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The Nutcracker Reimagined Day 4- Recipe Swap & Giveawy

The Nutcracker Reimagined Day 4- Recipe Swap & Giveawy

The Nutcracker Reimagined by Kathryn Le Veque, Claire Delacroix, Barbara Devlin, Eliza Knight, Suzan Tisdale, Hildie McQueen, Tina DeSalvo, Laura Landon, Layna Pimentel, and Emma Prince.

Hopefully by now you’ve already one-clicked this collection for your holiday reading. If not, there is still time to add it to your e-readers!

On the last day of The Nutcracker Reimagined Blitz the authors wanted to share a favorite recipe. So, from their holiday table to yours Happy Reading & Happy Cooking, or Drinking 😉

 

~ From the Kitchen of Claire Delacroix ~

We eat a lot of British foods at Christmas in Canada, and there’s nothing more British than a good trifle. This is a showy dessert to bring to the table and serve.

Claire’s Trifle
Custard, fruit and ladyfingers in layers.

For the vanilla custard:

1 tbsp conrstarch
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 cups homogenized milk
2 cups table cream (18%)
1 piece vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract
3 eggs
6 egg yolks

In a heavy saucepan, blend cornstarch with sugar. Whisk in milk and cream, add vanilla bean. (If using vanilla extract, add it after the custard is cool.) Stir constantly over moderate heat and bring to a simmer. Stir and simmer for 10 minutes to develop vanilla flavor; reduce to low. Beat eggs and egg yolks until smooth: blend in one cup of hot milk, then whisk back into hot milk in saucepan. Stirring constantly with a whisk, cook until custard is thick and smooth, 7 – 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Whisk custard as it cools. If you’re using vanilla extract, add it now. You can keep the custard covered with plastic wrap in the fridge for a day.

Three hours before serving, assemble the trifle.

1 package ladyfingers soaked in sherry

1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
Custard (recipe above)

In an 8-cup glass or crystal bowl, layer the custard with the ladyfingers and fruit – I do ladyfingers, custard, fruit, ladyfingers, custard, fruit. Refrigerate until serving. You may wish to serve the trifle with fresh whipped cream. You certainly want to serve it with dark chocolates and brandy!

~ From the Kitchen of Kathryn Le Veque ~

A perfect Medieval holiday recipe (one I have tried and it’s very good!)

Maximus’ Tart
Guaranteed to make all future knights very happy with full tummies!

4 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 tsp. salt
pinch saffron
6 eggs
1/2 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 lb. soft cheese, grated
1/2 cup currants
1 Tbsp. honey
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. sage
1 tsp. hyssop (this is an herb with a minty-ish taste)
1 tsp. powder douce (equal parts ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves)
Grind saffron with salt, mix with butter, and set aside.
Place onions into boiling beef broth and cook until just tender and drain.
Beat eggs and combine with saffron-butter, onions, and remaining ingredients, pour into pastry shell, and bake at 350°F for one hour.

~ From the Kitchen of Laura Landon ~

Old Fashioned Candied Pecans

1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
1 pound pecan halves
Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C).
Mix sugar, cinnamon, and salt together in a bowl.
Whisk egg white and water together in a separate bowl until frothy. Toss pecans in the egg white mixture. Mix sugar mixture into pecan mixture until pecans are evenly coated. Spread coated pecans onto a baking sheet.
Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 15 minutes, until pecans are evenly browned, 1 hour.

~ From the Kitchen of Tina DeSalvo ~

Cajuns love bread pudding…heck who doesn’t. Best way to not let any food go to waste, right. This is made (or can be) with stale bread. Enjoy
Serve with a nice strong cup of cafe’ au last!

