m 4’11 seriously, it SUCKS so I lived vicariously through her. Getting to be taller, bigger boobs haaa and live somewhere you don’t get 3 feet of snow in the winter! lol
What has been the hardest part of writing this book and this series?
My self doubting would be the hardest thing and my worst demon. There are sooo many great books out there I have to compete with. To top it off there has been a huge jump I’ve noticed in love stories similar to what I’ve wanted to write for a long time. I was afraid it would seem familiar to other books. I was really worried people wouldn’t like it.
If your book was made into a move, who would play who?
I would love to play Savannah, but if not I would like to be a waitress at Drip!
What are your plans for future installments in this series?
Right now I just finished writing the notes for Book 3. It’s sad to think it’s the last story, but I’m excited to write their HEA. I am currently writing POV’s for Kayden from Book 1 & 2 and putting them on my blog. A little treat for the fans to hold them over until Book 3.
About the Author:
Where/when do you do your best writing?
At night when kids are in bed I write a lot. I also try to write early in the morning when Finn’s sleeping and the girls are off to school. I run a boutique so time management is important. I write one of those 2-3x a day in between making bows LOL
Are you a word counter or a story flows kind of writer?
I don’t pay attention to word count until the very end. The way I do it is I set out what I want to cover in the book. Book 1 it was 18 chapters and I got everything in it I wanted. Book 2 was 20 chapters but then a Bonus 17 pages from Kayden’s POV because I wanted to get everything into the book I had set out to write. Book 3 I predict will be longer because there is a lot to cover.
On a scale of 1-10, how nervous were you when you clicked ‘submit’ on your first book? OMG 11 haaaa!!! I was almost in a full on panic attack. My friends all read and loved it but I said you are my friends so you could say it just to be polite ha. When the first few reviews and blogs said they love it, I about fell outta my chair!
How did you overcome your nerves?
I set a goal in high school that I would be a famous author one day. But then kids came and life happened. I didn’t think it was realistic and gave up on it. Then I started hearing about all the options to self publish. I said i gotta take the leap, push aside my fears and just go for it! If everyone hates it I can at least say I did it.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Never think any dream is to big. You dream it hard enough it will turn into a reality. Best thing is get good Beta Readers who will give good feedback. Book 1 would have been totally different if it wasn’t for my friend Victoria Murphy. She said show Logan more, let characters get to know him so when he cheats we all feel it. It was the best advice I ever got. It paid off because fans LOVED IT.
About The Woman:
Favorite Love Song?
All time Favorite is Tonic- If You Could Only See. But a close second is Blake & Miranda’s God Gave me You.
What do you listen to when your working out?
Right now my favorite work out song is Thrift Shop by Macklemore. It has such a great beat and just gets you pumped up!
Tea or Coffee?
Coffee during the day a MUST have! But I enjoy tea at night with honey.
What is your biggest fear?
Well one of my biggest is spiders. Living with a husband who refuses to go near them I’ve had to conquer that fear. So now I am the only spider killer in this house. My other is heights. I am so bad I can’t even climb monkey bars LMAO
Tell me something nobody else knows about you
That is so hard. I keep getting this questions and never know what to answer. I’m a pretty open book. But I guess the only thing is- everyone in my town see’s me as this little quiet thing. My close friends know truth is that if I’m comfortable around you I will talk your ear off. My childhood nickname was Mouth (lmao) because I talked SO MUCH! Another would be that I have a very sexy/kinky imagination, haaa. No one knew until I wrote Irresistible Desire
Danielle is giving away this lovely bracelet to one lucky fan! Click on the picture to enter.
I am also doing a giveaway. All you have to do is like my Facebook page, then comment here and you are entered to win an eBook copy of Inescapable Desire! The link to my page is HERE. I will choose a winner for the the eBook on Friday June 7. You can also enter to win an Amazon gift card on my Facebook page. Just click on the Giveaway tab.