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Apt 613 talks Romancing the Capital

Monday, April 18th, 2016

 

RTC2016

 

Registration is sold out and there’s only 3 weeks to go until I’ll be at Eve Langlais’s  Romancing the Capital in Ottawa Ontario Canada!

Since I live close by, thankfully it’s only a short drive.  Last year was the inaugural event and holy cow was it a success. For everyone, all the authors and readers who attended and for me. It was my very first book signing event and the very first time a reader fan-girled … over me!  And I LOVED every minute of it.

This year I’m participating in a panel, the highly popular speed-dating event, and of course the book signing.

The anticipation for the big weekend to get here is building, and local author Jennifer Carole Lewis, a reviewer for Apt 613,  has a posted a few blogs highlighting the upcoming event.  This week’s edition of Apt. 613.ca offers a little insight to Eve, myself and a few other attending authors.

 

Romancing the Capital brings romance writers of all stripes to town

 

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#Interview Blind Love and Kishan Paul

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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It’s been a while since I’ve done an interview. And this one is particularly exciting for me, because this author is a friend, somebody I met a couple of years ago at RT in New Orleans. We had a fabulous time then and again this past May in Dallas! She’s a wonderful person and an awesome author, so I’m absolutely thrilled that she’s here today to talk about her debut novel Blind Love! Welcome Kishan Paul!

Kishan, why don’t you tell us a little about yourself? How did you start writing?

Well, let’s see… I’m really goofy and find humor in the craziest things. I’m accident prone (the stories I can tell). I really need to work on thinking before I speak. ( Sigh) When I’m watching action movies, I have a tendency to hit the person next to me when things get intense.

But other than all that, I’m a therapist in private practice. I’ve been married to the same man (poor guy can’t get rid of me) for over eighteen years and have two beautiful children. I’ve always had a love for writing and stories. In school, English has always been my best subject. Back then I never knew why the teachers liked me so much. I mean it was words after all. It wasn’t until about two years ago that I actually sat down and started work on a full length story, The Second Wife. Before then I had written poems and a chapter here or there but nothing in-depth. In the process of writing The Second Wife, I fell in love with the process. I still remember telling two of my girlfriends. I was like “now I’m going to tell you something and don’t judge me.” Of course they didn’t judge me. In fact they are two of my biggest supporters. (I seem to have written a book here. So I’ll stop now before I go into my childhood, first dates etc.)

LOL. What, maybe we want to know about your first dates J What drew you to this particular genre?

I’m a sucker for a good romance, always have been. Even as a kid, I used to dream about strong women and heroic men finding love. So for me, writing contemporary romance was a natural choice.

Have you ever considered another genre? And if so which one?

I have a lot of author friends who write paranormal romance and sometimes I wonder if I could but then I think a little more about it and shake my head. It would probably be like me trying to fix a car, better leave it to the experts.

I hear you. I feel that way about some of the genres as well. Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?

I’m a pantser. I write by the seat of my pants. I get inspiration from the oddest of places, it might be a song or an idea that pops into my head. Once it was just the act of walking across my office parking lot that set my creative wheels in motion. After inspiration hits, I kinda get obsessed with the story and the scenes. It’s all I think about. I play and replay the scenes, feel and then re-feel the incidents. Each chapter is like a week long process for me. The first day it’s kind of the bones of the chapter, really rough but what’s going to happen is written out. Then I go back and work on the layers: the dialogue, the way each person in the scene felt about the situation and how they showed that, the environment. Halfway through the week, I’ve scrapped most of what I first wrote and have something entirely different.

What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far that’s improved your writing from that very first book to now?

Let the characters lead the story. Get to know them, deeply. Understand their psyche. Once I get them down and let them speak, only then do I go back and work on the grammar.

Ugh. Grammar. shivers If you could give a new writer or even a younger version of yourself advice what would it be?

The advice I would give to other authors is the same I’ve gotten: It’s a hard and long process and most of the time you’ll question yourself and your story. Thicken your skin, don’t give up, and one day you can look back and say “Wow did I really do that?” Make friends with other writers, they understand where you are and how you feel. And don’t forget to pay attention to your readers. They are so important in this journey.

What’s your favorite “non-writing” activity?

Aside from hanging out with family, it would be eating. LOL. I love food (desserts and coffee and chai).

If you could be any character in any one of your stories or somebody else’s – who would it be?