Old Fashioned Bread Pudding – (w Rum sauce)

4 cups of milk
4 eggs, separated
10 slices of stale bread (or use French bread)
1 ½ cups of sugar (cane sugar is best)
1 teaspoon of vanilla
I small can of evaporated milk
1 regular size can of condensed milk
pinch of salt

-Heat the milk and pour it over the bread. Mash it together.
-Cream the egg yolks and sugar together. Add it to the bread mash.
-Add evaporated milk, vanilla, salt and half of the condensed milk to the bread mash and mix well. Make sure it is very moist but not runny.
-place in a buttered, rectangular pan and bake uncovered at 375 degrees for about an hour. Make sure the eggs are cooked and mixture is springy to touch.
-Extra: This is not necessary, but you MAY want to add this to the pudding. Take the egg whites and combine it with four tablespoons of sugar and beat until it is dissolved and stiff. Pour it over the top of the pudding and return it to the oven and brown at 350 degrees.

-Drizzle the remainder of the condensed milk over the top and serve warm.

If you want to add a Rum Sauce to the top of this bread pudding- here is a recipe you may enjoy:

½ cup (1 stick) butter
¼ cup water
1/3 cup sugar (cane sugar is best)
1 ½ tablespoon dark rum
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

-bring the bugger, sugar, water and rum to a boil in a small saucepan. Cook, until the sugar dissolves, making sure to stir continuously. This should take about 3-5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir int eh vanilla. Let it stand for a couple of minutes, pouring it warm over the pudding. YUM! You can top it with a little bit of whipped cream too.

For your Fur Babies:

Molasses Cookies recipe (for dogs or three-legged deer)- that Aurora would have used. 

Ingredients:

2 cups cornmeal
2 large eggs
2 tbsp molasses
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup powdered milk
Preheat oven to 400º. In a large mixing bowl combine all the ingredients. Blend until smooth. Roll this mixture out ¼ inch thick and cut into shapes or shape into dog biscuits by hand. Place 1 inch apart on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

~ From the Kitchen of Barbara Devlin ~

Italian Christmas Cookies

4 eggs
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 tsp. vanilla
3 1/2 cup flour
4 tsp. baking powder

Sift dry ingredients. Cream butter and sugar, beat in eggs; add vanilla and dry ingredients.

Knead and add flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to hands. Pinch off dough, roll in your hands to form a log and then twirl into shape. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

Icing
2 cup sifted confectioner’s sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
6 tsp. water
Stir until creamy

Dip cookies into icing and sprinkle with trim. Place on wire rack with wax paper on counter to collect the dripping icing and sprinkles.

Now, this isn’t a personal recipe. Like most cooks, I collect all sorts of recipes, and I can’t even begin to say where I found this one, but it’s a holiday winner.

~ From the Kitchen of Eliza Knight ~

Spicy Sparkling Sangria

Ingredients:

1 bottle of prosecco (or moscato if you prefer)

1 cup of Fireball whisky (or other cinnamon whisky)
2 bottles of hard apple cider beer
2 cups of apple cider juice
2 of your favorite apples cut into cubes
2 blood oranges sliced in thin rounds
Cinnamon sticks for garnish (optional)
Pomegranate seeds for garnish (optional)

Directions:

Soak the cut up apples and oranges in the whisky for about 2 hours
After 2 hours, mix in the prosecco, beer and apple cider and cinnamon sticks
Refrigerate for about 2-3 hours
Pour over ice, scoop some soaked fruit into the cup, and sprinkle with the pomegranate seeds


~ From the Kitchen of Hildie McQueen ~

Golden Apple Martini.

1 shot
Butterscotch schnaps
Hot Damn schnaps
2 shots
Skyy Vodka
Sour Apple schnapps

add chipped ice

2 dollops or a equivalent whipped cream from can into shaker

Shake and pour into glasses

Sprinkle top with nutmeg

If you try it, let me know what you think. It’s super yummy!!

