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It’s a Brand New Look!

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

It’s been a few months in the making, but I finally have my brand new website. Stacy at Nimbleforce Creations was a wonderful person to work with and we’ve been working very closely over the last few months to get this just perfect. I’m so pleased with the final result. I love the colors. I love the simplicity, and it’s super easy to use and maintain.  Though I do still have some links to complete. And I have some custom scripting to learn 🙂

I started a new day job last fall that keeps me very busy for lots of hours in the day, so I had to take a step back and change my focus a bit.  My goal in this new design was to move away from the standard blog look. Which I think I’ve accomplished. I also wanted a cleaner look, get rid of the clutter and put the focus on the stories I’m developing and me as a person and an author. I want my readers to get to know me a bit more than I’ve probably let out in the past. I’ll still happily showcase work from my author friends and those I’m a huge fan of, but I’ll be a bit more selective too so I’m not spending too many hours away from the writing. My writing time is too valuable these days because there’s so little of it. And I have LOTS of stories just waiting to unfold.  And after today, I’m even going to embark on a different kind of story with a little help from my daughter. But that’s a different story for a different day and it’s a long ways down the yellow brick road.

So for now, please feel free to take a look around and check out my new space.  Let me know what you think. Let me know if you find anything that doesn’t work as it probably should! LOL.  And let me know how I can make your visit to my site more enjoyable.

Have a great week!

Anne

 

#Hello2016 #Bloghop Hello, My Name Is…

Thursday, January 7th, 2016
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Anne Lange!

We’re ringing in the New Year with lots of giveaways!

And by sharing some fun and wacky facts about ourselves. There’s a new giveaway at each stop so be sure to visit them all!

So, let’s see, things about me and/or my blog…well:

  1. I’m a Canadian. I was born in Montreal, Quebec, grew up in Southern Ontario and now live in Easter Ontario. Yes, I can speak French, but I don’t consider myself bilingual. In fact, I’ve been taking French lessons over the last few years because I didn’t use it for over 20 years … and you know what they say … if you don’t use it, you lose it! I need practice.
  2. I have 9 tattoos. I love them. I want more. Just haven’t had the time to get them done.
  3. I HATE…as in H.A.T.E. spiders. Give me a snake any day. Point the tiniest of spiders in my direction and I will run like the demons from hell are after me.
  4. I am VERY shy. Like majorly shy. But in that quirky way life has of tossing things in your direction you want nothing to do with, over the years in my day job, I have given so many presentations to a variety of audiences for various reasons that I lost count long ago. And I still hate doing them.
  5. I love to cook and bake. I hate following recipes. People will tell you that when you’re baking you must follow the recipe precisely… I say pshaw … I can do whatever I want, and it usually turns out very edible. 🙂 Just don’t ask me to repeat it, but I didn’t write it down the first time.
  6. I have a horrible short term memory. My long term memory is fantastic. I can tell you what I did last week. I can’t tell you what I just wrote on the previous line 😉
  7. I’ve had a lap dance by both a male stripper and a female stripper. Both were HOT.  But I need to know…just what the hell are you supposed to do with your hands!
  8. I write contemporary and erotic romance, but my absolute favorite to read is actually romantic suspense. One of my all time favorite authors is Suzanne Brockmann.   My mom reads my erotic romance though…that’s a little awkward.  Hard to know what to say when you’re in the middle of a naughty ménage scene and your mom asks about how’s it going.
  9. I have NEVER read or watched the Harry Potter series. I know. I know. But, I’m really just not interested. But I LOVED the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
  10. I had a dog, King, when I was a teenager. He was  a beautiful big Golden Retriever, and he was an awesome judge of character. If he didn’t like my boyfriends, he typically wedged himself between us.  That was the sign the guy had to go. 😉

I just realized none of these have to do with my blog, but then my blog has been dedicated mostly to promoting other authors work rather than my own.  And, I have a brand new website coming soon.  If you’d like to join my Fan Group or Street Team, I’m always ready to welcome new members.