I would be Sunshine Daye from Blind Love. She writes erotica and has a “live for the moment” kind of attitude. I think things through way too much before I make a decision. I’d love to have her spirit if only just for a summer.

I think you just want to write erotica 😉 We’ll talk 😉

What’s next for you in terms of writing?

Well, I have another story, The Second Wife, due to come out this fall. It’s actually my first work and totally different than any of the stories I’ve written since then. It’s about a therapist who gets kidnapped by her client. I can’t wait for the world to read Ally’s story.

Right now, I’m working on making my novella, Taking the Plunge, into a full novel. Eve and Pete are hilarious and they keep wanting to ahem delve deeper into their relationship.

See, you DO want to write erotica, I knew it! List a couple of your favorite authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.

I have a lot of authors I love. I’ll list four of them: Colleen Hoover, Jill Shalvis, Nicolas Sparks, and David Baldacci. Oh and there’s a lovely author by the name of Anne Lange whose talented writing makes me blush.

🙂 awe shucks 🙂

 

Speed Round: What the first thing that comes to your mind:

Favorite Drink? chai

Favorite Food? Reese’s peanut butter cups in anything (Fudge, ice-cream, pies)

Favorite Movie? Pretty Woman

Favorite Summer Activity? Family vacations!

Favorite Winter Activity? Baking.

Favorite Vacation Spot (somewhere you’ve actually been)? Maui

Dream Vacation Spot (you haven’t been there yet)? Austria

Dream TV/Movie Character you’d love to interview? She’s not a character but, Ellen DeGeneres

What’s the one question you’d love to ask them? How do you stay so grounded?

If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Colorado

 

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I love to cook, and because I that I’m always looking for great recipes. Do you have a favorite you’d be willing share? Tell us a little a bit about it and why it’s a favorite for you.

imagesMy favorite recipe is actually Chai. It’s what I start my day off with and it’s also the drink I turn to when I really need something comforting. 1 cup of milk (you can do half milk/half water depending on your preference)

  • ½ tbs of loose tea leaves
  • 2 to 3 pods of cardamom seeds hulled
  • Put liquid in saucepan and warm.
  • Crush the cardamom seeds. Be sure to toss the shell, they really do not bring anything to the drink and oftentimes may be dirty.
  • Put crushed seeds in warm liquid.
  • Add tea leaves and stir.
  • Once liquid starts to boil strain it into cup and add sugar to taste.

Some ways to change it up:

Some people also add crushed clove into the chai in addition to the cardamom.

If you like frothy chai, then pour it back and forth between cup and pan. The further the distance between the cup and the pan when you pour, the more froth will develop.

Drink and enjoy.

So, I guess we should get to why your really here! 🙂  Tell us a bit about your current release. What inspired it? Or Did you know what it would be about when you wrote the first book in the series?

Blind Love was inspired by a challenge I took on in one of my social media groups. I used to be a part of. We had to write a story about a blind neighbor in an hour. Afterwards, I let someone read it who said, yeah blind people don’t go jogging. It bugged me because I knew that wasn’t true. I’d heard stories of people with vision impairments jogging, climbing trees, etc. Actually, it was Lauren who was bugged not so much me. Her character has developed through that one hour story I wrote and she was screaming at me. Telling me I needed to tell her story and show people that being blind wasn’t the end all.

So I started researching and found out about RP and got sucked in. I read blogs on line written by those who struggle with RP and their amazing journey and reached out to someone who moderates a Retinitis Pigmentosa group. I’ve loved every part of the research.

That’s absolutely awesome! What is your favorite part of this particular story?

There’s a little boy in the story, Evan. He’s adorable and scared and stole my heart from day one.

Thank you SO much for stopping in today, Kish, to chat with me. Now let’s share this fantastic video (I love it BTW).

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She doesn’t need a hero. But a sexy Marine…that’ll work.

Though Lauren Baxter’s world is a blurry mess of colors, she has no tolerance for pity. With the help of her guide dog, Jack Sparrow, she’s built a good life for herself. She has everything she wants: her PhD, a thriving counseling practice and her independence.

When she meets her new neighbor, the man’s warm Texas accent and clean male scent weaken her knees. Her attraction to the former Marine is mutual and, unfortunately, a complication she doesn’t need.