~ From the Kitchen of Layna Pimentel ~

Great Pumpkin Cookies

Kids will love these fun pumpkin cookies. Decorate with all sorts of goodies like chocolate chips, icing and candies or enjoy them plain

Prep Time: approx. 20 Minutes Cook Time: approx. 15 Minutes Ready in: approx. 35 Minutes. Makes 20 large cookies (20 servings).
Printed from AllRecipes.com, Submitted by Libby’s Pumpkin

2 cups all-purpose flour 1 large egg
1 1/3 cups quick cooking oats 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 3/4 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon salt decorating icings,
1 cup butter or margarine NESTLE@ TOLL HOUSE@
1 cup packed brown sugar Semisweet Chocolate Morsels
1 cup granulated sugar candies, raisins or nuts
1 cup LIBBYS@ 100% Pure Pumpkin

Directions

1 PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Grease baking sheets.
2 COMBINE flour, oats, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in medium bowl. Beat butter, granulated and brown sugar in large mixer bowl until light and fluffy Add pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract; mix well* Add flour mixture; mix well* Stir in nuts and raisins. Drop 1/4 cup dough onto prepared baking sheet; spread into 3-inch circle or oval Repeat with remaining dough.
3 BAKE for 14 minutes or until cookies are firm and lightly browned Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes remove to wire racks to cool completely as desired with icing, morsel* candies, raisins or nuts.


~ From the Kitchen of Emma Prince ~

Bourbon Balls (one of my favorite holiday cookies)

Ingredients:

6 oz. chocolate chips
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp. corn syrup
1/3 cup bourbon (and maybe a wee dram for yourself as you work!)
1/2 box nilla waifers, crushed/crumbled
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Melt chocolate chips (you can do this in a microwave-safe bowl and just microwave until the chocolate chips are smooth)

Mix all the ingredients together with your hands (yep, time to get messy!)
Form into balls
If you like, you can roll the balls in more chopped nuts for a pretty coating

That’s it! No baking, just mix and enjoy!

Don’t forget…one more day to enter for the giveaway. TWO winners will receive a kindle e-book of The Nutcracker Reimagined! Open to US residents only.

** When you make these recipes please post a picture and tag the authors on social media with the hashtag #NutcrackerRecipe 

Happy Reading and Happy Eats!

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The Nutcracker Reimagined Book Birthday- Day 3 Reviews and Giveaways

The Nutcracker Reimagined Book Birthday- Day 3 Reviews and Giveaways

Happy Book Birthday The Nutcracker Reimagined by Kathryn Le Veque, Claire Delacroix, Barbara Devlin, Eliza Knight, Suzan Tisdale, Hildie McQueen, Tina DeSalvo, Laura Landon, Layna Pimentel, and Emma Prince.

This holiday collection includes tales from 10 authors who present their take on a beloved classic story. What will happen? Where will the story take place? What adventure awaits? Check out the last three tales today and be sure to stop by tomorrow for a fun holiday post.

There is also a fabulous giveaway of TWO Kindle e-books for two lucky readers. Open to US residents only.

Now, let’s begin…


Realm of Angels by Kathryn Le Veque is a tale of a man who is tricked and then betrayed by his own foolishness. What will become of him? 

When Rhogan is injured, he is cast out and left to reflect on his actions. Pride now stands between him and forgiveness. Living in fear, he chooses to say hidden. If he reveals himself to his true love, will she accept him? If not, he might spend the rest of his days alone. 

Lady Juliana misses Rhogan and discovers a horrible truth. It will take strength and courage for Juliana to move forward, can she? 

The love Juliana felt for Rhogan can not be found in another and despite her shattered heart she can’t love another. Can she accept the man he has become? Will her family?

A wonderful tale fans of Kathryn Le Veque will be excited to read. It has all the holiday feels and left me wanting more!

I received an ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.

Author Bio: KATHRYN LE VEQUE is a USA TODAY Bestselling author, a charter Amazon All-Star author, and a #1 bestselling, award-winning, multi-published author in Medieval Historical Romance and Contemporary Romance. She has been featured in the NEW YORK TIMES and on USA TODAY’s HEA blog.

 On October 29, 2015, Amazon launched Kathryn‘s Kindle Worlds Fan Fiction site WORLD OF DE WOLFE PACK. As Kindle World’s FIRST Historical Romance fan fiction world, Kathryn Le Veque‘s World of de Wolfe Pack will contain all of the great story-telling that readers have come to expect from many of historical romance’s best authors.