 

Giveaway:

I’ve got a $5 Amazon Gift Card and $5 Starbucks Gift Card for two lucky commenters. Names will be randomly selected at the end of the hop.  You must leave a comment, introduce yourself to me and tell me one interesting fact about you. Don’t forget to leave your email.

 Don’t Forget to Check out the Other Participants in the Hop:

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A Year in Review and What’s Up Next! #amwriting

Friday, January 1st, 2016

Happy New Year

I hope everyone had a wonderful evening ringing in 2016! I had a quiet one at home with my family while I baked all kinds of things banana. Yup, I had a bunch of bananas go beyond the eating with cereal stage and had to become creative in the kitchen so I wasn’t forced to toss them in the trash. So I now have 8 mini banana loaves, 1 banana cake and 1 banana/cranberry loaf.

So, 2015 is long gone. A memory. But it was an exciting year. Not only did we welcome a new member to our family, our Chocolate Lab, Lily, who is now over a year old, I also started a new day job in the fall which is keeping me very busy.  But I also had many writing related achievements.  And it feels really good for only being officially in this playing field for three years now.

  • Friends with Benefits came out in print in January! My very first book in print. What a feeling that was.
  • In February The Perfect Moment come out as part of the Valentine’s Heat IV This novella is a follow-up to Friends with Benefits.
  • I had my very first book signing at Romancing the Capital in Ottawa! And it was a huge success which I hope to repeat this year. What an awesome feeling to have somebody become excited to meet you and have you sign their book.
  • I made PAN (the Published Authors Network) with RWA.
  • Blind Taste Test came in June as part of the very successful Just Desserts Collection from Secret Hungers.
  • In July I had two releases, The Final Quarter, the 2nd book in A New League Series and Wicked Indulgence, the next book in The Vault Series.
  • A New League Vol 1 came out in print which contains both Sliding into Home and The Final Quarter.
  • I created my Fan Group and my very own Street Team

My real success came with my stories placing or winning in contests this year, the very first time I’ve entered. Friends with Benefits placed 2nd in the Passionate Plume Contest. Sliding into Home won the Book Buyer’s Best Contest and Hers to Own won the NERFA Contest (National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award) and took 2nd in the Book Buyers Best. All three were finalists in other contests, including the Golden Quill and the BDSM Golden Flogger Award. This recognition alone made my year.

This was also the year for meeting and collaborating with some wonderfully talented authors. The Sexy Scribblers, where I’m one of 14 authors, came together about mid-way through the year with an idea to create short stories, one episode at a time. Each story is between 3000 to 10000 words and all are FREE reads. We come from different genres, different parts of the world, and have different publishing experiences. Our stories are not pre-plotted. We have no idea how each story will begin, develop or end. We don’t even know what genre it will be. Each author is assigned an episode, and we never know where it’s going to go. So far, we’ve written 7 stories, 3 of which are themed around the holidays. I can’t wait to discover the stories we’ll create this year. 🙂

So what’s coming for 2016?

th7XMQCIINWell, in some respects I need and want to revisit some of the things I used to do and really enjoyed, like weekend snippets, but then drew away from when other activities became overwhelming and I had to pick where to spend my time. My day job will definitely have an impact on my writing life. So, I also need to re-evaluate my writing plan to develop something more realistic. But I still plan to release at least 4 brand new stories this year, in addition to the free reads coming from the Sexy Scribblers.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store for 2016:

  • Blind Taste Test is part of Salacious, a new collection of previously written stories from Secret Hungers currently available for pre-order and being released on Jan 12.
  • Hers to Own will be coming out in print later this month. I’ve received the printing rights back, so watch for a brand new look on this one when it’s released.
  • Her Choice, my first solely self-pubbed book will be coming soon. I had to post-pone this one from a 2015 release, but it’s being moved back to the front burner very shortly. Release Date Spring 2016
  • Who’s The Boss, Gabe McBride’s story in The Vault Series is with the publisher! Release Date TBA., but I’m hoping for early summer.
  • Scoring in Overtime, the next in A New League Series, will be completed. Release Date TBA.
  • The next ménage story in The Vault Series, will probably be released later in 2016. I’ll be starting this one any day now.
  • I hope to receive the rights back to Worth the Risk, my very first story published any day now. I want to expand and re-release this story in the coming year in both e-book and print.
  • I plan to begin at least one of my many series I have lined up. These will all be self-published projects. One will include a holiday story for next December that I’m really excited about.
  • I’m working on a secret project with the Sexy Scribblers! We are VERY excited about this. You’ll hear more about it later this year as we work out the details.
  • I’m having a brand new website designed that I’m absolutely thrilled with. Watch for a brand new look to come soon that blends the old with the new.
  • AND, I plan to write every single day. This is actually very hard to do when so many other things in life are happening. I’m not even going to set a word limit because I know I’ll also be busy with editing as well. I simply want to know I’ve created new words each day for whichever story I’m working on – beginning TODAY!

So that’s a look at my upcoming schedule. How about yours? What’s your plans for 2016?

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#BlogHop Fall into Romance with the Sexy Scribblers

Sunday, November 15th, 2015

Fall into Romance Blog Hop

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 November 15th-22nd

 GRAND PRIZE!

a collection of ebooks from the Scribbler authors

What’s your favorite part of Fall?

Mine is enjoying cool nights under the stars in my hot tub, or by the fire with a nice glass of wine and good book. I also love to cook those comfort foods that make you feel warm and toasty.

How about a nice pot of chili?

Here’s an easy beef chili that can be made be made early in the day or just in time for dinner. I don’t follow a specific recipe, this one I just do from my gut and I adjust ingredients and the amounts I use depending on my mood. Serve with warm bread or even over pasta.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 to 2 pounds extra lean ground beefthTLWMOR2E
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 3 gloves of garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup Diced mushrooms
  • 1 cup Diced green pepper
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce (I usually use a sweet basil tomato, or a red wine sauce)
  • 2 tbsps. of tomato paste
  • 24 oz. can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans dark red kidney beans (rinsed)
  • 2 tbsps. of white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tbsps. ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsps. chili powder
  • Dash of cumin spice
  • Dash dried red pepper

Directions:

  1. In large pot, combine the ground beef, onion and garlic. Cook until meat is browned and onion and garlic are tender.
  2. Add in the mushrooms and green pepper. Mix well.
  3. Add the diced tomatoes, sauce and tomato paste. Mix well.
  4. Add beans. Mix well.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and stir really well.
  6. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer for a min of 30 – 45 minutes.

Sprinkle with your favorite cheese. Serve with warm bread or over cooked rice or pasta.

 

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Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite Fall activity. One commenter will be randomly chosen to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card at the end of the hop.

 

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#Recipe from Valerie Twombly and Divine Passion

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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So, before we get settled down to begin celebrating Valerie’s summer-time release, I told her she had to bring food to this little shing-dig. 

What’s a party without party snacks?

 

Thank you Anne for having me here today.

Working full-time and being an author means I have little time for making party snacks. Today I wanted to share a couple of my go-to recipes when I need something quick and easy for a gathering (usually the office party).

Enjoy!

 

Ooh, looks yummy.  Shove aside people, food’s on the table!

 

Cheddar-Bacon Dip-“Crack”

 

  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix 3 oz bacon bits (in the bag not jar)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Mix together and refrigerate 24 hours. Serve with chips and/or veggies.

 

 Avocado Hummus

 

  • 1 (15 oz) can chick peas, well drained
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, cored and peeled (13 oz before cored and peeled)
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil, plus more for serving if desired
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves, for topping
  • Red pepper flakes, for topping

Pulse chick peas, olive oil, tahini, lime juice, and garlic in a food processor until smooth, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste (I did a scant 1/2 tsp salt and about 1/8 tsp pepper), add cumin and avocados and pulse mixture until smooth and creamy, about 1 – 2 minutes longer.

Serve topped with more olive oil if desired and sprinkle with cilantro and red pepper flakes. Serve with pita chips or tortilla chips.

 

Okay. NOW we can sit back and nibble on some awesome food while we shout out to Valerie and her newest release! 