Gabriel Briggs carries the weight of the world on his shoulders. He has his reasons for indulging only in short-term flings, but the feisty, green-eyed Lauren makes him want to forget every one.

In a rare moment of fragility, Lauren winds up in Gabe’s arms. One night together can’t break their self-imposed rules, right? But when a woman from Gabe’s past is murdered, the reasons he should have stayed away become painfully clear, threatening innocent lives he may not be able to save—especially Lauren’s.

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Contains a blind therapist who doesn’t consider herself impaired; a meddling, erotic-novel-writing best friend; a hot ex-Marine with a shady past; and a loyal guide dog that howls “I love you” and is probably the sanest one of the bunch.

 

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Gabe locked the front door and headed to his pickup. The decision was made. He needed to move his pitiful ass into the cabin immediately. A woman he barely knew had him confessing things he’d never told anyone else, and the scariest part: he caught himself reconsidering nonnegotiable promises. Those were fantasies he couldn’t afford. Not when other lives counted on him. He glanced over at her place and stopped dead in his tracks.

Speak of the devil.

Hands on her hips, Lauren stood talking to the cabbie parked in her driveway. Her hair was twisted in a knot. The dark blue, strapless summer dress she wore had his gaze lingering over her long neck and tanned shoulders. His mouth watered at the memory of how sweet her covered parts tasted last night.

There was something about her that hooked him. Yes, she was beautiful, but there was more. It was how her eyes crinkled when she laughed. All the smart-ass things she’d say. The soothing way her voice melted his guard. And when she touched him, it was as if she was sticking her hands inside him, picking up every one of his painful pieces, and for just a little while gluing them back together.

What the fuck am I saying?

He looked away and continued to his truck. She’d find the right person one day, and whoever the man was would be one lucky bastard.

“I’m sorry, ma’am. I can’t help you,” the cabbie said.

Gabe put the last of the supplies into the large metal toolbox and padlocked the lid.

“He’s a guide dog. Isn’t it against the law for you to refuse services because of him?” Lauren asked.

He bit back his urge to help.

For him, the girl spelled trouble.

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“The sign right there says no animals.” The driver pointed to the backseat window.

B.

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She grinned. “And if I wasn’t blind, I’m sure I would have seen it.”

Gabe chuckled. He loved her fake smile. Leaning against the truck, he watched the performance.

“I’m sorry, I didn’t—I mean, you don’t look blind.”

Still grinning, she cleared her throat and pulled on the dog’s harness. “I am. Which is why I need my guide dog. He goes everywhere with me.”

The beast raised its ears and looked at Gabe. He averted his eyes, pulled off his baseball cap and tucked it into his jean pocket. Her monster of a pet was making him feel guilty as hell.

“I’m sorry, but I’m allergic to animals. He can’t come in my taxi.”

“I can pay you extra for your troubles. The place is a few blocks after the highway. It would only be ten minutes of your time.”

“Look, ma’am. It’s not going to happen. If you want, I’ll call another car to pick you up.”

After a long pause, she shook her head and bit her lip. “No, it’s fine. I understand. Thank you.”

A few seconds later, the cab pulled away. Lauren stood cross-armed, staring out.

Gabe gripped the truck to make sure his legs didn’t get any crazy ideas.

This is not my problem. Maybe if he said it enough times, he’d believe it.

“Come on, Jack. It’s time for Plan B,” she said and grabbed the dog’s holster.

Plan what?

Stunned, he watched the two stroll down the road. She said the place was a few blocks after the highway. Which meant they’d be walking alongside one of the busiest boulevards in Denver for a few yards before she’d ever reach the interstate. He looked at his watch. Four fifty, on a Friday afternoon. The two would be smack dab in front of the I25 overpass during rush hour traffic—a dangerous situation for anyone, much less a blind woman.

She wouldn’t, would she?

When Lauren got to the end of the street and turned left, he cursed under his breath.

Yeah, she would.

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The banging and Jack’s barking grew louder. Lauren ran her hands through her hair and made her way down the stairs with Sunny close behind.

At the door, her best friend leaned over her and peeked through the blinds.

“Oh Sweet Baby Jesus, who’s that?” she whispered.

Lauren pushed her away and blocked the entrance with her body. “If I could see, I’d tell you.”

“It’s a man. Open the door,” she ordered and tried to pull Lauren’s hand from the knob.

“No! We don’t know who he is,” she hissed.

