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Tuesday, July 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 Ayla Ruse, author of  Temptation Released, a naughty pirate tale. And in the true "spirit" of that title, she's here to share her recipe for rum cake! Take it away, Ayla!

Hi J Rose, and thank you for having me here today. One thing I love almost as much as reading and writing, is food. I love to cook and to share the deliciousness with others. When I sat down to this post, my mind spun with what yummy goodness to share with you and all your readers. My mind flipped between recipes and going over my recent release, a hot summer pirate tale. The way my mind works (as do most of our minds, I’m sure), it went something like this…

Food—book—recipe—pirates—hot—summer—sweet—spicy—dessert—drinks—rum—concotions---then it hit me: I’d share a recipe for a rum cake!

This recipe (it is a Bacardi Rum Cake, after all) has been around for ages. I remember my mother making it when I was little and I love to hear the squeals from my own kids when I make it today. It is super moist and too delicious to compare. Easy as anything to put together, and so worth the effort to have a sweet “nightcap” at the end of your day. Or lunch. Or breakfast. *grin*  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (toasting is optional)
1 box of your favorite yellow cake mix
1 3.4oz package instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
½ cup cold milk
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup Bacardi dark rum

½ cup butter
¼ cup water
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup Bacardi dark rum

To make the cake: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan. Sprinkle nuts on the bottom of the pan. Combine the cake and pudding mixes. Add in the eggs (1 at a time), milk, oil and rum, and combine thoroughly. Beat with a mixer for 2 minutes on high. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 1 hour. Cool completely in pan. Invert onto serving plate. Prick top with a fork (or for more in-depth, poke into cake with a wooden skewer). Drizzle glaze over top. Yes, use all the glaze. Serve and enjoy!

To make the glaze: Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in the water and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and slowly stir in rum. Be careful, doing this will bubble and steam.

Thanks again, J Rose, for letting me spend some time with you. And for your readers, while enjoying the cake, why not pick up a copy of Temptation Released. You’ll find a strong pirate captain and a determined captive that go head-to-head in this steamy, summer tale. You can pick it up from Totally Bound, Amazon, All Romance eBooks, and more.

Temptation Released
by Ayla Ruse

About the Author:

I write erotic romance in my in-between moments of rearing and teaching three amazing boys. I love to hear from readers, and you can contact me through my website, or for more links, visit my page.
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

My newest feature is Throwback Thursday, where I showcase the very first book or story ever written by some talented authors.  Today I'm happy to welcome back JC Conway, author of Hearts in Ruin. Last month, he was here with a recipe for New Mexico Green Chile Stew. Today, he's sharing a throwback to his very first work.

Throwback Thursday with JC Conway

By the time I wrote my first romance story, I'd written a number of tales in other genres, such as science fiction and fantasy. The first story I ever wrote is now long gone and I could never recreate it. But I was fortunate enough that my very first romance story was actually published. It was a piece of flash fiction called Time, Heat and a Smoking Ember. I wrote it in 2011 and in 2012 it was published in the non-paying market, Daily Love, edited by author E. S. Wynn. Daily Love is no longer published, but it was an honor to have my first story accepted for publication. The story begins like this:

Gina should have said, “No thank you.” Then she would be home with her slippers and tea. It would have been much simpler. She checked her eyes in the rear view mirror. She’d done a shabby job on the shadow—not very subtle at all. But it would have to do.
Not that it mattered. She and Nathan broke up long ago. A college fling, really—nothing more—and even then they weren’t a great match. He smoked. He drank. He skipped class. In retrospect, she wondered what she ever saw in him.
Still, she was curious what brought him back to town. He was always city bound. When he left for law school and she returned home to help Mom with the bakery, she assumed that was it … which was fine with her. No complications. He was fun, but immature. Not what she ever envisioned as a serious relationship.
She stopped the car and texted, “Here.”
Nathan responded immediately. “Be there soon. Stopped to pick up something.”
She rolled her eyes. She had always waited for Nathan. He was constantly forgetting his cigarettes somewhere, or his lighter … it was the number one reason he ran late.
“Bad habit,” she responded.
She stepped to the sidewalk and enjoyed the evening air. It was a great town and everything was going just fine. She would tell him that. It was none of his business whether she’d had a date in ages, and really none of hers whether he had either. It was odd how their phone conversation this afternoon felt like no time had passed since graduation. The only real change she sensed was a calmer tone. He didn’t sound today like he was talking through a cocky smirk.
“You look … amazing.”
Gina spun. Oh my.
Where she expected a cute, smart-mouthed college student with disheveled hair, she saw a well-dressed, confident man—Nathan as she would have ordered him, had she thought it possible.
She drew a breath. “Thank you,” she managed…

 The story continues for another 486 words, and can now be read HERE.

Hearts in Ruin
by JC Conway

My debut novel, Hearts in Ruin, is a suspenseful romance published by Liquid Silver Books. It's presently available in all eBook formats.

Andrea had one goal in life, a quiet career as a mainstream archaeologist—nothing more nothing less—and she's one ancient secret away. When she is teamed with maverick prodigy Daniel Fuchs at his controversial pre-Clovis dig on tribal land, she soon realizes his wild theories may sidetrack her career. Her smartest move is to expose him and that is exactly what she plans to do. Except…he’s hot, sexy, and there is a chance his theories may be right.