Oh, and don’t forget to check out the bottom where she’s giving away a parcel of goodies!

 

Divine Passion

 

Title: Divine Passion

Series: Guardians, book 3.5

Author: Valerie Twombly

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Resplendence

Release Date: July 22, 2015

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1J7uzgz

 

 

 

 

 

Baal is a demon that likes to make his own rules and the thought of being tied down to only one woman makes his skin itch. When he rescues the human Ranata from becoming a sacrificial lamb, he gets more than he bargained for. With Hades insisting his fate is to bond with the beautiful female, he can either resist or risk losing his heart.

One minute Ranata is tending bar in a small hole in the wall, and the next she fears for her life. When a sexy demon comes along and saves the day, his golden eyes and hard body make him difficult to resist. With her sister in the clutches of the enemy, she must plan a daring rescue. Fate however, has other plans. Will she choose the path destiny has laid out for her?

 

Read an Excerpt

Baal had never been turned down by a woman. Not once. Ever. He stared at the female behind the bar, who’d refused to give him even her name. He’d closed down the place a couple of nights ago with Seth, the guardian he’d been charged with babysitting—or had it been longer ago than that? After taking a couple of those damn pills that helped immortals get drunk, he couldn’t remember. Either way, he remembered craving a piece of the vision who currently gave him the evil eye. He still did. He hadn’t come across a female like her in a long time.

Black hair curled around her shoulders; thick lashes fringed blue, almond-shaped eyes. Add to that high cheekbones and pouty lips, and you had exotic perfection. Not to mention curves he wanted to sink his fingers into while he fucked the hell out of her. “Seriously, why are you working in this shit hole? You should be strutting your stuff in designer clothes and high heels.”

She laughed. “I suppose you’re going to promise me a starring role in your next movie?”

He reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out his card. “Nope, but I need a hostess for my casino.” He tossed it on the bar. She rolled her eyes then threw her towel aside and picked up the card.

“Dragon’s Cove?” She eyed him suspiciously. “I’ve heard of it.” She snorted and tossed it back on the bar. “Right, and I suppose you’re gonna tell me you own the place?”

He shrugged. “Okay, I won’t tell you that, but I do.”

“Please, I’m not that stupid. Why would someone who owns a highly successful Vegas club be here in, as you called it, this shit hole?”

“I came to help a friend who’s down and out.”

She reached for an empty beer bottle, rinsed it then tossed it in the recycling. “The dark-haired guy? He seemed like he’d seen better days.”

“He has, but I think things will improve for him soon. Now, back to my offer. I was serious when I said I need someone. You think about it, and if you’d like, I’ll fly you in for an interview and discussion of terms.”

She wiped her hands and picked up the card again. She stared at it while pulling her bottom lip through her teeth. He could almost see the gears turning. “I don’t get it. Vegas has to be full of people qualified for the job. What do you want from me?”

No way in hell could he tell her that what he really wanted was to strip her, toss her on top of the bar and taste every inch of her. He’d have to work his way up to that one. “You desire more than this; I can tell.” No lie there. The ability to read a human’s desire was bred into every demon. It was how the evil spread. Some chose to use it for bad and others for good. In this case, his intentions were for a little of both. “Your beauty shouldn’t be wasted here.”

“I’ve always wanted to leave but never had the means to do so.”

“Well, this is your chance.” He tipped back the last swig of his beer and set the glass on the bar. “I have to leave and head back. You can Google me all night long and see that I’m who I say. Call that number, and I’ll send a limo and my private jet to pick you up. You can have a room in the hotel. I promise; no strings attached.” His charm and demon good looks would bewitch the pants right off her. He just needed the chance.

“I’ll think about it.” She tucked the card into her back pocket, and suddenly, he was jealous of the tiny piece of glossy paper.

He tipped his head. “Fair enough.” Then he headed for the door.

“Wait!”

He stopped dead in his tracks and held his breath. Had she made up her mind already? “Yes,” he said and turned slowly.

“My name, it’s Ranata.”

 

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Award winning and best selling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL. Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers.

 

 

 

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