“Lauren, it’s Gabe.” The way her name sounded in the baritone voice of his had her stomach doing the funny flipping thing again like it did yesterday in the backyard.

“Yes, Lauren, it’s Gabe,” Sunny imitated. “Now open the fucking door.”

“Hi, Gabe. Everything okay?” she asked, her voice huskier than she’d like.

“I heard screams. I tried calling a couple times and when you didn’t answer, thought I’d come over and check things out.”

“The neighbor with the power tools?” Sunny hissed. “The man is eye candy beautiful.”

“That doesn’t mean he’s not a rapist or serial killer,” Lauren hissed back.

Boney arms wrapped tight around her waist, lifting off the ground and planting her a few feet away from the entrance. Disoriented, Lauren was still figuring out which direction she was facing when the door rattled and opened.

“Hey,” Sunny said in her most seductive tone. After rolling her eyes, Lauren walked toward her friend’s voice.

“Hi,” Gabe cleared his throat. “I’m sorry, I was looking for Lauren.”

“I’m right here.”

“Sorry to bother you two. Like I said, I heard screaming…”

“So sorry; we were having a disagreement,” she answered before Sunny got a chance to give her interpretation of events.

“I’m Sunny.” Her voice sounded deep and breathy. Lauren cringed and resisted the urge to hit her.

“Hi, Sunny, I’m Gabe.”

“Nice to meet you, neighbor with the power tools.”

“Anyway, we’re fine. Thanks for checking.” Lauren reached over to shut the door but Sunny wouldn’t let it go.

“How sweet. Did you hear, Cat? He came here to see if you needed to be saved.” Since when did she start speaking with a Southern accent?

“I don’t need to be saved,” she muttered.

“That’s all relative now isn’t it, sweetheart? Why don’t you come in, Gabe? I just made some fresh coffee.”

“I’d love some. But if you don’t mind, let me go put some clothes on and I’ll be right back.”

A few seconds after he disappeared, Sunny blew out a breath and closed the door. “Honey, I do mind if you put on more clothes.”

“What’s wrong with you? You can’t let strangers into my home,” Lauren growled.

“Rule number one: When a man who looks like him walks up in nothing but hard muscles and a thin pair of boxers, you invite him in. Rule number two: Keep rocking those low-cut tank tops and short biker shorts, ’cause he couldn’t keep his eyes off you.”

“Oh God,” Lauren pulled up the neck of her tank and rushed upstairs.

“Overweight and missing his front teeth,” Sunny muttered as she followed. “What the hell is wrong with you?”

Grabbing a pair of jeans and a shirt from the drawer, Lauren pulled them on over her sleepwear. “Not important. He was pushy and like I said, he’s been watching me.”

“No. Not true. He’s not watching you, he’s lusting after you. Here, let me paint him for you.”

Sunny had a knack for description. She’d taken on the responsibility of being Lauren’s eyes when she lost her vision and made it a point to reference people and movies they both remembered.

“About six feet two, a mouth full of perfect white teeth, and ripped.” A lovely image of Gabe took shape. “If I didn’t have Scott, I’d have run my fingers down those hills and valleys right to the elastic band of his sweet black shorts and…”

“No sex fantasies, please, only facts.”

“Okay, fine. A mix of Matt Damon’s face from Goodwill Hunting, but better looking, and Tom Cruise’s body from Mission Impossible Two when he hung from the cliff, remember?”

Lauren bit her lip and nodded.

“But bulkier and much, much taller. He has this tribal tattoo around his right bicep. It’s a bunch of shapes, but looks hot. Dark hair buzzed short, strong jaw line, deep blue eyes, full lips I’m sure are capable of making some lucky woman, more specifically you, scream…”

She shook her head and pushed her sex-addicted friend aside while she made her way downstairs.

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Jessy-5From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, the creativity switch to Kishan Paul’s brain is always in the ‘on’ position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would graduate with honors.

Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over 16 years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.

 

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#Spotlight #Interview Unraveled by Alyssa Breck

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

 

 
 
Blurb:
Brant lives quietly under the romantic radar until a coworker invites her to a concert where she meets Lyle Crane, the sexy singer of a heavy metal band. A little harmless flirting between the shy paralegal and the outgoing rock star provokes a crazed fan to eliminate her competition.  