Once Upon A Christmas Knight by Barbara Devlin is a tale of redemption and true love. Fans of The Iron Corsair will rejoice in this much anticipated character story. 

Percival Howe has a past that he can’t escape, no matter what obstacles he’s overcome. The one thing he wants, he’s too afraid to reach for until an opportunity falls into his lap. 

When Percy’s services are required for a job, he agrees to the stated terms, and then adds a few requests of his own. If Percy reveals the truth surrounding why he made the deal, he could lose it all.

Margaret Hogart hides in the shadows of her sister, unwilling to let her true self be seen. When one gentleman favors for Margaret’s affection, is it merely an act, or is the something more familiar happening between them? 

A dash of mystery, a cup of secrecy, and a pinch of misguided opportunity create a story that will change a man for the better as he journeys to win the heart of the one woman he loves. Barbara Devlin’s created a delicious love story and brought to life snowy nights, and created a playlist that is sure to make your holiday party memorable.     

This adventure is worthy of the Pirates of the Coast seal, and I can’t wait for more! I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.

 

Author Info:

USA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, Delaware that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite.

Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero before they find their happily ever after.Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer, and she earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.

www.barbaradevlin.com
Twitter: @barbara_devlin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraDevlinAuthor/

Prelude to the Highlander’s Gift by Eliza Knight is a tale of misunderstandings, acceptance for inner beauty, and overcoming assumptions. A story that will leave you craving a dram served by a man wearing a kilt. 

Bella Sutherland is not interested in marriage, ever. When fate lands in her lap and she is able to choose her husband, she thinks she has it all figured it out. However, her plan quickly unravels and Bella discovers she made a horrible mistake. What will happen when she finds out the truth about her decision?

Sir Niall Oliphant wants to be treated like every other warrior despite his predicament. Yet, with one simple misunderstanding, Niall’s life will forever be changed. Niall will prove that he is worthy and discover that their union was destined. I love this hero, he’s exactly who Bella should marry and if you are the type of reader to select a book just for it’s cover, well then, happy reading! 

Escape to the Scottish Highlands in this two pepper spicy latte that has just the right amount of heat to warm your cold winter nights. Pour a dram, settle in by the fire and meet a warrior who will melt your heart. If you want to read more, be sure to check out  Eliza’s Stolen Bride Series, there are plenty of books to select and a new one will release next year. Hooray! For mature readers 18+. 2 Jalepenos

I received this ARC from the author for a fair and honest review.

BIO: 

Eliza Knight is an award-winning and USA Today bestselling indie author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. Under the name E. Knight, she pens rip-your-heart-out historical fiction. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain with her own knight in shining armor, three princesses and two very naughty puppies. Visit Eliza athttp://www.elizaknight.com or her historical blog History Undressed: www.historyundressed.com.

Visit her at:

Facebook: @ElizaKnightFiction
Twitter: @ElizaKnight
Instagram: @ElizaKnightFictio
If you missed the other reviews, click the links below.
Day 2 – Claire Delacroix, Emma Prince and Layna Pimentel
Day 1 – Hildie McQueen, Tina DeSalvo, Laura Landon and Suzan Tisdale

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Happy Birthday Haven Harbor

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Happy Book Birthday A Haven Harbor Halloween with novellas from Tawny Weber, Gail Z. Martin, Barbara Devlin and Jeanne Adams. This collection features four novellas that vary in heat and genre. Sit back and enjoy your bookcation to Haven Harbor. Be sure to read through to the bottom of this post for a fabulous giveaway! I received an ARC from the authors for a fair and honest review. If you love reading stories for the season, then one-click this Halloween collection at the bottom of this post. The sale price won’t last long.

Decadent Desires by Tawny Weber is set at the charming Karma Cafe. If you are a fan of Tawny’s Sexy SEAL books, this one does not disappoint. No, it doesn’t have SEALs but has the same chemistry and lovable characters.

Samson Phillips has roots in Haven Harbor but this adventure finds our dear hero in San Francisco sent to help Rose. He’ll need to keep his intentions a secret if he’s to help Rose and the town of Haven Harbor. What will happen when Rose discovers the truth?

