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Sunday, November 15th, 2015

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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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#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

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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?

 

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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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#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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Interview: Tina Wainscott, Author of Wild Nights, brings me chicken :)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

I’m honored to have Tina Wainscott visiting with me today. And she brought food ideas! Lots of food ideas 🙂  Tina writes sexy Romantic Suspense. Her new release is Wild Nights.

  

Welcome Tina. Tell me, what’s your favorite “non-writing” activity?
I love doing physical things. Taking a long walk in the woods or swimming is great, especially when I can combine it with some good brainstorming. I also love kayaking, so much so that I am now building a home on a river.
Oh, I would so love that. Not the kayaking, I tried that once, didn’t work out too well. But I’ve love to have waterfront property. If you could be any character in any one of your stories or somebody else’s – who would it be?
I would love to be a Justice Alliance operative. To be part of a well-trained team who fights for justice would be exciting, gratifying, and yes, a bit dangerous.
And who doesn’t love a little bit of danger? What’s next for you in terms of writing?
I’m taking a little break from romantic suspense and am writing a couple of contemporary romances. I’ve always said that I need suspense in my stories, but I’ve had a couple of really interesting ideas knocking on my creative door lately. Of course, there will be plenty of drama and angst… And hot romance! And more Justiss Alliance stories, too!
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?
Wild Nights was inspired by a dream I had many years ago. The heroine was Gwyneth Paltrow, who just been jilted by her boyfriend and had gone to a party resort by herself to sow her wild oates. Except after she propositions a sexy guy, she chickens out on having a one night stand. Then she wakes up in his room, having been dragged and sold to him as a “sure thing.”
It sat in my idea file for a long time, primarily because I didn’t like the idea of the hero buying a prostitute or even participating in such a scheme. When I was playing with ideas for my third Justiss Alliance book, this idea popped into my mind. Saxby had a legitimate reason for procuring a woman for the night, since he’s investigating the resort.
Oh wow. I can’t wait to read this book now. 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 🙂 ) 
I love that my heroine, who is fairly demure, chooses to go on a sexy vacation to find her wild side. But then, like most women I imagine, she’s uncomfortable when she actually gets there. First, she is assigned to the wild side of the resort, which is the nude side. Then she’s investigating the date rape drug scheme with the hero, necessitating them to strip down and blend in. It was great fun watching Jennessy grow and expand past her comfort zone.
I love it! Okay, another thing I love to do is cook. Though, I’ll admit I have less time for it now, so I’m always looking for new and quick ideas. I hear you’ve brought a few recipes for me to test out.

The Big Fat Chicken

(as it’s known in the Wainscott household)

Chicken from 123RFAuthor Elizabeth Berg shared this recipe in a talk many years ago. I roughly transcribed from my scribbled notes: “This is so excellent, you won’t believe it. I gave it to my girlfriend who’s a gourmet cook and she makes it about nine times a week. Get a chicken. Get some Kosher salt. Three tablespoons. Squeeze a whole bunch of garlic into the salt, till it’s kind of a paste. Rub it on the inside and the outside of the chicken. Get two or three lemons and stick them full of holes. It’s very good when you’re feeling aggressive. Stick them inside the cavity and then put a cup of water in the bottom of the pan. Put the chicken on a rack. I roast it at 350 so I can smell it a long time. Let it get really brown on the outside. What happens is—oh, I’m drooling! The water makes the skin really crispy and the lemon just sort of saturates. The best part is, the sauce on the bottom becomes this kind of gravy and you dip the chicken in there. And, girl!”
This is my go-to recipe, and I make it at least once or twice a month.

Prep time: approximately 10-15 minutes, longer if you are watching television. Cook time can range from 1 ½ to 1 ¾ hours.

