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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious! Today I'm happy to have special guest Angela Kay Austin, author of Sweet Victory and the Sweet Victory Companion Cookbook. She's here to share her recipe for a delicious chocolate, coconut treat . Take it away!


Growing up in the south, a lot of things take place in the kitchen, or around a dining room table.  Food often was the center of many happy moments, and sad ones.

One thing never failed to make me a little happier as a kid, and that was when my mother made the little lovelies below.  To this day, she still makes them this way.  I’m sure there are easier ways to melt chocolate, and make it stick to coconut, but hey…why change something delicious.

Whenever we made these, our fingerprints would be all over the chocolate from rolling and dipping the balls of nuts and coconut.  I always thought it was pretty. Kind of like the candies you buy in a box with the cute little lines striped across them.

When I wrote the book Sweet Victory, I thought how fitting to use these candies for a moment between my heroine and her grandmother.  It was a part of my childhood that I loved that I loaned to Victoria.

Sweet Victory
Prep Time: 15
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 10-12


 1 box confection sugar
 ½ tsp. vanilla
 ¾ stick margarine
 ½ can condensed sweet milk
 ½ chopped pecans (or as much as you like J )
 16 oz fresh chopped coconut
 8 oz pkg. chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
 ¼ stick paraffin


Mix confection sugar, vanilla, margarine, condensed sweet milk, pecans, and coconut together.
After mixed, make into balls. Set on wax paper. Melt chocolate and paraffin together.  (The paraffin will stop them from melting too fast.)  Dip balls into melted chocolate/wax mixture. Return to wax paper. After all have been coated in chocolate, sit candied covered balls in refrigerator until firm.
Eat cold or hot.  (I prefer them a little room temperature.)

Sweet Victory
by Angela Kay Austin

For her employees, Victoria James quits her job to save theirs.  That decision loses her the man she thought she loved.  And sends her back to Memphis, TN with everything she owns to face a neglected and forgotten relationship with her grandfather.

Everything she has is stolen. Chad Kirkpatrick, her childhood love, the first man to break her heart, now a police officer, comes to her aide. 

Can she move forward, and put her past behind her?  Will Chad forgive her?

 About the Author
Angela Kay Austin has always expressed herself through words.  An infatuation with music and theater led to years playing music and extra roles in TV shows before giving way to a degree and career in radio and TV production.  After completing a second degree in marketing, Angela found herself combining her love for communications and marketing and worked in advertising and promotions for many years.  But, writing called again, which led to her first published work, which hit the best seller list for her publisher and All Romance Ebooks.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

From time to time I showcase other authors and books on my blog. Today I have an excerpt of Almost a Bride, along with a chance to win a digital copy to one random commenter! (See below for official rules.)

Almost a Bride
by Sarah Mayberry

Tara Buck has always been the good sister, level-headed by comparison to Scarlett, her flaky, impulsive twin. But when Tara learns her fiancé has been cheating on her with one of his school students, the orderly world she’s created for herself suddenly feels as if it’s falling apart. For years she chose the safe option, but from now on she’s going to live a little, stretch her wings…be a little daring. And if that means acting on the long-suppressed feelings she’s always had for Reid Dalton, then so be it!

Reid has wanted Tara from the moment he met her, but she’s always been out of bounds. Not only is she his patrol partner at the Bozeman PD, she’s also engaged. But then her relationship blows up, and Reid finds himself battling his own instinct to stake his claim with the finest, hottest woman he’s ever known.

Even if anything did happen between them, it would only ever be temporary - Reid’s a born wanderer, while Tara’s roots run deep in Marietta. So even if things are good between them, it seems their romance is destined to be short and sweet...

Tara’s twin sister, Scarlett, also has a Spring Brides story: look out for Second Chance Bride by Trish Morey. Details from


Reid Dalton pumped gas into his GMC pickup, one ear tuned to the conversation going on between his friends inside the truck. Grant was giving Brett a hard time for missing an easy layup during the basketball game they’d just finished, and Brett was serving it straight back at him with both barrels.

Reid grinned to himself, feeling pleasantly tired after an hour of charging up and down the court, trouncing the Bozeman Fire Department team. The informal competition between the police department and the firefighters had become a regular thing over the past few months. Reid wasn’t sure which part of their weekly matchups he enjoyed the most—the rapid-fire pace of the game itself, or the inevitable shit giving and taking that occurred afterward.

“You want to know my opinion?” he asked as the pump clicked off, signaling the tank was full.

“Not particularly,” Brett said, which earned him a guffaw from Grant.

“You both need to lift your games. Drink less beer, run a few more miles,” Reid said.

Grant made a rude noise, while Brett gave him a one-fingered salute. Reid was still laughing as he headed into the gas station to pay the cashier.

Then he saw the couple exiting the motel next door to the Gas-And-Go Mart and his step faltered.

The girl he didn’t recognize, but she was young and blonde and clinging to her man as though her very life depended on it. Reid watched as Simon Garfield said something before kissing her in a way that left no doubt whatsoever as to the nature of their relationship.


Just... damn.

Tara would be devastated.

For a moment he was frozen as he absorbed all the implications of what he’d just witnessed. Tara had been planning the wedding for the past few months and as her patrol partner, there was precious little Reid wasn’t privy to. Like the fact that Tara and Simon planned on having the reception at Le Petit Chateau in Bozeman, and that Tara was limiting her attendants to just her twin, Scarlett, and that today she had an appointment at Marietta’s one and only bridal salon to pick out her wedding dress...