Rose MacBriar is in a bit of a jam and will need to work with Sam if she has any hopes of salvaging her latest project. These two will have quite the tale to tell if they can agree to work together in a productive way 😉 Rose will need to trust Sam and accept the truth about her family.

Secrets, sweets and sin. Don’t miss this story of love, magick and mischief. This two peppers spicy latte hot delight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.  

New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than forty-five books, Tawny Weber writes sassy, emotional romances featuring hot alpha heroes.  Stories with a dash of humor and a whole lot of sexy attitude! A fan of Johnny Depp, cupcakes, and her very own hero husband, Tawny enjoys papercrafting, gardening, spending time with her family and dogs.

Fans are invited to check out Tawny’s books at her website, www.tawnyweber.com. For extra fun, join her Red Hot Readers Club for goodies like free reads, complete first chapters, recipes, insider story info and much more.

You can also find Tawny on Facebook, Twitter or PinterestOr follow her on Goodreads, Bookbub or Amazon.

Backlist for Haven Harbor. Click the cover for more tasty fun!

 


Check out my review from yesterday’s post for A Taste of Magick by Barbara Devlin

Jeanne Adams returns to Haven Harbor in her latest Haven Harbor novella. In After Midnight, an unsolved murder sets the scene, and time is running out. Fingers crossed there are no more victims. 

Everyone knows what makes Haven Harbor special, the town witches and their unique abilities. By using their unique skills they can take care of “things” and that is why Haven Harbor is such a charming town, and always full of surprises.

Jim Stansfield has not been able to shake Keira out of his mind since she first stepped into Haven Harbor, and now she’s in need of a mechanic. Normally Jim wouldn’t mind, but it seems to be quite often. If he can figure out what’s going on with her car, might solve a mystery that’s plagued her for months. Will the reason she’s in town come between them? If Keira Danby can come to terms with her past, Jim might be able to admit he’s in love and ready to share himself completely.

This two peppers spicy latte hot delight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+.  

Professional portrait - JPA 2012Jeanne Adams writes award-winning suspense, paranormal, mysteries and urban fantasies.  She’s also a sought-after speaker, who knows a thing or two about getting rid of the evidence… 

Jeanne specializes in thrills and suspense.  Even her paranormal and urban fantasies have a suspense element, so be prepared!  She loves football, baseball, dogs, Halloween and the weird and she teaches classes for writers on body disposal.

Jeanne lives in DC with her husband and two growing sons, as well as two dogs – a Lab and an Irish Water Spaniel.  Don’t tell, but she’s prone to adopting more dogs when her husband isn’t looking.

Featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine, and other publications, her books have been consistently hailed as “One of the best Suspense Books of the Year!” by Romantic Times.  You can find her at her newly redesigned website: www.JeanneAdams.com, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/JeanneAdams or at www.Facebook.com/JeanneAdamsAuthor

Keepsakes by Gail Martin is familiar ground for Deadly Curiosities fans. This adventure finds Cassidy and Teag hunting down ancient artifacts while strange things keep happening in Charleston, SC. The setting is magnificent, the historic homes are to die for, and the magick is strong.

How does Haven Harbor connect to Charleston? Who is behind the disruptions and chaos? It’s about to get stormy as Gail has given her readers a clever connection to Jeanne Adams world of Haven Harbor in this fast paced read! Don’t worry if you’re not familiar with either author, this book can be read as a standalone.

If you want to read more Deadly Curiosities? Click on the covers below.