  • 1 chicken, 3 or 4 lbs (the bigger the chicken, the more meat you’ll have left over)
  • 3 tbs kosher salt/sea salt
  • Tsp rosemary
  • 3 to 4 cloves of minced garlic and mash all into the salt until a paste

 

  1. Rub that inside and outside the chicken, getting under the skin. (I use a grapefruit spoon with serrated edges to get under the skin)
  2. 1 or half of a lemon, cut off the ends and poked with a fork. Stick lemon inside cavity. (I often don’t use the lemon.)
  3. 1 cup of water into roasting pan
  4. Put chicken on rack and roast at 350.
  5. For 3 lb bird, cook about 1¼ hours. For 4 lb bird, about 1½ hours.
  6. The chicken is so juicy, I’ve never dipped it into the juice. However, I pour it in a container and put in fridge. Next day, I scoop off fat and freeze to use as stock/flavoring for future homemade soup.
  7. Cut rest of chicken into bite-sized chunks for use in various recipes, including soups, quesadillas, or casseroles. We often get 3 meals out of one large chicken. I also freeze some for something quick to add to salads, etc.

 

Dinner 2:

Chicken Cabbage soup

Boil cabbage 5 minutes and rinse.  4 cups of water, chicken juice, stock (from above), and add carrots, onions, and simmer for about 10 mins.  Add cabbage, parsley, bay leaf and cook another 10 mins, and then add chicken for another 10 mins.

(If you’re not up to making homemade soup, you can add the chicken to a soup mix as well)

Dinner 3

Chicken salad

 

  • Chicken
  • Chicken Sandwich 123RFCelery, diced small
  • Onions, diced small
  • Avocado, in cubes
  • Craisons- cranberries
  • Mayo or Soy-based mayo (to taste)
  • Marjoram
  • Basil
  • Celery seeds

 

Mix together and serve inside romaine hearts (like a taco!).

 

Another dinner idea

Lay corn tortillas on a griddle or in large pan. Top with chicken, grilled onions/peppers if you like, and Mexican cheese. Cook on a medium temperature, covering if you can. Sprinkle on fresh cilantro when cheese is melted and chicken is warm. Dinner in about 15 minutes!

 

Oh, wow! Lots of fantastic ideas. Thank you, Tina for stopping in today. It’s been a pleasure meeting and talking with you. While you’ve be sharing the recipes, I jumped over to Amazon to grab the book. I’m all set for tonight, and I’ve got dinner planned for tomorrow. 🙂

 

Wild Nights

The Justiss Alliance #3

By: Tina Wainscott

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The courageous men of USA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott’s Justiss Alliance series never give up and never make a promise they can’t live up to—especially when love is on the line.

The only commitment Saxby Cole has ever made is to the SEALs. He follows a long line of Southern charmers who swear monogamy isn’t in their blood. He’s never met a woman who made him want to swear his allegiance—until, while undercover for a Justiss Alliance assignment, he finds a woman who makes him think twice.
When Jennessy Shaw’s boyfriend dumps her right before their vacation to a hedonistic Caribbean resort, she goes without him to explore her wild side. Throwing caution to the wind, she propositions Saxby—only to suffer his gentle rejection.
When she wakes in Saxby’s room with no memory of the night before, Jennessy discovers his real purpose: to sniff out an operation where women like her are drugged and prostituted to resort guests. She goes from victim to his investigative partner . . . but getting too close to the sexier-than-sin Saxby may be her wildest move yet.

 

Praise for the Justiss Alliance series

“Tina Wainscott delivers high-octane suspense and red-hot romance! Full of edge-of-your-seat action and red-hot passion, Wild on You is a souped-up roller coaster of a page-turner.”—Julie Ann Walker, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Black Knights Inc. series

“Bad boys breaking rules and hearts and dishing up justice—Tina Wainscott nails it!”—New York Times bestselling author Cindy Gerard

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Wild Nights Author PhotoUSA Today bestselling author Tina Wainscott has always loved the combination of romance and suspense, because nothing complements falling in love better than being hunted down. The author of more than thirty novels and novellas, Wainscott creates characters with baggage, past hurts, and vulnerabilities. They go through hell, find love, and, at the end, find peace in who they are and everything they’ve gone through. And isn’t that what everyone wants?