 

Chemistry brews between Evie and Lyle when a gunshot rings out in the dark and the unlikely couple is set on a collision course neither of them saw coming.

 

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Author Bio:
Alyssa Breck is an author of horror, paranormal romance and erotic fiction. She grew up

reading Stephen King and V.C. Andrews. The Shining changedher life and sparked a love of all things scary, spooky and spine-chilling. Add some romance to that and she found her niche weaving paranormal and erotic romance stories. Alyssa lives in the south with her family and myriad pets







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#Spotlight #Interview Promises to Keep by Delia Brendan

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
 
 
Blurb:
Dandelion Police Sergeant Nina Markov has never been happier since meeting FBI Special Agent Michael Hanson. However, a fairy tale ending for the pair doesn’t seem to be in the cards, as time is running out in her quest to find Russian mobster, Pavel Ivanovich—the man who has stolen a priceless family heirloom.

 

When Nina’s carefully lain trap for him catches his underling instead, she realizes that her only chance is to make him fall in love with her and then use him to reach Pavel.

 

For a recipe this convoluted, Nina is going to need the assistance of cupcake baker and misguided matchmaker, Pearl Waterman.

 

In the second book of the Dandelion Romantic Mystery series, Nina has to decide how far she’ll go to keep her promises, retrieve the last connection to her family, and try not to lose the only man she’s ever loved in the process.

 

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Delia Brendan was born and raised in Washington state. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. She has been writing about the adventures of the people in Dandelion, Washington, since 2013.

 

She is married to writer Sean Brendan Brown and they live in Olympia with a very gray, fat little beagle named Katie

 

 

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#Spotlight #Interview Possess and Pumpkin Chiffon Pie with Laura Marie Altom

Monday, January 5th, 2015

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Happy New Year Everyone!  And Welcome Back 🙂

I hope you all had a marvelous holiday with family and friends. I hope you found time to relax and do some fun things. And now we have a brand new year which means a brand new bunch of books, covers, interviews and recipes!!

Today I have Laura Marie Altom visiting. Laura writes women’s fiction and she brings her newest release, Possess, as well as a new recipe to start us off with. Welcome Laura!

When has your pulse raced hard enough your feared you might die?

Hubby and I got our diving permits, then took them out for a test drive in the Bahamas. We were on a dive with about ten other people when a nine-foot reef shark bulleted from out of nowhere into the center of our group. He checked everyone out, then veered off just as mysteriously as he’d arrived. Looking back on the experience, it was both terrifying, yet THRILLING!!!!

You are much braver than me! LOL  List 10 fun facts about yourself

 

  1. I have really long hair, and love wearing it down, but rarely do, because it takes so long to dry and then style. I want to cut it, but my daughter forbids me!! LOL!!
  2. My current sleeping habits are more-than-a-little nutso since bringing a new puppy into the house. Chewie’s a teacup Yorkie, and is so tiny, I have to hold him all night, because he gets cold so easily and because I’m afraid if I just let him loose on the bed, he’ll get smooshed.
  3. I do some of my best writing while watching a select few movies on repeat. Sanctum, Alien & Alien(s), and Prometheus. I’m guessing the soundtrack sets a good vibe? So weird . . .
  4. I secretly want to be a movie star!!!!
  5. My fave sin is called a Tulsa Turtle. It’s a sundae made of vanilla frozen custard, hot fudge, hot caramel, toasted almonds, loads of whipped cream, and a cherry!! YUM!!
  6. After finishing a book, my favorite activity is deep-cleaning since I can’t seem to write and clean.
  7. I love our gas fireplace so much that I sometimes start it too early in the Fall, and get it so hot in the living room that the A/C kicks on.
  8. When I eat bread sticks at Olive Garden, I only eat the middle part, and leave both ends!!
  9. I have a horrible addiction to Lifetime and Hallmark channel Christmas movies.
  10. I love Christmas so much that we have two trees—a live one for keepsake and homemade ornaments that has colored lights and an artificial one with white lights that is only allowed to have white, silver, purple and various shades of blue. (Don’t tell anyone, but this one sometimes stays up a wee bit later than it should. 😉 )

I won’t tell anyone. Promise. 🙂 Now,  give me the first thing that comes to mind with the following:  