Author Info:
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books and Orbit Books. Vengeance: A Darkhurst novel, is the second in a new epic fantasy series for Solaris (coming April, 2018). Her Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC has a new novel, Vendetta, and a new collection, Trifles and Folly. Spells, Salt, and Steel is the first in another new urban fantasy series set in upstate Pennsylvania. Other work includes the Chronicles Of The Necromancer series, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms series, the Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series, and Iron & Blood (co-authored with Larry N. Martin)

Gail Z. Martin
Proud Member: SFWA, Broad Universe
New in 2017
Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst
Trifles and Folly: A Deadly Curiosities Collection
Salvage Rat (new space adventure by Larry N. Martin)
Assassin’s Honor: Book One in the Assassins of Landria
Plus all-new novellas in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, Blaine McFadden Adventures, Deadly Curiosities Adventures and Storm and Fury Adventures

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Featured Author – Barbara Devlin

Featured Author – Barbara Devlin

USA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, Delaware that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite.
Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero before they find their happily ever after.

Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer, and she earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.

www.barbaradevlin.com
Twitter: @barbara_devlin
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BarbaraDevlinAuthor/

Magick, Straight Up by Barbara Devlin is a must read tale. This is Barbara Devlin’s first published contemporary piece and she has outdone herself.

If you are looking for a doctor this Halloween, head to Haven Harbor Regional Medical Center ER. Check in with Dr. Rafe Owen. This sexy new doc now calls Haven Harbor home and when he ventures out to meet the fine folk of Haven Harbor he encounters the owner of The Old Haven Mill Tavern, Mary-George McBride. Rafe’s world will never be the same and neither will yours ;).

Rafe is intent on getting to know George, will she open up and give him a chance? George has the ability to discover what he desires, will she use it? Trust is a very fragile thing and for this outsider he just might lose the one thing he wants if George hesitates to reveal her secret before it’s too late?

Take a spin, enjoy a walk around town and then hop over for a bite at the Tavern. George might have your order ready before you walk through the door, don’t let it spook you.  With fun and sexy characters you’ll be asking her for more from these two before long!

4 JalepenosThis spicy latte read is four peppers hot for full on, no holds barred sensuality and situations. It’s for mature readers 18+.

Get your copy of Magick Straight up in the Hot & Sinful Nights collection for just $0.99! Click on the collection cover below and discover 22 novels to indulge in.

A Taste of Magick by Barbara Devlin will be here in a few hours. Are you ready for mischief, madness and mayhem in Haven Harbor? In a town where anything can happen and usually does, friendships are tested, magick is present, and love is waiting for those who least expect it.

Russell Lee is the high school jock that makes one horrible decision, and changes two lives, forever. Will he earn a chance to redeem himself? I hated him, I loved him and am amazed at how Barbara crafted this character and his story.

Cindy Parker can’t escape the past and is reminded daily that no one has forgotten. When Russell Lee returns to Haven Harbor, she will have to battle the demons of her past. Despite the horrible past, she is torn. What does one do when they still desire the one person that hurt you the most? Dear reader, you are gifted with witty lines and LOL moments. Time apart doesn’t always mend a broken heart, but it can plot something wicked ;).

If Russell and Cindy have any hopes of finding love, they will have to learn to trust and forgive. A dash of love, a spoonful of spice and magick make this a tasty treat for breakfast tomorrow!

To pre-order your copy of A Taste of Magick click on the cover below and get four novellas for just $0.99!

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It’s time to set sail with The Marooner

It’s time to set sail with The Marooner

The Marooner by Barbara Devlin is a must read story about trust, redemption and the idea that everyone is worthy of love. Every book in the Pirates of the Coast series is an adventure regardless of where you begin your journey. One-click now. 

Get ready for an oceanic adventure with sexy pirates, a brawl or two, a few favorite characters from previous books, and intimate scenes that leave you breathless. This book has it all and more!

Barbara’s attention to the lush details in each and every scene, especially the ones on the ship, allows for a fully enveloped reading experience in the Pirates of the Coast. Because of this, you will add every future release to your auto-buy list. 

Leland Stryker has faced insurmountable challenges and obstacles, and will have to face his biggest one yet when he meets Lady Sophia. Could it be that she’s his true soul mate? Can he trust Sophia to his secret? If not, it could kill them both.

From the first page to the last you will wish that it was you on that ship. Hang on to your heart, it’s about to melt and squeeze a multiple times. I wonder which pirate will be next in this high-seas adventure series?