Belatedly he glanced back at the car, hoping the other guys hadn’t seen, but they were both frowning, staring out the windshield at the sordid little drama unfolding in the parking lot next door. There wasn’t a doubt in Reid’s mind that they recognized Tara’s fiancé. They’d all attended the engagement party Tara and Simon held back in February.

Reid mouthed a four-letter word.

What a nightmare.

About the Author

Sarah Mayberry is the award-winning, best selling author of more than 30 novels. She was born in Melbourne, Australia, and is the middle of three children. Sarah picked up a love of romance novels from both her grandmothers and has always wanted to be a writer. In line with this ambition, she completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional Writing and Literature. It took her ten years and multiple attempts before her first book was accepted. During that time, Sarah worked in magazine publishing and the television industry, contributing to the internationally known Australian serial drama “Neighbours” and co-creating teen drama series “Karaoke High”. Sarah currently splits her time between writing for television and writing novels.

She lives in Melbourne by the bay with her husband and a small, furry Cavoodle called Max. When she isn’t writing, she loves reading, cooking, going to the movies and buying shoes.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

It's Too Yummy Tuesday!

On select Tuesdays I share delicious recipes either inspired by my books or that are just plain delicious! Today I'm happy to have special guest Serena Fairfax, author of Loving That Feeling. She's here to share her recipe for Serbian Stuffed Peppers. Take it away, Serena!


This is a traditional Serbian recipe for a classic dish of peppers stuffed with rice. There are many regional and family variations of this dish that includes stuffing with minced meat or bulgar wheat. I was lucky enough to be served this dish in a traditional Serb home. An eccentric, demon driver lurched me around Belgrade in his dilapidated taxi all the while singing Serbian songs, distinctly off key, at the top of his voice and regaling me with his entire life story. He was a school teacher and drove taxis to supplement his income. His wife had left him but he’d quickly recovered and found another partner. He considered all politicians crooks! I asked for a restaurant recommendation, and despite my protests he insisted that I should share an evening meal with him. We went to a small apartment (crammed with traditional Serbian furniture and charming bric a brac) in a leafy suburb of Belgrade. His partner was very welcoming and giggly. They could both speak English, after a fashion.

We had a long, delicious meal and a tipsy evening together. They wouldn’t take a penny from me.

Serves 4-6

A combination of 6 large red, yellow and green peppers
2 medium tomatoes peeled and chopped (or a small tin of chopped tomatoes)
8 oz (250 g) short-grain rice
1 large onion (preferably red), finely chopped
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons crushed pine nuts
Large bunch of mixed mint, dill and parsley finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
1 large tin tomato soup
Tomato juice
3 small cartons natural yoghurt and diced cucumber.


Pre-heat the oven to 190 degree C (375 degrees F or gas mark 5)

Cut a small slice from the stem end of each pepper and put to one side. To enable peppers to stand upright in a baking dish, lop off a small piece from the bottom of each pepper. Remove pith and seeds from the peppers. Wash the rice and drain well. Fry the onion until soft and golden. Next add the pine-nuts and when they begin to color mix in the drained rice, stirring well. Season to taste. Mix in the herbs and the chopped tomatoes and cook for 10 minutes. Rice should still be a little hard and also moist. Stuff the peppers loosely with the filling. Cover the peppers with the tops. Stand upright in an ovenproof baking dish. Pour the tomato soup round the peppers and add tomato juice if you think the sauce produced by the soup is too thick. Cover dish with foil or lid and bake for 40/50 minutes. Make sure peppers don’t blacken or split. Combine the natural yoghurt with the cucumber, place in a bowl and hand round separately.

Loving That Feeling
by Serena Fairfax
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Amazon link:
Book also available on Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Ibooks.

Seared by a bigamous love cheat, London designer Deborah Tremaine
backs off sex. But when wealthy Serbian Zoran Pavlović, who wants to
demolish an art deco cinema she’s campaigning to save, crosses her path
she’s up for a fling.

Zoran has clawed his way out of Serbia’s turbulent past but believes his
background means he find happiness simply because he can’t trust a
woman to cherish him for who he is—a Serb. But he’s a hot-blooded Slav
up for no-strings sex and Deborah sends him into overdrive.

Deborah’s finances are in meltdown when a customer goes bust. Zoran
dangles a business deal based in Belgrade, Serbia that she can’t refuse.
She’s confident the job won’t compromise the campaign and decides that
Zoran is the guy who can jump-start her love life.

They embark on a sizzling affair but tension, erotically sexual and work
related, skyrockets. Incidents trigger the revelation of their personal

demons. Can they escape the black holes?

About the Author
Serena Fairfax spent her childhood in India, qualified as a Lawyer in England and joined a law firm in London. She has published and indie published (digitally and in print) a number of novels all, but one, having a romance theme and a happy ever after ending. LOVING THAT FEELING is her first erotic romance novel to be published by Siren-BookStrand. Serena has also authored a number of short stories that feature on her blog. The saying: age cannot wither her nor custom stale her infinite variety aptly describes the tug of law that makes the heart beat faster so she hasn’t yet quit the day job although she now practices law part-time.

Serena and her golden retriever, Inspector Morse (who can’t wait to unleash his own Facebook page) divide their time between bustling London and the rural quiet of Kent. As Charles Dickens said: Kent, sir. Everyone knows Kent. Apples, cherries, hops and women.

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