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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback Thursday is when some talented authors talk about the very first book or story they ever wrote.  Today I'm happy to have Alisa Anderson, author of Give and Receive. She's here to share a throwback to her first work.


Throwback Thursday with Alisa Anderson

Give and Receive was my first published work. I remember when I wrote it years ago as a sort of "gift" for a friend, because we were looking for fiction at the time and nothing we read was fitting the bill. I told her I thought I could write something that had our weird sense of humor, but still could be sexy and witty. 

Believe it or not, it was actually a visual in the beginning. That just kept getting bigger and bigger and bigger. I still think it stands out to this day as something wholly unique and different, with a point of view we really haven't seen before. You've never really met characters like this...and some might be eternally grateful for that one, lol.  

I've learned a lot since I first wrote Give and Receive, especially how to write better, tighter and more descriptively. I've learned to let the characters dictate where they think they should go, and I just listen and obey, because after all, they tell their story best.

No real reason I never published before this,other than it never felt right. Course, I'm a procrastinator. That could have been just an excuse. Probably. 

Also by Alisa Anderson:
Give and Receive

Young, talented, ambitious. Wild.
Three friends, who struggled for fortune and fame, have finally found themselves thrust into mega-stardom. 
What is right if there is no wrong…
For Ty, Lena and Danny, they're about to find out as they cross the boundaries from all things safe to an arena testing love, friendship and loyalty. An arena that's forbidden, taboo…and oh so tempting. 
They’re riding hard and fast in a world where sex, money, love and rock & roll are all a game of give & receive, where any wish can be granted if you just ask...
Open, honest and raw, this is a rare glimpse of what happens behind the fortune and the fame, beyond the limelight, past the adulation and acclaim. 
Welcome...to the real. 

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About the Author

well...alisa did stuff and is still doing stuff. only now she has two boys crazy enuff to want her as their mommy. hey, at least she tried to warn them, so her job is done. she doesn’t like to capitalize, partially because she likes how lower case letters look visually, but mostly out of laziness. please don't judge. it could be you. and she would say, hey. you're alright, buddy. you're ok in my book. now c'mere for a hug. the hug might be pushing it. air kiss? you are strangers, after all, with only a mutual love of poor grammar.

​she lives for a world full of controllable anatomically correct, android men programmed to meet her specific feminine needs (wink, wink, nudge, nudge with a big waggle of the eyebrows). who look like the rock. and ian somerhalder. and idris elba. and that's it she promises. variety. gotta have variety, right?

​but alas...apparently that exists only in johanna lindsey's genius mind. so until then, she enjoys her incredibly warped sense of humor. she reads tons of erotica and romantic, drippy goo that makes her heart go pitter patter. then she thought, hey. what, she said to herself. (softly, of course, so no one finds out she is indeed, 2 nuts short of a fruitcake) maybe you should write this stuff too. maybe someone will like it and maybe buy it. so she said, huh, you think? then she said, well...yeah, i wouldn't have suggested it...(inserts sarcastic tone) and then she was like lose the attitude, ok? then she was all, would you just shut up and write, already? sheesh! and she did. :)
Does your mother know what you’re reading?

Alisa’s Website: www.houseofalisa.com
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Tuesday, August 19, 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 welcome back special guest Mardi Maxwell, author of  The Doms of Club Mystique series. She's here to share a recipe for amazing chicken brined in buttermilk. (Note from me: if you don't have buttermilk in the cupboard, don't panic! You can substitute using the suggestions HERE.) Take it away, Mardi!


Buttermilk-brined Grilled Chicken

Ingredients

2 cups buttermilk
2 cups cold water 
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup hot sauce
3 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon freshly cracked pepper
1 small sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, halved
1 (3 1/2- to 4-lb.) cut-up whole chicken

Directions
1. Whisk together first 6 ingredients in a large bowl until sugar is dissolved; stir in onion and next 2 ingredients.
2. Place buttermilk mixture and chicken in a large zip-top plastic freezer bag; seal and chill 24 hours. Remove chicken from marinade, discarding marinade; pat chicken dry with paper towels.

3. Light 1 side of grill, heating to 300° to 350° (medium) heat. Place chicken, skin side up, over unlit side, and grill, covered with grill lid, 40 to 50 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°. Transfer chicken, skin side down, to lit side of grill, and grill 2 to 3 minutes or until skin is crispy. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


 Zane's Choice
(The Doms of Club Mystique 4)
By Mardi Maxwell

     Beautiful, curvy, Ravyn Templeton saw Zane Ramsey in a BDSM club in Houston three years ago. He’s haunted her dreams ever since. 
     Zane is an Assistant District Attorney and co-owner of Club Mystique, the BDSM club he and his brothers built on their Texas ranch. When Ravyn’s ex-husband is arrested for trying to have her killed the case is assigned to Zane. 
     The moment Zane meets Ravyn he wants her even though he knows having an affair with her will jeopardize his career. When Ravyn’s ex-husband accuses her of laundering money for a drug cartel, and she refuses to answer Zane’s questions, he leaves her. 
     Fate steps in and brings them together again. Zane has the power to save Ravyn but only if he loves her enough to fight for her.


About the Author
I was born in Utah but I’ve traveled throughout America and lived in west Texas and the mountains of Colorado. I wrote my first erotic romance in the summer of 2013. It was accepted and published that same year. Since then I’ve written three more books in the Doms of Club Mystique series. At this time I’m busy writing the fifth and final book in the series.

My heroes are tough cowboys with military backgrounds and my heroines are strong, sassy and submissive. I put a lot of emotion in my books because I want the reader to fall in love with my characters and feel their pain and their joy. My characters also tend to show up in the next book in the series and every book has a twist of suspense and a happy ending.

If you’d like to follow me check out my website at http://www.mardimaxwell.com. You can also find me on facebook at www.facebook.com/MardiMaxwellRomance.


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Friday, August 15, 2014

BOOK SPOTLIGHT
Today I'm happy to feature Legally Undead by Margo Bond Collins.


Legally Undead 
by Margo Bond Collins
Paranormal Romance
Date Published: May 27, 2014


A reluctant vampire hunter, stalking New York City as only a scorned bride can.
Elle Dupree has her life all figured out: first a wedding, then her Ph.D., then swank faculty parties where she’ll serve wine and cheese and introduce people to her husband the lawyer.
But those plans disintegrate when she walks in on a vampire draining the blood from her fiancé Greg. Horrified, she screams and runs--not away from the vampire, but toward it, brandishing a wooden letter opener.
As she slams the improvised stake into the vampire’s heart, a team of black-clad men bursts into the apartment. Turning around to face them, Elle discovers that Greg’s body is gone—and her perfect life falls apart.


About the Author

Margo Bond Collins is the author of a number of novels, including Waking Up Dead, Fairy, Texas, and Legally Undead. She lives in Texas with her husband, their daughter, and several spoiled pets. She teaches college-level English courses online, though writing fiction is her first love. She enjoys reading urban fantasy and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about vampires, ghosts, zombies, werewolves, and other monsters.


Be sure to add Legally Undead to your Goodreads bookshelves: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18366353-legally-undead



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