With the heat and intensity in this book I give it 3 Peppers as it’s pretty hot and might offend. For mature readers 18+3 Jalepenos

THE MAROONER – Excerpt

Derbyshire, England
September, 1818

Somewhere in the dim light of the chandeliers, his future wife mingled with so-called polite society, but he would argue the perfumed peacocks, despite their refined manners, were every bit as cutthroat as the worst of his associates, especially the marriage-minded mamas, as they trotted their daughters before a man they believed was a well-heeled, wealthy American merchant.
In truth, he was but a wolf in gentleman’s clothing, with his face clean-shaven and his black hair trimmed and tied in a leather thong, that he might appear civilized. Of course, the as-yet unknown darling did not know she was marked as the bride for ruthless former pirate Leland Stryker, as he surveyed the various targets, bedecked in their finery, and how the beast was hungry. What would he choose from so many tempting offerings? Blonde, brunette, ebony, or redhead? Curvy or slender? Blue, green, hazel, or brown eyes? Tall or short? Meek and mild or saucy and fiery of temperament?
In the end, his body would decide.
“Good evening, Mr. Stryker.” Another in a long line of chits paraded past, batting her lashes at him, and he waited for some sign of life below his belly button, as he dipped his chin.
“Good evening.” Thus far, his notoriously fickle interest rejected every single blushing debutante, but he was in no rush to the altar.
Known throughout the pirate ranks as The Marooner, for his habit of abandoning his victims on deserted islands, a practice he considered far more charitable than gunning down, running through with a sword, slashing with a knife, or feeding to the sharks, as did other buccaneers, patience guided his every move. Whereas he always thought it unfair that the general public deemed him heartless and brutal for leaving his quarry to their own fate, his colleagues viewed his eccentricity as a sign of weakness.
For most marauders, innocents manifested prey to be consumed, in some form or another, if only to provide amusement for the crew. For Leland, those who had the misfortune of falling into his custody, through no fault of their own, other than happenstance, presented a connection to his childhood, to the young lad sold into servitude because his parents could not afford to feed him. Perhaps that was why he could not, by his own hands, kill the guiltless.
“My, my, Lady Sophia, what an interesting ensemble you sport, tonight.” An unseen female snickered in a nasty tone. “Is that not last year’s fashion?”
In that moment, he came alert.
“This is my favorite gown, so I see no reason to dispose of it, simply because it might offend your delicate sensibilities.” Given the cutting retort, the heretofore-unfamiliar Lady Sophia charged the fore, as she piqued Leland’s curiosity. “As always, Miss Barty, you exhibit the stellar comportment one would expect of a lady. Your parents must be so proud.”
“My father says your father has driven the earldom to ruin, and you have no dowry.” Now that bit of information snared Leland’s attention, because it made his goal much easier. “Such a pity. Who will have you now, when you possess naught but a good name to recommend you?”
“Certainly not that delicious Mr. Stryker from America.” So another tormentor joined the fray, and he gritted his teeth. “I mean, he could afford to marry anyone.”
“Why would he settle for nothing but an empty title?” Miss Barty replied, in the shrill voice that grated his last nerve. “When he could have a woman of taste and fortune.”
If there was anything he hated, it was a bully, because he was small in his youth and often the recipient of abuse aboard ship. But as the boy grew into a man, and he gained physical strength, he never forgot the seemingly endless beatings, and he always championed the unfortunate.
“Then I congratulate him on his good fortune, should he choose either of you.” Ah, Lady Sophia boasted a sharp tongue, and what he would love to do with that spirit. He had to see her.
With that in mind, he rotated casually, to glimpse a group of ladies, but the valiant Sophia remained with her back to him, as he identified the insufferable Miss Barty and her friend, Miss Oswald, two self-important debutantes he had already dismissed as viable candidates for a mate, because they inspired nothing but a queasy belly. Petite in stature, with dark brown hair, the mystery woman squared her shoulders, as she confronted her adversaries, and he cleared his throat.
“I beg your pardon, but would you care to dance?” Life was too complicated in England. In Jamaica, he would have taken her by the hand and hauled her into his arms.
“Oh, Mr. Stryker.” The snobbish Miss Barty gloated, and he savored the opportunity to take her down a peg or two. “It would be my pleasure.”
“I am so sorry, Miss Barty, but I address Lady Sophia.” Now he enjoyed that, as the haughty Miss Barty frowned, and his intended partner flinched, ever so subtly. When Lady Sophia faced him, a shiver of awareness kissed his flesh, and he gazed directly into her velvety brown eyes. “Leland Stryker, most definitely at your service, Lady Sophia.”