 

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Author Spotlight: Body Language & Peach Pie Moonshine by Em Petrova

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

I’d like to welcome Em Petrova today. Em writes scorching hot erotic romance and hardworking heroes. Her current release Body Language, a hot cowboy novel from Samhain Publishing.

Thanks for joining me today, Em. Tell us a little about yourself. How did you start writing?
When I was 12, I started a spin-off of Sweet Valley High with twin boys instead of girls. All the 7th grade girls were gagging for every installment, and I fell in love with having people read my work pretty early. 
I remember that series! What drew you to the particular genre you write now?
I started out writing mainstream romance and battled to keep the heat out of my books and my characters out of bed. Finally I realized I should run with my instincts. The rest is history. 
Ah. I totally get that. Have you ever considered another genre? And if so which one?
I do write lesbian romance under the name Hallie Knight. My reason is the selection in that genre is terrible. A lot of dirty old men writing coeds, and most women who like a feminine touch don’t want to read that crap. I write it to fill a hole in the marketplace. 
Cool. Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…? 
Characters. I love to write books with strong characters the reader feels she can hug or have coffee with. The characters tell me what they’re going to do in the book and I try to herd them into some semblance of order. 
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned so far that’s improved your writing from that very first book to now?   
I’ve learned to write more to the market and what sells than the books of my heart. Do I still adore my books? Absolutely. But I try to think of readers and what they like to see as well. 
Interesting. That’s different than many other authors. But I completely understand it. How many hours a day to you spend writing? Do you have a routine? 
I put my kids on the bus and push hard to get as many words in before noon. The rest of the day is spent doing administration work and promo as well as some editing. 
If you could give a new writer or even a younger version of yourself advice what would it be? 
Don’t put out anything until you’ve learned the craft. Soooo many writers self-publish too early and the result is bad. Keep writing. When you think you’re ready, keep writing. You’re not ready. 
Very sound advice! What’s your favorite “non-writing” activity?
Drinking peach pie moonshine, which is my recipe…

 

Peach Pie Moonshine

Ingredients
  • 2 – 64 oz bottles white grape peach juice
  • 2 – 15 oz cans sliced peaches in heavy syrup
  • 2½ – 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 – 7 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 750 ml bottle everclear
  • 1 750 ml bottle peach schnapps
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, bring juice, peaches w/ syrup, sugar, and cinnamon sticks to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Take out the cinnamon sticks Let cool to room temperature, then add the peach schnapps and everclear. Stir well, then pour through a strainer layered with a cheesecloth to strain out the peaches and any bits of the cinnamon sticks. Ladle into jars. Peaches can be divided between the jars. Yields 12-14 pint-sized jars and 6-7 quart-sized jars.
 
Wow. I can honestly say I’ve never had somebody share a recipe for moonshine. But I will say that I cannot wait to test it out! Yummy! Thank you, Em.
And now, for Body Language!

 

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BOOK INFORMATION

TITLE – Body Language
SERIES – The Boot Knockers Ranch #2
AUTHOR – Em Petrova
GENRE – Contemporary western erotic romance
PUBLICATION DATE – sept 9, 2014
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 44,000 words
PUBLISHER – Samhain Publishing

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

There are no words for desire this hot…but he’ll sure try to find them.
The Boot Knockers Ranch, Book 2

If there’s one thing that Damian Vince can do well, it’s read women. With his trademark wink and sexy drawl, he’s the most wanted cowboy on the Boot Knockers Ranch, a spa where sexually challenged women come to get charmed out of their uptight panties.

He’s also the ranch’s bad boy—he hates to admit he’s had his mug-shot taken more than once. But now he’s on the right path, ranching and fulfilling women’s desires.

Prim grade-school teacher Ruthie Johansson prays Damian will be able to fix her strict upbringing that’s left her leery of men and intercourse, though her body aches for both. Once she sets eyes on the muscular, auburn-haired Damian, she throbs only for him.