As the dig deepens and outside forces mount, Andrea and Daniel find their careers and their shaky relationship on the brink of ruin. Who can she trust? To survive professionally and emotionally, Andrea must decide between what is expected and what she believes, because time is running out and the developers' bulldozers are poised to level the site.

Delve into the mystery and excitement of an archaeological dig in the New Mexico desert and experience the drive, determination, and passion surrounding the quest to unlock the Paleolithic past in this contemporary, romantic suspense. Hearts In Ruin…no shovel required to join this adventure to discover an ancient truth!

Hearts in Ruin is available at:
·        Amazon
·        Barnes & Noble
·        Liquid Silver Books
·        Kobo
·        All Romance eBooks
·        Also available in the iTunes Store

About the Author
J. C. Conway writes romance, science fiction and fantasy. He is also a complex litigation attorney, a former high-school teacher, a supporter of community projects and activities, and a mental health advocate. He has published numerous short stories in each of his genres and Hearts In Ruin is his debut novel. To learn more about J. C. Conway and his stories, visit his website at, check out his Facebook page at, or follow him on Twitter at

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Tuesday, July 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 Angela Smith, author of Final Mend, who's here to share a recipe for a mushroom and balsamic baked chicken that sounds divine. Take it away!

Hi, my name is Angela Smith and I’m here to share with you one of my favorite all-time recipes, and one that Jake cooks for Winona. Jake, the hero in my newest book, Final Mend, is a recovering alcoholic who cooks food as a means to relax and work off his anxieties. Saucy Baked Chicken, paired with Herbed Vegetables, and cherry cheesecake or strawberry shortcake for dessert is the absolute perfect way to impress a date. My husband cooked this for me, and it’s one I beg for time and time again. This dish pairs well with chilled Moscato wine, but Jake chooses to drink sparkling apple juice. Following the recipe is a short excerpt of this scene where Jake cooks for Winona. Thanks for joining me, and I’d love to hear what you think!


Adapted from Time Life recipe card


6 chicken cutlets (about 1 ½ pounds)
1 medium onion, sliced
8 oz sliced white mushrooms
¼ cup olive oil
1 ½ cup chicken broth
4 tbsp all-purpose flour
2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 ½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper


Preheat oven to 450. Pour oil into large roasting pan. Add chicken, onion, and mushrooms, turning to coat with oil. Bake 5 minutes; turn chicken over and stir vegetables. Bake an additional 5 minutes. 

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, whisk flour into chicken broth. Add vinegar, lemon juice, salt, and pepper, stirring well.

When chicken has cooked for 10 minutes, add broth mixture to roasting pan, cover with foil and bake 10 minutes. Remove foil; stir vegetables and baked, uncovered, until sauce bubbles and is slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. 

Heat broiler. Turn chicken over. Place pan 6 inches from heat and broil until chicken just starts to turn golden, about 3-5 minutes. Serve immediately. 

Side Dish: Herbed Squash, Potatoes, and Green Beans


1 to 1.5 pounds total of the following: green beans, squash, and potatoes, or any vegetable in season at the time. Almost anything works well with this dish. 
2 tsb olive oil or butter
3 largely sliced shallots
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 tsp grated lemon zest
¼ cup thinly sliced basil leaves
½ cup heavy cream


Bring ½ cup heavy cream to boil. Add vegetables and simmer low under tender-crisp, about 8 minutes. Adjust to taste or depending on how saucy you like it. You can also drain any sauce if you don’t want saucy. 

Meanwhile, heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and sugar; cook until softened and golden, about 2 minutes. Add salt, pepper, lemon zest, basil leaves, and vegetables. Cook, stirring, until heated through, about 2 minutes.

Final Mend
by Angela Smith

A recovering alcoholic, Jake Inman has found a new, healthier addiction: training for his successful triathlon career. But when his manager is murdered and beloved goddaughter kidnapped, another obsession takes hold: doing whatever it takes to find Brandon’s killer and keep Amy safe. Jake turns to a private investigator for help in solving the case, and though he finds temptation in her whiskey-colored eyes, he knows he must resist his attraction, or risk losing his heart.

After a devastating case, Winona Wall has turned her back on her skills as a private investigator, preferring a quiet life as a part-time bartender. That is, until Jake storms into the bar, demanding her help in tracking his missing godchild. Unable to resist Jake’s charm, she reluctantly agrees. But even after Amy is found unharmed, Jake insists Amy’s mother was more involved with her kidnapping than the police suspect. When the situation takes a turn for the worse, Winona must trust her instincts in order to save them all - and avoid falling in love.

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About the Author:
During her senior year in high school, Angela Smith was dubbed most likely to write a novel, and that has been her dream ever since her mother read Brer Rabbit to her and her sister so often that they were able to recite it back to each other before actually learning to read. She’s always enjoyed stories about the adventure of love, and getting involved in the legal field developed her love of suspense. A certified paralegal, work gives her perfect fodder for her romantic suspense stories. When not caring for her small farm or spending time with her husband of two decades, she enjoys off-roading, crafting, reading, and dreaming of the places she’ll visit one day. 

Angela Smith LOVES talking to readers. You can contact her in the following ways:

Amazon Author Page: 
Crimson Romance: 

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