  • Favorite Drink: Cherry Kool-Aid
  • Favorite Food: Toss-up between crab legs and pizza.
  • Favorite Movie: Great Expectations
  • Favorite Summer Activity: Snorkeling or hiking.
  • Favorite Winter Activity: Reading or watching movies by the fire.
  • Favorite Vacation Spot (somewhere you’ve actually been): Bahamas
  • Dream Vacation Spot (you haven’t been there yet): Bora Bora, Tahiti
  • Dream TV/Movie Character you’d love to interview: Rick/The Walking Dead
  • What’s the one question you’d love to ask them: Why don’t you take your group to find a nice yacht, then cruise to an even nicer island?!
  • If you could live anywhere, where would it be?: Tahiti 

Why don’t  you tell us a bit about your Posses.  What inspired it? Or Did you know what it would be about when you wrote the first book in the series?

Control was never meant to have a sequel, but about ¾ of the way through I realized there was WAY too much story left to end it so soon. Because of that, Possess sort of wrote itself!! LOL!! 

That makes it easy! What is your favorite part of this particular story as compared to the previous book or even your other series? And why? (Hopefully you can tell us without giving anything away 😉 )

Possess has an element of suspense that was at times horrible to write, but other times oddly fun. Ella’s ex is DARK. It’s always an interesting journey to get inside a crazy person’s head. This was one of those stories when the characters took the wheel. A couple of times, issues cropped up that I’d never intended to visit.

So, before we get to the book, how about that recipe you brought? 🙂

This is a long-time family favorite, although a few years ago, an HQN heroine of mine reenacted the scene . . . 😉  My Grandma Lu made this delicious pie every year for Thanksgiving. Once, while remodeling her kitchen, her salt and sugar canisters were mixed up.  The pie tasted AWFUL, and she cried, but best as I can remember, we all went out for ice cream!

 

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Pie

 

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 1/4 c canned pumpkin
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 packet Knox gelatin–soften in 1/4 c cold water
  • 1/2 c milk

 

  1. Put pumpkin in top of double boiler.  Add 1/2 c sugar, and spices, and salt, and egg yolks, and milk.  Cook together until thick.  Add gelatin while hot.
  2. When the above mixture thickens and cools, add 3 stiffly-beaten egg whites and the other 1/2 c sugar, then fold into cooled pumpkin mixture.
  3. Make Corn Flake crust.
  • 1 c fine Corn Flake crumbs (Roughly 4 cups of flakes)
  • 1/3 c butter
  • 1/4 c sugar

 

Mix well, and press into 9-inch pie plate.  Chill 30 minutes.  Add pumpkin mixture.  Chill 2 hours, then serve with whipped cream!

 

 Oh, my husband and boys LOVE pumpkin pie so I will most definitely test this one out on them.  Thank you Laura!

Possess Shamed # 2

By: Laura Marie Altom

Released on December 23rd, 2014

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POSSESS

 

Blurb

Ella Patton and Liam Stone return in the breathtaking conclusion to the steamy, contentious love affair that began in Control.

Will you marry me?

Those four little words should be a dream come true. But for Ella Patton, they’re the start of a waking nightmare. For despite the insatiable desire she feels for Liam Stone, marriage is out of the question—divorcing her abusive husband, Blaine, would be too dangerous to even contemplate. Besides, Ella couldn’t ask for anything more than the life she and Liam share: a scalding hot passion that’s totally outside the bounds of “I do.”

Liam has hit a brick wall. His fortune can’t buy Ella’s freedom from the oppressive monster the law recognizes as her husband. Blaine will take any opportunity to bring Ella back under his authority, no doubt exacting a terrible revenge as punishment for nearly slipping away. But Liam has a force greater than money and influence on his side: Ella’s love. She sparks his most unstoppable determination—and ignites pleasures that no man should be able to possess.

 

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After college (Go Hogs!), best-selling author Laura Marie Altom did a brief stint as an interior designer before becoming a stay-at- home mom to boy/girl twins. Always an avid romance reader, when she found herself replotting the afternoon soaps, she knew it was time to try her hand at writing. With nearly 50 books published, and well over a million in print, she almost feels like a real writer!

Now that her kiddos are off to college, when not immersed in her next story, Laura enjoys a glamorous lifestyle of live-tweeting to her fave reality show and soap stars and constantly striving to reach the bottom of the laundry basket—a feat which she may never accomplish! For real fun, Laura’s content to read, play WAY too much mahjong, garden and cuddle with her dogs and handsome hubby.

 

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