As they get skin to skin, her instinct touches something Damian’s been struggling to hide from his fellow Boot Knockers. A secret he’s spent a lifetime keeping buried beneath bar brawls and a bad attitude. But with Ruthie’s gentle coaxing, he just might give overcoming it another try—as long as they do their homework in bed.

Warning: Contains a bad boy with a vulnerable underside, a squeaky clean woman who wants to get dirty, and a secret shame only love and compassion can heal. Prepare to drool while he parses her sentences…one sexy verb at a time.

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EXCERPT

Ruthie clasped her hands and fought to keep from wringing them. The backstage area was alive with chatter. Excited giggles echoed around her as she waited for the cowboys.

She looked at the other women. They were as diverse as the cowboys on the brochure. Women with every shade of hair and body type huddled together, some talking quietly about what to expect.

With a knot of nausea in her throat, Ruthie didn’t feel like speaking. Besides, when she stepped onto the stage, she would be alone. No one could save her from what she’d chosen to do.

Isabel, the stage manager, buzzed between girls, dashing notes on her clipboard. “You’re up third, Ruthie.”

Nodding, she battled the urge to bolt for the door. Boarding the jet to Texas had given her the illusion she was going on a nice vacation. But once she’d arrived at the ranch and been taken into a private screening room to choose from a selection of cowboys, her real purpose hit hard.

She’d come to find the most sexual pleasure she’d ever known, which would be easy considering she hadn’t found it with her former lovers.

Images of the five cowboys she’d selected revolved through her mind. They were in the audience right now. In a few minutes she’d step onto the stage and they’d fight over who would win her.

She dragged in a wavering gasp just as Isabel announced the first contestant was to take the stage.

Holding her breath with the rest of the women, Ruthie watched from the sidelines as a tall girl with a pretty face and dishwater-blonde hair stood before the cowboys.

Ruthie’s mind clouded, and she stared at her simple, flat leather sandals. How had she gotten here? From the third-grade classroom to a sex club. Her face burned.

By the time she lifted her gaze again, the first woman was coming offstage.

With a cowboy.

Ruthie felt her jaw drop as she came face-to-face with the dashing, muscled man in worn denim, boots and hat. His shirt was blue plaid, sleeves rolled to his elbows, displaying a tattoo of a rodeo belt buckle on his forearm.

“Take good care of her, Elliot,” Isabel said with a grin.

He tipped his hat at Isabel and hooked the woman’s arm more securely over his. He led her through the throng of women and out the side door.

Oh my God. Oh my God.

Ruthie gasped for breath when contestant number two took the stage. She wore ill-fitting clothes that disguised her body. When she took her place in the spotlight, she smiled, and her whole appearance transformed.

“I wish we could hear what they’re saying,” someone beside Ruthie whispered.

Me too. What should she expect? More Q&A? How would she ever keep her knees from knocking when faced with all that testosterone?

“Get ready, Ruthie. It’s almost your turn.”

The knot in her belly pulled tight, and she was pretty sure she knew what expression she wore. In the classroom, it was one she’d come to recognize early—right before the cleanup.

Contestant number two came off stage, grinning like Miss America and guided by a tanned hunk with his hand on the small of her back.

Ruthie shivered, more aware of herself than ever before. Within minutes she’d be that girl, and she’d have some cowboy’s hand on her.

All OVER me with any luck.

“Ruthie, you’re on!”

Sucking in a deep breath, she stepped onto the stage. Her sandals were almost noiseless on the polished floor. As soon as she stepped into the spotlight, she broke out in a sweat. Her watermelon-colored cotton sundress clung to her damp skin, and she squeezed her fingers together until her knuckles popped.

Her heart throbbed heavily in her ears. Through the glare of lights, she could just make out the line of cowboys. They sat in plush leather chairs with red buttons before them.

Oh my God, I’ve landed on a game show. And I’m the prize.

 

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AUTHOR BIO

Em Petrova lives in Backwoods, Pennsylvania, where she raises 4 kids and a Labradoodle named Daisy Hasselhoff. Her heroes are hardworking heroes–in bed and out–and she is known for panty-scorching erotic romance.

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