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USA Today bestselling, Amazon All-Star author Barbara Devlin was born a storyteller, but it was a weeklong vacation to Bethany Beach, Delaware that forever changed her life. The little house her parents rented had a collection of books by Kathleen Woodiwiss, which exposed Barbara to the world of romance, and Shanna remains a personal favorite.

Barbara writes heartfelt historical romances that feature not so perfect heroes who may know how to seduce a woman but know nothing of marriage. And she prefers feisty but smart heroines who sometimes save the hero before they find their happily ever after.

Barbara is a disabled-in-the-line-of-duty retired police officer, and she earned an MA in English and continued a course of study for a Doctorate in Literature and Rhetoric. She happily considered herself an exceedingly eccentric English professor, until success in Indie publishing lured her into writing, full-time, featuring her fictional knighthood, the Brethren of the Coast.

Miami and sexy Knights await

Miami and sexy Knights await

Miami Nights SeriesMiami Inferno by Elle Boon is a romantic suspense set in Miami and is a must read. When Angelina can’t recall certain details surrounding the night of her eighteenth birthday it leaves a huge hole in her heart. Years will pass before she discovers the truth and the impact it has affects the one man she can’t forget, Lorenzo.

When their happy reunion is under attack, Lorenzo will stop at nothing to protect Angelina, the one woman he’s always loved. The connection between them is unbreakable despite the distance. If you like hot beaches and nights that sizzle, head to Miami.

With the heat and intensity in this book I give it 3 Peppers as it’s pretty hot and might offend. For mature readers 18+3 Jalepenos
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Rescuing Miami by Elle Boon is part of the Dallas Fire & Rescue World and is all about Lorenzo’s brother Ando. Even if you have not read Miami Inferno, this can be read as a standalone. Tragedy has struck it’s time to take care of the things that matter, for Ando it means leaving his family behind. Unprepared he will need strength, courage and the help of family to move beyond the past, if not he will never recover and find love again. 

What do you do when you witness a crime so brutal that it puts you in harms way? Jules isn’t worried about herself, instead she’s only focused on the victim and puts her EMT skills to use quickly. In order to ensure her safety surrounding that horrific night she takes a break and heads out of town. What will happen when her location is discovered? Who will save her?

A new city. A fresh start. Two people recovering from loss will find out what happens when love strikes in the most unexpected place, right next door.

While I haven’t read any other books in the Dallas Fire & Rescue World, this book can be read as a standalone.With the heat and intensity in this book I give it 3 Peppers as it’s pretty hot and might offend. For mature readers 18+
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Morgan by Barbara Devlin is the fourth book in the Brethren Origins series. It’s time to find out what happens to our young night when he’s forced to marry and his bride is not of his choosing. Will he grow to love her? Will they have a happy-ever-after?

Lady Hawisia Van Goens and Morgan Le Aguillon have a lot of work to do if they are going to find love. Despite duty to his country he needs to curb his wicked, lustful nights and redirect his focus on his lovely bride. Will she let him close to her guarded heart? Will he find the passion he seeks?

As with each and every book in Barbara Devlin’s backlist this one is another must read. If you love sexy knights, adventure and lots of romance, one-click this right now. Duty, honor and friendship from the Brethren will aid these two as they seek love. Don’t miss this must read historical romance series that proves love prevails.

A two peppers spicy latte hot delight with the perfect amount of sizzle to make you tingle. Oh, and yes, it’s for mature readers 18+. 

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